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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

We enjoyed the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean out in San Diego but it sure is good to have our country sunsets again. Farmers planted the corn across the road which is always interesting to watch - the sowing, growing and harvesting.
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"A Well-Worn Bible"

Message summary: A well-worn Bible is a sign of a spiritual well-being, for the Living Word gives spiritual life.

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"For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God" (1 Peter 1:23).

After our church service Sunday we stopped by to see our long-time friends Jim and Dorothy Schmidt. We first met them at a conference in Boston nearly 25 years ago and then over the years visited them several times at their home near Ocean City, New Jersey. About seven years ago they moved to Lancaster County to live at "Calvary Homes", one of our many retirement communities.

Jim's well-worn BibleThey are experiencing the inevitable progression of aging with increasing health problems and so forth. At this time they are in different parts of the facility due to Jim needing a greater level of care so Brooksyne and Ester visited Dorothy while I visited Jim.

He seemed pleased to see me and we chatted for a few minutes. He will soon turn 89 and told me he would really like to make it to 90 but has assurance of his salvation and destination no matter when God calls him home. He showed me his well-worn Bible and indicated that it is wearing out. I told him a well-worn Bible is a sign of spiritual well-being, especially if the reader not only reads but meditates, memorizes and applies the Living Word to his spiritual life.

Sherry's BibleHowever the most well-worn Bible I've ever seen belongs to Sherry Hoffman, who served for several years as the secretary in the church I pastored in northern Pennsylvania. We gave it to her before we left that church in 1993 and she still has it. She has a practice of saving notes, devotional booklets and other supplementary scriptural writings in her Bible and it is now 4 or 5 times thicker than the original sizing. I am amazed that the binding holds up! Sherry certainly treasures her Bible!

Early in my ministry Brooksyne gave me a Thompson Chain Reference Bible that's now nearly 40 years old. For many years it was both my study Bible and my preaching Bible so it is also pretty well-worn. The binding is coming apart and the pages are yellowed and somewhat tattered. However for the last 20+ years in chaplain work I have not preached as much and I tend to use the Bible online when I study so my paper-bound Bibles don't get as much use as they once did.

Through the years I have often used the daily verse in regard especially to the term "born again". But today let's consider the phrase "living and enduring word of God".

Note these two powerful qualities of God's Word:

1) The Word of God is living.  The writer of Hebrews uses this very phrase when he says "The word of God is living" (4:12). The living God imparts spiritual life through His living Word. It came to life to me this morning even as I pondered on these phrases. I read a story about a street evangelist who placed his hat on the ground and drew a crowd by pointing at it and shouting excitedly, "It's alive". After a group had gathered around him he lifted up his hat to reveal a Bible!

2) The Word of God is enduring.  The Psalmist wrote, "All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal" (119:160). No other written work comes even remotely close to the Bible in its enduring qualities. Today we join hundreds of millions of believers around the world who will be reading it and applying its truths to their lives. And today scores of highly dedicated translators will be working in the remotest areas of the world to translate God's Word so that all might know the person of Jesus and the gospel message of salvation.

Praise God for the "living and enduring Word of God"! Continue to subject yourself to its life-giving qualities! Indeed,
a well-worn Bible is a sign of spiritual well-being, for the Living Word gives spiritual life when one begins to trust the Author and receives His plan of salvation.

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we are grateful for the prophets through whom You spoke Your unchanging Word.  Each from age to age proclaimed You, the one, righteous Lord.  In this world of despair and turmoil, You are the one firm anchor holding us fast.  You are King, Your throne is eternal; You are the First and You are the Last.  You spoke through Christ Jesus, Your everlasting Son, Light of Light, to earth He descended, Christ as God in human form. God, You continue to speak by Your Spirit in Your ageless Holy Word expounding Your own message, now as then. Though all hell should endeavor to shake this firm foundation we have built through Your Holy Word, we will never forsake it, for the darkened veil will soon be lifted and we will see You face to face in the fullness of Your glory. Praise be to God! Amen.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Word Of God Speak"  Click to listen on YouTube  MercyMe

Country View Greenhouse
This last Saturday afternoon we went over to the Country View Greenhouse, a large Amish-owned business for our flowers that Brooksyne enjoys planting each year. We are scaling back a bit as we age but it's still something she still very much enjoys and this year we have been working together more than usual. She does the planting and I do the digging so we both get dirty together!

Country View Greenhouse is located here on Google Map

Closed sign
At the greenhouse we saw this is a sign we are accustomed to in our area. The Plain people treat these days as special and close their businesses which we certainly do respect.

Keeping Aunts Away!
Even spell-check wouldn't have necessarily helped here but I'm pretty sure what they mean is this plant is good to keep ants away. Perhaps, but extremely unlikely, they had seen this commercial (Video)

Point Loma view of San Diego Bay
Lamar Dourte took this photo and we feature it today since it actually looks like a drawing or painting rather than a photo. Seeing the mules in the foreground indicates that this is an Amish farm. Many farmers do not put their cattle out to pasture so we take special notice when we see cows or steer grazing in the pastureland.

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