When Failure To Choose Is A Choice

When Failure To Choose Is A Choice

Joshua 24:14, 15 – “Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Few Christians would intentionally and explicitly choose to not serve the Lord. But the sad reality is that many do so “unintentionally” and implicitly simply by inaction. Choices that we do not make are really choices.

My Advice – Be intentional about your choice to serve God. Make this a choice not only for yourself, but when the time comes for your family too.

Random Thoughts On Aging*

*And What Comes After

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If you’ve been following my blogs, you know by now that my Sunday “amusings” start off with something a tad bit humorous (like this caricature of the Village People and their performance of the YMCA), but quickly moves on to things a bit more serious.  This week is no exception. Continue reading “Random Thoughts On Aging*”

Be Prepared To Suffer With Christ

Step 9: Be Prepared To Suffer With Christ
I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His suffering. (Philippians 3:10)

A: Discovering the Truth

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B. Exploring the Truth

Trials and suffering should not catch us off guard. Nor should we consider it strange when we do encounter them. For Jesus very clearly told us we would encounter persecution in this world, simply because we were His followers. Continue reading “Be Prepared To Suffer With Christ”

Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul

Joshua 22:5“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Many serve. Many follow. Many obey. But fewer do so consistently with all their heart and soul. But to serve, follow and obey without heart and soul is essentially meaningless.

My Advice – Be passionate about serving, following and obeying God. This does not mean that you have to be fanatical, it simply means you are genuine, sincere and enthusiastic.

Not A One

Not A One

Joshua 21:45Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – God is trustworthy. He will keep all of His good promises. There are also promises that are not so good for those who disobey. But God is merciful to those who ask His forgiveness. There may be consequences to sin, but there will also be mercy and forgiveness.

My Advice – Do not be discouraged when God’s answers to prayer seem slow in coming. God is faithful and will keep His promises. Only He knows when the time is right. So be patient. Also, be encouraged even when you experience the consequences of sins you have confessed, that God is merciful. He has forgiven and the consequences could have been much worse if unconfessed.

But God Looked On Able With Favor

But God Looked On Able With Favor

“By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice…by faith he was commend as a righteous man.” (Hebrews 11:4, NIV)

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God did not offer to give us a “normal” child in exchange for Joshua. He gave us one in addition to Josh – our youngest son Joel. In comparison to Joshua, Joel’s life may not seem quite so extraordinary – at least not at first glance. But that would miss the mark by a wide margin. It has merely been a different kind of extraordinary.

However, this section of Our Family Album almost never was. Continue reading “But God Looked On Able With Favor”

You Can Drive Them Out

You Can Drive Them Out

Joshua 18:18“Though the Canaanites have iron chariots and though they are strong, you can drive them out.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – For most of us, the “Canaanites” that we face are those sins and habits that we want to hold onto, but deep down in our hearts we know that we should not hold onto. The desire to hold on (our sin nature) can be very strong, but not so strong that with the help of the Holy Spirit we cannot drive them out.

My Advice – Never let yourself become convinced that you cannot overcome a sinful habit or sinful nature. While it may seem like you will be going up against an “iron chariot” on foot, He who is in you is greater than any old iron chariot.