The Joshua Commission: Go, and God Will Go With You

Go Where God Calls

After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying:

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel.”

(Joshua 1:1-2, NKJV)

You may be, like Joshua, in the midst of grief. You may feel intimidated by the successes of those who went before you – or afraid because you know the failures they struggled with. Continue reading

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Who Is Jesus?

I was reading through my last journal and found an entry from February 2017 dedicated to this question of “Who Is Jesus?” Someone had asked it of me, as a sort of “homework assignment,” and I had written my thoughts down at the time. Now I’d like to share them with you:

Who is Jesus?

How would I answer this to someone who doesn’t have a clear understanding of who Jesus is? Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven: Keep Your Word & Keep It Pure

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Matt. 5:33-37, NKJV

The phrase Jesus is examining more closely is actually likely a combination of two Old Testament verses: Continue reading

The Word of God (II)

Got this great post in my inbox today from Jonathan Camac – timely reminder of the importance of God’s Word and His sovereign power at work in our lives!

Jonathan Camac

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“The word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

Part 2 in my life-long series.

This post works off one simple premise: God’s word is powerful. And if you don’t believe me, let me just discredit your objections in advance. I’ll just throw some truth your way:

“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born” (Psalm 33:6). We know a God who “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17). It was “at the blast of his breath, that the bottom of the earth could be seen, and the foundations of the earth were laid bare” (2 Samuel 22:16).

God is “sustaining all things by the power of his word” (Hebrews 1:3). The hum of the generator powering the whole universe is every word that the comes from the mouth of God. And we have at our disposal this…

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There’s Not Always a 2nd Chance

I was probably five or six years old. It was a bright new morning, a little earlier than usual for me, when I slipped downstairs to what was then our little schoolroom (for those of you who don’t know, I was homeschooled). Here there were two little desks, one for me and one for my brother, and a big classic chalkboard that took up most of the longest wall.

I don’t remember how often my mom actually used that chalkboard, but it does stand out in my memory in this particular story. I was the first one downstairs, but to my surprise, there was writing on the chalkboard already.

It looked like instructions for a treasure hunt or something!

I started to read, and it went something like this:

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