Saturday, September 8, 2018


Today’s Reading: Exodus 40

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


In the life-sized replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle, the High Priest stands beyond the Veil inside the Holy of Holies before the Ark of the Covenant.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.


Key Verse: Exodus 40:21

And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, hung up the veil of covering, and partitioined off the ark of the testimony, as the Lord had commanded Moses.


Tomorrow, God willing, we move to the New Testament book of Luke. In preparation for our meditation in the third Gospel, let us think about how Jesus Christ has been seen in Exodus. Consider these portraits of Christ in Exodus: (1) Moses and Christ are prophets – Both were endangered in infancy. Both voluntarily renounced power and wealth. Both are deliverers, lawgivers, and intercessors. (2) The Passover – Christ is the Lamb of God who was slain. (3) The Ark was the place where God manifested His Presence amongst His people, and Jesus is “Immanuel,” God with us. (4) Moses hung the veil to show the separation of God from His people…Christ tore the veil from top to bottom to unite us with God (Mark 15:38). Come and join us in the Gospel of Luke starting tomorrow.


Lord Jesus, Thank You for the symbols of the Tabernacle which are revealed in You. You promised that the Spirit of Truth would guide me into all truth (John 16:13). I ask for the fulfillment of that promise and for the grace of consistency in my Bible reading, so that I will read every word with understanding. In Your Name I pray, Amen!


I’m wondering how all of you who have joined me in this blog are doing. How are you? I wish we could visit face to face. Please let me know how the daily readings may be blessing you. For over 50 years I’ve done my best, with God’s help, to encourage Bible reading. My most constant memory of my Doctor of Theology father is of him sitting in his chair with his Bible open in front of him. Throughout his life, he must have read the Bible through more than 50 times. He was committed to 3 chapters a day and 5 on Sundays. This took him from cover to cover in 365 days. I used to promote that reading plan but found that the majority of those who started with me didn’t make it. Therefore, I switched to the two-year plan, which was not quite so demanding, and which gave more time for meditation on the content. Hang in there! If not down here on earth, we’ll talk it over up above.

Yours for the blessing of that all-too-rare jewel…consistency (Shakespeare),


SPECIAL VIDEO FEATURE: Exodus 40 is all about the process of the erecting of the Tabernacle in the desert. Back in the summer of 2012, we erected a full-sized replica of the Tabernacle behind the Crossroads Centre in Burlington, Ontario. Here’s a link to a time-lapse video of how it was done…probably a little different process than in 1500 BC! (My son Ron and I hosted this segment on a 100 Huntley Street program at that time). Click HERE to watch.


20 thoughts on “Saturday, September 8, 2018

  1. Thank you David Mainse I know you are with our Father and His son and our home. This blog is so good keep it going This is such a blessingin daily relationship with the Lord. Thank you God bless and praise the Lord for He is good. I’m

  2. Thank you Ron and Ann – thank you continuing to post this blog, your father had such a heart for God. Bless you both as you continue his legacy. This is round 4 for me reading this blog and I appreciate having the chance to start my day with God’s word everyday.

  3. Amen to the above comments.
    I, too am on my 4th round. Reading the Word of God in the
    Morning is my ‘life line’ for the day ahead.
    Thank you Ron and Ann for keeping the blog going.
    Blessing to all my blog friends, May God Bless your day.

  4. I started the blog about this time of year in 2013.I’m a slow reader and,being a baby Christian,did not expect to stick to it but God had other plans.Thank you Ron and Ann and Reynold too.It has been a great blessing to me.David’s gift of teaching still pleases God today through us students.God bless

  5. I too am still enjoying the blog. I seem to be learning and retaining more this time around. A lot of oh I see now moments. Looking forward to reading the gospel of Luke.

  6. Have been reading since the beginning as well and am getting new insights as I ask the Lord to give me understanding, wisdom and knowledge. Sure would miss it. Thanks Ron, Ann and Reynold for keeping it going. Is an awesome photo today with a fellow college student.

  7. I am reading this blog too for the 4th time and still need it!
    It really is a life-line for me daily to cope with life’s challenges.
    Many thanks Ron, Ann and Reynold for continuing the work
    of Pastor David Mainse. May God Bless you and all who read it, in Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

  8. I am still reading our blog it helps me learn a lot from the bread David has typed , , , and his pèrsonal words add to it. The pictures Renold are beautiful . I am now living in a Lodge I still miss my apartment even though I’ve been here a month. I still miss my Fitzroy Centre Residential Apartment . I know others say I will get use to it , but until I know for sure inside if that makes any sense. I am not having as many bad seizures still some small ones due to the decrease of one of my medications. I saw my specialist , and she was pleased no changes in my medications. I hope everyone on our blog has a nice day. Thank you Ron, Anne, and Renold for your dedication.
    Lianne Hogg

    • Lianne so glad your seizures have slowed down. I will pray that they stop and also that you will get used to being in the lodge.
      I am also still enjoying this blog, it was great to see the clip of David and you Ron. Thanks for continuing this daily with Ann”s help and Reynolds beautiful pictures. I know I am late at posting, soI I wish all a good evening. Eleanor M.

    • Lianne
      there are 3 people in my town, a child of 3, a gal of 56, a guy of 40 who suffer with seizures daily, many times during the day, until ONE DAY the parents of the 3 year old talked to a doctor about caninibas oil under the tongue, they got some and tried it and it WORKED and they used it for one month and the the seizures are gone from the child. She had seizures a few months later, so they put the oil under her tongue for again a month and PRESTO no seizures, the child is now 4 plus, active, healthy,fun, pretty little girl,very active, so excited and loves story books, coloring, everything a child should be doing, the parents are very thankful for the oil,
      they in turn contacted the other 2 people and both of them have used the oil and in both cases the results are absolutely astounding especially after having suffered so many years, the oil is working great…..
      the other 2 people had the same thing happen, they took the oil under the tongue for a month and the seizures stopped, with a few happening over the next few months but in each case the people used the oil under the tongue and they have nothing but good lives now and are very happy and can at least live somewhat of a normal life…
      I have heard of other cases involving severe pain and the oil woks very well, and I have heard of other cases of people having seizures and the oil seems to work very well….
      I also have talked to people who suffer severe depression and the oil has worked very well in their bodies,
      I am of the belief that whatever works, go for it, life is very short and if we can reduce the pain in some way I say God bless the solution…..

  9. Yes, I agree with the above comments re this blog it is a daily blessing: This is the third year I have been with it. Thank you David for initiating it, thank you Ron and Anne for continuing to post it daily.
    God Bless you and your family in all your ways.

  10. Yes I also enjoy this blog! I enjoy David’s honesty, I enjoy reading all the encouragements and the life issues that we encounter I am so thankful that people pray for one another
    thank You and God bless everyone on this site……

  11. Thank you for sharing the video of the constructing of the replica of the tabernacle. Interesting to watch it come together.

  12. Oh yes, this blog is second to none!! Love to hear over and over from David’s vast store of knowledge – his warmth and love for His Lord and people comes through consistently. Such an encouragement. I’ve been with it since the start and can’t conceive of doing my Bible study any other way. Three of my friends also follow daily and we meet regularly to read and study together following the blog. Love the geography lessons too and the stunning photos. This is a tremendous ministry, keeping this blog going. Let’s all encourage Ron and the Crossroads team by sending in a thank offering to our Lord for Crossroads which makes it possible. Praise be to God!

  13. I’m agreeing with the previous comments . This blog is a blessing and is one of the more consistent activities in my daily life. Thanks to Ron and the rest of the family for choosing to continue sharing this devotional . It helps me to read God’s word and gain fresh insight.
    Praise be unto God.

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