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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sunset 12/7/16
Our sunset yesterday afternoon.


"Everlasting Father"

Note: This week we are examining the five descriptive names used for the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. Today we will consider "Everlasting Father".

Message Summary:
Today let us rejoice that we have an everlasting Father!

Note: Due to an extremely busy schedule we are unable to prepare a podcast for this message

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

God's design and pattern is for children to be raised by a mother and father. The first reference to father and mother in the Bible is in Genesis 2:24. "This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh." This statement was made before the fall and before Adam and Eve even had children! We wonder if they even knew what children were!

Of course all through history this pattern was not always maintained. Death through war, accident or illness, as well as divorce and abandonment, have always been a part of the human condition in a fallen world. When I read the story of Uriah who was essentially murdered due to David's attempt to cover up his sin with Bathsheba I have wondered if Uriah had children left fatherless. What about the other men who died in the scandalous cover-up? (2 Samuel 11:17).

However now with increasing sexual and moral anarchy the very notion of children needing a mother and a father is questioned, especially a father. However one only has to look at the lawless conditions among so many young men and women raised in fatherless settings due to the "new" morality (or what really amount to old immorality) to see the devastating impact of this foolish notion.

The need for a father and mother is cross cultural and cross generational. In previous ages the need for a father figure was well-understood and, upon a tragic death or abandonment by a child's father, another male such as a brother, uncle or grandparent became a father figure. But this is diminishing and now the need of a father figure is debated in certain "enlightened" social circles. The "village" can raise the child with more government programs. A father is really not needed.

These current social conditions have a bearing on how one views God, whom Isaiah calls "eternal father".

While the view of God as the Father is used in the Old Testament
it is not a major theme. But it becomes a great focus in the New Testament, as Jesus frequently referred to His Father.

He begins what we call the Lord's prayer with this wonderful title, "Our Father..." He often urged His followers to have a fatherly view of God such as His command, "In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). In Christ's time of great agony he cried out to His Father, "Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with that glory I had with You before the world existed" (John 17:5).

Each of the
writers of the New Testament epistles allude to God as Father such as Paul, "For this reason I kneel before the Father" (Ephesians 3:14). The writer of Hebrews alludes to both earthly fathers and our heavenly Father when he wrote, "Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live?" (Hebrews 12:9).

James wrote, "Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning" (James 1:17). And Peter's prayer begins, "Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:3). John wrote "Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children" (1 John 3:1). Jude "To those who are the called, loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1).

And finally in that grand finale of Revelation we read, "I will give Him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne." (Revelation 3:21).

Today let us rejoice that we have an everlasting Father!


Be encouraged today,


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Dear God, of all the descriptions ascribed to you the title of Father reveals Your nurturing, protective and loving care. Not just present during our young years, or our time on earth, but You are eternal, existing before time began and You will be our Father forever throughout eternity. Your role as our Father keeps us from sinking in the miry clay, for You uphold us with Your righteous right hand, keeping us from falling and being cast down. Amen.



DonateSpecial Year-end Appeal: We want to thank all who have financially supported our ministry this past year. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support at this time but if the Lord would lead you we surely need and appreciate the financial support from our readers and listeners. We typically see a spike in giving at the end of the year for which we are most thankful. Our ministry labor is comprised of half our time to Daily Encouragement and the other half to our chaplaincy ministry to companies for which we receive a fee. Each of these ministries essentially is the same as a part-time job (20+ hours weekly) for each of us. Our goal for many years is that each would provide half of our ministry expenses and income. If you would like to make a donation to our ministry see here for more information.

To donate directly online here. This will open to a page that designates the offering to: WEBER,STEPHEN CHAP, Specialized Chaplaincy Ministry ID: 700001-237376

Thank you!


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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Good, Good Father"  Video 
Chris Tomlin

"Fatherhood of God" article from Baker's Bible Dictionary

For further study Brooksyne found this quote from Changed By The Gospel

And so, mainly, when Jesus is referred to as the Everlasting Father, it is a reference to the fact that He will be the Second Adam, in whom we find our hope. Spurgeon goes on in an article entitled His Name--The Everlasting Father to make the argument that there is another way in which Jesus is considered Father. He says that Jesus Christ is a Father in the sense of a Founder. He says,

"Our Lord Jesus Christ, who brought life and immortality to light, and introduced a new phase of worship to this world is, in that respect, a Father; he is the Father of all Christians, the Father of Christianity, the Father of the entire system under which grace reigns through righteousness. Jesus is the Father of a great doctrinal system. All the great truths, which we are in the habit of delivering in your hearing as the precious truths of God sent down from heaven, fell first, clearly and powerfully, from the lips of Jesus."

Those are just two of the five ways that Spurgeon argues that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. Read the article for the other reasons. The question remains. Is He your Father. Are you 'In Christ' in the sense that you are now under the new Adam? Is He your Father in the sense that you believe the gospel He gave? If not, I would strongly encourage you to read the gospel accounts to investigate His claims and actions.

New blog! Yesterday I assisted Richard Dresselhaus, a veteran pastor I met in October in California, in setting up a new blog to present his excellent daily Bible teaching ministry. "One For The Road" is a daily teaching we have been receiving through email since I met Richard and his wife Elnora. Check out "One For The Road"




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Lancaster County farm 12/2/16
We pass this scenic farm near Lampeter, Pennsylvania
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"Mighty God"


Note: This week we are examining the five descriptive names used for the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6. Today we will consider "Mighty God".

Message Summary:
Our dutiful response to the mighty God is summed up by the Apostle Peter, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time" (1 Peter 5:6).

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"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). "Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy" (Luke 1:48,49). "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time" (1 Peter 5:6).

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Yesterday morning at precisely 11:15 a.m. I was doing the final work on posting the Daily Encouragement when Brooksyne and I heard a very loud boom and our power immediately went out. The boom reminded me of the sonic booms* from jet aircraft I heard as a child growing up near an Air Force Base in the Kansas City area.

Our younger dog, Mollie, immediately gets very nervous when we lose power. Brooksyne theorizes it's because she associates it with power outages related to thunder storms for which she is also sorely afraid. Due to her "super sonic" hearing she must sense the power is out since the fridge, furnace and other noises we simply take for granted instantly stop. 

We wondered if there had been an accident so I stepped outside to investigate but saw no evidence. I called PPL, our local power company to report the outage and within half an hour a crew was in our front yard and quickly found the culprit, a very dead, very electrocuted squirrel laying under the line! A few minutes after the PPL team arrived our power was back on.

PPL crew with squirrel 12/6/16

Electricity, although invisible, is a mighty force. Back in September we wrote a message titled, "A Power You Cannot See" and shared about an electrical engineer I met in New England who shared how his faith in an unseen God was easier due to his knowledge of the unseen power of electricity. Today let us consider the "mighty God", which is the third name mentioned for the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6.

The Hebrew word gibbor, means “strong and mighty". It describes heroes like Nimrod, “a mighty warrior … a mighty hunter before the LORD” (Genesis 10:8-9). It also describes the “mighty warriors” of King David of Israel (2 Samuel 23:8). It’s a word that describes bravery and courage. All these are qualities of gibbor in the compound name El Gibbor, “the Mighty God.”

We have spiritual and physical battles that test our faith and exceed our own might, strength, power and strategy. Our God is mighty in battle, dutiful in the execution of His power, and holy in His judgment.

Throughout the Bible descriptions and examples of God's might are abundant. The first reference is in Genesis 49:24 that speaks of "the Mighty One of Jacob". Earlier in Isaiah's book he writes of "the Lord God of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel".

However the more common designation is "Almighty". The first reference is found in Genesis 17:1, “I am God Almighty" and the last is in Revelation 21:22, "the Lord God the Almighty".

But significant in the prophecy by Isaiah some 700 years before Christ's incarnation is the declaration of His divinity. In Isaiah it always denotes, as Thomas Cheyne observes, "divinity in an absolute sense; it is never used hyperbolically or metaphorically."

In Mary's song recorded in Luke before Christ's birth, "Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy" (Luke 1:48,49). We wonder to what extent she realized the mighty God was growing inside her in His incarnate state.

Our dutiful response to this mighty God is summed up by the Apostle Peter,
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time" (1 Peter 5:6).

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!


Be encouraged today,


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, You give strength to the weary and power to the weak, for You are all-powerful, almighty God. The power of Your might is seen in the person of Jesus, our Saviour and Messiah.  When we read of Christ's healings, His casting out demons, withstanding Satan's temptations during His 40 day fasting in the wilderness, His bearing the weight of the world's sin as He hung dying on the cross - all these and so much more point to how mighty in power our Lord is. Truly our Lord Jesus is Almighty God whom we praise and adore. Amen.



DonateSpecial Appeal: We want to thank all who have financially supported our ministry this past year. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support at this time but if the Lord would lead you we surely need and appreciate the financial support from our readers and listeners. We typically see a spike in giving at the end of the year for which we are most thankful. Our ministry labor is comprised of half our time to Daily Encouragement and the other half to our chaplaincy ministry to companies for which we receive a fee. Each of these ministries essentially is the same as a part-time job (20+ hours weekly) for each of us. Our goal for many years is that each would provide half of our ministry expenses and income. If you would like to make a donation to our ministry see here for more information.

To donate directly online here. This will open to a page that designates the offering to: WEBER,STEPHEN CHAP, Specialized Chaplaincy Ministry ID: 700001-237376

Thank you!


Make A DonationPlease Note: We also provide this familiar option due to the convenience, for international supporters, and for those who may not be concerned regarding receiving an official tax deductible receipt. Click here to donate using PayPal.
This will open to a page that designates the offering to: "brooksyne@dailyencouragement.net"



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Regarding yesterday's message on the title "Counselor" David Penley, a friend from Texas and a professor teaching pastoral counseling in seminary, writes,  'There is no better counsel than that from He Who creates us and knows us better than anyone - God Himself. In His Word we find "everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence" (2 Peter 1:3).  Amen!

"What a Mighty God We Serve"  Video  Don Moen

"A Power You Cannot See"

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A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound in the case of my childhood it was jet aircraft. See here for more info. Why Is A Sonic Boom So Loud? Video (Interesting but this lady talks way to fast IMHO)

Finally Today: We met Richard Dresselhaus and his wife Elnora in California in October. He also has a daily inspirational message titled, "One For The Road", that will bless you. Here's the one we received this morning:

Finding delight.  It’s a very pleasurable emotion.

It’s what you feel when you bite into a delicious dessert…or meet a special friend…or view a stunning sunset.

So…it’s an appropriate word to use in describing your relationship with the Lord.

David said: “Take delight in the Lord…”  And…the reasons are many.

Salvation.  The chains of sin have been broken.  You are free from condemnation. Take delight.

Purpose.  Your life has meaning.  There is something unique you have to offer. Take delight.

Heaven.  It is a place of incredible beauty.   And above all…you will be with Jesus. Take delight.

And when you do “…He will give you the desires of your heart.”


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