“But Barnabas”

October 20, 2017

Maple Tree on Covered Bridge Road near Farmersville, PA 10/19/17 (Click to enlarge)
Maple Tree on Covered Bridge Road near Farmersville, PA
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“But Barnabas”

Message summary: Are you a Barnabas?  Be an encourager!

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“When he (Saul, later known as Paul) came to Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles” (Acts 9:26,27). “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13).

Tomorrow is a special day in our family. First of all, it’s Brooksyne’s birthday so that’s special for her and us!

Tomorrow (October 21st) is also the very day this ministry started 21 years ago in 1996 with a short email to just two email addresses (both still receive these messages). I had preached a sermon the night before from Hebrews on encouraging one another daily and that was the leading I had from the Holy Spirit, although I would have no idea at that time it would continue the next day, then the next day, and now here we are 21 years later!

Barnabas is one of our favorite Bible characters to write about. Earlier this week we had a message highlighting two words concerning Barnabas “even Barnabas”. “The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray” (Galatians 2:13).

Consider his influence; no book in the Bible was written by him, we don’t have the text of any sermon he preached as we do Peter, Stephen and Paul. In fact I am unable to find even a single quote attributed exclusively to Barnabas. All the information we have about him are brief, biographical snippets. But these snippets tell a lot about him.

He first comes on the scene in Acts 4:36 as “Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement)”. Thus Barnabas is essentially a nickname and every single future reference to him in Scripture uses this nickname given by the apostles!

The first daily text is so typical of his ministry as an encourager. I can sure understand the apprehension of the disciples concerning the recently converted Saul! After all he had a vicious reputation. His newfound conversion might have been a mere ruse to get in closed quarters with the disciples.

Note just the two words, “But Barnabas.” His action is so indicative of an encourager. Barnabas believed in the power of Jesus Christ to perform the miracle of transformation. And Saul (who became Paul) was genuinely transformed. Consider the tremendous contribution Paul made to the church in his apostolic ministry and letters. I am sure thankful for Barnabas who chose to stand up for him!

Barnabas is an encourager and additional references in Scripture demonstrate this. We are all indebted to encouragers even though it certainly is not considered one of the more prominent ministries, such as a polished preacher or a dynamic worship leader or powerful vocalist.

A subtheme of this ministry is “Everyone Needs Encouragement.” We sure believe that.

There are matters in our lives that can easily bring on discouragement but thankfully most of us don’t live in a state of discouragement. And yet I don’t believe there will ever come a time that I’d say, “I don’t need any more encouragement. I’ve had enough for today. Thanks anyway.” I am always receptive to other’s encouragement since in a sense I can store it up! And I expect that you feel the same way, so on the 21st anniversary of this ministry, let us once again declare to you; Be encouraged today!

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we’re reminded of the important role people like Barnabas play in our lives. They give us the benefit of the doubt; they reach out to us when others turn away; they see our need even when we don’t verbally express it; they steer us in the right direction when we’ve taken a wrong turn; they model for us the reflection of Christ. I thank You, Father, for Your Spirit manifested through these encouragers who physically, emotionally, and spiritually bless my life by their encouraging words and actions toward me. Prompt me often to spread the same kind of encouragement to those whom I have opportunity to bless.  In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen

Here’s some info about Daily Encouragement Net

Daily Encouragement Ministry Chronology

October 21, 1996 – First email sent to a married couple and developed into a list (which was merely a group list added to manually one by one.)
1999 – Website developed
2002 – Began one minute radio spots extracted from Daily Encouragement messages and in recent years original messages written by Brooksyne that may not be featured in one of our DE messages.
2004 – Resigned from full-time job with chaplain agency.
2005 – Following resignation from a full-time job with a chaplaincy agency developed html email (formatted with photos as opposed to just plain text), began podcasting daily messages, set up blogs/RSS feeds, Brooksyne “officially” joined in the message preparation.
2006 – Received official endorsement as the first “internet chaplain” from chaplaincy endorsement agency. (I already had endorsement for corporate chaplaincy and Civil Air Patrol chaplaincy.)

Each of these messages since the very first one are stored in a single WORD document which currently has nearly 3,750,000 words. However even this total is probably significantly understated since, as many writers know, you tend to type many words that get chopped as you go along or are eliminated in the editing process! Plus we prepare a lot of extra material on the html posts such as photo captions, music descriptions and so forth that aren’t even in this archive.

Although we are thonkful for spellchick we still need to poofread carefully to see if we any words out.

Ministry update: For those interested I direct you to a revised ministry update in light of our 21st ministry anniversary. http://www.dailyencouragement.net/ministryupdate.htm

Survey: If you would care to do so we have prepared a short survey that we find helpful (it takes about five minutes).  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHS9N98

Future plans: Essentially we look for strength to continue to prepare these messages each weekday and for the foreseeable future intend a ministry mix between internet and chaplaincy. Essentially the chaplaincy gets us out regularly to the real world for a fresh perspective!

Support: We are thankful for those who support our ministry with their financial offerings. Some give monthly, others periodically or one-time. We generally each spend about 1/2 day preparing these messages, managing the technical details and responding to email feedback (some days more, some days less). Our prayer has been that offerings would be essentially 1/2 of our family income since we work together. We also receive income from our corporate chaplaincy ministry. If any reader would like to consider an offering to our online ministry information is here: http://www.dailyencouragement.net/support.htm

Brooksyne’s Note: As we share the history of this web ministry I am reminded of our Lord’s faithfulness and the diverse giftings He gives to those He has called. It is extremely humbling to us that God’s Spirit speaks to the hearts of men and women all around the world through our daily messages. When we got our first computer Stephen and I would never have imagined the medium of computer technology giving us “a voice” to reach people all over the world. It continues to be a very exciting means for us to share messages from God’s Word as they are lived out in our normal daily lives. Your prayers, feedback, and support spur us on and challenge us to remain faithful in this writing ministry. Join us in continually giving thanks for His abundant blessings that far outnumber the grievous burdens of each day.

Here’s the very first daily Encouragement message from Monday, October 21, 1996

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

Hopefully each of you were in church yesterday and received fresh strength from the Lord and His Word. Unfortunately, then, even as now, some had forsaken this important element of growth and discipleship.  As we see the Day of Christ’s return drawing ever closer may we be encouraged. Whatever you do today remember the main thing: “thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).


Some Scenes From Our Journey Yesterday

Hollander Road near Intercourse, PA 10/19/17 (Click to enlarge)
Hollander Road near Intercourse, PA The views are looking more like fall everyday.
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Amish farm on Hollander Road near Intercourse, PA 10/19/17 (Click to enlarge)
Amish farm on Hollander Road near Intercourse, PA
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Mennonite farm on Cabin Road near Farmersville, PA 10/19/17 (Click to enlarge)
Mennonite farm on Cabin Road near Farmersville, PA
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Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“For All He’s Done”  Video  Greater Vision

“I Want My Stage To Be An Altar”  Video  The Akins

“The Reason”  Video  The Browders

Finally today:

Dr. Gilbert with Governor Wolf 10/18/17Yesterday PA governor Tom Wolf visited the Teen Challenge Training Center and this photo shows him shaking hands with Dr. Christian Gilbert who operated on Ester when she was very young and is now a doctor running the Teen Challenge detox program. We reconnected with Dr Gilbert this last Spring, seeing him for the first time since Ester’s surgery in the early nineties. (see here)

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“An Accomplished Life”

October 19, 2017

New River Bridge, West Virginia Photo by Keith Felizzi
New River Bridge, West Virginia
Photo by Keith Felizzi

“An Accomplished Life”

Message summary: “Christians should have their work accomplished, and when that hour approaches, have nothing to do but to die, and return to their Father in heaven.” (Albert Barnes)

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“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4).

Keith Felizzi 10/17/17We enjoy visiting people at work and see many who share our faith. Although we look for the opportunity to provide spiritual input we also hope to encourage others by just showing interest in their lives.

Keith is a project manager in one of our companies and an adventurous “empty nester”. He shared with me a couple of weeks ago that over the weekend, he and his wife had taken a long motorcycle ride down to Skyline Drive in Virginia and then over to the New River Bridge in West Virginia.

We visited the New River Bridge this past summer and it is a remarkable sight. I asked Keith if he knew about the annual “Bridge Day” which is this coming Saturday, October 21. The bridge is closed to vehicle traffic and open to pedestrians. It’s a huge event with some 100,000 visitors and activities like BASE jumping, a zipline and rappelling from the bridge. Keith’s eyes lit up and he informed me that an activity like this was on his “bucket list”. He plans to go to “Bridge Day” next year so we may have a story about that!

Bucket list is a term that has become popular the last several years. It describes things you want to do or places you want to see before you die or “kick the bucket”. The Merriam-Webster definition is “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying”.

Actually I don’t have a bucket list in part due to being influenced by my older brother Mike, who for some reason despises the term. But I do tease him by describing my most mundane life experiences as having been on my bucket list! The one thing I provide caution to, in regard to having a bucket list, is the sense a life is incomplete until these items are achieved. There’s a lot I would like to do but will probably never accomplish but I don’t want to live my life with a sense it’s not complete until I do certain things.

New River Bridge rappellingKeith was excited about a jumping activity off a bridge 876 feet above the New River, the highest bridge in the East and only about 75 feet less than the Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River which we crossed about 15 years ago. The Duge Bridge in China is currently the tallest at 1,854 feet but I don’t expect to cross that anytime soon let alone jump off it. At this point in life I certainly don’t have any interest in jumping off anything more than a couple of feet off the ground!

What’s on your bucket list? Many of you have one and I am sure bucket list items would be as varied as we are.

At risk of seeming somewhat sacrilegious I wonder if the Lord had a bucket list when He lived upon this earth?

On the one hand as the Creator He could say, “Been there, done that.” On the other hand in His humanity he saw a relatively tiny portion of the earth geographically. He also would not have experienced many of the activities we now deem “must do” since they hadn’t been invented yet! But most importantly He fully accomplished His mission.

The daily text is taken from our Lord’s High Priestly prayer. He makes a remarkable statement, “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”

What a powerful statement! There’s so much we may wonder as to why His life was cut short in His relative young adult years and the additional teaching we would have if He had just lived longer as a human. But He was confident and expressed that He had accomplished the work His father had ordained for Him.

Now consider your own life and your most important accomplishments. The Psalmist declared, “My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31:15). “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them” (Psalm 139:16).

Bible teacher Albert Barnes who ran his course of life in the 1800’s has an interesting note on this passage: “When He (Christ) says ‘I have finished’ He probably means to include also His death. All the preparations for that death were made. He had preached to the Jews; He had given them full proof that He was the Messiah; He had collected His disciples; He had taught them the nature of His religion; He had given them His parting counsel, and there was nothing remaining to be done but to return to God. We see here that Jesus was careful that His great and important work should be done before His dying hour. He did not postpone it to be performed just as He was leaving the world. So completely had He done His work, that even before His death he could I say, ‘I have finished the work.’ How happy would it be if men would imitate His example, and not leave their great work of life to be done on a dying bed? Christians should have their work accomplished, and when that hour approaches, have nothing to do but to die, and return to their Father in heaven.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we’re thankful for the adventures, sights and experiences we have while traveling here below. There are things we’ve yet to experience and places we’ve yet to visit, and our wish list will likely include plans that will never unfold on this side of eternity. Our times are in Your hand. In Your book were written all the days ordained for us before we even drew our first breath. May we find peace and satisfaction with a heart of thanksgiving for all the pleasurable experiences we’ve enjoyed here below, for that which is yet to come, and for the greatest eternal adventure that awaits us over yonder. In the name of Jesus our Saviour we pray. Amen.

Albert Barnes also wrote, “Praise now is one of the great duties of the redeemed. It will be their employment forever.”


On a walk through our rural neighborhood yesterday afternoon Brooksyne took some photos of the autumn decorations.

Autumn garden cart 10/18/17
For many years we have enjoyed decorating the garden cart in front of our home.

Autumn decoration 10/18/17
A good use for old wooden boxes and an old bushel basket!

Autumn decoration 10/18/17
This pump and old water basin provides a good setting for this Mum.
Easy to water also!


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

John 17:4 in a variety of translations.

“Between Twelve And Thirty-Three”  Video  The McKameys This song is about as country sounding as you can get, but the words and message of this song is very interesting in considering our Lord’s “silent years” and how He accomplished His Father’s purpose. The lead singer is in her 80’s and started singing with the group in 1954!

Our photos of the New River Bridge taken last summer are here  Crossing the New River Bridge was not nearly as frightening as crossing the Royal Gorge bridge for me. That’s not because a bridge collapsing at 876 feet would feel much different than one collapsing at 955 feet! When we approached the Royal Gorge Bridge you immediately sense the deep canyon below and can look out over it as it is only a two lane road. In crossing the New River Bridge concrete jersey barriers kept us from seeing over plus the outside lanes were closed on the four lane road when we were there!

Bridge Day at the New River Bridge

New River Bridge is here (google map)

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Frosty morning in Lebanon County 10/17/17 (Click to enlarge)
Frosty morning in Lebanon County.
Yesterday morning we also had our first frost of the fall season at our place.
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“The Great I Am Still Is”

Message summary: Today the Lord desires men and women who, like Jeremiah even in the midst of adversity, will remain steadfast and faithful.

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“But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King… He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion” (Jeremiah 10:10,12).

The Great I Am still is.
The heavens and the earth are His.
He’s the merciful Almighty, forever holy,
In everything we must remember this.
The Great I Am still is.

Tim is a dedicated Christian we visit with in the course of our chaplain visitation. He is very active in ministry in his local church and also has a leadership role at a Christian camp. He shared with me a teaching he had given and called my attention to Jeremiah 10:12, a verse I do not recall ever giving much consideration to but one packed with powerful meaning. Today we will examine two texts from this portion of Jeremiah with the goal of spiritually fortifying ourselves with assurance as we face the inevitable challenges ahead.

The prophet Jeremiah served God during extremely difficult times. In fact he lived at the time Josiah, Judah’s final good king reigned. Following Josiah’s death several evil kings ruled as the nation plunged to destruction.

Jeremiah surely felt alone at times in his firm resolve to be steadfast in his faithfulness to God. Yet he remained faithful when judgment came upon the idolatrous nation and they were taken into Babylonian exile. He was tormented and ridiculed yet he persevered. Today the Lord desires men and women who, like Jeremiah even in the midst of adversity, will remain steadfast and faithful.

Jeremiah 10:10What great assurance the two short statements, that comprise our daily texts, must have given Jeremiah and will also give us today:

“But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King” (Jeremiah 10:10). Three words describe the character of the immutable God of the universe;
True,
Living,
Eternal.

Consider each of these bedrock, immutable characteristics of God in light of the shifting sands of the world’s value system. They are just as valid in describing God today as they were 2,600 years ago, for God does not change. They describe the One who said “I am the God of…”.  The present tense is always necessary in describing the true, living and eternal God for He always “is”.

Jeremiah 10:12The second text we consider today also presents three truths about God’s work in creation.

“He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion” (Jeremiah 10:12). Three words describe the demonstration of providential order in creation of the immutable God of the universe;
Power,
Wisdom,
Discretion (Understanding)

These words teach that God’s creation is not a senseless, directionless result of random evolution.

Today, although the vast majority of you are not undergoing severe trial as Jeremiah experienced, some of you are going through a serious trial that is testing your faith. We encourage you to place your absolute confidence in the amazing God who is ever true, living and eternal who rules in power, dispenses wisdom and teaches discretion. The Great I Am still is. May this assurance fill your heart with confidence and firm resolve to remain steadfast, immovable and always abounding in the work of the Lord.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, because You are the true, eternal and living God I can commit my past to You, and entrust my present needs to You.  I’m so glad the Word of God declares that You are the great “I AM”, not “You were the great I was.” As my issues change and my needs grow You are present to meet every situation I bring before You. Like Jeremiah the prophet, I place my confidence in You as I seek to remain steadfast and faithful, abounding in my walk with You, my true, living and eternally great God. Amen.

This is a text where I find value in studying a variety of translations and the fine nuance of words. Here’s  Jeremiah 10:12 in most English translations.


Seyfert Orchard barn in Lebanon County 10/17/17
Yesterday we stopped by the Seyfert Orchard in Lebanon County. Brooksyne is walking out the door with a bag of Jonagold apples.
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Barn along Meadow View Road, Lancaster County 10/15/17
This barn is along Meadow View Road here in Lancaster County. They must have had a good harvest with pumpkins lined up all along the ledge in front of the barn.

Farmhouse along Meadow View Road, Lancaster County 10/15/17
Same farm with pumpkins on each fence post!

Heather Avis 10/17/17
Brooksyne’s Note:  Last night Ester and I, along with our neighbor and her teen daughter who has down’s syndrome, attended Friendship Community’s 45th anniversary banquet at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord. This year’s theme was “Finding beauty in the most unlikely places”. Friendship Community provides residential and support services for individuals who desire a Christian program for their family members who have intellectual disabilities. Every time I’m in one of these settings my heart is deeply moved as I observe the love and support of family members, staff, and loving volunteers. The guest speaker, Heather Davis (pictured with Ester), shared her adventuresome family story of adopting two children with down’s syndrome and a third child who, like Ester, is of Guatemalan descent. Ester and I will be reading Heather’s book together as there are a number of parallels to Ester’s own life, including adoption, heart surgeries, pulmonary hypertension, and learning disabilities. Ester is such a blessing to us and we thank God for the way he has cared for her critical needs from the time of her 1989 birth in a remote village of Guatemala to the present day. She is a great blessing in our lives.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“The Great I Am Still Is”  Video  Triumphant Quartet  (This is the song quoted in the beginning of our message today)

“I Still Serve An Amazing God”  Video  Triumphant Quartet

“Statement of Faith”  Video  The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers & Greater Vision

“Fall On My Knees”  Video  The Browders  A rather unusual voice that we both enjoy.

“The Message of the Cross”  Video  The Browders  Listen preachers!

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Make A Donation using PayPalPlease Note: Our chaplain agency is unable to provide a receipt if the donation is made through PayPal. However we provide this option due to the convenience, international supporters, and for those who may not be concerned regarding receiving an official receipt. Click here to donate using PayPal.

“I Am Persuaded”

October 17, 2017

Boxcar rocks, Lebanon County 10/15/17
Sunday afternoon, following our Stony Valley rail grade tour, we hiked back to Boxcar rocks, which is off Goldmine Road in northern Lebanon County. This particular formation is known as Whale Rock.

“I Am Persuaded”

Message summary: Join us as together we entrust to Jesus those burdens upon our hearts this day, for we are persuaded that life is worth the living just because He lives!

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“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38,39). “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Timothy 1:12).

I believe Your love is faithful
When all my hopes have crumbled
It is standing strong and able
When everything else fails
I believe Your love will cover me
Through every storm

Athanasius, an early bishop of Alexandria, stoutly opposed the teachings of Arius, who declared that Christ was not the eternal Son of God, but merely a subordinate being. Hounded through five exiles, he was finally summoned before emperor Theodosius, who demanded he cease his opposition to Arius. The emperor reproved him and asked, “Do you not realize that all the world is against you?” Athanasius quickly answered, “Then I am against all the world.”

Today our world desperately needs followers of Christ like Athanasius who, with deep conviction, will stand boldly for the Lord and His Word regardless of what is popular or what the world may say is right. You’ve likely seen the slogan, “What’s popular isn’t always right, and what’s right isn’t always popular.”

The word “persuaded” in both daily texts is a great source of strength and assurance for the believer. The Greek word “Peitho” is a strong verb which conveys the ideas of confidence, reliance, and hope. Living in a state of being persuaded is an essential part of living the God-ordained life of spiritual abundance. If we are really persuaded (“convinced” in many versions) of God’s love and care we are blessed indeed! This persuasion is an internal, personal appropriation of a constant, unchanging spiritual reality. You see, the reality is that God loves and cares for His own, whether we are persuaded of it or not. The Amplified Version conveys a strong sense of the meaning when it translates: “I am persuaded beyond doubt.”

In this section of the epistle to the Romans the apostle Paul is expressing his supreme confidence in God’s master plan for his own life and for His Kingdom. He asks a very important question, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35). He responds to his own question with this glorious verse of assurance: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

I believe beyond a shadow
You will never forsake me
And Your love endures forever
When all my strength is gone
I believe Your love will carry me
And hold me close

We are dealing with issues we scarcely would have thought several years ago. These issues have tremendous impact on the personal, nationwide, and worldwide levels. Error is not creeping but charging into the church that our forefathers could not have imagined. New sources of fear abound. Uncertainty permeates. We shake our heads in wonder as to what in the world is this world coming to? Today we sure need the same sense of being persuaded that Paul experienced, don’t we?

Bill and Gloria Gaither, authors of over 700 inspirational songs, experienced fear and uncertainty surrounding the birth of their son Benjamin in 1971, which eventually became the seedling for their much loved classic song, “Because He Lives.” World conditions and personal trials can rob us of peace but let us instead focus our hearts and minds on the Peacespeaker.  He speaks not only to the winds and waves of the sea but He also calms our turbulent hearts today with that same calming message, “Peace, be still!”  Join us as together we entrust to Jesus those burdens upon our hearts this day, for we are persuaded that life is worth the living just because He lives!

I am persuaded
Nothing in life
Nothing in death
No mountain high
No ocean depth
No power below
On earth or above
Can separate from Your love.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, doubt and uncertainty imposes fear while faith and assurance develops a calm, trusting spirit. I do not look to the world for strength or encouragement but I look to Your Word where I am persuaded that You will protect and guard that which You have entrusted to me until the day when Christ will return and take us to live in heaven. By the empowerment of Your Spirit help me to boldly stand when the world and even those close to me assault my faith. It is in Your strength and through Your power that I will remain faithful though tested by fire. May the purifying of my faith, worth more than gold, bring praise, glory and honor to Jesus my Lord and Savior. Amen.


Some more scenes from our Sunday drive.

Boxcar rocks, Lebanon County 10/15/17
Boxcar rocks are an interesting rock formation in the form of a long train on a very remote mountain ridge in northern Lebanon County (see here on Google maps)

Whale Rock, Boxcar rocks, Lebanon County 10/15/17
We didn’t care to climb on top of the rocks like these boys so we took their picture instead!

Boxcar rocks walking path, Lebanon County 10/15/17
The path to the Boxcar Rocks turned out to be quite a bit longer than we would have preferred, but it was a beautiful wooded path and we made it! Brooksyne is taking the lead and Ester is tucked in behind (to Brooksyne’s right).

Goldmine Road, Lebanon County 10/15/17
Goldmine Road in northern Lebanon County has a mountainous feel similar to where we lived in northern Pennsylvania during our nearly 16 years of ministry in Elk County.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“I Am Persuaded”  Video  Travis Cottrell  (This is the song used in today’s message)

“I Am Persuaded (We Are More Than Conquerors)”  Video  Maranatha! Singers

“His Grace Is Sufficient”  Video  Booth Brothers

“If Not for Christ”  Video  FFH

A video presentation of Boxcar Rocks with some drone footage.

A video drone tour through the Stony Valley with helpful captions

Boxcar Rocks brings to mind Boxcar Willie!

“Walbash Cannonball”  Video  Boxcar Willie  Great train photos!

“Life’s Railway To Heaven”  Video  Boxcar Willie

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Stony Valley rail grade 10/15/17
Stony Valley rail grade in rural Dauphin and Lebanon Counties PA
(photo taken from the open sliding door of our van)

“The Peril Of Being Led Astray”

Message summary: Be on your guard lest the peril of being led astray overtake you.

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“The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray” (Galatians 2:13). “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you-guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14).

Yesterday we took an interesting driving tour along an old railroad grade about 30 miles north of us through Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. The Stony Valley railroad was developed in the mid 1800’s and abandoned during the Great Depression. It is now a very remote rail trail through state gameland designated for biking and hiking. The trail passes abandoned towns and other interesting features. Last spring we took a bike ride on the trail and shared several photos (here).

Once a year, which happened to fall on October 15 this year, the trail is open to vehicle traffic which provides a rather interesting experience. Once we entered from the west end we rode the trail over a 17 mile section making it virtually impossible to go astray. Though there were a few rugged logging type roads leading off the trail, to use spiritual imagery from the Bible, “the path was marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).

But in life’s spiritual journey, even with the path marked out before us, it can still be a perilous journey, and one can easily be led astray. Paul gives this warning in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.”

When I read the Apostle Paul’s words of warning, I’m reminded of how easily one’s life course can get off the path if negligence, wrong influences, or poor choices are made concerning one’s goals in life.

For example I went to Bible College with a student who became a good friend of mine, in part because we were both Bible majors with the goal of becoming a minister of the gospel. Following graduation we went our separate ways and for several years stayed nominally in touch. However he progressively moved away from sound doctrine and godly living and the last I heard he was living in an apostate condition. We reconnected several years ago but from our conversation it was clear that we were not at all on the same page when it came to spiritual matters.

Our first daily verse is set in the context of Paul’s encounter with the Judaizers, a false religious group that insisted on the keeping of ceremonial aspects of the Jewish law as a condition to salvation. The “him” in the verse is the mighty Peter, who had also been affected by this doctrine and at least for a time appeared to have embraced it. But the part of the verse that grips my attention is the phrase, “even Barnabas was led astray”.

Barnabas is among my favorite Bible characters. He first appears in Acts 4:36 as “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus”. But the apostles gave him the nickname Barnabas which means “son of encouragement”.

He was an early encourager to Paul (Saul at the time) and they developed a warm and lasting relationship. Barnabas had stood up for him when nobody believed the persecutor Saul could really be saved. They had gone on a missionary journey together.  They had parted company over a heated argument about a one-time deserter, John Mark. But as we read the Scriptures we see there had been reconciliation.

“The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.” There’s something significant about the two word phrase “even Barnabas” which is found in virtually all standard translations (see here). Paul seemed surprised that the Judaizers had influenced Barnabas, even more so than he expressed regarding Peter’s involvement. What lesson might we find in this? Eventually Peter and Barnabas both resisted this error and each went on to have faithful ministry for our Lord. Praise God for that.

But consider that if two of the great leaders of the early church (Peter and Barnabas) could be led astray by error, how on guard we should be. I am astounded at the many false doctrines and practices that are impacting the church in our day. Paul encouraged Timothy to “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you-guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14). We need to stay on our toes and be more in the Word than ever before! Be on your guard lest the peril of being led astray overtake you.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we seek to guard the truths and commandments entrusted to us through the Holy Scriptures. We want to be ever cognizant of the peril of being led astray. We don’t want to be swayed by man’s opinions and will not be if we are firmly anchored to the Rock which can’t be moved. We stand firm and strong when we, by conviction of Your Holy Spirit, embrace Your teachings and reject that which conflicts. Help us to be sober and vigilant as our adversary the devil seeks to divide believers and destroy their faith.  By the grace of God we will be strong, stand united, and overcome his attacks. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Study note: Each generation has a responsibility in guarding the good deposit of faith passed on by the preceding generation and in turn passing it on to the succeeding one. That’s at the very heart of what Biblical Christian faith is all about. In fact Paul set forth the pattern to Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). In a sense I am both receiving the torch and passing it on simultaneously. As I study the Bible I’m still reaching back and receiving from many believers in past generations who have guarded the good deposit. And I’m passing it on to those in our present generation who will also affect future generations. How about you?


  Scenes From The Stony Valley Rail Grade tour

Stony Valley rail grade brook 10/15/17
Since the rail grade ran along a creek we passed many small mountain brooks trickling down to the creek.

Stony Valley Creek along rail grade 10/15/17
Amish children playing in Stony Valley Creek which we crossed at one point on an old railroad bridge. Yesterday we saw many plain families out enjoying God’s creation. Whenever we walk on trails or explore natural sights in our area on Sunday afternoons we commonly see both Mennonite and less often Amish. Sunday mornings are set apart for worship but also for fellowship with church friends over lunch followed by relaxation and recreation. We saw quite a number of Mennonite youth yesterday.

Stony Valley rail grade traffic 10/15/17
In a few places the traffic bunched up but for the most part a natural view was visible. Of course there was no passing so we just followed the traffic flow. The trail was open from 9:00-3:00 so it appears a lot of people took it including some who have already contacted us. It took us about 2 hours to drive the 17 mile trail.

Stony Valley rail grade traffic 10/15/17
Ester is showing off her photographic skill by taking this photo outside our open sliding van door. We made much of the trip with both of these doors open for the natural feel since our speed was minimal.

Stony Valley Creek Appalachain Trail crossing 10/15/17
At times the rail grade crossed the Appalachian Trail, one in which you can be led astray.

Family at Stony Valley rail grade 10/15/17
Driving the Stony Creek bike trail was a fun Sunday afternoon family activity.
The rail grade portion we were on yesterday runs from Ellendale Forge to Goldmine Road.
(See here on Google map)
BTW: Who can figure out how Google works and what this means to privacy. This morning I looked up this trail on Google map and it informed me “You visited yesterday”. I assume it must have gotten some data off my phone.


Harrisburg church prelude 10/15/17
Yesterday due to the trail tour we visited a church in the Harrisburg area we attended forty years ago for a minister’s conference. We were especially blessed by the prelude by this gospel style pianist and soloist.

Mount Pleasant Zimbabwe work team 9/17
Sunday evening we attended a presentation by our friends who had gone on a mission trip to Zimbabwe last month. This photo is taken in front of Victoria Falls. (Click to enlarge)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Find Us Faithful”  Video

“Preach The Word”  Video  Gold City  A special word to faithful preachers!

“Finish Well”  Video  Karen Peck and New River  An aspiration for us all.

“I Want My Stage To Be An Altar”  Video  The Akins  A very thoughtful song for all.

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New Holland Farm 10/12/17 (Click to enlarge)
We always enjoy this farm view near New Holland PA and especially during the fall season with the colorful mums in the foreground. Two wagon loads of mums were for sale at the end of their driveway.
(Click on image for larger view)

“Created And Knit Together”

Message summary: Today, let us marvel at the wonder of life; our conception, prenatal development and birth.

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“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13,14).

My life began as a separate single cell 63 years ago. During the next nine months, as I grew in my mother’s womb, nothing new was added but oxygen and nutrition. My entire genetic makeup was contained in that single cell. Thankfully for me, and my parents who loved me, this process was not interrupted and after nine months of being “knit together in my mother’s womb” I was born on October 14, 1954. I never existed before and there will never be another me, contrary to what false religions might teach about reincarnation.

The initial fertilized cell from whence we all developed only weighed around .0000000015 pounds. But by the time we are born this one single cell became two hundred million cells and at birth we weigh some six billion times more than the fertilized egg. If this rate of growth had continued by my first birthday I would have weighed 72,000,000,000 pounds! (That would have been an extremely “heavy” burden for my Mom.)  If I’d continued to grow at this rate, one thing would be for sure, most people on earth would have heard of me by now.

When David wrote Psalm 139 some 3,000 years ago he had little knowledge of modern science but did have the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in declaring a statement modern science recognizes. But what he does write is accurate scientifically and medically. “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

May our response, like his, be “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful.”

“I know that full well” What a blessing to know our origins! Today, let us marvel at the wonder of life; our conception, prenatal development and birth.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are amazed at Your creative process and marvel at the beauty of life. You knit us together in our mother’s womb and provided everything we have need of before our birth and have done so as well all the years following our birth. You will do so until You call us home and there we will lack for nothing as we receive our inheritance which can never perish, spoil or fade. Thank You for giving us life and providing for all our needs; physical, material, relational, and spiritual. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Some photos along our journey yesterday

Display at New Holland Farm Equipment 10/12/17 (Click to enlarge)
New Holland Farm Equipment has a nice fall display in front of their headquarters.
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Martindale, PA pumpkin patch 10/12/17
Pumpkin patches sure add color to the countryside.

Horse-drawn cart near Martindale, PA 10/12/17
We passed this interesting conveyance near Martindale, PA. It’s not often that we see the wheels of non-motorized vehicles with chrome fenders!

Farmer Jesse sent me a few new photos from the Old Windmill Farm:

Old Windmill Farm horse-drawn hayride 10/10/17
Jesse offers a genuine horse-drawn hayride to guests on the Old Windmill Farm.
(Click on image for larger view)

Calves on the Old Windmill Farm 10/10/17
These calves on the Old Windmill Farm are likely anticipating a bottle feeding!
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Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”  Video   Matt Redman

“You Knit Me Together”  Video  Steve Green  A children’s song with a good message!

“You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”  An amazing video teaching by Louie Giglio

Here’s an interesting website dealing with the chronology of a new life.

This Sunday afternoon we expect to take the popular once a year Stony Valley rail grade driving tour. Some mid-state PA readers with some adventure may want to look into this.

Brooksyne will be singing with the Calvary Church choir at the Gaither Homecoming Christmas program at the Santander Arena in Reading PA on Saturday, December 9! One of the six songs they will sing, in backing up the Vocal Band, is one of our favorite recent songs “Chainbreaker” Video  (It’s amazing to watch this and realize that Bill Gaither is now 81!)

Finally today 1:

Joey Cullen
I saw this photo last night on Facebook. What a great blessing to see those you have ministered to staying faithful in ministry. Joey was in the church we served in New England in the 90’s and now is an ordained minister serving in Philadelphia.

Mom and Joey Cullen
As I consider the Lord’s work in Joey’s life I recalled a photo of him and my Mom taken in 2001 when he came down to visit us shortly after we moved from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania. Mom had such a love for people and I have no doubt that she prayed for Joey many times as well as many who were burdened for his family. Joey was saved, delivered and called into ministry where he is being used of God to reach others for Christ.

Finally today 2:

Pierce family 9/16/12
The Pierce family with a creative announcement we found in the Daily Encouragement archives. Ken is holding 2 year old Seth who is wearing an interesting shirt bearing the statement, “I Am a Big Brother!” We initially thought the boys had reversed their shirts since Seth’s older brother, David, is actually the big brother in the photo, but we soon heard “the rest of the story”.

Ken and Nila used Seth’s T-shirt to make the exciting announcement that they were expecting their 3rd child, Bethany, who recently turned 5. We appreciate the scientific and theological preciseness of “I am a big brother”, for indeed he was, from the moment of his little sister’s conception.

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Lebanon County Road 10/10/17
A winding road in rural Lebanon County PA

“The Hope That Prompts Purity”

Message summary: We are to be transformed into the image of Christ. Our God calls us to a life of purity even as we live in an impure world. Let us indeed cry out today as His children, “Purify My Heart!”

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“Teach me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your Name” (Psalm 86:11). “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).

Brooksyne with 15,000 pound chunk of Anthracite coalJim Thorpe is a small mountain community in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region, the County seat of Carbon County. Several times a year we enjoy going up that way to ride our bikes on the Lehigh Gorge rail trail. In the photo Brooksyne is standing in front of a single chunk of Anthracite coal near the railroad station. It weighs nearly 8 tons which would be enough to heat our home for over two years! The small plaque at the bottom states that this big chunk of coal is black diamond and is 99% pure carbon. A genuine diamond is 100% pure carbon.

God calls us as His children to be pure. “When He (Christ) appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” May God give each of us the kind of hope that the Apostle John is speaking of, for this is the blessed hope of the Christian. The death of a loved one serves to crystallize such hope. The prospect of a glorious reunion with those who have gone before us prompts us to closely examine this type of hope and indeed can make it even more certain in our hearts.

May you find great assurance in the glorious phrase that has brought assurance and comfort to millions throughout the ages: “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

This securely founded expectation of total transformation has practical implications now. Those who have this hope “purify” themselves. “Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” The word for “purify” is derived from the same Greek word from which we get “holy”. Our God is absolutely pure and holy and His children who have the hope of seeing Him will continuously purify themselves. (The Greek is very clear in the tense here).

Jesus Christ is not only the pattern, but also the motivation and means for this purity. Today the world will seek to conform us into its image, so we must be alert and intentional in living our lives separate from the evil influences of the world.

We are to be transformed into the image of Christ. Our God calls us to a life of purity even as we live in an impure world. Let us indeed cry out today as His children, “Purify My Heart!”

An undivided heart, O Lord,
Is what we need each day,
For we are prone to compromise
And wander from Your way.
D De Haan

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, like the Psalmist, I pray that You will teach me Your way and that I will rely on Your faithfulness with an undivided heart. Give me a pure heart that I may fear Your name. When I’m tempted to compromise my faith help me to remember that You want a pure heart, one that is not trying to serve both God and man. I want Your favor more than the approval of others, so help me to stay true to Your principles and reject that which contradicts or lessens the full meaning of Your written truths. In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.


Lebanon County Road 10/10/17
Harvest Road, Lancaster County
One of the interesting features of our rural drives through Lancaster County is you never know what you might see!

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Refiner’s Fire”  Video  Brian Doerksen

“Undivided Heart”  Video  Brian Doerksen

“Come Alive (Dry Bones)”  Video  Lauren Daigle

“Single Heart”  Video  Craig Smith

“Pure Heart”  Video  Craig Smith

“Give Me An Undivided Heart”  Teaching on Precept Austin online commentary

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