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Monday, June 17, 2019

Lancaster County silos 6/14/19
We pass these huge silos on Route 999 in Manor Township in Lancaster County, PA. Brooksyne was so impressed with the vibrant green surrounding these farm structures that she quickly snapped this photo, from her passenger seat, through the window of the driver's door as we were swiftly passing. In fact, that's how many of our farm views are taken. I just kind of suck in my chest and sit snug against my seat to give her a little more space to snap the image between me and the steering wheel.
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"Practicing The Fifth"

Message summary: Today let us resolve to faithfully obey the Fifth Commandment to honor our father and mother, not just on "Father's Day' or Mother's Day" but everyday.

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"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12).

The man I am today is because of who you are
The part that you have played has truly shaped my heart
I thank the Lord above for every prayer you prayed
Believing I would be the man I am today

This last week, as I greeted men and women in various companies and looking to Father's Day, I asked several people, "Will you be practicing the fifth?" The normal response was a look of puzzlement or in some cases agreement although they clearly had no idea what I was referring to. I suppose they just thought that was the answer I must be looking for.

The most interesting response was a friend who has been visiting his dad who has Alzheimer's disease. He seemed a bit perplexed by my question and informed me he had done nothing wrong that would necessitate his need to practice the fifth, assuming I meant the Fifth Amendment which is essentially the right to remain silent!

However my question was referring to the Fifth Commandment which states "Honor your father and your mother". This last weekend many of us practiced this commandment or may have been the recipient of others practicing it. For some the honor was posthumous, remembering our fathers who have since left this world, which is the case for both Brooksyne and me.

The Fifth Commandment is the first commandment in a category often characterized as horizontal, in the way we treat our fellow humans. This is distinct from the first four commandments which primarily relate to God and are thus seen as vertical. It is also the first commandment with a promise, "
so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you".

The Precept Commentary states, "The fifth commandment is so important that God attaches the inherent motivation of a promise, because this commandment is the key to all human relationships and the passing on of a righteous heritage. God designed the family and if this commandment is not "functioning", that design will be disturbed. Witness the dissolution of the family in America, one cause being the failure of children to obey this important command!"

Today let us resolve to faithfully obey the Fifth Commandment to honor our father and mother. For children this is expressed as we obey our parents. To adults this is expressed when we live a life that will bring our parents honor as we uphold respect toward the family name. An even harder commission for some is to restore honor to the family name which has been tarnished by parent(s) who did not live honorably.

One of the dominant sins of our age is the failure to honor parents. Children who honor and obey their parents, and by extension all their elders, are foundational to an orderly society. They grow up into adulthood with a proper attitude toward authority. The commandments of God are inter-related and a breach in any one of them leads to a breach in others. A sign of the last times includes children who are "disobedient to their parents" (2 Timothy 3:2).

This generational dependency is that the young need the blessing, stability and wisdom of the elders even as elders need the honor and energy of the young. This is God’s foundational design for the transmission of truth from one generation to another. Paul wrote, “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, Your perfect design for creating a family started with Adam and Eve. And so your order continues to our own generation. At the heart of our family relations the fifth commandment indicates that we're to honor our father and mother which includes a promise that we'll live long full lives. When we honor our parents, Lord, we also honor You and show appreciation for Your marvelous workmanship in our lives. We acknowledge that You ordained the family of our origin and we give thanks to You for our mother and father, brothers and sisters. Make us a blessing to them as the fruit of the spirit continues to grow in our lives and is played out in our relations to them. Amen.

Veggie Tales tie 1999
Ester, age 10, gave me the VeggieTales tie on Father's day in 1999 and helped Brooksyne bake and decorate a cake with a tie.

Veggie Tales tie 2019
Each year on Father's day Ester takes it off my tie rack and insists I wear it as I did yesterday. It inevitably gets lots of smiles and comments from others! We parked next to this restored dual cab 1966 Chevy C-10 in the church parking lot and Brooksyne insisted on a Father's Day photo. Interestingly, this same pick up was parked in front of the church last year on Father's Day (photo) as well so people could take a picture with their dads.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Man I Am Today"  Video  The Browders A portion of this song is used at the beginning of today's message. A great message!

"It Carried Him"  Video  The Perrys  In memory of Earl Martin and Jesse Dourte, two farmer/preachers who have impacted our lives. The scenery is outstanding.

"I Want To Be That Man"  Video  Brian Free & Assurance 

"Find Me Faithful"  Video  The Perrys

Father's Day - Thank you, Dad  Video  Do you remember "playing catch" with your dad? I do. This brief video has a simple message and will touch your heart. It includes the following introduction:

"From generation to generation, the bond of the sport has lasted. Whether it was when dad took you to your first major league ballgame, when he took you to the field for batting practice, or maybe just took you out back to have a catch, it has lasted. It's the sport that's different from any other sport. There's something almost spiritual, the act of playing catch with dad. No words need be spoken, just the whiz of the ball, and the pop of the glove; an invisible line of communication. It's safe. It's sacred. It's shared, between a father and son and will continue to be shared from generation to generation. The important moments don't necessarily take place on the field. Because it's more than a game. It's about the love."

Finally today:

We enjoy sharing our photos of our scenic rural area such as today's silo photo. The 717 Drone Guys, a father/son drone photography team based here in Lancaster County, have posted some beautiful videos such as this Lancaster County sunrise they posted yesterday. This one really blessed me: "Christ Alone"

Corn field
Corn field behind a church!

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