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Friday, December 2, 2022

Gaither Christmas concert in Hershey
Gaither Christmas concert last night at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA

"Established Forever"

Message summary: We have a living hope established forever in Christ's enduring Kingdom.

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"Your house and Your kingdom will endure forever before me; Your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:16). "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3).

Last night we attended a Gaither Christmas concert at the Giant Center in Hershey PA. It featured the Gaither Vocal Band, along with other musicians and of course Mark Lowry!

We have enjoyed the Gaither's music ministry since we attended a concert together in Springfield, MO when we were in college and had first started dating. We were really young (late teens) and the Gaithers were also young, in their 30's (at that time it was "The Bill Gaither Trio" with his wife and brother). Now some 50 years later he is still going but not so young anymore. He is 86 but the stamina and energy he still had on that stage is remarkable considering his age!

One of the most popular Gaither songs many of our readers have sung is "Because He Lives" with these enduring words that speak to each generation.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living
Just because He lives

Today's first Scripture verse concludes a prophetic message of an enduring promise from the Lord concerning David: "Your house and Your kingdom will endure forever before me; Your throne will be established forever" (2 Samuel 7:16).

Consider how devout Jews were to interpret this promise at the time of Christ's first advent (coming). After all, about 400 years after David lived the nation was taken into captivity and the earthly aspect of his monarchy (kingdom) ceased. In fact even after the Jews returned from Babylon there is no record of the monarchy being reestablished and neither has it been to this day. Israel has a prime minister, not a king.

But devout Jews recognized this promise to David to be a Messianic prophecy. This is clear from the context. Through David's offspring, Jesus Christ, His house and kingdom has endured and will endure forever. This truth is further emphasized; "Your throne will be established forever".

This great promise brings wonderful assurance today. Instability and uncertainty surrounds us. We wonder, what's next? On a personal level some of you are being battered about with issues in your own life. We can all sense the travails of the fallen creation in our families, communities and throughout the world.

But our focus must be on the ever enduring Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
In the angelic announcement to Mary, prior to her miraculous conception we read these remarkable words concerning Jesus: "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end" (Luke 1:30-33).

Consider our second text, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). We have a living hope established forever in Christ's enduring Kingdom!

Some 1,700 years after Christ's first advent George Frideric Handel captured this truth in the most memorable portion of his epic work, "Messiah". These words were sung last night at the concert and continue to powerfully move God's people.

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, Scripture records that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has conceived what You have prepared for those who love You. Even in our most vivid and God-inspired dreams we can't begin to imagine all the joys and surprises that await us when we cross to the other side. It is there that we will join other ransomed souls around Your throne where Your kingdom is established forever and has no end. You will reign forever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!! Hallelujah!!! Hallelujah!!!!  Hal-le-lu-jah!!!!!

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Shine (The Darker the Night, The Brighter the Light)"  Video  Gaither Vocal Band (A powerful and most encouraging song that was sung last night - so good for our times).

"Mary Did You Know?"  Video  Mark Lowry  (I am not sure what to make of the matching shirts of Mark's face in the choir that backs him up in this serious version!) Mark is a singer and comedian from the state of Texas. Bill commented that the song, "Mary Did You Know?" is the most published Christian song to cross over to the secular market in history. Interestingly, Mark, who admits he's not a songwriter tells the story that his pastor asked him to write a song for their Christmas program at church in 1984. Years later he collaborated with Buddy Greene who wrote the beautiful music. Read the very interesting story here about how God guided his parents in dealing with Mark's ADHD and how the song "Mary Did You Know" came together to become a Christmas favorite for so many.

"Living Hope"  Video  Phil Wickham

Tim and Liz at Gaither Christmas concert in Hershey
Our friends Tim and Liz Morrison went to the concert with us last night, joining us for a meal at the Red Robin beforehand. We see Tim in the course of our chaplaincy and appreciate his unwavering commitment to Christ and the various ministries in which he is enthusiastically a part of. We often get a mini sermon upon our visits to his workplace site as he is preparing a lesson for his Sunday School class he is teaching or a sermon he is preaching. He and Liz met and tied the knot in Bible College 40 years ago.

Ester with Wes at Gaither Christmas concert in Hershey
Ester managed to capture photos with many of the musicians last night (she's not shy). I asked which one she wanted to share and without hesitation she told me Wes Hampton, a member of the vocal band. She has followed his ministry for many years. Here's a video of him singing "Because He Lives" at the Shadow Mountain Community Church where David Jeremiah is pastor. We attend this church when we are in San Diego. Ester dedicates this photo to her friend Tina who lives in North Carolina, who also likes Wes a lot.

Weber couple photo 7/3/22
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