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Friday, June 8, 2018
Note: This week we feature a four part series based upon four characteristics demonstrated by Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The two previous messages dealt with these characteristics: "Uncompromising Convictions", "Unwavering Commitment", and "Unswerving Courage".
Message summary: Today we need to demonstrate an attitude of "But if not" faith, and we know many who are doing so. We can indeed have "Unshakable Confidence"!
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"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O
Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this
be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning
fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if
not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or
worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).
"But If Not"
. We feel this is one of the
great faith proclamations in the Bible. It was uttered by three
courageous young men whose story is recorded in the book of Daniel.
Their testimony is an extraordinary example of uncompromising
allegiance to the Almighty God in the face of our relentless enemy.
We know the Bible events of deliverance such as the fiery
furnace or further on with Daniel in the lion's den. These events are
recounted later in the Book of Hebrews in the "Faith Chapter" and
specifically alluded to in this portion, "And what more shall I say?
For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of
David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms,
performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of
lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from
weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to
flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection" (Hebrews
12:32-35a). The author is summarizing here that God accomplished His will in the lives of His faithful followers by
providing deliverance of various sorts.
Father, the dynamic story of the three Hebrew men speaks of Your miraculous deliverance for all ages and throughout all generations. Their unyielding devotion to You is a tremendous model to those of us who call You our Father. It is by testing that we are strengthened and conformed into your likeness. Trials come upon us to produce perseverance, build character, and draw us closer to Jesus. They also enable us to help others in similar situations and because of our own personal experience we have a greater sense of how to help and pray for them in their hour of need. We love You, Father, and want to be found faithful no matter the circumstance. We declare that "All things are possible with God" while also having a "nevertheless not my will, but Thine be done" for the glory of God. Amen.
Today we show scenes from our visit yesterday to the Old Windmill Farm
Yesterday was a great day for making hay
(Photo by Jesse Lapp, click to enlarge)
Late yesterday afternoon Stephen helped unload a hay wagon. This brought back to my memories of his first job after we married in 1976 when he helped a hay crew outside of Springfield, Missouri. Many times he wouldn't get back to the parsonage till the early hours of the morning which was a little scary to me as a newlywed living out in the country with few neighbors that I knew at the time.
Loading onto the conveyor for the journey up into the barn loft.
Joining my co-workers with a sense of accomplishment after the wagon was unloaded and the early hay harvest is safely lifted into the barn loft!
These three mules still had work to do after the baling was done, raking another field.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"He Is Able" Video Maranatha Singers
"Thank You Lord For The Trials That Come My Way" Video The Continental Singers This was a popular song many moons ago that still has a power-filled message about the way God works trials out for our good.
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