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Friday, November 29, 2019

Psalm 27:4

"What Are You Craving Today?"

Message summary: So, what are you craving for today?

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"One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple" (Psalm 27:4).

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand.

We had a nice Thanksgiving Day with our friends Jim and Dorothy Schmidt and Jesse and Anna Lapp along with six of their seven children, totaling 13 around our big dinner table. Of course we had plenty to eat, more than we needed for sure.

Prior to our gathering Brooksyne prepared some word games for us to enjoy after the big meal. One game was a word scramble that related to the Thanksgiving/fall season. (We'll post the list of mixed up words below.)

One of the scrambled words was revca which unscrambled was intended to be "carve", of course related to carving the turkey.

When Brooksyne revealed the answers, Jesse spoke up that he had written "crave" instead, which is how many of us look forward to our big meal thus "crave" fit nicely into the Thanksgiving theme!

"Crave" is also a descriptive word for the day after Thanksgiving in America; a very, very busy shopping day for those who "crave" a bargain. Many of the big stores had already opened at 6 pm on Thanksgiving and the parking lots were filled as we took our friends home around 8:30 pm last night.  But today is the biggest day in retailing, known as "Black Friday" because it's the day that gets the store in the black financially. Retailers work very hard to get people craving today's deals. Have you noticed the increase in sales fliers, web ads and emails coming your way? Here's a subject line from an email this morning: BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Shop Huge Savings TODAY! (of course it was in bold)

What are you craving for? Today many crave for that great deal. But in the bigger picture there are many pursuits people crave such as wealth, fame, beauty, prestige, youthful vitality, and many other objectives that appeal to our base instincts.

A sad observation on craving is found in Psalm 78:29: "They ate till they were gorged—He had given them what they craved."

The apostle John describes craving with the following summary in 1 John 2:16: "the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does."  But none of these meet our deepest and greatest need.

On the other hand, craving can also have a positive aspect: "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation" (1 Peter 2:2).

David sums up what life's highest craving (aspiration) should be in Psalm 27:4: "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek Him in His temple." To gaze or meditate upon the beauty of the Lord brings peace and assurance as one who has been forgiven and placed in right relationship with God.

So, what are you craving for today?

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, as Your children we need to regularly examine our hearts to see if there are things, pursuits, or attitudes that are drawing us away from Your heart and thrusting us once again into the mindset of the world. Our heart’s examinations are not intended to condemn us but to rid us of impurities and distractions, to refresh our spirit, and to remind us of our godly heritage. Like newborn babies help us to crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it we may grow up in your salvation, remaining steadfast in our walk all the days of our life. Amen.

Here's the game that Brooksyne prepared. Unscramble the following words that are descriptive of the Thanksgiving season.
  1. lalf               
  2. ggniivknhaTs
  3. mlPas 010
  4. seevla
  5. socnra
  6. rracrynbe
  7. onrc
  8. gimrlpi
  9. stehvra
  10. tfololab
  11. mPlyhotu
  12. ekar
  13. ingrghtae
  14. ertkyu
  15. ffutsngi
  16. ppnimuk
  17. kstcimrud
  18. revca
  19. tfsae
  20. mha

When we unscrambled these words last night, both children and adults got stuck on a few of them, but Brooksyne gave us little hints that got us unstuck! Since you don't have that advantage we'll provide the answers in Monday's Daily Encouragement.

Brooksyne's Note:  I've been teasing that we had a rowdy bunch yesterday. When you mix active children with boisterous men and chatty women and throw in three excited pets you get a loud, rowdy household. Once we were settled around the table again, following our meal, we individually shared at least one thing we were thankful for though we didn't get all the way around because much discussion followed each time a child or adult mentioned what they were thankful for.

Each of the children offered that they were thankful to be raised in a Christian home. Neither Jim or Dorothy had that experience which gave them an opportunity to share their remarkable salvation story. They also told us about their Christian doctor in Lancaster who often prays for them in his office.  Dr. I* who is very popular in our area grew up in Iran and never heard the word, Bible, before he was twenty years old. He came to Baltimore to study medicine and was invited to a Bible Study, which he had no idea what it even meant. He eventually came to know Christ and has a remarkable story of salvation.

After hearing his story I was especially thankful for the Bible along with the accessibility to hear the word of truth and read it anytime I want.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I'd Rather Have Jesus"  Video  Selah

"Yes, I Will"  Video  Calvary Church worship team with strings.

Autumn wagon, Lancaster Country PA
Fall Harvest Wagon

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