Taking a look at the Old Testament: Joshua

Learning From God's Word

“Be strong and courageous … for the Lord your God will be with you” (Joshua 1:9).

How can we be strong and courageous?

Does strength and courage come from within ourselves?

We may like to think that we’re strong and courageous – but we’re not.

Again and again, we’re reminded of how weak we really are.

Often, we’re filled with fear rather than strength and courage.

What are we to do when we like this?

Are we to deny our feelings, and say to ourselves, “I’m really all right. There’s nothing much wrong with me – nothing that I can’t sort out”?

We need to stop telling ourselves that we’re doing okay – and start listening to what God says to us.

He tells us that strength and courage come from him – “the Lord your God will be with you.”

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: Judges

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“In those days, Israel had no king; everyone did what what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

Let’s move forward from Israel’s sad situation – no king, people doing whatever they liked.

Let’s move forward to today’s world. We have kings and queens, prime ministers and president.

Is there not someone else that we need, someone else that we should not forget?

What about God?

What happens when we forget about him?

There’s no more right and wrong. We do what we like. We do what pleases ourselves.

Often, we forget God – but he never forgets us.

He remembers us – and he calls us to remember him.

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: Ruth

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“Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).

These words were spoken by Ruth. She was speaking to her mother-in-law, Naomi. What confort ruth’s words brought to Naomi. Ruth was not going to abandon her. She was going to stand by her.

In the love that Ruth had for Naomi, we see something of the love of God for us.

How comforting it is to know that God does not abandon us. How much strength we receive from knowing that he stands by us.

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What is happening, Lord, when we are gathered together for worship? — Learning From God’s Word

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What is happening, Lord, when we are gathered together for worship? Is this merely a human thing, something that we do? – No! there is something more than this. Before we even thought of coming to Your House, You were there waiting for us. You welcome us. You speak Your Word to us: “Let your […]

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The warning of judgment and the promise of salvation

Deuteronomy 32:19-33:17 -  Here, we have both the warning of judgment and the promise of salvation. Rebuking ‘a perverse generation’ – ‘They are devious people, children who can’t be trusted’ – God says, ‘I will hide My face from them’ (20). When, in our need, we look to Him for mercy, we have His promise: …

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The story of our sin is full of sadness. The story of Your salvation fills us with gladness.

ZEPHANIAH 1:1-2:7 ‘The great Day of the Lord is near - near and coming quickly... That Day will be a Day of wrath... I will bring distress upon the people... because they have sinned against the Lord’ (Zephaniah 1:14-17). This, Lord, is Your Word of warning. You're calling us back to Yourself: ‘Seek the Lord …

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