The picture above is of the Roman god Janus. Janus was the god of doorways and archways and is pictured with faces in opposite directions. We don’t give much space to false gods at Island Christian Church–what’s with this?
The month we are in–January–is named after this mythical figure. A month when we look back over the past year and look ahead to the year to come.
Our God does not want us to live in the past, but to remember it–more specifically to remember Him and the great works of God. The Israelites had just entered the Promised Land by crossing the Jordan River on dry ground. In the passage below, God instructs Joshua and the twelve tribes to pile up stones of remembrance. It was not just for them, but for the generations to come.
And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:5-7)
We will be doing some of that this Sunday. As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of Northport Baptist Church/Island Christian Church we want to recall the great works of God to give him praise and to build our faith and the faith of the generations to come.
We will also be freshly challenged and encouraged for the future of Island Christian Church by Pastor Chris.
All grace to you,