A Passage and A Prayer 5/4/18

7Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8  ESV).
 
He was 120 years old.  Called by God to lead the nation of Israel out of slavery to the Egyptians and to the Promised Land, Moses’ ministry comes to an end.  He had been A prophet and pastor to these people.  He was their leader and protector.  A job well done, but now it is over.

It is time for a new chapter in the life of God’s people.  They were slaves for 430 years.  They wandered in the Wilderness for 40 years.  Now they stand on the precipice of the next stage of their life as God’s Chosen People.

It is time for new leadership.  Moses calls Joshua before the people and passes the mantle of leadership to this man of God.  Moses reminds the people that the Lord is with them and there is no need for them to fear.  Just as their God directed and protected each past generation, so these people are reminded that though their earthly leadership will change, it is the same Lord who leads them.

How blessed First Immanuel has been over the past 165 years!  Each generation took up the mantle of leadership and fearlessly moved this ministry forward.  New buildings and programs were established, but one thing never changed—founded on the Word of God, we preach Christ crucified and risen, the only way to heaven.

We stand on the precipice.  We seek to provide a new facility to more effectively grow in faith and welcome more people into the family of Christ. 

Let each of us be BOLD Enough to make a difference for generations to come!

Lord Jesus, give us a heart for those who are yet to come.  Remind us that what we do today will impact the kingdom for years to come.  Bless those who boldly commit to our future with their prayers, their talents, their time and their treasures.  May we be BOLD Enough to praise You.  Amen.


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