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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
The sun overshadowing the nearly bare oak tree at the Silverstone Inn makes this large edifice a bit more intriguing.
"The Divine Stain Remover"
Message summary: The divine stain remover, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.
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"Although you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your iniquity is before Me," declares the Lord GOD" (Jeremiah 2:22). If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:6,7).
The days are getting colder and during the winter when the temps drop Brooksyne enjoys having her morning devotions sitting by our coal stove in our downstairs family room. She takes a fresh cup of coffee down with her and sets it on a table beside her. Some time ago she spilled an entire cup of coffee on the carpet, which made a pretty unsightly stain. She tried blotting it up at the time and cleaning it with a carpet spray cleaner numerous times, but it still left a sizeable stain.
Then I bought some heavy-duty stain remover that claims to remove all stains, including coffee but it still wouldn't come out. The carpet had the appearance of partially frayed fiber from vigorous rubbing and a faded coffee stain – in other words a feeble attempt to rid the berber carpeting of a nasty stain.
The fact is we all have a much greater stain problem and it is utterly impossible to successfully remove it or cover it up by our own methods or efforts. It may not be on our carpet, clothing, or upholstery but we all have it and it is visible to a holy, perfect God.
Romans 3:23 says, "For all have all sinned and come short of the glory of God". The eternal God declares, "The stain of your iniquity is before Me". This verse in Jeremiah describes man's attempts at washing it away, which is always inadequate and ineffective when dealing with sin's stain.
The precious blood of Christ is the divine stain remover! 1 John 1:7 states, "The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin". Amen and hallelujah! The divine stain remover, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. It is effective on the worst of stains, even those that seem altogether hopeless. Truly, "There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains!"
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, I thank You for Jesus who shed His precious life-giving blood to atone for my sins. I'm filled with inexpressible gratitude to know that there is no sin that I've committed that cannot be forgiven, because Your blood cleanses me from all sin. Incredibly, when I sin and even attempt to erase the consequences of my sin, it is ever before You. Though my rebellion and disobedience must cause You grief You do not look away. Instead You draw me to Yourself as You extend Your hands of forgiveness; hands that bear the scars of selfless, sinless, sacrifice on my behalf. Thanksgiving to You will be my theme in glory and I will forever praise You for Your forgiveness of my sins. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Nothing But The Blood" Video Parkside Evangelical Church This is an old hymn that we have appreciated over the years which incorporates the Scriptural teaching of the Lord's shed blood. You might say it is a hymn based on salvation FAQs!
"O The Blood" Video The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
"There Is A Fountain" Video Shane & Shane
"There’s Always A Place At The Table" Video The Singing Contractors
As we approach the end of November we still have some pretty foliage at our place.
One more finally!
This morning I received an email reminding us of a local story we shared over 9 years ago concerning a three year old little Amish girl lost in the cornfields, "The Blessing of Being Found".
"Good morning, I was putting together some of the most memorable calls of my 25+ years involved in EMS/ Search & Rescue. I was having difficulty finding the story of little Rebecca King when I stumbled upon your website. I was part of the PA Wilderness Search and Rescue Team that found her, I was actually the task leader of the two teams that came together and found her. At the time I was on medical furlough from West Africa with Eastern Mennonite Missions when our team received the call for this missing little girl. Transmitting those words over the radio was one of the happiest of my career. Thank you for telling this story. Shalom, Sean"
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