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Monday, August 26, 2019

Kraybill Church Road clothesline (Click to enlarge)
This morning our neighbors on Kraybill Church Road had their wash out to dry.
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"Wash Day"

Message summary: Let's make every day our "washday" as we confess and renounce our sins. Let us invite the the Holy Spirit to cleanse our hearts from all impurities.

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"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin" (I John 1:7). "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Yesterday our church service began with the great hymn, "Blessed Assurance". What a blessing to be "born of His Spirit, washed in His blood"!

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

Clothesline pulley
Monday is "wash day" in many old order homes, though the majority of plain families have many children so wash day can be any day with the exception of the Lord's Day.

It's pretty obvious when they've washed their clothes since most of them have a long clothes line running between their home to a distant pole or perhaps it's attached high on the roof of a barn. They have a pulley on each end and hang the clothes out to dry by pulling the long line through the pulley. This just wouldn't work well in the suburbs or in the city!

Passing these long clothes lines reminds me of a sober reality, a glorious promise and a personal responsibility in the Scriptures.

The sober reality is that sin exists along with our need for forgiveness and cleansing. I have long appreciated the simple definition of sin in the Westminster catechism. "Sin is any want of conformity to and transgression of the holy law of God." The Scripture says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

The glorious promise is that God has provided a means of cleansing from sin. John assures us that "The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

Our personal responsibility is to confess and renounce our sin.
"If we confess our sins." This is a fundamental aspect of our relationship with the holy God. The Bible says, "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Proverbs 28:13).

John assures us that "God is faithful and just" in forgiving us our sins. What an all-encompassing assurance and peace this verse should bring to our hearts today.

"To forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Our greatest need is finding a solution to our sin problem, yet our "faithful and just" heavenly Father has already taken care of that, not just for just a few generations, not for just one nation, nor does the sacrifice He paid for our sins have an expiration date. His sacrifice for our sins was once for all. That really is amazing all-encompassing love!

Let's make today and every day our "washday" as we confess and renounce our sins. Let us invite the Holy Spirit to cleanse our hearts from all impurities.

All my hope is in Jesus
Thank God that yesterday's gone
All my sins are forgiven
And I've been washed by the blood

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily Prayer: Father, as Paul stated, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." Thankfully, our hope exceeds this life where we are simply pilgrims wandering through this world of sin. Because You are faithful and just to forgive us our sins, when we confess and renounce them, we are washed anew and can set our sights on heaven where sin will no longer exists; where there is no sickness, toil or danger and the troubles of this life will no longer occupy our thoughts or fill our days. How thankful we are for our salvation and eternal inheritance. Amen.

See 1 Corinthians 15:19

Old-fashioned choir 8/25/19
Old Fashioned Revival Hour Concert held yesterday afternoon at Calvary Church. In the forefront are the accompanists, director, soloists and the cast of Old Fashioned Revival Hour, including that of speaker Dr. Charles E. Fuller and his wife. Calvary Choir and several other local choirs came together to present this recreated broadcast of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour based in Pasadena, CA, and heard on many Christian radio stations from 1937-1968. See here. We have one song "Precious Lord" that Stephen videotaped below in our Suggested Music. Please listen as it will bless you!

Gold City concert, Lebanon, PA 8/25/19
Right after singing in our concert Stephen and I headed to Lebanon to hear Gold City. It was a beautiful evening and the final concert of Music in the Park held every year at the Lebanon Coleman Park. Gold City sings a lot of songs with word pictures, many of them that tell a story that reflects our day or about an individual being saved, baptized and living for Jesus. Check out their music in Suggested Music for today.

Lancaster County clothesline (Click to enlarge)
Freshly washed clothing and linens drying in the natural air of Lancaster County
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Lancaster County clothesline (Click to enlarge)
Today was the first day of school at our new neighborhood Amish schoolhouse known as "Scenic Ridge School"
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Precious Lord, Take My Hand"  Video  Sung by Old fashioned Revival Hour with Brenten Megee as soloist. He was invited as a local guest singer who is also a minister of music and really brought this song to life, though the words are what truly touches the soul especially when dealing with loss, or an ongoing trial. We're reminded that we don't endure trials by ourselves but God takes our hand and leads us on. Written by Thomas A. Dorsey in 1932 he tells the story of how he came to write the song:

"Back in 1932 I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicagoís Southside. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis, where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didnít want to go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis.

"In the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram. I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the words: YOUR WIFE JUST DIED.

"When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy. I swung between grief and joy. Yet that night, the baby died. I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in the same casket. Then I fell apart. For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an injustice. I didnít want to serve Him any more or write gospel songs. I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well.

"But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Frye, who seemed to know what I needed. On the following Saturday evening he took me up to Maloneís Poro College, a neighborhood music school. It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.
Words began to fall in place on the melody like drops of water falling from the crevice of a rock, "Precious Lord, take my hand lead me on, let me stand. I am tired, I am weak, I am worn."

Today we will also share a selection of several of our favorite songs from Gold City:

"All My Hope"  Video  Gold City

"I Will Stand"  Video  Gold City

"Same God"  Video  Gold City

"If Church Pews Could Shout"  Video  Gold City

"What Children Believe"  Video  Gold City

Finally today:

Last week I shared my personal testimony of salvation and received this brief testimony from John Keefer, our pastor friend. He was raised in a beautiful rural area of Pennsylvania known as the Ridge and Valley Province.

"It happened in June 1961 at Rabbit Hill outside of the town of Millersburg along Rt 209. We had tent meetings every year back then. Precious memories of God's power coming down saving souls and blessing the saints. The evangelist was Bro. Edward Gilmore from Canada. He was a gentle saint of God that was faithful with God's Word to my young heart. I was baptized in a farm pond that same summer."

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