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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Geese family at Donegal Creek (Joshua Binkley)
Donegal Creek Canadian Goose family
Photo by Joshua, click to enlarge

"The Full Message Of New Life"

Message summary: We are to continue telling people the full message of this new life, known theologically as regeneration.

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“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life” (Acts 5:20).

New life is teeming in our neck of the woods. We really enjoy seeing the many signs of new life which is so plentiful in the spring. Wherever you live we hope you have opportunities to see new life as well.

We often refer to our walks or bike rides along Donegal Creek where we see so much of God’s untamed creation along the way. Squirrels scamper along the limbs over our heads, ducks patiently incubating their eggs giving us the wary eye, a family of goslings falling in line with their mom and dad as they swim along the creek while newly hatched fish are waggling their tiny tails through the water. Amongst the increasing turmoil of this world we enjoy the haven of nature, God’s handiwork.

Just as we see new life in the natural world we can be sure that in the spiritual realm there continues to be new life. In the drive-in service we attended on Sunday the Pastor challenged attendees to accept the Lord and begin a new life, seeking a creative way to give an altar call at a drive-in service.

"Go, stand in the temple courts and tell the people the full message of this new life” is the message an angel gave to the apostles when they were miraculously delivered from jail. It’s actually a reinforcement of the Great Commission they had received from Christ before He ascended into heaven. They were taking His command very seriously which is how they landed in jail in the first place. This message remains for all generations of the church age.

“Go, stand in the temple courts". This is a call to taking a very public stand. God didn’t set them free primarily for their safety or comfort. Although their rescue from prison was surely a great blessing it was also for a spiritual purpose – so they could continue their work. They were set free for a reason. Later when they were again ordered to stop proclaiming the gospel message they responded, "We must obey God rather than man" (Acts 5:29). Acts 5 ends with this statement: "And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ".

"Tell the people the full message of this new life". We are called to tell the people the full message. Thank the Lord for the entire revelation of the Holy Scriptures which is so needed. Careful, faithful, Biblical presentation includes all that God has spoken through the Scriptures: "All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16,17).

We are to continue to tell the people the full message of this new life, known theologically as regeneration. It should never get old or become routine. It's our heart's desire that Christ’s regenerating, transforming work continue to carry out His plan in our life. We want to keep growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We also want to witness transforming life in others as people receive "the full message of this new life".

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we thank You for Jesus, for His finished work on the cross, and the provision He made for us to be saved. We tend to share this message with others in bits and pieces but when the opportunity is at hand help us to compassionately deliver the “full message of this new life” we’ve been given. It isn’t ours to store on a shelf for safe keeping, but we are to share about the hope we have in Christ, though we might be ridiculed or turned away. People are dying every day without hope, many of them by their own hand, so we must share the good news of salvation that supplies us not only with forgiveness for our sins but also hope for this life and for all eternity. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Redeemed"  Video  Big Daddy Weave

"I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary"  Video  Gaither Vocal Band  This song came to mind due to recalling these words:

I believe that the Christ
Who was slain on the cross
Has the power to change lives today
For He changed me completely
A new life is mine

More photos taken by Joshua near Donegal Creek

We enjoy getting photos from 12 year old Joshua, who is earnest in developing his photography skills! Brooksyne has taken several photos of the goslings but was frustrated because they are always across the stream making it hard for close-ups. We mentioned to Joshua we would like a good photo and he said he was working on it. Well, in our estimation, he has done a great job and we appreciate his sharing photos of the wildlife that gathers along Donegal Creek.

Donegal Creek mink (Joshua Binkley)
A mink drinking from Donegal Creek

Donegal Creek red-winged blackbird (Joshua Binkley)
For years we have seen the elusive Red-winged blackbird in the trees along Donegal Creek but lately they have also been at our feeders.

Donegal Creek Red-bellied woodpecker (Joshua Binkley)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
We didn't know what some of his Joshua's bird photos were so we used an interesting feature in the Google search engine which allows you to load a photo and then identifies it! Please correct us if our determination is wrong!

Donegal Creek yellow-rumped warbler (Joshua Binkley)
Yellow-rumped warbler

Donegal Creek song sparrow (Joshua Binkley)
Song sparrow

Donegal Creek goose in flight (Joshua Binkley)
Consider the strength this Canadian Goose needed to start this flight!

Finally today:

Flooding along Donegal Creek
Following several inches of rain we had flooding along Donegal Creek so the only way we could get from the dirt trail onto the paved portion without wading through the flooded portion was by bicycle. The ducks were sure excited about their expanded water ways in the formerly dry pasture land.

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