Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Today’s Reading: Joshua 8

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).


View looking west at Mt. Gerizim (on the left, south) and Mt. Ebal (on the right, north). In the center between them is the town of Shechem, known as Nablus. According to Deuteronomy 11:29 the recently arrived Israelites were to recite the blessings of the Covenant on Mount Gerizim and the curses from Mount Ebal (fulfilled in Joshua 8:33).

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


Key Verse: Joshua 8:30

Now Joshua built an altar to the Lord God of Israel in Mount Ebal…


In building an altar, Joshua is obeying the instructions given in Deuteronomy 11:29 and 27:4-8. The offerings presented on Mt Ebal, the mount of cursing, speak of the offering of Jesus on the cross. He took the curse of sin upon Himself. When Israel entered the Promised Land, the supernatural provision of manna ceased. Now they had to eat the produce of the land which included corn, etc. Divine inspiration of Scripture means that in the original language, the record of events is correct. Earlier, so called “higher critics” disputed that accuracy, but later scholarship confirms that the Biblical account is correct. Dr. Bryant Wood (PhD, University of Toronto), who has been a guest of mine on the 100 Huntley Street telecast, conducted excavations beginning in 1995 which meet all the requirements for the Biblical city of Ai. As we read the history of Israel, we can be confident that we are learning what actually happened. Click here for a documentary about the fall of Jericho featuring Dr. Bryant Wood.


Lord God, there is so much I don’t understand. I’m looking back more than three millennia in today’s reading. But what I do understand is that I must visit daily my personal altar, and also my family altar. Please help me, by Your grace, to be faithful in this commitment. In the Name of the One who is always faithful, the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!


If you have a response to the horrors of war like I do, you struggle with understanding God’s role in human history. In my lifetime I’ve seen genocide in Europe; I’ve visited the death camps where men, women and children perished. Rwanda in Africa and Cambodia in Asia experienced unspeakable man-made destruction of human life. I could go on and on writing of such events throughout the entirety of human history. Nevertheless, I am confident that God looks at history through the lens of eternity, and God, who will put the final period to the last history book, will provide justice for every man, woman, and child whose human life was destroyed, but whose eternal soul is in His hands. This knowledge gives me peace.

Yours for a daily altar of blessing, and for the peace that passes understanding,


P.S. The composer of the song, “It is well with my soul,” suffered great personal loss. This song was his response (click here).

24 thoughts on “Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    • Hi Lynda
      I somehow believe that God does not want any tragic things to happen in our lives but I do believe it our sinful selfish nature that causes all the problems, our egos get very BIG BIG and of course the devil is right beside us also and he causes us to think that we can do this or that….not a problem…..I had to learn that the devil is here and God is here also!
      when the devil was talking to Adam and Eve he agreed with everything GOD had said; however what the devil does is speaking to us he always he makes it in the form of a question!
      One day I was parked up town; someone pointed a NO PARKING sign to me. I looked at it and I said “does that mean right here where I am parked or does it mean in the area where the sign is posted?” it seemed logical to me, I did my job and left and then began to laugh, I did exactly as satan did to Adam and Eve, I asked a question, the sign was correct NO PARKING meant exactly where I was parked….that’s how the devil does his dirty deeds….

  1. Praying David’s prayer, today. And wishing all saints safety in the snow and a blessed day in our Lord. Be careful shoveling your roof, Ger.

    My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. 1 Cor 2:4 NIV

    I love Robin Mark, too, William. Here is Faithful One

  2. A friend sent me this great quote by Thomas Wolfe:

    “Something has spoken to me in the night…and told me that I shall die, I know not where. Saying: “[Death is] to lose the earth you know for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

    • That is how I see it too.This world is just a school/battlefield where we learn on-the-job.God sees how we react to life’s challenges.How we react shows our character and he knows our every thought.If not for the membrane of uncertainty between heaven and earth we would all be lining up to get into His Kingdom.

  3. The link for the video was corrupted in my puter so I got this link directly from Youtube,same video,if anyone needs it: I love these kinds of videos.

    David’s words brought this poem to mind (same phrase).”… God looks at history through the lens of eternity,…”
    The Lens Of Eternity

    Through the lens of eternity,
    God sees the hope that grows,
    And while we ponder on infinity,
    He’s the only one Who knows.

    So Lord and blessed Father,
    Let us be worthy of your love,
    That we might all pull together,
    To cleanse the pathway above.

    For how long we sought to know,
    That salvation in us was bound ,
    But then you came here to show,
    That only through You it is found.

    Satan feared and so he sought,
    To stop You and the hope You brought,
    For he wanted all to be for naught,
    But You won the greatest battle fought.
    G W(Bill)Marshall/Oct 14,2012
    I was a baby Christian when I wrote this.Perhaps it was for this day?God bless
    We’re having a funeral in our little church tomorrow and I have to take care of my wood chores before I go help get ready.God bless

    • Attending a R.Catholic funeral,where
      the priest went out of his way to make
      us protestants feel comfortable,I was
      inspired to write this.I had to
      ‘Protestantize’ the title.
      (‘Let no man call anyone ”Father”……’)

      Pastor,please say goodbye for me,
      For I will not know who’s there
      When my eyes no longer see
      And my heart has no more care.

      Your service says what I could not,
      Through Jesus’ words to borrow,
      For I have won the battle fought
      And have risen above sorrow.

      Pastor,please wipe away their grief,
      For the truth will set them free
      From the one who is a thief
      And has nowhere to flee.

      Don’t let them believe what’s not true,
      For sorrow’s the devil’s kin,
      But He who lives within you
      Will set them free of their sin.

      So,Pastor,speak for me this day,
      With His words that can not lie,
      To say that I am home to stay
      Where no one will ever die.
      (G.W.)Bill Marshall/15Sept,2015

  4. I just want to take the time right now to thank all those bloggers who responded to my birthday I thank you for your greetings they are greatly appreciated thank you everyone and God bless have a great day

  5. The reading for today is Victory and I thank my God right now for the victory that we have in Jesus and it’s all because of what he did for us on the cross that victory is available for us and is hours there’s a song that comes to mind that says oh victory in Jesus my Savior forever he sought me and he bought me what is redeeming love he loved me ere I knew him and all my love is due him he plunged me to Victory beneath the cleansing flood thank you Jesus for the victory that we have in you

  6. have been rejoicing and thanking the Lord for the SNOW, MORE SNOW AND MORE SNOW! I am so thankful as the forests are so dry and we need so much more snow to replenish the dry creeks and lakes, Thank You Lord for this snow,
    may people adjust their driving patterns, in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  7. Praise & Thank the Lord for saving the lives of a mother and her child yesterday some where out east;car went into a body of water,mom had the presence to get child out and then herself, Thanks be to God for this miracle, in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  8. A belated Happy Birthday Marilyn. Just read all of yesterday’s posts as I have been busy nearly the whole day raking my roofs and making a path to my front and back door which were completely blocked. Still haven’t got the snow away from my shed but just wide enough path to get my snowblower out. I thank the Lord that someone is coming Friday as there is freezing rain forecast for tomorrow. Many people are experiencing this weather and worse in the Maritimes and I pray for them. Thanks Beverlee for your concern and trust you are feeling better.Today I asked the Lord to send his angels to help me which I seldom have done. God bless all you fellow bloggers who are experiencing this extreme weather and other concerns.

    • God bless you Ger! Lord we are thank You that someone will come on Friday and clear the snow away for Ger! Lord we also pray that You would send angels to help Ger! Lord I know You will do this as You did this for me and for my mom. Lord I am so thankful that we can call on You for help! You tell us to call and You will come! Yes Lord we believe and we thank You for all the blessings You have given us this day In Jesus Name we Pray amen

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