Sunday, December 30, 2018


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 27

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This plaque is on the door of the oldest Protestant church in Israel, Christ Church. The church is situated just inside the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. The plaque is written in Hebrew, Arabic and English. Jerusalem is the only city mentioned in the Bible for which we are specifically urged to pray. But what about your city and my city? Let’s pray fervently for our neighbours to come to know Christ. Pray that the soul-winning ministry of 100 Huntley Street will be more and more effective as we give to keep the ministry strong.

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


Key Verse: Deuteronomy 27:26

Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them. And all the people shall say, “Amen!”


It is understood that the laws to be written on the stones erected after crossing into the Promised Land were only those found here in Deuteronomy 27. To write all the laws of Moses in this way would be impossible. Whitewashing the stones and then writing on them, possibly with charcoal, would not be permanent as would engraving in the stones, as was the case with the Ten Commandments. Jesus gave us two laws which sum up all the Law. First, love God, and second, love our neighbour as ourselves (Luke 10:27). When the young man came to Jesus to ask about eternal life (Matthew 19:16-22), Jesus said, “Keep the commandments.” The youth replied, “Which ones?” Jesus gave only six and then went directly to the heart of the young man. Jesus said, “Sell what you have and give to the poor.” This revealed what was written on his heart. What commandments are written, not on tablets of stone, but on our hearts? (2 Corinthians 3:3). Let’s meditate on this throughout today. Amen!


Lord God, write on my heart Your Word, I pray. Grant me the grace to love You more, and to express this love by also loving my neighbour more. In Jesus’ Name I ask these mercies. Amen!


Throughout my childhood, I thought I understood that unless I kept certain rules, I was not going to Heaven when I died. By the time I was 15, I had given up on keeping the rules. Then at 16, in December of 1952, in a high school auditorium, I went forward at the invitation of an Evangelist. An older man opened his Bible and asked me to read John 6:37. I read the words of Jesus, “Him that comes to Me I will in no way cast out.” The man said, “You’ve come to Jesus, right?” I answered, “Yes.” Then the man said, “What does Jesus do when you come to Him?” I answered, “He receives me!” Instantly, I knew that my salvation was not about keeping certain rules, but about believing that Jesus would not lie, and that His Word is true. At that moment, I was transformed; I became a new creation; I was born into a new life in Jesus! I’ve just paused to sing the song, “Tell Me the Story of Jesus, Write on My Heart Every Word” (click here to sing along). My heart is filled with joy.

Yours for our hearts to be filled with Jesus!


P.S. I will be forever grateful that someone paid for the gasoline and gave me a ride from Pembroke, Ontario, to Ottawa (100 miles) the night I was saved. Lots of people gave in the offering that night to pay to rent the auditorium and to pay the cost to bring Evangelist Jack Wrytzen from New York City to Canada. Years later, Syd Healey, my boss at the garage where I worked part time while I was in high school, gave the first offering of $300.00 to start the Crossroads television ministry in 1962.

12 thoughts on “Sunday, December 30, 2018

  1. Praise God through whom all blessings flow for David and the Crossroads ministry! Thank you for the photo of the inscription, Reynold. It really brings it home. Be safe, blessed saints of the Lord, in the snow. And remember how much God loves you, so!!! Let us worship Him with praise and thanksgiving for all the blessings He has afforded us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen, amen, and amen.

    Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
    Psalm 119:165 ESV

    Tell Me the Story of Jesus/I Love to Tell the Story, Charlotte Ritchie, Ivan Parker

    • Tell Me the Story of Jesus
      by Frances J. Crosby
      published 1880

      Tell me the story of Jesus,
      Write on my heart every word;
      Tell me the story most precious,
      Sweetest that ever was heard.
      Tell how the angels in chorus,
      Sang as they welcomed His birth,
      “Glory to God in the highest!
      Peace and good tidings to earth.”

      Tell me the story of Jesus,
      Write on my heart every word;
      Tell me the story most precious,
      Sweetest that ever was heard.

      Fasting alone in the desert,
      Tell of the days that are past,
      How for our sins He was tempted,
      Yet was triumphant at last.
      Tell of the years of His labor,
      Tell of the sorrow He bore;
      He was despised and afflicted,
      Homeless, rejected and poor.

      Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,
      Writhing in anguish and pain;
      Tell of the grave where they laid Him,
      Tell how He liveth again.
      Love in that story so tender,
      Clearer than ever I see;
      Stay, let me weep while you whisper,
      “Love paid the ransom for me.”

      Tell how He’s gone back to heaven,
      Up to the right hand of God:
      How He is there interceding
      While on this earth we must trod.
      Tell of the sweet Holy Spirit
      He has poured out from above;
      Tell how He’s coming in glory
      For all the saints of His love.

  2. I can’t figure out why we’re asked to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. What does that truly mean…. anyone?
    My brother used to work for Syd Healey many moons ago and said he wasn’t afraid to share the good news about Jesus with anyone. Such a blessed man.
    Love your input into this blog Beverlee. Thank you and thanks to all the other bloggers who share their info. You bring joy to the world.

  3. We “Amen” to Your Love and care for us Lord, for saving us, for taking us out of the kingdom of darkness into Your Kingdom of Light. Amen and Amen!
    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!! and Amen, Amen!!

    be warm in the snowy weather in the Love of Our Blessed Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ! Amen! and Amen!

    • dear Irene: TY for the Doxology,(forgive if misspelled) I learned the words as a child,also memorized Psalm 23 and these words have brought me so much comfort in times of stress,

      Please pray for our leaders, Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his family;yes even the leader in the United States, Mr. Donald Trump,
      it gives me the spirit of humility to realize that God is with each and every one of us every day, all the time, He knows EVERYTHING, our hearts,our desires,He knows all the leaders, He knows ALL people EVERYWHERE, GOD LOVES US EVEN WHEN WE WOUND HIS HEART! HE LOVES US WHEN WE ARE WALKING AWAY FROM HIM! amen amen amen TY Lord

  4. Beautiful testimony of David of how God worked out the timely and place for his salvation and a man there to confirm it for him. Oh how He loves you and me. Love the song by Fanny Crosby you posted Beverlee. Thank you. My former pastor was the guest speaker at our 70th anniversary services and he spoke on maintaining the roots of Pentecost. Was very profound and he used humor with it.

    • That was the link on David’s message to the song. I just chose another version and posted the words. That song is coming from heaven! Reminded me of being at camp with the wonderful old hymns that are sung, there!

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