Daily Encouragement Net
The online Bible teaching ministry of Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
A daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation.

Join our email list!
About Us     ListenListen to these messages    Archives

Mobile users: Visit Daily Encouragement on your mobile browser, hit "Add to home screen" or "Add page shortcut." This creates an instant Daily Encouragement App!

Donate to Daily Encouragement Net

Search Daily Encouragement
A new message is updated most weekdays usually by Noon Eastern Time (USA).
(Click refresh or reload for current message)

<Previous message                  Next message

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
"People Of The Towel"

Message summary: We want to encourage our believing friends wherever you are to consider our Lord's call to serve one another in humility as our Lord Jesus so powerfully demonstrated!

Listen to audio message
Listen to this message on your audio player.

"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under His power, and that He had come from God and was returning to God; so He got up from the meal, took off His outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around His waist. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him" (John 13:3-5). "Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you" (John 13:14,15).

Joe and Joe

Dr Joe towelsLast night we had two guests over to our place for dinner, both named Joe and both are towel specialists at Kleen-Rite, a company that sells supplies to the car wash industry.

The senior member of the team is Dr. Joe who has been in the towel business for many years and is well-known in the car wash industry. Dr. Joe lives in Florida but is up in Pennsylvania preparing for a large car wash exposition in Nashville next month.

These towels are used for car washing, auto detailing, and more. Dr. Joe has a long tradition of providing the right "prescription" for towels and his specialty is towology! As you can imagine he is a very interesting and colorful man who is discipling the younger Joe in this business, although discipling is not a word used in the business world. More common titles for such a role would be mentor, trainer or coach!

Most significantly both of these men share our faith in Christ!

Our visit last evening prompted a consideration of the only Bible reference to "towel" which is in our daily text, when Jesus washed the disciples feet. This towel had two purposes:

1) He wrapped a towel around His waist
2) He dried the disciples feet with it.

For many years we attended a church that had an annual footwashing service on Maundy Thursday, which we found very moving. In fact we will share some photos from this service below.

But today I want to consider a footwashing service when we served a church in upstate Pennsylvania.

Let me introduce a third Joe who had come into our church bringing personal and family conflict with him. He later told me he was bitter. Among other things he and his wife were in disagreement concerning church attendance. But somehow she managed to persuade him to come that particular Palm Sunday morning. A big, burly man he didn't seem happy to be there at all and as I stretched out my hand to greet him I wondered if he was going to snap at me!

But he came back and three weeks later responded to an altar call. He gave his heart to the Lord and began the transformation process that continues to this day some 40 years later.  He joyfully testifies to the change in his life and for many years was active in ministry to boys through our Royal Rangers program where he sought to influence them to live for Christ.

One of the most poignant memories I have of Joe was his participation in a footwashing service several years after he came into faith. I was preaching from John 13 concerning Christ's example and asked him if I could publicly wash his feet as a visual sermon illustration. He agreed and it's become one of my greatest ministry memories. I am sure some people in our church from Northern Pennsylvania can still remember my washing Joe's feet as a demonstration of humility and service!

Footwashing is primarily a reminder of Christ serving us by dying on the cross and how we should serve one another. Following the original footwashing Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:14,15). Years ago a pastor challenged us to have a servant’s heart and to be "People of the Towel", referring to humility in service. Let us also pass on the same thought to you today. As followers of Christ let us be people of the towel.

Today, we want to encourage our believing friends wherever you are to consider our Lord's call to serve one another in humility as our Lord Jesus so powerfully demonstrated!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we see the tremendous humility of Jesus who, being in very nature God, made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant to live in human flesh. His humility led Him all the way to Calvary, where He became obedient to death - even death on a cross! What an unsurpassed example Christ is to us as He looked not to His own interests or comforts, but to our desperate need for salvation. Help us, likewise, to look not only to our own interests but to the needs of others. Show us ways that we can be of humble service to those who need it most. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Love Each Other"  Video  Graham Kendrick  A beautiful song explaining the meaning of footwashing.

"Footwashing: The Fellowship of the Towel"  An interesting article about footwashing

Many years ago Ester took these next three photos of a footwashing service at our former church.

Maundy Thursday service 4/2/15
Marjorie washing the feet of one of the youngest among us. What a powerful way to value and teach children!

Maundy Thursday service footwashing
Brooksyne washing the feet and praying over a sister.

Maundy Thursday service footwashing
The men and women hold the footwashing in different parts of the building. Ester looked down the hall into the men's gathering and snapped this photo.

Order of the Towel presentation 9/17/17
The church we presently attend has an annual presentation of the "Order of the Towel" in recognition of longtime service. In this photo from 2017 Pastor Beau presented the "Order of the Towel" to Linda, a dedicated servant, who has faithfully served in the church nursery for over 40 years, in addition to many other areas of service! "Order of the Towel" is a reference to the Upper Room foot washing where Jesus washed the disciples' feet and instructed them, "Do as I have done for you" (John 13:15).

Donkeys in Lebanon County pasture
Follow-up to yesterday's message on donkeys: Yesterday we stopped by the Deep Run Meadows Donkey Farms in Lebanon County and saw these donkeys. I spoke to the farmer who raises them and these are actually miniature donkeys. He also told me that the shelter we had shown in our lead photo was not the top of a silo as I had thought but a fuel tank cut in half set up on end with a opening cut out.

Jesse, my farmer friend from the Old Windmill Farm shared an interesting insight about the donkey. he told me donkeys do not like walking on anything but the familiar ground and will step over or around anything else unfamiliar to them that might get in their path. Yet we see the unusual or miraculous nature of the donkey that Jesus rode stepping on cloaks the people spread on the road as well as  palm branches! (Matthew 21:8). He also told me mules inherit the same characteristic.

Amish field work
Our Amish neighbor up Kraybill Church Road has a nice day for some tilling today.

Major Events of the Passion Week

Here's a helpful chart from a Study Bible as you contemplate the events that took place this holy week.  It's inspiring to read these Scriptures in the daily sequence leading up to Easter. We will leave these materials up all week. If you choose only one gospel to read, Luke is often more detailed than others though there is much to be gleaned from each gospel.

  • Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem: Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-40; John 12:12-19
  • Jesus Clears the Temple: Mt. 21:12,13; Mk. 11:15-17; Lk. 19:45,46
  • Jesus' authority challenged in the temple: Mt. 21:23-27; Mk. 11:27-33; Lk. 20:1-8
  • Jesus teaches stories and confronts the Jewish leaders: Mt. 21:28-23:36; Mk. 12:1-40; Lk. 20:9-47   
  • Greeks ask to see Jesus: Jn. 12:20-26
  • The Olivet Discourse: Mt. 24; Mk. 13; Lk. 21:5-38
  • Judas agrees to betray Jesus: Mt. 26:14-16; Mk. 14:10,11; Lk. 22:3-6
  • The Last Supper:  Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:14-20
  • Jesus speaks to the disciples in the upper room:  Jn. 13-17
  • Jesus struggles in Garden of Gethsemane: Mt. 26:36-46; Mk. 14:32-42; Lk. 22:39-46; Jn. 18:1
  • Jesus is betrayed and arrested: Mt. 26:47-56; Mk. 14:43-52; Lk. 22:47-53; Jn. 18:2-12
  • Jesus is tried by Jewish and Roman authorities and disowned by Peter: Mt. 26:57-27:2, 11-31; Mk. 14:53-15:20; Lk. 22:54-23:25; Jn. 18:13-19:16
  • Jesus is crucified and buried: Mt. 27:31-56; Mk. 15:20-41; Lk. 23:26-49; Jn. 19:17-30
  • The glorious resurrection: Mt. 28:1-10; Mk. 16:1-11; Lk. 24:1-12; Jn. 20:1-18
(This material is developed from an outline in the Life Application Bible)

"It's Still The Cross!"

(A selection of Scripture verses focusing on the Cross for personal, family or congregational reading.)

Pastor: Here they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. John 19:18

Congregation: This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross. Acts 2:23

Pastor:  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Congregation: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

Pastor: By abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  Ephesians 2:15-17

Congregation: He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.  Philippians 2:7-9  

Pastor: For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19,20 

Congregation: When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13,14

All: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:1-3

Contact Us

Winter photo
About Us

"We want to encourage you daily in your walk with Christ!"

Personal Ministry Update

Sign up to receive our free

Daily Encouragement email!

(each weekday)

We respect your email privacy

To receive the "Daily Encouragement" each Monday-Friday use our sign-up form or this page to subscribe to our free email list. You can also subscribe to the Wordpress rss feed or through a Wordpress email subscription. (See the email subscription on the top right side after opening this page.)

Daily Encouragement on:  Daily Encouragement on LinkedInWordpress Daily Encouragement on iHeart radio iHeart radio

Permissions: Please feel free to pass on, reproduce and distribute any material on Daily Encouragement Net, in part or in whole, in any format, provided that you do not alter the wording in any way or charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. It is our desire to spread this material, not protect or restrict it. We do request that you keep the contact, copyright and subscription information intact.

Donate to Daily Encouragement Net
We want to thank all who financially support our ministry. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support but if you would like to make a donation to our ministry see here for more information.

To donate directly online click here. This will open to a page that designates the offering to: STEPHEN & BROOKSYNE WEBER - 700001-237376 SERVING IN SPECIALIZED CHAPLAINCY

Make A DonationPlease Note: If you desire you can donate directly through PayPal using this link. This will open to a page that states "Brooksyne Weber".  We keep this option available due to the familiarity, convenience, international supporters, and for those who may not need an official receipt. You can also set up for recurring donations. You can also use PayPal on this link. 

Thank you,

Stephen & Brooksyne

Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: New International Version. © 1984 by International Bible Society; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. and the King James Version.

Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."

© Copyright 2022 Stephen C. & Brooksyne Weber - All Rights Reserved
Daily Encouragement Net - 495 Kraybill Church Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552  USA


Contact Us

"Living securely today anchored in God's solid foundation"