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Monday, June 8, 2015

Horn of Plenty flower arrangement
We took this photo in Lancaster in front of a restored colonial era home.

"Sounding A Clear Call"

We are at the shore (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware) for a couple of days. (Podcast not prepared)

"If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" (1 Corinthians 14:8).

I saw an interesting t-shirt which proclaimed in bold letters, "The best Christian is a dead Christian." I was shocked and wondered what such a statement might mean and why anyone would wear it on t-shirt. Was it a brazen expression of the hatefulness that is surely increasing toward Christians all around the world?

I then noticed in small print a reference to a Bible verse (Colossians 2:12) and looked it up since I had my Bible with me.  The verse states, "Having been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead."  Oh!  So that's what it means, the sense of dying to self and sin, which is a valid Christian teaching.

Man's way/God's way
But I believe this illustrates the importance of clarity in our witness. There is value in sentence sermons, phrases, acrostics, etc. that communicate our faith. Many times I have been encouraged by the message on a bumper sticker, T-shirt or as I often mention that I appreciate the gospel messages on barns and silos in our county.  I have made and distributed thousands of small witness cards with a thought-provoking saying such as "Man's way leads to a hopeless end, but God's way leads to an endless hope", along with an accompanying Scripture verse. These brief messages of witness just may get someone to thinking and explore further.

Back to the T-shirt message; "The best Christian is a dead Christian". It was likely worn by an earnest Christian seeking to communicate a spiritual truth. I'll grant that it sure catches your attention but what would many think the phrase means? I wonder how many will look up the Scripture reference, particularly unbelievers. 

1 Corinthians 14:8
The daily verse is addressing clarity in communication illustrating with the trumpet used for signaling in battle. "If the trumpet does not sound a clear call." If a certain tune indicated an order of some type that tune needed to be clear and precise. An uncertain sound would lead to confusion and possible disaster.

We need to be as clear as possible in our witness to each other and to the world. Today we urge you to boldly and unashamedly bear a witness for Christ in word, deed and for some of you perhaps even on a T-shirt.  Let's just make sure the "trumpet" is making a clear, certain sound!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we rely on the power of Your Holy Spirit to enable us to give a clear witness of Biblical truth and the Gospel message. We recognize that we must do this not only by what we say verbally, or display in our apparel, plaques, screensavers, or other means of witness. We must also present Your Gospel message by the way we live our lives. May our words complement our actions as we seek to reach this lost and dying world.  In the name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

Many years ago I saw a man wearing a t-shirt and initially the screen print photo of duct tape got my attention since I really like duct tape and duct tape stories.  I asked him to stop so I could read the entire message. "People use duct tape to fix things. Jesus used three nails."

Junnbug and Marie 6/6/15
Saturday afternoon we were blessed when a longtime friend stopped by. We met Junnbug when we served as chaplains over ten years ago at Turkey Hill Dairy. He now lives in his native Puerto Rico with his wife Marie but is in the states visiting family.

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"The Basics of Life"
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