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Monday, July 22, 2019

Stump planter at the Oregon Dairy 7/14/19 (Click to enlarge)
Stump Planter at the Oregon Dairy
(Click to enlarge)

Note: This morning I (Stephen) am headed to California to meet my older brother Michael. I left for the Baltimore airport at 3:30AM. He will pick me up at the San Francisco airport at 1:00 PM (Pacific time) and we will immediately begin a road trip east to a family reunion in eastern Nebraska, stopping numerous times along the way on the some 1,800 mile journey.

Mike recently turned 74 and wanted to drive to the reunion and then visit his daughter and family in Saint Louis, MO. I felt he might need/enjoy the company and extra driver for the long trip.

I hope to post a few brief daily encouragements during the journey using the Constant Contact app on our iPad and possibly update to Wordpress site since there's an app for that as well. However I am not taking the laptop so the website will not be updated during this time nor will we prepare a podcast. There's probably an app for doing that but I haven't found it, especially since I need a very simple WYSIWYG editor. However all that takes a lot more time.

We'll head out early each morning and most days have 300-400 miles of travel. I will fly back from Omaha next week.

Brooksyne and Ester will be staying back in PA to manage the home front.

"A Perspective On Forever"

Message summary: He is forever God! Forever past, forever future. From everlasting to everlasting He is God.

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"Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God" (Psalm 90:2).

Years ago we visited family and friends in North Carolina and then stayed several days at a resort near Gatlinburg, Tennessee right on the border of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We were blessed by the immense beauty of the mountains.

A condition to our reduced cost resort lodging was that we had to endure a rather brutal 2 hour long time share sales pitch. The saleswoman had many years of experience and was quite persuasive throughout her presentation. (However we didn't buy.)

Following our tour of the property she took us out on the balcony and pointed toward the breath-taking view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She enthusiastically exclaimed, "Just look at this view. It will be here for your children and grandchildren forever." (She was correctly pointing out that the undisturbed beauty of the preserved national park will remain that way, unlike the non-preserved hills all around Gatlinburg that are dotted with all kinds of development.)

However when she confidently used the word "forever" that struck me. I considered the true nature and definition of "forever" which is a whole lot longer than our kids and grandkids will be around on this tired earth! My thinking immediately took me to a more important locale than an attractive resort and even the grandeur of a beautiful mountain region created by God. How beautiful heaven must be!

How beautiful heaven must be
Sweet home of the happy and free;
Fair haven of rest for the weary,
How beautiful heaven must be.

Another song declares in the chorus, "My God He was, my God He is, my God He's always gonna be." As we, through faith, ride out the tumultuous waves of life's ups and downs awaiting our time of transition we need to regularly recall this absolute truth, "From everlasting to everlasting You are God."

Even before the mountains were born or God brought forth the earth and world, He was God. Psalm 90 was written by Moses and in this phrase he looks back to eternity past. He considers the creation account in Genesis 1 and the majestic phrase, "In the beginning".

"From everlasting to everlasting You are God." This truth is taught abundantly in the Scriptures. It expresses one of God's attributes or characteristics known as His "eternality". Theologically the eternality of God refers to His timeless nature. God has no beginning, and will have no end. This is one of the foundational beliefs of Christianity. Our God surpasses time as we define it here on earth.

The eternal, almighty God has revealed Himself to us and sent His only begotten Son to pay the price for our redemption as fallen sinners. He alone is from everlasting to everlasting. Let's praise Him today and rest in His steadfast care, no matter the turbulence of life we face on this day or what lies ahead in future days!  He is forever God!

My Savior loves, my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is
My God He's always gonna be

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily Prayer: Almighty God, all the universe declares Your glory who creates, sustains, and watches over Your creation. Though the earth will someday be destroyed You created us with a soul that will exist for all eternity. While the foundations are being destroyed here on earth we, the redeemed, find great comfort and immense hope in Your eternal foundation. It is from eternity past and will exist in eternity future, with no beginning and no end! Only a loving God like You would choose to include us in Your vast plan and find delight in us, in all our humanness. You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and praise in this life and for all eternity. Amen.

Further study:

A.W. Pink, a Bible teacher from the last century, wrote on this subject of eternality, which is very difficult to comprehend. Warning: this is very heavy material, but I believe it will bless you if you mentally trudge through it!

"In the beginning, God" (Genesis 1:1). There was a time, if 'time' it could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone. 'In the beginning, God.' There was no heaven, where His glory is now particularly manifested.  There was no earth to engage His attention. There were no angels to sing His praises; no universe to be upheld by the word of His power. There was nothing, no one, but God; and that, not for a day, a year, or an age, but 'from everlasting.' During eternity past, God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing.  Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him in any way, they would also have been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when He did added nothing to God essentially. 'He changes not' (Malachi 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished. God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure; for He 'worketh all things after the counsel of His own will' (Ephesians 1:11). That He did create was simply for His manifestative glory. God is no gainer even from our worship. He was in no need of that external glory of His grace that arises from His redeemed, for He is glorious enough in Himself without that. What was it that moved Him? It was, as Ephesians 1:5 tells us, 'according to the good pleasure of His will'."

John Keefer, a pastor friend, replied to Friday's message concerning the first moon landing with this memory: "I remember well 50 years ago when I was 18 when my grandmother lived with us. I was upstairs with her when we heard the news of men walking on the moon. I was excited but Grandma flatly stated, "I don't believe it. If God wanted us on the moon He'd have put us there." Nothing said would change her mind.

Luis with new office floor 7/20/19
Luis is a man we see in the course of our chaplaincy visits who works at White Oak Display and Design, a company that designs flooring displays. He installed our new laminate floor and also assisted me with several other home projects the last several weeks. He is a follower of Christ.

This room had been a single stall garage when we moved into our home in 2002. Later that year we converted it into a room for Stephen's mom which she used till she died in 2005. (That's why it has the fridge and sink.) Since 2006 we have used it as our home office.

New office floor 7/21/19
Here's a photo of our office with our new floor. The large glass area is where the garage door had been. As you can see we have a very nice view outside, although with the heat and bright sun we are keeping the blinds closed!

Amish elevator 7/18/19
In rural Lancaster County you never know what type of traffic you will come upon. Last Thursday we saw this Amish farmer moving his elevator north of New Holland, PA.

Kraybill Church Road Amish school 7/19/19
We have an Amish one room schoolhouse being built here on Kraybill Church Road. The Amish men are gathering to build the school and that explains why we have seen an increase in wagon traffic the last several weeks.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"How Beautiful Heaven Must Be"  Video  Mitchel Jon

"My Savior, My God "  Video  Aaron Shust

Choir selection from our service yesterday  Video 

Yesterday's message was from a Mark Farnham, a professor at Lancaster Bible College, and we believe will especially minister to any of our readers going through a painful season. Video should start here.

Finally today: 

Brooksyne with baby goats on the Old Windmill Farm 7/17/19
Brooksyne with baby goats on the Old Windmill Farm
"You can take the girl out of the country,
but you can't take the country out of the girl! (The young girl next to Brooksyne is Michaela Charest, daughter of missionaries Joel and Adrienne Charest.)

Actually we will share a few more recent photos since we will not be posting daily the next two weeks.

View from inside Hunsecker's Mill covered bridge 7/21/19 (photo by Ester Weber, click to enlarge)
Ester took this photo from inside the Hunsecker's Mill covered bridge early yesterday morning. We had dropped Brooksyne off for choir sound check and took a short jaunt through the country.

Amish children looking out back of buggy 07-21-19 (Photo by Ester)
We came upon this buggy with the Amish children looking at the traffic.
(Photo by Ester)

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