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Widow’s Hope

Ruth 1:11-18, 4:13-17 Today begins a new season of Advent. It’s the time of the year where we both anticipate and celebrate the event of the incarnation.  Remember: the one God of the highest heavens became a human being, some two thousand years ago, and dwelt among us, in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.

05 Dec 2018

Over Giants and Kings

16 So Joshua took this whole land: the highlands, the whole arid southern plain, the whole land of Goshen, the lowlands, the desert plain, and both the highlands and the lowlands of Israel. 17 He took land stretching from Mount Halak, which goes up toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad at the foot of Mount Hermon in the

28 Nov 2018

Writing Over a Messy Past

6 Now Jericho was closed up tightly because of the Israelites. No one went out or came in. 2 The Lord said to Joshua, “Look. I have given Jericho and its king into your power, along with its mighty warriors.3 Circle the city with all the soldiers, going around the city one time. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry

20 Nov 2018

Not Alone

Joshua, 4:10-19, 5:1 10 Meanwhile, the priests carrying the chest were standing in the middle of the Jordan. They stood there until every command that the Lord had ordered Joshua to tell the people had been carried out. This was exactly what Moses had commanded Joshua. The people crossed over quickly.11 As soon as all the people had finished

14 Nov 2018

Making God’s Word Unapproachable

3 Joshua took down the camp early in the morning. He and all the Israelites marched out of Shittim and came to the Jordan, where they stayed overnight before crossing. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the middle of the camp. 3 They commanded the people, “As soon as you see the Lord your God’s chest containing

07 Nov 2018

Is That What Strength Looks Like?

Last week, we started a new series on the book of Joshua.  And there we read God’s call to the people of Israel to cross over the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land.  Remember how God told Joshua these words: “Now get ready to cross over the Jordan with this entire people to the

31 Oct 2018

God’s People: Homecoming

1 After Moses the Lord’s servant died, the Lord spoke to Joshua, Nun’s son. He had been Moses’ helper. 2 “My servant Moses is dead. Now get ready to cross over the Jordan with this entire people to the land that I am going to give to the Israelites. 3 I am giving you every place where you set foot, exactly as I

24 Oct 2018

If It Keeps You Frozen, It Ain’t Faith

As the theologian Paul Tillich once pointed out, there are few words in the English language that have more carelessly applied, and poorly understood, than the word faith.  So before we get started today, I just want you to take a moment to think about your own understanding of what’s attached to the word ‘faith.’ 

10 Oct 2018

Our Trembling, Sanctuary Hearts

  For about the last six weeks, we’ve been reading and gaining instruction from the New Testament sermon called “Hebrews.”  And we opened the series talking about the many different kinds of ‘messengers,’ or angels, that we might encounter in the world.  This sermon continues by identifying the greatest messenger of all, who is Jesus,

03 Oct 2018

Last Word, Jubilee

Before we get to our reading for today, we need to talk about the Year of Jubilee.  The Year of Jubilee is this absolutely beautiful idea that we find in the book of Leviticus, chapters 25 and 27.  And there’s a little more to it than this, but the basic idea is that every forty-nine

26 Sep 2018