Sunday, October 20, 2019


Today’s Reading: Psalms 95-97

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


Israelis love their trees…Here in the Jordan Valley, you can see how the bulldozers moved the soil around the precious Acacia trees.

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


Key Verse: Psalm 96:7-8

Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

Give to the Lord glory and strength.

Give to the Lord the glory due His name;

Bring an offering, and come into His courts.


Psalm 95 is God’s invitation to “COME!” What do we do when we “COME!”?… We “SING!” “SHOUT JOYFULLY!” offer to Him “THANKSGIVING!” “WORSHIP! BOW DOWN! KNEEL!” 95:7b invites us to hear His voice. We hear with our inner ears as we read or we can hear by clicking on the above Scripture link and hear the Words being read out loud.

Psalm 95 was sung as the national anthem of Israel. In Psalm 96 we move beyond Israel to the whole world. All nationalities are invited to “COME” and to “WORSHIP” the Lord in the beauty of holiness! “The Lord reigns!” (96:10-12a). The result will be that even the trees, including those Acacia trees in Reynold’s picture, will “REJOICE!”

Let’s not forget our key verse. When we come, we give the offerings listed above, but we must not miss the exhortation, “BRING AN OFFERING!” Jesus watched as the widow placed her offering in the receptacle, and He announced that she had given more than all the others. When Jesus counts the giving of His people, He counts the level of sacrifice involved (read Mark 12:41-44). Psalm 97 carries on from Psalm 96.


O Lord God, Your Name and Your message must be communicated more effectively to all the nations. I pray for Crossroads and other Christian ministries who are called by You and work skillfully, and for those who make it all possible by giving offerings sacrificially. Bless and strengthen us all in Jesus’ Name! Amen!!!


My son Reynold and his wife Kathy lead one of those ministries that’s communicating the Word of God to other nations. They live in Uganda, East Africa, and have a unique ministry called World Embrace. This is an apostolic work that seeks to answer Jesus’ prayer in John 17 where Jesus prayed just hours before His crucifixion “…Father, may they be brought to complete unity so that the world will know that You love them and have sent Me…” (John 17:21-23). Their web site is You will see it is an exciting one-of-a-kind missions outreach. They have no mission society or denomination supporting them, and though they have been full time in various Missions activities for over 15 years, this calling is relatively new. “Unity” is God’s call on their lives…and in reality, according to Scripture, we are all to have a heart for unity with other followers of Jesus. At the foundation of God establishing His kingdom on earth is “Unity” within His church…His church made up of every nation, every tribe, every people, and every language.  And yes, man-made walls are coming down and bridges of relationship are being built. Praise God!!!

Yours for living as Psalms 95, 96, and 97 encourage us to live!!!


12 thoughts on “Sunday, October 20, 2019

  1. Wonderful work in Gulu! Did I hear “children’s jail” mentioned? I listened a couple of times & that’s what it sounded like. I wonder what crimes need to be committed to be sent there? Praying for God’s choice of Leader in our government TOMORROW!

  2. Dear Lord God, as your Word tells us, this is your world, and everything in it belongs to You. Thank You for all the amazing care with which You made it all. Thank You for caring for us!

    Please, Lord, move all Godly and clear-thinking people to vote tomorrow. We ask You for righteous leadership in Canada, so we commit this election to You. We pray for our leaders; please guide them and give them wisdom to lead in good ways.

    Help all your people, the sheep of your pasture, honour You in all we do and say. Be magnified and glorified, Lord, in and through your church throughout all generations. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’s name, amen

  3. God will put the leader He has chosen,whether to lead us righteously or to lead us further from Him as punishment.He makes it plain that no leader is in power without Him choosing that leader….So I will trust Him that my vote is marked by His candidate’s name.Trust Him,He knows what He is doing.My alarm didn’t go off this morning so I am late getting on here.

    Let us praise Him with every day,
    Let us praise Him in our sleep,
    Let unceasing praise convey
    The harvest our praises reap.

    Unending love is always ours,
    So unending praise is owed,
    Then His word of truth empowers
    From the Spirit He bestowed.

    He made it all,it’s just for us
    And all are blessed by His love,
    Then He sent our Lord Jesus
    To show the pathway above.

    So only truth bespeak His praise,
    Let not hope flee from sight,
    Thus,let us dance and voices raise,
    To soak in His eternal Light.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / 24 Feb, 2014

    Trust Him Who is faithful.
    Trust Me

    Trust Me,I know what I am doing,
    It’s not just your heart I am wooing
    But your soul is so dear to Me,
    I want you with Me for eternity.

    Even when your days are very bad,
    I share the load that makes you sad,
    So do not be angry with Me,
    You must trust in Me eternally.

    I love all my children most dearly,
    And in life I see you clearly,
    That is why you are on the Earth,
    It is a school and the grave is your birth.

    ‘I knew you before you were born’,
    I would never leave you forlorn,
    I know every hair on your head,
    Death is not for you to dread.

    Life is through my precious Son,
    A reward for when your day is done,
    So know that this is my gift to you
    As you trust Him your life through.
    G W (Bill) Marshall/.2011

    • Thank you Bill for those encouraging poems. Our Pastor reminded us today, that God is the one who decides who will be our leaders. He said to vote for who you want then forget about it.
      My words “God’s plan is always best, we just can’t see the full picture so we get concerned” I am leaving it with Him tomorrow.
      Little Judah was finally Dedicated to the Lord this morning. He actually has some hair growing on his head now.???????? Praise God, I hope he stays well.

      • Eleanor;
        Praise and thank the Lord for Little Judah! We thank the Lord for this precious child and for all those who have prayed for him; may their lives be blessed abundantly,
        Keep us Posted Eleanor, thank you so much for the post today;
        Blessings to all….

  4. Thank You Lord, You know who will be our leader and I pray that You Lord will lead this person in this position as the Prime Minister of Canada; Thank you for our Country Canada; forgive us when we sin in thought, Word and Deed against You Lord; forgive us; help us to walk a straight line; help us to pray for others daily;help us to forgive others their trespasses as we have been forgiven our trespasses,
    Thank you Lord,
    You know my situation with my room; it is for rent Lord; I pray and ask You to send me the right person for that room, a working responsible respectable person; You know the exact person Lord,
    Bless the guy I talked to at the store; bless his work, these men work long hours and away from home to support their families; bless the wives and children THANK YOU LORD in Jesus Name we Pray amen

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