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Monday, July 18, 2022

Martindale Road wagon traffic
The many sights of Lancaster County.
This old-order Mennonite couple are hauling watermelons to market.

"Jesus Is Still The Answer"

Message summary: Jesus is still the answer to mankind's problems. Can you imagine how different the world would be if people would really commit themselves to Jesus Christ and live according to His Word and will?

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"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). "What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30).

Chaplain visitAmong our duties as chaplains to the marketplace is that we walk through the facility seeking to have brief conversations with the employees to demonstrate our interest in them and develop a friendship. (We have made and maintain many friendships though this ministry.) Of course we hope this leads to an expression of need and ideally in time an opportunity for witness.

A part of our ministry is grief care. Last week we received the notification that the grandson of an employee was killed in a traffic accident. Brooksyne went to the viewing Friday evening and visited with the employee and her family. After introducing herself to the great grandparents, who are believers, they expressed their appreciation for her role as chaplain at their daughter's company.

And we pass on that appreciation to company owners who bear a burden for their employees, by providing a neutral person for their staff to speak to. Workplace chaplains aren’t connected to the running of the business which often means that employees are more comfortable confiding in them about personal issues. It’s a way for them to be open and honest about their concerns without worrying that it could affect their role or reputation at work.

On the way home from the viewing she got a call from an employee in another company who told her she had came home from work that afternoon and found her elderly father dead. Brooksyne prayed with her and is providing additional followup as well.

Jesus is the answerSometimes we have unexpected opportunities for a witness in the workplace. I visited a company and a man invited me into his office and asked me to have a seat. I could tell there was something on his heart. He began our conversation by saying, "Now I may not be the smartest man but I’m not the dumbest either". He went on to tell me that he had seen a sign on the road in rural Lancaster County that stated, "Jesus Is The Answer" and he admitted that he had no idea what that meant. "Jesus is the answer to what?” he earnestly asked.

That gave me an opportunity to explain what the owner of the sign was seeking to communicate, that Jesus is the answer to mankind’s problems. These witness signs are very common in our part of Pennsylvania and I am sure the one posting it would be pleased to hear that it prompted this question!

One question the phrase responds well to is the timeless question of the Philippian jailer who asked, "What must I do to be saved?” The apostolic answer to this question will always be, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household" (Acts 16:31).

Jesus is still the answerA popular song from the 1970’s had a line, "Jesus is the answer for the world today". Can you imagine how different the world would be if people would really commit themselves to Jesus Christ and live according to His Word? That would be the answer to this world’s problems as well as the answer to the scores of individual problems we all face.

"Jesus is the answer" has been the message of our ministry since we married in 1976. We want to share the call of our Lord Jesus to this fallen world: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest".

Jesus is calling us all to come unto Him. He is the true and only source of rest, of peace, of love and of acceptance. He loves you this day and every day. However you’re seeking to fill that void, turn to Him. He continues to beckon the human race, "Come unto Me". Through the great commission this call is for all of us to proclaim, "Come To Jesus". Jesus is still the Answer!

Jesus is still the answer
And though time and ages rolls Jesus is still the answer
He's the answer for your soul
And though some may say He doesn't fit
With their philosophy
I know Jesus is still the answer He's always been
And always will be

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, You provide the answers to life’s questions about everything that concerns us, and most importantly in answer to life’s greatest question, "What must I do to be saved?" You sent Your Son to be our Savior who would die for our sins so that we might be forgiven and receive an abundant life here on earth and an eternal life in heaven. We are learning to trust in You with all our hearts and not rely on our own understanding. We want to acknowledge You in all areas of our life so that we will seek You and the counsel in Your Holy Word for the answers to life’s questions. Jesus truly is the answer for the world today, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, now and forevermore. Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Jesus Is The Answer"   Video  Andraé Crouch

Jesus is the answer, for the world today.
Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way.
Jesus is the answer, for the world today.
Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way.

If you have some questions, in the corners of your mind.
Traces of discouragement, and peace you cannot find.
Reflections of your past, seem to face you ev’ryday.
But this one thing I do know, Jesus is the way.

"Jesus Is Still The Answer"  Video  Collingsworth family

"All Creatures Of Our God and King/Be Enthroned"  Video   Medley from our Calvary Church worship service yesterday with the choir and orchestra.

Yesterday I saw the Morrisons who at 95 and 93 still drive themselves to church on Sundays. They are the parents of our friend, Tim, whom we see at one of our companies. Tim is a great encourager and his dad is as well. Yesterday I told him to "Have a good day" and he responded, "Everyday is a good day!"

Golf cart ride
I, Brooksyne, was walking the dogs last evening and ran into traffic on our rural road. Our sweet neighbor was taking her nieces and sister-in-law for a ride on her golf cart. They were headed to the trail across the road from our house. We have four neighbors who own golf carts and frequent the trail which are a lot quieter than four-wheelers!

Finally today:

Car trunk farmstand
We passed this most unusual produce stand or I should say, "Produce Car" (Car Trunk Farmstand) in Lebanon County. Inside the trunk of the car was free Zucchini and they were also selling homemade jams and fresh peas.

This morning just before posting the message I looked out and saw the township mowing the strip between the corn and road. I considered the contrast with a video I had watched like this of Philadelphia: Streets of Philadelphia, Kensington Avenue, What happened today, Aug, 2021. Video

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