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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
A scene in rural Maryland.
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"The Heavenly Kingdom"
"My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).
Today is Election Day here in the USA. Though we have readers from all over the world I write particularly with the American election in mind, though our Biblical message is pertinent to every nation.
All over our country there are highly contested races, including several right here in Pennsylvania. Throughout the autumn we have been barraged with campaign ads on TV and radio, through mail, road signs and phone calls. I note that many are also using the internet, apparently targeting me based on key words in a search.
There are various reasons that people will choose to vote as they do today. Some simply vote along political party lines giving little thought or research about the actual persons they elect to office. Others base their vote on how they are told by an organization, but give little thought to the deep values that should be of utmost importance.
Two major competing ideologies divide our nation this election day. We will support the candidates we feel most closely uphold the Biblical position in regard to several issues we feel are vital to our nation's survival, security, prosperity and moral wellbeing. But we must keep in mind that politics is not the key to surviving as a nation. We must remember where our real home is.
Although I am a natural born citizen of the US, born in Kansas City Missouri in 1954, my primary eternal citizenship was established in heaven in 1971 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. And that's where my first allegiance lies. *
The dominant system when Jesus was on this earth ultimately determined that His views were worthy of death. At His trial before Pilate He calmly got right to the heart of the matter, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). Earlier in an exchange with the religious leaders of His day He minced no words, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world" (John 8:23).
We want to have a perspective that reflects the words of Christ. We want to remember where our ultimate citizenship lies.
The Apostle Paul said, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). Let's all remember that! In doing so we will have an inner peace that does not change based on the circumstances of the day or whether "our side" wins or loses in this political election.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we pray for our election today here in the U.S. Many votes will be cast and it is our prayer that those who most reflect our godly values along with good leadership qualities will be elected to office. There is much we can do to make a difference in the spiritual landscape of our country, and yet we live in a world where the prince of darkness rules. Help us to remain vigilant as we live in this darkened world and choose not to partake of the world's hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on the basic principles and practices of this world rather than on Christ. It is in the powerful name of Jesus that we pray. Amen.
See Colossians 2:8
This world is not my home; I'm just a passing through.
My treasures are laid up, somewhere beyond the blue.
The angels beckon me, from Heaven's Open Door.
And I don't feel at home in this world anymore!
* Brooksyne was born in Tulsa OK in 1955 and accepted Christ as a young teenager. We, of course share the same focus on our heavenly citizenship!
Today we will share an assortment of photos from our last breakfast stop in Pigeon Forge Tennessee at the Apple Barn restaurant and some visits we made on the way back north to Pennsylvania.
We enjoyed walking by this stately maple tree on our way to the Apple Barn restaurant where we had breakfast with my sister and her husband Friday morning before departing Pigeon Forge for our long trip back to Pennsylvania. We sure enjoyed the meal but especially the apple fritters that are complimentary to every meal!
We drove up to the Washington, DC area to visit our friend Marilyn (center of photo). We met Marilyn through this ministry a number of years ago and have had several opportunities to fellowship with her. She prepared a very nice lunch and even provided a delicious birthday cake for Brooksyne. Lunch was followed by a spiritually enriching time as Wilma and Marilyn both shared their testimonies of how they committed their lives to Christ.
Notice the bank barn on the left in the photo.
When I arrived Dean was building a fence for these.
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The boxes in our top daily photo are bee hives. Our friend Dean is an apiarist (bee keeper)!
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