Saturday, June 22, 2024


Today’s Reading: Matthew 23

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Here you see the Western slope of the Mount of Olives covered by thousands of Jewish graves facing toward the Temple Mount and the Eastern Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem. Those buried here desired to be first in the resurrection. The valley between is the Kidron Valley. This slope of the Mount of Olives has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years and holds approximately 150,000 graves. The Pharisees believed in the resurrection but Jesus said that by their traditions they caused the Scriptures to be ineffective in their lives.

Key Verses: Matthew 23:25b & 26

“Inside they are full of extortion and self indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”


Learn to see as God sees and think as God thinks by making the Word of God a daily part of your thinking process. This is the eternal value of what we’re doing together in this blog. Over 3,000 years ago the prophet wrote, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It’s true; we do look on the outward. Therefore, it’s important to groom our appearance so we do not draw undue attention to ourselves and hinder the shining forth of the inner beauty of Christ. Cleanse the inside in two ways: The washing of God’s Word (Ephesians 5:26) and by confessing our sins, “The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).


Dear Lord, thank You for washing me inside with Your Word which I’ve just read, and thank You for washing away my sin by Your precious blood. I believe Your promises. You cannot lie. Therefore, it’s done. Amen!


A few blog entries ago, I mentioned a woman named May, who asked me, a public school teacher, to conduct her husband Win’s funeral, even though I was not an ordained minister at the time. May had been born and raised in Northern Ontario. As a young man, Win, who was a railroad engineer, on almost every trip across that most northerly section of the tracks would notice a young girl running out of the bush, standing beside the tracks and waving at him. Eventually they met at the water tank (steam engine), and later Win and May married. May’s usual stance was hands on her hips and normally a cigarette was dangling from the corner of her mouth. She was probably 65 when I met her. Win was in his eighties. It would’ve been easy to see May only from her outward appearance; but there was a deeper May. One day I asked her why she would not allow an ordained minister or priest to conduct Win’s funeral. She said, “I knew what you were doing out in that boat with Win besides fishing. He told me you prayed with him and he became a believer in Jesus and was not afraid to die anymore.” I had the great honour of leading May to Christ also. The inner beauty of Jesus was evident as she lived to serve others. Sorry, I’m well over 100 words!



P.S. People see the outside, God looks inside! Do we just appear to be religious or do we have a genuine inner experience with God which shines out through ordinary looking people who have the reality of God’s Holy Spirit within.

Jews praying, no doubt very sincerely. Jesus, a Jew Himself, spoke of those who “Love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:5b & 6).


6 thoughts on “Saturday, June 22, 2024

  1. I always like May’s story,it sure is different and shows David’s character too.May God bless
    True Strength

    Thank you Lord for using me
    To help others that can not see,
    For in your words of what’s to be,
    Shall be the light of eternity.

    You give me the truth of your word,
    That I might show others Your heart,
    For it’s in the words I’ve often heard,
    “Have love for each other to impart”.

    I ask for humility to make me strong,
    For true strength knows a humble soul,
    And this strength knows right from wrong,
    With the power to make one whole.

    I surrender to your guidance and trust,
    Since you know what’s best for me,
    For it’s in your hands,before I am dust,
    That you shape me for Your infinity.
    G W(Bill) Marshall / June 05, 2013

  2. Good morning everyone
    Great story about Win and May
    Blessings everyone
    May you all have a great and blessed day 🙏✝️

  3. Deep and wide, deep and wide
    There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

    Thank You, Lord, for caring about, for, us, in Jesus’s name, amen

    • I taught my grand children this piece that we would sing in Sunday School.
      Deep and Wide.
      I have a Special Needs child who really like to sing this little chorus.

  4. Amen and thanks for the poem and the memories of singing and doing the actions to deep and wide
    I am struggling with a problem. I have prayed and I know the Lord is on it, I pray that it will be his will to provide the answers soon
    I am so thankful for his mercy and that he gives us the authority to bind Satan’s operation and render him helpless in our lives. Praise be th God

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