Monday, December 14, 2020


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 1

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This photo is taken from Israel looking towards Jordan. This is the Gulf of Aqaba (some call it the Gulf of Eilat). It is located at the northern tip of the Red Sea.

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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 1:21

Look, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it, as the Lord God of your fathers has spoken to you; do not fear or be discouraged.


This book is essentially a reminder for the Children of Israel of events and laws already covered in Moses’ first four volumes (Genesis through Numbers). Moses’ final book is called the Deutero-Nomos, the second law. It restates God’s laws and purposes in order to impress the message on hearts and minds.

Moses tells the people in verse 6, “You have dwelt long enough at this mountain” (it may have looked just like the mountain in Reynold’s picture above). It’s a fact that we are often comfortable where we are and don’t want to confront the mountain. God has delivered us from the past, and now He wants us to move forward into the land flowing with milk and honey which He has promised us. But there is this mountain. Jesus said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed (enough faith to obey), you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20b).


Lord Jesus, give me the courage to speak to (not about) this difficulty facing me. I do so now in Your Presence. MOVE!!! Now, I need the grace to move forward. Thank You for the grace You are giving me to obey Your instructions. Here we go Lord! Hallelujah! Amen!


One of the great people God sent to work with me in ministry is Fred Vanstone. He first introduced me to these words in business matters…”moving forward.” He was the son of a miller in Bowmanville, Ontario. He became the #2 man in the bank of British Columbia, then CFO for the Pattison Group. He took on the administration of a University, owned a Vancouver business, and then as we traveled together down a mountainside in the Rocky Mountains, we both knew God had spoken to us that we were to work together as a full-time team. Tears come to my eyes as I think of the amazing administrative gifts Fred brought to Crossroads. The mountain of debt on our 143,000 square foot TV production centre disappeared. The “promised land” of CTS (YES-TV), a network of several over-the-air TV stations, was licensed by the federal government. Fred continued after he left Crossroads to run a company based in Philadelphia with several thousand employees. Thank you, my friend Fred, and thank you, Jim Pattison, for sending Fred to us initially. “Moving forward,” the mountain moved out of the way. What God has done on the business side of Crossroads, He is doing constantly in my personal day-to-day life.

Yours for “moving forward”,


18 thoughts on “Monday, December 14, 2020

  1. Great teaching of today’s scripture. We are moving forward. Amen. Peace be with you, fellow saints in the Lord. May His blessings be upon you, today.

    “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts”
    Malachi 3:1 ESV

    Gloria in Excelsis Deo

    • Gloria In Excelsis Deo

      Angels we have heard on high
      Singing sweetly o’er the plains
      And the mountains in reply
      Echoing their joyous strains
      Gloria in excelsis deo
      Gloria in excelsis deo

      Come to bethlehem, and see
      Him whose birth the angels sing
      Come adore on bended knee
      Christ the lord, the newborn king
      Gloria in excelsis deo
      Gloria in excelsis deo

      See him in a manger laid
      Whom the choirs of angels praise
      Mary, joseph, lend your aid

  2. “When we we ever learn?”In today’s scripture,it’s like looking down from above on the scene below so we see it clearly but on the ground that perspective is lost.
    The Kingdom Is Ours

    Oh,Lord,though we have sinned against You
    And have done evil in your sight,
    You still love us the ages through,
    Withholding from us Your just might.

    To each of us You have been a Friend,
    Your guidance led those who would hear
    And shown Your mercy has no end;
    As we repent,you draw us near.

    Lord,restore to us a right spirit,
    For You have washed away our sin
    And we know we’re not to fear it
    When evil seeks to come within.

    Oh,my Savoir,You are always true
    And we want to walkin Your light
    But there is one who will undo
    And e’er seeks to bind us in fright.

    Oh Lord,we know Your word is our shield
    But relentless thoughts from the snake,
    Seek to steal what we must not yield,
    For the kingdom is ours to take.
    G W(Bill) Marshall/13 Sept, 2015

      • Amen Rob and Beverlee and everyone!

        Beverlee thank you for posting that beautiful hymn, it is so uplifting and true!

        I think I understand William’s post, when will we ever learn, as history indicates we are “dumb sheep” who again and again need to be rescued by our saviour.

        But on a personal level I can honestly say… God is working and saving us foolish humans, there is hope and joy and peace and we have a future!!
        I know this because He has patiently and relentlessly worked with and in me….a foolish immature self-centred woman!
        I wish I could tell you my fellow bloggers, the empty-ness in side of me that Jesus has filled!
        For much of my life I craved the approval and attention of others …it was a never ending void inside of me….I’m still a work in progress but thanks be to God little by little I’m growing in the Lord!

        So William and others don’t be discouraged God is with us and leading us today!

        We are all wounded people, we live in a fallen world..but thanks be to God we have a hope and a future!!!

        May God bless you all today!

        • You speak a truth that narrates for most of us, Anne. Seeking human approval and validation from others is part of our human nature. We all feel the need to be wanted and to feel important. It runs through many filters. Peter even sought it when he denied being a disciple of Jesus. We will always be falling in and out of favour and needing our Saviour’s rescue. God bless you.

  3. Yes, great teaching today and illustrations. We are in danger of stagnation because of covid. Lord help us to go forward in Jesus name. Feeling blessed this morning. Thank you Beverlee and for your information on Joe Amaral.

  4. Morris Cerullo spoke on this very Bible reading today on the rebroadcast of his School of Ministry! Very enlightening. Blessings all.

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