Wednesday, June 5, 2024


Today’s Reading: Matthew 3-4

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Sunrise over the Galilee. It’s a new day and a new beginning for Now is the opportunity to begin with thousands of others this two-year journey through the world’s runaway bestseller, the Bible. I’ve proven that in the one-year journey, approximately 70% don’t complete reading every word in the Bible!!! But in the two-year commitment at least 70-75% actually succeed at the challenge of reading every word!!!


Key Verses: Matthew 3:14 & 4:19

“I have need to be baptised by You and are You coming to me?”… “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”


Later in Matthew 11:2-15 Jesus says, “There has not been one greater than John the Baptist.” Such a great man needed Jesus!

What was the evidence of John’s greatness?

(1) A great message! “Repent!” Turn from your own way and go God’s way (Matthew 3:2).

(2) Humility! He did not consider himself a great personality, just a “VOICE!” (Matthew 3:3).

(3) John recognized his own need. “I have need to be baptised by You” (Matthew 3:14).

John the Baptist, according to Luke’s Gospel, was named by an angel. His birth was prophesied in advance, and he was eventually beheaded because of his stand for Truth. What a great man! Yet he confessed to Jesus, “I need You.” THIS IS GREATNESS!!!


Jesus, John needed You, and I need You desperately! I’m confident that, as the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19, “God shall supply all your need, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I pray for the grace of Your daily supply! Amen!!!


Watching TV or reading newspapers, I have from time to time talked back to the screen toward the person whose troubles have just been exposed, “YOU NEED JESUS!” 

His timing may not be to our liking. I remember the singer Jimmy McDonald saying on the 100 Huntley Street TV show, that there are four ways God answers prayer:

  1. NO (It’s not the best for you, at least at the present time).
  2. GROW (We must change first in order to handle wisely the answer to our prayers).
  3. SLOW (Circumstances must change first. God is committed to working within the free will of others).
  4. GO (This is God’s “YES!” and we can expect results soon).

Listen very carefully and you will hear God’s answer.

Yours with much love,


P.S. Please commit to following along with me for the next 730 days, providing God gives the graces of continuity, consistency, and what I like to call, plain old sanctified stubbornness…the determination to “never, never, never give up!” Those five words made up the entire content of a school graduation speech made by the “Man of the Century” (20th), Winston Churchill!!!


8 thoughts on “Wednesday, June 5, 2024

  1. I’m sorry to hear, William, of the loss of yourbiking buddy and mentor. I’m praying for your buddy’s wife, for you and his other friends.

    • Amen.
      Thank You, Lord, for the infinite Life You offer. Forgive us for all our sins, and help us get up again and follow You, in Jesus’s name, amen

      • Amen Rob. Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. As time passes, we lose friends but we can keep the great memories. Blessings all.

  2. William
    You have my sincere condolences on the loss of your friend
    I pray that the Lord will comfort you and strengthen you in this time of loss and grief and sorrow
    My prayers are with you and the family I mean that of your friend particularly his wife who you’ve mentioned that they do not have any children
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time 🙏🙏

  3. Amen. May the Lord give you strength as you grieve the loss of your friend and may his wife find peace knowing he is gone to be with the Lord and that they will be together again.

  4. What a privilege to journey along with David Mainse – cheering us on from the “Heavenlies” – I’ve been able to follow along from the very beginning, June 3 2012 the year my husband died. It’s been a great tool for learning and a systematic way of going through the Bible. Thank You very much Crossroads and the Mainse Family for making this wonderful blog available. I will keep on recruiting as many as possible to follow along. There’s none like this! God bless you all!

  5. Thank you all for your prayers and thank you to the Mainse family for this continued blog.Please keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem and the peace,prosperity and protection of all of Israel.
    New International Version
    ”I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
    Starting Over

    I waited in darkness ’til he found me,
    For I was blind and could not see,
    But he found me in my misery
    And showed what real life could be.

    Now I am e’er happy for I have found
    That he guides me to higher ground
    And I can see where I am bound,
    Where His love shines all around.

    So be not disheartened to start anew,
    For the Lord is not done with you,
    He’ll take you and shape you to renew
    And guide you your whole life through.

    ‘He who began a good work within you’
    Will carry it on to see it through,
    For if you seek only what is true,
    He will show you what to do.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/24 March, 2015

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