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October 12, 2018

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Read Deuteronomy 3

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+3&version=NLT

 

Scripture- Deuteronomy 3:21-22  “At that time I gave Joshua this charge: ‘You have seen for yourself everything the Lord your God has done to these two kings. He will do the same to all the kingdoms on the west side of the Jordan. Do not be afraid of the nations there, for the Lord your God will fight for you.’

 

Observations- Joshua had a huge job to do – to bring a whole nation into a land where they would not be welcome, and where they would have to fight to possess what God had rightfully given to them. With this huge challenge in front of him, Joshua is encouraged to remember all that the Lord had done to these two kings (Sihon and Og). He is instructed to remember that God’s past faithfulness is the key to present and future victory.

 

Application- What encouraging and great news for Joshua! "The Lord your God will fight for you." He was to lead his men against army after army in the Promised Land. Since God had made this promise, he had nothing to fear. Are our battles the same way? We may not be fighting godless armies (depends on the interpretation of armies), but our battles are just as real as Joshua's. Whether we are resisting temptation, battling anxiety, depression, fear or any other hang up, God has promised to fight with and for us as we live in obedience. Like Psalms 27:1 says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" 

 

That is some good news that packs a wallop, because if you are like me, you are not perfect and neither is this world. We'll need a lot of help to get by.

 

Prayer- Lord, give us strength. Give us power. Give us courage. Give us your guidance. Give us the endurance to surpass our battles. Amen.

 

Have a blessed day. Make it amazing!

 

Youth Dude

 

 

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October 11, 2018

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I urge you to check out this brief video on Deuteronomy, because it will help give you a helpful lens through which to view this last book of the Torah, the first 5 books of the Old Testament- https://thebibleproject.com/explore/deuteronomy/

Read Deuteronomy 2

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+2&version=NLT

Scripture- Deuteronomy 2:14-15- “Thirty-eight years passed from the time we first left Kadesh-barnea until we finally crossed the Zered Brook! By then, all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness, as the Lord had vowed would happen. The

Lord struck them down until they had all been eliminated from the community.

Observations- Moses was reminding the people- many of whom hadn't been around many years earlier- that the journey had not required 38 years of wandering around in the desert. As a result of the complaining of the people and their refusal to listen carefully to God and respond faithfully with obedience, they experienced the consequences. 

Application- How often have you made your own life far more difficult and problematic than it needed to be through your own poor choices? It's hard to take an honest moral inventory of where we have fallen short of the full glory of God. Sometimes we suffer the consequences of our unfortunate and wayward choices, but we should always be quick to race back into the arms of our loving Father.  

Prayer- (by St. Thomas Aquinas- 1225-1275) O merciful God, grant that I may eagerly desire, carefully search out, truthfully acknowledge, and ever perfectly fulfill all things which are pleasing to you, to the praise and glory of your Name. Amen.

 

Sin will take us farther than we want to go, keep us longer than we want to stay, and cost us more than we want to pay,

Pastor Jamie

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