Category Archives: Joshua

Joshua 23-24 — Who will you serve?

There’s an old song by Bob Dylan that goes, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed You’re gonna have to serve somebody Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord But you’re gonna have … Continue reading

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Joshua 22 — Communication, miscommunication, making right judgments

Often times arguments happen because of bad communication.  We misjudge others and their intentions simply because we don’t communicate well. And that’s what seems to have happened in this passage.  The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh, with Joshua’s blessing, … Continue reading

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Joshua 21 — A God who keeps his promises

I love the final part of this passage. 43 So the LORD gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. 44 The LORD gave them rest on … Continue reading

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Joshua 19; Judges 18 — Taking the easy way

Following God’s way is not always easy.  God never promised us an easy life.  But faced with difficulties, sometimes God’s people seek an easier way.  And that’s what happened with the tribe of Dan in the promised land.  It says … Continue reading

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Joshua 18 — Taking hold of what God has for you

Does God really want to bless me?  Does he really have something good in store for me?  Will he really keep his promises to me? Sometimes, we really struggle with these questions, and it keeps us from taking hold of … Continue reading

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Joshua 17 — Sin that just doesn’t go away

All of us struggle with sin.  And there are some sins that are very difficult to completely expel from our lives.  For guys, lust is a big issue.  (I’m not sure what women struggle with).  And it’s so easy to … Continue reading

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Joshua 14 — God is faithful. Are we?

When I read Caleb’s story, it’s pretty amazing.  At 40 years old, he went to spy out the land that God had promised to give to the Israelites.  But he and Joshua were the only men to believe that God … Continue reading

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Joshua 13 — Pressing on

I suppose for a lot of people, they look forward to retirement.  After years of working, they can’t wait for the day that they can finally rest and just do whatever they want. But in the kingdom of God, there … Continue reading

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Joshua 11 — Nothing undone

I like what it says in verse 15. As the Lord commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and Joshua did it; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses. I think that’s what I’d like … Continue reading

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Joshua 10 — A God who listens to us. A God who fights for us.

This is one of the more remarkable miracles in the Bible taken at face value.  According to this passage, God “stopped the sun and moon” giving the Israelite army enough light to finish the battle against their enemies. What does … Continue reading

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Joshua 9 — But it seemed right at the time!

Joshua was basically a good leader.  But there were two times he got in trouble.  And both times it was for the same reason.  He relied on his own wisdom and understanding rather than God’s. The first time came at … Continue reading

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Joshua 8 — Run to the battle

Can God still use me?  Or is it all over for me? People often think these things when they fail, particularly when they sin.  And perhaps the Israelites were thinking the same thing. They had suffered a devastating defeat at … Continue reading

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Joshua 7 — Cannot be hidden

In the area where I live in Japan, we speak Kansai dialect.  And one of those words unique to Kansai is “akan,” which basically means, “No good.”  Coincidentally, that’s how Achan’s name translates into Japanese.  Mr. “No Good.”  And he … Continue reading

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Joshua 6 — Rebuilding evil in our lives

I’ve probably read this story dozens of times, but this time, it’s the last part that strikes me.  After all of Jericho was destroyed, Joshua pronounced a curse saying, “Cursed before the LORD is the man who undertakes to rebuild … Continue reading

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Joshua 5:13-15 — Who’s on whose side?

Recently, Tim Tebow, the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, has been a national sports phenomenon.  A very gifted athlete, but not a particularly good passer.  Still, he led his team to six straight victories with most of them coming in … Continue reading

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Joshua 5:9 — The rolling away of your past

In Japan, people often have parties called bonenkai.  Literally translated, it means “Forget the year parties.”  After all this time, I’m still not sure what that means.  I’ve asked my English students, “Was your year so bad that you have … Continue reading

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Joshua 3-4 — Facing the unknown

Happy New Year all! I can’t believe another year has come and gone.  And as always, when it comes to the future, we’re always facing the unknown.  We just don’t know what things we’ll face this year.  That can be … Continue reading

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Joshua 2 — Saving the lives of your family

I’m fortunate to have been raised in a Christian family.  And because of that, when my dad passed away this year, our family had comfort in the fact that he’s with Jesus now.  But not everyone has that peace about … Continue reading

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Joshua 1 — The secret of success

Success.  All of us want it.  At least, I don’t know anyone who starts out by saying, “It’s my goal to fail!”  But while everyone wants it, it can be an elusive thing.  People have written entire books to show … Continue reading

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