“Follow In His Steps”

August 22, 2017

Sunrise on Lakewood Lake, Lees Summit, MO (Janet Beebe)
Sunrise over Lakewood Lake, Lees Summit, MO
(Photo taken by Stephen’s cousin, Janet Beebe)

“Follow In His Steps”

Message summary: Christ’s call to the first disciples as He walked along the Galilean seaside indicated early in His ministry His desire to connect by means of communication.

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“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

Sunday, August 22, 1971 was a rather uneventful day according to the site “On This Day” which lists significant historical events on each day.* The “event of interest” was “J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the ‘Camden 28’.” But I am sure you already knew that!

But each of us have certain days that are personally significant to us such as our birthdays, anniversary, etc. For me today’s date is significant becauseforty-six years ago I accepted Christ at a convention in Kansas City Missouri with Evangelist Lowell Lunsdrom preaching. Today I renew my commitment to follow Christ!

There were a number of ministry experiences Jesus and his disciples had as they traveled on and around the Sea of Galilee, such as those times Jesus preached from the boat as others sat on the seaside.

Christ’s call to the first disciples as He walked along the Galilean seaside indicated early in His ministry His desire to connect by means of communication. Peter and his brother Andrew were fishermen. When Christ called out to them and said, “I will make you fishers of men” He had their attention. Several years later Peter cast a wide Gospel net on the day of Pentecost and brought in a huge catch, demonstrating his Spirit-enabled proficiency as a “fisher of men”.

Christ said to them, “Come, follow me”. In his first letter Peter expresses the “follow” theme, calling his initial readers and all to “follow in His steps”. This phrase was the basis for Charles Sheldon’s Christian Classic, “In His Steps”.

Now certainly I believe it’s appropriate for us to heed God’s call to be “fishers of men”, but I want you to consider another element of the text today; how we communicate timeless truths to a spiritually blind and Biblically illiterate world. In calling Peter and Andrew, Christ used words and concepts they could understand.

Let us illustrate. Yesterday of course all the buzz was concerning the Eclipse. We noted on a friend’s FaceBook page an interesting parallel that used the eclipse to prompt a consideration of a vital spiritual truth (see below).

Today we urge you to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in finding ways to reach the hearts of those whom you meet as you “walk beside the sea”. May He also give you the words to clearly communicate the message of Christ’s salvation to all who will hear.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, just as You called the fishermen, tax collectors, and other commoners to be “fishers of men” You also call and equip us to reach the lost men and women of our day. May our hearts be filled with compassion and our spirits charged with faith as we prayerfully seek to make a difference in our own generation. It is not by our own might, our talents, or our power, but it is by Your Spirit that we can effectively reach the lost.  Help us to be faithful in doing so. We pray in Your name.  Amen.


Here’s the repost we read on our friend Linda Trout’s Facebook page yesterday:

There is so much excitement and anticipation around the eclipse coming up on Monday. I mean, what’s not to love! The moon blocking out the sun and darkness in the middle of the afternoon! It’s a phenomena that the whole country is anticipating (and hoping to have the right glasses to view).

But could I tell you about another day that the sun was darkened and refused to shine? It was the darkest day in history 2000 years ago when the Son of Man was hanging on a cross. The Scripture gives this account in Mark 15:33-34: “At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

The sun was darkened for three hours as the Father turned away from the Son. For the first time in all of eternity there was a separation of the Father and the Son. Our finite minds can’t comprehend such love for us that God would sacrifice His Son. And why would the Son willingly give His life for the sins of the whole world? It’s beyond our human comprehension. Darkness in the middle of the day. Creation mourning the killing and death of the Lord of Creation. But praise God it didn’t end there…not in darkness! The darkest day in history was turned into a glorious daylight as the Son arose on the third day! Salvation was complete.

The eclipse on Monday will be an amazing event. Amazing, but not life changing. I pray that it is a reminder of that day so long ago when love eclipsed darkness and salvation became a reality for each and every person on the planet. That is life changing, but only if you receive it.

I hope you are careful on Monday as you look at the sun, but I pray that you are always careful to look AT The Son! “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.”

Note: As material gets posted and reposted on Facebook it can be hard to attribute the original author.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Follow Me”  Video  Kelly Willard

“I Will Make You Fishers Of Men”  Video  We probably recall this from our childhood days (or from teaching children).

“Rise And Follow Me”  Video  Rhonda Vincent  I tend to enjoy the Bluegrass sound!

“Power of the Cross”  Video  Gold City This coming Sunday evening “Gold City” will be at the final concert of the Lebanon Music in the Park summer series. For local readers info is here.

“If Church Pews Could Shout”  Video  Gold City  We enjoy the storytelling nature of southern Gospel music!

* “What Happened on August 22, 1971” from this interesting site “On This Day”.  You can enter your birthday or any day and find out what happened!

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“The Heavens Declare”

August 21, 2017

Photo from Old Windmill Farm
Old Windmill Farm early Saturday morning
Notice the moon, which is an integral part of today’s solar eclipse!

“The Heavens Declare”

Message summary: Let us look up to the skies that expand far beyond the human eye or the lens of the most sophisticated telescope. Listen to the pouring forth of speech as the heavens give dramatic evidence of God’s existence; His power, love and care. Let us observe the displaying of knowledge, which day after day and night after night, faithfully declares the glory of God.

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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge” (Psalm 19:1,2).

David Bradstreet, astronomy professorSome events are hard to write about since so much has already been written about them. Such is the case with today’s solar eclipse. Those reading this, especially in the USA, have surely heard about it day in and day out.

Last week we visited with Dr. David Bradstreet, an astronomy professor at Eastern University. He is understandably buzzed about the event and is in Orangeburg, SC today in the very middle of the 70 mile total eclipse swath hoping for clear skies.

David is son-in-law to our elderly friends Jesse and Wilma Dourte whom we often mention in this series. It was a joy to pick Dave’s brain while we conversed on the Dourte’s front porch last week. However astronomy, like physics, takes a special comprehension aptitude that I guess I just don’t have!

"Star Struck" book cover David Bradstreet, astronomy professorDavid has written a book titled “Star Struck – Seeing The Creator In The Wonders Of the Cosmos”. It’s an interesting read with a story about his upbringing in Brockton, Massachusetts which is near Taunton where we lived in the nineties.

Even as a little boy he was star struck and had an intense desire to study astronomy. David is also a committed Christian and we appreciate this description of his book, “‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork,’ exclaims the Psalmist. The heavens are beckoning us, telling us that this wonderful, mind-boggling cosmic display is indeed the work of the Creator.”

“Mind-boggling”, now that’s a good word to describe astronomy! That’s an interesting word we often use w/o considering its meaning which is “intellectually overwhelming.” And that it is!

Solar eclipse via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons (click to enlarge)A solar eclipse (as seen from the planet Earth) is a type of eclipse that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and earth, and when the moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. Millions of people will seek to be on the 70 mile swath with complete blocking, the ideal location being right in the middle of that swath. Even at that precise point the total blackout will last only two minutes and 40 seconds so you better be paying attention! An umbraphile is one who loves eclipses, often travelling to see them. Since we don’t have the special glasses necessary to safely look at the eclipse Dave told us to look at the ground for crescent moon shaped shadows. (Note: photo to left is from Wikipedia commons.)

How marvelous is God’s creation along with the perfect orderliness of His glorious works. Last night I looked up to a clear black sky and early today it is a clear blue. Let us consider the well-known daily verse and the great God we serve as proclaimed by the heavens which declare the glory of God and the skies which proclaim the work of His hands.

Some 3,000 years ago another David looked up into the sky and made the proclamation found in the daily text. Although I am more familiar with the first verse I find great blessing from the second as well: “Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” We could add “year after year”, “generation upon generation…” Many are observant and listen, taking in this rich display of knowledge, though most give little attention. Today especially many are observing.

Let us look up to the skies that expand far beyond the human eye or the lens of the most sophisticated telescope. Listen to the pouring forth of speech as the heavens give dramatic evidence of God’s existence; His power, love and care. Let us observe the displaying of knowledge, which day after day and night after night, faithfully declares the glory of God. Let us also rejoice in and proclaim the mighty work of His hands!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are surrounded by Your awesome works and the endless display of Your divine handiwork. We give special consideration to that today due to the solar eclipse. But the entire universe is in perfect order which is a testimony to Your greatness and continued watchful eye over all of Your creation. The silent heavens speak as they declare Your majesty and glory. They also testify to Your righteousness and faithfulness as the Lord who created them and gave them a purpose for existence. May we, as Your human creation, also proclaim Your righteousness and faithfulness day after day. May our lives display the work of Your all-powerful Spirit as we continue to grow in our faith journey here below until the day of Christ’s return. Amen.


Kleen-Rite KFC delivery 8/18/17

We enjoy serving the Lord as chaplains to companies while we seek to be a witness for Christ and an encourager in the workplace. We look for ways to be a bright spot in the employees’ work week and had an opportunity last Friday. Kleen-Rite is a company that sells car wash equipment and supplies. Their call center is a very busy place with the 20 plus sales and customer service reps almost always on the phone. Every Friday they order lunch (to be delivered) and Lisa, who places the orders, had mentioned they wish they could get KFC food but it’s too far away for a delivery. We also visit another company that places us where we pass by KFC on Fridays so we arranged with Lisa to pick up an order and be their delivery service! We think this is a first for us and can now appreciate the hard work of food delivery!

Sunset 8/19/17 (Click to enlarge)
Saturday evening at sunset a big storm was coming from the west as the sun set. Sitting out on our front porch Brooksyne snapped this photo only moments before heavy winds and rain drove us inside!
(Click to enlarge)

Neighborhood walk 8/20/17
Neighborhood summer flowers and lawn ornaments are always eye catching as I take my early morning or late evening walks. These coleus leafs appear so vibrant as they benefit from plenty of shade and sun!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“All Heaven Declares”  Video   Robin Mark

Moody Radio Grand Rapids interview by Perry LaHaie with Dr. David Bradstreet! Audio

Eastern University Astronomy website

David Bradstreet’s book “Star Struck” is available on Amazon here

Greed: Watch Out For Scam Solar Eclipse Glasses

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“Please Forgive Me”

August 18, 2017

Brooksyne with baby goat on Old Windmill Farm 8/17/17
Yesterday morning we dropped by to see our friends at the Old Windmill Farm and Brooksyne held the baby goat born last Thursday. You can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take farm out of the girl!

“Please Forgive Me”

Message summary: Today we urge you to make confession of sin a regular practice in your life. That’s the heart and substance of genuine Christianity.

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“Pilate … took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood,’ he said. ‘It is your responsibility!'” (Matthew 27:24).  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Pilot Sully Sullenberger Considering off the top of my head famous pilots some very well-known names come to mind; Orville and Wilbur Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Chuck Yeager and most recently Sully Sullenberger, the pilot who deftly landed a large airliner in the Hudson River saving many lives (Photo).*

As a child I (Stephen) attended a church that regularly recited the Apostle’s Creed. When we recited the phrase, “suffered under Pontius Pilate”, for many years, I thought that we were talking about a pilot named Pontius! I suppose  that would make him the most referenced pilot in history!

In the course of our chaplain visitation we get many interesting inquiries since we see all types of people from the disinterested to seekers to believers in many stages of Bible knowledge and maturity. An employee who reads this encouragement series asked, “When we turn to Christ for salvation do we need to confess every sin we ever committed?” Now if that were the case many of us would never reach the Amen in the “sinner’s prayer”! We’d still be praying it when our name is called out from heaven!

I briefly explained that when we accept Christ we confess that we are sinners and accept God’s forgiveness for all the sin we have committed, although at the point of our conversion, we may also have a specific gripping sin we confess as well. Following our conversion, as a Christian believer, the indwelling Holy Spirit will continue to convict us of specific sins, and it is in these matters that we confess our sins to God, ask His forgiveness, and seek His power to remove besetting sin from our lives.

Please forgive me
I need your grace to make it through
All I have is you, I’m at your mercy
Lord, I’ll serve you
Until my dying day
Help others find the way
At your mercy, please forgive me

In the first daily text Pilate publicly washed his hands, but there’s no evidence that he privately cleansed his heart. He sought to absolve himself of his responsibility in Christ’s death, seeking to place that responsibility instead on the crowd.

But he couldn’t. The ancient Apostles’ Creed states, Christ “suffered under Pontius Pilate”. Pilate thought the symbolism of washing his hands was all that was needed. How typical of the world’s way, which so values symbolism over substance. That’s the way of false religions and even many distortions of Christianity.

Symbols have some value and can be helpful as reminders of inwardly held faith. After I accepted the Lord as a teenager I was baptized and publicly professed my faith in Christ in the presence of other believers in a church in Independence, Missouri. I regularly participate in the Lord’s Supper as commanded by Jesus before He died. I sometimes wear a cross on my lapel or a tie that has a witness for Christ. These are visual symbols of my faith in the Lord.

But I understand these symbols have value only to the extent that they reflect my commitment to Christ in the way I live my life. I find great personal value and often quote the second daily verse written by the Apostle John, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Now that’s substance! Joy wells up within me as I share this liberating truth with you today.

Three interesting observations about this verse:

1) The use of the first person pronoun by John, “If we…”. He’s not writing merely to them; he is one of them.
2) “Confess our sins” means “to agree with or say the same word.” When we confess we acknowledge God’s perspective concerning our sin problem. The word is in the present active indicating our need to continually confess our sins as well as our absolute dependence on God.
3) “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” Now that’s surely one of the greatest promises in the entire Bible!

Today we urge you to make confession of sin a regular practice in your life. That’s the heart and substance of genuine Christianity.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we confess our sins to You. You are the One who cleanses our hearts so that we stand righteous before You through Jesus Christ our Lord. It is not in ourselves that we are made righteous, for our righteousness is as filthy rags as described by the prophet Isaiah. It is in Jesus’ death and resurrection that we are forgiven of our sins. It is not by works of righteousness; it is not by doing that which is seen by others as commendable, but it is according to Your grace and mercy that we are saved, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

* Indeed these pilots came to mind off the top of my head but I did need to check the spelling on several!


Some Scenes On Our Journey

People will often say to us “You sure travel a lot”. Although we do travel out of our home area, such as our trip to the Midwest last week, most of our photos come from right here in Lancaster or Lebanon County and we take them in the course of our chaplain visitation traveling from company to company.

Baby goat on Old Windmill Farm 8/17/17
After our first chaplain visit yesterday to Smucker and Sons we stopped by to see our friends at the Old Windmill farm where we took our lead photo of Brooksyne holding the baby goat. Here’s the rambunctious gal trying to get out of her pen. They probably reason early on the grass must be greener on the other side!

Newborn calf with mom on Old Windmill Farm 8/17/17
This bull calf was born the previous night.

Lancaster County back road scene 8/17/17
Following a visit to Vallorbs, driving on rural roads north of Intercourse PA, we passed this family enjoying their spring wagon on a lovely summer day. The children must surely enjoy the open wagon as compared to being squeezed into the small box like buggy that has only one window in the back where the small children often peek through to wave at passersby.

Harvest fun in Lancaster County, PA 8/17/17
We passed this harvest scene north of New Holland, after Brooksyne’s visit to Comfort Inn. We’re unclear what these boys were harvesting but they were having a good time throwing it at each other. (Brooksyne’s note: It reminded me of my childhood when Grandpa would gather my cousins and the neighborhood children and we would harvest his huge potato fields on the mountain in Arkansas. We’d pick up acres of potatoes that he sold at market. When we came across a rotten potato we’d often throw it at another picker; and then the potato fight would begin. We were already a dirty mess so what’s a few rotten potatoes coming at you! It made the hot and hard work a lot more fun.)

Lancaster County tobacco harvest 8/17/17 (Click to enlarge)
We sure don’t advocate for tobacco use but this was sure a pretty scene from the Val-Co parking lot. This Old-Order Mennonite family was working together with the mom driving the team. The dad and at least three children were picking up the leaves. (This photo will enlarge if you click on it)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Please Forgive Me”  Video  Jason Crabb

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Steincross Family photo 8/27/33
“The Days Of Old”
This photo will mean little to most readers but this is my mom’s family photo from August 1933. Mom’s parents (my grandparents) are in the front middle. She is on the lower left, twelve years old at the time, along with her older brother (top middle) and many sisters. When the youngest daughter, my Aunt Frances, passed away in 2009, it marked the end of this George Washington Steincross generation. Looking it over reminds me of the verse, “Generations come and generations go” (Ecclesiastes 1:4). Do you have a photo like this?

“Considering The Days Of Old”

Message summary:  May the Lord help each of us to see the presence of His hand along our earthly journey till we enter the Promised Land.

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“Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past” (Deuteronomy 32:7).

When we were in the Midwest two weeks ago we drove by some places where we had early experiences in our dating years, marriage and ministry; the Bible College in Springfield, MO where we first met as freshmen, Brooksyne from Tulsa, Oklahoma and me from the Kansas City Missouri area. We drove by the little church, now long closed where we first pastored as newlyweds, along with the tiny parsonage which was our first home as a married couple.

We saw friends and family from both sides and recognized absent family members reminding us of the cycle of life. Our recent experience brings to mind today’s verse, “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past.” The “days of old” may represent the past in our own lives, something we all do well to remember and at times contemplate.

Moses preached a long sermon (Deuteronomy) just prior to his death and just before the Israelites entered the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership. In fact Bible commentators consider the book of Deuteronomy to be a single message.

In Bible College we were required to read all 34 chapters of the book in one sitting to get the sense of it being a sermon rather than a book divided into chapters. We don’t suppose too many preachers would want to preach a message this long in these “tweeter” days. Many, if not most, would walk out way before the sermon ended and a “concerned” committee would plan a meeting to confront the Pastor about his way too long sermons.

In today’s short text Moses gives two commands:

“Remember the days of old.” Our roots are so important. I believe this verse refers to a recollection of how God has worked in the past as recorded in the Scriptures. In the specific context it likely refers to the history we read of up through that time in the Bible and more recent history for those people such as their long 40 year sojourn in the wilderness.  But it also has an application for our own walk with the Lord and our own “days of old”. As we look upon our past it is so important to consider the milestones in which the Lord has brought us along on our earthly pilgrimage. As we look back we have seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow. Each is part of the mosaic that makes us who we are.

“Consider the generations long past.” The people of God had a powerful oral history with accounts carefully passed down from generation to generation. Since Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch) all we have recorded prior to this was passed down orally or perhaps revealed to him by divine revelation. We now have the benefit of the Holy Bible and thousands of years of inspired written material. We need to consider each one of these generations and learn from their example, both good and bad.

The NASV Bible has this heading for 1 Corinthians 10, “Avoid Israel’s Mistakes.” In recounting some of their experiences Paul writes, “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). Spanish philosopher George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That’s true both personally and for a society at large.

Each of us has roots. Some memories that co-exist with these roots are pleasant while others are not. But as we look back we see God’s faithfulness in His provision, His direction, and His tender care. This gives us a faith lift for the situations we are currently facing and the various uncertainties that come to us from many different directions. May the Lord help each of us to see the presence of His hand along our earthly journey till we enter the Promised Land.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, as we consider the days of old we see Your faithful hand guiding us along life’s pathway, in our own lives and in the generations that precede us. Your deliverance from our sins, Your provision for our every need and Your guidance for our every step keeps us firmly anchored like a tree planted by streams of water. Keep us faithful and trusting until we cross over to the Promised Land.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


We shared several of these photos two weeks ago but will do so again since they relate to our message today and we also share additional information in the captions.

CBC sign 8/1/17
We met at a small Midwestern Bible College in the Fall of 1973, the year we had both graduated from high school. The campus was vibrant with over 1,000 students and bursting at the seams. At that time a Bible College education was considered adequate by many in our denomination and although some went on to seminary for additional study many, like us, embarked into ministry. We actually launched into ministry while still in college, marrying after our Junior year and then pastoring a small country church my senior year. For most now the trend is a general “liberal arts” education followed by seminary for ministerial training before you would ever consider entering ministry. Probably due in part to this trend through the years enrollment in the Bible College decreased to the point the school was closed about 5 years ago and the remaining students were “encouraged” to attend the church-run liberal arts college across town. In fact from what I read we are essentially retroactively graduates of this college! However we are very pleased that we were Bible College trained and were very saddened to see our former campus now closed.

CBC campus 8/1/17
The property is being auctioned off. We recall many memories of the Lord establishing His calling upon our lives as we attended this Bible School – daily chapel services, dormitory prayer groups, weekly mission services, godly instructors, lifelong friends. We  transitioned into adulthood in a Bible Institute setting where we were instructed and encouraged to grow in godliness. The focus was more on spiritual maturation than merely academic achievement.

Sunnyvale 8/1/17
This is Sunnyvale, the little church just outside of Springfield where we pastored the first year of our marriage and ministry in May of 1976. It was here that we met some of the finest Christians who were loving, supportive, and dedicated to God. It has been closed for a number of years now as a church was planted nearby and many of the people have attended there in recent years and some of the most dedicated attendees at Sunnyvale have been with the Lord for many years now.

Sunnyvale parsonage 8/1/17
Our first home as a married couple was this little parsonage right beside the church where we lived from May 1976 till we moved to Pennsylvania in August 1977. We were anxious to plant an Evangelical Church in an area where there were few churches and that’s what led us to Saint Marys, PA where we planted a church and resided for nearly 16 years.

Sunnyvale dinner on the grounds 1977

Dinner on the grounds in Fair Grove, Missouri, 1976. Stephen was 21, I was 20 and we were married only a few months. The Sutherlands were in their 90’s seen left of the tree. (I am smiling as I type this caption since warm memories return of this special gathering when we brought our picnic type foods together and there’s no doubt that someone brought fried chicken to the picnic.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“When It’s All Been Said And Done”  Video  Robin Mark

“Leave A Legacy”  Video  Aaron Jeoffrey

“Monuments”  Video  Legacy Five

“Heroes Of The Faith”  Video  Legacy Five

Finally Today:

I (Stephen) am geographically inclined and Google Earth (or maps) provides an interesting way to reminisce about our past with either a satellite view or in many cases a street view of virtually anywhere on the earth. As a personal project I chronicled my life and Brooksyne’s using this with each link opening to a place of significance to us. I call it “My Personal Geography” Perhaps it’s something you might like to do.

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“Don’t Grow Weary!”

August 16, 2017

Keefer sunflowers (8/15/17)
Yesterday we visited a few minutes with John and Faithe Keefer and saw their tall sunflowers and other healthy vegetation.

“Don’t Grow Weary!”

Message summary: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). “Never Tire Of Doing What Is Right”

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“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9,10). “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right” (2 Thessalonians 3:13).

Mollie with frisbeeWe could learn from our dog Mollie a characteristic we write about today. She never tires of playing, especially Frisbee toss. Anytime, day or night, all we have to do is say or spell F-R-I-S-B-E-E and from wherever she is she will come bounding ready to go. She is never “not in the mood”. After many tosses she may tire enough to plop down in the yard to chew on it for a few minutes before getting refreshed for another round. Inevitably her owners tire out before she does!

Yesterday in the course of our chaplain ministry Brooksyne and I talked to a friend who shared a burden with us regarding his children. He and his wife came to faith prior to their marriage and sought to raise their children for the Lord. However upon reaching adulthood two of their children have departed from the Lord’s ways, creating such a heavy, even sorrowful burden for them. We prayed with the brother and encouraged him to stay faithful and keep pressing on in the ways of the Lord.

Those of you who know me personally have likely heard my signature departing exhortation as I often repeat “Stay faithful to God”. I’ve said this for so many years that people now come up to me and offer, “I’m staying faithful!” or they look right in my eyes and ask, “Are you staying faithful?” Several weeks ago Rick, a pastor friend from New England, wrote “God bless and stay …” Yes, indeed, I am!

We all need to have this truth firmly embedded in our lives.

“Doing what’s popular is not always right,
and doing what’s right is not always popular.”

Much of that which is popular in the world is not right and too often doing the right thing will  not be popular with the world.

Today let us each personally consider the Scriptural call to, “Never Tire Of Doing What Is Right”.

In the daily text the Apostle Paul is concluding his second epistle to the young Thessalonian believers. The broader context of the passage has to do with some faulty notions these young believers had about the return of Christ. The immediate context deals with living our lives in the daily grind, summarized with the phrase of the daily text “And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.” That’s a good word for all of us.

The real stuff of the Christian life is choosing this particular day and every day to never tire of doing what is right.Bible teacher David Guzek comments: There are many excuses one might offer in explaining weariness in doing good, but they should all be rejected.

* “It takes so much effort to keep doing good” – but you will extend effort towards the things of the world.
* “It takes so much self-denial to keep doing good” – but it is worth it when we consider the reward.
* “It just brings me persecution to do good” – but your persecutions are nothing compared to that which others have suffered.
* “People don’t respond and there are little results when I do good” – but remember how slow you were to respond to Jesus Christ.
* “It doesn’t earn much gratitude when I do good” – but God sends many blessings even to those who do not thank or appreciate Him.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). “Never Tire Of Doing What Is Right” “Don’t Grow Weary!”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we enjoy positive results and favorable comments when we do good. But there are many times that we do good or take a position, in accordance to the Bible, that results in our being ridiculed, mocked or even persecuted. Would You increase the importance of eternity in our hearts so that we don’t become weary of doing good and always expect reward here and now. Help us to remember, in many instances, the proper time that we reap a harvest will not be on this side but on the other side of eternity. Above all, remind us through Your Holy Spirit, that we choose to do good because it pleases You. May the fulfillment of pleasing You be of much greater importance than pleasing or impressing those among us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Received this interesting perspective regarding yesterday’s message: “Your message today made me think of something that has been on my mind a long time. You spoke of the license and “liberty” that encroaches upon the church regarding alcohol in particular. The pastor and his craft beer blog set me to thinking. Several years ago, I attended an educational forum hosted by Veritas Academy in Pennsylvania. One of the evenings there was a cook out at a local park. The men in administration of this forum were all members of the Reformed faith (Calvinistic) and made much of their liberty to drink (not to excess, of course) and did so openly. They were beer snobs and incredibly obsessed with showing off to mostly tea totalers how cool they were utilizing this “Christian” freedom. This seems to have permeated many churches evidently. I do not personally consider having a glass of wine with dinner a sin, but Christians always need to be mindful of their witness before others and that they are never the cause of anyone stumbling. Thanks for listening. Susan”


Wayne and Yvette

It’s a blessing to consider those, whom we’ve had opportunity to impact, demonstrate the evidence of transformation and steadfastness such as expressed in this Facebook post yesterday from a friend of ours in New England:

“Seventeen years ago today I (Wayne) entered a program called Teen Challenge. Jesus Christ used this program to work out the character defects that made me an alcoholic and drug addict. I’m happy to say all these years later He is still working His character in my life. I’m so grateful for the awesome friends and the best leaders in the world that I met there. I’m also thankful for the amazing woman of God that He gave me for a wife who I also met there and who has encouraged me more than anyone over the last eleven years. God moved a mountain and I believe He’ll do it again.”

What a joy to talk to Wayne last night! He and his wife, Yvette, presently serve as a pastoral team in a church in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Yvette attended the church I pastored in Taunton, MA and I had to privilege of uniting these two in marriage over ten years ago. (Photo above taken during our visit in June 2016)


Dourte Pantry (8/15/17)
Yesterday we visited with Jesse and Wilma Dourte our ninety+ year old friends and took a look at their pantry. They had just canned over 40 quarts of apple sauce and gave most of it to family members. We hope to have that kind of ambition if we reach our nineties!

Old Windmill Farm bunny and flowers (Photo by Jesse Lapp)
Jesse Lapp sent a couple more photos over from the Old Windmill Farm. He is a budding photographer with excellent composition in this photo!

Old Windmill Farm kid goat and mother (Photo by Jesse Lapp)
Brooksyne sure would like to bring this little goat home, but we just don’t have the facilities to raise a goat, so we’ll just enjoy the visits and photos.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Come Alive (Dry Bones)” Video  Lauren Daigle (This song is dedicated to the friend mentioned in today’s message and to all parents with prodigal children)

“Hills and Valleys”  Video  Tauren Wells

Duke, another reader recommended a recovery program I had not heard of before: Rurecover

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“Chain Breaker”

August 15, 2017

Cross made of chain
“The cross we carry is never as heavy as the chains from which we were freed.”
(I took the photo above about ten years ago at a “Transport For Christ” trucker chapel in Omaha Nebraska)


“Chain Breaker”

Message summary: Today we consider those bound in various addictions and the blessing of the Chain Breaker.

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“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened” (Acts 16:25,26).

For several months we’ve been enjoying a song called “Chain Breaker”. We first heard the song by The Triumphant Quartet. According to the song writer, Zach Williams, it’s based in part on the daily text.

If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to fill the same old holes inside
There’s a better life, there’s a better life

Today we consider those bound in various addictions. A very common topic of discussion in our chaplain ministry is addictions. In some cases we provide support to the employee who is dealing with an addiction but more often it is a family member. Alcohol and drugs continue to be a major scourge. This scourge is increasing as alcohol and drug use is legalized and legitimized even among many in the church. Within the modern church some leaders and lay members are now bragging about a newfound “liberty” that for many will become another source of bondage.

Especially on our heart as we prepare today’s message is a friend from one of our companies. His son has been in and out of addiction for some 20 years. For several years we have followed his story through cycles. For several months he will do fine only to lapse back into his destructive addiction. Several weeks ago I inquired of his father who sadly reported he had another fall and was in jail.

Not long ago Brooksyne worked with a woman who had lost her husband(s) and four children due to her alcoholism. Though she tried to reach out to her grown children they had given up on her. She relapsed and Brooksyne was notified and saw her through her transition to another state where she was yet placed in another rehab.

The song “Chain Breaker” addresses the addiction problem head-on in a powerful way. Consider these thoughtful lyrics from the second verse:

We’ve all searched for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
When there’s a better life, there’s a better life

Zach Williams writes that “Chain Breaker” was inspired by his reading the account of Paul and Silas in Acts 16. They had been bound in chains and imprisoned for proclaiming the Gospel, a risk of being obedient many still encounter in restricted areas of the world. The apostles did not despair but prayed and sang hymns of praise to God. God providentially ordained a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were broken. Although Acts 16 was a literal account of Paul and Silas’ deliverance Zach sees the passage as figurative in another type of deliverance.

If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you got chains, He’s a chain breaker

Today we focus on two groups:

1) You may have come across this message and realize you are in bondage. It seems God is using this song to remind many that He is a chain breaker!!! We urge you to turn in faith to God. One response to the comment section of the website states, “I can totally relate to this song. I was drowning in addiction and depression, I’ve attempted suicide 3 times. I took 150 sleeping pills, but God WOKE me up. That’s just one of the many times God has kept me alive. He pulled me from death and gave me life. God is so good. I owe all to my prison shaking Savior, and I love Him so deeply. Thank you Jesus for what you’ve done, are doing, and for what you will do.”

2) Like our friend mentioned earlier in the message you may have a loved one fighting addiction. May the words of this song based on the truth of a chain breaking Saviour encourage you as you continue to pray and await that glorious day when your loved one’s chains are broken.

If you believe it, if you receive it
If you can feel it, somebody testify
If you believe it, if you receive it
If you can feel it, somebody testify, testiify
If you believe it, if you receive it
If you can feel it, somebody testify

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, that which You intend for our good the enemy seeks to use it for our destruction. You give us many commands and guidelines in the way we are to walk in accordance with Your will and for our own good. When we lose our way You seek us out and tenderly lead us home to where we find safety, refuge, healing, and an overcoming spirit to fight off the enemy that is seeking to devour us. We take up the shield of faith to defend us from the fiery darts of Satan, the helmet of salvation to protect us from the devil’s missives lodging in our thoughts and use the Sword of the Spirit for our weapon against the enemy for it is in the Word that we will find strength, wisdom, guidance and comfort to guide us all the days of our lives. Encourage our brothers and sisters who have family members living in addiction who need to come home and find that You are a chain breaker. For any struggling with drug or alcohol addiction or any other destructive addiction release them from their heavy chains as they surrender their all to You and find salvation to bring satisfaction and peace in place of the emptiness and destruction with which the devil has sought to destroy them. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Chain Breaker”  Video  Zach Williams   This is presented in dramatic form and is very moving.

The story behind the song  Video

“Chain Breaker”  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

“Chain Breaker”  Video  Triumphant Quartet

“I Won’t Go Back”  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers

“Old Church Choir”  Video  Zach Williams This will pobably give you some uplifting joy!


Yesterday we referred to the tragic events in Virginia. Here are some helpful perspectives:

Gary Bauer writes, “The teachings of Jesus Christ are the balm that can heal the wounds and divisions that are growing in America. Broken families, broken lives, broken communities can all be made whole by the Man of Galilee.

Racism in any form by members of any race is a sin. The basis of racial reconciliation is the knowledge that all human beings are made in the image of God.

Our liberty comes from God, not government. He is our ultimate “national defense.” Our Founders believed that without a reliance on Him the republic was doomed. They were right.”

Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastor’s Network writes,

“The deplorable circumstances in Charlottesville should indeed get the attention of all Americans. Yet, in the midst of this event, for which both sides share blame, these questions must not be overlooked: What has happened in America to produce such increasing hostilities and anger among our people? And can unity be achieved just by our leaders demanding it?

“In reality, we didn’t get to this place by accident nor overnight. The rejection of moral truth, healing and transformative power of redemption and forgiveness available only through Jesus Christ is where it started. The coarsening of society is assured where life in the womb is cavalierly discarded, where God’s plan for the family and human sexuality is jettisoned, where a ‘selfless others focus’ is replaced with a ‘selfish only focus,’ and where duty is replaced with ‘rights.’ Such it is today.

“Is unity again achievable? The answer is yes. But, for some, even this statement may be dividing—yet it is nonetheless the truth. Unity is not the goal but a by-product. Unity never demands full agreement in all things by all people. Yet what unity does demand is an agreement on a common body of truth. In the United States, that common body of truth was found in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, where there is God who created life and then ‘endowed certain unalienable rights’ to the people, who ‘under God’ agree with God that He is perfect; that mankind is sinful and not naturally good.

“But that redemption and healing through faith in Jesus Christ alone can transform the mind and the heart, and heal families, communities and the nation. No one race, no one color, no one nationality has a claim to this truth. Yet, true equality, true justice and true unity can, in fact, result when people from all walks of life agree with God on these truths.

“Any nation or people who believes these things can experience peace, security and unity. Our nation once did—not ever perfect, of course—but overwhelmingly embraced this view, and God blessed it as no nation ever before it. We will now, in this time of increasing need, either look to God and agree with Him and do what He says and regain the freedom we so love, or we will look to ourselves, to government or to some man or woman and descend into the abyss of slavery and totalitarianism. There is no other choice.” See here.


David, a reader from Great Britain shared concerning yesterday’s message on “Ancient Words”.

Reminds me of the wording at the Coronation here in the UK.

“Our gracious Queen: to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes, we present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords. Here is Wisdom; This is the royal Law; These are the lively Oracles of God.”

However we wonder if this will still be used at the next Coronation.


Note regarding concessions: The acceptance of alcohol and drug use,including marijuana, is growing in the church since it is now “legal” in many places. Many younger millennials see this as an acceptable liberty and scoff at the old-fashioned notion of abstinence usually referring to it as “legalism”. Some time back I came across a social media post by a younger pastor announcing his craft beer drinking awards. It deeply troubled us as we’ve personally seen the lasting damage that comes when the acceptance and casual attitude toward alcohol consumption creeps into the church.


Finally Today:

Our friends Jesse and Anna Ruth recently had a nice write-up about their farm on the “52 Things 52 Weeks” blog titled “A Day In Amish Country”. They are getting excellent reviews for their authentic Amish farm tour. Today we share recent photos Jesse sent over.

Newborn goat on Old Windmill Farm 8/10/17 (Photo by Jesse Lapp)
Newborn goat on Old Windmill Farm
(Photo by Jesse Lapp)

Newly hatched duckling on Old Windmill Farm 8/10/17 (Photo by Jesse Lapp)
Newly hatched duckling on Old Windmill Farm
(Photo by Jesse Lapp)

Baby chick on Old Windmill Farm (Photo by Jesse Lapp)
Newly hatched chick on Old Windmill Farm
(Photo by Jesse Lapp)

Watermelon on Old Windmill Farm (Photo by Jesse Lapp)
Watermelon on Old Windmill Farm
(Photo by Jesse Lapp)

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Butterflies 8/11/17 (Photo by Ester)
Swallowtail Butterflies feeding on our butterfly bush
(Photo by Ester)

“Let The Ancient Words Impart”

Message summary: God has clearly revealed and imparted His will and and shown us the way through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. We have an absolutely adequate instruction manual that is so often under-utilized or unread, even by believers, leading many to mock and ridicule His Word. Today in all the hustle and bustle of life consider and rejoice that the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth has spoken and made known His will to the human race. Are you faithfully reading and heeding His instruction manual?

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“And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:9,10). “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).

This weekend we had another stark reminder of mankind’s fallen condition with the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Yesterday our pastor alluded to the situation by reminding the congregation that the answer is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ which transforms the human heart.

Today let us consider the ancient words of Scripture. Two timeless Bible texts speak to the events of this weekend. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6).

Ancient words ever true
Changing me, and changing you.
We have come with open hearts
Oh let the ancient words impart.

We are flooded with information more than any other time in history. We can now follow events anywhere in the world instantaneously but some information is more important, holds greater significance and begs our full attention.

Consider the degree in which the human race has ignored and continues to ignore the most important message of all time from the instruction manual for life inspired by our Creator. Of course it’s the Holy Bible I am speaking of. It is widely available and applicable to every generation since the beginning of time. If you are reading our message you almost certainly have access to it and so do all those around you. Yet for the most part the Bible’s instructions are ignored and considered irrelevant by the “enlightened” modern generation. And increasingly these timeless decrees are mocked by many.

Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians almost 2,000 years ago from prison, bound to a guard while doing so.  Consider the effort he made to impart God’s truth “to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1). It surely took a lot of time for the message to be delivered and read aloud as the people assembled in church.

Our desire today is like Paul’s and many, many others who have gone on before us and like those who presently serve as ministers of Christ.  We want to share a perspective from God’s instruction manual and especially focus on the phrase “And He made known to us.” What an extremely rich blessing this impartation is.

Thank God that He has spoken and made known to us “the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure.”  Primarily and fundamentally we have His Son and the written Word of God. “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed Heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe” (Hebrews 11:2).

“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:14-17).

God has clearly revealed and imparted His will and and shown us the way through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. We have an absolutely adequate instruction manual that is so often under-utilized or unread, even by believers, leading many to mock and ridicule His Word. Today in all the hustle and bustle of life consider and rejoice that the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth has spoken and made known His will to the human race. Are you faithfully reading and heeding His instruction manual?

When you open the Scriptures join the songwriter, Lynn DeShazo, with these prayerful words, “Oh let the ancient words impart.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to Your Word. I delight in your Law. I will not neglect your Word. Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. As we see the rampage of hatred, violence, and bigotry in our day; the deliberate neglect and ignorance of the ancient words that Scripture imparts, help us to not lose hope, but be fervent in our study of Your Word, so that it changes us from the inside out and strengthens our resolve to live as light in this darkened world.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
(Selected verses from Psalm 119)
(Prayer of St. Francis)

Today we share several photos Ester took of butterflies feeding on our butterfly bush.

Butterflies 8/11/17 (Photo by Ester)

Butterflies 8/11/17 (Photo by Ester)

Butterfy 8/11/17 (Photo by Ester)


Today we also several photos from our home and neighborhood. This summer we have had good rainfall and here we are in mid-August with vibrant green lawns and some very healthy crops!

Kraybill Church Road soybeans 8/13/17 (Photo by Brooksyne)
Brooksyne took these two last night along our country road.
Many of these soybeans plants stand 5 feet tall!

Kraybill Church Road corn 8/13/17 (Photo by Brooksyne)
Notice the green corn and lawn.

Tomato plants 8/14/17
While on vacation our tomato plants that stand over 6′ tall got a little dry but Brooksyne’s been watering regularly since our return and we’re enjoying the delicious vegetable/fruit every day.

Tomato plants 8/14/17
As our tomatoes reach beyond their intended boundaries we’ve invited our neighbors to pick any tomatoes they spot on their side of the fence. (Of course, we’ve already shared with them from our larger stash of tomatoes growing on our side of the fence.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Ancient Words”  Video  Lynn DeShazo

“Break Thou The Bread Of Life”  Video   Not specified, sounds like Steve Green

“Mercy Walked In”  Video  Gordon Mote

Finally Today:

For local readers we saw this information for an interesting event here in Lancaster County.

The Compassion Experience at Lancaster Bible College August 25 – 28, 2017

This free event features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope. If you live in the USA there may be an event near you.  See here.

On August 27 the final “Music In The Park” gospel concert this summer in Lebanon PA will feature  “Gold City”.  See here for information.

Here’s a couple of songs we both enjoy:
“Never Too Broken To Belong”  Video
“What Children Believe”  Video

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