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Friday, August 25, 2017

Corn Wagon near New Danville, PA 8/25/17
This morning we stopped by the Corn Wagon near New Danville, PA which we believe is Lancaster's largest, certainly busiest farm stand. Brooksyne is picking out big ears of fresh corn from the local fields that we enjoy - 13 for $2.50!

"In All This"

Message summary: In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!

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"In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing" (Job 1:22). "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!" (Romans 8:37).

Tommy Carpenter is a friend from Arkansas and a missionary to Belize. He just posted a testimony to his Facebook page that blessed both of us as Brooksyne read it this morning while we were traveling. I called Tommy and asked his permission to share it with our readers.

"I stood in the altar area of the old tabernacle on the Ozark Lithia Campground outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas and made a commitment to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ! That was 62 years ago!

C.M. Ward was the speaker for the youth convention when I felt a definite call to the ministry! Memories of that moment have sustained me through the years.

[Nearly] six years ago I was dealing with the tragedy of losing my wife and grandson in a deadly auto wreck! At the funeral service, a gentleman questioned me, "Now, what are you going to do?"

What am I going to do? I'm going to do what God has called me to do! The commitment made at the altar as a teenager is still strong in my spirit!

I have decided to follow Jesus! No turning back, no turning back!! This old song has another verse that states: "Though none go with me, still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back!"

Here are three important things that I have learned over these years:

1. The commitment is unconditional!! I cannot say, I will follow IF... It must be "I will follow until my course and ministry is finished!"

2. Faith helps me to stand when I don't understand! I trust GOD in every circumstance of life!

3. GOD'S grace is greater than my deepest grief. Just as GOD'S Love is beyond our comprehension, GOD'S Grace is unlimited!!

Today, I am blessed beyond measure! We are planning two more trips to Belize this year building and repairing local churches. There are other projects to be scheduled for next year, should the LORD tarry.

It will be worth it all, when we see JESUS!"

Now that's an example of victory. Tommy went through a very hard time and although there are questions that await answers on the other side he persevered.

How would we feel if we had no idea when or if we will get relief from chronic affliction? Consider God's servant Job. Of course his suffering was much, much greater than ours. He lost his wealth, his children, his health, his important position in Uz. As if that weren't enough he also endured a nagging wife throughout his horrible ordeal!

Throughout the book Job had no idea how long he would suffer or if he would ever get relief.  Yet he continued to place his faith in God and of course was eventually vindicated. What a powerful perspective of steadfast faith is expressed in the daily text, "In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing."

Some of you are facing situations where you just don't see the way out. Whether it's a health matter, marital conflict, loneliness or any other seemingly hopeless situation, the book of Job teaches us that there is divine activity taking place that we don't always see and that God will in His time make a way.

He will do the same for you.  Keep trusting God today even in the midst of your affliction. In all this (whatever the "this" is) God will prove Himself dependable and will work things out "for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).

In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Lord, we realize today that many of our brothers and sisters are going through some very hard times. Some of them are in what seems like a dark tunnel of despair and they do not see any light at the end. Job surely felt this way day in and day out in the midst of his family loss, physical suffering, and financial ruin. Renew our assurance today of Your steadfast love and care in the midst of our trial. Send means of hope and encouragement today to uplift. By faith we will see a glorious light at the end of the tunnel if we remain "joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." Amen.

See Romans 12:12

Tommy & Nelma Carpenter 10/12/11
Tommy and Nelma last visited us in October 2011 just a few days before Nelma and their grandson died in a car accident in Little Rock.

Tommy & Jane CarpenterSeveral years after the accident Tommy remarried and his new wife, Jane, whom we have not met yet, seems outgoing and active in ministry like Nelma. We had hoped to see them when we passed through Arkansas two weeks ago but they were in Belize.

When I spoke to Tommy on the phone this morning we were at a Lowes store. When we finished Tommy said, "Let's pray" and that just what we did. Anyone reading this who has met Tommy Carpenter knows what a special person and encourager he is!

Brooksyne's note:
Interestingly, a man about my age, overheard Stephen on the phone talking to Tommy. He approached me, "Were you talking about Fort Smith, Arkansas?" I had mentioned Ft. Smith during our phone conversation. He went on to tell me he grew up in Arkansas so we began talking about our recent visit to Northwest Arkansas. He knew of the remote mountain where Brooksyne's grandparents had lived. When you meet up with someone from the south conversation flows so easily even if you are complete strangers.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Never Too Broken to Belong"  Video  Gold City This is probably my favorite current Gold City song. This coming Sunday evening "Gold City" will be at the final concert of the Lebanon Music in the Park summer series. For local readers info is here.

Finally Today:

Old Windmill Farm tour 8/24/17
Yesterday we stopped by for a few minutes to visit with our friends Jesse and Anna to deliver some grocery items we picked up for them at Costco. Their farm tour operation is going very well with several tours in process while we were there. In the photo Jesse is having the small pigs give a demonstration of going down the children's slide, a reward for a small treat. One of the pigs names is "Porkie". It was enjoyable watching the farm guests and seeing what a great time they had.

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