Monday, November 7, 2016


Today’s Reading: Numbers 5-6

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).


In 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in these caves in the region known as Qumran, next to the Dead Sea. The scrolls are a collection of 972 texts, consisting of Biblical manuscripts from the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament). It has been considered the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th Century. Many of the Scrolls date back to the first century and earlier. They attest to the accuracy of the Biblical text through the centuries.

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


Key Verse: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.


Quarantine for communicable disease is an example of the care God had for His people. God gave instructions for physical blessings. Restitution for wrongs committed is an example of the social care God has for His people. God blesses His people by love and mercy, and because He cannot and will not tolerate sin, He makes provision for forgiveness through atonement. In this way He provides for restoration of relationships. “At-ONE-ment” is gained through restitution and a sacrifice for sin. Jesus provides all this for us through His life and death.

We might want to read an example of the “Nazirite vow” in Judges 13:5, the story of Sampson. Let us also consider giving someone today a benediction. The meaning of benediction is to “say a blessing.” Our key verses are magnificent words of blessing.


Lord Jesus, You promised that “When He the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all truth.” I’m reading from an English translation of Your Hebrew Bible. I have difficulty understanding all You are saying to me, Lord, so I ask for Your Holy Spirit to teach me. Thank You for speaking such a marvelous blessing over me as found in the key verses. Amen!


I was honoured to be the Pastor of a wonderful congregation in the northern city of Sudbury. I was blessed to find the great strength of love and unity among the people. This strength produced in me a confidence that God could and would do big things in Sudbury. My predecessor was the late Rev. Homer Cantelon. His ministry produced that strength I experienced. I was thinking of him as I read the Sampson story. Homer was not only strong spiritually but also physically. I was told lots of stories such as Homer picking up one end of a Volkswagen beetle. The men were suitably impressed. At one time, Homer worked in the nickle mines after returning from Europe as a WWII veteran. A miner came to our church looking for Homer to perform the marriage of his son. He reflected back on his former workmate and said, “The men would tease Homer about his faith. Homer was so strong that he could’ve beaten them easily in a fight, but he was kind to them instead.” He then said, “Homer is the only real Christian who is a minister in Sudbury.” I explained that Homer had moved away and offered my services. Against his better judgement, he agreed for me to do the marriage. Later, the whole family gave their lives to Jesus. Thank You Jesus, and thank you Homer.

Yours to help us all “say a blessing” on others,



6 thoughts on “Monday, November 7, 2016

  1. God bless you, too, dear David!! We love you!! Numbers 6:24-26 is one of my favourite passages. Such a blessing felt when that scripture is prayed over us, amen. Granting peace love and prosperity to all saints of the living blog.

    To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven
    Ecclesiastes 3:1

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  2. Everything Has Its Time

    To everything there is a season,
    A time for every purpose under heaven:
    A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
    A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
    A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
    A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
    A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
    A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
    A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
    A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
    A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
    A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
    A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
    A time of war,
    And a time of peace.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

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  3. A member of the Sudbury church named Hazael was my roommate in Kenya David. Also we were honored to have Rev. Cantelon visit us there on one occasion. Yes praying for the US election today. Your song is very relevant today Beverlee. Thank you for blessing us with it. God bless you David and all.

  4. God Bless you David and Norma-Jean and your whole family, may the blessings of the Lord rest upon you and refresh you with the anointing of the blessed Holy Spirit this day and always. Amen!

    Bless you Beverlee for posting Ecclesiastes. hope to come back to view the movie this afternoon.

  5. What a great picture of where the “dead seas scrolls” were found and the comments that go with it ..thank you Reynold!!

  6. please pray for Eva and Monica, for complete healing!
    please pray for restoration of marriages that are being torn apart by selfishness, pray the Lord will intervene and speak clearly to the couples involved, bring them to the understanding of confessing their sins, and asking the Lord for His forgiveness and forgiving those who they feel has done them wrong! Only God can handle all this stress!
    please pray for a couple having car troubles, while waiting for a mechanic they were arguing, I mentioned that God didn’t want them driving at this time but rather maybe they need to talk to one another, find out what the problems is, forgive each other and maybe their relationship will be strengthened and they can carry on in their lives! With God nothing is impossible!

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