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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Autumn colors 11/1/18
We enjoy the short but beautiful peak of Autumn season in our area.
Many of our trees have already dropped their leaves.

"When All Our Problems Will Be Over"

Message summary: Having problems should not surprise us. We will have to wait for our future home to live problem free!

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"In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33). "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials" (James 1:2).

Kleen-Rite warehouseLast Friday we walked through a large warehouse (google map view) visiting the employees at Kleen-Rite, a wholesale company that distributes car wash supplies using the puller/packer system. The puller goes through the warehouse pulling orders while the packer packs and prepares them for shipment.

Steve, the warehouse manager, was walking down the packer line and working on each packer's computer. As Brooksyne and I were visiting with one of the packers we overheard him say to her, "That should be it, now just reboot and that should solve all your problems." He looked up at us and smiled, clarifying, "Well, not all your problems, just the ones having to do with the computer!"

RebootThat got me thinking, wouldn't it be great if there was a solution to all our problems that was as easy as rebooting a computer? If we had a life reboot button we could press and voilą, all our problems would disappear. But you've surely learned by now life just doesn't work that way.

We had problems before we became a Christian; we still have problems as young Christians and we will have problems through all the stages of our Christ-like development till the Lord calls us home! If you don't have any problems I have a world to share with you! After all we are called to bear one another's burdens (problems). That's the nature of our work as chaplains and we hear plenty of other's problems. For several years we worked for a company called Marketplace Chaplains founded by Gil Stricklin, who would say in his distinctive Texas drawl, "Everyone's either had a problem, has a problem or is gonna have a problem".

That's been our experience in life although not as many or severe as some. In 2002 I (Stephen) had a lengthy intestinal problem that lasted over a year resulting in four major surgeries. When people would inquire about my ongoing health I responded, "We don't pick our problems and we don't schedule them". I've said that repeatedly about other matters since that challenging year because I learned some life lessons from that difficult experience.

Having problems should not surprise us. Jesus said to His disciples, "In this world you will have trouble (problems)" (John 16:33). Paul's apostolic message to an early church is summed up with these words, "We must go through many hardships (problems) to enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). James wrote, "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials (problems)" (James 1:2).

We will have to wait for our future home to live problem free. In that place we read, "He (God) will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away" (Revelation 21:4).

In the meantime may you experience the assurance Paul had when he dealt with an ongoing chronic problem. He had prayed about it repeatedly, but after what appeared to be much wrestling with God over the troubling circumstance, the Lord's final say on the matter settled his heart, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, when times are tough, if we fully rely on You, we find that You are enough to get us through that which would otherwise overwhelm us.  You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains be cast into the sea. You are Creator of the universe, creator of our human existence and You are in control of all that concerns us. We trust You for that which distresses us including those whom You have placed in our care. We must go through many hardships to enter Your kingdom, but You go before us, prepare the way and sustain us during the journey. Help us to plod on and pray every step of the way. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Psalm 46:1

Beehive oven on stone farmhouse
Our friend Jesse at the Old Windmill Farm is repointing the stone on their old colonial era farmhouse built in the 1700's. It had been covered with plaster and, upon removing the plaster, Jesse found this under the plaster, a beehive oven.

Beehive oven on stone farmhouse
If you are curious you can click on the above photo for a larger view and see where the beehive oven is on the stone wall to the left of the tree trunk.

Fire bush 11/7/18
Among our favorite fall plants is the Fire Bush, which for several weeks really brightens the landscape.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"When He Carries Me Away"  Video  Collingsworth Family An outstanding message in this song!

When He calls me to that land of no tomorrow
Where grief and tears are gone without a trace
I'll lay down all my trouble, cares, and sorrow
And I'll carry them no more
When He carries me away

"When times are tough, Jesus is enough" -As we prepared today's message we consider those we had opportunity to minister to during our chaplain visits Tuesday as well as a speaking opportunity Brooksyne had with a "Neighbors Caring & Sharing" group of women yesterday morning. There are so many troubling matters people are facing. On a national level we think of the devastating fires in California.

After our visits yesterday morning Brooksyne called a Vietnamese immigrant whose husband died last week. After talking to her for a few minutes she offered to pray with her over the phone. Brooksyne wasn't sure that she would be comfortable praying over the phone with her, but the grieving widow agreed to it, adding, "Wait just a minute. I want to go downstairs to be with my husband first." Brooksyne was a bit confused so she gently asked her, "Was your husband cremated?" "Yes", she replied adding that she wanted to be by her husband when Brooksyne prayed for her. He had been an invalid for many years so, as his wife and caregiver, it will be quite an adjustment for her.

"No More Night"  Video  David Phelps

"His Grace Is Sufficient"  Video  Booth Brothers

"Forever Home"  Video  Brian Free & Assurance

"Yours (Glory and Praise)"  Video  Calvary Church worship team. Calvary Church has been in a series for a year titled, "The One Story" covering the story of the Bible from Creation to Eternity. Sunday's message which follows this song on the video was outstanding. The series will conclude this coming Lord's Day and Brooksyne is really excited about the music selected for the choir, which includes this song "Is He Worthy?" Andrew Peterson Video

"As It Is In Heaven"  Video  Corey Voss A powerful song about heaven!

Finally today:

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