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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Amish work team in Lancaster County PA
As Spring approaches we are beginning to see evidence of field work such as this team on 340 east of Bird-In-Hand.

"I Once Was Lost"

Message summary:  It doesn't matter how lost you are today. You can be found! "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost".

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"For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found" (Luke 15:24). "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10).

Some of our chaplain calls require us to visit a company at a specific time such as an early morning visit since service employees head to their jobsite quite early in the morning or another company where I can share a brief devotional.

But with others we have flexibility and will be able to mosey along as we drive to their companies. I like to take various routes to see different scenery along the way. If I get lost I know I am heading in the right direction and will eventually find a road I recognize.

The other day we were driving between two companies in a scenic rural part of northern Lebanon County. My brother Pat called and I informed him I was off the well-beaten path getting lost. Although he knew what I meant he chided, "Just be sure you're not getting lost spiritually." Indeed, apart from Christ, we are all lost spiritually but through God's grace we can joyfully declare "I once was lost but now I'm found."

Our first daily text is from the familiar story of the prodigal or lost son. In the parable the younger son demanded his share of the inheritance and left his father to pursue what he believed was a more exciting life. Instead he entered into the worst form of being lost; that of being spiritually lost. It is the lost spiritual state we are all born into, but the Father awaits us to repent of our sinfulness and come to Him by faith.

The prodigal returnsJesus declared that the prodigal's humility, regret, confession of his sin and his return to the Father caused him to become alive again from his dead and lost spiritual state. The text is a wonderful expression of the father's delight when his son returned. "For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found."

It doesn't matter how lost you are today. You can be found! "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost". Humble yourself, acknowledge your sin, and return to the Father. He eagerly awaits your return and I can assure you that His response will be, "For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found".

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found,
Twas blind but now I see!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: "Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a lost sinner. I believe that You came to this earth to seek and to save that which was lost and You died on the cross as a substitute for me and my sin. I place my faith in You and what You have done for me. Forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from unrighteousness. I receive You into my life and choose this day to follow You and serve You all the days of my life. Thank You for hearing my prayer and receiving me into Your kingdom of light." Amen.

Many younger people grew up using GPS and have no sense of where they are spatially apart from the device. I recall a conversation with Cameron, a young man who works in the service department for a local HVAC firm we serve as chaplains. He told me he had several service calls scheduled for the day.

I asked him if he knew the service area well enough to get to the service calls. Turns out he relies completely on GPS to keep him found! When I was a teenager I recall working along with my dad as he traveled all over the Kansas City metro area doing HVAC service work. I suppose I never gave it much thought how my dad and other service workers at that time found places prior to GPS! I also suppose the GPS was practically unimaginable in the late 60's/early 70's!

Hershey Bears hockey game 3/13/19
Last night Ester and I (Stephen) went to a Hershey Bears hockey game.
The Bears won!

Hershey Bears hockey game anthem 3/13/19
This four year old sang the national anthem and it was outstanding!

Sadies first grooming 3/13/19
Yesterday Sadie had her first grooming!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Jesus Saves"  Video  Travis Cottrell

"Jesus Saves"  Video  A very powerful and moving presentation by the Booth Brothers & Collingsworth Family (Two of our favorite gospel groups singing together)

Finally today: Geico has great commercials. Check this one out "Walrus Goalie" Video

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