Saturday, October 1, 2016


Today’s Reading: Leviticus 7

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).


To celebrate 50 years of God’s faithfulness, Crossroads brought the life-sized Teen Missions replica of the Tabernacle of Moses and set it up in the back parking lot for the summer of 2012. In the foreground is our version of “Tent of Meeting,” where the message of the reality behind the symbolism of the Tabernacle was explained to visitors.

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

Key Verse: Leviticus 7:12

If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil.


The sacrificial system was complex. It taught about the holiness of God, the sinfulness of the human family, and the need for sacrificial death in order to reconcile the perfect holiness of God and His forgiveness of sin. The system also made provision for joyful worship such as this thanksgiving offering and feast. Each offering had to include oil, the symbol of the Spirit of God. Let us welcome the Holy Spirit to our celebrations.

Last week we read Luke 24. We considered the reasons why thousands of Jerusalem’s Jews, including many Priests, believed in Jesus’ resurrection (click here to review that day’s blog). Recently I came across an amazing fact according to official Jewish records from that time. The sacrifices for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, were not accepted by God from A.D. 30 until the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in A.D. 70. Check it out here. Jesus’ death and resurrection would have been at Passover A.D. 30, as He was born in 4 B.C, according to the best calculations.


Holy Spirit, please fill me for this new day so that I may bring with joy my offerings of thanksgiving. May I have the grace to celebrate well. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


Recently around 6 a.m., I noticed that the sky was twinkling brightly with many stars. As our “day star” (the sun) rose in the east, the stars were less and less visible to my eyes. I decided to read 2 Peter. There I found in 1:19 these words, “We have the prophetic Word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Day Star [original King James Version] rises in your hearts.” I began to sing a song: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” The Lord Jesus, our Day Star, shines so brightly that all the lesser lights become invisible. They are still there, but we see Jesus only. To complete my thanksgiving offering, I went into Google and found Michael W. Smith worshipping Jesus with this song (click here to view). Join Michael and me in singing this powerful chorus.

Yours for celebrating our Lord and Saviour,


P.S. Ron here… As you may know, Dad has been in the hospital since shortly after his 80th birthday on August 13th. Initially, the doctors gave him little hope of going home again. Now, I’m happy to report that he has surprised the doctors once again, showing steady improvement in fighting the infection that was ravaging his body. They now say he will be released this Tuesday, October 4th! Thank you for praying! Below is a recent photo that my wife Ann took of Dad & Mom in the hospital.

David & Norma-Jean

42 thoughts on “Saturday, October 1, 2016

  1. Good morning, David:

    I am overwhelmed with joy as I read this morning that you are now going to be released once again to go home on Tues. Oct. 4th. God is good…all the time! Tears of happiness flood my eyes because of this good news. I pray for you often throughout each day and when I am awakened during the night my dear friend. Bless you, David!

  2. Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes we are all praying for you and may you, Norma Jean and your family have a blessed day with Jesus.

  3. How wonderful to hear about David’s recovery! He is wearing a beautiful smile Thank you Ron for this news, and for all you and Ann have done to encourage and support your parents.

  4. Oh, amen! Such wonderful news to hear!! So happy you will be back home for Thanksgiving, David, with your family. God’s continued blessings of healing, in Jesus’ Name!

  5. David,

    I am so glad you are going home! God Bless you for all you do for us the readers of your blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Vicky Murdoch

  6. Blessings on the good news. Your heart sure is steadfast trusting in the Lord. The Word of God is showing that He can do exceeding abundantly more than we can think or imagine. So pleased for you. God bless you today!
    Keeping you in prayer.

  7. Thank you Lord for hearing and answering the prayers of your people and for your Love, Grace and Mercy for David, Norma-Jean and family.
    So happy for you David to be able to finally go to your home

  8. How wonderful to hear that David is going home, praise God! David you and your family are such a blessing to us,thank you for your faithfulness. God bless you and keep you safe and well.

  9. So pleased to hear you are going home David. You have inspired me to read through the Bible since you started this blog. Thank you. Beautiful picture of you and Norma-Jean. Blessings to you and Norma-Jean and all of your family.

  10. David, what a wonderful, early birthday present for me the news of your hospital release is–my birthday is this Tuesday, October 4th!!! We will all have So Much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and I agree with others that God still has more for you to do.

  11. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
    Praise Him, all creatures here below!
    Praise Him above, ye heavenly host!
    Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

    And for filling in for your Dad during this time of need:)

    What a great illustration of stars, brightest in the dark of night; JESUS IS THE BRIGHTEST STAR, HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!!
    Beautiful sky in this mornings photo, together with that of the “tent of Meeting” Thank you Reynold!!

  13. Praying with thanksgiving today for good news in blog
    Pastor David Mainse scheduled to come home
    Lord You are faithful to those who serve You with all their hearts

    I just feel this verse so…

    It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace. —Hebrews 13:9

    Hebrews 6:9-10 NLT
    [10] For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do

    ~ Monina
    1 Timothy 4:6

  14. Thank you Ron for the good news also, for you and others that keep this blog going in the interim. I am overwhelmed with joy that you dear Pastor David are coming home . God is so amazing , I believe he still has more work for you to do. This chorus just came to me. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. Amen and amen.

  15. Thankful to hear this great news. may God be praised. On Fridays ,I share your blog with friends. They enjoy it as well as I do.

  16. Praise God! We give Him the glory. Such wonderful news that is such a blessing. Some how you all keep the blog going. I thank you so much for this. I pray for much grace and strength as you return home to continue your amazing ministry from home instead of the hospital. Take care. Big Cheers, Anne

    Yes Rob, love the Doxology, PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW; it says ALL….
    yes indeed, what a grand day indeed!!!!!!

    Lianne I want to thank you for your honesty regarding going through the Bible, it is alot to understand, and for me sometimes it is hard… thank you for those words because it was an inspiration for me! God bless you!

  18. Thank you GOD for Pastor David and strengthening him enough to allow him to go home to be with family. David, Norma-Jean Ron, Ann and all involved in keeping this blog going. PRaise the LORD for HIS many blessings

  19. David, I am so happy you are improving enough to go home. I’m sure Norma -Jean is too. Be sure to take good care of yourself.☺
    God is good!!!

  20. I may be the last to comment today on todays message. Thank GOD that “IN CHRIST” we have forgiveness of sins. Thank God for our LOVELY LORD JESUS WHO willingly gave HIS own Life and shed HIS own Precious BLOOD and went to the cross on HIS own volition and will when HE said to HIS FATHER AND OUR FATHER-NOT my will but THINE be done. Thank you JESUS for sparing our brother and teacher Pastor David Mainse. David has many other titles but we will call him “saved” blood washed and redeemed by the blood of the LAMB- the LORD JESUS. We will continue to pray for you David as the previous bloggers assured readers that they would pray for you and the Mainse family.
    Be strong my brother IN THE LORD AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.

    Rev. Terrence (Terry) Felvus – Grassie On and ALL of LAKEMOUNT WORSHIP CENTRE IN GRIMSBY ON.

  21. Thrilled to hear that your long hospital stay will soon end. During your time of hospitalization you have certainly showed us how to endure in difficult times. What an example you have been once again! Thank you and may God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand. Love the pic of you and your beautiful Norma Jean.

  22. I am delighted with the news which Ron shared that the Doctors have said you will be able to go home on Tuesday, David. I Praise God for the work He is doing in your life and the work He is doing through you in reaching out to countless thousands through the blog. May God continue to anoint and bless you and Norma-Jean day by day.

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