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Joshua: Faith for Where We’ve Never Been

The book of Joshua is full of wonderful stories and vexing questions -- questions for which there are no easy answers. It teaches lessons we did not know we needed to learn and challenges us in ways we would prefer to avoid. But it gives us something we need - faith - for a place we have never been - the future.

Sermons in this series

Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee
Everybody has a blooper reel – a list of all those little mistakes that, while embarrassing, were not life-altering. Then there is the big one – the mistake that puts all those little bloopers into perspective. When you are alone, do you think about that fail and the impact it had on you and others? Do you ever worry about what God thinks of you? A story in Joshua 20 offers some comfort. And challenge.
An Astonishing Life
Tomorrow morning, just before you walk into your office, school, shop or plant, you will make a decision. Will today be average or astonishing? In the book of Joshua we meet a man who can help you with that. He was experienced in living life amazingly. When we catch up with him in chapter 14, he has been doing it for 85 years. And he is nowhere near done.
Second-Hand Sin
Our cultural vision statement runs something like this: I can do whatever I want as long as nobody gets hurt. An old story from the book of Joshua challenges that sentiment. Private decisions always have a community impact. This won’t be a fun sermon to hear. And that probably means you need to hear it.
Strange Strategy
Have you heard the story of Jericho? That’s the one where Israel marches around the fortress city of Jericho once a day for six days. On day seven, they circle the city seven times, then give out a blood curdling war cry. The presumably impenetrable walls miraculously collapse and Israel wins. That’s where we usually end the story. But the story doesn’t end there. Neither do the uncomfortable questions it raises.
He Went First
If you’re a gamer (of the video sort) or a movie aficionado, you are familiar with a little feature called “Easter Eggs;” hidden messages, inside jokes, secret features that the programmers or producers hide away in the game or movie. For example, Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo in nearly all of his movies. Or there’s a Starbucks coffee cup in every scene of Fight Club. Would you believe there are Easter Eggs in the Bible? We’ll find some in Joshua 3.
Are We There Yet?
There is, within each of us, a male driver who refuses to pull over and ask for directions. There is also a six-year-old child who constantly asks from the backseat, “Are we there yet?” In Joshua 3, Israel is finally standing on the border of the Promised Land. They are there! But they need three things to fully possess the promise. So do we.
Welcoming Rahab
Uncomfortable life fact: The world is full of people who are nothing like you. They don’t believe the same things you believe. They don’t value the same things you value. They talk funny. Amazing biblical truth: God welcomes all people to join him in what he is doing in the world. Including people like you and me.
Here to Help
Why are we here? That question has been pondered, prayed over and puzzled for centuries. A story in Joshua chapter one has the answer.
It Isn’t What it Is
Ever felt like you were a hamster on a wheel? Pictured your day as a treadmill? Used the words rut, plateaued or trapped to describe your life? Have you felt like your life was going to remain ever a dull moment? So did Israel. They had been doing the same thing – wandering aimlessly in the wilderness – for forty years. Until God interrupted the inertia of their lives and invited them into an amazing adventure.

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