Fall scene in Minnesota (Photo by GEM)Fall scene in Minnesota
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“Shun The Wrong And Do The Right”

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). “Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). “Find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).

Our pastor and his wife were out of town this last Lord’s Day and Milford Brubaker was our guest speaker. He is an older man who had pastored for 53 years and still enjoys getting out to preach. He preached an old-fashioned type message that we both appreciated. In recent years he has become legally blind and told us he had a hard time even seeing any faces out in the congregation, but he was certain we were there. We commend his faithfulness.

Something he did, which seems to be a thing of the past, especially warmed our hearts when he spontaneously broke into an old chorus. Of course many of the younger people and those young in the faith had no idea what the lyrics were so they listened while the “old-timers” which includes us broke into song with Pastor Brubaker. We sang an old song which I hadn’t heard for many, many years. A line struck me as being such a missing element in so much of today’s music and frankly in many cases preaching.

I know the Lord will make a way for me,
I know the Lord will make a way for me,
If I live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right,
I know the Lord will make a way for me.

For many years we have enjoyed a song “God Will Make A Way” that has a similar message of assurance. But as we sang the song this last Sunday the line, “If I live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right” caught my attention. It’s a message the people of God need to hear.

Romans 12:9 underlined in BibleWe join those who hold God’s Word as a standard. His Word declares that there are people who do good and live upright and there are people who do evil and live godless lives. Our first daily text states, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good”. The Psalmist wrote, “You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with You the wicked cannot dwell.”

We are called to “hate what is evil”.  This can be misunderstood, so let me elaborate.  We rightly acknowledge love to be a fundamental Christian virtue. Thus there is a tendency to believe that hate of any kind must be forbidden.

Yet the apostle Paul commands the early believers in Rome to “hate what is evil”.  In the early chapters of the book of Revelation the church in Ephesus was commended by Jesus for a specific hate which He also felt: “You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate” (Revelation 2:6).

Quote on hating sinThe Scriptures are very clear: We are to hate evil. We are to hate evil practices such as the scourge of intoxicating alcohol and drugs, sexual immorality and other sins of the flesh. We are to hate evil religious systems which lead men to hell. We are to hate the vile pornographic industry which has snared scores of men and women in its pernicious grip thereby destroying families and increasing sexual crimes.

However we are to be agents of God’s love and truth to those who are entangled in these horrific evils. They’re among the people Christ died for. From each of these backgrounds there are scores and scores of people who’ve come to trust in Jesus Christ, repented of their sin, and are now our brothers and sisters in the true faith. Just consider a word regarding the redeemed who had come out of a life of sin in 1 Corinthians 6, “such were some of you”.

We are also “to cling to what is good”. Hating evil and clinging to good will surely include a strong stand for that which is truth which includes calling good; good and evil; evil. Let’s not invent new words to replace old definitions reflecting the permissive times we live in, such as “love affair” which sounds more acceptable than adultery, or redefining marriage from the clear Scriptural pattern established by God and the list goes on. A powerful verse states, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).

Today may the Lord give us a resolute will to live a holy life, shun the wrong and do the right!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we cannot remain neutral but must stand for that which is good or we will fall for that which is evil.  Help us, as believers, to cling to that which is good even when it comes at great sacrifice. With the aid of Your Holy Spirit, we will be keenly discerning of the spirits of this age. Philosophies of this world must never trump principles from the Word. We look to You alone, for “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.


Some Further Reflections On Today’s Message

I recently heard a comment in a Sunday School class where a member similar in age to me was reminiscing about his childhood understanding of Christian faith as primarily obeying a list of “dos and don’ts”. Many in my generation that read this may identify with him. Through most of my adult years in much of the church there has been a de-emphasis on “dos and donts”, focusing instead upon the love and grace of God and I realize that has been my emphasis as well. That’s good!

However as so many in recent years have been essentially silent on the “dos and dont’s” we have seen an increase in acceptance of sinful behavior even to the point of redefining what is sinful, even in matters which the Bible makes abundantly clear.

In our area we have a current controversy where a local school district is set to bring in a speaker who will encourage the kids to sexual abstinence before marriage. Our very liberal local paper called this “controversial” and some vocal parents do not even want this presented, yet other Lancaster County districts are using evil, godless groups like Planned Parenthood to “teach” the students on these matters! And apparently this is not controversial enough to even make the news.

Frank Rice, a longtime pastor associate, observes in a letter to the editor: “Let the young people hear what she has to say. Then let them make their own decisions. But remind them they are free to make their own choices but not to choose the consequences.”*

Yesterday afternoon I was visiting with my friend Mark, who also serves in chaplain ministry (in his case a hospice chaplain). We were discussing the breakdown in morals and especially our observation regarding of the poor choices so many young people are making. I told him about our church service on Sunday and shared the first line of the chorus we feature today. As expected he finished quoting the lyrics, like me recalling when songs like this were common.

This is a subject I may develop into a longer article but it occurs to me there is a blessing in “do’s and dont’s” based upon the Scriptures.

1) Certainly we need to hear and heed specific Scriptural “do’s and dont’s” and there is no shortage of such lists and specific commands and prohibitions in the Bible. Consider the Ten Commandments or passages like this: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-7.
2) Some “do’s and dont’s” are based on Scriptural principles yet may not be specifically identified in Scripture. In speaking of the fallen human condition in Romans 1 Paul writes “they invent ways of doing evil” (Romans 1:9). Think of all the new ways of doing evil that have been invented since the Bible was written! And think of how busy people are now in this kind of inventing!
3) Some “do’s and dont’s” are well-meaning boundaries or fences to keep us out of trouble. We need to be careful though in never saying “the Bible says” when the Bible doesn’t address a matter specifically. This can lead to a loss of credibility and lead one to rebel.
4) Finally, and this is especially true in our area with the influence of the Plain or “old order” groups, some “do’s and dont’s” are a means of making distinctions among different religious groups and as an expression of separation from the world. To outsiders some of these “do’s and dont’s” can seem very peculiar and it seems to me some groups place a lot of focus on them. Since we have many friends in these groups we converse about this and it’s not unusual that they have no idea why they have such a rule! While others recognize them as a “church rule” not a rule listed in the Bible.

I am pretty sure my friend in Sunday School was primarily speaking of matters in the 3rd and 4th categories above but it seems to me that so many now have a hard time appreciating any notion of “do’s and dont’s”, including those that are specifically in the Bible or those that have a basis in a Scriptural principle.

In fact I believe many in the present age just don’t want any mention of things being right and wrong.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“God Will Make A Way”   Video  Don Moen (This is the song many of us know well)

“I Know The Lord Will Make A Way”  Video  Dennis Ruff This is the version we sang in our church this last Sunday. It is a song written by John T. Benson, Jr in 1950. See if you’ve ever heard it.

“Jesus, I Come”  Video   Homecoming Singers

“Glorious Freedom”   Video   Gaither Vocal Band

* Frank Rice is a friend who served a church in northern Pennsylvania at the same time we lived in that area. He now serves a church here in Lancaster County and wrote a thought-provoking letter to the editor concerning the “controversial” abstinence speaker:

“Maybe someone can clear up the confusion. The Warwick School District has invited a well-known and well-qualified speaker  to come and encourage young people to abstain from sexual activity and some folks, parents I assume, are upset about it?

If I understand correctly, you want your young people to make their own decisions and not be influenced by this speaker. Yet our media constantly promotes sexual promiscuity. Many of these young people are influenced by their examples.

Some would argue that you can’t scare young people into decision-making. Then why do we see wrecked cars on the front lawns of high schools around prom time? Why do we try to scare them away from self-destruction via alcohol and drugs? Are these upset parents anti-abstinence?

Let the young people hear what she has to say. Then let them make their own decisions. But remind them they are free to make their own choices but not to choose the consequences.

By the way, do I detect a note of negativity from LNP staff toward traditional values? There sure doesn’t seem to be any support of them coming off the press.”


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Hoover Convene gathering table (click on photo to enlarge)
This last winter we joined our friends Ron and Bonnie Hoover for a dinner party in their home. The table settings were elegant!

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“There’s Always A Place At The Table”

“And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:22). “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. These are true words of God” (Revelation 19:9).

He’d gotten used to living
On the outside looking in
Lonely was his only constant friend.
So when the invitation came
That clearly bore his name;
He hardly could believe the words he read:
There is always a place at the table.

Weber family 1988Consider a memorable meal in your life. For most that will prompt a memory of a great feast in a luxurious location with an overabundance of delicious food. But even more important, it’s the people we visit with around the table that makes the meal even more special. The photo to the left is a holiday meal at our home with my family over 25 years ago when we lived in St. Marys, PA. (Obviously, this is a photo snapped before Brooksyne delivered the food to the table. Click for larger view). My Mom and Dad are now gone and all those little kids have grown into young adults and the young adults have become … old adults!

But also consider an experience most of us have had, one that undoubtedly many of our readers now have. A place at the table for a missing loved one. That may be for a number of reasons, perhaps the loved one is now deceased, or away serving on foreign soil or in the military.

But today we especially consider those who feel the lingering pain that is due to an absentee child. The frequency of estrangement between young adult children and their parents has greatly increased in recent years. The inconsolable pain that it causes parents and the loss to both generations is immeasurable. Like the prodigal they have departed. Their empty place at the table brings unspeakable heartache. In fact in preparing this message we prayerfully considered several we know who are enduring this kind of ongoing heartache.

Tony Evans quotePerhaps you are reading this and will readily acknowledge that you are the estranged one. We earnestly pray this message may be a prompting for reconciliation, whether it be to your heavenly Father or those who love you on this earth. For some it may be both.

Jesus told the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14:15-24. The overall message of the parable is about the excuses and outright rejection of many in regard to entering God’s Kingdom. That’s still true today!

The Master instructs his servants to go out with invitations to a great banquet. Many who were invited made excuses as to why they couldn’t come. How sad the excuses that keep us from the Great Banquet Table or the table of those who love us and long for our presence.

She’d made so many choices
That had torn her life apart
And hurt the very ones she loved the most.
She didn’t even know where someone could begin
Until she got this message from the host:
There is always a place at the table

The banquet invitation was extended, “Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’” The servants returned to their master with the report found in the daily text, “What you ordered has been done, but there is still room.”

Heavenly Banquet Table Yes indeed, there’s still room at the table.  And today the Master’s servants continue to extend the invitation to a great banquet. Scores of devoted missionaries, evangelists and pastors are proclaiming, “There’s still room.” Dedicated lay people are taking this message to their world today, “There’s still room.” Through this internet ministry Brooksyne and I declare to those who visit this page, “There’s still room!”

And of course many people continue to make excuses.  What a great truth is found in verse 23 where we read of God’s desire, “That my house may be filled.”

Let me ask you today. Have you accepted the invitation or are you still making excuses? If you have accepted the invitation for your place at the table are you joining the servants in faithfully proclaiming, “Still there is room!”

There is always a place at the table,
There’s a feast that’s now waiting all your own,
Your place is set each time the family gathers;
It will never be the same til you’re home.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, the theme of the great banquet parable calls to mind another parable where You challenge the conventional way of thinking while forthrightly telling Your listeners, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” We see a lot of people who’ve been invited to the banquet table to eat of the Bread of Life. Some have tasted and seen that the Lord is good while others continue to crave the pleasures of this world instead. You are the Bread of Heaven that nurtures our spiritual hunger and the Living Water that quenches our eternal thirst! Our lives will never be the same as they were before we drew from Your well of salvation. Since Your well is bottomless with Your supply unending we invite all who seek eternal life, for there is still room because You are not willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance.  We especially pray for wayward loved ones today, particularly those who have abandoned their family roots. Father, lead them back to their home where there is always a place at the table and in the hearts of those who remain. We’re so thankful You’re in the restoration business where hearts are mended and families reunited for Your glory. We thank You in advance for answered prayer. Amen.


Early in our marriage we purchased an old 48”x48” oak dining table for $50.00 at an estate sale that had five 12” leafs (but not the self-storing kind.) We later found a table almost identical to ours advertised for $10.50 in a 1906 Sears catalog, so our table has actually appreciated in monetary value over the past century and has seated many, many people!
Upon the initial purchase the table was an absolute mess with the laminate top and carved legs etched in deep scratches and black stain. Multiple colors of stains were smeared over the wood.  The leafs had ancient linoleum glued over the oak which looked rather hideous. I saw little hope for the pitiful table before Brooksyne spent a good month stripping, sanding, and staining it.   Jeff Worrall, a long-time friend of ours, assisted her with the structural restoration and even I got on board by drilling new holes and inserting better fitting dowels for the leafs. Fully extended it comfortably seats 14 people. As I consider the photos I have taken through the years, including many used on this site, it’s pretty remarkable to consider how many have eaten and fellowshipped around this old oak table.  It occured to me that we have had thousands of people joining us around this table in the last nearly 30 years. Today’s photo was taken 20 years ago of my family who joined us for Christmas in 1988.

Our dining room table as originally sold in the Sears catalog!
(From 1906 as we recall)

Chickens in dog house 10/29/14
Brooksyne snapped this photo in Strasburg this morning. Expecting to see a dog come out of the doghouse she broke into laughter when she spotted two chickens (or roosters) strutting out. If not a “dog” house they’re certainly downsizing “chicken” houses these days.

Creation Landscaping team 10/29/14
This morning I observed a hard-working landscaping crew and was intrigued by the name so I asked. Benjamin Stoltzfus (right in photo), is the owner of the company and testified of his faith in Christ and shared his testimony with me. As I suspected Creation is referring to God’s creation!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“There’s Always a Place At the Table”  Video  Gaither Vocal Band  I had not heard of this song before last night when our friend Tommy Carpenter who serves in Belize mentioned it in an email: “It was through this song that I led a street vendor to the Lord here in Belize a few weeks ago. The old man broke down crying at my car window!! And asked me to pray with him. “

“He Has Forgiven Me”   Video  Damaris Carbaugh

“Come Home”  Video  Travis Cottrell

“Softly and Tenderly”  Video  Guy Penrod

On a lighter, non-spiritual note: Kansas City is in the news for sports fans. I grew up in that area and join my home town in excitement with tonight’s deciding world series game. Here’s a song that I recall from my childhood. “Kansas City Star”  Video  Roger Miller


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“The Prayer Of Agur”

October 28, 2014

Wisconsin field (Photo by Doris High)
Rural view in Wisconsin
Photo by Doris High

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“The Prayer Of Agur”

“Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God” (Proverbs 30:8,9).

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold
I’d rather be His than have riches untold
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or land
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hands

"Never Enough" boatWe lived in New England in the nineties and were only 40 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean so it was not unusual to see  large boats in people’s driveways or yards. Boat owners often name their boats and one that intrigued me was a boat parked in a driveway named, “Never Enough”.  I don’t know whether the owner’s message was expressing, “There’s never enough time to enjoy this boat” (since it seemed like it was always in the driveway when we passed by), or was the name expressing, “I want a bigger boat; this one is not big enough.” The boat pictured to the left is not the same boat we saw in New England. Perhaps “Never Enough” is a common name for a boat since I could easily find this photo.

Of course, our lesson today isn’t about how to buy and name a boat or even where you might park it. We’ve had no experience with that sort of thing, but we are familiar with the attitude, “Never Enough”.  Even though most of the Proverbs were written by Solomon Proverbs 30 records the sayings of Agur son of Jakeh. What a timeless truth he expressed as he introduces this section with these words that reveal his prayerful heart, “Two things I ask of you, O LORD” (verse 7).

Pitfalls abound in the life of faith and one is the continuous tension between poverty and wealth. As I carefully and prayerfully consider today’s verse I admit I have a hard time praying it myself, especially the part, “but give me only my daily bread.” Now be honest, how many pray for only daily bread? Most of us would desire riches over poverty and certainly having more than just daily bread (I like the butter and honey as well). I want my pantry to be filled with a variety of food as well as the other stuff that we are accustomed to!

But the wisdom of the prayer is easily observable and is just as appropriate today as three thousand years ago:

Stake in ground1) When things are going well and we’re enjoying peace and prosperity we’re prone to forgetting that this world is not our home. We get comfortable and begin to drive the stakes more deeply into our temporary tent along with its values and earthly perspective. Our heavenward view is obscured by our earthbound focus. Our eyes and thoughts begin to feast upon the pleasures of this life instead of the eternal Almighty God. Agur put it this way: “I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?'”

2) On the other hand when things are tough and we face a season of need we may resort to the arm of flesh (stealing in its various forms) to get by rather than trusting in the Lord.  According to Agur we would, in this manner, “dishonor the name of my God.”

Those of us who live in the prosperous regions of this world tend to view those who have more than us as the “rich”. Our economic classes reflect this. We look up the scale and then reckon ourselves “poor” comparatively. Most reading this do not consider themselves as rich because we use the term “rich” for the very wealthy or at least those several notches up the scale from us. You may even be annoyed at me for pointing this out!

But comparatively most of us are very rich when we consider the perspective of the tremendous poverty in many, many parts of the world, especially third-world countries. I have visited some of these countries and seen people that truly know the meaning of “daily bread.” Most of us certainly have far more than “daily bread” don’t we?  We have fully stocked freezers and overflowing pantries. We are “rich in this present world” (1 Timothy 6:17) and do well to regularly heed the cautions that accompany prosperity. * (see note below)

Today let us count our blessings, share generously from our bounty, and praise God from whom all blessings flow.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, You are the Giver of all good things. You have given us so much and we are indeed grateful. Move upon our hearts to be generous with our resources. When we’re tempted to look at other’s possessions in comparison to our own, bring to our mind those who have less rather than those who have more. This will help us to be more prayerful and generous toward those who are without. It will also help us to be less whining and more content with what we have. Amen.

* The Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 6:17-19 are very instructive in this regard: “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“I’d Rather Have Jesus”  Video  Jason Crabb

“Count Your Blessings”  Video  Guy Penrod


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“From Every Nation”

October 27, 2014

Russian youth on Chiques Trail 10/26/14Young people from the Russian Church near Lititz, PA
Photo taken on the Chiques rail trail.
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“From Every Nation”

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb'” (Revelation 7:9,10).

Let every kindred, every tribe
on this terrestrial ball,
to Him all majesty ascribe,
and crown Him Lord of all.

Yesterday we spent a wonderful afternoon with a Russian youth group that shared in ministry with the residents of Longwood Manor, a personal care center where we serve as chaplains. Most of the these young people are recent immigrants to the United States and come from all over the former Soviet Union, including a young man from Siberia. He informed me that his hometown already had two feet of snow on the ground!

They are part of a Russian Church here in Lancaster County that we have visited in the past. The church in Russia dealt with intense persecution during the Cold War and there are men in the Lititz church who can testify to their own personal dealings with such persecution.

The young people blessed the room filled with residents as they ministered in song and instrumentation, most of their songs in English. Yet when they broke into song in their Russian language it was as though the volume and exuberance jumped up one or two notches. We couldn’t understand the words but we could sense God’s presence as He spoke to us through the young people’s genuineness, their confidence, their countenance and their inspired giftings. Many of them played a number of instruments, mostly by ear. We were even more touched as they individually conversed with the elderly residents, making every effort to listen to them and engage in conversation, following some to their rooms so they could visit further.

Under desk drill We both grew up during the early sixties in the Midwest (Missouri and Oklahoma). At that time the U.S was in the “Cold War” with Russia. Safety drills were commonplace in grade school in preparation of a nuclear attack. The little girl in the photo to the left could have been Brooksyne! Surely other readers in our age group will recall these drills and the sense of danger and uncertainty during that age.

At that time in my young mind I suppose I pictured all Russians as enemies and actually can’t recall giving any thought to the everyday lives of the people who lived there, people just like you and me. I regret that, as a child, I probably gave no thought to the church people who were going through a horrible ordeal as the authorities sought to overthrow any allegiance to the one true God these people served, some for generations.

But of course there were people living for the Lord there at that time even as there are now in virtually every place on this terrestrial ball. As I have aged I’ve become more cognizant of my fellow believers in other places and today especially consider the terror that followers of Christ in Syria and Iraq and so many other places live under.

I hope all readers in one way or another can recognize the blessings in their national identity. In Paul’s sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17 he states, “He [God] made from one man [Adam] every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation” (v.26). Paul claimed Roman citizenship and recognized the benefits of having this status. We both are natural born citizens of the USA. But we have readers from all over the world and each reader can say I am a citizen of ______.

But for the redeemed our primary citizenship as true children of God is in heaven.  The apostle Paul wrote, “Our citizenship is in heaven.”  Regardless of where we live we share this common citizenship as the Redeemed of God!

There’s a celebration coming that all of us will participate in. We see it in the astounding glimpse of heaven in the second daily verse. It will make any earthly celebration pale in comparison.

We are gathered as the citizens of heaven, a great multitude that no one can count.  We come from every nation, tribe, people and language. We are standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb wearing white robes and holding palm branches in our hands. We are proclaiming together in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

Our citizenship here on earth is temporary, in fact very temporary!  Our citizenship in heaven is eternal!  Is your life reflecting that which is of greater worth to you?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Heavenly Father, with great anticipation, I look forward to the crowning day when I will be among Your faithful followers!  I am so eager to join brothers and sisters of every nation where we will at last speak one language, the language of heaven. With one voice we  will exalt the Lamb of God who sits upon the throne proclaiming, Amen!  Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!


Here’s another great passage that goes along with today’s theme: “For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:18-20).


Russian youth at Longwood Manor 10/26/14
The talented youth played a number of different instruments. It’s not uncommon to see them lay down one instrument only to pick up another one. They sang many English hymns the residents enjoyed singing along during the chorus.

Russian youth at Longwood Manor 10/26/14
We had a full house. The dining area was filled along with surrounding hallways full of people, including many members of the staff.

Russian youth at Longwood Manor 10/26/14
Following the service the youth met individually to visit with the residents which was a beautiful sight and so appreciated by the residents. This young lady is visiting with Alverta.

Russian youth at Longwood Manor 10/26/14
These young men are visiting with friendly Wilbur.

Russian youth at Chiques Rock 10/26/14
Afterwards I took the young people on a hike along the Chiques rail trail.
This photo is at the base of Chiques Rock.

Meal with Russian youth 10/26/14
Then a lively pizza dinner at our place. These polite young people expressed appreciation to us numerous times for the opportunity to minister at Longwood as well as the meal later. We were so impressed with their good conversational skills we later considered that not one of them was displaying an electronic device, which is a huge factor in disconnecting people in group conversation. The Longwood residents said Stephen and me, “You will be bringing them back to us won’t you!” Absolutely!

Peter and Yelena 10/26/14
Our main contact, Yelena who’s also become a good friend, works at a company we serve as chaplains. She and her husband Peter are the youth leaders and express a sincere devotion to following Christ. They inspire us as they make a public witness of their faith and mentor young people to do the same.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“He Has Forgiven Me”   Video  Damaris Carbaugh

Two years ago we visited the Russian Church for a harvest service and shared a number of photos with this post. I also came across this message that I had included at that time that certainly bears repeating. (Some of the illustrations are old but one would have no problem finding current examples!)

“Critical Questions We Must Ask Ourselves”

By James K. Bridges

Render to Caesar

As Christians, we know that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20, NKJV) and that we have an allegiance to Christ as Savior and Lord, yet this does not contradict, nor does it require that we totally disengage from any responsibility to our earthly citizenship. Jesus taught us to pay taxes, show respect to authority, and to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” (Mark 12:17). Among those things we should render to our government is a willingness to volunteer to help at anytime we have the chance to relieve the suffering of fellow human beings. Another vital way to fulfill our responsibility as citizens is to register and vote in all elections. This is a valuable duty and a freedom which many Christians are ignoring, and the result has been the election of local, state, and national representatives who do not hold to Christian values or respect Judeo-Christian ethics. The fallout of this has been the appointment of judges who no longer respect the Constitution, the Congress, or the wishes of the majority of the people. An example of this is the three federal judges who have recently ruled to strike down the ban on partial birth abortion.

Stand up for Values

Christians must not allow their right to vote and to voice their beliefs to be lost. In the news media today, there is a growing effort to intimidate Christians from expressing their views. An attempt to intimidate pastors and churches from standing up for their faith is mounting. Threats of removing the tax-exempt status of a Baptist church in Arkansas, because of their July 4 Freedom Rally, have surfaced in the news. This church did not endorse political candidates, but simply declared their stand on the moral and ethical issues which are facing our nation. It is interesting that some liberal political candidates are openly attending churches and are being endorsed by the pastors and nothing is being said by the news media. However, the enemies of the gospel will do everything possible to frighten the church into silence. This must not happen! Pastors must know what the law allows and properly educate their people as to their rights. Dr. James Kennedy has gone so far as to say that in light of the command of our Lord to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” for a Christian to fail to exercise their right to vote is tantamount to committing sin. To avoid committing such a sin, let every believer register and vote, and let every pastor take the responsibility to assist his parishioners in getting registered to vote. In some states the opportunity to register has almost, if not already passed. This is a citizen’s responsibility, so act now!

What are Christians to Expect?

Persecution

I knew it was coming, I just didn’t expect it so soon. I thought it would happen first in Canada, but to my surprise, it was Sweden. “A Swedish court sentenced a Pentecostal pastor to one month in prison after finding him guilty of offending homosexuals in a sermon” (Christianity Today, September 2004). We have warned ministers and congregations throughout our Fellowship that, if the deterioration of morals continues in our country, the time will come when we will be imprisoned for preaching against homosexuality. Oh, but it won’t happen here we are told. Famous last words! We didn’t think prayer could be removed from our schools; we didn’t think that the Ten Commandments would be removed from our public institutions; we didn’t think that the Supreme Court would block the Child Online Protection Act to protect our children against pornography; or that the definition of marriage being one man and one woman would come under such attack in our country — but all these have happened.

Christ, the focal Point

We are reminded of the words of Paul to Timothy: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20). Followers of Jesus must face the reality that persecution is inevitable if we live godly in Christ Jesus. We will be viewed as intolerant, bigoted, ignorant, extreme, without compassion, and unfit to be in leadership or have a voice in government. But Jesus has pronounced a blessing on all who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake and for His name’s sake, assuring them of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10,11). Persecution in this country has been limited to verbal attacks, for the most part, due to the protection of the laws governing our society. However, we are seeing a hatred such as has not been known in this country over moral and ethical issues. It is imperative that Christ’s church understands that we are engaged in a spiritual warfare between the forces of righteousness and evil, truth and error. The enemies of Christ are bold, but so must be His followers.

What are my responsibilities as a Christian?

Render to God

Jesus not only commanded us to render to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, He also commanded us to render “to God the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). Jesus was holding a coin with the image of Caesar on it when He made this statement. He was teaching, by comparison, that those who are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) should render to God that which belongs to Him. We belong to God by creation and by recreation having been purchased by the “precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18,19). Believers who will use their time, talent, and treasure to serve Christ, His Church, and His purpose to reach the nations, will truly be rendering to God that which belongs to Him.

Making Christ Known

To make Christ known is the primary mission of the born again, Spirit-baptized believer. We must express Christ to our society, bringing the resurrection life and lifestyle of Christ to bear on our neighbor, our nation and the world. We owe our country the best the church can offer. John Adams stated that our constitution was designed for a religious people, and it will not work for atheists and unbelievers. The separation of church and state, as it is being promoted today, was not what the founders of our nation believed, nor was it the way they intended the constitution to be interpreted. Opponents of Christianity have twisted the meaning of our national documents in order to establish a secular state. Christians owe it to their country to stand for the Judeo-Christian morals and ethics upon which this country was founded. We have only to visit countries with secular and atheistic governments, and to talk to those who have migrated to the U.S. from these countries, to realize how great the loss will be if the U.S. is allowed to become a secular or pagan country. The cost to prevent such a deformation, which is now in progress, may be great. It certainly will require that the church become militant in prayer, aggressive in witness, and involved in the voting process of our country.

Be Aware of the Times

Freedom to serve Christ as conscience dictates and as the Word of God declares, has been costly down through the centuries. The World Christian Encyclopedia has indicated that from A.D. 33 to 2000 there have been an estimated 70 million martyrs. Twenty-five million martyrs were estimated from A.D. 33 to 1900, while 45 million martyrs were estimated from 1900 to 2000. There were more Christians martyred in the 20th century than in all the preceding centuries. Persecution and martyrdom surface in different parts of the world at different times. The church in the U.S. must arouse out of its intoxication with the Laodicean spirit (Revelation 3:16,17). The church must not be like King Belshazzar who celebrated in his banquet hall while the enemy was conquering his capital and his kingdom (Daniel 5:30,31). These are times when the church must be like “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).


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“Stay Faithful!”

October 24, 2014

Isaiah 40:28 with rural sunset (Photo by Doug Maxwell)
Kraybill Church Road Sunset
Photo by our friend and neighbor Doug Maxwell
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“Stay Faithful!”

“When he (Barnabas) came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose” (Acts 11:23). “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).

Over thirty years ago Tom and Marsha, a young couple with two children at the time, came into a coffeehouse type ministry we had at our church in northern Pennsylvania and made a serious commitment to serve the Lord.  They experienced the marvelous transforming power of God and went on to become a part of our church and are very active in ministry as they faithfully serve the Lord to this day.

Jeanette Paradis All three of their daughters are married and serving the Lord as well. They have been blessed with grandchildren in recent years.

Last week I received a brief note from Jeanette, their oldest daughter who is married and has several children. She thanked us for a specific message that had touched her heart. I replied and commended her for serving in women’s ministries in her church.

She replied with a brief note assuring me that “We are staying faithful!”

For many years I have often ended a conversation with a fellow follower of Christ with the brief exhortation, “Stay Faithful”. It’s more than just a tag line I exchange in parting; it’s meant to spur my friend on in faithful service toward God. Today let us examine Barnabas, a Bible character that I aspire to be like, who in our first daily text also essentially stated, “Stay Faithful”.

His given name was Joseph but he received a nickname from the apostles and that name stuck. Very few, even diligent Bible students, would likely even recall his given name. Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement” and he is indeed one of the great encouragers of Scripture.

Due to persecution the message of Christ was spreading way beyond Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria by Acts 11. A group of disciples had reached Antioch (see here for map) telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. “The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord” (Acts 11:21).

When news of this reached church headquarters in Jerusalem they promptly dispatched Barnabas to the scene. The Scripture describes him as “a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:24). The daily verse succinctly describes what Barnabas encountered in Antioch, along with his response.  It is a good lesson for encouragers of any generation. “When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose” (Acts 11:23).

Let’s examine this verse phrase by phrase:

1) “When he (Barnabas) came and saw the grace of God.” Scripture doesn’t specify just what Barnabas saw. The NIV words it, “evidence of the grace of God”. That’s wonderful isn’t it?  We hope you have seen evidence of the grace of God in fellow believers. We also hope that we abundantly display that evidence in our lives!
2) “He was glad” – What makes you glad today? Ask yourself, does it have eternal worth?
3) He exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.” That’s how Luke concisely describes Barnabas’ ministry and as an encourager that’s how we will conclude today’s challenge.

When he wrote the second daily text “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth”, the aged Apostle John was likely referring to his spiritual children; those whom he had impacted for Christ over many years of ministry. We have often used this “feel good” passage when I consider the growing blessedness of our impact on others over the long-term (one of the few blessings I can say that comes with aging). It’s a great joy to hear from someone like Jeanette whom Brooksyne and I first met as a toddler many years ago and to hear of her steadfast faithfulness to the truth.

Today Brooksyne and I encourage each of our Daily Encouragement readers to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose! Declare today, “I am staying faithful!”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, there is gladness in our hearts when we express our praise to You. We don’t want a complaining heart that dwells on that which one does not have, but we desire a thankful heart that appreciates all that has been given to us. We have continuous evidence of Your grace in every area of our life including that of our fellow brothers and sisters who have forsaken the world and surrendered their all to You. May we be eager to reveal Your grace to others as You continue the lifelong work of replacing our old nature by transforming it into the likeness of Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we be found faithful with steadfast purpose all the days of our life. Amen


Display at Shady Maple 10/21/14
Display at Shady Maple 10/21/14

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Keep Me True”  Video  Jabu Hlongwane  (South African Gospel music)

“Find Us Faithful”  Video  Steve Green with the Gaither homecoming singers

“Little Is Much When God Is in It”  Video  Wes Hampton with the Gaither homecoming singers


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“Turning The World Right-side Up”

“So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers” (Acts 15:3). “And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus'” (Acts 17:6,7).

Each day there is breaking news reports, of course. Today the big topic are the terrorist acts in Ottawa Canada, which is about 500 miles due north of us. The terrorist is a recent convert to Islam and these kinds of conversions give the word a bad name. Some of the most repressive countries in the world have anti-conversion laws, which essentially keep people in darkness.

Genuine conversion to Christ however results in a wonderful transformation. In fact it turns our personal world upside down to that of right-side up! Our first daily text describes the great joy that results from turning away from sin and being converted to Christ.

Upside down globe

Many years ago the church we served in New England gave me a globe on a stand as a Pastor Appreciation gift. I have long wondered about something and have yet to find the answer. Globes and maps depict the northern hemisphere as “up” and the southern hemisphere as “down,” and of course that is the orientation we consider right-side up. But is there an objective reason this is so? I wonder from the perspective of outer space if there is an “up and down”?

I do know, because of our customary view, that it looks strange to see a globe upside down which brings to mind the second daily Scripture text.

This Scripture portion is set in Paul’s second missionary journey. Paul’s ministry in Thessalonica was received by some but opposed by most. One receptive Thessalonian named Jason had welcomed Paul and Silas into his home. He now paid a big price for that hospitality. He, along with some other brothers, was dragged before the city officials.

The charge they faced is so interesting. “These men (Paul and Silas) who have turned the world upside down.” From the perspective of this angry, unreceptive mob Paul and Silas and their followers were troublemakers, turning their world upside down. What a rebel rousing reputation they had, causing trouble all over the world!

Their accusers sum up the essence of the dangerous message in one phrase, “they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus”.

The “decrees of Caesar” are unspecified in this text but I believe they represent this worldly system.

Acting against (some versions say “defying”) the decrees of Caesar to the extent they are in opposition to God’s decrees, and saying that there is another king, one called Jesus remains the message of the true church, a message the world hates to hear but it’s also a message we must steadfastly proclaim.

That seems to be the pattern regarding receptivity to God’s truth all around the world and throughout the centuries. It certainly was true of Jesus’ ministry when He walked among a fallen people. And it is true today wherever God’s truth is being proclaimed. Certainly it’s becoming more and more true right here in America where we have been accustomed to religious freedom throughout my life.

Here in America there is such an increase in opposition to those who boldly proclaim Jesus and the teachings of the Scripture. In doing so the decrees of “Caesar” may very well be defied. For in many ways taking a stand for Christ defies the decrees of the modern Caesar. This is especially true concerning a number of “hot button” issues such as our origins, sexuality and abortion.

We’ve often heard the phrase, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” The main thing is a consistent demonstration by word and deed, both individually and corporately, of the reality of another king, one called Jesus and another kingdom not of this world, God’s Kingdom.

Today let us who love the Lord faithfully proclaim this timeless message. If we are viewed as troublemakers and dangerous so be it! In reality we seeking to turn a world upside down due to sin right-side up. We serve a risen King whose kingdom is not of this world. We live, not just for a lifetime on earth, but for all eternity in heaven.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, we proclaim You to be the King of Kings and Lord of lords. Help us to boldly declare this glorious message, not only in a setting where we find receptive listeners, but also to a hostile world that is building its perishable kingdom here on earth. May we be full of conviction and infused with Your power as we courageously tell others “There is another King, one called Jesus.”  You’ve called us to be light in a world full of darkness. You’ve also enjoined us to be peacemakers. Sometimes when we take a stand for righteousness it does not bring peaceful resolution, but instead further conflict arises. Then we go through a surge of emotions and doubts begin to arise regarding our stand. Would You help us to be diligent in our study, prayerful about our stand, and immersed in Your Holy Word. May we not stand in our own strength or be led by aimless ambition. Lord, as we take a position against the evil tide of our land help us to be unapologetic in our stand, consistent in our Christian walk, and loving in our approach. May we, by example and word, say to the fallen world that we serve not the god of this age, but we serve a King who is ageless and eternal. In Your strength alone we stand. Amen.


Lancaster County, PA scene 10/21/14
On Tuesday we saw a simple sign on the left pole that caught our attention.
The homemade sign has a simple yet profoundly true message
AMERICA
OUR ONLY
HOPE IS
JESUS
(Click on photo to enlarge)
In the course of taking the photo we noticed the interesting steel wheeled John Deere towing the buggy!

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Jesus Is Still The Answer”  Video  Collingsworth Family

“Jesus, Only Jesus”  Video   Charles Billingsley, Guy Penrod, Michael O’Brien and Travis Cottrell

Answer to yesterday’s trivia question was John 6:66


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“No Compromise”

October 22, 2014

Amish scene with Psalm 16:11

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“No Compromise”

“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments” (1 Kings 8:60,61). “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).

Make my life a prayer to You
I wanna do what you want me to
No empty words, and no white lies
No token prayers, no compromise
No compromise album cover

Younger readers may not recall the days of album art since the media for music has shrunk, with much smaller room for artwork on cassettes and CD’s. Now with downloaded music I suppose it’s pretty much a thing of the past.

But the big LP albums in the past had room for quite a statement! The photo to the left is from one of our all-time favorite album covers; Keith Green’s “No Compromise” album from the late 70’s. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

The photo depicts a scene where the people are required to bow before the passing king. But one brave soul, true to his convictions, remains standing in uncompromising, obedient defiance. A soldier on a horse is pointing him out. We are left wondering what consequence he faced for doing the right thing in the eyes of the One True King (Exodus 20:3-6).

BevI am not sure I’ve ever paid much attention to today’s first daily text although I am sure I have read it. For my 60th birthday last week, Bev, a thoughtful and very analytical friend, prepared a list of all the verse 60’s in the Bible! It was quite a labor as she went through the entire Bible one chapter at a time to discover all the chapters that had a verse 60!

As I read over her list today’s first text jumped out. It is from the Benediction in Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple. It’s also a powerful call to God’s people in any age. Especially grabbing my attention is the very politically incorrect phrase, “the Lord is God; there is no other.”

Solomon was calling the people to whole-hearted devotion to God without compromise. “Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments.” Isn’t that a great word for the aspiring faithful in any age!

Today let’s consider Bible characters who stood faithful and wholly true when called to compromise such as the three Hebrews in our second Scripture selection They were required to fall down and worship a golden image King Nebuchadnezzer had set up but they refused to do so.

Brooksyne taught this lesson in her Sunday School class this last Sunday and one word that caught my attention, “But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace” (Daniel 3:15). The Hebrews boys’ decision to stand faithful was deeply settled before the time of testing came; they had no time to deliberate or justify their actions should they choose to obey. The consequence of their actions did not drive their thinking. The answer came quickly because they had been making the right choices all along. Decisions, big and small, become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please those in the world, including authority figures. When one bases his life on Biblical principle, most of his decisions are already made.

Fiery furnaceIn one of the grandest statements of faith in the entire Bible the Hebrew boys courageously responded to King Nebuchadnezzar who “graciously” gave them a second chance to obey his orders. When given the choice between bowing down to the image of gold or being thrown in a fiery furnace they told him, “Be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:18).

Since this is a famous Bible story many readers are familiar with the miraculous outcome and their supernatural deliverance from the fiery furnace. But their decision to be faithful and obedient was not contingent upon the outcome as to whether or not they saw deliverance on this side. Whatever happened, they were not going to compromise.

Here’s the lesson for today:

There is an ancient and ongoing contest between two opposing worldviews; one that is raging to this day and will do so until the return of the Lord. In fact we expect it will get far more intense as God judges the world and the compromising church. Today let us make a firm resolve that we will not compromise and we will remain obedient to God regardless of the consequences.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, it was faithful Joshua who issued this challenge to the Israelites: “Choose this day whom you will serve.”He reminded them that their fathers, before crossing over the Red Sea, lived among those who worshiped heathen gods in Egypt just as they now lived among the Amorites who worshiped heathen gods.  This passage serves as an example to those of us currently experiencing the results of a pluralistic society where God our Creator is being viewed as just one of the gods we might be devoted to. But we hold steady to the words of Scripture, “that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” Like the followers in Scripture, “We want our hearts therefore to be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes and keeping His commandments.” If it requires that we lay down our life for You, may we do so willingly, knowing that full obedience to You on this side brings great reward in the eternal dwelling that follows. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.


Brooksyne’s Birthday

Brooksyne's birthday 10/21/14
We all went over to the Shady Maple yesterday morning for Brooksyne’s “free” birthday breakfast. (Free as long as she was accompanied by at least one paying customer!)

Brooksyne's birthday 10/21/14
Browsing through the Shady Maple gift shop we came upon a display of humorous bumper stickers; some more true than we like to admit. At this point I (Brooksyne) still remember my name but am forgetting others. I accidentally corresponded with a friend I’ve known for 40 years this morning and referred to her husband as Gary rather than Mike. When she alerted me to my mistake I couldn’t help but think of this bumper sticker I’d just picked up yesterday.


More New York trip photos

(This will be the final set of Stephen’s photos from upstate New York this last weekend)

Amish flower garden in New York 10/18/14
The farm sat up on a high hill with wonderful views of the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains in the distance. Unlike many of the resettled farms with dilapidated houses and barns the Amish are buying in this area and in this case they built a house and barn on what had been farm land.

Amish harvest 10/18/14
An assortment of melon and squash beside the huge vegetable garden, evidence of a bountiful harvest.

Fresh milk for coffee 10/18/14
As the young men cut firewood one of my chores was making coffee for them (they figured it was a chore an older man can handle).  I drink mine black but Jesse wanted some milk so he just opened the tap on the bulk tank!

Amish clothesline pulley 10/18/14
A close-up view of the large pulley used for the long clothesline which stretches from the house all the way to the barn. We have often shared photos of these long lines. This post is used as a convenient hat holder as well!

Amish boy with well pump 10/17/14
I enjoy old pumps and when I saw this pump I thought it would make a great picture with the water gushing out. So I tried taking it by myself but just couldn’t take the photo fast enough to get the gushing. Moses saw my predicament and offered to pump while I took a photo!

Barn ghost sign near Portlandville, NY 10/18/14
On the way home we passed this barn ghost sign near Portlandville, NY
Can you read it?


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“No Compromise” (AKA “Make My Life a Prayer to You”)  Video  Keith Green – He was an incredible song writer, just consider the phrase, “it’s so hard to see when my eyes are on me!

“I Am Persuaded”  Video  Travis Cottrell  An outstanding song based on Romans 8: 38-39.

“God And God Alone”  Video  Steve Green

According to Bev’s study there are 21 chapters in the Bible with a verse 60. Can you find them?

Here’s an interesting trivia question. What Bible book has a chapter and verse 6:66 and what does it say?


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