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But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua assembles the Israelites for a second covenant renewal ceremony at the end of his life. They assemble at Shechem, where Joshua recounts their history, from Abraham’s father Terah, through the time of the patriarchs, to the Exodus and the conquest of Canaan. He then tells them to serve the Lord, saying that, if they refuse, they should choose “this day” whom they will serve: the gods of Terah or of the Canaanites. In words familiar to many Christians, Joshua concludes, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

The Israelites choose to serve the Lord, and Joshua makes a covenant with them, writing in the book of the law and setting up a stone at Shechem to serve as a witness against Israel, should it break the covenant.

This passage highlights one of the central theological claims of the book of Joshua: the Lord is God and is the only deity worthy of worship. Neither the gods of the Canaanites nor the gods of Israel’s own pre-Abrahamic ancestors are to be worshiped. The Lord demands complete covenant loyalty from Israel and will bless such loyalty with divine favor.
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24/7 missionary

In today’s passage, Timothy is exhorted to insist on proclaiming the Good News “whether the time is right or not” (4:2). Are there some times that are better than others for sharing the good news of Christ? How do you go about sharing your faith with others? When is it important to speak up in faith? When might your actions “preach” better than words?

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Evolution – A Topical Summer Sermon Podcast

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Paul writes to the Corinthians: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.”
As part of our topical summer sermon series today, August 28th 2011, we will hear about “evolution” – that is how the theology of creation has evolved and how our spiritual lives are constantly evolving, too.

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The Inspiration of Scripture

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
The “Scripture” being referred to would be the books of the Old Testament. The passage probably does not refer to the Old Testament as a completed collection (a “canon”), since the canonization of the Old Testament was not yet firm for Christians by the end of the first century C.E., although it might well have been for Jews. Nevertheless, the passage shows that an authoritative scriptural tradition was well underway by the time that 2 Timothy was written. The false teachers of the era may not have regarded the Old Testament books as authoritative. “Inspiration” here means, that texts can be inspirational for people to change their ways:
“so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” (verse 17)
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God is faithful

According to this ancient hymn God is faithful when we are not:
“If we are not faithful, he remains faithful, because he cannot be false to himself.”