Tuesday, June 4, 2024


Today’s Reading Matthew 1-2

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The Nativity Church in Bethlehem built over the grotto where Jesus was born. On the ceilings hang chandeliers and on the walls are fragments of mosaic. This building is the oldest standing church in the Holy Land. Originally built by Constantine’s mother in the 4th century, Emperor Justinian rebuilt the current structure in the 530’s. It was apparently spared destruction from the Persians in 614 A.D. because the invaders saw the depictions of the Magi on the walls. Local Muslim-Christian friendship is believed to be why the church was not destroyed during al-Hakim’s rule in 1009. The trapdoors in the floor reveal 4th-century floor mosaics from the Constantinian church.


Key Verse:  Matthew 1:23

Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name “Immanuel,” translated, “God with us.”


*God was with Joseph, who was instructed to marry Mary.
*God was with the Wise Men, who were told to bypass King Herod.
*God was with Mary and Joseph when they were told to seek refuge in Egypt.

When all is well, it’s easy to believe “God with us.” When there’s trouble, believe with child-like faith. Whether we feel like it or not, BELIEVE IT! IT’S A FACT!!! God is consistent. He is “IMMANUEL!!!” That kind of solid faith will release the love and provision of Immanuel into our lives and circumstances.

“Immanuel” Quotes:

I am with you always.” – JESUS (Matthew 28:20)

Abide in Me and I in you.” – JESUS (John 15:4)

I will never leave you.” – GOD (Hebrews 13:5)


I thank You, God, that You are with me always. Please forgive me for my sin and wrong that I have done. I give my life to You for always. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

NOW, please tell someone about that prayer you just prayed to receive Jesus. Call our prayer line toll-free in Canada and the U.S. at 1-866-273-4444 or email us at ministry@crossroads.ca.


100 Personal Words (plus a few more) from David Mainse:

Why 100? That number says to me “Immanuel.” I had been hosting a weekly TV show called Crossroads from 1962 to 1977 when I saw the building at 100 Huntley Street in Toronto. The sun was glinting off the stainless steel street number 100. Suddenly, I knew why (over the preceding weeks) when I would open my Bible at random, my eyes would fall on the number 100. For example, “100 fold” in Jesus’ parable of the sower, or the 100th verse of the 119th Psalm. Even page 100 in my Bible would show up. I knew that it was time to move from the weekly show to daily. My wife, Norma-Jean, was the producer of Crossroads and it took me several days before I ventured to tell her that I wanted to name the new show after the address of the studio in downtown Toronto. Now, over 10,000 daily shows later, approximately 17,000 people have shared their stories on TV.  Millions of calls have come through to the 24/7 prayer lines. Many of these have personally experienced “Immanuel,” opening their minds to believe and their hearts to receive. Call and talk with God together with a prayer partner…a caring, loving, non-judgmental person. The phone number is 1-866-273-4444. If you should get a busy signal, try again. 

Yours for sharing Immanuel with others,


P.S. We also have a video version of my blog (a “blog”). It’s a 2-minute version which will air regularly during breaks in the YES TV schedule. You can also watch it daily on the Crossroads streaming platform “Castle” by clicking HERE.

5 thoughts on “Tuesday, June 4, 2024

  1. Thank You, Lord God, for being with all of us on our journeys to the celestial city.
    I usually read the previous days’ comments the next morning, and am blessed by the thoughts, prayers, and concerns of my fellow sojourners.
    May God bless each of you, and the workers on this blog, in every way, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Amen Rob. It is a great blessing to be able to start this two year study of the Bible again. Blessings to all.

  3. I am happy to be starting again the two year Bible journey. I took the journey some years ago and I know it will be such a blessing to join once more with David’s wonderful teachings and the beautiful photos that add so much to the teachings. Rob and Doreen, I remember reading your thoughts back then, it’s very nice to see you are still sharing your prayers and faith with the other readers. May God bless you all.

  4. Amen to the comments about
    I too am looking forward to another 2 years
    Reading through the world’s greatest book The holy Bible
    I am so thankful that Ron continued the legacy that his father began
    I enjoy 100 words. CA immensely
    More than I have words to express
    So thank you Ron amen 👍✝️🙏❤️

  5. I’ve been following this blog since about Sept 2013.If I missed a day I would catch up.I have been in a bit of a fog lately.My closest friend,mentor and biking buddy fought a long battle with Parkinson’s but was diagnosed with bowel cancer about a month ago followed by news that it spread to other organs,just a couple weeks before it took him.Please pray for his wife.They never had any children and her closest relatives can’t get home due to illnesses in their families.(Her brother-in-law,Gerry M.,a Pentecostal pastor was friends with David.He’s now 92 and lives in Madok,On.)
    I am concerned about her being alone at this time so please pray for her.Thank you and may God bless

    Softly,tenderly we fell in love,
    You were the answer I sought,
    Then a call from God above
    Took you and the joy you brought.

    Now in sorrow’s web of pain
    As I sort through the days I’m glad,
    For as I look back there again,
    I’d not trade a thing we had.

    You were the candle in the night,
    And I was the sparrow lost,
    But with you all was just right,
    Until loosing you was the cost.

    Now my nights are filled with you,
    For in my dreams we embrace,
    But past the dawn’s early dew,
    I chase your elusive angelic face.

    I know from our nocturnal meet
    That we will meet on golden shores,
    And there with open arms greet,
    Our happy souls for evermore.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / Sept 6, 2012

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