Monday, January 2, 2023


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!!!


6 thoughts on “Monday, January 2, 2023

  1. I believe we all need encouragement these days. With isolation, and dealing with Covid, along with cancellation of many programs, society has been challenged these last few years. We are blessed with the technology we have today, i. e., this blog, along with streaming Christian programs. Very thankful for these avenues. Thank You Lord. Blessings all.

  2. Happy New Year again.So far I haven’t been wrong about anything,lol.
    Moses must have felt many times like he was between ‘a rock and a hard place’.With God’s help (and patience) he got through it.The dry bones of Israel came back to life in the last century and their dead language was also resurrected shortly after.Only God could have engineered such things.Pray for Jerusalem and all of Israel…always.
    Marlyn,thank you for your advice yesterday.I had seen an ENT about this around 6-7 years ago.I had a broken nose in my early 20’s,anyway,I will ask for a surgical solution when I see him again.
    May God bless this blog and all connected throughout the year.

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    Father, help us make decisions that honour You. You, and Your ways, are always good, and right, and true. Thank You, in Jesus’s name, amen

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