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April 26, 2018

Lancaster County farm 4/24/18 (Click to enlarge)
Beautiful farm along Meadow View Road in Lancaster County, PA
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"The Call To Integrity"

Message summary: Let us determine, in regard to the business of life, that we will walk in integrity.

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"At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent" (Daniel 6:4).

Today we want to write a word of encouragement to those seeking to maintain integrity in life. (We hope that is all our readers!) Integrity, in our observation, is a diminishing virtue in our age. In fact lack of integrity permeates our society from the top down and bottom up. Sadly there have been far too many cases where lack of integrity is impacting the church and affiliate organizations.

We received an email from a businessman subscriber who made this observation, "I try hard to conduct all my business affairs in a Christ-like manner. I work hard and often go far beyond what is required to make certain that jobs are done well, always knowing that God knows the work that I am doing and calls me to a higher standard. Unfortunately that sometimes causes people to think that I am easily cheated and can be taken advantage of."

The daily verse speaks of the integrity of Daniel in his service in the secular world. Read the rest of the chapter and you will see that it was this very demonstration of character that landed him in the lion's den.

Similarly our commitment to character may be the actual cause of a trial. It may be easier and more profitable in the short run to just go along with the downward flow.  

Many years earlier Daniel had developed this admirable character in his resolve to be faithful to God's commands (Daniel 1:8). In the long run and particularly having an eternal, God-centered perspective in view, we will be blessed as we maintain our character and integrity regardless of the cost. We may see the fruits of this blessing on this side of eternity, or we may not.  But we will certainly experience the great blessing of having a clear conscience before God and that is something money or position cannot buy.

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).

Let us determine, in regard to the business of life, that we will walk in integrity. Accept this promise today: "The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways, and the good man rewarded for his" (Proverbs 14:14).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, I consider the extremely difficult choice Job made not to sin by charging You with wrongdoing. I consider Joseph who withstood tremendous temptation by resisting the seduction of Potiphar’s wife. And I consider Daniel who refused to stop his custom of praying to his Father in heaven though he knew it would land him in the lions’ den. These three, among many other godly brothers and sisters, chose to do the right thing knowing that doing so would cause them great suffering or terrible injustice. The ultimate example is Jesus, Your Son, who died in our stead though He was wholly innocent of sin. Help us not to look for that which is easy, quick, or that which will avoid consequence. May we be willing to deal with the consequence of obedience to You; whether it works out for our good in the short term or not. May our greatest concern be for that which works for our good internally and eternally.  In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today we feature some farm scenes from our travels to our chaplain visits on Tuesday morning through Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.

Lancaster County farm 4/24/18 (Click to enlarge)
Another farm we passed Tuesday morning along Meadow View Road in Lancaster County, PA.
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Lebanon County farm 4/24/18 (Click to enlarge)
This farm along Union Road in Lebanon County, PA is stunning in the early morning as the sun shines upon the white buildings.
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Weeping cherry tree in Lebanon County 4/24/18
This splendid weeping cherry tree is also along Union Road in Lebanon County.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Micah 6:8"  Video 
The Maranatha Singers

Finally today:
Shine For Jesus at Amish school
Yesterday we shared that we had visited an Amish schoolhouse on Monday afternoon. It was a bright, cheery learning atmosphere with colorful posters all around. These eighteen sets of hands were drawn by the 18 Amish children and are displayed above their entrance door of their one room schoolhouse.

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Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."

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