A daily, Bible-based message of hope and encouragement. Having trouble reading this message?
Read mobile edition online
The on line Bible teaching ministry of Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
A daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation.
Home About Us Archives Free email subscription Listen to these messages
Text only for printing
See here for more info.
<Previous Message · Archive edition
Friday, September 26, 2014
Listen to this message on your audio player.
"Our Foremost Loyalty"
"O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of Your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to You" (1 Chronicles 29:18).
Dr. Mark Cohen (with Ester in photo), first treated her when she arrived from Guatemala as a dying three month old. He was part of the pediatric cardiology team at the Geisinger Medical Center in northern Pennsylvania. (When we lived in New England she was seen by doctors at Boston Children's Hospital.)
When we moved back to Pennsylvania in 2001 Dr. Cohen, who had joined a team at the Hershey Medical Center, again became her doctor and has been her primary cardiologist the last 13 years. Last month she was transferred to the care of another specialist dealing with adult congenital heart disease and she is having quite a time adjusting. She tends to be very loyal to certain people and Dr. Cohen is among the top ten!
In this world with so many vascillating, fickle loyaties I appreciate this character trait of loyalty. We are seeking to help Ester adjust to her new doctor, however, we do value her sense of loyalty.
David prayed for the people of Israel to practice the virtue of loyalty in our daily text just prior to his death as he prepared to pass the torch of leadership to his son, Solomon. The text has two petitions of prayer which are related:
"Keep this desire in the hearts of Your people forever." "This desire" in this context is the heart the people had to give to the temple construction. But surely in a more generalized sense it speaks to a heart that withholds nothing from God; spiritual, physical, or material. We say, "Lord, take it all and use it for Your glory." We must strive to keep this desire in our hearts forever, for there are so many things that play tug of war with our heart strings. We must make a firm resolve that our foremost desire will be to keep our hearts desiring God.
"Keep their hearts loyal to you." The NKJV states, "fix their heart toward You." David had expressed this same aspiration personally in Psalm 57:7, "My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!" “Steadfast” means "unwavering, resolute, unyielding, deep-rooted". For most of his life, David was a steadfast follower of God. Out of that deep-rooted commitment to God David wrote the beautiful songs of praise that still bless and inspire us today. (Haven devotional)
Today we encourage you to examine your outlook on life. How loyal are you? Not to your car, your hobby, or other material possessions, but to the Lord, your family, church and friends, even your employer?
But of utmost importance is this question. How loyal are you to God? Is your heart steadfast and true? Our loyalty to God is our foremost loyalty!
Keep me true, Lord Jesus, keep me true,
Keep me true, Lord Jesus, keep me true.
There's a race that I must run.
And there are victories to be won.
Give me power, every hour to be true.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we are influenced by many forces that seek to weaken or destroy our relationship with You. But we resolve that we will seek to draw ever nearer to the One who makes life worthwhile. Your lovingkindness is even better than life, therefore we praise You; we lift up our hands in Your name for You have been our help, our salvation. May my soul follow hard after You as Your right hand upholds me day in and day out through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.
During the Autumn our area has a number of community agricultural fairs we enjoy visiting and usually pass them in the course of our travels.
Last week on the way to the shore we passed the Solanco Fair and I always enjoy seeing the old tractors. (Click on photo to enlarge)
We walked through the Ephrata Fair yesterday which is mostly a street fair closing Main Street in the heart of town. However off the beaten path they do have an antique tractor display. This old Allis-Chalmers looks pretty good for being 60 years old! (Click on photo to enlarge.)
A bountiful harvest display at the Ephrata Fair.
We will see if Brooksyne lets me keep this on the page!
(I, Brooksyne, should have known Stephen would post this. Of course, I will only own up to 1/8th of this body. This was a cute farmer's cut-out at the Ephrata Fair. It was a very rainy afternoon but eventually the sun came out and it was beautiful.)
Today we also have several photos our friend Lee Smucker took at a large auction held in our area last Saturday near Leola, PA. It is a very colorful auction since it is predominately old order groups benefitting children with special needs.
“Special children are not just interesting medical problems, subjects of grants and research. Nor should they be called burdens to their families and communities. They are children who need our help, and if we allow them to, they will teach us compassion. They are children who need our help, and if we allow them to, they will teach us love. If we come to know these children as we should, they will make us better scientists, better physicians, and thoughtful people.”
Dr. Holmes Morton, Co-founder of the Clinic
These boys were sure fascinated with this miniature steam tractor.
The old order team Mennonites ride bikes, along with their horse and buggies. In an event like this the fields can be covered in bikes and we wonder how hard it is to tell them apart!
I recall a station wagon we had when I was kid with a seat facing backwards.
Going to the Delaware shore this last weekend we hauled our bikes in the back of our older van. These Amish parents took the scooters along for the kids. (Amish ride scooters, old order Mennonites ride bikes - at least in our area. In the Amish settlement we visit in northern Indiana the Amish also ride bikes!)
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Keep Me True" Video Jabu Hlongwane (South African Gospel music)
If you enjoy these messages please forward to a friend and recommend they subscribe, too.
If you were forwarded this email and like it, you can subscribe here.
Stephen and Brooksyne Weber
(Click on photo to enlarge)
"We want to encourage you daily in your walk with Christ!"
Personal Ministry Update (Revised 10/21/13)
Are our daily encouragement messages a blessing to you? Each weekday morning Brooksyne and I prepare these messages and distribute them at no cost to you and many others all over the world. We ask you to consider an offering to Daily Encouragement Net so that we can continue to prepare and provide this daily resource which is accessed by believers and seekers all over the world. Daily Encouragement Net relies solely on the generosity and financial support of its readers and podcast listeners. See here for more information on supporting this ministry. Gifts are tax deductible. Click here to donate online.
2014 YTD offerings to Daily Encouragement Net: $9,252.00
If this email was forwarded to you, you can subscribe here.
These messages are never sent by us unsolicited. It was sent to you because you either signed up to receive it OR it was forwarded to you. You can also subscribe to the Wordpress rss feed or as an email subscription through Wordpress email subscription. (See the email subscription on the right side after opening this page.) Cancel: These messages are only sent from us to people who request it; please accept our apologies if it reached you in error. You can unsubscribe from this list at any time. If you no longer desire to receive these messages you can remove your address from the list by merely using the link automatically inserted by the mailing list software at the very bottom of each email message. (To change addresses cancel your old address and then join again using your new address.)
Weekly Version: The weekly version is intended for those who may not check their email regularly or who may desire less frequent mailings. It is Friday's message with a link to previous messages. To receive the free weekly version, send a blank email to this address.
Daily Encouragement on Facebook and Twitter:
The daily message and prayer on Facebook.
The daily message and prayer on Twitter.
Reader Survey: Please take a few minutes to assist us in improving our ministry effectiveness by filling out this online reader survey. To take the survey click here. Your answers are anonymous and I we are unable to respond. If you want to send a personal message use the
Please feel free to pass these messages on!
Our other blogs:
"A Daily Prayer" - A blog simply posting the daily prayer. We keep this up each day since it's merely the prayer from the Daily Encouragement Net message!
"A Little Foolishness" - Humor/satire blog (a great outlet for non-serious writing but at times with a subtle message!) (Note: This material is satire!)
"Clear Minded" - Longer, periodic articles on specific issues impacting the faithful believer and church. (Actually this is my intent but I haven't done much with it!)
"Hymns of Hope" - Brooksyne along with two friends made a CD using classic hymns. Brooksyne tells the background story of the 11 hymns. All of these songs are also available for download on the site.
Personal Mission Statement "I 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 please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and to prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
How to become a child of God
Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: New International Version. © 1984 by International Bible Society; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. and the King James Version. Other versions are also occasionally used.
© Copyright 2014 Stephen C. Weber - All Rights Reserved
"Living securely today anchored in God's solid foundation"
Daily Encouragement is issued Monday-Friday. To make sure you continue to receive these e-mails in your Inbox (so they're not sent to a junk folder), please add email@example.com to your address book or safe sender list. You are receiving these recurring messages as a subscriber to Daily Encouragement Net because you signed up on our website or otherwise requested it unless someone forwarded the message to you. If you desire to unsubscribe use the link below. However, please do not use this link unless your address is the subscribed address below as you will otherwise unsubscribe the person who forwarded it to you!
|You are currently subscribed to dailyencouragement as: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Add email@example.com to your email address book to ensure delivery.
|Forward to a Friend | Manage Subscription | Subscribe | Unsubscribe | Snooze |