Sunday, June 3, 2018

SUNSET and SUNRISE (two more years, God willing!)


The Eastern Gate or “Golden Gate” of the Old City of Jerusalem, which leads to the Temple Mount. This photo was taken from the Mount of Olives at sunset. Could it be that the Messiah shall soon burst open this gate in order to enter the Temple area? Jesus entered through the Eastern Gate in His triumphal entry one week before His resurrection.

A Message from Ron Mainse:

My Father, David Mainse, 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. A memorial website has been created for Dad at, which includes a link to view his “Celebration of Life” service.

We want to continue to keep Dad’s words alive through his daily “” blog, so my wife 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. We are honoured to be carrying this daily torch for Dad at least for the next two years!

Now, here are Dad’s words from June 3rd, 2016…

For those just joining us, today we start another exciting 730 days in our TWO-YEAR journey throughout the Bible. My name is David Charles Mainse, born August 13th 1936, in Quebec, Canada. If you’re new to this blog and just might possibly be interested in finding out more, you can check me out here. You may also want to view a brief video where I describe what “” is all about…click here.

So, I’m now 79 years old. This new two-year plan shows that I’m an incurable optimist (because in 2012, the doctors gave me two years to live). You can tell a lot about the company you’re keeping when you are sharing a coffee. Someone may say, “Is there any milk in that jug?” The one who says “pass the cream please” is me!

Yesterday was the birthday of the TV ministry of Crossroads (started June 2, 1962). I’m excited to report that it is “HAPPY!” I’m honoured, along with my wife, Norma-Jean, to be the Founders. I can report good things about Crossroads. I expect to report in this blog, God willing, from time to time on the vision, the persons God has called to lead, and the results of the Good works of a ministry that is supported by God’s people. “Happy Birthday, God bless you!!!”

Now, here’s the plan for this blog:

  1. Beginning today, God willing, I’ll present to you fresh bread on this two-year journey through the WORLD’S OLDEST BOOK, STILL THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLER – – THE BIBLE. We will start in the New Testament, go to the Old Testament, back to the New and then back again to the Old. To start, I suggest joining me in reading St. Matthew’s Gospel chapters 1 & 2… a good place to start, THE CHRISTMAS STORY. In the 1970s, I led a “Through-the-Bible-in-One-Year” program. Unfortunately, when we reached Leviticus, Numbers or Deuteronomy, more than half dropped out! After much prayer, I believe I heard from God to extend the reading to two years. This change, along with the New to the Old and back again approach, reversed the drop-out rate. I knew how many were following with me because new materials needed to be ordered in order to continue with the program.
  2. I read the suggested chapters at 4:00 am. At approximately 4:30 am, I’ll spend time in prayer. This early start has been a habit of mine, most days, since I turned 40.
  3. Around 5:00 am, I am usually at my computer keyboard where I expect to write my blog (or re-edit my original writing from our first two-year journey). First, I’ll write “100 Words” (forgive me in advance as I usually go over 100 words) on the theme of the key verse which I’ve chosen from the reading for the day. Second, I’ll include a “Prayer for Today” that we can pray together. Then third, I’ll include another section called “100 Personal Words,” which might be a personal meditation or a story from my life. 
  4. My son, Ron, who is an ordained minister, will format the blog in advance, and his wife Ann will proofread the text before the blog is posted. Ron also adds photos taken by my other son, Reynold, who is a missionary as well as a professional photographer and also an ordained minister. He has spent much time in the lands of the Bible shooting photos for the blog. His website is
  5. At 6:00 am, the day’s “Fresh Bread” comes out of the oven and is delivered from my place to yours.
  6. Each day, comments and replies to my post are encouraged (I do read all the comments, although I don’t usually get to personally reply…sorry about that!).
  7. NOTE: You can sign up for the daily email version of my blog by completing the subscription info on the home page at If, for any reason, it does not appear in your inbox, sign up again.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU BEGIN (OR CONTINUE) THIS JOURNEY WITH ME…and please tell your family and friends to join us too! Perhaps you can post my website link on your Facebook wall (if you’re into that particular flavour of social media).

TOMORROW’S READING: Matthew Chapters 1 & 2

Yours for thinking God’s thoughts as we read thoroughly His Words,



30 thoughts on “Sunday, June 3, 2018

  1. Anyone else have tears reading today’s blog?
    Thanks Ron and Anne for continuing our journey through the bible, for the next two years. I will be reading with you all.

    God bless you all, as we go forth reading Gods word.

  2. I hope many of you that have been with this blog for years will join me in thanking Ron and Ann for continuing this blog for at least another two years.

    There is a community of readers attached to this blog, from those who have been here from the beginning, to those who comment daily with their insights, and those who pop in now and then and those we loss along the way either by choice or they went home to be with the Lord.

    As part of that community I thank you Ron and Ann for putting in the time to get this blog out daily- and for David who listened to Lord to established this blog even when he wasn’t sure what it was or could finish the first two years. But most of all I want to thank the Lord for providing this loving supportive community to journey together through his Word.

    And those who are starting for the first time welcome, you will be bless

  3. At first I was saddened too but then a visual thought came to me of David apologizing in Heaven for going beyond 100 words with a huge smile on his face.He probably finished it off with that dance he did with Georgian Banov several years ago.Thank you David.
    Thank you again,Ron,Ann and Reynold too for extending our journey with David,our ‘shepard emuritis’.God bless

  4. Thankful for the past 6 years with David & family. Planning on continued reading & praying with David. What a privilege- how we grow!

  5. Good Mornimg Ann, Ron and fellow bloggers. I am still here. I don’t post often but I read every day. This will be my third time reading through the the Bible with David and every time I learn something new from reading what I read the last time. This morning it was so emotional reading David’s words it was like he was there with us.
    Thanks Ann and Ron for continuing this blog. Have a wonderful and blessed day all.

  6. Thank you Ann, Ron, Reynold, and others who bring us this daily Bible reading schedule. It has been a great way for me to keep reading His Word.
    Thank you for making another two year journey with us.
    May the Lord’s blessings be upon you!!!

  7. Thank you for continuing this journey through the Bible, and for sharing David’s wisdom with us for two more years. It’s like he’s still here giving us fresh bread every morning. Bless you Ron, Ann & Reynold. I love the photos too, it put everything into perspective with the visual, and brings back memories of Israel for me.

    I’m emailing my friends today’s blog so they can have a chance to join in too!
    Love and blessings to all who are reading, and those to come.

  8. I thank both of you and God for continuation of this wonderful blog. I would greatly appreciate a few words from each of you. God’s richest blessing on each of you.

  9. Thank you Ron and Ann for continuing David’s journeying through the Bible for us. His insights plus Reynold’s amazing photographs are a great blessing. May God abundantly bless you both ????????????????????????????

  10. Thank you for continuing on with this bible study. I was beginning to look for an alternate study plan but am so thrilled to be able to join in on the 3rd time around. It has been such a blessing!

  11. Am planning to continue as well for the 4th time through the Bible. God bless you Ron, Ann, Reynold and others for continuing your father’s legacy.

  12. Yes, add my voice with the others in thanksgiving to God first of all who gave David such a huge heart for the Lord and His Word, for his family and for others, like us. This continues to bless us still through this “best Bible study ever”! Thanks to Ron and Ann for publishing daily these life-giving posts and to Reynold too for the appropriate and inspirational photos every day. The sunset photo today is spectacular…”So the evening and the morning were the first day.” Gen. 1:5 Just as today is the first day of another precious 2-year trip through the Bible. Thanksgiving and praise well up in me to think I was fortunate enough to start the very first year of this blog – June 2012. God bless you all and inspire you to pass on the Good News in creative ways so our loved ones will hear and come into truth!

  13. What a glorious photo! thank you Reynold…thank you Ron for posting it!

    Looking forward to starting the next two year blog with you….Thank you Ron for sharing Your Dad’s Legacy with us. God bless you and this ministry!

  14. Thanks to the Lord for this blog!
    please pray for President of the USA, Donald Trump; pray for the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau! May God give them the right words to say to each other, the right attitude to meet each other and to meet other leaders and pray that God will give them the right words that are filled with grace and mercy. Pray that forgiveness is first and foremost in our leaders minds, forgive each other, their families;the people they govern.

  15. The other issue that is very disturbing is abortion! …I don’t know what else to say! Forgive us Lord, forgive us…….in Jesus Name I Pray amen

  16. Thank you Ron and Ann for continuing the blog. I am so excited. I will be reading through the Bible for the 3rd time.

  17. It was very touching to read David’s introduction to the blog. Thank you so much for continuing with it, Ron, Ann and Reynold. It is so rich in encouragement, wisdom and insight. Lots of interesting photos and great explananations, historical and geographical information. I read it every day – my top devotional! Thanks again

  18. May God Bless you for your amazing sacrificial ministry to this wonderful Blog. Well done Ron,Ann and Reynold!

  19. Thank you for continuing the blog. I look forward to it every day and have for many years now. Bless you for doing this Aron and Anne

  20. Thank you for continuing this journey through God’s word. I was blessed to discover it in May 2016 and am excited to commence this 2nd 2 year journey.

    Thanks and God Bless

  21. I will be continuing again with 100words reading through the Word. Thank you to Ron & Anne for your commitment in this regard as a legacy to your father. Also, thanks to Reynolds for the excellent photo that compliment the the blog. May God’s Word continue to unite us together, draw us closer to the Lord, and be the means of encouraging, challenging and inspiring us as continuously renew our faith in God and reach other in love to other bringing light and hope in many dark corners of our society and world. Many blessings to Norma-Jean and all members of the Mainse Family, the on going Ministry of Crossroads, and new life to multitudes of people who are blessed by 100 Huntley Street Daily Programs.

    Finally, on a more mundane note, a word to the administrator of the program, please send me the daily blogs. I’ve tried to re-subscribe but says that I have already subscribe…. It continues to be hit and miss and I need to access through the blog through other avenues. Please & Thank You.

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