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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ester took this photo of the moon from our backyard 9/20/20

"In Manifold Witness"

Message summary: Listen to the pouring forth of speech as the heavens give dramatic, manifold witness of Godís existence; His power, love and care. Let us observe the displaying of knowledge, which day after day and night after night, faithfully declares the glory of God. Let us also rejoice in and proclaim the mighty work of His hands!

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"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge" (Psalm 19:1,2).

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Today is the autumnal equinox when autumn officially begins.  At this point the earth will be precisely in line with the sun at the equator bringing virtually the same amount of daylight and darkness on this particular day. The movement of objects in space is so predictable and precise that astronomers can pinpoint the exact time of this and other astronomical events years ahead. I consider the line in the great hymn classic, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" that speaks of God's "manifold witness" in nature.

How marvelous is Godís creation along with the perfect orderliness of His glorious works! Today let us consider the daily verse which proclaims the great God we serve and the work of His hands through the sky that speaks to us in so many different ways.
Autumn is a time when the sunís angle changes and the air is noticeably cooler.  Along with the cool nights we soon observe the beautiful green leaves turning a fiery glow before falling to the ground. We both enjoy the fall season but Brooksyne somewhat laments the passing of summer. We enjoy the 2 month + period of fall decorations generally culminating with Thanksgiving when golden and auburn colors accent the landscapes seen especially in the brilliant colors of the burning bush, autumn ash, and red maples. In two weeks we plan to go to northern Pennsylvania in the Grand Canyon area and hopefully we'll see the hardwood forests at the peak of their majestic color.

The late Ravi Zacharias shares a quote from John Polkinghorn, a physicist who placed his faith in God. He expressed the reasonableness of faith in God in a lecture titled, ďThe first three minutes of the universeĒ. In his lecture he makes this remarkable observation based on his understanding: ďDo you know that the balance needed in the early seconds of the universe between its expansion and contraction rate had to be so specific, so on target, with a margin of error so small it would be the equivalent of taking aim at a target at the other end of the universe 20 billion light years away aiming at a 1 square inch target and hitting it straight on.Ē 

Now I donít profess to know what this means and concur with Brooksyne who said, ďNow how in the world do they know that?Ē  But it sure seems to me to be a pretty clear reason for having faith in God!

Some 3,000 years ago David looked up into the sky and made the proclamation found in the daily text. Although I am more familiar with the first verse I find great blessing from the second as well: "Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge". Wow, isnít that true! Some are observant and listening, but most pay no attention at all.

Let us look up to the skies that expand far beyond the human eye or the lens of the most sophisticated, powerful telescope. Listen to the pouring forth of speech as the heavens give dramatic, manifold witness of Godís existence; His power, love and care. Let us observe the displaying of knowledge, which day after day and night after night, faithfully declares the glory of God. Let us also rejoice in and proclaim the mighty work of His hands!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man
Daily prayer: Father, we are surrounded by Your awesome works and endless display of divine handiwork. The entire universe is in perfect order which is a testimony to Your greatness and continued watchful eye over all of Your creation. The silent heavens speak as they declare Your majesty and glory. They also testify to Your righteousness and faithfulness as the Lord who created them and gave them a purpose for existence. May we, as Your human creation, also proclaim Your righteousness and faithfulness day after day. May our lives display the work of the Holy Spirit as we continue to grow in faith until the day of Christís return. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"  Video   Wes Hampton and Homecoming Singers

Fall foliage map This works for everywhere in the lower 48!

Coming up this Saturday for those who may be interested: We are joining a group from our area going down to Washington DC on Saturday, September 26 for a prayer march called, "The Return, National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance". See here for info. America is in deep trouble so letís call on Godís power and a movement of the Holy Spirit to bring Repentance and Revival to our land! You can do this wherever you live.

Tina and Sharon
What a delightful time we had with Tina and Sharon who visited us from Easton, PA. Sharon, sitting on the right, celebrated her birthday two days ago so Tina brought her to visit us as a birthday present. She has been a long time reader but this was our first time of extended fellowship person to person. Would you join us in praying for Sharon whose husband passed about three weeks ago, as she transitions to being on her own, after 53 years of marriage.

Ed and Gladys Berkey 73rd anniversary
Ed and Gladys Berkey celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary on Sunday!
He was my District Superintendent when I moved to New England in 1993 and he installed me as the new pastor.
Render honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:7).
He wrote, "The only way we know to show our praise is to dedicate whatever days He may give us in glorifying Him who has saved us and kept us by His grace!"

Joe Snavely
I startled Joe Snavely the other day as he was packing a Fed-Ex truck at Kleen-Rite! Joe has been a friend for about ten years when we met him during a time we served a small church in Mastersonville, PA. Joe taught me what the S. in Milton S. Hershey stands for (Snavely). Joe has been a farmer, insurance salesman and now a Fed-Ex driver. Years ago his farm had a devastating barn fire which we wrote about here.

Finally today:

Our home on last day of summer 2020
Last day of summer 2020
We are now adjusting to the fall weather, enjoying the harvest decor, and getting used to the shortened daylight hours.

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