Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Today’s Reading: Job 9-10

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The Wedding Church in Cana of Galilee is where Jesus began His public ministry, turning water into wine. This was the home Church of my son-in-law, Nizar Shaheen. He served as an altar boy here. Ellen and Nizar were married in a basketball court right in front of the nearby Baptist Church on May 21, 1983. None of the churches would hold the crowd of about 2,500 people. In today’s reading Job mentions snow water. I prayed on live TV from here that God would warm hearts which were like cold water turning the water into the warmth of the wine of His presence.

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Key Verses: Job 9:32-33

For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. Nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.

Oh, the great advantage we have compared to Job and his friends. Being fully God and fully human, Jesus became our Mediator. A mediator brings two parties together. The word “mediator” occurs seven times in the Bible…once in Job and six times in Galatians, Hebrews, and 1st Timothy 2:5, “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

A New Testament reading for today could be John 9:1-7. Bildad and Zophar believed that Job’s suffering was because of Job’s sin. Not so! Jesus said that the blindness of the man who was born blind was not the result of sin, but “that the works of God should be revealed in him.” This sounds very much like the reason for Job’s suffering.

When we are hurting, run quickly to the cross and, through Jesus death and resurrection, into the arms of our Father. The wine of His presence will warm and comfort you.


Father God, thank You for Jesus, the only One that at the same moment touches both You, Father God, and me. Please grant me the understanding I need so that I will not allow time to pass without acknowledging Your healing and comforting presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!!


When my great granddaughter, Autumn Neilson, now seven, was about three years old, she rushed to me the moment I arrived at her front door. She pointed to her second toe on her right foot and told me that she had an owie. I bent over, kissed her toe, and prayed that her precious toe would be all better. Immediately she broke into a smile. Then she took me to the place where she stubbed her toe. Of course, I was most sympathetic. This special treatment I’ve been receiving from Autumn has been going on ever since. She’s been jumping up beside me at every opportunity and giving me cuddles. The reason may stem back to when our great-grandchild, Jadice Patterson, first visited from Oklahoma City at six months old. Jadice was the focus of everyone’s attention. I noticed Autumn’s long face, picked her up, and concentrated only on her for at least 15 minutes. It’s a beautiful thing to know that our Heavenly Father can give 100% attention to all His children at the same time. That comes with the fact that He is God and “God is love” (1 John 4:8b).

Yours for learning to run into the Father’s loving arms without delay,


P.S. We’re here at Wesley Acres Campgrounds. Our granddaughter Elena Gilmour, caught a fish yesterday, and my great-granddaughters that I just wrote about celebrated with her. Jadice is now four and Autumn is seven. My son in law, Bruce Stacey, has written and recorded songs for his children and grandchildren. Click the “play” arrow below for Bruce’s song about his granddaughter Autumn Lillian Neilson, called “When Autumn Smiles” (after you hit play, give it a minute to load).

Autumn Neilson







P.P.S. Again, here is Crossroads CEO Lorna Dueck’s important message for August…

This has been a remarkable year at 100 Huntley Street with a growing audience on TV and an exploding audience on the web through our website, social media platforms and on You Tube (where we now reach almost 1 million views every month).  It’s also looking like a turnaround yearfinanciallybecause we’re SO CLOSE to finishing our fiscal year (August 31) with a balanced budget…the first time in six years!  Lots of hard work, cost-cutting, financial restraint and generous donors who believe in this ministry have made this goal achievable. We have exciting, new plans in mind for our new media mission year that begins in September.  I’m so committed that Crossroads be Canada’s “megaphone of the Gospel”…and we will not be silent about how Jesus can change lives… Jesus alone offers hope! Your donation today will make a difference in many lives.  – Lorna            


14 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  1. Thank you pastor Davis for sharing the story of your great-grandchildren, I loved the song that Bruce wrote for little Autumn.
    I needed some cheering up, as there is much sickness going on in my circles right now. My long time friend Elizabeth is quite ill with stage 4 cancer, God has already given her over a year since having chemo. It now has returned in her head, both cancers are secondary, she has had radiation on her head and is nauseated and extremely tired.
    Pray for a little baby who is in hospital with a mass in his brain he is having an MRI this morning to find out what it is. Also my friend Yvonne’s husband is in palliative care.
    Glad you are having a little holiday with you family dear Pastor. Blessings to all. Eleanor M.

    • Lord God, we hold our sister Eleanor and all who are dear to her, who are suffering right now, Lord–Elizabeth with cancer, the baby with a brain mass, and Yvonne’s husband in palliative care. Lord, hold each of them closely with Your loving embrace. Give them strength, healing, comfort, peace and grace. And help Eleanor and all the family members linked to these individuals, through this difficult time Lord. Take their worry away and replace it with faith and trust in You. In Jesus’ precious Name, we pray. Amen, amen, and amen.

  2. Beautiful song for Autumn!! Amen to God’s love for us. I had a feeling you would be here, David. I am here at Wesley Acres, too; hopefully I will get the chance to see you. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord!

    And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God.
    Eph 6:7 MSG

    Lord I Offer You My Life

  3. Very nice song forAutumn! I have a great granddaughter who is 7! Her name is Keziah (the name of one of Job’s daughters from his second family)! Pray that her understanding will be opened to the reality of Job’s story & give her life to Jesus. Thank you.

  4. Cheery post that would brighten one’s day considering the Book of Job and all that is happening in the world. Glad you are enjoying some time at Wesley Acres, David and Norma Jean and Beverlee. Join my heart in prayer for your prayer requests Eleanor for these for needy people. Love the song for cute little Autumn. God bless all today. Amen!

    • Amen! Ger. Agreeing with you in prayer that God will give
      His peace and comfort to all in need, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  5. I enjoyed that song, WHEN AUTUMN SMILES. Would it be possible for you to give me the words? Also, I am wondering if there is more than one person singing on the recording. You can email me the words, as you have my email. Thanks.

  6. Enjoyed the song “When Autumn Smile”; and your personal comments; prayed with you.
    How blessed we are to have Jesus Christ as our mediator. The door to God the Father. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. What Great love the Father has for us. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1John 4:10 NIV

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