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Dear friends in Christ, what is your household like? Do you fear the Lord and serve Him or do you serve the false gods and idols of our age? Do you daily receive God's Word in your household, or is it restricted to weekend worship? Does your household pray together on a regular basis, or do you simply talk about human plans and solutions? When you engage in conversations with family, friends, or whoever may enter your home, do you ever talk about matters of faith or is the conversation restricted to the weather? Is your home a place to witness to others about Jesus or is it only a place to discuss the merits of the Minnesota Vikings? Do you trust in the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might, or do you let your faith rest in yourselves or others? Are you a household of faith?

This October we will be engaging a special series in our weekend worship and Bible study. It is entitled, Households of Faith. If this past year and half has taught us anything it has taught us the importance of this topic.

In Joshua 24:15 Joshua was moved by God's Spirit and His Word to boldly confess before all of Israel, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." It is interesting Joshua was led by God to make this confession just after he had asked the Israelites whom they would serve. However, being a household of faith is not merely a decision of our will or based upon the strength of our will power. In fact, Joshua even tells the Israelites that they are unable to serve the Lord (Joshua 24:19). They can only choose between different idols of this world (Joshua 24:15). That is how it is with our broken sinful nature. We are unable to choose good on our own. We need God to intervene. Just consider how Jesus said it in John 6:65 "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." We cannot choose to follow God on our own (John 15:16) any more than Joshua or the Israelites could.

The good news for us is that God calls us to follow Him. It was only by the Word (Joshua 1:8) and the Spirit of God (Numbers 27:18) that Joshua was able to follow the Lord. lt is the same for us. In our Baptism God has called us and given to us His Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39). Through the Word of God, the Lord is at work in our life and calls us to fear Him and serve Him (John 20:30-31 ). lt is by the grace of God that with Joshua we too can say, "As for me and my household we will serve the Lord."

Therefore, it is with excitement I invite you to join us throughout the month of October as we will be considering the theme, Households of Faith. If you are single or live alone, take heart, this applies to you as well. We will talk specifically about that. Households of faith is something we can all experience by the grace of God whether we have family living with us or we are alone. Plan on attending worship each week in October as we will focus upon this theme. In addition to our worship time I invite you to join us for our Bible study as we will be looking at a video and engaging in discussion as we consider further what it looks like for us to be a Household of Faith. I hope that you will be there and invite others to attend with you. "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord."

Pastor Schoenfeld