Cliffwalk in Newport, Rhode Island
Cliffwalk in Newport Rhode Island
This is a 3.5 mile walk alongside the ocean with the back view of Newport’s famous gilded mansions on the other side.  (An earthly inspiration of what we might view in heaven minus the mortgage, taxes, and maintenance expense.)

“In It, But Not Of It” (This World Is Not My Home)

Message Summary: Let us rejoice, for this is the day that the Lord has made and let us live our lives with a powerful “I am not of the world” outlook, seeking to honor the Lord in all we say and do!

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“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:11-16).

Newport MansionThis will be our final message featuring our New England trip last week (at least consciously). Last Friday we drove down Bellevue Avenue in Newport Rhode Island, which is famous for the grand mansions or “summer cottages” as they were then known. It is still a very affluent area with new mansions still being built. Over 100 years ago Newport was a famous summer destination for the rich and famous from New York City who spent several weeks there in the summer months.

Society Road in Connecticut They entertained one another, seeking to impress each other with their vast wealth. While on this earth those who owned and occupied these ornate mansions were part of Newport “Society”, the company of the rich and influential. In 1956 “High Society” was a movie featuring Grace Kelly that was filmed on this affluent island. (The “Society Rd” sign to the right was taken along I-95 in Connecticut).

Of course those who occupied these mansions are all now gone. That brief period of incredible wealth is just a mist compared to the unending span of eternity.  Whether one lived as a prince or pauper each met his or her fate with death. Regardless of how much or how little we have of this world’s wealth, “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

I once saw a T-shirt with bold letters in the front proclaiming, “IN IT” and on the back, “NOT OF IT”.  In small print it said in parenthesis, “somewhere in John”. I commented to the young man wearing it that it was an interesting expression. He told me the idea is that the curious reader will look through the Gospel of John to find what it means. As you can see from our daily verse it’s John 17:16.

Although I personally question the evangelistic value of this and many of the other popular “witness” items on the market, I nevertheless appreciate the young man taking a stand and the expression sure has some thought-provoking value for other Christians. It did for me!

We indeed need to keep the truth of the phrase ever before us. In John 17 Jesus prays what many have called His “High Priestly Prayer.” This was just before His trial and His atoning death on the cross. He knew full well that He was not of the world. He prayed to His Father concerning His disciples and declared, “they are not of the world.”

We hardly need to be reminded that we are in the world. It daily barrages our senses in so many ways as we live in the physical, material world. But we do need to regularly proclaim, “I am not of the world.”  We need to remember that “the world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).  The Bible says we are “aliens and strangers in the world” (1 Peter 2:11) and that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).

The world is opposed to God and His ways. You probably won’t have to look around very far to see this. Swearing, mocking God, evil images, destructive teachings and sinful compromises abound. If you don’t see them I would kindly ask if you are using spiritual discernment. Many of you are now also confronted with diversity training programs and the like which is intended to “correct” all those traditional values you were taught. In many of these programs good is called evil and evil is called good (see Isaiah 5:20).

Today, let us rejoice, for this is the day that the Lord has made and let us live our lives with a powerful “I am not of the world” outlook, seeking to honor the Lord in all we say and do!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we know that pursuing friendship with the world puts us at enmity with You. The world which we inhabit is perishable and sin-based, while the heaven we pursue is imperishable and free of sin. Help us, in the daily choices we make, to keep pressing on the upward way, gaining new heights in our Christian walk, as we stretch toward the goal of the prize of the high calling we have in Christ Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.


Some scenes from Newport, Rhode Island

Brooksyne’s Note: When we pastored in Taunton, MA we lived only one hour from Newport. One year I joined the Preservation Society which made it possible for me to tour all the available mansions during that year. My mother, who had the opportunity to visit Newport, before her death in 2001 was always intrigued with mansions so I suppose this heightened my interest in seeing these places of amazing architecture and grandeur. The Cliffwalk is an inspiring place to walk and view the vast, mighty ocean as well as the impressive mansions and their beautiful grounds.

Cliffwalk in Newport, Rhode Island
Another view of the Cliffwalk in Newport

Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island
Ocean Drive in Newport extends from Bellevue Avenue.

Kites in Newport, Rhode Island
A regular sighting is the flying kites along Ocean Drive.

Newport RI Sunset
Another beautiful sunset over Newport (Click on photo for larger size.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“This World Is Not My Home”  Video  Charity Youth Bible School  (Choir style)

“This World Is Not My Home”  Video  Robert Earl Keen (Bluegrass style)

Finally today:

Prospect Diner shirt 6/24/16In the course of our travel between two companies we serve as chaplains we often pass the Prospect Diner near Columbia, PA and have been curious about a special breakfast offer for two eggs, hash browns and toast for .99 (this spring) so we checked it out this morning. It was a bit more than that since spring is over but it was a real good deal!

It’s an old-fashioned diner (breakfast only) with absolutely no pretense. It certainly wouldn’t be the kind of place frequented by the High Society types. But it was very friendly with talkative waitresses who manage to chat with each other and customers during the meal. They greet the locals by name as they walk in. It was sort of like stepping back to what we would imagine it would be like in the fifties. (Photo to the left “This ain’t no stinkin’ country club!” is viewed on the back of the waitress T-shirts which sounds like an expression more from the south than here in Lancaster County.)

Prospect DinerNote: This photo was not taken this morning but this is how the place looks!

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“Making It Moral”

June 23, 2016

New Bedford, MA cobblestone Street 6/18/16
A cobblestone street in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
These serve as constant speed bumps!

“Making It Moral”

Message Summary: Sin and lawlessness are certainly abounding. No question about that. Any news report will have plenty of evidence. But grace is abounding much more. Indeed sin is abounding, but grace is much more abounding.

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“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more” (Romans 5:20).

Necktie There are so many ways people express themselves, their beliefs and their values. Earlier in my ministry I always preached wearing a suit and tie (as was the custom in those days). I still do but I suppose it would be called “conservative” or even old-fashioned dress with the emphasis for most churchgoers these days on being casual. For many years I enjoyed wearing a small lapel pin that had some type of spiritual message on it. For the last 20 or so years I enjoy wearing spiritually-themed ties which often prompt a closer look and comment from those who observe closely.

But now people express themselves with body art, piercings and every imaginable saying on T-shirts, baseball caps, etc.

Last week in Rockport, MA we saw a lady wearing a t-shirt with this message, “We Will Make It Legal”. Looking closer it was an advertisement for a law firm! I suppose what the message is conveying is the cunning lawyer will get you out of trouble by making whatever you did legal. I ask you, is that really legal?

But that got me thinking about a phrase that could very well identify many in our lawless and morally rebellious world. Expressed in the singular it emphatically states, “I Will Make It Moral”.

In our lifetime we consider the human-driven change in what constitutes morality and immorality. Many no longer consider what was once practically universally considered immoral to be moral and the converse is increasingly the once moral position is maligned as being backward, ignorant, intolerant and even hateful. This is what happens when people make up their own moral standards and abandon the timeless standards of God’s Word.

Let us consider a perspective from the Scriptures. The first verse describes conditions during the period of the Judges but such an outlook is certainly not limited to that day. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Now that sounds like a description of our own age!

Our second daily text is a straightforward, easily observed truth. “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” Sin and lawlessness are indeed abounding all around us. Many look for creative ways to justify sin and lawlessness in an effort to make their actions seem moral.

But there is good news in our third text: “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” In the fuller theological sense this describes the redemptive plan of God in reaching down to this lost planet and sending His Son as the Redeemer. Praise God that He should love a sinner such as I, how wonderful is love like this!

But I believe this statement also has relevance to the current condition. Sin and lawlessness are certainly abounding. No question about that. Any news report will have plenty of evidence.

But grace is abounding much more. Indeed sin is abounding, but grace is much more abounding.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe!
You that are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we are so thankful that we can call upon You in this age of lawlessness. Because Your Spirit resides within us we will not be overcome by evil, but we will overcome evil with good. We will also keep the biblical perspective that instructs us, “We ought to obey God rather than man”. May the principles from Scripture inform our thoughts and motivate our hearts to obey You, our loving Savior, by keeping the moral laws detailed in Scripture foremost in our mind, lest we too easily embrace the man-made laws that are an affront to Your prescribed law. Even so, we desire to be Your instrument of mercy and peace to those around us.  In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen. ”


Today we share several photos from downtown New Bedford
and the Whaling Museum.

Kim & Reggie Harris in New Bedford, MA 6/18/16
Kim & Reggie Harris, a very gifted musical and dramatic team, sang songs and dramatized stories about those who were active in protecting the slaves in the underground railroad. It was a free outside concert that was outstanding. The couple are originally from Philadelphia.

New Bedford, MA 6/18/16
These two “about town” ladies walk around the harbor making people feel welcome and give the sense of another time period when New Bedford was an extremely popular and prosperous town during the years of whale hunting.

Seaman's Bethel, Mew Bedford, MA 6/18/16
The Seamen’s Bethel provided spiritual services to sailors. The Bethel was immortalized in Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick as the “Whaleman’s Chapel”, in a scene where a nautically themed sermon is given from a bow-shaped pulpit. Melville wrote “In this same New Bedford there stands a Whaleman’s Chapel, and few are the moody fishermen, shortly bound for the Indian Ocean or Pacific, who fail to make a Sunday visit to the spot.” It was closed for repairs during our visit but about twenty years ago we toured the inside and stood behind that bow-shaped pulpit. Many years ago we shared a daily encouragement about an interesting feature in the Bethel behind the pulpit.

New Bedford Whaling museum 6/18/16
The Whaling Museum has large skeletons of whales hanging from the ceiling!

New Bedford Whaling museum 6/18/16
They don’t look all that large in photos but they are massive.

New Bedford Whaling museum 6/18/16

New Bedford Whaling museum 6/18/16
The whaling museum has a full sized model of a whaling ship.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Grace Will Always Be Greater Than Sin”  Video  The Hoppers

“Except for Grace/Grace That Is Greater Than All Our Sin”  Video   Homecoming Singers

“Grace In Which I Stand”  Video  Keith Green


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“Hear No Evil”

June 22, 2016

Hear No Evil in New Bedford harbor 6/18/16

“Hear No Evil”

Message Summary: “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil.” That’s a great verse to ponder. The specific evil that Habakkuk had in mind is likely different than the evil today but the same principle applies.  Today evil takes on many forms and is as prevalent today as it was in Habakkuk’s time. It certainly is far more accessible due to our technological age.  Evil abounds but I refuse to process that dark thought without following up with the reassuring Scripture, “Where sin abounds grace doth much more abound.” Hallelujah!

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“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13a). Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3). “Keep yourself pure” (1 Timothy 5:22). “All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3).

Seafood meal at the Black Whale, New Bedford, MA 6/18/16Last Saturday we visited New Bedford, Massachusetts which is the largest fishing port in the US in terms of dollar value of catch. Its location is also famous for the Herman Melville novel and movie, “Moby Dick” starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab who led whaling ships from New Bedford and lost his leg in his attempt to capture a great white whale. We enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch at “The Black Whale” right along the harbor overlooking the scallop fleet. There’s just something about eating seafood with an up-close view of the harbor!

As we walked along the harbor we noticed a boat with an interesting name “Hear No Evil”. Brooksyne thought immediately of the three monkeys on a poster with their eyes, ears, and mouth covered. The script over their heads read, “Hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil.” When Stephen saw the fishing vessel’s name, “Hear no evil”, he thought right away of Psalm 23, where the Psalmist wrote, “I will fear no evil.”

Evil abounds no matter where you live, as is evidenced in the world news or it might be right in your own neighborhood. We could cringe in fear or we can take to heart the Scripture from Isaiah 43:1, “Do not fear for I am with you….I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

But actually the message “hear no evil” is packed with meaning. Although we don’t know what motivated the boat owner to name it this way, we can sure think of a good spiritual application.

We must overcome our fear of evil and we most certainly must be careful that we do not engage in evil actions. “O be careful little eyes what you see” is a simple repetitious chorus many of us recall singing in our childhood. In fact many of you could sing the words below even though you may have not heard it for many years. Though written for young children it also has a message appropriate for all ages.

Oh be careful little eyes what you see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love,
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

The song has various similar verses:

Oh be careful little ears  what you hear
Oh be careful little hands what you do
Oh be careful little mouth what you say
Oh be careful little feet where you go
Oh be careful little mind what you think
(you add the next line)

We consider the temptations common to children. It’s a song to tuck away in one’s memory that will continue to influence us in our adult years as we seek to shun evil. The simple chorus considers the daily spiritual cautions we must heed in what we choose to view, to hear, and in how we use our hands in helping others rather than hurting or stealing from them. And it also includes the message of keeping our hearts and minds pure, which guides our actions, both positive and negative as instructed in Proverbs 4:23: “Guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

But now consider the flood of temptations assaulting the eyes, ears and minds of both children and adults. Before the accessibility to smart phones, computers, and many such devices parents were more informed and able to observe their children’s “wanderings”. Remember the days when there was one telephone shared by all in a common place where you knew who your child was talking to and you never had to be concerned about the images being displayed.

Now it’s nearly impossible to know what your child accesses in the privacy of his or her room, school, library, or anywhere due to data and wi-fi. It is vital that parents set up roadblocks and protections as much as possible to prevent a child or youth from accessing or engaging in ungodly behavior. Of course, it is essential to be a role model that quietly but visibly shows, “Do as I do” or as Paul wrote in “Follow my example, even as I follow the example of Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).

Habakkuk is one of the lesser-known Old Testament prophets. In fact he has one of the shortest books with only three chapters. In today’s first verse he makes a timeless observation about the unchangeable God.

“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil.” That’s a great verse to ponder. The specific evil that Habakkuk had in mind is likely different than the evil today but the same principle applies.  Today evil takes on many forms and is as prevalent today as it was in Habakkuk’s time. It certainly is far more accessible due to our technological age.  Evil abounds but I refuse to process that dark thought without following up with the reassuring Scripture, “Where sin abounds grace doth much more abound.” Hallelujah!

If we say that we love God we must dutifully walk in integrity and moral purity.

Jerry Bridges writes, “Our minds are mental greenhouses where unlawful thoughts, once planted, are nurtured and watered before being transplanted into the real world of unlawful actions. These actions are savored in the mind long before they are enjoyed in reality. The thought life, then, is our first line of defense in the battle of self-control.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we ask for clean hands, a pure mind, and a steadfast heart that follows hard after You. Temptation regularly knocks at our door, but with Your Holy Spirit residing within, we have the will and desire to turn it away.  We don’t want even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, or anything considered improper for Your holy people. It is through Christ that we can live a life above reproach that daily seeks to honor You and influence others for Your kingdom. Amen.


Today we share photos from New Bedford Fishing Port and surrounding area.

New Bedford fishing fleet 6/18/16
A small part of the huge New Bedford fishing fleet.

New Bedford harbor bridge 6/18/16
What is an annoying traffic snarl to locals was a scene of interest to us as the turnstile bridge into the inner harbor opened to let a commercial fishing boat through.

Fort Taber, New Bedford, MA 6/18/16
Fort Taber with lighthouse is at the tip of New Bedford.

Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven, MA 6/18/16
Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven at the entrance to New Bedford harbor

Lone tree, Fairhaven, MA 6/18/16
A lone tree with a nice ocean view.

Sconicutt Neck Farmall tractor, MA 6/18/16
We are accustomed to seeeing lots of tilled farmland here in Lancaster County but you hardly see any in southeast Massachusetts. However there is still a working farm on Sconicutt Neck, MA. See here (google map) Something about a bright red tractor makes me smile wherever I am, even when it is undergoing some mechanical repair!

Black Whale chair, New Bedford, MA 6/18/16
Although we ate plenty during our trip (and put on a few pounds) it appears we have shrunk based on this chair! Ester persuaded us to climb into the big chair which was a bit of a challenge. But digging ourselves out of the deep sloping seat was an even bigger challenge. Next time we’ll just settle for a chair sized for people instead of a chair sized for whales.

More long-time friends

Rick and Liz Masciantonio 6/18/16
Rick and Liz Masciantonio
We see Rick almost every year at a conference he attends down this way but haven’t seen Liz in many years. We caught up with family news as we enjoyed a nice meal at their house in Rochester. Their three grown sons joined them for Father’s Day.

Sarah Reid 6/18/16
Sarah was about 13 years old when we moved to Taunton, MA in 1993. She often babysat Ester who was 4 years old at the time, so it was fun to catch up with her as we enjoyed ice cream sundaes at Newport Creamery. Sarah continues to provide child care as a full-time nanny.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“O Be Careful Little Eyes What You See”  Video   Cedarmont Kids

“Slow Fade”  Video  Casting Crowns  A powerful song which actually incorporates the words “O Be Careful Little Eyes What You See”

“Guard Your Heart” Video  Steve Green  Also begins with “O Be Careful Little Eyes What You See”

* New Bedford fishing port

Finally today:

Stunning cloud 6/21/16

Cloud with the silver lining: As I, Brooksyne, was walking toward my neighbor’s house last evening a dark cloud with a brilliant lining caught my attention. Before leaving the house I had just had talked on the phone with two different parties who were undergoing great trial. My heart was heavy for them until I saw the cloud with the silver lining. It reminded me that the sun is always shining even though obscured by the cloud covering, but it will eventually break through the darkness. Our job when undergoing trial is to look for the silver lining amidst dark circumstances. If we’re looking for God’s presence and His blessings in the midst of a trial we will find them. Before the trial we likely overlooked and underestimated the many ways He guides, protects, and upholds us with His righteous right hand. I dedicate the photo above to any who are going through a dark cloud at the present time.

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Split rail fence view on Sachuest Point, Rhode Island 6/17/16
It was a beautiful evening last Friday as these wispy wildflowers yielded to the quiet and invisible breeze that blew along the shoreline at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, near Newport Rhode Island.

“Forever God Is Faithful!”

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Message Summary: A.W. Tozer states, “Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness. Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored. Only as we have complete assurance that He is faithful may we live in peace and look forward with assurance to the life to come.”

“You, O LORD, reign forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation” (Lamentations 5:19). “Blessed is He whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord His God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the Lord, who remains faithful forever” (Psalm 146:5,6).

Sunset from Sachuest Point, Rhode Island 6/17/16
From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God we will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

This past Friday evening we visited Newport RI where Ester attended a wedding that prompted our trip to New England where we lived from 1993-2001. Leaving the packed bustle of Newport (we had enough just getting through the traffic to get her to the wedding), we drove over to the relative quiet of the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge where we walked around the point starting on the east side. We viewed this very distant sunset over Newport as we were preparing to leave.

Anytime we are near the ocean I try to get a sunrise or sunset photo. I recall a teaching from Hope Winchoba, a very wise and godly lady who grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, who is now with the Lord. She pointed out that a sunset photo over a large mass of water is best when it includes landscape in the distance for context. The distant shore in our photo is Newport and the world famous 3.5 mile Cliff Walk, another walk we both enjoy, but due to the congestion we didn’t walk it this trip. It combines the beauty of the Newport shoreline with the architectural history of Newport’s gilded age.

The sunset photo reminds us of one of our most poignant sunset memories with Hope and her husband John over 20 years ago when we watched the sunset off Menemsha Harbor on the western side of Martha’s Vineyard. We’ll share that memory in a footnote.

Purposefully observing sunrise and sunset should prompt a powerful perspective of God’s faithfulness. Since creation the sun has reliably risen and predictably set every day.

We are not of this world. We foundationally belong to another Kingdom. As God’s children we are part of a dynasty that will last forever. Jeremiah proclaimed in our first daily verse: “You, O Lord, reign forever.”  He made this proclamation during a time of social and spiritual chaos, as Judah’s captivity to Babylon was imminent. In fact Lamentations was written during one of the most despairing times imaginable. Looking at the conditions in our country can bring despair if we focus solely on our earthly existence. I sometimes wonder, with the increase of terror, immorality, and godlessness, if this is what the beginning of judgment looks like as we are beginning to reap the consequences of man’s rebellion against God’s laws.

In the natural it didn’t look like the throne of David had any chance at all, but God gave Jeremiah spiritual eyes to look beyond the chaos of the present life to the eternal future where God’s throne endures from generation to generation. Through the eternal reign of Christ this has been fulfilled. Now over 2,600 years later (since Jeremiah lived) we joyfully acclaim in song, “Forever God is Faithful” and we will be making this joyful proclamation throughout all eternity.

Our second daily verse points to the source of our help and the scope of our hope; the Maker of all who is the Lord and who remains faithful forever. When we, as believers, faithfully read the Word it becomes much more than just a record of history or teachings to be read once and then stored on a shelf.  No, the Scripture dwells within our hearts and is expressed through us in our day to day activities, in our thought life, in our outlook on earth and preparation for the life after death. We establish our confidence in the God of Hope and we find help in our hour of need; we learn to trust instead of cowering in fear.

A.W. Tozer states, “Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness. Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored. Only as we have complete assurance that He is faithful may we live in peace and look forward with assurance to the life to come.”

In John’s vision recorded in the book of Revelation, we read: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever” (11:15).

Keep that perspective before you today! Regardless of what earthbound obstacle seems to be blocking your spiritual view, remember this biblical truth today, “Forever God is faithful!” It will renew your hope, brighten your countenance, and steady your Christian walk as the promises from Scripture help to diffuse the temporal obstacles associated with our mortal life.

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever and ever, forever

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Eternal Father, everything we see or touch with our hands has a shelf life and eventually wears out or is destroyed. Our family members and the people we hold dear to our hearts in time also depart from our lives. But when we contemplate thoughts of eternity we are filled with inexhaustible praise as we consider that You, O Lord, reign forever. Of your kingdom there will be no end. We’ll gather with our dear brothers and sisters from all over the world, from every tribe, tongue and nation to exalt the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. There will no longer be the separation due to distance, combat, culture, or language but we will be one mighty chorus singing heavenly praises to our faithful Father whose divine kingdom has no end. At that appointed hour, upon seeing You face to face, we will declare together with all the saints and heavenly hosts, “Forever You are faithful!” In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Today we share photos from Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, near Newport Rhode Island

Flowers on Sachuest Point, Rhode Island 6/17/16
Beach plum bushes add beauty along the shore line. The plums make excellent jam!

Lone tree on Sachuest Point, Rhode Island 6/17/16
This tree is a symbol of perseverance and standing alone!

Ocean view on Sachuest Point, Rhode Island 6/17/16
Nothing quite compares to the churning waters washing upon the rocks and boulders near the shoreline.

Ocean view on Sachuest Point, Rhode Island 6/17/16
A rocky point on Sachuest Point

More long-time friends

Veda Shibilo 6/17/16
“Render honor to whom honor is due”
In the course of over 40 years of ministry we have met many fine people. But near the top of those we esteem greatly would be Bill and Veda Shibilo, who were a part of the church we served in the nineties in Massachusetts. Bill passed away the last year we were there and Veda has carried on now for nearly 16 years. She served as my secretary following her career in the medical field. Veda became active in local church ministry as a young girl and has served that church in a variety of ways all her life. Ester was especially excited about seeing her since she stayed at their house a number of times when we were out of town and dearly loves her and has such fond memories of Bill.

Veda Shibilo 6/17/16
Veda received the royal treatment at the wedding being transported in a golf cart. Her son Greg has the big smile in the foreground.

Higgins twins 6/17/16
Jackie, the bride on the (L), Ester (C), and Nicki Higgins (R) in a Facebook pose. The twins have stayed close to Ester in spite of our move over 15 years ago. The Higgins family often participated in reenactments of the Revolutionary War as the girls were growing up, so it was rather natural for Jackie to pick Fort Adams in Newport for her wedding, a place where they reenacted often, and she especially enjoyed.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Forever”  Video  Chris Tomlin

“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”  Video  Matt Redman

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is here (google map)

Our sunset memory from Menemsha Harbor: A prime location for a westward ocean sunset photo on the east coast is Menemsha Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard (google map) where we experienced a most memorable sunset about 20 years ago. We stayed with John and Hope Winchoba who were members of the church we served, along with Rachel, Hope’s sister, who had a small cottage on the island. (All three are now with the Lord.)

As sunset approached visitors and residents went down to the westward facing beach and arranged their beach chairs in a long single line on the sand. We also took our seats, each wanting to take in the beauty of a sunset on the northwest side of the island. Quietly enthralled with the natural beauty of the glowing sunset it would seem that viewers were nearly in a trance.

But then as the sun disappeared over the ocean, with no warning, the islanders who had been so quiet suddenly erupted in loud applause with everyone standing to their feet. One by one the viewers echoed, “Encore! Encore!” (We didn’t get one.) It was an astounding sight and memorable experience. Most were clapping for the sheer beauty they witnessed, but for my family and friends, it was another opportunity to praise the Lord. We were among those “who dwell in the ends of the earth stand(ing) in awe of Your (God’s) signs.”

“You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.” That sure is an interesting way to view a dawn and a sunset; shouting for joy. Wherever you live, even to the ends of the earth, remember this verse when the sun rises and when the sun sets and join in praise to the indescribable God of the universe! Truly, “From the rising of the sun to its setting the Name of the Lord is to be praised!”

Here are selections of Menemsha Harbor sunsets. We recall that Hope believed it was the most beautiful sunset in the world!

Finally today:
Due to our westward facing orientation we are accustomed to beautiful sunsets but never weary of them, often stopping whatever we are doing to watch it together. Last night we were apart but each still took a sunset photo:

Amish Harvest Sunset, Lancaster County PA 6/18/16
Last night’s sun was setting as our Amish neighbor baled rectangular hay bales. I (Brooksyne) was riding my bike up the road and caught this photo. I wish it was brighter since the children on the hay wagon would be more visible, but it was a beautiful sight, as the sun was setting behind the silos.

Sunset, Lancaster County PA 6/18/16
Last night’s sunset from our front lawn from Stephen’s view.


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Bug light Plimouth Bay 6/17/16
Buglight Lighthouse off Plimouth Bay
(Notice the solar panels)

“The Helper Of The Fatherless”

Message Summary: Children and young people, such as the young man we just wrote about, need godly men to model what a real man of God is, including those who might feel there’s little they can now do for the kingdom due to their feeble age. The Bible tells us that God is “the helper of the fatherless” and His Word makes it clear that this is a burden we are to undertake as His human messengers.  What can you do today or this week to make a difference in one who who might be “fatherless”?

ListenListen to this message on your audio player.

“You are the helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:14).

Yesterday we honored fathers on “Father’s Day”. Early yesterday morning in Seekonk, MA, where we were staying I filled up with gas in our van before our long trip back to Pennsylvania. I greeted and thanked the bulk delivery tank truck driver who was leaving after filling the large bulk tanks at the station. I suppose they don’t get thanked much but theirs is a dangerous job. He was sure friendly and we engaged in a brief conversation about his two daughters, so I told him when he saw them later to tell the girls, “I met a preacher this morning who suggested you consider the Fifth Commandment that says ‘Honor your father'”! Based upon his receptivity to our conversation I am sure he did just that and perhaps his family had an opportunity to consider a foundation verse about family relationships in the Holy Scriptures.

When we pastored we had an annual banquet for men and boys along with a theme such as hunting, fishing, sports. We chose not to call it “Father/Son” so as not to limit those who do not have sons or perhaps more importantly so as not to exclude boys who have no relationship to their father. I recall taking a boy to a function like this when we lived in New England. His father was in prison. That was some 20 years ago and I am heartened to hear that he is still connected to the church.

We also encourage men to consider the “fatherless” around us.

Biblical fatherlessness was most often the result of the death of the father. Today we see an abundance of fatherlessness for a variety of reasons, most related to the abandonment of God’s design for marriage, “A man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave unto his wife” (Genesis 2:24, affirmed explicitly by Jesus in Matthew 19:5).

However many men have essentially abandoned their children, others have children from numerous women and thus are unable, unwilling or in many cases don’t know how to go about providing a good role model. Jim is a friend who worked many years with prisoners in New Jersey. He told me about the men bragging about their “baby mamas”, that is, women who bore their children. They actually bragged about how many children they had by women they never married and in many cases they were children whom they never met. Jim recalls one stating he had 19 children born from 19 different women. Still others have sold out to the ways of this world. Whatever the reason, millions of children in America are essentially fatherless and as mentioned in Friday’s message many children have no concept of a father or a concept that is far from God’s design.

We heard a true story over the radio on our way home yesterday about a young man whose family had abandoned him. He lived a reckless life, feeling unloved and unwanted. One day while riding his cycle he was hit by a vehicle, critically injured and admitted to the hospital. It looked like his life was only going to get worse, if he did survive, but during his recovery one day an 86 year old preacher, carrying his Bible, stepped into his hospital room and said, “I know just what you need. You need Jesus.” He proceeded to share Scripture with him and the young man gave his heart to Christ. He now plays the drums with a southern gospel quartet as he travels around the country, no longer a rebel living a reckless life, but with the lofty goal of reaching people for Christ.

Children and young people need godly men to model what a real man of God is, including those who might feel there’s little they can now do for the kingdom due to their feeble age. The Bible tells us that God is “the helper of the fatherless” and His Word makes it clear that this is a burden we are to undertake as His human messengers.  What can you do today or this week to make a difference in one who might be “fatherless”?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for the many fathers who have led their families in honoring You and living for You. They’ve sacrificed, worked hard, and provided for the needs and wants of their children. How blessed we are when we have the love and role model of both mom and dad in a day when a majority of households are managed by just one parent. There are certain duties most naturally fulfilled by the father and other duties naturally fulfilled by the mother. When this is impossible due to an early death, divorce or other unfortunate circumstances we thank You for the blended family where a “step” parent can fulfill as best as possible the role of the original parent. No matter the fabric of our family it takes much prayer, dedication, obedience to Scripture and daily endurance to fulfill our biblical role as a loving godly parent. Help us in our weaknesses and be praised in our strengths. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


“Home Sweet Home” – Late yesterday afternoon we returned home from our weeklong trip to New England. As we turned onto Kraybill Church Rd we observed the cornfields had grown alot. And when we turned into our driveway and saw the house standing, the yard a vibrant green, and the flowers showing off brilliant colors in our flower pots, we thanked the Lord that He kept our home safe. When the dogs came out to excitedly greet us it made the words “Home Sweet Home” more than just an expression. It’s always a blessing to have a safe trip with 1376 miles and find all is well upon our return. (Our good neighbors, John and Joan, take care of our dogs while we travel and our other neighbors, Doug and Marion, look after our home and generously water our many flowers. That too is such a blessing when we can help each other out when one is out of town.)

Throughout this week we will share more photos from our New England trip including a number of long-time friends we saw.

Today we share photos of a whale watch trip we took out of Plimouth Harbor.

Whale watch 6/17/16
We departed on a Captain John boat with many others including a class trip with lots of rambunctious young people.

Mayflower replica in Plimouth Harbor 6/17/16
Leaving Plimouth Harbor we passed the Mayflower replica before our long trip out to Stellwagen Bank off Cape Cod where the whales were congregating.

Whale watch 6/17/16
Sometimes they got real close such as this one.

Whale watch 6/17/16
“Tail up” is a valued sight we learned!

Whale watch 6/17/16
This is cropped from a more distant shot. We didn’t see any doing the all out of the water jumps such as this one but our tour guide said we saw more than most (although, who knows,  they may say that every trip!) We saw several mother whales with their calves and learned that they drink some 80 gallons of milk each day and gain 100 pounds daily! We had a lot of great food while we were away (seafood especially) and regrettably put on some pounds but if anyone is curious not as much as a baby whale!

Whale watch 6/17/16
A nice parting shot

More friends along the way

Andy and Joann Larrimore 6/17/16
Andy and Joanne Larrimore are friends from the church we served in New England. Andy set up the very first dailyencouragement.net website in 1999. Prior to that the ministry had merely been a a manually administrated email list.

Steve and Andrea Higgins 6/17/16
Steve and Andrea Higgins have two identical twin daughters Jackie and Nicole. We went to New England so Ester could attend their daughter Jackie’s wedding. (We just noticed Ester is photobombing in the background as we get this ready to email.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“I Want To Be That Man”  Video  Brian Free and Assurance  A tribute to his dad. Men especially listen to this song!

We recommend today’s message from Focus on the Family. Pastor and former NFL player Ed Tandy McGlasson offers advice on finding healing from the emotional and psychological wounds you may have suffered as a child from your father.  (Part 1 of 2)


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Praying man Father, we are given a tremendous trust when You permit us to raise a child.  What begins as a privilege and blessing can also turn into a challenge or desperate situation.  No circumstance is too difficult for You. Your arm is not too weak to save, nor Your ear too deaf to hear our heart’s cry. We pray for our children as they seek to overcome life’s difficulties and battle the enemy’s schemes.  Help us to properly provide for their physical and spiritual needs as they journey into adulthood.  We pray especially for fathers, that they will take their rightful place as head of their homes; tenderly leading their children in the ways of the Lord by example and instruction according to Your holy book. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

 

This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.

“A Father’s Heart”

June 17, 2016

Ring-tailed Lemur 6/15/16 (Boston Zoo)
Ring-tailed Lemur with clinging babies at Boston Zoo
(Notice Mom is clinging to her supper – can’t imagine lettuce providing enough protein/strength for this mom carting her active load of young ‘uns)

 

“A Father’s Heart”

Message Summary: Dads, Moms, and Grandparents, let us follow the example of Jairus. Critical problems demand a serious response. Let’s boldly stand up, persevere, and fight the good fight of faith for our children and grandchildren as they battle the evil one in this present evil age. We can make a difference as we regularly pray, lead by example, and faithfully instruct our young in the ways of the Lord!

Note: Due to travel we are not podcasting this week.

“Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with Him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying” (Luke 8:41,42).

This week we have followed the news of the little two year old boy who was snatched by an alligator in Florida and can only imagine the heart-wrenching anguish of his parents. By all accounts it was just a mysterious, tragic accident although I suppose a lot of families will learn not to let their little ones even play near the water which is a good idea anyway.

What a blessing it is to know a father’s love. This coming Sunday is “Father’s Day”, a day set aside here in America (along with Mother’s Day in May) to honor our parents. Both days recognize the value of the 5th Commandment, “Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother.” My father (Stephen’s) died in 1998 and Brooksyne’s in 2000 but recollections of their love abound in our bank of memories.

We recently had a meeting with a family-owned business in which the second generation is beginning to pass the mantle of leadership to the third generation. How heartening to see the cooperative spirit among fathers and sons. One father expressed a heart-felt desire to see the sons continue to operate the company with Christian values.

Many reading this have a knowledge and experience of their earthly father’s love but certainly not all do. Tragically, as a result of rampant sinfulness and sexual anarchy, a large and growing number of children do not even have the concept of what a father is. This most certainly is having dire consequences and these consequences will grow exponentially as we depart further and further from God’s design for marrriage and the family.

Yet through the redemptive work of Christ we can all have a deep assurance of our Heavenly Father’s love!

Jairus is one of my favorite dads mentioned in the Bible. Although he had a leadership position in the synagogue his role as a father took prominence in the brief story written about him in Scripture. Jairus demonstrates three qualities needed today by all godly fathers:

Jairus at feet of Jesus1) Love.We aren’t told if Jairus had any sons, but Scripture indicates that he had only one daughter. She was twelve years old, and tragically, she was dying. During the long course of our ministry we’ve seen the anguish of loving parents whose child is critically ill or whose debilitating disease is beyond the skill of the medical profession to help. We had our own share of agonizing distress when Ester, as an infant and child, experienced complications during her heart surgeries or endured long, grueling recoveries as a child and as an adult (of course, like any loving parents, she’ll always be our little girl no matter her age).

2) Desperation. Help was desperately needed and Jairus, likely overcoming pride, prejudice, and panic, (especially as a synagogue ruler) very publicly approached Jesus for help. He went to the right Person. He came to the Master and “fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with Him to come to his house.”

The same desperation observed in Jairus pleading with Jesus, on behalf of his daughter, needs to be demonstrated by caring fathers today. His daughter was dying physically and Jairus needed Christ to intervene. Today our children face a spiritual onslaught from the enemy of our soul whom Jesus warns, “comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” We desperately need Christ to intercede for the hearts of our children. Our world is sick and dying. Sin and wickedness seems to know no bounds. Our children are at the edge of a slippery precipice. They’re flooded with appeals to “Jump!”  The loving father (and mother) must stand in the gap.

Women with issue of blood3) Faith.It took faith to approach Jesus and faith to hold on. They were delayed when the woman who had bled for twelve years touched the hem of the Master’s garment. Surely this delay was very annoying to Jairus. He probably muttered, “Come on, come on, can’t you go any faster!” (in Aramaic of course).

It was at this point that Jairus received word that his daughter had died and was told, “Don’t bother the teacher anymore” (v.49).

But Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed” (v. 50).

Daughter of JairusThey indeed went to Jairus’s home, a great miracle was performed, and the account ends with her parents being astonished. I’ve often wondered whatever happened concerning Bible characters like Jairus, his wife and daughter. Were they a part of the early church?

Dads, Moms, and Grandparents, let us follow the example of Jairus. Critical problems demand a serious response. Let’s boldly stand up, persevere, and fight the good fight of faith for our children and grandchildren as they battle the evil one in this present evil age. We can make a difference as we regularly pray, lead by example, and faithfully instruct our young in the ways of the Lord!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we are given a tremendous trust when You permit us to raise a child.  What begins as a privilege and blessing can also turn into a challenge or desperate situation.  No circumstance is too difficult for You. Your arm is not too weak to save, nor Your ear too deaf to hear our heart’s cry. We pray for our children as they seek to overcome life’s difficulties and battle the enemy’s schemes.  Help us to properly provide for their physical and spiritual needs as they journey into adulthood.  We pray especially for fathers, that they will take their rightful place as head of their homes; tenderly leading their children in the ways of the Lord by example and instruction according to Your holy book. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Several more photos from our activities while visiting New England

Wednesday evening we took the train into Boston to see the Boston Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. This is the first time we have been to a Red Sox game since 2000 and it was very special to Ester.

Yawkey Way  6/15/16
Fenway Park in Boston is located right in the city (google view) and built long before parking was a consideration. Thus it is surrounded by city streets like Yawkey Way which are buzzing before a game.

Fenway Park 6/15/16
Our seats overlooked the field on the third base side with a view of the city skyline.
The Red Sox won the game 6-4!

Fenway Park 6/15/16

Fenway farms 6/15/16
A thriving garden on a roof at Fenway Park!

Ester at Boston Marathon finish line 6/15/16
We walked back through the city after the game to catch our subway. Ester points to the Boston Marathon finish line where we have watched runners cross over in past years. We saw no memorial from the Islamic terrorist bombing several years ago which took place at this very spot which certainly adds a major element of sadness to our recollections of this finish line. Ester voluntarily prayed for those were hurt in that bombing that they would find strength from God to deal with their permanent and life-changing injuries.

More long-time friends!

Marita 6/16/16
Sister Marita

Ester and Marita at Shaws 1998
Marita (Grandma to Ester) was a school teacher for 27 years but was unsatisfied about her spiritual life. She had many questions and sought answers, finally she became a born-again Christian which took her on a new, more fulfilling path with Christ. She worked in the nursery in our church and became a “grandma” to Ester. Her health and memory has seriously declined over the past 15 years after we left Taunton. We weren’t sure she’d know us, but when we walked into the room where she sat, she immediately spoke out each of our names and had a beautiful smile. We had a great visit with her. The administrator greeted us personally, and brought us coffee and cookies. Since Marita has no family or children it is a treat for her to have visitors and he gave us royal treatment.

Marcia Barber 6/16/16
We had lunch at New Weir Pizza, our favorite pizza restaurant when we lived in Taunton, and ordered our usual: feta cheese, black olives & linguica. We really miss eating linguica, a Portuguese sausage, extremely popular in Taunton/Fall River where many Portuguese live. Posing with Brooksyne is Marcia Barber, a dedicated worker in the church we pastored. She led youth, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and about anything else that was needed and continues to be very active in the church. Her husband, Tony, died this year after a massive heart attack. Tony came to Lord a few years after we pastored in Taunton and Marcia pointed out that his death came on 3-16 (March 3, 2016) and is easily remembered because it coincides with one of his favorite verses, John 3:16.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Family Prayer Song”  Video


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