Thursday, June 18, 2020


Today’s Reading: Matthew 18

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

A young boy holds onto the family donkey in the Nazareth Village, a wonderful reminder showing what Nazareth may have been like when Jesus was a boy.

Key Verse: Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

Were you in church last Sunday? Were there two or more people there? Then He who cannot lie was in the midst of the worship in a special, unique way. Norma-Jean sang a song for me from the piano recently: “He is here! Listen closely! He is calling out your name! He is here! You can touch Him! You will never be the same!” Just the two of us were worshipping, and we experienced the presence of Jesus. When we confront problems and difficulties, we are not alone. He is here! It’s a fact! Minister to someone today. You can assure that person that HE IS HERE!!! Just as certain as Jesus was present to heal in Galilee, He is with you as you minister in His Name!


Lord Jesus, please send Your Holy Spirit upon me so that I will be totally confident of Your presence, particularly as I meet with others. Your Word declares that You inhabit the praises of Your people. Amen!


Nik Walenda walked over Niagara Falls on a tight rope. If you watched it on TV you would have heard this Spirit-filled believer worshipping. He was heard all over the world saying,”Thank You Jesus! – Thank You Lord! – Praise You Lord! – I worship You Jesus!” Over and over, when the sound of the broadcast took his words, he was worshipping. A great congregation, including Norma-Jean, our two grandsons, David and Adam, and I, were praising God with him. More recently, he did the same kind of high-wire worshipping as he crossed the Grand Canyon! (here is a link to a secular report about it). Like Nik, when I need to experience the presence of God, I begin to worship. I’ve had the honour to know the Walenda family personally as they have appeared several times on the 100 Huntley Street telecasts. They stretched a high wire above the back parking lot of the Crossroads Centre, walked across, did acrobatics, and witnessed for Jesus on live television across the continent (you can watch our report on Nik’s Niagara Falls crossing here).

Yours for walking in challenging circumstances,


P.S. Throughout this 730 day trip through the Bible, I will point out the repetitions that emphasize the truths contained in our readings. In today’s reading, Jesus is recorded speaking of His Father four times.

28 thoughts on “Thursday, June 18, 2020

  1. That first link is no longer available.Nick sure put his faith before each step.We should try to do the same each day with each step.May God bless each of you and may you speak to Jesus out loud,and know that He is there.

    Sweet Jesus I owe everything to you and to you alone,
    You have shown me my home,you are my anchorstone,
    You have saved me always when stormy winds have blown,
    You have always been my rock,the truest friend I’ve known,
    So why do you think me worthy as a seed you have sown
    What can I ever do to earn all the love you’ve shown .

    Let me know sweet Jesus, let me know beyond my days
    Let me know my savour,when I bow down to you in praise,
    When my time here is drawing short and coming to a close,
    As they carry me away after leading the life I chose,
    I pray that I will leave not sorrow for those that I love,
    But instead to know the joy that waits for us above.

    I am not a wealthy man but I am very rich by far,
    When I walk my journey you’re my guiding star
    And you know that I am honest in all the things I do,
    I have never born false witness,I only say what’s true,
    You have strengthened my soul before I even knew
    Of life’s losses with your love to see me through.

    You have always had your hand placed within my soul,
    You have shown me your light that has made me whole,
    I have never known this love that comes from your grace,
    Nor have I known compassion that shines from your face,
    For I am still a sinner and you are the Son of God
    I can only meet you at the end of the road I trod.
    G W(Bill) Marshall (No copyright intended)
    “This started as a melody in my head,over and over about
    315 AM,then followed the first lines of the chorus and I had
    to get up and finish the words,as if taking dictation.(This was
    soon after I surrendered on my knees in my own living room,
    privately,but 20 days before I was baptized at our bible camp.)”

  2. Amazing (and a bit scary)! God bless Nick and the family for their boldness and courage. May we keep in mind what he was doing when he was walking over unfamiliar territory. Praising God, who truly deserves our praise, as we face uncertain times. Blessings all.

  3. Dear Lord, thank You that no matter the storms that rage, You are the Prince of Peace. Forever. May all Your people draw near to You, our Maker, Sustainer, Helper, and Saviour, today. Whatever and whoever we face today, give us the wisdom, love, and faith to be good witnesses for You because You are the greatest of all. In Jesus’s greatest-of-all name,amen

  4. Dear saints,
    Could I ask you to pray for a young couple that needs a miracle in their marriage.
    Scott and Marie have three small children and their marriage is practically non-existent. There is no communication and a lot of anger. Although, they live under the same roof, they are living independently of each other.
    He knows the Lord but she does not. He is also suffering from much pain from a physical injury. They need a miracle and Our God is able to resurrect that dead marriage and make it better than it ever was. Pray that Marie would recognize her need of the Lord and would humble herself before Him to serve Him.

    Thank you! God bless you all.

    • Provided they asked for prayer and gave permission for their names and personal information to be posted on a prayer blog on the internet, Luisa. Stating God knows all the details behind their marriage or situation or an unspoken prayer request comes across in a different way. I am sorry I am touchy about this but I feel it is necessary. Lord God, You know the circumstance behind Scott and Marie’s marriage and Scott’s physical pain condition. You know everything there is to know about their family and children. We lift them up to You Lord because You are the only One who can save them. Coming together to spend time as a family with You would give them strength and allow the Holy Spirit into their lives. We ask You to make this happen. We ask You to bring back unity in their marriage and family, Lord. We pray for Marie to need You and that she comes to know You and begins to rely on You. May the love that comes through in prayer make a difference for them, Lord. We pray for this in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen.

    • Thank you Lord that there are more than two or three who are bringing this couple before You. Lord we pray that you will intervene in this situation and bring peace, harmony and love into this home. Father I pray that you will give Luisa a peace and hope that only comes from you as she intercedes for this couple.

    • Praying for this couple, may God bless them and give them his insight wisdom and love!
      Also praying for you Luisa, may God bless you as you intercede for them!

    • Lord I pray for this couple; I pray and ask You Jesus to open their hearts and minds to quiet down long enough so they are able to hear your voice calling them. I pray salvation for Marie. Holy Spirit I ask you in Jesus Name to penetrate her heart with Your Love Amen, thank You Jesus.

  5. Amen with all those who are praying for Scott and Marie. May it happen Lord. That’s a very good poem William. May God bless you. Lord bless all the saints on this blog and help us to survive this hot weather and bring glory to you today. In Jesus Name. Amen!

  6. The song “He is Here, Listen closely…” Jesus is always with us, calling us, we don’t always listen. Lord I pray that our heart and mind will stop from business long enough to hear You calling our name.

    Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight I pray for all little children, especially the needy, the hungry, the abused and abandoned, and those in their mother’s womb. Lord I pray, keep them safe in the palm of Your hand. Thank you Jesus, Amen.

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