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Laying the Groundwork for the Next Leader

Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. ~ Moses, speaking in [youversion]Deuteronomy 1:38[/youversion] Before the beloved leader Moses passed off the scene, he made sure that he did one thing well. He prepared the soil of the people’s hearts for a coming transition in leadership. Moses knew well that “everything rises and falls on leadership” and so for Israel to thrive in the …

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The Scarlet Thread by W. A. Criswell

This weekend, I'll be preaching from Joshua 2 concerning the scarlet thread that runs through all of Scripture, foreshadowed and typified by the scarlet line which Rahab the harlot let down from her window. That scarlet thread signaled to the approaching Israelites that everyone in her household should be spared because of their acting by faith that God was God and Savior alone. This awesome passage, and the theme itself, always reminds me of one of the most inspiring …

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Generation Next’s Greatest Need: Leadership

Download the MP3 From the Series Journey Through the Word: The Book of Numbers Based on Numbers 26-27 ONE GREAT TRUTH: God is looking for spirit-led, shepherd-leaders to lead each new generation boldly forward. …

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Growing With Difficult People

"I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died: That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not." -Judges 2:21-22When I first entered ministry, I had a dream of serving as Pastor of a church as quickly as possible. That hasty attitude led me to two very difficult experiences. I encountered churches that were saturated with problems, …

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Magnified Before Them

“On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.”—Joshua 4:14A dear friend of mine who is doing a great work for God told me that he was praying for God to “magnify him in the eyes of the people.” At first this sounded strange to me, until I recalled these words from Scripture. This is exactly what God did for Joshua. He revealed His servant as a fearless conqueror in whom the people could …

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The Scarlet Thread

j“…thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by:… and whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon him.”—Joshua to Rahab the harlot in Joshua 2:18-19Did you know that a scarlet thread winds its way throughout the entire Bible? Skeptics and scoffers may fire their arrows at the validity and historicity of Scriptures, but believers throughout the centuries have seen this line of …

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A Man of God’s Word

“Only be thou strong and courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have …

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Life Goes On

"Moses my servant is dead;…”—Joshua 1:2What do you want on your tombstone? Moses made the most significant contribution to the pre-Christian world, the Torah. He was God’s man for a generation, the great emancipator of Israel, a prophet, a priest, and a shepherd of Israel. When it was time for Joshua to take the reigns of leadership, God writes the epithet of Moses’ tombstone – “Moses is dead.”These were words that Joshua needed to hear. As much of a friend and mentor as …

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Conquest

“…for thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”—Joshua 1:8We all have our heroes. They are people we look to for strength and direction. We follow their examples with high hopes of seeing just a measure of their success. One of my heroes has been dead for over 3,000 years, but his life continues to make a tremendous impact even today. His name is Joshua. He served as personal assistant to Moses and upon Moses’ death, was charged with the …

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