Friday, September 16, 2016


Today’s Reading: Luke 9

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


Tabgha is situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. This altar is built over the place where it is said that Jesus took the two fish and five loaves of bread and blessed them. I like to think that in His DAILY early morning prayer time, Jesus received His confirmation from His Father for the miracle of the feeding of the thousands of hungry people.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me…”

Peter, Andrew, James and John left their nets. Levi (Matthew) left his tax collecting post. The others left whatever it was they were doing. Now Jesus teaches that this decision must be made DAILY! As God, Jesus made the decision, with His Father, to become Man. As Man, He learned DAILY to live in obedience. “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Isaiah 50:4 says, “He awakens me morning by morning to hear as the learned.” In verse 7 of Isaiah 50, the experience of the Messiah is described this way, “I have set my face as a flint.” This blog is designed to help us all every day in making a fresh decision to follow Jesus.


Lord God, I confess that most mornings I would like to stay in bed for another hour, but I know that I cannot follow You closely without doing as Jesus did, taking up His cross daily. I praise You for the grace You give me to follow You. Please continue to give me the gift of discipline every day. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


As some readers know, I was told by the experts in March 2012 that I had two years to live. Thanks to the professionals and the Lord Himself, as a result of your prayers, that “expiry date” has been changed. God knows! I’ve been in hospital ever since shortly after my 80th birthday on August 13th. They say I have cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. Some speculate that an insect bite might be the original cause. The infection, particularly seen on my right leg, is now in retreat.  Praise the Lord!

I take comfort in that often-repeated Bible verse, “His mercy endures forever.” That’s found 26 times in Psalm 136. God is consistent. I need to learn by making a deliberate decision every single day to follow Jesus more consistently. How are you, my blog partner, doing in this department?

Yours for “daily” following Jesus,


P.S. Luke, the Physician, is the primary historian of the New Testament. In Luke and Acts he covers a period of 70 years. Over the next few days, I would like to beg the indulgence of readers as I write in the P.S. some thoughts on the reliability of the historical record of Scripture!


21 thoughts on “Friday, September 16, 2016

  1. We have been praying for you and know and believe that the resurrection power of Jesus will bring healing, joy, restoration, love, peace and faith to your spirit, body and mind. Thanks so very much for this blog I send it out to all my friends, family and relatives all over the world. May you and Norma Jean continue to enjoy your ministry. Please pray for our St. John Fisher Charismatic Prayer group in Bramalea to have a revival as well as the others . Please intercede for us. Blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Praise God for your healing. I often tell God we need you here with us.
    Just yesterday I was reading Chuck Colson’s book Loving God and how he as a lawyer studied Gods word and because of the consistency thro. history, he felt that God’s word had to be true. That is in a very small nutshell. I believe that was chapter 7. Personal l became a Christian when I turned 30, the difference in reading God’s word before and after was phenomenal. It was like a light when on. Before it was just words, after my conversion, there was a much greater understanding and meaning to God’s word. PTL

  3. I am enjoying your blog Pastor David. You are such a great Bible teacher and encourager.
    Praying for your total healing today and physical, emotional and spiritual strength. “Greater Is He that is in you then he that is in the World”
    JESUS loves you so much David.

    In His Love,

  4. Will pray for you David, this morning blog is 2nd on my list as I set my feet on the floor I the morning, started just over a year ago, 100 Huntley is the Christian lighthouse for this country of Canada. Your strength and dedication are inspiration to me. God bless and keep giving us the fuel, so that we can do the good work.
    God Bless you David amen.

    • Dale I love your thought “100 Huntley Street is Canada’s Christian Lighthouse!” Couldn’t agree more! David I’m praying that your improvement will continue. You are needed in this country!

  5. Yes, we give thanks to You, oh God, for Your mercy endures forever. Amen! So pleased to hear you are recovering, dear David. I have been praying every morning on my hands and knees for you. I am so sorry to hear of the infection you have been dealing with. You have been through so much, already. There certainly were many nasty bugs biting at Wesley Acres. I love that photo of the bread and fish, Reynold, and love hearing you do the vlog, Ron; especially enjoyed hearing the scriptures you read. Yes, Lord, we deny ourselves, and pick up our cross to follow You, each and every day! Blessings fellow saints of the Lord!

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
    Hebrews 11:1, KJV

    Hillsong – Hosanna

  6. Amen fellow bloggers!!! glad you are improving David…I love reading your blog every morning best start to the day!!!…third time going through…and I am encouraged daily through HIS Word and all that goes with it…….thank you David and team…and Praise YOU LORD!!!

  7. Praise God Pastor David you are getting better. Prayed you would be back home soon. Am challenged by Scripture and your blog, and vlog today. Seems so real as I am preparing for this mission and would appreciate your continual prayers for the next two weeks or so. Am not sure how much I will be able to follow but hoping I will keep up somewhat. You are a continual inspiration David, Norma Jean and family. Like the photos and vlog, Reynold and Ron. God bless saints.

  8. So delighted and thankful you are getting better Rev. Mainse. Praying for your continued healing.
    Found a meaningful poem in the book I’m reading:

    God sometimes will give me a light
    No other man can see,
    A light that teaches me a way
    That’s only shown to me,
    Then shall I follow on although
    All else in darkness be,
    I’d rather let God’s will be done
    Than men speak well of me.

    Henry Drummond, The Greatest Thing in the World.

  9. Continuing in prayer for complete healing for you Pastor David. Praising God for healing to date and being blessed daily by our blog.

    Blessings one and all.

  10. Dear Lord… May St John Fisher”s prayer group experience your love and peace!

    Holy Spirit, may each person who attends that church be filled to overflowing with your Grace and Mercy and your love for them!!! May they be a “lighthouse” in the community!

  11. Mr. Mainse: may I suggest you contact a Naturopath and take some tests and find out how to clear this infection! Naturopaths have extremely God given gifts to heal a person’s body and healing starts from the inside out. That is the correct way healing should begin! I don’t care if it is a blimp on the outside, believe me the inisde is doing something and it is trying to get our attention to get this issue attended too!
    I can only suggest! But I personally had skin issues years ago, allergies, boils, cysts, so on and so on and it all started from the inside…..had to clean out the gut, chanage eating habits, always start with warm water and lemon, apple cider vinegar……5 teaspons cottage cheese and BIG bowl of fruit of the season, or in the winter months there is blueberries, blackberries, raspeberries frozen, then for lunch a BIG salad with olive, sea salt, a piece of Sprouted bread, butter only, and then evening have some fish, rice…..
    for 3 decades I have not eaten chicken, fish, musrooms, strawberries, olives
    this was info from the Naturopath…..but it is working for me…….God removed smokes/alcohol from me 21 years ago and I broke my leg and He gave me swimming…PRAISE THE LORD…..I simply want to share what has worked very well for me!
    Mr Mainse I pray you will contact a Naturopath, they have Vagan testing, takes about 2 1/2 hours but it reads the entire body, well worth the investment and a person only needs once test in a life time…..again I am only sharing what has worked for me and I thank God for bring a Natguropath across my path….
    I also want to share a Cancer treatment that is very successful which is administered by Naturopath:
    the treatment is the Vitamin C treatment; this is administered by intrevenous, 3x a week for 12 weeks, then a time off, then testing to see what the results are and if more treatments are needed, then they are administered……I know of people who have had this treatment, they do not have cancer anymore, their body was rejueventated, replenished, they are on a Vitamin program which provides nurtition and healing…..all I can say is Thank you Lord God for these treatments……
    Please pray for peace in my neighbourhood; please pray the Holy Spirit enters the hearts of those who are negative, please pray that whatever words I speak that they be respectful, loving, kind, caring, and honest…….


  12. David, Thank you for your blog and not only this but your years of service to the Lord, you continue to inspire us to press forward. I pray you will be healed and filled with joy.
    I prayed with you many years ago for Jesus to forgive my sins and come into my heart, I am so grateful for that day and for you and your obedience and Love for Our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. God Bless you and your family always!!

  13. Glad to hear that the infection in your leg is easing up Pastor David; Jesus in your Holy Name I pray for complete healing, Amen!!

    What a change in the Apostle Peter after the Upper Room infilling of the HOLY SPIRIT, to that on the Mount of Transfiguration where he was overwhelmed and did not know what he was saying.

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