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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Amish solar-powered clothes dryer in Lancaster County PA, 8/11/11
A common sight here in Lancaster County are these hi-tech, environmentally friendly, solar and wind-powered clothes dryers.


Message summary:  Today stay away from the edges of sin!

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"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them" (Ephesians 5:8-11).

CN Tower in TorontoThe tallest free-standing structure in Canada is the CN Tower in Toronto. About 40 years ago Brooksyne and I visited that area on a vacation and went up to the observation deck of the tower with marvelous views in each direction.

Several years ago major renovations were made to the observation deck including a new "attraction" called EdgeWalk. According to their website, EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s most thrilling attraction in its history, and the first of its kind in North America. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 feet wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 1168 feet (116 stories) above the ground.

CN Tower Edgewalk
Looking at photos and videos of the CN Tower EdgeWalk I am 100% certain that I would not be interested in the EdgeWalk experience!

Many times people speak of having a fear of heights but more specifically it is a fear of edges that describes me (Stephen). Being up in the tower or any tall building, or in an airplane, for that matter, does not induce this fear. But don't ask me to get anywhere near the edge! Of course there's a word that describes this, "cremnophobia" the fear of cliffs and precipices.

When I speak to people I find this is not an unusual fear. The fear of edges is not an irrational fear as there are deadly consequences in falling off a cliff or edge.

This summer I read a report of a young lady who fell off a cliff and died at Johnson Shut-Ins, a popular natural area and state park in Missouri.* That brought to mind a poignant memory from my childhood when we visited the Shut-Ins, a fast flowing rocky stream in a gorge surrounded by high cliffs. I was playing in the water and looked up only to see my dad with his arms crossed over his chest casually looking down on the stream right at the edge of the cliff. Seeing him there standing at the edge froze me in terror. Years later I learned that he and Mom visited the Grand Canyon where he had gone close to the edge for a "better view", slipped in the loose soil and was saved by grabbing onto a tree that stopped his fall into the canyon.

Today, let us consider a healthy outlook regarding edges. There are those who like to toy around with the edges of sinful behavior. They go right up to the edge confident they will not go over but of course many do.

Let us consider a healthy sense of spiritual cremnophobia today. How healthy and preferable to live a life not messing around with the edges of sinful behavior but rather heeding the statement in our daily text, "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness".

Bible teacher Wayne Barber explains,

"You are beginning to absorb within you the very attitudes of the people that are around you. Not only are you partaking in the deeds, but you are sharing things in common with people who wear garments of darkness. We are not to do that but are to wear the garment of light. We have the power in the new garment to refuse the deeds of darkness… We refuse the deeds of darkness when we wear the right garment. We have the power to do that. So we can be in the world, but not of the world. You see, a boat in water is by design. Water in the boat is disaster. We are not to have the water in us, we are to be in the water. We have to reach them for Christ, but not partake with them and not share in common the deeds of darkness. Only in the garment of Christ do we have the power to refuse the deeds of darkness."

Today we advise you to stay away from the edges of sin!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, the lure of sin is ever before us though Satan is never content with simply tempting us to sin. He desires that we carelessly stumble and fall into sin. From reading Scripture we can be wise to Satan's ways by remembering that his temptation can trigger desire in our hearts to gratify our sinful flesh. But when we prayerfully consider the trap Satan has set for us the apostle James reminds us that we are not to be double-minded which leads to instability in our walk with Christ. Instead we are to draw near to You so that You will draw near to us. We are to wash our hands, purify our hearts, and do away with a double minded spirit. We want to hide Your Word within our hearts so that we choose not to sin against You. Help us to be faithful in our obedience to Your commands, in the name of of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Trust You"  Video   Shane & Shane

"A Pure Heart"  Video  Integrity Music

CN Tower EdgeWalk  Video

Hypsiphobia is the fear of height as distinct from cremnophobia we wrote about today which is the fear of cliffs and precipices.

The longest phobia listed and a word I rarely use in my day to day vocabulary is "hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia". I fear I would pronounce it wrong which amazingly is not yet identified as a phobia so I will suggest pronunciationophobia. In my line of work I sure hope I don't deal with too many people who have "homilophobia".

Bible names
Yesterday I met a young man (high school student) who is now working at Audrey's in Lebanon. He has a Bible name you don't often hear so I gathered for a photo with him and another employee whose Bible name is rather common. Let me identify them with a quiz for our readers:
To the left is a man named after a leader who issued this great challenge shortly before his death, "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”.
To the right is the young man I met yesterday. He is named after a man who led the people following the exile, who was a "teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given".

Bible names
Later yesterday morning I took this photo of two men at White Oak Display in Palmyra who have Bible names as well:
To the left is a man named after a famous Bible leader who was characterized as a "a man after God's own heart".
To the right is a man named after a leader in the early church who has two letters in the New Testament named after him.

Rick and Tom
This morning I received a call from Rick Masciantionio, a friend from New England, who shared that our mutual friend Tom Hanley was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident in the Boston area. So we are praying for him and welcome our readers to do so as well. Tom came into our church in the mid-nineties newly saved. He had led a rough life prior to his conversion and has some dramatic stories to tell such as being in knife fights (with the scars to prove it) and being a bar bouncer in Boston's tenderloin section (at the time the place you didn't want to go to at night). In later years Tom married Luanne and developed a steady walk with the Lord. He volunteers for prison ministry. How good it is to keep contact with those from your younger years, especially when you hear of their ongoing commitment to follow Christ. They are holding a sign reminding me that they are staying faithful since I often gave this simple but important charge to our congregants: Stay Faithful!

Sadie picking up habit
Last night I took the dogs for their usual walk and noticed a litterbug had thrown out a Marlboro Cigarette package up the road from us. I had no pockets so thought I might pick it up on the way back home. A little while later I looked down and there was Sadie walking with the Marlboro package in her mouth. She usually picks up small branches but this time she picked up a bad habit. She was proud of her find and deposited it in our front yard.

Mollie destroying habit
Mollie immediately picked up the Marlboro package and shred it to pieces. Kind of like big sister telling the young one, "These are not good for your health, whether human or canine! Let's get rid of it since bad habits are hard to break!"

Finally today:

Bible names in photo quizzes in order: Joshua, Ezra, David and Timothy

Several years ago when we were in Pigeon Forge we visited The Titanic Museum Attraction. Just read this on the "Not The Bee" website: Three Visitors at a Titanic Museum Attraction Were Injured by a Falling Iceberg and I Don't Think They Expected the Exhibit to Be Quite So Realistic

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