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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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Exchange Worthlessness for Confidence

Moses grew up in Egypt as the adopted son of the daughter of Pharaoh himself. He was royal by adoption, privileged in his childhood, educated, cultured, and trained for political leadership in the home of the most powerful man in the world at the time. But he was raised by his birth mother by a divine act of grace, so he knew all along he was really a Jew. When Moses hit age 40, he made a defining decision to repudiate his Egyptian privileges to "suffer affliction with the …

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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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The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of "healing evangelists" like Binny Hinn and other obvious hucksters and false prophets, that we have a tendency to write off all supposed healings as a mere charade. Scripture, however, clearly …

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Meekness: The Leverage of Leadership

"Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." -Numbers 12:3 In today's world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. In a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential leader in all of history.If …

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True Patriotic Heroism

"Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field." -Judges 5:18There are a lot of great songs in the Bible. The book of Psalms reads like a hymnbook without notes. There is the song of Moses and the song of Miriam. Judges, chapter five, contains the song of Deborah after she and Barak fought with Jabin and Sisera. The fight must have been hard fought and though God gave them victory, much loss must have been …

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No Turning Back

”This is that Moses… To whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust him from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt.” –Acts 7:39Egypt has always symbolized the world, not in the physical sense, but in the sense of a false, humanistic, hedonistic philosophy which runs counter to the philosophy of God’s Kingdom. To the Jews in the wilderness, Egypt was looking good. Even though they had to endure slavery, they at least were enjoying momentary pleasures. Now they …

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Overcoming Temptation

Temptation. This one word encompasses all of the greatest threats to a consistent and successful Christian walk. Let it be known that you cannot resist temptation. That is, temptation will always be a part of your life. But you can refuse to give into it in the power of Christ. The Best of Circumstances …all our fathers were under the cloud… passed through the sea… baptized into Moses… at the same spiritual food… drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that …

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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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