While the Message Bible this morning, I read the introduction to Joshua. The last paragraph read:
People who want God as an escape from reality, from the often hard conditions of this life, don’t find this
much to their liking. But to the man or woman wanting more reality, not less – this continuation of the salvation story -Joshua’s fierce and devout determination to win land for his people and his extraordinary attention to getting all the tribes and their families name by name assigned to their own place, is good news indeed, Joshua lays a firm foundation for a life that is grounded.
I guess our ad should read: If you want to get real, join our team! We’re real! We have real problems real troubles, but we have the hope that Jesus will get us through it all.