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Friday, June 11, 2021

Buggy in Intercourse, PA
Yesterday traveling through Intercourse, PA we saw plenty of open buggies including this mother along with her children.
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"The Blessing Of Being Accepted"

Message summary: What a glorious truth it is to be accepted by Christ and become part of His family!

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"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God" (Romans 15:7).

We visit several large distribution centers with "pickers" darting about huge warehouses restocking or pulling products. A process in receiving is inspecting the product before it gets placed in the warehouse. Not surprisingly some of the products received do not pass the inspection test and is rejected.

Rejected stickerI visited a company where one of the pickers had a large "Rejected" sticker plastered on the back of her green jumpsuit. (The rejected sticker was intended for use on boxes of materials that had been rejected.)  Apparently a co-worker had placed it on her jumpsuit as a joke and I don't think she even realized it was there.

But it got me thinking. How many people are rejected or how many people feel rejected by others? How many have experienced rejection by significant people in their lives? Though they don't wear a visual sticker declaring "REJECTED" it's visible in their expressions, in their communication or lack of it, often displaying a downward cast. We've all probably at some point in life faced rejection but some people have experienced rejection repeatedly, including some of you reading this today. Read this message carefully and receive encouragement from a powerful Scripture phrase in our daily text, "just as Christ accepted you".

What were we like before Christ accepted us? Romans 5 gives us a "thumbnail sketch" in Paul's description of unbelievers as "helpless... ungodly... sinners... enemies". In the spiritual realm we were all rejected and fit for the salvage bin for "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). This is the part of the Gospel that informs us of our utter need.

WhosoeverBut what a glorious truth it is to be accepted by Christ and become part of His family! Whether or not we have known the acceptance and support of a loving family, faithful friends or cooperative coworkers, when we come to God in faith and repentance we are accepted. He has said, "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (John 6:37). We are all welcome into God's family…and this by His marvelous grace! Consider that wonderful phrase, "Whosoever will may come".

We close with some lyrics from a song written in the 80's and sung by a group called DeGarmo & Key that reminds us of God's acceptance.

If you think you're a loser
When you fail it seems at everything you do
Just remember there's a Savior
And you are worth enough He gave His life for you
I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the One who matters most


Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, You have shown us through the example of Jesus that we are to accept others in the same way that Christ accepted us. Show us ways that we can effectively reach out to others, especially those who feel rejected by family or society as a whole. Help us to show them genuine love and to initiate a friendship in the same way that You reached out to many different people groups and befriended them. As we do this in obedience to your command and as we are led by Christ's example Scripture indicates that we bring praise to You which is our heart's desire. Amen.



Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I'm Accepted"  Video   DeGarmo & Key This is an old song with a great message, a portion of which we quoted above in our message today. Its message is appropriate for all generations.

I may not be rich
Don't wear fashion clothes
Don't live in a mansion
Don't have much that shows
Never won a contest in popularity
Don't have much to offer
But Jesus loves me
I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the One who matters most

Never set a record in sports agility
Never was magnetic in personality
That don't really matter
I'll do the best I can
'Cause there's a God above me
Who loves me like I am
I'm accepted, accepted
I'm accepted by the One who matters most

"In Heaven's Eyes"  Video  Let There Be Praise Singers

A fervent prayer rose up to heaven
A fragile soul is losing ground
Sorting through the earthly babel
Heaven heard the sound
This was a life of no distinction
No successes, only tries
Yet gazing down on this unlovely one
There was love in heaven's eyes
In heaven's eyes there are no losers
In heaven's eyes no hopeless cause
Only people like you with feelings like me
Amazed by the grace we can find
In heaven's eyes

 The orphaned child, the wayward father
The homeless traveler in the rain
When life goes by and no one bothers
Heaven feels the pain
Looking down God sees each heartache
Knows each sorrow, hears each cry
And looking up we'll see compassion's fire
Ablaze in heaven's eyes

In heaven's eyes there are no losers
In heaven's eyes no hopeless cause
Only people like you with feelings like me
Amazed by the grace we can find
In heaven's eyes there are no losers
In heaven's eyes there is no hopeless cause
There's only people like you with feelings like me
And we're amazed by the grace we can find
In heaven's eyes

"The People In The Line"  Video   The Talleys  A song reminding us to be aware of the hurting people around us.

"The Broken Ones"
   Video  The Talleys



Today we share photos from our travels yesterday in eastern Lancaster County
Note: Readers unfamiliar with Lancaster County may not be aware that we have some rather unusual town names, most famously Intercourse, which is here on a Google map.

Family field work near Intercourse, PA
This Amish family is busy doing their field work together on a farm north of Intercourse, PA.
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Family ready to mow school lawn
We passed this one room Amish schoolhouse and observed a father, son and daughter unloading a trimmer and mower from the garden cart they pulled behind their buggy. We surmised it must be their turn to mow and trim the school grounds.
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Mums on Mennonite farm
This Mennonite farm near New Holland is getting the mums ready growing in the colorful red pots in the foreground.
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New Holland pond
A large pond near New Holland, PA is a popular place for fishing.
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New Holland barn
We found this rustic barn south of New Holland.
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New Holland produce cart
We have an abundance of roadside stands with a wide variety of locally grown produce available. We thought this customized portable stand was a clever idea. Just pull the wagon when you want to move it!
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Harpers Ferry 45th anniversary photo
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