As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Josh. 24:15. Home pic. Keith Waaraniemi Congregation and Youth Evening LLC Winter Services, Phoenix February 22, 2013. Choose you this day whom ye will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Josh. 24:15.
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Congregation and Youth Evening
LLC Winter Services, Phoenix
February 22, 2013
Choose you this day whom ye will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Josh. 24:15
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. – Josh. 24:14
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. – Josh. 24: 15
How do we serve the Lord in our homes?
Are we straying to serve other gods?
Christ’s dual commandment of love guides us:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”(Matt. 22:37-39).
Everyday pressures can cause us to be physically, but not mentally present. “Here, but not here.”
Children not looking for “quality time,” but adult presence in everyday life.
Make time management choices for the family’s well-being?
Does our selfish, entertainment societyinfluence us?
In our time, connections to relatives and dear ones can weaken.
We must work to maintain them.
Friends are also important.
Excessive social interaction outside of the family can affect the family
An overuse of social media, Internet
With selfishness and hurry, / how blinded we become. / We scarcely even notice / our dear ones’ needs at home. / But then we pray, dear Father, / and share our stress and burden / within the care of Christ.
“We will not hide them from [our] children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done…That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”
Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when Thou risest up. –Duet. 6:7
The authority of God’s Word is questioned.
Basic teachings of our faith questioned, even among believers.
Creates questions and confusion, and causes burdens in homes and families.
Blessing in obedience to God’s Word!
Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. Prov. 8:32-36
Read the Word
Speak of theway and journey
Care for the conscience
Love the fallen
Trust God who doesn’t need our counsel!
Do we dare to love in the truth?
Does the influence of the world sometimes make us “too understanding”?
Are we afraid to speak of sin?
Do we parents try too hard to explain with human reasoning?
Do we parents dare to hold the line in love and truth or are we swayed by what other families do?
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the oldpaths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls – Jer. 6:16
Korah and his followers did not listen.
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, eventhine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. – Ps. 84:1-5
Joshua was God’s mouthpiece
It wasn’t just that “old preacher” talking – it was God through him
Do we believe that God speaks through His congregation?
Korah and his followers said, “It’s just Moses and Aaron,” and rejected God’s instruction.
– Is. 49:15
Above all, living faith keeps hope and the future in oursights.
In the midst of all stages oflife we can have childlike trust that God will help.
The Old Testament prophet expressed the thoughts of the Lord toward His own - thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give them a future and hope. (Jer. 29:11)
Why do we have too little time for each other?
What are the gods of our time?
What does it mean when we say “that which we can reasonably do is enough”?
What does moderation mean regarding material goods?
Can we become slaves to the social media and Internet?
Are we too proud to ask for help?