Friday, September 16, 2022


Today’s Reading: Luke 9

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Tabgha is situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. This altar is built over the place where it is said that Jesus took the two fish and five loaves of bread and blessed them. I like to think that in His DAILY early morning prayer time, Jesus received His confirmation from His Father for the miracle of the feeding of the thousands of hungry people.

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

Key Verse: Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow Me…”

Peter, Andrew, James and John left their nets. Levi (Matthew) left his tax collecting post. The others left whatever it was they were doing. Now Jesus teaches that this decision must be made DAILY! As God, Jesus made the decision, with His Father, to become Man. As Man, He learned DAILY to live in obedience. “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8). Isaiah 50:4 says, “He awakens me morning by morning to hear as the learned.” In verse 7 of Isaiah 50, the experience of the Messiah is described this way, “I have set my face as a flint.” This blog is designed to help us all every day in making a fresh decision to follow Jesus.


Lord God, I confess that most mornings I would like to stay in bed for another hour, but I know that I cannot follow You closely without doing as Jesus did, taking up His cross daily. I praise You for the grace You give me to follow You. Please continue to give me the gift of discipline every day. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!


[Written by David September 16, 2016]

As some readers know, I was told by the experts in March 2012 that I had two years to live. Thanks to the professionals and the Lord Himself, as a result of your prayers, that “expiry date” has been changed. God knows! I’ve been in hospital ever since shortly after my 80th birthday on August 13th. They say I have cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection. Some speculate that an insect bite might be the original cause. The infection, particularly seen on my right leg, is now in retreat.  Praise the Lord!

I take comfort in that often-repeated Bible verse, “His mercy endures forever.” That’s found 26 times in Psalm 136. God is consistent. I need to learn by making a deliberate decision every single day to follow Jesus more consistently. How are you, my blog partner, doing in this department?

Yours for “daily” following Jesus,


P.S. Luke, the Physician, is the primary historian of the New Testament. In Luke and Acts he covers a period of 70 years. Over the next few days, I would like to beg the indulgence of readers as I write in the P.S. some thoughts on the reliability of the historical record of Scripture!


15 thoughts on “Friday, September 16, 2022

  1. Thank You, Lord, for the Godly people You send to lead, teach, and encourage us to keep on going with You daily. Give all of us the courage we need to stand with You no matter what, in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Amen to your prayer Rob, amen.
    What joy being a Christian brings. May teachers and preachers be able to bring thousands to Jesus each day. In Jesus name I pray.

  3. We must remember to use words that the ‘unchurched’ can ‘understand’,otherwise we will lose them….and after we have their attention we must disciple them !
    Around here it seems that when one church increases in number then another decreases by the same number.Food for thought.May God bless
    The World Forgot

    The world forgot what is right
    For we were supposed to teach them,
    By sharing with them the light
    But we could not reach them.

    Not long ago we ‘were’ them
    Until we found the light He gives;
    The One the world would condemn,
    Then died to show He lives.

    They don’t want to know our ways
    For they think their ways suit them best,
    But we know how it dismays
    When one begins the quest.

    We must begin to reach out
    Or we may loose them all to sin,
    So we must defeat the doubt,
    To plant the seed within.

    Using words at their command
    Will allow His word to imbed,
    Thus they can then understand
    Why He rose from the dead.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/26 July, 2015

  4. Great poem William. A beautiful day here in S Ontario. I had a fall yesterday and didn’t sleep well last night. Thankfully, I didn’t break bones but I seem to have pulled a muscle or two. It was a bit of a shock! I will attempt to go walking as usual & gain some strength & confidence!! Have a safe day all.

    • Doreen,
      I am very sorry to hear of your fall. I am glad that no bones were broken. Praying that any bruising, sprains, pulled muscles, etc will soon heal. God bless and keep you, dear sister in the Lord.

  5. Still doing well Luke8 and 9 are so powerful for being disciples of the Lord Jesus commissioned gives a us authority to heal and deliver. Personal relationship is the ultimate goal therefore yielding 10p fold as mentioned yesterday. Pray that all my fellow bloggers would grow in personal relationship. No turning back. Praise God.

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