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                                                                                                                      Psalm 23
 
I have had the privilege of preaching God’s Word recently. More than once I’ve shared something from this great psalm of David the Shepherd-King.
This psalm is rich. I continue to be amazed with its symmetry as a piece of literature but also with the deep theology that is imbedded in those classic
words and phrases. The dramatic scenes that play out before us as God takes us from the pasture to the palace are breathtaking. Moving us from one
locale to another is a life-long journey. So, how’s your pilgrimage coming along? My prayer for us is that we don’t assume we have to wait to take up residence in the house of the Lord until we die. He longs for us to dwell in His presence here and now. In John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” God making His abode
with us! What a promise! May our journey be enriched by His abiding Presence as we love Him and keep His words!
 
I thank you for the honor of serving the
Lord with you here at FBC!
 
                                                                                                                Soli Deo Gloria!
 
                                                                                                                       Mario
 
 

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                        From the Heart of Pastor Keith                        

Breaking with the Half-Hearted Past
 
In case you might be looking for a good passage to study in your personal or family devotion for the next week (or two), may I suggest the
24th chapter of Joshua? It marks a huge milestone in the life of the fledgling Israelite nation. They have just completed the conquest of the
Promised Land and are about to settle down into this      inheritance God has given to them, keeping His age-old promise to Abraham.
 
Now Joshua stands before them with a sharp challenge. In your devotional, focus on what he means when he calls the people to serve God
with “all faithfulness” (verse 14). Think about why they still had “foreign gods” with them and why it was so important for them to be rid of them forever.
Ponder the significance of the choice Joshua placed before them. What difference would it make – really, whether they served foreign gods or the
God of their fathers?
 
As with all Bible study, we’re never finished until we’ve applied the truth to our own lives. Do we not face this very same choice? Do we understand
its significance? Do we really intend to serve God with “all faithfulness”? Will we remember His mighty acts of love, protection and provision on our
behalf so that we follow through with our choice to serve Him and only Him? Are we still carrying around our own version of “foreign gods”, rivals for
the affection, trust and devotion that only belong to God?
 
The essence of the challenge of Joshua in those words we have come to know so well, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve”, is a
call to break with their half-hearted past. Yesterday you sinned against God by dividing your trust between Yahweh and false gods. In the past you
doubted, disobeyed and rebelled. Still God proved Himself faithful and loving and long-suffering with you. When will you be ready to break with your past? When will you come to stand completely with the God who has so faithfully stood with you? Choose today!
 
A man once told me as I wondered aloud whether I should attempt a new course in life, “You’ll never be able to start any sooner.” Why wait until the
next worship service, or emotionally charged prayer service? You can’t start any sooner serving God with all faithfulness. But you can start later. Why
would you? Choose today. Break with a sinful, half-hearted, doubt-filled past. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.