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Friday, January 29, 2010

New Holland Farm 1/28/10
Yesterday I passed this farm scene north of New Holland Pennsylvania.
I took the photo west as a cold front was moving in.
Today it's frigid outside!

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"Feet That Bring Good News"

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" (Isaiah 52:7).

Wingtip dress shoesI have a couple of old pairs of wingtip dress shoes Brooksyne bought for me at our local thrift store. They look great and are two brands I don't normally buy (Florsheim and Bostonian).  However each pair has a hole in the sole! A friend of mine at church knows a man who can repair them by replacing the soles and volunteered to take them to him. I took the shoes to our midweek Bible Study and placed them on the platform as a demonstration and asked if they might remind anyone of a particular Bible verse. Sure enough an astute Bible student, a retired minister, quoted the daily verse!

About ten years ago there was an interesting TV commercial that ran during the World Series.  While the song, "You are so beautiful to me" played in the background there were scenes of different athletes demonstrating the injuries they sustained common to their sport.  It began with the cauliflower ear of a wrestler and other sport's injuries. It was a clever advertisement for Nike athletic shoes.

Calloused feetOne brief scene in the commercial shows the gnarled and calloused feet of a runner. This brings to mind the daily Scripture verse.  The Bible says that the feet of those who bring good news are beautiful!  Now I normally don't consider the feet a beautiful part of the anatomy, but God's Word says they are!

Baby feet
But what does the Lord see as beauty in our feet? I certainly don't believe it's primarily related to physical features as we reckon beauty.  I believe God is extolling those who are sent to "bring good news, proclaim peace, bring good tidings, proclaim salvation."

The three word summary of their message is "Your God reigns!"  This verse refers first to those who proclaimed release to the captives. There's little doubt that many held captive by godless authority over a period of years had lost sight of the God of Israel.

But this passage also foreshadows the announcement of salvation through the coming Messiah and the future work of the Church. The apostle Paul wrote, "How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:14,15).

Feet and mountainToday God's messengers will climb the rugged mountain terrains, cross the hot dry desserts, and stand on the street corners of crowded cities to proclaim the message of God's salvation to a troubled world. They are working all throughout beleagured Haiti.  One of my surgeons, Dr. William Peipgrass, is now in Haiti with a mission medical team.

Not only will they use their feet to travel to difficult places, but they'll use their hands to bandage the wounded, and their voices to speak the truth in love. I believe God sees beauty in our surrendered devotion and sacrificial service as we fully dedicate our lives to Him.

Some feet are doubtlessly calloused, some are arthritic and still others may be laden with painful bunions.  But feet that have been active in "bringing good news, proclaiming peace, bringing good tidings, and proclaiming salvation" are beautiful in the eyes of God.

Today all over the world God is calling His children to continue to bring the Good News to a world besieged with bad news. Some 2,700 years after Isaiah first heard this Word from the Lord our victorious message has not changed.  From the rooftops we proclaim, "Our God Reigns!" I encourage all readers to dedicate their feet to His glorious service!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily Prayer: Father, Your reign is eternal, from everlasting to everlasting.  Though millions have heard this powerful message there are still so many people groups who have not heard this glorious life transforming truth. As You call dedicated believers to go to the ends of the earth, You also fit them with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. May they fearlessly make known the mystery of Your gospel to all who will listen.  In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

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"Our God Reigns"  Video  

"Nike ad"  Video  This is the ad used as an illustration in today's message.  This ran over 10 years ago.

Many years ago I took this photo of Angela, our friend's daughter, on a farm trail across from our home. It relates to today's text. I was just learning how to make photos for the web and used a .pdf

Samaritan's Feet  Yesterday, Mark Griffin, a friend of mine, brought this interesting ministry to my attention, which in part prompted today's message.
Mission Statement:
“We bring shoes to the ends of the earth in the name of Christ, who changes lives.”
Vision Statement: The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is to provide shoes to 10 million impoverished individuals in the next 10 years by teaching them a biblical story of faith, hope, and love, demonstrating those truths through touching them by washing their feet, and treating them to a new pair of shoes and socks.

A news report about Dr. Piepgrass.  
He had a neat painting in his office depicting the Lord assisting a surgeon during an operation.

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