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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
The rustic, abandoned Bordner Cabin at Swatara State Park
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"Life's Most Important Password"

Message summary: Today, we can rejoice that Jesus Christ is our most important Password and we can freely and generously share this Password with others!

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"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10:13). The risen Christ proclaims, "Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:17,18).

WiFi password plaqueEarly each Tuesday morning we have the opportunity, in the course of our chaplain visits, to share a brief devotional with the employees of a company we serve in rural Lebanon County. Although the gathering is voluntary most come and it's a nice way to start the work day. The company is a wholesale distributor of home decor items to gift shops and has many interesting and often inspirational items for sale.

I often try to use an item as a prop when I share the devotional and yesterday found a small plaque that is designed to be placed in a home with a courteous posting of the Wi-Fi password. Now that's a nice touch when you visit someone and want to use Wi-Fi on your own device.

Passwords have become an important part of modern life. Many of us probably have a lot of them. I actually keep all my passwords in a single password protected file. That's my most important password. (Note to self: Do not forget this password!) Most of my passwords are made up of Scripture verses and references such as John316 (That's our bank password*). According to the online password testers that reveal the strength of your password when you create one this is a good method and also may be somewhat helpful in recovery.

Passwords are now associated with modern technology but have actually been used since ancient times (see here).

Is heaven "password protected"?  Upon initial pondering I thought the answer was no, but as I ponder further, I do believe that there is a password required to enter into a right relationship with God.  It's not a series of numbers or a favorite pet, but it is a name. 

The first daily text is a clear, straightforward truth. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved".  Earlier in the context the Apostle Paul had written, "That if you confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). Surely the most important "password" that we must remember and use is the glorious name of Jesus!  However there is no need to keep this password a secret from others. Rather we are called to let the whole world know!

The second daily text reveals that Christ has the keys (or password in today's theme)! Yes indeed, there is a password required to enter into right relationship with God and to enter heaven. It is a Person. Jesus said, "I have the keys".

Today, we can rejoice that Jesus Christ is our most important password and we can share this password with others!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, thank You for Jesus who died on the cross for our sins; past, present and future. It was but a short time that He was held under the power of death, but He will die no more. Jesus is alive forevermore, and we who express godly faith will live forever, because Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. As we believe on Him, though we may die a mortal death, we shall yet live an immortal life. Jesus holds the keys to the invisible world which will one day be made visible to all creation. He also holds the key to our heart's door, but will only turn that key when we invite His entrance. Today we not only invite Jesus to enter but we welcome His residency as His Spirit abides with us guiding us into all truth. We love You, Father, and we come to You through Your beloved Son, Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

* Just kidding about the bank password!!! Actually I don't have John316 for any password!

Yesterday's message was titled "An Appeal For Comebacks" and urged readers to consider "comebacks" in their own lives. What a heartening email I received from an individual from a past church over 20 years ago: "I remember a time, long ago, when you encouraged me to make a comeback, when I probably couldn't have done it myself. I had wandered, but God told me to talk to you, so I did. It made a difference in my life. You may have forgotten, but I never will. Thank you!"

This was a forward we received on that message that touched our hearts, as a loving mother reaches out to her son in need of a spiritual comeback in his life. Would you join this family in prayer as they are believing that God will touch his heart and renew his faith again.

As your Mother, I am praying and asking you to please read this devotion that Stephen sent out today. As I read it, it spoke to me and I am praying God will speak to you through reading it. I love you, you are my son and I need you in my life.

Love, your Mother

The Bordner Cabin & Acriggs Falls

Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
Yesterday between chaplain visits we hiked back to the rustic Bordner cabin in Swatara State Park in Lebanon County. When we got there a Mennonite class along with their young teacher was also visiting.
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Interior of Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
How's this for a view out your dining room window! This large window overlooks the waterfall and we shared our lunch together at the picnic table.

Interior of Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park 10/31/17

Acriggs Falls at Bordner Cabin in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
The cascading Acriggs Falls drops some 60 feet. Of course it runs with a lot more water in the spring.

Bear Hole Trail in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
A beautiful walk along an abandoned road known as Bear Hole Trail back to the cabin.

Swatara Creek in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
Swatara Creek is a mountain stream that flows through the park.

Swatara Creek bridge in Swatara State Park 10/31/17
Bridge over Swatara Creek.
Here's Bordner cabin and the area where we walked on a Google map.

Next week, weather permitting, we plan to ride our bikes on the Swatara Rail Trail through the park.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"He Holds The Keys"  Video  Steve Green

We are grateful for the comments we received concerning yesterday's message about "Comebacks". We consider all of you praying for a comeback concerning a loved one. Here's some music that may bring assurance and hope regarding this theme. We were playing Pandora inspirational songs this morning and were greatly blessed by the lyrics of each of the following songs. Brooksyne said to me, "You've gotta look these up for our readers."

"Every Saint Has A Past Every Sinner Has A Future"  Video  Guy Penrod

"If There Ever Was A Time"  Video   Crabb Family

"Hope for All Nations"  Video    Karen Peck and New River

Several weeks ago I found an interesting YouTube channel where a man makes short videos of interesting out of the way places here in Eastern PA. He uses a drone with outstanding resolution along with relaxing music. That's how I first heard of the Bordner Cabin. The Bordner Cabin & Acriggs Falls, Bethel Township, PA  Video 6 minutes

An interview with Armar Bordner, who built the cabin, shortly before he died. (for history buffs) Video 17 minutes The history of the cabin begins at 4:15

Finally today:
Jesse and Wilma Dourte singing 10/31/17
On the way back from our chaplain visits yesterday we stopped by for a short visit with Jesse and Wilma Dourte. We first met them 8 years ago when we had a temporary role in a small country church. This spring they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and are both now in their nineties. They have a vibrant faith and sang us a hymn they enjoyed in their youth,
"Holy, Holy, Is What The Angels Sing"  Video (Since Wilma loves cats and can no longer care for one she has a stuffed animal cat  over her shoulder on the couch.)

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