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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Lapp wall flower arrangement
This hanging planter sets a colorful contrast to the peeling paint on the side of this summer kitchen on an Amish farm near Strasburg, PA.

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"Elbow Room"

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9).  "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:18).

Peter and Lillian DeHart are friends of ours who serve in nursing home ministry. Now we may tend to think the last place to expect any excitement in ministry would be at a nursing home but such is not the case as we also can testify.

Sunday afternoon they were providing a service to the residents of a local nursing home when they had a rather memorable experience.  As they were setting up for the service a ruckus broke out among two of the elderly residents.

One lady in her late eighties customarily brings her small poodle with her but was told that she could not have the dog in the dining area where the service is held.  Well, she insisted on bringing it anyway which prompted a confrontation between her and another senior "saint" in her late nineties who insisted the dog was not to be in the service. Peter testifies that she actually set aside her walker prepared to deliver a "swing" aimed at denying a lady the opportunity to bring her dog to the service! (Thankfully intervention arrived before the swing was delivered.)

Peter's Bible lesson he prepared was titled "Elbow Room" and was about the coming glories of heaven with its untold, limitless and unending supply of "ELBOW ROOM!!!"

He observes: "The incident, amusing and disturbing as it was, never-the-less teaches a lesson about the Christian life and relationships among believers. "ELBOW ROOM", that most desired and longed for portion of the freedom of heaven, where we will be able to sprawl about and endlessly enjoy the presence of God, is probably best reserved for those coming realms of glory. Setting aside our "walker" and preparing to attain what we want at the cost of someone else is indeed contrary to the way of the Spirit of God. How much more effective, the word softly spoken, the soft word which turns away wrath."

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man
Daily prayer: Father, it seems that until we draw our last breath the devil continues to entice us to sin, whether it is in attitude or actions.  Oh, how the world to evil allures me! Oh how my heart is tempted to sin!  And yet as we go to You in earnest prayer and follow Your commands in Scripture, You enable us to overcome the allurement to sin and adhere to Scripture so that sin no longer masters us.  We thank You for making a way of escape when we are tempted to sin.  Amen.

More Photos From
Intercourse Heritage Days

Last Saturday we attended the Intercourse Heritage Days in eastern Lancaster County. Intercourse is a small rural village right smack in the middle of Amish country and of course due to it's unusual name and location it's very popular with tourists.

Souped up buggy at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
We showed another view of this souped up buggy in yesterday's message. I wonder if the father and his boys who are looking it over are wondering what it would be like to have this for their buggy!

Souped up buggy at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
It won first prize at the car show. By the way it has a valid Pennsylvania license plate and is street legal! Perhaps it will soon be in this scene.

Volleyball tournament at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
The Festival Days featured a volleyball tournament with 30 teams (28 Amish, 2 Mennonite) and the level of play was very competitive and intense. These Amish boys may not have sport's conditioning in the sense most athletes do, but a week of hard, manual work on the farm or shop is at least equal!

Ryan and Friends at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
Ryan is a local ventriloquist and was the headliner show Saturday afternoon at the Intercourse Heritage Days. The smiles on the children's faces justify a larger version of this picture here!

Tractors at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
Any show like this features a large collection of tractors.

Police car at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
This car immediately brought a recollection of a sheriff's car in a show we watched while growing up in the sixties!

Truck at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011

Parade at Intercourse Heritage Days 2011
Here's a photo of the Heritage Days parade.*

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Beloved Let Us Love One Another"
 Video  Jack Marti

"I Must Tell Jesus"  Video  Candi Staton

Intercourse Heritage Days    
Intercourse PA is located here (Google map)

* About 50 years ago!

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