- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- July 14, 2019
- 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.