Friday, February 10, 2023


Today’s Reading: Judges 8

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Dubbed the “Pompeii of the East,” Jerash is a Greco-Roman ruined city located 80 miles north of Amman, the capital of the modern kingdom of Jordan, The impressive, beautifully preserved ruins of Jerash include places of worship and other buildings from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine Christian, and early Muslim periods. The Oval Plaza seen in the photo is central to the ruins.

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


Key Verse: Judges 8:34

Thus the children of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies on every side;


The people of Succoth and Penuel made poor decisions. Zeba and Zalmuna made poor decisions at Tabor. Gideon made good decisions when he heard from God as recorded in yesterday’s reading. Now there is no indication that he’s listening for God’s directions. How often we rush ahead on our own without waiting on God. There comes a time when we must move forward. Beware of what someone has called “the paralysis of analysis.”

In 1st Corinthians 1:6 Paul writes, “Now these things happened as examples for us.” “These things” would include Israel’s decisions and experience during the time of the judges. When we forget God in our decisions, we become victims of our circumstances rather than victors over our circumstances.


Father, teach me to be careful to consult You daily in prayer concerning my decisions, and may I move forward with trust that You are directing me. Teach me, please, from the examples I’m reading here in Judges. I believe You for this! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!


When I think of “Mount Tabor,” I think of the town of Taber, Alberta, Canada. Rev. Dale Lang was the minister of the Anglican church there when his son was shot and murdered in the corridor of the high school by a deranged fellow student. I’ll never forget how, during the live funeral service that was carried on national TV, in that very high school auditorium, Dale walked to the spot where his son was killed and spoke of their forgiveness for the young man who had committed this crime. Then, with spiritual authority in the Name of Jesus, he cast out the evil from the school. Dale became Canada’s Pastor from that time forward. He and his wife became regulars for some time on the daily 100 Huntley Street telecast. Dale joined me daily on TV for a year, along with Professor of ancient history, Dr. Paul Maier, for a one-year journey through the book of Acts. Dale made good decisions following his family’s tragedy. Check out this video of a unique opportunity I had to go up in a hot air ballon with Dale, as he’s also a skilled balloonist (click here).

Yours for taking the time to wait on God for His decisions, and then moving forward,


P.S. I’m here in cold Canada as type this. I keep a positive attitude about the cold as shown by the picture below. At the farm where Norma-Jean was born, I took Franklin Graham out in a one-horse open sleigh a number of years ago. In the field behind the barn I threw him the reins and jumped out into the snow. He safely navigated back and picked me up. Have fun all you northerners!

Some winter fun with Franklin Graham many years ago.

Some winter fun with Franklin Graham many years ago.

A family walks down the main Roman Road, the Cardo Maximus, in the old city of Jerash. Pillars and ancient buildings are on each side of the street.

16 thoughts on “Friday, February 10, 2023

  1. Father God, thank You for Gideon and.all the Godly leaders You have given and still give. Thank You for making all those who believe in You into living stones in Your church. Thank You that You have a role and a place for each of us. Help all Your people trust and obey, “for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.” In the name of Jesus, amen

  2. God my prayer for today as we read read from your holy holy Bible help me to make wise decisions that are led by the holy Spirit
    In Jesus precious name I pray amen ✝️🙏

    • Amen Marilyn. That’s my prayer too. I would think that David & Dale would have had to have clearance to go up in the ballon in the busy Burlington area very close to the 403. What an experience for David. I, personally, would have declined the opportunity!! Great to see though. Blessings all.

  3. Prayers for all the people in Syria and Turkey and abroad, who grieve those who have died or been injured in the massive earthquake; prayers for those who are homeless, injured, without food, water or electricity.
    Lord, in Your Mercy, hear the cries of the people.
    In the devastation and rubble, may Your Holy Spirit draw all closer to YOU. Lead and Guide each of us in the days ahead.
    In the Holy Name of Jesus, I pray.

    • Laur, if you (& anyone else interested) will go to “World Vision Canada”, you will see that they have people on the ground in Turkey & Syria and financial support is very appreciated for that situation. Blessings

      • Thank you Doreen.
        I did send money to Samaritan’s Purse, but also wondered about World Vision’s involvement.
        This world is a tough place in so many ways.
        I am so thankful that Jesus is Lord.

  4. Thanks you for all these posts today, I am agree with all of them.
    I have been praying for Turkey and Syria,I find it very difficult to watch the devastation on the news.
    Blessings to you all Eleanor M

  5. Good afternoon everyone
    I have a great praise report to share with all of you I had an appointment with my surgeon at Grand River hospital in Kitchener and my surgery was on January the 10th and today makes exactly a month ago and my Staples were taken out from my knee and my surgeon and and his secretary are really proud of my progress
    I know why I’m doing so well the exercises remain a challenge but now that the staples are removed I’ll be able to move my my knee so more freely because when the Staples were in it really caused not so much movement so I give the Lord all the praise all the glory and all the adoration because it’s he and he alone that deserves everything
    Amen hallelujah thank you Jesus for you are a great and awesome God he is faithful and he does really care and look after and watch over and provide for his own all that I need is from the Lord so I would ask for your continued prayers I see my surgeon in 6 weeks for a follow-up thank you Jesus amen 🙏✝️❤️🦵👍😃

    • So happy for you Marilyn, I will pray that you will continue to heal Day by Day.
      Praise the Lord from whom all Blessings flow . Amen 🙏 ❤️

  6. I am so happy to hear your praise report, Marilyn. Praise and thanks be to God!
    Thank you for letting us know.

    Wishing everyone blessed weekend ❤️

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