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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Amish men out on a foggy morning 2/15/18
Red door on an old factory building in Columbia, PA
I like the way they painted the handle!

"I Am The Door"

Message summary:
We encourage you all to enter this door of Christ which is the only way to salvation.

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"So Jesus again said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture" (John 10:7,9).

Doors are something most of us take for granted. Anytime we have a dwelling we almost always have at least one door, although I vaguely recall visiting a home in Guatamala in a very poor barrio that had a doorway but no door. There were no doors between the two rooms where this family with two children lived. They used a community sink and latrine.

Our house has twenty-four doors. It never occurred to me, before preparing this message, to count each door. This includes closet doors and a shower door. You would probably be surprised how many doors you have in your house, should you choose to count them!

In Scripture the first reference to a door before the flood is the warning God gave to Cain before he killed his brother Abel, "Sin is crouching at the door" (Genesis 4:7). God speaks of Cain's sinful thoughts lying at his door similar to a crouching tiger ready to spring, and if it does spring the consequences are irreversible. "Door" is also used figuratively in a well-known verse in Revelation, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20).

Among the most famous of Christ's teachings are His seven "I Am" statements. We were required to memorize these statements while in Bible College but at this point in life we need to look them up!

In my study of the "I Am" statements I have given the least consideration to today's verses where Christ speaks of Himself as "I am the door". Some versions use "gate" which of course has the same function as a door. (We have three gates on our backyard fence.)

In this context, Jesus is telling us that He is not only the shepherd of the sheep, but also the door of the sheep. In doing so, He is vividly contrasting Himself with that of the religious leaders of His time whom He describes as “thieves and robbers” (John 10:8). When Jesus says, “I am the door,” He is reiterating the fact that only through Him is salvation possible. This is far removed from the ecumenical teachings popular in today’s liberal religious circles. Jesus makes it clear that any religious leader who offers salvation through any other means than the teachings of Christ is a “thief” and a “robber.” (from

We encourage you all to enter this door of Christ which is the only way to salvation.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Thankful manDaily prayer: Father, the majority of people avoid walking through the door of salvation that You provide through Christ Jesus, the Shepherd of our souls. They rely on good works, generous giving, religion, and other means by which they might attain eternal life. But You have made it abundantly clear in the Scriptures and through the teachings of Christ, that the only way we can be reconciled to You, Father, is through Christ Jesus, who is the door to salvation. We thank You for sending Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to be the Lamb who was slain for sinners such as I. Amen.

The "I Am" statements of Christ in John's Gospel:
1. I am the bread of life  6:35, 48, 51
2. I am the light of the world  8:12; 9:5
3. I am the door of the sheep  10:7, 9
4. I am the good shepherd   10:11, 14
5. I am the resurrection and the life  11:25
6. I am the way, the truth, and the life  14:6
7. I am the true vine  15:1

In addition to these metaphorical "I am" statements there are absolute “I am” statements in these verses.

Lancaster County farm in snow 2/18/18 (Click to enlarge)
Sunday we passed this Lancaster County farm on Butter Road.
(Click to enlarge)

Hunsicker Covered Bridge 2/18/18
The long Hunsicker Covered Bridge
Yesterday I mistakenly misidentified a covered bridge we had passed through on Sunday. The covered bridge photos posted yesterday were actually not the Pinetown Covered Bridge but the Hunsicker Mill Covered Bridge. It was built in 1848, which is the longest single-span covered bridge in the County at 180 feet. It was rebuilt in 1973 after rising waters from Hurricane Agnes lifted it from the abutments and carried it downstream.

Pinetown Covered Bridge, Lancaster County PA 2/18/18
Here's a photo Ester took of the Pinetown Covered Bridge over the Conestoga River

Donkey in snow 2/18/18
Donkey in snow

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Am The Door"  Video  Children's song

"He Won't Leave You There"  Video  
Jason Crabb

"He Knows What He's Doing"
  Video   Jason Crabb

Commentary on daily text from

Finally today: In our home we also have 52 more doors counting refrigerator, coal stove, kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors! We also have five more doors in our utility barn and garden shed. We also have three gates on our backyard fence. You'd probably be surprised at how many doors you have! OK, Brooksyne calls me crazy, but once I got to counting I decided to do a thorough job of it.

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