Wednesday, June 3, 2020

SUNSET and SUNRISE (two more years, God willing!)


The Eastern Gate or “Golden Gate” of the Old City of Jerusalem, which leads to the Temple Mount. This photo was taken from the Mount of Olives at sunset. Could it be that the Messiah shall soon burst open this gate in order to enter the Temple area? Jesus entered through the Eastern Gate in His triumphal entry one week before His resurrection.

A Message from Ron Mainse:

My Father, David Mainse, went into the presence of his precious Saviour on the morning of September 25th, 2017, surrounded by his family, ending a 5-year battle with MDS acute leukemia. The Lord graciously extended his life 3 years beyond what the doctors initially predicted, allowing his family and friends to enjoy for a little longer his deep wisdom, caring heart and passionate encouragement. A memorial website has been created for Dad at, which includes a link to view his “Celebration of Life” service.

We want to continue to keep Dad’s words alive through his daily “” blog, so my wife Ann and I will continue to update and post Dad’s commentary, prayer, and personal words from his previous years’ postings…as an ongoing legacy to our precious Father. We are honoured to be carrying this daily torch for Dad at least for the next two years!

Now, here are Dad’s words from June 3rd, 2016…

For those just joining us, today we start another exciting 730 days in our TWO-YEAR journey throughout the Bible. My name is David Charles Mainse, born August 13th 1936, in Quebec, Canada. If you’re new to this blog and just might possibly be interested in finding out more, you can check me out here. You may also want to view a brief video where I describe what “” is all about…click here.

So, I’m now 79 years old. This new two-year plan shows that I’m an incurable optimist (because in 2012, the doctors gave me two years to live). You can tell a lot about the company you’re keeping when you are sharing a coffee. Someone may say, “Is there any milk in that jug?” The one who says “pass the cream please” is me!

Yesterday was the birthday of the TV ministry of Crossroads (started June 2, 1962). I’m excited to report that it is “HAPPY!” I’m honoured, along with my wife, Norma-Jean, to be the Founders. I can report good things about Crossroads. I expect to report in this blog, God willing, from time to time on the vision, the persons God has called to lead, and the results of the Good works of a ministry that is supported by God’s people. “Happy Birthday, God bless you!!!”

Now, here’s the plan for this blog:

  1. Beginning today, God willing, I’ll present to you fresh bread on this two-year journey through the WORLD’S OLDEST BOOK, STILL THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLER – – THE BIBLE. We will start in the New Testament, go to the Old Testament, back to the New and then back again to the Old. To start, I suggest joining me in reading St. Matthew’s Gospel chapters 1 & 2… a good place to start, THE CHRISTMAS STORY. In the 1970s, I led a “Through-the-Bible-in-One-Year” program. Unfortunately, when we reached Leviticus, Numbers or Deuteronomy, more than half dropped out! After much prayer, I believe I heard from God to extend the reading to two years. This change, along with the New to the Old and back again approach, reversed the drop-out rate. I knew how many were following with me because new materials needed to be ordered in order to continue with the program.
  2. I read the suggested chapters at 4:00 am. At approximately 4:30 am, I’ll spend time in prayer. This early start has been a habit of mine, most days, since I turned 40.
  3. Around 5:00 am, I am usually at my computer keyboard where I expect to write my blog (or re-edit my original writing from our first two-year journey). First, I’ll write “100 Words” (forgive me in advance as I usually go over 100 words) on the theme of the key verse which I’ve chosen from the reading for the day. Second, I’ll include a “Prayer for Today” that we can pray together. Then third, I’ll include another section called “100 Personal Words,” which might be a personal meditation or a story from my life. 
  4. My son, Ron, who is an ordained minister, will format the blog in advance, and his wife Ann will proofread the text before the blog is posted. Ron also adds photos taken by my other son, Reynold, who is a missionary as well as a professional photographer and also an ordained minister. He has spent much time in the lands of the Bible shooting photos for the blog. His website is
  5. At 6:00 am, the day’s “Fresh Bread” comes out of the oven and is delivered from my place to yours.
  6. Each day, comments and replies to my post are encouraged (I do read all the comments, although I don’t usually get to personally reply…sorry about that!).
  7. NOTE: You can sign up for the daily email version of my blog by completing the subscription info on the home page at If, for any reason, it does not appear in your inbox, sign up again.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU BEGIN (OR CONTINUE) THIS JOURNEY WITH ME…and please tell your family and friends to join us too! Perhaps you can post my website link on your Facebook wall (if you’re into that particular flavour of social media).

TOMORROW’S READING: Matthew Chapters 1 & 2

Yours for thinking God’s thoughts as we read thoroughly His Words,



22 thoughts on “Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  1. Dear Ron and Ann,
    Thank you so much for continuing your father’s blog! I believe I started sometime near the beginning, and although I do read other devotionals, this is my go-to, every morning. I never tire of it. It helps me consistently read through all parts of the Bible. I learn something new every time. Your father had such good insights and wisdom. I love his stories and sense of humour! Thanks again!

  2. Ditto,Elanor.I started around the beginning of Sept.,2013 figuring I might last a month but I look forward to it each morning.I’ve learned and received much nourishment from your dad.His wisdom and humility helped us to understand along with his insightful explanations and stories.I felt like I knew him…and I will someday.Thank you too,Ron and Ann (and those behind the scenes) for continuing this ministry.I do share it on Facebook also.May God bless

  3. I also started from the beginning and look forward each day to it’s arrival. I would miss the blog greatly if it discontinued. Thank you all for your input and, especially for the Mainse family’s early morning presentations.

  4. I am very thankful for this blog. It helps me also to be consistent in reading God’s Word. May God bless you, Ron and Ann and Reynold and all the others involved in bringing this to us daily.

  5. Thankful for today’s message from two years ago. Hard to believe we have gone through it four times now. Definitely keeps me on track along with my daily devotions, as I, too, started from the beginning. I remember being nervous to make my first comment and it took some time to do that. Now it is as if we are family. God bless Ron and Ann for keeping it posted for us. His blessings upon the Mainse family, Crossroads staff and volunteers, and all the saints, today.

    And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV

    Marvin Sapp – He Has His Hands On You

    • Beverlee Kay
      God bless you; I enjoy reading the Scriptures and the comments and always enjoy your posting;
      I am so thankful that the internet goes around the world and anyone; anywhere can read this prayer posting; I truly believe this is God’s plan for ALL MANKIND to hear the Word of God and to get to Know Jesus Christ as our Saviour and the everlasting Son of God;

  6. Thank you Ron, Ann and Reynold for bringing this blog forward as it has helped me to be disciplined in my Bible reading and meditation on the Word. As David said it helps us to know what God is thinking and think God’s thoughts. God bless you all.

  7. Like the others I find it keeps me focused on learning new insights every time we go through the bible.
    I started from the beginning and never tire of it so thank you Mainse family who are involved in the daily output.
    God Bless all involved.

    • I also am thankful to Ron and Anne for continuing this blog. I also find something different each time I read through the Bible. Also I am so happy to pray for all requests and grateful for the prayers that have gone up for my family.
      Blessings to all,Eleanor M.

  8. Thank you Ron, Ann, Reynold, and Norma-Jean for this daily blog: It not only keeps the memory of David and his desire to keep Jesus in the forefront of who He is, as together, each day, we feed on His Word.

    We are the family of God, joined together in His Word. Praise His Holy Name, Amen.

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