Saturday, January 2, 2021


Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 31

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Children surround a mother as she tells of the past and shares wisdom. Moses said to gather the “little ones” that they may hear, learn and observe (Deuteronomy 31:12). These followers of Jesus encourage all who visit “The Nazareth Village” to follow Jesus too!

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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 31:23b

Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the Children of Israel into the land of which I swore to them, and I will be with you.


Twice Moses said the words of our key verse to Joshua. We need to speak words of encouragement to leaders…Happy birthday Moses! (verse 2). For a reluctant leader, you’ve done fairly well. Yes, you’ve had some failures, and for that reason you are not leading your people into the Promised Land. You were a war-time leader. The nations through which you led the former slaves were determined to destroy you, but with the help of God, you won many battles. Now it’s up to the new leader to win the war. Moses, you showed up on the Mount of Transfiguration to encourage Jesus as He faced death in the most decisive battle in human history (Matthew 17:1-8). Thank you, Moses, for your faithfulness to God’s call.

It’s interesting to note the words “God said” and “Moses said.” Believing in the verbal inspiration of Scripture means that we have an accurate account. It’s good history. It doesn’t mean that Moses always, without fail, said and did all that God wanted him to say and do. After all, he was a human leader. Jesus always got it right. He’s the Leader we seek to follow (check out John 8:25-29).


Dear Jesus, You ALWAYS said and did what pleased Your Father. Like Moses, I’m very human. I confess I made mistakes in my leadership. Because of these errors in judgment, I’ve not entered into all of Your perfect plans for me and for those I have led. I’ve asked forgiveness and You have granted it. Now I pray that You’ll guide and direct the new leadership, and please give me the grace to encourage them more and more. Amen!


I remember the old song, “Home On The Range.” Some of the words are, “…where seldom is heard a discouraging word.” I want so very much to be an encourager, particularly of our leadership in the Church, in missions and evangelism, yes, even in government, and specifically in the ministry that sponsors this blog, Crossroads Christian Communications Incorporated, both in Canada and in the USA. Crossroads has a worldwide vision for communicating the message of Jesus, both for people’s eternal salvation and also in obedience to Jesus, caring for those who need food, water, medical care, and in general all who need deliverance from evil. Click here to learn more about Crossroads.

Yours for encouraging God’s leaders. Let’s help them all to have the best year ever in God’s cause during this New Year!!!


13 thoughts on “Saturday, January 2, 2021

  1. Such wisdom in today’s scripture. Yes Lord, we shall be strong and courageous for we know the Lord our God goes with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Amen to David’s prayer and message. We thank You our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and to the sanctity of the Holy Spirit for Your never ending love and forgiveness of us. We worship You. We place our faith in You. And we give You all the praise and glory. Amen. Wishing fellow saints a blessed and prosperous day in the Lord and joyfulness for the new year, ahead.

    Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV

    Home on the Range

  2. Hi, Ron & Ann,
    I’m not sure what has happened, but we did Chapter 21 yesterday.
    Today should be the song of Moses in Chapter 32, so we are a day behind.
    I share the devotion with a new believer, so we’ll just do the scripture today.
    Thank you for continuing the devotion.

    • Check it again, Karen. It is on track; yesterday was Deuteronomy 29-30 and today is 31; tomorrow is 32. God bless you.

  3. I enjoyed both posts today. No problem – they are both uplifting and a blessing. The sun is shining here in southern Ontario. Such a nice change after yesterday’s freezing rain. Have a wonderful day.

    • We had so much snow come down overnight, here, Doreen. It has stopped now but what a mess out there on the roads, this morning. God bless your day.

  4. Father, thank You for this day. Help us, all Your children, to be strong and of good courage. Guide us and enable us to do the things that are right in Your sight. Thank You for our friends and family, coworkers and neighbours, Father. Help us to be Your good and faithful witnesses, and draw those around us to You. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  5. Karen Adam,
    The 100 words email was off by a day. As Beverlee said, today’s scripture reading is Deuteronomy 31

    I find myself thinking of Sah. We haven’t heard from her in a while. I pray all is well with her.

    Praying a blessing in all bloggers

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