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Joshua knew what it meant to stand his ground against the surrounding culture. Today, we need an entire generation of Joshuas—men and women who will stand boldly on the Lord’s promises and teach their children to know, honor, and trust Him.

Read Judges 2:8-15. The Bible tells us, “Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten. . . . After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:8, 10). The generation that followed Joshua knew what the Lord had done for their parents, but instead of passionately pursuing God for themselves, they went through the motions. They failed to keep God at the center of their homes. As a result, their children grew up and “knew neither the Lord nor what he had done.”

There are many parents who want to give their children everything, and yet, they leave out what is most important: to train them to be mighty warriors for God, to remind them of the power of the Lord that is at work within them, and to empower them to do mighty things for Him. How often do we set our children up for worldly instead of eternal success?

Many churches provide all sorts of entertainment and experiences for the next generation, but they do not exhort them to be giants for Christ among their peers, to accomplish great things for Him, or to change the world for Jesus. If we neglect to challenge the next generation to boldly serve God, we are sinning against them.

Like Joshua, we have a responsibility to stand our ground against the rising tide of a culture that has forgotten God. We have the great honor of declaring, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). When God is at the center of family life, He blesses, guides, and protects that family.

Now is the time. We cannot wait for another generation to do it.

Prayer: Father, forgive me for neglecting to point the children in my life to what is most important. Help me to instill Your Truth in their hearts and to empower them to live for You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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