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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. -Deuteronomy 31:6
The Israelites were finishing a 40-year journey from Egypt and slavery to the Canaan, a land “flowing with milk and honey. Along the way they had seen many miraculous events – the parting of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, water from rocks. They experienced military victories over enemies bigger and stronger than they. They had experienced many trials and tribulations – self-inflicted – because of their rebellion against the Lord and their God-appointed leaders (Moses and Aaron), lack of trust in the Lord and their idolatry.
Now they were about to enter this promised land. The land was inhabited by Canaanite peoples they would have to overcome. Their long-time leader, Moses, would not be going with them. They would have to get used to a new leader, Joshua. But Moses called told them - Do not be afraid or terrified because of them – whether the Canaanites or a new leader or unfamiliar surroundings. Moses wasn’t telling them they had to “buck up” and pull themselves up by their sandal straps. He wasn’t calling on them to dig down deep inside themselves and find some inner strength. The strength and courage that Moses promised them would come from the Lord God. Moses wasn’t going with them, but the LORD would still be with them. All the leaders who were guiding them out of Egypt, after 40 years, were gone, but the Lord was with them and would never forsake them. That promises and the God who made it was the source of their strength and their courage.
We all have our journeys through the wilderness of this life – some very long, some maybe not so much. We face many things, spiritual and physical, that can make us “afraid and terrified” Bur we too can Be strong and courageous. – with the courage and strength that come from the very same Lord God. We know what He did for the Israelites. He promises the same to us -for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter what the them is for us – a pandemic or other health issues, an uncertain economy, instability in society and in the world – we don’t have to be afraid because the Lord is with us.
More than that, He has gone ahead of us – He went to the cross to pay for our sins, He went to the tomb and died our death. He rose from the grave, to give us His victory. He ascended to heaven to prepare a place for us. And even now He tells us, I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Mt 28:20) Jesus, our Savior God is the source of our strength and courage in this life, no matter what we face.
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Wednesdays: Cancelled until further notice
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Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
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19 min Bible Study Sundays
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and the Wednesdays preceding these Sundays. The WELS synod practices close communion, contact Pastor Barlow for more information.
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CROSS LIGHTS Starting Tuesday Sept. 1st
Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study and Sunday School starting Sunday Sept. 13th