Joshua’s Final Charge – Josh. Chpt. 24

As we discussed last week, chapter 23 shows that Joshua is nearing the end. He has fulfilled his mission; he has completed the task God had given him. He will die shortly, leaving the tribes to carry on. Now, remember that God did not raise up a replacement for Joshua.…

It’s Your Future to Make – Josh. Chpt. 23

At the end of the third film in the 'Back to the Future' franchise, two of the main characters – Marty and Jennifer – seem confused about their future together. Doc has to remind them that the future is not set in stone. He reminds them that the future hasn't…

The Paralysis of Inaction – Josh. 18-20

Have you ever felt like your life has stalled? You know something needs to be done but you don't know what to do. Or maybe you know what to do but you don't know how to do it. Rather than getting up and doing something, you sit and wait, in…

Act Like a Child of God – Josh. 16+17

Last week we spent most of our time discussing Caleb and his willingness to take responsibility for himself and his family. At 85 years old, he went and fought for the land he had been given. He drove out the inhabitants, blessed his daughter and son-in-law, and then rested. He…

I’m Not Dead Yet – Josh. 14:6-15:63

There are many among us who aren't engaged; many who are sleep walking their way through the spiritual warfare that II Cor. 10 talks about. Some aren't engaged because they are slaves to their jobs. Others aren't engaged because they would rather pursue pleasure. Some feel they are too old…

A Wasted Inheritance – Josh. 12:1-14:5

As Christians, we will receive an eternal inheritance secured by the blood og Christ. That inheritance cannot be taken away. Likewise, Israel will receive the inheritance in the new earth that God introduced in Rev. 21. It is the true promised ;land that cannot be taken away. However, both Israel…

Finishing What He Started – Josh. 10:28-11:23

The Christian walk, if we're doing it right, is not easy. Standing for the faith; being a disciple of Christ; obeying the Word – all of these things require discipline. They require hard work and effort. As such, we always run the risk of starting out strong but then petering…

A Rumble at Gibeon – Josh. 10:1-27

Do you remember, as a kid, feeling like you couldn't wait to be an adult? The promise of adulthood was being able to live your life any way you wanted. Then you became an adult and discovered what you imagined wasn't reality. You discovered that life doesn't really get easier…

A Con Job at Gilgal – Josh. Chpt. 9

Today's text tells the story of the great con job at Gilgal, a story of Israel's political leaders being swindled by a group of locals who convinced them to make a deal that would ultimately prove harmful to the nation. The story is a reminder that a big part of…

The Battle of Ai: Take 2 – Josh. Chpt. 8

Would you agree that our God is a God of 2nd chances? I would say 3rd, 4th, and 5th chances, too. We sin, We make stupid decisions and do stupid things. But the point of redemption is that we not live in those things. God gives us repeat opportunities to…