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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Old barn roof
Our utility barn with the new roofing material awaiting installation.

"The Builder Of Everything"

Message summary: Today we choose to unashamedly place our faith in the God of the universe for He is indeed the builder of everything! Rather than refusing to believe we most assuredly declare, "We believe"!

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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). "For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything" (Hebrews 3:4). "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at Godís command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible" (Hebrews 11:2).

We have followed the recent news of the tornadoes that went through Nashville early yesterday morning leaving much destruction and far more tragically, the loss of 24 lives with about 34 unaccounted for as of this writing. The location caught our attention, not only because of the devastation but also because Brooksyne's niece lives in that area. We were both raised in a region (Midwest) especially prone to tornadoes. A shared memory Brooksyne and I have from childhood is the tornado drills at school, hers in Oklahoma and mine in Missouri. Tornadoes are always in varying degrees destructive. I have never read of one that was constructive!

Speaking of building structures, today we are replacing the metal roof on our utility barn. The barn was built about 30 years ago by the original owner using salvaged material such as old timbers and barn siding. It makes for a solid and interesting structure that I use as a "man cave", workshop and storage in the large loft. The original roof was three different types of sheet metal roofing. It now leaks and about 8 years ago we tried to paint it but the paint didn't hold up well. So our friend Jesse and his son, Moses, are over and are presently installing the new roof with the appropriate color "barn red".

Now I didn't personally observe the barn being built but if I were to conjecture that it was a result of a tornado coming through our area and randomly blowing in assorted materials resulting in a fully constructed barn you would rightly think I'm crazy. The Bible says, "Every house is built by someone" and that would apply to barns as well! Even if I said a wind storm or other natural conditions removed the old roof and then picked up the new roofing materials and installed them that would seem absolutely crazy. No, Jesse is going to have to remove the old roof and install the new one!

In regard to Creation we accept the matter of fact statement from Hebrews 13:4, "God is the builder of everything". Many in the world mock at such a belief. "Itís too simple" or "itís not scientific" or "itís old-fashioned" they tout.

However their view is even more ridiculous than the tornado conjecture above however "scientific" they may assert themselves. A common expression of disrespect to those who believe in the Scriptural teaching concerning Creation is that we are "science deniers" and so forth. We need to recognize the foolishness of this world and those who are actually ignoring overwhelming evidence!

Atheists, agnostics and even some professing Christians vehemently deny the Genesis Creation account yet they place their faith in the fallible, changing notions of human wisdom and refuse to believe in the overwhelming evidence for a Creator God. And as described in Acts 19 they malign those of us who do believe in God. Preaching concerning the Kingdom of God in Ephesus Paul spoke boldly and persuasively but "some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way" (Acts 19:8,9).

Today we choose to unashamedly place our faith in the God of the universe for He is indeed the builder of everything! Rather than refusing to believe we most assuredly declare, "We believe"!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, You are great and greatly to be praised. You are the Builder of everything we see and so much that weíve not yet laid eyes upon, both on the earth and in the heavens above. We are looking forward to the future city with eternal foundations where You are the architect and builder. Our everlasting home in heaven is not built with human hands, but by Your divine design. Keep us faithful till that glorious promotion day! In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"I Sing the Mighty Power of God"  Video  The Ball Brothers

"We Believe"  Video  Newsboys

Old barn roof
Here's another view of our two story barn with the worn roof that is being replaced today. Jesse will reinstall the cupola with a copper eagle weather-vane at the top.

Barn roof work
Early this morning the work began by removing the cupola!

Linda Trout at Railroad Diner in Richland PA 3/3/20
Yesterday morning following our first chaplain call to Audrey's we ate breakfast at the Railroad Diner in Richland, PA with our friend Linda Trout. We met Linda in a church we served about ten years ago. Brooksyne ate the Pennsylvania Dutch "Baked Oatmeal" quite popular in our area. I was a little more reckless and ordered the "Trainwreck" which was a mishmash of vegetables, meats, and cheeses wrapped in an omelet. The food was great so we'll visit again, and hopefully next time the train will roar past us on the track next to the Railroad Diner.

Owner of Railroad Diner in Richland PA 3/3/20
Derek Horst bought the Railroad Diner when he was still a teenager several years ago.

Finally today:

Three friends
Three friends helping me fix a lawn tractor in my barn.

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