Monday, April 15, 2019


Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 17

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The shopping district of modern Jerusalem is full of hustle and bustle. Except for the modern clothing, it could be similar to a scene from 3,000 years ago.

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


Key Verse: 2 Samuel 17:14

So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.

God permits certain things to happen as we exercise our free will; but HIS GREAT PLAN FOR THE AGES will not be altered by anyone!!! Absalom exercised his free will. God allowed it. However, God’s ultimate plan was to reconfirm His call on David’s life by restoring a repentant and chastened David. David’s son, Solomon, perhaps reflecting on his father’s hard lessons, wrote in Proverbs 3:11-12, “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor detest His corrections; for whom the Lord loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights” (discipline – as in disciple). The writer to the Hebrews in 12:6 picks up this fact, and then we may want to read from the final book in the Bible, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” chapter 3:14-22 (click here). Verse 19 quotes Solomon. The Laodiceans, exercising their free will, chose to be lukewarm. God’s ultimate will was determined by their response to His invitation to repent, hear Him knocking, hear His voice, and open the door. Just think, if they had learned from God’s chastisement, they could have been sitting with Christ on His eternal throne.


Lord Jesus, in Your humanity You were learning. As Hebrews 5:8 tells me, speaking of You, “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” Please grant me the grace to be the best learner I could ever be. “Teach me Your way, O Lord.” Amen!


When Norma-Jean and I were helping to establish a new congregation in Deep River, Ontario, I took a bus to Ottawa. In Ottawa I changed buses and arrived in Cornwall, Ontario, where a car dealer, Wes Miller, had found a retired school bus for our new Sunday School. I drove it back home, and I had lettering painted on one side, “TEACH ME THY WAY, O LORD,” and on the other, “STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD.” Across the front above the windshield it read, “THE SUNDAY SCHOOL SCOUT.” I was out like a hockey scout looking for future stars for Jesus. Every Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. I would drive “The Scout” north on the trans-Canada Highway for 43 miles, turn around and pick up almost every child who lived on that stretch, and bring them to Sunday School and Church. A deacon, Mervin Bowes, would take them home, arriving back at Deep River at about 2:15 p.m. He’d head home for his dinner, and I’d hop in and pick up children on a southern leg of the highway for a Sunday School and service in Chalk River. These children were learners, disciples, and many of them became true followers of Jesus who were becoming “children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). As Daniel 12:3 says, “like the stars forever and ever.” I’m still scouting for stars for Jesus!

Yours to turn many to righteousness in Christ,


P.S. Our missionary/photographer son visited the ruins of Laodicea in one of his photographic trips for this blog (see photo below). It’s so very sad to know that the people failed to rise to the challenge of true discipleship, failing to hear Jesus knocking at their door and speaking… or else they just chose to ignore Him. We have control of the bolt on the door to our heart. It’s on the inside. The children in the Sunday School I’ve mentioned would sing, “Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.”

These are some of the ruins of ancient Laodicea in present-day western Turkey. The city was founded by Seleucid King Antiochus II in honour of his wife, Laodice. Laodicea became a prosperous Roman market town on the trade route from the east, famous for its woolen and cotton cloths. The city was an early centre of Christianity and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation (Rev. 3:14-22).

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

17 thoughts on “Monday, April 15, 2019

  1. Yesterday’s and today’s study reminded me of a quote my father used to recite to us as children. I never understood what he was talking about until becoming an adult:
    “Oh, what tangled webs we weave, When we first practice to deceive.”
    Sir Walter Scott, British author of historical novels and ballads (1771-1832).
    May God’s Will be done today and always in our lives.

  2. Am learning that God is in control. We can commit our desires and circumstances to Him and He can work it out in the most marvelous. The Word says to commit our ways unto Him and He shall bring it to pass. We need to pray for the family of the man who was shot in church in Salmon Arm, BC yesterday. Also for the Alberta election tomorrow, Amen? Getting our first big rain days now. Blessings saints!

    • The news said it was a 78 year-old elder, Gordon Parmenter, who passed away and that he was targeted by the shooter. Praying for his son, family, the church, and those present who had to go through such an horrific ordeal.

    • Yes, Ger! Let us pray for this family and congregation and pray also for the elections in Alberta. May the right person be voted in. One who will govern with integrity and honesty. One who will uphold good morals and justice. May God grant the new leader wisdom to do the right thing, for such a time as this.

  3. Please pray for MP Mark Awawa who is a Christian and has pancreatic cancer. We need all of these good men in Parliament. Thank you!

  4. Such great teaching, this morning. “We have control of the bolt on the door to our heart. It’s on the inside.” Amen, David. Only we can rise above the burdens we carry by opening our lives to Christ and allowing Him to rule in our hearts and lives. My internet has been down, this morning; cold rainy weather, here. Blessings to all saints, today. May His light shine through you.

    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26 ESV

    Here As In Heaven by Elevation Worship (Lyrics)

  5. At the age David had the .Scout’ bus I was struggling through high school, aimlessly.He was much,much more mature than me (“I was.”)….and,obviously,God led.’And the rest is history.’Thank You,Lord for Your servant,David.(‘our David’)
    This blog is a university to those who want to know God (and understand Him) better.Nuff said.
    Chastisement is an act of love when it is done out of love (as with a parent) and repentance is love returned to Abba.
    We went to Mount A in Sackville,NB yesterday to a packed auditorium to hear Earnie Hasse and Signature Sound.What a great blessing that was! Yall have a great day!


    I lay them down in front of you,
    For Jesus,that is what I must do
    When my burdens become too much,
    I surrender them to your gentle touch.

    Lord,I give all my troubles to you,
    They are yours when my day is through,
    Please make them smaller for me
    So I am unencumbered and free.

    Lord you found me and gave me hope
    With new strength that I might cope,
    And now I have surrendered to you,
    Body and soul to be made anew.

    You lifted me up so I could see,
    That you were always beside me,
    Now I feel grief for the lost years,
    But I shall not cry any wasted tears.

    So I will lay them at Your holy feet,
    For You have made me more complete,
    I am yours through the fires of Hell,
    With love that Satan’s hordes can’t quell.
    G W(Bill) Marshall/2012
    Written after my ‘surrender’,on my knees,
    in my living room,over a year after the fact.

    • Lay Some Soul Upon My Heart

      Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
      And love that soul thro’ me;
      And may I always do my part
      To win that soul for Thee. Ira D. Sankey

      Oh,Lord,may Your love fill my heart
      And wisdom be my guide,
      That you will tear my doubts apart
      And be close to my side.

      Lord,give me the words to convey
      The love You have for all,
      That they might share from day to day
      So more will hear your call.

      Lord,teach me and they to forget
      That all have lived with sin,
      For only then,with true regret
      Can repentance begin.

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