Thursday, November 21, 2019


Today’s Reading: Proverbs 9-10

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The beautiful view looking from the balcony of the Beit Bracha guest house in Migdal (the hometown of Mary Magdalene), next to the Sea of Galilee. This Christian ministry house is run by CMJ ( Looking down on this restful garden the proclamation is clear. Every believer has the responsibility to share his or her faith, in person and in support of ministries who do share the faith!

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


Key Verses: Proverbs 9:8-9

Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;

Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;

Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.


In Proverbs 9 wisdom is personified as a woman who invites a guest into her house. Foolishness, similarly personified, does likewise. Wisdom and foolishness both presume the necessity of choice. Both invitations are heard and it is clear that the listener cannot have both! A choice must be made! The most urgent and pressing business in life: MAKING A CHOICE!!!

The second section of Proverbs begins with chapter 10. There are 375 proverbs to come. In the Hebrew language letters have numerical value. It’s interesting that the letters in Solomon’s name add up to 375. In this chapter the list of the rewards of the two people are opposites. The wise person receives many blessings; the unwise one reaps a harvest of sorrow and death.


Lord God, You give such great blessings to those who live in Your wisdom! I pray that You will put a watch over my mouth so that, with Your Word and Your Spirit, I will communicate only that which will bring encouragement, life, love, knowledge, good food for the soul, strength, and wisdom. I come to You, Lord, in and through the Person who does all this and much much more, the Lord Jesus Christ! Amen!!!


I’ve just turned in my Bible to Hebrews 4:9-13 where I read about the Word of God being living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. In Nazareth Village there is a Roman two-edged sword from 2,000 years ago. I don’t think that any symbol does an adequate job of describing the power of God’s Word. I experienced that power as a boy in our family devotions. For example, I can’t begin to count the number of times I heard my father quote Proverbs 10:22. “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” Never once did I think that Dad was talking about material possessions. He served for four years in a country circuit with two congregations, one in Haley’s Station and the other in Admaston, Ontario. We had a big garden with lots of vegetables and farmers would often bless us with a gift of meat. It seemed that we only needed money for gas for the car, and that cost about 20 cents a gallon. I knew we were “blessed” and “rich” in the things that were really important in life. Dad read the Scriptures out loud to us at breakfast and at supper. I got the message!!!

Yours for all God has for us,


P.S. I chose the key verses because giving “Instruction,” “Teaching,” which will result in “An increase in learning” is a primary purpose for this blog! Here are some of our fellow learners atop the famous mountain in Israel called Masada. The cable car that carried us up the mountain is behind us.

The Fortress of Masada rises from 1,300 feet below sea level to 100 feet above sea level. You can see the cable car wires on the left.

The cable car ride up Masada!


11 thoughts on “Thursday, November 21, 2019

  1. Thank You, Lord, for this new day, for Godly people, for wisdom, for your Word, for saving us, for good and Godly instruction, for friends and family, for the blessings of a peaceful country, for the work You have given us, for never leaving us or forsaking us, for our futures…
    Please strengthen our hands and our hearts, and guide us in your ways today, Lord, we ask in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Thank you Lord for your mercies that are new every morning! Great is your faithfulness, indeed!
    We are totally dependent on you to give us wisdom and guidance in every moment of our lives. May we exercise Godly wisdom daily! May our conduct be such that it will honor You and inspire others.
    Bless each and every one on this blog and the Mainse family who makes it possible! We especially lift up dear Ann to you. May each day bring her closer to complete healing, in Jesus’ Name! Amen!

  3. A very good prayer for us all,Rob.Thanks and amen.
    Starting Over

    I waited in darkness ’til he found me,
    For I was blind and could not see,
    But he found me in my misery
    And showed what real life could be.

    Now I am e’er happy for I have found
    That he guides me to higher ground
    And I can see where I am bound,
    Where His love shines all around.

    So be not disheartened to start anew,
    For the Lord is not done with you,
    He’ll take you and shape you to renew
    And guide you your whole life through.

    ‘He who began a good work within you’
    Will carry it on to see it through,
    For if you seek only what is true,
    He will show you what to do.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/24 March, 2015

  4. Thank you William. Your poem speaks to me today! Amen Luisa and Rob. God bless Ann today! Was out to a church music and turkey dinner today of seniors. was 143 in attendance. NB has been reported to have the most seniors in the Maritimes.

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