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Grace-Fueled Families

Grace-Fueled Families

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:32) I’ve been watching a video feed of an eagle pair that is incubating three eggs, high up in a Jeffrey Pine tree in Big Bear Lake, California. The...

Faithful to You (Joshua 24)

Faithful to You (Joshua 24)

The Lord said to Israel, "I gave you a land you did not labor for, and cities you did not build, though you live in them; you are eating from vineyards and olive groves you did not plant." (Joshua 24:13) In the final chapter of this epic book, God recounts from the...

Faithful Communities (Joshua 20-23)

Faithful Communities (Joshua 20-23)

These four chapters have a huge amount of good stuff in them, but let’s just focus on Chapter 20 for today.  There’s an old saying, “A text without context is a pretext.”  So bear with me as we go through a short history of justice. In Genesis 4:23-24, we meet a man...

Faithful to Failures (Joshua 15-19)

Faithful to Failures (Joshua 15-19)

God has saved failures and called them his own, but he has also prepared good works for them to do. His grace saves us so that our faith is expressed in a life of gratitude. The good work God prepared for us often is difficult and challenging, but God demonstrates...

Faithful to Provide (Joshua 14)

Faithful to Provide (Joshua 14)

“I followed the Lord my God completely.” (Joshua 14:8) Let’s hear from an old man, Caleb, the story of his life, as Joshua recounted in chapter 14... “I was born a slave in Egypt. I crossed the Red Sea, was present at the giving of the law at Mount Sinai, and then at...

Faithful to Worship (Joshua 6)

Faithful to Worship (Joshua 6)

The Lord said to Joshua, “Look, I have handed Jericho, its king, and its best soldiers over to you." (Joshua 6:2) There’s a lot of good stuff in Joshua Chapter 6, but I’d like to focus on the first half of the chapter. Actually, let’s go back to the last three verses...

Faithful Covenant Keeper (Joshua 5)

Faithful Covenant Keeper (Joshua 5)

"I have now come as commander of the Lord’s army." Then Joshua bowed with his face to the ground in worship and asked him, "What does my lord want to say to his servant?" (Joshua 5:13–14) God has a calling for you. He has a purpose for you wherever you’re reading this...

Faithful to Remember (Joshua 4)

Faithful to Remember (Joshua 4)

"This is so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD’s hand is strong, and so that you may always fear the LORD your God.” (Joshua 4:24) Highlighting with a highlighter, jotting down on Post-it notes and posting in a prominent place, scheduling a...

Faithful Deliverer (Joshua 3)

Faithful Deliverer (Joshua 3)

Then Joshua told the Israelites, “Come closer and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” (Joshua 3:9) Joshua 3 recounts the Israelites preparing to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. This is reminiscent of 40 years earlier when Moses led the...

Faithful Word (Joshua 1)

Faithful Word (Joshua 1)

This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. (Joshua 1:8) How's 2024 looking for you so far? Is...