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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Swatara Creek railroad bridge 4/4/17
We continue to enjoy our rails to trails bike rides but the trail ended at this abandoned railroad bridge over the Swatara Creek in northern Lebanon County. Plans call for new deck which will continue the trail over the bridge.

"God Is Omnicompassionate"

Message summary: This message uses the same texts as a message we posted last week but with a different emphasis. Today we focus on "the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful."

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"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). "We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful" (James 5:11).

The Omni is a chain of luxury hotels found in major cities. Each hotel begins with the prefix Omni. In Boston it's called Omni Parker House which happens to be the oldest continuously operating hotel in the US, opening in 1855, exactly 100 years before Brooksyne was born. However it's just a bit
(actually a whole lot) more than we like to spend. If we went this weekend it would be $329.00 per night for a basic room.

But many of us are most familiar with the prefix "omni" in regard to several attributes of God.

Jim Gambini, who was our pastor when we first moved to Lancaster County, made a point in a sermon that really blessed me. He declared “God is omnicompassionate.” Now prior to that I had never, in all my years of theological study, heard the word
"omnicompassionate.” My computer software underscores this word with a red line alert indicating that I’ve misspelled the word or there is no such word.  I recall talking with Pastor Jim and his wife Wendy, in the greeting line following the church service, and he smiled when I told him that I took note of his new term. He was intentionally seeking to express a truth, even though he also could not recall ever seeing or hearing the word. I think it's a neat word!

The prefix "omni" means "all." It is used in several of what theologians call the attributes or characteristics of God, such as omniscience (all-knowing), omnipresence (all-present) and omnipotence (all-powerful). He is all-compassionate as well, thus Pastor Jim’s new vocabulary word, “omnicompassionate”! The second daily text declares that "the Lord is full of compassion and mercy."

Due to another wonderful attribute of God known as His immutability (that is, “He never changes”) this verse reveals that He is always "full of compassion and mercy." Since He is immutable His fullness is constant with a never-ending supply of compassion. In a time of chaotic despair Jeremiah's hope was restored by recalling that our Lord’s "compassions never fail".

God's fullness of compassion and His extravagant mercy is never depleted nor will it ever need replenished. Although He's been demonstrating His compassion and mercy from the very beginning, God is always "full of compassion and mercy". No less compassion and mercy are available for our needs today than for anyone who has ever lived or who will ever live.  So you don't need to lie awake tonight worrying about God’s compassion running out!

How blessed I am by this perpetual call to mercy from Hebrews: "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." His mercy is indeed absolutely abundant and thoroughly adequate. He is indeed omnicompassionate!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, it is because of Your great love that we are not consumed, for Your compassions never fail; they are sufficient, reliable, and so often exceed that which we can even imagine. It is because of Your great love that we are not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. We experience them every morning, throughout the day, and even in the night hour. Great is Your faithfulness, O God! As we observe  the outcome of Your dealings with Your people, Lord, we repeatedly see Your omnicompassion and omnimerciful ways in our lives. And we thank You for it, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Some scenes on the back roads of Lancaster County

Yesterday afternoon after I took Ester to work I rode my bike on the Lancaster Junction rail trail and some of the adjoining roads.

Log Cabin farmhouse 4/5/17 (Click to enlarge)
Log cabin farmhouse on Spooky Nook Road
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Shenck's Mill farmhouse 4/5/17 (Click to enlarge)
The old stone farmhouse at the Shenck's Mill
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Shenck's Mill Covered Bridge 4/5/17 (Click to enlarge)
The Shenck's Mill covered bridge was built in 1855, also 100 years before Brooksyne came along!
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Modified VW bug 4/5/17 (Photo by Ester)
Ester took this photo yesterday at her workplace (before she started)

Lancaster Junction train 4/5/17
Saw a train on the old Lancaster Junction line.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Wonderful, Merciful Savior"  Video   Selah

"Mercy Tree"  Video  Charles Billingsley

"The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me"   Video Travis Cottrell and David Moffett

“Omni Parker House" history

Finally today:
Shenck Road deluxe treehouse 4/5/17
A very deluxe tree house with a spiral staircase on Shenck Road

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