“Your Martyr, Stephen”

September 22, 2017

Martindale pickup 9/21/17
These Mennonite boys are enjoying the view from the back of a horse-drawn pickup truck near Martindale, PA. How many of our readers remember riding in the back of a pickup!

“Your Martyr, Stephen”

Message summary:  At Stephen’s death he likely had no idea that “someone” was listening to his testimony who would soon take up Christ’s commission and take the gospel to all nations. Today are you being faithful to God’s call? You really don’t know how many “Sauls” are watching you!

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“‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these men know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in You.  And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him'” (Acts 22:19,20).

We made two hospital visits yesterday, both to people bearing Bible names.

Early in the morning we stopped by Lancaster General Hospital to visit Luke, an elderly friend. He’s had a long season of life on this earth and informed us he was ready to move on when his time came, assured of his entrance into heaven due to his faith in Christ. He had a remarkable glow as he described to us a dream he had of heaven with flowers so beautiful they were beyond description. He was in a very weakened condition and our visit was brief but we shared together John 3:16 prior to our departing prayer. What a blessing to see his lips laboriously move as he followed along with the familiar Bible text.

In the afternoon we visited Ephrata Community Hospital to see baby Stephen. Stephen’s on the other side of life’s spectrum, born the night before to our friends, Jesse and Anna Ruth. Sadie, his older sister called us late Wednesday evening and informed me I had a namesake. At first I said “You mean the peacock?” since I knew they had named him Stevie after they purchased him at the Green Dragon, and we hauled him to their farm. “No” she said, “a real live human baby!”*

Of course I was deeply honored that they would name their seventh child Stephen and this prompted me to again consider the Biblical character we are both named after.

Both Bible characters, Luke and Stephen, have a role in today’s message since Luke is the author of Acts which includes the amazing story of the only Stephen mentioned in the Bible.

In our daily verse we have a part of Paul’s personal testimony before an angry Jewish crowd (Acts 22). Today, let’s consider the impact that Stephen’s martyrdom likely had on Saul.

In our text Saul (now named Paul) is relating his response to the Lord when he fell into a trance in Jerusalem shortly after his salvation experience in Damascus. The Lord warned him to leave Jerusalem because his testimony would not be accepted (v. 18). The Greek word for testimony here is “marturia”.

Paul responds to the Lord in our daily text acknowledging his own role in persecuting Christians prior to his conversion. Let us especially consider the phrase “Your martyr Stephen”.  Perhaps not surprisingly the Greek word for “martyr” here is “martus”. Paul readily acknowledges the testimony of the one he calls “Your martyr”.

Stephen's stoning I wonder how many times this final scene in Stephen’s life played over and over in Paul’s mind, both prior to and after his conversion: “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’ At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:55-60).

Only moments before Stephen drew his last breath he saw the Lord standing at the right hand of the Father. Surely, seeing the person of Jesus diminished the conflict, fear, and unbearable pain that he was about to endure.  At Stephen’s death he likely had no idea that “someone” was listening to his testimony, in fact, the very one who gave approval to his execution. This very one would soon respond to Christ’s commission and take the gospel to all nations. Today are you being faithful to God’s call? You really don’t know how many “Sauls” are watching you!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are called to share the message of the Gospel to those around us, and for some Your calling requires them to go to foreign soil to share with those who have not heard. Many of these “called” ones have seen the fruit of their labor but there are others who have laid down their lives that people might know Your salvation message. We are deeply touched by the sterling example of Stephen, his uncompromising message, his fierce bravery, and his incredible forgiveness directed toward those who conspired against him and brought about his death. Help us to remain faithful to You, forgiving to those who do us harm, and mindful that others are watching our lives. We want them to see Christ in us. It’s in His name that we pray. Amen.

Prayer for the suffering due to hurricanes and earthquakes:

Father, it seems that natural disasters continue to bombard people near and far as we witness the ongoing devastation from hurricanes and earthquakes; so many people cut off from their loved ones in great part due to power outages and others in danger of their lives due to safety issues related to their living conditions, lack of medical supplies, and the basic necessities required for living. How we pray for first responders and volunteers who are risking their own lives to rescue those in greater danger – grant them courage, physical and emotional strength, and the tools necessary to help those entrapped in dangerous circumstances. Bring comfort, peace, and a growing trust in You to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one(s) and loss of their familiar and comfortable way of life. May those who are reaching out to these very needy people be encouraged by the difference they are making. Bless the Christian teams who are providing relief as they lovingly share of their faith giving hope to those who otherwise feel their lives are hopeless due to their present circumstances. Provide the funds, the materials, and the people needed to rebuild and restore the lives of those adversely affected by the destruction and ruin. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Note 1: The natural disasters have given us ministry opportunities expressing interest and care to employees from Puerto Rico and Mexico. Yesterday I was speaking to a man from Puerto Rico and he informed me that his wife was from Mexico so they are bearing a double burden.

* Note 2: We can only imagine the smiles and excitement in the hospital room last evening as Jesse brought their six older children in to see their mom and baby brother, Stephen. This is their first child born in a hospital so the setting is much different than the familiarity of the home, but it’s the family bond that brings vibrancy, joy, and the Scriptural blessing God has for the family. Anna Ruth said the children had a hard time leaving her and the baby as they departed – and why not, since all children before were born in the home! But they will reunite today after her hospital discharge.


Some scenes from our travels yesterday

Amish couple in spring wagon 9/21/17
Driving through Intercourse, PA yesterday we passed this older Amish couple out for a pleasant ride in their spring wagon. We think she might have been “resting her eyes”.

Cannas on Shirk Road 9/21/17
Every summer these Cannas near New Holland are planted out in the farm field dressing up the landscape quite a bit.

Martindale, PA farmhouse 9/21/17
This tidy white farmhouse near Martindale, PA caught our eyes.

Village Farm Market apples 9/21/17
Apples at the Village Farm Market
One of my favorite Autumn scenes is apples at farm markets!

Visit at Longwood 9/6/15
Here’s a photo taken several years ago of Luke (mentioned in message) and his wife Anna Mae at Longwood Manor sitting with Ester and her friend, another Stephen!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Stephen the Martyr”  Video  Brief drama presentation telling Stephen’s story

“Let Them See You”  Video  JJ Weeks Band

Study Note: Many years ago I did a personal study compiling a list of all of the named individuals that Paul interfaced with during his long ministry beginning with his first reference in Acts and those referenced in each of his epistles. There are approximately 115 different individuals specifically named that were associated with Paul! (I must say approximately, due to similar names some of them may be the same individual with a slightly different name or different individuals with the same name.) This does not include the many unnamed contacts like the Ephesian elders.

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Horse at Ironstone Ranch 9/16/17
The grounds for the “Walk Of Love” this last Saturday were beautiful and this horse seemed to be happy showing off to the many families, perhaps a majority of them with adopted children.

“A Lesson From Hot Peppers”

Message summary: The challenge in the spiritual life is to “keep your spiritual fervor”.

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“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).

jalapeño jam (click on photo to enlarge) Brooksyne enjoys planting a variety of peppers in the small raised garden in our backyard. Part of her enjoyment is the appearance with the colors and distinct shapes of different pepper varieties. But we both also enjoy eating a variety of hot peppers. For many years she has made a delicious candied jalapeño jelly that has just the right amount of sweet and hot and cans it for various dishes. She is especially famous (in our little world anyway) for her jalapeño pie (quiche) that uses this jelly.

But yesterday she had an interesting experience reminding her of just how hot, hot peppers can be! I’ve invited Brooksyne to share her experience:

Hot peppers 9/20/17 I was washing tomatoes and peppers I picked from the garden and decided I’d test the red pepper for its capsaicin level. When I cut into it I licked my finger that held the pepper to get a clue as to how hot it might be. There was little consequence so I took a small chunk and put it into my mouth. The consequence this time was enormous! I only bit into it without swallowing and the burn on my tongue, lips and face surrounding my mouth was on fire!! The only thing I thought might help was the aloe vera plant. I broke off one of the long, slender leaves and smeared it on my lips, lower face and rubbed it on my tongue. It brought instant relief, though I had to get more and more aloe vera since I kept shredding the leaves after rubbing it so much. It took a good 20 minutes before I stopped burning. I also ate a slice of bread since I’ve been told that helps with too much burn from hot pepper but it brought little relief. Anybody interested in some hot, hot peppers? Free for the asking! We believe they’re habaneros peppers.

Stephen also recalls getting into some extra hot peppers about 15 years ago that brings back about his painful memory:

Fire mouthI was visiting with some men at Four Seasons, a produce wholesaler, and they wanted me to try a pepper. They told me with a twinkle in the eye that this was a rather hot pepper. I figured that was OK because I was tough and liked hot peppers, so I brought one home to Brooksyne and asked her to cut it up in my salad.

I should have known something was up when I heard her and Ester laughing as they prepared the salad. After sitting down at the dinner table, I took a small bite and my, oh my, oh my, was that ever a blistering pepper! I downed several glasses of water trying to quench the hot taste and cool down my flushed face. Later I called one of the fellows who gave me the pepper. As he chuckled he told me the name of the pepper was habanero, a little known pepper to most of us at the time. It’s many times hotter than the jalapeño.* My mouth was sure on fire.

“Being on fire” is an expression used to describe a real sold out, committed believer. The daily Scripture texts teach that this is how we ought to be. The underlying Greek word for “fervor” in our first daily text is “zeo”, which means, “to be hot.”  It’s used to describe the preaching of Apollos in Acts 18:25 who “spoke with great fervor”.

The challenge in the spiritual life is to “keep your spiritual fervor”.  I sure find a tendency for mine to wane and I need to regularly heed Paul’s words to Timothy “to fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Timothy 1:6).

We also need to heed that short word of exhortation expressed in the second verse and “not put out the Spirit’s fire”. Many of us are familiar with the way the King James Version words this phrase, “Quench not the Spirit.” The word for “quench” literally means “extinguish” and although I am thankful for fire extinguishers, as well as the extinguishing effect lots of water can bring after eating a hot pepper, we need to be very careful that we do not extinguish the Spirit’s fire!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, help us to stir up the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives through faithful reading and application of the Scriptures. Though there are daily temptations and experiences that want to extinguish the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we thank You that Your abiding presence in our hearts is greater than the foe that seeks to deter us. May we always be attentive to Your still small voice and the convicting power of Your Holy Spirit as we keep our spiritual fervor in serving You. Amen.


Black tomatoes 9/20/17
Black tomatoes. Anna Ruth gave me this heirloom plant early in the summer and we have thoroughly enjoyed the taste, texture, and performance of these dark tomatoes. It’s also called a chocolate tomato.

Pepper Jam!

For our canning friends, today we share a series of photos of Brooksyne’s canning project making Pepper Jelly!

Peppers for pepper jam
I’ve made Pepper Jelly in the past from scratch. Slicing 4 pounds of jalapenos, about 80 small peppers, is nasty work! The house is consumed with hot pepper vapors which burns the eyes and irritates the throat, in addition to the runny nose, and you can’t tend to the problem because you’ve had your hands in the peppers. So….this time I took the easy way out and used Mrs. Wages Pepper Jam kit. All the jalapenos and heavy duty spices are dehydrated in the kit. All I had to cut up were colorful bell peppers. What an easy difference it made!

Straining mix for pepper jam
After processing the peppers about 5 cups of juice is collected from the cheesecloth. (I froze the pulp for another use)

Boiling mix for pepper jam
The pepper juice, pectin, and other seasonings are brought to a boil.

Steam canner bottom for pepper jam
This is the water bath method using the steam canner (only 2 quarts of water in the bottom of the canner).

Steam canner bottom for pepper jam
Pepper Jelly jars nestled on the canner rack ready to be steamed for ten minutes.

Steam canner for pepper jam
The lid properly fitted so that temp properly rises for steaming. The handle at the top has a handy built in thermometer.

Pepper jam jars
The colorful results of Pepper Jelly sealed up in jars.

Pepper jam biscuit!
Tasty and sweet (but also spicy) results of home canned Pepper Jelly which happens to be one of Stephen’s favorite spreads that I make.
(I really like the Victorio Steam Canner since it is much easier to handle than the Water Bath Canner that requires a couple gallons of water for processing. The down side is that the rack is made to hold pints and quarts. The 8 oz. jelly jars are a bit more challenging to steady on the steam canner rack.)

Jalapeno Quiche

(A delicious recipe using pepper jam. It is very easy to prepare and is a crowd pleaser even for those who don’t usually like spicy foods. I never have leftovers.)

1 ½ C. Hot Pepper Jam
2# shredded sharp cheddar cheese
10-12 eggs, beaten
Chili powder, salt & pepper

In 9X13 dish spread jelly over bottom (heat in microwave if jelly does not spread easily.)
Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over top of jelly.
Beat eggs, season with chili powder, salt and pepper (to taste). Extra jelly can also be stirred into eggs.
Pour evenly on top of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 40 minutes until browned on top. Let it sit for five or more minutes for easy cutting. Freezes very nicely and reheats in microwave.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Burn In Me”  Video   Paul Wilbur

“Let The Fire Fall”  Video  Perry Sisters

Note from Stephen: The photo of the sample jar of jalapeño jam in our message was not prepared by Brooksyne but is rather from the local Kitchen Kettle Village. Her jars are just too plain for a good photo since there is no label! But they taste just as good!

Brooksyne’s Note: Years ago I grew habaneros thinking I might be able to use them in a recipe. They were just way too hot. I couldn’t give them away until I remembered there were some Mexican workers at a machine shop where I served as chaplain. I took them in and the guys were so excited. I joined them in the break room just to see how they would eat them. They held the peppers in their hands and ate them like apples. No red face, no sweat coming out of their pores, and no running for water. They ate one after the other – no consequence except pleasure!

* Habanero Vs. Jalapeño: PepperScale Showdown

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“Examine Yourself”

September 19, 2017

Star Barn and fountain 9/16/17 (Click to enlarge)
The Star Barn and Fountain near Elizabethtown, PA
(Click on photo for larger image)

“Examine Yourself”

Message summary: Spiritual self-examination is important so that we can correct ourselves on a regular basis to make certain we continue to bring glory to God in the manner in which we live our lives.

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“But let a man examine himself” (1 Corinthians 11:28a). “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Mervin on Gator 9/15/17

Each evening around dusk we have a familiar scene in front of our home. Our farmer neighbor, Mervin, slowly drives his John Deere Gator up the tractor lane adjacent to the farm field across the street from our home and eventually makes his way past our home. He regularly drives around the perimeter of his property, partly for enjoyment and partly to check things out, much like a cowboy riding his horse to check the fencing and livestock!

The other night I rode with Mervin on his “route” and he explained to me what he observes; the condition of his plants (corn and soybeans), water conditions, his sheep and baby lambs. He also looks for anything amiss that needs attention.

Mervin’s habit of examining his physical property is a reminder of a more important examination, a spiritual self-examination of our hearts.

“But let a man examine himself.” Today’s first Scripture verse is in the context of participating in Communion at the Lord’s Table. Before one eats and drinks of the emblems representing the broken Body and shed blood of Christ he is to “examine himself”. Of utmost importance in this personal exam is the answer to these foundational questions,

  • “Do I have saving faith in Christ?” (Romans 10:8,9).
  • “Do I have unconfessed sin in my heart?” (1 John 1:9).

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.” In the second text Paul uses two words (“examine” and “test”) to emphasize his point. “Examine” is the Greek “peirazo” which conveys the sense of scrutinize and “test” (“prove” KJV) is the Greek “dokimazo” which has the sense of discernment.  It implies the expectation of approval and is thus a very positive function. We need to regularly (I believe daily) examine and test our spiritual walk. Let’s confess sin, express faith and practice obedience daily.

This vitally important exam asks this question, Am I “in the faith”? Then there’s a sobering follow-up question, “Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

In his article “The Place Of Self-examination” S. Lewis Johnson comments concerning this verse, “There are literally millions of professing Christians who need to pay attention to this statement of the apostle. They have entered into a shallow commitment to Christianity, they’ve joined the church, they’ve been baptized or they’ve done other things that might make them think that they are genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. They’ve been encouraged to think that, by men who’ve not been careful to point out that there is more to becoming a Christian than subscribing to a statement. They don’t hate sin. They don’t love holiness. They do not pray. They do not study the word of God. They do not walk humbly with God. These individuals, so many of them stand in the same danger in which the Corinthians stood. And the apostle’s words, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith, examine yourselves,” are valid words that each of us should ponder.”

Self-examination is important so that we correct ourselves on a regular basis to make certain we continue to bring glory to God in the manner in which we live our lives.

Colossians 1:10

Colossians 1:10-12 provides a list of examination items for our consideration. We will phrase them as personal questions:

* Am I living in a manner worthy of the Lord?
* Am I pleasing Him in all respects?
* Am I bearing fruit in every good work?
* Am I increasing in the knowledge of God?
* Am I being strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might?
* Am I attaining steadfastness and patience?
* Am I joyously giving thanks to the Father?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, I ask myself, “Am I living in a manner worthy of Your name? Do I seek to please You rather than myself? Does the fruit of my labor reflect the Spirit of Christ living within my heart? Do I have a zeal for the things of Christ and a desire to know Him better, to reflect His character every day in my life? Am I steady or do I sputter in my Christian influence?” Father, in all these things I want to be more like Christ, consistent in the ways that bring glory to Your name and growth in my spiritual nature. I want my spiritual walk to be the most important pursuit of my life as I journey here below so that I may influence as many as possible to live for Jesus. It is in His name that I pray. Amen.


Goliath harvester 9/15/17
This huge harvester which is working the fields chopping corn in our area is nicknamed Goliath, though the printed name is too small to show up in this photo!Mollie running after frisbee in recently harvested field 9/15/17
After the corn was harvested we took Mollie across the road to play frisbee (scroll up if you didn’t see it). There were large patches and rows where they did not leave corn stalks which allowed Mollie to do a little running without landing on the stalks.

Mollie catching frisbee in recently harvested field 9/15/17
Got it!

Mollie catching frisbee in front lawn 9/15/17
But her favorite spot for frisbee catch remains in our front lawn.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Search Me O God”  Video  Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team

“Lord, I Want To Be Like Jesus”  Video  Fernando Ortega

Our friend David Penley just posted an thought-provoking article that relates to today’s message: “What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life?

Finally today:

Ed and Gladys Berkey, 70th anniversary
Last week Pastor Ed and Gladys Berkey were in Lancaster visiting with our friends Jim and Dorothy Schmidt and celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Ed was my District Superintendent the first several years we lived in New England in the 90’s and was an early encourager of our Daily Encouragement ministry.

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“Acting Redemptively”

September 18, 2017

Star Barn Gazebo 9/16/17 (Click to enlarge)
The Star Barn Gazebo
Elizabethtown, PA
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“Acting Redemptively”

Note: Today’s message is based on a real event. Although we have received permission to share the story we have purposely changed the names.

Message summary: God calls us to receive His grace and in turn express grace to others.

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“Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person” (Colossians 4:5,6).

Recently I was visiting with Curtis who happens to be a Christian and owner of a company.  He told me about a disciplinary matter he had to deal with concerning an employee whose persistent negative attitude was affecting other members on his team. Curtis called the employee into his office and when he walked in he had a look on his face like, “Uh-oh, I think I’m about to be fired.”

However Curtis had Rob sit down and kindly asked him about his upbringing and background and heard quite a story of pain. While still in his teens Rob’s mother died of an aneurism as he held her in his arms. He has a distant relationship with his father who  provided essentially no counsel, encouragement, correction or discipline as he grew up. And there were other factors that contributed to his pessimistic outlook on life.

Curtis compassionately listened to Rob describe his difficult upbringing but went on to explain to him the importance of living life with a purpose. He shared with him how we affect others with our attitude. Thankfully, he was very receptive. By coincidence I know Rob, had seen him recently, and he had already told me about the conversation before his boss shared it with me. With moist eyes Rob expressed to me that Curtis had treated him like the father he needed but never had. He actually missed the discipline and correction a loving father administers. (See Hebrews 12:9).

Our text today reminds us that believers have many opportunities to share the wisdom that God has granted us through the Scriptures, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.” Our conversation should primarily be marked by Christian grace filled with compassion, but secondarily, it should be seasoned with salt so that it benefits those who listen by building them up according to their needs (Ephesians 4:29).

In our illustrative story the company owner was filled with compassion as he listened to his employee’s story, but the salient and redemptive moment came when he brought seasoning into their conversation by giving wise counsel that benefitted the employee. Of course, for the story to have a positive ending, it required the employee to be receptive and responsive to his boss, which he was.

Loving grace is offered to all of us by our heavenly Father. Many of our readers have accepted His grace and experienced the wonder of redemption; forgiveness of sins and a new life.

Today we will have many opportunities to act redemptively. Allow a guiding principle to be an awareness of the mighty grace you have received, so that you will naturally extend grace to others!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, how grateful we are for those who have made the most of their opportunities to share their wisdom; wisdom that comes from Your Word as well as those along the way who’ve been our role models and loving caregivers. We pray that our conversation would be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that we might speak words that not only build others up but also benefits them according to their needs. At the time it might feel like salt being poured into their wound but You use salt for healing, and if the hearer is receptive and willing to make needed changes You guide them in doing so. May we help others even as You brought people in our lives who helped us. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Saturday morning we attended a special function called the “Walk of Love” at Ironstone Ranch, a beautiful function center near us. Two of the companies we serve as chaplains were sponsors of the event for Brittany’s Hope, a non-profit organization, dedicated to aiding abandoned children around the world through adoption grants, child sponsorship and orphan care.

Clark and girlfriend 9/16/17
Clark is a young man who began working at White Oak Display while still in high school on a work release program. He is a diligent worker. White Oak Display was one of the sponsors of the event with about 30 employees and family members participating.

Frank with children 9/16/17
Frank Castro also works at White Oak. It’s a blessing that God equips us with shoulders and two hands. Frank used them to hold onto both of his young children who accompanied him. Families traveled in from other states and we met some of them who had adopted several children from other nations, with matching grants from Brittany’s Hope.

Sheldon Miller family 9/16/17
The Sheldon Miller family.
Sheldon is the grandson of the founder of Smucker and Sons, another event sponsor. Both Sheldon and his older son ran in the 5 K race. The Millers have adopted two children from Vietnam and benefitted from the services of Brittany’s Hope for Lynn, their latest adoption, being held by Jenna. She is adorably cute, very smart and busy!

Eric Martin family 9/16/17
We also visited a few minutes with the Eric Martin family
Eric, who ran the 5K, grew up in a church we attended for many years and owns his own construction company, Legacy Builders. We are long-time friends with his parents, Galen and Nancy Martin.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Grace Greater Than All Our Sin”  Video  Sovereign Grace Music

“Never Too Broken To Belong”  Video  Amy Lambert

“Chain Breaker”  Video  Gaither Vocal Band  The Vocal Band does a great job with this song!

“Redeemed”  Video  Big Daddy Weave

“He Won’t Leave You There”  Video  Jason Crabb

“Brittany’s Hope” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to aiding abandoned children around the world.

Finally Today:

Calvary Church choir and orchestra 9/17/17
For nearly 25 years Brooksyne has been a choir director in various churches we have served or attended. Yesterday she sang for the first time in the Calvary Church Choir. If you are curious click on the photo for a larger view to see if you can find Elmo (I mean Brooksyne!)
Ester recorded a video of the main song “It Is Well”  Video
(While commending Ester for her recording the sound is not quite as clear as we would like. Here’s a video with very clear vocals as well as the lyrics.)
Following this song the entire congregation sang the classic hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” that brings such incredible assurance. Video  Homecoming Singers

Order of the Towel presentation 9/17/17
Yesterday Pastor Beau presented the “Order of the Towel” to Linda, a dedicated servant, who has faithfully served in the church nursery for over 40 years, in addition to many other areas of service! “Order of the Towel” is a reference to the Upper Room foot washing where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instructed them, “Do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). For many years Calvary Church has awarded an individual or couple the symbolic “towel” with their name monogrammed on it as an example of outstanding service for the kingdom of God through their local church.

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“Crouching Sin”

September 15, 2017

Weaverland Road mums 9/14/17 (Click to enlarge)
Scene from the Farm Wagon Produce Stand on Weaverland Road, which offers many produce items, including flowers such as the fall mums in the foreground and zinnias in the garden background. A young Mennonite couple, or perhaps they are siblings, were cutting zinnias to add to the zinnia bouquets offered at their produce stand.
(Click on photo for larger image)

“Crouching Sin”

Message summary: Today’s message is based on God’s word to Cain when he became angry that his offering was not accepted. Today’s Scripture account is from Genesis 4:1-16.

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“The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering He did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” (Genesis 4:4-7).

Dottie in barn doorOur cat, Dottie, is now sixteen years old, by far the longest we have ever managed to keep a pet. She now lives in our utility barn where we depend on her to be a mouser and more recently a “chipmunker” (since chipmunks have found a home near our barn). She requires very little care but when making extended trips our neighbors look in on her to see that she has adequate food and water. But several summers ago she pulled quite a surprise.

After our neighbor, Marion, spent some time with her she walked toward the door preparing to leave. Suddenly out of nowhere she heard a loud swish and then felt the heavy pounce of Dottie, complete with clinching claws and teeth, that clamped like a vice grip on her leg. Marion concluded that Dottie didn’t want her to leave and she let her know it in the most unfriendly fashion. Interestingly she planned her attack when Marion was least expecting it with her back turned away. Now, when she or Doug looks in on Dottie they don’t turn their backs. They watch to see that she doesn’t position herself into a crouching position since they want no surprise attack again. Thankfully, Marion recovered quickly and nicely.

Dottie’s aggressive behavior, or the way she went about it, brings to mind our Scripture text where God warns Cain, “Sin is crouching at your door…”. It is the first recorded conversation God had with Adam’s descendants and is a timeless truth with perpetual application to our generation and those that follow. Every believer would do well to heed God’s warning and make this personal application:

“Sin is crouching at my door and Satan wants to have me.”

This is the first record of temptation and sin among Adam’s fallen descendants. It provides a pattern of how sin works in the lives of all of Adam’s children and reveals the tragic consequences for the transgressor, Cain.

As we note the progression we see a caution for our own lives as redeemed believers. We are again so powerfully reminded of the need to stand firm in my faith. We must call on God for His sustaining grace to resist the sin that results when we give into the daily temptations Satan hurls at us.

“If you do what is right” – God has revealed His will for our lives so we can know the right way.  We have many other Scriptures telling us the right way, “He hath showed thee…”  (Micah 6:8); “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21); “This is the will of God…” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Truly His “Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

“Will you not be accepted?” Foundationally being accepted by God begins by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. This is God’s appointed means of beginning to “do what is right.” Then we pursue the things of God, growing in His grace and knowledge. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good” (Titus 2:11-14).

“But if you do not do what is right.” God’s warnings are expressions of His love. When we violate God’s will as revealed in His Word, we give the enemy a foothold in our lives for further activity and progression of sin.  A grim outcome is revealed in Ephesians that describes the latter stages of this progression: “Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more” (Ephesians 4:19). With the flood of evil, pornography and perversions of all sorts sweeping through our world many are at this stage. Deeper and deeper depths of depravity can be expected and the evil acts that accompany it.

“Sin is crouching at your door.” The word for “crouching” conveys the posture of a four legged animal as it prepares to attack its prey.  That’s the nature of sin and its crouched position is persistent. We must ever be alert, practice self-control, and stand firm, for our “enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

“It desires to have you.” Sin continues its desire to enslave you and me. A foundational step in overcoming sin is realizing this. You do well to recognize the enemy’s tactic since he desires to have you as well.

“But you must master it.” In the New Testament Paul wrote, “For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). In the pursuit of godliness we must, by God’s grace, master our sinful nature, something as descendants of Adam we all share.

We often hear the phrase, “No one is perfect” and, yes, that is true.  Only God is perfect. But we can be a righteous people if Christ lives in us, if we apply the Scriptures to our lives, and if we resist the “charm” or deceit of our enemy. Stand firm, my brothers and sisters. Resist the enemy who seeks to do evil and engage the Holy Spirit who seeks to mature us in the faith.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, thank You for Your indwelling Spirit that replaces my sinful nature with that of a spiritual nature. I no longer desire the temporary pleasures the world offers, but even as I walk in Your ways year after year, I’m keenly aware that sin is crouching at the door of my heart, always ready to make habitation if invited to come in. Alert my eyes to the strategic warfare of Satan. I want to be vigilant in guarding my heart against his cunning assault. I want to heed the many warnings You give us in Scripture as well as godly messengers who keep watch over my soul. With Your blood applied to the doorpost of my heart, I am purified by Your holiness, and want to stand firm to the end! Amen.


Some scenes from yesterday’s travels

Spring wagon 9/14/17
We always enjoy seeing the open spring wagons.

Farmwagon Produce Stand, Weaverland Road 9/14/17
The Farm Wagon Produce stand has quite a variety and unlike most farm stands even takes credit cards!

Farmwagon Produce Stand, Weaverland Road 9/14/17
This week it seems we’ve moved into fall produce, though we also have one more week of warm summer weather.

Good's Store Scripture sign 9/14/17
We are edified when visiting Good’s Store to see the handwritten Scripture verses.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Sin Shall Not Be Your Master” (Romans 6:14-15)”   Video  Integrity Scripture memory songs

“This Is My Desire”  Video  Reuben Morgan

Finally Today:

Corn harvest 9/15/17
We came home from our chaplain visits this morning and saw that the field across from our house was being harvested. Ester captured this photo as she was watching them harvest the corn while we were at work. Just last night Brooksyne said, “Corn will soon be harvested and I don’t look forward to that. It’s so pretty glistening in the sunlight especially near the time of sunset.” Well, she was right and now we have a stark field for a few weeks but soon the farmers will plant a cover crop and we will have green!

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Front yard oak 9/13/17
The large oak in front of our home.
Note the large branches, ideal for climbing.
For a photo from lastNovember at its peak in autumn color see here.

“Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man”

Message summary: Let’s seek God today, no matter what overcomings it might require!

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“A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way” (Luke 19:2-4). “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

We’ve lived in our present home for over 15 years now, the longest either of us have ever lived in one place. We have two oak trees in our front lawn, which were likely planted when our house was built in 1986 since our property had been a farm field. In 35 years these trees have now grown to a stately size, benefitting from the same rich Lancaster County soil as generations of corn did before. (One of them is pictured above.) The other night we were sitting out on our front porch and Brooksyne observed that some of the branches are now getting close to our house.

Kids climbing treeThey would be great climbing trees if our tree climbing days weren’t long past! But we both recall the fun of climbing trees when we were young. Do you have a memorable tree from your childhood that you recall climbing? Perhaps you built a tree-house or had a tree swing.

If we were to query Bible students we would find one of the most famous trees in the Bible is the Sycamore that Zacchaeus climbed up to see Jesus. He is certainly the best- known Bible tree climber!

We like Zacchaeus’ story, don’t you? You may also recall this story from Sunday School or VBS. Perhaps, as a child, you sang like we did, “Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man”, motions and all. Maybe you sing it with your children or grandchildren. As we were preparing this message Ester shared another song about Zacchaeus she recalls by the Donut Man, whom she enjoyed when she was a child.

Part of the intrigue of Zacchaeus’ story is that we can identify with him, young children especially, since (apart from liking to climb trees!) they often need others’ assistance in reaching or seeing due to their still-growing height.

Zacchaeus in tree Surely Zacchaeus had heard many things about this man called Jesus and now he wanted to see just what He looked like, how He carried Himself, and the way He responded to those who spoke to Him! Being a short man he couldn’t see over the multitude of people. I’m sure there were many large gatherings where he ended up missing the big event due to his small stature. When he was young he was likely raised up on his parent’s shoulders, but as an adult this was not an option. So Zacchaeus devised a clever plan where he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree. There he would wait until Jesus passed his way.

In our day it wouldn’t seem too dignified to look up and spot a rich man perched in a tree, but the story indicates that he had a spiritual interest and that’s a very worthwhile motivation. The Bible story gives evidence that his position and wealth had not met his innermost needs. I’m glad that He didn’t allow his pride or stature to keep him from seeking out Jesus. I wonder if he actually cared about what others thought of his tree climbing expedition. But if he thought he was going to remain a mere onlooker he was mistaken!

“When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today'” (Luke 19:5). It brings a smile to my face mentally picturing Zacchaeus’ quick, scampering descent to the ground after Jesus spoke directly to him. I don’t think that’s what Zacchaeus was expecting and so often the Lord meets and calls those who are seeking Him in ways we do not expect. And He’s still doing that today, for He continues to “reward those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Let’s seek Him today, no matter what overcomings it might require!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, You see us in our hour of need. You look beyond our supposed prestige, our accumulation of material goods, any earthly titles or accomplishments we’ve earned. You perceive our thoughts from afar and know the very intent of our hearts. The searchlight of Your Word reveals anything that separates us from You. Thank You that we can be reconciled to You and experience forgiveness of sins through the redeeming blood of Jesus. The riches of Your grace far exceeds the fleeting riches this world has to offer. You lead us in the way everlasting as we earnestly seek You.  We desire to see Jesus more than anything this world offers.  Amen.


Martin giant tree swing 4/21/13
Here’s a tree swing on a giant Sycamore tree (Zacchaeus would have had a hard time climbing up this tree!). Our friend Jason is swinging his 3 year old son (at the time) who kept hollering, “Higher, Higher!” You could sure go high on this swing!

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Zacchaeus Was A Wee Little Man”  Video  Cedarmont Kids  Just the way we remember singing it!

“Zacchaeus”  Video  The Donut Man  Ester’s childhood favorite version.

“Seek Ye First”  Video  Maranatha Singers

“I’d Rather Have Jesus”  Video  Dallas Holm  My favorite version of this song.

“He Knows What He’s Doing”  Video  Jason Crabb  Brooksyne’s note: After completing yesterday’s message I heard this song and realized how appropriate it was concerning the topic.

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“Unless You Repent”

September 13, 2017

Tulpehocken Manor 9/12/17Tulpehocken Manor near Myerstown, PA was built in 1769

“Unless You Repent”

Message summary: “But unless you repent, you too will all perish”. This is a message not only to the original listeners but to us as well. What about you today? Have you repented?

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“But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:3). “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

We had a tragic accident here in Lancaster County last weekend. (Of course all accidents are tragic but some are even more poignantly tragic due to the nature of the accident). A man returning home from work broke down along a busy four lane highway so he called for a wrecker truck to pick him and his vehicle up. They had his vehicle loaded on the wrecker truck and were just preparing to leave when a drunk driver slammed into them, killing them both.

Yesterday we spoke to Tim, a friend of ours, who will conduct one of the funerals. The motorist whose car was broken down, along with his wife and two daughters, were close friends to Tim’s family. His last words to his wife was a phone call informing herhe had broken down and would be late getting home and was waiting for the wrecker truck.

Accidents stun us. In other forms of death we have some time to prepare. Accidents may also especially seem random and make no sense. Why that driver? Why did the drunk driver come along at that precise time and not a few minutes later when the tow truck would have been gone? And, as so often seems to be the case, the drunk driver was not injured. That doesn’t seem fair.

We so want answers to these questions, we want things to be just and fair, to make sense. At times like this people will often look to their pastor not only for comfort but often expecting some type of explanation. But so often we must simply acknowledge there is no explanation from our understanding. This is an ancient dilemma experienced all through history.

In a rather obscure gospel story recorded in Luke 13:1-5 Jesus made a point concerning this. He refers to some martyred Galileans and some people killed when a tower fell.

“Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.” Apparently this was a well-known current event at that time and, although we have no other details, it seems they were looking to Jesus for His reaction and explanation. Why was an evil Pilate allowed to get by with this?

Jesus then calls to their attention another contemporary event that we otherwise know nothing about, “Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them.”

The point was a prompt to the inevitable question, “Why?” Just like us, the listeners wanted some explanations. It seems they wanted to hear that this happened because they deserved it, that they were “worse sinners”. But Jesus challenged their reasoning:

Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?
Do you think they (those killed in the tower fall) were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?

Jesus doesn’t answer the “Why” question. And so often on this side we also don’t have the answers to the “why” question(s).

But Jesus twice states a truth that I have come to see as a central warning to the human race. “I tell you, no!”(They weren’t worse sinners or more guilty.) It sort of feels good (though we’re careful about saying so) when something bad happens to those whom are visibly evil! We may like to think that we are better and that tragedies like this just can’t happen to us.

Consider, for instance,Dzhokhar, the Boston bomber who ran over his older brother in his stolen SUV. In this example the brothers’ mischief and evil did catch up with them. But we should not put God in a box and think we can figure out the way He works in each individual life or circumstance since Jesus forcefully disposes of such a notion.

“But unless you repent, you too will all perish”. This is a message not only to the original listeners but to us as well. What about you today? Have you repented?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, mysteries abound and always have due to our finite understanding. One of the greatest blessings of following You is that, though we don’t have full understanding about a matter, we can trust You since You are the Alpha and Omega, and You know the end from the beginning. We acknowledge that Your ways are higher and wiser than ours. We find comfort as we’re reminded that You promise to care for us in the midst of our heartaches and in the unraveled mysteries that could otherwise bog us down or lead us toward unbelief. Help us to be careful in judging others, when dealt with unpleasant circumstances, since You are present in the good and bad that visits us and You can use either for Your glory and for our growth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Early yesterday morning on the way to one of our chaplain visits we stopped by Tulpehocken Manor near Myerstown, PA and saw an interesting assortment of buildings, many built in the 1700’s in colonial times. George Washington came here several times.

Tulpehocken Manor outhouse 9/12/17
7 Hole Out House – Built in 1883
The “ole 7 holer” was built in 1883 with separate entrances for men and women. On the women’s side you will find 4 holes in varying heights with an enter and exit door to accommodate largehoop skirts common in that day. On the men’s side you’ll find the 3 other holes with only one door.

Tulpehocken Manor outhouse 9/12/17
Another view of the main manor house with the smokehouse and bakehouse in the foreground.

Tulpehocken Manor spring house 9/12/17
The spring house was built in the 1740’s right over a spring.
Tulpehocken Manor horses 9/12/17
In the meadow front of the property are three large concrete horses.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Blessings”  Video  Laura Story

“It Is Well”  Video  Guy Penrod, David Phelps

Tulpehocken Manor is near Myerstown, PA along Rt 422. It is now a venue for weddings and other functions.

“Toilets From Around the World” I read about the Tulpehocken Manor outhouse on this site and realized it was a place we practically passed by each week on the way to a company in Lebanon County, so of course, I told Brooksyne we had to check it out and we did!

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