“The Duty Of The Lighthouse Keeper”

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Point Loma, CaliforniaOld Point Loma Lighthouse, Point Loma, California

Note: We are visiting California for several days so these messages will not be posted daily.

“The Duty Of The Lighthouse Keeper”

Note: Due to travel podcast not prepared for this message.

“With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation”’ (Acts 2:40). “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

We have been visiting San Diego for several days. We both grew up in the middle of the country far from any ocean. When we lived in New England we were near the coast and frequently visited the ocean. Presently we live about three hours from the nearest shore point and try to get out about three or four times a year.

We enjoy many features of the coast as I suppose millions do. The last couple of days we’ve walked along the San Diego harbor and Pacific seashore on Coronado Island, as well as a full day trolley bus tour of San Diego. Of course we have already enjoyed some fresh seafood as well as another favorite, Mexican! We’ve done lots of walking which will help defray a few of the calories we’ve indulged in. Brooksyne uses a reliable pedometer and for the past couple days we’ve walked nearly ten miles a day; quite a contrast to the snow covered landscape we left behind that’s less conducive to the long walks we enjoy in the warmer temperatures.

Our favorite shore sighting is the lighthouse. If there is a lighthouse anywhere near our travels we try to go see it. Sunday afternoon we went to the Cabrillo National Monument which included a visit to the Old Point Loma lighthouse.

Lighthouses are generally viewed from the land looking out to sea. We see them for their architectural and historical value. It’s also inspiring to see a structure with a foundation laid in or near the deep sea that has weathered many a storm and yet stands strong decade upon decade. Lighthouses are popular tourist attractions, some even doubling as Bed & Breakfast spots throughout the country.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Point Loma, California But lighthouses were built for a specific function; to give warning.

Although I am aware that most receiving this encouragement message are followers of Christ, having accepted His forgiveness through the plan of salvation, I feel compelled to warn all. At the heart of Peter’s Pentecost message was, “With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation”’ (Acts 2:40). A powerful verse in the book of Hebrews states, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (2:3).

In a historical display at the Old Point Loma lighthouse we read this on a plaque regarding the duty of the Lighthouse keeper: “Above all, and without fail, the light must be kept burning brightly from sunset to sunrise.” Likewise, for those who are Lighthouse keepers of the Gospel, our duty is to “live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8b) and to “have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11).

I urge you all to examine the state of your soul today. Are you saved from your sin and living to please the Lord?  If so, are You shining your light for Jesus as He has commanded, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify Your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:17)?

Today’s Scriptures are abundantly clear: we must warn the lost in this life and we must live exemplary lives as children of light. The salvation message must be shared with others now for it will be too late in the life hereafter since the kingdom of earth and the kingdom of heaven are eternally separate. Let’s spread the life-saving message of salvation to all who will hear, here and now. Let us faithfully discharge our duties as Lighthouse Keepers.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we who were once darkness, are now light in the Lord, through our salvation in Christ Jesus. We live as children of light partaking of the fruit of the light which consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. We seek to find out what pleases You, rather than ourselves. The vast majority take no thought for their future life but live only for the “here and now”. They gather treasures that have no eternal value, that are washed away like the sand when the waves wash upon the shore. To their eternal demise they dismiss the treasures that lasts for all eternity; those which never perish, spoil or fade kept in heaven for believers who will later claim their treasure trove. Help us, as children of light, to be faithful in exposing the darkness of this world and the dangers that lie therein, warning those who travel alongside us to prepare not just for this life, but for all of eternity.  Amen.


Several photos of the San Diego area
(Most will enlarge when clicked)San Diego Bay with distant skyline
The bay and city skyline from Cabrillo National Monument on Point Loma

Hotel Del Coronado (click to enlarge)
We walked the beautiful grounds of the magnificent Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado tree
Lots of interesting trees we don’t see in the East.

Old Town cactus (Click to enlarge)
All kinds of cactuses we definitely don’t see in the east!

Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego

Kansas City BBQ in San Diego
Seeing Kansas City in San Diego caught my eye immediately.
We enjoy some great authentic bbq including “burnt ends”


We left Mount Joy Saturday morning where the temps had been below zero during the night. What a tremendous difference arriving in San Diego that afternoon!

After a long day of chaplain visits last Friday, following our big snowstorm on Thursday, we took several photos as we traveled throughout the county. All these photos will enlarge if clicked upon. It was a beautiful snowfall!

Lancaster farm scene with snow fog 3/6/15 (Click to enlarge)
Early morning snow fog.

Lancaster farm scene after snowstorm 3/6/15 (Click to enlarge)
A snow-clad farm

Lancaster farm scene after snowstorm 3/6/15 (Click to enlarge)
Corn shocks in snow

Lancaster farm scene after snowstorm 3/6/15 (Click to enlarge)
Many of the plain folks had their laundry hanging. Look carefully for the line near the barn, the one strung on the side porch, and one was strung on the other side of the house. I would guess that a large family resides here.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“The Light House”  Video  The Crabb Family

“Let The Lower Lights Be Burning”  Video  Haven Quartet  Video  J. Ashley Milne  In this song believers are represented as the “lower lights”.

“Throw Out The Lifeline”  Video  Table Singers (Has a silent intro to 12 seconds)

Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave;
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody’s brother! Oh, who then will dare
To throw out the lifeline, his peril to share?

Refrain:
Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!
Someone is sinking today.

Throw out the lifeline with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today
And out with the life boat! Away, then, away!

Throw out the lifeline to danger-fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been;
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow.

Soon will the season of rescue be o’er,
Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore;
Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay,
But throw out the lifeline and save them today.

This is the lifeline, oh, tempest-tossed men,
Baffled by waves of temptation and sin;
Wild winds of passion, your strength cannot brave,
But Jesus is mighty, and Jesus can save.

Jesus is able! To you who are driv’n
Farther and farther from God and from Heav’n,
Helpless and hopeless, o’erwhelmed by the wave,
We throw out the lifeline—’tis, “Jesus can save.”

This is the lifeline, oh, grasp it today!
See, you are recklessly drifting away;
Voices in warning, shout over the wave,
Oh, grasp the strong lifeline, for Jesus can save.


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“This Is The Day”

Psalm 118:24 with snow storm 3/5/15
The view down the farm trail across from our home during yesterday’s snow storm.

“This Is The Day”

ListenListen to this message on your audio player.”This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm (118:24). “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25).

Psalm 118:24Many believers, since Psalm 118:24 was written, have lived with the Psalmist’s perspective. In fact many of us have sung the words of this Psalm set to music. In the church we served in northern Pennsylvania every time we asked for favorites during a song service Jane Gausman would always request this song. I expect she continues to sing it in heaven these days.

It’s a good perspective to live by; to recognize that each day is created by God and making it our resolve to rejoice and be glad for whatever God has in store for us. It’s also a great verse to memorize and quote to yourself and others. It’s fresh and applicable each morning.

The truth of the verse is the same regardless of whatever circumstances we may be in. Yesterday we had a heavy snowstorm and could enjoy it from the warmth of our home. However we read reports of people stuck for 12 hours in traffic in Kentucky and then the near tragic plane accident in New York.

But we recently read a story from church history that made us pause to consider the depths of this verse with a fresh perspective, especially in light of the horrific conditions many of our fellow Christians endure.

James Guthrie, was a preacher of the gospel in the Scottish town of Stirling. He was accused of disloyalty, for he had preached that Christ, not the Scottish king, should rule the church. Given the opportunity to recant he refused, thus he was sentenced to be hanged.

On the morning of June 1, 1661, the day of his execution, he rose about 4:00 A.M. for worship. When asked how he was, Guthrie replied, “Very well. This is the day that the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”*

Paul and Silas in prison In Philippi Paul and Silas had their robes torn off and were beaten with rods with many blows, before being thrown into prison (see Acts 16:22-24). We can probably agree they did not have a good day! “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25).

We don’t know what hymns of praise Paul and Silas were singing in Acts 16 when they were imprisoned. We know it wasn’t most all of the hymns we sing since at that point they wouldn’t have been written though they surely would have enjoyed songs like “Blessed Assurance”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and “It Is Well With My Soul”. An even more recently written song we think they might have enjoyed is the song “Blessed Be Your Name” based on Job’s life’s experience.

However the Psalms were considered the hymnbook for the ancient Israelites and people during the Bible times. Who knows, it is certainly possible that Paul and Silas found comfort and assurance in what we know as Psalm 118:24, “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we thank You for this day, the day which You have made. Like the Psalmist, we look to You to “bring us word of Your unfailing love, for we have put our trust in You.” We expect good and not harm from Your unfailing love, so we struggle when the circumstances of our lives would appear otherwise. As we mature in our faith help us to weigh the experiences of our life here on earth with the eternal outcome of all the blessings You have waiting for us in heaven. Help us to recognize that there is much we endure on this side that serves as an example to others such as the jailers and other prisoners who looked on when Paul and Silas sang in prison. The fruit of the spirit can be exemplified in believers who rise each morning with the joyful proclamation, “This is the day which the lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Amen.

See Psalms 118:25, 143:8

* More on the story of Guthrie’s execution:  “James Guthrie’s five year old son was brought to him. Taking the boy on his knee, he said, ‘William, the day will come when they will cast up to you that your father was hanged. But be not thou ashamed, Lad. It is in a good cause.’

Guthrie soon mounted the scaffold and preached for an hour to the assembled multitude. Then he was hanged, after which his head was hacked off and affixed on Netherbow Port. In coming months little William, sneaking away to steal glances at his father’s decaying head, would run home crying, ‘I’ve seen my father’s head! I’ve seen my father’s head!’ Its impact wasn’t lost, for William learned to lean on Christ, to spend time alone in prayer, and to excel in school. He might have become a powerful minister but for an early death from illness.

Meanwhile Guthrie’s bleached skull looked down on the throngs of Netherbow Port for 27 years until a brave student climbed up, removed it, and buried it with reverence.”

Story taken from Feb. 19th entry “On This Day” – a book written by Robert J. Morgan.


Some more photos from yesterday’s snow storm.Home photo during snow storm 3/5/15View of our home from Kraybill Church Road
(Mollie is in the photo at the far right and sure enjoyed playing in the snow!)

Backyard photo during snow storm 3/5/15
Backyard

View up Kraybill Church Road during snow storm 3/5/15
The view up Kraybill Church Road.
We had regular plow service and the road remained open

View out from barn door during snow storm 3/5/15
View from barn door during snow storm 3/5/15

And what a blessing!

Neighbor Leon plowing us out after snow storm 3/5/15
The snow was so deep we were homebound until late last night when our neighbor Leon cleared us out with his big John Deere snowblower.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made”  Video  Sung as many of us recall!

“This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made”  Video  A more formal choral version

“This Is The Day” (A Wedding Song)  Video  written by Scott Wesley Brown

“Today I Choose”  Video  Brian Doerksen

Here are some songs we think Paul and Silas would have enjoyed singing:

“Blessed Be Your Name”  Video  Matt Redman

“Blessed Assurance”  Video

“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”  Video  Voice Of Praise

“It Is Well With My Soul”  Video  Gaither homecoming singers

Contemporary music: Virtually all the music the church sings, including “old” hymns, was written in the last 200 years, a period comprising some 10% of the church’s history! From Paul and Silas’s perspective about all our music is contemporary.


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“God Leads His Dear Children Along”

Sunset with 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Click to enlarge)Beautiful sunset across from our house.
Today we are getting a big snowstorm so it looks like we will have the blanket covered farm field a bit longer!
(Photo taken by our neighbor, Doug)
Click on photo for larger view.

“God Leads His Dear Children Along”

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“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters” (Psalm 23:2). “The path of life leads upward for the wise” (Proverbs 15:24). “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

Travis CottrellWe enjoy listening to a variety of Christian music finding it a means of reinforcing our faith. The other day Brooksyne heard an old hymn sung by Travis Cottrell and called it to my attention. We recall singing it along with many other songs that are rarely heard today. The song, “God Leads Us Along” reflects on God’s leading throughout the seasons of life, both good and bad. We provide a link to the Cottrell version below and encourage our readers to listen.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Our ministry has often taken us to the side of one’s deathbed. We may gather with the family or at times stand around the bed by ourselves. Brooksyne almost always quotes Psalm 23 and it is not unusual to have people recite it as well or at least part of it. She also softly sings a familiar hymn.

Harper HullOur most memorable experience in this regard was at the deathbed of Harper Hull. At 88 years of age Harper still worked full-time as an accountant at a business we serve as chaplains. As a young man, in 1949 he and his business partner purchased a boat company in New York and eventually moved it to Lancaster.  By 1968 it was one of the largest producers of inboard motor boats in the world, employing over 700 people. More importantly, Harper was a devout follower of Christ and had lived a life of integrity.

He was stricken with a brain infection and when we last visited him at Willow Valley we could see from his grave coloring, the amount of oxygen he was receiving, and his comatose state that his time on earth was soon coming to an end. His family, weary from the long struggle that ensued as they sat with him day after day, had just left to go home.

We picked up his well-worn Bible filled with his personal notes from sermons and his own studies and read a portion from it. Then Brooksyne, Ester and I unhurriedly quoted the 23rd Psalm knowing that if Harper could hear us he would recognize and find comfort in every precious word that flows from this famous Comfort Psalm.

Brooksyne then took Harper’s hand and began to sing, “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”. She often selects this hymn because of the last stanza that seems so appropriate when one’s soul is about to depart from this life.  It’s a hymn that she sung to my father and her father as they lay on their deathbeds and many others over our nearly 40 years of ministry, including two women over the past couple weeks who are now residing in heaven.

There was no evidence at all that Harper was even aware of our presence. But the last verse brought about an unexpected response that brings such a tender memory even as we consider our experience many years later.

As she sang the last verse,

“I’m so glad I learned to trust Him, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend,
and I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end”

Harper brought his lips together and mouthed to her the word, “Amen.” He didn’t use his voice nor did he even whisper. She would have missed his response if she had not fixed her eyes on his face as she was singing the hymn. In Harper’s “place of quiet rest” where only God’s Spirit could enter and, we are assured he heard every word, the prayer we prayed, the Scriptures we quoted, and the inspirational music God wanted him to hear.

What blessing his unanticipated response brought to our visit. As always, we who seek to refresh others in their time of need are ourselves refreshed. We commended Harper’s soul to Jesus before we left his room. The great heavenly transfer took place about ten hours later when Harper’s final war with pain and death gave way to everlasting victory. The shaded veil that hung between heaven and earth was lifted and Harper clearly saw the lights of glory and received his initiation into the house of the Lord where he now dwells forever!

Harper lived for Christ. As a result he experienced the wonderful truth that “to die is gain”. He could testify and surely is now from his heavenly residence that “God leads His dear children along”.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we pray for those who are walking in the valley of the shadow of death with a loved one today. Give them deep abiding peace and calm assurance in place of worry and fear as they’re confronted with the circumstances that surround them this day.  We pray for their loved one who is waging war between life and death, that they will find a place of quiet rest near to Your heart, O God; a place where Your sweet Spirit ministers in ways where human words fall short.  Help us to trust You for that which we can’t understand and to search the Scriptures for that which You want us to more fully comprehend on this side about life and death.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.


Don and Mary Weber 7/7/13 (Click to enlarge)I received word that my Uncle Don passed away this week. He was my last Uncle on both sides of my family. I wrote a message honoring Uncle Don and Aunt Mary in January. He happened to read it and later called me, leaving a voice mail that I now treasure. I returned his call and visited for few minutes. A little thing then, but now that memorable conversation will serve me for years to come. The photo to the left was taken during our last visit to their home near Louisville Kentucky in 2013. When Aunt Mary called me she was so pleased to inform me that several weeks ago they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Let me encourage each reader in two regards:

1) Write a tribute to those you love and esteem. I have encouraged this for many years. Information on writing tributes is here.

2) It just happens I saved Don’s last voice mail. I was going through my voice mails last night deleting old voice mails from my phone and saw it. I had forgotten all about it. It is a blessing when a loved one passes away and we have a vocal reminder.


Diligent in BusinessThis is a plaque Harper had on a shelf in his office. We often discussed the phrase, “Diligent In Business… Serving The Lord.” It is based on a verse from Romans 12:11 that states, “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord” (KJV). However I have not been able to find a translation that uses the precise same wording. I would conjecture that’s it’s either a phrase based on the verse or perhaps from a translation no longer used. Either way it sure is a Scriptural concept! I did find the phrase in a sermon by Charles Spurgeon titled “Serving The Lord With Gladness” (pdf). (Note also the model of the Conestoga wagon behind the plaque. The Conestoga wagon, used by scores of settlers heading west in the pioneer days, was made right here in Lancaster County, named after the Conestoga River.)

We wrote a daily encouragement message about Harper which tells more about him. Among many accomplishments he was the founder and long-time president of “The Trojan Yacht Company” here in Lancaster County.

Argonaught from Se Hunt (made by the Trojan Boat Company, Lancaster, PA)Interestingly the Argonaut yacht was the yacht featured in the weekly TV series of “Sea Hunt” from the early sixties. It was constructed by Harper’s company.

I recall how much Harper enjoyed talking about his hobby of racing remote controlled hobby yachts with his fellow residents at the Willow Valley Retirement Community.

Harper left a lasting impact on many and I am sure some reading this will know him. Rick Steudler, a friend of ours now in his sixties, spoke of Harper’s involvement in Sunday School when he was a boy. Harper served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. Indeed, “Only one life will soon be passed, only what’s done for Christ will last.”

Here’s the Wikipedia article about the company that Harper founded.

I preached a message at a nursing home and shared an illustration about Harper Hull. Afterward I walked through the room greeting the residents and one man told me he had worked for Harper. He fondly recalled that each day Harper left his office and walked out into the plant to greet each employee by name, and this was no small company. Another resident informed me that he had known Harper through his association with CBMC, a Christian businessman’s organization.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“God Leads Us Along”  Video  Travis Cottrell We really enjoy this version

“Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus”  Video   The Nelons

“He Leadeth Me”  Video  The Martins

“God Leads Us Along”  Video  Gaither Vocal Band (a more traditional version)

Hymn Background:  The author of this hymn, George Young, was a carpenter and a pastor.  He would often say, “He does the leading and we do the following.”  Mrs. Young would say years later, “Oh, sometimes we didn’t have too much of this world’s goods…but we always had so much of Jesus.”  He didn’t make much money in either profession.  Most of his life was spent in small farming communities.  Finally, however, he and his wife were able to build their own home, the fulfillment of a life’s dream. They moved in and  shortly afterwards left town to hold a revival elsewhere.  Upon returning to their dream home they found a heap of ashes. All their worldly goods and cherished possessions were gone. A thug, upset with George’s preaching, had set fire to their house, and it was reduced to ashes.

As George gazed at the ruins, he recounted the precious possessions fire could never destroy – his family, his relationship with Christ, his ministry, his eternal home. Then and there, the words to “God Leads Us Along” began forming in his mind. Within a few days, he had written all three stanzas, The year was 1903. The refrain reminds us that we all experience trials that vary in origin and in intensity but His blood provides for our greatest need which gives us all a song even in the night season:

“Some through the waters, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood. Some through great sorrow but God gives a song, in the night season and all the day long.”

Around 1942, Haldor Lillenas decided to track down George Young’s widow and find out more. He got an address in a small town and, driving there, he stopped at a gas station to ask for directions. When the attendant saw the address, he said, “Why sir, that’s the County Poor House, up the road about three miles. And Mister, when I say poor house, I really mean poor house!”

Not knowing what to expect, Lillenas made his way there. He found Mrs. Young, a tiny, elderly woman, in surroundings that were far from congenial. However, she radiated the joy of the Lord, and spoke of how He’d guided her and her husband over many years. Then, she exclaimed, “Dr. Lillenas, God led me here! I’m so glad He did, for you know, about every month someone comes into this place to spend the rest of their days…So many of them don’t know my Jesus. I’m having the time of my life introducing them to Jesus! Dr. Lillenas, isn’t it wonderful how God leads!”

(Story background pulled from several sources including Robert B. Morgan, “Then Sings My Soul”).

Finally Today:  It’s time for Snow Ice Cream. Here’s the recipe for those interested:

Preparing snow ice cream 2/6/10
A tradition in the Weber home after a big snow storm is snow ice cream.

SNOW ICE CREAM
1 can cold evaporated milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. maple syrup (optional)
10 cups clean, cold snow (or to taste)

Mix evaporated milk on high till it whips and is thickened (as shown above).  Add 2 eggs and mix.  Add sugar and vanilla and maple syrup.  Add flavorings if desired, strawberries, chocolate, pineapple, coconut, nuts, etc.  Best when eaten immediately.  Freeze leftover and eat as soon as possible.

Preparing snow ice cream 2/6/10

After mixing the ingredients it’s ready to serve!  (This recipe works best with dry snow.  If it’s a heavy moist snow it melts quickly and compromises the overall quality of the ice cream.)

You could also substitute the evap. milke with sweetened condensed (delete the sugar in recipe). But the first recipe, in my opinion, is the best!


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“Not Everyone”

Bluebird (photo by Doug Maxwell)Bluebird with ruffled feathers on a wintry and windy day
(Photo taken by our neighbor, Doug. We teased  that it isn’t fair. They get blue birds and we don’t. Lo and behold, we spotted one just outside our office window today right before we posted our message. They are beautiful birds!)
“Not Everyone”

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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
David, a longtime reader and friend, came across our messages several years ago in the course of searching for photos of Pennsylvania, where he had once lived. He told us how, before accepting our teaching he read up on us; finding out who we were and what we believed. He thoroughly checked our teaching using the standard of Holy Scripture and I am sure he still does. That’s the kind of readers we want, similar to the Bereans who were commended in Acts 17:11.

Acts 17:11

There’s been a lot in the news lately about opinions and declarations about who is or isn’t a Christian. There are many who profess to be a Christian. The self-identified label “Christian” can be used by anyone and those with practically opposite worldviews may even seek to identify themselves as a Christian.

Wolf in sheep's clothingOur daily text is not an obscure passage but rather a part of our Lord’s famous “Sermon On The Mount”. Jesus is teaching the crowd that had gathered on the hillside about the necessity of judging between genuine and false prophets. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-20).

In this context Jesus states emphatically, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven”. Just as there are false teachers, it is also true that there are false professors. Jesus goes on to say that many, on the grounds of a mere profession with their tongue, saying “Lord, Lord”, or even those who might demonstrate works such as prophesying in Your name,  casting out demons in Your name, and in Your name performing many miracles, would expect admittance into God’s kingdom. But the almighty Judge “will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

J.C. RyleJ.C. Ryle calls this “the uselessness of a mere outward profession of Christianity” pointing out that “The day of judgment will reveal strange things. The hopes of many, who were thought great Christians while they lived, will be utterly confounded. The rottenness of their religion will be exposed and put to shame before the whole world. It will then be proved, that to be saved means something more than ‘making a profession.’ We must make a ‘practice’ of our Christianity as well as a ‘profession.’ Let us often think of that great day. Let us often ‘judge ourselves, that we be not judged,’ and condemned by the Lord. Whatever else we are, let us aim at being real, true, and sincere.” (Expository Thoughts)

It won’t be the profession “Lord, Lord” or demonstration of works but rather, “he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.” Pastor Steve Cole comments, “Obedience should always be the bottom line of Bible study or Biblical preaching.” We need to keep before us these questions, “Am I doing the will of my Father who is in heaven?” “Am I professing and practicing?”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, Your Word teaches us that the way to heaven  isn’t secured by what we say with our lips or the label we go by. Instead the way to heaven is found through surrendering our lives to Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As we surrender to Your will we will obey Your commands and live a life above reproach, conforming our will and desire to Yours. Spiritual showmanship will not assure us entry into heaven, for Jesus taught that some who cast out demons, perform miracles, and prophesy in His name did not gain entry into heaven since they were living double lives. Outwardly they performed great works in Your name, but inwardly they were sinful and disobedient. Hypocrites are usually exposed in time, but many will not be exposed until the final harvest. Help us to live humble lives, not seeking to impress others by our good works, but rather seeking to live earnest lives of obedience to Your commands with ever-increasing love for Your people and for the lost. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.


Exposition on Matthew 7:21, 22,23

What is the difference between discernment and being judgmental? A well-known passage at the beginning of chapter 7 states, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (7:1).  Here’s a helpful teaching. Another one here.

Judging Without Being Judgmental

“Lord, Lord,” Only four times in Scripture is the repetitive phrase “Lord, Lord,” used (two times in the daily Scripture portion). The other two are in Matthew 25:11,12, “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’ But He answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’” and Luke 6:46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Thus in each instance in Scripture the dual “Lord, Lord” is uttered by those who had not done the will of God.

A full sermon on today’s text.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Trust And Obey”  Video  Acappella choir

“Sorry, I Never Knew You”  Video   The Browns An old southern gospel song that addresses today’s theme. You’ve got to listen carefully for the words since the mix isn’t the greatest, but it’s worth the listen to hear the words of this song.

In the course of studying today’s message I also came across this old hymn based on our daily text that I had never heard before:

I NEVER KNEW YOU

When the King in His beauty shall come to His throne,
And around Him are gathered His loved ones, His own;
There be some who will knock at His fair palace door,
To be answered within, “There is mercy no more.”

Refrain

“I have never known you,
I have never known you,
I have never, I have never,
I have never known you.”

They had known whence He came, and the grace which He brought;
In their presence He healed, in their streets He had taught;
They had mentioned His name and their friendship professed;
But they never believed, for of them He confessed:

Refrain

Now the righteous are reigning with Abraham there;
But for these is appointed an endless despair;
It is vain that they call: He once knocked at their gate,
But they welcomed Him not; so now this is their fate:

Refrain

O sinner, give heed to this story of gloom,
For the hour is fast nearing that fixes your doom;
Will you still reject mercy? still harden your heart?
Oh, then, what will you do as the King cries, “Depart!”


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“Finding, As He Promised, Perfect Peace And Rest”

Valley Forge covered bridge 3/1/15
The Valley Forge Covered Bridge
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“Finding, As He Promised, Perfect Peace And Rest”

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“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3).

Like a river, glorious
Is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious
In its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth
Fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth
Deeper all the way.

During a chaplain visit last week I walked through a factory and came upon John and Isaiah, two men whom I knew were Christians. I spontaneously gave them a quiz based upon their Bible names. I asked John, “What does John 3:16 say?” He correctly answered “For God so loved the world….” I looked at Isaiah and asked, “What does Isaiah 26:3 say?” Not surprisingly he was stumped, since it’s not nearly as familiar as John 3:16.

Photo from Bible CollegeDuring our young dating years in Bible College Brooksyne and I often exchanged Scripture verses in our written correspondence (long before email, texting, and cell phones were available). I often shared Isaiah 26:3 which we soon put to memory and have both found this passage to be a spiritual healing balm when going through troubling circumstances.

There’s a lot to dismay us, isn’t there? World situations, national tragedies, personal matters; they can all dismay, often concurrently. What dismays you today? What glorious truth our daily Scripture verse conveys!

Isaiah 26:3 Isaiah in chapter 26:3 shares a truth held dear by many believers: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” This is the KJV, which we memorized it in. Other versions state, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you” (ESV) and “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You” (NIV). For real comparison use this nifty tool.

“Whose mind is stayed on Thee”; that’s the key, and that’s where I suspect so many of us have the problem. We keep getting our minds and hearts off the Lord and onto the problem at hand. We approach the problem from every angle and get everyone’s take on it. We go to bed with the problem on our hearts and if sleep does come it may very well be diluted by a dream (or even a nightmare) that relates to the problem. We awaken and the same old problem looms over the new day!

However when we fully trust God problems will not dismay or overwhelm us, for dismay and trust simply cannot coexist. Trying to support both attitudes would be like rubbing coarse sand paper against the grain of fine furniture and expecting beautiful results. Certainly we’re tempted to be dismayed by our troubles, but the key to trust is to turn our hearts to the Lord in prayer as we stand on His promises.

Warren Wiersbe Warren Wiersbe reminds us that “The peace of God is not the absence of problems; it is the presence of divine sufficiency in the midst of problems.” George Morrison said, “Peace is the possession of adequate resources” and those resources come from the Lord when you yield your heart and mind to Him.

Our trust is in the One who is a tested and tried stone, the Solid Rock; the One who is a sure foundation.  He is ever trustworthy.  He is ever faithful.  Put your complete trust in Him today!

Frances HavergalLike Frances Havergal in her song, “Stayed Upon Jehovah”, we must fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. If we are “stayed upon Jehovah” we will remain steady even if the earth around us sways.

Stayed upon Jehovah,
Hearts are fully blest;
Finding, as He promised,
Perfect peace and rest.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, because we place our trust in You as our sovereign Lord we have an enduring peace that You are the Great Deliverer and that You work all things together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We seek to glorify Jesus, our Solid Rock, who was put to the ultimate test and laid an unshakable foundation for our faith, as He remained true to His mission to provide for our salvation. Our faith is strengthened and our peace perfected as we keep our minds stayed upon You, not only on the bright, cheerful days but on the dismal days when the cloud of discouragement would otherwise obscure the brightness of Your promise to keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed upon You.  Amen.


On Sunday we drove through the Valley Forge National Historical Park in Valley Forge, PA about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Valley Forge encampments 3/1/15These are replicas of the original encampments used by the soldiers.

Valley Forge encampments 3/1/15

Valley Forge barns 3/1/15
Valley Forge Barns

Valley Forge covered bridge 3/1/15
We drove through the Valley Forge Covered Bridge (a very different design from the covered bridges in Lancaster County).

Lancaster County winter scene 3/1/15
As we drove into Lancaster County the snow had really picked up obscuring the beautiful views off Rt 23 near Churchtown.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Like A River Glorious”  Video  The Smucker Family

“Perfect Peace”  Video  Laura Story

“May the Peace of God”  Video  Stuart Townend

“Wonderful Peace”  Video   Gaither Homecoming Friends


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“My Faith Looks Up To Thee”

Hopewell Furnace ironmaster's mansion
We drove the rural roads to the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site yesterday during a snowstorm which actually made for the wintery photo of the ironmaster’s mansion.

“My Faith Looks Up To Thee”

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“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto Thee will I pray. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:1-3). “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising You” (Psalm 84:4).

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
be wholly thine!

At age 18 the Scottish preacher, Robert Murray McCheyne, had already begun his life-long habit of spending a quiet time with God each morning. He wrote in his journal on Feb. 23, 1834, “Rose early to seek God and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?”

I was convicted as I read McCheyne’s journal entry since I’m more prone to hit the snooze button than to get excited about rising early to meet with God. The Psalmist also entreated God during the morning hours, “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto Thee will I pray. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

We should pray earnestly in the morning before our minds get caught up in the day’s activities and inevitable problems. As we pray we also commit ourselves to God and wait expectantly for Him to guide us in all His ways throughout our day; in our activities, in our relationships, and in the midst of our problems as well.

Today let’s focus on just this phrase in our daily text: “O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”  More specifically, “I… will look up.”

This speaks of a necessary, willful, upward outlook in life. Upon awakening each day we do well to make this our intentional focus. It’s easy to get lost and disoriented in the course of the day’s activities, planned or otherwise. There are many unknowns. There are scores of voices beckoning us. There are looming questions about what’s around the next bend.

As we look up and focus on God, may we follow His voice that clearly directs us, “This is the way, walk in it.”

Yes, indeed, we hold our heads high because we approach the throne of grace with confidence. But we also bow our hearts in humility as we recognize our position as humble servants of Almighty God!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, there is a place of quiet rest and spiritual uplifting when we draw near to You. So many activities, attractions, and affections rival for our attention. But when we prioritize by giving You first place we give opportunity for You to “show your love to a thousand generations of those who love you and keep Your commandments.” We continually offer to You a sacrifice of praise through our lips that confess Your name and through our lives that reveal Your transforming power at work within us; as we do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You, our God.  We bless and praise You in Jesus’ name.  Amen.


This last Saturday we took Ester to the Philadelphia airport for a trip to see her Aunt Elaine (Brooksyne’s sister)

Ester departing Philly airport 2/28/15Saying farewell to Ester.

Church in Philadelphia
After dropping Ester off we drove through Philadelphia and passed this famous church. Does anyone recognize it? Two preachers we have appreciated served this church a combined total of 65 years! (Answer below resource section)

Boathouse row in Philadelphia (Click on photo for larger view)
Boathouse row along the frozen Schuylkill River.
(Click on photo for larger view)
We passed in the afternoon but this site is especially beautiful at nght.
(Click here for photo)

Hopewell Furnace wood stove
Yesterday we toured the Hopewell Furnace historical site in Berks County, PA where they built some of the first cast iron wood stoves.
It’s an interesting place


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”  Video  Homecoming Singers

“Psalm 5”  Video  Maranatha Singers

“Near To The Heart Of God”  Video  Evie Karlsson

“I Just Want To Be Where You Are”  Video  Don Moen

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”   Video   Selah

“I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy”  Video  Charles Billingsley

“God Of The Ages”  Video  Charles Billingsley

The church photo is the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. The pastors some of you have heard of are Donald Grey Barnhouse and James Montgomery Boice.


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“Discerning Good From Evil”

Amish hay wagon 2/25/15
Steel wheeled hay wagon on an Amish farm
Due to some thawing yesterday we walked through quite a bit of mud on the farm where we visited with our friends yesterday.

“Discerning Good From Evil”

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“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

Today’s opening story is altogether true as well as an illustration.

Robert GrantRobert Grant is a friend we met in the Bible College we attended in Springfield, MO. He grew up in Connecticut where he still lives. We’re still in contact 40 years after we first met. Several years ago he stopped by our home to visit (photo to right). Many of you have sung a hymn that Robert Grant authored titled, “O Worship The King”. It begins with these stirring words,

O Worship the King all glorious above!
And gratefully sing His wonderful love,
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

We sure appreciate our association with Robert Grant along with his contribution to the church. *

Obfuscation and discernment are two words I’ve been considering a lot these last several weeks.

Obfuscation describes what is going on all around us, especially in government, education and media. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines obfuscate in this way: “to make (something) more difficult to understand”; “to be evasive, unclear, or confusing and uses this example, “Politicians keep obfuscating the issues.” Wikipedia describes it this way, “the hiding of intended meaning in communication, making communication confusing, willfully ambiguous, or harder to interpret.” Let me add that in many cases it’s outright lying, though we often hear the word, “mis-statement” in place of “lying”!

Discernment means “the ability to judge well”. In a Christian sense we apply discernment in obtaining spiritual direction and understanding. Bible teacher John MacArthur states, “In its simplest definition, discernment is nothing more than the ability to decide between truth and error, right and wrong. Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.”

Hebrews 5:14 The daily text describes the spiritually mature as those “who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Other versions state, “have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” (ESV) or “who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (NIV).

Conversion is the miracle of a moment, maturing takes a lifetime. As a maturing believer I want to be able to discern good from evil. The world is full of obfuscation and we so need discernment. We all have a part in this as we choose to regularly feed on God’s Word and apply it to everyday living. This is the sense of the phrase “who because of practice have their senses trained.”

The need “to discern good from evil” is ongoing and will surely increase as we deal with “a spirit of delusion” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). Our source and guide must be the unchangeable standards of God’s Holy Word, not the fickle opinions of others. Going with the latter would be much like a dog chasing his tail in circles. Don’t we see this a lot in politics, the media, education and, dare I say, even in religious settings?

The Holman New Testament Commentary makes this point, “Christians are able to distinguish between good and evil. The terms ‘good’ and ‘evil’ may have both a moral sense and a theological sense. Christians are those who can spot moral evil and avoid it. They can see moral good and attach themselves to it. Christians also can distinguish between true and false doctrine. They will turn aside from the false and faithfully follow the true. Living the Christian life demands the spiritual skills of stamina seen physically in a long-distance runner. Unswerving, relentless applications of Christian truth and practice will equip us for a lifetime of usefulness which will continue into eternity.”

Obfuscation is all around us.  How is your discernment today? Are you in regular training? Are you actively practicing your faith? Are you discerning good from evil?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, just as we hunger and thirst for physical substance, intensify our hunger and thirst for godly discernment, spiritual knowledge, and righteous living. Jesus declared, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness.” Only as we regularly nurture our spiritual appetite will we delve into the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. Through the daily grind of life the inexhaustible truths revealed in Your Word brighten our outlook and make certain of our eternal hope, while they also teach us discernment so that we know good from evil, those who are genuine from those who are impostors. Jesus is the living bread for hungry souls so it is our prayer that we look to Him to satisfy our spiritual hunger. Amen.


* How did you react today’s opening story? Any thoughts? (Respond here) and we’ll likely share some more tomorrow.


Phillip Hughes, in his Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, comments, “Good and evil should not be understood merely in an ethical sense here as signifying good conduct and evil conduct, but more particularly, as the context requires, in a comprehensive theological sense, namely, of good and evil, or true and false doctrine, which would include moral teaching. The power of discernment is something very necessary in those who are “mature” enough to be “teachers,” and something to be expected of those who, like the recipients of this letter, have been members of the Christian church for a number of years.”


Our Visit To An Amish Farm

View of barn from Lapp farmhouse 2/25/15
Yesterday we stopped in with congratulatory gifts for the newest arrival in the Lapp family. Baby Sarah Beth is nearly two weeks old and her five siblings along with Mom and Dad were delighted to introduce their newest family member. Brooksyne took this photo from the window where the children gather and excitedly watch us come for a visit (if it’s cold outside). If you look carefully you’ll see the buggy parked right in front of the barn. We loaded boxes of goodies we brought along on the wagon in the forefront.

Coal stove in Amish farmhouse 2/25/15
The cast iron coal stove is in the dining area added a warm hue and toasty comfortable temperature to the dining room.

Pompsky pup 2/25/15
Holding a Pompsky pup.

Amish family at dinner 2/25/15
Because many of our readers tell us they enjoy reading about the Amish I (Brooksyne) include the following narrative about our visit yesterday:

Upon their insistence we joined the family at dinner time. Following our silent prayer we scooped right into a large pan of lasagna provided by Anna’s sister, Linda. I teased Anna that I think the reason for Amish praying silently is that the whole household suddenly quietens down to the sound of a pindrop. All joking, laughing, and loud chatter immediately stops for the approximate 45 second prayer before and the one following the meal (not that I was watching my watch, mind you. Typically Amish families chip in and provide meals for two to three weeks following the birth of a child. Also an extended family member will stay with the family during that time and essentially be a housemaid. Their fourteen year old niece from New York is staying with them and I was so impressed as she worked quietly in the background (no scowling but pleasantly) sweeping, setting the table, clearing and washing the dishes (with the help of the girls). Earlier in the day she had prepared a large batch of custard pudding and several dozen molasses cookies. Seeing the six year old standing on a chair as she washed the dishes reminded me of my childhood when my sister and I did the same, taking turns washing, rinsing and wiping the dishes as we cleaned up after meals. I find myself thinking back often to the “old days” when families ate together around the table on real dishes, cleaned up together, and played together. In our technological age children and parents, though they may be in the same room, often give more attention to their own individual smart phones or other technological devices than they do to each other. It makes visits to the Amish even more enjoyable where everyone comes together and we all visit together.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“O Worship The King”   Video


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“Tune My Heart”

Piano playersAmish children playing Brooksyne’s piano

“Tune 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).

Come thou fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise

Leavitt Keener piano tuning 2/23/15Yesterday we had our piano tuned by Leavitt Keener who has tuned our piano since we moved to Lancaster County in 2001. Listening to a piano tuner at work, as a bystander in another room, one could mistakenly think that a child was banging on the keys one octave after another. I was tempted to holler up, “Stop banging on the piano!”

In tuning a piano he initially uses a standardized tuning fork set to a very specific tone. This forms the basis for tuning each note on the piano. If he begins with the wrong tone it will adversely affect his entire tuning job.

The tuner begins near the middle of the keyboard. It’s the starting point and standard for the piano tuner’s work. He gets the pitch from a metal tuning fork that vibrates at a frequency of 440Hz. Its pitch is constant; it is never out of tune. I noticed yesterday that Leavitt also used some type of meter.

Tune my heartAs the tuning fork continued to vibrate sound throughout the house my thoughts were drawn to the first and second lines of a classic hymn. You surely know it and will probably want to break out into song at seeing these words, “Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.” What an unusual descriptive phrase the songwriter uses to petition God for dealing with one’s heart. We think nothing of praying for a softened heart, an undivided heart, a steadfast heart, a renewed heart, a loving heart, etc.

Today let us consider the notion of having our hearts tuned. We speak of not only tuning a piano but also a motor in a vehicle. We get a tune-up with the purpose of restoring the engine to optimum performance.

Our hearts need regular tuning as we are confronted with conflicting tones in various settings all throughout life. The tones of this world can influence us and get us off kilter with our spiritual relationship with God, ever so gradually, so that we might even be unaware. Tuning up our hearts to the standard of God’s pitch is an essential exercise for all believers. The best tuning “fork” in the Bible is found in Hebrews 4:12, “The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double edged sword. It penetrates, even to dividing soul and sprit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

I read that if you put two tuned grand pianos in a room and play a note on one of them the corresponding string in the other piano will start to vibrate. Since we don’t have two grand pianos we can’t check this out.* Blogger Patti Ann Burke writes, “I want the note God is playing to resonate in my heart.” And we say, “Amen”!

Today’s daily text is one of those treasures from the Psalms: “Teach me Your way, Lord, that I may rely on Your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your Name.”

We are especially gripped by the phrase, “Give me an undivided heart”. What a powerful description of a heart that is in tune with God’s heart!

Old fashioned radioWhen I (Brooksyne) was little my dad proudly brought home a second hand (probably third or fourth hand) radio console from the 1930’s era. It was solid wood and had the typical dial tuner. As a family we were pretty excited about the “antique” radio and right away we tried to find our favorite radio stations. The problem was we couldn’t hear our station clearly without nearby stations trying to butt in. We would try to fine tune it but then we’d run into static as we got further and further from the actual station we were trying to hear. But if we were patient and fine-tuned it sensitively, with much deliberation, we’d finally get the station we wanted. Of course, anyone who then messed with the dial was in big trouble.

Like the radio, when we tune into God’s voice and hear His message, there are other messages bombarding our minds and trying to take over or distort His clear, unambiguous message. I pray that I will regularly fine tune my heart to receive what God has for me which means I will not give ear to that which distorts, revises, or adds to the truth of God’s Word.

Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
I’ll praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, I want my heart to be tuned to Your Truth and righteousness, for You are the Way, the Truth and the Life.  I place my complete trust in You and reject the godless trends and vain philosophies promoted by the world.  May Your words be embedded in my heart and mind through the faithful study of Scripture so that I might not sin against You and so that I will recognize truth from error. Since I’m often prone to wander, I ask You, Father God, to mount my soul on Thy redeeming love and tune my heart to all that is good, righteous, and holy so that my attitudes and actions are harmonious with the Scriptures, in the precious name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


Brooksyne playing Steinway grand piano

* Actually we don’t even have one grand piano! Several years ago Brooksyne played a Steinway baby grand at a friend’s home in Maryland and I snapped this photo from the balcony.

When Jesus played the piano:  Here in Lancaster County we are blessed to have Sight & Sound Theatre, sometimes touted as the “Christian Broadway”, which has been dramatizing adventuresome Bible Epics for over 35 years, complete with story, song, and spectacular staging. Currently Moses is playing at our Sight and Sound Theater. There’s also a Sight and Sound Theater in Branson, Missouri where we  honeymooned in 1976.

We have enjoyed several of these outstanding presentations through the years and each one ends with a clear presentation of the Gospel. Of course, the actors are actually local “real” people known throughout the community and in area churches they attend.

A number of years ago Juanita, my mother’s longtime friend, shared the following story with us during a visit in her home located in the Branson, MO area. She and her late husband, Warren, had many contacts in the Branson area and were able to get us some free or discounted tickets to several shows and attractions. In fact in three days we attended five!

The attraction that stood out most was the presentation of a drama called “The Promise” which powerfully presented the message of the Gospel.  Randy Brooks, the actor who portrayed Jesus, did an outstanding job and is himself a devout believer. In a remarkable way he really fit the stereotypical art image we have of Christ.

Juanita told me they had taken their grandchildren to see the play one Saturday evening and the next day Randy attended their church and was playing the piano. Their grandson in wide-eyed amazement proclaimed, “Look, Grandma! Jesus is playing the piano!”


Neck Pumpkins!

Last fall we purchased two huge neck pumpkins at a roadside produce stand that weighed over sixty pounds together. Here’s a photo of Stephen holding one of them! The pumpkins store well and finally yesterday afternoon we got around to processing them, assisted by our friends Jesse and Wilma Dourte, who are in their nineties. Having been full-time farmers they continue to plant a garden every summer and can or freeze their produce. Jesse has been calling Brooksyne wondering when they could come over and help peel and cut up the pumpkins. After a nice seafood lunch we all dug into the big job – only two pumpkins but they were equal to about eight or more.

Neck pumpkin prep 2/23/15
After I sliced the pumpkin with Jesse’s sharpened hunting knife he went right to work peeling the massive pumpkin.

Neck pumpkin prep 2/23/15
Jesse looking on wishing he could do it all. It’s hard to give up jobs, you thought little of over the years, that require strong muscular hands unaffected by the weakness resulting from aging and arthritis.

Neck pumpkin prep 2/23/15

Brooksyne is up to her neck in Neck Pumpkin. Only two neck pumpkins pureed into 72 cups of pumpkin so we’re happily sharing with neighbors since our freezer can’t hold it all. Otherwise we’d have pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pudding, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin butter, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, you name it……let’s just say if we didn’t share our pumpkin with others that future photos of us might show us with orange skin coloring due to the orange-colored beta-carotene present in pumpkins and carrots. Too much of a good thing can be, well….too much!

Neck pumpkins are also known as “Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash” Here’s an article

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

“Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”  Video  Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor

“Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”  Video  Sarah Noëlle

“Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”  Video  David Crowder Band

“What Children Believe”  Video  Gold City

“If There Ever Was A Time”  Video  The Crabb Family

Finally today:

Jan, a reader who lives in Mississippi, shared this musical memory:

My funny experience happened in Bloomington, IL, at a Christian Missionary and Alliance Church.  My son was recently graduated from college and he and I both worked at the local rescue mission.  During church services he played the piano and I played my flute, sitting on a folding chair next to the piano bench.  As with many church plantings, this body of believers met in an old building of the Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home and our “altar” was a big platform about six steps up from the auditorium floor.  There was a space of about 2 feet between the back of the platform and a brick wall.  (You can see this coming, can’t you?)

Sure enough, one Sunday morning the congregation was standing, ready to sing and as I adjusted my chair (and to this day I don’t know how this happened) the back leg of the chair first fell into the opening, then SOMEHOW the chair folded up under me and I fell, posterior first, into the abyss.  My first thought, as I seemed to be falling in slow motion, was to hand Eric my flute, heaven forbid if anything would happen to it!  The final result was my hind end wedged between wall and platform….I was stuck, clear up to my armpits…..arms spread, legs spread eagle (wearing a skirt)…..the congregation standing, mouths agape, my son leaping to his feet and yelling “Mom!” and our pastor jumping to the platform to try to rescue me.

My life flashed before me………actually what flashed before me was the fact that I was stuck and it would probably take 8 fireman and the jaws of life to free me from my bondage. My son wanted to “pull” me up and I said, “Eric, I don’t think you can, I’m STUCK!”  Finally, after an eternity, I asked him to take a hold of my hands and somehow I managed to get my legs under me and crawl out from behind the platform.

My jacket was torn from sliding down the brick wall, but my pride was damaged much worse than my jacket and my bleeding arm. I was shaking, but determined to climb back to my perch and play during worship. The best part was after the service when innumerable women came up to me and said, “I’m SOOO glad that was you and NOT me!!!” From what I understand, people still talk about the event, to this day.


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“Rejoice Or Complain?”

Old-order Mennonite traffic 2/22/15Yesterday our journey took us through rural eastern Lancaster County where we encountered many old-order “team” Mennonites driving home from their church service.
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“He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; who can stand before His cold?” (Psalm 147:16,17). “And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice” (Philippians 1:18). “Do everything without complaining” (Philippians 2:14). “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

Giant supermarket before storm 2/22/15Check-outs were mobbed by long lines that spilled out into the mains aisles at our local Giant Grocery Store on Saturday morning as shoppers prepared for the big snowstorm.*

On Saturday morning we had a big snow storm forecast for our area and we were out to a local shopping area where I got a haircut. My “hair stylist” at Great Clips was a lady named Maria, who had a distinct accent. I asked where she was from and she answered Bethlehem which I assumed to be Bethlehem PA, a city about 100 miles northeast of us. However she informed me she was from BETHLEHEM. I can’t recall ever meeting anyone else from the original Bethlehem!

As many readers know the northeast part of the US has had plenty of snow (loads of snow in New England). This winter the plunging temperatures, icy and snow-covered driveways and roads, have left many folks around here grumbling about the hard, long winter. But we are not alone; Israel and other areas in the Middle East just had snow cover (see here for some stunning photos including one of Bethlehem).

However in the collection there is also a photo that presents a sobering perspective, a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon. One “home” appears to be made from another’s “trash”, the cardboard box from a big flat screen TV amidst the frigid and wet snow landscape. Brooksyne and I looked at this photo together and considered how petty much of what we complain about really is, especially the weather.

Let me ask you a candid question. Have you complained about anything thus far today? I’m not only speaking of verbal murmurings expressed to others, but inner complaining within your own heart. (Aren’t you glad you don’t have to answer that question, at least where others might hear!)

Life is jam packed with opportunities to complain if we so choose. I suspect this is true wherever we live; regardless of what situations we endure or conditions we live under. However each day, really, each moment we have a major outlook choice; we can rejoice or complain.

Thou shalt not whine

Jim GambiniJim Gambini, a longtime friend of ours, made an interesting observation when he pointed out in a sermon, “Essentially, complaining is accusing God of not doing it right.” Think about Jim’s statement in light of God’s providential dealings in your life. Isn’t the traffic jam ultimately under God’s control? What about that annoying associate? If God is really in control (and I sure believe He is), complaining is essentially accusing God of not doing it right. It’s like telling God, “You got it wrong the first time. How about doing it this time the way I want it, so that You can get it right?”

We wouldn’t dare say those words, but our attitude often conveys such a disrespectful discourse, when we find ourselves grumbling to God. It’s easy to criticize the Israelite’s frequent murmurings and thankless hearts as they journeyed to the Promised Land, but we do the same, far more often, as we journey to our promised land.

I encourage you to read this Scripture carefully: “The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks” (Acts 16:22-24).

Paul and Silas in prisonTry to imagine, even empathize with Paul and Silas’ ordeal; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their exterior circumstances in this single experience is a more traumatic trial than I’ve known in 60 years of life. Look at the key words describing their situation: attacked, stripped, beaten, severely flogged, thrown in prison, guarded carefully, inner cell, feet fastened in stocks. This injustice took place in Philippi.

If anyone ever had uncomfortable and unwarranted conditions to complain about Paul and Silas sure did! Did they appeal to the human rights commission? Did they threaten a personal injury lawsuit if medical staff refused to doctor their potentially infectious wounds? Of course we know they didn’t and likely would not if these options had been available in their time period. In fact the very next verse tells us just what they did: “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25).

Count Your BlessingsPaul later wrote a letter to the church in Philippi and gives two simple straightforward commands: “Do everything without complaining” (Philippians 2:14) and “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). He sure had the credibility to make these statements!

It’s very easy to make super-heroes out of these disciples of Christ, but they were human just like us. The Scriptures do not speak of their complaining or murmuring, but it’s possible that they did initially (we really don’t know). But we do know that any attitude they might have had led them to conclude that God is worthy of our praise no matter how miserable the circumstance! We are to glorify God in the good and bad, for “no one lives unto himself”. Onlookers see our countenance and hear our attitudes which provides for us an opportunity to glorify God and serves as a witness to others of the positive difference Christ makes in our lives.

Today we all have an outlook choice.  “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” It’s a proclamation every single one of us can make this day and every day!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we’re told to do everything without complaining, so that we shine like stars in the universe. We know that people are drawn to light where brightness is present and warmth is extended. Help our conversation to be full of grace, tenderness, light, and truth so that we will positively affect those around us.  May we be as a sweet aroma to You and those whom we meet on our life’s journey. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


* The big snowstorm: It indeed started to snow late Saturday morning while we were shopping at Giant but compared to other snow storms in the past and the type they are experiencing in New England it really wasn’t much and ended early Sunday morning.


Some scenes from our weekend

Friends 2/20/15
Friday evening we had some friends over for a New England fish dinner, salmon and cod. Don and Kathy Eaton (originally from Massachusetts) to our left; Rick and Rachel Caldwell to our right.

Mennonite meeting house 2/22/15
Driving to Tim and Julie’s home from their church we passed through a beautiful section of the county populated with old-order “Team Mennonites”. (“Team” describes this group of plainly dressed Mennonites who walk, ride bicycles, or use horse and buggy for their transportation as opposed to Amish who walk, ride country style kick scooters, or horse and buggy in the Lancaster County area.) This group is easily confused with the Amish but is a distinct group. Rather than meeting in homes they meet in plain meeting houses; the women sitting on one side, the men the other. It is one type of church we have never visited but we have a standing invitation from Elvin Martin, a man we work with, who is a member of this type of Mennonite.

Tim and Julie Heitz 2/22/15
In spite of the snow storm and many churches in our area canceling Sunday morning we were able to get out to church. We visited a rural congregation in eastern Lancaster County where Tim Heitz, a friend we see in our chaplaincy ministry, is preaching for several weeks in a fill-in type role. Tim preached a sermon regarding listening for God’s voice that will be used as illustrative material in a message later this week. Following the service we had a nice time of fellowship and lunch with Tim and his wife Julie in their lovely home.

We had a cute moment at church yesterday and a good idea for any church. As we departed the sanctuary following the service a little girl was standing at the back holding a basket with little pieces of paper in it. I assumed people were leaving prayer requests and walked by. The little girl boldly informed me that I had to take one and it turns out it was a prayer request for someone else. Today we prayed for who we presume to be an elderly couple who are both dealing with chronic medical conditions.

Following our lunch with Tim and Julie we drove to Longwood Manor in Maytown, PA to lead a service for the residents. We were joined by a Russian youth group.

Russian youth singing at Longwood 2/22/15
The Russian youth from Lititz blessed the folks at Longwood Manor as they sang, played their instruments, recited inspirational poems, and encouraged the residents as they individually visited with them.

Russian youth playing violins 2/22/15
The youngest musicians were about ten years old.

Russian youth playing Dombra 2/22/15
This young lady was playing the Dombra, a Russian folk instrument, similar to the dulcimer.

Russian youth with resident 2/22/15
The young people loved visiting the residents in their rooms including Joe who plays the accordion. The musicians can pick up the key and play by ear just about any song. They’re amazing!

Russian child with resident 2/22/15
One young boy made friends with Ella Mae who recently returned after being out a couple months for knee surgery. She is a warm, loving, and godly woman that we missed and were delighted to welcome her return.


Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Rejoice, The Lord Is King” Youth version  Video  Traditional version  Video

“The Joy Of The Lord”  Video  Twila Paris

“Rejoice In The Lord Always”  Video

“Count Your Blessings”  Video  George Beverly Shea vocal

“Count Your Blessings”  Video  Smokey Mountain instrumental

“Count Your Blessings”  Video  Although this teaching is set to a seasonal theme (Christmas) it has a great perspective.

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“The Ultimate Lightning”

Meadow Spring Road farm, Lancaster County, PA 2/19/15
Yesterday we passed this old farm along Meadow Spring Road in Lancaster County.
It is very unusual to find rundown barns like this in our area.
“The Ultimate Lightning”

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“For the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other” (Luke 17:24).

Brrr cold! We awoke this morning to bitterly cold temperatures with a realfeel* temperature of -27 degrees Fahrenheit. The projected high today is only 13 degrees. Today, for the first time this year, I dealt with some frozen water pipes in a section of our home subjected to the howling winds coming from the west. Thankfully I was able to easily unthaw the pipes. Yesterday I spoke to Jesse, an Amish dairy farmer, who is having a great deal of trouble with frozen pipes in his dairy barn. Now that is a real problem!

We indeed are in the extremely low temps of winter and many in our area long for warmer climes. But this season will soon pass as many locals remind themselves by counting down to spring (28 days)! In the meantime we resolve to enjoy the variety in God’s creation.

Viral videos In the internet world becoming “viral” is highly sought after. That happens when an email, Facebook meme or video is forwarded on and on and on. For instance a viral video is a video that becomes popular through a viral process of Internet sharing, typically through video sharing websites such as YouTube, social media and email.

Early this week a video became viral of Jim Cantore, a weather reporter for the Weather Channel demonstrating his unrestrained excitement and marvel at snow thunder while reporting during a snowstorm in New England. We are quite sure some of our readers have seen it. (See below for link to view.) If you’ve ever experienced lightning and thunder during a snow storm you recall it is one nature’s marvels. Just last week Ester heard thunder during one of our snowfalls, a first for her, and she was excited to hear it. Cantore ends his report by exclaiming, “You can have your 500 million dollar jackpot in Powerball, but I’ll take this baby!!!”

Now that’s an interesting perspective but let us consider a far greater lightning show that awaits us who believe in and follow Christ. Let us consider it the ultimate lightning!

Luke 17:24The subject of snow thunder got me to musing about future demonstrations of lightning and thunder. One day, with great certainty, I declare the Scriptural truth that there will be a cosmic event with lightning which flashes and lights up the entire sky from one end to the other. The first daily text is from a teaching where the Lord is proclaiming His second coming. The NASV heads the section, “Second Coming Foretold”.

When it comes to the end times earnest Christians may differ in regard to specific details. There are a variety of views that expound the way things will unfold. Based upon my studies I have a particular outlook, but I realize others who have earnestly studied these things may have a different one. The specifics are not something I am dogmatic about.

But with certainty we look forward to the glorious time when the event our Lord Himself describes in the daily text will take place. “For the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.” It will happen, perhaps today. That’s a perspective we want to live with and encourage you to do the same! Weather reporter Jim Cantore was excited about snow thunder.  How will we respond to the ultimate lightning described in our daily text! Will we be as excited?

A great hymn that we so enjoy is titled “One Day” and it goes through the life of Christ from His birth to His second coming. It has a triumphant final verse that declares:

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming;
One day the skies with His glories will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

Living He loved me;
Dying He saved me;
Buried He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He’s coming, O glorious day!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to live today in glorious anticipation of Your second coming.  Because You buried my sin into the deepest part of the ocean I do not live in condemnation. Rather I am freely pardoned by Your completely selfless and merciful death upon the cross. It brings unspeakable joy because You have broken the bondage of sin that held me captive for years. I’m also overjoyed in knowing that You, Lord, will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God to take me to be caught up with You in the air. I am greatly encouraged in knowing that I will forever be with You in the presence of Almighty God and the saints who’ve gone ahead of me. Keep me faithful, trusting, and anticipating that great day. Amen.


Note from Brooksyne: I did not make a commitment to Christ until I was nearly 15 years old. I had been raised in church and was often reminded of the Lord’s second coming through the many sermons I heard from our pastor and evangelists.  I was fearful that I would not be ready should the Lord return suddenly. I Corinthians 15:52 was quoted often that describes the Lord’s return as “a flash, in the twinkling of an eye…”  In my immaturity (and youthful rebellion) I would practice the words, “Jesus forgive me” as fast as I could recite it while I blinked my eyes. I wanted to get into heaven…but just barely…because I wanted to choose my own way of life which didn’t always line up with the Bible. Now, if that’s not a rehearsed foxhole prayer I don’t know what is.  What a tremendous burden was lifted when I finally surrendered my heart to the Lord at a youth camp. I no longer feared the Lord’s return nor did I continue to rehearse my quick exit line timed to the “blink of an eye”. Instead I have anticipated with great excitement the Lord’s second coming ever since.


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Tuesday I shared about my dad’s birthday and a special memory of a pickup truck. Yesterday I spoke to both of my older brothers and we reminisced about our own teenage vehicle memories. Mike recalls racing a car down a long stretch that ended in a T and how close he came to being unable to stop which would have taken him headfirst into a ditch. Pat recalls an older pickup and going out one day and having quite a good time making donuts until he looked up and saw Dad, who just happened to be driving by. He recalls really “getting it” when he got home! Those were new stories to me and made me chuckle. Maybe you have some lesser told stories to share with your siblings.


Willow Street fire truck, Lancaster County, PA 2/19/15
Yesterday we stopped by to visit some friends at a large trucking repair company and they had an interesting project, doing maintenance on an old fire truck!

Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
A weather reporter’s unabashed excitement at snow thunder  Video  (The video referred to in our message)

“Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)”  Video  Casting Crowns This is a modern version of the old hymn quoted today which we both really enjoy.

“One Day”  Video  Dallas Christian Adult Concert Choir  A nice rendering of the traditional version

“Almost Morning”  Video  The Perrys

“Voice Of a Savior”  Video  Marshall Hall

“Mercy Said No”  Video  Greg Long

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

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