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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Good Name

"A Good Name"

Message summary: A good name is not only passed on to us but is developed over time, really a lifetime, and the true judgment of success will not be known until this life is over and we personally meet the Lord. Having a good name remains one of our most precious assets that we must carefully guard.

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"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" (Proverbs 22:1).

John Good 6/16/19This last Sunday morning before our church service began I got acquainted with a friendly greeter named John Good. He commented how there are lots of Goods in Lancaster County.

We discussed one of them, a family business named "Good's Disposal Service", which is a trash hauling company. Their ads are run on a Christian radio station with this memorable advertising slogan, "Let God recycle your heart and let Good's recycle your trash." I smile and my spirit is edified each time I hear this ad. However, wherever you live and regardless of who handles your trash, you should let God recycle your heart!

I asked John Good what I thought his favorite verse should be and he didn't have an answer. I suggested to him, "A good name is more desirable than great riches." He smiled and said, "You must have been a pastor". I responded, "Well, as a matter of fact I have been."

You may not have Good in your name but you can still have a good name!

We use the term "good name" to describe a person or business with a good reputation, which interestingly was the first requirement for the first deacons (Acts 6:3).

"A good name is more desirable than great riches." A good name in the text means a name that connotes a person of honorable character with a good reputation. The latter part of the verse elaborates, "to be esteemed is better than silver or gold". For instance when we refer to a business known for its quality and integrity, we say "It has a good name". Having a good name is truly more desirous than great riches.

As in most things, having a good name is harder to build than it is to destroy. Developing a good name requires patience, effort, time, and other virtues, most of them included in the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). Yet it can all come crashing down with one very bad choice (though the one single devastating choice generally follows many other poor choices).

A good name is not only passed on to us but is developed over time, really a lifetime, and the true judgment of success will not be fully known until this life is over and we personally meet the Lord. Having a good name remains one of our most precious assets that we must carefully guard.

Consider your name. What do you suppose others think when they hear your name or read it in print? Does your name represent a person who has solid integrity based upon his or her virtuous character? Let us strive to hear the highest commendation by the Judge of all character, "Well done good and faithful servant".

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father God, the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, stands out among all the rest, for it is only in His name that we have power to combat the enemy as we come boldly to Your throne of grace. May our name, and all that we stand for, be respected among those who know us, including that of our family members who know us best, as well as those whom we work for. May the way we live and conduct our lives bring honor to You and blessing to our family, our community and to the kingdom of God. Amen.

Geranium 6/17/19
This geranium was given to Brooksyne by her good friend, Dottie. At first she hung it but then decided the sleeping puppy planter looks especially rested when shaded by the flowers. If you ask me it looks like a dog is growing flowers out of his head.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Yes I Will"  Video   Calvary Church worship team

"What A Beautiful Name/Agnus Dei (Live)"  Video  Travis Cottrell along with his daughter Lily

Finally today: A good name

Weber Grill
This spring we bought a new gas grill and splurged with a Weber Grill which we are enjoying a lot these days!

Gift Of A Weber
Several years ago we passed the LH Brubaker Appliance store on the Strasburg Pike near Lancaster.

A sign advertising Weber Grills caught our attention with the phrase "Give The Gift Of A Weber For Father's Day" which prompted Brooksyne to say, "I already have a Weber for Father's Day."

For non-USA readers Weber is the brand name of a popular grill although unrelated to me. The brand name is so familiar the sign didn't even need to state, "Weber Grill". That "Weber" certainly has a good name!

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