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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sight and Sound background 9/12/19
An early morning scene in Lancaster County on Edisonville Road near Strasburg.
The huge Sight and Sound Theater is in the background.
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"Just As He Had Done Before"

Message summary: May God help us all to cultivate a Biblically-based standards of behavior and a personal devotional life and maintain them whatever the cost may be.

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"Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before"  (Daniel 6:10).

Dave is a friend who runs a local business who is paying a price due to his adherence to His Bible based beliefs. Forces of darkness and ignorance  have targeted his business using the social media mob tactics. But he is remaining strong and unwavering.

All through history people of faith have paid a price for their stand in a hostile world. It of course continues in our own age in a variety of ways. Today let us consider an example from Daniel.

For most readers Daniel is best known as a prophet and for the Bible book that bears his name. However, he had a long, distinguished career in civil service serving with several administrations and worldly kingdoms.

He made a decision as a youth that he would remain true to his faith and standards. "But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way" (Daniel 1:8). This was likely an expression of his obedience to the Jewish laws.

The daily text takes place late in his life. Some troublemakers were out to get him. But the standard tactics didn't work since, "The administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent" (Daniel 6:4). What a testimony! Oh for politicians and government officials in our age to have the same record.

"Finally these men said, 'We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God'" (Daniel 6:5). He was about to face a similar test as he did in his youth.

Essentially the troublemakers played up to the king to issue a decree regarding prayer, "That anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den" (Daniel 6:7).

In our daily text Daniel demonstrated his faith in God by praying. Notice the final phrase in the verse, "just as he had done before". Other versions state, "as he had been doing previously" (Amplified), "as he did aforetime" (KJV), "just like he always did" (CEB).

Daniel was not doing it just to make a statement or to test the resolve of the king's decree that forbid the act of prayer. This had been his ongoing practice. It was this act of obedience that led to Daniel's being cast into the lion's den. In fact the decree was merely intended by his enemies to be a trap.

May God help us all to cultivate a Biblically-based standards of behavior and a personal devotional life and maintain them whatever the cost may be.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are grateful that the story of Daniel is included in Scripture that we might learn from his sterling example. As Your devoted follower He formed the habit of praying to You three times a day in an environment where allegiance was not directed to the one true God but to others gods and to the king. He withstood the godless orders of the day and stayed true to You "as He had been doing previously". May our faith and our habits of devotion to You not be deterred by man's law but keep us trusting You even more when others trust You less. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Quarryville barn 9/12/19
We pass this barn north of Quarryville, PA and especially noticed the very narrow structure in the front which appears to be for some kind of storage.

Fall wagon near New Holland, PA 9/12/19
Our area has many of these displays selling decorative fall items.

Fishers Greenhouse near Strasburg, PA 9/12/19
Fisher's Greenhouse on N. Star Road near Strasburg changed their display to fall which includes many ornamental vegetables and of course mums.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Build My Life"  Video  Calvary Church Choir and congregation (This is the song we mentioned yesterday from the choir though it wasn't posted at that time.)

"The Lord Is My Salvation"  Video  Keith & Kristyn Getty

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