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Wednesday, May 23rd, '18

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


Happy birthday Josh. Your Mom and I picked that name at church on a Sunday night when Ray Britt had us open our bibles to read his text, Joshua 1:8. Without saying a word she pointed to the heading. I whispered, "Yes, that's our boy's name". A week later, twenty-nine years ago, the bouncing baby boy arrived at Montgomery County hospital. I've not told you enough how proud I am of you. I love your vocabulary, your sense of style, how faithful you are to your ministry at Faith Life and how you've excelled as a daddy, even though you hadn't much to model after. Somewhere in the last few years you made a choice much like your namesake did. Joshua in the Bible may be known for making the sun stand still, rolling back the Jordan River or shouting the walls of Jericho down. That's all big-time stuff. But as far as I'm concerned the biggest thing Joshua ever did was not when he battled the Amalekites or made Jericho fall, the biggest thing he ever did was when he gathered his wife and kids around his side and decided, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".


It's a miracle to make the sun stand still but in this lax age it's as great a miracle to make one's son sit still. Grandpas go soft on the little ones. But you've done well in disciplining your kids. You are on duty in church every time the doors are open with your family at your side. Your first ten percent and more are devoted to the Lord. It was touching to walk in on you and Bambi reading the Word together the other night. You've learned to trust God at His word. It is that faith that makes rivers divide opening a doorway to Canaan's promise. May you feast on the fat of the land. Parents aren't quick to untie apron strings. They often prefer to spare their children heartache and risk. The Israel Moms and Dads thought that Canaan with its walled cities and giants would devour their young ones. But God rebuked them saying, "But your little ones whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you despised" (Numbers 14:31). The Land is before you. This dad challenges you to go in and take it.


Joshua means Jehovah is salvation or God saves. You really are our favorite child (for the reader's sake we only had one). Just kidding. Mom and I didn't name you, the heading of that Bible text named you. We just agreed with what the Lord spoke. Prophetically it means that Jehovah wills to save using you as an instrument. Whether or not you preach at a pulpit like me is immaterial for you already are a gifted preacher for your flock of five. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". Now just about everyone has a Joshua in their family but back in '77 it wasn't a parental naming fad. Our thought was that the next generation should take the baton where ours leave off and take the next step into the Land of Promise. Joshua took that step because he loved the God of the Land of Promise. There is an interesting biographical sketch in Exodus. Moses would move in and out of the sacred tent doing his daily routine, "but his servant Joshua...a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle" (Exodus 33:11). He stayed in the tent; he remained in the glory. He loved God too much to ever wander from the covenant. And years later that commitment was still strong. He couldn't speak for the rest of Israel but his choice was already made, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". From a proud father let me say, wise choice, son.

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