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Friday, June 1, 2018
Yesterday we stopped by the Flower Wagon greenhouse near Lititz, PA.
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"Joy Is The Flag Flown High"
Message summary: Today we all have an outlook choice, rejoice or complain.
message on your
"And because of this I rejoice.
Yes, and I will continue to rejoice" (Philippians 1:18). "Do everything
without complaining" (Philippians 2:14). "Rejoice in the Lord always. I
will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).
An old song comes to mind as we prepare today's message. It's a
children's song but it has a great message for all ages. A
few of you old-timers have heard and sung it!
Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart
From the castle of my heart, from the castle of my heart
Joy is the flag flown high from the castle of my heart
When the King is in residence there
Let me ask you a candid question. Have you complained about anything
thus far today? I'm not only speaking of verbal murmurings expressed to
others, but inner complaining within your own heart. (Aren't you glad
you don’t have to answer that question, at least where others might
Life is jam packed with opportunities to complain if we so choose. I
suspect this is true wherever we live; regardless of what situations we
endure or conditions in which we live. However each day, really, each
moment we have a major outlook choice; we can rejoice or complain.
A longtime preacher friend of ours made an interesting observation: "Essentially, complaining is accusing God of not doing it right."
Think about that statement in light of God's providential dealings in
your life. Isn't the traffic jam ultimately under God's control? What
about that annoying associate? If God is really in control (and I sure
believe He is), complaining is essentially accusing God of not doing it
right. It's like telling God, "You are getting this all wrong. How
about doing it right this time the way I want it?"
We wouldn't dare say those words, but our attitude often conveys such a
disrespectful discourse, when we find ourselves grumbling to God. It's
easy to criticize the Israelite's frequent murmurings and thankless
hearts as they journeyed to the Promised Land, but we do the same, far
more often, as we journey to our promised land.
We encourage you to read this Scripture carefully: "The
crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates
ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely
flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to
guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the
inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks" (Acts 16:22-24).
Try to imagine, even empathize with Paul and Silas' ordeal; physically,
emotionally and spiritually. Their exterior circumstances in this
single experience is a more traumatic trial than I've known in my 63
years of life. Look at the key words describing their situation:
attacked, stripped, beaten, severely flogged, thrown in prison, guarded
carefully, inner cell, feet fastened in stocks. This injustice took
place in Philippi.
If anyone ever had uncomfortable and unwarranted conditions to complain
about, Paul and Silas sure did! But the very next verse tells us
just what they did: "About midnight
Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other
prisoners were listening to them" (Acts 16:25).
Paul later wrote a letter to the church in Philippi and gives two simple straightforward commands: "Do everything without complaining" (Philippians 2:14) and "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4). He sure had the credibility to make these statements!
It's very easy to make super-heroes out of these disciples of Christ,
but they were human just like us. The Scriptures do not speak of their
complaining or murmuring, but it's possible they did initially (we
really don't know). But we do know that their prevailing attitude led them to conclude that God is worthy of our praise no
miserable or unjust their circumstance! We are to glorify God in the good and bad,
for "no one lives unto himself".
Onlookers see our countenance and observe our attitudes which provides for
us an opportunity to glorify God and serves as a witness to others of
the positive difference Christ makes in our lives.
Today we all have an outlook choice: "This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!" It's a proclamation every single one of us can make this day and every day!
So let it fly in the sky
Let the whole world know(3X)
Let it fly in the sky, let the whole world know
That the King is in residence there
This is when you get your hankie out and wave it while singing!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father,
we're told to do everything without complaining, so that we shine like
stars in the universe. We know that people are drawn to light where
brightness is present and warmth is extended. Help our conversation to
be full of grace, tenderness, light, and truth so that we will
positively affect those around us. May we be as a sweet aroma to
You and those whom we meet on our life's journey. Give us an enduring
spirit when matters press in on us and grace to see us through to
victory. In Jesus' name we
Purse planter at the Flower Wagon greenhouse. Brooksyne got a kick out of this purse with
pockets (the style she always buys). She commented, "Flowers in the
pockets" - that's just like a woman - filling every pocket in her purse!
Driving near New Holland, PA
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Driving through rural Lancaster County we find abundant evidence of entrepreneurship!
These home decor items are for sale on a farm near Intercourse, PA
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