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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Listen to this
"That all the peoples of the
earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let your heart
therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes
and keeping His commandments” (1 Kings 8:60,61). "Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have
no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will
deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O
king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that
you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).
Make my life a prayer to You
I wanna do what you want me to
No empty words, and no white lies
No token prayers, no compromise
not recall the days of album art since the media for music has
shrunk, with much smaller room for artwork on cassettes and CD's. Now
with downloaded music I suppose it's pretty much a thing of the past.
the big LP albums in the past had room for quite a
statement! The photo to the
left is from one of our all-time favorite album covers;
Keith Green's "No Compromise" album from the late 70's. (Click on
photo to enlarge.)
The photo depicts a scene where the people are required to bow before the passing king. But one brave soul,
true to his convictions, remains standing in uncompromising, obedient defiance. A
soldier on a horse is pointing him out. We are left wondering what
consequence he faced for doing the right thing in the eyes of the One
True King (Exodus 20:3-6).
am not sure I've ever paid much attention to today's first daily text
although I am sure I have read it. For my 60th birthday last week, Bev,
a thoughtful and very
analytical friend, prepared a list of all the verse 60's in the Bible!
It was quite a labor as she went through the entire Bible one chapter
at a time to discover all the chapters that had a verse 60!
As I read over her list today's first text jumped out. It is from the
Benediction in Solomon's prayer of dedication of the temple. It's also a
powerful call to God's people in any age. Especially grabbing my attention is
the very politically incorrect phrase, "the Lord is God; there is no other."
Solomon was calling the people to whole-hearted devotion to God without compromise. "Let your heart
therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes
and keeping His commandments.” Isn't that a great word for the aspiring faithful in any age!
Today let's consider Bible characters who stood faithful and wholly true when called to
as the three Hebrews in our second Scripture selection They were
required to fall down and worship a golden image King Nebuchadnezzer
had set up but they refused to do so.
Brooksyne taught this
lesson in her Sunday School class this last Sunday and one word that caught
my attention, "But if you do not
worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace” (Daniel 3:15).
The Hebrews boys' decision to stand faithful was deeply settled before
the time of testing came; they had no time to deliberate or justify
their actions should they choose to obey. The consequence of their
actions did not drive their thinking. The answer came quickly because
they had been making the right choices all along. Decisions, big and
small, become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will
to please those in the world, including authority figures. When one
bases his life on Biblical principle, most of his decisions are already
one of the grandest statements of faith in the entire Bible the Hebrew
boys courageously responded to King
Nebuchadnezzar who "graciously" gave them a second chance to obey his
orders. When given the choice between bowing down to the image
of gold or being thrown in a fiery
furnace they told him, "Be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:18).
Since this is a famous Bible story many readers are familiar with the
miraculous outcome and their supernatural deliverance from the fiery furnace. But
their decision to be faithful and obedient was not contingent upon the
outcome as to whether or not they saw deliverance on this side. Whatever
happened, they were not going to compromise.
Here's the lesson for today:
There is an ancient and ongoing contest between two opposing
worldviews; one that is raging to this day and will do so until the
return of the Lord. In fact we expect it will get far more intense as
God judges the world and the compromising church. Today let us make a firm
resolve that we will not compromise and we will remain obedient to God
regardless of the consequences.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
prayer: Father, it was faithful Joshua who issued this challenge to the Israelites: "Choose this day whom you will serve."
He reminded them that their fathers, before crossing over the Red Sea,
lived among those who worshiped heathen gods in Egypt just as
they now lived among the Amorites who worshiped heathen gods.
This passage serves as an example to those of us currently experiencing
the results of a pluralistic society where God our Creator is being
viewed as just one of the gods we might be devoted to. But we hold
steady to the words of Scripture, "that all the peoples of the
earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other." Like the followers in Scripture, "We want our hearts
therefore to be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in His statutes
and keeping His commandments.”
If it requires that we lay down our life for You, may we do so
willingly, knowing that full obedience to You on this side brings great
reward in the eternal dwelling that follows. In Christ's name we pray.
We all went over to the Shady Maple yesterday morning for
Brooksyne's "free" birthday breakfast. (Free as long as she was
accompanied by at least one paying customer!)
Browsing through the Shady Maple gift
shop we came upon a display of humorous bumper stickers; some more true
than we like to admit. At this point I (Brooksyne) still remember my
name but am forgetting others. I accidentally corresponded with a
friend I've known for 40 years this morning and referred to her husband
as Gary rather than Mike. When she alerted me to my mistake I couldn't
help but think of this bumper sticker I'd just picked up yesterday.
More New York trip photos
(This will be the final set of Stephen's photos from upstate New York this last weekend)
The farm sat up on a high hill with wonderful
views of the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains in the distance.
Unlike many of the resettled farms with dilapidated houses and barns the Amish are buying in this area and in this case
they built a house and barn on what had been farm land.
An assortment of melon and squash beside the huge vegetable garden, evidence of a bountiful harvest.
the young men cut firewood one of my chores was making coffee for them (they figured it was a chore an older man can handle). I
drink mine black but Jesse wanted some milk so he just opened
the tap on the bulk tank!
A close-up view of the large pulley used
for the long clothesline which stretches from the house all the way to the
barn. We have often shared photos of these long lines. This post is used as a convenient hat holder as well!
I enjoy old pumps and when I saw this pump I thought it would make a
great picture with the water gushing out. So I tried taking it by
myself but just couldn't take the photo fast enough to get the gushing.
saw my predicament and offered to pump while I took a photo!
On the way home we passed this barn ghost sign near Portlandville, NY
Can you read it?
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"No Compromise" (AKA "Make My Life a Prayer to You") Video Keith Green - He was an incredible song writer, just consider the phrase, "it's so hard to see when my eyes are on me!
"I Am Persuaded" Video Travis Cottrell An outstanding song based on Romans 8: 38-39.
"God And God Alone" Video Steve Green
According to Bev's study there are 21 chapters in the Bible with a verse 60. Can you find them?
Here's an interesting trivia question. What Bible book has a chapter and verse 6:66 and what does it say?
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am created by God to bring
Him glory. Through God’s Son, Jesus Christ, I have been
redeemed and I make it my life’s goal to honor God through my
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the weak things in the world,
That no flesh will glory
in His presence."