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November 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

November 9, 2016

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

    When you read this, the election will be over and the presidential race will have been decided (maybe).  Regardless of the outcome of the election, we continue to serve God and present the love of Jesus wherever we go.  I recently read a devotion that was very encouraging as we move through these chaotic times.  We are not to lose sight of whose we are and the reason for which we live this life.  The following is a devotion written by Brian Doud, a retired minister from Ohio.

            “Johnnie wrote his sweetheart, Emily, a note: I’d climb the highest mountain, I’d swim a shark-infested  ocean, I’d go through fire for you.  All my love, Johnnie.

    P.S.  I’ll be over tonight --- if it isn’t raining.

            Maybe Johnnie wasn’t as committed as he thought he was.  And aren’t we like that?  We’ll trust the Lord…if everything else is working out OK.  The people of Joshua’s day were worshipping the Lord … and everything else.  That’s like a Christian ‘living for the Lord’ but checking her horoscope to see if it’s safe to go on a trip.  Trusting God plus anything is hardly trusting God at all.  God refers to Himself as ‘jealous’ (Exodus 34:14).  Committing to Him, as one’s highest loyalty, is the important thing.  We could simply say it like this: The sovereign Lord wants our undivided attention, and it’s for our best, of course.  For why would anyone want to wander aimlessly through life, attaching to one thing and the next in hopes of ultimate satisfaction?  Better to be committed, right?”


    It is the most rewarding experience to be committed to Almighty God!  In these days, you and your faith will be challenged.  Don’t give in to the hype of the “modern” world.  Read, study and know what the Bible says.  Then, base your values and beliefs on Scripture.  Hold on to what you know to be the truth and thank God along the way that your minds have been opened spiritually.  “For the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV) May you have a blessed week as you thank God for eyes wide open!


                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia

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