Saturday, November 8, 2014


Today’s Reading: Numbers 7

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Sheep grazing on the hillside by the Sea of Galilee. The Children of Israel brought all their sheep and other livestock with them from Egypt into their wilderness journey.

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Key Verse: Numbers 7:1-3

Now it came to pass, when Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, that he anointed it and consecrated it and all its furnishings, and the altar and all its utensils; so he anointed them and consecrated them. Then the leaders of Israel, the heads of their fathers’ houses, who were the leaders of the tribes and over those who were numbered, made an offering. And they brought their offering before the Lord, six covered carts and twelve oxen, a cart for every two of the leaders, and for each one an ox; and they presented them before the tabernacle.


Today’s reading may make us wonder as to why it’s here. It is so repetitive. The gifts which the leaders of the tribes present to God at the dedication of the Tabernacle are listed 12 times over. Could a reason be to show generosity? Could another reason be to teach the children what it means to take responsibility as the heads of households? God instructs parents to show leadership, teaching, not only in word, but by example. If we, as parents, are givers, chances are that our children will also be givers.


Dear Lord Jesus, You are the greatest Giver, and according to Your Word, You live in and through me. Please grant me the grace to channel Your Spirit of giving through me. In Your Name I pray. Amen!


Tomorrow I leave for Israel returning on November 27th. During the first few days this week I will help care for visitors from other parts of the world. Norma-Jean joins me this Thursday with our group from Canada and the USA. I’ll be leading our brothers and sisters in the reading of Scriptures that relate to our stops at Bible locations. I plan to read my blogs each morning to all who travel with us. Next year at the same time, if health and strength permit, I would love to have many of you, who join me daily on the Internet, travel with us to Israel. Norma-Jean and I have done this every year since 1968. It’s not that we need to see the Holy Land again, although we gain new insights every time; it’s that we get to live together for two weeks with wonderful people. We make friends and enjoy each other’s company. We also get to thank, in person, members of our group who give to the support of the ministry of Crossroads. Check out for a fuller understanding of why many give regularly and sacrificially.

Yours for the great joy of giving,


21 thoughts on “Saturday, November 8, 2014

  1. Praying for your departure to Israel, tomorrow, David. God bless you, and keep you, fine sir.

    Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

    Spectacular sunrise, this morning. Thank You, God of all creation.

  2. Dear Saints,

    I have a special prayer request for Laurel, who has MS that has left her wheelchair bound. God, You are the mighty healer and Jehovah Jireh. We know that nothing is too great a task for You to heal. We lift up Laurel before You, and call for the precious blood of Jesus to wash over her, cleanse her body of MS, and revive her body to complete wholeness so that she walks again. Come Holy Spirit, live and breathe in her. We call for Your anointing over Laurel, in the precious name of Jesus. Amen, amen and amen.

  3. My daughter Deborah was healed of MS last year and God is no respecter of persons so I agree with you in prayer Beverlee Kay God says that any two agreeing as touching it shall bedone by Our Father in Heaven so its done in Jesus name and we Thank You Lord for Laurel s healing Amen
    God Bless you David and Norma Jean and friends a safe trip and may the Holy Spirit pour afresh on all of you

  4. I too, agreed with you for Laurel’s healing, nothing is too hard for our God.
    Praise His Holy Name.
    Dear David and Norma Jean I am one travelling with you to Israel this week.
    I’m looking forward to experiencing the land of the Bible as well as the fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.

    God’s blessings on you David as you travel to Israel ahead of us tomorrow.
    See you there.

  5. Have a wonderful, enlightening, time in Israel, David, and the group that follow later. What a privilege. Prayers for Laurel also. May He minister to her in every way to strengthen and bless her. I do wonder when reading this long, long, description of the sacrifices, where would they get all the gold and silver and what is a Fellowship offering? I will try to research that. I had never thought of it before. Have a great day everyone.

    • Yes, they got the gold and silver from the Egyptians. I’ve never heard that ANYONE mined gold or silver in the Bible but I guess the Egyptians did. A google search for Fellowship offerings was very informative. I am glad we don’t have to keep all the requirements the Israelites had to. I would always be afraid that I missed a requirement! So much direction to follow.

  6. Hi David,

    Wishing you, Norma-Jean, and all the whole travelling group journey mercies. Thx to all those working behind the scenes to make it happen too. May the Lord bless & keep you .
    Praying for you all.

  7. Safe journey to Israel to you David and Norma Jean and the rest of the group Maybe next year I might be doing it with you Lord willing

  8. Yes, Blessed trip David and Norma-Jean Mainse; also those travelling with you!
    Agreeing in prayer for Laurel’s healing!

    The same offering, yes, but needed for each Tribe to present it; and each on a different day. I marvel at God’s divine order and detail. It shows that every detail is of great importance, big or small.

  9. I agree in prayer with all of those who bring Layrel before The Throne of great mercy, grace and healing. I pray God will pour His healing powers on Laurel and that she will have a great sense of all the prayers being said for her healing.

    Prayers for safety in travel for you Pastor David and the group Norma-Jean will bring later in the week. Are Ron and Anne going too?

    Blessings everyone.

  10. Dear Rev David Mainse and Norma-Jean,
    May the Lord cover you with His tender arms until your return from the Holy Land. May all the seeds that you will plant become fruitful. We will be with you daily as you and all the gang explore the Living Word.

    I also join my sisters and brothers in Christ in Laurel’s complete healing. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

    Have a blessed day everyone!

    xxx Carole

  11. Amen. Praying for your safe journey to and in Israel David and Norma-Jean and all the team. Looking forward to hearing from you there and thanks for the invitation. Also say Amen to all the prayers of healing of MS for Laurel. God bless her with a miracle of healing. My test went well and again I am thankful for all of your prayers. Was at a live Women of Faith media hookup today which was good. God bless you all.

  12. I had a Holy Spirit moment yesterday! something very simple but I have found that seems to be how God gets my attention; through small things and if He can do this for me, He can heal Laurel of her MS and he can heal so much more! Praise God what He has done in the life of David Mainse! YES, PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!
    I got out of the housae went swimming, PRAISE GOD FOR THAT MIRACLE ! with thanksgiving and praise we thank our the Triune God, FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT AMEN AMEN AMEN

  13. God bless you David and Norma Jean on your trip!! We will look very forward to reading and learning from your blog posts. What a thrill for those travelling with you. Post pictures to bring the area alive to those of us here. GOD willing I will be able to go on your tour next year. Safe travels

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