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THE COURAGE TO MOVE ON – Intro Lesson 1 – Sept. 16 -22

We all like some of the ruts we are in, don’t we? They can be just a comfortable habit, a safe routine, or simply the easiest way to live. Quite often we don’t even recognize when we are stuck in a certain way of thinking or living.  It is easy to become complacent and rather comfortable with our existence even when we know there could be so much more to experience. New challenges and opportunities often feel risky and scary and so we hold on to the status quo rather than considering other options. It is all too natural to pretend we are content in the “wilderness” when Jesus is calling us to move on to the Promised Land – the place where He will give us the courage and strength we need to defeat the enemies we are facing, the place where we can experience so much more of His blessings and provisions of peace and joy and purpose.

When God spoke to Joshua, he was ready and willing to move on. His immediate response to God’s call was to order the Israelites to get ready. They were finally going to claim the land God had given them title to many generations before then.  What do you think made Joshua so eager to respond to the Lord even though he knew they would be facing very powerful enemies after they crossed the Jordan River? No doubt it was because of the amazing promises God gave to him. He had learned over his life time that Jehovah could be trusted to do what He said He would do. He knew God would make Him strong and courageous and successful if he continued to obey and to take seriously the Book of the Law which Moses had given to him. He knew the Lord, his God, would be with him wherever he went, giving them victory over the Canaanites. His confidence was contagious and the whole nation got ready to move into the place where they would find God doing amazing things for them.

Could the Lord God be calling you to move on to a new way of thinking or a different way of living life? Do you think the Holy Spirit might be encouraging you to trust Him and accept a new challenge or opportunity?  “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it!” (Mark Twain)  Maybe it is time for you to GET READY, GET SET, and GO!

HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR SPIRITUAL DIET?

These days people want their physical food precooked, prepared, processed, and packaged. Quick, easy and convenient is a priority. Tasty and delicious is a bonus. Has it ever occurred to you that we have similar preferences when it comes to our spiritual diet? We so easily turn to a book, a video, or a devotional…Continue Reading

WHY STUDY THE BOOK OF JOSHUA?

If you could only have 3 or 4 books of the Old Testament to read, which ones do you think would be the most important?  Many preachers agree the Book of Joshua would certainly be one of those books.  Chuck Swindoll says, “If you want to use a book in the Bible to teach you…Continue Reading

WHY STUDY THE BOOK of JOSHUA?

It is a rather startling fact to realize that Joshua was not a young man when he led his people into the Promised Land. In fact, he was probably in his early 80’s! He and Caleb were the only ones from their generation who were allowed to make the historic crossing from the wilderness where…Continue Reading

HOW JOY-FULL ARE YOU? Intro Lesson 6 – July 22-29

Do you think there is a difference between happiness and joy?  What makes you happy?  What gives you joy?  Do you use the words interchangeably or do you make a distinction between the two of them in your mind and conversation?  Webster’s dictionary indicates that happiness is characterized by luck, good fortune or prosperity, while…Continue Reading