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, May 24, 2023

Front porch of Ressler family home
Front porch of the historic Ressler home, Mascot, PA

"The Ultimate Honorable Discharge"

Message summary: The final outcome for true children of God is always good! One day we will receive our ultimate honorable discharge as we remain faithful to God

Listen to our message on your audio player.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).


Ron Boyle service photoYesterday I conducted the funeral service for Ron Boyle who had an interesting distinction, he was honorably discharged from both the Marines and the Air Force (I mentioned the reason for this in a footnote yesterday*).

An honorable discharge is the top-most ranking a service member can receive upon leaving the military. This status indicates the enlisted has faithfully and patriotically performed his or her duties, and conducted themselves in a manner of benefit to their service branch.

This is in contrast to a dishonorable discharge which is handed down for what the military considers reprehensible conduct. In most states, a dishonorable discharge is deemed the equivalent of a felony conviction, with attendant loss of many civil rights. *²

At Ron's service the thought occurred to me that in his death he received the ultimate honorable discharge. As a follower of Christ, like Paul, he had fought the good fight, kept the faith and finished the race (see 2 Timothy 4:7).

Our discharge is attained when we cross the finish line in life's race. Today let us consider this finish line that each one of us has in common; life’s finish line.

Where are you in regard to life’s finish line? Truth be told none of us really knows. I realize I’m well beyond the halfway point in a normal life span but the finish line is not always crossed due to old age. We may not know when our race will finish but we are all making preparations for that finish and whether or not we receive an honorable or dishonorable discharge.

Using the words of Jesus we will either hear, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world" (Matthew 25:34). Or these fateful words, "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41).

Let us live daily in such a way that we will receive our ultimate honorable discharge.

Tim KellerLast week Bible teacher Tim Keller died and shared these words with his family in the days before his death,

"I am thankful for time God has given me, but I'm ready to see Jesus. I can't wait to see Jesus. Send me home. There is no downside for me leaving, not in the slightest."

Life has its setbacks, hurts and disappointments. We’ve all had them, though some more than others. You might be in the very midst of a trial today.

Remember, the finish line is ahead. Hold onto your faith in the ever-living Redeemer. In the end you will receive the ultimate honorable discharge and your faith will be eternally rewarded.


Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)


Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Praying manDaily prayer: Father, there are many goals, deadlines, and expectations we meet as we tarry here below. But there’s one goal yet unmet that will carry us to the very end of our lives here, and that’s to cross over the finish line that transports us from our temporal dwelling to our place of eternal rest. We await as your faithful followers our ultimate honorable discharge, the discharge from our duties on this side of eternity. We await rest from all that troubles us, a place where we will no longer taste of death, sickness, evil or sorrow. But until then we rejoice in knowing that Christ our Redeemer lives. He walks with us through every trial, every heartache, and every temptation that our enemy, the devil, hurls at us. We are victors through Christ Jesus our Lord in whose name we pray. Amen.

"DEATH to the Christian is the funeral of all SORROWS and EVILS, and the resurrection, of all JOYS."

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Faithful Now"  Click to listen on YouTube  Vertical Worship

I am holding on to faith
Cause I know you’ll make a way
I don’t always understand, I don’t always get to see
But I will believe it, I will believe it

"Finish Well"   Click to listen on YouTube    West Coast Baptist College

* While in High School Ron was recruited and wanted to be a Marine. He went through the training but fell below the size requirements and was honorably discharged. He went back to the same recruiter who suggested the Air Force in which he served and received another honorable discharge!


Today's lead photo is of the Mascot Roller Mills & Ressler Family Home here in Lancaster County on Stumptown Road.



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.)

We want to thank all who financially support our ministry. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support at this time but if you would like information about making a donation to our ministry see here.

In considering support we are so pleased when we hear from you, our readers, that our messages are a source of teaching and encouragement to you. We also urge you to consider the mission aspect of these daily teachings that are freely available and read by many all over the world.


 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 DonationIf you desire you can also 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, for international supporters, and for those who may not need an official receipt. You can also set up for recurring donations.    
 
Thank you,

Stephen & Brooksyne



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.



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 2023 Stephen C. & Brooksyne Weber - All Rights Reserved
Daily Encouragement Net - 495 Kraybill Church Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552  USA


dailyencouragement.net

Contact Us

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