Wednesday, June 14, 2023


Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 19-20

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


This is the ancient mosaic floor in the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, located in the ancient Moabite city of Madaba. It is the oldest map of Jerusalem and biblical locations. Madaba is a Christian city, today located just east of Mt. Nebo in the country of Jordan. Amman is the capital city of Jordan. This is the area occupied by Israel before their conquest of Canaan. The Bible spelling of these names in today’s reading is Medeba (19: 7) and Ammon (19:9).

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


Key Verse: 1 Chronicles 19:4

Therefore, Hanun took David’s servants, shaved them, and cut off their garments in the middle, at their buttocks, and sent them away.


King David’s first choice for Ammon was kindness and peace. However, when these were refused, war was practically inevitable. Even today, the war option should be absolutely the last resort. War should be avoided almost always. The shame inflicted on David’s ambassadors of kindness was too much for Israel to bear. It was war!

The key verse makes the point that shame is often considered in some cultures to be much worse than an honourable death in battle. David’s instructions to his ambassadors was for them to come half way to Jerusalem (Jericho) and wait there for further instructions. In 19:19, as we saw in an earlier reading, David brought about peace through strength. This was President Reagan’s approach to end the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

When we recognize that Almighty God is all-powerful and that all we have is human strength, we should make an intelligent choice and say to God, “I surrender.” Oh yes, we can persist in our own will. We are made in His image and likeness, and we have the right to say “no” to God. We must not blame God when we bear the consequences of our own decisions. God, Himself, comes to us with offers of kindness and peace.

We may want to read from the New Covenant Colossians 1:19-22. Like David with the King of Ammon, God took the initiative in sending to us ambassadors of kindness and peace, Jesus and the Apostles.


Lord Jesus, I know that in rebelling against You, I will bring disastrous consequences upon myself and others. Therefore, I pray that in all things I will be Your subject, a citizen of Your eternal Kingdom. You are my forever King! Amen!


Here’s a “loss of face” story. In the orient, “loss of face” is particularly offensive. A TV crew from America arrived in Seoul, Korea. They were met by a delegation on behalf of Pastor David Yonggi Cho and driven to their hotel. When they asked about their TV production equipment they were told, “We’re looking after that for you.” Later that evening they met Pastor Cho and they asked about their cameras and TV gear. The pastor said, “As you leave Korea, your equipment will be restored to you. It’s locked up safely in a room at the airport. I will not allow you to use our Korean church to raise money for yourselves in America.”

About two years earlier, Cho had been a guest on that particular American show, where the host had raised a great deal of money to build a TV studio for Cho in Korea. Cho had gone home and told everyone what this generous U.S. TV host had offered. However, not a cent was ever sent to Korea. About a year after the American TV crew was sent home, Cho was a guest on 100 Huntley Street in Toronto. The entire telecast was on the theme of forgiveness. The moment we were off the air, Cho said, “God has just given me the grace to forgive ______.” He headed straight for the airport, changed his flight to one flying to the city where the promise had been made to him, and asked the forgiveness of ______. Cho did what God required of him. Cho had lost face with his Korean people and felt deeply shamed, a most serious issue. I wondered how I would have reacted in a similar circumstance…and still wonder. Cho, in my opinion, is one of the truly great Christian leaders of our time. Since that time, God has blessed Cho in an unprecedented way. His church building now seats about 40,000 people and is located on Yeouido Island, next to the South Korean Parliament. He has several services every Sunday in order to accommodate their massive congregation. It was called “The Full Gospel Central Assembly” and in the 1990’s was renamed, “Yoido Full Gospel Church” (click here).

Yours for learning to avoid causing anyone to be shamed or to lose face,


The altar area of the Church of Saint George, located in the ancient Moabite city of Madaba.

The outside view of the same church.


12 thoughts on “Wednesday, June 14, 2023

  1. Father God, forgive us as Canadians for our pride and rebellion against You. Please give us the grace to repent of our corruption and wilfulness. Open our eyes to see Your standards and the heights from which we have fallen. Send Your Word and Your workers out throughout this country, bringing the message of real Truth and reconciliation to all of us. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for going to the cross so we can be forgiven. Draw many to You, I ask in the Holy name of Jesus, amen

    And, a petition calling for freedom of religion to be respected in Quebec:

  2. Amen Rob. Do you remember WWJD? (What would Jesus Do)? That was a saying many years ago. I believe we should think about using it again. Blessings all.

    • Good one Doreen. I love that question and use it all the time in many of my.dilemas and decisions. It brings peace and comfort galore.
      May God bless you and yours as always. Praise our heavenly Father for the rain we’re getting here in Alberta. Asking God to send rain wherever needed 🙏.

  3. Amen to the comments above
    Also thank you David for today’s reading and prayer
    Also thank you Reynold for all the pictures that you have taken to accompany everyday’s reading
    I have a prayer request I have cataracts in both eyes and on Friday I’m going for surgery they are doing my right eye first and then later on they will do my left eye so please keep me in prayer that everything will go just fine
    Blessings to all this day amen 🙏✝️👁️👁️

    • Marilyn, I pray that your cataract surgery will
      be a success for both eyes, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
      Thank You Lord for answering our prayers, Amen.

    • Praying for a successful eye surgery Marilyn. Doctors doing that operation really know what they’re doing and with prayer accompanying them they will have great success also. I’ve had both my eyes operated on and Jesus pulled me through tremendously.
      We’re made in God’s image and I’m certain He knows what it is to have our precious eyesight. God bless you and trust in the Lord.
      Thank you to those continuing this illuminating blog. Precious people:-)!

    • Marilyn: I will definitely pray for your eye surgery on Friday. I have had both mine done and I don’t have to wear glasses in the daytime anymore.
      God bless you and all that is on this blog.

  4. Thank you so much for the comments the prayers and response above I mean it from the bottom of my heart
    May God truly bless you all 🙏✝️♥️

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