Saturday, December 17, 2016


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 4

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A father walks his child from a time of studying holy books in a Jewish library located in Jerusalem at the foot of the Temple Mount, beside the Western Wall. This Jewish father is obviously taking heed to Moses’ instructions.

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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 4:9

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and grandchildren.


Words repeated in a chapter stand out to me. “TAKE HEED” (3 times), “OBSERVE” (3 times), and “POSSESS” (4 times). I believe God wants us to pay attention to Him, carefully scrutinize His Word and our response, and then assimilate (make part of our being) what we are learning. This will equip us to pass on our stories to the next generations, and for us personally, “That you may live” (vs 1)…also, “Lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life” (vs 9). Another reason to TAKE HEED, OBSERVE, AND POSSESS is…”Lest you act corruptly” (vs 16). How about “Lest you forget?” (vs 23). The result of our diligence is found in verses 29-31. This is so important that I’m going to type those verses here for extra emphasis, “BUT FROM THERE YOU WILL SEEK THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND YOU WILL FIND HIM IF YOU SEEK HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. WHEN YOU ARE IN DISTRESS, AND ALL THESE THINGS COME UPON YOU IN THE LATTER DAYS, WHEN YOU TURN TO THE LORD YOUR GOD AND OBEY HIS VOICE (FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD), HE WILL NOT FORSAKE YOU NOR DESTROY YOU, NOR FORGET THE COVENANT WHICH HE SWORE TO THEM.” Amen!!!!


Lord God, I can’t do this on my own, nevertheless I’ll give it my best. My best won’t be enough Lord. Therefore, I ask you for sufficient grace to fully “Take Heed,” “Observe,” and “Possess.” Through the Person and work of Jesus, the One who did it right, I pray. Amen!


Telling my stories to my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren is a joy for me (I’ve written a book containing some of my stories. Interested? – click here to order a copy). Besides, when I do this I’m being obedient to God’s instructions given to us through Moses. As I ponder what story I should tell here, in my mind’s eye I see a framed front page picture from the National Post that I have at home. It’s of Stephen Harper in 2006 (who would be elected Prime Minister in 3 days’ time) holding my great-granddaughter, Noelle Neilson (I’ll put a copy of that picture below). His campaign bus stopped right in front of Noelle’s townhome in Waterdown, Ontario. Meanwhile, I had a book of photographs from the 1948 Stanley Cup Champions, the Toronto Maple Leafs, that I thought Stephen Harper would enjoy, knowing that he’s a BIG hockey fan and was working on a book about hockey. I had prayed, “Lord, I have no idea how to get these historic pictures into Stephen’s hands; can You help me?” Now back to that surprise street visit…Mr. Harper asked Noelle’s Mom, my granddaughter Sheryl, “Who is this child.” She answered, “This is David Mainse’s great-granddaughter.” He responded, “Tell David I’m going to call him next week.” The day after the election, as I was walking into a nursing home to get the “okay” from the elderly couple who had given me the hockey photographs, my cell phone rang. Guess what? It was our new P.M. I travelled to Ottawa and presented him these amazing photos on Thursday that week. No one could tell me that God does not have a hand in even small events if we ask Him to. Hebrews 11:6 says, “He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” So that’s another story for my great-grandchildren. Noelle is now eleven and more great-grandchildren have arrived since!.

Yours for passing on stories of God’s love and grace,


Here is the photo from the National Post which I referred to above. It was from January 20, 2006. You can click on the photo to enlarge it.


11 thoughts on “Saturday, December 17, 2016

  1. Wonderful story, David–thanks for sharing. Our God is good and makes things happen–amen! But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Feeling Your Holy Presence, ever more. Blessings fellow saints, in the Lord.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6 KJV

    When The Music Fades–beautiful rendition…

  2. Very interesting Pastor David! There are many young people in this family and I post your videos, and my comments often to instruct, correct, confirm and encourage them on Facebook and I thank God there are believers among them who do the same. Also I need to encourage them to read the Word( in the new year again. God bless you sister Beverlee and all the saints!

  3. How precious and how special to have such a blessing of the Lord…Yes, He is there even in the little things in our lives. Great story, and great picture and memory. Thank you David!!

    Your words of wisdom and encouragement are always so appreciated; especially in expounding on God’s Word!! Bless you and all who work with you to bring forth this word!!

  4. Such fond memories. Your life has been blessed David with so many wonderful opportunities. Your obedience to the work of the Lord has changed thousands upon thousands of lives. Mine being one of them, for which I am forever grateful.

  5. I am shivering with excitement when I read how God brought Stephen Harper to your great-granddaughter’s door!!!! That is so AWESOME! That is God doing His amazing grace!!!!!!! When life lines up that way it makes me just drop to my knees and thank Him for all the blessings of this day!
    I had a blessing today also that brought me shivers! I wrote a cheque last month, forgot about it, put the wrong date on the cheque, the lady called to ask if she could change the date and I agreed and them I thanked God because I would have been over drawn! Yes, that is the Holy spirit at work! It is so wonderful, so amazing Thank you Lord, thank you, thank you In Jesus Name we pray amen

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