Saturday, June 3, 2017


Today’s Reading: Ephesians 6

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


In ancient Ephesus, the Pollio Fountain was located to the south of the State Agora, across the Odeion. It was built in 97 A.D. by the rich Ephesian C.S. Pollio and his family. The water was brought to the fountains of Ephesus from three main sources through aqueducts and distributed from fountains by a branching system of baked clay pipes (note the pipe at the bottom of the picture, which is now at ground level). The water sources were Kencherios (42 km) at Kusadasi, Camlik village stream of Marnas (15 km), and the Cayster River (20 km). This was an example of excellent engineering. Water was free of charge by the city in the public fountains. This fountain has a high arch facing the temple of Domitian and is known to be decorated with a number of statues. One of these statues of Roman gods and goddesses is the Head of Zeus which is on display in the Ephesus Museum today. Please note the caption written below the second photograph.

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


Key Verse: Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”


There was a very moving reading from Ephesians 6 during the funeral service of the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Margaret Thatcher (click here to hear her granddaughter read this most powerful Scripture). “Spiritual Warfare” is real, and all of us need desperately to apply these truths to our daily lives. Having assimilated (made part of ourselves) these powerful facts, let us then be channels of God’s power to win battles, and eventually the war, by preparing for battle every morning, or throughout the day as we make quality time available, in which we concentrate on God! How do we do this? “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all PERSEVERANCE AND SUPPLICATION!” (Ephesians 6:18).


Lord Jesus, You modelled for me “all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Your intensity in prayer on the night of Your arrest, when Your disciples fell asleep again and again, is truly my example of “being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication!” O, how far short of that I fall! The spiritual song I sing and pray with great fervency is as follows, “O to be like thee, blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art. Come in Thy sweetness. Come in Thy fullness. Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.” Amen!!!


My son-in-law, who preaches in the Arabic language all over the world on several satellite channels, Rev. Nizar Shaheen, has said to me over and over, “Be strong Dad!” Norma-Jean, if she is in hearing range, always adds the words of Ephesians 6: “…in the Lord and in the power of HIS MIGHT!” (verse 10). Then she preaches a little bit for my benefit. I need lots of reminders that it is only “HIS MIGHT” that makes me strong. It’s my job to make sure that I have the whole armour of God in place over my head, my heart, and my will. When I’m properly dressed for battle, then I’m absolutely confident that God is giving me “the power of His might.” We can wield “the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” with devastating effect against the lords of the underworld and the “wiles of the devil.” The hosts of the wicked one are no match! We are more than conquerors!!! (Romans 8:37).

Following the reading of this final chapter of Ephesians, and before we begin 1 Chronicles tomorrow, I would like you to join me in reading the story of the final meeting of Paul with the elders of the Ephesian Church (Acts 20:16-38). As I read this, I, too, am weeping freely as they did. I’m praying fervently for all who read my blogs!

Yours for becoming stronger each day “in the Lord and in the power of His might!” Amen!!!


Temple of Hadrian is one of the best preserved and most beautiful structures of ancient Ephesus. It was built before 138 A.D. by P. Quintilius and was dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian, who came to visit the city from Athens in 128 A.D. The facade of the temple has four Corinthian columns supporting a curved arch, in the middle of which is a relief of Tyche, goddess of victory. The side columns are square. Inside the temple above the door, a human figure, probably Medusa, stands with ornaments of acanthus leaves. 100 years after the death and resurrection of Christ, the religion of Rome was still the state religion. These and other gods and goddesses were the principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places against which Paul said we fight! (Ephesians 6:12).

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19 thoughts on “Saturday, June 3, 2017

  1. We are strong with you, dear David! Peace to you, brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. And all the saints said, amen!

    The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 NIV

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  2. thank you Beverlee Kay for your blogs! Very enjoyable! May God grant you a very blessed day and may He shower you with grace, mercy and peace!

  3. please pray for healing for my friend Eva! she is in the hospital! She spoke Words over me when I quit smokes/booze! She spoke “We have the Holy Spirit that enables us to do more than we ever dreamt!”
    IMMEDIATELY I put away the smokes and the booze followed! that was 22 years ago! I pray God will heal her and bring her home soon! In Jesus Name amen

  4. Yes, thank you for your prayers, dear David and we declare our strength ” in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Amen! Reminded of Sir Winston Churchill’s words, “Never, never give up.” You are a spiritual father to us Pastor David. God bless all of you saints today. Am going to our Pastor’s wedding.

  5. Lord Jesus please remember Sah’s friend Eva today and touch her body and bring her home, in Jesus Name. Amen. Am saddened by the death of one of my friends from the mission field, sister Bonnie Raymer Sawler.

  6. Thank you, David. Upholding you before the Lord in thankfulness – and the family. It is an amazing education to see the pictures and descriptions from the Holy Land. May His greatest blessings overtake you & all participating in this blog.

  7. Dear David, I appreciate so very much your daily blogs.
    You are a inspiration to me each day. The Lord bless you and keep you His tender care, yours because of Christ, Anne Bargen

  8. Jesus take the wheels from my hands cause i cant do it on my own you are the driving force The MIGHT behind my energy….God bless you David..Norma…and the Mainse family of all encouraging fellow blog viewers May the Grace and Power of God be with all CANADA…KEEPING PRAYING FOR ME WHILE I PRAY FOR MYSELF IN JESUS NAME…Amen

  9. Something about Jesus:
    “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
    (John 1:10-13)

    And something about children, from Johnny Cash’s “Gospel Road” movie soundtrack:

    May God bless all His precious children today.

  10. Powerful word and prayer Pastor David…and photos with comments to enhance them. Thank you! May our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen and encourage you this day and always. Blessings on your and Norma-Jean and each member of your family.!!

    Thank you all for your input into this daily blog. Have a glorious day!!

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