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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Dew-laced Purple pansies
(Photo by our friend Doris High)
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"Will You Be The One?"
"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness (Romans 12:4-8).
Will you be the one
To answer to His call
And will you stand
When those around you fall
Will you be the one
To take His light into a darkened world
Tell me will you be the one
On Sunday we heard an interesting message in our church that began with a powerful testimony. We first met Debbie Hollinger and her husband David over ten years ago when I served as chaplain for several years at Four Seasons Produce, the company David started. In fact we recall joining them for a meal shortly after we moved to this area in 2001. It turns out that Debbie is a longtime friend from childhood with Faithe Keefer, our Pastor's wife.
Debbie shared about "Home International" a ministry she started in India due to a burden God placed on her heart for orphaned girls. A recurring theme in her message was, "Will you be the one?" as she encouraged the congregation to step out in faith in serving the Lord in whatever way He may be leading them.
In illustrating this concept she shared about a little girl named Emily who grew up in the coal region of Pennsylvania during the great depression in a home steeped in sin, which gave no consideration whatsoever to God. Mrs. Coons, a neighbor lady, invited five year old Emily to attend her church where she got saved. She stood alone in her walk with God throughout her childhood and teen years persevering in her faith. Emily grew up, married a preacher and became mother to Debbie and her siblings. She raised her family to serve the Lord.
Debbie was sharing the transmission of her faith going back to Mrs. Coons. All who believe have a similar story although perhaps not as dramatic. In our church I have a friend who can trace back his spiritual heritage for many generations but at some point a believer reached out to someone in his family and led them to faith. I suppose there may be some who have an unbroken chain of faith in their family all the way back to the establishment of the church but I've never heard that testimony!
The work of the Lord certainly includes some famous preachers. But I believe the greatest part of God's work is due to devoted lesser-known people like Mrs. Coons, who faithfully serve God in their sphere of influence. That's something we all can do. Today we need to heed God's call. Al Denson wrote the song "Will you be the one?" It begins with this thoughtful verse,
In a world full of broken dreamsThe difference you make by taking a bold, unswerving stand for Jesus may not be fully disclosed in your lifetime. Before Emily passed away she could not have foreseen that her daughter, Debbie, would raise up three Christian homes where 61 orphans would find refuge from homelessness and abuse as well as the gift of salvation through her missionary endeavor.
Where the truth is hard to find
For every promise that is kept
There are many left behind
Though it seems that nobody cares
It still matters what you do
Cause there's a difference you can make
But the choice is up to you
May the Lord help us to be faithful to God's calling in whatever specific way He leads us. "The story of the Gospel is simple. The grace of the Gospel is glorious. The sacrifice of the Gospel is incomprehensible. The victory of the Gospel is eternal. The core of the Gospel is Christ." (unknown source)
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, You've called us all to a life of obedience. This includes the command that we are to raise our families in such a way that they will come to know You and grow in godliness in accordance to their individual faith. We also have opportunity to influence others for Jesus as we follow the great commission in reaching out to those who don't know Him, whether it's our neighbor, co-worker, team member or the homeless living on the streets. We want to make a difference in our world, one person at a time, since You touch individual hearts for the kingdom one at a time. We want to faithfully do our part through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Will You Be The One?" Video Al Denson This song came to mind when I heard Debbie speak this last Sunday. I haven't heard it in years but managed to find an original Al Denson version.
"Little Is Much" Video Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
"Going Home" Video Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Note: We actually prepared this post earlier this week and have set it to deliver to our email list on Thursday morning. I am attending a "Watchmen On The Wall" briefing in Washington, DC along with my Pastor, John Keefer, and my brother, Pat Weber, who is a pastor in the Lehigh Valley about 100 miles northeast of us. We do not expect to post on Friday.
The "Watchmen On The Wall" pastor's briefing in Washington DC encourages pastors to be a "watchman pastor", standing up for Biblical values against the tide of evil that is sweeping our land. The conference is so very important due to a sense of urgency regarding the state of our land. This conference will challenge pastors to take a strong, uncompromising stand for Biblical truth.
Our basic commission in this regard is to:
1) Pray for our nation.
2) Preach the Bible without apology.
3) Partner with those who also hold Biblical values.
Pastor friends: I urge you to examine this ministry and join me in being a "Watchman Pastor".
Lay people: Consider sending this message to your pastor with a note asking him to look into this.
What is a Watchman Pastor? The name is from Isaiah 62:6: "I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest." A Watchman Pastor is called to do the following:
* Watch what is going on in the culture.
* Pray for wisdom to engage Biblically, courageously, and winsomely.
* Sound the alarm from the pulpit.
* Take a bold stand with others to defend and advance faith, family, and freedom.
The music at the briefing will be led by Charles Billingsley, a musician I have long enjoyed. Here is a song I expect we will sing: "God Of The Ages" Video
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