Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An Important Message from Ron Mainse…

Dear 100 Words blog readers,

Yesterday morning, surrounded by his loving family, Dad was peacefully ushered into the Presence of the Lord.  At this very moment he is beholding the face of Jesus, the One he loved and served throughout his life… and the One Who surely said to Dad, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Thank you to those who have been praying for him and for our family over the last three weeks as he has been in the hospital. He’s now where he longed to be! A special memorial website has been created HERE.

We want to continue to let his words live on through his daily blog, so Ann and I will continue to update and post Dad’s commentary, prayer, and personal words from his previous years’ postings… as an ongoing legacy to our precious Father.

Honoured to be carrying this torch for Dad,

Ron Mainse

Below is our family announcement of his passing…

Rev. David Mainse

Mainse Family Announcement of the Passing of David Mainse:

It is with great sadness yet divine peace that Norma-Jean and the entire Mainse family share the news of the passing of their beloved David. He went into the presence of his precious Saviour on the morning of September 25th, 2017, surrounded by his family, ending a 5-year battle with MDS leukemia. The Lord graciously extended his life 3 years beyond what the doctors initially predicted, allowing his family and friends to enjoy for a little longer his deep wisdom, caring heart and passionate encouragement.

David was a beloved husband to Norma-Jean for 59 years (as of September 19th) and also leaves behind four children, daughter Elaine and her husband Bruce Stacey, daughter Ellen and her husband Nizar Shaheen, son Reynold and his wife Kathy, and son Ron and his wife Ann, as well as 16 grandchildren with many spouses, and 13 great-grandchildren…all of whom have been amazingly blessed and forever influenced by his genuine love and Godly example.

David’s passion for Jesus spilled out into every area of his life and fueled him as an enthusiastic evangelist, visionary leader, and beloved mentor to so many. Having been in TV ministry since 1962, David was greatly loved by countless people with whom he connected daily, sharing the love of Jesus and wearing his heart on his sleeve. He was a man of impeccable integrity whose public and personal life were in clear alignment, enabling him to powerfully impact the masses and the individual…especially his family. Through his words and actions, David lived out his oft-quoted words, “One soul is worth more than the whole world.” His life-long desire was to see precious lives transformed for all eternity through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ…a desire he satisfied with great success.

Although he will be greatly missed, David’s influence will live on through his family, the ministry he founded (Crossroads), and the many lives he touched and inspired in his beloved Canada and around the world during his 60+ years of ministry.

David Mainse requested that after his passing, a memorial fund be established in his name to support four charities especially close to his heart, including Crossroads and three charities led by his children. If you or someone you know has been touched by the life of this servant of God, memorial gifts can be made to The David Mainse Memorial Fund, administered by Crossroads Christian Communications, Inc. For more about the fund or to make a donation, visit HERE.


And now for today’s blog reading and commentary…


Today’s Reading: Psalms 40-41

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


Located in the ruins of the house of Caiaphas, the High Priest, is the pit that Jesus was lowered into for the night, just after His arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Caiaphas’ house is now covered by the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu, which is located in Jerusalem. The windows cut in the stone were for the guards to keep watch over the prisoners who were in this horrible pit.

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


Key Verse: Psalm 41:9

Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted,

Who ate my bread,

Has lifted up his heel against me.


In yesterday’s Psalms, that big word “I” was repeated over and over. Today the words that stand out are “my” and “me.” At least 35 times we are directed inward to think about ourselves. Psalm 40 starts out, not with a pity party for poor “me,” but with a powerful declaration of what God has done for David. He testifies that God has (1) inclined to me, (2) heard my cry, (3) brought me up out of a horrible pit, (4) set my feet on a rock, (5) established my steps, and (6) put a new song in my mouth. From verses 4 to 10 there is more positive confession. Then David seems to slip off the “Rock,” and back into that horrible pit. He writes, “My heart fails me…”

In Psalm 41 there are some directions for staying on the rock and out of the pit. (1) Blessed is he who considers the poor. (2) The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. (3) The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive. (4) He will be blessed on the earth. (5) The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness. Then David’s feet slip again as we read verses 4 to 9. But let us not despair; he’s back up again for the last 4 verses of Psalm 41. One of the reasons the Psalms appeal to us is that David is so very human. We can identify with his struggles and his triumphs!


Lord God, help me to wait patiently for You. Please set my feet on the Rock and keep me there by Your presence and power. You have given me the doxology of Jude 1:24-25. I confess Your ability to keep me from falling back into that horrible pit. I pray this with confidence that I am standing firmly on the Great Rock, the Lord Jesus Himself, Amen!!!!


I’ve had the opportunity several times of descending literally into the “horrible pit” in which Jesus was kept overnight, beneath the palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest. It’s clean now, but when Jesus was there it was filthy; excrement would perhaps have covered the floor. Just next to the pit is the torture room where prisoners would be tied and whipped. I am overcome with the horror of it all. Jesus subjected Himself to this outrage when He could’ve simply spoken a word and set Himself free. He did it so that I, and millions of others, could be rescued from the pit of self pity and despair. He went down so that He could reach under all humankind and lift us up to stand on the unshakable Rock, which is Himself. He cleans us up through the cleansing of His blood (1John 1:7) and keeps us clean by the washing of water by the Word (Ephesians 5:26).

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, recorded a message which I would like to share with you. It ties in with David’s lament about his own familiar friend who has turned against him (click here).

Yours for standing firm on the “Rock,”


This is the torture chamber area where prisoners were scourged. It’s located in the lower levels of Caiaphas’ house where Jesus spent the first night after His arrest and before His trial and crucifixion.

36 thoughts on “Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  1. Thank you Ron and Ann ..
    Blessings and Prayers as you take additional responsibilities here – We know that Ron was already hugely involved in the preparation of the blog for daily publishing.
    Praying that your Dad’s Blog will continue to impact many lives for Jesus.

  2. Thank you Ron and Ann for taking on this blog I appreciate the daily word of God and the add words of wisdom. I pray for your family and so grateful for all you do to spread the word of God to the Nation. God Bless

  3. What a beautiful and very fitting tribute to your Dad, Ron. My prayers are with you all. Thanks so much for continuing to carry the torch. In the midst of your huge loss, what comfort it must be to know that your Dad is with his precious and beloved Savior, and that you will be together again in the Lord’s perfect timing. I will just say one more thing, I have never met another human being who exuded his love for Jesus more than David Mainse.

    • Amen! Deanna, well said. In total agreement with you.

      My sincere condolences to the Mainse family.

      Thank you Ron and Ann for continuing this life-saving blog
      to the whole world. What a blessing!

    • Yes that is so very true, his gentle heart shone out like a light, giving hope in the darkness to us all…and it continues to shine in many ways through the things he accomplished, the ministries he began which continue on… just now I was brought to tears as I prayed the prayer he wrote in the blog…it felt like he still lives on through the prayers he left behind for us <3
      God bless all of you, his family, and may his Godly influence and his prayer protection remain over your lives forever!

  4. We watched the tribute to your Dad last night. We pray that our Lord’s grace and compassion will be so real to your family at this time especially. Your Dad was such a great example of what God can do with and through a life surrendered to Him.
    Thank you for your faithfulness as well to carry on the torch that has been passed.

  5. Awesome how one life has impacted so many for HIM…may you be comforted at this time with the comfort He provides……he will be missed…..

  6. David left such a legacy not only seen in his family and extended family but the legacy unseen, the countless souls that were comforted, healed and or saved by hearing David preach, by watching David on television, by calling the prayer line, by reading this blog or meeting him briefly in person. And humbly he would take no credit, but give all the glory to our Lord Jesus Christ. He was and always will be an inspiration for all of us. Thank you

  7. AMEN to all the comments above.

    David was a shepherd to me, leading and guiding in the word of God.
    Though this blog I have grown in my faith, encouraged to press though in the hard times. Reminded God is always faithful to meet the need at hand and He loves me.
    I was on the last trip to Israel that David and Norma Jean lead, I was so blessed. A trip I will always treasure,
    My love and prayers are with Norma Jean and all the family.
    Thank you Ron and Ann for continuing with this blog.

  8. Dear Pastor David Mainse’s life lives on through the ministry of 100words.ca which I am privileged to be a part of. Watched the tribute to him last night. Love and prayers for Norma Jean and all the family. Thank you Ron and Ann for carrying on David’s ministry.

  9. Thank you Ron & Ann. We will truly miss David a truly devoted Christian who walked the talk. In your time of sorrow, may God`s love sustain you all, His power and faith renew you. His strength and hope continue to touch each of you. My sincere sympathy to Norma Jean and all the Mainse family.

  10. Home at last it is well with David’s soul. Love and blessings to you Ron, Norma Jean and the whole family. I will be praying for strength, as you all have a lot ahead of you these next few days. We will miss David so very much but his Spirit lives on in all the family. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

  11. Thank you Ron for the news of David’s passing into the arms of his blessed Jesus. There are not enough words to express how much David, his ministry and family have meant to me over the years –
    I pray the Lord’s comfort and peace for you all.

  12. Although we are saddened by David’s departure from this life and send our sincere sympathy and prayers of comfort to Norma-Jean and the rest of the Mainse family, we rejoice for David, who is “Singing with the Saints”.

  13. We are all feeling your pain to some degree.In a way,we are David’s legacy for we continue to be ‘nourished’ by his biblestudy/blog.I just began my 4th year and am very grateful to have known David through this medium.You may not get ‘over it’ but you will get ‘through it’.My prayers are with you all.God bless

    Perfect Faith

    There would be no words for sorrow
    If perfect faith was our shield,
    For mortal life is but to borrow
    Until it is our turn to yield.

    We should be happy for those gone,
    For they are in His holy grace
    And have no sin to fret upon,
    For they have seen His face.

    There is no better place to be
    Than with family up above,
    For it is there we finally see
    The miracle of His perfect love.

    So be joyful to wait your turn
    And never be afraid of death,
    For it’s a gift we did not earn
    That we receive as His bequeath.
    (G W) Bill Marshall/Sept 17,2013

  14. Ron thank you for being so faithful and keeping us up to date. We are all so sorry for your loss. David felt like a friend and I enjoyed his humor, his devotion to the Lord , to your mom and family. Please express to Norma Jean and to your family how saddened we are for your loss.

  15. Very thankful for the ministry of David through out the years. His has been a voice of stability in troubled times. May the presence of the Lord surround you all.

  16. I saw the news last night that David Mainse went to be with the Lord. In The Salvation Army, we would say, David was “Promoted to Glory” after a life-long relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and over 60 years of Ministry as a Servant of the Lord. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” Psalm 116:15 (KJV). Prayers of peace, strength & comfort to his wife, Norma-Jean of 59 years, a devoted partner in Ministry. “May the Father of all mercies, and the God of all Comfort” (2 Cor. 1:2-4) be your sufficiency in these days of loss, grief and transition without the human presence of her husband, David. Also, Love and prayer are extended to David’s four adult children: Elaine, Ellen, Reynold & Ron, their spouses, as well as, all grandchildren Great-grandchildren and, of course, the four ministries that will be an ongoing legacy of David’s life as each ministry continue to point individuals to Christ, bring encouragement and help to those those struggling and extending the Kingdom of God – in His Name and for His Glory.

    “Give to Jesus Glory,
    Give tho Jesus Glory
    Proclaim redemption’s wondrous plan
    And give to Jesus glory”
    (by W.H. Clark)

    Thank you, Ron, for sharing the news of your Dad’s passing. You have been a great help to your day in filling in to ensure the 100words blog got out each day especially during certain down times in your Dad’s health. May God continue to bless you and Kathy as you continue to maintain this blog and give you wisdom and direction as you continue to discern the will of God in Ministry and as sit relates to Crossroads.

    I am sending a donation to cover the various ministries in honour of David.

    “The Lord will give strength unto His people;
    The Lord will bless His people with peace”
    Psalm 29:11 KJV

    Samuel Fame

  17. I like to think if Pastor David as “Canada’s Pastor”. He exuded God’s love everywhere he went and through this blog he reached out to us and shared his heart with us.

    May Jesus surround you with wonderful memories and comfort all day you. ..
    Norma – Jean and the extended family. What a wonderful legacy Padtor has left you and as you take up the torch may we offer our love and prayers for all
    Of you.

    Thank you Ron and Anne for continuing our blog, even in these trying times.


  18. I really enjoyed reading the blog from David and im glad that you and Ann will continue with it. David was a remarkable man so passionate for the Lord. Im praying that I can have that same passion that He Had. God bless

  19. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad, Ron. I am sending my heartfelt prayers and condolences to you all. May peace and love surround you all as never before!! Thank you to all of you for your faithfulness in letting your lights shine for Jesus to all men and women all over the world!! I, personally, have been blessed and fed for so many, many years and I have used the prayer line more times than I can count and these prayers have gotten me through many a tough time!! Thank you and Praise be given to The Lord Jesus Christ for loving, honourable and faithful people who so let their lights shine for His Glory. Thank you Lord, for your faithful servant David Mainse!!

  20. Thank your Ron & Ann for keeping up the 100Words. It is very much appreciated and we are so grateful. We have done this since it started every day and it is wonderful that you are carrying it on. We are praying for your you and the family

  21. So happy for your Dad, but praying God holds you all close and comforts you during this time of saying goodbye for a while. Thank you, Jesus, that it is just “for a while”. ????????

    • God bless you Brad! Praise and thank God that you had a wonderful mom! May God continue to uphold you while you are grieving the loss of your mother! Blessings to you and your family!

  22. Amen Kerry …agreeing with you.

    Sending my love and prayers to you Norma-Jean, Ron and Ann, Reynold and Kathy, Bruce and Elaine, Nizar and Ellen and all the grandchildren and gr.grandchildren. Praying for Peace and Comfort, and strength of the Lord to uphold you at this difficult time.

  23. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the passing of your dear father. I support and have been blessed by your dad’s ministry of Crossroads/100 Huntley Street. What a beautiful legacy of faith.

  24. Dear Mainse Family – May the God of all comfort be with you and enfold you with His love and peace. I’m so grateful for David’s faithfulness and doggedness in keeping this life-changing blog going through all his discomforts and pain. Such a legacy of faith and hope.

    One day we’ll all be together around the
    Father’s throne in worship. Hallelujah – “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?…But thanks be to God, which give the us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1Cor. 15:55-57

  25. Peace be still. My heart is with all the Mainse family. David will be truly missed. Oh, what a Godly legacy he has left. Well done, oh good and faithful servant, indeed. Thank you, David, for being such an incredible mentor to me.

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