A daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation.
Daily Encouragement on
Friday, March 1, 2019
"The Door Of Faith"
Message summary: There are a lot of doors in life. Today let us consider the door of faith.
Listen to our message on your audio player.
"On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles" (Acts 14:27).
There are a lot of doors in life. In a spiritual sense many of us have used the term "open door" to describe God leading us in a particular direction. Of course we also at times experience "closed doors". Yesterday we had coffee with a friend going through a transition. He recently experienced a closed door and is seeking the Lord for an open door. It was encouraging to witness his faith and assurance as he looked ahead.
There's so much wonderful teaching we can glean in the missionary journeys of Paul as recorded in the book of Acts. In the daily text the church in Antioch rejoiced as Paul and Barnabas told them of the large number of disciples who were converted in Derbe following their preaching of the Good News. From there they traveled to other places of ministry where they "strengthened the disciples and encouraged them to remain true to the faith". Surely there were many other unrecorded adventure stories they shared with one another as they spoke of their travels to the Antioch church.
Baby dedications, water baptisms, and weddings are some of the important functions of the church that bring great delight to a pastor's heart. But there is no greater joy than to pray with one to invite Christ into his or her heart after hearing the Gospel message of salvation.
All who follow Christ have the privilege of sharing their faith with others. It is God who converts the heart, but He most often does this through obedient followers living a godly life and declaring the gospel message, such as Paul and Barnabas who "reported all that God had done through them".
God works through us, for we are His mouthpiece, His hands and His feet, proclaiming the Good News and explaining the mystery of the gospel. How might we use the gifts that He has given us to grow His kingdom? As we seek Him He will show us where, how, and when we might be used for His purpose. God will provide us an opportunity and place to minister for Him just as He did for Paul and Barnabas when "He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles."
Our duty is to obediently serve God and in His providence He will open "the door of faith" as we rejoice in what He does through our spiritual endeavors. My heartfelt prayer is that God may open the door of faith for many in these perilous times!
We are His hands, we are His feet,
We are His people, children of the Lord,
We share the hope, we share the dream,
Believers in Jesus, children of the Lord.
Some of us build, some are teachers,
Some can sing like angels,
But all of us can love like He loved,
Pure and simple so warm and gentle.
His Spirit lives within us, flowing like a river,
Filling us with strength,
So that we can reach out for our brother,
Help one another.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Driving through the Lancaster countryside we see many expressions of faith!
This blackboard was inside the ice cream shop on the "Down On The Farm" creamery south of Strasburg, PA. This creamery has a drive through pickup window for buggies.
This is on a shed at the Red Caboose Motel near Strasburg, PA
These whiteboards can be seen at both entrances at the Goods Store.
Scripture verses are regularly posted to inspire and instruct those who enter.
We saw this at an intersection here in Mount Joy and Ester snapped the photo.
This will give you something to think about!
This car was parked at "Blessings Of Hope" last week near Leola, PA
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"We Are His Hands" Video Acappella
"If We Are The Body" Video Casting Crowns
You know you're getting old when: This morning in searching for music an ad came up on YouTube asking me to help improve the relevance of their ads with selections based on when I graduated from high school. The earliest option was 1980-1989! (We both graduated in 1973.)
"In like a little lion."
This first day of March we had a mild winter storm so I suppose we can say March came in like a lion. We look forward to it leaving like a lamb!
Ester was gifted a two month 5#. puppy (a female Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso born on Jan. 2, also called Shih Apso). She was to receive Sadie Willow on her birthday, March 9, but we decided to pick her up early last night and surprise Ester which was a lot of fun! Our dear friends, the Lapps on Old Windmill Farm, have a litter of 7 though now it is 6; 5 boys and one girl left. We had forgotten the adventure of having a new pup since Mollie came to live with us eight years ago. This is our first small dog so Ester is having fun rocking her and carrying her everywhere. The thing I am already appreciating is her non-shedding coat of hair as I do lots of cleaning up after our other two dogs. But I'm going to have to sharpen up on my hairdressing background as I will need to groom her often since we prefer shorter hair on a dog. Amazingly, Ester came to us at 3 months of age weighing only 5' 8 oz., just 8 ounces more than Sadie Willow. Truly a miracle that Ester survived her first three months in Guatemala with her congenital heart condition not yet corrected! She was sustained with oxygen and some heart meds.
To receive the "Daily Encouragement" each Monday-Friday through email see this page to subscribe to our email list. You can also subscribe to the Wordpress rss feed or through a Wordpress email subscription. (See the email subscription on the right side after opening this page.)
We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support but if the Lord would lead you we surely need and appreciate the financial support from our readers and listeners.
Our ministry labor is comprised of approximately half our time to Daily Encouragement and the other half to our chaplaincy ministry to companies for which we receive compensation. Each of these ministries essentially is the same as a part-time job (20+ hours weekly) for each of us. Our goal for many years is that each would provide half of our ministry expenses and income.
If you would consider making a donation to our ministry see here for more information.
Donate directly online here. This will open to a page that designates the offering to: WEBER,STEPHEN CHAP, Specialized Chaplaincy Ministry ID: 700001-237376
Please Note: We also provide this easy option due to the convenience, for international supporters, and for those who may not be concerned regarding receiving an official tax deductible receipt. Click here to send an offering using PayPal. This will open to a page that states "Brooksyne Weber"
Permissions: Please feel free to pass on, reproduce and distribute any material on Daily Encouragement Net, in part or in whole, in any format, provided that you do not alter the wording in any way or charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. It is our desire to spread this material, not protect or restrict it. We do request that you keep the contact, copyright and subscription information intact.
Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: New International Version. © 1984 by International Bible Society; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. and the King James Version.
Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
© Copyright 2019 Stephen C. & Brooksyne Weber - All Rights Reserved
Daily Encouragement Net - 495 Kraybill Church Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552 USA
"Living securely today anchored in God's solid foundation"