Deeply embedded in almost every part of the Bible is a tension between the holiness of God and his graciousness.
As a holy God he demands compliance with his law, set before human beings choices of obedience or disobedience on which are conditioned blessing or judgment.
As a merciful, gracious, and compassionate God, he makes unconditional promises reflecting the grace and favor he has set on his people.
Joshua 1:1-8 expresses no less than ten “will”s, of which the Lord is personally speaking to a stalwart of a man, of which every one of them were fulfilled.
What was true for Joshua is certainly true for each of us- “Do not let this Book of the Law (probably Deuteronomy) depart from your mouth; meditate (hagah) on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Josh1:8).
Then to close the book, Joshua sums up everything ever learned from Moses and challenges the people, “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Josh 24:14-15).
Each of us is going to worship and serve something. What or who is it going to be for you?
Prayer for our Kids day 11 – Faithfulness
“Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts” (Proverbs 3:3).
Can I just say how much I love this verse? I’m so thankful to be reading it and praying it over my kids all day today! Okay, now on to today’s topic, faithfulness…
Is it fair to assume we all want our children to grow up and be good students, to be in healthy relationships with their friends and spouses, hard workers, etc.? One of the biggest keys to this success is their ability to practice faithfulness.
It’s amazing how many areas of our life we are required to practice faithfulness and from such a young age. As kids, we have to be faithful in doing our chores and faithful to our friends. Then as we grow and start school we have to be faithful in doing our homework. Eventually we all get jobs and are faithful to our boss and in fulfilling our job duties. We enter into relationships and have to be faithful to our boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife. The list goes on and on.
I think faithfulness is something that can be over-looked, but it is so important in so many avenues of our lives. And honestly, we should be praying for areas in our own lives, not just our children’s, to practice better faithfulness. I think we will be amazed at the changes we see taking place when we do.
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
I have always been a strong proponent for a family staying faithful to a church body for a long period of time. In our time as strong Christ-followers of about 26 years, 21 of those years was serving at 2 churches. Even though we have a short tenure of 2.5 years at CRBC, we plan to navigate the issues of life with this group of Christ-followers for a long, long time.
Staying at one church for a long period has so many benefits. In an age of church-hopping for the craziest reasons, faithfulness is to be the norm, not the anomaly. In running through a blog roll today I came across a post on why one should be a faithful member of a church. It was so impacting I thought I’d throw out the reasons rapid-fire fashion, let them reverberate in your spirit, and hopefully, solidify your faithfulness to the church you now call home. Here they are:
1. You follow a pattern established in the New Testament.
2. You have a greater opportunity to use your spiritual gifts.
3. You become a more committed part of a spiritual family.
4. You insure a balanced Christian life.
5. You avail yourself to a multitude of Christian counselors.
6. (Maybe the best one) You experience the joy of serving others.
If the points capture your attention, check out the original post for scripture references for each and a bit of detail to go along with them.
In an age of consumerism in churches, easy-offendedness, lack of fortitude, minimal numbers of friendships or shallow ones, it is easy to not be faithful to ones local church. If you are in a local church, be faithful. If you are stagnant in attending somewhere because of a hurt or something, forgive those who hurt you and try again. We are all busy, business is not a good reason. Prioritize appropriately. Teach your children well. A sniffle shouldn’t keep others from benefiting from your presence (unless of course you work in the nursery at your church).
“Care For the Hair Under There”
Rendition of Ezekiel's vision of the wheel and creatures.
I know that on Sunday, I mentioned that Jeremiah was full of drama. I should have waited just a few days to give the “drama” label to Ezekiel. My, my, my. Without a doubt if there is anyone in the Bible any more dramatic than Ezekiel it has yet to be seen. His vision, making maps of Jerusalem, eating scrolls, lying on his side for over a year, then flipping over and lying on the other for 40 days, eating Ezekiel 4:9 bread, shaving his head with a sword, cooking with human dung (changed to cow fortunately), cooking pots and meat, repetition of words and pictures, not mourning for his wife’s death, useless vines, eagles, comparing Jerusalem to prostitutes, it goes on and on. Continue reading
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