Review of Israel’s History 24 1Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem and summoned Israel’s elders, leaders, judges, and officers, and they presented themselves before God. 2Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3But I took your father Abraham from the region beyond the Euphrates River, led him throughout the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave the hill country of Seir to Esau as a possession, but Jacob and his sons went down to Egypt. 5“ ‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron; I plagued Egypt by what I did there and afterward I brought you out. 6When I brought your fathers out of Egypt and you reached the Red Sea, the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen as far as the sea. 7Your fathers cried out to the Lord, so He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea over them, engulfing them. Your own eyes saw what I did to Egypt. After that, you lived in the wilderness a long time. 8“ ‘Later, I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan. They fought against you, but I handed them over to you. You possessed their land, and I annihilated them before you. 9Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, set out to fight against Israel. He sent for Balaam son of Beor to curse you, 10but I would not listen to Balaam. Instead, he repeatedly blessed you, and I delivered you from his hand. 11“ ‘You then crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The people of Jericho—as well as the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites, and Jebusites—fought against you, but I handed them over to you. 12I sent the hornet[Z] ahead of you, and it drove out the two Amorite kings before you. It was not by your sword or bow. 13I gave you a land you did not labor for, and cities you did not build, though you live in them; you are eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.’   The Covenant Renewal   14“Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. 15But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” 16The people replied, “We will certainly not abandon the Lord to worship other gods! 17For the Lord our God brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery, and performed these great signs before our eyes. He also protected us all along the way we went and among all the peoples whose lands we traveled through. 18The Lord drove out before us all the peoples, including the Amorites who lived in the land. We too will worship the Lord, because He is our God.” 19But Joshua told the people, “You will not be able to worship Yahweh, because He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not remove your transgressions and sins. 20If you abandon the Lord and worship foreign gods, He will turn against you, harm you, and completely destroy you, after He has been good to you.” 21“No!” the people answered Joshua. “We will worship the Lord.” 22Joshua then told the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you yourselves have chosen to worship Yahweh.” “We are witnesses,” they said. 23“Then get rid of the foreign gods that are among you and offer your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” 24So the people said to Joshua, “We will worship the Lord our God and obey Him.” 25On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people at Shechem and established a statute and ordinance for them. 26Joshua recorded these things in the book of the law of God; he also took a large stone and set it up there under the oak next to the sanctuary of the Lord. 27And Joshua said to all the people, “You see this stone—it will be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words the Lord said to us, and it will be a witness against you, so that you will not deny your God.” 28Then Joshua sent the people away, each to his own inheritance.   Burial of Three Leaders   29After these things, the Lord’s servant, Joshua son of Nun, died at the age of 110. 30They buried him in his allotted territory at Timnath-serah, in the hill country of Ephraim north of Mount Gaash. 31Israel worshiped Yahweh throughout Joshua’s lifetime and during the lifetimes of the elders who outlived Joshua and who had experienced all the works Yahweh had done for Israel. 32Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the parcel of land Jacob had purchased from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for 100 qesitahs.[A] It was an inheritance for Joseph’s descendants. 33And Eleazar son of Aaron died, and they buried him at Gibeah,[B] which had been given to his son Phinehas in the hill country of Ephraim.
God has and will continue to open doors for me and protect and love me Despite my flaws and shortcomings God looks past our faults and me... Read More
God has and will continue to open doors for me and protect and love me Despite my flaws and shortcomings God looks past our faults and mess ups and wipes our slates clean and always blesses us and always is good to me. God Is Good To Me All The Time!!! The turmoil and pain in my life right now is only a stepping stone to God's elevation for me Sometimes we go through slopes in our lives so that God can elevate and bless us IM ABOUT TO BE BLESSED AND ELEVATED !!!!!!!! When God brings you out your enemies will do all they can to get you back IM NOT GOING BACK!!!!!!! Focus on what God is doing in my life and not on what my enemies are TRYING TO DO GOD IS GOING TO BLESS ME RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY ENEMIES FACE
Angie Thompson DeSarro
8/10/14. Jake Richardson I. God's Word Makes It Clear. A. Thou shall have no other gods before me. B. Serve only God & ... Read More
8/10/14. Jake Richardson I. God's Word Makes It Clear. A. Thou shall have no other gods before me. B. Serve only God & live for Him. C. He wants all of us all the time. II. The Choice Of Serving Our Self A. Deny yourself. B. Leads to depression C. We forget God is in control. III. Deciding Whom To Serve A. What is going to take to stop serving false gods? B. You can't serve two masters. C. No life is more secure than a life surrendered to God.
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Idolatry = An object of extreme desire It's not about what we own. It's about what owns us. When they had passed through Amphipolis and... Read More
Idolatry = An object of extreme desire It's not about what we own. It's about what owns us. When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ[i] had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,[j]” he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women. But the Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[k] But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other brothers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. As soon as it was night, the brothers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men. When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. The brothers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, “What is this babbler trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be advocating foreign gods.” They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.) Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul left the Council. A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others. Acts 17 3 Most Important Days Of Your Life As A Christian 1. The Day You Are Born 2. The Reason You Were Born For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)– remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:10-13 (NIV84) 3. The Day You Die & Go To Be With The Lord Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4 (NIV84) Delight = Greek word - soft & pliable for God “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV84) Devotion - Devotion - Devotion - Devotion - Devotion - Devotion Possible subjects of idolatry: - Family - Friends - Faith (Money) - Future (Worry) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV84) God has given us all things for pleasure, not bondage.
Simplify your life Get out of debt (friendships, money, jobs) Pick one church and plant deep roots Learn to say Yes to the things of G... Read More
Simplify your life Get out of debt (friendships, money, jobs) Pick one church and plant deep roots Learn to say Yes to the things of God which are eternal Growing epidemic - people without purpose Learn to say No to the thing of Man which are temporary Don't do anything until you meet with God Clarify your life Identify what is most important Your soul Your family God's destiny for your life Hope and a Future Eliminate what is not important The stuff you don't need (intangible and tangible) worries, anxieties, internal hurt, Psalm 55:22 Matthew 11 The stuff you haven't used in 6 months or more Time Bandits Modify your life-Just Do It - Don't Waste Today-Embrace Change Your behavior Your attitude Every problem is an opportunity for God to bless you with his Grace Your ability to be offended Your expectations Ephesians 1:19 Psalm 22:7 2Corinthians 5:7 Dream it - Be it - We walk by Faith, not by sight What to leave with: 1. Your family will be stronger the more consistent you live your life. 2. Your family will be stronger when quality time is a priority. 3. Your family will be stronger when bible reading become your ruder. Psalm 1:19 4. Your family will be stronger when you are in a small group. Acts 2:42 We can't do it alone.
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