Note: Due to Stephen being out of town for a conference in Washington messages will not be prepared for Thursday and Friday. We expect to resume new messages on Monday, May 25.

Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge 5/16/15
Saturday morning we caught this scene of the Eshelman’s Mill Covered Bridge.

“The Mark Of A True Disciple”

ListenListen to this message on your audio player.”By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Several years ago a commercial popularized the phrase, “I love ya’ man”.  It was an insincere expression with an ulterior motive in selling an evil product.

But we consider those to whom we earnestly express our love as brothers and sisters in Christ. It is that love spoken of by our Lord Jesus in the daily texts. Today consider the special people in your life and let’s truly demonstrate this love for one another. Our world needs to see Christians demonstrating this mark of genuine discipleship at a time when the expression “I love you” has often become meaningless. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God” (1 John 4:7a).

Christianity is often maligned and ridiculed in many parts of our world and increasingly here in our own country. The secular media and arts often mock our faith in Jesus Christ. Blaspheme the Lord, call it “art”, and you just might get a huge government grant.  Sadly, many of the programs on the “Christian” TV stations are not at all representative about what we believe or practice as a follower of Christ. But millions of genuine disciples of Christ are planted all over the world today living out their faith in relative obscurity, usually seen only by God and those in their small area of influence.

Expressions of love and acts of compassion are continually happening as we “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Genuine disciples lovingly serving others in the name of Jesus Christ is modeled in the Bible and carried out in the lives of believers day after day. In many cases these are brothers and sisters who reach out to others in Christian compassion yet they have never personally met the recipients of their kind acts or generous gifts.

Before Jesus went to the Cross he gave a lengthy teaching recorded in John’s gospel. In our first daily text He teaches a distinguishing mark of the true disciple: “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  Coming out of Bible College this verse and a small booklet titled “The Mark Of The Christian” by Francis Schaeffer heavily influenced our understanding of Christianity.

As many believers already know, the word “love” in this verse comes from the Greek word “agapé” which speaks of an “in spite of” type of love.  Brooksyne and I were so impressed with this Greek word that we named the church we established in St. Marys, Pennsylvania “AGAPE” in 1977. It took a few years for the community to learn that the name of our church was not speaking of agapé as in “mouth open” but as in “the love of Christ.”

The second daily text somewhat intrigues us for surely there is an appropriate use for verbally expressing love. We believe John is saying, “Let us not love with words or tongue” only, for there is plenty of talk about love and merely saying it is not enough. Genuine disciples expressing genuine love need to back their verbal expressions with loving actions in accordance to God’s Word.  Today, let us indeed love one another and express our genuine discipleship!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, may we be people who are quick to notice the ways in which we can be of special blessing to others. It seems quite easy when it comes to those whom we befriend. We often recognize their need before they express it and find genuine fulfillment in being Your hand extended to them. But You challenge us to go even further in making ourselves available to our enemies with whom it is not natural to provide for their needs. In expressing agapé to those around us we love in spite of what we see or have experienced. May all that we do on behalf of others be an expression of Your heavenly touch extended through Christian human service. It is in Your strength and compassion that we can do that which is unnatural to our human flesh, but natural to our redeemed spirit. Amen.


Today through Friday I (Stephen) will be going to Washington DC for a “Watchman on the Wall” conference sponsored by Family Research Council.  Due to my attendance at this conference we do not expect to post new messages on Thursday and Friday. Although Brooksyne is quite capable of writing them she has not learned the technical steps needed to produce and post them.


Amish couple harvesting hay 5/16/15
This Amish couple is harvesting hay together.
He’s upfront with the baler. She just hitched the team to a second wagon.Friendly horses 5/16/15
We passed these friendly horses the other day.
They appear to be conversing through the fence!

Mother robin 5/17/15
A couple of weeks ago we observed that a resourceful robin had built a nest on our deck porch light. We have a great view looking down on the nest from our bathroom window only about seven feet away. We noticed three eggs as Mother Robin does her duty as God designed.

Baby robin 5/17/15
Sunday we saw the first sign of new life!

Mother robin with baby robins 5/18/15
By Monday afternoon we had two (at least) little hungry mouths. (The white diagonal across the top is my gutter as she has made her nest under my eaves.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Be Devoted”  Video   Acappella

“We’re All Here to Learn”  Video   Dailey & Vincent + Jimmy Fortune  Yesterday Brooksyne and I had breakfast at the Crackerbarrel and picked up a new CD by one of my favorite Bluegrass groups, not necessarily her type of music, but we both like this song and the message although it sounds a lot better on the CD.

“I Believe”  Video  Dailey & Vincent  This song really touches my heart

“Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”  Video  The Homecoming singers with a huge robed choir. Tim, a friend of ours, suggested this song in relation to yesterday’s message on “The Bright Morning Star”.

“Daystar (Shine Down On Me)”  Video  Jason Crabb and the GVB  (Another song that would have been appropriate.)

Here’s a better photo of the Eshelman’s Mill Covered Bridge (seen in our lead photo) taken by someone else!


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Turkey Hill traveling cowTurkey Hill has several huge traveling cows, an interesting marketing strategy, for this local dairy! This cow featuring all their flavors was parked at the Rhubarb Festival held at the Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA this last Saturday.

“The Bright Morning Star”

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“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16).

Living out in the country we sure enjoy stepping outside on a clear night and observing the heavens. The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3).

But today we consider a single star, the true victor in the cosmic battle between good and evil (the real “star wars”). Although the battle continues to rage on our planet, as Satan takes captive as many as possible, the outcome is assured. We who belong to Christ are on the victorious side! This is not science fiction. This is a reality series in progress each day of our pilgrimage here on earth!

Balaam, in one of the first Messianic prophecies in the Bible prophesied, “A star will come out of Jacob” (Numbers 24:17).  Many centuries later the prophet Malachi had spoken this word of assurance, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings.” Jesus said in the Gospels, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John wrote, “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”

In Isaiah 14, many believe this passage refers to the fall of Satan. He is exposed as a fallen morning star. “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

Zechariah prophesied in Luke 1 concerning his newly born son John the Baptist who was to appear before Christ the Dayspring: “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:76-79).

In today’s text Jesus speaks from the final chapter of the entire Bible. He identifies Himself as “the bright Morning Star.”  There are over 100 different names and titles for Jesus in the Bible but this is the final one.  This self-proclaimed title reminds us that Jesus is the One who gives eternal light. It reminds us that the promise of His coming shines brightly even in the darkness that surrounds us.  When Edwin More wrote the hymn “The Solid Rock” he tells us how to deal with these dark periods in our lives with the following words, “When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace.”

Henry Gariepy comments, “As dawn breaks, the stars of the sky gradually give way until only one star remains. All others fade from view except for the morning star. Jesus, as our Bright Morning Star, shines brightly when all other stars of our life fade away. Things that now shine so brightly on the horizon of our lives will someday fade and vanish away. The stars of prestige, position, possessions, of persons dear to us, will one by one grow dim and fade away. But after everything else has vanished, Christ will still shine brightly.”

An artist once drew a picture of a lone man rowing his little boat on a very dark night. The wind was whipping and the waves raged around his frail little boat. But one star shone through the dark and fierce sky above. On that star the voyager fixed his eyes and kept on rowing through the storm. Beneath the picure were the words, “If I lose that I’m lost”.

Today we encourage you, Brothers and Sisters, don’t lose sight of the Bright Morning Star. Live in His light and let it shine through you to a dark and troubled world!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer:  Father, thank You for Jesus, the Bright Morning Star. We also thank You for John the Baptist who had a vital role as prophet of the Highest when he gave knowledge of salvation to unbelievers leading them to repentance of their sins. We thank You that he came to give light to those who sat in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide their feet into the way of peace. We consider the ultimate price that he paid in laying down his life because he was a prophet who spoke the truth even when it cost him everything. He didn’t preach “peace and comfort” to those practicing sin, but instead he told them how to be saved. Help us to follow his example and lead unbelievers to the Bright Morning Star who will guide us through this dark, sin troubled world to the eternal abode where there will be no more night, for Your glory will give us light and the Lamb will be as a lamp for all to see. Keep us faithful until that eventful day we pray. Amen.


On Wednesday-Friday I (Stephen) will be going to Washington DC for a “Watchman on the Wall” conference sponsored by Family Research Council.  Due to my attendance at this conference we do not expect to post new messages on Thursday and Friday. Although Brooksyne is quite capable of writing them she has not learned the technical steps needed to produce and post them.


Saturday morning we took our friends Mike and Kathy and their daughter Tina for some sightseeing here in Lancaster County.

Fishing derby 5/16/15
On Saturday morning, invited by our Amish friends, we visited a fishing derby on a trout stream near Paradise. With hundreds of people, mostly Amish, lined up along the stream for several hundred yards we had quite a time finding them due to the abundance of Amish apparel and hairstyles!

Fishing derby 5/16/15
The horse in the background added to the pleasant view!

Amish boy holding fish 5/16/15
This boy was sure proud to show me his catch.

Amish boy holding fish 5/16/15
Of course Eli James wanted to show off his catch as well!

Then we drove over to the Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse PA for a Rhubarb Festival

Banjo Jimmy and Kitchen Kettle Village band 5/16/15
A feature of the Kitchen Kettle Village is Banjo Jimmy and the band who have a great sound.

Banjo Jimmy and Kitchen Kettle Village band 5/16/15
Another view of the band.  The place was very busy since it was a week-end rhubarb festival.

Fresh rhubarb
I don’t recall liking rhubarb at all when I was a child but now when Brooksyne makes strawberry rhubarb pie or jam I really like it!

Matangelo visit at Dienners Country Restaurant 5/16/15
We shared a photo on Monday of our friends Mike and Kathy Matangelo but want to share this one as well taken at Dienner’s Country Restaurant. Looking at the photo I see we unintentionally took a photo of friends we met in New England over 20 years ago. Through the glass sat Rich and Donna Weitzel. Rich pastored a church on Cape Cod when we lived up that way but presently serves as a chaplain for Teen Challenge. It was nice to visit with them again!

The Matangelos headed to Rhode Island after our meal to see his sister and their 93 year old mother. She has been in hospice care for the past couple weeks or so. We received word from Mike Monday that she passed away early that morning, so we are praying for the family as they deal with their loss.


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Hershey Hotel tulips (Photo by Ester)Tulips on the grounds of the majestic Hershey Hotel
(Photo by Ester)

“The Blessing Of Warnings”

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“Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 32:46). “These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

Kelly Avenue fire 5/16/15Early Saturday morning I stepped outside and heard a lot of sirens, an unusual sound in our rural area. In the distance I could see fire trucks and looked around for a sign of a fire. Looking north up Kraybill Church Road from our home I saw a billowing tower of smoke and initially assumed it was Jerry’s barn at the end of our road. I jumped on my bike to investigate and found it was a house fire on Kelly Avenue, a residential area where Brooksyne often walks with our dogs.

Only a short time earlier the fire had started. A passerby called 911, rang the doorbell and banged on the door to alert the family who was still sleeping at the time. Apparently they didn’t have smoke alarms or they weren’t working. Thankfully everyone got out safely though the house was a total loss.

It turns out the woman who was driving through Kelly Avenue was Ester’s former teacher and her warning very likely saved the family. What a blessing that she didn’t just observe and then assume someone else had called in the fire. She could also have also reasoned that no one could sleep through such a raging fire.

Today let us consider the blessings of warnings though there are times we don’t see them as blessings but annoyances. This may sound ludicrous but imagine for a moment the family awakening, hearing the loud banging, and ignoring it, saying to each other, “Who in the world would be knocking at this hour?” and returning to sleep. Or, upon awakening and going to the door complaining to the woman giving the warning, “We were sleeping so soundly, why did you wake us up so early in the morning?”

In Moses’ long sermon on the east side of the Jordan before his death he declared, “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you today, which you shall command your sons to observe carefully, even all the words of this law.” A component to solid Biblical preaching will include essential warnings as well as comforting assurances.

How do we respond to warnings? In the second daily text “these things” refers to some very specific judgments from God back during the years when the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness. These judgments dealt with attitude (grumbling) and behavior (idolatry and sexual immorality), though admittedly attitudes and behavior do generally merge or cross over in the process.

We’re created by God with the ability to comprehend cause and effect. But sadly this still doesn’t mean we necessarily heed the warnings. Judgment has been meted out in the past and will be measured out again with the current generation. God is faithful in who He is and how He deals with His creation.

We get a lot of warnings in our lives. They’re found in our homes, cars, and business establishments. There are warning signs for cancer and other diseases. Our computers have lots of warnings. We can ignore or disable warnings, but we do so to our own peril.

But far, far more perilous is the widespread disregard of the warnings God gives throughout Scripture, the greatest of which involves the most definite future judgment. This warning is not only massively ignored, but mockingly ridiculed as well, much to Satan’s pleasure. (I recall a Keith Green song in which he presents the devil gleefully proclaiming, “No one believes in me anymore.”)

Today we encourage you to respond to God’s warnings for the blessings they really are as they are given for our protection. They’re expressions of His love and care for each one of us. He is safeguarding our present and watching over our future since He has our best interest in mind.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we glean so much from the characters of the Bible; both bad and good examples of those who thought themselves to be above Your commands and those who heeded Your warnings. Achan in Joshua 7 had a heart of greed, a lying spirit, and prized himself above innocent lives who perished as a result of his sinful actions. Your judgment eventually came upon him and he paid with his life and that of his entire family. But we also see Noah who labored for years building an unprecedented mammoth boat for the torrential flood waters You warned him about. He heeded Your warning and thereby saved his family’s lives and the pairing of many animals that would reproduce on the earth following the flood. Help us to realize that we are wise to follow Your warnings given in the commands of Scripture. To feel that we are the exception is a lie from the pit of hell that will immediately or eventually lead to our demise. You warn because You love us and want the very best for us. Remind us often; through Scripture, through fellow believers, through negative and positive examples we see all about us, and through the inner working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


On Wednesday I (Stephen) will be going to Washington DC for a “Watchman on the Wall” conference sponsored by Family Research Council. This organization contends for Biblical values and warns against the most certain consequences of the current trajectory of our nation as God’s laws continue to be forsaken. I have gone to this conference for many years and certainly expect to hear some hard preaching and perspective with many other pastors and chaplains who are contending for God’s Word and Truth in our decadent age. Illustrating the moral confusion of our age this group, along with many others with a similar mission, has been labeled a “hate group” for defending Biblical values. So many in our world want to hear nothing of warnings and equate truth with hate. As someone has wisely observed, “The truth is hate speech to those who hate the truth.”

Note: Due to my attendance at this conference we do not expect to post new messages on Thursday and Friday. Although Brooksyne is quite capable of writing them she has not learned the technical steps needed to produce and post them.

One more point: My heart breaks as I read this article, “State Department Says No to Iraqi Christians”


Kelly Avenue fire 5/16/15
I rode my bike through a freshly mowed rye field to see the house from behind. Vehicles were also on fire.

Kelly Avenue fire 5/16/15
Later that afternoon we drove by the house and here’s all that remains. Here’s a newspaper article. Thankfully it appears the family has good local support.


On a more pleasant note:

Mike and Kathy Matangelo 5/16/15
Friday evening we had our longtime friends Mike and Kathy Matangelo, along with their daughter Tina, visit us on their way from North Carolina to Rhode Island. Saturday was beautiful so we had breakfast on our deck. Tomorrow we will share some photos of our adventures on Saturday morning.

Mount Pleasant praise team 5/17/15
Yesterday Brooksyne and team warming up before they led our congregation in worship Sunday morning.
Here are two of the songs we sang:
“Just As I Am”
“Every Promise”


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“The Last Enemy”

May 15, 2015

Persistent treeThese sunflowers brighten the view from our home office

“The Last Enemy”

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“The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).

As the sun was setting on Mother’s Day this past Sunday I (Brooksyne) was taking a walk with our new Zimbabwean neighbor, Thobekile, whom we call Toby for ease of pronunciation. She lives just past Kraybill Cemetery which was established about 1800. It’s less than half a mile from our home. As we were walking along I pointed out the freshly dug grave at the cemetery where a 19 year old boy, who died from a motorcycle accident, was laid to rest just over three weeks ago. As I did so I realized that Jed’s parents were standing near the grave.

Being sensitive to their private space, I still felt the Spirit prompting me to talk to them. In compassion I gently approached them. They told me it was their first time back to Jed’s gravesite, but it was fitting on Mother’s Day. Tissues in hand, the broken couple expressed how devastating their loss continues to be.

Jed was his dad’s farming partner, a star athlete, and a committed believer. He was a joy to the community at large, to his local church, and a special blessing to his family including that of five siblings. Though Jed’s time was cut short his testimony endures as that of a young life fully surrendered to God.

Our children are loaned to us and our duty is to prepare them for life here and now, and most especially for all eternity. Toby and I joined hands with Kenton and Sue and prayed for God’s continued comfort for their enduring grief while also giving thanks to God that they performed their parental duties to the fullest extent. It was a providential opportunity from God that we walked by at that time and became Christian comforters to this couple. They gratefully received our prayer for them.

Today’s message is more sobering than most but does indeed end with a promise of encouragement. Each day over 150,000 people die.

  • Sometimes death affects us very personally such as when a member of our own family or a close friend dies. This evening we will be visiting with a friend who is going to Rhode Island to visit his ailing 93 year old mother who is in hospice care. Of course the ultimate “personal” is when our own time of departure comes (see 2 Timothy 4:6).
  • Sometimes, like Jed’s death, it’s in our own community and although we may not have known the individual it feels very close. Jed’s grandmother Mary was a very close neighbor before she moved to a retirement village. Now Jed’s sister Kate resides in her grandmother’s home.  His former pastor, Joe Sherer, is a friend of ours and years ago I preached in Jed’s church when he was a child.
  • Other deaths are newsworthy incidents such as the earthquake in Nepal or the train accident in Philadelphia. These deaths remind us of just how uncertain life is. We ride the trains occasionally (I will next week for a meeting in Washington) and generally we just consider it fully safe but death can surprise in many ways.
  • And of course daily someone famous dies and this often makes the news. I suppose this type of death moves me the least as I consider many who faithfully served God died in quiet anonymity at the very same time.
  • But the vast majority of today’s deaths will take place with little fanfare, affecting only those who are close to them. As the old song goes, “Someone’s crying Lord, come by here”.

Death is simply part of the present “order of things” (Revelation 21:4). We are regularly reminded of death; death in wars, famines, floods, the tsunami. Today many in our spiritual family will die as a result of persecution. In each area of the world there will be accidents and diseases that take lives. Undoubtedly some reading this are presently feeling the “sting” of the death of a loved one.

Of all the billions who have ever lived only Enoch and Elijah escaped death. Yesterday we recognized the day our Lord ascended back to heaven after the completion of His mission here on earth. He died for the sins of the world but “death could not hold Him” (Acts 2:24).

The Bible teaches that the generation of believers living at the time of Christ’s glorious return will also escape death and will be caught up together with their deceased brothers and sisters in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Many believe that we very well may be that generation, but then I realize many earnest believers in previous generations have also believed this. Only God knows.

Death is God’s appointed method of transition to the afterlife, just as conception and birth are the appointed method of transition into life as we now know it.  Forthrightly the writer of Hebrews states, “Man is destined to die” (Hebrews 9:27).  I am aware of the supernatural departure of Enoch and Elijah, as well as the wonderful promise of the rapture for those living at that time, however the norm for most will be death.

In today’s text Paul calls death the “last enemy”. We look for encouragement and comfort in the truths and promises of the Holy Scriptures. Death will one day be destroyed. The perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. Death will be swallowed up in victory.  When the old order of things has passed away there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.

Meanwhile we continue to deal with death and grief, but not like those who have no hope, for we have hope based on the Bible’s promises. Therefore, I comfort and encourage you all with these words today. One day there will indeed be no more death!

The main thing is are we ready? Have we accepted the glorious gift of salvation by faith in Christ? I welcome you to say this prayer from your heart. “Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that You came to this earth and died on the cross as a substitute for me. I place my faith in You and what You have done for me. I receive You into my life and choose this day to follow and serve You.  Thank You for hearing my prayer.” This is the main thing.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Loving Father, some of our readers are grieving the death of a loved one. We pray that You speak peace to these dear folks and nurture their trust, even helping them to grow spiritually in the midst of their grief. May they see You at work even when the answers they seek are not the ones they are given. As believers we trust that You are working for our good, even when we don’t understand, for we know that all things work together for good to those who love You, who are called according to Your purpose. Help us to remember that our sorrows and disappointments have a larger purpose than simply to make us miserable. These often come so others can observe our response, to see if we bear witness to Christ’s abiding presence in our lives, in the hard stuff of life. Remind us that if we want to share in Your glory we must also share in Your sufferings (Romans 8:17). We don’t get to choose what sufferings we must go through, but we do choose our response; whether it glorifies You or glorifies our suffering. Help us we pray. Amen.

We are blessed at expressions of faith on old tombstones, but this one at Kraybill Church Cemetery has a sobering reminder:

Remember friend as you pass by.
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now so you must be.
Prepare for death and follow me.

Old order Mennonite bike with cart 5/13/15
You never know what kind of traffic you will encounter on the back roads in Lancaster County, PA! On Wednesday we drove past this old order Mennonite who had apparently been grocery shopping. (This particular sect of Mennonites uses the horse and buggy, as well as bicycles for transportation.) If “English” women transported their groceries and other items by bicycle, like these Mennonites, the list of “wants vs. needs” would likely shorten since carting them by pedaling a two wheeler is much more a chore than hauling them in a four wheel vehicle powered by simply pushing down a gas pedal.

Geese family on Donegal Creek 5/15
Several large geese families reside on Donegal Creek. It’s always a highlight of our spring walks on the trail.

Mike at Costco 5/14/15
Consider people wherever you live who have a joyful countenance and pleasant disposition. Just seeing them warms your heart and brings a smile to your face doesn’t it! Mike works at our local Costco and we often see him either when we enter or leave the store. He always has a big smile, a friendly greeting, and is a great representative for Costco.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
Today we share a selection of songs on death and dedicate them to all who are undergoing loss. There are numerous styles presented in the following selection, so it is our prayer that one will be especially meaningful to you.

“Khumbaya”  Video  Soweto Gospel Choir

“No More Night”  Video  David Phelps

“Save a Place for Me”  Video  Matthew West

“Hello After Goodbye”  Video  Legacy Five

“Closer to You”  Video  Mark Schultz

“Homesick”  Video  MercyMe

“All My Tears”  Video  Julie Miller

“The Line Between The Two”  Video  Mark Harris

“What a Day That Will Be”  Video  Homecoming Singers

“I’ll Meet You in the Morning”  Video  Appalachian Express Bluegrass

“Going Home”  Video  Mark Lowry & Kim Lord

“He’s Walking Her Home”  Video  Mark Schultz

“I Will Rise”  Video  Chris Tomlin

“With Hope”  Video  Steven Curtis Chapman  A powerful song of faith following the death of his daughter


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Ascension Day traffic, Lancaster, PA 5/14/15Ascension Day traffic in Lancaster County
This family is heading toward the city from Willow Street

Ascension Day traffic, Lancaster, PA 5/14/15
Ascension Day traffic in Lancaster City
This couple is driving right through the city on Lime Street, just east of downtown

“Now Is Ascended, My Lord Evermore!”

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“And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God” (Luke 24:50-53).

Ascension Day signYesterday we drove through eastern Lancaster County stopping at several roadside stands and old-order greenhouses. Along the way we saw a common sign, “Closed For Ascension Day”. The Amish and old order Mennonite groups will have special services today in commemoration of one of the lesser recognized events in the life of Christ, His ascension back to heaven. These communities of faith in our area place great emphasis on this special day.

There are several very specific events in the life of Christ and the church that we commemorate. At Christmas we celebrate the incarnation and birth of Christ. On Good Friday we focus on His sacrificial death and on Easter His glorious resurrection. On Sunday, May 24, we will observe Pentecost.  But for some reason Ascension Day doesn’t get nearly as much attention in most church traditions, including mine.

Today’s Scripture portion gives us the account of the Ascension found in Luke’s Gospel although the more well-known account is found in Acts 1.

This account describes the place of the Ascension: “He led them out as far as Bethany”. John 11:18 informs us that “Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off.” So during the period following His resurrection Christ travelled to Galilee but was now back near Jerusalem for His great departure from earth.

“He lifted up His hands and blessed them.” That must have been a remarkable experience! I can think of several deeply memorable blessings I have received through life. Bill Shibilo and his wife Veda were a great support to us during our years in New England. They were steady and loyal, which any pastor will tell you is a great blessing. About fifteen years ago as Bill’s time of departure neared we gathered in a hospital room at New England Medical Center in Boston and sang hymns, read Scripture and prayed. Bill had a respiratory illness and had great difficulty speaking but I will never forget when he mustered enough physical strength to look directly at Brooksyne and me and proclaim, “God bless your ministry.” We stay in touch with his wife through these daily messages who remains steadfast in her walk with the Lord.

Likewise I am sure each of the disciples remembered this special blessing all through the remainder of their lives. But I wonder if they had any idea what would happen next?

“While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.” An ancient creedal statement of the early church is found in 1 Timothy 3:16, “He was taken up in glory.”

The account in Acts states, “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.

“And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.” This worship experience sets a pattern for the Church. Christ was no longer visible nor was He in their midst physically. At this point their worship was similar to ours.

Peter expressed it this way many years later in his epistle, “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

The Acts account provides this additional detail, “He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”

These two angels of the Lord dressed in white assured those early disciples that “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”

The angels’ promise of His return is reinforced and elaborated on throughout the New Testament. Paul calls it the “blessed hope”. One day, soon, perhaps even today, this glorious event will take place. In the meanwhile let us faithfully serve the Lord, and look to Him who now sits at the right hand of the Father, until that great day is fully realized!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, though we don’t know the day nor the hour, You already have the blessed event of Christ’s return on Your divinely appointed calendar.  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 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 own lips as we anticipate the glorious moment when we will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Help us to be faithful and watching eagerly for the blessed hope of Your second coming where those of us on earth will take up eternal residency in heaven.  In Your name, Jesus, we pray to You as we look for Your reappearing.  Amen.

Here’s the more familiar account of Christ’s Ascension as recorded in the Book of Acts: “After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).


Patrick Weber ordination with parents Pat and Laverne 5/6/15
Several days ago we shared some photos of an ordination service we attended last week in Reading Pennsylvania. Here’s a photo of my nephew Patrick who was ordained that evening, with his parents, Pat and Laverne Weber. Pat is my older brother.

Chalk Talk at Banquet 5/9/15
We had a delightful evening on Saturday at our Women & Girls Banquet. Elva Hurst, a very popular chalk artist and author in our area, drew this serene setting as we listened to her message. Her devotional type messages touch your heart while she draws. This summer she has scheduled nearly 100 tour busses stopping by her barn to watch her chalk art. She takes advantage of these opportunities and shares the gospel through music and words while she draws on her large tablet. Her books are wonderful for those who enjoy Little House on the Prairie type stories, but they’re based on her large Mennonite family’s upbringing.

Tractor tire planters on Donegal Springs Road
For any readers who may have some old tractor tires just laying around here’s an idea. These are being used as planters along Donegal Springs Road not far from our home.

Amish home 5/13/15
Yesterday we stopped by Spooky Nook Produce & Greenhouse, an Amish home business near Mount Joy and observed the extremely well maintained place. Doesn’t this photo look like a postcard?
Local readers: Spooky Nook Produce & Greenhouse is located here.
We enjoy their fresh asparagus!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
Songs with an explicit reference to the ascension are not as common as other events in our Lord’s life.

“Glorious Day (Living He loved me)”  Video  Casting Crowns  A single line in this grand old hymn by J. Wilbur Chapman states, “Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!”

“I Cannot Tell”  Video  Congregational singing by all ages!

“Rejoice The Lord Is King”  Video  Tommy Walker and the Generations Gospel Choir

The Blessing Challenge  A great concept to consider.

David Short, a British reader, commented on yesterday’s haircut message with a recollection of a story when Martin Luther got a haircut.

You can watch Elva Hurst, chalk artist at work here.

Finally today:  Ester is doing a great job of capturing candid poses such as this one from Sunday as Estella gave thoughtful consideration as to which flower to take home out of an assortment offered to our church ladies on Mother’s Day. I know just what she’s thinking:  “Hmmm, do I want the petunia or the alyssum?” That’s a big decision for some of us gardeners.

Estella with flowers on Mother's Day 5/10/15

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Jay Snyder, 96 year old barber
Jay Snyder, a 96 year old Mount Joy barber, dispensing warm shaving cream to trim Stephen’s neck.
“A Lesson From A Haircut”

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“Paul, having remained many days longer, took leave of the brethren and put out to sea for Syria, and with him were Priscilla and Aquila. In Cenchrea he had his hair cut, for he was keeping a vow” (Acts 18:18). “Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them” (Psalm 76:11).

Brooksyne has cut my hair since we began dating our freshman year in college over 40 years ago. Based upon what expensive haircuts cost I figure she has saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars since her hair cuts are every bit as good as what the rich and famous get! John Edwards, a vice presidential nominee in 2004 famously got $400 haircuts from a Beverly Hills stylist. *

Jay Snyder, 96 year old barberHowever we both went to a special barber in Mount Joy the other day initially just to meet a man we had read about in our paper. But when we visited his shop I decided to get a haircut. Jay Snyder opened his barber shop on December 13, 1947 and has been barbering ever since. That’s over 67 years and he’s now 96 years old! The tiny one chair shop is essentially the same as when he started although he did install a window air conditioner at some point.

Barber thermometerWith Brooksyne looking on Jay cut my hair, mostly running a trimmer over and over and over in the same place on the back of my neck. He also used a straight edge around my ears which was a bit disconcerting. I considered Malchus.

We conversed as he clipped and he was mentally as sharp as a tack and a delightful storyteller. He told us how he had fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WW2 and was among the first liberators of the concentration camps. He shared details of the opening of his shop and some romantic stories. I think he liked to talk so much he would have kept me in the chair trimming my neck all day. Finally I said to him, “I think this will be fine” as I extricated myself from the chair and paid my $10.00 (plus tip) barbering bill. The experience was certainly worth that!

Now ideally preachers (or writers) begin their study for a message with a text and then search for an illustration. That is certainly the preferred method. But sometimes it’s the other way around. In today’s case we have a haircutting illustration and I went searching for a text! The positive aspect to this is it may cause me to give consideration to a text I would otherwise not.

If we were to ask Bible students what the most famous (or infamous) haircut in the Bible was most Bible readers would immediately think of Samson.  His haircut by Delilah sure had a detrimental effect on his life and others!

But today let us consider another Biblical haircut in a verse that we may tend to skim over. “In Cenchrea he had his hair cut, for he was keeping a vow.”

“In Cenchrea he had his hair cut.” Paul was in Corinth at this time but was departing for Syria. But before he left he had his hair cut in Cenchrea, a port in Corinth. Now I often get a haircut before I take a trip but there was a specific reason for this haircut, “for he was keeping a vow.”

Today the most common use of vows is that in marriage. Our marriage vows are essentially solemn promises we make to our spouse. But a vow is also a solemn promise made to God.

I studied numerous commentaries on this verse. Some commentaries such as the IVP believe he had earlier taken the Nazarite vow as taught in Numbers 6. “Paul cuts his hair, signaling the beginning of the end of a Nazarite vow. Evidently he had begun this vow after either the Macedonian or Corinthian vision, as a sign of earnest beseeching of the Lord for success in the mission to which Paul had been called (Acts 16:9-10; 18:9-10). Now in thanksgiving Paul ends the vow and thus recognizes that the Lord made good on His promises. In our life of faith we too may be confident that what God calls us to do He will enable us to complete (Philippians 1:6).

Other see this as a private, personal vow made for unspecified reasons. A private vow was often assumed by the Jews in consequence of some mercy received or of some deliverance from danger.

Vows to God are frequently mentioned in the Bible. The first was made by Jacob in Genesis 28:19-21.  An entire chapter on the law of vows is found in Numbers 30.

But the Psalms have some of the richest devotional material on vows including our second daily text. “Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them” (Psalm 76:11).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father we read in Scripture of the importance of keeping our word, that we are not to make a promise we are unwilling to keep. There were dire consequences for the Israelites who made and broke vows, most especially vows made to You, Father. Millions upon millions of lives have been shattered due to broken promises. Help us to count the cost before we commit to a promise. Though circumstances may make it very difficult to keep our promise show us a way that we can follow through. If it is an impossibility grant us guidance in how we handle the matter with integrity, humility, and repentance seeking to keep peace and doing what is within our power to correct the situation. Above all, we thank You that You keep every promise You make. You are like a shield to all who seek Your protection. Amen.

See Proverbs 30:5

A visit to Jay Snyder’s Barber Shop

Jay Snyder barber shop, 96 year old barber
The old-fashioned waiting area, sort of like Floyd’s Barber Shop on Andy Griffith. Jay’s shop is on West Main Street, Mount Joy, PA

Jay Snyder barber shop, 96 year old barber
Brooksyne doesn’t normally take photos of me getting my hair cut since she’s usually behind the trimmer! Jay enjoyed our picture taking session.

Jay Snyder barber shop, 96 year old barber
This is what he did most of the time.

Jay Snyder barber shop, 96 year old barber
Notice the swivel chair attached to the client chair. However he stood the entire time he cut my hair. I asked when he was going to retire and he told me, “What would I do, just sit around and watch TV all day?”

Jay Snyder, 96 year old barber
As you can see Jay did a nice trim on one lower side. He must have tired out before he got to the back section, crown and front though Stephen was a customer for a good 40 minutes or so. I will give Jay 5 stars for his ability to hold clippers with a steady hand, stand on his feet for over an hour (he had a customer before we arrived), and for his record long, enduring work-ethic. Truly amazing!!

1949 calendar Jay Snyder barber shop, 96 year old barber
Some people just can’t remember to change their calendars! Notice his warranty: “If our work is not satisfactory, we refund your whiskers.”

One new thing: When we left he offered us both a nifty new pen that had an LED flashlight on the end, certainly not something from 1947. Interesting that at 96 he still goes to the trouble and expense of ordering marketing materials!
Here’s the newspaper article about Jay Snyder, 96 year old Mount Joy Barber.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Anything That Costs Me Nothing”  Video   Bobby Michaels

“The Vow – Staying Faithful”  Video   Geoff Moore


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Welded cross with names of God
We saw this cross hanging in a church foyer in Reading PA where we attended an ordination service this last Wednesday evening. It is made by a local high school teacher in a very interesting way (see below).

“The Fruit Of Deception”
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“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception” (Hosea 10:12,13).

We sure enjoy fruit and regularly eat a variety of them. In fact Brooksyne just brought down a fresh fruit/greek yogurt salad for my breakfast. It’s too early in the season for locally grown fruit but we have sure been enjoying some fresh asparagus. Yesterday a neighbor told Brooksyne to come down for some extra that they have. Now that’s a blessing!

But today let us consider some fruit we should not eat, the fruit of deception.

Today’s Scripture text immediately follows a verse we shared in a message last week titled “Time To Seek The Lord”. “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until He comes and showers righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12).

This verse is immediately followed with the latter part of the daily text and seems to present this contrast: “But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception.” This passage concerns the northern Kingdom just prior to its destruction by the Assyrians about 2,700 years ago.

Notice the parallelism in these two verses:

God’s will is that His children: Sow righteousness. But instead they planted (sowed) wickedness.

God’s will is that His children: Reap the fruit of unfailing love. But instead they reaped evil.

But it’s the final phrase that particularly grips my attention: “You have eaten the fruit of deception.”

Deception is misrepresentation and misleading falsehood and it abounds like never before. I firmly believe deception will increase as mankind shrugs off God’s commands. One of the final warnings from Jesus to his disciples was, “Let no one deceive you.”

Paul has a solemn warning concerning deception in Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

Today we need to be on our guard against the many forms of deception that we encounter, particularly spiritual deception that can lead us astray from the truth and tragically rob us of our future eternal home in heaven.

I believe this requires several disciplines:

  • A personal, growing relationship with Christ
  • A firm and growing knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make us wise unto salvation
  • A sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
  • A solid foundational knowledge in theology (study of God) and church history
  • An accountability to others in the body of Christ, particularly our elders
  • A discerning wariness of the “new”*

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, I pray that You will help me to sow for myself righteousness, so that I will reap the fruit of Your unfailing love. Break up the unplowed ground of my heart that is stony and hard so that I acknowledge my sins, receive Your forgiveness, and look to You for guidance. I want to seek You so that You shower Your blessings upon me. Amen.

* Stephen’s Note: I expect this point concerning having a discerning wariness of the new could get me labeled by some as the dreaded O.F. (Old-fashioned). Yet I have seen so many new things come along that go from unthinkable to bizarre to tolerated to accepted to normal then perhaps even celebrated in a very short time.  Eventually what was once normal may even be reckoned by some to be abnormal!  On a number of issues I have seen this happen. In my youth I heard pastors comment, “I’m old enough now that I’ve seen this “new” thing recycle at least two or three other times.” Well, I’m beginning to understand those pastor’s comments now that I have been in ministry nearly 40 years.


We’ve had a lot going on and have some more photos from last week.

Patrick and Gretchen 5/6/15
Last Wednesday evening we attended an ordination service in Reading PA. My nephew Patrick was ordained and his sister, my niece Gretchen, received a license. My brother Pat (their dad), is also a minister. He and his wife, Laverne, have three children, all married and serving the Lord along with their spouses. Still in active ministry for Christ, he pastors a church in the Lehigh Valley, and will turn 68 tomorrow! After a season of rebellion he turned to Christ in his early twenties while serving in the Air Force in Europe. He went on to Bible College and has been in the Lord’s service ever since.

Ordination service, Reading PA 5/6/15
We enjoy ordination services and each one is a reminder of my ordination in 1979. We heard a stirring message from Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. This year 28 ordination candidates were ordained.

David Selleck at ordination service, Reading PA 5/6/15
Due to the nature of my present ministry (writing and chaplaincy) I do not have the same regular associations with fellow ministers as I did when I pastored. But I enjoy periodically seeing old friends at events like this. David Selleck was my Presbyter (supervisor) during the early years of my ministry. He is now 88 and still gets around fine, driving all the way down from his home in Clarion, PA to Reading on his own, about 250 miles! His wife passed away several years ago.

Paul Poole at ordination service, Reading PA 5/6/15
Still plugging along!
Paul Poole and I graduated from Central Bible College the same year in 1977.
He serves a church as pastor in the western Pennsylvania town of Beaver Falls.

National Day of Prayer breakfast 5/7/15
Last Thursday morning we attended a National Day of Prayer breakfast in our community with several hundred in attendance. We prayed for five categories of need.
After the meeting we greeted several friends including Don and Carol Musser, who have been our friends since we moved to this area in 2001. They are standing with Jimmy, who has been the local fire department chaplain for over 30 years. Jimmy deals with Tourette Syndrome which causes involuntary twitching. He has been blessed to have the support of many in our community. We wrote about him seven years ago in a message titled “The Least Of These”.

Amish photobomb at National Day of Prayer 5/7/15 (Photo by Mike Martin)
Ravi Zecharias was the evening speaker at a county-wide prayer event last Thursday evening with thousands attending in a large field out in the country (notice the barn in the background). Our friend Mike Martin took the photo and it appears this elderly Amishman is photobombing!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“No One Believes In Me Anymore”  Video   Keith Green  An interesting song dealing with the ultimate deception!

Messiah, Lamb of God laser cut metal

Story behind the cross in our lead photo: The cross is made of laser cut pieces of stainless steel that have the names of God on them and then are welded together to form the cross. Earlier last week we visited Smucker Laser where we serve as chaplains and they were cutting pieces for these crosses while we were there. In fact they had a slightly imperfect piece they allowed me to bring home (shown above).

Here is a photo of the “Holy Names” cross straight on (I was looking up at an angle when I took the lead photo). You can see my sample piece, “Messiah Lamb of God” in the upper right. Bill Johnson a local high school teacher makes the crosses as part of his “Iron Nature – Artistic Metalwork For His Glory”


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