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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Butterfly and flowers on the Old Windmill Farm
Butterfly and flowers on the Old Windmill Farm

"Moved With Compassion"

Message summary: God calls us to receive His compassion and in turn express compassion to others.

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"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd" (
Matthew 9:36).

As most of our regular readers know, in addition to our daily writing ministry we serve as corporate chaplains, a field of ministry most are unfamiliar with since it's relatively rare. In it's most visible expression we have the opportunity each week to walk through various companies (we presently serve ten), greet the employees and express care and as the doors open we can be a witness for Christ.

The companies we work with are not large corporations but rather smaller family run businesses. The owners have a real burden for their employees and see our chaplain role as one way to express care. In addition to our company visits, which I have seen described as "roaming around looking for someone to talk to", we provide a variety of services such as hospital visits, crisis intervention, counseling, conducting weddings and funerals, writing for newsletters, and so forth. In one company we even have an opportunity to share a short devotional each week.

We see a real slice of humanity working with all ages, the churched and unchurched, the religious and the not so religious. We see virtually all races and ethnic backgrounds. Our view is red and yellow, black and white they're all precious in His sight!

Last week a company owner expressed his concern for a new employee that was struggling. We were unable to see him during our visit but had intended to seek him out during our next visit.

However we received a call early this week that the young man had died over the weekend of an overdose. Our owner friend expressed genuine compassion as he shared the loss with us. Brooksyne had the opportunity to call his mother and express our condolences personally and on behalf of the company. His mother was broken but very receptive and appreciative. Brooksyne will follow up with a card and additional literature.

We are called to serve a broken world. Jesus provided an example to us in the various ways He demonstrated His compassion to the human need of His day.  Such an instance is found in our daily verse. Matthew gives us a summary of the itinerant ministry of Jesus in chapter 9:35-38. He showed His compassion by healing the sick, casting out demons, feeding the multitudes, forgiving sin and preaching the truth. We are called to do the same. He said to His disciples before His ascension back to the Father, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you" (John 20:21).

Today let us respond to His call. The words "moved with compassion" translate the single Greek word 'splagchnizomai', which literally means "to have the bowels yearn". (At that time it meant the internal organs in a general sense and not what we specifically mean when we use the word 'bowels' today! Interestingly our word for 'spleen' is derived from this word.) It means being deeply moved, to feel sympathy, to pity. Today, look around and respond with the compassion of Christ!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily Prayer: God, we are so blessed to know You as the Father of compassion and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles. Your glory, displayed in the face of Jesus, is seen in the compassion He expressed for the crowds of people who were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. It's one thing to have troubles but it's another thing to have no Shepherd to guide, encourage, or help us in our troubles. Thank You for being our Great Shepherd who leads and cares for us, who made a way for us to be freed from the penalty of sin through Christ's sacrifice on the cross. Amen.

Audrey's men's display 8/12/19
Audrey's has a nice selection of men's home decor as well!

Ester at K-Mart 8/12/19
For several weeks now Ester has worked as a part-time cashier at K-Mart, in addition to her job at Fuddruckers!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Broken Ones"  Video  The Talleys

"Prodigals"  Video  The Steeles

Finally today:

Tommy CarpenterTommy Carpenter is a friend of ours from Arkansas we met many years ago. He shared about a recent event in his life on a mission trip to Belize where he had served as a missionary over 50 years ago. Tommy is now 80 years old and retains his zeal and energy for the cause of Christ. In the last three years Tommy and his wife Jane have led short-term teams back to Belize for 14 building projects.

Responding to yesterday's message on "It's Harvest Time" Tommy shared a recent experience reminding us we may not always know the extent of our impact for many years.

Harvest Time

"He that goes forth weeping, bearing precious seed shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing the fruits of his labor with him"
(Psalm 126:6)

Fifty-two years ago, Missionary Russell Schirman and I traveled through the jungle of northwest British Honduras (now Belize) going as far as the old logging road went until it turned into a footpath. Then using a machete to widen the path to accommodate my vehicle, we made it to Santa Cruz Village on the edge of the Rio Hondo.

With our pastor from Corozal, Sylvester Encalada, we were the first to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to about 50 people assembled in a thatched roofed house! It was crowded! As I remember, there were 42 people who prayed with us as we introduced them to Jesus Christ, who came to seek and to save those who are lost.

I wondered, who would follow us to teach them God’s word and disciple them in their newfound Christian faith?

Two years ago, in a pastors’ meeting in the Orange Walk District, Pastor Jose Palanco told me he had started a church in Santa Cruz! A lady had brought her elderly mother to the church and the mother told Pastor Palanco that she had been saved many, many years before when two white missionaries had come to their village.

It was thrilling! Proverbs 25:25, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country!”

On Sunday, August 4, 2019, at the close of the service in San Lazaro Village, a lady asked if she could have a few moments to talk with me. She told me that her grandmother had been saved in Santa Cruz many years before when missionaries had come with the gospel. Her grandmother’s name is Umberta Macul and she is still attending the Santa Cruz church!

The lady who shared this is Josilie Vasquez, whose mother is Pastora Vasquez and her cousin Wendell Vasquez is our pastor at Yo Creek Rose of Sharon Assembly of God. Our construction team built the Yo Creek church in September of 2016. We planted the seed and God gave the harvest!

I am coming with rejoicing that GOD has given the increase!

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