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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Horse and cart near New Holland, PA 3/16/16
Nice to see a father and son out for a ride on a beautiful spring day (almost).
We passed this scene yesterday morning near New Holland, PA

"Sustaining All Things"

Message Summary:
The God who is sustaining all things is also sustaining each one of us. He speaks through the prophet Isaiah to the ancient people of God and thus through the Scriptures to all of us: "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth" (Isaiah 46:3).

Note: This morning we have an early morning meeting and were unable to prepare an audio message.

"The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful Word" (Hebrews 1:3).

He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

Several days a week our chaplain duties require us to drive across the county before sunrise. What a joy as we travel east to see a rural sunrise! We never panic about whether the sun will rise or not. In fact I am confident that it rose wherever you live, although it might be obstructed by clouds. The sun's rising is among "all things" God sustains and we really give it little thought or worry.

Modern technology works because of the amazing consistency in the Creator's design and His sustaining. For instance the precise time in an atomic clock is measured by the cesium atom's natural frequency of exactly 9,192,631,770 oscillations or cycles of resonant frequency per second. The Cesium Atomic Clock has an accuracy of one second in one million years! God sustains this minute detail and yet most readers can't even comprehend its meaning. Frankly I sure can't!

Airplanes fly because gravity is consistent. Can you imagine how terrifying flying would be if there were unpredictable gravity surges? Again, this is evidence of God's sustaining power.

Every phrase in today's Scripture is powerful and rich with meaning.  But I want to focus on the latter portion.  The Son is "sustaining all things".  There are many things we can focus on that will bring us anxiety and distress. It may be a personal health issue or a family matter. It may be our finances or the condition of the world with the turmoil and uncertainty.

We just don't know how these and many other issues will all work out. But we can experience great comfort in this eternal truth: God is sustaining all things by His powerful Word! God is sustaining every single microchip and every single cell in my body and everyone else's body.  In Colossians 1:17 we read, "In Him all things hold together." The Psalmist appeals, "Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" (Psalm 107:15).

The word "sustaining" is translated "upholding" in the KJV. The Amplified Bible seeks to bring out the fuller meaning of the Greek by stating, "upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power." The Greek word (pheron) is in the present active indicating a concept that is dynamic, not static. The Son's work of sustaining involves not only support, but also movement.  He is the One who carries all things forward on their appointed course.

The God who is sustaining all things is also sustaining each one of us. He speaks through the prophet Isaiah to the ancient people of God and thus through the Scriptures to all of us"Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth" (Isaiah 46:3).

Truly, "He's got the whole world in His hands" and just as truly, "He's got you and me brother (or sister) in His hands"!  Rest in that wonderful assurance today.  Raise your eyes heavenward this day and declare, "I believe You are sustaining all things by Your powerful Word and You will accomplish that which concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting" (Hebrews 1:3, Psalm 138:8).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are assured that You will guide us each day as we keep in step with Your Spirit.  You satisfy our needs and give strength to the weary.  Thank You for hearing our cries and saving us from our troubles.  Thank You for being close to the brokenhearted and comforting those whose spirits have been crushed.  Though we choose to live according to Your ways we know that we're not exempt from problems, but we are greatly encouraged to know that You, Father, solve them all and sustain us in the midst of them. By Your gracious all-sustaining power the sun will come up tomorrow no matter the darkness we might feel today. Thank You faithful, holy and righteous One.  Amen.

A few more 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show Photos
For several days this week we have shared photos from our visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show last Friday. Here's our final set.

2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
Interesting contours (or whatever floricoltural term they might use to describe this very simple but lovely flower arrangement."

2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
It looks like Brooksyne has an untucked piece of hair on the side of her head. But if you look closely you'll see that it is the inside of a cup or bowl among thousands of others that are mounted on this huge wall beside her. It's an unusual and interesting site in the convention center.

2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
2016 Philadelphia Flower Show
The arrangements were stunning and huge, many of them. What is more amazing, for all the money, publicity and time involved, the thousands of fresh displays last only a few days.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I'll Fly Away"  Video 
Gaither Vocal Band  Very early this morning this suddenly started playing on my computer. I didn't have YouTube open but saw it was Spotify I must have accidently clicked and this was the first song in the playlist!

"He Reigns"  Video   Newsboys

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