In Light of God’s Salvation…

I love when God gets my attention.

I opened up our Gospel Project lesson for this week and saw that it was the text that we studied last week in the worship gathering. Joshua 24 is the focus of our lesson this Sunday.

Coincidence? I think not.

I hope this video helps you prepare well for the lesson and also helps to once again communicate the vision that we are seeking to embrace as a church.

Study well. I am praying for you all.

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The God of Unusual Victories

Screen-Shot-2013-04-25-at-11.27.07-AMThis week we study the amazing account of Joshua leading the people of Israel to conquer the mighty Canaanite city of Jericho.

Or, as you may be more familiar with it…

Joshua and the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho…

Don’t let the fact that this historical account has been shaped into one of the more beloved children’s Bible songs cause you to miss seeing just how incredibly powerful and trustworthy God truly is.

Take time this week to consider that none of our circumstances are too big for God. And remember that when he works mightily in the midst of a seemingly insurmountable circumstance, he gets all the glory! And that is a good thing.

…and the walls came tumbling down.

The God Who Goes Before

stones-of-remembrance1“What do these stones mean?”

That is the question God wanted Israelite children to ask their parents when they saw a heap of 12 stones set up by the river. God gave families an opportunity to rehearse the faithfulness of God by recounting the ways that God had worked through the years.

We love to hear stories of our past, our parents’ pasts, and even beyond that. We learn much and are often shaped greatly by these stories. This was the intent of the 12 stones for Israel. Parents would tell the story of God to their children and God would use that story to shape the hearts and lives of these young ones.

God has given us a story to tell as well. This is the story of Christ; his life, death, and resurrection. To help us get the story going, Jesus gave us some ‘stones of remembrance’. We regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper. By taking the bread and the cup, we are reminded of how God has saved us through Christ. And when we take it together, this Supper often provokes our children, and others, to ask, “What do these things mean?”

Thank God for giving us ways to remember and ways to tell the story of Christ.