Tuesday, December 31, 2019


Today’s Reading: Isaiah 23-25

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


Mike Martin, a missionary to Turkey, stands in the ruins of Laodicea. Earthquakes through the centuries have destroyed many historic regions of the world. The Lord said in Revelation 3:16 of the Laodicean church concerning their faith and works, “Because you are lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, I will spew you out of My mouth!”

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


Key Verse: Isaiah 25:8

He will swallow up death forever,

And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces;

The rebuke of His people

He will take away from all the earth;

For the Lord has spoken.


Isaiah 23 pronounces judgment. Tyre, the hometown of Jezebel, daughter of the King of Tyre and the Queen who introduced Baal worship to Israel, is to be destroyed. Today the site of Tyre is a barren wasteland on the coast of Lebanon. There are no houses and no harbour for the ships of Tarshish (Spain). Sidon is a flourishing city today.

Isaiah 24 gives us a description of some of the results of the separation of creation from its Creator because of the rebellion of men and women to whom God gave responsibility for the care of the Earth. Isaiah 24:19-20 describes a scene like the one in the photograph above. “The earth is violently broken…the earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard.”

Isaiah 25 is filled with hope for mankind. God is never left without a plan for restoration. He is our Strength, our Refuge from the storm, and our Shade! “The Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces!” How gentle and caring He is to those who “have waited for Him” (25:8-9)!


Lord God, rebellious people and nations have brought disaster upon themselves, but as for me, I wait for You and You have promised Your help in time of trouble. I pray for the grace of waiting patiently for You! I ask this in and through the Name of Your Son and my Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!


I’ve walked over the barren rocks where proud Tyre once stood. I’ve walked through the streets of Sidon and laughed with the children playing out in front of high-rise apartment buildings. The tragedy was that the terrorists stored their bombs in the basements of these buildings, knowing that the Israelis would never deliberately bomb childen. It’s all so very sad. The tears God will wipe away are not from self pity, but from the tragedy of human cruelty. May God have mercy on us all!

In the photo below, my son David Reynold, an ordained Minister and our professional photographer, is showing a minor example of Isaiah 24:19, “The Earth split open!” Click here for one of Reynold’s reports after returning from Haiti following the big earthquake of January 2010.

Yours for shedding tears and giving sacrificially!


On January 12th, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude quake struck Haiti. Reynold, who had served the people of Haiti previously, was sent there by the Board of Directors of Crossroads to asses how best to assist. Through the 100 Huntley Street television program and its relief and development arm, viewers and supporters of Crossroads/100 Huntley Street poured over $1,000,000 into aid for Haiti.

16 thoughts on “Tuesday, December 31, 2019

  1. The key verse this morning is so encouraging as we start another year. This is giving me hope for the future.
    I have much to thank God for, Gavin is doing extremely well and is getting more strength in his right arm. I was talking to him on Facetimre and he looks amazing. I believe God has a plan for my grandson and that is why he survived that terrible day in May.
    I am feeling better in myself, as I was really upset over what happened to Gavin and also finding out that my husband has MDS Leukaemia.
    I am still praying for Ann and the other daily requests. I hope everyone in this blog has a very blessed 2020. Sincerely Eleanor M.

    • Eleanor: so thankful that you post your blog; when we share our concerns with other people, whether they be Christians or not; we release the tension that builds by the devil because he thinks that we are worried;concerned; and he thinks we won’t talk about these issues WELL, THE DEVIL IS NOTHING AND OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS MORE POWERFUL and He invites us talk to Him; ask Him for help; He invites us to share our burdens with one another; I am so thrilled when I read those passages in Scripture; so; we are praying for Gavin; we are thankful that he doing extremely well and we know that the Lord will continue to heal him and we ask the Lord to walk with you Eleanor and your precious husband as you deal with his health issues; we know that the Lord knows everything that is going on; we Thank the Lord that He is our Healer; our Redeemer; He is the Alpha and Omega; He will bring healing to your husband; He forgives us all our sins; thank you Lord for loving us unconditionally; in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  2. We love You Jesus and we are ever so grateful to welcome in the new year, 2020 with You at the helm of our hearts, bodies, minds and spirits. Wishing all Saints a Blessed and Happy New Year! May His loving peace surround you!

    “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

    My Peace – Maranatha Singers (With Lyrics)

  3. I don’t comment in the blog, but I do read all your comments…And I want to wish you all a Happy New Year…God Bless you all Rosemarie….

  4. Lord God, You are good, and your ways are right. Please help all your people throughout this world stay strong in You. Give each one the grace to be doers of your Word.
    Thank You for your grace, forgiveness, guidance, wisdom, provision, and presence in our lives this past year. We praise You because You are worthy of all our praise and all we can give. Help us never to forget your goodness, and help us to live in ways that honour You and bring praise to You. As You said, Jesus, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32. Be lifted up, dear Jesus, throughout this world, by people that glorify You in their words and the things they do. We ask, humbly and gratefully, for your help in this, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  5. Yes, we love you Lord Jesus and thank you for being so faithful and hearing our prayers. We welcome in the new year of 2020 and look to you with expectation of your mighty works. Marilyn, I added your requests to my prayer list and ask the Lord to help you know what to do in this situation and pray the Lord will show them the right way and bring them back to Himself. We are in a big snowstorm here. God’s blessings for the New Year!

  6. Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year!

    May the Lord grant us all good health and peace within our hearts. May He help each one of us to be the salt and light that He has called us to be!
    I am so grateful for His mercy and faithfulness and all the ways in which He has blessed me in 2019

    Praying for all your requests.
    Marilyn , I am praying for you and asking the Lord to comfort your aching heart
    Psalm 34:18 tells us that He is close to you. May He draw your nephew and nieces to Himself.

    Bless you all!

  7. Eleanor,
    I am so happy to hear the good progress that Gavin has made. Yes, I believe the Lord has spared Gavin because He has something special in store for him.
    Praying also for you and your husband. May God bring you much strength, joy and peace in 2020!
    Bless you, dear sister!

  8. I just want to take this time to say thank you to those precious blogger friends who so graciously responded to my request it means the world to me and from the bottom of my heart I say a hearty heartfelt thank you and happy New year to all as we welcome 2020 in a few hours and at the same time we will be saying goodbye to 2019 so happy New year Happy New year to all God bless amen thank you

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