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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Note: This week we have developed a four part series based upon four characteristics demonstrated by Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. Our first message was "Uncompromising Convictions"
Note 2: We did not post a message yesterday (Tuesday, 6/5). See
Message summary: There are several things in life that should never be a "phase", the most important being our life-long, unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ.
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Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah better known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It is assumed Daniel was away).
First Commandment: "You shall have no other gods before me."
Second Commandment: "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."
They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up."
"I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He
is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day"
(2 Timothy 1:12).
Be encouraged today,
Daily prayer: Father, help me to thirst and hunger for Your Living Word where I find convincing truths to assure me, “This is the way. Walk in it.” I want to keep my heart fixed upon You and my mind certain of Your truths in this age where false religions abound and the broad way continues to widen. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and I gain entry to You, my Father, only through Jesus the Son. I’ve got a made up mind and I’m going to follow You during the good and the bad times, the lean and plentiful times. Whether I stand with many or whether I stand alone, I choose to wholeheartedly follow You because I have unwavering commitment. Amen.
Study note: In politics it's common to overstate or generalize something to make a point even though the overstatement may not be true. This tactic can be used from both sides of the political spectrum. In today's text notice carefully the first part of the charge, "who pay no attention to you, your Majesty". That was not true. In the verses from chapter 2 that immediately precede the test of chapter 3 we read, "Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court" (Daniel 2:48,49). There's no evidence they were in anyway derelict in their duties as administrators, but the broad brush smear was very effective then and still is in politics, in the church, the workplace, the family and other areas of life. That's why we need to be thoughtful in our wording and in our discernment as well.
A view of Hotel Hershey from the Hershey Gardens
We both enjoy this view.
This is from the same tree we showed last week here.
Fully loaded (perhaps overloaded) hay wagons near New Holland, PA
We spend a lot of time at Hershey Medical Center and often walk in a hallway that features the following artist statement. Though we post only one photo of the maintenance man there are about 10 workers featured as described by the Artist Statement below. All labor is noteworthy and important so that much can be accomplished for the good of all.
This photography display intrigued us (read the text)
What a wonderful tribute to a hardworking father. Especially note the last part, "Seldom was he told that what he did was of any consequence. It was."
Here's a maintenance man dressed as a professor of medicine (though the western Bolo tie and belt buckle might be his personal preference!)
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"I Choose Christ" Video Karen Peck and New River
"I Know Whom I Have Believed" Video Marshall Hall "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
"Farther Along" Video Legacy Five
"Pilgrim Man" Video Mark Smeby
Brooksyne's Personal note: Ester was feeling poorly last week and last Thursday she had an elevated INR during a routine check. We adjusted her medication (Coumadin) and had a follow-up appointment on Monday morning, as her cardiologist ordered several tests. After labs were again drawn and tests completed her INR, expected to be between 2 and 3 after the decrease in Coumadin, was highly elevated to the critical level of 13.7. This means her blood is very thin. She was re-tested in the afternoon only to have it go higher so her doctor sent her to the ER. It was a very busy evening and Ester was cared for on a stryker bed in the hallway like a number of other patients. Finally, at 3:15 a.m. she was given a room and I came home at 4:30 AM yesterday morning. Stephen left early Tuesday morning for our scheduled chaplaincy call then went to the hospital to see Ester.
Kcentra, the medication they gave Ester to lower the INR, dropped her to 1.3 which is actually below the desired level now making her blood too thick. She was able to come home yesterday afternoon but is being monitored with labs to be drawn today and a follow-up visit in a few days. Her tests showed that she has a large gall stone and her liver is inflamed with some fluid retention, again requiring careful monitoring. Many of you have followed Ester's health challenges over the years and we came across this article which pretty well describes Ester's heart condition. As always, we are thankful for you, our many readers/friends; for your continued prayers and interest in our daughter, Ester.
Yesterday morning when I (Stephen) walked into the huge foyer of the Hershey Medical Center I heard stunningly beautiful sacred music and thought it was unusual they would be playing this type of music through the sound system at a very secular hospital. Upon observation it was actually not played through the sound system but live music being performed by this plain couple. This is a very rare sight since instrumentation is not usually permitted in their circles!
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