Friday, July 10, 2015


Today’s┬áReading: 2 Chronicles 32

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The biggest stone in the Western Wall of the Temple Mount, often called the Western Stone, is revealed within the tunnel excavations. That stone ranks as one of the heaviest objects ever lifted by human beings without powered machinery. The stone has a length of 13.6 metres (45 ft), height of 3 metres (9.8 ft), and an estimated width of between 3.5 metres (11 ft) and 4.5 metres (15 ft). Estimates place its weight at 570 tons.


















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

Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 32:20

Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven.


There is a consistent message which runs through the entire Bible: If we choose to stand with the Lord, we cannot lose. The claim has often been made, “God is with us!” However, the more important consideration is, “Are we with God?” Being with God may not always mean success in terms understood by the world around us. Hebrews 11 tells us of many who found victory by suffering and dying for the cause of the Lord. Throughout history, whether to live or die, a person standing with God has been found to be unbeatable.

King Sennacherib was right when he proclaimed that his armies had triumphed everywhere. But he did not know the God of Hezekiah and Isaiah! What a powerful team these two made. The King and the Prophet! They proved that there is more strength in fervent prayer than in weaponry, more power in faith in God than in armies.


Lord God, like Hezekiah and Isaiah, I’m praying and crying out to Heaven. The key verse for today and Your response bring great encouragement to me. When Your cause, Your Church, and Your people are mocked and held up to ridicule, I rejoice because I know that the scoffers will return home ashamed, as Sennacherib did. Thank You, Lord, for responding when I pray, and thank You for prayer partners. Like Hezekiah, I’m not alone! I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!


Many 100 Huntley Street viewers will remember Rev. Norm MacLaren. He led our prayer partners team for many years and would report daily from the prayer phones with news of what was happening on the phones and what God was doing in lives. Norm would give us a Word from God which helped provide courage to continue. Norm now serves with the great “Teen Challenge” ministry, helping to transform lives for time and eternity.

I had known Norm for years before he came on our full-time team. He and his family had told their story of God’s answer to prayer on the telecast when he was a New Brunswick Pastor. Shortly thereafter he was elected to the Board of Directors of Crossroads, where he served for 8 years. Then came a really big battle in the Crossroads ministry. 23 years ago we found ourselves facing a large overrun in the costs of building the new Crossroads Centre. I would be in the Chapel crying out to God for His supply very early each morning. Then one morning I found a prayer partner who drove all the way from Kitchener-Waterloo to Burlington. Every morning, Monday through Friday, for several months he joined me in crying out to God in fervent prayer. You guessed it. It was Norm, who was at that time a Pastor of a great church in Kitchener, Ontario. He had big responsibilities in his congregation and he would be back on the job there at the usual time when he would be expected to be at his church, never neglecting his congregation. Like the two in today’s reading, we cried out to Heaven, and the Lord answered from Heaven and gave us a great victory. Thanks Norm for being an Isaiah to this would-be leader. The new building and TV production equipment was all paid for without cutting back on existing outreach ministry television productions, and fresh new soul winning programs were developed. I’m sure there are blog partners reading this who also prayed and gave sacrificially to God so this would be accomplished. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!! Please forgive me for going way over my 100 words goal.

Yours for finding a prayer partner. Jesus said, “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven” (Matthew 18:19). AMEN!!!


The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the full length of the Western Wall. The tunnel is adjacent to the Western Wall and is located under buildings of the Old City of Jerusalem. While the open-air portion of the Western Wall is approximately 60 metres (200 ft) long, the majority of its original length is hidden underground. The tunnel allows access to an additional 485 metres (1,591 ft) of the Wall. Since the Temple Mount is controlled by Muslims, these Jewish women are as close as they can get to what was the Holy of Holies.


This photo was also taken in the Western Wall Tunnel and is looking straight down through plexiglass on which visitors can walk. The excavations have gone quite deep.

17 thoughts on “Friday, July 10, 2015

  1. Thank you Pastor David, for your faithfulness over all these years you are such an encouragement to all of us. When things get tough you are on your knees and that is where we all should be. You have never veered from the truth like a lot of the Kings in our readings. Hezekiah was also faithful but he became vain, at least he did repent. I remember Norm MacLaren and how he impressed me with his heartfelt prayers. I have a prayer partner who is almost 95, we have seen many answers to our prayers, Praise God. May God richly bless all bloggers today in Jesus name, a name that is above all names. Amen.
    Eleanor M.

  2. Praise God for the victory and faithfulness you expressed today David. That’s what it takes. Amen! Also for the admonition to seek a prayer partner as much victory needs to be won in the Spirit. What’s the saying? One with the Lord is a majority and two is even better. Matt.18:19 says it all. God bless you saints!

  3. WOW!
    A couple of observations, if I may, as a result of today’s excellent blog.
    1) I remember very well seeing that huge stone in the tunnels beneath the Western Wall.
    2) I am currently reading “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus” by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg. In chapter 5 entitled “Get Yourself Some Haverim” we are told about how Jewish students learn the Bible.
    In ordinary usage, the word haver can simply mean a companion or a close friend. But here it actually means someone who is willing to partner with you in grappling with Scripture and with rabbinic texts. A haver (plural haverim) is a male student who partners with another student to enhance learning. Together, haverim study and discuss religious texts. A female study partner is a haverah (plural haverot). Perhaps Rev. Norm MacLaren was your haver at your time of need?
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.
    PS I never mind when you go over 100 words! .

  4. Thank you Pastor David…I joined with you in prayer in agreement.

    Thank you for the information explaining the pictures and for the great pictures.

    God bless you in all you do.

  5. Amen to you prayer today David! Thank you for your 200 words. Every extra word is a BONUS!! I had a prayer partner years ago. She was my neighbor in our first home. My husband would tease us asking if we shut out the lights and lit candles and went Ommmmm! We laughed. I’m calling her today to renew our prayer dates. Lord I pray she is well and ready to receive my call. In Jesus’ Glorious Name Amen!!

  6. Thanks Pastor Mainse for reminding us,


    Many thanks bloggers for all the prayers and blessings received.
    I pray for each one on this blog that God would guide and bless them
    according to His Will as only He knows best, in Jesus name, Amen!

  7. Praise God through whom all blessings flow. Great is His victory, here on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen. Wishing you, David and Norma-Jean, and fellow saints a blessed day.

    Therefore I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises to your name. 2 Samuel 22:50

    Worship & Praise

  8. Yes, I remember Rev. Norm MacLaren well…certainly appreciated his input on 100Huntley Street through the years..and also was sad when he decided to leave. Saw him when he greeted you on your arrival on your motorcycle trip home from the US. How special to have such a partner and friend!!


  9. please pray for God to heal my shoulders , and arms they are sore. I have an
    appointment next Tuesday to see a specialist to find out what happens next.
    I have never seen this doctor before feel anxious about it . I know I am not
    suppose to feel this way , but I do.
    Lianne Hogg

    • Holding you up to the light, Lianne. Lord God, bring healing and restoration to Lianne’s shoulder and arm. Guide her specialist to treat her accordingly and relieve her of her pain and suffering. In Jesus’ Holy name we pray, amen, amen, and amen. God bless you dear sister-in-Christ.

  10. Lord God I would like to meet someone that would be a prayer partner! I have been thinking about meeting someone, I prefer a male, but, maybe God has a different plan! |
    I need energy to complete some work around my home! Please pray that the Lord will provide!
    pray for Adam for healing for his broken foot! Please pray that the leg will heal completely and that Adam will have no problems in the future!
    Please pray for Liam and Colton, 2 young people who need God’s directon and protection and guidance and wisdom…
    blessings to everyone amen

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