Tuesday, June 16, 2020


Today’s Reading: Matthew 15

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The present-day entrance to the historic village of Capernaum. The sign reads “Capernaum The Town of Jesus.”


Key Verse: Matthew 15:9

And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.

The third commandment (Exodus 20), “You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain,” includes worship not founded solidly on a true understanding of God’s Word. Moses, upon his descent from Sinai, discovered the people worshipping with the practices of the religion of Egypt. Satan went into the religion business because he wanted to be worshipped. What Lucifer failed to receive in Heaven, he convinces men to invent on earth. The ancient temples of Egypt were an effort to copy the approach to God in Heaven with “the god of this world” depicted by an image in the inner chamber. Daily, daily, daily read God’s Word.


Dear Lord Jesus, I worship God in Your Name with an ever-increasing understanding of the Scriptures. I read, mark, inwardly digest the written Word, the Bible. You promised the “Spirit of truth ” will guide me into all Truth (John 16:13). I ask now for that guidance as I meditate on Your Word. Amen!


In my first year of Bible College, I was required to memorize 50 Bible verses. I had learned memory verses in Sunday School, but this was different. I was required to quote all 50 verses one after the other. I’ll never forget the aftermath of that exercise. I took my Bible and hugged it to my heart, walking up and down the hall, worshipping God for the gift of His precious Word. The Holy Spirit transferred the Word from my head only, deeply into my innermost being. The result? “Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).

Yours for a pure heart,


P,S. I’ve just read John 4:20-24. The pictures below are from when I preached on Father’s Day in 2014. Looking back to pleasant, God-blessed days is an encouragement.

Preaching the Father’s Day service at The Church on the Queensway in Toronto in 2014.

Myles’ dad, Todd Neilson and Papa, Bruce Stacey, were on the platform with me as I presented Myles with a special book from his Great-Grampa. The book contains 50 responses from my blog partners to Myles’ question (see blog posting from August 28, 2013).

Myles loves his new book from Great-Grampa!

13 thoughts on “Tuesday, June 16, 2020

  1. Father God, thank You for giving Jesus to us, for us. And thank You, Jesus, for living in impeccable Truth, yet loving even the least. And thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who works in us, even through us. Give us the grace, Lord, to trust You with all. Help us to be a Light to others, that they will see You and come to know You. In Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” Mat. 5:16
    Lord, may the light of your love shine through us, to all we encounter today and always.

  3. I just want to take the time again just say thank you to those people who responded to my prayer request I got the results today of my covid-19 test and I contacted the health officials and and they they said the result is negative but then the person that I spoke to at the Waterloo health said no here were it gets confusing they asked this person asked me if I have any if I have any symptoms and I said I have a bit of a a cough so she advised me to isolate myself but only for 24 hours until I’m all symptom-free so I I said okay and so yeah that’s my I guess you could say praise report so thank you again for those who prayed for me I’m an attitude of gratitude from the bottom of my heart God bless you all thank you I hope you all had a great day thanks again your prayers mean the world to me thank you

  4. Praise God Marilyn! How relieved you must be. I didn’t get my appointment with my surgeon but am thinking about waiting rather than get another one. Am asking the Lord for His direction. What a keepsake for Myles to have from his grandpa David Mainse!

  5. beautiful flower at gate’s entrance; thanks the pictures

    No one but the Lord knows who we are; the inner, not the outside is who we really are.

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