Sunday, December 21, 2014


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 11-12

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Photographed from Migdal you can see Mount Arbel on the left and the Valley of Doves, which is on the west side of the Sea of Galilee. Just beyond are the Horns of Hattin where on Saturday, July 4, 1187, the war between the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem and the forces of the Ayyubid dynasty was fought. The Muslim armies under Saladin captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces, removing their capability to wage war. As a direct result of the battle, Islamic forces once again became the eminent military power in the Holy Land, re-conquering Jerusalem and several other Crusader-held cities.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Deuteronomy 11:11b & 12

A land of hills and valleys which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.


Migdal, mentioned in the picture caption, is the home of Mary Magdalene, the one to whom Jesus first appeared after His resurrection (John 20:11-18). She is a great example of the care Jesus has for people. God also cares for the land. We’re almost at the year end. Canada’s official motto is, “He shall have dominion from sea to sea,” “Ad mare usque ad mare” (Psalm 72:8). As we approach the new year, we may want to reflect on the motivation for our obedience to God. Are we motivated by fear or love? For Mary of Migdal, out of whom Jesus had cast demons, it was love that brought her back to the garden tomb. Because of love she stayed close to Jesus as He carried His Cross. Psalm 103:13 & 14 tells us that, “as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear [hold in awesome reverence] Him. He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust.” Are we, like Mary, confused and sorrowful? Peter writes, “Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).


Dear Lord, in these days leading up to the New Year, I ask You to increase my faith, so that I am totally confident that You care for me every day of the year. As I look back over this past year, You have cared for everything about me! Thank You! Amen!


Two years ago today was the day, according to the Mayan calendar, when the world was supposed to end. Remember that? Ephesians 3:21 says, “…world without end. Amen!” Yes, there will come a time of cataclysmic change. For Peter’s perspective on the Mayan prediction I’ve just read 2 Peter 3:1-18. I know God cares, and He’s also in charge of whatever happens to this world. The last few words of our key verse are worthy of repetition… “The eyes of the Lord are always on it [the land] from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year. I’m living in total confidence in the providential care of our Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Healer, Saviour, and Lord of All.

Yours for a renewed confidence in God’s care,


P.S. Ron and Ann are my blog helpers and their daughter Andrea and her husband Rev. Jason Patterson, along with their daughter Jadice Elizabeth, are here in Canada from Oklahoma for a Christmastime visit. Norma-Jean and I have already had two visits with our great-granddaughter Jadice. The picture below shows the love and care we have for her. Just imagine how great God’s care is for each one of us. Let’s snuggle up close to our Father God!!!

8 thoughts on “Sunday, December 21, 2014

  1. Love reading history books and learning how civilized some nations have become and how backward and uncivilized some nations are. It’s heartbreaking to see non-Christian countries and people choose to live a life w/o Jesus as their guide.
    Merry Christmas Rev. et al. Beautiful pic of the mountains and also of precious great granddaughter. Christmas isn’t just for children. It’s for the joyful, sad, lonely and all other adjectives we could think of.
    Merry Christmas fellow saints! Jesus is our Lord, King and Saviour!

  2. I love your picture of your great granddaughter she is very cute.
    Could you pray for me I have been having alot of seizures lately
    maybe because of the excitement during this season. I don’t know
    thank you everyone and Merry Christmas !

    Lianne Hogg

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