Hollander Road 5/25/17
Hollander Road north of Intercourse, PA

“He Ascended Into Heaven”

Message summary: The Ascension is a vital element to the Gospel story. It answers the question “What happened next?” in the historical record.

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“So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God” (Mark 16:19). “He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

Yesterday we began our chaplain calls bright and early as we do several times each week. However it wasn’t really very bright since the early part of the day was rainy! When we drove through the eastern part of the County where the majority of the Amish, Mennonite and other “old-order” groups reside we saw a much larger volume of horse and buggy traffic and I thought, “Of course it’s Ascension Day.” These groups have services on Ascension Day.

In most of Christendom this day doesn’t have nearly the emphasis as other notable events in our Lord’s earthly life such as His birth, death, resurrection or Day of Pentecost which followed His Ascension by 10 days. I wonder how many readers even recalled that yesterday was Ascension Day prior to reading today’s message?

The old order communities of faith in our area place great emphasis on this holy day. As we traveled through that part of the county yesterday we noted that many of the stores and businesses are closed on Ascension Day with special services being held.

Many Christians express their faith in creeds and a line in the Apostle’s Creed states, “He ascended into heaven”. Other churches have formal statements of doctrine and this truth is expressed as in a statement such as “in His ascension to the right hand of the Father”.

We express our belief in the Ascension with a number of great hymns of the church such as “One Day” by J. Wilbur Chapman written over 100 years ago. Although we both recall singing it as an old hymn it has, in recent years been adapted by Casting Crowns and many people think it’s a new song. Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, calls it “the Gospel in a song” and we agree! This verse deals with the ascension.

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!

The Ascension is a vital element to the Gospel story. It answers the question “What happened next?” in the historical record.

Ascension Day artworkIn Acts 1 we have the most complete record of the Ascension found in the Bible. Jesus had just reinforced the Great Commission, the church’s primary mission, and then “He was taken up before their very eyes.” This was important for the disciples to witness and is an essential part of the Biblical record. It reinforces that Jesus Christ is God and that He returned to His home in heaven 40 days after He was resurrected from the dead. An ancient creedal statement of the early church is found in 1 Timothy 3:16, He was … “taken up in glory.”

The Ascension sets up the promise of His return which is reinforced and elaborated on throughout the New Testament. Paul calls it the “blessed hope.” One day, perhaps even today this glorious event will take place. In the meantime let us faithfully serve the Lord, who now sits at the right hand of the Father, until that great day!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, even as the Son of Man ascended into heaven He will come again, but this time we have the blessed hope of ascending with Him in the air and joining with those of like precious faith. Thank You for loved ones and witnesses of the truth who have repeated this glorious life-transforming message to us over the years preparing our hearts for this major event. May it be the resounding message from our lips as we anticipate the glorious moment when we will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.  Amen.


Ascension Day traffic, Intercourse, PA 5/25/17
These young Amish men were getting a bit wet as they rode through Intercourse, PA following their Ascension Day morning service.

Val-Co Pinewood Derby race 5/25/17
Yesterday the Val-Co company had an employee Pinewood Derby race after lunch. Since this company has many engineers this was a rather hi-tech event with one car having a tiny fan (disallowed for competition but used in a demo run and it was smokin fast!)

Val-Co Pinewood Derby race 5/25/17
This car, made by Dylan who recently started a BBQ side business with his brothers, was not the fastest but won “best in show”!

Val-Co Pinewood Derby race 5/25/17
Dylan, one of the smokin (BBQ) bros.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”  Video with lyrics  Casting Crowns

“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”  Video  Casting Crowns  Concert version We have enjoyed attending Casting Crowns concerts and first heard them when they were just getting started. They really lead in worship.

“Glorious Day”  Video  Story Behind The Song by Mark Hall of Casting Crowns  He calls it the Gospel in a song and we agree!

“One Day”  Video  Congregational Singing  (This is more like we recall singing it when we were in Bible College back in the seventies!)

“Wordwise Hymns” This blog does a great job of explaining the background and Biblical basis for many hymns. Here’s the entry for “One Day”.

“Song Scoops”  Here’s a background story to the hymn “One Day”

“What is Ascension Day?” The answer from the excellent teaching site “Got Questions” “The fact that Jesus was resurrected from the grave and ascended to the right hand of the Father is the source of our hope (1 Peter 1:3). We know that those who belong to Him by faith will one day be with Him in heaven.”

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Hershey Gardens butterfly 5/23/17
Tiger Longwing Butterfly at Hershey Gardens
(Common in Central & South America)

“A Lesson From A Butterfly”

Message summary: Christ continues to transform lives today and He is either transforming yours or waiting for you to call on His Name so you can be transformed.  Please do so today!

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“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Tuesday afternoon following a chaplain visit we walked through the beautiful Hershey Gardens in Hershey Pennsylvania. According to the website: “Hershey Gardens opened in 1937 with Milton Hershey’s request to ‘create a nice garden of roses.’ More than 75 years later, the small rose garden has blossomed into 23 acres of botanical beauty providing visitors with unique experiences and enriching opportunities.”

A newer feature of Hershey Gardens is the Conservatory with a Butterfly Atrium. We enjoyed walking through the tropical-like room and seeing the wide variety of our favorite insect. I wondered if the Bible has anything to say about butterflies so I checked it out using the nifty concordance found on Bible programs like Bible Gateway. It doesn’t use the word in any standard Bible translation.

But a word often associated with the butterfly is used. In fact it was one of the first really big words I recall learning in grade school; “metamorphosis”. As most of you know that is the scientific word describing the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The butterfly larvae feed for about two weeks developing into worm like caterpillars about 2 inches long. Next it will transform into a pupa (or chrysalis) and in about two weeks complete the transformation into a colorful butterfly. We were surprised to learn that most butterfly species live only one to two weeks

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis is actually a Greek word and Greek is the language used in the original New Testament. It is used in Romans 12:2 which is translated in English as “be transformed”.

“Be transformed” (from metá = denotes change of place or condition + morphoo = to form from morphe = form, shape referring to the essential form of a thing.) It has the basic meaning of changing into another form and is the term from which we get metamorphosis, which in biology denotes the amazing change of a lowly worm into a beautiful butterfly. So the change in view here is not a superficial fluctuation of fashion or conduct but a vital change revealing a new life.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18 we read of the process of “being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory.”

In the second daily text the Apostle Paul describes the wonderful transformation that Christ brings, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). When a person turns to Christ a wonderful transformation takes place. In one sense it’s instantaneous. In another sense it’s a life-long process. And the tremendous blessing is that our spiritual transformation prepares us for eternity in heaven. I’m sure thankful that our metamorphosis brings about more than just a temporal behavioral change and mindset but it also provides us with an eternal nature.

“Transformed” is present tense signifying that this is not a one-time event, not a single crisis experience, but a transformation that is progressively realized, a gradual process.

Romans 12:2 instructs, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

We read this in a commentary:

  • God said: Let us form man in our image.
  • The devil says: I will deform man by sin.
  • The world says: We must conform man in our image.
  • Education says: Let us inform man by knowledge.
  • Society says: We will reform man by culture.
  • But only Christ says: I will transform man by grace.

Christ continues to transform lives today and He is either transforming yours or waiting for you to call on His Name so you can be transformed.  Please do so today!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying womanDaily prayer: Jesus, how grateful I am that You turned the darkness of my soul into the sunshine of Your glory.  You transformed my heart and renewed my mind when I received You as my personal Savior. You took away sin’s sorrows and filled me with everlasting joy. Sin no longer is my master, but You are my Lord and Master. It is Your voice that I hear and it is Your paths that I follow! Continue the process of transformation in my life until that final day when Your work is complete. You gave me my first breath and I want to give You my final breath as I am transformed into immortality. Amen.

Study notes for Romans 12:2 from the Precept Austin commentary compendium


Hershey Gardens

Hershey Gardens butterfly 5/23/17
The Butterfly atrium was almost enchanting as butterflies zoomed all over the place and comfortably rested long periods of time as they ate which was great for photographers. I believe this is the Postman Butterfly (common in Central & South America)

Hershey Gardens butterfly 5/23/17
Paper Kite
(Common in Southeast Asia)

Hershey Gardens butterfly 5/23/17
Entering and departing the butterfly atrium is through double doors and they warn you to check for hitchhikers such as this Blue Morpho attracted to Brooksyne’s bright pink jacket. Inside the wings of this Morpho is a solid sea blue which doesn’t seem to go with the outer wing pattern or color. Blue Morpho is common in Central & South America.

Hershey Gardens butterfly statue 5/23/17
Statue of a little girl catching butterflies on the grounds.

Hershey Gardens flower 5/23/17
Of course we saw many flowers and took many photos but today we will merely share this beautiful bloom from the American Wisteria.

Hershey Gardens fountain and hotel 5/23/17
The view from Conservatory looking past the fountain to the Hotel Hershey.

Hershey Gardens fountain and conservatory 5/23/17
Another view of the fountain with the Conservatory in the background.

Hershey Gardens 5/23/17
We enjoyed the bench under this unusual tree!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Change Me”  Video  Musician not identified

“Since Jesus Came Into My Heart”  Video  Collingsworth Family

“Thanks To Calvary”  Video  Dailey and Vincent

Hershey Gardens

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Lancaster PA church 5/23/17
A church in Lancaster City PA from the top of the Convention Center parking lot.

“Spiritual Amnesia”

Message summary: “Spiritual amnesia” is something we all battle against.

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“Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 8:11a). “Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?'” (Joshua 4:20,21).

Last night we attended a banquet sponsored by “Hope International” a ministry that impacts the world for Christ by assisting locals in many countries with “microfinancing”. It is a wonderful ministry concept and the testimonies we heard were very encouraging. Basically Hope International follows the concept of teaching how to fish rather than just giving away a fish. They provide small loans to get an individual started in a business. It is expected the loan be paid back and those funds are in turn used to microfinance other projects.

Last night the ministry celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. The founder, Jeff Rutt was a dairy farmer turned home builder who initially had a burden to assist the impoverished people in Ukraine following the collapse of the Sovet Union. He did not want to create dependence but resourcefulness. It’s a ministry model in fighting poverty that is very effective.

Savera is a single mother from Rwanda who discovered her God-given dignity through the ministry of Hope International.  In Rwanda women have great difficulty obtaining a loan so when Hope reached out to her in 2006 she moved from very small scale farming to starting several businesses that employ 50 people in her community. She testifies: “I gained a great relationship with God through my struggles of poverty. I learned to lean on God with a little or a lot.”

12 stones Last night the present ministry leader, Peter Greer, cautioned  against “spiritual amnesia” by making a pile of stones. Of course he was especially applying this concept to the Hope International ministry and remembering what God has done over the last twenty years.

However “spiritual amnesia” is something we all battle against.

The stone concept comes from Scripture and is most familiar in the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan river Joshua 4. We enjoy a storytelling song by Legacy Five titled “Monuments” that expresses this Bible account and we will use verses from their song in our message today (video link below).

God’s people stood on the river of Jordan
Looking back on the water they had passed through
They shouted and raised their voices to heaven
But Joshua said there’s one thing we must do.

They laid twelve stones on the banks of the river
At Gilgal they offered their tribute that day
Their children would question them, “What are these stones?”
“Child, they mark the spot of this sanctified day.”

As we study God’s Word we notice how connected and cognizant the people of God were with their past and how throughout the Scriptures God instituted reminders for them. However as we observe contemporary man we are struck by how many know so little about the past and even more stunning is their lack of interest. Monuments or Memorials are visible markers intended to remind us. In the Old Testament and for Jews to this day the most important reminder was the Passover. For Christians the most important is the Lord’s Supper.

Here’s the setting of the daily text: After Moses died Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land in Joshua 3. The crossing itself was another miraculous intervention from God. He parted the waters 40 years earlier at the Red Sea and had done so again at the crossing of the Jordan River which at the time was at flood stage.

Joshua 4:21 Joshua 4 records a special monument that was instituted after the Israelites crossed the Jordan River. God instructed Joshua to set up twelve stones as a monument. He anticipated that future generations would ask about this stone monument: “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?'”

He instructed the Israelites to answer the question by recounting the story of God’s wonderful deliverance that had just taken place, “so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:24).

There are several other monuments in the Book of Joshua that often involve stones. In fact, immediately prior to his death, Joshua set up a stone (Joshua 24:27) as a witness in regard to his powerful challenge to the people in making the daily choice to serve God. “And the people said to Joshua, ‘The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey’.”

We have two challenges for our readers to consider today concerning monuments in your life:

1) Do you recall certain “stone piles” in your life that remind you of God’s faithfulness? These may be either purposefully set up as the 12 stones from the Jordan River in Joshua’s time or they may be a divinely ordained event in life. What a blessing to recall these “stone pile” monuments standing as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and our commitment to follow in His ways.

2) Do you have “stone piles” set up as monuments for those who come behind you? These may be specific memories of God’s help, places, items or people that prompt the question, “What does this mean?” Perhaps it’s a spiritual journal, a book of answered prayers, a picture that signifies God’s miraculous provision, or perhaps a former “help” needed such as a leg brace before God provided divine healing. We do this so “that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”

Perhaps we all need to set up some monuments within our lives and be ever on our guard against spiritual amnesia!

Mothers and fathers of this generation
there’s hope for your family keep this in mind
Don’t move the landmarks set up for your children
they will find the way by what we’ve left behind.

Where are the monuments we should be leaving
so our children can find the way to get home
We should be laying stones so they can follow
the pathway that leads to God’s throne.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying womanDaily prayer: Father, I marvel at the trace of Your hand in my life. If I were to speak of the “stones” of deliverance and provision the first and most important “stone” would be the moment You delivered me from darkness and transferred me into the kingdom of Your light. You took the uncertainties of my life and gave me an eternal purpose for living. I am so grateful for the solid, reliable “stone” of salvation that is the starting point for the path of stones where I’ve seen Your hand in my life as I’ve experienced Your deliverance, provision and faithfulness every step along my pilgrim journey. Step by step, Lord, You walk with me on this straight and narrow path that leads to life eternal upholding me with Your righteous right hand. Amen.


Hope International Banquet

Hope International Banquet 5/23/17
The event was held in downtown Lancaster at the Marriott Lancaster Convention Center.

Hope International Banquet 5/23/17
Prior to the banquet last night the ministry had a conference and Hope International participants were in from all over the world dressed in their native apparel.

Hope International Banquet folk dance 5/23/17
African folk dance

Hope International Banquet 5/23/17
It’s always nice to be in a large crowd with others who have a heart for ministry and especially invigorating when so many are young people!

Hope International Banquet 5/23/17
We sat at a table of Convene members. Convene is a business organization we associate with that equips business owners and leaders to honor Christ. Last night three Convene group chairmen sat at our table. Our main Convene contact is Ron Hoover (right side in back). He has been very supportive of our ministry, encouraging his group members to use our chaplaincy service.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and we remember those who have gone on before us, especially those who paid the ultimate price in giving up their lives for our freedom. Of course for many of us it will also be an occasion to remember our loved ones who have passed on.

“Monuments”  Video  Legacy Five This song (quoted in the message) speaks of the monuments we must leave for our children to find their way home. “Don’t move the landmarks set up for your children so they can find the way home.”

“Heroes Of The Faith”  Video  Legacy Five

“Hidden Heroes”  Video  The Talleys  Today we consider all the people making a difference who receive little attention for their labor. This song shares a great perspective.

“What You Leave Behind”  Video  The Talleys

Convene – An excellent organization for business leaders pursuing excellence and striving to honor Christ. Here’s the page for Ron Hoover.

Hope International

“What’s in Your Hands?”  Video  A very well-done video describing the mission of Hope International.

The leader of the ministry is Peter Greer who many years ago shared this insight in the following blog article:

Toxic Charity: Lessons from Bob Lupton


May 7, 2012

I recently had the opportunity to hear Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), speak at the co-lab conference in Chicago.

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I was especially struck by his take on the receivers’ response when we offer charity:
· Give once and you elicit appreciation;
· Give twice and you create anticipation;
· Give three times and you create expectation;
· Give four times and it becomes entitlement;
· Give five times and you establish dependency (Lupton in Toxic Charity, p. 130).

The system of charity is broken: Necessary for short-term relief, charity is like putting a Band-Aid on a broken bone. As Lupton says, long term it reinforces the underlying issues of poverty—hopelessness, powerlessness, and helplessness. Affirming the superiority of the giver, it subordinates the receiver.

As Christ followers, we are called to something better. Christ came to break the cycle of spiritual and physical poverty. Therefore, let’s not create dependency. Instead, let’s encourage the poor to use their God-given talents and skills. Let’s uphold and affirm the poor’s dignity.

Finally today:

Kissmobile 5/23/17
Guess where else we were yesterday!

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“Decumulation”

May 23, 2017

Front porch of Ressler family home 5/18/17
Front porch of the historic Ressler home, Mascot, PA

“Decumulation”

Message summary: Are you unpacked for heaven?

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“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart” (Job 1:21). “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7).

We’ve lived in Lancaster County over 16 years now, longer than anywhere else we have ever lived. But we still find new things to explore. For many years we have passed a mill in Eastern Lancaster County that looked interesting. We recently read in a travel magazine that they give tours so last Thursday we took a free tour of the Mascot Roller Mill and Ressler family home.

Three generations of the Ressler family operated the mill and lived in the home from 1865 till 1977. The second generation Ressler couple had 8 children but only one married and that one had no children so there were no heirs when the third generation passed away.

So they did something very interesting. For many years the two siblings, Franklin and Anna Ressler, lived in the home and managed the mill. When they got up in years each of them packed all their belongings in a single suitcase and moved to a local retirement community, Landis Homes. They established a foundation to manage the property with a stipulation that it be maintained exactly as they left it the day they packed their bags to leave. And forty years later that stipulation has been followed scrupulously.

Franklin Ressler worked at the mill the day he moved to the retirement home. His coat and hat are hung on the wall, just inside the back door, just the way he left them that day. The tour guide pointed to a bar of soap near the bathroom sink and said that is the same bar they left behind, unmoved since last used by the Resslers. (Using bar soap to wash our hands is nearing antiquity for many of us these days!)

The tour is free, paid for by the foundation. During our tour we were the only ones present and of course had a lot of questions. The home not only is as they left it in 1977 but their lifestyle was more like people who lived in the early part of the 1900’s. They did not have a TV or refrigerator. The food was stored in the root cellar at a year round temp of 50 degrees. The phone was out on the porch so it wouldn’t distract from family life and so their Amish neighbors could use it, which they did until about two years ago.

Having shared the amazing story of elderly siblings who took none of their household treasures with them as they left their childhood home that day let’s consider a spiritual application of “Decumulation” for the believer. Yes that is a real word but we don’t use it much. It simply means “disposal of something accumulated” (Merriam-Webster) We normally say downsizing. When we are born we have nothing. But we very quickly begin to accumulate!

Today’s verses teach the transitory nature of life and the futility of anchoring our hope in temporal things. They call to our attention two universal bookends we all experience as part of life’s journey; birth and death.

We experience contentment when we focus on the eternal, not the temporal.

Newborn baby“For we brought nothing into this world.” Bible teacher David Guzik writes, “A baby is born not only penniless, but even without a pocket to put pennies in!”  Henry Alford comments… “The meaning appears to be,—we were appointed by God to come naked into the world, to teach us to remember that we must go naked out of it.”
Hearse with U-haul“And it is certain we can carry nothing out.” We regularly receive news of some notorious person dying but of course scores of people die every day, mostly unnoticed apart from their family and friends.

When attending a believer’s funeral it’s not unusual to see a Bible placed in the hands of the deceased in the coffin, testimony to what he or she really valued in this life. In recent years we’ve seen baseball gloves, Nascar caps, cowboy garb, etc. indicating what that person valued. But one thing is certain; they really aren’t taking the items with them! The material things that bring pleasure in this life or make a person wealthy hold no value in the world to come.

When we have a heart of contentment we view our material possessions and resources from an eternal perspective. We can’t take material possessions with us no matter how much we value them, but Jesus taught that we can start building our treasure chest there by unpacking for heaven, even while we live here below: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Steve ColeA person’s lasting wealth should be measured by the treasures he or she has stored up in heaven, not the treasures amassed on the earth.

Our material treasure will not pass from this life to the next, but the investment we have made to the kingdom of God through our service and use of our material resources will last for eternity. We can carry nothing out – but we can “send ahead” eternal blessing and reward through the wise use of our time and resources right now!

Bible teacher Steven Cole in his commentary on 1 Timothy observes, “If you are living for the eternal, not the temporal, you will experience three facets of contentment:
* Freedom from greed;
* Freedom from anxiety; and,
* Freedom from circumstances as the basis for happiness.

Today we encourage our readers to live for the eternal!  Are you unpacked for Heaven?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying womanDaily Prayer: Father, would You show us through Your Holy Spirit, through the Holy Scriptures and by the examples of committed believers what it is to live for the eternal. It seems that we indulge with the world far too much and it prioritizes our time, finances, and interests. As we love You more, we love the things of the world less. We see them for what they really are – temporary, broken, and often sin-ridden. As we fix our eyes on You the things of this world grow strangely dim. We want to spend more time with You which will direct our thoughts and affections toward heaven. We want to deposit our investments there so that our treasure chest is growing with rust-proof, moth-proof, and thief-proofed treasures that last for all eternity. In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

“Decumulation” in Merriam-Webster

The word is often used as a retirement strategy of spending down your assets.


Mascot Roller Mill and Ressler Family home

Mascot Roller Mill sign 5/18/17

Mascot Roller Mill and Ressler house 5/18/17
The home from the front entrance of the mill

Mascot Roller Mill and Ressler house 5/18/17
The house and beginnings of the seasonal garden with mill in the background.

Ressler barn 5/18/17
The barn

Mascot Roller Mill tour guide 5/18/17
Our tour guide for the mill was a colorful member of “The Old River Brethren”, a small group, with some similarity in appearance to the Amish. As we conversed we realized we had worshiped with his congregation on a couple of occasions in our neighborhood. The River Brethren do not have church buildings but meet in barns or houses.

Mascot Roller Mill storage area 5/18/17
The storage room in the mill

Mascot Roller Mill and Ressler house 2010
Here’s a photo of the house and mill I took in 2010, unaware of the story behind the structures.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Mascot Roller Mills and Ressler Home website  We certainly recommend this to local readers and to guests of Lancaster County!

They did not allow guests to take photos in the house. But some photos inside the family home can be seen here.

“Can’t Take It With You”  Video  Bluegrass Christian Disciples

“Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain”  Video  A song based upon 1 Timothy 6:6 written and sung by our friend Mike Book. We find it so helpful when Scripture is set to music and in many cases this becomes the basis for memorization.

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“GPS”

May 22, 2017

Lancaster County fixer-upper 5/21/17
Yesterday on the way to church we passed this fixer-upper in need of a little TLC but were impressed with the blended “family” that had taken up residence there. They seemed pleased to have us pull over and greet them.

“GPS”

Message summary: A lesson from God’s GPS.

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“You will make known to me the path of life” (Psalm 16:11).

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Tim Heitz preaching 5/21/17Yesterday we attended a church in Hopeland to hear a friend from one of our companies. Tim Heitz pastored for many years and still remains active in ministry. He told us last week he was preaching in his home church so we headed that way on Sunday to hear his message. We had heard him speak before and appreciate his fidelity to the Word of God. The main theme of his sermon can be expressed in a phrase he repeated often throughout the message:

“Direction, Not Intentions,
Determines our Destination”

The main point was staying on the right path in life and keeping a focus on where you are headed. So many drift through life aimlessly with little sense of direction. But we can join the Psalmist in his declaration to God: “You will make known to me the path of life.”

Brooksyne relies on the GPS for unfamiliar travel, but I would rather just find out where I am going and how to get there beforehand the old-fashioned way by studying the route out on a map!

GPSGPS provides the directions step by step or turn by turn. If you follow it you don’t know your next turn till shortly before it’s time to make the turn. Essentially it provides doses of information as you need them. (Of course you can also look over the entire route but I expect that most who use GPS don’t.)

There’s a spiritual application here, of course. We may very well want directions from the Lord long before He gives them to us. It would be interesting if, following our birth, we received not only a birth certificate but also a life map. The path of life would be highlighted from our first breath to our last.

But of course this isn’t the way our life’s journey is laid out except maybe in an old rerun of Twilight Zone. That would be a robotic existence, not a faith-based, day by day journey where we refuse, neglect, or choose to walk in the ways of the Lord. Thankfully, we do have a life map to follow since the Bible is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

Psalm 16:11The Psalmist expressed his assurance that “You will make known to me the path of life.” As we walk this pilgrim pathway we only get daily doses of God’s leading. All through our lives we need to remain sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and providential ministry opportunities that may spontaneously be given to us.

James captures this sentiment: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

God directs our lives every day, whether it’s a day of routine or whether it’s a day(s) of upheaval. But it’s during those times of upheaval that we often have difficulty hearing His voice and knowing which step to take next. Uncertainty looms over us and we want to make the right choice or give the proper response.  How good it is when we take our concern to the Lord and we hear His voice in our spirit directing us, “This is the way, walk in it.”

God has certainly not been silent and actually the sense of His faithfulness increases during times of uncertainty. In part, that’s due to the way we lean on Him, which is just what He wants us to do!

We want to encourage all of our fellow believers today. Whether you are in a time of comfort and stability or in transition and shifting, keep an ear tuned to hear His voice. His daily dosage of direction is a divine GPS which is always available, up to date, always reliable, and will always keep you headed in the right direction!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we recognize from Scripture that You long to be gracious to Your children, to show them compassion and give them direction. You bless those who wait upon You. Though you give us the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, you also give us teachers, prophets, and believing friends who affirm or challenge us as we seek Your face and Your will for our lives. As we hold up the lamp of Your Word to lighten the path before us, how good it is to hear Your voice behind us saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” You’ve promised that You will never leave us or forsake us. Darkness will not overtake us, for You are the Light of the World, and in You there is no darkness at all. Thank You for Your reassuring presence that You walk with us step by step on this day of our journey. We’re in route now but we’re assured that our final destination will have an eternal glorious address where our dwelling will be with You in heaven forevermore. Amen.


Hymn sing 5/19/17
Friday evening we went to a Gospel Hymn Sing that featured a number of Southern Gospel groups and a major feature of the event was congregational hymn singing. See below for several videos of these hymn sings.

Rose Hickernell and friends 5/20/17
Saturday evening Ester and I attended a Ladies’ Banquet. Pictured (L to R) are Katie Fritz, Rose Hickernell and her daughter, Annie Brown. Katie and Annie blessed us musically, then Rose and Annie shared a message together “Life is Hard – God is Good” as they told their own personal story of the ways God has turned their “disappointments” into “Hisappointments”. The devil will always disappointment but if we cross out the “D” for disappointment and replace it with “H” we can more easily see how God  leads us through life’s difficult moments giving us hope in place of despair.

90 year old choir member June Uhler 5/21/17
During the prelude the choir entered the sanctuary before taking their seats in the choir section. We were moved as an elderly woman hunched over, leaning on her cane for support, walked in among the members of the choir. But she stood straight and tall as she sang the choir number.

Tim Heitz with youth leader June Uhler 5/21/17
Here she is again shown with our friend Tim Heitz who shared the morning’s message.  Turns out June Uhler, who will be 90 in a few weeks, was Tim’s youth leader many moons ago. She also sang duets with him on the local AM Ephrata radio broadcast their church aired for many years back in the 70’s. Tim is considerably taller and is courteously kneeling beside her as we took this photo.

Kraybill Church Road batmobile 5/21/17
Yesterday our Amish neighbors hosted their church service and we had lots of buggy traffic passing our house but then we also had this interesting vehicle roar past our house that’s sort of looks like the “Batmobile”!

Geese on Donegal Creek 5/20/17
Geese with goslings on Donegal Creek pond.

Hess barn 5/20/17
A view on Kraybill Church Road up from our house as we approach Donegal Springs Road. The array of contrasting colors caught Brooksyne’s eye during her walk on Friday. Soon the golden field will be growing tall stalks of corn.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“God Leads Us Along”  Video  Gaither Vocal Band

“Heaven Came Down”  Video

“At Calvary”  Video

Finally today:

Lancaster County fixer-upper 5/21/17Another view of the abandoned house we saw yesterday. Due to the high property values in Lancaster County you rarely see properties in this condition so there must be a story. It’s at the junction of East Brubaker Valley Road and Sleepy Hollow Road north of Lititz PA.

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“Safe And Sound”

May 19, 2017

Amish open cart 5/18/17
We had a beautiful day yesterday to make our chaplain visits in eastern Lancaster County and we saw lots of folks out.

“Safe And Sound”

Message summary: Let us thank God that we are saved and sound!Note: Podcast not prepared for this message.

“Your brother has come, “he replied, “and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound” (Luke 15:27).

The longer I serve Him, The sweeter He grows
The more that I love Him , More joy He bestows
Each day is like heaven my heart overflows
The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows

 

Most people familiar with the English language understand the meaning of the phrase, “safe and sound.” One night I returned from an out of town trip very late and quietly went to bed where Brooksyne was sleeping soundly. As I snuggled up beside her around 3:00 AM she mumbled in her half asleep voice, “Safe and sound?” I was still a bit wound up and wasn’t quite ready to nod off so I thought about the expression for awhile and the blessing of being safe and sound. But before I finally fell asleep I began to rejoice in my spirit that I am also “saved and sound.”

It’s likely the phrase “safe and sound” originated from its use here in the daily text in the King James Bible, which was translated over 400 years ago. Of course it refers to the return of the prodigal son. It’s interesting that all the standard Bible translations I typically study from use this exact phrase.

Today let us also consider the blessing of being saved and sound.

Saved. Indescribable peace fills the heart when a believer has the assurance of salvation. Many years ago I memorized this selection from Scripture, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:3-7).

As an old hymn states:

“I’m saved by His power divine,
I’m saved to new life sublime,
life now is sweet and my joy is complete
for I’m saved, saved, saved!”

Sound. Our greatest aspiration should to be considered sound in God’s reckoning, not man’s and that is altogether different! The apostle Paul wrote, “Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away” (1 Corinthians 2:6).

Let us commit to:

“Having a sound mind” – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

“Holding fast to sound teaching” – “What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13).

“Enduring sound doctrine” – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:3).

“Being sound in the faith” – “Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13).

The word translated “sound” means to “to have sound health, to be well in body; to be uncorrupt (true in doctrine): — be in health, be safe and sound, be whole(-some).

It’s interesting to me that the word “sound” is used only twelve times in the Scriptures and nine of them are in the Pastoral Epistles. Interesting also that the expression “safe and sound” in our daily text translates the same identical word in the Greek.

Let us thank God that we are saved and sound!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, nothing brings abiding peace more than knowing that we are saved from the penalty of sin and that we are firmly grounded in Your holy precepts. It makes us feel safe in a struggling world that where most continue to search for knowledge from all the wrong sources. We are sound in our outlook when we align our understanding and convictions with the teachings of Christ, His disciples and the prophets of old, for we speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor from the authority of this world that changes from year to year.  Our wisdom is based upon our knowledge and understanding of You, our eternal Father, the One who changes not. In You we are saved and we are sound. Praise Your matchless, holy name.  Amen.


Elvin Martin 55th work anniversary 5/18/17
Elvin just celebrated his 55th work anniversary at the same location beginning his work career at 20 years of age. You won’t find to many people these days that have worked at the same place for 55 years!

Workplace kindness 5/18/17
Temps reached the 90’s today so supervisors provided the employees with plenty of water and gatorade to keep hydrated and cooled down.

Amish buggy 5/18/17
We always enjoy seeing the window open in the back of the buggy and the kids looking back, often waving at cars as they pass.

Lancaster County traffic 5/18/17
We had to wait to pass this farmer hauling a rather smelly load of you know what.

 

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

 

This evening we will be going out to dinner then to a Gospel Music hymn sing featuring several gospel singing groups we enjoy; Greater Vision, Mark Trammel Quartet and the Jim Brady Trio so we will share several of their songs with this message. This is an anniversary gift for our 41st anniversary we celebrated last week!

“The Longer I Serve Him”  Video  Greater Vision

“Too Much To Gain To Lose”  Video  Mark Trammell Trio

“Homesick For Heaven”  Video  Jim Brady Trio

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Lebanon County bald eagle 5/17 (Janice Martz)
Bald Eagle along Little Swatara Creek in Lebanon County PA
(Photo taken by our friend Janice Martz)

“Not A Bargain Redeemer”

Message summary: This day let us faithfully serve Jesus Christ, our great Savior, who was sent as a gift of absolute first quality! We hope you have accepted His provision and can victoriously declare with us today, “I Am Redeemed!”

ListenListen to our message on your audio player.

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7). “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18,19).

"Bargains, Bargains, Bargains" When we travel to the various companies where we provide chaplaincy services we have some flexibility in our schedule and will at times look for interesting things to do between the visits. Several months ago we started at a company in rural Lebanon County which has opened a whole new variety of exploration opportunity. Tuesday we were driving along and saw a large store with this sign along the highway, “Bargains, Bargains, Bargains”. Brooksyne’s eyes lit up and she said, “Let’s stop!” So of course we did. After all, everyone loves a bargain, and this did turn out to be a bargain store. You never know till you have a look Brooksyne would tell me.

Bargains are good for certain items. For instance we have no problem buying seconds on some items like Hershey candy that may have packaging not up to company standards. However some things you really don’t want to associate with a bargain such as “bargain heart surgery” or “cheap knee replacements”.

The store did indeed have some interesting bargains such as greeting cards priced to go at three for a dollar if you don’t care enough to send the very best. Of course many of us recognize “when you care enough to send the very best” is a slogan for Hallmark cards, based in Kansas City Missouri, near my stomping ground.

Hallmark logoWhen C.E. (Ed) Goodman, a Hallmark sales and marketing executive, jotted down these words on a 3×5 card in 1944, he was trying to capture the essence of why Hallmark stood above the rest. It is more than a slogan for Hallmark, it is a business commitment.

God Cared EnoughMy Mom worked for Hallmark at that time in Kansas City Missouri. We recall her sharing how high the standards were in regard to the folds being just right and that became problematic for her. At that time they did it by hand but, of course, that is no longer the case.

I am afraid if we are all honest none of us always sends, gives or does the very best but years ago we recall a little saying based upon the Hallmark slogan that “God Cared Enough To Send The Very Best” referring of course to the supreme gift of His only begotten Son who came and died to provide our redemption.

The greatest gift is of absolute first quality, that God sent His sinless Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.

2 Cornthians 5:21“God made Him who had no sin.” The only person who ever walked on this earth who had no sin was Jesus and He alone was a suitable sacrifice for our sins. When the Father wanted to solve our sin problem once and for all He sent His only Son to be the supreme sacrifice.

“To be sin for us.” God made Jesus to “be sin”; this is true in the sense of a sin offering, just as a lamb was offered for a meat sacrifice, the Lamb of God was the bodily sacrifice for our sins. “We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). Peter wrote concerning this sacrifice, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:18,19).

“So that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” A great theological doctrine is known as imputed righteousness. Imputed righteousness is a theological concept directly related to the doctrine of justification. Justification is that step in salvation in which God declares the believer righteous which includes the imputation of Christ’s righteousness (crediting it to the believer’s “account”). Imputed righteousness therefore means that upon repentance and belief in Christ, individuals are declared righteous. This righteousness is not the believer’s own, rather it is Christ’s own righteousness ‘imputed’ to the believer.

This day let us faithfully serve Jesus Christ, our great Savior, who was sent as a gift of absolute first quality! We hope you have accepted His provision and can victoriously declare with us today, “I Am Redeemed!”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain
Now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, I am eternally grateful for Jesus who imputed His righteousness in me, just as You imputed my sin into the sinless Lamb of God who poured out His life for me on the cross. Through this merciful and selfless sacrifice of Christ I am justified. Jesus truly paid the highest price for my redemption and removed the penalty of sin for all who truly repent and believe. Thank You for this gift paid in full by the atoning work of Your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray.  Amen.


Lebanon County bald eagle 5/17 (Janice Martz)
Here’s a photo of the eaglet which hatched this spring in the Lebanon County nest.  Bald Eagles build the largest nest of any North American bird.

We find many regularly keep up with an eagle cam for a nest in York County to the west of us which live streams year round. (See here.) These eaglets hatched on March 20, 21 and are growing rapidly. Apart from the interesting video of the growing birds it’s nice to have playing in the background for the live nature sounds!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Redeemed”  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir I enjoy this version since I enjoy the sound of a large choir and consider the amazing redemption stories represented by its members. This version includes the lyrics. Listen and let it bless you!

“Redeemed”  Video  Big Daddy Weave with a very touching song background by Mike Weaver who wrote the song.

“Our Great Savior”  Video  The Talleys

“There Is A Redeemer”  Video   Keith Green

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