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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Appalachian trail overlook
A beautiful autumn view from the Appalachian Trail.
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I took this photo on the Blue Mountain Ridge.

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"Abundant Grace"

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD" (Genesis 6:8). "The Word … who came from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). "The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly" (1 Timothy 1:14).

We are always running out of something. It's the human condition. I filled the gas tank yesterday but it will need filled again in about a week. Brooksyne will refill Ester's heart medications today, something she does every month, ever since Ester was a baby, born with congenital heart disease. When something is full and we use some of its content, it's not full anymore! It's depleted and needs replenished. We're always in need of additional supplies since our resources are always being depleted. But it's not that way with God!

Though wickedness surrounded Noah he continued to walk in obedience to God and he is commended in the faith chapter with this single verse: "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith" (Hebrews 11:7).

God has been dispensing grace to the fallen human race at least since he sought out Adam and Eve and said, "Where are you?" From the very beginning God has been pouring out His grace and He continues to do so

The daily text includes the very first use of the word "grace" in the entire Bible.  "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."  The Hebrew word translated grace (chen) has an underlying sense of "to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior."  That is certainly a wonderful picture of what God has done for us.  I recall a song from the eighties that has a line, "He came down to my level, when I couldn't get up to His." Theologically we call this the "incarnation", God's ultimate demonstration of grace in sending His only begotten Son to this world to die for our sins.

Today we live in a world that is in so many ways similar to the time of Noah.  And today God is calling His recipients of grace to follow Him in faith and obedience. Like Noah, we are recipients of this "righteousness that comes by faith."

The nature of God is that He is always "full of grace." Since He is immutable (unchanging) this fullness is constant. His fullness of grace is never depleted and never needs replenished. Although grace has been poured out abundantly from the very beginning, God is always "full of grace." There is no less grace available for our need than there was for Noah or Paul, Martin Luther or D.L. Moody.  Paul declared
"The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly" (1 Timothy 1:14). And God's grace is always abundant for every generation of people He creates!

"Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, how inexhaustible are Your resources, Your wisdom and Your knowledge! How impossible it is to search into Your decrees or trace Your footsteps!  For You are sovereign, watching over Your people and supplying their every need without exhausting any of Your resources, wisdom or knowledge.  We look to You and no other, for there is none like You.  Amen.

See Romans 11:33

Today's photos were taken in Berks County
near Reading, Pennsylvania.

Wertz Covered Bridge Berks County, PA
Wertz Covered Bridge in Berks County PA
This is the longest covered bridge in Pennsylvania.

Stone Farmhouse, Berks County, PA
Old stone farmhouse
These types of stone houses are common in our area among the Pennsylvania Dutch.

Gruber Wagon Works Berks County, PA
The Gruber Wagon Works
A family business that made farm wagons for nearly 100 years!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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"He Giveth More Grace"  Video  This is one of Brooksyne's favorite hymns. It was written by Annie Johnson Flint who suffered from crippling arthritis from her teen years to her death.  Yet, due to her close walk with God, she could write in the second stanza of this marvelous song:

"When we have exhausted our store of endurance, When our strength has failed 'ere the day is half done, When we reach the end of our hoarded resources, Our Father's full giving is only begun"

"Amazing Grace"  Video  A version with an interesting story.

"Grace Alone"  Video

"There Is None Like You"  Video

Note: Today, I'm traveling out to attend my aunt's funeral service in Lincoln, Nebraska who passed away on Sunday.  I wrote yesterday about her and the blessing she was to so many.

I hope to post messages as I am able over the next couple of days as circumstances allow. However I do not expect to post each day, especially Friday morning when I
will return to Pennsylvania early in the morning. I do hope to post an anniversary message tomorrow since this ministry began on October 21, 1996 which coincides with Brooksyne's birthday.

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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."

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