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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Zook's Mill covered bridge 7/14/19 Click to enlarge
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).

Kane truckEarly 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:

Tightrope walker at Niagara Falls
"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.

God Is AbleThe 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:
  • "Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ" (Romans 16:25).
  • "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed" (2 Corinthians 9:8).
  • "For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted" (Hebrews 2:18).
  • "Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25).
  • "Now to Him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy" (Jude 1:24).
That which God is able to do far surpasses our limited knowledge, our finite understanding, and even exceeds that which is recorded in Scripture. (John concludes his gospel saying that the whole world would not have enough room for the books that would be written if all the works of Christ were recorded.)

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

Praying manDaily 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)

Albino deer and fawn and Oregon Dairy 7/14/19 Click to enlarge
Sunday afternoon we saw this fawn feeding on an albino deer mother at the Oregon Dairy. What a beautiful and peaceful setting it was.
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Swimming pond 7/14/19 Click to enlarge
We passed this pleasant swimming pond east of Lititz PA on Sunday.
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Swimming pond 7/14/19 Click to enlarge
It has a dock, benches, slide and a diving board.
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Amish girls riding to youth group 7/14/19
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.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"God Is Able"  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Finally today: Early this morning we will be taking five of the Lapp children up to Knoebel's Amusement Park so we expect to get home late this evening very, very tired!

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