Sunday, January 7, 2024


Today’s Reading: Isaiah 39-40

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This bronze eagle, found in Pella Greece, is now on display at the Archaeological Museum. It sure looks like this eagle is “mounting up with wings,” as our key verse tells us. Let’s all stretch our wings and fly onward and upward in our relationship with God!!!

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


Key Verse: Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.


In his book, Isaiah gives us God’s Word! Isaiah said to King Hezekiah, “Hear the Word of the Lord!” (39:5). Hezekiah would pray and God would answer through His Prophet. This was the way it was in Old Testament times. False prophets were plentiful and they would distort God’s message, or simply make up something and claim they had heard from God. This was a dangerous time for God’s people. They did not have the book of Isaiah, let alone Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. As John wrote in his first chapter, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!!!” The Apostle Peter’s words in 2 Peter 1:15-21 bring together “our Lord Jesus Christ” and “the prophetic Word.” Essentially, God summed up all He had to say to the world in His Son and our Saviour and Lord, Jesus. Read Matthew 17:1-8 and note the words, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. HEAR HIM!!!”


O Lord God, I pray for grace to follow You so closely that I will know all that You are saying to me. You promised that “My sheep know My voice.” By this I know that I am hearing directly from You and not just from someone else speaking for You, as the true prophets like Isaiah did. You, Lord Jesus, are the One of Whom Isaiah wrote, “He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom” (Isaiah 40:11a). What assurance I have in the knowledge that You are holding me and that I am hearing from You! In Your Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen!!!


I’m so glad I’m able to get to church regularly. I know that I hear New Testament prophecy, as described in Revelation 19:10b, “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” On the birthday of the Church, Peter took as the text for his message the words of the Prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:14-21). Peter said that as the 120 spoke of Jesus on the streets of Jerusalem, they (sons, daughters, all of them), were prophesying. These were New Testament prophets. I want to daily share Jesus. In this understanding, when I do this blog each morning, I’m functioning as a New Testament prophet. And so are you when you share Jesus with someone!  A few years ago Pastor Kevin Shepherd launched a campaign for the New Year called, “Because I said so!” Most people in attendance signed up and were given a sticker to put in a prominent place. I put my sticker on the back of my cell phone. It reminds me that God’s promises can be relied upon! For the past two years I have received a text message each week with one of God’s promises selected by the Pastor. One of them was our key verse, and again I’m encouraged to “Wait on the Lord…mount up with wings as eagles.” Because God said so, we will “run and not be weary,” and “walk and not faint.”

Yours for hearing and understanding God’s Word to each one of us,


Some of my family members praying for me in the hospital, including my great-granddaughter Janice, who just turned 3 on New Year's Eve.

Some of my family members praying for me in the hospital, including my great-granddaughter Jadice, who was 3 years old in this photo. I’m deeply touched by the simple faith of a child.

6 thoughts on “Sunday, January 7, 2024

  1. Oh Lord! Help us to remember that when you “say so”, it can be trusted!
    Your Word is truth. Thank you for being so faithful, dependable and reliable.
    We love you, Lord! Give us the grace to love you wholeheartedly and serve you faithfully

    I pray for your comfort on all who need it today. I especially remember Edward and Eleanor. May their strength be renewed, as they wait on You, Lord.

  2. PRAYER IS NEEDED FOR THIS FELLOW, WHO IS SUPPOSEDLY RENTING OUR HOME, SADLY HE REFUSES TO ANSWER OR RESPONDS TO OUR TEXTS. His name is Jeremy, we can only trust that two months of rent plus the two months of water bills will be received.
    My spouse and I are sharing in time we will need to look into moving back to Fort McMurray, or right down give Jeremy notice and will tell him we are listing it.
    Praying for guidance with this whole situation,

  3. Praying for your situation Karen. A difficult problem for you. Father, in Jesus Name, we ask for Your intervention in this situation according to Your Perfect Will. Amen. Blessings all for Wisdom, health and strength for this New Year. Amen.

  4. I am also joining in prayer for Karen’s situation with her tenant
    Father, speak to Jeremy’s conscience and may he fulfill his responsibility to pay his rent and water bills. If he is having financial difficulty, may he approach the landlord and let them know of his situation and make arrangements to pay and not ignore his obligations. Lead Karen and her husband to know which steps to take .

  5. Amen to the prayers above. May Karen and her husband connect with Jeremy. May the Lord intervene for them. Karen have you reached out to others that might know if he is in Ft McMurray. I ask only because several years ago we were expecting someone and he was a no show. We were so frustrated, he had a good reputation but would not respond to our many many calls. After some time we received a call, he had apparently gone on a fishing trip for which he didn’t show up. They reported him missing because they felt he would never be a no show and his vehicle was found torched and his body was never found
    Our call was from the investigators that had found out many calls on his answering machine. It was a very sad event. Praying that you hear soon and all is well

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