Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 25-26

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


This is the site of the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. You can see Cave Number 4 in the middle where the first scrolls were found.

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


Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 25:2

Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king.


Asaph, along with David and others, wrote Psalms (click here for Psalm 50). Giving thanks and worshipping the Lord was a very important element of the services in the Temple. The Psalms were the content of their hymn book. We may be sure that if they had modern technology, the words of Asaph would have often been projected on a screen so that the congregation could sing along. The words and music of the hymns and Gospel songs have endured as instruments of worship sung directly to God (e.g. How Great Thou Art). They are a form of prophecy born in the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The Apostle Paul, who would have regularly participated in the music of the Jerusalem Temple, wrote these words: “…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). Some translations start this verse with the words, “Encourage one another.” Verse 21 goes on to describe the content of the singing: “Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”


Lord God, I pray today the words written by Fanny Crosby and then put to music for congregational singing…“Thou, my everlasting portion! More than friend or life to me, all along my pilgrim journey, Saviour, let me walk with Thee. Close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, close to Thee, all along my pilgrim journey, Saviour, let me walk with Thee.” I pray this in Jesus’ Name! Amen!


While writing this blog, I’ve found myself breaking out singing the hymn, How Great Thou Art! Also, I have just sung the song of personal experience, Amazing Grace. A few days ago, I sang the world’s most often sung words, Happy Birthday, to my 6-year-old great-grandson, James Stowell. I’m so happy that my great-grandchildren are learning the Scriptures by singing them. We regularly sing God Rocks songs, which consist of Bible verses. Dozens of Scriptures have been put to music by the God Rocks composer, Bruce Stacey. When I need a lift for my heart, attitude, and my spirit, I’ve proven that “singing and making melody” is a sure remedy. Here is a link to a video of one of the God Rocks Scripture songs. You can find some of the God Rocks BibleToons videos for sale here.

Yours for “singing and making melody,”


7 thoughts on “Wednesday, June 17, 2015

  1. The music is great. Music is best way to remember scripture, I’ve found. I remember many scriptures from Sunday School that were taught via music. The genealogy and job descriptions are a bit much! Sticking to it though!

  2. I never heard God Rocks sing before it is a great way to remember the scriptures.
    I do love Darlene Zschech sing “Shout to the Lord, and I heard her say it was from
    the book of psalms. I wish knew awhile ago how to remember them that way.

    Lianne Hogg

  3. It was nice to read a blog from Mr. Mainse’s daughter Ellen on yesterday’s blog!
    I had to go to the city yesterday, I prayed and asked God to provide parking for me near where I needed to go! He not ONLY provided, but He provided each place (3) a parking spot RIGHT IN FRONT THE BUSINESSES! Talk about “amazing”
    I pray that Mr. Mainse might be willing to do this blog again but only 5 days a week, I sense that some are finding some of the studies a bit taxing from time to time. I have missed a number of days, I do find it too much and I need a break. I need to remind myself of Mr. Mainse’s schedule! this blog is part of his mission work! I do understand! But I need a break, and consequently I miss a few days here and there. I try and catch up but that proves to no avail!
    There are some in my town who also do the blog and they also mentioned that it is very stressful to do it every day, they like the blog, but would also appreciate a 5 day study….something to think about ……

  4. Good to see Bruce and Elaine’s daughter and grand-children involved in God Rock’s. I remember (I think her name is Cheryl) when she ministered in song, strumming her guitar as a young teen, on 100Huntley street.

    Thanks for the picture, its amazing to think the scroll’s were located in those rocks; but with God all things are possible.

  5. It is amazing that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found HOWEVER God is in control and always has been! He knows everything, He sees everything, when I think about that it makes me in AWE of His presence then and now and for ever, even unto the end! IT IS THAT AMAZING GRACE! HOW SWEET IT IS THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME! Thank you Lord God, thank you!

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