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As for me and my house we will serve the lord josh 24 15

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


As for me and my house we will serve the lord josh 24 15

Choose you this day whom ye will serve…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Josh. 24:15


Joshua instructs the people

Joshua instructs the people

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


Joshua instructs the people1

Joshua instructs the people

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


Serving the lord

Serving the Lord

How do we serve the Lord in our homes?

Are we straying to serve other gods?


Serving in marriage

Serving in Marriage

  • Holy Estate

  • Lifelong Covenant

  • Faithful in good days and bad

  • Bed of roses?

  • The holiness and permanence of marriage brings security.


Serve with j oy

Serve with joy

  • The home is where family members spend time togethersharing both joys and sorrows.

  • Put the best construction…


Serving the lord is taking time for each other

Serving the Lord is taking time for each other

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).


How do you spend your time

How do you spend your time?

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?


Balance in social relationships

Balance in Social Relationships

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


Moderation in work and careers

Moderation in Work and Careers

  • Materialism in society can also affect and burden believers.

  • Focus on material things can cloud faith.

  • Temptation to compare

  • God's Word guides toward a moderate way of life.

  • Temporal struggles do not mean that God’s blessing is missing.

  • We can each ask God for a content mind.


Reasonable responsibility

Reasonable Responsibility

  • Ever-increasing demands on time.

  • Reasonable responsibility – that which we can reasonably do is enough!

  • Overwhelm, depression, and burn out can be the result of trying to do more than possible.


Lack of time together can cause growing apart

Lack of time together can cause growing apart

  • Does my spouse have time for my thoughts?

  • Do I have time for my spouse’s thoughts?

  • Is everything else more important than time for the marriage and family?

  • Are we drifting apart?

  • SING SHZ 420:3


Song 420 3

Song 420:3

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.


Marriage the family s foundation

Marriage: the Family’s Foundation

  • Believing parents wish to accept children as God’s gift.

  • God is Lord of life and death.

  • Foundation for family is the relationship between spouses.

  • Limits are love.

  • Parents’ responsibility to teach children God’s Word


That they might set their hope in god ps 78 4 7

“That they might set their hope in God”–Ps. 78:4,7

“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.”


Teach god s word at home

Teach God’s Word at Home

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


Values of the home are threatened

Values of the home are threatened

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!


Blessings of obedience

Blessings of obedience

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


Values of the home

Values of the Home

Read the Word

Speak of theway and journey

Pray

Sing

Care for the conscience


We need faithful escorts

We need faithful escorts

Love the fallen


Take time to hear god s word

Take time to hear God's Word

Services

Bible Class

Sunday School

Camps

Discussions

Visiting


Abraham s example

Abraham’s Example

Trust God who doesn’t need our counsel!


Serving other gods

Serving other gods

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?


Seek the old paths

Seek the “old paths”

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


He that hath an ear

“He that hath an ear”

Korah and his followers did not listen.


But korah s children rejoiced of their mother s beauty

But Korah’s children rejoiced of their Mother’s Beauty

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


He that hath an ear1

“He that hath an ear”

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.


Our congregation mother

Our Congregation Mother

  • Are we embarrassed of our mother?

  • Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

    – Is. 49:15


The goal is heaven

The Goal is Heaven

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)


Discussion questions

Discussion Questions

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?


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