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Monday, November 13, 2017

Old Windmill Farm 11/12/17 (Ester)
A beautiful Sunday afternoon on the Old Windmill Farm.
(Photo by Ester)

"Proclaiming The Name Of The Lord"

Message summary: Today, let us, like Moses, renew our covenant and faithfully proclaim the name of the Lord. Let us continually with joy "praise the greatness of our God" for who He is and for His remarkable, supernatural and steadfast presence in our lives.

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"I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!" (Deuteronomy 32:3).

Sunday School craft project on skirt
Yesterday, following our church service, we were walking through the foyer preparing to leave when a little boy about 5 years old bumped into Brooksyne. A few minutes later as we walked through the parking lot she looked down and saw a piece of paper dangling on her skirt. She reached down to check and it was the little boy's craft project, a multi-colored, heart-shaped presentation of the gospel made from construction paper. Apparently he had it in his hand when he bumped into Brooksyne and a staple had caught her skirt, kind of like a cockleburr.

It was too late to find the little boy, who probably wondered what happened to his Sunday School craft/book. If anyone reads this and knows a little boy named Brady who lost his Sunday School craft/gospel booklet*¹, we still have it and would be pleased to give it back to him!

But it did get us to thinking of our call to proclaim the name of the Lord. The little boy was inadvertently proclaiming the name of the Lord by sharing the gospel message. Many of our readers, including us, were exposed to the gospel message, through the wordless book either through Sunday School or VBS when we were children.

Wordless book
As we grow older in our walk with the Lord there is a spiritual condition we must guard against. The teachings that we have known from an early age are no longer new to us.  We've seen just about everything (at least we may think we have). Some become bored in their walk, others run about seeking the latest fad teaching, spiritual experience, the coolest church, or popular worship songs. Sadly, there are those who succumb to what the apostle Paul called "every wind of strange doctrine" (Ephesians 4:14).

The daily text is a portion of a song that Moses recited to the people of Israel shortly before his death. Notice that Moses did not appear to have grown weary with the mighty God he served nor was he bored in his walk of faith. He had lived 120 years and this song was a renewed expression of what the latter 40 years of his life had been all about.

When he had dramatically heard from God at the burning bush he began a long journey of faithful service for the Lord. After repeatedly confronting Pharaoh, he led the people out of Egypt and through the desert and now gave them his final message on the plains east of the Jordan River.

Though Moses would not be entering the Promised Land, he accepts that bitter disappointment and maintains a positive, faith-filled outlook as expressed in the daily text
where he declares before his audience, "I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!".

It's a reminder to us of God's call for each of our lives. It is also a reminder that we may not see every dream fulfilled on this side, but the joyous reality of heaven awaits the faithful. This is immeasurably more than the fulfillment of any dream on earth.

Today, let us, like Moses, renew our covenant and faithfully proclaim the name of the Lord. Let us continually with joy "praise the greatness of our God" for who He is and for His remarkable, supernatural and steadfast presence in our lives.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we proclaim Your greatness throughout the earth and we proclaim Your greatness in our lives. We who were once destined for eternal damnation, through the redemptive work of Jesus, now bow our knees and declare with our tongues that "Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father…. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." And this hope leads us to life everlasting as we stay the course. Keep us faithful on our spiritual sojourn. In the name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.

*¹ Wordless Book: The Wordless Book can be traced back to Charles H. Spurgeon in 1866. The little book attached to Brooksyne's skirt had words included with the gospel message (color coded) put to the words of a poem:
  • My heart is black with sin until the Savior came in. (black)
  • His precious blood I know (red)
  • Has washed me white as snow. (white)
  • And in God's Word I'm told, I'll walk the streets of gold. (yellow)
  • What a wonderful, wonderful day, I'll read my Bible and pray. (green)
*² Whenever our time on earth is done I suspect for most of us, like Moses, there is always something else we would have liked to have done regardless of how old we are. But when our appointed days are complete we gladly receive God's call to heaven.

Old Windmill Farm Horse-drawn Hayride/Eagle Watch Tour

Old Windmill Farm eagle watch 11/12/17
Yesterday afternoon following church we drove over to the Old Windmill Farm to visit the Lapp family. Jesse wanted to take us out on a horse-drawn hay ride to see the eagles. Many eagles congregate on his property this time of year due to the Esbenshade Turkey Farm on the adjacent property. Esbenshade's  is the oldest turkey farm in the US. Of course the turkeys are being dressed for Thanksgiving and there are a lot of tasty, easy picking morsels lying out in the field for the eagles to enjoy!

Horses watching eagles on Old Windmill Farm 11/12/17
During the ride the horses even seemed to be curious about the eagles.

Old Windmill Farm eagle watch 11/12/17
The eagles were resting in the trees around the property and Moses was on his pony trying to stir them up for some in-flight photos. However the combination of distance, being on a wagon and not having telephoto lenses resulted in less than optimum eagle photos.

Old Windmill Farm eagle watch 11/12/17
Daisy the goat seems to be in the middle of about anything that is happening on the Old Windmill Farm!

Daisy laying on cow 11/12/17
Daisy must have been tired after the bumpy hay ride. After we left Jesse took this photo of her resting after she found a nice, cozy, warm spot in the milking barn!

Old friends 11/11/17
Saturday evening we had some special friends over for dinner who were eating their dessert in this photo. Brooksyne invited our friends who are presently in pastoral service as well as two retired couples. They are seated across from their spouses: (starting in the foreground: Jesse & Wilma Dourte, John & Faithe Keefer, DJ (Doc) & Anna Mary Paglia. The Dourtes have been married 70 years; the Paglias for 69 years. The Webers and Keefers are the more recently married among the group:) Before our meal Anna Mary played the piano while we gathered in the living room and sang some of our favorite hymns. As the old saying goes, a fun time was had by all.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"It's What He's Done"  Video  Wilburn & Wilburn

"He Welcomes the Beggar"  Video   11th hour

An Old Windmill Farm guest prepared a video of their family visit to the farm. "I wanted to take the opportunity to thank your family for the wonderful experience over the weekend. My daughters had a fantastic time exploring and playing with the animals. I recorded parts of the trip and produced a small video for my daughter so she could share the experience with her friends."  Video  (very well done!)

Bob Esbenshade, of Esbenshade Turkey Farm, talks turkeys  Video  (1 minute)

Finally today:
Eagle in tree on Old Windmill Farm 11/12/17
This is about the best we were able to do on cropping in to see an eagle up close!

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