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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
"In It For The Long Haul"
Message summary: Whatever your circumstances, however serious your situation, regardless of how long you've waited; keep believing, obeying, and praying. We will reap a harvest; that's the assurance we receive directly from Scripture for the long haul!
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An early expression I learned was being "in it for the long haul." It may have been from Brooksyne's father, who was a truck driver. "Long haul" means "a long time; the long term; an extended period". Of vital importance for the Christian life is the sense of the long haul being a "prolonged and difficult effort or task".
on May 8,
we got married in Sapulpa, Oklahoma andthirty-nine years ago on May 8, 1979 I was
for Christian ministry in York, PA.
Daily prayer: Faithful Father, many portions of Scripture speak of fruit as an outgrowth of sowing good seed in fertile soil. Help us to be faithful and fruitful over the long haul, especially during times of disappointment, spiritual dryness and delayed answers to prayer. Often times we forget that You generously bless us in ways more numerous than we can recall even in difficult times. We are in this spiritual race for the duration and will never give up until we've completed the race, for victory is just ahead! Amen.
Today we have two looking back photos
Forty-two years ago we became Mr. & Mrs. Stephen C. Weber. My brother, Pat, is the minister in front of the candelabra and Genelle, my sister, is the maid of honor on the left.
Phillip Bongiorno was my District Superintendent when I was ordained in 1979. He is a wonderful preacher and almost always begins his sermons with a brief testimony concerning his salvation, which he would share with tears. This photo was taken several years ago at a funeral.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"My Tribute" Video Oslo Gospel Choir (This is one of the songs sung at our wedding)
"I Want To Be Faithful" Video Vineyard Music
"Found Faithful" Video Justin Rizzo
"Jesus I My Cross Have Taken" Video Indelible Grace
"Free From the Law" Video Shawn and Katie (This song was suggested by a reader based on yesterday's message. It has a great text affirming our message yesterday, "Once for All".
Free from the law—oh, happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.
Once for all—oh, sinner, receive it;
Once for all—oh, doubter, believe it;
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall,
Christ hath redeemed us once for all.
There on the cross your burden upbearing,
Thorns on His brow your Savior is wearing;
Never again your sin need appall,
You have been pardoned once for all.
Now we are free—there’s no condemnation;
Jesus provides a perfect salvation:
“Come unto Me,” oh, hear His sweet call,
Come, and He saves us once for all.
Children of God—oh, glorious calling,
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation once for all.
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