David & Goliath Part 1: Motives of the Heart

Before we begin please read the full story of David and Goliath here. So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach […]

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Patiences and Promises

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed (David) in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. ~ 1 Samuel 16:13 Do you notice that after Samuel anointed David as king Samuel got up and left?  Did he take David with him?  No he didn’t.  If you are familiar with this story (and if you are not read the full chapter here) you know that David had been called in from tending the sheep to meet […]

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You Believe, Now Heed!

Updated July 26, 2017. But there was a certain man called Simon who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to who all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”  And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.  But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.  Then […]

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Is God Just? ( Joshua 7:23-26)

And they took them from the midst of the tent, brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.  The Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor.  And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us?  The LORD will trouble you this day.”  So all Israel stoned him […]

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Hidden In The Dirt (Joshua 7:16-22)

So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken. He brought the clan of Judah, and he took the family of the Zarhites; and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man, and Zabdi was taken. Then he brought his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of […]

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Accursed Things (Joshua 7:10-15)

So the LORD said to Joshua: “Get up! Why do you like thus on your face? Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, because they have become doomed to destruction. Neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accused from among you. “Get up, sanctify the people, and […]

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Then what will You do for Your great Name? (Joshua 7:6-9)

Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.  And Joshua said, “Alas, LORD GOD, why have You brought this people over the Jordan at all – to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us?  Oh, that we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan! O LORD, what shall I say when Israel turns its back before its enemies?  For the […]

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Who is Your Wise Council? (Joshua 7:1-5)

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Juda, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out the country.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. And they returned to Joshua and said […]

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Simple Childlike Faith

“It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat.  And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” ~ Joshua 6:5 When I first heard the story of Joshua and the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 6) I was a child in Sunday School.  I heard it, I didn’t question it, I just accepted it as fact.  The Lord […]

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