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BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS

A Bible study focused on the life of Joshua.

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Where do you turn when you face unexpected changes or challenges?  How do you handle life when feelings of inadequacy or uncertainty creep into your mind and spirit?  What do you do when you sense that you are incompetent or unqualified to move forward?  When the quiet voices on the inside or from the outside are telling you that you are too weak and inept to do what God is asking you to do, where do you go for help?

Certainly, Joshua could have had any or all of those feelings and concerns as he faced his responsibilities as the new leader of the Israelites.  As a young man, he had experienced God’s provision when He made a way for them to escape from their bondage in Egypt.  Under Moses, he had proved his commitment to Jehovah when he recommended they go immediately to the land which God had promised to Abraham, but then for 40 years he watched his people try to do things their own way as they wandered through the wilderness.  They were free from slavery, but they were not yet ready to believe that what God had promised to them could really be true.  During this time God was preparing Joshua for the unbelievable task of leading the next generation over the Jordan River and into the Promised Land where God would be with them and would give them victory over their enemies.

The ways in which God provided for and helped Joshua in his next phase of life and leadership give us such amazing and practical ways to experience victory in our own walk with Him.  As you embark on this study of life of Joshua, you will find the truths of the New Testament are vividly illustrated through his story and that God’s promises will give you the courage and strength you need to face your present circumstances and to have peace and confidence for the unknown of your future.

FOR YOUR PROGRESS and JOY

A Bible Study focused on the Book of Philippians To view or print study guides Progress!  It’s a positive idea, isn’t it?  Setting a goal and then moving toward the realization of that dream or desire brings us satisfaction.  Sometimes progress is slow and we need many intermediate, short-term markers to help us know that…Continue Reading

HOW WISE ARE YOU?

To View or Print Study Guides If you were asked to describe a “wise person”, what would you say?  What is wisdom and from where does it come?  It is greater than knowledge or intelligence, isn’t it?  It is certainly more profound than advanced age or diversity of life experiences can guarantee.  One cannot buy…Continue Reading

WHAT DOES “HOPE” LOOK LIKE? – Introduction Lesson 2 – January 21 – 28

Who is your favorite character in the stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends?  While most of us would likely name that friendly bear or Christopher Robin himself, there’s something about Eeyore that draws us to him, isn’t there?  Could it be that we identify with his outlook on life all too often?  On a scale…Continue Reading

“May the God of HOPE . . .”

To View or Print Study Guides Would you agree the word “hope” has an enormous range of meanings?  It can suggest anything from wishful thinking to an expectation that has a great degree of certainty.  For example, one might say, “I hope that my friend in India will be able to come and visit me…Continue Reading

When You Pray . . .

To View or Print Study Guides Have you ever thought of prayer as both a window and a mirror?  As Max Lucado said, “Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world.  Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house, but throw back the curtains and see…Continue Reading

“Because of HIS Great Love”

A Bible Study focused on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians To View or Print Study Guides – Do you have a box of treasured letters in the attic or in a special drawer somewhere in your house? Perhaps you have saved them because they are part of your family history or your own romantic story…Continue Reading

FINDING JOY and DELIGHT IN THE LORD

To View or Print Study Guides When you hear the words “joy” or “delight”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you remember a very special celebration or reunion.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. It could…Continue Reading

PORTRAITS of JESUS

Discovering how Jesus described Himself in the Gospel of John To View or Print Study Guides Did you know that there are many ways to have a portrait made?  Most often we think of a painting or a photograph that captures a very close likeness of an individual.  Usually, a portrait features simply the face…Continue Reading

“I LOVE YOU, O LORD”

A study based on David’s Song of Praise and Trust – Psalm 18 To View or Print Study Guides “I LOVE YOU, O LORD” If someone asked you to list ten or more reasons why you love God, how would you respond? Why don’t you try it? Then you’ll have your answer ready just in…Continue Reading