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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
"The Reliable Old T&O"
Message summary: Let’s all step on board the reliable old T&O, as we trust and obey Jesus.
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“You did not trust Him or obey Him” (Deuteronomy 9:23). “Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you” (Jeremiah 7:23). “Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness” (Psalm 143:10). “Find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).
This last weekend we visited the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg which has an outstanding collection of engines and railroad cars on tracks in a huge building. It's a great museum for those who enjoy trains with some of the earliest engines and rolling stock that ever rolled down the railroad tracks.
When I was a child my grandparents lived in Harwood, Missouri near the train tracks. Upon hearing the train whistle I’d run as quickly as my little legs would take me near the tracks to wave at the engineer and to count the engines and railroad cars. Some of them had over 100 cars. I still do that and probably some of our readers do as well! In fact I actually enjoy getting stopped at a rail crossing so I can watch the train.
Adrian Rogers, a Baptist minister now with the Lord, had a witty way of sharing. He was known to say, “The way to Heaven is not the ladder of logic or the rocket of reason, but the railroad of redemption, the old T&O.”
T&O is likely a takeoff of the B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) railroad, the oldest railroad in the United States, with its first section opening in 1830. In fact one of the earliest lines went through Harper's Ferry, West Virginia where we visited in May.
So what is "the old T&O"? The T&O stands for “Trust and Obey”, the title of a beloved hymn that always has a current and much needed message. The title for this hymn remains a simple formula in how to successfully live for Christ.
The hymn originated from a testimony meeting, following an evangelistic crusade held in Brockton, Massachusetts, by Dwight L. Moody. We only lived about 15 miles from Brockton when we served a church in New England in the 90's.
The inspiration for this hymn began in 1886 when the composer of the music, Daniel B. Towner, was the music conductor during Dwight L. Moody’s renowned revivals. Towner offered the following testimony cited by Moody’s musical partner, Ira D. Sankey, in his biography, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns:
“Mr. Moody was conducting a series of meetings in Brockton, Massachusetts, and I had the pleasure of singing for him there. One night a young man rose in a testimony meeting and said, ‘I am not quite sure—but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.’ I just jotted that sentence down and sent it with a little story to the Rev. J.H. Sammis, a Presbyterian minister. He wrote the hymn, and the tune was born.”
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Today’s first text is a rebuke to the children of Israel. I purposefully only chose a part of the verse; a stunning, simple indictment of the people from their leader, Moses. “You did not trust Him or obey Him.” The failure to trust and obey is at the heart of sinful living. The practice of trusting and obeying is at the heart of godly living.
Our heavenly Father calls out to us in the second daily text: “Obey me, and I will be Your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command You, that it may go well with you.” In the third text the Psalmist calls out to God, “Teach me to do Thy will; for Thou art my God: Thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” And finally the Apostle Paul writes of the ongoing need for children of God to “Find out what pleases the Lord".
Let’s all step on board the reliable old T&O, as we trust and obey Jesus. While on board the train that leads to glory we will also immerse ourselves in God's Holy Word!
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, though I am sometimes perplexed by that which I don’t understand I have an unshakable confidence in You. There are many things of which I am uncertain, but I have absolute certainty that I can trust You for everything that concerns me and want my obedience to be an expression of my unwavering trust and devoted love toward You, my Lord and my God. Amen.
Brooksyne's challenge: I challenge our readers to also stay on the S&N. *see below
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
“Trust And Obey" Video Don Moen
"Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad" Video Steven Curtis Chapman Great photos!
"Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad" Video Jimmy Fortune (dedicated to our friend Tina)
"This Train Is Bound for Glory" Video Rolltones
"Train Of Life" Video Roger Miller
Roger Miller was one of Dad's favorite singers and his songs tell stories in a most humorous way. (Don't expect spiritual content though!)
"Kansas City Star" Video Roger Miller
"King Of The Road" Video Roger Miller "I'm a man of means by no means"
*S&N - The straight and narrow!
"Come To The Altar" Video Voices of Lee Outstanding, I believe all the sound effects are made with the human voice!
A view of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg from the catwalk that crosses over the displays
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A view of the other side from the catwalk
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This diesel locomotive was built in 1945.
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This electric locomotive was built in 1963. It delivered an amazing 5000 horsepower.
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Since May Ester is pleased to be back at work as a Guest Services Ambassador at Fuddruckers (a hamburger joint) after being off due to Covid for over a year. Her position is AKA server and busser but we like GSA! She has been saving her tips and spread them out for Sadie, who we think is wondering, "I wonder if this for treats for me?"
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