Sunday, September 16, 2018


Today’s Reading: Luke 9

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Tabgha is situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. This altar is built over the place where it is said that Jesus took the two fish and five loaves of bread and blessed them. I like to think that in His DAILY early morning prayer time, Jesus received His confirmation from His Father for the miracle of the feeding of the thousands of hungry people.

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

Key Verse: Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me…”

Peter, Andrew, James and John left their nets. Levi (Matthew) left his tax collecting post. The others left whatever it was they were doing. Now Jesus teaches that this decision must be made DAILY! As God, Jesus made the decision, with His Father, to become Man. As Man, He learned DAILY to live in obedience. “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Isaiah 50:4 says, “He awakens me morning by morning to hear as the learned.” In verse 7 of Isaiah 50, the experience of the Messiah is described this way, “I have set my face as a flint.” This blog is designed to help us all every day in making a fresh decision to follow Jesus.


Lord God, I confess that most mornings I would like to stay in bed for another hour, but I know that I cannot follow You closely without doing as Jesus did, taking up His cross daily. I praise You for the grace You give me to follow You. Please continue to give me the gift of discipline every day. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


[Written by David September 16, 2016]

As some readers know, I was told by the experts in March 2012 that I had two years to live. Thanks to the professionals and the Lord Himself, as a result of your prayers, that “expiry date” has been changed. God knows! I’ve been in hospital ever since shortly after my 80th birthday on August 13th. They say I have cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. Some speculate that an insect bite might be the original cause. The infection, particularly seen on my right leg, is now in retreat.  Praise the Lord!

I take comfort in that often-repeated Bible verse, “His mercy endures forever.” That’s found 26 times in Psalm 136. God is consistent. I need to learn by making a deliberate decision every single day to follow Jesus more consistently. How are you, my blog partner, doing in this department?

Yours for “daily” following Jesus,


P.S. Luke, the Physician, is the primary historian of the New Testament. In Luke and Acts he covers a period of 70 years. Over the next few days, I would like to beg the indulgence of readers as I write in the P.S. some thoughts on the reliability of the historical record of Scripture!


10 thoughts on “Sunday, September 16, 2018

  1. To think that David had been in hospital for a few weeks with cellulitis and hadn’t mentioned it to his readers!
    One of the many reasons I like this blog so much is how David, who must have had the gift of exhortation, used it to encourage us in our walk.
    Thanks for continuing the blog, Ron, it’s my priority for starting the day… Eleanor C.

  2. The legacy continues. Through his children grandchildren wife thank you the Mainse family thank you for continuing this daily blog so good. Part of my early morning routine as me and my wife of one week share our daily walk with the Lord. Thank you. His mercy endures forever. Amen

  3. This blog makes it seem like David is still here until we read one of the notes from Ron or Anne.How hard it must have been,and still must be, for them to post this everyday.Thank you both.
    Congratulations to Dale McQuillan and his new wife.Please pray for my oldest sister who is 82 and “is being admitted to the QEII with an intestinal infection. Doctor is considering options–possibly surgery. (her husband) has been undergoing radiation treatments” there and staying nearby.God bless

  4. Dear Heavenly Father, please help the Doctors to make a quick diagnosis of Biill’s sister . I pray that she would have complete healing. I also pray for healing of her husbands cancer. Give them both strength and help them to put their trust in you. I prayer this in the Precious Name of Jesus. Amen. Eleanor M.

  5. Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow!! Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above you heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son and Holy Spirit!! Amen!

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