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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 12:00 am

Thousands in Lodi are already on this journey. At First Baptist, Emanuel Lutheran, Ham Lane Church of Christ, Temple Baptist and Vinewood Community Church you will find people excited about this terrific trip we are on.

Last week, in Chapter 6 of “The Story” we learned of the wandering people of Israel. Moses, their leader, was like the parent driving a car on a family road trip and hearing from the backseat that question: “Are we there yet”?

While Moses, and of course God, had to pull the car over often and talk to the children of Israel and explain how they just needed to have trust. Trust in God’s chosen leader, Moses, and of course trust in God Himself.

We are called to trust in God daily. A recent example of one trusting in God happened right here in Lodi. A member of Emanuel Lutheran Church died, and before her passing, she expressed, “I am so thankful that God loves me so much that He trusted me to live my life for Him.”

What a blessing that this dear woman knew God and His son Jesus the Christ and gave thanks for God’s love and her life.

What are you giving thanks for today? Are you trying to figure out what God wants you to do? Maybe you are wandering in the wilderness searching for a home. Please know that the aforementioned churches would welcome you. No matter where you are in your journey, no matter where you are in your daily battle, God loves you and His people. His church does too.

In Chapter 7 of “The Story” on Oct. 21, the five local churches heard how God takes His people from their wilderness journey and begins the terrific trip with them to the Promised Land. In Chapter 7 of “The Story” God’s word shares: “Be strong and courageous. Be careful to obey the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.” Joshua 7:1

Take on the challenge to be strong and courageous as one who currently serves the King of kings! And if you are searching for a greater purpose in life as you journey to the promise land, please know that God has a purpose for you and desires you to win the battle each day. Let God drive your car and just see where the journey will take you.

Looking forward to hearing about your journey, your battles, your victories and what God is doing in your life. Don’t forget to join one of the following phenomenal churches in Lodi for worship: Vinewood Community Church, Temple Baptist, Ham Lane Church of Christ, Emanuel Lutheran or First Baptist. God bless you as He wins the battles of this world through you.

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1 comment:

  • Andy Crowder posted at 4:32 pm on Sun, Oct 21, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Pastor Townsend states, "Please know that the aforementioned churches would welcome you."

    Is that literally true--are you welcoming of all Christians? Would any of the churches in the group welcome an LGBT family? Could the children attend Sunday school and the legally wed parents sit together in the pews, serve on committees, and attend Bible study together? Thankfully, there are a few churches in Lodi that do welcome all families, including LGBT, but the five mentioned above are not on that list.



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