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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Photo of backyard through mirror
Here's an interesting view of our backyard I took yesterday afternoon. I had an old dresser mirror Brooksyne bought years ago at an estate sale (along with the dresser).  We had no use for the mirror but really didn't know how to dispose of it so I hung it on the side of our toolshed. It's made for an interesting conversation piece!  That's our partially frozen fish pond in the center of the photo and our neighbor's house beyond the fence. Here's another view.

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"Known by Him"

"The Lord knows those who are His" (2 Timothy 2:19).

A part of managing an email list is examining a daily bounced email report.  I got a bounced email back from a subscriber's email address that struck me in a very special way.  It was the address of a friend who had passed away several weeks earlier.  The error message that came with the bounce said, "User Unknown".  Apparently someone had cancelled the email address and thus this message.

Well, this user may be unknown to the ISP's server, but he is most certainly known to God. The daily Scripture portion is a great comfort, especially in trying times. You can easily memorize it and hide it deeply in your heart. "The Lord knows those who are His."

A wonderful source of assurance is God's knowledge of each one of us, a truth taught abundantly throughout Scripture.  The Word of God to Jeremiah the prophet is surely true for each one of us, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5).  God's knowledge is so extensive it includes our pre-birth state!

The Psalmist wrote, "You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD" (Psalm 139:2-4). Surely we proclaim with the Psalmist, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain" (Psalm 139:6).

Indeed, "the Lord knows those who are His."  Today I want to encourage each reader to find a wonderful assurance in this Scripture portion.  Have you committed your life to Jesus Christ and received God's provision for your sin problem?  If so you belong to Jesus and as you face the inevitable challenges of life on this day remember this essential truth, "the Lord knows those who are His!"

Now I belong to Jesus, Jesus belongs to me;
Not for the years of time alone but for eternity.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, though others may overlook my significance You are familiar with all my ways.  You know the very thoughts that run through my mind and the words that I will speak even before I utter them.  You know me from inside out and yet You love me and call me Your very own.  That You would love a sinner such as me and redeem me from the pit is too marvelous for words.  I humbly and gratefully acknowledge Your goodness and give thanks for Your unfailing love that lifts me from the dark pit of despair and transfers me into Your bright kingdom of light.  Amen.

Tech note: The reason examining the daily delivery report is important is that I can see trends regarding any ISP's that may be filtering our messages and I can contact our listserve manager to deal with the block. Of course an individual address that is bounced due to changing ISP's, leaving a company or even death also shows up and will result in the "user unknown" designation.

Roxie in the snow
Our dog Roxie sure enjoys getting out and running around in the snow! It was still in the low teens early this morning but a bright clear sky.

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