Saturday, August 19, 2017


Today’s Reading: Job 16-17

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


The sun sets over Jerusalem and the Golden Gate, also known as the Eastern Gate. Jesus will one day return to the Temple Mount through this gate, which is temporarily stoned-up in an attempt to prevent this majestic entrance.

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


Key Verses: Job 16:19

Surely even now my witness is in heaven, and my evidence is on high.


There is a growing emphasis by Job’s friends and by Job himself that God is the Source of these calamities. Job does not know of the existence of Satan, the destroyer. In 16:9 Job says of God, “He tears me in His wrath…” Yet in the midst of all this, Job has a prophetic glimpse beyond his present anguish. He sees with eyes of faith and states that his “Witness is in Heaven.” The New American Standard version says, “My Advocate (evidence) is on high.” We long to say to Job, “Now you’ve got it! You’ve just seen into Heaven. You’ve seen your Lawyer for your defence. You’ve seen Your Intercessor!” Hebrews 7:25 had yet to be written, but it says, “Therefore, He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.” Job, Jesus is there as you suffer. You can trust Him completely to bring you through these hard times. We may want to remind Job that he has three Persons on his side who are much more faithful and wise than Eliphaz, Bildad & Zophar. They are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!


Lord God, when I am called to minister to a hurting, grieving friend, may I allow God’s Comforter to minister through me. Holy Spirit, I pray that You will help me to join Jesus in His prayer meeting each day, participating in His prayer of intercession. Through Jesus Christ, my Saviour and Lord, Amen!!!


I received the e-mail below two years ago and shared it at the time. God has answered prayer. The churches of Assyut and El Minia, Egypt, are mentioned. My father and mother helped establish congregations in those areas. My sister, Willa Hodgins, was born in Minia in 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood government (2013) that was fomenting violence has been overthrown, and there is now some protection for the Christians. I asked our readers to pray for the Egyptian people. Thanks for responding with your prayers. My cousin, Rev. Roy C. Kenny, had forwarded this e-mail to me from Egyptian Henry Salah. It describes the situation in 2013.

I want to share this with you so you can pray for us. Today, the situation in Egypt has become very difficult. At 7 am, the police troops took over the square that the Muslim brotherhood supporters were camping at. As a result of that, all the Muslim fanatics all over the country got very angry and started attacking the police stations and the churches. Many churches were burnt down today in El Minia, Assyut, Suhag, Bani Suef, El Fayoum and Suez. Three of the churches are in my hometown and the villages surrounding us (especially Dalga, where our brother Fayez lives). They have also killed the father-in-law of brother Fadl, the church planter in Dalga. In Dirmawas, they have burnt and stolen 15 different shops owned by Christians. I can hear heavy gunfire in the streets right now, and it has been like that since the morning. I am imprisoned at my house and all the Christians in my hometown are the same way. We can’t go out into the streets because the Muslim fanatics are beating any Christian they see in the streets. I am not scared but I hope the situation will end soon, as it is getting worse every passing hour. They have burnt five different churches in El Minia city and a big Christian school until now. The riots are continuing. Our FM church in Assyut was attacked and they burnt its bus and bookstore as well as the Bible Society there. We need your prayers. Please, share this with everyone you know so we can all intercede for Egypt now.”

You prayed! I believe God has intervened to bring about a much greater measure of peace in Egypt. Please keep praying!


P.S. I’ve just discovered that my cousin, Rev. Roy Kenny, who served for many years in Brazil and Haiti posts a blog once a week. He is a great story teller. Check it out at

P.P.S. Remember that this month is the financial year end for the ministry of Crossroads. Here is Lorna’s message once again…

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            


8 thoughts on “Saturday, August 19, 2017

  1. Amen, Pastor David. Will pray for Egypt and the Christians there. Read two of the stories by your cousin, Rev. Roy Kenney and indeed he is a good story teller. God bless you and Norma Jean at the campmeeting and all the saints today.

  2. Seeing today’s top picture,I immediately thought of one of Joe’s videos.His video lessons are fantastic at filling in the blanks….

    Ezekiel 44:1-2 Living Bible (TLB)…
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    Why The Eastern Gate? – Joe Amaral – Truth To Go
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  3. Good morning David M and thank you for sharing the link to your cousin Rev Roy Kenny’s page. Enjoyed reading a few of his posts.

  4. Spectacular photo…thank you for it Reynold…thank you Pastor David for posting it, and thank you for your wise comments expounding on today’s scripture.

    Have a blessed day all you saints!

  5. Also read the e-mail from your cousin and his letter, and prayed for the Lord’s intervention for His children. Found the story about the fleas quite interesting as well as humerus.

  6. Hi David: Thanks so much for mentioning my blog and I trust God it will increase interest in Christian missions, but more importantly “allegiance” to Jesus as Lord and Saviour. I find at my age of 86 that it takes a good bit of energy to write, then edit it a few times and find pictures to help out. David, I marvel again and again as I read your daily blog how you can get that all done–every day. But I know the answer–the grace of God. Blessings, Roy

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