“Our Great Reward”

July 11, 2014

Hanging flowers at Chocolate World, Hershey, PA 7/10/14
Yesterday we visited Chocolate World in Hershey and noticed this beautiful hanging plant.
“Our Great Reward


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“After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward’” (Genesis 15:1). “Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them [the Scriptures] there is great reward” (Psalm 119:11).
“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Hebrews 10:35). “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me” (Revelation 22:12).

Ask ye what great thing I know,
That delights and stirs me so?
What the high reward I win?
Whose the Name I glory in?
Jesus Christ, the Crucified!


Reward cardsMost of us carry several reward cards for local supermarkets, gas stations, etc. In fact these cards on our key chain amount to more than our keys!

Our credit cards offer rewards based on how much we use them. Our Discover Card reward for some time now goes to get “Bath and Body Works” gift cards I present to Brooksyne (just to see her big smile)! These rewards are appealing because they are very specific and immediate. For so many these days the attitude is that these types of rewards are tangible. Sadly for so many the attitude is, why wait for or place any hope in some unknown, future “pie in the sky” reward?

The concept of reward is found in the Scriptures as seen in our daily texts from early in Genesis to the final chapter of Revelation. Most of the teaching I find in the Bible regarding rewards presents them as future and having very little specific detail as to what they involve. They are presented as being great and certain, but just what they will be and when we receive them is not fully disclosed. This is at the heart of the faith walk we are called to live.

One of the great verses that many of us have committed to memory is a statement in Hebrews 11, often called the Faith Chapter, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (11:6).

Abraham never physically saw his descendants as “numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.”  However by faith Abraham “considered Him faithful who had made the promise” (Hebrews 11:11).

Moses died on the east side of the Jordan after 40 difficult years of leading an ungrateful and stubborn people. He never physically entered Canaan, the land promised to Abraham’s descendants. His future reward in heaven motivated him in the midst of leading a rebellious people and harsh conditions.  “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Hebrews 11:26).

Stephen, the great expositor of Scripture had a promising ministry but faced a deadly hail of rocks. He would have been a very good pastor to the early church yet he was looking for a future reward.

Eternal rewards People of faith understand this reward is coming in God’s time. It is a most certain reward. So hold on to His promises today. Some of these rewards are experienced in this life, but I’m convinced that whatever good we experience on this side is but a glimpse of our total rewards. By far the best is yet to come! “Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward” (Hebrews 10:35).

This is that great thing I know;
this delights and stirs me so:
faith in Him who died to save,
His who triumphed o’er the grave:
Jesus Christ, the crucified!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer:Father, we hold onto the confidence we have in You, knowing that in Your appointed time we will receive the full range of rewards that comes to those who remain steadfast in their walk with You. We have already received the reward of peace that comes from knowing our sins are forgiven. We are rewarded with Your daily presence that guides us into all truth. But we only see in part the rewards in this life that You grant to the believer, for we know You have much stored up for us to enjoy in the future eternal setting of heaven. Help us to hold on, not give up, and to greatly anticipate our future reward of eternity with You, for the half has not yet been told. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



Brooksyne’s Note: As we write about the great men of faith who believed and yet did not see the promise of God come to pass in their lifetime I consider those who pray and do not see their prayers answered before they die. My parents who had a strong faith while I was a child growing up in Oklahoma had a bad experience in the church when I was in high school (early 70′s). They grew bitter and “threw away their confidence” which included their fellowship with God. Many times over the next few years when I’d visit my grandparents in Arkansas during devotions I remember Grandpa lifting Brooklyn and Ruth up to God in prayer asking Him to bring them back to the faith they once held.  Grandma and Grandpa died in the late seventies and never saw that prayer answered on this side. But, by the grace of God, their prayers were answered though it took twenty four years and many, many prayers before they walked the aisles of the church again. I had the privilege of going forward with them to the altar in Sand Springs, OK on Easter Sunday in 1996, as they restored their faith in God and renewed their commitment to follow Him. Four years later Daddy, at 66 years of age, died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. One year after that Mom, at age 67, died from ovarian cancer.

The sweetest memory I recall from Dad’s last six weeks at St. Frances Hospital in Tulsa (Feb. 2000) was the night I stayed in his room overnight. In the middle of the night he called out, “Mama? Mama?”  He had been in a coma like state for several days. Though Mom rushed to his side we both quickly recognized it wasn’t her that he was calling. He was calling his own mother’s name. He must have been seeing his mother from a distance and wasn’t sure that it was her so he called out her name in a questioning sort of way. Or perhaps he saw her new radiant youthful body and wasn’t sure it was her. I also wonder…. when he met up with Grandpa if Grandpa didn’t shake his finger at Daddy, and say, “Why on earth did it take you so long to get your heart right with God?”


Sunset in rain 7/10/14
Last night we had a beautifully rainy sunset scene from our office.

Farm scene at Hershey Chocolate world tour
Farm scene mural on the wall at Hershey Chocolate World!

Mike Gardner 7/10/14

Yesterday we opened our message about a conversation I had overheard between a young man named Mike and a teenager concerning electronic devices. Last night I stopped by Kinsey Outdoors and there was Mike, buying his deer tags for the coming season. We shared a laugh when I told him I had used his name in yesterday’s opening illustration.

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“I Stand Amazed”  Video   Gaither Tent Revival Homecoming

“Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored”  Video  GVB

“Ask ye what great thing I know” is a hymn that can be sung to the tune of “Take My Life and Let It Be”


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Lancaster Barnstormer Fireworks display 7/4/14
Lancaster Barnstormer fireworks display following the baseball game this past Friday evening.


“A Summer Light Display


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“Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart” (Psalm 97:11). “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Get Outdoors PA logo“Get Outdoors PA” has a campaign to encourage Pennsylvanians to get outdoors, especially during these summer months. When I was a kid no campaign was needed to get me outdoors. I loved playing outside! Actually I am still that way. But things have changed and this was illustrated by a conversation I overheard this last Sunday. Mike, a young man who has a real love for the great outdoors, was seeking to converse with a teenage boy before Sunday School.  He asked what he had been doing during his summer break and the boy answered, “Playing on my Play Station 2.” Mike encouraged him to get outside and play in the great outdoors. The student informed Mike that he would but he didn’t have the right connection to play his Play Station 2 game outside!  

Today’s lesson draws from the great outdoors that can’t be duplicated by a smartphone, tablet or play station. It’s just not the same as enjoying the warm summer outdoors and seeing nature up close and personal.

The smallest light still shines
 in the darkest night.


Lawn glider We enjoy sitting on an old glider in our front lawn watching the brilliant sun gradually descend below the horizon marking the start of twilight which launches into yet another light show that we write about today. This last week we watched a lot of fireworks, both official displays such as those launched at the Lancaster Barnstormer’s ballpark on the 4th of July and the annual Marietta Fourth of July fireworks right from our home. We also enjoyed our neighbor’s aerial display as they fired off a number of firework images, some of which must have cost a small fortune. The ooohs and aaahs surely must have echoed throughout our neighborhood.

Another light display we enjoy is the starry night sky, which always seems more brilliant when you’re out in the country. But a light display we especially enjoy for a short time each summer is a view from our front lawn that few of our readers have probably ever seen. Thousands of fireflies descend upon the fields of corn across the country lane twinkling their lights making it appear as though it’s Christmas in July.

Firefly Fireflies (also known in some regions, such as the Midwest where we grew up, as “lightning bugs”) abound in our area. This bioluminescent insect, scientifically known as Pyractomena borealis, is sure an interesting creature and we marvel as we observe this special creation of God. Occasionally we come across one or two in the winter months as well.

The Scriptures acknowledge God’s work in Creation when He said, “Let there be light.” These are the very first recorded words spoken by God in the Bible. It’s God’s nature to create light and dispel darkness.

As believers we all have His light shining in our hearts. The same God who initially created light has “made His light shine in our hearts.” The purpose is “to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Another version reads, “He is the One who made His light shine in our hearts. This brings us the light of knowing God’s shining-greatness which is seen in Christ’s face.” Still another paraphrase states, “It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.”

In Benjamin Franklin’s day the streets of Philadelphia were dark after sunset. Nighttime pedestrians had to walk cautiously to avoid rocks and holes (sidewalks were yet to be provided in the late-1700′s).

Franklin decided to set a good example for his fellow citizens by placing a lantern outside his home. As people stumbled down his street at night, they would come to that oasis of light and realize what a blessing it was. Soon other Philadelphians were putting up their own lanterns. After sunset the whole village became a place of illuminated safety.

The world around us is dark with spiritual ignorance. For multitudes of people, the aimlessness of their existence leads to unspoken despair.

We can’t single-handedly drive back the darkness everywhere, but we can brighten the corner of where we live. We can let our redeemed, Christ-ignited lives serve as lanterns of light. Our Savior commands us, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Vernon C. Grounds writes, “Instead of bemoaning the darkness, we can show the way to those around us. As Christ shines through us, lost souls stumbling in spiritual darkness will be attracted to Him who is the Light of the world.”

May the Lord fill us all with the Light of His truth and may we, like the thousands of fireflies in the cornfield across from our home, shine brightly from within!

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE OUT
Fanny Crosby

O let your light, tho’ little, shine out,
Our Lord’s command fulfilling,
To live for Him wherever we go,
And seek His will to do.

Refrain
Shine on, little light, shine on,
Shine on so bright and clear;
Shine on, little light, and bring
A smile for ev’ry tear.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, You make our light shine brightest when we’re surrounded by darkness.  We don’t seek to blend into the darkness but want to shine Your light so that those walking in darkness can see the way to repentance. Even as we’re able to see God in the face of Christ, may the world see Christ in the face of Christian believers all over this dark planet.  In Your name, Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

G. Campbell Morgan said that the church did the most for the world when the church was the least like the world. Today, many churches have the idea they must imitate the world in order to reach the world.


Lawn glider
Our old glider doesn’t look like much and is not too comfortable but is very sentimental to Brooksyne who salvaged it last summer from her dad’s old shed he built many years ago in Arkansas on her grandparent’s farm. We stuffed it into the back of our van after visiting that area and have enjoyed it over the summer months.



Today we share a final set of photos of the New Holland horse auction last Friday taken by our friend Lee Smucker. Lots of old order Mennonites gathered along with the Amish at this sale along with some English folks as well.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
Teenage boys hanging out at the gate.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
This little Amish boy is having a great time. Over time you learn to distinguish between the old order groups based on clothing. The Amish tend to wear solid colors.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
This little Mennonite boy is enjoying some ice cream which is free for the asking.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
I enjoy the different expressions seen among the individuals in this photo, and the bright brown eyes of the youngster in the forefront. I’ve got a shirt that looks alot like his, but I don’t have any white suspenders as of yet.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
Waiting to see how much it’s going for!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“Shine, Jesus, Shine”  Video  

“In Christ Alone”  Video  Travis Cottrel

“Brighten the Corner Where You Are”  Video  The Statesmen Quartet
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Photo by Sabra Penley
Photo by Sabra Penley
“A Lesson From Epaphroditus


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“But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety” (Philippians 2:25-28). “And He (Christ) has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labour through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
and I’ll follow, though I’m worn.


David and Sabra Penley in Amish dairy barn March 2011 In the course of life we meet friends in a variety of ways. It’s great as you get older not only to keep friends from your younger years but to keep adding to your collection along life’s way. Five or six years ago we connected with David Penley, a professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas who also pastored in Pennsylvania many years earlier. One day he was searching the web looking for scenery from our state when the web search brought him to our site since we often feature many photos from our area, in particular the Amish. He then read a daily encouragement message and after checking us out (always a good idea when receiving spiritual input from others) he signed up to receive our daily messages.

While traveling to our state several years ago he and his wife Sabra visited us here in Lancaster County and we took them on a brief tour of our area, including a visit to our Amish friends. Over the years we’ve written brief emails back and forth but early last year we received no correspondence for a long period.

Then we learned that David had endured a severe health crisis that nearly took his life in January of 2013. He was diagnosed with Sepsis, a potentially fatal whole-body inflammation caused by severe infection and complicated by organ dysfunction. It has left David with long-term physical impairment, similar to that of one who has had a stroke. His speech, memory and motor skills are greatly affected which has forced him to give up his position as a seminary professor.

David and Sabra Penley 5/4/14 (click to enlarge)In May we visited with David and Sabra when we were in San Antonio, TX and caught up with them on their new journey. Their lives are filled with major transition due to his physical challenges but they’re both overcoming in faith and exploring how God may use them in this uncharted season of life. Both are interested in blog ministry and Sabra is regularly posting in a thoughtful blog titled, “Simply. ~ a blog of life in Christ.”

In Monday’s message we explored a short challenge issued by our Lord in Revelation 3:2, “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die.” Of course this verse primarily refers to the spiritual state of the church in Sardis but we could also apply it to any church or individual.

In a figurative sense we can also apply it to those overcoming physical afflictions. We considered the Penleys and how, in regard to their ministry, they remain faithful to God and are strengthening what remains as a result of David’s affliction. God is now using them in ways they might otherwise never have anticipated. Over lunch, as we visited with them in May, we admired their brave determination to forge ahead; improvising as needed and exploring unfamiliar territory as the Lord leads them.

Today let us examine a little known Biblical character who also got sick and almost died. Epaphroditus blessed many in his generation, although we might never have heard of him had he not been afflicted.
Have hope (graphic by Sabra Penley)

Paul had established the Philippian church and had a rather rough time during his ministry there, being beaten and imprisoned during his short tenure before he was run out of town. However, in the midst of his burdensome ministry, he made an eternal impact, for God’s Word does not return void and any labor for the Lord is not in vain.

He later wrote the letter to the Philippians to encourage these young believers while he himself was again imprisoned due to his faithfulness in presenting the Gospel.

The Philippians sent one of their own, a man by the name of Epaphroditus, to assist Paul. He must have been characterized by dependability and caring, two ministry traits that aren’t necessarily sought after but when you get right down to it it’s the kind of people that bless us in the long run!
Epaphroditus is sick

While visiting Paul he got sick and almost died, although Paul is not specific about what his illness was. Paul was very appreciative and indicates his sincere love for Epaphroditus by writing that his death would have brought him great sorrow. He is anxious to send Epaphroditus back to his own people “so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.”

Now we really don’t know if there were any long-term effects or changes Epaphroditus experienced as he recovered from his near deadly illness. But many do experience life time changes that result from disease or accidents. Famously we think of Joni Eareckson Tada and her lifetime of overcoming after her near fatal diving accident forty seven years ago.  In fact we specifically consider readers of these messages who, due to their physical handicap, have come to rely on messages such as ours to be a daily spiritual stimulus.

Just this past week I (Brooksyne) made a new friend who’s been reading Daily Encouragement for years. She’s reliant on a wheelchair for physical mobility, but the web takes her places that her body doesn’t have to go. Sharon lives less than a mile from our home and sees much of what is right around her through our camera lens. She commented that she feels like she’s travelling as she sees photos of places we visit. As I biked home from her house I was refreshed in my spirit as I contemplated our visit on her back yard deck. One of the ways she overcomes her disability is by the friendly, pleasant outlook she has in life. Her neighbor who introduced us told me how Sharon has blessed her over the years with her joyful disposition and uncomplaining spirit.

Paul himself had some difficulty overcoming, although unspecified in nature, in that which he called “a thorn in the flesh”. Now Paul was certainly not a whiner and had endured much, so this must have been a very significant issue to him. He prayed for God to deliver him but the issue was not removed. Rather, Paul writes, “And He (Christ) has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

We think of God’s grace concerning salvation but here it is speaking of God’s grace for enduring hardship. Today we encourage all our readers going through an extended time of adversity. God continues to distribute sufficient grace to overcome, no matter the circumstance or how long its duration.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer:Father, when we’re hurting, confused or emotionally paralyzed we’re unsure of the first step to take. But our fears diminish when we recall the words of Scripture,  “For I hold you by your right hand–I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” The songwriter also reminds us, “Each step I take, I know that He will guide me; to higher ground He ever leads me on, until some day the last step will be taken. Each step I take just leads me closer home. At times I feel my faith begin to waver, when up ahead I see a chasm wide. It’s then I turn and look up to my Saviour, I am strong when He is by my side.” Since You promise never to leave us nor forsake us, help us to remember that we never walk this journey alone, but we take each step by faith with You at our side. How grateful we are to be Your children. Amen.

Isaiah 41:13
“Each Step I Take” by Elmo Mercer

The only other reference to Epaphroditus in the Bible is later in Philippians where Paul points out that Epaphroditus had delivered a gift from the Philippians when he came. “But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you have sent, a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:18,19).

In our present world much of what we do is motivated by “What’s in it for me? How do I get ahead?” Paul, Epaphroditus, and the Philippian believers’ attitude is a stark contrast to the mindset of so many in our own generation. Paul’s eagerness to alleviate the distress of the Philippians concerning Epaphroditis exceeded his own personal needs to have a comforting, believing friend by his side in a prison cell where he was surrounded by discomfort and godlessness.

Let’s consider the many people who have made a spiritual impact on our own lives. Most are not famous but just ordinary, dependable, caring people like Epaphroditus who allow the Lord to use them. This impact has resulted in our making a spiritual impact on others as well. But perhaps we may also need to make a circular impact by giving back to those who initially invested in our lives. If possible let’s tend to their needs (spiritual, emotional, or physical). It may be that they have a need and God has commissioned you to meet it.


David and Sabra Penley 3/18/11
March of 2011 when the Penleys visited our Amish friends.
The reflectors on the buggy are bright due to the sun shining in the barn!

Penley family 1990
Penley family photo about 1990. David and Sabra are a few years younger than us. After pastoring for several years including a pastorate  in Pennsylvania he became a seminary professor in the late 90′s.

Recent Penley family photo
A recent Penley family photo


Yesterday we saw two Amish scenes directly across from each other on Butter Road, in Lancaster.

Amish farmer in Lancaster County PA 7/8/14
In this scene we especially liked the old barn in the background!
(I suppose we get pretty used to seeing the Amish doing field work although it was nice to get a big friendly wave as we passed.)

Amish women working in field in Lancaster County PA 7/8/14
These Amish women appeared to be making sweeping motions.
We assume it was some type of raking or hoeing.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“My Grace is Sufficient for You”  Video  Elizabeth Christopher

“The Benefits of Adversity (My Grace is Sufficient for You)”  Video  (Not a song but a very moving and interesting approach to today’s second Scripture.)

“Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer”  Video  Kristyn Getty

“Jesus Use Me”  Video  The Cathedrals  This was a popular chorus when we were in Bible College often sung around the altar during times of prayer and consecration. You can even hear the distinct sound of an old lp record in this recording.

“Simply. ~ a blog of life in Christ.”

Here’s her testimony regarding David’s affliction in Sabra’s very first blog post.


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“I Have Decided!”

July 8, 2014

"I have decided" t-shirt 7/8/14

“I Have Decided!”


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“Come, follow Me” (Matthew 4:19a).

Early this morning in the course of our chaplain visits we stopped by Lowes to check out the clearance flower section (a favorite hobby as we mentioned in yesterday’s message). While there we met another shopper with a t-shirt with these words, “I Have Decided”. She was there for the same reason and we enjoyed our special buys. We didn’t think her radiant smile was due to the special buys so we probed!

I (Stephen) had a good idea what “I Have Decided” meant but asked her, “What have you decided?” She smiled and said, “I have decided to follow Jesus!” She explained it was a t-shirt her church gives to those who are being baptized, which we think is great idea and a question provoking witnessing tool.

Many of us recognize the phrase as part of a song of commitment often sung at baptisms. In fact it may have been one of the first songs I learned as a young Christian. Like most songs there’s a story behind it, the true story of a family in India who lost their lives because of their faith in Jesus Christ; a family whose sacrifice to follow Jesus influenced their entire community.

This story took place in the small village of Assam in northeast India where a man came to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He, along with his family, was converted to Christianity in the middle of the 19th century through the efforts of a Welsh missionary. This agitated the village so much that an angry mob gathered and shoved them into the public square.

The lyrics are based on his last words. Called to renounce his faith by the village chief who confronted his family and said to the man, “If you and your family will not recant your faith, you will all surely die!”The man didn’t know what to say or do. The only thing that came to mind were the words of a song that he himself had composed when he first surrendered his life to God. The convert declared, “I have decided to follow Jesus.”

In response to threats to his family, he continued, “Though no one joins me, still I will follow.” His wife was killed, and he was executed while singing, “The cross before me, the world behind me.” This display of faith is reported to have led to the conversion of the chief and others in the village.

Christ calls us to decide to follow Him and make a lifelong commitment that will, of course, extend into eternity. “Come, follow Me” was the call to decision first issued to the disciples and it is the call we all must decide upon. There are far too many who sing this song during the height of their Christian experience perhaps even in a baptismal service where they’re surrounded by fervent believers. But when they depart from that inspirational circle they delve right back into the ways of the world and the words are quickly forgotten or even trampled upon.

Today we urge all our readers to make this earnest declaration whether for the first time or the thousandth time, “I have decided to follow Jesus!” Let no circumstance or individual sway your private and public declaration even if no one else joins you.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer:Father, when Your tender Holy Spirit stirred the spiritual slumber of my heart strings, I awakened to my need for a Saviour who could save me from the mess I had made of my life. I invited Jesus to come into my heart, save me from my sins, and restore my broken relationship with You. It was then that I decided to follow Jesus all the days of my life. The cross before me and the world behind me became the theme of my life. Like the martyr who declared, “Though no one joins me, still I will follow” I want to be one hundred percent sold out to You. I choose not to fear man or the things he can do to me, but to fear You and hate all evil. I have decided to follow Jesus and there is no turning back for me all the days of my life. Because of Jesus’ amazing grace I come to You in prayer. Amen.


Lowes clearance flower (hopeless cause) 7/8/14
We found this “Hopeless Cause” plant today at Lowes.
Do you suppose we can bring it back to life?  Stay tuned!
(Brooksyne’s’s Note: I’m afraid Stephen has just a little too much confidence in my gardening skills. I tried to sway him away from this burned up plant but he thinks I can make it grow again.  Hmmmm! We’ll see……)


A few more photos of the New Holland horse auction taken by our friend Lee:

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
It was the place to be for many of the old-order groups in our area.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
We are accustomed to one style of old-order buggies used in our area. Lee explained that this is a courting buggy.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (photo by Lee Smucker)
Lovely petunias graced this horses stall as the horses awaited their number. I wonder if their new home will hang flowers in their stall?


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”  Video   Marissa

“I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”
  Video  Selah  (An African version)

“I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”  Video  (This version includes the story behind song)

“We Choose The Fear of The Lord”  Video  Maranatha Singers

“Today, I Choose”  Video   Brian Doerksen

“Take Up Your Cross”  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

“Follow Me”  Video  Kelly Willard

Chaplaincy photo from newspaper 7/1/14 (Jeff Ruppenthal) This last Saturday the Lancaster PA newspaper featured an article about our corporate chaplaincy work. We share this with many of our readers who inquire about what workplace chaplaincy consists of.  In this photo by Jeff Ruppenthal we are talking to Gene in front of a large CNC machine used for making metal parts. We are pleased to see the article was also picked up by Bloomberg Business Week.


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Lancaster County, PA farm with red barn 7/4/14
A tidy Amish farm in Lancaster County, PA

“Strengthening What Remains


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“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die” (Revelation 3:2).

Crepe myrtleAbout eight years ago a friend in York County gave us a splice of her sprawling Crepe Myrtle that we had admired as we walked through her yard. We planted it and over the years the plant has grown and thrived, blooming each summer in vibrant beauty.

Due to the plummeting winter temps this past year many of the plants in our area died. We carefully examined the Crepe Myrtle late this spring when we saw no evidence of budding. Brooksyne scraped the bark several days apart looking for any sign of green life. None. The brittle dead branches broke off easily so I finally cut the plant back to the ground but did not remove the roots. I planted a Camelia plant right beside the spot where the crepe myrtle was and figured that was the end of that.

But the last several weeks we noticed the Crepe Myrtle was coming back shooting up from the underground roots that we presumed were dead! I decided to dig it out in hopes of transplanting it elsewhere but the roots were so strong I was unable to do so. I ended up removing the Camelia so we can transplant it elsewhere! Now we are nursing the tiny Crepe Myrtle back to the vibrancy it once offered our side yard.

Among our favorite places to buy plants is Lowes. Most of their stores have a deeply discounted clearance section of plants that are about to die, no longer suitable for selling at full price. Yet we often buy these plants and nurse them back to health with a little extra TLC so we can strengthen that which remains and give it a second chance to live.

Restoring plants is one thing, but restoring lives is quite another. The daily text is from Christ’s message to the church in Sardis in the Book of Revelation. He writes to seven churches giving specific counsel concerning their condition. These were literal churches that existed at that time so let’s consider the command to the Sardis church and how we too can apply it to the present church today.  “Strengthen what remains and is about to die.” Initially this verse and concept may be troubling. Most of us prefer to strengthen that which is already growing and thriving.

But in spiritual life, both in local churches and in individuals, there are times when “about to die” honestly describes the condition of our souls. We need to hear the words of our Lord, “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die.”

We consider periods in our own life and in those we know whom for various reasons this verse is especially pertinent. An aspect of ministry to others will include a call to “Wake up! Strengthen that which remains and seems about ready to die.”

What a joy it is to either experience this or observe it in others. Tomorrow’s message will be about some friends who went through a very difficult trial and strengthened that which was about to die.  The Lord continues to work in this way and will be faithful in your life as well. Always be ready to hear His word, “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die”. Never give up!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer:  Merciful Father of the second chances, thank You for seeing our plight and sending Your Holy Spirit to awaken us from our stupor of laziness, indifference, hardness and outright rebellion. It seems we slip into such a stupor without realizing how we even got there, but when we earnestly seek You we can rekindle the embers of trust and faith, servanthood and obedience. Just as the Psalmist found himself in the literal dry and weary desert of Judah where there was no water, we too can feel parched within our spirit. Yet deep within we know that You are our help; You will rescue us from the dryness of our spirit and refresh us with the dewdrops of Your Holy Spirit causing us to sing in the shadow of Your wings. Our soul will cling to You, while Your right hand upholds us strengthening that which remains which was about to die. We cling to You through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.

See Psalm 63


Chaplaincy photo from newspaper 7/1/14 (Jeff Ruppenthal) This last Saturday the Lancaster PA newspaper featured an article about our corporate chaplaincy work. We share this with many of our readers who inquire about what workplace chaplaincy consists of.  In this photo by Jeff Ruppenthal we are talking to Gene in front of a large CNC machine used for making metal parts. We are pleased to see the article was also picked up by Bloomberg Business Week.



Some scenes from our weekend:

Amish church bench wagon 7/4/14
Arriving at our Amish friend’s place this last Friday we were greeted by this site. It’s an Amish church bench wagon used for hauling backless benches for church. They were preparing to have a church service in an old tobacco barn this last Sunday. Anna greeted me with a couple of pies she had prepared for the gathering including a Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Snitz pie.

Lapp farm 7/4/14
We look forward to seeing this wrking windmill when we visit.

Lancaster Barnstormer game 7/4/14
On Friday evening we took our Amish friends to a Lancaster Barnstormer minor league baseball game. It was the third largest crowd in the ten year stadium history and we ended up sitting out in the grass behind outfield. We had a great fireworks display following the game which the children especially enjoyed.

Mike and Nicole Martin 7/6/14
Yesterday after our church service Mike and Nicole departed from the parking lot on a big Harley. They have an inspiring ministry to motorcycle gangs and after many years of service have gained their trust and respect.

New Holland horse auction 7/4/14 (Photo by Lee Smucker)
Our friend Lee Smucker sent us several photos from the New Holland horse auction held this last Friday that we will share over the next several days.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“Back In His Arms Again”  Video  Mark Schultz (Acoustic)  Mark will be in our area for a concert this coming Friday evening. See here for details.

“Show a Little Bit of Love and Kindness”   Video  Collingsworth Family

“It Matters to the Master”  Video  Collingsworth Family


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Cherry Hill orchards flower cart 7/3/14
Flower cart at Cherry Hill Orchards

“The Peril Of Forgetting God


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“Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day.  Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Deuteronomy 8:11-14).”When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me” (Hosea 13:6).

Happy July 4!Aware that we have readers from all over the world we are thus sensitive when we write these encouragements regarding any emphasis upon our particular country. We want to convey a Biblical outlook of having a heavenly citizenship, which all true believers share regardless of where they live (Philippians 3:20). However Brooksyne and I are American citizens and this is a very special holiday here in America that we call Independence Day. However we also believe today’s message will apply virtually everywhere it may be read.

Moses preaching There are a number of interesting parallels between God’s dealings with ancient Israel and the current state of affairs in America and in many other nations around the world for that matter. In Moses’ final sermon to the generation poised to move into the Promised Land he speaks for God and actually predicts their eventual apostasy (falling away).

I am intrigued by the phrase in the daily text, “Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God”. This forgetting is expressed by “failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day.”

In seeking to keep a perspective as a world Christian (not to be confused with worldly), I seek to identify with my brothers and sisters all around the world along with their various challenges. But we all are in danger in varying degrees of forgetting the Lord.

Moses warned them, “When you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery” (Deuteronomy 8:12-14).

McGuffy readerDesperate attempts by the historical revisionists notwithstanding, those with any sense of discernment will recognize that many godly and Biblical influences are at the heart of America’s founding and through much of her history. Yesterday we shared a quote by Daniel Webster, a senator from Massachusetts.* Volumes of original works substantiate this. One of my favorite examples is the McGuffy readers that were used extensively in public education through the 1800′s. They are loaded with Scriptures and Christian truth. Yet you certainly wouldn’t find these types of books in public education today!

Recent events clearly reveal the increasing degree of apostasy. One Bible believing pastor in our area said, “I fear we’ve lost the culture war.” But by God’s grace I will continue to live as a child of the Light and seek to continue to influence for Christ and eternity. However I sense a real need to underscore in my life that which should always be the case; “This world is not my home.”

Psalm 11:3 We have indeed been blessed, but as a nation we have also turned to and are worshipping many other gods. Immorality of every type floods our land. Those of us holding to faith in God cry out as the Psalmist did, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).

The answer to that question is in the verses that follow in Psalm 11. Today, wherever we live and whatever conditions we live under, let us stay faithful to the one true God and remember: “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

Wherever you live let us always be aware of the peril of forgetting God.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer:  Father of all nations, we’re grateful that, as believers, our citizenship is primarily in heaven and we share this glorious citizenship with our brother and sisters all over the world.  We want to always remember You in the midst of our prosperity and seek to keep Your commandments. We pray for a massive worldwide revival where people will humble themselves, seek Your face, pray and turn from their wicked ways so that we will hear from Heaven and You will heal our sin sick land. Until that hour we will remain faithful and unwavering in our commitment to follow Your Word while we eagerly await our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.


FireworksWe hope all of our American readers have a wonderful holiday and take some time to reflect on our freedoms.

We expect beautiful weather today and through the weekend and look forward to at least one cookout and maybe several.

Tonight we are taking our Amish friend Jesse and three of his children to a baseball game to see the Lancaster Barnstormers. I had intended to make it just a guys night out but his daughter Sadie called and asked if she could go along so I will also take Ester.

The children are very excited and after the game we will have fireworks!

2014 VBS at Mount Pleasant
Last night was our final night of VBS so the VBS director had a group photo taken and I took a photo of the official VBS photographer taking the group photo, Ester!

2014 VBS at Mount Pleasant
A side glance of the group waiting for their group photo while others are just arriving (by James Kopp).

Lancaster County roadside produce 7/2/14
Roadside produce stands abound in our area and come in many varieties, some as small as this cart selling home-grown tomatoes sold by an order Mennonite lady. We look forward to driving by this home every week during growing season. She always comes out to greet us. Stephen thought the buckets with our name on them were interesting but they weren’t for sale!

Cherry Hill orchards fresh cherries 7/3/14
Fresh cherries are abundant and tasty at the Cherry Hill orchard!

Cherry Hill orchards apples 7/3/14
We enjoyed sampling several apples such as Winesap, Fuji, and others before making our final selection.



Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“If My People”   Video   Promisekeepers

“A Sober Exhortation to Preachers and Future Preachers” A thoughtful message by Larry Temple especially for preachers.

“The Day Independence Came”  Audio  Today’s “Focus On The Family” message

“America: Through an Immigrant’s Eyes” Audio Michael Youssef, a powerful sermon aired on Focus on the Family.  Outstanding!

* Daniel Webster, Dartmouth’s favorite son, was a senator from Massachusetts! (see here for today’s quote) His final words upon his death were “I still live”.

He wrote: “If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, then error will be. If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendency. If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will. If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of this land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.”

“The Declaration’s Self-Evident Truths” Bob Morrison In light of tomorrow being Independence Day here in the USA this is a very insightful article about the Declaration of Independence and the present direction of our country.

Cherry Hill orchards is located south of Lancaster city Video


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“Trust And Defy”

July 3, 2014

Amish children milking fake cow
Even though their dad operates a dairy farm and they see real cows being milked all the time these little Amish girls are so excited about their new sun glasses and getting to milk a fake tourist cow in Intercourse PA. Brooksyne along with her sister, Elaine and our daughter, had a delightful shopping day with our Amish friends while I was in Missouri.

“Trust And Defy


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“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel and rescued His servants! They trusted in Him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God’” (Daniel 3:28).

Bread of LifeThe “Bread of Life” restaurant in McAllisterville, PA is unashamedly Christian-themed with a reference to John 6:35 on the front of the menu. When we ate there a number of years ago the friendly owner greeted the customers while they came and went. As we opened our menus we chuckled as we read the food items including three types of sandwiches; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego!

When I preach from Daniel 3 I like to ask the congregation the names of the three Hebrew young men who withstood the fiery furnace test. A few will always raise their hands and correctly say; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, likely the result of childhood Bible stories and training (or perhaps eating at the Bread of Life restaurant).

I then ask them what their Hebrew names were and that’s a question that usually stumps any congregation although their Hebrew names are listed in Daniel 1:6; Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The names we primarily know them by are names given to them when they moved to Babylon.

Many years ago in New England I preached from the Faith Chapter in Hebrews 11. Wanting to get the congregation involved I asked, “What Old Testament situation was the writer likely referring to in verse 34 when he wrote, ‘quenched the power of fire?’” An eager child correctly answered, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.”

Having some Bible College students and graduates in attendance I further probed, “And what were their Hebrew names?” Without hesitation a little boy excitedly raised his hand and with a knowing smile he confidently answered, “Rach, Shak and Bennie.” Now if you have kids or grandkids you’re probably laughing right now as you might recognize these are their nicknames on a popular Veggie Tales story. I can understand why a child (or anyone) might assume these were the Hebrews names!

Their testimony is an extraordinary example of uncompromising allegiance to Almighty God in the face of our relentless enemy. The account of these men of faith is surely one of the greatest stories of deliverance written in the Bible. These three young men demonstrate to believers of all ages the incredible power of faith and obedience. They got into serious trouble because they refused to compromise a core commandment of God in bowing down to the 90 foot tall golden image Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Fiery furnaceGod chose to miraculously deliver these men, but their deliverance was not without a great deal of suspense.  They were subjected to the fury of the king as his attitude changed toward them. It wasn’t enough that they were going to be thrown into the hot fire, but now the fire was heated seven times hotter than usual. There could be no quick escape as the strongest of soldiers bound them and then, before their very eyes they watched these strong soldiers die from the blazing flames that they were about to be thrown into. Most importantly they were not delivered from the hot fiery furnace but they were preserved through it. Not a hair on their head was singed, their robes were unscorched, their bodies unharmed and there was no smell of smoke found on them. Wow, that’s a dramatic and miraculous deliverance!

The daily verse is actually a statement made by the secular King Nebuchadnezzar, after he personally witnessed their miraculous deliverance, whose respect they earned. ‘Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent His angel and rescued His servants! They trusted in Him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.’”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego demonstrate four qualities so needed by genuine followers of Christ today:

  • Uncompromising Convictions (Daniel 1:).
  • Unwavering Commitment (Daniel 3:12).
  • Unswerving Courage (Daniel 3:16, 17).
  • Unshakable Confidence (Daniel 3:18).

They trusted the living God, defying the wicked command of the secular king, fully knowing the consequences. They were willing to give up their lives for their conviction. I believe true followers of Christ will increasingly need these particular characteristics as the world’s system grows increasingly hostile to Christ, His followers, and the standards of the Bible. Can this growing disdain and hostility be denied?

We urge you this day to live by core convictions that you will not violate, so that when the time of testing comes, you, like these three young men will stand firm in your faith. Elton Trueblood has written, “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.” If you’re in the suspenseful stage of the Lord’s deliverance, don’t be alarmed but stand firm. For He has promised, “Never will I leave you.  Never will I forsake you.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, the dynamic story of the three Hebrew men has been a favorite story of Your miraculous deliverance for all ages and throughout all generations. Their unyielding devotion to You, Almighty God, is a tremendous example to those of us who call You our Father. You are not only our Father who watches over us but also our Deliverer in times of trouble. Faith that cannot be tested is faith that cannot be trusted, so it is in times of fiery testing that we prove Your power and You prove our allegiance to You. Help us to be willing to give up our lives rather than serve or worship any god except the one true eternal God.  Amen.



Yesterday I spoke to a friend whose son is excited about a possible job opportunity at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever been on).

Responding to yesterday’s message in which we alluded to the growing rejection and discrimination toward evangelical Christian groups on many college campuses another friend sent me another article with the following insightful quote from a man known as “Dartmouth’s favorite son”. Do any of our readers recognize who it was? (* Answer is below in resources section)

“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, then error will be. If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendency. If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will. If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of this land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.”


Mollie afraid of storm 7/2/14
Our border collie Molly is terrified of thunder and other booming sounds. She runs to closed places where she can avoid seeing lightning as well. Late yesterday afternoon we had a loud thunderstorm pass through our area. She hid in the bath for awhile (though she detests taking a bath). Later she came to the kitchen as I opened the fridge door and in a flash she sought refuge in the cold fridge. Ester caught it on camera before we quickly shooed her out and inspected for stray hair and paw prints. They’re calling for more storms today – poor Mollie!

Amish straw hat birdhouse
Ingenuity and resourcefulness
Someone recycled this old Amish straw hat to be a birdhouse!

Val-Co kitten 7/1/14
Walking into a company this week a little stray kitten had found a place at the entrance and was being fed and provided water by the employees. We wonder who took him home!

Sheep on Flory Road 6/27/14
Peaceful sheep grazing in our neighborhood.



Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources


“For The Sake Of The Call”   Video   Steven Curtis Chapman

“Today I Choose”  Video  Brian Doerksen

*Quote above is from Daniel Webster, Dartmouth’s favorite son, who was a senator from Massachusetts! (see here for today’s quote) His final words upon his death were “I still live”.

“The Declaration’s Self-Evident Truths” Bob Morrison In light of tomorrow being Independence Day here in the USA this is a very insightful article about the Declaration of Independence and the present direction of our country.


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