Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Today’s Reading: Judges 14-15

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The Tomb of Lazarus is a traditional spot of pilgrimage located in the West Bank town of al-Eizariya, identified as the Biblical village of Bethany, on the southeast slope of the Mount of Olives, some 2.4 km (1.5 miles) east of Jerusalem. The tomb is thought to be the site of the miracle recorded in the Gospel of John in which Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. This first photo is of the street level entrance to the tomb…see three more images at the bottom of this blog that will take you down into the tomb itself.

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


Key Verse: Judges 14:5 & 6a

So Samson went down to Timnah with his father and mother, and came to the vineyards of Timnah. Now to his surprise a young lion came roaring against him. And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him.


The Apostle Peter warns us that our “adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (read 1 Peter 5:5-9). This is advice to younger people. Sampson needed this counsel. While he won this fight with a lion, he was already on the path of poor choices. His mother and father knew this but did not stand in the way of their son’s desires. Of course, God knew that this would start Sampson on his road to deliver Israel from the latest oppressor. God often allows us to go our own way, and in doing so, advances His ultimate purpose. God desired to respond to the the cries of His people for deliverance. Sampson chose a wife who did not know the God of Israel. God could’ve accomplished His purposes in different ways, but He chose to work within Sampson’s free-will decisions. How can we line up our decisions with His?

Psalm 37:4 tells us, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” When we delight ourselves in the Lord, we want only what He wants. His delight becomes our delight. Thus we have the desires of our hearts and do His will at the same time.


Lord God, I desire to do Your will at all times. I delight in You! You are my joy! Therefore, I ask for Your guidance in my decisions. I am confident, going forward, that You are directing me into Your plan for me. Thank You, Lord! In the Name of Jesus, the One who always delighted to do Your will, I pray. Amen!


It’s Valentines Day! Sampson’s love life was sad. Contrasted to Sampson’s experience is my relation with the love of my life, Norma-Jean, my wife. We both knew we were in the centre of God’s will when we were married in 1958. We both desired to please the heart of God most of all and, therefore, God gave us the desires of our hearts. Have a Happy Valentines Day!!!  By the way, my son, Ron and his wife, Ann, with Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Ministries, have a great Valentine’s “Date Night” event planned at the Crossroads Centre this Saturday night, February 18th.  Click here for more info and tickets!

I found it interesting that my other son, David Reynold, would choose to share with us the photographs he took of the tomb of Lazarus, the tomb into which Jesus spoke the words, “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:19-44). Yes, Sampson was a great champion of Israel, but our Great Champion, the Lion of Judah, the Lord Jesus Christ, is Lord of all. He has defeated death, the last enemy of every human being. He has brought us deliverance, not just for 20 years, but forever and ever.

It’s about 30 years ago that a Dr. Eby was a guest on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. He was already an old man. He held the record for being the obstetrician who had delivered more babies that anyone else. I was impressed. He told us of his experience while in the tomb of Lazarus. He had a vision of the risen Christ, and his life was forever changed. I have never had such a vision, but I know that Jesus is right here, right now!

Yours to help us delight ourselves in the Lord, thus finding His perfect will. Amen!!!!


The long staircase down into the tomb area of Lazarus’ Tomb.

The light at the bottom of the image is actually the entrance to the tomb.

A view from the back of the tomb towards the stairs that Lazarus would have walked up to get to Jesus.


12 thoughts on “Tuesday, February 14, 2017

  1. Happy Valentines Day to you and yours. ????I ask The Father to command His angels to take charge of the Mainze family from generation to generation in Jesus’ Name I pray ????

  2. Happy Valentine’s day love to all. Thank you for sharing all these lovely pictures your son took. I appreciate how you coordinate them with the reading of the day.
    So grateful for all you do to bring the gospel alive each day.

  3. Yes, Happy Valentine’s Day to you Pastor David, Norma-Jean, Reynold & Kathy, Ron & Ann and the rest of the family. Also to all my blogging friends. Trust you all have a great day! I am well blocked in with snow on this pretty sunny day; just will have to wait until the big tractor and snowblower have time to come and blow me out. Worst blizzard this winter but God is Faithful! Oh how I love Jesus!

  4. When I was at prayer this morning the following poem came to me– I hope it will be a blessing to someone this Valentine’s Day.

    Love makes us stronger
    not weaker.
    Love fills us with courage
    not doubt
    Love binds with mercy
    and brings possibilities

    Love creates tenderness
    not hardens.
    Love breathes freedom
    not torment
    Love joins with grace
    and gives joy to be

    Love touches us gently
    not demands or rapes.
    Love whispers softly
    not shout at us with greed.
    Love merges with wisdom
    and births understanding to meet all

    Love encourages us forward
    not to look back with regret.
    Love shapes us into more
    not less.
    Love ties with purpose
    and bears fruits to
    Love leads us to God and is God
    otherwise Love is pointless


  5. Just a question. My NIV bible has the spelling of Samson and I see you have always typed in Sampson. Just wondering if it is spelled that way in the bible you read out of. Just curious. Happy Valentines Day to you and Norma Jean! ❤️


    Photo’s are great!! thanks.

    Prayed together with your prayer Pastor David. What a glorious day it is, the sun is shining…almost like Spring!!

  7. Praising God, His ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts are higher than ours. Evident from today’s Word! And always, thank Your Jesus!!!

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