Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve (2022)

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A sermon by the Very Rev. Sam Candler
Proper 27 – Year A

The successor to Moses was Joshua, the leader of the Hebrews, the tribe of Israel. The people had wandered, had wandered, in the wilderness for forty years. As they were about to enter, finally, the promised land, Joshua addressed the people with these now famous words:

Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River, 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 24:14-15).

Choose this day whom you will serve. …As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

Take a breath.

Be here at Church for a few moments.

Be Church for a few moments.

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I know this has been a tense week, excruciating for some, maybe exhilarating for some. Maybe both excruciating and exhilarating. This has been election week in the United States of America, and the attention of our country has especially been focused here, upon the state of Georgia. Wow.

As you know, I am recording this sermon before the Sunday on which you hear it. I am recording these words on Friday, November 6, before our country knows our final official election results. So be it. Of course, we might not know final results on Sunday either!

But my words are the same in any case, no matter whether we have final results, and no matter who is being declared victorious in our various political contests.

This has been a tense week, an anxious season, a weary year, a worrisome wandering in the wilderness. Some of us have fared reasonably well in this wilderness. We have made do. Others of us have not fared well in the wilderness. We got mired in impatience, and then frustration, and then anger, even lashing out at our closest colleagues and companions, and leaders. Griping just like the early Hebrews wandering in the wilderness.

To all of us, I repeat these words. Take a breath. Catch your breath! Be at Church for a few minutes. Be the Church! Be the Church for a while. Be the people of God.

Let some peace enter your hearts. Let that peace sink into your heart, and then let it rest even deeper, down into that soul part of you; let the peace of God grow deeply in that part of you that needs rest.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28–30).

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Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest. I know that the tension and anxiety of this election season has been tremendous upon you. I have felt it, too. Some of that energy is good! It is right and good that we citizens take part in our democratic process. I hope that every person listening to me this morning found a way to vote in the past several weeks! Participation in government is a good thing, a necessary part of our healthy lives.

In my bible studies this week, on the Tuesday and Wednesday of our election week, I asked an opening question. The subject of this week was First Corinthians, chapter 8, and false gods. Great conversation about false gods. My opening question, during election week, was this: Can politics be a false god? Around the table, around the screen, were both democrats and republicans, but almost everyone answered some form of Yes – no matter who they voted for.

Yes, we all know that participation in politics is a good and necessary thing. But even good things can turn into idols. That is one of the lessons throughout scripture. The people of God often become so enamored with things that once were good and made sense, that we lose touch with the one, and infinite, and mighty God, the one God who passes all understanding, the God who is above all our false gods.

Spiritually attentive people acknowledge that we have all served different gods, at some point or another. We have served the various gods of our fathers and mothers, just as the followers of Joshua had! We have served the various gods of our families and tribes. Another word for “tribes” might be all the labels that keep getting tossed and thrown around the political landscape these days!

But Joshua says, “Put them away.” Put away the gods of your ancestors. Let them go.

It is time to enter a new land, just as the followers of Joshua would. At one time, the tribes of Israel all had different gods, too! But Joshua says he will follow Yahweh. Joshua says, “choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River, 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).

That is what we choose today. That is what we vote for.

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We are Christian. No particular political party completely defines us! Not even the ones we give our hearts and money to! Giving our hearts and money is okay, for a time and for a season and for the common good.

But our deeper identity is something else. Our deeper allegiance, over and over again, is something else!

We gather today as Church, even if we are separated in social distance. We gather to choose what Joshua chose. We put away the other gods, even those that seemed good to us. We choose this day, we vote this day, to follow the one, holy, and infinite God, the one above all other gods, and above each of us. That God is Yahweh, the God whose name cannot be defined, but who represents justice and peace, mercy and love, in every generation. That God becomes flesh in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We gather on this Sunday, just like we do on any other Sunday, to remind ourselves of our ultimate allegiance. We serve Jesus. We follow Jesus, who said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Take a breath. Let that peace of God, which passes all understanding, pervade deep within you.

Every Sunday, every day, no matter what political season we are in, gives us a chance to re-affirm that choice, our real vote. We follow Jesus, whose name, in Hebrew, is actually Joshua! The name, “Jesus” is Greek for “Joshua!” We follow Jesus and Joshua, the Joshua who said, “Choose this day—again and again—choose every day whom you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

AMEN.

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The Very Reverend Samuel G. Candler
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FAQs

Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve? ›

Joshua says, “choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River, 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). That is what we choose today.

What is the meaning of choose this day whom ye shall serve? ›

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve: … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15.) My purpose in this message is to emphasize the fact that this life is, for us mortals, a day of decisions, and to point out the need for us to make the right choices, and to make them now.

Where does the Bible say Choose this day whom you will serve? ›

"Choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Josh. 24:15.)

What does Joshua 24 15 say? ›

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, achoose you bthis day whom ye will cserve; 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 dhouse, we will eserve the Lord.

What does it mean that as for me and my house we will serve the Lord? ›

These words, given to the Israelites by Moses just before they entered the Promised Land, would essentially become the fundamental creed for God's chosen people.

Why do we choose to serve God? ›

Serving allows us to experience God's presence in new ways. Encouragement and healing go hand-in-hand. As we encourage others and they find healing, we're encouraged. It's the reason so many people that go on mission trips say they came home feeling like they got more than they gave.

Who is Joshua talking to in Joshua 24? ›

Joshua calls together all the tribes of Israel to Shechem. In true old man style, Joshua recounts the stories found in the books of Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, and of course, the conquest of Canaan.

What does the Bible say about choose this day? ›

Joshua says, “choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River, 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). That is what we choose today. That is what we vote for.

Who said Choose you this day whom you will serve but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord? ›

“And Joshua said unto all the people [of Israel], … choose you this day whom ye will serve; … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:2, 15).

What does it mean to serve the Lord? ›

Third, to serve God means to do His will and it includes doing what He commands us to do. It is not enough that we mentally recognize that there is a God, we must do what God commands us to do. In John 10:27, Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

How do I serve the Lord my God? ›

You can serve God every day through your faith, your community, and by setting a good example. Develop a good relationship with God by praying regularly by yourself or with your friends and family for guidance and to give thanks. You can also serve God by serving people in your community.

What is the best way to serve God? ›

To serve God is to serve others and is the greatest form of charity: the pure love of Christ. Jesus Christ said:
  1. Serve God Through Your Family. ...
  2. Give Tithes and Offerings. ...
  3. Volunteer in Your Community. ...
  4. Home Visiting. ...
  5. Donate Clothing and Other Goods. ...
  6. Be a Friend. ...
  7. Serve God by Serving Children. ...
  8. Mourn with Those that Mourn.
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What can we learn from Joshua 24? ›

Joshua led the Israelites to renew their faith in the Lord. To fear the Lord (Josh. 24:14) is to believe that He is bigger, stronger, and more important than anyone or anything else in our lives. If we properly fear the Lord, we don't have to be afraid of what humans, governments, or nature can do to us.

What does Bible say about serving two masters? ›

No man can serve two masters: for either he. will hate the one, and love the other; or else. he will hold to the one, and despise the other, Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

How does God call us to serve? ›

Paul said, “…God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6–7). God calls us to a life of charity that is rooted in joy, not in duty. We want to serve God by serving others, and we are excited to have opportunities to use our gifts, talents, and time to make a difference. Charity is love in action.

Why do we need to serve others? ›

But serving doesn't just make your heart feel good. Studies have shown that there are mental and physical health benefits to serving, like reducing depression, lowering blood pressure and lengthening your lifespan. Putting other people's needs before yours also strengthens your relationships.

What does God say about serving? ›

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Who wrote Joshua Chapter 24? ›

According to Jewish tradition the book was attributed to the Joshua, with additions by the high priests Eleazar and Phinehas, but modern scholars view it as part of the Deuteronomistic History, which spans the books of Deuteronomy to 2 Kings, attributed to nationalistic and devotedly Yahwistic writers during the time ...

What did Joshua tell the Israelites before he died? ›

Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.

What was God's covenant with Joshua? ›

' Chapter 24 of the Book of Joshua, in which Joshua assembles "all the tribes of Israel" to Shechem and "makes a covenant with the people that day," also conforms to a suzerain-vassal treaty format. The preamble is "Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel" in 24:2. Verses 2-13make up the historical prologue.

What does God say about choosing him? ›

God created us with the capacity to choose. Man has volition. The Bible teaches that man has the ability to choose or not to choose God; to choose or not to choose Christ; to choose good or to choose evil; to choose to obey or to choose to not obey. And then man must live with the consequences of those choices.

Where is your treasure? ›

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” (Matthew 6:21). Before you give someone your heart, you must determine the condition of theirs.

Where in Deuteronomy does it say choose life? ›

Choose life may refer to: In a Bible verse, Deuteronomy 30:19: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."

Who is Joshua According to the Bible? ›

Joshua, also spelled Josue, Hebrew Yehoshua (“Yahweh is deliverance”), the leader of the Israelite tribes after the death of Moses, who conquered Canaan and distributed its lands to the 12 tribes. His story is told in the Old Testament Book of Joshua. Role In: Exodus.

How do you serve God with all your heart? ›

We can serve with our heart by showing love and kindness to others. We care about what others need. When we serve cheerfully, we are serving with our heart.

How does God want us to serve others? ›

He said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.” Then He said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). We can obey these commandments by serving others. That means we do something kind for them. When we serve others we can be happy.

What can we learn from Joshua 24? ›

Joshua led the Israelites to renew their faith in the Lord. To fear the Lord (Josh. 24:14) is to believe that He is bigger, stronger, and more important than anyone or anything else in our lives. If we properly fear the Lord, we don't have to be afraid of what humans, governments, or nature can do to us.

Where in Deuteronomy does it say choose life? ›

Choose life may refer to: In a Bible verse, Deuteronomy 30:19: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live."

Can only serve one master? ›

No man can serve two masters: for either he. will hate the one, and love the other; or else. he will hold to the one, and despise the other, Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

How long will you waver between two? ›

So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." But the people said nothing.

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1 Kings 18:1 After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, "Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth.". 30 Then Elijah said to all the people, "Come near to me.". 36 And at the time of the offering of the oblation, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word.. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said, "The LORD, he is God; the LORD, he is God.". God provides.. 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.. To you God says:. Romantic relationship – believing that another person will give your life meaning, make you valuable, because they love you and choose you.

John 21:15a So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" There comes a time in everyone's life when a decision must be made. Jesus asks us the same question He asked Peter. He says to us, "Do you love Me more than these

There comes a time in everyone’s life when a decision must be made.. He says to us, “Do you love Me more than these?” When times are going well, when things are smooth and seem orderly, we respond, “Yes, Lord, I certainly love You more than these.” But sometimes a very bad situation comes along, and we must decide if we indeed love the Lord more than anything and anyone.. For example, if you were asked if God’s will should be done in your life, if Jesus Christ has first place in your heart, habit would compel you to say, “Of course.” But what if tomorrow, it became apparent that a choice had to be made between God’s will and, let’s say, your job or your friend or your own life?. Peter had abandoned Jesus when Jesus needed him most.. Peter chose personal comfort, an attitude of fear, and self above the Man to whom he’d pledged his undying allegiance not long before.. Peter had to be confronted, and Jesus asked him point-blank, saying in essence, “Peter, it’s time to choose.. God gave Joshua the reason for the failure, saying in Joshua 7:13 — “Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”. Our love toward Christ, a love which He is seeking in us, does not invite anger and hatred toward those who choose a different path.. Hard decisions must be made, and if we are unwilling to make them, then we shall surely perish.. Now is the time we must truly begin living for Christ in deed and thought, not just in word.. But the greatest disservice to yourself, the world, and to God is to live hypocritically, to say with your words what you are unwilling to do with your life.

Choose today whom you will serve

It’s your choice that brought you here today, your choice is that capacity we have to select what to do or not, how to treat people, how to become a better person and also how we will relate to our Creator and God.. The Lord Jesus constantly offered choice to people, He never forced no one into anything, but He always made sure that every choice bears a consequence; Ex.. I can choose to have an argument with someone who hit my car, or not… I can choose to be mad at the call center girl in India that works for the company that manages the credit card that charged me too much, or not… I can choose to eat the burned pancake that my wife made, or not… I can choose to come to church service even if I had an argument with my husband 30 minutes before, or not… I can choose to watch a silly series on Netflix or go to the church prayer meeting to battle for the Kingdom of God, whether willingly or not, we have make choices every single day of our lives!. We as well, sometimes trade the privilege of serving the Living God, the Author of our salvation, the Lord of lords and King of kings, the Creator of the universe and Almighty God, for some weird gods that can only harm us, the gods of rebellion, disobedience, and lack of intimacy with Jesus.. In Jesus’ time, the religious leaders did not like the confrontation of the Master that they actually were NOT sons of Abraham, that they were actually slaves of their religiosity and sin, they were servants of the law, and not of God, they chose the tradition of men over the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!

There is nothing quite like betrayal. It strikes at the very heart and soul, driving a knife that slices to the very core. In that moment, and those minutes and hours and days thereafter, we are stunned, almost existing in some kind of eerie disbelief. Someone or something that we have loved, embraced, and given ourselves to has turned on us in a moment, breaking every promise, oath, and moral imperative that it ever claimed to have. Denial, grief, anger, bitterness – all these emotions take roo

I know people who knew some of them or their families.. I was horrified at what we had done – not in the withdrawal, but in the way we abandoned people who trusted us.. There was a wall between us that grew as I ignored my prayer time and pushed scripture aside.. This was my moment of decision.. He reminded me of how His hand had been on my life from the day I was born, and not just my life, but the lives of so many others I have known.. Today, He seemed to be saying, I am giving you eyes to see and ears to hear and a mind to understand.. I have told you life will not be simple, and that there will be tragedy and heartache, but I will be with My people through it all, working out My will.. Standing at this crossroads in my faith life, however, I cannot simply choose the path of death.. I have seen too much of His goodness and protections, His direction and His faithfulness, and so I choose life, His way, even when like Job, I cannot understand the why of it all.. We will all come to this crossroad, many times more than once, as we walk this path of faith.. My heartfelt prayer is, if you find yourself in this place, that you will not give into that bitterness, that you will not allow the poison weed and wormwood to consume you.. We approach these days with a choice.

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We call this agency our ability—in fact, our responsibility—to choose for ourselves, and it is essential to our Heavenly Father’s plan for His children.. We must bring people to Christ, the only true way to change hearts.. The Savior Jesus Christ gave His life to provide the power to help you change.. Christ wants it to be our choice.. The decision to repent is a commitment to access the Savior’s power to change.. The mission of Jesus Christ was to make it possible for us to change.. Brothers and sisters, make choices that will bring you eternal happiness.. Christ wants it to be our choice.

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Revelation 14:8-11 The choice is this: you will either serve the LORD God, maker of Heaven and earth and everything that is therein and suffer the wrath of the ‘beast’ or you will serve that ‘beast’ and suffer the wrath of God.. And if it seems evil/wrong to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you 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 you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD .. The people answered and said, ‘God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; For the LORD our God, He it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed: And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for He is our God .”. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages/tongues , That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up: And whoso does not fall down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace .. There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego; these men, O king, have not regarded you: they refuse to serve your gods, and worship the golden image which you have set up .”. Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, ‘ Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, who has sent His Angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God .

Traduction Française Deutsche Übersetzung14 “Now therefore fear theLordand serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness.Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve theLord.15And if it is evil in your eyes to serve theLord,choose this day whom you will serve, whe...

15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve theLord,choose this day whom you will serve, whetherthe gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, orthe gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.But as for me and my house, we will serve theLord.” 16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake theLordto serve other gods, 17 for it is theLordour God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed.. We need to walk in fear and trembling before God and serve God in fear and in trembling.. If you say I have known God all these years, I have walked with Him and served Him, let it be evident in the present time that God is working through you.. He said that they needed to keep their eyes on God, serve Him faithfully and make sure that their hearts were not drawn away from God.. He reminded them of their faith, of the gospel, and warned them lest their hearts were drawn away to serve other gods and not God who had been faithful to them for so many years.. Whether I am alive or dead; whether I am there or not; continue to serve Him.” They needed to obey and serve the living God, who is a jealous God and make sure that they did not serve other gods.. God has taught us how to serve and worship Him but maybe you have started serving other gods and your heart has been drawn away.. You are serving God as you see others serving Him.. Choose for yourselves whom you will serve, whether the God of your forefathers or the gods of the Amorites.. God will have the last say, the outcome of your choice will come from God.. Joshua said, “ But as for me and my house, we will serve theLord.” Joshua was God’s spokesperson, he brought them the word of God and showed them the way to go.. May we, by the mercies of God, not be like the churches we read about in Revelation where they started well but God said that He had things against them.. Choose today which God you will serve, the gods of the Amorites or God.. Choose today which God you will serve, the gods which your forefathers served across the river?. Come out into the open so that it will be clear whom you serve, the Living God or these other gods?

John 21:15aSo when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”There comes a time in everyone’s life when a decision must be made. Jesus asks us the same question He asked Peter. He says to us, “Do you love Me more than these?” When...

He says to us, “Do you love Me more than these?” When times are going well, when things are smooth and seem orderly, we respond, “Yes, Lord, I certainly love You more than these.” But sometimes a very bad situation comes along, and we must decide if we indeed love the Lord more than anything and anyone.. Loyalty is a noble trait, but if that loyalty makes you choose anyone or anything other than the Lord God, then it is time to abandon that loyalty.. For example, if you were asked if God’s will should be done in your life, if Jesus Christ has first place in your heart, habit would compel you to say, “Of course.” But what if tomorrow, it became apparent that a choice had to be made between God’s will and, let’s say, your job or your friend or your own life?. Peter had abandoned Jesus when Jesus needed him most.. Peter had to be confronted, and Jesus asked him point-blank, saying in essence, “Peter, it’s time to choose.. Do you love Me, truly love Me?. God gave Joshua the reason for the failure, saying in Joshua 7:13 — “Get up, sanctify the people, and say, ‘Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, because thus says the LORD God of Israel: “There is an accursed thing in your midst, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”. Our love toward Christ, a love which He is seeking in us, does not invite anger and hatred toward those who choose a different path.. Rather, that love should enable us to love them.. But make no mistake, God is not a tolerant God, condoning sin, trading what is right and righteous for the sake of personal feelings; still, He continues to exercise patience and longsuffering toward man.. Now is the time to confront those things detrimental to the cause of God, those things that caused Jesus to suffer and die on that cross for us.. Jesus is asking you personally, “Do you love Me more than these?” How will you answer Him today?. If you sow against God, you will reap God’s wrath.. But if you sow with God, you will reap the all the blessings God has to offer.

Well do keep your Bibles in hand and turn with me now to the Old Testament scriptures and to the book of Joshua, chapter 24. You can find that on page 198 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. It has been now four Sundays since last we were…

So the record of grace, then the claims of grace, and then finally verses 29 through 33, we will be pointed to the embodiment of grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.. And Joshua said to all the people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods.. Then the people answered, ‘Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed.. If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.’ And the people said to Joshua, ‘No, but we will serve the Lord.’ Then Joshua said to the people, ‘You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.’ And they said, ‘We are witnesses.’ He said, ‘Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.’ And the people said to Joshua, ‘The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.’ So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem.. There is always a “Now therefore.” After rehearsing the wonder of God’s rich grace in the work of Jesus Christ in the first eleven chapters of the book of Romans, the apostle Paul says the very same thing we hear in Joshua’s mouth here in our chapter in the opening verses of chapter 12 of the book of Romans – “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable worship.

Traduction Française     Deutsche Übersetzung 14 “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 Egyp…

You can possibly count all the things you have done for the Lord over the years, thousands of things, but the Lord Jesus says because you have not kept that relationship, depart from Me.. What is it like between you and God right now?. Do you still remember how God taught you to serve, obey and worship Him or are you influenced by others and the ways in which others do things and now you do it that way?. Young people of South Africa, one thing will help our country and our continent – that we return to God with all our hearts and serve Him because we see His works before us.. That is not God’s way.. Choose today which God you will serve, the gods of the Amorites or God.

“Choose this day whom you will serve” reminds them of the first of the 10 commandments given to the earlier generation. “You shall have no other gods before me.” So they have to renew the covenant for themselves that their ancestors made with God. They have to make it their own. And their story is o

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.. In our reading from the Old Testament today, Joshua gives the Israelites a clear choice.. Joshua is speaking to the new generation, born in the wilderness.. “Choose this day whom you will serve” reminds them of the first of the 10 commandments given to the earlier generation.. Each new generation of faithful people has to decide.. And it’s a decision that we have to make each day.. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your mind and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”. God provided for them as they took an arduous journey to escape death.. Episcopal Migration Ministries does this work because it is God’s work in this world.. One Journey takes place on the grounds of the National Cathedral each summer and celebrates the contributions and stories of refugees.. The work of ministering to the needs of refugees takes place on the National Church level and at the parish level.. Wendy Chan is putting together a list of people interested in helping in various ways.. We are called to pray for refugees in the days to come.. We pray asking for God’s mercy and we ask God to empower us to be Christ’s hands and heart in this hurting world, the world Jesus came to redeem.

. . . choose this day whom you will serve . . . YHVH has always intended for man to be free. Sin caused Adamâs and Eveâs freedom to decline the worlds first âfree societyâ…

What keeps a free society free?. Who determines laws and morality?When we were little children . . .Our parents established laws and moral standardsOur parents were our god.. As adults we should have learned that . . .There is a GodHe has the authority to establish law and morale standardsLiving within His law and moral standards insures life to the fullest .. Israel was free from bondage approx 100 yearsThe 40 years with MosesAll the years when Joshua judged The remaining years till all the witnesses to the Exodus died. Israel had one standard of law and morals. Judges 2:10-14When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the LORD nor the work which He had done for Israel.. 11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals . . .. 12 and they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the LORD to anger . . .. Jeremiah 16:14-15 14 " Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "that it shall no more be said, 'The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,' 15 "but, 'The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.'. *Grand experimentBuild themselves into a nation of free menProsperousFew lawsFoundation of love toward God and ManLast night commemorate the redemption we received through the death of a lambToday we commemorate the beginning of the experiment the freedomThey were marching proudlyYHVH lead them with a high hand deeper into Egypt to gather the bones of JosephLed by piller of fire and piller of cloudPride quickly failedHemmed in by the sea and mountainsPharoahs army bearing down on themWhat had they done?What had Moses done to themWere we not better off as slaves in Egypt they asked themselves.. Yes Israel had already forgotten her god and was willing to give up freedom for safety.. *Speaking of the American experiment in freedom, Edmond Burke, the 18th century Irish philosopher and member of the British Parliament, stated ***Parents Set the standard of law and moralityTaught us to Make our bedBrush our teethTake a bathEat our vegtables. Living within the laws that were established by a higher authority (in this case our parents) is what kept us free.. ***Very early in Israels life as a free people, God showed them how to remain free.. Then again, shortly before his death as Israel was preparing to cross the Jordan into the promised land, Moses admonished Israel:

We all face a choice. Really, we face it daily because of our human tendency to let our focus drift off the Lord and to our own desires or those of others. We must choose whom we will serve. We are…

2 Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘From ancient times your fathers lived beyond the River, namely, Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, and they served other gods.. 8 ‘Then I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan, and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land when I destroyed them before you.. 14 “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.. 15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”. 16 The people answered and said, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; 17 for the LORD our God is He who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did these great signs in our sight and preserved us through all the way in which we went and among all the peoples through whose midst we passed.. We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.”. 19 Then Joshua said to the people, “You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God.. 20 “If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.” 21 The people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the LORD.” 22 Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves the LORD, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.” 23 “Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” 24 The people said to Joshua, “We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.” 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.. 27 Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the LORD which He spoke to us; thus it shall be for a witness against you, so that you do not deny your God.” 28 Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his inheritance.

Why do you have to choose this day whom you will serve? In 1 John 2:15-17, John wrote that if you love the world and the things that are in

In 1 John 2:15-17, it is written that if you love the world and the things that are in the world; the lust of the flesh and the eyes, and the pride of life, then the love of God the Father, is not in you.. If you walk after the Spirit, then you possess this self-sacrificial love and your love will go out to God instead of the world.. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.. Before you became born again , you were the old creation and you lived after the flesh and loved the world and everything that’s in the world.. When Jesus confronted you with your sins and your sinful nature, you had a choice, to keep living in the kingdom of darkness, and continue living the life, you lived, or to step out of that kingdom, and step into another kingdom: God’s Kingdom.. Walking in the will of the Father; in righteousness and holiness, instead of walking in the will of the devil; in sins and iniquities (Read also: ‘ Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven ‘ and ‘ The will of God vs the will of the devil’ ).. John provides us the answer, John wrote that if you love the world, that the love of the Father is not in you.. If you are a born again Christian; born of the Spirit of God, but live the same way as the world, as the old carnal man, and are ruled by your flesh, then there is something not quite right.. Stop considering the world precious with the result that you love it, and the things in the world.. If anyone as a habit of life is considering the world precious and is therefore loving it, there does not exist the Father’s love [i.e., the love possessed by the Father] in him.Because everything which is in the world, the passionate desire of the flesh [the totally depraved nature], and the passionate desire of the eyes, and the insolent and empty assurance which trusts in the things that serve the creature life, is not from the Father as a source but is from the world as a source.. When you are led by your flesh and rely on the things, which are in the world and of the world and consider them precious, then your source is the world and not God.. If you stop considering the world precious and habitually doing the will of the Father , by walking in His commandments and representing and bringing His Kingdom on this earth, then you show that you love Him and that He is your Source and His love shall abide in you.

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16B), August 23, 2009. Delivered by the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Grace Church, Amherst, MA

What are the gods that I serve?. A lot of our mental traffic consists in judging and comparing — I like it, I don’t it, I’m right, You’re wrong, That’s good, That’s bad.. There are plenty of false gods out there — the god of consumption and materialism, the god of militarism, the god of fame and celebrity, the god of individualism.. The people look back over their salvation history and they recognize — as we do — that the living God, the true God, is a God of liberation, who sets the oppressed free, drawing us “out of the house of slavery” and into an open space in which we and everyone else are loved.. This is a troublesome line, for like many passages in Hebrew Scripture, this sentence makes it sound as if the ancient tribes of Israel took over the land of Canaan by force, and that the LORD God endorsed and even carried out that warfare.. In any case, most of us would not honor a God who violently “[drives] out all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land.” I do not take this line as literal, historical truth, but rather as a way of saying that the living God will clear a path before us, that God will drive our enemies away — including the enemies within us, our own self-defeating and love-denying habits of thought and behavior.. Every time we take in the bread and wine of the Eucharist, we renew our commitment to the living God.. Some stood up twice then sat down. I’ve had it, they saidSome walked two miles then walked away.. Why do you stand they were asked, and. Why do you walk?

We’ve now reached the apex of America’s deconstruction of the meaning of truth. The nation’s most notorious pathological liar just launched a new social media platform called Truth Social — because he got kicked off mainstream social media platforms for telling dangerous lies. If you w

The nation’s most notorious pathological liar just launched a new social media platform called Truth Social — because he got kicked off mainstream social media platforms for telling dangerous lies.. For five years now, we’ve heard Donald Trump tell bald-faced lies while trying to gaslight us into believing his lies are actual truth.. Now he’s ensconced this fantasy land in a social media app that on Monday was the most-downloaded app on the Apple Apps store.. Like lemmings to the sea, hundreds of thousands of people — many of them evangelical Christians who claim to follow Jesus, who said he alone is the “way, the truth and the life” — can’t wait to get served more titillating lies by Trump and his acolytes.. This reminds me of when my kids used to play a game called “Opposite Day.” To play, you had to say the exact opposite of what you meant or what was true.. — are willing to say that Joe Biden’s election as president in 2020 is legitimate.. Another 12 candidates have said there was enough fraud or irregularities to cast doubt on the results of the election.. Back to the 2020 election: The Chronicle found that even among those few Republican candidates in Texas who do not believe the presidential election was stolen from Trump, there are hints that something was wrong, that further investigations are needed to find out what role voter fraud might have played in Trump’s defeat.. The American evangelical church is complicit in exchanging the truth of God for a lie — all in the service of self-preservation.. Serving Donald Trump and serving the cause of truth are mutually exclusive — whether you have the app or not.

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3. Heritage Singers / "Me And My House"
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4. 090 Choose whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15) | Patrick Jacob
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5. Joshua Aaron - You Are Holy (As for Me and My House) Lyric Video
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6. CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE
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