Monday, September 19, 2016


Today’s Reading: Luke 12

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).


Wild flowers grow on the wall of David’s Citadel. This structure is part of the Old City walls of Jerusalem and is surrounded by what used to be a moat and angled walls. Built to strengthen a strategically weak point in the Old City’s defences, the citadel that stands today was constructed during the 2nd century BC and subsequently destroyed and rebuilt by, in succession, the Christian, Muslim, Mamluk, and Ottoman conquerors of Jerusalem. It contains important archaeological finds dating back 2,700 years, and is a popular venue for benefit events, craft shows, concerts, and sound-and-light performances.

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


Key Verses: Luke 12:8 & 12:27

Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God….Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


Consider the lilies and confess Jesus. We should take the time to smell the roses. When we do, our delight in living will be obvious and infectious. With that joy manifested to others, our communication of Jesus will also be infectious. The saying is, “Better caught than taught”…the teaching will come later (hopefully you’ve encouraged others to check out this blog ). What a chapter this is! I’ve just read it twice. In today’s reading there are only three verses completely in black. There are 56 verses in red print, the words of Jesus. Just imagine, Jesus confessing our names, and then an angel writing them in the Book of Life (Luke 10:20).


Lord, You are so very good. Forgive me for those times when I have selfishly kept You to myself, not sharing You with others. Please fill me so full of Your goodness that when I open my heart and wear it on the outside, I cannot hold back Your love for others. Your goodness and Your Word will flow out of me. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


It was March, 1978, when Reynold and Ron and I back-packed around Israel. At other times of year, most of the hills resemble a desert because of the lack of rain. However, we experienced little flowers everywhere. Just a little water and the flowers jump from the ground. We sat in the midst of the flowers on the way from Jerusalem to Jericho. What a glorious fragrance! We did as Jesus told us to “consider the lilies.” Also, as I’ve pointed out over the past few days, consider the reliability and historical accuracy of Scripture. We have in the Mishna, the minutes of the Jewish Sanhedrin, the arrest notice for Jesus, but no where is there a denial of the facts of His miraculous deeds. It is as historian Dr. Luke recorded it!!! “TRUTH!!!”

Yours for sharing joyously the best news ever,


P.S. Today is Norma-Jean and my 58th wedding anniversary.  Later on today, my bride, along with several of our family members, are coming to the hospital, where I’ve spent the last month, to celebrate with us over pizza.  Here is a 58-year-old picture. God had a great idea. One man and one woman together as long as we both shall live.


61 thoughts on “Monday, September 19, 2016

  1. Oh, the love I feel from You, this morning, Jesus!! It is all-consuming!! You are the Keeper of our souls!! The thought of that fills me with such hope for a dying world full of sinners. Let us rejoice in the thought of eternity in Heaven with You!! Amen!!! Continuing to pray for your healing, dear David, and that you will return home from hospital, soon. Happy 58th Anniversary to you and Norma-Jean as your family gathers to celebrate with you and pizza! God bless you, David and fellow saints, in the Lord!

    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You;
    And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. Psalm 57:1 NKJV

    Jesus, Chris Tomlin

  2. Congratulations David and Norma Jean: Hope you recover soon. We are praying for you. Reg and I celebrate our 58th anniversary on Oct. 19th 2016. Pls. pray for us. ” May God grant you the desires of your hearts and fulfill all your plans.” (Psalm 20: 4)

  3. May God continue to Richly Bless you all as you celebrate .. and remember … His Faithfulness over these many years. Have a Wonderful Day !

  4. I just wanted to wish you and Norma -Jean a wonderful anniversary and thank you and your family for your daily blog. I read it faithfully daily. Thank you David and family. God bless.

  5. Praying for your recovery and wishing you and Norma Jean a very Happy 58th Wedding Anniversary. May you have many more years of wedded bliss.

  6. Happy anniversary to you both, blessings for many more happy years together should Jesus tarry His coming. We pray that you will soon be able to go home with your precious bride! May God continue to bless you and your ministry!

  7. David and Norma Jean happy 58th anniversary may God bless you both with your families as well. Enjoy that Pizza on your special day I know one does not get one in the hospital . I hope you get out soon my prayers are with you. Renold I love your pictures.
    Lianne Hogg

  8. Happy 58th anniversary David and Norma-Jean. May the Lord bless you and your family on this special day of celebration. Praying for a full and speedy recovery from your infection, David. Thank you for your faithfulness and encouragement as you and your family continue daily with your blog.

  9. Dear Pastor David, thank you so much for this blog, I do appreciate it. What a beautiful picture of Norma Jean and you, congratulations to both of you on this your 58th anniversary. May God continue to bless you both and may He heal you Pastor David, enjoy your celebration later today. Love to you and your family. Eleanor M.

  10. Happy 58th anniversary may you both have a wonderful day, my prayers are with you David to get well. God bless your family, thank you for this wonderful ministry the lighthouse for Canada, North America and the world to follow.

  11. Happy 58th Anniversary David & Norma Jean. Praying for your full recovery & many more years in His service. God bless your day with your family & the years ahead with His love, joy & health.
    I am blessed daily with your blog David.

  12. Congratulations David and Norma Jean on your 58 the Anniversary. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful day celebrating with some of your family members and what could make it better than pizza! It was such a pleasure meeting Norma Jean twice recently (sadly both times at funerals). She sure has those wonderful Rutledge genes and looks so youthful! Your blog is SO appreciated. Praying that you will soon be able to leave the hospital.

  13. Congratulations David and Norma Jean on this your 58th anniversary! Yes, God had a wonderful idea, one man, one woman. It is nearly 4 years since my dear husband went to be with the Lord. We would have been married 63 years this year had he lived.
    You and your family are a blessing to me and my family. Thank you!
    May you experience God`s healing touch at this time.
    With love from Anne B.

  14. thank you Lord for giving David and Norma-Jean 58 years together – thank you for the blessings they have been in the lives of all of us over the years.
    Please continue to bless them and all their loved ones.
    Have a wonderful celebration with your pizza and we pray you will be home soon David.

  15. Happy Anniversary, David and Norma-Jean. Oh that God would raise more exemplary couples like you!
    Praying for your recovery, David! May God bless you for your faithfulness in doing this blog even from a hospital bed. I know this will not go unnoticed by Him, our rewarder!!!

  16. Happy Anniversary Norma Jean and David. Praying you will be better soon and able to join your family at home. Thanks so much for the blog and all you do.

  17. Happy 58th Anniversary David & Norma-Jean. May GOD continue to bless you both and bring total healing to your body, David. Enjoy your celebration with family and “Pizza”. GOD bless in the years to come.

  18. God’s richest blessing and congratulations on you and Norma Jean….and I wish them in that order. I pray that God give you peace and joy, in your recovery iand in the many daily blogs to come, by HIS GRACE AND MERCY.
    You are constantly in my prayers.

    God Bless

  19. Congratulations on your 58th Wedding Anniversary. May the Lord grant you many more years of wedded bliss.

    Praying for continued healing from the infection Pastor David.

  20. Thinking of the blessing you two have been to your family and all those you have ministered to over the years. What a wonderful testimonial to a marriage in the
    Lord! Have a most glorious day.

  21. Our group sings today in Amherst so I must hurry.You two have blessed so many.Thank you.You have opened heaven’s door (surrendering to Jesus) and thrown your heart inside.Your soul will follow at the appointed time….But not any time soon.God bless
    Through The Years

    Here we are,the years have flown;
    But looking back,we couldn’t have known,
    How much our love would have grown,
    Nor the true devotion each has shown.

    In God we trust each new day,
    In Him alone we find our way,
    For He provides,come what may,
    A contented heart for love to stay.

    The world failed to make us grim,
    For His grace has given us light,
    And through the years,trust in Him,
    Has been our weapon to win the fight.

    Without His love ours would fail,
    But with our love for Him we win,
    For we have won,to prevail,
    With triumph o’er the garden of sin.
    G W(Bill) Marshall /27 June, 2014

  22. Happy anniversary to you and your beautiful bride Rev David Mainse. May the Lord continue to preserve you, keep you, touch you, heal you and may you feel His presence and His love for you all over again. What a blessing you are to our nations. You are the pastor of Canada. We love you, bless you and praise God for you. The joy of the Lord is your strength.

    In His love, Theresa

  23. Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. I think you both are such a wonderful example of Jesus working in our lives. I consider you a Canadian and Christian icon. God bless and keep you safe in His love, Gail.


  25. Happy. Happy 58th. To a beautiful couple.
    Praying for you David Mainse for your health to be completly restored.
    I miss you, thank you Ron for standing in for your dad.
    100 words, my inspiration now on my 5th year with David. I have surely learned a lots and WANT TO LEARN MORE.
    God Bless you, a wonderful family.

  26. I was going to say Amen to so many more of the posts , but then I agree with so many that I thought I would just do my own. As they are all saying you are Such A Blessing to too many to ever number all over the Globe.. you are..people of God who are always serving and doing for others in His High Calling and Purpose. I remember hearing you and Norma Jean singing the song “Others” and you have always lived this song and are such an Inspiration to all. God Bless You on your Anniversary and Get Well Soon.

  27. David may God abundantly bless you and Norma-Jean on your 58th Wedding Anniversary. We continue to pray for God’s healing mercy for you. May our Lord Jesus Christ heal and strengthen you so you may have many more days with Norma-Jean and all of your family.

  28. Happy Anniversary, David and Norma-Jean! David, we continue in prayer that God will raise you up to health and strength, in Jesus’ Name. Thank you both for your faithful service these many years.

  29. Thanks for the wedding photo, what a great memory for a beautiful couple, with 58th wonderful memories stored up through the years. Yes, have a great celebration with your family, enjoying your pizza and fellowship, sharing special memories!

    Thank you Reynold for the photo, I especially like the vivid red roses!

  30. Happy 58th Anniversary David and Norma Jean! What a beautiful photo and couple you are! Thank you for everything you do!
    David, we are praying for your healing.
    God bless you both and your wonderful family.

  31. Happy 58th Anniversary David and Norma-Jean! What a journey you have been on, so many miracles! May you see many more to come, including your complete divine healing David!….. Pizza…Yum! That should help!

  32. Happy and Joyful 58th Wedding Anniversary to you Rev.David Mainse and your beautiful bride Norma Jean. I pray daily for your complete restoration to health and for continued strength and well being for Norma Jean. Blessings to all of your family and all of the Crossroads family. Eraine

  33. Happy anniversary David and Norma Jean. I am praying David for your total restoration. The angels are rejoicing with you as you celebrate your anniversary.

  34. A very happy anniversary, David and Norma-Jean!
    I so appreciate you taking us along through the Bible! It’s a highlight of my day.
    GOD bless and keep you richly with all the health and strength you need!
    Thank you, David, for getting up faithfully every morning so early! That amazes me and I’m thankful to the Lord for you!

  35. Happy Anniversary to you both. Trust you had a nice day with your family celebrating with you. We continue to pray for you, David.

  36. Happy Anniversary wishes to you, what a beautiful legacy you are leaving!
    May the Lord give you healing, and may His comfort surround all of you!

  37. Happy Anniversary David& NormaJean ❤️❤️ You are in our prayers & we hope you are getting good care& will soon be home from the hospital.

  38. amen amen amen blessings to everyone

    Thank you Lord for this marriage of 58 years!
    We pray that You Lord will heal David Mainse and thank you for the pizza! They have many many choices of toppings; they taste very yummy…..I like to drink water or mil with mine….
    Thank you Lord for this blog that circulates the world and speaks the good News of the Love of Jesus Christ for all mankind! His unconditionaly love for all mankind!
    Come unto Him all who have heavy sins, lay them at the foot of the Cross! Truly repentent hearts are filled with the grace, mercy and peace of Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord and Saviour!
    amen amen amen

  39. Happy Anniversary Blessings to you both on this special day. Praying for a complete healing for you David.
    Is a little late in the day but I guess the pizza is all gone Will continue to pray for you and all of your wonderful family.
    Am enjoying this blog for the third time and so appreciate all the time and effort put into it. Always amazed at the beautiful pictures. Blessings.

  40. God bless and protect you and your family and may you have a glorious time together for your anniversary. May you be healed physically and be home soon .

  41. Joining every one else in wishing you a joyous Ann. You have been a part of my daily devotion for so long you feel like family and I thank the Lord for you and your ministry.

  42. Congratulations on your 58th Wedding Anniversary. What a great milestone in your lives. God is good and His Mercy endureth forever. “All through the years His providence has led us. His abounding goodness is all my song; All through the years I tell His love and mercy, Singing Ebenezer as the years roll on”. A great little chorus for you. Lifting you up in prayer for health, strength and peace. Love and prayers for you and Norma-Jean.

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