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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Nov 13, 2016

Joshua 24:14-28
Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

We value choice in America. We love being able to select from the 31 flavors of whatever it is we want or think we need. When it comes to faith though, that choice often gets us in trouble for so many times we choose the things that idolatrous and hateful. We actually choose things that harm and injure us for thinking it will satisfy our deep loneliness and our momentary desires. When Joshua call's Israel to renew their covenant with God - they ware quick to say "YES WE WILL SERVE GOD AND HIM ONLY." While they were quick to answer in the positive, idolatry and temptation was right around the corner. How do we maintain zeal for Christ? How do we keep our promises to God? How do we love our neighbor when trust has been broken? How do we come back to God after major blunders? What is God's attitude toward us when we beg forgiveness again and again? Join us as we finish out the Gospel According to Joshua and renew our hearts in service to God.