Pat with baby 1/22/17
A baby gets a hug from Pastor Weber!

“An Asset To God’s Kingdom”

Message summary: “You’re an asset to the planet.” Well, that got me to thinking in a Biblical sense about people who are an asset to the planet. Of much greater importance, and Biblically speaking, they’re an asset to the Kingdom of God.ListenListen to this message on your audio player.

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9).

Yesterday we joined my older brother Pat and his family at a church service in the Lehigh Valley about 100 miles northeast of us. Pat retired from full-time ministry last year but remains active in his church and in the Lord’s service.

Following the service he warmly greeted the people as they departed (one of my favorite “duties” from my pastoral years). When this little guy came through the line Pat asked for a hug and he got a good one! It was such a warm, enduring hug from the young child that Brooksyne dug out her phone and captured the moment on camera. (Unintentionally I photo bombed the picture but even I was captured by the affectionate hug offered by the child and my brother.)

Pat committed his life to Christ in the late sixties while serving in the Air Force in Europe. When he returned to the states he entered ministerial training and has served in local churches for over 40 years. He influenced me in my teen years to become a believer and, after doing so, I ended up at the same Bible College where Pat received his training.

Years ago I received an interesting commendation from someone who holds a political, religious, and ideological outlook very different than my own. Nevertheless he expressed genuine appreciation toward the modest contribution I make in my sphere of influence proclaiming. “You’re an asset to the planet”. Well, that got me to thinking in a Biblical sense about people who are an asset to the planet. Of much greater importance, and Biblically speaking, they’re an asset to the Kingdom of God.

Sister Howard Consider those who have made a significant impact in your life. If we were able to do a survey of all who read this message we would probably have some common names, those who are better known who may have a national and even an international ministry. But most would be unknown outside of a relatively tiny sphere of impact such as godly parents and grandparents, pastors, Sunday School teachers and many others, including those who witnessed to you, either in words or in their actions, even when you refused to listen. The photo to the right shows Stephen with “Sister Howard” his first pastor’s wife. He paid her a visit following her husband’s death.

I recall a challenge from my years of ministry training, “Do something big for God” which is a great aspiration. But doing something big for God is often a series of small, seeming insignificant attempts to be an asset to the Kingdom. Most of us are just not in a place today that we can do something really big for God, but we can all seek ways to let our light shine to a darkened world around us in the small things. And it is the accumulation of all those small things wherein the church makes an impact. Let us, with great intention, listen to God’s promptings and obey His voice!

Many years ago when I was young I received this bit of wisdom from an older person: “The older I get, the more I realize that it is in the small moments that we can affect others’ lives forever. I am discovering that brightening a single moment in even one person’s life in a day is important to Christ.”

Little boy's offering The little boy in the daily verse offered what appeared to be insignificant and inconsequential in light of the great need (the feeding of the multitude).  The disciples rightly observed, “but how far will they go among so many?” That’s so often the way we humans tend to assess situations with our finite thinking and narrow mindset.  But just as God has the amazing power to take the meager offering of a little boy and make a huge difference He can do the same for us when we offer our all, though we might consider it of little value to others or even to God, but we see over and over in the Bible that’s how He works. We see God bring about the miraculous incarnation of Jesus through the humble willingness of a lowly maiden and a simple carpenter. In themselves they had nothing to offer, but in their humble submission and willingness to be used of God, their story will be forever repeated throughout every generation and serves as an example to us.

Consider the Apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). Let us be humble in ourselves, but let us be boastful in the things of the Lord.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, our little becomes great as You show us how to do good works in Your name. We choose not to be crippled by our limited abilities, wisdom, or lack of creativity. We don’t give to others according to that which we don’t have, but we give to others from the abundance You pour into our lives. May it overflow into those around us as we seek to be a blessing. Direct our footsteps according to Your Word as You give us opportunity for divine encounters this day as we reach out to others in the name of Christ Jesus, for it is in His name that we pray. Amen.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Little Is Much”  Video  Larry Ford and Homecoming Singers”When It’s All Been Said And Done”  Video  Robin Mark

Ester 9/22/89

Brooksyne’s Note: I was reading our Lancaster newspaper online this morning and came across this heart-stirring story about little Cliffy who finally goes home from the Hershey Medical Center after three years – his first time to sleep at home since his birth. In response to our lesson today about the small but significant differences we can make in one’s life I consider the medical staff and hospital volunteers that poured themselves, physically, emotionally and intellectually in Cliffy who was born premature with a severe lung problem. Tears welled in my eyes as his story brought back memories from 27 years ago when Ester, at three months of age, was admitted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, nearly 4 hours from where we lived at the time. She remained there for almost four months recovering from two open heart surgeries and a heart infection. The nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel as well as the many volunteers at the hospital and Ronald McDonald House was a silver lining in the dark cloud that hunger over us for that very long period. I asked a pastor’s family from a local church there in Danville to simply come in and hold her when they could work in the time from their schedule. Four of the family members regularly did so which was such a comfort for me when I was unable to be there. September 22, 1989 was just about the most exciting day of my life when Ester was finally released from the hospital. Pictured with us on this day is Judy Stager, the volunteer who tirelessly labored to bring children from Guatemala and other countries who needed medical care, arranging for their transportation and working with the doctors and hospitals to treat the children. Healing the Children was a tremendous humanitarian program from which we cared for five children. We thank God that one was available for adoption – our precious Ester!

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“Jesus Cares For Me”

January 19, 2017

Lancaster farm stand 1/18/17
Lancaster County Farmstand
Though it’s winter Brooksyne purchased some brussel sprouts and squash at this produce stand yesterday in rural Lancaster County.

“Jesus Cares For Me”

Note: Today’s intro background is a bit long. If you must, the heart of the message begins at the image of the I Peter 5:7 plaque.

Message summary: What a tremendous blessing and relief that our Lord really cares!

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“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Jesus cares for me
It seems too good to be
All my worries and doubts released
Jesus cares for me

What would a church service look like during the New Testament age? Certainly, all who have a commitment to Scripture should want want to be like the New Testament church. That was our desire in 1977 when, newly married and fresh out of Bible College, we planted a church in Northern Pennsylvania.

A few years ago we saw a church near York, Pennsylvania with this message below the name of their church, “Worship – the way God Intended”, which struck us as having a whole lot of chutzpah. It seemed to us they were implying that other churches and forms of worship were not as God intended, but theirs was!

Several times we have attended a church with our neighbor which has a simple form of worship very purposefully seeking to maintain a pattern of worship established by their forefathers. We’ve also attended Amish church services, held in Amish homes, which also seeks to maintain a pattern from the past. However the service is in German, which certainly would not have been the original language used in the early church!

We can be sure that the usual features in many modern churches would not have been in the NT church. No PowerPoint or even an overhead projector! No blue nightclub lights or fog machines. No printed materials unless they were hand copied.

But three features still practiced in virtually all churches would likely have been part of the NT church: singing songs expressing our faith and worship to God, prayers were uplifted to God, and there was the preaching of the Word. Who knows though, they probably had announcements! It’s hard to imagine a gathering in any age without potluck dinners including the New Testament church where Luke writes in Acts 2, “They ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”

Even at that time the actual style, whether singing, praying or preaching, probably varied somewhat by region and from one generation to the next. Since Jubal, the father of music mentioned early on in Genesis, there has always been contemporary music since musicians write a style of music that reflects their time period. It might surprise those in our age who think contemporary music is unique to our times. Songs we now consider old were once brand new!

Anyway let’s try to reconstruct a NT service of a group of churches in present day Turkey identified by “God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia…” (1 Peter 1:1,2). “Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” were regions rather than cities so this was likely written to a group of local churches separated by many miles.

They were undergoing persecution like many today, especially in that region and the entire Middle East. The esteemed apostle Peter wrote them a letter which was circulated and read verbally to individual congregations.

Wouldn’t it have been interesting to be present in one of those services? They likely sang, prayed and an elder or church leader preached a message from the Word. Then the room grew especially quiet as a letter from Peter was read. People in that age surely had a lot better attention span and didn’t have many of the distractions we have today. But they came to church with many of the same burdens that people bear in every generation; medical problems, financial challenges, marriage and family strife, loss of loved ones, people tempted to return to the world’s patterns and struggling with sin, etc, etc.

Read 1 Peter in their shoes. Some of it that seems rather academic to us was quite personal to them. According to this nifty site it takes just 16 minutes to read 1 Peter in English presumably similar to the original so it really wasn’t a long message. Not having nearly as many distractions as we have their attention was fixed on the elder reading the letter. (I would expect that older siblings might have taken the noisiest children out so the messenger could be heard.) I think when he got to this line it must have deeply touched the people. “πᾶσαν τὴν μέριμναν ὑμῶν ἐπιρίψαντες ἐπ’ αὐτόν, ὅτι αὐτῷ μέλει περὶ ὑμῶν.” That’s the actual Greek text the NT was written in. Thank the Lord for translators so that we can understand Peter’s message: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

1 Peter 5:7 Consider the blessing of being cared for today. Think of people you know who care about you, who would be deeply distressed if anything adverse were to happen to you. Having family and friends like this is a blessing often taken for granted.

Yet sadly there are many who wonder if anyone does indeed care. In our work we meet those who are alone. And even being around other people does not always keep one from being lonely. Broken relationships abound, children that do not have the love and support from their parents, or vice versa, and of course marital breakups.

He came from a successful “professional” family but went a different route and has made some serious mistakes, some bad choices, and deliberate sins along the way. He was implicated in an accident involving a death. He was despondent and guilt-ridden. He returned home but was rejected.  It seems he really could say from his human experience those terrible two words, “Nobody cares”. But a caring Christian family took him in and expressed God’s care for him. It’s wonderful to observe a part of the body of Christ acting this way.

Today we are so happy to report that God provides a constant source of care. Rejoice in the simple statement of truth in the latter part of the daily text. “He cares for you”. These are powerful words. You can personalize this statement on the veracity of God’s reassuring words, “He cares for me”.

Today, right now, God cares for you. He knows when our heart is pained, when burdens press and cares distress. He knows when our day is weary and our long nights dreary. He knows the sources of anxiety we are dealing with. That’s why we are to cast our anxiety on Him. When it seems no one else wants to help carry our load we are invited, or even implored, to cast our burdens upon our Lord!

What a tremendous blessing and relief that our Lord really cares!

O yes, He cares; I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, though we feel at times no one cares about our needs or even notices that we are in need, we are assured that You take notice and do care for us. We are invited to pour out the contents of our heart to You. We are not silenced because You’re too busy, preoccupied with other matters, unable to meet our need, nor are you weary of hearing from us. Your heart is touched by our grief, perplexities, weaknesses and loneliness. We thank You that we can cast our cares upon You because You really do care for us. Amen.


2 Corinthians 5:17
Good’s Stores are several department type stores here in Lancaster County run by old order Mennonites, giving them a special feel. One of the uplifting sights we saw at Good’s yesterday at the back and front entrance is the above Scripture posted on a white board. I wonder if employees take turns posting a new verse each week, using their own creativity in their writing and artistic style, since there is much variety in the way the verses appear from week to week. (Notice: “old things are passed away” gets much smaller since our old life has passed away and NEW is large and capitalized since that’s the way we are to live in our new creation in Christ.)

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Jesus Cares For Me”  Video  Bart Millard

“Just Be Held”  Video   Casting Crowns

“Does Jesus Care?”  Video  Homecoming Singers

“Cares Chorus”  Video  Kelly Willard

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This is not where I belong


“This Is Not Where I Belong”

Message summary: In the last two messages we have written about the vital importance of maintaining a tight grip. But today let us also consider a tremendous application in life in keeping a loose grip! When we focus on the things pertaining only to this life our inner peace quickly diminishes. Frankly we would be driven to deep despair if we placed our hope in seeing this world’s problems solved politically!

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“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

In the last two messages we have written about the vital importance of maintaining a tight grip, using football as an illustration. But today let us also consider a tremendous application in maintaining a loose grip! Let me explain.

Larry BurkettLarry Burkett had a longstanding, fruitful ministry concerning a Biblical view of financial stewardship that many in our generation benefited from. I went to a meeting where he spoke near the end of his long battle with cancer. He was very ill and speaking was a major effort for him in his physically compromised condition.

He shared the interesting perspective of having a terminal illness and how it had changed his life. Eight years earlier he had been diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer that is virtually incurable. He shared that, of the 73 people who had been diagnosed with the cancer and were in a medical study with him, 72 had already died. How’s that for a dark cloud to live under! Larry passed on about 6 months after this meeting in July of 2003.

We are all terminal as far as our physical bodies are concerned. Most of us are indefinitely terminal; that is, we have no idea of when we will die and generally assume that our death is far off; that we will live to a ripe old age.

But a diagnosis of a terminal disease places a definite finality on our physical condition. This is what Larry meant when he shared how his disease had changed his life, living with this perspective from day to day.

Of course in reality this is the perspective we should always live with. Not in a morbid, negative sense but it should motivate us to keep a loose grip on the perishable and a tight hold on the imperishable. As we feed on the Word faithfully our spiritual appetite will be growing and our affections for heaven will be growing as we anticipate our face to face meeting with Jesus as we finally behold Him in all His glory. Just keeping a vision of that glorious moment in our hearts today will deeply impact our attitude in all that we process this day. Paul writes, “Our citizenship is in heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).

So when the walls come falling down on me
And when I’m lost in the current of a raging sea
I have this blessed assurance holding me.
Richard DresselhausBible teacher Richard Dresselhaus writes:  “Eager expectation. The best is just ahead. The Apostle Paul describes it this way: ‘our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior…who…will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His.’ This is the blessed hope of every believer.

But, how eager is your expectation? Has the pull of the world diminished the eagerness of your expectation? Remember, you have dual citizenship: you have national citizenship, but you also have heavenly citizenship. The more you cultivate your heavenly citizenship, the more eager will be your expectation.

It will grow as you meditate on God’s Word, develop a heart of worship, and spend time with other citizens of heaven. Eager expectation.  The best is just ahead.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18In the daily text the Apostle Paul shares of the perspective we should be living with. I would sure like to give an exposition of these three verses phrase by phrase but then this devotional would be really long! Essentially he’s describing a loose grip by contrasting the visible (physical) which is temporary with the invisible (spiritual) which is eternal.

I am particularly intrigued by the phrase “so we fix our eyes.” This translates a Greek word that is in the present active meaning “to fix one’s gaze upon, to concentrate one’s attention upon.” That is sure the outlook in which we want to live our lives and when we do so we experience the inner peace that is our inheritance in Christ. But when we focus on the things pertaining only to this life our inner peace quickly diminishes. Frankly we would be driven to deep despair if we were to give any hope in seeing this world’s problems solved politically!

There’s a wonderful description of this outlook in the Faith Chapter in Hebrews, initially written to encourage persecuted believers, that is so illustrative of this “loose grip” that we want to conclude with.

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:13-16).

All I know is I’m not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

When the earth shakes I wanna be found in You
When the lights fade I wanna be found in You

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, with great anticipation I am looking for a city with an eternally strong foundation, a home in the heavens not made by human hands. Help me to live as an alien here on earth since the benefits of my citizenship in heaven is of far greater worth than the benefits of my citizenship here in this country below. Keep me tightly holding onto Your promise of the heaven yet to come so that I will loosely grip the temporal that is only for the here and now. I cling to this great promise repeated throughout the Bible so that it gives me a proper perspective in the way I am to live as a stranger here on earth. Amen.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“This Is Not Where I Belong”  Video   Building 429  (Lyrics quoted in today’s message)  Their name is derived from Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

“Redeemed”  Video  Big Daddy Weave

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”  Video  Paul Baloche

“I Lift My Eyes”  Video  Laura Story  Powerful song. The instrumental intro is especially outstanding.

“One For The Road”  Daily teaching by Richard Dresselhaus

We met Richard and his wife Elnora last fall during a trip to San Diego. We have a mutual friend. He has a daily (7 day a week!) teaching message that is consistently helpful that he emails. I assisted him and his wife Elnora in setting up this blog.

I benefited from his teaching long ago in a weekly magazine that he periodically submitted articles to. It was such a privilege to meet him in person and see a model for using one’s retirement years fruitfully.

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“When Your Grip Slips”

January 17, 2017

Tufted Titmouse  (photo by Doris High)

Titmouse
(photo by Doris High)

“When Your Grip Slips”

Message summary: Are you losing your grip? Here’s encouragement!

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“He (God) gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29). “Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble” (Hebrews 12:12).

When the valley is deep
When the mountain is steep
When the body is weary
When we stumble and fall

Climbing ropeMost all of us can recall our Physical Education classes from Elementary through High School.  I thoroughly enjoyed my PE classes at Truman High School in Independence, MO since I was reasonably athletic.

One of the optional conditioning exercises included several large thick climbing ropes that hung down from the gymnasium ceiling. Students would take turns shimmying up the ropes to the top of the gym and then back down. As I recall I needed to use my legs as well, unlike the man in the photo!

Do schools still provide these climbing ropes? It does seem like there could be a safety factor and thus dreaded liability since, in my high school days, it was just the climber and the rope. However I don’t recall hearing of any accidents. Now they probably have all kinds of tethering.

Yesterday we wrote a message about “holding on with a tight grip”. But today we consider what happens if your grip slips. Any analogy of the Christian life will likely have some deficiency. One of my favorites is a race, a marathon race which we wrote about last Friday. This is a Scriptural analogy since several passages liken our journey here below to a physical race.

So let’s consider another use with a climbing rope. God in His grace provided a rope for each of us. By faith we take hold of the rope and begin our climbing journey of Biblical instruction, faith, obedience and perseverance. The children’s song, “Climb, climb up sunshine mountain”, comes to mind although they’re climbing a mountain rather than a rope!

Calloused handsClimbing a rope is not easy and the ascent will challenge the climber whose duty it is, with just the grip of his or her hands and arm strength, to pull one’s entire body weight in one motion.  Perspiration, due to holding tightly to the rope may even cause one’s grip to lose traction. Over time callouses will form and when inflamed the rope will burn. Weakness or the seeming impossibility of getting to the top can easily discourage even an experienced climber. Distractions below may beckon us back down, but our call is to keep on climbing!

Hebrews 12:12We may lose our grip and start to slip down a bit. Perhaps the writer of Hebrews had this in mind when he challenged his readers to, “strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble” (Hebrews 12:12). The New Living Translation states here, “So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs.”

Tired runner“The experience of ‘hitting the wall’ in a Marathon is a picture of weak hands, feeble knees. The exhortation implies that the readers are acting as though spiritually paralyzed. This means to restore to straightness … to reinvigorate. The command to ‘strengthen’ comes from the word from which we derive our English word orthopedic.” (Precept Austin commentary)

When the choices are hard
When we’re battered and scarred
When we’ve spent our resources
When we’ve given our all
Stephen Escedy, a longtime friend who is now with the Lord, was a part of the church we pastored in upstate Pennsylvania. Stephen was an alcoholic prior to his commitment to Christ and had a lot of hurts in his past. He once told me, “I am hanging on a rope and at times slide down it a little but at the end of the rope Jesus has placed a strong knot.”

Isaiah 40:29Are your hands weak or your knees feeble today? Are you dealing with setbacks that weary you along the way? Strengthen and lift up your hands today in faith and praise toward God. This must primarily be an act of willful obedience rather than an emotional response.

As you lift them up in obedience I believe you will experience the uplifting spiritual, physical and mental revitalization that Isaiah writes about in 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

In Jesus’ name, we press on
Dear Lord, with the prize
Clear before our eyes
We find the strength to press on
To press on

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, the journey is long, the obstacles are many, and the endurance needed to live by faith is the challenge given to every believer. In ourselves we are ill-equipped physically, mentally, and emotionally to endure to the end. But You give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak. Our brothers and sisters help strengthen our weak hands  and our feeble knees.  With the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus we find the strength to press onward and upward. It is in Jesus’ name that we press on. Amen.


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Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Press On”  Video  Selah

“Climb, Climb Up Sunshine Mountain”  Video  Cedarmont Kids

“Be Strong & Take Courage”  Video   Don Moen

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“Holding Tightly”

January 16, 2017

Rural Lancaster County pond scene (click to enlarge photo)
 Ice-covered pond in Lancaster County PA
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“Holding Tightly”

Note: Today’s Scripture text and a similar theme were used in “Holding Unswervingly” a message from earlier this month but with a different focus. In that message we considered what we are not to throw away. Today we consider the necessity of holding tightly (firmly, unswervingly, unwaveringly).

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“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise” (Hebrews 10:23).

If you feel today that you can’t make it
Keep holdin’ on, cause you can take it
If you hold on a little while longer
Hold on a little while longer
Hold on a little while longer
Hold on

I’m an avid football fan and especially enjoy the level of play in the post season. In fact it was 50 years ago yesterday that my Dad and I watched the very first “Super Bowl” (although it wasn’t called that then). It was probably on a 19 inch black and white TV which we thought was pretty good at the time. I don’t think we even imagined they would have big screens like they do today!!! Our hometown Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers. These two teams also played in separate games yesterday but there will not be a rematch of the first Super Bowl this year!

Tight grip Yesterday I watched the games with my two Zimbabwean friends, Nathan and Neville, who have come to enjoy American football. The two games were suspenseful to the very end, one determined in the last three seconds. Using a football illustration may be somewhat ineffective since some readers do not enjoy football and international readers may be unfamiliar with the game, but please read on!!!

American football is quite different than what is called football in many other countries, which we call soccer here in the states. In spite of the name football players use their hands extensively.

A critically important and fundamental skill of football is holding on to and keeping a tight grip on the ball. When the quarterback is holding the ball for a pass he must grip it tightly. On one play yesterday Aaron Rogers (photo to left) was being sacked but still managed to hold on to the ball. If a runner is carrying the ball or a receiver catches one he must hold on to the ball tightly! Turnovers are often a deciding factor in football games

In life we must also avoid turnovers and there are many ways in which it is imperative that we keep a tight grip such as our commitment to our marriage, our family, our health, our doctrine and our integrity. I have a series of messages churning in my spirit dealing with holding on to the pattern that Scripture sets before us, a pattern that is being abandoned at an alarming rate.

The most essential tight grip is seen in our daily text: “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” Other versions state, “Let us hold fast without wavering” and “Without wavering, let us hold tightly.”

Salad (photo by Doris High)The text begins with the words “Let us” which is known as the hortatory subjunctive. This is my favorite preaching and writing style whether I am the listener and reader, the preacher or writer. One of the first sermons I ever preached was from Hebrews and throughout the message I repeatedly used the phrase “Let us”. After the message a listener thanked me for the salad sermon (lettuce)!

The author of Hebrews uses this phrase “let us” twelve times. When I read this book or hear sermons preached using this phrase (also known technically as the cohortatory) I am encouraged, as it seems the author or preacher is leading me, not pushing me. The writer conveys that he was facing the same circumstances as his readers so he presents a form of personal resolve in his writing.

Hebrews 10:23I believe today’s text is the singular key text in the entire book. This call to faithfulness is directed to the earliest believers who were the initial recipients of this Scripture and to all others through the ages of the Church, including us today. That’s a vital way we read the Scriptures.

We are to “hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm.” Of course primarily this hope we affirm is the hope we have in Christ. Earlier in the book we read, “we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end” (Hebrews 6:11).

And this hope we affirm is absolutely secure, “for God can be trusted to keep His promise.” Rest in this wonderful assurance today and join me in holding tightly to our hope in Christ!

Weeping may endure for the night
But if you trust in Jesus
Everything’s gonna be all right
Just hold on a little while longer
Hold on a little while longer
Hold on a little while longer
Hold on, Hold on

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, in this ever-changing society where transition beckons us daily, You are the Changeless One. As we hold tightly to the hope we profess we will not be swayed to the right nor to the left. And we hold to this hope because You are faithful to Your Word and to Your divine character. Though the heavens are silent at times and the world continues to slide into decadence and intolerance toward true Christians we remain faithful. We will hold on a little while longer and shine as lights in this dark world so that we can influence as many as possible. As we hold unswervingly to the hope we profess we will not give up due to weariness, weakness, or a wayward heart, for Your unchanging truth makes the triumph sure. We joyfully have enlisted, led by Your grace divine. Amen.


Thank you!We want to thank all who supported our ministry this last year, whether it was your faithful readership or sharing our message with others, whether it was your financial support, or whether it was your prayers for our ministry and family needs. Perhaps it was a part or combination of all the above – we thank You for being such a vital part of our Daily Encouragement “family”. We are grateful for your support in any way, and we too remember you in our daily prayers.

Total 2016 offerings: $27,025.00

Total donors: 86

Offerings came from 25 states and Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom and South Korea.

These offerings are very appreciated and are a critical source of our ministry funding. The time required for preparing these messages and sending/posting them is roughly equivalent to a full-time job shared between us (about 40 hours weekly +/-).

Since we prepare these messages from our home office there are very little direct, unique expenses required soley used for Daily Encouragement. Since we already would need computers and internet access for our other ministries (including corporate chaplaincy) these unique expenses, which include the fees for listserve and podcast server, are less than $1,000 annually.

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Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Hold On”  Video  Selah

“Faithful One”  Video   Robin Mark

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Lancaster sunrise 1/12/17
Lancaster County Sunrise
Yesterday was unseasonably warm with temps in the low 60s’.
This photo is taken from a company loading dock.

“May I Run The Race Before Me”

Note: Last Sunday we concluded our church service with “May The Mind Of Christ My Savior”. It’s a hymn that is essentially a 6 part prayer petition. As I listened to the six stanzas I considered that this prayer set to music would be a good foundation for a week of daily encouragement messages. We’ve used a verse from the hymn each day, although today we share the last two stanzas since there are six altogether. A video link to this song is posted below, which was written by Kate B. Wilkinson, who sojourned on this earth from 1859-1928. The accompaniment is St. Leonard’s tune. Today we will consider a race we are all running and a challenge from an apostolic coach.

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1,2).

May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.

Coach Kreiter 1/12/17I normally associate coaching with sports and athletics. Of course now we have all kinds of coaches such as health coaches, financial coaches, life coaches and many others.

In my younger years I ran in both cross country and track (long distance). To this day I recall how I esteemed my coaches.  The photo to the right shows Joel Kreiter, who works in a company we visited yesterday, who has coached youth for many years in a variety of sports.

Some 30 years ago I was the high school tennis coach for both the boys and girls tennis teams at Saint Marys Area High School when we lived in northern Pennsylvania. Although most are probably unaware of this coaching during a tennis match is permissible only if there is a split after two sets. Decorum dictated no coaching from the sidelines as the match proceeded. Of course during practice you had the opportunity to teach and help the players improve their game. I hope some of those students who would now be in their late 30’s and 40’s still remember me!

Stephen running track relay in high schoolThe photo to the left shows me some 45 years ago when I was a just a bit younger, trimmer and better fit. Being a member of the 2 mile relay team I am in position to receive the baton.

There are all kinds of coaches, but today let us consider a lesson from an apostolic coach. Based on the illustrations the Apostle Paul uses, I believe he enjoyed sports or at least recognized their value in “connecting” with his readers.

All of us who follow Jesus Christ are participating in a great race. The writer of Hebrews alludes to this in our daily Scripture portion (many believe the writer of Hebrews is Paul though it is not specified). The writer is certainly an apostle and speaks to us like a coach so let’s examine four lessons from this apostolic coach:

1) Our apostolic coach informs us that “We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses.” These witnesses are the men and women of faith chronicled in Hebrews 11 and those all throughout the church age who have gone on before us after a life of faithful service to Christ. They include Biblical people of faith and well-known heroes in the church with names many of us recognize such as D.L. Moody, A.W. Tozer, Billy Sunday, D. James Kennedy, and many other great gospel preachers and hymn writers such as Fanny Crosby.

But I also receive spiritual encouragement as I consider among the witnesses those who personally ministered to me such as my mom and dad, along with many dedicated people that most of you have never heard of like Pastor John Howard (my first pastor after receiving Christ), Elbert Sherrell, Tracy Sutherland, Bill Shibilo, Earl Martin and many, many others. (It might be well for you to develop a similar list of those who spurred you on in your spiritual race.)

Race to run 2) Our apostolic coach calls us to “Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” This speaks of singe-minded dedication, surrendering all to the Great Cause. Sin still entangles! Is there any question about that?

Bluntly speaking, it seems with such an emphasis on praise and worship, we may fall short on songs that specifically call us to a consecrated life. We need balanced music and sermons that preach of God’s goodness, grace and blessing, but also His holiness and His call to us to live holy lives as well.

We also need to hear warnings and at times rebukes which was certainly a vital part of New Testament teaching.

Hebrews 12:1 truck decal 3) Our apostolic coach specifically calls us to join him in a race, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” We saw the decal to the left on a truck window in the church parking lot at CityView Church in San Diego last fall. This race is most analogous to a marathon, which begins the moment we accept Christ and continues throughout the remainder of our lives until we either meet the Lord in death or in the rapture. It certainly requires perseverance since it’s a lifelong race. All great runners are characterized by perseverance. They overcome pain, rejection, adverse weather, injuries, and all kinds of setbacks to achieve their goal. This race is marked out with the Scriptures as our guide. Good coaches (pastors and teachers) help us understand this marked out guide. Strong, persevering followers of Christ just keep pressing on in spite of the hardship.

4) Our apostolic coach calls us to keep looking unto Jesus as our greatest example, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” In athletics it’s important to keep a focus on the goal. As followers of Christ our goal is finishing well and seeing our Lord face to face. Throughout the race we must passionately “fix our eyes on Jesus” so that we are not lured to the passions of this world.

Today let us stay faithful and keep running this great race with perseverance!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, the race You’ve marked out for us doesn’t require nearly as much physical stamina as it does spiritual endurance. Those who are physically weak due to disease, illness, and aging are just as qualified to run as those who have young athletic bodies. It’s a spiritual race where You call us to perseverance as we discard anything that would break our stride or cause us to drop out.  You cheer us on by Christ’s example and by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit that sustains us in our struggle against sin. Keep us faithful to the end, for the end is only the beginning. We seek to run the race before us, strong and brave to face the foe, looking only unto Jesus as we onward go. Amen.


Thank you!We want to thank all who supported our ministry this last year, whether it was your faithful readership or sharing our message with others, whether it was your financial support, or whether it was your prayers for our ministry and family needs. Perhaps it was a part or combination of all the above – we thank You for being such a vital part of our Daily Encouragement “family”. We are grateful for your support in any way, and we too remember you in our daily prayers.

Total 2016 offerings: $27,025.00

Total donors: 86

Offerings came from 25 states and Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom and South Korea.

These offerings are very appreciated and are a critical source of our ministry funding since your. The time required for preparing these messages and sending/posting them is roughly equivalent to a full-time job shared between us (about 40 hours weekly +/-).

Since we prepare these messages from our home office there are very little direct, unique expenses required soley used for Daily Encouragement. Since we already would need computers and internet access for our other ministries (including corporate chaplaincy) these unique expenses, which include the fees for listserve and podcast server, are less than $1,000 annually.

Means of distribution of Daily Encouragement:

  • Website with each message archived since 2005
  • Daily email list
  • Weekly email list
  • Podcast
  • Facebook page
  • WordPress (entire message)
  • WordPress (prayer only)
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn

And so, we begin another year with our YTD accounting that we’ve used for many years! 2017 YTD offerings to Daily Encouragement Net: $172.00


There is one more verse to the hymn “May The Mind Of Christ My Savior”. It would certainly be worthy of musing, especially the intriguing line, “And may they forget the channel, seeing only Him.”

May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“May The Mind of Christ My Savior”  Video  Jake Amerding  (Vocal and acoustic)

“May The Mind of Christ My Savior”  Video  Congregational singing

“Worth It All”  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

“My Greatest Devotion”  Video  Andy Bromley (We heard this on our local radio station and enjoyed not only the singer but his message)

In 2012 we shared a five part series of messages on “Lessons From Life’s Marathon” beginning with this message. (Use “next message” link to read each message.)

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2 Corinthians 5:14


“May The Love Of Jesus Fill Me”

Note: Last Sunday we concluded our church service with “May The Mind of Christ My Savior”, a hymn that is essentially a prayer. As I listened to the six stanzas I considered the prayer set to music would be a good foundation for a week of daily encouragement messages. We’ll use a verse each day, although we’ll double up one stanza tomorrow since there are six altogether. A link to the song is posted below. The song was written by Kate B. Wilkinson, who sojourned on this earth from 1859-1928. The accompaniment is St. Leonard’s tune. Today we will consider the blessing of sharing the love of God.

ListenListen to this message on your audio player.

“For Christ’s love compels us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8). “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self-abasing,
This is victory.

All over the world today God’s love is being shared in a variety of ways. Amidst all the bad news and crumbling of the societal foundations, a constant remains, God’s love for the human race. And His love is to be expressed through His people. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers, “Because we loved you so much.” Genuine ministry is foundationally motivated by love.

Ten years ago we served in a church near Harrisburg Pennsylvania in an interim role. We met people that we are in contact with to this day and occasionally we try to get back and visit the people.

I enjoy asking others about their testimony of salvation and how it came about.  Marsha was a quiet young lady in the church who operated the Sound System and Power Point program. I asked her one evening after the service to share her personal testimony of how she came to Christ.

She told me that when she was a small child she lived in a trailer park with her parents and younger brother. Their home was void of any Christian influence when she began attending the church at that time. I asked, “What led you to get involved in a church when you had no Christian background?” She pointed to an older couple in the front of the church and said, “Joe and Jessie picked us up on the church bus.” *

Joe Carroll

Over twenty-five years earlier the pastor challenged the members of the congregation to reach out to others in winning their world for Christ. At that time a popular outreach was bus ministry where church members would reach neighborhoods for Christ by visiting, inviting and then bringing them by bus to church on Sunday mornings.  Joe Carroll had come to faith in Christ later in life when he was 49 years old. His wife, Jesse, prayed him into the kingdom just like so many Christian wives who have prayed over their husbands for years before they surrender to Christ.

Joe and Jessie, with a burden for the lost, decided that they would reach out together. Mobile home parks can be pretty rough places but one by one they visited the individual mobile homes, inviting the children to church. Joe would faithfully drive the bus to the trailer park each Sunday picking up Marsha and her younger brother.

They received training in the teachings of Christ through the various ministries of the church. Though twenty-five years had passed Marsha, now an adult, continued to be a part of this church.  Her younger brother lives in a nearby state and raises his family in the ways of the Lord. They continue to believe God for their family’s salvation. (Note: We attended the church last year and visited with Marsha and her mother who now attends as well!)

In our freshman year of Bible College Debbie Amstutz, a fellow student, wrote the theme song for our missions convention. It’s based on the daily text and the powerful compelling nature of Christ’s love. Brooksyne and I both consider this one of the formative songs that spoke to us personally about reaching others for Christ through vocational pastoral ministry.

Compelled by love to forfeit my own will,
Compelled by love to give and give and give;
When changes come to keep on loving still,
Compelled by love to love and live for Him.

2 Corinthians 5:14 As the apostle Paul wrote the first daily Scripture text he was indicating the supreme motive for the ministry of reconciliation: “For Christ’s love compels us.” We are to be compelled by Christ’s love. The underlying Greek word translated “compels” has the sense of “the pressure which confines and restricts as well as controls.” The present tense indicates the continual habit of life.

Today, millions and millions of believers, like Joe and Jessie, are faithfully serving the Lord. They are reaching out one by one, motivated supremely by the love of Christ. I (Brooksyne) remember Daddy packing our car so full with neighborhood children that he’d have to make two trips to the Sunday School we attended in West Tulsa. I’ll be seeing one of those “children” this next summer. She told me a few years ago it was the many times she attended our church or a youth event that she found Christ as her Saviour and has raised her children to walk in the ways of Christ.

For the past year we very intentionally greet and welcome Chase, a kindergartner, who comes to church with a couple old enough to be his grandparents. He attended VBS over a year ago and enjoyed it so much he wanted to come to church regularly, and he does so, through the efforts of these caring neighborhood friends. In what way is the love of Christ compelling you today?

You see, it’s a deep conviction of ours that most of the impact for Christ in this world is taking place in scores of little ways, not the big flashy ways that tends to get the attention.

This motivating love compelled Paul and his associates to declare, “We were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”

All over the world today Christians, often unheralded, are doing likewise and sharing God’s love in a wide variety of ways including spiritual, compassion ministry, and medical care.

We encourage you to keep on sharing the love of God and telling what the Lord has done for you, so that Christ might increase as self decreases!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, may the love of Jesus fill me as the waters fill the sea; with Him exalting, my self-surrendering, this is truly victory. Like the apostle Paul I am delighted to share with others not only Your gospel but my life as well, giving of my time, my knowledge, sharing of my possessions and helping to bear the burdens of the weak, helpless, and discouraged, offering a lifting hand, sharing an encouraging word with one who needs to be uplifted. More of You and less of me is my heart’s desire as I journey here below. Amen.

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

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