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09/20/2011

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Crossing Memorials


"So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe.....'Go over before the ark of the Lord into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you'"(Josh.4:4-6).

I really like this set of verses. They tell me that memorials are good things. If we read the entire fourth chapter of the book of Joshua we will find all the reasons laid out for us. After their long captivity in Egypt and miraculous delivery, the children of Israel have finally cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. They crossed the Red Sea by a miracle from God and crossed the Jordan in the same manner. Simply put, God wanted them to remember this. He not only wanted them to remember, but future generations also. The memorial according to the first three verses was for the twelve men who were chosen. As we read on we find that the memorial was for their children .(Vs. 6-7) It was for the nation. (V 7) It was for all people. (V 24). It was for their enemies. (5:1). So...Why does God want us to remember? I think that remembering God's work helps us to live on. Remembering keeps His accomplishments always in our hearts. Remembering triggers our constant thanksgiving and in doing so guides our behavior. Finally, remembering brings us together in unity each week, with the desire to minister to others. We made our own crossing when we decided to become Christians. We should memorialize it each day of our lives in the way we conduct ourselves for the Lord. We should become living memorials...

Have a great day... We are the ones who can make a difference..... Love mark Phil.4:11

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