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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The Zook's Mill Covered Bridge is on Log Cabin Road in Lancaster County. We had stopped to take a photo of this bridge on Sunday afternoon when suddenly the horse and buggy passed us giving us not only the bridge view but the distinct sound of horses clip clopping on the wooden bridge deck.
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"God Is Able"
Message summary: Our God is able to see us standing in His presence blameless and without fault, because of the sacrificial blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
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"For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
Early last Friday morning we came up behind a Kane Trucking Company tractor trailer. This company uses the marketing slogan, "Kane Is Able" which makes me wonder if the originator of the slogan might have been influenced by the Biblical characters of Cain and Abel since it sort of sounds like a play on words! Their website is kaneisable.com. The slogan is intended to convey the proficiency of their service. In regard to logistics Kane is able!
Today we want to focus on the One who is supremely able to care for all our needs and is thus worthy of our utmost trust! Only after we fully trust an individual will we commit ourselves to that person. Years ago an interesting story was printed in "Our Daily Bread" that is a great illustration of trust:
"A crowd gazed in awe as a tightrope walker inched his way across Niagara Falls. The people cheered when he accomplished the feat. Then he turned to a man and said, "Do you think I am able to carry someone across?" "Sure," the man replied. "Let's go then!" "No thanks!" the man exclaimed."
The story demonstrates a spiritual challenge each of us must face. Our sinfulness is a yawning chasm between us and God, and we are unable to cross it. Only Jesus is able to bring us safely to the other side. But we must repent and trust Him with our lives. Are you trying on your own to cross the chasm of sin that separates you from God? It's impossible. Put your trust in Christ, for He alone is able to bring you to God.
The apostle Paul confidently wrote, "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day" (2 Timothy 1:12).
"Able" is translated from the word dunatos (in turn from dunamai) which refers to the power one has by virtue of inherent ability and resources. "Able" describes that which has sufficient or necessary power, means, skill, or resources to accomplish an objective. Thus in this context dunatos describes one who is powerful enough to have the ability to perform the function of keeping what Paul had committed to Him. "God is able" is also expressed in a theological term known as omnipotence (all-powerful).
In the epistles there are several rich expressions of what God is able to do:
Interestingly, though, Paul writes that there is one thing God is unable to do; to be untrue to Himself: "If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful because He cannot be untrue to Himself" (2 Timothy 2:13). That's one thing I'm glad God is unable to do; be untrue to Himself no matter the failings of humankind.
Our Father was able to see that our righteous acts were no better than filthy rags, that we were without hope when we were without Him. But in Christ Jesus we who once were far away were brought to God through the blood of Christ. Our God is able to see us standing in His presence blameless and without fault, because of the sacrificial blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily Prayer: Father, how wonderful it is that nothing is impossible with You. There is nothing You are unable to do except that which is untrue to Your divine nature. You are able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to Your power that is at work within us. To You, Father, be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
(See Ephesians 3:20)
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We passed this pleasant swimming pond east of Lititz PA on Sunday.
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It has a dock, benches, slide and a diving board.
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On Sunday afternoon you typically see a lot of Amish young people on the road. These girls are likely going to their youth group. Some of the old customs are still very much alive among the plain people and a few other very conservative groups where they set apart Sunday afternoons for visitation either with other church folks or their extended family. I (Brooksyne) remember when I was a child it was very common for us to visit a family in our church on Sunday afternoon, join them for lunch and stay until the evening service. Likewise we'd have others over, get the horses out and the children always wanted to ride horses.
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