Monday, January 18, 2016


Today’s┬áReading: Isaiah 61-62

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


An actor at Nazareth Village in Nazareth talks to a group of men and boys in the synagogue. This amazing effort by Nazareth believers in Jesus is worth the trip to Israel all by itself. God willing our children will be hosting tours of Israel this Fall. The group often sits together in this very replica of a first century synagogue to read the words of Jesus’ sermon to the people of His hometown (from today’s key verse).

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


Key Verses: Isaiah 61:1-2a

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,

Because the Lord has anointed Me

To preach good tidings to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives,

And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,


Yes, that’s a comma after our key verses, not a period. When Jesus read this prophecy in His hometown synagogue, He stopped in the middle of a sentence and closed the Book; then He proclaimed, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Obviously He deliberately left out reading the rest of verse 2 which speaks of “the day of vengeance,” since the “Day of the Lord” would not take place until His second coming. He made it clear in this way that we are now in the day of grace, not vengeance! (2 Peter 3:8-10). Consider the statements of Jesus recorded in Luke 17:20-37. The judgement day is coming, but in this age the operative words are “the poor,” “healing the broken-hearted,” “deliverance to the captives,” “recovery of sight,” and “set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Jesus identifies Himself as the One who is fulfilling this prophecy. There is no guess work here! This verse powerfully confirms the Trinity…Father God, the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit!


Lord God, thank you for revealing to Your prophet the text on which Jesus would preach in His first recorded public message. I pray that I will be more like Jesus in ways that I, as His follower, can be and do. In His Name I ask for grace to share His love more and more. Amen!!!


One of my heroes in christian ministry is Rev. Homer Cantelon. It’s two years ago now that he departed this life and went to stand before his Lord and Saviour in person. He was a World War II veteran who fought in the liberation of Holland. I remember seeing pictures of this big man as he walked down the streets of the town he had helped liberate on the 50th anniversary of the surrender of the Nazis. The people were cheering the Canadians loudly. I write about Homer on pages 129 &130 of my book, This Far by Faith. In my opinion, there is no one I know that exemplified the ministry of Jesus, as stated in our key verses, more than Homer Cantelon. He literally participated in bringing “Liberty to the Captives” in Holland, and throughout his life of Christian ministry he has brought eternal “Liberty” to many, many more (Homer was interviewed on the 100 Huntley Street telecast a few years ago by his son Jim. Click here for part one of the interview…and click here for part two).

Yours for carrying on the ministry of Jesus,


23 thoughts on “Monday, January 18, 2016

  1. Yes, with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, amen. The concept of time is not the same on earth as it is in heaven. I am sure we will experience many unexpected joys when we come to heaven. Oh, to see the face of our precious Jesus–amen! The Spirit of the Lord God be upon us, today. Enjoyed watching the videos of Jim with his father, Homer, again. Blessings dearest saints.

    “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Cor 2:14 ESV

    I Will Stand by YOU, Rascal Flatts

  2. Update on Mary Stewart: she is back at her local hospital for her 6 week waiting period before she gets her new hip. She is very discouraged right now. She and her family are asking for continued prayer for her and that God can show His abundant love for her.

    Thank you to all the wonderful 100 Words prayer warriors for your concern for each other.

    • Will, there are a few things that will make Mary feel better. First of all, a Bible and Christian reading materials. Secondly, a laptop or iphone so she can read, and keep participating, everyday in the blog. Finally, music; a radio and set of earphones to connect with her local Christian radio station. All those items will help her get through this easier. Of course we are all holding Mary in our prayers.

      Lord God, fill Mary’s heart, mind, body and soul with encouragement and comfort in Your loving arms. Lift her up as she awaits hip surgery in six weeks. Fill her with Your peace and loving grace. Thanks for the update!

    • Lord God I pray for Mary Stewart…I pray Lord that as she leans on you, that she feels your Loving arms around her to encouraging her. I stand against the spirit of discouragement, and depression, and ask Lord for your Love to penetrate her heart with Your Peace and Joy. Jesus in Your Name I pray. Amen!!!

    • Lord God be with Mary Stewart! Holy Spirit comfort her with positive words of affirmation! Lord send Mary some humour, someway to watch Funniest Home Videos is just hilarious!
      Lord when this surgery is completed she will feel so much better! She will be able to enjoy the warm hot summers, she may even go for a walk along the beach, feel the sand going through her toes, yes, splash on sun screen, hear the waves splashing onto the shore, Lord Mary needs her spirits lifited right now, she needs to see You Lord, wrapping Your loving arms around her, with Your help she will overcome all the problems she has been having and she will smile again Lord, We thank you Lord for the excellent care she is receiving in the hospital, we thank You for the qualified doctors and nurses who work at this hospital, guide their skilfull hands, thank you for COMPLETE healing of Mary, from the tip of her head to the bottom of the toes on her feet, we thank You Lord, You make all this possible. Thank You in Jesus Name We Pray AMEN

  3. Lord I lift up Mary Stewart to you, I ask that you encourage her and lift her spirits, I pray you will comfort and support her and that you will find exactly the right people to perform the surgery, heal her body and provide emotional support in her time of need. We trust in you to provide for all our needs Lord, and we thank you for being our God, and our Help in times of trouble. Amen.

  4. Father God
    I pray for Mary that you will heal her ,and in your word it says but those who hope
    in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run
    and not grow weary, the will walk and not faint.
    in Jesus name

    I loved hearing the interview of Rev. Homer Cantelon he was very humble and is missed.

  5. Lifting Mary to the Lord. He is the Comforter! He is our Maker/Creator! May His promise to “never leave her” be very evident during this time. Thank You Lord for Your Love. Wonderful interview with the Cantelons.

  6. Dear Heavenly Father. I bring before You our dear sister Mary Stewart awaiting hip surgery in 6 weeks. That seems like a very long time but I pray Mary will be surrounded by some of the things our dear sister Beverlee
    has suggested and that Mary’s time will be spent resting in Your Peace And Loving arms. I pray she knows we are praying for her and after surgery we pray she will heal well and be restored to full health. In Your Precious Name Jesus. Amen.

  7. Amen to all the above words and prayers for Mary ….May God
    surround you with his love and healing touch…..R…….

  8. Great interview!!! What great men of God…a joy to hear them as they honour and respect each other!!! Thank you for the links Rev. David!!!

    As I read the words beneath the picture…It appears as though you are not planning to travel to Israel this Fall, that it will be your children. I pray Lord Jesus for your continued strength and Complete Healing for Pastor David to once again travel to Israel. Thank You Jesus…Amen!!!

  9. We will be praying for Mary Stewart that her health will be taken care of by Jesus our healer. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. We pray that wisdom and knowledge be given to the attending physician as well.
    Blessings on you David and continued health and strength.
    God bless everyone.

  10. Amen, to all the above prayers for Mary and continued blessing on you David and Norma Jean. I took another trip to Emerg again today because of high blood pressure and the doctor added a pill I had before. Would appreciate your prayers as being attacked by the enemy no doubt. Thanks dear saints!

    • Holding you up, Ger. Jesus is the Sovereign Lord in your life, sister! Praying for angels’ wings and God’s shield of protection around you!

        • I just finished watching JOHNS movie wow i have read this story many times in the bible but this was so real amazing I went to my regular bible study this am and the whole thing was about the movie by watching it did a lot for me. keep up the good work David ilove your blogs Florence Murphy

  11. Lord You know your child Ger! You know her health situation! You have a plan for her Lord! I pray that complete healing is in that plan, Holy Spirit whisper comfort to Ger, help her get good rest, bless her for sharing many words on thos blog, I personally Lord have found Ger very inspirational, it is such a comfort that we as Your children can come to You for help and ask for healing for another sister in Christ! thank you Lord, IUn Jesus Naem we Pray AMEN

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