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Note: Following our chaplain work today we are heading to the Pocono Mountains to ride bikes on a trail along the Delaware Water Gap on Friday and on Saturday we will be taking the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a train ride up the gorge and we will ride our bikes 25 miles back down the gorge. We also plan to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail (or as I often tell people "walk at least the entire width").

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Amish buggy 5/27/15
Yesterday we passed this Amish buggy near Smoketown, PA. A little girl has a great vantage point watching the passing traffic from an open window in the back. That prompts a long ago childhood memory when my dad got a station wagon with seats facing the back which I thought was so neat!
"The Peril Of Being Listening Impaired"

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"Go now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says,' whether they listen or fail to listen" (Ezekiel 3:11).

We took care of my mother in our home during her final years before she passed away in November 2005. Many of us will be at this season of life at some point and a regular topic of discussion in our chaplaincy is dealing with those caring in one way or another for an elderly parent. It can be a real challenge, for parent and child, and Mom had many physical difficulties her last year.

We do recall many humorous moments though. Like many elderly she was hard of hearing but never wore hearing aids nor did she think she had any need for them. Once I was speaking to her and got progressively louder since she wasn't responding. She put her hands to her hips and said with exasperation and in all seriousness, "Stephen, I'm not deaf, you know! My hearing is just fine – you just need to stop mumbling."

Now in my mom's case she tried hard to listen and excelled in her attentiveness. To this day I am sure readers who knew her will testify to one of her strengths; that of expressing personal interest in people's everyday lives.  She really tried to listen but as she aged physically she just couldn't hear well. 

But let me extend a challenging question to all; How well do we listen to God and His messengers? I consider a well-known preacher who for many years has had a habit of regularly punctuating his sermon, at various points, by saying to his listening audience, "Now listen." Indeed that is such an important reminder.

Today's Scripture is a call to the prophet Ezekiel to be a faithful watchman in giving God's message to the exiled people, "This is what the Sovereign Lord says…" He was to speak God's message "whether they listen or fail to listen." 

In the English we properly make a distinction between hearing and listening. One can hear without listening. By "hear" we mean in the physical, audiological sense. It may even be loud but we don't necessarily listen! My Mom had trouble with hearing, not listening. She had a common condition in aging also referred to as hearing impaired.

But today let us consider the peril of being "listening impaired".

The Hebrew word for "listen" in our passage is "shama." It conveys the sense of hearing intelligently with implication of attention, obedience, etc. The basic thought is that of effective hearing.

The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words makes this observation regarding this word: "The call to listen to God, which runs as a bright thread throughout the Old Testament, is a call to know what He said, to grasp the meaning of what He said, and to respond by putting God's Word into practice."  A wonderful example of this type of listening is found during a period of revival when Ezra read the Law to the people and they "listened attentively" (Nehemiah 8:3b).

God's call to Ezekiel forthrightly acknowledges that some will listen and some won't. That's a good word of encouragement for preachers and all faithful witnesses today. We may get discouraged at those who show no indication of listening as we seek to earnestly expound God's Word or give a witness for Christ.

Today I pray that God will help each of us to truly listen to His message and heed His words as we wholeheartedly serve Him. Let us be on our guard against the peril of being "Listening Impaired".


Be encouraged today,


Stephen and Brooksyne Weber


Praying man Daily prayer: Father, it's interesting that we often plead for Your attention and certainly expect You to listen to our prayers and You assure us through Your word that You hear us when we call on You. But for true fellowship to exist we too must listen to Your voice through Scripture, through fellow believers, through Your many works of creation, and through Your still small voice that beckons our attention.  You have so much to tell us that will often encourage us, sometimes reprove us, but always spur us on to good works and needed spiritual perspective as we journey here below.  Help us to listen, to heed, and to be steadfast in our fellowship with You.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.

Brooksyne's note: Attitudes that could contribute to being "listening impaired" might include, "I've already heard that a thousand times" or "Not now.  I'll deal with that later."  Many are deluged with so many electronic gizmos that are first priority from the time they rise to the time they retire.  Have you ever looked forward to going out to dinner with a friend(s) so you can catch up on each other's lives only to play second fiddle to their cell phone in the car, at the dinner table, etc.  You get to feeling like you're much less important than the folks they're constantly chatting with on the phone.  I wonder if that's how God feels when everything else is given priority over our time alone with Him so that we intentionally listen for His direction.


 
Robin family update

Ester is at it again taking these photos yesterday. My, do they grow up fast! She's appreciated the nice comments sent her way about her recent photos.

Robins 5/27/15

Robins 5/27/15
Mama Robin has sure been busy!



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Will Listen"  Video  Twila Paris This note from the YouTube uploader: "From Twila's 1998 album "Where I Stand", a song about listening to God's voice. We should always be attuned to the voice of God, perhaps subconsciously. But particularly after we pray. Many people make the mistake of praying but then missing the answer because they weren't paying attention. Others get impatient and give up on God and do things their own way. So, we need to have "patience to wait, when there is nothing clear", and when there is "nothing to see, still we believe".

"Come and Listen"
 Video  David Crowder Band

"Leaning On You, Jesus"  Video  
Christy Nockels

"O The Blood"  Video  
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Finally today:

Frisbee retrieval 5/27/15
We often share how our border collie, Mollie, likes to catch frisbees. Yesterday afternoon Brooksyne was tossing her a frisbee and it got caught in the tree (pink at top of photo). Mollie will bark furiously till something is done so Brooksyne who was raking weeds at the time threw a rake up to joggle the frisbee to the ground. Now the rake needs joggled loose from the tree. Mollie was not impressed!



Friday, May 29, 2015

Fawn with groundhog (Photo by Doris High))
Young fawn and groundhog
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"The Victory That Overcomes The World"

Note: Today we in the Pocono Mountains and plan to ride bikes on a trail along the Delaware Water Gap and on Saturday we will be taking the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a train ride up the gorge and we will ride our bikes 25 miles back down the gorge. We also plan to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail (or as I often tell people "walk the entire width")

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"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15:57,58). "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith" (1 John 5:4)

Recently I met a man in our chaplain work named Victor, which prompted telling him a story which I also hope was a witness to him.

Larry is a friend of ours from Bible College. He turned to Christ as a young adult having already earned a degree in accounting and worked for Westinghouse. As a young convert his faith was vibrant both in Christian and non-Christian settings. Thus he was given an interesting nickname at work before he left to begin his preparations for ministry. His fellow workers called him Vic, not because his name was Victor (which it wasn't) but because he constantly sang "Victory in Jesus."

Larry was with Brooksyne and me one day during a time of deep discouragement after we had moved to Pennsylvania in 1977 to plant a church. His very presence was a source of encouragement. But we recall how a popular song at that time reassured us. We had a little portable tape player with the Andre Crouch song "Through It All".

My heart strings are really pulled when I hear someone express "I'm really discouraged." I know how spiritually crippling discouragement can be. It seems in all of our lives there are certain issues that can easily prompt discouragement. Keeping the right focus can be a real challenge. Thus what I am sharing today is not merely academic.

I am so glad the Word is written to inspire, instruct, strengthen and also to encourage! The daily verse is a powerful truth that we do well to hide deep in our hearts. The apostle Paul is completing a great portion asserting the foundation of the resurrection. He has powerfully made his point and as he finished he draws it all together with an exclamation of praise. "But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

This verse is so powerful in itself but an additional thought from a commentary especially blesses me. The word for "gives" is in the present tense and this is used to emphasize the certainty of the victory. It wasn't just for that point in time, but it is a present ongoing victory that we have right here and now, and for tomorrow and the next and so forth.

Certainly we will have apparent setbacks and disappointments in life. But the promise is that "He gives us the victory." Today let this truth flood your soul.  It will fill you with spiritual fervor and encourage your heart.

Today's Scripture is followed by a portion that I have often described as my "life verse". "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  I very specifically recall the time I was being examined for my ordination which was 36
years ago this month.  Only 24 years of age, I was sitting at a massive conference table for an interview with the presbyters (elders) who had served in ministry for many years. This was the final step in my approval for ordination.  The tried and proven elders asked various questions concerning my call to ministry, Bible knowledge, doctrinal understanding and so forth. It was very stressful and wearying.

As the meeting came to a close I recall one of the presbyters, Edward 
Menaldino, a very distinguished Italian minister who pastored a large church on Philadelphia's south side, standing up, pausing, and deliberately making direct eye contact with me. He then solemnly and slowly quoted this Scripture portion from memory with the Spirit's anointing.  Perhaps that's why this passage has stood out over the years as it has been my constant guide through our years of Christian service.  Only God would know that the church we were planting at the time would have many ups and downs, difficulties would abound. I would need the Spirit's prompting to never shrink back, but "always give myself fully to the work of the Lord knowing that my labor in the Lord is not in vain."  As I kept my hand to the plow the blessings did unfold as God firmly established His work in that needy community.

That's a word for you as well, dear friend. No matter what God has called you to do, give yourself fully to it, and know that your work is not in vain.  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  You may not see the fruit of that victory at the present, but trust God that He will reveal it to you in due time.


Be encouraged today,


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we give thanks to You that we can walk in victory because of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Once we were held captive by sin and its enslavement, but we have been set free through the redemptive work of Jesus and His glorious resurrection.  Each day brings new challenges, but we overcome them through the blood of the Lamb.  Help us to stand firm in our faith and immovable in Your Truths, as we daily serve You.  We are encouraged to know that nothing we do for You is in vain though we may not see immediate results.  Keep us obedient and trusting. In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Note: Edward Menaldino passed away several years ago. I called him before he died and he was still actively serving Christ in his mid-eighties.



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Through It AllVideo  Homecoming singers

"Victory In Jesus"  Video  David Ring  A heartfelt version by a true overcomer!

"Victory in Jesus/Power of the Blood Bluegrass medley"  Video  Shane and Shane with Bethany Dillon

"Through"  Video  Gaither Vocal Band

"Where No One Stands Alone"  Video  
Gaither Vocal Band

Cerwin and Doris High are local friends I met through Transport For Christ. She is a prolific photographer and shares many, many photos here.

Finally today:

The Holstein cow is the most common type of dairy cow, distinguished by its white coat with black markings. They abound in this area with our many dairy farms. What do you make of this photo?
Holstein cow
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      <font size="-1">Yesterday afternoon in the course of
our chaplaincy visitation we passed this farm on Mount Pleasant Road in
Lebanon County.</font><br>
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 target="_blank">Listen</a> <span
 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">to&nbsp;this
message on
your
audio player<span style="font-weight: bold;">.</span></span></font><font
 style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0);"><span
 style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span
 style="color: rgb(204, 0, 0);"></span></span></font><font
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      <span style="font-style: italic;">"A
good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better
than silver or gold" (Proverbs 22:1).</span><br>
      <br>
      </font><font size="-1"><a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/misc/gift_of_a_weber.jpg"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;"><img title="Gift Of A Weber"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 288px; height: 298px; float: right;"
 alt="Gift Of A Weber"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/misc/gift_of_a_weber2.jpg"
 hspace="7"></font></a></font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">This morning
we passed the Brubaker Appliance sign on Strasburg Pike near
Lancaster. It especially caught our attention and prompted
some joking around and then Brooksyne said, much to the delight of my
heart, "I already have a Weber for Father's
Day."<br>
      <br>
For
non-USA readers Weber is the brand
name of a popular grill although unrelated to me. The brand name is so
familiar the sign didn't even need to state, "Weber Grill".<br>
      <br>
Years
ago I visited the company headquarters near Chicago and would</font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1"> </font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">liked to have
gone on a plant tour, one of my favorite avocations, but
that was not available, even to a curious observer named Weber.<br>
      <br>
      </font><a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/misc/weber_logo_1963.jpg"><font
 size="-1"><font style="font-family: Verdana;"><img
 title="Weber Grill logo in 1963"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 218px; height: 107px; float: left;"
 alt="Weber Grill logo in 1963"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/misc/weber_logo_1963.jpg"
 hspace="7"></font></font></a><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">Interestingly,
to me anyway, the full name of the company is The
Weber-Stephen Products LLC. The photo to the left shows their company
logo in 1963. Several times we have enjoyed a meal
at the Weber Grill Restaurant in the Chicago area as well as
Indianapolis. They grill the meats inside over charcoal grills and you
can watch them grill your meal!<br>
      <br>
We
use the phrase "good name" to describe a company with a
good&nbsp;reputation. Weber is considered a good name in regard to
grills. We serve as chaplains at a local home improvement company with
this slogan, "Smucker is the name to know around your home." L</font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">ike many of
you</font><font style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">
we have enjoyed Smucker products for&nbsp;years but, before moving
to
Lancaster County in 2001, we associated the good name Smucker with jams
and jellies! Now we've come to know the Smucker family and the good
reputation their company has earned over their being in business over
50 years.<br>
      <br>
Here
in the USA our social security numbers (government ID) are a nine
number sequence that
uniquely identifies us. Can you imagine how different it would be if
that's how we were known! For example, I would extend my hand and say
"Hello, I'm 672-58-2208." They'd smile and say "Hello, I'm
843-97-4382."* I have a hard enough time with names now, so I can’t
imagine a system of memorizing numbers! I've had a difficult
time in recent years memorizing phone numbers due to internal phone
contact lists and speed dials. However I still have David Simpson's
phone # memorized from when we were children. I
repeatedly dialed his number enough that it is permanently etched
in my memory.<br>
      <br>
Names are important to us. People like to
be addressed by their name; they like to see it spelled correctly and
hear it pronounced properly. In our chaplaincy work we
seek to learn names and address people by their proper name. It can be
somewhat insulting to be addressed by pal, buddy, or the endearing term
"Hon" by someone who is a complete stranger to you. Maybe one of the
worst top ten ways to be
addressed is, "Hey you!"<br>
      <br>
Our names identify us. Some names bring about pleasant thoughts.
The&nbsp;daily text reinforces the value of having a
good name, <span style="font-style: italic;">"A good name
is more desirable than great riches; to be
esteemed is better than silver or gold."</span><br>
      <br>
I am named after the
Bible character, Stephen. In my case it was not a family name up to
that point but very purposefully the Bible character. Not surprisingly
Stephen is one of my favorite Bible characters and his name means
"crowned one." Brooksyne's name is an original made up by her
Mom so there's not a special meaning behind it, except that it is a
derivative of her father's name, Brooklyn. She assists people with the
pronunciation by saying remember, "scene of a brook" but turn it around
and say, "Brook scene" with the accent on the second syllable. One
advantage (or for some a disadvantage) to such a name is how easy it is
to find her using a google search! Few people can be identified
through google just by their first name.<br>
      <br>
      <span style="font-style: italic;">"A good name is
more desirable than great riches."</span> A&nbsp;<span
 style="font-style: italic;">good name </span>in the
text means a
name that connotes a person of honorable character with a good
reputation. For instance when we refer to a business like Weber Grill
that is known for its quality and integrity, we often say "It has a
good name."
Having a good name is truly more desirous than great riches.<br>
      <br>
As
in most things, having a good name is harder to build than it is to
destroy. Building a good name requires patience, effort, time,
and other virtues, most of them included in the fruit of the spirit
(Galatians 5:22,23). Yet it can all come crashing down with one very
bad choice (though the one single devastating choice generally follows
with other poor choices).<br>
      <br>
A good name is developed over time,
really a lifetime, and the true judgment of success will not be known
until this life is over and we personally meet the Lord. Having a good
name remains one of our most precious assets that we must carefully
guard.<br>
      <br>
Consider
your name. What do you suppose others think when
they hear your name or read it in print? Does your name represent a
person who has solid integrity based upon his or her virtuous
character? Let us strive to hear the highest commendation by the Judge
of all character, <span style="font-style: italic;">"Well
done good and faithful servant."</span><br>
      <br>
      <br>
Be encouraged today,<br>
      <br>
      <br>
Stephen &amp; Brooksyne Weber<br>
      </font><font style="font-family: Verdana;"
 size="-1"><br>
      </font><font style="font-family: Verdana;"
 size="-1"> <font style="font-family: Verdana;"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;"><span
 style="text-decoration: underline;"><a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/people/humble.jpg"><img
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 130px; height: 114px; float: left;"
 alt="Praying man" title="Praying man"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/people/humble.jpg"
 align="left" hspace="7"></a></span></font></font><font
 style="font-weight: bold;">Daily prayer:</font></font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1"> Father God</font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">, the name of
Your Son, Jesus Christ, stands out among all the rest, for it is only
in His name that we have power to
combat the enemy as we come boldly to Your throne of grace. May our
name, and all that we stand for,
be respected among those who know us and those whom we work for. May
the way
we live and conduct our lives bring blessing to our family, our
community and to
the kingdom of God. Amen.</font><font size="-1"><br>
      <br>
      </font><font style="font-family: Verdana;"
 size="-1">* These aren't re<big><font size="-2"><big>al
numbers that I know of. I just made it up. (But possibly they actually
are somebody's!)<br>
      <br>
      <span style="font-weight: bold;">Brooksyne's
Note</span>: Before we left the St. Marys, PA area in 1993 where
we had lived almost 16
years while establishing a church I read in our local paper,
"Congratulations on your second
birthday, Brooksyne". That was a bit shocking to my eyes since I'd
never read about another "Brooksyne" in print. Since it wa</big></font></big>s
spelled the
same as mine I wondered if the child was named after me, but she lived
in a town ten miles away and I didn't know how to find out. Only this
past year did I come across this name again and followed up since this
young lady is on Facebook. I wrote her and asked about the origin of
her name. She said her grandfather saw the name in a church bulletin
over 23 years ago, liked it, and recommended it to his daughter so she
named her new baby Brooksyne, but pronounces it, "Brook sin". She was
quite pleased by my contact through Facebook since she has wanted to
find out more about her name over the years. Her grandfather died while
she was a child which was her only lead up to that time.<br>
      <br>
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      <hr style="width: 100%; height: 2px;">
      <div style="text-align: center;"><font size="-1"><br>
      <a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/pennsylvania/mount_pleasant_road_lebanon_county3_05-26-15.jpg"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;"><img
 title="Barn in Lebanon County PA 5/26/15"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 504px; height: 523px;"
 alt="Barn in Lebanon County PA 5/26/15"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/pennsylvania/mount_pleasant_road_lebanon_county3_05-26-15.jpg"
 align="top"></font></a><br>
      </font><font size="-1"> The interesting shape
of the barn especially caught our attention in</font><font
 size="-1"> our lead photo as well as the design below the
windows which appear to be doors, though upon closer inspection is only
trim.<br>
      <br>
      <a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/flowers/flower_arrangement_with_spigot.jpg"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;"><img
 title="Arrangement at Amish greenhouse 5/26/15"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 504px; height: 421px;"
 alt="Arrangement at Amish greenhouse 5/26/15"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/flowers/flower_arrangement_with_spigot.jpg"
 align="top"></font></a><br>
We
stopped by The Country View Amish greenhouse near our home and thought
this
arrangement was nice. The flowers are so perfect they looked artificial.<br>
      <br>
      <a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/flowers/colorful_pots&amp;flowers_05-26-15.jpg"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;"><img
 title="Colorful pots at Amish greenhouse 5/26/15"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 504px; height: 670px;"
 alt="Colorful pots at Amish greenhouse 5/26/15"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/flowers/colorful_pots&amp;flowers_05-26-15.jpg"
 align="top"></font></a><br>
Colorful pots and colorful flowers!<br>
      <br>
      <a
 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/amish/pentecost_monday.jpg"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;"><img
 title="Sign at Amish greenhouse 5/26/15"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 504px; height: 672px;"
 alt="Sign at Amish greenhouse 5/26/15"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/amish/pentecost_monday.jpg"
 align="top"></font></a><br>
They didn't use spellcheck but it's nice to see they observed Pentecost
Sunday the following day by closing their business.<br>
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 size="-1"><br>
      </font><font size="-1"><span
 style="color: rgb(153, 0, 0); font-weight: bold;">Today's
Suggested
Music and Supplemental Resources</span></font><font
 size="-1"><br>
      </font><font size="-1"><span
 style="font-weight: bold;"></span></font><font
 size="-1"><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></font><font
 size="-1"><br>
      <span style="font-weight: bold;">"Wish You Were Here"</span>
&nbsp;<a href="https://youtu.be/tDkNAlXsixw"
 target="_blank">Video</a>&nbsp; Kingsmen Quartet<br>
      <br>
      </font><font size="-1"><span
 style="font-weight: bold;">S.S. Smucker</span> <a
 href="https://youtu.be/Kel8XuZej1U" target="_blank">video</a>
"Smucker is the name to know around your home."</font><br>
      <font size="-1"><br>
      <a href="http://www.weber.com/" target="_blank">Weber
Grills</a>
From the company history section, "In 1952 George Stephen Sr. was
working at Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois,
manufacturing marine buoys when he came up with an idea for a better
grill. His invention: a dome-shaped grill with a lid to protect food
from the elements, while sealing in that only-from-the-grill barbecue
flavor. George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added some air vents and
legs and, in the process, invented the grill that would spark a
backyard revolution."<br>
      <br>
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      <div style="text-align: center;"><font size="-1"><a
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 style="font-family: Verdana;"><img
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/travel/weber_grill.jpg"
 alt="At Weber Grill restaurant"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 504px; height: 914px;"
 title="At Weber Grill restaurant" align="top" hspace="7"></font></a></font><br>
      <font size="-1">The Weber Grill was invented by
George Stephen in 1952</font><br>
      <font size="-1">He was working at Weber Brothers
Metal Works in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing marine buoys when he
came up with an idea for a better grill. His invention: a dome-shaped
grill with a lid to protect food from the elements, while sealing in
that only-from-the-grill barbecue flavor. </font><font
 size="-1">George Stephen cut a buoy in half, added some air
vents and legs and, in the process, invented the grill that would spark
a backyard revolution, backyard grilling. This photo was taken at the <a
 href="http://www.webergrillrestaurant.com/index.html"
 target="_blank">Weber Grill restaurant</a></font><br>
      </div>
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 href="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/foods/weber_grills.jpg"><font
 size="-1"><img
 title="Weber Grill Restaurant indoor grills 3/25/10"
 style="border: 0px solid ; width: 450px; height: 338px;"
 alt="Weber Grill Restaurant indoor grills 3/25/10"
 src="http://www.dailyencouragement.net/images/foods/weber_grills.jpg"
 align="top" hspace="7"></font></a></div>
      <div style="text-align: center;"><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">They grill
inside on </font><font style="font-family: Verdana;"
 size="-1">real charcoal on these </font><font
 style="font-family: Verdana;" size="-1">large kettle
grills&nbsp;and you can watch them cook your meal! Ester watched
them grill her hamburger.</font><br>
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