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Joshua said to the people, "You are not able to serve the LORD.
He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and
your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, he will
turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you,
after he has been good to you."
But the people said to Joshua, "No! We will serve the LORD."
Then Joshua said, "You are witnesses against yourselves that you
have chosen to serve the LORD."
"Yes, we are witnesses," they replied.
"Now then," said Joshua , "throw away the foreign gods that
are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."
And the people said to Joshua,
"We will serve the LORD our God and obey him."
On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at
Shechem he drew up for them decrees and laws. And Joshua recorded these
things in the Book of the Law of God. Then he took a large stone and set
it up there under the oak near the holy place of the LORD.
"See!" he said to all the people. "This stone will be a witness against us.
It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us.
It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God."
Then Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance.
After these things, Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the
age of a hundred and ten. And they buried him in the land of his inheritance,
at Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders
who outlived him and who had experienced everything the
LORD had done for Israel.
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"Joshua" now playing!
|Music written and
composed by Paul and
Christopher W. French
Paul began playing
percussion at 8 years old.
Standing on wooden boxes
and crates to reach his
conga's and drums, Paul
studied hard and used his
talents for the Lord. He
performed in countless
worship services and
programs throughout his 8
years of learning experience
under the guidance and
direction of Robby Robinson,
keyboard player and band
director for Frankie Valli and
the Four Seasons.
|"But as for me and my household,
we will serve the LORD."
The theme for this song is based on the reading from the book of Joshua, chapter 24, when Joshua assembled all the
tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented
themselves before God. Then Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:” And he
then told of how the LORD had rescued the Children of Israel from the Egyptians when He brought them out of Egypt.
How God had rescued them when they crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho and the citizens of Jericho fought against
them, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but God gave them all
into their hands. And then Joshua told all the people; “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw
away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the
LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your
forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my
household, we will serve the LORD.”
This instrumental begins with a drum-roll on the timbales, as the conga drums and flute join in with imaginary voices
from the Children of Israel singing as they affirm how they too, will serve the LORD! The piano creates the musical
theme, and it’s not long before the violin and timbales begin to answer back to one another in an unusual and inspiring
drum/violin solo. The sound of strings and guitar add to the rhythm and pulse, giving the song color with a touch of
Spanish flavor. Crank this song up loud and hear the individual hand drums, bells and Djembe sounds! May we all say
with confidence as Joshua did, “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD!”