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Friday, June 26, 2020

New Holland windmill
Yesterday morning we bought flowers on a farm near New Holland, PA. We liked the way they planted all these flowers under the windmill. The red pots in the background beyond the white fence are mums growing for the fall. (See photo below for another view.)

"The Preeminence Of Christ"

Message summary: We can experience great comfort in this eternal truth: Christ is preeminent!

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"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence" (Colossians 1:16-18).

Ron and Bonnie HooverRon and Bonnie Hoover are friends of ours who serve as spiritual mentors to the business community here in Lancaster through a group known as Convene. We first met Ron in 2007 through his leadership at our local Convene group. He has been very encouraging and supportive to us in our chaplain ministry through his many contacts. Bill and Bonnie both have a dynamic faith in Christ, with a knack for finding ways to witness in the midst of life’s circumstances.

Ron is an engineer and in fact has a doctorate in electrical engineering. Years ago he was leading a meeting discussing a quality control issue with other engineers. There was some frustration in the room (not uncommon in the business world) and one of the exasperated engineers said, "Jesus Christ couldn’t keep this tolerance". Ron said, "Oh, I didn’t know that Jesus Christ worked down at our lab". Of course this quieted things down a bit. Now when Ron speaks it's sort of like E.F. Hutton for those who may recall those ads from the 70's "When E.F Hutton speaks, people listen". (E.F Hutton was a financial firm and the ad tried to convey how valuable the firm’s advice was.) Then Ron solemnly said, "As a matter of fact Jesus Christ could keep this tolerance" and went on to testify of his faith in Christ to the group!

Preeminence of ChristThe daily Scripture portion asserting the supremacy of Christ in all things is like a rich meal with much to feed upon.  Note the five times in these three verses we read the words "all things". But today let us focus on the final one, "that in all things He might have the preeminence".

Preeminent is defined as "having paramount rank, dignity, or importance". (Webster) Preeminent, although used in several prominent translations such as the KJV and ESV, is not a commonly used word and thus other translations (see here) render the passage a bit differently but with the same sense.
  • "so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything." (NASB)
  • "so that in everything he might have the supremacy." (NIV)
  • "so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything." (Amplified)
The preeminence of Christ is a great source of assurance in troubling times. There are many things in our lives that may bring on anxiety and distress. It may be a personal health issue or a family matter. It may be our finances or the condition of the world with all the turmoil and uncertainty.

At the present we don’t know how these and many other issues will all work out. But we can experience great comfort in this eternal truth: Christ is preeminent!

"Teach us to know You, always among us,
quietly sovereign – Lord of our now."

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, anything good or praiseworthy in me is simply a reflection of the abiding presence of Your Holy Spirit. I want to grow in Your grace and knowledge, and will do so if You are preeminent in my life. That means You will reign supreme and be of first importance to me, having greater influence than any other person or cause. I want to walk in humility today as I pray, “Jesus must become greater in my life, I must become less.” I ask You to be at the center of my thoughts, my attitudes, and my actions so that Your preeminence is seen in all I think, do, and say. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"God of the Ages"  Video  Charles Billingsley and choir

"E.F. Hutton ad from the 70's with Tom Watson"  Video

New Holland farm and windmill
These are mums growing for sale in the fall.
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Old order pickup
A Mennonite pickup!
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Strasburg Pike hay wagons
Filled to capacity hay wagons in Strasburg, PA
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It's good to get back to our chaplain visits these last several weeks.
I am giving Izzie an Izze drink! It's been around for awhile but this will be Izze's first time to sample it. I'll learn next visit if he liked it.

Luis works with international sales for a company we serve that manufactures systems used in chicken houses. His office is all about chickens and his wife even made him a mask with chickens on it!

Finally today:

Walmart car
This "smart" car parked next to us at a Walmart yesterday. Brooksyne was impressed with the duct tape, fabric, laces, and other materials that made for a different look or actually a cover-up for a much needed paint job.

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