Tuesday, January 17, 2023


Today’s Reading: Romans 16

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Here is an interior view of the ancient Colosseum in Rome. A partial floor has been built at the far end. You can see in the middle the corridors and rooms that once were under the Colosseum floor. The floor in ancient times was covered in sand to absorb the blood. Also, animals and gladiators were held under the Colosseum floor, awaiting their turn to kill or fight to the death.

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


Key Verse: Romans 16:16

Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you.


Our reading today should be a great encouragement to all of us who serve the Lord in any capacity, particularly to those who work behind the scenes and receive little attention. Be assured that God pays attention, and so do wise leaders like Paul. This letter to the believers in Rome was written from Corinth where Paul’s partners in ministry and in tentmaking were Aquila and Priscilla. Do you remember them from the book of Acts? They, along with Phoebe, probably carried Paul’s letter to Rome, and then served as missionaries to Rome. Phoebe’s work was key to soul winning in Rome. She had been entrusted with social service among needy people. Paul knew she would need the help of others to accomplish the call of God on her life. We all need help. The “holy kiss” speaks of genuine affection one for another. Only as all of us serve God and each other will the cause of Christ flourish. The book of Joshua, which we begin tomorrow, God willing, will continue to emphasize the need to work together.


Lord Jesus, thank You for Mary, who is mentioned in verse six. She laboured much for Paul and the team. This Mary is a VIP to You, Lord. Please help me to labour much to serve also. Please guide me to those You want me to serve. In Your Name I pray. Amen!


The summer I turned 20, with the help of others, I initiated a series of tent meetings in the village of Chalk River, Ontario. That led to planting a Church in a local hall. I had not yet met my beloved Norma-Jean, and I was working on my theological studies by correspondence. My Dad gave me back-issues of the Nazarene “Preacher’s Magazine,” and from it I learned how to construct my sermons. I lived in one room built on the side of the house where the Leach family lived. I thank them for their kindness to me. I was eating my own cooking from Monday to Saturday, and the Stan Thomas family took me to their home every Sunday for dinner. That lasted until I went back to college in Peterborough a year later. Mrs. Thomas, Doreen, was what we called a “war bride.” She met and married Stan in England during WW2. What a great cook! These are two families I think of when I read Romans 16. Thank You to everyone who has helped me through the years. Syd, who gave the first $300.00 to start us on TV in 1962, and Sharon, the teenager who made the first pledge of $5.00 per month to support the TV outreach. God has recorded the names of all others who have served as Partners of the ministry. If I could, and if it was appropriate, I’d greet you all with a “holy kiss.” I’ll try to greet each one when we meet in Heaven, if not down here.

Yours with deep gratitude for your partnership in ministry,


In 1863, Jean-Leon Gerome painted this depiction of the ancient Roman Colosseum, entitled, “The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer”.

P.S. I don’t have a video attachment for today, but this painting is worth 1,000 words. Behind the hungry lion, a tiger is about to emerge from beneath the floor of the Colosseum. This scene speaks volumes to me about my commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ.

6 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 17, 2023

  1. Amen Rob. What a terrifying experience it would have been to be awaiting your time to go up and face the lion in the coliseum! Many, I believe, would have been paralyzed with fear and unable to withstand the attack. Our God is our defender/protector! Thank You Lord. Amen.

  2. A few days ago,in a 100 Huntley St interview,George Foreman greeted David ‘with a holy kiss’ quoting “We should ‘Greet one another with a holy kiss.’ ”
    Each sunrise is a kiss good morning and each sunset a kiss goodnight,both from our Father.God bless
    Seeds Of Eternity

    Beyond the sunset where peace is found,
    There will not be found reason to cry,
    For beyond that veil without bound
    We find our home when our bodies die.

    Where the ocean ends and time e’er sleeps,
    Together in love we will e’er be
    For we are the crop the Savior reaps,
    Among the seeds of eternity.

    Beyond the sunset our ship will sail,
    Where evil’s never been known to be,
    For it’s there always without fail,
    We will find peace in eternity.

    Where the sky rolls up to meet the moon
    We see no end to infinity,
    For there the countless stars are strewn,
    Anchored by the holy Trinity.
    GW Marshall / 19-Oct-013

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