Amen in Any Language

Tonight I went to the Inland Church in Pomona. It was a celebration of the ordination of a fellow student in the MAWL program. I think it was a really neat service. The only problem for me was almost the entire service was in Korean. Thankfully, AMEN is AMEN in Korean as well. So I knew when the prayer was over or when the preacher made a good point.

The music was good, they did provide the English words for “Here I Am to Worship” and “Majesty.”

Thankfully, Debbie Gin was there to sing. So I had someone to hang out with at the dinner afterwards. Which was REALLY good. Of course, all the garlic which is common in Korean food is getting me now! I was so impressed with myself when I was actually able to use the chopsticks.

Bill preached this morning. He did a good job as usual. He spoke from Joshua 1:6-8.
6″Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
7″Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.
8″This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

He reminded us that we are to be careful to do according to the law or to the Bible. We should not let it depart from our mouths, which means we have to get it there first! Bill spent a good deal of time talking about meditation. He wanted to make sure no one mistaked what he was saying. Meditating is not emptying our minds of everything, but actually filling our minds with the Word of God.

As it is with so much of scripture, there’s a promise, the word THEN. He brought out the point that the word success means “acts wisely.” The idea that if we mediate on the Word of God, know the Word, then we are going to act wisely.

Good thoughts as we go into a new year.

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