Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 9th, 2019

Joash was seven years old when he became king. … All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.

2 Kings 11:21-12:3 (NLT)

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Destroying Pagan Shrines

The only national Catholic shrine located outside of Quebec, the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ontario, honors eight Jesuit saints and the significant contributions they made to the introduction of the Catholic faith to the Canadian aboriginal culture over 350 years ago. Seventy-five acres in size, the Shrine Church, Martyrs’ Hall, Gardens, and lookout make up the grounds. A new welcome center with meeting rooms is under construction as well as an All Season Chapel where visitors can view the Relics of the Martyrs during winter months. The Lalande Hostel is available for groups wishing to spend the night.

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Who we listen to in life makes a profound difference to how we live our lives. When our children were young we would counsel them to choose their friends wisely. Adults can be just as swayed for good or bad by peers. As Christians, we are called to heed the counsel of those who will give us godly advice. We learn a lesson from a young king called Joash. 2 Kings 11:21-12:3 says: “Joash was seven years old when he became king. … All his life Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. Yet even so, he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there.” Young Joash had godly counsel from the priest Jehoiada. We all need to have someone who gives us counsel like that, and even better counsel. Joash allowed pagan worship to take place in Israel and there ought to be no place in our lives for the idols that can so easily draw us away from the Lord. Choose wisely who you are looking to for counsel and advice.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley