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July 31, 2018

Montour Falls, New York 7/28/18
"The Glorious T" in Montour Falls, New York, so named due to the majestic waterfall at the end of Main Street.

"What Does God Sound Like?"

Message summary: We encourage you to hear and respond to His voice today. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling!

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"Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to man, 'Where are you?'" (Genesis 3:8,9). "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). "Today, if you hear His voice do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 3:7,15; 4:7).

This last weekend we saw many waterfalls during our trip to the Finger Lakes. Waterfalls are not only a refreshing sight but a wonderful sound as the rushing water bounces off the layers of rocks, it always begs your undivided attention. When at a waterfall Brooksyne almost always tries to take a video seeking to capture the sight and sound but it never does justice from being there "live". Of course, it doesn't help that if Stephen is near me he doesn't realize I'm recording and he starts talking which doesn't add proper ambience to the sound or presence of a waterfall recording.

We enjoy many interesting sounds of life. Where we live we have the clickety-clack of a horse and buggy slowly passing by our home, farm machinery working in a field, wind and rain splattering on the metal roof of our small barn, the neighborhood woodpecker persistently pecking away at the creaking tree.

We especially like the constant bird songs that we hear as we prepare these messages. The most dominant evening sound we hear, during this late summer season, is the locusts. I think they're in competition with all of nature to be the loudest!

There are special sounds wherever you live, sounds that you become familiar with and perhaps even take for granted barely noticing them. Hopefully there are enough pleasant sounds to drown out all the undesirable noises!

Have you ever wondered what God sounded like as He walked in the Garden of Eden? "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden." Apparently Adam and Eve had become familiar with this distinct sound and recognized it. Prior to the Fall it was a sound they surely cherished, but now they were attempting to hide. That distinct sound, which once brought joy and anticipation, now brought shame and dread. What a difference sin makes!

The very first recorded words of God following the Fall were, "Where are you?"  God, whose very nature is to "seek and save that which is lost", called out, while Adam and Eve sought to hide. But their hiding was futile. 

Thus begins the grand story of God's redeeming love, what Bible teacher W. Graham Scroggie calls "the scarlet thread of redemption" which runs through the Bible. He writes, "Christ is predicted in the Old Testament, present in the Gospels, proclaimed in the Acts, possessed in the Epistles, and predominant in the Revelation."

Today God continues to call out. If you listen you will hear His voice. Three times the writer of Hebrews quotes an Old Testament Psalm, "Today, if you hear His voice do not harden your hearts" (3:7,15; 4:7). We encourage you to respond to His voice today. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling!

Come home, come home.
Ye who are weary, come home.
Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling, "O sinner, come home!"

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Jesus, day after day, we hear familiar voices and repeated sounds that have become a routine part of our lives. In the midst of all the clamoring noises we want to make time in our busy schedule to become familiar with Your voice so that we're led by Your spirit in that which we do and say. We want to be quick in hearing Your voice prompting us, "This is the way" when tempted to walk in our own ways. We want Your Holy Spirit to convict and bring us to repentance when we have sinned. We also want to be familiar with Your affirming voice that says, "Well done" when we have been obedient to Your beckoning call. Soften our hearts, Lord, so that we not only hear Your voice, but we also feel Your compassion for those whom You bring into our lives today. In Your Name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Some more photos from our trip last weekend to the Finger Lakes region

Montour Falls, New York 7/28/18
A closer view of Montour Falls

Old truck in Montour Falls, New York 7/28/18
This old red Chevrolet 3100 pickup, awaiting some TLC, sits practically across the street from Montour Falls.

Seneca Lake, New York 7/28/18
Watkins Glen is at the southern end of Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes and the deepest with a maximum depth of 618 feet.

Seneca Lake jetty, New York 7/28/18
We walked to the end of this long jetty made with huge stones, one of the flattest that we've walked on.

Seneca Lake farm, New York 7/28/18
Looking off the end of the jetty we saw this stand out farm that overlooks Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake. (We saw the same farm from the entrance to Watkins Glen gorge)

Watkins Glen race track, New York 7/28/18
Heading back to Pennsylvania late Saturday afternoon after our visit to Watkins Glen we drove up to see the famous race track but weren't able to see much from the road. This weekend this track hosts the NASCAR race so we chose the better weekend regarding traffic!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Softly and Tenderly"  Video  The Martins

The Isaacs, Mansfield, PA 7/28/18
When we entered Mansfield, PA where we stayed during our trip this last weekend we saw a sign, "Free Concert on Saturday night at the park with the Isaacs - bluegrass and gospel". We were excited about attending but didn't have chairs with us....thankfully, there was one set of bleachers with a couple of empty spots so we got to sit and enjoy great music and powerful ministry. They not only sang but truly ministered to the needs of the people and gave an invitation to receive Christ. It was an unexpected but greatly appreciated evening. The Isaacs were sponsored by community groups and a free will offering. The weather was perfect! Today we will share some of their music we enjoy.

"Rocks"  Video The Isaacs

"Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)"  Video The Isaacs

"Why Can't We"  Video The Isaacs

"If That Isn't Love"  Video The Isaacs

"I Know Who Holds Tomorrow"  Video 
The Isaacs

Finally today:

Little piggy going to market
We saw this pink piggie straddling this mailbox on a rural road in northern Pennsylvania and thought of the phrase "This lil' piggie went to market". We assume the previous owners were giving it away so surely some child spotted it as Mom and/or Dad was driving by and it found a new home.

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