Saturday, July 1, 2017


Today’s Reading: 2 Chronicles 19-20

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


A westerly view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. This was Jehoshaphat’s “Parliament Hill.”

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


Key Verse: 2 Chronicles 20:3

And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.


Jehoshaphat had learned a very hard lesson! When the next crisis came, he began to pray with fasting before he made his plans for battle. After his bad experience with King Ahab, the attack of the Moabites and the Ammonites sent him straight to God. Prior to this he traveled throughout his kingdom and into some territories of the northern kingdom as well, teaching the things of God and bringing the people “back to the Lord God of their fathers” (19:4). Imagine, a political leader who was also a teacher/evangelist. Here in Canada (today is Canada’s birthday) we’ve come close to this model with several of our leaders. Our second Prime Minister, Alexander MacKenzie, was a man of God who not only taught the things of God, but it is recorded that he prayed three times a day, out loud, on his knees with his office door open. The staff crowded around the door to listen in and say “amen” at the conclusion of his prayers. According to the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, found Jesus later in life. Of course, who can forget the longest serving Premier of any Canadian Province, The Hon. Ernest C. Manning, who preached the Word of God on Radio across Canada for 40 years every Sunday morning on what he called “Canada’s National Back to the Bible Hour.” God blessed the leadership of Jehoshaphat, and He promises to bless us too as we learn the lessons for Godly leadership.


Lord God, I pray on this, the birthday of our country, for Your blessing on our land. Have Your way Lord! Keep this land glorious and free! Please raise up men and women in whose lives You are Lord! Put it in their hearts and minds to lead in “paths of righteousness for Your Name’s sake.” Please forgive me for my failure to stand more firmly for Your will to be done in my country as it is in Heaven. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!!!


On the eve of Canada Day four years ago, Norma-Jean and I had the honour of riding in the landau (carriage) as guests of honour of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at their Musical Ride (photos below). The magnificent horses performed in an arena with God providing a glorious sunset there in Ottawa. We were the guests of the Chief Superintendent Commanding Officer, National Headquarters of the RCMP, Ronald Mostrey. We were celebrating in this event 50 years of achievement of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Canada. This award encourages young people ages 14 to 25, including youth at risk, to make a difference while exploring their potential, taking on new challenges and finding success. The fund raises money to help in the transformation of the lives of youth at risk by developing local community programs in support of child safety, drug awareness, crime prevention, literacy, internet safety, anti-bullying, and victim assistance. I encourage all blog readers to make a donation to the RCMP Foundation, a charity established for this purpose. The RCMP fund and more information can be found at I’m so impressed with the good works of this charity that Norma-Jean and I are sending a gift. This could be considered a birthday gift to Canada on her 150th birthday. Happy Birthday Canada!!!

Yours for God to bless the lands where we live and the lands of our births all over the world, Amen!!!!!!!!


P.S. Here are some pictures that the official RCMP photographer took just before and during the Musical Ride. Norma-Jean and I were honoured to ride in the landau (carriage) and sit at the front of the viewing stand four years ago. This was part of the Canada Day celebrations in Canada’s capitol city of Ottawa.

16 thoughts on “Saturday, July 1, 2017

  1. Great photos God Bless Our Land and keep it strong and free To God be all the Glory we love you David and God will keep you strong until He comes this is my prayer

  2. Happy Canada Day David and family and fellow blog readers! Thank you David and family for all you have done and are doing for Canadians and the world. Today’s passage is one of my favourites. Another favourite is 2 Chronicles 7:14, especially for today. Happy Canada Day everyone!

  3. Hi David and Norma-Jean, thank you for standing up for Canada and wanting what the Lord wants for our country, your blog is very important in the lives of Canadians.

    My pray as I rise every morning and as I lay my head down each night on my pillow is that the Lord will have the government of Canada (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) walk in the narrow and righteous path and will raise up a Christian Prime Minister that will have a majority of the vote of the House of Commons, that will reverse abortion in our land, will reverse marriage (man to man and woman to woman) and close the doors of store front drugs being sold in our country of Canada. The Lord doesn’t want this for our country, May God bless this beautiful country of ours!

    Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future says the Lord.

  4. Happy 150th Birthday Canada! An honor and a privilege Pastor David and Norma Jean which is most deserved. Was praying also earlier, “Lord Jesus keep our land glorious and free.” Went to the Rally in Nackawic, NB with the Hon. Andrew Scheer yesterday and mentioned your name Pastor David and he asked me to say hello as he said he had worked with you at one time. Also mentioned it was a shame there was no protection for the child in the womb in Canada and he agreed. Great portion of scripture to be read today. God bless you all you servants of the Lord, your families and this great nation of ours. What a privilege to be chosen to live here. Thank you Jesus!

    • Amen And Amen Ger.
      The pictures are beautiful and You Pastor David and Norma Jean look lovely. Bless you as you continue to lead us in the Scriptures everyday. Again Happy Canada Day to all,

    • way to go Ger! Your witness to the unborn child was SPECTACULAR! God bless you Ger! To me that is what July 1st is all about! To look after each other, both young and old!
      I am so happy that one good positive post has happened today!
      The Lord God is very happy to hear how we witness amen amen amen

  5. Happy Canada Day everyone. God bless all our fellow readers. Thank you again David and family for all you have given to our country in time ,money and service. You are so special and appreciated.



    Great photos Pastor David, thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family as you give of yourselves through this blog, daily.

    Blessings on Canada Day to all bloggers!!

  7. Yes happy Canada day everyone this is a most historical birthday ever Canada 150 years old today God bless God and Canada for our Christian Heritage and for our Christian forefathers our fathers of Confederation and our first two prime ministers who were Godly leaders God bless all and Happy Canada Day

  8. What a wonderful experience for you 4 yrs ago. Beautiful pics. God bless & keep our land. May we be totally commited to Your Word and Your leading.

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