Amish harvest scene (Mike Weber)

My brother Mike is visiting us from California and enjoys taking photos of the interesting scenes here in Lancaster County such as this Amish farm.
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“Let Us Dare To Be A Daniel!”


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“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). “At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” (Daniel 6:4).

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

We’ve had a great growing season thus far and the crops are vibrant and healthy. One neighbor, a veteran farmer, told us the corn is as high as he’s ever seen it.

A Daniel in the soybean fieldWe’ve noticed an interesting sight in some of the soybean fields. Growing up amongst the soybeans are lone stalks of corn such as the stalk above that we photographed near our church. We spoke to our farmer friends and they told us that these are from seeds the previous year when corn was planted in the fields. Some of the harvested grain spilled out of the harvester and germinated along with the intended crop, soybeans, in great part because of the abundance of rain early in the season.
No compromise album coverAs we looked at these lone survivor plants standing where they don’t belong, it got us thinking about a spiritual application. It made us think of those who faithfully stand up for the Lord and His truth amidst fields of doubt, disbelief, and despair; those who refuse to bow before the false gods of the age whether literal or spiritual. Above is the cover to an album by musician Keith Green from some 35 years ago. The photo depicts a scene where the people are required to bow before the passing king. But one brave soul, true to his convictions, remains standing in uncompromising, obedient defiance. A soldier on a horse is pointing him out. We are left wondering what consequence he faced for doing the right thing in the eyes of the One True King (Exodus 20:3-6).

Daniel in his youthToday we challenge our readers; dare to be a Daniel. Some sixty years separate the events described in our two daily texts. The first describes Daniel as a young man separated from his family after being taken captive into Babylon. He made a purposeful resolution to stay true to his faith. I have always drawn strength and encouragement from this verse and consider the unseen influence of his parents and other godly leaders when he was young in equipping him for such a decision. Perhaps the prophet Jeremiah, who lived in the generation previous, had a role in Daniel’s spiritual upbringing. At a young age he, along with his three friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, made the same decision mentioned in the first verse, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). God honored them for maintaining their convictions.

Daniel prayingThe second verse describes Daniel as an old man, still faithfully serving God and admired even among his most ardent critics for his integrity. We find him late in his career serving in government office during the reign of Darius, who happened to be the third world emperor he served under. His righteousness and Darius’ intention to further promote him prompted jealousy in the other leaders. They looked for a basis to make charges but were unable to find any. What a powerful testimony he had: “They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.” The events that follow led to the lion’s den and one of the greatest stories of supernatural deliverance in the Bible.

What a steadfast man Daniel was! Every generation needs men and women like him. Surely we need such strong unwavering followers of Christ today! The specific sources of temptation may vary, but we all need to “purpose in our heart” that we will stay faithful to God and His truth. Like Daniel we need to be trustworthy. How do people view our character? Are we trustworthy? Have we made a purposeful resolve to stay faithful?  Let us take the proper steps to make sure that we are. “Let Us Dare To Be A Daniel!”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, I thank you for the “Daniels” of our day. Many of us grew up with fathers and mothers who not only taught us right from wrong, but modeled it daily in their relations with family and others. So many today are growing up without Biblical models or Scriptural instruction which has brought about much confusion about what is right and wrong, true or false. The power of Your inspired Holy Word reveals absolute truth and is taught by examples of people such as Daniel. He didn’t allow fear, pride, or earthly ambitions to compromise his integrity. Even as Daniel stood the test while continually overcoming the tempter, I pray that You, Father, would help us to prove our loyalty to You when faced with daily temptations, especially the temptation to just go with the flow rather than to go with the guidance of Scripture. May our resolve to do good greatly lessen our temptation to do evil. Amen.


Today’s lesson prompted consideration of another brave figure in human history. Esther served during the reign of Xerxes who followed Darius. I wonder if she might have known Daniel when she was a small child? Like Daniel she took a courageous stand for truth and her faith is best summarized in her resolve expressed in 4:16 of the book bearing her name: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. “Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”


Here is the complete text to the song “Dare To Be A Daniel” we quoted from in the first part of our message. What soul-stirring lyrics Philip P. Bliss wrote nearly 150 years ago.

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band!

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

Many mighty men are lost
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s band.

Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Daniel’s band.

Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to vict’ry grand!
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Daniel’s band.

More men like DanielI have a framed copy of another old hymn with a similar theme titled “More Men Like Daniel”. It’s not well known and in fact I have rarely seen it in a hymnal. Although written nearly 100 years ago, like all Godly truths, it is “forward compatible”.

We need more men like Daniel to stand for God and right;
Men clean and strong, who hate the wrong,
And for the truth will fight.
When those controlled by evil, their base designs pursue,
We need more men like Daniel who never prove untrue.

We need more men like Daniel their virtue here to show;
Men bold, sincere, who know no fear when called to face the foe.
Though dangers dark may threaten, they crave not ease or rest.
We need more men like Daniel who boldly stand the test.

We need more men like Daniel whose faith defied the king;
Who knelt and prayed when plans were laid his shameful death to bring.
But God sent down His angel, His all to guard and shield;
We need more men like Daniel whose hearts will never yield. *

“More Men Like Daniel” Neal McAulay/Charles Gabriel © 1922 Homer Rodeheaver


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“No Compromise (Make My Life A Prayer To You)”  Video  Keith Green

“Dare to Be a Daniel!”  Video  Mennonite Hour Men’s Quartet

“Dare To Be A Daniel”  Video  Brian Free

“Dare to be a Daniel” In the course of looking for music I found this full sermon by Alistair Begg  Video Outstanding! We enjoy hearing his sermons on our local Christian radio station. He’s a faithful expositor of Scripture.


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Commercial flowers 7/30/15
Early this morning I (Brooksyne) went for a bike ride on our long road and passed a number of farms (three of them Amish) that grow flowers and vegetables commercially. It was a beautiful sight but unfortunately the sun  only came out at the end of my ride, thus, I have just this one photo of red Celosia. Cramer’s Posie Patch is growing them in red, maroon, yellow and green. Their flowers are cut and loaded onto trucks for delivery to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other major cities.

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”


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“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him'” (Lamentations 3:19-24).

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Faithfulness plaque
When we have guests we often sing a portion of this great old hymn prior to giving thanks for our meal.  This plaque hangs in our dining room (photo above).

Old Faithful (photo by Jim Weischedel)We enjoy hearing about the travels of our friends as well as looking at their travel photos. At times people will us show their photos on a tiny phone screen but other times by using their larger computer monitors which we prefer and of course some still use the old-fashioned method, prints! However we have learned that one of the most pleasant photo sharing devices is a tablet such as an iPad.

Several weeks ago we were visiting with Jim Weischedel who earlier this month, along with his family, went on a trip through several mountain states beginning in Colorado and traveling up to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Jim shared how awesome his visit to “Old Faithful” was (his photo is to the right) and I told him that would be a good illustration for a spiritual message. We discussed what is probably the most famous song on God’s faithfulness, the powerful hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Thomas ChisholmThomas O. Chisholm, who came to faith at age 27, wrote this as a poem in 1923 in consideration of God’s faithfulness over his own lifetime. His health was unstable and he alternated between periods of illness and gainful employment before his retirement and death in 1960. Through the ups and downs he discovered new blessings from God every morning. The text we use today became very precious to him, “His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your Faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

Musician William Runyan set the poem to music, but the hymn was little known for several years. Dr. William Houghton, fourth president of Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, discovered it and often led out in this hymn during chapel. It eventually became the unofficial theme song for the Institute. Later it was greatly popularized around the world by none other than George Beverly Shea and the choirs at Billy Graham Crusades.

As mentioned in Chisholm’s biography his lyrics reference the Bible book of Lamentations 3:22-23. This portion of Holy Scripture was written during the fall of Jerusalem. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, describes the evil acts of mankind in such loathsome detail that the reader walks with him in his despair. In his book of Lamentations Jeremiah vividly portrays the emotions and feelings of those who actually experienced the catastrophe.

Right in the midst of the ruin, as though he were transported into a completely different setting, renewed hope springs up within his heart. Jeremiah looks away from the affliction and ruin and contemplates the infinite mercies of God. His perspective turns from the evil peril that surrounded him to the eternal promises that renewed him.  Isn’t that the perspective we all need?

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
  • In the first stanza he writes of God’s unchanging character and unfailing compassions.
  • In the second stanza he writes of God’s faithfulness in maintaining the order of His universe.
  • In the third stanza he writes of God’s faithfulness in forgiving our sins, providing strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.

Each stanza leads to the great culminating chorus that declares the victorious words of Jeremiah, “Great is Thy faithfulness.”

May we all be transported through prayer and faith from our present difficulty to a peaceful state of mind where we too can confidently and gratefully proclaim this to be our own personal testimony, “Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.”

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, Your order of the universe is ever dependable and precise, never reliant on the will nor power of the humans You created. The morning also brings us word of Your unfailing love, and especially so for those who put their trust in You. We seek to be unwavering in our faith and confident in Your plans for our life as we stand on Your unending promises. Even as we daily experience Your goodness and faithfulness we will be sustained by Your constant presence and guidance in our life since You promise never to leave nor forsake us. We rejoice in Your lovingkindness as we experience Your tender compassions daily. It is because of Your unceasing mercy that we are not consumed, but rather we are saved through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Your faithfulness enables us to rest in Your unfailing love; we are restored by Your forgiveness; we are rescued from our folly; and we are reminded that You will fulfill Your purpose in our lives through Your eternal, enduring love.  Amen.


Brooksyne’s Note:  As noted above Dr. William Houghton, president of Moody Bible Institute from 1934 to 1946 greatly appreciated the hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. I never heard this beautiful song until I learned it in chapel during my Bible College years. The lyrics immediately resonated within my spirit and it wasn’t long before I memorized all three verses. When Houghton died, it was sung at his funeral. Coincidentally, I really haven’t planned anything for my funeral service except for this one thing: I’ve made it known to many, especially my family, that I want that hymn to be sung. It is truly the summarization of my Christian walk with Jesus in life and it will be most present in my death as well.


Neighborly kindness 7/30/15This morning we were again reminded of the blessing of kind neighbors. John stopped by to give us some savoy cabbage and tomatoes (ours are almost ripe). Last night another neighbor gave us a baker’s dozen (13) of fresh Incredible Corn. Just like its name it’s taste is incredible.

John and his wife Joan are also our dog sitters and of course Mollie couldn’t resist bringing John her rings for some tossing fun. Roxie is more interested in the smell of fresh produce in the bucket.

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”  Video   Homecoming Singers

“Faithful One”  Video  Brian Doerksen

Faithful one, so unchanging
Ageless one, you’re my rock of peace
Lord of all I depend on you
I call out to you, again and again
I call out to you, again and again

You are my rock in times of trouble
You lift me up when I fall down
All through the storm
Your love is the anchor
My hope is in You alone.

Live cam video of “Old Faithful”


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“The Key”

July 29, 2015

Ohio windmill (photo by Doris High)
Our friend Doris High took this up close photo of a windmill on an Amish farm in Ohio.
“The Key”


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“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6).

Willis CarrierVery hot, humid weather has hit our area the last several days, typical for this time of summer. Although easily taken for granted, we are blessed with an invention made just over 100 years ago by a man named Willis Haviland Carrier. Carrier earned an engineering degree from Cornell University in 1901 and a year later invented the air conditioner. Initially it was used in printing plants for practical reasons but it didn’t take long for people to recognize that conditioned (cooled and dehumidified) air was comfortable!

Our home is equipped with a Carrier air conditioner, named after its founder. This is the same brand that my dad installed in the sixties when he had a small business in Belton, Missouri.

In the time span of human history air conditioning is a rather modern invention. Very early on mankind learned how to heat dwellings, a necessity in living in the colder climates, but for most of human history there was no means of cooling and dehumidifying a dwelling. To this day many have never had air conditioning in their homes. However, quite honestly, we sure appreciate having it, especially due to the humidity. When we visit with the employees of JK Mechanical, a heating and air conditioning company we serve as chaplains, we are told that people are much more inclined to call for service regarding a problem with their air conditioning than heat!

Willis Carrier solved one of mankind’s most elusive challenges, controlling the indoor environment. As a child, though, he had difficulty grasping the concept of fractions which is foundational in engineering. Realizing his struggles, his mother taught him by cutting whole apples into various-sized fractional pieces. He later said this lesson was the most important one that he ever learned because it taught him the value of intelligent problem-solving.

That prompted me to consider others who attribute a relatively simple childhood lesson as having a lifelong impact. Years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a book I suppose some of you read, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”, chronicling the simple childhood lessons we tend to take for granted that have a lifelong impact. I read the book many years ago and now I wonder how many of our problems are a result of people never learning nor applying these simple lessons we should have learned as children!

Isaiah 33:5,6 Today let us consider a lesson we all need to learn. Some learned it as a child, others have as they have aged. Sadly though, many have still not learned it. It’s in our daily text and is described as “the key to this treasure”. This treasure is the blessed assurance of a “sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.”

The world offers plenty of keys that people use seeking to meet their deepest needs for love, joy and peace, but all in futility, for they go through life using the wrong key.

The verse is a real gem. It’s one of those great treasures found deep in the Old Testament. The “He” in the verse is speaking of the Lord, who is exalted and dwells on high (33:5). Today, some 2,700 years after Isaiah wrote this, our God is still exalted and dwelling on high!  He ever remains, “the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.”

O, how we long to be settled on a firm foundation in these tumultuous times where we can draw from a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge. This is an expression of our deepest need.

The Fear Of The Lord The last clause is vital, but so lost by the majority in this world, and I earnestly feel many in the church as well. “The fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.” The notion of “fearing the Lord” seems archaic to many in our generation.

Jerry Bridges wrote, “There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honor. But somewhere along the way we lost it. Now the idea of fearing God, if thought of at all, seems like a relic from the past.”

It is my observation that the fear of the Lord is underemphasized and in some settings never mentioned.  It seems there is always a struggle for balance in Christian theology. As I study sermons of the past it seems as if the “fear of the Lord” was sometimes preached to the extreme. Hellfire and brimstone sermons seemed to be the recurring theme and at times presented an unhealthy fear of a loving God which brought little peace or needed security to the believer.

However in recent decades the love and grace of God has been the chief theme to the point of completely deemphasizing the proper understanding of the fear of the Lord. But both themes are essential and part of Biblical revelation.

A Study Bible gives this helpful insight to the meaning of the fear of the Lord. “A reverent awe of God’s power, majesty and holiness produces in us a holy fear of transgressing His revealed will; such reverence is essential to gaining a heart of wisdom.  The New Testament indicates that the sincere fear of the Lord in our hearts will be accompanied by the comfort of the Holy Spirit.”

Many years ago I developed a sermon on the need to have a healthy, holy fear of God and I earnestly believe this healthy, holy fear is vitally needed for our generation.  Today let us walk in His love with fear and reverence toward Him for the Bible says, “Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in His ways” (Psalm 128:1). The fear of the Lord is indeed a vital key to understanding life.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, our generation seeks more and more knowledge all the while exercising less and less restraint toward that which grieves Your heart. In our information age knowledge is promoted as the key to success, fulfillment, happiness and financial security and yet we see so many educated people lacking in these areas. While higher education is important, godly wisdom and biblical understanding are the foundational tools by which we accept or reject current philosophies, basic principles, human traditions, and the practices of our day. Your Word helps us to interpret knowledge that is ever changing so that we are careful to build our foundation upon You, the unchanging Solid Rock. Any other foundation will sink when the rain falls, the streams rise, and the assaulting winds blow and beat against that which we have worked so hard to build. We choose to love You and have a healthy, holy fear of going against Your prescribed will for our lives. Amen.


Here is a list from Robert Fulghum’s, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
9. Flush.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”

Our message today and consideration of air conditioning is in part due to the need for some service on our system. We are thankful for those that learn and work hard at the trades such as HVAC service techs. When they are needed the most is often on the hottest days and in our case our attic is very hot! This brings to mind going along with my Dad on service calls in the Kansas City area in the late sixties/early seventies and I especially remember rooftop units on days with temps around 100 degrees!

On another note: We have a young man in another company who had a construction accident Monday and broke both wrists in a fall. He just got married in May so this young couple is experiencing quite a trial. I will be making a visit to his home to encourage him.

Pickles 7/29/15
Canning Pickles:  Jesse Dourte, our 92 year old friend/farmer/preacher, called me last week and told me he had plenty of cucumbers for me. He and 91 year old Wilma continue to grow a large garden which I find amazing. I took him up on his offer and canned about 18 pints of pickles. Half of them are bread and butter and the other half are spicy hot pickles. I just opened a jar and gave Stephen a sample of the spicy pickles but forgot to mention that they were spicy. He took a bite and blurted out, “Wow! They’re hot!” Perfect response as that’s what I was trying to accomplish! The Amish make a pickle in our area called “Kickin’ Pickle” and I think I came close to it with my attempt.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“How Firm A Foundation” Video  Sovereign Grace Music  Congregational voices are dominantin this arrangement with piano accompaniment. Here’s a channel of music like this.

“The Solid Rock”  Video  Sovereign Grace Music

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


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“O The Blood”

July 28, 2015

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (Photo by Georgia)
A view of the Deerfield River from “The Bridge of Flowers” in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. (Photo by my cousin Georgia who, along with her husband Doug, is traveling through New England following our family reunion last week.)

“O The Blood”


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“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood” (Revelation 1:5).

O the blood, crimson love
Price of life’s demand
Shameful sin, placed on Him
The Hope of every man

Blood donation 7/25/15This last Saturday we walked through Mount Joy to view antique cars at a car show along Main Street. While we were in town Brooksyne and I both made a blood donation using the Bloodmobile. We have been blood donors since our college days (perhaps even in high school as I recall). In fact that is one of the things we did together as a young couple dating!

About fifteen years ago I gave a designated blood donation for Andrea Higgins who was a member of our church in New England. A paraplegic, as a result of an automobile accident when she was only a small child, Andrea’s had some special overcoming in life. Over the years she has required numerous surgeries including the two surgeries when I donated blood on her behalf at a Red Cross center in the Boston area. Normally, such as last Saturday, our blood donations are not designated and we have no idea whom we may be helping.  But there’s also something especially rewarding about donating to a specific individual whom we know.

Let us consider another designated blood donation. Jesus did not shed His blood on the cross because of any wrong He had done. When we donate we may face a tiny sacrifice involving a a relatively short amount of time, a small pinch of pain when the needle is inserted and a short period of weakness that follows. We walked out of the bloodmobile none the worse for our donation and continued walking down Main Street to view the cars and visit with friends. Our blood is now replenishing and in about 8 weeks we will be eligible to donate again. It’s not in any way comparable to our Lord’s sacrificial donation which resulted in His death on the Cross.

Savior Son, Holy One
Slain so I can live
See the Lamb, the great I Am
Who takes away my sin

Blood donation 7/25/15The divine Son of God made a special designated donation on our behalf, infinitely greater than anything you or I will ever make. Christ died with His. I made mine as one redeemed sinful human for another, to extend Andrea’s life several years. His was made as the divine, sinless God/man to give us eternal life. Mine will have a finite physical benefit for one person. His has infinite spiritual benefit for the entire human race.

The Precept online Bible commentary states, “A bloodless gospel is an ineffectual gospel. For it is by the spilling of blood that God has chosen to atone for sin (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22). Why did God choose blood for this purpose? Ultimately, we may never know, for the “secret things belong to the LORD our God” (Deuteronomy 29:29). Scripture reveals that the use of blood for atonement is related to its life-giving qualities (Genesis 9:4).”

O what love, no greater love
Grace, how can it be
That in my sin, yes, even then
He shed His blood for me

The prophetic book of Revelation begins with a clear reminder of the Gospel. “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood” (Revelation 1:5). What a blessing to be loved and set free from our sins through the Blood of Christ!

O the blood of Jesus washes me
O the blood of Jesus shed for me
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, it is only through the sacrificial blood of Your Son that my sins are forgiven. My guilty stains are plunged into the bottom of the ocean never to resurface again. All the adjectives in one’s vocabulary cannot adequately describe the depth of my gratitude for such a complete and selfless act of love. Your redeeming blood sacrifice frees us from the penalty of sin in this life and for all eternity. We thank You for Jesus who freely shed His blood on our behalf.  Amen.


Additional notes on Revelation 1:5 from the Precept Online commentary: The “life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). “Life” in this verse is Hebrew נֶפֶשׁ [nep̄eš], the same term which is translated “soul” where Scripture records the once-for-all atonement made by Isaiah’s Suffering Servant: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin” [emphasis added] (Isaiah 53:10). By His blood atonement, Jesus was prophesied to “sprinkle many nations” (Isaiah 52:15), thus fulfilling the many OT types pointing to Him.

It was by blood sacrifice that the first man and woman were covered in response to their sin (Genesis 3:21). It was by blood sacrifice that the first men were to approach God (Genesis 4:4). It was by a blood sacrifice that God established His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15:9-21). It was by blood placed on the door posts and lintel that the Jews were “covered” from the destroyer Who passed over Egypt taking the firstborn of each family (Exodus 12:23). It was by the sprinkling of blood that the Mosaic Law was ratified between God and the Israelites (Exodus 24:8). Ever since the bloodless offering of Cain (Genesis 4:3-5), man has attempted to approach God by some other means than that which God Himself has established. These would try to circumvent the single path which God requires: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ ” (John 14:6)

This necessity of blood offering is offensive to man, and we believe intentionally so. For it is a messy business and continual reminder of man’s lack of righteousness (Romans 3:23) and his desperate need of the “righteousness of God,” a righteousness which is freely given rather than earned (Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9). Yet many prefer to continue in the way of religion rather than relationship, offering up their own puny works in a vain attempt to justify themselves before a perfect and Holy God (Romans 10:3). Religion preserves our pride, whereas relationship requires us to cast it aside.


Nikki Higgins in Boston Marathon 2012So often our messages prompt personal memories and I called this morning to see how Andrea is doing. She and her husband Steve are in Washington DC doing advocacy for the disabled.

I spoke to their daughter Nikki who reported that Andrea is doing well.

Nikki is a runner and here she is several years ago in the Boston Marathon. In speaking to Nikki she recognized my voice and I had the opportunity to encourage her in remaining true to the Lord using a phrase I often use, “Stay Faithful”. She and her twin sister Jackie were teenagers in the church when we lived up that way but I suppose they are now in their thirties.


Mount Joy Car Show

Mount Joy car show 7/25/15
Ester has enjoyed car shows ever since we lived in New England.

Mount Joy car show 7/25/15
A huge car show with cars and trucks lining Main Street on both sides for several long blocks. We enjoyed seeing these beautifully restored vehicles. I believe this truck is called “Creamsicle” and is proudly displaying “Trophy” under it’s windshield wiper.

Mount Joy car show 7/25/15

Mount Joy car show 7/25/15
I didn’t take a close-up photo but there was sure a lot more room under the hood with these older vehicles compared to today’s models.

Mount Joy car show 7/25/15


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“O The Blood”  Video  Gateway Worship (This is the song with lyrics quoted through our message today)j

“The Blood Will Never Lose its Power”  Video   Selah

The Bridge Of Flowers (seen in our lead photo) is one of the lesser known attractions in Massachusetts but we sure enjoyed our visits. Location of Google map.


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Surging brook in Bushkill Falls, PA 7/21/15
Descending rapids on the grounds of Bushkill Falls in the Poconos.

“The Thief In A Tree”


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“And with Him they crucified two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on His left” (Mark 15:27).

Peter and Helen Silumula 7/26/15We heard an interesting testimony in our church yesterday. Pastor Peter Silumula and his wife Helen are visiting the US from India for a conference. He has a Hindu background but came to faith in Christ as a teenager in 1969. After earning two degrees in non-ministry related fields he decided to attend a Bible College to increase his knowledge of the Bible, although he had no intentions of entering the pastoral ministry. Toward the end of his course of studies he was required to preach if he wanted to graduate. He informed the headmaster that he was only there for the Bible knowledge and didn’t see why a preaching assignment was important, but the headmaster insisted the requirement was necessary.

So Peter went into a forest intending to technically fulfill the requirement to preach but certainly not expecting to have any listeners. As he stood under a tree he preached about the thieves on the crosses next to Jesus and even concluded his message with an altar call. As he was finishing his prayer he heard a voice from high up in the trees shout, “Don’t stop”. This of course startled Peter as he looked around wondering if it was a voice from God. A man climbed down from the tree and confessed that he was a thief and murderer. He had been listening to the entire sermon and God had convicted his heart. He told Peter he went into the village at night to do his business but climbed up and hid in the trees during the daytime! Peter prayed with him for salvation. Peter’s first convert!

Today let us consider the two thieves that hung beside Jesus when He offered His life as a sacrifice for the human race.

Even in death, He remembered
The thief hanging by His side
Then he spoke of love and compassion
And He took him to paradise

These two human beings had an absolutely unique vantage point distinct from anyone else who ever lived. One was on a cross at Christ’s right side and another on a cross at His left. They represent the human race and the two responses to God’s act of mercy in redemption. Both were deserving of their punishment.  Both had initially “heaped insults on Him” (Matthew 27:44). Both were dying in their sins. But sometime during that six-hour period of shared agony a wondrous spiritual awakening occurred in one of them.  Luke alone records the brief exchange of words:

“One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: ‘Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!’  But the other criminal rebuked him. ‘Don’t you fear God,’ he said, ‘since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom'” (Luke 23:39-42).

I call to mind a verse in a great hymn that says, “I know not why God’s wondrous grace to me He hath made known; nor why, unworthy, Christ in love redeemed me for His own.” The redeemed thief could very well be singing this song in heaven, for he received an astonishing message of assurance from Christ. “Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise'” (Luke 23:43).

Three men on three crosses;

  • one dying in his sin,
  • one dying with his sins forgiven,
  • and One dying for the sins of the whole human race.

As we understand sin and the fall of the human race, we know that, like the thieves, we are punished justly and are getting what our deeds deserve. But Jesus, who has done nothing wrong, has died in our place. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

Today our Lord continues to respond to the simple expression of faith, “Remember me”. He continues to provide the wonderful gift of His redeeming grace as we earnestly call on His name.  Let us all renew that call today and if you, as a reader, have never done so please call out to Jesus, “remember me”. *

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we see ourselves in the criminals who died on the crosses next to Jesus. We recognize that we were born with a sin problem, some of which we’ve exercised at great length and the potential for further sin is daunting. But You provided a way of escape, a way to unfetter our attraction to sin and lured our hearts instead to that which is holy and righteous. The vilest offender who truly believes in Christ’s salvation is instantly pardoned and assured of eternity in heaven. Thank You for paying in full my debt of sin! How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me! Amen

* Here’s a common prayer that expresses faith in God’s plan of salvation.  It’s often called “The Sinner’s Prayer”. If you have not done so already we urge you to pray this prayer from your heart today. “Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You came to this earth and died on the cross as a substitute for me. I place my faith in You and what You have done for me. I receive You into my life and choose this day to follow and serve You. Thank You for hearing my prayer.”


More photos of our visit to Bushkill Falls

Main Falls at Bushkill Falls, PA 7/21/15
The Main Falls plunge 100 feet.

Forest walkway in Bushkill Falls, PA 7/21/15
A photo of our long hike along the trails at Bushkill Falls. It was almost like a rain forest.

Bridal Veil Falls at Bushkill Falls, PA 7/21/15
Apart from the main falls there are eight other waterfalls that you see as you walk the grounds. This one is called Bridal Veil Falls.

Bridesmaid's Falls at Bushkill Falls, PA 7/21/15
Bride’s Maids Falls


Val-Co 2015 workday orientation meeting 7/23/15
Several of the companies we serve as chaplains have an annual community service day. The entire plant shuts down and the employees are given several community service options such as home repairs for the needy, repairs to a mission or foodbank or visits to a nursing home. They receive their normal pay for the day. Last week we joined Val-Co, one of the companies, for a kickoff meeting for an event to be held this September.


Mark and Carolyn Pulliam 7/24/15
Saturday afternoon our long-time friends, Mark and Carolyn Pulliam, stopped by for a visit and we persuaded them to join us for a salmon dinner. Michael, Stephen’s brother, is still with us from San Francisco as well.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“I Stand Amazed”  Video  Amber Thompson, TaRanda Greene and David Phelps

“I Stand Amazed”  Video  Chris Tomlin

“If That Isn’t Love”  Video  David Phelps

Bushkill Falls website

Peter Silumula ministry website


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Butterfly in Poconos 5/20/15
“Generations Come, Generations Go”
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“One generation passes away, and another generation comes” (Ecclesiastes 1:4). “A time to be born and a time to die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2).

Today’s message will be illustrated a bit personally but it may connect with many as we seek to fulfill the Scriptural command to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (see Hebrews 10:24).

The final night of our family reunion we typically have a meal where the entire family gathers. We share memories, photos of the past, and reconnect with those who live a great distance. We had about 55 this year ranging in age from infancy to the eighties. Our connection is being the grandchildren of George Washington and Nellie May Steincross, who lived in the tiny village of Harwood, Missouri. They passed away in the early seventies but their children (my mother’s generation) were determined to stay connected and thus began the family reunion in 1975, which Brooksyne attended even before we were engaged. She was included in a nice write-up in the small town newspaper, (however the article referred to her as Brookine).

Now all in my mom’s generation have passed on and most of the grandchildren who played together as children on the family farm are now in the senior age bracket. Carrying on the tradition we meet each year usually in the Midwest.

Over the years our number dwindles a bit although we had 11 of the 16 first cousins in attendance early this week. One has passed away and now several are no longer able to make it.

A touching event happened four years ago when our oldest cousin celebrated her 80th birthday. Her children honored her and her oldest son gave a moving tribute. None of us considered that Jeannine, a vibrant, healthy senior, would pass away within months. Her children did well in honoring her when they did. That’s why honor should be constant since we never know what tomorrow holds.

We illustrate by sharing the following message from a longtime friend and reader of daily encouragement who knew of our family reunion. Shortly before we had our final gathering with family on Tuesday evening she emailed us this note:

“Love on your family this week so you leave with memories that are very sweet. I have to bury another brother on Thursday who drowned in the Delaware River on Saturday. He was 41 and leaves a wife and 4 children-ages 17, 16, 12, and 8…. So every visit with family is a precious time.” (Interesting the drowning took place at the point where Brooksyne and I began our kayak trip.)

We shared her words of wisdom at our gathering making our brief time all the more sweet and well worth the investment of our time and resources to make it happen.

Based upon the forty-year generation cycle there have been some 75 generations that have come and gone since King Solomon wrote the words of our daily texts. That is quite obvious and indisputable. In your youth you think you’ll never get old. When you’re middle-aged your foolish youthful theory has been disproved as the clock ticks away. And when you’re in your golden years you especially realize just how fleeting life is.

Reunions are a reminder of how temporary life really is, how fast it passes, and the need to focus on that which really matters. Brooksyne’s and my parents have both gone to be with the Lord so our generation is next. At the death of a parent(s) you stare your own physical mortality head on.

Today I encourage you to examine your roots and your destination. Generations come and generations go.  You have come and you are most certainly going. According to James 4:14 we are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. The vital question for each of us is, “Where am I going and have I properly prepared for my eternal future?”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer:  God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Your mercy endures to all generations. Your truths are timeless and Your provisions are abundant to those who call upon your name. Help us to gratefully declare Your faithfulness to our generation so that generations to follow will also call on the name of the Lord and be saved just as we see in the Scriptures. Generation by generation we proclaim the salvation that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.


Reunion photos

Family walk in Poconos 5/20/15
One of the activities for some of the “older folks” was a 4 mile hike on a beautiful hilly trail along the Delaware River.

Family walk in Poconos 5/20/15
Brooksyne had a participation award for all who finished the hike and we had some very happy campers! For the curious they’re holding up a Stonewave dish used in microwaves which we use all the time.

Ester and friend in Poconos 5/21/15
A number of the younger folks took a float trip on the Delware River. Ester and her friend Nick shared a double kayak. Brooksyne and I also took a kayak trip and the views were stunning, especially through the water gap. (However I didn’t take my camera on the water!)

Steincross family members at Bushkill Falls 5/21/15
A group went to visit Bushkill Falls which required a lot of walking. We saw many beautiful sights that day adding up to the grand total of 20,000 steps (over nine miles of walking). After Richard, Stephen’s cousin several years older than us, said he bikes 71 miles in one stretch we realized we have a long way to go to catch up with his physical fitness!

Steincross family members at Bushkill Falls 5/21/15
A group at the base of Bushkill Falls.

Steincross family members at Shawnee Inn, Poconos 5/21/15
Family members enjoyed fellowship on the veranda in front of the Shawnee Inn.

Steincross "in-laws" at Shawnee Inn, Poconos 5/22/15
Brooksyne with Georgia: cousins-in-law, kindred-in-spirit.

Steincross storyteller at Shawnee Inn, Poconos 5/22/15
We got to talking about baseball and my second cousin, Dub, got a little excited and broke into a dramatic presentation of “Casey at the Bat” baseball poem to the enthralled crowd, including a 20 year old baseball enthusiast who was a greeter at the inn. As Dub began to recite the suspenseful story he said to a family member, “Give me that umbrella” which was sitting on the table. The umbrella became a bat and Dub was off to Strike One. I wish we’d recorded it, as it was an exciting ball game we watched until Casey eventually strike out.

Photo of us at base of Bushkill Falls, Poconos, 5/21/15
Enjoying a moment at Bushkill Falls
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Steincross farm
“The Steincross Farm”
(click on image to enlarge)
The old Steincross farmhouse was built in the 1800’s and my grandpa was born there in 1882. It was in the Steincross family for over 100 years. My aunt and uncle lived there all through my childhood and early adult years. Before my uncle passed away it received the designation, “Centennial Farm”. I have many childhood memories of this farm as well as my grandparent’s small, white frame house in town about a mile away.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Here’s the newspaper article about our first reunion in 1975 referencing Miss Brookine! I sometime wonder after being announced in a big-time paper that she was a “soon to be” family member she felt obligated to marry me!

“What Children Believe”  Video  Gold City  A thought-provoking song.

“The Son Shines Down On Me”  Video  Canton Junction  Just a song reminding us of our blessings!

“Casey at the Bat”  Video  poem read by James Earl Jones


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Note: Due to a family reunion we hosted in the Poconos this week we did not post messages on Monday-Wednesday.

Horses at Haiti Benefit Auction 7/17/15 (Click to enlarge)
Amish and Mennonite horses waiting for owners at Haiti Benefit Auction
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“Will He Find Faith?”


ListenListen to this message on your audio player.”When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Late yesterday afternoon we returned from our annual family reunion held this year in the Poconos about 125 miles northeast of us. This is Stephen’s mom’s side (her children along with her nieces and nephews and their families). The Steincross family is mainly a Midwest family but we were pleased that we had over 50 in attendance with family attending from coast to coast.

One cousin and his wife, who are now retired, are traveling up through New England (a great idea in our view since we lived there 7½ years in the nineties). There’s a lot to see and do in New England and one of our favorites is “Old Sturbridge Village”, a living history museum that depicts life in a rural New England village and the surrounding countryside in the 1830’s. The characters dress in the costume of the period and when you visit, it’s as though you are walking right into an authentic village of that time period. The cobbler is making shoes, men are working at the sawmill, farmers are in their fields, women are baking on the open fire, etc. They are very proficient in describing the manner of life at that time.

Especially interesting to us is the village church where the organist describes the typical service and plays several hymns. We actually attended this church for a service when we visited the Village on Thanksgiving one year and heard an excellent Bible-based and doctrinally sound sermon that was written over 150 years earlier.

Let us consider followers of Christ who lived in that period. We wonder what obstacles to faith they experienced? We can be certain that they faced obstacles, for that has always been the case in one way or another for every generation. But historical evidence indicates that they did not contend with the overall culture of unbelief in that time period that we do today!

The basic moral fabric was strong and in those days it was based on the Bible. The little schoolhouse used the Bible and books like the McGuffy readers to instill spiritual and ethical values in the children. The emphasis was on the objective teaching of the three R’s.  Hard work and family life were the overwhelming norm. We found it very interesting the way in which the destitute were cared for which reflected both compassion and an expectation of personal responsibility.

Evidence of decadence in culture is by no means new. I consider how my generation’s parents and grandparents viewed some of the cultural expressions of the “younger generation” and how their parents did before them. Many were appalled at Elvis Presley’s dance style which was considered vulgar. But can the incremental regression into increasingly depraved expressions of decadence in our age really be denied?

My concern, personally, for my family and for all whom I have the privilege of impacting for Christ is the tendency to become desensitized to this decline into decadence. We get so accustomed to hearing and seeing the decadence that it loses its shock value. If the Bible’s standards are not the daily filter of that which we accept or reject, we eventually become accepting of the world’s value system which might have shocked our natural and spiritual senses years earlier!

Today in our generation a remnant seeks to stay faithful to God.  In the daily text the Lord Jesus asks a probing question. “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” The question presumes a period of time before the Son of Man comes. I suppose the initial hearers would not have imagined that period of time being nearly 2,000 years (up to the time we now live).

But the question clearly asserts that the “Son of Man” (a term used for Jesus in Luke’s gospel) will come. He asks the question: “Will He find faith on the earth?”  The Greek word can also be translated “faithfulness.”

By God’s grace, which is altogether sufficient for our needs, we want to be among those in this generation who keep the faith in spite of the obstacles of unbelief, decadence and materialism that seem to flood our lives. We will even dare to be labeled “old-fashioned” if, by aligning our convictions with the One called the “Ancient of Days”, makes us appear to others to be “behind the times.”  Will you join us in staying faithful?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we look into the book of Daniel and see that the Babylonian society in which he was held captive, from youth through old age, was godless and hostile to those seeking to live in obedience to You. Nevertheless Daniel prayed openly and faithfully to You, never forsaking the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He did not seek to fit into the mindset of his society but was intentional in standing apart from the babylonian gods as a follower of the one true God. Today we have many brothers and sisters who follow Christ; we have the Scripture that teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions; we have living examples throughout Scripture and history of those who courageously remained faithful to the end, and we have the infilling of the Holy Spirit which strengthens us daily in our Christian walk. When the Son of Man comes back to find faithfulness on the earth, may we be among that number. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


Brooksyne’s Note:  We write about the increasing evidence of decadence in our culture today that cannot be denied. One need look no further than Facebook to see those whose interests, quotes, pictures, causes, “likes” and profanity stand in stark contrast to Biblical teaching. We have been especially distressed to observe how many in the younger generations have abandoned the faith and values they were taught and are now proclaiming evil as good and good as evil.

However there are also many who further the cause of Christ as they share Scripture, inspirational quotes, and causes that align with Biblical teaching. We can shine the light of Christ in whatever format the Lord provides for us, whether in the neighborhood, at home or work, and even in cyberspace.

Let us ask you this: When people see your Facebook page or any other expression of your views is there any question as to where you stand?


Tomorrow we will share some photos from our reunion but today we share several photos from our visit last Friday night to the Haiti Benefit Auction in Bird In Hand, PA.Haiti Benefit Auction 7/17/15
These little Mennonite boys were having a fun time hanging on the back of a wagon.

Haiti Benefit Auction 7/17/15
We watched part of the auction, always a very colorful event. Since 100% of the proceeds went to the Haiti Missions many of the items went very high. We also heard a gospel music concert with a male quintet.

Haiti Benefit Auction quilts 7/17/15
Colorful quilts are always a feature in these types of auctions and many of them net top dollar, from $600.00 to well over $1000.00.

Haiti Benefit Auction 7/17/15
We enjoyed a chicken BBQ meal with all the trimmings that was available for a donation of any amount. Most in attendance were in one of our “Plain” groups (Amish, Mennonite, etc.) If you look real close you may see Brooksyne in the photo walking along with my brother Mike. They don’t necessarily blend in with the crowd!

Mike, Greta and Dean 5/18/15
This last weekend we enjoyed our visit with Stephen’s oldest brother Mike (left), along with his daughter Greta and son in law Dean who also went to the reunion along with their children. (They are not midgets, we just have really tall corn this year!)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Courageous”  Video  Casting CrownsOld Sturbridge Village website

Haiti Benefit Auction website

Finally today:

As we were leaving Sunday afternoon for our trip to the Poconos we passed this family who were on their way home from church on Donegal Springs Road as we turned off our road.

Amish family 7/19/15

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