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    • June 23, 2019
    • Fear, Calling and the Presence of God
    • Ty Thomas
    • Fear can be a paralyzing emotion unless you are prepared. Think about the things that you fear. What do you fear most? Most often it is the unknown and usually is something that you have no control of. Fear can also be a motivating force as well if you know the consequences of your actions. One thing we never have to fear is God forsaking us. His promise was true than and is as true today. Obedience is what He wants from us and we must be “strong and very courageous”.

  • 2

    • June 30, 2019
    • Promises and performance
    • Dan Schoepf
    • After Moses dies, Joshua was installed as leader of the Israelites and God instructed him to cross the Jordan to the land He promised the them. “Be strong and very courageous”, He commanded, and promised Joshua that He would never leave nor forsake him. What the Lord promises, He will do. Joshua told the Israelites to be ready to move, but some of tribes were allowed to stay east of the Jordan, the land that Moses had given them. All their fighting men, however had to go with the Joshua and the rest of the Israelites into the land of Canaan.

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    • July 7, 2019
    • A Story Of Faith
    • Ty Thomas
    • Once upon a time, it was considered uncouth to talk about, how shall I say, prostitutes. Instead we gave them euphemistic names like “Ladies of the night” knowing full well they were anything but ladies. How is it then that God chose one of these prostitutes, Rahab, to save the lives of a couple of Israelite spies? She hid them from the soldiers of the king of Jericho and gave the soldiers a story that sent them on the road to the Jordan river. When they had gone away, she let the Israelite spies down by rope for, her window faced the outside of the city wall, and sent them in the opposite direction to the soldiers. This is a fascinating story of God using anyone to carry out His promises. We shouldn’t be surprised then to find that Rahab is in the lineage of Jesus.

  • 4

    • July 14, 2019
    • Remember!
    • Dan Schoepf
    • As we grow older, our memory is not as sharp as it was so we tend to use a few memory aids to help us. And so it was back in Moses' day and in Joshua's day, the Israelites needed reminders of the blessings they received, and miracles they experienced. Crossing the Jordan was not just about the crossing, it was much more. The Israelites were at last going into the land that had been promised by God to their forefathers, but they needed a couple of reminders of God's faithfulness For instance, the Ark of the Covenant contained, among other valuables some Manna to remind them of God's providence while leaving Egypt. Then, after crossing the Jordan, they built a memorial from rocks to remind themselves and future generations of the miracles that God worked in getting them to the Promised Land.

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    • July 21, 2019
    • Patterns of Spiritual renewal
    • Ty Thomas
    • When the kings on the west side of the Jordan heard of what God did for the Israelites, they no longer had the stomach to take them on in battle. Now God is preparing the Israelites for the upcoming battle for Jericho. When the Israelites left Egypt, all males had been circumcised, but after wandering around in the desert for 40 years, circumcision was no longer practiced. God instructed Joshua to circumcise the Israelites which he did. On his way to Jericho, Joshua encountered God and it was made clear to him, that this was God’s battle.

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    • July 28, 2019
    • The No-Battle of Jericho
    • Yenner Wuanti
    • At bible camp children sing the old song about "Joshua and the battle of Jericho". In reality it was no battle at all. The reason is God had already prepared the way for the Israelites. However, God laid down some specific rules for them to follow before Jericho would be delivered in to their hands. In Joshua 6 God laid out the battle plan, with specific instructions for each of 7 days. If the Israelites obeyed His instructions to the letter, all would go well for them. For the Canaanites, not so much. Instructions were given that only Rahab and her family were to be spared, and the two spies that Rahab had saved were chosen to go and rescue them. This lesson is about God's faithfulness when we obey his commands

  • 7

    • August 4, 2019
    • Sin has Consequences
    • JT Zahradnik
    • In the Old Testament God dealt with sin directly so when the Israelites, who just had Jericho handed to them, showed their unfaithfulness by keeping some of the gold and jewels that were devoted (given over) to God His anger raged. The consequences of sin reach far and wide and Israel was beaten by an army of Ai that they should have easily beaten. God revealed to Joshua that there were among them some that had kept stuff that was devoted to Him. Achan was identified as the culprit and he and his family were dealt with according to God’s will. All were killed.

  • 8

    • August 11, 2019
    • Learning Lessons
    • Ty Thomas
    • Once Joshua had dealt with Achan according to God’s will, he was told by God to go once again to Ai this time it will be different, He will deliver their king and all of the soldiers and inhabitants into the Israelites hands by setting a cunning trap. The king of Ai thought because they had beaten the Israelites earlier, this would be easy. Not so. The Israelites trapped the soldiers of Ai in an ambush, and afterwards went and killed all of those left in the city. The king was killed too. The Israelites had learned their lesson.

  • 9

    • August 18, 2019
    • With My Whole Heart
    • Ty THomas
    • The Israelites divided the land to the west of the river Jordan just as God had told Moses to do. Now Caleb was faithful to God and Joshua, and as one of the spies that came back with a favorable report regarding the land that was promised to them, was promised by Moses that the “Land on which his feet walked..” he would inherit. Hebron has belonged to Caleb ever since because he followed God with his whole heart.

  • 10

    • August 25, 2019
    • Fear, he is a liar
    • Ty Thomas
    • By this time Joshua was old and called together all of Israel’s elders, leaders, judges and officials. He warned them to be strong and obey the Law and also of the consequences of not obeying the Law of Moses. During this meeting, Joshua reminded the Israelites of all of the things that God had done by His Grace, not that Israel deserved them but because God loved them and that they must continue to serve Him. It was their choice however and this well known passage serves as motivation to follow God. Read Joshua 24:15 Joshua warned them that they each were a witness against each other should they stop serving the Lord.