As for me and my family...

26th April 2017

This week I have been reading Joshua. This Old Testament book is the account of how the Israelites took over the land God had promised them. As Joshua came to end of his life, he reminded the people of God’s promises to them...

Then Joshua said to the people, “Now respect the Lord and serve him fully and sincerely. Throw away the gods that your ancestors worshiped on the other side of the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord. But if you don’t want to serve the Lord, you must choose for yourselves today whom you will serve. You may serve the gods that your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River, or you may serve the gods of the Amorites who lived in this land. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:14-15 The NCV Bible

For many years the people of Israel had struggled to stay faithful God even though He had done so much for them. Joshua had seen for himself how God had helped them conquer the land and yet still these people deserted God and chose to live another way. Therefore, at his ‘farewell’ speech Joshua reminded them of the choices they had...who shall they serve? He was bold enough to state that he and his family were going to serve God. We can learn from this story. As Christians we live in a land where many people chose to live another way, not following God’s ways. We too have a choice! May we be strong and courageous like Joshua and say... ‘as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord!’

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

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