Saturday, 10th Week after Pentecost

Text: Joshua 23:1-16

Prayer Pointers:

For steadfastness in heart and mind and strength

For grace to be not just hearers but doers of God’s Word

For small towns

JOSHUA TOOK UP the task of leading the people of Israel after the death of Moses. Now an old man, he senses the end of his life is near, and so in his farewell speech he reminds the people that their success has been by God’s hand, so be careful to walk in the ways of God, the ways that Moses handed down.

In warning the Israelites to avoid the habits and ways of the nations around them, Joshua uses a very interesting phrase: they will be a scourge in your sides, thorns in your eyes. The implication of both of these is that stepping off the path of God will mean that very soon the terrain will be so that you will no longer have a choice: like goads in the ribs, like briars on the banks, you will quickly find that you cannot move freely, you cannot change your direction, but can only head where that path goes.

Joshua’s words are no less true in our own day—much of what we take for wisdom, for right living is nothing more than an admission that we “must” go that way, because the goads of reputation, of possible public shaming, of professional advancement and the briars of miseducation, of self-importance and of disdain for others makes the path impossible to leave.

Until Jesus steps in…

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.