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Friday, October 14, 2011

Horse and Buggy
A horse and buggy passing in front of our house. These are the trees we now have in view!

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"God's Great Faithfulness"

"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease" (Genesis 8:22). "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22,23).

Tree in splendid colorWe are entering into the peak of autumn beauty here in south central Pennsylvania.  We have a beautiful view outside our home office window of the trees along our road. The maple trees are just beginning their lovely display of their bright reds, yellows and oranges. The oak trees in our front lawn have leaves with a shiny reddish brown color.

These beautiful colors have been present in the leaves all along but through the spring and summer, they are hidden by green chlorophyll. The warm, sunny days and cool nights of early fall cause the trees to produce a substance that blocks the flow of water to the leaves. Without water, the chlorophyll breaks down, revealing the vibrant colors.  How interesting and mysterious is the work of the Creator!

Apart from the beauty of this season believers can receive a powerful reminder from these changes that God is in control and that He keeps His promises.  Following the flood God made a covenant with Noah that is in part expressed in the daily verse. "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." God has methodically kept this promise for thousands of years and today where I live I see the evidence with the harvest, the changing trees and cooler temperatures. He will most certainly do so "as long as the earth endures."

Be assured, dear believer, that this same care is demonstrated in us.  The Psalmist expressed his assurance in a promise that can fill each one of our lives with hope and expectancy; "The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O LORD, endures forever" (Psalm 138:8). Forever is still going on some 3,000 years after David wrote these words and, praise God, His love will always endure. Indeed, He will most surely fulfill His purpose in my life and in yours. Look up today and note God's faithfulness in the universe.  Then declare and rest in His faithfulness in that which concerns you alone!

Thomas A. Chisolm wrote in the classic hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”, "Summer and winter and springtime and harvest.  Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifold witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love."

A firm, growing grasp of God's faithfulness is an essential source of assurance and peace in the Christian life.  Are you weary today?  Are you feeling "burned out"?  Are you discouraged? Is there a vexing problem that seems insurmountable?  If you know the hymn, close your eyes and sing, whistle, or hum the tune to "Great is Thy faithfulness".  It will help you consider afresh this wonderful attribute of God's immutable character.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest.
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above.
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness. Great is Thy faithfulness.
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily Prayer: Father, we join with all of creation to declare Your praise and to celebrate Your lovingkindness as we experience Your tender compassions daily. It is because of Your unceasing mercy that we are not consumed, but rather we are saved through the finished work of Jesus Christ. We rejoice in Your faithfulness; we rest in Your unfailing love; we are restored by Your forgiveness; we are rescued from our folly; and we are reminded that You will fulfill Your purpose in our lives through Your eternal, enduring love.  Amen.

We serve as chaplains at a company that had an interesting community workday yesterday. They closed down normal operations and took their entire workforce to make renovations at a local food bank and make access ramps for the disabled. JK Mechanical is a heating and air conditioning company and also installs solar panels with about 75 employees. This is the second year they have had a company-wide work day.

JK Mechanical workday 2011
Crews built special platforms to be used for ramps for the disabled. 

JK Mechanical workday 2011
It is amazing how much work we observed that was done by noon. They had framed the walls and ceiling and were placing the drywall on the ceiling. The work also included running HVAC ductwork, insulation, wiring and by the end of the work day thay had the drywall on the walls! There was a great spirit of cooperation present.

JK Mechanical workday 2011
After working hard all morning Doug and Mark take a makeshift seat and enjoy a big lunch!

Television News reports about the work day  Video  Video

JK Mechanical  It is a joy to serve this company as their chaplains!
Chris Leaman, VP challenges others, "I would encourage other businesses to do this,” commented Leaman. “It's a tremendous opportunity to have a positive impact on your community, excellent team building, and a great opportunity to give back, which is what we should be doing.”  Amen, we can testify to this!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"  Video  Traditional version

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"  Video  Selah

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"  Video  Fernando Ortega (newer version, same words)

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