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Friday, January 10, 2020

Lancaster County PA rural snow scene 1/10/20 (Click to enlarge)
The snow from Tuesday afternoon was still on the ground in eastern Lancaster County yesterday.
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"The Goal Of Your Faith"

Message summary:
Today let us consider the greatest goal, "the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls".

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"Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls" (1 Peter 1:8,9).

Hershey Bears goal 1/8/20Wednesday evening we went to a hockey game in Hershey, Pennsylvania taking along Jesse and the five oldest of his seven children. It was a great treat for the kids and by attending that night each of us got a free pass for a day at Hershey Park this summer!

I've never been a big hockey fan as I prefer a bit more scoring and sports that can't end in ties. But once I'm there I can sure get into the excitement. The Giant Center was practically full, probably due to it being Hershey Park pass night so there was a lot of excitement especially when the Hershey Bears scored their only goal and Ester snapped the photo of the celebration. However they went on to lose in the last minute to the Hartford Wolf Pack by 2-1.

"Goal" is used as a descriptor of a score in many sports apart from hockey such as soccer, football and basketball.

But today let us consider the greatest goal, "the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls".

The life in Christ has always been a faith walk. This has been especially true since Jesus ascended back to the Father in Acts 1. Since that time His followers have not been able to see Him in a physical sense. During a very special period about 2,000 years ago some people had the wonderful privilege of seeing the Word become flesh and dwell among them. However even during that time many did not believe in who He was or what He stood for. Seeing does not necessarily mean believing.

The Apostle Peter, an eyewitness and close friend to Christ during His earthly ministry, wrote our daily verse to those who "believed in Him" some 30 years after Jesus had ascended. These believers had not physically seen Christ in His earthly ministry but, like us, they believed. O, how we thank God for this belief that fills us with "inexpressible and glorious joy!"

We want to note a very significant verb tense in the text this morning.  Notice Peter says, "You are receiving" (not "you have received" or "you will receive") "the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls". We believe this is a vital ongoing truth in the believer's faith life. While living, these fellow believers were receiving this goal. At their deaths they received it fully. The process is true for us today, fellow believer. Hold tight, for the best is yet to come!

This new year let us continue in our faith walk and remember the timeless perspective of the Apostle Paul as we "fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18). This takes a conscientious, purposeful, ongoing effort and spiritual perspective as we walk the narrow path laid out for us. Let us stay faithful to God today, throughout our journey in 2020, and for the remaining time God has allotted us on this earth!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, help me to walk faithfully with You day by day. As I earnestly seek You I will receive the reward You promise to those who do so. Daily temptations, recurring doubts, and fleeting distractions seek my heart's affection but I remain wholly committed to You, my Lord and  Savior. Though I've not seen You physically Your Spirit indwells me and I am filled with Your glorious and inexpressible joy. No matter the mocking and undermining of my faith by the unbelieving world, I believe in You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Thank you that I am indeed receiving the goal of my faith, the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Trailer with steel-wheeled tires 1/9/20
Yesterday morning we came up behind this trailer in New Holland Pennsylvania hauling steel-wheeled tractor tires. Here's a video explaining this distinctive among some branches of Mennonites.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Reason"  Video  Travis Cottrell

"Your Spirit"  Video  The Christ Church Choir

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