Wednesday, January 20, 2021


Today’s Reading: Joshua 3-4

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


Just east of Jericho, looking across the Jordan River into the country of Jordan, you can see a church that commemorates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. This is also the area where the Children of Israel crossed into the Promised Land.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Joshua 4:24

…that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.


God has often intervened in human history to use so-called “acts of God” to accomplish His purposes. In the case of the Jordan River being dammed up at Adam (there is a bridge here today called “The Adam Bridge”), God may have used an earthquake. In 1927 there was a quake in this very area. A 150-foot rise on the West Bank was dislodged, completely blocking the flow of the Jordan River into the Dead Sea for 21 hours.

The leadership of Joshua, born a slave in Egypt, was not questioned from this time forward. Moses, raised in Pharaoh’s palace, saw the potential of Joshua and mentored him well. The written Word and the verbal telling of God’s stories, along with the pile of stones, succeeded in keeping the people faithful for at least one generation. Let us remember that we must creatively renew our means of communicating God’s message in every generation.


Lord God, please enable me to communicate well to those for whom I am directly responsible. May I be faithful to point as many people as possible to You by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


As a boy, I would often look at the photo album from my parents’ honeymoon in 1924 in what was then known as Palestine. They were in old-fashioned bathing suits swimming in the Jordan (see photo below) at approximately the place where the Children of Israel crossed over. I’ve visited that place several times. As a great-grandfather of 13, a grandfather of 16, and a father of 4, I must do everything I can do to remind those whose lives I can influence of the faithfulness of God in the past, present, and future.

Yours for communicating our God stories to the next generations,


P.S. Below is a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls from the book of Joshua. For more about the Dead Sea Scrolls, The second photo below is

Found among the Dead Sea Scrolls were fragments, like the one pictured here, which retold various stories from the book of Joshua.

My parents on their honeymoon in 1924, bathing in the Jordan River.

17 thoughts on “Wednesday, January 20, 2021

  1. Imagine the looks on their faces as the Jordan stood up before the Ark.Wow!
    Luisa,it might give you some measure of comfort to know that you and your husband have been on my prayer list for many months…You never know who might be praying for you.I pray “for complete healing”.God bless

  2. An amazing post with great information! Praying for the US & Canada. The cancellation of the oil plan from Alberta (which has cost an incredible price to date) is very disturbing. Praying that there will be a good solution for Canada 🇨🇦 & the U.S. Blessings all.

  3. Dear Lord God, thank You for being our solid rock; for Your Word which is forever True and settled in Heaven. Thank You that You are the Almighty God, King of Heaven and Earth. Thank You that all the nations will submit to You – You who are King of kings and Lord of lords. Thank You that You hear the prayers of Your people; that You are restraining evil on this Earth. Thank You, Lord God, for all Your people; help each one to be strong and of good courage, knowing that You are our Defender and You have overcome even death itself! Praise You, Lord God, in the highest! In Jesus’s name, amen

  4. Prayers for your husband Joseph Luisa and praises to our Lord that all went well in the US today at the inauguration. God help us all!

    • Amen to all who posted today.
      Blessings Eleanor M.
      PS For those of you who remember little Judah, he celebrated his 4th birthday today. He looked really heathy on Facebook and we are continuing to pray that the tumors in his head are not growing anymore.🙏🙏

      • Good to hear about little Judah. May God heal him completely, for the glory of His Name!
        Thank you for the update. I pray regularly for you and your husband, Edward. Blessings to you!

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