Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Today’s Reading: Numbers 15

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).


Orthodox Jews (perhaps the successors of the Pharisees) at the Western Wall or “Wailing Wall” of the Old City of Jerusalem. This wall is part of the retaining wall around the peak of Mount Moriah on which the Temples of Solomon, Ezra, and Herod once stood.

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

Key Verse: Numbers 15:41

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.


Religion vs. relationship!! There is a very big difference. Jesus brought us into a living and loving connection with God. The Pharisees, one of the denominations within Judaism, is still present. This movement, according to Jesus, practised an intricate observance of a multitude of details. We might do well to read now Matthew 23:1-33. According to Jesus, the Scribes and Pharisees claimed to “sit in Moses’ seat.” Today’s reading from Moses would’ve made them feel so “holier than thou.” Moses wrote of the man who died from stoning. Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone” (John 8:7). James, the first Pastor of the Jerusalem Church, wrote, in James 1:26-27, what true religion is.


I’m ever so thankful, Lord Jesus, for the “great exchange,” as Martin Luther put it. I have given You my sin in confession and repentance, and You have put Your holiness, Your righteousness, on my account with God. Please give me Your grace so that I may live in a constant state of repentance and, as a result, a consistent assurance of my salvation. You’ve given me peace and joy. I’m eternally grateful. Amen!


I believe in what James called “pure religion.” The word “religion” comes from the same root word as “ligament.” Ligaments are essential in order to keep our body together. I sought to identify what “religion” is in a presentation I made to the Radio and Television Commission a number of years ago. That hearing resulted in Crossroads being granted licenses for TV stations. “One’s religion,” I said, “is what a person holds as their highest value in life.” If that is true, James, who was also known as “the brother of our Lord,” nailed it right on. Perhaps we could sum it up with the WWJD campaign, What Would Jesus Do? What would He say and do with the man picking up sticks on the Sabbath in today’s reading? I’m thinking about it. I think He would probably lend him a hand. Jesus changes everything!

Yours for rejoicing in the fact that Jesus came to live as One of us,


P.S. Below is a photo at the place on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus, after His resurrection, asked Peter three times, “Do you love Me?” Each time Peter affirmed his love, and Jesus followed up with “Feed My sheep” (John 21:15-17).

17 thoughts on “Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  1. Praise God for our Lord dying so that our sins may be forgiven. I can’t imagine being stoned to death as in today’s scripture reading. Be careful out there with first snows and freezing rain, dearest saints in the Lord.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV

    Bless the Lord Oh My Soul~Hallelujah~Jenn & Brian Johnson

  2. God’s blessings on you, today, Sah.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

    • TY Beverlee Kay for your prayers it means so much to me!
      so appreciate the links to the music you share with all of us…..
      that verse in Jeremiah nails it for me….
      getting used to the time change……very hard on my body….
      God bless you…….

      • PTL! had winter tires put on AND Rick had a hub cap for my car! SO thankful for this; the Lord gave me the car last year but one hub cap was missinG and now well, PRAISE THE LORD! now all the tires have a hubcap THANK YOU LORD AMEN AMEN

  3. Lucifer could not humble himself.Jesus does not make that mistake and,through example and word,teaches us not to make that mistake.
    In Secret Bless

    In this day of somber guilt,
    Let not your heart be troubled,
    For His love for us will not wilt,
    Thus,our deeds should be redoubled.

    In death He took all the blame,
    In life sowed enduring love,
    So we should be humbled in shame
    While He builds our new homes above.

    He taught with love how to live
    And that we must become less,
    For to the poor we must all give
    So that in secret He may bless.
    (Last 3 lines Oct,2018)

    As often I do;today I searched (googled):”phylacteries” in English but “TEFFILINS” is preferred by many Jews.This short video explains their purpose.(It also gives an excellent message of ‘Where’ our intellect comes from.):

    ” The best preacher is the heart;
    The best teacher is time;
    The best book is the world;
    The best friend is God.”
    ~The Talmud

  4. Praise God that Jesus came and we do not live under the Law today but under Grace. The snow is falling softly here now and we do not have the winds yet. See the school bus just going by here at noon so the schools are closed for the day because of the storm. Know of a church group going to Israel this week in Toronto area and pray God’s protection. Good worship songs Beverlee. Thank you and safety through these storms saints. Does anyone else have to repost their name and e-mail before you post comment? This never was the case before.

    • Yes, Ger. Have to do it every time. It wasn’t always this way, but has been now for some time. Someone suggested it may be for security reasons.
      Stay warm and safe and enjoy the snow “from the inside”

    • I find if you just type the first initial of your name, you will see it come up and you just have to click on it, rather than type the whole thing out. As soon as you click on your name, your full email address comes up on the next line below; you just have to click on it.

      • Hi Beverlee Kay
        yep! it works like a charm! so thankful we can get the Word of God daily; TY Lord for this prayer site;TY for the Mainse family;for hearing from others, it is very uplifting to me…TY to one and all God bless

    • Hi Ger
      it has always been that way for me…..I thank God that I have a computer and can link up as best as I can…thank you Lord, Thank you

  5. Couldn’t help but weep over this one but then I remember God always knows what He’s doing. This is so fitting for November 11th. Blessings on all saints.
    This was written by a man from Nova Scotia to honour those past and present who suffer from PTSD as well as all veterans and those actively enlisted:


  6. What a wonderful gift Jesus gave Peter…forgiveness in such a loving way!!
    Thank you for the photo of the place of that event!
    Much ground was covered in today’s scriptures.
    Grateful for this blog, this daily manna…bless you Ron and Ann for continuing with this blessing your Dad was inspired to bring to us!
    This the Day the Lord has made..lets choose to rejoice in it!!

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