Sunday, December 5, 2021


Today’s Reading: Proverbs 26

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


The Abu Badd is a rolling stone used as a fortified door of a Byzantine monastery from an old village in Jordan. It is now on display on Mount Nebo in Jordan, the mountain top from which Moses viewed the Promised land. My son David Reynold Mainse must have set his camera on the tripod, put it on a timer, and walked over into the shot. Thanks Reyn for great photos.

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

Key Verse: Proverbs 26:20

Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.


In the margins of the New King James Version, The Open Bible Expanded Edition, there are comments on our key verse and the two verses following it. It indicates that “talebearer” could have been translated “gossip.” Proverbs 26:22 reads, “The words of a talebearer [gossip] are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body.” Again the NKJV notes that gossip goes, and here is the literal translation, into “rooms of the belly.”

Proverbs 26:27b presents a dramatic word picture, “He who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.” This is in the context of talebearing or gossip. It talks of “fervent lips with a wicked heart” (26:23a). Just imagine pushing the stone pictured above and having it roll back to crush the person trying to hold the weight of false words.


Lord God, I pray that You will enable me to watch my words carefully lest they, like a stone, roll back on me. You’ve given me words here in Proverbs which produce life and not death. May my entire vocabulary be influenced by the “Wisdom” I am reading daily. I pray this in the Name of “Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Amen!!!


Today’s blog has me thinking of the rock group, The Rolling Stones. Through the years those Stones have rolled over millions of people, the lyrics of their songs leaving a lasting impression on young people particularly. Consider these lyrics: “I can’t get no satisfaction…’cause I try and I try and I try and I try. I Can’t get no…I can’t get no…satisfaction.” My answer? TRY JESUS. He’s the only One who truly satisfies!

Speaking of “rolling stones,” Bruce Stacey has created a great animated children’s production “Rez, the Rock that Rolled” (click here for a preview). I plan to put this powerful animated message on my laptop and show it to children, God willing, whenever I get a chance. Here is a link to where you can find it online.

Yours for the Rock that doesn’t roll, “The Rock of Ages,” a solid foundation for our lives,


6 thoughts on “Sunday, December 5, 2021

  1. Another great reading today. I’ve noted the God Rocks link (I had 3 more great grandchildren born during this pandemic). With limited gatherings during the pandemic, I’m concerned for children who haven’t had the opportunities that we have had growing up. God rocks will be helpful (children watch over & over, enjoyable tales). Blessings all.

  2. I agree Doreen….I feel a burden to pray and I do pray for children everywhere.

    Heavenly Father may you protect our children and grandchildren, both physically and spiritually!

  3. Dear Lord God, You are worthy of all praise. Bless all those who serve You. Open the doors for Your Word to go out everywhere, and open people’s hearts and ears to hear and come to You. Please help all Your children to trust and obey You, so You will be exalted through all the Earth, in Jesus’s name, amen

  4. Joining you all in heartfelt prayers for all children, mine, my grandchildren, and all children everywhere! I just was richly inspired by a large group of children from pre-schoolers to teen-agers singing God’s praises. Yes, we need to pray fervently, because the teaching about Jesus and His fullness seems to be lacking. “Oh God, forgive us and help us to earnestly “contend for the faith,” at every opportunity. May God be praised and glorified!”
    Thanking God for and our dear brother David Mainse, along with Norma Jean, and their family, who’ make this wonderful site possible every day. May God richly bless Crossroads Com and let’s all be encouraged to send in a special offering, an offering of thanks to our dear Lord, who came as a Babe, so many years ago, to give us life everlasting! “Joy to the World, the Lord is come…”!

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