Thursday, July 21, 2016


Today’s Reading: Genesis 45-46

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Inner sanctuary of the Temple of Edfu, Egypt. The ancient religions of Egypt were well established by the time Joseph came to prominence. It is believed by many that Joseph’s influence helped to bring about the worship of one God in Egypt for many years, but then, as the Scripture says, “There arose a ruler who knew not Joseph” (Exodus 1:8, Acts 7:18).

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Key Verse: Genesis 45:5

But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.


Joseph was sure that God used even the cruelty of his brothers in order to send him to Egypt. This knowledge helped Joseph to forgive. Imagine the bewilderment and the renewal of guilt the brothers felt. Psalm 76:10 tells us that, “Surely the wrath of man shall praise You.” The anger of the brothers could not thwart God’s plan to preserve life. God forgives our sins. We accept that as a fact based on God’s promises. But forgiving ourselves is another matter. Joseph urged his brothers to forgive themselves. If they failed to do this they would never rise above the slave mentality they had shown. Their dad was “Israel,” “Prince of God.” They, too, were members of God’s royal family. It’s important to know who we are in God’s eyes, and to live up to His view of us!


Dear Lord, I forgive myself for the sin and wrong I’ve done. By the gift of Your grace I realize that I am Your precious child. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Amen!


In 1922 my Dad began his ministry in Egypt. My Mother and he were married in 1924 in Cairo. My childhood days were filled with imagination about ancient Egypt. Dad had a black granite carved head of an ancient official of Pharaoh’s court. This was the opinion of an Egyptologist at the University of Toronto. I would wonder, “Could this be Joseph?” My photographer son, Reynold, has this head now. Reynold’s pictures of ancient Egypt are magnificent. I believe that these temples were an attempt by the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4) to get the worship he desired when in Heaven. This fallen Archangel inspired the closest thing he could get to the architecture of the centre of the worship of Almighty God in Heaven and then inhabited these temples to receive the worship of man. The temples are in ruins, as are the efforts of our enemy who desires to keep us from worshipping the true God.

Yours, as a forgiven sinner who has also forgiven himself, and who is a worshipper of the “God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,”


My Mother and Father shortly after they were married in Egypt in 1924.


18 thoughts on “Thursday, July 21, 2016

  1. “He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust. He may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.”
    – A. W. Tozer

  2. There’s so much to say thank you thank you thank you. I must say again u are a blessing with this 2 year plan going I will be home with my family again just like Joseph I am In a place no ones wants to be or like Daniel…thank you Lord and continue to bless David ..Norma Jean. .and the entire family

      • There’s so much to say thank you thank you thank you. I must say again u are a blessing with this 2 year plan going I will be home with my family again just like Joseph I am In a place no ones wants to be or like Daniel…thank you Lord and continue to bless David ..Norma Jean. .and the entire family Thanks much God bless

    • God bless you, Joel. Safe in the arms of Jesus. Safe on His gentle breast. Sweetly thou shalt rest. Oh, to see the face of Jesus!

      • Hi Beverlee Kay, i just this morning saw your message to me under Tuesday’s comments, I left my email there, but here it is again: [email protected]

        Thank you for your encouragement to me on my art plans, and I would LOVE to meet you! I hope u do live near my city 🙂

  3. Thank you Pastor David, I learned something very important to me this morning, I not only have to ask to be forgiven I need to forgive myself. With tears I have done this, I love Isaiah 43v 18-19 were it says to forget the former things and NOT to dwell on the past. Blessings to all, Eleanor M.

  4. Amen to all the postings this morning. Yes, we have to forgive ourselves then we can more easily forgive others. Thank you David for your wise teaching. Love this serene photo of your Mom and Dad. I also am thinking of the song,” I Stand, I Stand in Awe of You.” Blessings saints!

  5. Oh such wonderful scripture, this morning. Joseph is the epitome of the example of forgiveness, to have not harbored bitterness against his brothers for their jealousy and hatefulness towards him; to have followed the path of God’s calling on his life and become who God intended for him to be; and to forgive his brothers and call them to forgive themselves. All for the glory of God’s Kingdom–amen! Thank you dear David, for that inspiring and moving prayer, this morning. Such wonderful teaching and love to all of us, which we are ever so grateful for. God’s blessings to all, today, in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen, amen, and amen!

    “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 ESV

    Matthew Henry Commentary
    46:6-11 Come and see the effects of desolating judgments, and stand in awe of God. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. Let us pray for the speedy approach of these glorious days, and in silent submission let us worship and trust in our almighty Sovereign. Let all believers triumph in this, that the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob, has been, is, and will be with us; and will be our Refuge. Mark this, take the comfort, and say, If God be for us, who can be against us? With this, through life and in death, let us answer every fear.

    In Over My Head (full video) Jenn Johnson//We Will Not Be Shaken

  6. Hi David, What a lovely photograph of you mum and dad…so artistic! They look like a really cute couple!…..No wonder you are so proud of their lives as believers and leaders, and best of all, they produced you! The blessing goes on! Amazing scripture this morning……God has a plan for each one of our lives….no favourites! Be strong Joel! God is in control!

  7. What a beautiful couple your parents were Rev. David Mainse. Thanks for answering God’s calling of opening 100 Huntley Street and may the Lord continue to bless you, keep you, anoint you, preserve you and protect you and the family and the ministry of God’s anointing grace.

  8. Yes, yes, yes to you David who makes this amazing journey possible. Your humility and candour, along with your knowledge and passion to share this with us is just phenomenal. I am totally blessed. Love your simple, profound prayers, David. I thank God that He has forgiven me and that I now can forgive myself…so freeing. Praying for you too, Joel! Also ask for prayer for my precious daughter, beautiful mother to two of my amazing grandsons.

  9. My daily blogs have been going to spam I just discovered.i thought I accidentally unsubscribe do so I subscribed again Jukly 20 Sorry about that

  10. Beautiful portrait of your precious parents. Thanks for sharing. Still learning from the blog even after two times through. God bless both you and Norma Jean.

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