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Friday, April 12, 2019

Flowering tree on Strasburg Pike 4/11/19 (Click to enlarge
Yesterday morning we passed this flowering tree on the Strasburg Pike.
(Click to enlarge)

"Above All"

Message summary: May God help each of us to live in the power of God's love and generously communicate that love to those nearby!

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"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8).

For the last several years we have attended a church with an unusual distinction. Calvary Church was founded in 1937 and has had only five senior pastors, including the current one. All four previous pastors completed the task worthy of honor. Two are now deceased.

Two are still living. One, Eric Crichton, began pastoral service at the church as the second pastor in 1964 and served till 1987. He recently celebrated his 98th birthday and still teaches a Sunday School class in the church! The other one, Johnny Miller, served as senior pastor from 1999-2009 and now lives in South Carolina.

Both were honored this past Sunday with Johnny Miller giving an exhortation through video from South Carolina. We were both blessed by his words so we print them below because they not only blessed the congregation he was addressing but they will bless you as well:

I want to encourage you, exhort you, plead with you to continue in love. That's really the highest calling we have and, as I have aged and as my Parkinson's Disease has increased, there are so many things that I cannot do that I used to do. But I realize that the one thing that I can do for which there is no limit is to exhibit the love of Christ to people that I meet. And I feel that's my highest calling in this day. It's to live in love and it's to exhibit God's love to people so that they can actually experience at least a portion of the love of God. And if God will allow me to continue to do that then there's reason to continue to live. (Video here)

Let us consider today's verse. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." The Apostle Peter's call was initially issued to persecuted believers whom he had called "God's elect, strangers in the world" in the very first verse of the epistle.

Now, through the Holy Scriptures, believers of all time can still be described as "God's elect, strangers in the world".

"Above all, love each other deeply." Oh, how this command is greatly neglected but wholly needed in every sphere of life; in marriages, families, churches, communities, nations and of course all over the world.

"Because love covers a multitude of sins." Love still covers and overpowers sin. No matter the generation nor the depth of sin, foundationally the love of God expressed in Christ's death on the cross, covers our sin.

That same power of love has not diminished one bit and is being expressed all over the world today. May God help each of us to live in the power of God's love and generously communicate that love to those nearby, no matter what our physical limitations may be!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we bow in prayer before You today, and ask that You, in Your great glory give us the power to be strong inwardly through Your Spirit. We pray that Christ will live in our hearts by faith and that our lives will be strong in love and be built on love. And we pray that we will have the power to accept the greatness of Christ's love – how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is; it is measureless, and boundless, covering a multitude of sins. Help us to communicate it often to those we encounter from day to day. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Photos from our chaplaincy role in various companies

Phil leading Smucker safety meeting 4/11/19
Phil leading Smucker Home Improvement safety meeting.

Tin and Dedan 4/11/19
Tin from Vietnam and Dedan from Kenya work well together as machinists at Vallorbs.

Mario and Janet at Val-Co 4/11/19
Mario and his wife Janet, both from Costa Rica, sit right beside each other during lunch at Val-Co.

Chellas Arepa Kitchen 4/11/19
For lunch we dined outside and enjoyed an arepa from Chellas Arepa Kitchen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Love, Love, Love"  Video  Gordon Mote

"Love Is The Golden Rule"
Gordon Mote

"Safe in the Arms of Jesus"
Michael O'Brien  (Suggested by one of our readers.) This hymn was written in 1868 by Fanny Crosby. In 1859 Fanny gave birth to a child who died in infancy. Though she never talked about her tremendous loss to others, many consider that this song was written as a result of her tragic loss.  During her lifetime, "Safe in the Arms of Jesus" was among the most widely sung of Fanny's hymns. She claimed it was written for the bereaved, especially for mothers who had lost children. Often, while comforting a grief-stricken mother, Fanny would say to her, "Remember, my dear, your darling cherub is safe in the arms of Jesus." (Source: Robert Morgan "Then Sings My Soul")

"Come to Jesus (Reconciliation Hymn)"  Video 
People of the Earth

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