Train going through Root's Market in Lancaster County PA 8/25/15
Train coming through Root’s Market right after we stepped out of our car.
I’m naming this engine, “The Dark Stallion”

“Spiritual Troglomorphism” (Part 2)


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“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:19, 20).

Yesterday’s message introduced the concept of spiritual troglomorphism. “Troglomorphism is the morphological adaptation of an organism to living in the constant darkness of caves, characterized by features such as loss of pigment, reduced eyesight or blindness, and frequently with attenuated bodies and/or appendages.”

When reading about this I thought of a spiritual application, especially how that reduced spiritual eyesight or blindness can be a consequence of living in spiritual darkness. I did a Bible word study examining verses that contained both “light” and “darkness” and shared part of that list in yesterday’s message. (The list is also posted below.)

Today we want to consider an easily observable truth regarding spiritual troglomorphism; the grave consequence of living in darkness to the point that one becomes spiritually blind. Spiritual blindness is a natural condition of the human race but it seems in our age this blindness is intensifying. In fact it seems to us the state religion now increasingly seeks to diminish the light of Biblical truth.

John 3:16 on Kember print

John 3:16 is certainly one of the best known verses in the entire Bible. Most of our readers can quote it from memory and more than a few can go on and quote verse 17 as well, “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

However the understandable grandeur of John 3:16 may tend to diminish the rich, instructive material that follows. Bible students differ as to whether John 3:16-21 are the words of Jesus following His discourse with Nicodemus or whether these are the interpretive words of John when he wrote his gospel late in the 1st century. Either way they are God’s inspired Word!

Regardless of whether these are the words of Jesus or a part of John’s inspired teaching we should seek to understand this portion in its context. Today’s text is a macro assessment of the human race.

“This is the verdict.” (NIV)  Other translations render it “this is the judgment” (NASV, ESV), “The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this” (Amplified), “This is why people are condemned” (GW) The sense is that what follows is the explanation for man’s condition.

“Light has come into the world.” The Greek has the definite article “the” before light and we believe this is very significant. In the Gospel and Epistles of John “the light” is Jesus Christ (see John 1:4-9; 8:12: 9:5; 12:46; 1 John 1:5). The Light coming into the world is at the very heart of the Gospel message.

“But men loved darkness instead of light.”  Again we have the definite article in the Greek prior to both light and darkness precisely reading, “But men loved the darkness instead of the light.” (See here for Greek interlinear scrolling down to v.19.) This is a matter of fact statement that explains much about human nature and the response to the Gospel. Many people would prefer to live in the darkness rather than the light. This preference, a result of the fall, leads to spiritual troglomorphism.

“Because their deeds were [are] evil.” For those of us living in the glorious light of Jesus Christ we marvel that anyone would choose darkness but many do. The awful consequence of spiritual troglomorphism is that the more one spends in darkness his eyesight for spiritual things is diminished and he increasingly becomes blinded.

The next verse continues, “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20).  And, of course, many are unwilling to do that so they continue to live in the darkness. In fact they become spiritual nyctophiliacs who love the darkness.

When we come into the light we must deal with our evil deeds, confess, and repent. As we do so we experience another word with morphis in it, metamorphisis in Romans 12:2, which is translated transformed!

Today, we encourage believers all over the world to join us as we live in the light of Christ and walk according to the light of His Word! May this statement be true of us today, that we love light rather than darkness! We come under the truth of Jesus Christ: “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God” (John 3:21).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, Your love comes like a light in the darkness, the bright star in the east that burst forth in the Bethlehem skies. The hosts of heaven made it a song of joy and celebration as Jesus was born into the world, the Saviour for all mankind. In the darkness of night the light of Christ appeared drawing people near and far to follow Him, then and now. And at the same time there are many who are drawn to darkness who are indifferent or intolerant of anything that pertains to Jesus and the salvation He provided. And, tragically, there are those who once walked in the light who have entered into the caverns of darkness and taken on the attitudes and actions consistent with those who walk in darkness. We don’t understand such thinking since we who once were blind can now see, but we know it to be true. Thank You for the freedom to choose, and Lord, we choose You now and for all eternity! Amen.


Here is the long selection of Scripture verses on this contrast between light and darkness we shared yesterday:

  • “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29).
  • “He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light” (Job 12:22).
  • “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28)
  • “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
  • “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2). (This was quoted by Jesus when He began to preach Matthew 4:12-17).
  • “But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23)
  • “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
  • “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).
  • “I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:17,18).
  • “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
  • “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
  • “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
  • ‘You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
  • “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
  • “Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8)

Jerry and Marcy Cain 8/25/15
Yesterday we stopped by Root’s Market, one of Lancaster County’s largest farmer’s markets. As we were walking through one of the long buildings a couple approached us and called out our name, “Webers”. Since we didn’t recognize them we quickly assumed that they were dailyencouragement readers and they are. Marcie and Jerry Cain live in Columbia just a few miles outside of Mount Joy where we reside. We had a nice time visiting and learning more about them. They graciously allowed us to include them in today’s photos.

Tobacco barn on Amish farm, Lancaster County PA 8/25/15
We sure don’t appreciate the detrimental impact of tobacco as typically used by humans but do enjoy the colorful site of tobacco growing in fields or hanging in barns. Notice the ventilation flaps on the sides and front of the barn.

Mums growing on Amish farm, Lancaster County PA 8/25/15
Just beyond the barn this Amish nursery is preparing for fall with the mums, asters and other vibrant fall plantings.

Looking down through rows of corn, Lancaster County PA 8/26/15
On our road today the harvesting of corn is taking place. As we drove along we saw a view of the corn rarely visible when you drive or walk past a corn field. With several rows of corn cut away you could look down long, long paths made by rows of overarching corn. It sure looked like a fun field for children to play “Hide and Go Seek” and other such games, although the harvesting of the corn would prevent such fun.


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Windmill in Lancaster County PA
Functioning windmill

“Spiritual Troglomorphism”
(Part 1)


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“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19).

Nippenose Valley, PennsylvaniaTwo weeks ago, on our way home from our bike riding weekend in the Grand Canyon area of Pennsylvania, we drove through the remote Nippenose Valley. We had never driven through this area before but in searching for variety on our ride home I decided to drive through it on PA Route 44. This is a closed, bowl-shaped valley surrounded by mountains; up over one mountain to get in and then back over another mountain to get out. It is a rich farming area with a lot of Plain people who reside there. I sometimes explore glancing backward; that is, I study an area where I’ve been after, rather than before, the visit. This is often due to my explorer tendencies that takes me off the beaten path!

Troglomorphic SculpinSo I looked up the Nippenose Valley and among my findings was that in 2003 Luis Espinasa, an associate professor of biology at Marist College, discovered a new species of fish in a cave, a type of troglomorphic sculpin. Well, I don’t know about our readers but troglomorphic sculpin is not a name I normally use so I had to look it up. Sculpin is a type of fish, but it’s actually the word, troglomorphic, that prompts today’s spiritual lesson.

“Troglomorphism is the morphological adaptation of an organism to living in the constant darkness of caves, characterized by features such as loss of pigment, reduced eyesight or blindness, and frequently with attenuated bodies and/or appendages.”

Two lines in this description jumped out at me; “living in the constant darkness of caves” and “reduced eyesight or blindness”.

That got me thinking Biblically how there is a parallel in the spiritual realm. I realize I need at least one more day on this topic so today we will primarily share a long selection of Scripture verses on this contrast between light and darkness:

  • “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29).
  • “He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light” (Job 12:22).
  • “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28)
  • “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
  • “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2). (This was quoted by Jesus when He began to preach Matthew 4:12-17).
  • “But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23)
  • “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
  • “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46).
  • “I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:17,18).
  • “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
  • “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
  • “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
  • ‘You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).
  • “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
  • “Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining” (1 John 2:8).

Tomorrow we want to study an easily observable truth regarding spiritual troglomorphism; the grave condition of living in darkness to the point that one becomes spiritually blind.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we thank You that we no longer belong to the night or to the darkness. Instead You’ve turn our redeemed hearts toward that which is bright, full of life, truth, and power placing eternity’s values in view. There is much that allures us to that which that which would engulf us in darkness again since the enemy is cunning, deceptive and persuasive. Help us to be stronger and wiser so that we are not prey to the devil’s tactics, because we have put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Through Christ we overcome darkness through His marvelous light and it is in His name that we pray. Amen.


Nippenose Valley: The region includes anticlinal karst Nippenose Valley part of the northernmost fold sequence of the Ridge and Valley Physiographic Province. Nippenose Valley is uniquely bowl-shaped and consists of a doubly plunging anticline. According to a research paper from the University of Akron, the center has been eroded, exposing carbonate rocks in the valley. There is an average total of about 470 meters of Lower to Middle Ordovician limestone and dolomite underlying the valley. The Reedsville Shale is stratigraphically above them, and overlain by the ridge forming Bald Eagle Sandstone. The valley has been intensely karstified, as evidenced by the numerous sinkholes, springs, caves, and disappearing streams. Within a number of caves in this valley a new species of fish, a type of troglomorphic sculpin, was identified in 2003 by Luis Espinasa, an associate professor of biology at Marist College. (From Wikipedia)

See here for location on Google map

An article about the Nippenose Valley in Country Magazine.


John Glick's watermelon
Last night we joined John Glick and his family for dinner, much of it coming from their garden. John is an Amish friend who has been reading our messages for many years at his work computer, and we finally met him and his family face to face. He was pleased to show us his 80 pound watermelon. Crimson Sweet watermelon (pictured) is famous for its high sugar content and great flavor. I wonder how many could be fed with an 80# watermelon.

John Glick's watermelon patch
We walked out to his watermelon patch and saw he has some good eating for several weeks yet!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Here I Am To Worship”  Video  Chris Tomlin “Light of the world You stepped down into darkness”

“Send The Light”  Video  Link Union  Bluegrass from the Silver Dollar City stage!

“Send the Light”  Video  A more traditional version from the Altar Of Praise Men’s Chorale


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“All Over The World”

August 24, 2015

Butterfly on flower (Photo by Ester Weber)
Ester took this untouched photo in our zinnia garden but doesn’t know how she got the black background effect!
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“All Over The World”

Note: Today’s message is a bit longer than many with both a personal memory and missions story. The main point is that the Gospel of the kingdom continues to be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. We must remember this. Early this morning I read an update from Mission Network News, “ISIS sets date for open warfare; pastors push on“. Pastors are asking, “How can we be light in such a dark place?”

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“And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). “All over the world this Gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth” (Colossians 1:6).

I have been interested in aviation practically all my life. I grew up near an Air Force base south of Kansas City (Richards-Gebaur) and our school had many base kids. I have an odd interest of chronicling every airport I have flown in and out of which now totals 44. About twenty-five years ago I was a Civil Air Patrol Chaplain and recall some flying lessons as I sat in the back seat listening in when a junior pilot was being trained in instrument rating. I got an interesting spiritual lesson from that experience I share here.

P-51My most memorable flight took place in a P-51 Mustang, a WW2 era fighter plane. Bob Walker, my cousin’s husband, was an avid pilot and as a high schooler I was visiting my cousins in Tulsa (a year before I met Brooksyne) when he offered to take me for a ride in his P-51 (photo to right). I excitedly agreed. The P-51 was the last of the prop fighters prior to the jet age and is a very powerful plane.

Bob WalkerBob (photo to left) handed me a helmet and a barf bag, sternly informing me if I messed up I cleaned up. (I didn’t need the bag!) What an experience it was including sharp turns and a low roll over Tulsa. I peered down and spotted my family waving up to me, and most thrilling was a high speed pass over the airfield in which he piloted the plane at full throttle buzzing the airfield just over the runway before shooting practically straight up. I experienced the most G’s ever in my life to this day. Afterwards he told me he could have done more such as flying upside down but didn’t want to scare me.

For many years aviation has been a great aid to missions. Of course we are now able to get mission workers to the field much faster. Also consider how many have been on short-term mission trips, a concept virtually impossible when it took several weeks to travel to and from distant mission fields. But small planes are also used to reach the most remote parts of the world using jungle landing strips with organizations such as Mission Aviation Fellowship, JAARS and others. Each August we have a special weekend here in Lancaster County featuring mission aviation. Many years ago I attended this and had a ride in a plane that could take off and land on very short runways.

But today we want to share a story about a unique way an airplane was used in preaching the Gospel!

Myrna Wilkins has served as an overseas missionary for 50 years. I first met her when I went with a group of men to Colombia on a mission trip in the early 90’s. She met us at the Bogota airport and took us to the small town of Fusagasuga about 50 miles south of Bogota where we assisted a local congregation in erecting their church building and I had the opportunity to preach. At that time there was guerrilla activity in the area and it was a bit disconcerting to get off the plane and learn that we would take an alternate route since the bridge normally used for our destination had just been blown up!

Myrna tells a story that I believe will encourage readers today and remind us that indeed, in our own lifetime, the Gospel of the kingdom is being preached all over the world. Of course some of the most remarkable stories come from the mission field and this story tells the amazing way the Cuna tribe first heard the gospel message. These people live in the San Blas Islands (Google map location) off the coast of Panama in the Caribbean.

Morris, a young boy from the Cuna tribe, moved to Costa Rica and was evangelized as he lived along the Caribbean coast. As an adult he felt called to take the Gospel to his own tribe, the Cuna people, and he used a rather creative means.

Missionary airplaneHe met missionary pilot Mike Hines, who had a slow flying Helio Courrier airplane fitted with a 7,600 watt loud speaker system capable of being heard from the air as the plane circled above. The plane flew out over the islands and, as it did so, Morris preached the Gospel in his native tongue to the tribes people below. There was a cloud cover so the natives could not see the plane, but only heard his voice. Afterwards the clouds lifted and Morris directed the people below, “If you would like to believe in Jesus Christ wave a white cloth or flash a mirror to indicate your faith.” As the plane flew over, scores of the natives waved cloths in the air and flashed mirrors upwards! It would be some time later that Morris learned that the people of his native land had a long standing legend that one day they would hear a message and it would be delivered to them from a voice in the sky!

He later went to the islands and developed churches among the people. Myrna met him in 1980 at a Bible School in Colombia and she heard the story first hand from him.

Indeed this Gospel is being preached and has been since our Lord Jesus Christ gave the great commission just prior to His ascension to heaven. He said, “And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

The apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians some 30 years later, “All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth” (Colossians 1:6). Today may this Gospel also bear fruit and grow in each of our lives. May we also see it reproduced and growing in those to whom we minister and through missionaries all over the world!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we are grateful for the various means and the variety of people to whom You choose to deliver the life-changing Gospel message that gives us a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. As we have been tremendously blessed in receiving this gift of eternal life, stir us to action in reaching others with the same message of salvation so that they are snatched from the fire, bearing fruit and growing as we journey together here below. Bless our missionaries who use unconventional means to present the Gospel and protect them from enemy warfare. We do pray for our many brothers and sisters who are jailed, persecuted, and separated from family because they stand for Christ. Keep us strong in our spiritual walk as we experience growing ridicule and the passage of laws that mock our faith and strip us of our Christian freedoms. In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.


Ladies breakfast for Fran 8/22/15
Saturday morning we hosted a ladies breakfast. We also honored and prayed for Fran Book, centered 3rd from the left front row. Recently diagnosed with cancer which has spread we wanted to bless and remind her of our love and prayer support. She had family from out of town surprise her and it was a precious morning showering love on her.

Ladies breakfast for Fran 8/22/15
Hymn Sing: The first song the ladies selected was, “The Longer I Serve Him the Sweeter He Grows.” You might notice a number of seniors among us and this song could not have been more appropriate:

“Since I started for the kingdom,
since my life He controls,
since I gave my heart to Jesus,
the longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows. Chorus:

The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.
The more that I love Him more love He bestows.
Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows.
The longer I serve Him the sweeter He grows
(Bill Gaither). ”

Do you find that to be true as you look back over your life in Christ?
“The Longer I Serve Him”  Video  Doug Oldham

Amish family coming home from church 8/23/15
Yesterday afternoon we conducted the service at Longwood Manor and on the way home passed our Amish neighbors returning from their church service.

Butterfly on flower (Photo by Ester Weber)
Another butterfly photo by Ester.

Conewago Creek 8/23/15
Conewago Creek
Last night we rode our bikes along the Conewago recreational trail just before sunset. The scented fields were full of fresh mown hay that I wish I could bottle up like a fragrant candle and take it home with us. It was heavenly!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Freely, Freely”  Video  Maranatha Country Praise“Go Ye Therefore” Video Shower Power, one of Zimbabwe’s most resilient, original and versatile male acappella vocal Gospel groups. We have been so blessed having a Zimbabwean family in our rural neighborhood since early this year and we especially appreciate their commitment to Christ.

“So Send I You”  Video

In one of the ironies of divine providence Mike Hines, the missionary pilot referred to in today’s message, died in a plane crash in Honduras about 12 years ago. See here. He was flying a Helio Courrier, the same type of plane I rode in here in Lancaster at a demo.  Here’s a video of STOL.

Photos of P-51 and Bob Walker courtesy of his son, Scott Walker


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“Spiritual Vitamins”

August 21, 2015

Waterfall with doxology 8/16/15
A waterfall at the Pine Creek Rail Trail

“Spiritual Vitamins”

“You can’t break God’s promises by leaning on them!”

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“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made” (Psalm 145:13). “See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven? At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words ‘once more’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:25-28).

Yesterday I received a prayer request from Jim, a friend whose world is suddenly shaking. His daughter had a fall and injured her head. While in the hospital her liver shut-down and is not functioning. He and his wife were headed to a distant city to be with her, uncertain of all that is taking place right now. How quickly life can move from routine to crisis!

VitaminsI have another friend who has an interesting perspective in describing encouragement. After a brief visit he stated that our conversation had been like a daily vitamin!

Vitamins are often considered supplements. That is, they supplement our main diet. However, regardless of the quality of our supplements they do not replace a good overall diet. We would be foolish expecting a daily vitamin to sustain all our dietary needs. We would also be very hungry!

It’s that way for our spiritual being as well. We are blessed with many spiritual supplements such as devotionals, music, quality radio programs and material on the internet. We hope our daily encouragement messages are like vitamin supplements to encourage and instruct you each weekday, by providing some vitamins and supplements for your soul. Vitamins, although in some cases therapeutic in nature, are generally intended to be more preventive and have the effect of strengthening us even when we are in good health and doing well.

One of the greatest perspectives we can have is a daily recognition of God’s faithful and abundant blessings and the absolute veracity of God’s promises. In the physical realm these blessings vary greatly among us. Some have better health than others, others more of this world’s goods, and there are those who have greater or more frequent heartaches. We especially consider those who deal with chronic matters such as a reader we periodically hear from who has two special needs adult children she cares for and others who have chronic and critical illnesses.

We also consider this in regard to our religious freedoms. Some may practice their faith with almost complete freedom, unhindered by any government restrictions. But others pay a great cost in practicing their faith with persecution their lot in life.

Because we live in the physical realm we inevitably tend to place our focus on the physical. Nevertheless, how quickly these things can change! Any security we have in the physical world is very tenuous.

We all know that the “steady” job can quickly vanish. An unfaithful spouse, a tragic accident or medical diagnosis can alter our present and future plans instantly.

Then we consider world conditions! This much is sure, we really have no guarantees of security in regard to the physical realm.

But in the spiritual realm our security is absolute with no deficiency whatsoever. These blessings are safe and abundantly adequate regardless of where we live or how “blessed” we happen to be in the physical realm.  My Christian brother or sister reading this in Africa, India or anywhere else on this planet is equally blessed with me in the spiritual realm. Just consider the horrific physical conditions of Christians in Syria and Iraq.

What a tremendously assuring truth is expressed in our daily verse. These are 3,000 year old words written by King David: “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made” (Psalm 145:13). The first part of the verse is classic Hebrew parallelism, a great reinforcement of the reality of God’s eternal Kingdom.

  •  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
  •  Your dominion endures through all generations.

The second part has two complimentary truths.

  •  The LORD is faithful to all His promises.
  •  The Lord is loving toward all He has made.

These statements may not always appear to be true in regard to our own experiences. But they are absolutely true in the spiritual realm and equally so regardless of the extent of our physical and material blessing or lack thereof.

For those like our friend Jim who are presently encountering a shaking that reveals the insecurity of this present world, we pray that today’s daily encouragement vitamin has a therapeutic impact. For those living in relative peace and security may it have a preventive impact, for a drastic shaking may come at any time.

Let us consider the altogether abundant blessings and promises of God: “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all–how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

Declare with us today, “We will stand on every promise of God’s Word!”

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations right down to our own. You are faithful to all Your promises and loving toward all that You have made so we rely on Your faithfulness and love to guide us and hold us firm when the world around us is shaking. When fear and doubt preoccupy our thoughts turn our minds instead to Scripture that speaks of Your many promises reminding us that You will never fail us and You will never forsake us but You will graciously give us all things to build us up and grow us in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For spiritual nurturing we feed daily on Your Word. And for vitamins we enjoy many other godly sources that strengthen our Christian sojourn here below. In the name of Jesus we thank You for all that You provide. Amen.


Today we share our final set of photos from our trip last weekend to Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon.

PA grand canyon rail trail 8/16/15
These steps went up from the Pine Creek trail to the rim on a path called the Turkey Path.

PA grand canyon rail trail 8/16/15
Turkey Path – At the top of these stairs heading up to Turkey Path was this gentle and approachable three-level waterfall. If you were hot and sweaty, as long as you exercised great caution walking on the wet rocks, you could actually shower under the falls.

Do you enjoy the sound of moving water in a waterfall? We sure do!  Brooksyne took this short video of a small waterfall along the Pine Creek trail. I need to learn how to place this on a continual loop to sleep by!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”  Video  Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

“Standing On The Promises”  Video  Chuck Wagon Gang (dedicated to my pastor since this is his favorite group)

“Promise Of The Ages”  Video  Stuart Townend

“Every Promise of Your Word”  Video  Keith and Kristyn Getty


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Coreopsis Verticillata
Coreopsis Verticillata AKA “Pot of Gold”

“Remembering His Wonders”


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“Remember the wonders He has done” (Psalm 105:5).

My, how life flies by! It was 42 years ago this month that we both began college as Freshmen at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. We didn’t meet till October when I took her on a date to church. At that time local churches sent school buses to the campus since many students didn’t have cars. We were sitting on the bus waiting to leave when a friend of Brooksyne’s tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Brooksyne, Buddy’s here!” Well, Buddy was her high school boyfriend whom she had broken up with before leaving for college. He and his mother had driven up from Tulsa hoping to reconcile their relationship. (His Mom realized what a catch Brooksyne was.) She felt obliged to get off the bus and so I went to church alone that night. It’s a wonder we ever got together again, since I was pretty miffed, but it seems the Lord had a plan and that January we began dating and the rest is history since Buddy’s history with Brooksyne was over!)

Bob Grant But today’s message is a testimony of Bob Grant, one of the first friends I met in college, who remains a friend to this day (photo to right taken several years ago). Bob did not come from a Christian home but came to know Christ while in high school through the “Jesus Movement.” He was encouraged to attend Bible College and chose one in Springfield Missouri, although he lived in Connecticut. He rode out with some friends who were attending another college in town and spent the first week at the YMCA since CBC did not open for another week.

Bob had a rough, discouraging start at school. When he was registering for his classes he realized he didn’t have enough money to purchase textbooks and he had no financial support from home. He went back to his dorm room despondent and just didn’t know what he was going to do.

He was sitting in his room when his roommate walked in with a bag of books and said, “Here are your books.” Bob thought the roommate was taunting him and said, “They’re not my books!” The roommate told him he found them in the hallway by the door and when Bob opened the bag he found all the books he would need for the new semester! He examined the bag and saw his name, Bob Grant, written on it in small letters.

To this day Bob does not know how the Lord had worked this out or what fellow believer had the leading of the Spirit to meet this need. He had told absolutely no one of his financial dilemma.

Our daily text is a simple call to “Remember the wonders He has done.”

These memories of wonders can be faith building to us and to our children. We need to recall them and pass them along. We need to remember the wonders God has done not only in Creation, in Biblical history and through the age of the church, but in our own lives as well such as bringing Brooksyne and me back together after an initial jilting; like providing books for Bob. What memories do you have of God’s wonders in your life?

We encourage you to chronicle these memories; the wonders that God has done for you personally. Write them down; pass them along to your children and grandchildren; share them with others. This will build your faith and theirs as you “remember the wonders He has done.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, it is in my hour of need that I see Your powerful provision in my life. When I’m in need of comfort, You are my Comforter. When I’m in need of courage You go before me. When I’m in need of friendship You are the friend that sticks closer than a brother. When I’m in need of stability You are the Anchor for my soul. When I’m in need of finances You own the cattle on a thousand hills. When I’m in need of peace You are the peacemaker. When I’m in need of food You are the Bread of Life. When I’m thirsty You are the living water that leads to eternal life. You are my Shepherd and I shall never be in want of anything. Thank You for meeting every need I have. Amen.”


Today we feature flowers we saw in Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon and region during our visit last weekend. As best as we can determine these were all wild flowers except the last several.

Coreopsis Verticillata
Coreopsis Verticillata AKA “Pot of Gold”

Wild snapdragon
Wild snapdragon

Butterfly on thistle
Butterfly on thistle

Joepye weed
Joe Pye weed

Queen Anne Lace
Queen Anne Lace

Flowers in Wellsboro PA 8/15/15
After our long ride through the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon we had dinner Saturday evening in Wellsboro, a charming little town with an old fashioned, historic vibe with a sense of how small town life used to be back in the 1900s. The neatest feature is the real gas street lamps that line Main Street. Our photos did not do these street lamps justice so here’s a nice photo taken in the Fall or here’s a collection.

Flowers in Wellsboro PA 8/15/15
Many of the shops and restaurants had window boxes.

Playing street piano in Wellsboro PA 8/15/15
Brooksyne playing the piano in front of our restaurant in Wellsboro. She always tries to get in a witness whenever she plays a street piano (we also have them here in Lancaster City) by playing sacred music she hopes will tug at a passersby’s heart strings, “feelings lie buried that grace can restore”. (From the song “Rescue The Perishing”  Video  Billy and Cindy Foote)

College friends 3/74

These photos were taken during the spring of our freshman year at CBC when my three best friends I hung out with and I chose to be just a little goofy. We shortened our ties and parted our hair down the middle. Brooksyne took the first photo where I am on the far left in the very loud plaid slacks (I wasn’t being goofy with those and considered them to be very cool at the time). Bob is leaning back on the tree.  I apparently took the photo on the right probably so I could get Brooksyne in it, whom I had just started dating in January!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“The Wonder Of It All”  Video  Doug Oldham And Gaither Homecoming Singers

“The wonder of it all, is that God loves me.”

As we are getting to be more and more “old-timers” it’s a blessing to see many in this video who are now with the Lord such as Doug Oldham, George Beverly Shea, Ruth Graham, and many others.

“God Of Wonders”  Video  Chris Tomlin

“Bless His Holy Name”  Video  Andrae Crouch

Finally today:

Multi-generational worshipThe fellowship of ministers I am a part of is celebrating their 100th anniversary. I find this creative photoshopped image quite interesting. On the left is a modern worship band with all the bells and whistles. On the right in a large tent is a gathering from perhaps the forties. I don’t suppose these folks would have known what to think about the music and how it’s changed!
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It would be interesting to see the photo reversed. On the platform you would view a song leader and perhaps a choir dressed as they would have been in that period. In the congregation show a modern view with many people holding up their phones taking pictures, selfies, texting, etc.!


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“God People”

August 19, 2015

Morris PA 8/16/15
A wispy cloud in the tiny mountain village of Morris, PA

“God People”


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“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:9-11).

Fresh air child In our forty years of service for Christ I have been described in a lot of different ways such as “preacher man”. For a number of years we hosted children from New York City as part of the “Fresh Air Fund” program during the eighties. This gave inner city children a brief respite in a rural area. Since our church had a number of host families in our community that was quite white our fresh air children who were mostly black or Hispanic were quite identifiable. One year we hosted a little boy who had quite a spunky personality. Someone asked him who he was staying with and, not being familiar with the term Pastor, he pointed to me and informed them, “I’m stayin’ with ‘da boss of ‘da church”.

Chaplain visit But on a recent chaplain visit we were described in a different way. As business chaplains our practice is to walk through a company and briefly visit with each employee right at their workplace, expressing personal interest and ongoing care. Most are very receptive and over time we build many lasting friendships.  But there are a few that are not interested in talking with the chaplain lest a fellow employee think they are getting “religious”. We are not pushy and when it is evident they prefer to keep a distance we respect their space. After all, the chaplaincy service is an optional benefit to the employees.

Chaplain visitWe recently visited a company that hires a lot of temporary workers depending on the work load. Brooksyne introduced herself to a new female who shared that she was going through a very difficult time. When Brooksyne offered to pray she eagerly accepted and they shared a brief prayer right at her work site.

The employee expressed appreciation and then told her that when another temp co-worker saw us enter the building she said to her, “Here comes the ‘God people'”. She came up with a work chore that took her to a different part of the building to avoid seeing us when we walked through! It’s hard not to take that personally since we want acceptance from everyone and many express to us how much they look forward to our visits. After all, what’s not to like about us? ;) But in reality there are various reasons some people avoid those who represent Christ while there are others who look to us for encouragement, direction, comfort, prayer and friendship.

“God people” is an interesting description. She would have been more Biblically accurate stating “God’s people” which we unashamedly are! Today’s Scripture text identifies us as just that. “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people”. Other versions use the phrase, “people of God”. As God’s people we seek to “declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.” Although we are not pushy or preachy and seek to sow seeds in a winsome manner we nevertheless still face rejection by some for various reasons.

1 Peter 2:10What is it about our presence that make some less than receptive or perhaps in some cases offensive? Of course in most cases we don’t know. This is a question those of us in ministry wrestle with from time to time.  The prophets sure faced rejection as well as the Apostles. Of course so did Christ (Isaiah 53:3).

But here’s a fundamental consideration: Our very presence is a visible reminder of God and may be troubling to those living in rebellion against Him. We will explore this next week in a message based on John 3:19 in which we contend that many people are affected by spiritual troglomorphism.

Billy Graham playing golf I recall a story I read many years ago concerning Billy Graham in R.C. Sproul’s outstanding book, “The Holiness Of God”. Billy Graham was playing as an amateur in a Pro-Am tournament. It just so happened that one of the more notorious bad-boy golfers on tour was matched to play with Billy Graham. A friend of the golfer thought this humorous and kidded with the PGA golfer about it. After the round, the friend saw the PGA player on the practice tee hitting balls in a furious anger. So he rushed out and asked him, “What did Billy Graham say that made you so mad?” The golfer replied, “He didn’t say anything!”

The point of the story was that sometimes our very presence, as a committed believer, can be a source of conviction to those living in rebellion against God. It is one of the ways we are salt to the world.

How do people describe you? How do you handle rejection?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, once we were not a people, but now we are Your people; once we had not received mercy, but now we have received Your mercy. Because we are recipients of Your mercy we want to show mercy, kindness, and love to others who sojourn with us from day to day. The passions of the flesh wage war against our soul, but the passionate fire of the Spirit burns deep within our soul and ignites a desire within us to share Your Word that calls people out of darkness and transfers them into Your wonderful, everlasting kingdom of light. As people of God help us not to falter but to be faithful messengers of the gospel wherever we go. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen..


I also found this golf story about Billy Graham.

Billy Graham and Bob Hope were friends, and both had a passion for golf.

T.W. Wilson, one of Billy Graham’s associates, remembered walking along with Billy and Bob on the golf course. Both men had hit bad drives, and their golf balls were over the edge of the woods. Bob hollered out to Billy, “Hey, Billy, help! I’m in trouble!”

T.W. tells what happened next: “I’m not exaggerating a bit. Billy, whose ball was over in the edge of the woods, hit the ball, and it wasn’t a good hit. And it hit the water, and bounced off, and went right on the green about four to five feet from the hole, and of course Billy won the hole.”

That night Bob Hope said to an audience, “I played golf with Billy Graham today and he really taught me a lesson. His golf ball walked on water.”


More photos of Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon and Pine Creek Rail Trail.

A Plain family on the Pine Creek Rail Trail 8/16/15
We conversed with many plain people over the weekend and turns out they were all from Lancaster County. This couple gave us permission to take their photo as they walked the Pine Creek rail trail pulling their youngest children in the wagon. They also assisted their older daughter as she was just learning to ride her bike!

Split rail fence along Pine Creek rail trail 8/16/15
These volunteer weeds catch your eye as they are blown about by a gentle breeze along the split rail fence that parallels the Pine Creek rail trail!

Red Church in Blackwell, PA
A little red church in Blackwell, PA

Pine Creek in Pennsylvania 8/16/15
View of Pine Creek from Rail Trail
(Click here for brief video taken by Brooksyne. One way to relax is to close your eyes and listen to nature’s white noise of flowing water and chirping insects!)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“His Marvelous Light” (1st Peter 2:9-10)   Video   Scripture Memory Songs

“We Are God’s People”  Video  Unidentified choir

We are God’s people, the chosen of the Lord,
Born of His Spirit, established by His Word;
Our cornerstone is Christ alone,
And strong in Him we stand:
O let us live transparently
And walk heart to heart and hand in hand.

We are God’s loved ones, the Bride of Christ our Lord,
For we have known it, the love of God outpoured;
Now let us learn how to return
The gift of love once given:
O let us share each joy and care,
And live with a zeal that pleases Heaven.

We are the Body of which the Lord is Head,
Called to obey Him, now risen from the dead;
He wills us be a family,
Diverse yet truly one:
O let us give our gifts to God,
And so shall his work on earth be done.

We are a temple, the Spirit’s dwelling place,
Formed in great weakness, a cup to hold God’s grace;
We die alone, for on its own
Each ember loses fire:
Yet joined in one the flame burns on
To give warmth and light, and to inspire.

“The People of God”  Video  Wayne Watson, a popular “contemporary” song when we were young! I looked him up and he is still faithfully serving Christ. He’s just one week older than me (Stephen), so he’s still a “young man”!

With our lips, let us sing one confession.
With our hearts, hold to one truth alone.
For He has erased our transgressions;
Named us and called us His own, His very own.

We’re the people of God, called by His name;
Called from the dark; and delivered from shame.
One holy race, saints everyone;
Because of the blood of Christ Jesus, the Son.

So Hear us, O spirits of darkness.
So you will know where we stand.
We are His servants purchased with scars;
Bought by the blood of the Lamb, the blood of the Lamb.

“Another Time, Another Place”  Video  Amber Nelon Thompson & Michael English (Another Wayne Watson song)

Finally today:

Billy Graham childhood home
Today we shared a story about Billy Graham in an illustration. Lee, a friend of ours, whom we saw at our early morning chaplain visit told us about his recent visit to the Billy Graham Center in Charlotte NC. He and family members were greatly inspired by the powerful ministry legacy of Billy Graham and his co-laborers. This is a photo of his childhood home. The glass cross in the barn certainly stands out and also doubles as the entrance.

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Cedar Run railroad bridge on Pine Creek rail trail 8/16/15
Cedar Run railroad bridge on Pine Creek rail trail

“A Cross To Bridge The Great Divide”


ListenListen to this message on your audio player.”For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven. Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him— if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it” (Colossians 1:19-23).

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
At Calvary!

Today let us consider a “link” we use most every day and rarely give thought to it; the transportation link is what I am speaking of, otherwise known as the bridge. In our trip this last weekend to the Grand Canyon region of Pennsylvania we crossed many, many bridges (surely hundreds). Most we gave no thought to at all but in hindsight I’m sure glad they were reliable! But some bridges, such as those featured today in our photos, are so distinct as to catch our attention.

Royal Gorge bridgeOur most memorable bridge crossing was in Colorado over ten years ago. After attending a family reunion we rented a van and visited several notable tourist sites throughout the state. We drove to the Royal Gorge which for many years was the world’s highest suspension bridge, crossing over the Arkansas River at nearly 1000 feet. *

We parked the van on the west side of the canyon although we were heading east. We slowly approached the bridge on foot and, with a knot in my stomach, proceeded to walk across. My fear is not really heights but being near or looking out over the edge. Well, as you may have already ascertained, we made it across safely and we visited the various attractions on the east side.

However the next part was harder. After visiting for awhile we crossed again to our van to resume our trip east which meant… we had to drive over the bridge. Now I really got the weebie jeebies and was just about ready to head back west and drive many, many miles out of my way just to avoid crossing the bridge in our vehicle.

But I went for it, reasoning that many others had already done so and surely the bridge was well inspected. Surely they knew what they were doing in posting a weight limit considerably more than we needed. Well again, by now you know that we made it across safely!

Today let us consider the absolute reliability of another Bridge in securing our salvation.

Bridge To SalvationSo many souls have tested Him throughout the course of time.
So many still reach out to Him with broken hearts and minds.
And every one of them will say,
Without exception that they find… Jesus never fails.

Bridge To Life tract coverSalvation is often graphically depicted as a bridge between sinful man and a holy God. In fact a ministry I have appreciated through the years, the Navigators, has a small tract explaining salvation called “The Bridge To Life” illustrating that a great chasm separates sinful humanity from a holy God. But Jesus Christ, in dying on the cross, bridges that mighty chasm. The cross is God’s only appointed means for man to reach Him. It is supremely trustworthy.

This bridge may be expressed as a cross.

Bridge To LifePastor Rich Moore writes, “God is an amazing bridge builder. His Son built a bridge across the grandest canyon known to us. He bridged between us and God, by offering forgiveness and love to us in the free gift of His sacrifice. Jesus built this bridge with only two pieces of wood and three nails.”

Bible teacher Kenneth Wuest comments concerning today’s passage, “Our Lord, by His death on the Cross, bound together again a holy God and sinful man who placed his faith in the Saviour.”

There’s a cross to bridge the great divide
A way was made to reach the other side
The mercy of the Father cost His son His life
His love is deep, His love is wide
There’s a cross to bridge the great divide

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, just like a grand canyon, sin cuts and digs deep chasms between us and a holy God. Thank You for providing Your only Son, Jesus, to act as a redemptive bridge so that we can cross over the great divide and transition from sin to forgiveness, from death to life, from punishment to mercy, from despair to eternal hope. We are now One with You, Father, and can act as a channel of Your mercy when we invite needy souls to walk over the bridge of salvation. It is because of Jesus that we can approach You, our holy God, and pray to You as our heavenly Father. Amen.


More bridge photos in the Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon region.Cedar Run railroad bridge on Pine Creek rail trail 8/16/15
Another view of the Cedar Run railroad bridge on Pine Creek rail trail.

Cedar Run railroad bridge on Pine Creek rail trail 8/16/15
A view of Pine Creek from the Cedar Run bridge.

Railroad bridge on Pine Creek rail trail near Blackwell 8/16/15
An open railroad bridge near Blackwell. In my mind I, Brooksyne, traveled through memory lane upon observation of the old telegraph pole still standing on the left. I considered the early days when people received important information via telegraph – either very exciting news or very sad news. Consider all the ways we communicate now and the instantaneous ways we reach others right from our home, car, or even on a bike trail (if there is service).

Berlin bridge at Slate Run, PA 8/16/15
This single lane Berlin bridge near Slate Run was built in 1889.

Berlin bridge at Slate Run, PA 8/16/15
This modern bridge curves as it crosses Pine Creek and enters Blackwell, which is at the lower end of the main Grand Canyon gorge. The next road crossing the river to the north is 17 miles upstream.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“The Great Divide ”  Video   Point of Grace”Jesus Never Fails”  Video  Originally by a group called “Truth” as I recall

“At Calvary”  Video  Collingsworth Family

“Bridge Over Troubled Water”  Video  Sammy Hall Singers

Devotional on Grand Canyon by Pastor Rich Moore

The Bridge to Life  Plan of salvation by the Navigators

The Royal Gorge Bridge

* For the terminally curious –  Sidu River Bridge in China built in 2009 is now the tallest bridge in the world.


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