From: Rich Carlson
Date: September 30, 2020
Subject: It's September 30; Good Morning Union

“Be strong and very courageous.”    Joshua 1:7

Moses died and Joshua took over. Israel is camped on the east side of the Jordan River ready to enter the Promised Land, the land given to Abraham and his descendants; the land vacated by them for 440+ years while they were in slavery in Egypt and wandering in the wilderness. But now it was about to be returned to its rightful owners—God’s children.

The first chapter of this book I find full of promises and possibilities if Joshua and the people position themselves around the Prince of Peace and His priorities!

  1. “I will never leave you or forsake you,” says God
  2. “I will be with you just like I was with Moses.”
  3. “No one will be able to stand against you.”
  4. “You’ll be successful in whatever you do.”
  5. “I will be with you wherever you go.”

God would do that if His people would:

  1. “be strong and courageous”
  2. “be careful to obey all the laws”
  3. “not let this book of the law depart from their mouths
  4. “meditate on it day and night”
  5. “being careful to do all that is written in it
  6. “not be terrified or discouraged”

There’s God’s “deal” reiterated again, this time to Joshua—“Love me and serve me and I’ll take care of you.”

Have a great day accepting and ratifying God’s covenant/contract with you, offering the first 5 and asking of you the last 6. Look the lists over; it’s a pretty good deal!

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:     “One final reason for choosing God’s path is of supreme importance: It leads us home.”            Billy Graham

PS        Eric Chavez, youth/young adult director from Wisconsin, is here this afternoon and tomorrow to visit his camp staff from last year and to look for a few new ones for next summer. He’ll have a table in Ortner (or just outside if the weather is good enough!). Stop by and visit if you are interested.

PPS      Remember, uGather tomorrow will be in the church!! Wear your mask and physical distance. We can do this!