Norfolk Southern railroad tracks 04/18/16
A nice view of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks along the Susquehanna River while on our rail trail bike ride.

“The Earth Is The Lord’s”

Message Summary:  The Psalmist proclaims to God that “You alone are the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). On this “Earth Day” let us glorify the Lord over all the earth and joyfully exclaim, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!”

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“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (Psalm 24:1).

Eartha at the DeLorme Map Company, Yarmouth MaineOne of the most interesting stores I’ve ever been to is the DeLorme Map Company in Yarmouth, Maine. In the lobby there is a huge globe completely made up of satellite images of the entire earth. They call the globe “Eartha“, which sort of sounds like a feminine goddess to me!

It is the largest rotating and revolving globe in the world, measuring 42 feet in diameter and comprised of 140 gigabytes of information. Many years ago when we visited, Ester and I walked around it and quoted from John 3:16, which is the clearest and without a doubt, most familiar verse in the Bible stating God’s love for the world.

Today is “Earth Day”. I don’t recall having Earth Day when I grew up although it was first started in 1970 while Brooksyne and I were in Junior High School. Of course it advocates caring for the earth. As a Christian this earth is our present home and we seek to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. We recycle and try to use energy responsibly. We seek to keep our little part of the world clean including our favorite walking trail.

However I suppose to many that’s not what “Earth Day” means but rather accepting and advocating whatever is the current popular cause of environmental progressivism. Earth Day may be of secular derivation but today we consider earth day from a sacred perspective!

The very first verse in the Bible forthrightly declares, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” The Psalmist declares a powerful truth in our daily verse and we need to make that declaration regularly. Murky thinking or outright unbelief in God’s revelation has caused many to essentially assert that “the earth is the Lord”. No, no, no! The sovereign, transcendent Lord declares, “It is I who made the earth” (Isaiah 45:12) and “The earth is my footstool” (Isaiah 66:1).

The Psalmist proclaims to God that “You alone are the Most High over all the earth” (Psalm 83:18). On this “Earth Day” let us glorify the Lord over all the earth and joyfully exclaim, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, as we consider this world and all its fullness we are blessed by the abundance of beauty – fields of daisies, the rolling hillsides, the great and small bodies of water, the sandy sea shores, the giant oaks, mountain ranges so magnificent they’re viewed for hundreds of miles, landscapes splashed with every imaginable shape and color. These views and far more than the eye can see or hands can touch are all works of Your sovereign, creative power. Yet You entrust to us soil, seeds, and plantings with which we can cultivate, plant, water, trim, and grow fruit and vegetables for our food substance and ornamentals for our pleasure. You water the earth and raise the sun each day. We expect such things, but it’s also like a pat on the back for those of us who enjoy seeing our laborious efforts in planting spring to life and give back to us sustenance, nutrition, and beauty. Though this world is not our home, it’s the only place we’ll travel before we reside in heaven, so we want to be good stewards of what You have entrusted to us. Thank You for it, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Amish Walmart
The other day I stopped by an Amish farm store in Bird In Hand, PA to purchase some baling twine. It’s known locally as “The Amish Walmart”. Do any of you have any idea what this PVC pipe is used for? Answer here and I will share the correct answer on Monday.

Smucker Breakfast 4/21/16
We began our day yesterday at an employee breakfast at S.S. Smucker, a home improvement company, which is one of the companies we serve as chaplains. They had a meeting as well and rewarded the employees for a good safety record.

Big John and Alta at Smucker Breakfast 4/21/16
An occupational hazard is the many meals we participate in as we visit companies over the course of the week. Breakfast was prepared by “Big John” and his wife Alta so you can imagine it was quite hardy. Big John said he fried up 15# of bacon. Employees eat the breakfast in the large breakroom but they set up the buffet tables right out on the shop floor which really adds to the ambience.

Marlin with Troy at the Smucker Breakfast 4/21/16
Troy gets a brief back/shoulder rub from the boss, Marlin Smucker, before he heads out to his work sight in Strasburg. These guys work hard on beautiful days as well as cold, windy, and rainy days. The expertise they offer in home improvement comes not just from their skills but also their endurance in all kinds of settings.

Norfolk Southern railroad tracks 04/18/16
Another photo of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks along the Susquehanna River at sunset during one of our rail trail bike rides. This is an active rail line. The actual rail to trail is on the right side just below the Chiques Rock bluff (not seen in photo)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“The Earth Is The Lord’s”  Video  Maranatha! Singers

“Creation Sings The Father’s Song”  Video  Keith & Kristyn Getty

“For The Beauty Of The Earth”  Video

Eartha

“Google street view of Eartha”

Smucker’s Home Improvement


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Amish hay harvest 4/20/16
I’m always willing to lend a hand.
With my ubiquitous suspenders and straw hat I just may pass for being Amish!
(Click on photo to enlarge)
“It Matters To The Master”

Message Summary: Like the disciples we may at times wonder, “Does Jesus really care?”  But His Word abundantly demonstrates and teaches that He does. Those of you whose faith is being tested today, in ways that you do not prefer, remember this: God has not changed. God cares for you. Personalize this comforting truth by saying, “You care for me.” His care is motivated by His love, under-girded by His power, and assured by His faithfulness. Lord, help us to hide this truth deep in our hearts today! Yes, You care. If it matters to me, it matters to the Master.

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“But He (Jesus) was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).

When life lets you down, and you feel more broken than whole
When the wounds go deeper than words and you can’t tell a soul
I may not know what you’re going through
May not make that high mountain move
But one thing I’ve found that I really want you to know

Yesterday following several chaplain visits we stopped by to see our Amish friends, Jesse and Anna Ruth. I had picked up some baling twine for Jesse who was making hay while the sun was shining. After watching him do some field work (see photos below) he asked me to run an errand over to a neighboring farm to get some fuel filters for the baler. His nine year old son Eli James went with me and asked me to take a “short cut” on the way back. We drove down a long gravel lane and I saw why he wanted to take me this new route.

Welcome Home!

Eli’s Uncle Amos is fighting cancer and recently came home after a long period of treatment. Eli’s grandparents and Amos’s family took a 3 day train trip to Mexico to lend support and encouragement to him during his last treatment. They just returned and Eli’s family posted the big “Welcome Home” on the barn that warmly greeted them upon their return. Amos is having quite a time and frankly needs a miracle from the Lord. He and his family needs the assurance that what matters to them matters to the Master.

Friend, do you think the Maker and giver of life
Is far too busy to care ’bout your trouble and strife?
He sees the sparrow that falls to the ground
And He hears the tears that don’t make a sound
If you only knew how precious you are in His sight

Jesus asleep on a cushionEarly in the disciple’s relationship with Jesus they were in a boat after a tiring day of ministry. A furious storm arose and threatened to capsize the boat. Jesus was sleeping on a cushion in the stern. I recall from my ministry training days that this text is among the proofs of Christ’s humanity. I find it remarkable that He was able to sleep during a massive storm that seriously frightened even experienced fishermen. Isn’t that the kind of peace we want during the torrential storms that deluge our lives. The only way it can happen is for us to have a deep, settled peace that God is in control and overrules that which is contrary to His intended plan for our lives.

Does God care? These experienced fishermen, who had plied these waters for many years, recognized the imminent danger. This was no ordinary storm. They were in big trouble.

They awoke Jesus and asked a very pointed question, “Master, do You not care that we are perishing?”  Isn’t this the very question we have all asked or wondered thousands of times?

Let’s just condense it to, “Does God care?”

Mark 4:38In Mark’s account Jesus does not answer the disciples with words, but with a mighty demonstration of His power. In Matthew’s account Jesus responded to the disciples with a reprimand for their lack of faith, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26).

He stilled the storm. Not only were the disciples saved, but they also learned a valuable lesson and thereby we learn from them. Many years later Peter, using language familiar to the fisherman, wrote: “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” After years of walking with Jesus it was no longer a question to Peter, but a settled fact and an experiential truth that has comforted and reassured believers for nearly 2000 years. “He cares for you.”

Like the disciples we may at times wonder, “Does Jesus really care?”  But His Word abundantly demonstrates and teaches that He does. Those of you whose faith is being tested today, in ways that you do not prefer, remember this: God has not changed. God cares for you. Personalize this comforting truth by saying aloud, “You care for me.” His care is motivated by His love, under-girded by His power, and assured by His faithfulness. May the Lord help us to hide this truth deep in our hearts today because He does care. If it matters to me, it matters to the Master.

If it matters to you, it matters to the Master
He wants to share the burdens you bear
Whisper peace when your world gets shattered
If it’s your greatest joy or your deepest pain
Or you’re really needing an answer
If it matters to you, it matters to the Master

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we thank You for the powerful God that You are. Even the winds and waves recognize You as Creator and obey the voice of the Master.  Your Word is a lighthouse that directs us safely toward heaven when the furious waves swirl about us and the water rises up to our necks. I confess to You that my doubts rise up when Your voice is silent. In these kinds of circumstances I begin to wonder if You really do care. Instead of questioning Your care for me, help me to prove my faith by trusting You even when You are silent. I want to persevere in prayer and understand Your overall plan in these matters that concern me. And when I don’t understand Your plan help me to trust You because faith that cannot be tested is faith that cannot be trusted. Keep us firmly anchored in Your loving promises, remembering that if it matters to me, it matters to You. You’ll hold me up as I tread above the troubling waters and swim to safety. Or You will command the waters to descend. Either way, with Your guidance and strength, I will endure to the very end, by Your merciful hand. Amen.

Prayer for Amos and Anna Ruth – We often hear from many of you with personal needs of your own in addition to those you bear for others. But we will include the request for our Amish friends regarding Amos’ very aggressive cancer. He is father to very young children, so there is the overall concern for the whole family should Amos not be healed of this deadly cancer. Admirably, the Amish women dedicate their lives to raising the children and tending to their household chores and flourishing gardens. But with only an 8th grade education the possibilities for their working outside the home leaves very few options. The Amish care for their own, but at the same time it is a worrisome situation when the breadwinner becomes stricken with a deadly illness. Our dear friends, the Lapps, are very burdened for Amos and Anna Ruth (sisters-in-law with the same name quite common among the Amish) and we have joined them in prayer over the past couple months. We also invite your prayers for this precious family and thank you on their behalf.


Amish hay harvest 4/20/16
Jesse and Eli making hay while the sun shined
(Click on photo to enlarge)

Amish hay harvest 4/20/16
It was a beautiful afternoon for field work!
(Click on photo to enlarge)

Amish children looking at chicks 4/20/16
The kids were excited to show me the baby chicks and wanted to take a close-up photo using Ester’s phone.

Amish children looking at photos 4/20/16
The children just love to see their photos and it appears the horse may be saying, “Let me see too.” Brooksyne had fun earlier feeding the horses and pony leftover apple slices and carrot sticks from our lunch. Apples were by far preferred – maybe they have a sweet tooth for fruits vs. veggies.

Amish little tree air freshener in buggie 4/20/16
You never know where you might see a Little Tree™ air freshener, even an Amish buggy. (Actually I bought a supply of these car fresheners from the new company we visit and figured I’d share them with friends, even my Amish friends.)


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“It Matters To The Master”  Video   The Collingsworth Family (This is the song quoted through the message)

“Come Back To Me”  Video  Dailey and Vincent

“Does Jesus Care?”  Video  The Isaacs  A beautiful song with outstanding coordinating photos.

“Does Jesus Care”  Video  Guy Penrod & George Beverly Shea (who was 103 at the time this was recorded)

“Then I Met The Master”  Video   Booth Brothers

“I Found it All”  Video  Collingsworth Family

“I Can Trust Jesus”  Video  The Collingsworth Family

“If He Hung the Moon”  Video

“Sometimes It Takes A Mountain”  Video   Gaither Vocal Band


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“Mercies In Disguise”

April 20, 2016

View from Camp Conquest in Lancaster County PA 4/19/16
Camp Conquest is situated on a verdant hill overlooking a calendar type view of a farming community in Lancaster County.
“Mercies In Disguise”

Message Summary: “Hope does not disappoint us.” The ultimate hope we have in Christ will not disappoint! One thousand years into eternity no one is going to regret having placed their hope in Christ. May God give each of us the awareness today that our times of suffering do indeed work for our good, providing us with deep assurance that “hope does not disappoint.”

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“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” (Romans 5:2-5).

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

Isaiah 40:31We have a longtime friend who has experienced much heartache in life. For over twenty years now she has had one hard blow after another. Each one has been a trial of great significance affecting her personal health, life-long family illness, and a double desertion from loved ones. But she maintains a positive faith-filled outlook in life. She has maintained a remarkable faith, a persevering spirit, and demonstrated a godly character in the midst of her suffering and losses.

In “The Last Lecture” the late Randy Pausch, who was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, shared his childhood dreams and the many ways in which his life has been fulfilling. I found a spiritual application in his observation: “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”

Throughout life we accumulate a great deal of experience since we all share the common testimony of not always getting what we want or perhaps even what we feel God surely wanted! At times this means we undergo trials and, as our life progresses, we have a growing collection of them (experiences).

We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

We’ve all been disappointed by experiences that just didn’t work out as we had planned. Likely, each of us has had several profound disappointments in life and many lesser ones. But the “experience” we walk through and the lasting results we cope with and endure is invaluable and part of God’s plan to shape our spirit and produce Christ-like character.

I don’t always understand the Biblical truth expressed in the daily verse. Specifically I have trouble rejoicing in suffering. What about you? But the equation is a progression of godly traits and is inter-related:

  • “Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”

The last two characteristics (character and hope) result from the first two (suffering and perseverance). I want godly character and I want eternal hope but, according to this Scripture, they are the end result of suffering and perseverance.

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It’s not our home

I doubt that it is in the nature of any believer to sincerely rejoice because of suffering, but rather we rejoice because we are confident that our loving God is in control. “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” The eventual outcome for our “experience” will be good, as we yield our will to the plan of the Father. Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” A maturing spiritual outlook enables us to realize that this time of suffering is part of God’s plan in forming the character of Christ within us.

In faith, cling to a phrase from the last portion of our encouragement Scripture.  Read it slowly and appropriate it to your need today: “Hope does not disappoint us.” The ultimate hope we have in Christ will not disappoint! One thousand years into eternity no one is going to regret having placed their hope in Christ. May God give each of us the awareness today that our times of suffering do indeed work for our good, providing us with deep assurance that “hope does not disappoint.”

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Heavenly Father, we live in Your grace that enables us to seek You more fervently as You produce in us a persevering spirit in the midst of adversity. Instead of driving us to hopeless despair, our suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces proven character whereas proven character brings about a mature hope that turns our disappointments into rejoicing, that will help us to see them as mercies in disguise. You have poured out Your love into our hearts and brought assurance to our spirit. The image of Christ is seen in our lives through the character traits You grow in us as we die to ourselves and live for You. Keep us faithful and hopeful during the painful process and teach us how to turn our mourning into dancing. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.


JK Mechanical Community Service Workday

Yesterday we joined around 100 employees from JK Mechanical (an HVAC, electrical and solar company) for their annual community service workday. Each year they suspend normal operations and take a day to serve their community. (The service team was still on call for emergencies.) This year they devoted their service to sprucing up Camp Conquest in northern Lancaster County. It was a blessing to experience hard-working teamwork on a beautiful spring day.

JK workday stain team 4/19/16
Brooksyne was on a crew that cleaned windows and sanded down the edges of the arms and legs of chairs, finishing them off with a clear polyurethane finish. They stopped to pose for my camera but are still holding sandpaper to prove they had been working!

JK workday stair team 4/19/16
This crew was rebuilding a set of steps while others in the background were clearing brush.

JK workday stair team 4/19/16
They worked with a very scenic background.

JK workday dumpster team 4/19/16
All smiles on the dumpster team!

JK workday lunch 4/19/16
Did you notice all the orange shirts! Lots of bright orange shirts at lunch time. If you look closely you might see the side of Brooksyne’s head though you’ll also see a pony tail at the top of it which doesn’t belong to Brooksyne at all. The employees sat very close together and Shanyse, who was sporting the pony tail, sat to the left of Brooksyne.

JK workday lunch $88.88 hoagie 4/19/16
Lunch was provided and the $88.88 hoagie was outstanding! Actually all the turkey sandwiches had $88.88 so I would guess that this was the total price for the “turkey” subs, otherwise it was the most expensive sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

JK workday 4/19/16
This is one of the few times you will ever see us in matching shirts!

Phlox flowers, Lebanon County 4/19/16
Creeping Phlox on hillside in Lebanon County
(Click on photo to enlarge)

Bank in Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA 4/19/16
Bank in Schaefferstown, Lebanon County, PA
The spring flowers planted in this large animal trough gives a fresh updated touch to this old historic bank.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Blessings”  Video  Laura Story Throughout the message today this song was quoted. It has a powerful theological perspective. Laura has a heart gripping story regarding her husband’s illness that resulted shortly after their marriage and the ongoing care he needs daily, probably for the rest of his life.

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

“Hope Does Not Disappoint” (Romans 5:5, 8:24-25)  Video  Scripture Memory Songs

“What Salvation’s Done For Me”  Video   Booth Brothers

“He Understands My Tears”  Video  The Isaacs

“Grace Flows Down”  Video  Chris Tomlin

Note: On Monday I posted a photo seeking some advice concerning a water issue I had behind some siding that was revealed when I removed some deck boards. Thanks to several who responded with ideas. The consensus is to use some metal flashing.


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Barn from Junction Trail 4/17/16
Barn with new quilt pattern as seen from our bike ride along the Lancaster Junction rail to trail. This type of art is known as Pennsylvania “Dutch” Hex Signs and is more common in Berks County to our north. Some attach a religious significance to it, others just see it as decorative.
“God Is Not Running For God”

Message Summary: We conquer! “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”

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“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Now the iron bars are broken, Christ from death to life is born;
Glorious life, and life immortal, on this resurrection morn.
Christ has triumphed, and we conquer
By His mighty enterprise; we with Him to life eternal
By His resurrection rise.

Isaiah 45:22 Last week I mentioned attending a banquet sponsored by the Associates For Biblical Research and hearing Voddie Baucham speak (that message is here). Voddie made a brief allusion to our present presidential campaign with this simple reminder, “God is not running for God”. Indeed He has spoken in finality, “I am God, and there is no other.” Our proper response is to turn to Him and be saved. That’s the timeless appeal from God Himself recorded in Isaiah some 2,700 years ago and applicable to the ends of the earth and to all generations.

Many now seem to be looking for a political savior. Regardless of party there are so many that express a practically worshipful attitude toward their favored candidate. A recent visual reminder of this was a photo I saw the other day of a man sitting holding a laptop with his favored presidential candidate’s name plastered on the back of his computer as well as a photo of the candidate displayed on his socks!*

1 Corinthians 15:57 Today let us focus on this simple straightforward truth, “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

On Easter our choir sang a song with a familiar tune but different words. It’s written to Beethoven’s tune, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”, so the melody was familiar. “Alleluia! Alleluia!” was written by Christopher Wordsworth. The song has a line that especially blesses me. “Christ has triumphed, and we conquer by His mighty enterprise.”

Whenever we read of our Lord’s suffering for our sin, we know the rest of the story – Christ has triumphed.  But try to imagine what it would be like if we did not know the outcome. Although Messianic prophecy and our Lord Himself had promised His resurrection and victory we know the despondency and deep despair of His followers at the time of the crucifixion and before the resurrection.

He spent His final hours with the disciples teaching, sharing His love and instituting the Lord’s Supper. Later that evening Jesus prayed in the garden and then the definitive betrayal would follow. Knowing just this and the horrible events that follow is a heartwrenching story where we would cry out, “foul”!. But we know the rest of Story – Christ has triumphed!

Romans 8:37 He not only triumphed over the grave at His resurrection but the Holy Scriptures also promise His ultimate triumph and that we will conquer as well (see Romans 8:37 for one of many such promises). But today some of you are going through a deep, discouraging night season of life and may find yourselves in despair, similar to the disciples during this time of their Lord’s suffering, prior to the resurrection. Like them you’ve heard the promises of triumph but that’s sure not what you see right now.

Yet we indeed conquer by His mighty enterprise. In life there is an overarching story, a meta-narrative, which supersedes all the confusion in the world that we presently observe with our physical eyes and may very well be personally experiencing.

We conquer! “Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”

Alleluia! Alleluia! Hearts to heav’n and voices raise;
Sing to God a hymn of gladness, sing to God a hymn of praise.
He who on the cross as Savior, for the world’s salvation bled,
Jesus Christ, the King of Glory, now is risen from the dead.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, help me to trust You even when circumstances would lead me to feel that You are distant and unaware of my circumstances. When I am focused on the difficulties in my life I can easily become overwhelmed, fearful and confused. But when I look to You, my victorious risen Savior, who endured the times of testing by spending time in passionate prayer, whether it was the 40 days in the wilderness when You stood strong against Satan’s frequent temptations or when You prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane,  I am strengthened and encouraged by Your example.  When You were overwhelmed with sorrow even to the point of death You fell with Your face to the ground and surrendered Your human will to the Father’s plan which included unjust suffering and even death. And, whether we like it or not, Scripture tells us if we are to share in Your glory we must also share in Your suffering. Help me, Jesus, to watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation during those experiences that involve suffering, but rather that my spirit and flesh will be strengthened so that I remain victorious through You, Jesus Christ my Lord, in whose name I pray.  Amen.


Tulips 4/17/16 (Photo by Ester)
Flowers are blooming!
(Photo by Ester)

Columbia furnace ruins 4/18/16
Last night we rode our bikes along a new section of the Susquehanna River trail and passed this huge furnace of some type.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“God and God Alone”  Video  Appears to be a Chinese choir

Pennsylvania Dutch folk art

Today we will be joining the employees from JK Mechanical, one the companies we serve as chaplains, for a community service work day.

* I am not kidding, for a photo of using socks to support your candidate see here.


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Amish farm near Spooky Nook 4/17/16 (Click to enlarge)

Yesterday afternoon we went for a bike ride on the Junction Rail Trail near Spooky Nook and had this beautiful view of an Amish farm from the trail.
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“A Prayer For The Persecuted”

Message Summary: Brooksyne wrote a prayer for yesterday’s service and we are going to adapt it today for use in this daily encouragement.

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“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3).

Yesterday our church had a special time of prayer for the persecuted church along with a video clip. It was part of an effort called “Stand With The Persecuted Sunday”. We post a link to the video below. Since we follow the news and try to especially keep up with persecution we were already aware of most of the examples. However just the sheer reminder of them in a summarized rendering was sobering. We must never forget the persecuted and keep their plight ever before us. But what especially touched me was interviews (through a translator) of several little Iraqi girls and their expressions of deep faith.

Brooksyne wrote a prayer for yesterday’s service and we are going to adapt it today for use in this daily encouragement:

Praying man Father, we pray for the persecuted church today.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in distant lands suffering at the hands of those whose lack of compassion and evil means knows no bounds. May the comforting presence of Your Holy Spirit be as soothing salve and a healing ointment deep within their souls. We pray for the family members separated from their loved ones. Speak peace and divine purpose into their spirit as You remind them that their loved one is standing with fortitude and courage in the very face of evil.

We pray for those who persecute and hold these innocent believers captive. May the very testimony and courage of these believers be as a shining light in the darkened prison of these captor’s very troubled souls. Convict them of their sins and deliver them from Satan’s army of evildoers.

We pray for the families, churches, and communities of those who have paid the ultimate price for standing firm in their faith. Like Stephen, James, John, the disciples, and millions throughout the centuries, they laid down their temporal mortal flesh below and put on their eternal immortal spirit on the other side. You use these human tragedies to stir people’s hearts and to broadcast the message of salvation often bringing about repentance and reform. Nothing we do for you is in vain but works for the greater purpose of spreading the gospel.

And lastly, we pray for our own country that is changing drastically day by day. The god of secularism is trying to wipe out Your presence in every public forum: the media, our government, the schools, the workplace, the marketplace. People who hold deep convictions based upon the Holy Word of God are being maligned, mocked, persecuted and fined for their firmly held beliefs, costing them their savings, their livelihood. Especially prone to attack are those who hold the Biblical view concerning the sacredness of marriage and the sanctity of life.  The Bible is being removed from the military even as it has been removed from the public schools in recent decades. Father, we might despair but instead we pray for a mighty revival within the church spilling out into all the places of influence, especially the family unit. May revival start right here within our own hearts, helping us to stand firm in these troubling times. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber


Singing Ancient Words with upraised Bibles 4/17/16 (Click to enlarge)
Yesterday Brooksyne led the worship in our church service and during the service she was prompted to do something that was quite moving. She asked everyone to hold up their Bibles as we sang “Ancient Words”. (Photo by Ester)In regard to the persecuted church this line is especially pertinent:
Martyr’s blood stains each page
They have died for this faith
Hear them cry through the years
Heed these words and hold them dear

A link to a video of “Ancient Words” is below.

Triple Tree presentation 4/17/16 (Click to enlarge)
Our friends Mike and Nicole, whose home base is our church, minister to motorcyclists called “Triple Tree”. Yesterday they gave a presentation concerning their ministry.
(Photo by Ester)

Pastor John and Faithe Keefer singing 4/17/16
Pastor John and Faithe Keefer singing the classic,
“He Looked Beyond My Fault And Saw My Need”

Mervin driving 56 Dodge home from church 4/17/16 (Click to enlarge)
Mervin drives his ’56 dodge to church now and then. It certainly grabs our attention!


Home project
I began the process of replacing my decking material. We had tried to refinish the old deck (which is over 20 years old) about five years ago but the wood is increasingly splintered and in places rotting out. So this last weekend I began the time consuming chore.

Deck replacement 4/16/16
The first step was cutting off the old deck boards as close to my house as possible. Ed, a friend from one of our companies, lent me a Versacut mini-circular saw which worked great for this.

Deck replacement 4/16/16
Handyman friend Ken helped me with some demolition as we removed the old deck boards.

Deck replacement, unattached joists 4/16/16
I always noticed my deck was spongy. After removing the deck boards we discovered that several of the joists weren’t even attached! Thankfully, I know how to fix this!

Deck replacement, water problem 4/16/16
However we also noticed another problem. When Ken removed the first course of vinyl the wood behind it was wet. It is not wet under the second course and there is no evidence at all that the water is coming from above. Thus I assume it was splashing or even wicking up from the deck when it rained. This is also on a side of the house that gets little sun. Do any of our readers have thoughts or suggestions on this? Send an email to this address.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Today, due to the prayer our message did not have the Bible study exposition we normally like to have. Here are some helpful study notes on Hebrews 13:3. When this verse was read aloud yesterday I especially considered the words “since you also are in the body.”

I just read of another type of persecution taking place in Turkey with the Islamic government confiscating Christian churches and considered this verse: “You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions” (Hebrews 10:34). However I also consider the heavy fines and confiscation of assets some in our country have faced for remaining true to their religious convictions. See here.

“He Looked Beyond My Fault And Saw My Need”  Video

“Ancient Words”  Video  Michael W. Smith

“It Matters To The Master”  Video

“My Eyes Are Dry”  Video  Keith Green

“Life Is Hard But God Is Good”  Video  Debra Talley

“Stand With The Persecuted”  Video clip used in our service yesterday.

Here are links to some ministries to the Persecuted:

“Triple Tree” motorcycle ministry


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“Our Death Due Date”

April 15, 2016

Moon (Photo by Ester Weber)
“The lesser light to rule the night” (Genesis 1:16)
Ester really enjoys photography. She was out with her tripod and camera  the other night and captured this detailed image.
“Our Death Due Date”

Message Summary: The main question in life is this: Are we ready to die? Are we prepared for the judgment? God has given us a will to decide and there is absolutely no decision we make in our lifetime that is greater than this one. As important as it is that we select the right marriage partner, our life’s vocation, or other major life decisions, these pale in comparison to decisions regarding our eternal destiny.

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“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him” (Hebrews 9:27,28).

Benjamin Franklin A friendly public service announcement from the staff at Daily Encouragement Net: Today in America taxes are due. Pennsylvanian Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to M. Leroy in 1789, famously observed: “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”  Well, Franklin certainly paid taxes during his lifetime and when he died just a year later on April 17, 1790 he personally proved and experienced the other certainty.

Here we are, over 200 years later, and there’s no change in Franklin’s two certainties. Today Americans are certainly reminded of and likely dealing with the certainty of taxes! For my entire life April 15 has represented the tax due date, although this year it’s April 18! (See here for why)

Death due dateIt may seem like this is a less than encouraging subject but today let us consider our death due date. What if we all had our death due date prominently displayed on our forehead? I imagine women would wear bangs all the time and men everywhere would always wera hats. It’s interesting to think of how conversations would go. You meet someone and try to politely avoid looking at their death due date but curiosity overrules and you find yourself discreetly noting the date on their forehead (while they’re doing the same with you). You see it and, as you feign interest in your conversation, you’re actually doing some mental calculating, determining how much longer the person has to live.

Well, of course we were not born with this date notably engraved on our bodies. Aren’t you grateful for that!  The date has not been revealed to us, but we most certainly have one and we can be certain that God knows it. Our death due date is expressed in Scripture in the straightforward phrase: “Man is destined to die once.” Other versions use the word appointed or ordained.  It’s in the present tense indicating a fact which is continually true.

Hearse with UhaulAnother certainty is expressed by the Apostle Paul, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7). But most people really don’t live their lives as if this were true! The other day I was riding with a group of friends and we passed a hearse. I noticed that it did not have a UHaul behind it.

The main question is this: Are we ready to die? Are we prepared for the judgment? This is a certainty that Benjamin Franklin didn’t note. God has given us a will to decide and there is absolutely no decision we make in our lifetime that is greater than this one. As important as it is that we select the right marriage partner, our life’s vocation, or other major life decisions, these pale in comparison to decisions regarding our eternal destiny.

The decision is to personally believe in Christ, receive Him as our Lord and Savior and daily live our lives for Him. This leads to another wonderful certainty: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24). We hope you have all made this decision.

But if somehow you have come across this brief message and haven’t done so, or you are uncertain of your salvation through faith in Christ, we strongly urge you to examine your heart today. Remember, we all have a death due date! God’s instruction from His Holy Word properly prepares us for the most important date of our human existence.  Let’s be ready.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, it will take my entire life on earth and all of eternity to express my love and devotion to You. In Your great love and compassion You saw my need for redemption and paid the ultimate sacrifice by dying on the cross in my place. You paid in full the sin debt You did not owe so that I could receive complete forgiveness which I did not deserve. What indescribable peace this brings to my life on this earthly pilgrimage. Although I do not know my death due date I have an assurance of eternal life when You have destined to call me home, not because of what I’ve done or who I am, but because You gave Your all for me! I receive that gift from You today!  Amen.


On this very date April 15, 1775

“RESOLVED, That it be, and hereby is recommended to the good People of this Colony of all Denominations, that THURSDAY the Eleventh Day of May next be set apart as a Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer…to confess the sins…to implore the Forgiveness of all our Transgression…and a blessing on the Husbandry, Manufactures, and other lawful Employments of this People; and especially that the union of the American Colonies in Defense of their Rights (for hitherto we desire to thank Almighty GOD) may be preserved and confirmed….And that AMERICA may soon behold a gracious Interposition of Heaven.”

By Order of the [Massachusetts] Provincial Congress,

John Hancock, President


Florence Bogden 6/4/10
Well done, good and faithful servant.

We received new this week that Florence Bogden has gone home to be with the Lord.  When we began our ministry in Pennsylvania in 1977 Florence and her late husband Stephen pastored in Clearfield, a neighboring community about 35 miles away. They befriended us and were a great source of encouragement as we planted a church. Several years later they moved to Philadelphia and Stephen served as the pastor of the historic Highway Tabernacle near the Center City for many years where they had an outstanding ministry serving the Lord faithfully and impacting many lives for Christ. On a couple of occasions we took groups of young people from our church in rural northern PA on mission trips to assist them and give the kids from a small town the taste of ministry in a big city. Pastor Stephen and Florence especially had a ministry befriending international students from area colleges and hosting them in their home. This photo was taken about six years ago when Florence was in her mid-eighties. We received many warm letters from her over the years. We rejoice greatly in her wonderful glorious promotion, for she suffered severely over the past 15 years or so with crippling arthritis. Now she is walking and leaping and praising God on streets of gold!


Jeremiah 29:11
Yesterday we stopped by the Village Farm Market and admired some new Scripture signs which they kindly took off the wall for us to photograph.

Recess at an Amish one room schoolhouse 4/14/16
A great scene in rural Lancaster County is the Amish children playing outside during recess.

Recess at an Amish one room schoolhouse 4/14/16
They were playing softball

Some of our chaplaincy friends.
Val-Co assemblers 4/14/16
Assemblers at Val-Co
We enjoy the international aspect of our service. In this photo we have an American Indian, Puerto Rican, Russian, Lancaster County native and South African.

Vallorbs machine operators 4/14/16
Machine operators at Vallorbs
In another plant we have a Kenyan, Bosnian, Vietnamese, Laotian and Dominican Republic


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“10,000 Reasons”  Video  Matt Redman  This song has been immensely popular the last several years. Especially pertinent to today’s message is a verse that states.

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

“Going Home”  Video  Bill Gaither and Tanya Goodman Sykes

“What a Day That Will Be”  Video

Note: The model who volunteered the forehead for our death due date photo chooses to remain anonymous.

Yesterday’s photo of the animal in the tree was actually a black cat, although you may have thought it was a black bear or Puma!


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Animal in tree
Walking the dogs we were startled to see we were being watched as we walked by.
“We Do Well To Pay Attention”

Message Summary:  Thank God for His Word! We do well to pay attention to it “as to a lamp shining in a dark place”.

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“For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:16-21).

How sure the Scriptures are, God’s vital urgent Word.
As true as steel and far more sharp than any sword,
So deep and fine at His control.
They pierce where soul and spirit join.

Voddie BauchamVoddie Baucham grew up in south central Los Angeles, raised by a single mother who was a Buddhist. He never heard the Gospel till he was in college. He presently heads up a ministry, “Equipping Believers to ‘Walk in Truth'”. The other night I heard him speak at the Associates For Biblical Research banquet.

He was speaking to a group of Christian students at Dartmouth College and pointed out that two common responses students give, when confronted about their faith in the Bible, needs close examination:

1) “I believe the Bible because that’s the way I was raised.” He pointed out that this does not necessarily validate the truthfulness of faith any more than being brought up in another belief system validates that, such as him being raised by a Buddhist mother.

2) “I believe the Bible because I tried it and it works for me.” Now of course having faith does change our life and Baucham’s testimony attests to that. However he shared how an alcoholic may go to AA and decide his “higher power” is a street light and then testify how his belief in a street light changed his life.

Baucham’s main message was an interesting statement of faith based on our lengthy Scripture portion which he broke down point by point, forming the outline of his message. (I found a video of the message which I link to below as well as a transcript.)

“I choose to believe the Bible because it is a reliable collection of historical documents, written by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies, and they claim to be divine rather than human in origin.”

One of the fundamental teachings of the Bible is the sufficiency of Christ and His Word. We affirm regarding the Bible, that it is the “all sufficient rule of faith and conduct”.  Today let us especially consider two words “all sufficient”. Our daily Scripture portion is most interesting.

Peter, of course, was one of the eyewitnesses to Christ’s ministry. In verse 18 he refers to what surely was among the most memorable events in his life; his eyewitness experience on the Mount of Transfiguration. Can you imagine preaching a sermon or telling your grandkids about that!

Yet he states, “we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed”. The written word of the prophets was deemed “more fully confirmed” (“a more sure word of prophecy” KJV) by Peter than his own eye witness experience on the Mount of Transfiguration!

2 Peter 1:19He goes on to say “you will do well to pay attention”. That’s right, brother and sister. Today and every day we do well to pay attention to the Word. The most certain findings of science will change (haven’t they many times?) The philosophies of men will change. The pet theories and faddish experiences will come and go. Fanciful psychological theories and treatments will soon be discredited only to be followed by another. Thank God for His Word! We will do well to pay attention to it “as to a lamp shining in a dark place”.

Let those who hear His voice confronting them today,
Reject the tempting choice of doubting or delay.
For God speaks still, His word is clear.
So let us hear, and do His will.  *

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. It shows me wrong from right, from sinfulness to forgiveness, from darkness to light and from mortality to immortality. To what other source could I find the answers that give hope, assurance, truth and light. Thank You for the Word of God which is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. I do well to read it, pay attention and heed its message. Amen.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Too Much to Gain to Lose”  Video  Jake Hess and Homecoming Singers

“I Believe”  Video  Jimmy Fortune, Dailey & Vincent   Dedicated to our friends Larry and Tina.

“Why You Can Believe The Bible”  Video  Voddie Baucham (This is very similar to the message he shared at the banquet I attended Tuesday evening.) He is a very engaging speaker and if you are able I encourage you to take a listen or if you care to read it here is a transcript!

Associates For Biblical Research

Voddie Baucham

* “How Sure the Scriptures Are” by Christopher Idle


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