Sunday, May 12, 2019


Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 3

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


Here at the southern end of the Dead Sea you can see how dry and difficult the land would be to inhabit or even cross. The Kings of Israel and Judah took this route in their campaign against Moab, and here God provided the miracle of water.


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


Key Verse: 2 Kings 3:15

But now bring me a musician.

What was Elisha doing? Why, when they wanted to hear from God, would he ask for a musician? Does this make sense? Yes! For anyone who has experienced the wonderful uplifting impact of worshipping God through music, it does make sense.
The Psalms continually urge us to sing and make music in joyful praise and worship! Psalms 95, 96, 98, 99, 100, 101, and others exhort us to sing unto the Lord (click here for Psalm 100). Before we began the 100 Huntley Street daily telecasts, Psalm 100 was given to us by the Lord. We did several TV specials from 1975 to 1977 where we raised child care support for Calcutta, India. When this Psalm was read live on air and we would sing God’s praise, the telephones, which had been silent, filled with calls from new sponsors. God did miracles. He encouraged many people to hear from Him and respond as we worshipped. We turned these child sponsors over to World Vision for their excellent administration. This began the use of TV by World Vision, and they have become the largest child care agency in the world. Millions of children and their families have been recipients of this miracle of provision from God.


Lord God, I sing unto You “a new song.” I pray for Your Holy Spirit to fill me with the refreshing water of life. You said, Lord Jesus, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). I’m doing that just now as I worship You. My spiritual thirst is being quenched. Thank You, Jesus!


This month we will celebrate mothers! I’ve been so very blessed by the music of the mother of my four children. In the churches I pastored, she played piano or organ and led choirs. I was reading my diary from January 2, 1963. Here’s some of what I read: “We measured the children and weighed them. Elaine, 3′ 5″ and 40 lbs – Ellen, 3′ and 30 lbs – Reynold 2′ 8″ and 29 lbs. Norma-Jean is 3 and 1/2 months pregnant and weighs ???” (I’m being careful here). I love you, mother of my children. X0 X0! Ron arrived on May 29th, 1963, in the Deep River hospital. Ann, the mother of Ron’s three children, also gave birth to their daughter Andrea on May 29th, 1986. Andrea is now married to Rev. Jason Patterson, has earned her PhD, and is a mother of two herself.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you who have biological or adopted children and all women who celebrate being spiritual mothers to many children!

Yours because of “MOTHERS,”


P.S. Here’s a link I found on You Tube to a beautiful rendition of “Sing Unto the Lord” by a lovely couple. I believe they are from India (click here). You may have to endure an automobile commercial before the song, but it’s worth waiting for.

Another photo of the desert wilderness at the south end of the Dead Sea. David Reynold, our oldest son, has taken some amazing photographs. I must include soon some of his Uganda photos where he and the mother of his three children, Kathy, serve as missionaries.

8 thoughts on “Sunday, May 12, 2019

  1. Happy Mothers’ Day to Norma Jean and all mothers today and most especially those who have lost children….Be not afraid for they are safe with Him.
    Love’s Not Diminished (4 GM)

    You were my child here below,
    But now immortal as I grow old,
    For I have slowly come to know,
    In little glimpses that unfold.

    You were taken to be protected,
    And are with family up above,
    So I am glad you weren’t infected
    And live within the greatest love.

    The years stretch out so very long,
    But yesterday’s always the day you left
    And I have found that I am strong,
    For Jesus saves from feeling bereft.

    In Him I know it is still unfinished,
    And I will hold the one who I miss,
    Though years pass,love’s not diminished,
    For it is a chain anchored in bliss.
    G W Marshall /17 September, 2013

    >>The above was inspired Barbara J Karrer’s
    comment on her site (about 12 hr earlier).

    • Beautiful Bill!! Thanks for posting and Happy Mother’s Day to your wife and family. God’s blessings to you!

  2. Wonderful message and the bottom photo, if filled with flowers, would be a perfect Mother’s Day pic–so rich and vast and deep as a Mother’s love. I sure do miss my Mom. Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day in heaven, Mom, and to all the Mothers of this blog, who are often like Mothers to me. Be a blessing to others today, for we all need each other’s love.

    “Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.”
    Proverbs 23:22-25

    Happy Mother’s Day to Norma Jean, Ellen, Elaine, Kathy and Ann from the Mainse family, and Maggie and Cheryl, and all the women at 100 Huntley Street–such a true blessing, you are!!

    “Behold, everyone who uses proverbs will use this proverb about you:
    ‘Like mother, like daughter.’” Ezekiel 16:44

    A Mother’s Prayer {with lyrics} –
    Keith & Kristyn Getty, Fionan de Barra, Moya Brennan

  3. Happy Mothers” Day to Norma Jean and all the other mothers in the Mainse family as well as in the Bible reading and blogging family. May God bless each of you and give you a great day.

  4. Happy Mother’s Day to Norma-Jean as well as Elaine, Ellen, Ann and Kathy! also all you blog Mother’s!!

  5. May God bless all mothers; I pray for healing from illnesses and from fighting with family; I pray God will intervene and grant forgiveness where needed; I pray that children who do not connect with their mom or dad; that these children; young and old; will receive counselling to be able to discuss issues; get them all out on the table; ask God to forgive them and to receive God;s blessing over them and their families; also Lord YOU KNOW that some families have come to an agreement to forgive each other BUT do not wish to proceed any further because perhaps there is some bullying happening; maybe some lies that have been told; and some families have agreed to disagree; that is ok Lord, I pray that You would bless these families; Lord Thank you for this day; You Lord know EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON IN OUR LIVES, THANK YOU

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