Friday, August 14, 2020


Today’s Reading: Exodus 9

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The Temple of Kom Ombo stands on the east bank of the Nile, right next to the river. It was dedicated to two gods, Horus and Sobek.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.

Key Verse: Exodus 9:7b

But the heart of Pharaoh became hard, and he did not let the people go.


From the pictures of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, we get an idea of the pride and splendour of what was the most impressive empire for hundreds of years. The temples show that “the god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4), whose original sin was pride and who sought to overturn the rule of the God of the universe, was still seeking to oppose the will of the great Creator, Almighty God (Rev. 12:7-9). The war goes on, even today. The “god of this age” still takes advantage of hearts that are hard toward the rule of the true Sovereign God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our response for hard hearts must be “repentance;” not as a temporary fix like Pharaoh, but true “repentance” is turning away totally from our disobedience and doing what the Eternal God tells us to do.


Almighty God, grant me the gift of a soft heart so that I will do Your will and not my own. Please give me the grace of obedience to You in all things, and the gift of true repentance so that, having turned away from my own way, I will continue consistently in Your way. Through Jesus Christ, who dwells within me. Amen!


Today is Norma-Jean’s birthday. When we were married, September 19, 1958, I was 22 and she was 19. I love her and wanted to make her my wife. I also wanted God’s will more than anything. I was hard headed (not hard hearted) enough to pray on the way to the church, “Lord, one final time, if this marriage is not Your perfect will, You can still cause something to happen so that either Norma-Jean or I are stopped from getting to the altar.” God didn’t stop either of us, and now we’ve been married almost 58 years and have 4 children and their spouses, 16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. The second letter Norma-Jean wrote to me had printed on it, 1st Thes. 5:18, which says it all, “This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I agreed!

Yours for God’s will in everything,


P.S. Ron found an outstanding documentary video with scientific proof of the “Exodus” story. For example, it shows video from the bottom of the Red Sea, revealing coral-encrusted Egyptian chariot wheels scattered across the sea bottom. Online last week the Egyptian department of antiquities announced a confirmation of these findings. Reputable scientists used the same equipment that photographed the Titanic on the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. A recent survey showed that a majority of Canadians said that the Bible was not reliable. If you know anyone who feels that way, show them this video!!! Of course the old saying is, “Convince a man against his will, he stays the same opinion still.” This amazing documentary is 90 minutes long. There are pauses about every 15 or 20 minutes. You may want to spread out your viewing over the next few days as we continue our Exodus readings. Please, please don’t miss this, and also share it with others. To watch it click HERE.

16 thoughts on “Friday, August 14, 2020

  1. Happy 81st Birthday, Norma Jean!! ‎🎈🎂 ‎🎈 Wishing you a wonderful day in the Lord. God’s continued blessings upon you. ✝️ “Let my people go,” such famous words from Moses to Pharaoh. Moses later, “spread out his hands toward the Lord.” Pharaoh denied God and Moses embraced him. The evidence of their choices is well laid out. We are ever grateful for Your Word to show us the way, the truth and the light. We choose to follow and obey You Lord. We are ever grateful for Your continuous love and forgiveness of us. Where would we be, if not for You Lord? Our flesh and our hearts may fail but God is the strength of our portions forever. Amen. Wishing all saints a blessed day.

    Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 ESV

    David Crowder Band – How He Loves Us

  2. Happy birthday Norma Jean. May our Lord bless you and fill your heart with love and courage and peace.
    Thank you to the Maines family for supporting and continuing this blog. It is a great blessing to us. Praying for all those who are a part of all this ministry.

  3. Happy Birthday, Norma Jean! May God bless all the Mainse family as they continue in the footsteps of the Godly ones who went before. Be magnified, Lord, throughout this Earth, in Jesus’s name, amen

  4. Our choices have consequences that affect not only ourselves but others, also.
    The Egyptians suffered through the plagues because of Pharaoh’s poor decisions.
    May we always look to God and ask for His Holy Spirit to guide us in all things!

    Praying blessings on all fellow bloggers! 🙏
    Ps. Let us not forget to pray daily for each other. ( 3pm or whenever you’re able to)

  5. Happy 30th anniversary of your 51st birthday,Norma Jean and a big thanks also.God bless
    I think most of the world is like Pharaoh today with heardened hearts,not wanting to take the time to examine ‘all’ of the evidence in the bible (and ‘without’).That may be why they were created:to show His believers how wrong Satan and his angels ‘are’.
    “4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Corinthians 4:4 “

  6. Happy 81st Birthday Norma-Jean. So glad I had that trip to Israel with you and still remember your encouraging words. God bless all the Mainse family and the continued ministry of

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