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Monday, June 3, 2019
Flowers centered in the leftover wire wheels at Brooksyne's Uncle's cabin at Mountain Top, Arkansas. Flowers and car parts give expression to both the lady and man of the house.
"Power To Proclaim"
Message summary: Today the power to proclaim is still available and so needed. Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit, bear a faithful witness for Christ, and proclaim in word and deed His glorious message of love and redemption!
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"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
We visited with a young couple at lunch following our church service yesterday. Josh and Katie will soon leave the states for missionary service in a restricted area. Josh is a Penn State trained engineer and has worked in the secular world for the last seven years since his graduation. He plans to use his engineering background to gain entry and Katie will use her nursing background as they seek to provide a service while letting their light shine for Christ. They are following the call of Jesus Christ in our daily text to be His witnesses.
Yesterday churches around the world celebrated Pentecost Sunday, considered by many to be the birth of the church. Years ago we were in a small church and, at the suggestion of a senior member, we sang "Happy Birthday" to the church, something neither Brooksyne nor I ever recall doing before in our church backgrounds!
Before Jesus ascended into heaven He promised the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and stated very clearly the purpose of the coming of the Holy Spirit in our daily verse. It can be summed up in the phrase, power to proclaim.
Some 726,000 days have passed since the initial outpouring when God's Holy Spirit fell upon the 120 who gathered in the Upper Room just fifty days after the Resurrection and ten days following the Ascension. What a marvelous day that was and today, like then, the Holy Spirit continues to empower men and women, young and old to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.
Today, most of you are back at your workplace, having left the spiritual comfort zone of your church and home to enter the mission field God has called you to. That's how we should view work. Many of you are surrounded by people who curse and blaspheme God. Increasingly, people may mock and revile you because of your stand for Christ. These are the very people that God has empowered you to be a witness to and to proclaim his message in part by showing in every way the teaching about God our Savior is attractive! (see Titus 2:10)
God has called you to be a witness (Gr. "martus"). Now this will certainly include the verbal defense and explanation of our faith when opportunities arise. However it really involves all that we are; Christ's character being formed and demonstrated in our lives.
It is God's plan to continue to fill His people with the Holy Spirit even as He did in the book of Acts. Peter preached a powerful sermon following the initial outpouring in Acts 2 and 3,000 people were saved! We need the power of the Holy Spirit today. In examining Peter's sermon we note that God gave Peter power to proclaim the Gospel message and he demonstrates four characteristics we need in our witness:
1) The power to proclaim follows the Lord's strength to stand up (Acts 2:14).
2) The power to proclaim results in the Scriptures being opened and exposited. Notice Peter's use of Scripture in his sermon (Acts 2:17-21, 25-28 and 34,35).
3) The power to proclaim comes from a life centered on Jesus (Acts 4:13).
4) The power to proclaim must include the foundational message of the Gospel. Peter stuck to the basics. In Acts the main things are the plain things (Believe, repent, be baptized, be filled with the Spirit, walk with Jesus). Let this be true in your own life and witness. (Acts 2:42)
Today the power to proclaim is still available and so needed. Let us all be filled with the Holy Spirit, bear a faithful witness for Christ, and proclaim in word and deed His glorious message of love and redemption!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Today we share some photos from Brooksyne's trip she returned from last week to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Brooksyne and Ester at the Alamo in San Antonio, TX.
Goats are fun to watch wherever they live!
These are in New Braunfels, Texas next door to Brooksyne's sister's place.
This old tractor resting but waiting for someone to lovingly restore it on Mountain Top Road (Google map) in rural Arkansas, near Brooksyne's uncle's cabin.
Ester sits low in this old Ford truck at the Route 66 Historical Village, Tulsa, Oklahoma just up the street from Brooksyne's Daniel Webster High School.
Tornado damage in Sapulpa, Oklahoma about four miles from the motel where Brooksyne stayed in West Tulsa.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Glorious Day" Video Calvary Church worship team
This plaque has a very personal message for Brooksyne's Uncle Carroll. Several years ago he had a terrible run-in with his bull and it really messed up the right side of his face and eye. After plastic surgery his skin was restored though the eye has some permanent damage. Brooksyne found this plaque awhile back and took it with her to present it to Carroll at their family reunion in Arkansas. He and others found it to be an amusing but also realistic message of the danger of a fierce bull. He is going to hang it in his cabin on the mountain as a reminder.
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