Monday, January 1, 2018


Today’s┬áReading: Isaiah 26-27

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An older woman in Nazareth Village teaches a young girl how to make a blanket from sheep wool. In our modern world where we are equipped with all kinds of supposed labour saving devices, we are too busy to take time to do such things. At least this is the case with most of us. Let us create an atmosphere of “Peace” in our homes by slowing down our frantic activities and by spending time with children and young people in order to pass on the knowledge of the good things of the past.

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


Key Verse: Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.


Chapter 26 is a good example of what a “Happy New Year” should be! Our key verse speaks of “perfect peace” (literally in Hebrew, “Shalom shalom – peace peace”). A double peace to all our blog participants!!! In this New Year let us take “the way of the just!” (26:7). Let us say to the Lord, “I will seek You early!” These daily blogs posted early each morning should help make the New Year the best ever!!!

Chapter 27 tells that God will be victorious over Satan. This is symbolized by “The fleeing serpent…the twisted serpent!” (27:1). Let us determine to “Resist the Devil and he will flee!” (James 4:7 – read James 4:7-10) Jesus said to His followers, “I give you authority to trample on serpents…” (read Luke 10:17-20). Let’s trample on the fleeing serpent this New Year! The result? “Peace…peace” (27:5)


Thank You, Lord God, for the blessings of the past year. In the New Year I ask for Your power and authority to back me up as I resist the Devil. I know he is not continuing to harass me but he’s fleeing away at full speed. I take authority and order him to stay far away! I pray in the Name of the One from Whom Satan flees, Jesus Christ! Amen!!!


Our eldest son, David Reynold, was featured on yesterday’s blog as he reported from Haiti. Just before he and Kathy left for Africa, they hosted Norma-Jean and me for breakfast at 7 a.m.; we had fish-shaped pancakes and read all the Scriptures where Jesus spoke of fish. At 8:30 we visited the magnificent new Toronto aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Reyn took pictures (check out one of Norma-Jean and me below). At noon we ate at a fish diner, and then in the afternoon we went to the Ontario Science Centre with its “Under the Sea” Omnimax theatre production. Our kids said the theme of the day was inspired by our commitment to follow Jesus and to let Him make us “fishers of men!” They are now fishing for men, women, boys and girls in Uganda, Africa (click here for an update).

HAPPY NEW YEAR from me to you!!!


Norma-Jean and me at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Aquarium in Toronto. This day gave me constant reminders of Jesus’ Words, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) This may be the best New Years Resolution ever! All I have to do is follow Jesus and He’ll “make me” all I should be!!!



8 thoughts on “Monday, January 1, 2018

  1. What a wonderful photo of you and David, dear Norma-Jean! Happy New Year–the first day to the start of a wonderful year to come–2018. To all saints, the Mainse family, the Crossroads Ministry/100 Huntley Street, all of Canada and rest of the world–peace love and joy be with you.

    I must perform my vows to you, O God;
    I will render thank offerings to you.
    For you have delivered my soul from death,
    Yes, my feet from falling,
    That I may walk before God
    In the light of life.
    Psalm 56:12-13, ESV

    You Crown the Year with YOUR Goodness (Psalm 65: 11)

  2. Good message from Pastor David and photo of him and Norma Jean. Happy New Year to Norma Jean, Ron, Ann, Reynold and Kathy(marvelous work being done in Uganda) all the Mainse family, CEO and staff of 100 Huntley St. and fellow bloggers. Peace be unto you all.

    • Amen Ger. Happy New Year 2018 to the whole world!
      May there be PEACE ON EARTH & GOOD WILL TO ALL
      MANKIND, in Jesus Almighty Name, Amen!!

  3. To Norma Jean and all the family, and all my blog family.
    May the Joy of the Lord be your strength throughout 2018.
    I look forward to God’s faithfulness in this coming year.
    May the Peace of the Lord keep our hearts and minds steadfast in Him.
    It is a Joy to be apart of God’s growing family.
    Blessings my dear brother and sisters in Christ.

  4. To Norma – Jean and Family
    Happy New Year.
    To Cross roads Team
    and Lorna Dueck.
    Happy New Year.
    Is 26.3 Good Verse
    for New Year.
    Song- The New Year Worship Song.

  5. Blessings to all on this magnificent beginning to 2018!! I believe God is leading me to be bold in sharing my faith in 2018, fishers of men. The scripture he has showed me,
    For heavens above rain down righteousness,
    Let the clouds shower it down.
    Let the earth open wide,
    Let salvation spring up,
    Let righteousness grow with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.
    Isaiah 45:8

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