Monday, January 9, 2023


Today’s Reading: Romans 7

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The Arch of Titus is a first-century honorific arch located on the Via Sacra in Rome, just to the southeast of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in 82 AD by the Roman Emperor Domitian, shortly after the death of his older brother Titus, to commemorate Titus’ victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century. Perhaps most famously, it is the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, completed in 1836.

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


Key Verse: Romans 7:24-25a

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord!


Jesus said in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Yesterday’s blog dealt with the word “reckon,” which means “consider it a fact” that we who believe are crucified, dead and buried with Christ. Therefore, the old sin life has no power over us. There’s a horror story here regarding that “body of death” referred to in our key verse. The Romans would, from time to time, chain a dead rotting body to a living prisoner. Imagine carrying that around. The sin life is one of unbearable stench and disease. Who is our Deliverer from sin…from this “body of death”? The answer is found in verse 25. He is “Jesus Christ our Lord!” He lived a pure and holy life, and He lives within the believer. Therefore, we have all we need to be free from sin as long as we surrender our all 24/7!!! Amen!


Dear Lord, help me to remember Galatians 2:20 each morning…”I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave Himself for me.” Please Lord, give me the grace and the consistency to keep quoting (mostly under my breath) and believing 100% this powerful motivator for holy living, confessing it as fact! Amen!


My son, David Reynold, is a professional photographer. His award-winning photography blesses us each day here on When he was a young boy and had done something worthy of punishment, I would send him to his room to await my arrival. I’d find him on his knees, begging God to make him a good boy, and to help him to not do the wrong thing ever again. One time, I noticed that he looked at me with one eye, the other covered with his hand, in order to see how I was reacting to his prayer. When I smiled, he knew he had disarmed me. I would emphasize the error of his ways and forgive him as he and I both knew God had already done. In recent years he has led amazing world missions projects, raising millions of dollars for missions, and overseeing those projects on the ground. He and his wife Kathy are currently leading a unique God-birthed initiative in Uganda. Thanks David Reynold Mainse for helping your Dad make this blog unique among blogs by your excellent photography. I love you.

Yours for a life lived in abandon to God,


P.S. For some reason I feel compelled to put the pictures below on the blog. Three days after the birth of our great-granddaughter, Jadice Elizabeth Patterson, my other son, Ron (the grandpa), took a picture of her in the same pose as her 3-D ultrasound (taken at 30 weeks gestation). I can’t understand how pro-choice people, many of them people of good will, could approve of the one baby being ripped apart in the womb, yet so caring and nourishing toward the newborn. Canada has absolutely no laws protecting the life on the left (see photo below). This is truly sad and just plain evil! The sin in our human hearts must break the heart of God.

Jadice Patterson at age 4!

10 thoughts on “Monday, January 9, 2023

  1. There must have been a glitch in the system;it has not arrived in my inbox yet but is now up on the site.I went back 2 years ago and read today’s lesson.I bet Jadice got lots of hugs,very cute.
    Keep up the good fight.If you feel weak,like you are loosing then that may be the enemy fighting against you.You got his attention so keep up the ‘good’ work.God bless

    None Are Left

    Lord,I come to you to follow,
    To where your path may lead
    And you know my tongue’s not hollow
    Because my heart you read.

    In this valley I feel alone
    But then your words recall,
    The example of love you’ve hone,
    With forgiveness for all.

    Please put me on the path to take,
    For alone I am blind,
    But with you the difference I make
    Can reach all of mankind.

    Let me point the way to the truth,
    To cause your light to shine,
    For we must reach out to our youth
    So none are left behind.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / 29 March, 2014

  2. A Wonderful gift Reynold has in photography! Pictures of the infant is mind boggling. What a beautiful child she is. May we quote Galatians 2: 2 frequently, reminding ourselves of the Truth of Who we are. Amen.

  3. Amen to the comments above
    Praying our nation will strand up for pro-life
    Also praying for those that have made the wrong choice, that they will repent and receive forgiveness and learn to forgive themselves

    Blessings to all

  4. Hello everyone
    I just want to update you and I would ask for your continued prayers it is the eve of my surgery which is tomorrow January the 10th 2023
    And I went to my pre-op appointment on the 6th of this month it went well well I was at that appointment they informed me that my surgery is tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. but I have to report to the hospital by 10:00 a.m. course a.m. so I’m just asking for your prayers and I will give you an update of how things went
    Thank you so much again from the bottom of my heart it means the world to me

    God richly bless everyone 🙏✝️

  5. Praying for you, Marilyn that the surgery will go well and the recovery will be quick and complete. I pray also that you will get good support and the help you need, as you recover. God bless you.

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