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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lancaster County fog 9/3/19 Click to enlarge
A thick fog engulfed the distant landscape yesterday morning as we traveled through Lancaster County, turning houses, barns and silos into silhouettes.
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"Faithfulness To The Truth"

Message summary: Today, as we live in a world with increasingly shifting sands, let these characteristics be true of the words we speak and the lives we live as well!

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"It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (3 John 1:3,4).

Increasingly, some of the craziest notions come out of academia, from those entrusted to teach others, especially at the college level. They are often esteemed as the go to people for knowledge although in far too many cases it seems this verse applies, "professing to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).

In my view so many of these professional educators have little knowledge of the real world and grossly lack common sense. It seems almost everything is filtered through politics and political correctness. They are like the academics of Athens. In an interesting parenthetical verse we read, "Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new" (Acts 17:21).

Yesterday in the media reporting on the hurricane I heard an interview with an "academic" (they like that word) emphatically stating that recent hurricanes are man-made. Rarely are these views confronted by the host, especially if they score political points. Great discernment is needed in so many areas of life and, most importantly, having a solid foundation in the truth. Deceptions abound; they always have and always will.

For this reason Jesus warned His disciples and through the Bible His caution comes to all of us, "Watch out that no one deceives you" (Matthew 24:4).

In our daily text John is describing what brings him great joy concerning Gaius, the recipient of his letter. Additionally, John heard it from those who knew Gaius personally and observed these godly traits in his life, which speaks volumes.

Let us note two characteristics:

1) Faithfulness to the truth

2) Continuing to walk in the truth

Today, as we live in a world with increasingly shifting sands, let these characteristics be true of the words we speak and the lives we live as well!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily Prayer: Father, we want to be faithful to the truth by walking in Your truth. Scripture warns repeatedly of Satan's tactics to manipulate, distort and deceive believers so we must be on our guard against deception, as it comes in many forms and through various messengers. Sometimes we shake our heads in wonderment that people fall for such foolish and unsubstantiated information and then repeat it to others. But we shouldn't be surprised "for the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers' minds that they should not discern the truth." We seek to follow the true God of this universe, rather than the false god of this age so that we will not be led astray. Amen.

Lancaster County barn 8/30/19
Each week we pass many interesting barns in southern Lancaster County including this one in Southern Lancaster County. This particular crop is air-cured by hanging the leaves in well-ventilated barns, as it dries over a period between four to eight weeks. Some will know what this product is, though many farmers choose not to grow it since its finished product is harmful to humans.

Lancaster County corn harvest 9/4/19
This morning traffic along Colebrook Road was delayed a few minutes as this corn chopper prepared for the harvest.

Lancaster County corn harvest 9/4/19
But not for long!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Will Stand"  Video  Gold City  (We have linked to this song several times lately but it sure seems to fit today's message.)

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