Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church January 2018
Going Forward With Confidence and Commitment
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave to you, do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; 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. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:6-9
There’s a story about a little boy who is walking along in the dark with his father. The father is holding a lantern ion one hand and his son’s hand in the other. They are walking toward their home-from the neighbor’s farm house. Shortly after they set out on their short journey the little boy with voice quivering says, “Daddy, I don’t like this walk. I can’t see what’s out there,” and he pointed with his finger toward the darkness beyond the lantern’s light. His father, in a calm, reassuring voice responds, “Son, you don’t have to be afraid. Look, I’m here with you and I won’t let anything or anyone harm you and see how as we walk along, the light of the lantern always goes ahead of us-lighting our path and showing us the way.”
As we head into a new year, we might have some uneasy, fearful feelings. Just like that little boy however, we Christians have someone who is holding our hand and we have something that lights our path, each and every day as we walk along the trail that leads to our heavenly home.
The someone Who is walking with us is our heavenly Father, who “let go” of His own Son’s holy hand and left him all alone out in the darkness of hell while hanging on a cross. He did this so that he could take our trembling hand into His own.
The light that he provides us to brighten our path and show us where to go now and how to live is the light of His holy Word which guides us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (Psalm 23)
Just like Joshua, the leader of the Israelites who is being encouraged by our God in the verses above, we have a promised land that we are heading for-purchased and won for us through the spending and sacrifice of the holy precious blood of Christ.
Like Joshua, we too want to make sure that we continue to use what God has given us, so that we do not lose our inheritance-we want to meditate on the Word of God which he’s given us to remain strong and active and growing in our faith in Jesus our Savior. God’s Word keeps us focused and going forward on the path that leads to the prize-heaven.
In addition, the lamp of God’s Word comforts our hearts and fills us with confidence and courage as the world rumbles and the old evil foe roars. Instead of hunkering down in fear and terror we can do great things for the Lord mindful and motivate by the tragedy turned triumph of the cross and the empty grave of Jesus. So, don’t be afraid. Because of our God’s guaranteed presence we can be strong and courageous!
Birthdays This Month
Ed Gnirk 1 Hank Detmer 13
Jacob Duren 2 Bill Jernigan 13
Oliva Sulzle 2 Keegan Walters 23
Gavin Cheever 9 Katherina Brase 26
Kay Uphoff 10 Jarred Meyer 27
Samuel Walters 10 Joshua Sulzle 28
Robert Brase 19
Brandon & Liz Satterthwaite 15
Ushers: B&J Uphoff, T Richie, J Dohahoe (Early)
J Sadler, C Foster, C&B Beiermann (Late)
Alter Care: Lynne Costin, Ellen Donahoe (Early)
Shawna Fox, Heidi Brase (Late)
Hernandez (D) 01/06
Fox (U) 01/06
Gettemy (N) 01/06
Houfek (D) 01/13
Mattox (U) 01/13
Hopwood (N) 01/13
Landis (D) 01/20
Kauk (U) 01/20
Kemnitz (N) 01/20
Meyer (D) 01/27
Monroe (U) 01/27
Richie (N) 01/27