Saturday, May 18, 2019


Today’s┬áReading: 2 Kings 11-12

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


The Grave of Oskar Schindler is in Jerusalem just south of the Zion Gate on the south side of the Old City wall. Stones are placed on the graves by visitors and loved ones.

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


Key Verse: 2 Kings 12:2

Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

There are two spellings for the seven-year-old king’s name, Jehoash and Joash. What an amazing story! The boy king, under the tutelage of a priest of the God of Israel, began a reign of 40 years in Judah. Both Judah and Israel had fallen from the unity and prosperity they had experienced under David and Solomon. Since the death of Solomon, the ten tribes to the north had no righteous kings. In the tribes to the south (Judah, which included Benjamin), there were some rulers like Joash who served the Lord. Because of those few good rulers, Judah was able to maintain its sovereignty for 150 years longer than Israel.
Leaders today who are right before God and their people can have the same impact. Our intercessory prayers on behalf of our families, our neighbours, and our leaders are absolutely essential to peace, security, prosperity, and a place of positive influence in the world. Here’s a New Testament reading – 1 Timothy 2:1-8.


Lord Jesus, Your servant and apostle tells us, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:1-2). That’s a tall order, Lord. It’s easy to pray every day for those I like, but I have a problem with some leaders. I know that these instructions are not optional. I am to love everyone! Therefore, I pray for a large dose of Your love and grace to fill my life 24/7. In Your all loving Name, Amen!


A number of years back, my granddaughter, Sarah Shaheen Stowell, who is on her father’s side Arab Israeli, called in to the Michael Coren show live prime time on CTS. She was 17 at the time and had just moved from Jerusalem to Canada. She told Michael, his guests and viewers that as a Christian she had just moved to Canada from Israel and that she knew that she should love all people, Jews included, but that it was hard to do that. She shared her views on the Israeli-Palestinian situation, and Michael said that hers was the most intelligent call he received throughout the show.

Today’s pictures tell the unusual story of Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of many Jews during the Nazi reign of terror. His body was brought to Jerusalem and buried in a non-Jewish graveyard on the side of Mt. Zion. Every year, on the anniversary of his death, the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those whose lives he saved gather at his grave for a memorial service to honour Oskar. As is the Jewish custom, they each place a stone in his memory. I’ve stood at his graveside several times and thanked God for people who are willing to risk their lives for others.

Yours for loving others, even if it’s extremely hard to do that with some. Why? Because Jesus told us that if we are to please God, we must do this, whether we like it or not! Check out Mark 12:28-34.


The entrance to the Christian graveyard where Oskar Schindler’s body lies.


8 thoughts on “Saturday, May 18, 2019

  1. Oskar Schindler–what a testament to the Lord our God. We will never forget. The deepness of scripture and its meaning, forever impart on us. Let us pray today with full reverence. Wishing you beautiful fellow saints in the Lord, a most blessed day, rich with the light of God’s love, mercy, and grace!

    “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 ESV

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  2. Good morning I would like to take this time to say thank you to those people who responded to my prayer request to which I am truly grateful and also thank you for the comments I have tried Tylenol but it’s just a temporary fix so praying for healing is my only answer although I was talking to my sister the other day and she gave me a thought of what I could look into that might be another Avenue that’s causing the headaches but until I do that I will just keep believing God for the answer because he is the great physician thank you everyone have a blessed day

      • It’s late evening and a long shot,Marilyn,but has anyone thought of an upper sinus infection.It has happened to me before with no other symptoms.I invert my head over the sing and use an ear syringe to irrigate through each nostril,with salt water;but gently until you get used to the feel.God bless

  3. Yes, we have to keep believing and never give up hope. Listened to the amazing story from yesterday Beverlee and shed tears. Thank God for Oskar Schindler and others have reached out in compassion to the Jewish people in their time of need. God bless your day saints.

  4. 1Cor. 2:9 But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him

    Yes, we need more leaders like King Joash, and compassionate peoples like Oskar Schindler!
    I too confess and agree with David’s confession, it is difficult to pray for some people; but it is important to obey the Lord’s commandment.

    Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above you heavenly hosts, Praise Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen!!!!

    Be blessed all you who love the Lord!

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