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God Will Be With You Wherever You Go

Joshua 1:9

…the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Today’s passage is something we all want to hear – the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Yet – we may not understand the requirement for such a passage. This passage is from the installation of Joshua as the leader of Israel.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Joshua 1:1–9 – 1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Continue reading


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Children of God

1 John 3:1

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

profileChristmas is just around the corner folks – are you ready?  Ready or not – it will be here shortly.  I pray that you have a Merry Christmas with family and friends.  If you don’t have family or friends – make some friends this year!  I hope I can say – go to your local Christian church and develop some new friends this Christmas.  I know you will find new friends at 1st UMC in Laurel – drop by some Sunday (8:15, 11 am) or Christmas Eve (4, 7, 11pm).

For those blessed with family – Christmas is normally a good time.  Days off of work (at the very least Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for most) – time to spend with family and friends.  What gatherings are on your calendar?  Our McDonald family gathering was last night.  We gathered at my sister’s home and shared time with Nan (my mom) and her off-spring.  We weren’t all there last night – but a quick count would yield 39 and counting I think.  We always have a great time.  We didn’t play the gift game this year at my sister’s request – but we had fun none-the-less. Continue reading

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