Note: This morning I (Stephen) will be travelling to Springfield, Missouri and visiting David Simpson, a longtime friend for a couple of days and then attending a chaplain conference Sunday through Wednesday morning, planning on returning home Wednesday afternoon. We don’t expect to post messages tomorrow or Monday-Wednesday (June 29-July 1). We hope to resume Thursday, July 2.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Split Rock LighthouseMy cousin Georgia took this photo of the Split Rock Lighthouse in upper Minnesota along Lake Superior.

“Better Than I Deserve!”


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“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:10,11).

The last couple of days we have been considering responses to the common greeting, “How are you?”  When we meet another face to face, in our conversation over the phone, or whenever we write a letter to a friend we regularly ask the question, “How are you?” It’s so common that, at times, I have taken a phone call and out of habit responded with the customary, “Fine” only to realize after doing so that I answered the question before they even asked it! Occasionally I respond with such phrases as “I’m doing great” or “I’m blessed” attempting to give a more meaningful response.

I recall a few friends, dealing with some emotional ups and downs in life, responding with a very candid admission, “I’m gonna make it” or “I’m overcoming” and far more common, “Hangin’ in there!”

But today let us consider a true expression which can also be a thought-provoking response to the typical greeting. Many of you have heard it. It also provides an opportunity for a witness, assuming you have the boldness to go there and further explain your response.

Next time someone asks you, “How are you doing?” respond with, “Better than I deserve.” I’ve done that and the response can be quite interesting, although it may take a few seconds for the words to sink in.

In one sense I consider the phrase as a counter to the whiny, entitlement outlook that permeates our culture. It seems so many, no matter how full their cup, fix their gaze on the empty portion. They center on that which is lacking in their life and what they feel they’re entitled to. Politicians are great at pandering to this attitude with promises such as “I’ll fight for you. Help is on the way.” That’s a sizeable and growing voting constituency.

But it’s the spiritual application that really blesses me. Consider just the first phrase in the daily text, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve.” That’s a portion of Scripture verse that you can memorize as you repeat it to yourself throughout the day. In fact you may want to personalize it, “He does not treat me as my sins deserve.”

What do our sins deserve? The Bible answers in a simple Scripture phrase you should have memorized upon first coming to Christ. “The wages of sin is death.” That is: spiritual death, separation from God, eternal judgment, hell. Not a popular theme in the modern church, infiltrated with the “I’m OK, You’re OK” doctrine launched in the 70’s.

Jonathan EdwardsProbably the most famous sermon in American history was preached in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741 by the 18th century theologian, Jonathan Edwards, where he focused on that which we truly deserve. He wasn’t concerned with making believers “feel good” when he preached his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” regarding the penalty of sin.

The next time you’re asked, “How are you?” consider the great love the Father has for you and gratefully respond, “Better than I deserve!” It might lead to a discussion that takes you below the surface to a conversation of the heart.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, we are thankful for Your great compassion and enduring patience; that You do not treat us as our sins deserve but with never-ending mercy. From everlasting to everlasting Your love is with those who walk with You, who keep Your covenant and obey Your precepts. Help us to live with an outlook of appreciation rather than entitlement. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Menno Brubaker at 100

When we first moved to Lancaster County in 2001 we often sat in front of an interesting man in our church, Menno Brubaker, who lived well past 100 years. We only knew him in his final years as a rather short, bearded man, further hunched over by age and his leaning upon his cane for support.  In his younger years he was very musical and his love for the hymns could still be witnessed as we sang the hymns of the church.

He was hard of hearing and wasn’t able to converse much. But he would always warmly greet me by saying, “We have so much to be thankful for.”

Weber's at spot where Jonathan Edwards preached "Sinner's In The Hands Of An Angry God"Several years ago I conducted a wedding service for a college friend who lived in Connecticut and we had an opportunity to visit the very site where Edwards preached the sermon, “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God”
Stone marking location where Jonathan Edwards preached "Sinners in the hands of an angry God"
The meeting house is long gone but this small stone marks the location where Jonathan Edwards preached.
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If you care to do so you can read Jonathan Edward’s sermon here.
Warning: It’s not “seeker friendly”


Lancaster County Amish farm 6/24/15
Yesterday afternoon we took another rail to trail bike ride, this time on a trail through farmland called the Lancaster Junction Trail. At one point we got off the trail and rode up the long lane to this Amish farm. The farmer was pleased to report that he had just that morning picked the first sweet corn of the season. We bought six ears and had some for dinner last night. It was wonderful!

Lancaster County Amish farm 6/24/15
Excited about the first corn but preparing ahead as well.
Anyone know what these are?

Porta-potties at Creation Festival (early 80's)
Today through Saturday there will be a huge outdoor Christian music festival in central PA known as “Creation” It will have many musical groups and teachers. In fact Ester is watching it online. For several years back in the early 80’s when we were a lot younger we enjoyed going to this with friends from our church. A classic photo we claim demonstrates church unity is this one when we all used the porta-potties together. I suppose we were in “one accord”! Now most in the photo are in their 60’s!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Greatly Blessed And Highly Favored”  Video  GVB

“Better Than Life”  Video


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Misty tress (Doris High)
Our friend Doris High took this photo of misty trees. It reminds us of a line in a Gaither tune that has these words, “Like the fragrance after the rain”.

“Dealing With ‘Bad Days'”


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“Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34). “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).

Yesterday we shared a message about a man who frequently replied to the question, “How are you?” with the response, “On, I shouldn’t complain.” That got us thinking about other responses to the same question. Mihad is a Bosnian friend who always says in his broken English, “Good Enough”. In fact he’s earned as a nickname, “Good Enough”. We recall Suzy, an elderly black lady now with the Lord. On our visits to Longwood Manor when we’d ask, “How are you?”, without hesitation she’d reply with a smile and this phrase, “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”

Years ago there was a song called “Bad Day” being played a lot on pop music radio stations that I am sure many of you heard and probably recall. I recall visiting job sites, stores and other places and hearing this song in the background. Ester enjoyed it and it has a catchy tune that I enjoy as well. But there’s something about the overall theme which speaks a lot about our current culture.

It’s hard to understand the words (for me anyway) but essentially the “bad day” is due to relatively trivial things in life. I observe that so many people define good and bad days by the trivial things such as…. Because it rained on my picnic I had a bad day. My air conditioner is broken so this is really a bad day, especially when it’s 90 degrees like it was yesterday! The traffic was terrible getting to work so I’m having a bad day.

Now social media gives people a broader platform to complain. Yesterday afternoon we had a severe lightning and thunder storm pass through around 5:00 PM. Power disrupted the Amtrak train east of Lancaster stranding commuters for several hours. It was surely an unpleasant experience but for at least some riders it was like the end of the world!

Do you get the picture? Can you identify? I confess that I can easily slip into this mentality. Because of this trivial attitude, even in all of our blessings and affluence, so many experience one bad day after another. You’ve surely heard the phrase “bad hair day”?

As a family we try to pray for people who really are having a bad day. Yesterday we had a long discussion with a man who sat across from us broken and weeping due to the emotional pain he is suffering. We consider the families of soldiers killed in war, accident victims, and those dealing with truly despairing situations. Many of us have been praying for the church in Charleston, South Carolina where just last week a peaceful prayer meeting became a killing zone.

To some degree all of us have had these types of “bad days”, although some surely with more intensity and frequency than others.

The first daily verse expresses the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. He forthrightly observes, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” How very true and personally observable by each of us. Jesus shared this in the context of worry. If you focus on troubles every day, be assured you will have plenty. That was true 2,000 years ago and it’s true today. But these troubles do not have to make a bad day.

The Psalmist, who surely knew troubles and had “bad days” expresses a great truth to live by. “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  God made today (this day) and everyday. God doesn’t make bad days. We have a choice. Although we experience troubles every day let us choose to have the attitude of the Psalmist; “let us rejoice and be glad.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, upon awakening this day and drawing our first conscious breath we acknowledge Your hand of blessing in our lives. Even as the rays of sunlight dissipate the vast darkness we’re reminded of Your victorious power that melts the clouds of despair replacing them with renewed hope. Enable us to look beyond the unwelcome, trivial frustrations of our day that lead to whining and complaining, instead of being joyful and thankful. We, with absolute intention, choose to rejoice and be glad as the blessings unfold throughout this day amidst the bothersome and undesirable circumstances of our present day. We must keep calm and carry on until hindsight reveals to us how You were orchestrating events in our life to help build character, patience, understanding, and growth in our faith walk. It’s all part of Your overall plan for our lives so we want our “hearts to unfold like flowers before You opening to the sun above, as we join the mighty chorus…ever singing, marching onward, victors in the midst of strife” for we serve a victorious Saviour. Amen.


Brooksyne’s Note:  In 1907 William van Dyke was a guest preacher at Williams College in Massachusetts. At breakfast one morning he handed the college president a piece of paper saying, “Here is a hymn for you. Your mountains (the Berkshires) were my inspiration.” If you’re feeling like you’re having a “bad day” sing or read the words to this hymn aloud, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”, and you will soon realize how very good your day is! It is a great song to sing at the breakfast table. (From “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan)

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All thy works with joy surround thee, earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest,
well-spring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are thine;
teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the mighty chorus which the morning stars began;
love divine is reigning o’er us, binding all within its span.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life.

Brooksyne’s Caboose Correction: Several alert readers observed yesterday’s photo with Brooksyne standing on the caboose “gripping the large steering wheel of an old caboose”. Charlie for one, informed us, “I think you will find that the wheel is actually to apply the brakes for the caboose. Not a steering wheel.” Warren, a train buff, elaborates, “growing up along and still living along the rail, Brooksyne is not holding onto a steering wheel. It is the brake wheel. When I was a kid, they would move the train at about 5mph, and break away the cars, from the rest of the train, that they wanted to go into a siding, each car had a steering wheel/brake wheel. That is what they turned to stop the cars. If you look at it closely, and it is still hooked up, a chain ran from the wheel down to a bar, which runs underneath the car to the wheels, which would manually apply the brakes.”

I admit to making the mistake, not Stephen, though I did ask him to edit the captions, but I’m afraid he missed this one. At least I was half correct, I got “wheel” right. Surely no one can debate the round wheel thing I was holding on to. Thanks for correcting us, alert readers!


Garden 6/22/15
Brooksyne’s Vegetable Garden: We have limited space but try to utilize it as best we can. This year we’re growing tomatoes, several different peppers, zucchini, watermelons, cucumbers, and a variety of herbs, our favorites being basil and cilantro.

Ruler in piano
Mystery Solved:  In February I had my piano tuned and told our tuner, Leavitt, about some temperamental keys. Often when I struck the A just below middle C I’d hear a clicking noise. Sometimes it would travel up to middle D and A. He listened for the problem but wouldn’t you know all three keys behaved nicely for the tuner, and didn’t show up again until after he left. I finally called him to come again and so he set out yesterday morning to find the problem. He took the piano apart and began the usual inspection but nothing apparent showed up in the hammer and action of the keys. This led him to start lifting the keys up one by one. After he lifted the most problem key he then ran his fingers inside the key frame and felt something strange. Turns out a very thin 12″ plastic ruler, running the length of my problem keys, had fallen into the front of the keys through the key slip. We had a good laugh upon his discovery. This was a first time for Leavitt who’d been tuning pianos over forty years, but it might not be a last time. (I hope I named the parts of the piano correctly in my attempt to tell this little story.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Today”  Video   Brian Doerksen

“Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”  Video  Casting Crowns

“Jesus There’s Just Something About That Name”  Video  Marshall Hall

“Bad Day”  Video  Daniel Powter (This is the song referred to in the message)


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Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
Susquehanna River from the Enola Low Grade Recreational Trail

“No, I Really Shouldn’t Complain”


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“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God?'” (Isaiah 40:27). “Do everything without complaining” (Philippians 2:14).

We are often politely asked, “How are you doing today?” After all, it’s the typical social greeting we use to initiate a conversation. At this question there are those who provide the expected, “I’m fine, thank you” without really giving it much thought, and there are those who immediately begin to consider their present physical or material condition and respond accordingly with far more detail then we really want to hear!

Amish farmerMike is a friend who regularly visits farmers who have chickens laying eggs used for vaccines. This requires a great amount of Quality Control and Mike, who has a science background, has a vitally important job. In fact many of our readers, regardless of where you live, are probably unaware that Mike had a role in your safe flu vaccine!

This last Saturday morning we were having a discussion in a Men’s Bible Study about thankfulness and Mike told a story about visiting an Amish farmer who would inevitably respond to his greeting, “How are you?” with this response, “O, I shouldn’t complain” (Mike tells the story using the farmer’s thick Pennsylvania Dutch accent).

After regularly hearing this for a while Mike confronted him and asked, “Can’t you do better than that?” which apparently got the man thinking and he started giving Mike a bit more positive response. One of the men in our Bible Study suggested that Mike should tell him, “Go ahead and complain and get it over with.”

Truth be told, at any given time, there is always something to complain about if that’s our focus. And of course sometimes we really are going through a tough time.

We had an opportunity to minister to a lady named Suzanne.* She had a series of tough turns in life. Her husband had died after a lengthy illness. Two of her children were living in rebellion, showing no interest in the things of God. She was taking care of two of her grandchildren and this was quite a load. She also struggled to manage financially.

She candidly expressed, “I just don’t think God cares about me anymore.”  We’ve probably all met people with this degree of spiritual discouragement and some of us have been there. And I am sure some of you may be feeling that way today.

The daily text expresses an ancient complaint and yet one that is surely heard by God millions of times every day.  O sure, the wording may be different, but the basic complaint remains the same.  To the bitter it may be, “God doesn’t care, He’s forgotten all about me.” To the believer enduring trials it might be the heartfelt inquiry, “Does God still care?” Has He forgotten?” Has my cause been disregarded?”

The Scripture abundantly provides an answer to this complaint in the verses that follow. Hear the word of the Lord and be encouraged: “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:28,29).

Yes God cares! Today He cares about you. Whatever you’re going through or whatever you will go through, God does care and can be absolutely depended upon! He will see you through. He is steadfastly faithful! So let us “Do everything without complaining.”

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

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Jesus, I consider the multitude of hymns based upon Your Holy Word reminding me that You are present in the midst of my personal troubles. Edward Mote describes those times when it seems You’re hidden from our grasp, “When darkness hides His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace.” Sometimes the darkness of our ongoing struggles casts a shadow over Almighty God who works on our behalf even when He seems to be hidden from our sight. I know, in my heart of hearts, that You don’t disregard my need, so I will trust You as I call upon Your name in prayer. I am confident that You hear my plea. I have assurance that You will strengthen me in my weariness and empower me in my weakness. So I’ll continue to look to You for all my needs this day. In Your name, Jesus, I commit those things that concern me so that I won’t let them eat at me and become the things that worry or trouble me. Amen.

* Suzanne is someone we actually met in the course of our ministry but is not her real name.

Brooksyne’s footnote: In Exodus 16:1 the Israelites came to the Wilderness of Sin on the fifteenth day of the second month of their release from the Egyptians. Within verse 2 of this narration the people began to complain to Moses about their food and overall living conditions and Moses reminded them that they were ultimately complaining to God though he was the frustrated human mediator that got pummeled with their attacking jabs and ingratitude.  I got to thinking about how easy it is, once we begin to complain, to be like the Israelites in their wilderness wanderings. Once we subject ourselves to bitterly complaining about our lot in life it’s easy to explore every possible territory where we might be slighted, so much so that we might find our own selves in the wilderness of sin. So when I’m going there with my thoughts and my words, I want to remind myself of this passage and ask, “Is that which I am complaining about ultimately a complaint against God?” If so, I need to align my expectations with the ultimate plan God has for me. “God will never lead you where His grace cannot keep you” was true for the Israelites and it’s also true for us today!


“The Enola Low Grade”

Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
On Sunday evening we rode our bikes along the Susquehanna River on an abandoned railway grade known as the Enola Low Grade.

Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
Brooksyne is gripping the large steering wheel of an old caboose. The outside is nicely restored but a peek inside shows the original, untouched and rundown condition of the caboose.

Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
With the river on one side and steep bluffs on the other we passed numerous water falls.

Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
The accessible portion of the trail ended at this old trestle over 5 miles from the trail head. Notice how far below the trestle the current railroad tracks are. The low grade was an engineering feat from the early 1900’s that made a low grade freight line bypassing the main rail line. Numerous cuts and fills were done to keep hardly any grade differential (thus the term low grade). See here That sure makes for a nice bike path over one hundred years later!

Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
As we arrived back to the trailhead a dark storm was on the horizon. But a train was also slowly coming down the river so I chose to wait for it! Once I hear the train whistle I’ve just got to see the train. Right after we loaded the bikes and headed in the direction of home we got the heavy downpour.

Enola Low Grade bike trail 6/21/15
With my zeal for trains, I waited for a Norfolk Southern train to pass us. That rail line essentially follows the grade of the river. Notice at this point how we are only a little bit above that grade compared to the previous picture of the trestle when the other line is way below us.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Does Jesus Care”  Video  Guy Penrod & George Beverly Shea who was 103 at the time this song was recorded. He lived to be 104, passing away April 17, 2013.

“Wings Like Eagles” (Isaiah 40:28-31)  Video  Scripture Memory Songs

An article about the Enola Low Grade rail trail includes a video


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“The Power Of No”

June 22, 2015

Sunset 6/19/15A Gilded Sunset
We thoroughly enjoy beautiful views of the evening sunset right from our front yard.  Sometimes they’re so spectacular we find ourselves with other neighbors or bikers snapping photos, though they never do justice to the actual view.

“The Power Of No”


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“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Over the last few decades we’ve witnessed a tremendous breakdown in the family. Yesterday, following Pastor John’s message aimed toward fathers & husbands, he called all the men and boys to the front and asked me to close the service in prayer. In my prayer I quoted a memorized verse from Titus 2:11-14. I prayed that the men and boys would have the will, grace and power to “say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”  Our country needs men in our generation who will heed these words and seek to be an example to their family, community and world.

Paul writes to Timothy about being a good example. His advice to Timothy is sound for those who serve Christ at any age. It’s sound regardless of whether our service is carried out as a pastor or in other vocational ministry or as a layperson. It’s a good pattern for fathers. We might render it “set an example for your children in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”

The first part of the verse has puzzled some.  What does Paul mean by “young”?  Paul first met Timothy at the beginning of his second missionary journey as recorded in Acts 16:1.  Timothy was already a disciple and joined Paul and Silas on this trip.  We would thus presume that he was a young adult at this time, which was about 50 AD.  1 Timothy was written about 63 AD, so Timothy was likely at least in his early 30’s, if not older.

The apostle Paul knew the importance of example. Paul had earlier written to the Corinthians: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).  Surely Timothy had seen Paul’s example again and again in his many years of working alongside him.  And now he was to pass that example on. Several years ago I read this statement: “Some of the greatest truths in life are caught, not taught.”

A powerful and essential form of discipleship is merely following the godly example of a more mature believer. In the daily text, passing on the spiritual torch to the next generation, Paul wrote, “Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  For each of these we want to share a descriptive phrase and Scripture verse:

1) Wholesome Speech: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

2) Purpose-filled Life: “You, however, know all about … my purpose” (2 Timothy 3:10).

3) Demonstrable Love: Jesus taught, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

4) Overcoming Faith: “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

5) God-honoring Purity: “But each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen who do not know God” (I Thessalonians 4:5). As the moral cesspool of our age gets worse and worse, the call to moral purity is needed more and more!

I hope you consider the power of your example for either good or bad to those whom you are called to impact! We especially appeal to fathers today and urge you to “say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, it is only in following You that we can be a godly example of wholesome conversation, purpose-filled living, demonstrable love, overcoming faith and God-honoring purity. You know our failings are many and we so often fall short of being the perfect example we would like for those we love the most.  So we make it our continued goal to point them to the only Perfect Example, Jesus Christ, God made manifest in the flesh, so that they have a vibrant, living relationship with Him. And, though we will always fall short, we continue to make it our goal to live in accordance with the Scripture and follow Christ’s example. It is in His name that we pray. Amen.

Here’s the fuller Scripture text of Titus 2:11-14: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It (grace) 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”. We shared a message from this verse two years ago titled “What Grace Teaches”.


Jesse and Mike on Harley 6/20/15

Saturday morning we had a men and boys breakfast in our church. Jesse, 92, needed a ride to his home five miles from the church, so Mike took him on his motorcycle.

Smucker picnic 6/20/15
This is a side of Brooksyne that you’ve likely never seen before. Nor would I if her name hadn’t been called out to play a game at the Smucker’s picnic on Saturday, a company we serve as chaplains. On her back side was a square tissue box filled with ten orange ping pong balls. She was in competition with two others to “shake “em” out before her competitors unloaded theirs. She lost out to Adrian on her right. Brooksyne’s parents fobid any dancing in their home so she never got the hang of the twist or it might have helped her in this fun competition!

Amish couple 6/21/15
Yesterday we went to another picnic in the Manheim area and returning home we passed this very young Amish couple all dressed up!

John Deere B 6/21/15
Our neighbor’s restored John Deere B parked out in front on his lawn for Father’s Day.

Conewago Creek 6/18/15
Conewago Creek


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Make Me A Servant”  Video  Maranatha Singers

“I Offer My Life To You”  Video

“We Are Yours”  Video  I Am They


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Conewago rail trail 6/18/15Last evening I rode my bike about twenty miles along the Conewago Recreation Trail in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. It’s a beautiful trail that runs along Conewago Creek on a former railroad grade.

“As A Father Deals With His Own Children”

Please note: Due to early morning chaplain work and a projected long day a podcast was not prepared for this message.

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11,12).

This Sunday is Father’s Day. This week in my face to face ministry I have been encouraging people to honor their fathers and I’ve been urging fathers to be good husbands and dads.

Seventeen years ago my dad went to be with the Lord. He was a big man of relatively few words, yet as I note the characteristics of fathers to which Paul was appealing in the above text I recall seeing them in my own dad. I sure miss him and look forward to seeing him in the ultimate reunion when I’m called home.

Paul never mentions his own father in any of his writings recorded in the New Testament and actually gives very little explicit teaching on fatherhood. Yet in the daily verse he presumes that his readers have an experience and knowledge of fathers. “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children.”

He lists three characteristics of fathers as an example of his own ministry among them. As we consider the descriptive role of a godly father, let us ponder these three desirable character traits, “encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God.”

“Encouraging” – I had an accident at Bible College in which I injured my knee.  This resulted in an operation and several days in the hospital followed by a slow recovery.  I was very, very discouraged. Actually I was wallowing in self-pity. I spoke to my dad on the phone and received some meaningful words of encouragement, along with a subtle rebuke as he shared with me a mature perspective on life’s trials.

“Comforting” – Of course both parents have these duties and in many ways we may associate receiving loving words of comfort more with our mothers.  It’s harder for me to recall reassuring words or comforting gestures from my dad, but a related memory comes to mind indicating my dad’s love for his wife and family. In 1967 Mom took my sister and me on a train to California to see my oldest brother Mike and his family. Dad stayed home to work and missed us a lot. He was there to meet us at the train station upon our return and it was the first time I ever saw him cry. That was a side of him I had never seen and it has remained with me to this day. Perhaps his tears were a demonstration of love that was of special reassurance to me at the time.

“Urging you to live lives worthy of God” – My dad was skillful in various HVAC and related trades and was knowledgeable in many other areas. I recall going to work with him in the hot Kansas City summers when I was in high school. He came to faith later in life so I really can’t recall many verbal lessons of a spiritual nature. But he sure demonstrated faithfulness, responsibility, and hard work in caring and providing for his family. Biblically this is certainly a component in living a life worthy of God.

Do you see these characteristics in your own father? Though there are now many who cannot identify with this kind of father figure, there are others who’ve experienced a similar relationship. If possible, personally honor your father by recalling some instances when this happened and share it with him in person, by telephone, through a written letter or a personal tribute.

Fathers, what a powerful model is taught in our daily text. How are you at encouraging and comforting your children? Do you urge them to live lives worthy of God? These are a big part of your Scriptural mandate as a father. Let us be found faithful in the godly task before us!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Heavenly Father, may words of encouragement, comfort, and exhortation flow from our lips so that we may spur others on in the faith, most especially our own children. We pray that You would help Christian fathers everywhere to verbalize their faith and live in a way that honors You and shows others where their source of strength lies. Help them to be the spiritual leaders of their homes so that a harvest of righteousness and peace will be upon their households.  Amen.


Tony Evans“God Is Looking For Kingdom Men”  Video  Tony Evans is a Dallas pastor who has a series for men that is really hard-hitting. We hear him on WDAC, one of our local Christian radio stations.

Brooksyne’s Note: Brooklyn, my dad, worked long hours and played very little as I was growing up. When he retired, now as a grandfather, he made up for his lack of play with the grandchildren who smothered him with love.

Every year when we celebrate Father’s Day I give thanks to God for my godly heritage. While living in the badlands of New Mexico my great grandfather led my grandfather to faith. Farming on the mountains of Arkansas my grandfather led my father to salvation. While growing up on the plains of Oklahoma my father taught us to live for Christ. And now for the past 26 years Stephen and I have had the greatest privilege of raising Ester in the ways of the Lord as we’ve ministered in the Northeastern region for nearly 40 years.  Five generations, spread all over the U.S. have declared, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” There is no greater blessing! On Sunday I will carry my grandfather’s Bible to church, as I always do on Fathers Day, in remembrance of my Christian heritage.  Daddy left the treasured Bible to me upon his death in 2000.

Brooksyne's family February 1960
Brooksyne’s family in February 1960 (two older siblings missing from photo).
Her father is holding her.

Stephen's family January 1966
This photo has us four children along with our maternal grandparents taken in January 1966. Dad, whom we were unable to locate in many photos, is off to the side beside our old Chevy truck. I suppose my Mom is taking the photo. Stephen in on the lower left wearing a stocking cap, snarling at his mom, “Ah, Mom, not another picture!”


Father's Day 1999Rummaging through old photos Ester found this Father’s Day photo from about 1998 when she was nine years old and we lived in New England. I am wearing my Boston Red Sox cap and Ester had given me a Veggie tale tie.

Father's Day 2013
Many years later we decided to show a real life age progression. However it is a fresh cake! Ester still insists that I wear the veggie tale tie on Father’s Day, which draws quite a few comments, especially by children! I still have that Red Sox cap as well!

Ester Update:  Thanks to those who have prayed and continue to pray for Ester and all the heart issues she deals with. I took her for a follow-up with her cardiologist on Thursday who also did a neuro testing to make sure there was no neurological damage due to the seizure she suffered after she was cardioverted. Thank the Lord there was not. They interrogated her pacer and made adjustments as needed. What I found interesting is something the doctor brought to light.

For those on coumadin or those familiar with it, Ester’s acceptable INR is between 2.0-3.0. After her blood work was done in the ER last Friday her INR was only 1.2. The cardiologist told me that she should never have been cardioverted with such a low number. I was under the impression that we were working with a cardiologist in the ER but turns out we were not. I learned that Ester could easily have suffered a stroke with such a low INR while being cardioverted. It made me think about our message yesterday “When God Doesn’t Make Sense” and we struggle with understanding why trials come. I considered the opposite after talking wit the doctor. I give thanks to God that what very well could have happened to Ester did not and I considered that we experience that kind of blessing far more than the kind that leaves the impression, “God doesn’t make sense in this matter.”


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Rise up O Men of God”  Video  Maranatha  Hymn Background told by the songwriter: This song was written specifically for men by William P. Merrill in 1911. “Nolan R. Best, then editor of The Continent, happened to say to me that there was urgent need of a brotherhood hymn. The suggestion lingered in my mind, and just about that time I came upon an article by Gerald Stanley Lee, entitled ‘The Church of the Strong Men.’ I was on one of the Lake Michigan steamers going back to Chicago for a Sunday at my own church, when suddenly this hymn came up, almost without conscious thought or effort.”

“Faithful Men”  Video  Twila Paris

“Do You Even Know Me Anymore”  Video  Mark Schultz, who is a master storyteller in song.

“He’s My Son”  Video  Mark Schultz

“Through The Eyes Of My Father” A Father’s Day Song  Video  Brianna Haynes

“The Perfect Father Daughter Song”  Video  Caleb’s Crossing

“Thank you for being my Dad (Song for Dad)”  Video  Jon Barker

“Daddy’s Don’t Leave”  Video


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Entrance Sign at Sandy Cove Retreat Northeast, MDThis sign is at the entrance to the Sandy Cove Retreat in Northeast, MD

“When It Just Doesn’t Make Sense”


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“Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him” (Acts 8:2). “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

Last week we had a tragedy in our area. Brian Koch pastors a large church in the Reading PA area where Brooksyne and I have visited on several occasions for special events including an ordination service last month. Although I don’t recall personally meeting him my brother knows him well. A former major league baseball player (Chicago White Sox), he now serves as an assistant superintendent in addition to his pastoral duties.

He and his wife were riding double on a motorcycle ride when they had an accident. She was killed instantly while he suffered severe injuries and remains in the hospital. They have three sons. We can imagine the turmoil this family is going through as well as the congregation.

The morning of the accident on June 7 the church had a special service honoring first responders. No one could have imagined during that service that the very first responder to the Koch accident scene was present in that special service.

Years ago Dr. James Dobson wrote a book titled, “When God Doesn’t Make Sense”. That’s sort of a titillating title, but for many of us it does express well our own experience in the mysteries of God’s providence.

Sometimes circumstances are very personal for our family and close friends. Virtually all of our readers can scroll back through their memory and recall such a time. My first exposure was as a child when one of my cousin’s was in an accident and his wife died. I so poignantly recall my grandfather wailing. But there have been many “It Just Doesn’t Make Sense” experiences since then and of course in regard to our pastoral and chaplaincy ministry we console frequently those going through various traumatic situations when it just doesn’t make sense.

The most recent national news that is senseless is the mass murder of six women and three men during a prayer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina last night. The gunman came in and sat down among the congregational members. Those of us who attend church are always welcoming to a visitor, but we would never expect that visitor to draw a gun and randomly shoot those who are there to worship Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

People, at any given time, are experiencing a heartache of some type that just doesn’t make sense. Due to the size of our planet many never make the news or at most only the local news. I’m so glad there’s a newsline to heaven not just at the instant the news takes place but even before we are to experience it.

For many, events like this either becomes a crisis of faith (for believers) or an excuse not to believe (for unbelievers).

Consider Stephen who stood boldly for Christ and was stoned. Afterwards, “Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him” (Acts 8:2). Have you ever really pondered this verse? Surely the emotions were no less intense for them than they are for us in our losses. To “mourn deeply” has the sense of great lamentation. The literal Greek meaning is “to beat the breast in grief”.  Did they “understand” any better than we do? Surely they did not.

Consider John the Baptist.  He was specially called to serve God from his very conception. He had prepared the way for and even baptized Jesus.  He had taken a bold stand for truth and righteousness before an ungodly king and was beheaded as a result.  Consider his disciples. They had the grisly chore of taking his body and burying it.  What were they thinking?  What a great test of faith they endured. Surely, like us, they wondered, “Why did God allow this to happen?”

Above all, consider the Lord Jesus Christ, who endured such opposition from sinful men and murdered on our behalf.

Some of you have experienced great loss in your life.  I myself have had some deep hurts and disappointments in life that I still simply don’t understand. The life of faith is tested, sometimes greatly.  Jesus forthrightly told us, “in the world you will have tribulation” although we are generally surprised when we do experience tribulation!

But at times of tribulation like this, faith is also demonstrated in such a powerful way. I saw a news report concerning the first Sunday the church in Reading gathered after the accident that killed their pastor’s wife and seriously injured their pastor. Already some amazing things are happening in the aftermath of this tragedy, although perhaps not reported beyond our area as the “newsworthiness” of the event passes.

Today, may those of you impacted by situations that “make no sense” find great peace in these words from the apostle Paul, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).  He is indeed “the God of all comfort.”

Finally let us again recall the great statement of assurance many of us have memorized in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” In some cases we’ll just have to wait for the other side to see how it works for the good. Through it all, let us stay faithful and have a rich assurance of God’s steadfast love!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father of All Comfort, I look to You for consolation and peace most especially during times of turmoil. Incredibly Your supernatural peace does not depend on the physical circumstances seen by my eyes or heard by my ears. You raise me up out of the gloom of despair as I place my hope not in the visible circumstances, but rather in You who renews my strength. You enable me to soar on wings like eagles far above the troubling circumstances that weigh me down. Keep my eyes, my ears and my heart lifted up to the heavens where Your divine presence combats the assaulting storms of life. I lift up all my brothers and sisters who are storm weary, asking You to renew their strength as You help them to endure the trials of life this day. Your comfort is inexhaustible and Your compassion overflows. Thank You, Father.  Amen.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“When Trials Come”  Video  Keith & Kristyn Getty

“God Still Has a Plan”  Video  The Isaacs

“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”  Video  The Isaacs

“Heartbreak: Bryan Koch, Pastor Who Lost Wife Lynn in Deadly Motorcycle Accident Sunday, Still Doesn’t Know She’s Dead”  Story on Pastor Koch’s accident in Christian Post

“GT Church holds first worship service since losing pastor.” Article from Reading Eagle

“God Makes Sense Even When He Doesn’t Make Sense”  By Dr. James Dobson Excerpt from his book “When God Doesn’t Make Sense”


A Special Celebration
Thelma White retirement 6/17/15
Yesterday we attended a retirement luncheon for 85 year old Thelma White who retired from a company with 50 years of service! She has been a diligent, devoted and trustworthy employee of this company since June 18, 1965. A mother to six children she raised them as a single parent while keeping down this job and other part-time work. Thelma loves the Lord and raised her children to serve the Lord. They are all committed servants of Christ.

Finally today: On Sunday our friend Ken had a special gift for Ester. So after our church service he and his boys hopped in the back of our van for the very short ride over to his farmhouse. Ken is a farm hand and, for boys accustomed to tractors, wagons and pickup truck beds, riding in the back of our van was just one more adventure!

Ken and boys 6/14/15

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Petunias on bikeColorful petunias cover an old bike at a roadside flower stand.
We see so many colorful sights in the course of our travels through Lancaster County!

“The Peril Of Conflicting Objectives”


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“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3) “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).

C117 airplaneFrom our home office window we routinely watch huge planes flying right over our heads in route to the Harrisburg International Airport. Usually it’s the four engine C117 Cargo plane but at times it’s Air Force One.*³ The crews are practicing touch and go landings. Sometimes the huge planes look like they’ve stopped moving and we wonder if they will just fall out of the sky. That would sure be a frightening experience.

When we lived in New England there were two especially news intensive aircraft crashes off the Atlantic coast near us. In July of 1999 John F. Kennedy Jr’s plane crash killed him, his wife and one other woman. It is believed that Kennedy became spatially disoriented, a theme we wrote on back in May 2007 in a message we titled “Spiritual Disorientation”.* Reviewing that message again I see the conditions observed that prompted its writing have deeply intensified these last 8 years.

Essentially spatial disorientation describes a phenomenon where a pilot can become so confused in haze or darkness without landmarks that he has absolutely no sense of direction. This is very serious for pilots who do not have an instrument rating. A pilot may feel he is going straight ahead when in fact he is diving down! In becoming spiritually disoriented one loses all sense of right and wrong.

The other notable airplane crash off New England’s coast in 1999 occurred in October with a much greater loss of life and a far less benign cause when EgyptAir Flight 990 went down in the ocean. Examining the evidence investigators determined that in the final moments before the crash the cockpit crew was actually working against each other.  It seems they had different objectives. The pilot valiantly tried to save the plane while the copilot was equally determined to ditch it into the ocean. What a terrifying time this must have been. The dastardly deed of being entrusted with several hundred lives and yet intentionally plunging them to death is practically unthinkable. *²

When we are working together to accomplish a mission having the same objective is vitally important.  This is true in the home, in business and of course in the church. The Scripture warns of being “unequally yoked”. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14) and we often apply that to dating and certainly marriage but it can be broadened to any area of life. Amos 3:3 states, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

What a blessing in any context when there is a shared mission and cooperation in reaching an objective. Today this will happen scores of times all over the world:

  • A surgical team will work together to save the life of a patient.
  • Pilots will coordinate their expertise to fly a plane to safety.
  • A corporate management team will unify in decision making for the company’s well-being.
  • A church will share a common mission.
  • A family will seek to serve God together.

But in our fallen world there will also be many examples of disharmony as people pursue conflicting objectives. Although the perils of most of these conflicting objectives are not as dramatic as a plane crash they are every bit as deadly. Those of us in Christian ministry should be soberly aware of this.  Paul spoke of two men named Hymenaeus and Philetus, who had wandered away from the truth. In doing so they had destroyed the faith of others as well (2 Timothy 2:17,18).

The third daily verse ought to be memorized by everyone involved in ministry for Christ in whatever capacity. I memorized it around the time of my ordination in 1979 and it has often been a prompt to faithfulness and steadfastness, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).

Vigilance in both what we believe and how we live is vitally important. The consequences of our actions affect not only our own destiny but those entrusted to our care as well. May the Lord help us to persevere in His truth!  And let us work together with those we are called to serve with.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, the Scriptures asks, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” That’s such an important thought-provoking question since we know there are only two paths we must choose from which gives room for two contrasting views. We can enter through the narrow gate which is small and the way is narrow that leads to life. Few look for this path so they can easily miss this narrow entrance to eternal life. Sadly, the vast majority enter the gate that is wide and the way that is broad that leads to destruction. We must be in alliance with the one we walk alongside lest we clash with conflicting viewpoints and contrasting goals. Grant us discernment, discipline, and direction when choosing our life partner, business associate or any other person in which we must unite in making decisions. For those who are presently unequally yoked grant them grace to live carefully, watching their lives and doctrine closely, so that they will positively influence their partner, co-worker or family member to consider the claims of the Gospel which may ultimately lead them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It’s in His name that we pray, Amen.


Last night we attended a picnic with a group of minister peers at a church in Harrisburg and as we arrived it appeared we were in for a big storm. However it cleared soon after this but not before I was able to take this photo behind the church.

Storm coming 6/16/15

We gathered with ministers yesterday in Harrisburg for our annual picnic which included pulled pork, chicken, and homemade ice cream. We weren’t sure just how much time we’d have before the heavens opened and the rain would hammer us, but eventually the dark clouds rolled away and we had a sunny, breezy gathering after all.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“The Family Prayer Song”  Video  Maranatha Singers A great way to end a service with families gathered together for prayer.

“A Family that Prays Together Stays Together”  Video  A nice video prepared for a family reunion. Singers not identified.

* “Spiritual Disorientation” Our message from May 10, 2007. This is a message we may work over and republish in time since the conditions that prompted the message are far worse today than just 8 years ago. The main text is, “Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight” (Isaiah 5:21).

*² For the aviation-minded here is some fuller information from the crash investigation of EgyptAir Flight 990: The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recorded the captain excusing himself to go to the lavatory, followed thirty seconds later by the first officer saying in Egyptian Arabic “Tawkalt ala Allah,” which translates to “I rely on God.” A minute later, the autopilot was disengaged, immediately followed by the first officer again saying, “I rely on God.” Three seconds later, the throttles for both engines were reduced to idle, and both elevators were moved three degrees nose down. The first officer repeated “I rely on God” seven more times before the captain suddenly asked repeatedly, “What’s happening, what’s happening?” The flight data recorder reflected that the elevators then moved into a split condition, with the left elevator up and the right elevator down, a condition which is expected to result when the two control columns are subjected to at least 50 pounds (23 kgf) of opposing force.[1] At this point, both engines were shut down by moving the start levers from run to cutoff. The captain asked, “What is this? What is this? Did you shut the engines?” The captain is then recorded as saying “get away in the engines” (this is the literal translation that appears in the NTSB transcript), followed by “shut the engines”. The first officer replies “It’s shut”. The final recorded words are the captain repeatedly stating, “Pull with me” but the FDR data indicated that the elevator surfaces remained in a split condition (with the left surface commanding nose up and the right surface commanding nose down) until the FDR and CVR stopped recording. There were no other aircraft in the area. There was no indication that an explosion occurred on board. The engines operated normally for the entire flight until they were shut down. From the presence of a western debris field about 1,200 feet (370 m) from the eastern debris field, the NTSB concluded that the left engine and some small pieces of wreckage separated from the aircraft at some point before water impact.[1]

The NTSB determined that the only way for the observed split elevator condition to occur was if the left seat pilot (the captain’s position) was commanding nose up while the right seat pilot (the first officer’s position) commanded nose down. As the Egyptian investigation forwarded various mechanical failure scenarios, they were each tested by the NTSB and found not to match the factual evidence.


*³ Harrisburg International Airport remains an active touch and go practice runway for SAM 28000 and SAM 29000. These two planes carry the President. They are also known as Air Force One, the call which is adopted when the president is aboard either aircraft (or any other Air Force aircraft for that matter). The Air Force pilots use the custom VC-25’s (Boeing 747s) to practice via touch and go at the airport. These practice runs are at random (for obvious security reasons), but they do tend to be seen about weekly. The Air Force uses Harrisburg International as the practice airport for a number of reasons: its runway is long enough for a loaded 747, relatively low traffic, close proximity to Andrews Air Force Base, and the presence of the Air National Guard.


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