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Friday, July 21, 2017

Colossians 3:16 on sign in Good's Store
Colossians 3:16 on sign in Good's Store

"I Still Serve An Amazing God!"

Message summary: Today will you join us in acclaiming God? Let us shout the joyful sound and walk in the light of His presence.

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"Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O LORD. They rejoice in Your name all day long; they exult in Your righteousness" (Psalm 89:15,16).

You want to hear the story of how I made it through,
When life is full of trouble, pain, and fear;
The answer may seem simple: though everything else crumbles,
One thing has remained through all the years.

What are you learning about today? We may associate learning primarily with our younger years but we both like the phrase, "life-long learner". We have a number of interests; some mutual, others individual. Brooksyne continues to enjoy learning about plants and recipes, in recent years more "healthy" recipes. I enjoy history and geography, especially poring over a Google Earth and studying the history of an area based on the location. Lately I have been studying about the Anthracite coal regions of Pennsylvania.

Old Saint Nicholas breaker (Click to enlarge)Saturday we will be traveling through that region on the way to Jim Thorpe for a train and bike ride up and down the Lehigh Gorge.* On the way back we plan to explore some coal country and drive by the massive Old Saint Nicholas breaker (click on photo for larger view) to see if it is still standing. At one time it cleaned and sorted 12,500 tons of coal daily! (We burn about 4 tons of anthracite coal each winter to heat our home.) The coal region is very interesting to explore on Google Earth since it has a very distinct topography due to surface mining. (See here for Google map of the area around the Old Saint Nicholas breaker.)

Well, I'm sure you are learning something new each day, which keeps life interesting and our minds alert.  Today we invite you to consider a type of learning in which we should all be participants.

Psalm 89:15,16
It's included in our daily text, "Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you."

The Hebrew "teruw'ah" for "acclaim" has the sense of "acclamation of joy". Even more literally it means, "blast of the trumpet" or "shout of joy".

Although we tend to associate the Psalms with David this Psalm is identified as "A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite" the only Psalm so designated. Ethan means "strong and optimistic, solid and enduring; permanent". He is also mentioned in 1 Kings 4:31 as a wise man, yet not as wise as King Solomon, who "was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite."

Like Ethan I want to learn to acclaim God all day long. This seems to me to be a real key to living the abundant life in Christ. So many pressing matters will trouble us, so many clouds of uncertainty and instability can easily distract us.

The God who parted waters still makes a way today,
He's always brought me through the troubled seas.
The One who fed the thousands, whose words could calm the tempest
He's my Bread of Life, and He's my Peace.

Paul and Silas in prison Philippi
But when we keep our focus on God by acclaiming Him we can live above the clouds. Paul and Silas acclaimed God from the dismal prison after being "severely flogged" and placed in stocks. In the hearing of the other prisoners they prayed and sang hymns to God. Certainly, things didn't look too good on this side and the beaten men surely ached all over. But they had learned to acclaim God, even in the most undesirable circumstances.

Today will you join us in acclaiming God? Let us shout the joyful sound and walk in the light of His presence. Remember, we still serve an amazing God!

I still serve an amazing God,
He's been with me every mile my weary feet have trod;
He still cares, He still hears;
He's still mending broken hearts and drying tears;
This old world is about to change,
But I'm glad I know the One who always stays the same,
And my song will ever be,
Amazing God, You're still amazing me.



Be encouraged today,


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we want to be among those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, who rejoice in Your name all day long and exult in Your righteousness.We have heard the joyful sound of the gospel and have chosen to obey it, so now we experience its power within our hearts. And now You bring forth good fruit into our lives for which we can grow and bless others as well. We are delighted and thankful through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(See Psalm 89:15,16)



Canna lilies near New Holland, PA 7/20/17
We passed this nice country view yesterday near New Holland, demonstrating beauty and function with the Canna Lilies planted in front of large hay bales and field corn.

Horse pulling cultivator near New Holland, PA 7/20/17
We serve as chaplains to the Val-Co Company, a manufacturer of agriculture equipment located north of New Holland. It is in an area with a lot of old-order Mennonites, which are a similar group to the Amish. We stopped yesterday at a family run roadside fruit stand for some fresh lima beans and saw this rather interesting father/son team. The young son was on a horse pulling a cultivator with his dad behind it. It was a very hot day so consider hard work like this as you eat your vegetables today!

Team with wagon near New Holland, PA 7/20/17
Leaving Val-Co we saw this farmer driving a two horse team pulling an empty wagon along busy Route 322. His young daughter was watching for traffic from behind.

Team with wagon near New Holland, PA 7/20/17
Such as this large truck carrying farm equipment!



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Still Serve An Amazing God"  Video  Triumphant Quartet  We sure hope to hear this song Sunday evening!

For local readers: This coming Sunday evening, July 23, The Triumphant Quartet will be in Lebanon, PA for the Music In The Park summer concert series. See here for info. This is a free concert! (A free-will offering is received). We plan on attending with our long-time friends Ken and Nila Pierce and their children.

* Finally today: Saturday we will be taking the bike train up from Jim Thorpe and then riding bikes back down the gorge on an abandoned railroad grade, a tremendous biking experience. Here's a video.  Worth watching for the music!




Stephen & Brooksyne Weber 4/17/16 (Click to enlarge)
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