I love the story of Joshua! His is a story of power and courage and strength and faithfulness! He certainly lived a passionate life and was faithful until the end. He stood in the face of incredible opposition, incredible odds, and through simple faith in our great God and through the Spirit, he overcame them all. God worked through him to lead the children of Israel to their promised land.
Joshua wrote this book sometime before 1000 B.C. He obviously wrote the book looking back on the events that took place so that we would have a record of what the Lord did! Courage is a theme all throughout the book…in chapter 1, he tells us that when the Lord spoke to him and called him He told him to “be strong and courageous!” Right off the bat in chapter 1 verse 6. Then in verse 7 it says the Lord told him to “be strong and VERY courageous.” Then again in verse 9 again He tells him to “be strong and courageous.” It is definitely a theme throughout the entire book and Joshua lives up to the calling and direction of the Lord from that first chapter!
What I want to focus on today is found in Joshua 24. Joshua gathers all of the people of Israel together to give his last big message and word from the Lord. All of Israel is present including the elders, leaders, judges, and officials…this is a big, important gathering. Then Joshua begins to speak from the Lord and walks them through their history and all that God had done for them. He talks of the battles, the obstacles, the enemies they overcame, the deliverances by the Lord from the Egyptians, the walls of Jericho coming down…he walks them through all of this. Then he says to them these powerful words found in verse 14, “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.” Then he says something very strange…listen to this…he says, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, 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.” He is putting before them an incredible choice. It is the choice to follow and serve God or follow and serve the false gods of those around them. I love verbs in Scripture because they are directives that I can follow…here he says “choose” meaning “you choose.” Not let the Lord decide for you, but you make the decision! Powerful principle here!!
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I have posted quite a bit on FB in the past couple of days since the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on June 26, 2015. I know some people are probably saying, “Tim…give it a rest!” This post is an attempt to explain my reasons for being vocal. I hope you will read it with thoughtfulness.
I am passionate about marriage because I believe it to be God-ordained (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5, Ephesians 5:31), I believe it to be the foundation for all civilization (procreation), and a picture of Jesus and His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:25-27). I have held these views all of my life. I was raised in a home that espoused these views. I was raised in a church that espoused these views, interestingly…I was raised in a country that espoused these views. And when I was old enough to study the Scriptures for myself, I came to the same conclusion and adopted these views as my own. In my study of not only the Scriptures, but of the history of Western Civilization, I came across the same views which undergirded my decision to adopt these views as my own…confirmation from 2000 years of the history of the West, if you will.
So…when the Supreme Court of the United States, in one fell stroke of the pen, changed the definition of marriage once and for all time in the United States, of course I would be just a little concerned. After all, as I just stated above, this is one of the foundations that I have believed to the core of my being. It might surprise some to hear that I would have been open to some sort of compromise in the way of a legitimate “civil union” that the government recognized and afforded some of the same benefits of marriage, but to call that marriage is something that I have to disagree with.
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This is our first ever Christmas recording! It’s some of our favorite carols and we hope you will enjoy our rendition of them – proclaiming the reason for the season! Isaiah 9:2 says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From our family to yours…Merry Christmas!
Starting today, you can purchase our 2 new albums. It has been over a year since we started these 2 projects, but they are finally complete and we couldn’t be more excited!! The first one is Charity’s solo project entitled, “Breathe Into Me.” It’s a powerful project with lots of great songs including her original song called Breathe Into Me that she recorded with a grammy nominated producer in Nashville! The other album is the debut album for our family band! It was such a fun project to work on with the whole family…we all do something on it…even Annie!! You can purchase them separately or together to save a little. We even have our first album available and you can get them all for one low price!
We hope these albums are an encouragement to you in your walk with Jesus and that they draw you close to Him and allow you to see Him more fully! Thanks so much for all of your prayers and support as we seek to serve Him passionately!!
We hope you will join us for an inspiring evening of worship in an elegant yet relaxed coffeehouse setting. As well as some great coffee and cupcakes, we’ve got some amazing local artists lined up, all with a single purpose — lifting high the name and message of Jesus Christ. This is the first of four quarterly worship events hosted by Passionate Life Ministries — a night you will not want to miss!