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December 1, 2018

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Read Joshua 19

 

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ScriptureJoshua 19:47- But the tribe of Dan had trouble taking possession of their land, so they attacked the town of Laish. They captured it, slaughtered its people, and settled there. They renamed the town Dan after their ancestor.

 

Observations- The tribe of Dan failed to follow through on taking the allotment of land assigned to them by God through Joshua; instead they attacked people in a territory that posed little danger, threat, or risk. The Danites took the easy way out in finding a place to settle down, even though it wasn’t in line with God’s instructions. They chose to live away from the allotment of land the Lord had in store for them. We’ll see the consequences of the path they chose in the Book of Judges.

 

Application- Once again we see a group of people choosing their own easier way over the way that God had chosen for them. Sometimes things seem too hard or not worth the effort to us, too, but God doesn't appreciate our ethical and moral shortcuts to getting our own way, especially when it's not in line with being rooted in God's Word as we seek to live out the truth with grace. The example of the tribe of Dan “doing their own thing”  serves as a warning to all who will listen. The path of least resistance isn't always the best path in life for a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. 

 

Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for leading and guiding me in Your paths. Help each of us 

be more open to following Your Son, Jesus Christ, fully and completely as we listen for His voice to speak into our lives individually and corporately at New Hope. Guide us to pursue Your best path in ways that honor You no matter what. Keep calling me into new avenues of joyful service. What's next, O Lord? Amen.

 

"Now may the God of peace- who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood- may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen." (Hebrews 13:20-21),

 

Pastor Jamie

 

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November 30, 2018

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Read Joshua 18.

 

To read this text, go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+18&version=NLT

 

Scripture: Joshua 18:1-3, Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle. But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land. Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you?”

 

Observation:  In this chapter, Joshua challenges the remaining seven tribes to claim and possess their land. This is the land that God had promised to them. I can almost hear the irritation in Joshua’s voice as he tells them to get their act together and take control of the land. The question that comes to mind is why did these tribes need to be prodded in the first place? While it may be difficult for us to understand, these were people who had not lived in permanent dwellings for more than a generation.  They were nomads. It’s very possible they were scared of something new and different, even if it was positive. 

 

Application:  How often we are much like these tribes!  We are fearful of stepping out and doing something new, even when we know God has called us to it.  God calls us to live out our faith at work, to pray for someone, to reach out to a neighbor, or to serve in a new way.  All of these are really good things but we tend to hesitate, maybe even talk ourselves out of it because of fear.  What are we afraid of?  What were the seven tribes afraid of?  Sometimes it’s not really clear.  We might be fearful of getting out of our comfort zone, trying something new, looking weird, doing something wrong, you name it.  But faith is about stepping out and doing it anyway and knowing that the Holy Spirit will give us the words and strength to take each new step.  What different thing is God prompting YOU to do today?

 

Prayer:  God, help me trust that you are always with me giving me the words and strength I need to step out of my comfort zone and to step out in faith.  When I am fearful, give me your peace.  Today, give me promptings from the Holy Spirit at my workplace, in my neighborhood, at my fun places, and all around my community to be a light for you. I love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Blessings,

Rev. Vicki

 

P.S.  Have you heard about Zoe?  This phenomenal organization is our newest mission partner.  The work they do is incredible - it's all about empowering orphans so that never have to accept charity again. New Hope will have an empowerment group in Zimbabwe over the next three years. Starting this Sunday, you can purchase alternative Christmas gifts (a pair of rabbits, a pair of chickens, etc.) for friends and loved ones on the patio.  Want more info? Go to wearezoe.org.

 

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