Joshua 23-24

1. Context Joshua is old and well advanced in years. “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth.” I’ve been reading farewell speeches this week. Presidents Washington, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan and Obama. I’ve re-read General MacArthur’s address to the cadets at West Point and, of course, it is the standard for any other speeches. For a few they are very personal and a last time to defend thei ...[Read More]

Joshua 13-22

1.  We are going to look at three legacies and inheritances this morning. The legacy of Joshua, of Caleb and the Levites. They are all different but they tie together in an interesting way. For Joshua, it is the completion of a lifelong assignment. For Caleb, it is the realization of a dream deferred. For the Levites, it is a surprising twist of being excluded. 2.  It begins with Joshua. Remember ...[Read More]

Joshua 6: The Sin of Achan, Ananias and Sapphira

1.  The beginning of any venture requires an almost absolute purity. It could be a nation, an organization, a business, a ministry like a church plant or a new movement. There is nothing more important than everyone being on the same page and agreed about the basics. There is room for mistakes and room for errors. There is even room for some kinds of sins. We see that when we read that the prostit ...[Read More]

Joshua 5

1. The people have crossed and it could not be better for them given the morale of the Canaanites. “Now when all the Amorite Kings west of the Jordan and all the Canaanite kings along the seacoast heard how the Lord had dried up the Jordan before the Israelites until we had crossed over, their hearts sank and they no longer had the courage to face the Israelites.” Where have we read that before? J ...[Read More]

Crossing The Jordan: Joshua 3-4

1. Forty years ago, Moses sent spies into Canaan and you remember their report? “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large…The land we explored devours those living in it…We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Only two of those spies ...[Read More]

Joshua 1:1-18

1.  Begin with reality. Max DePree, the former CEO of Herman Miller and author of “Leadership Is An Art” has said many times that a leader’s first responsibility is to define reality. He is right. Have you seen the picture of the bicycle that was left leaning against a tree in Washington State and, decades later, it had become part of the tree and was in the trunk seven feet off the ground. When p ...[Read More]

Joshua 23-24

1.  Context Joshua is old and well advanced in years. “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth.” It is not about his legacy…but about the relationship between God and Israel. He has done what God instructed and, like Moses, he has concerns about their future. Yet, he does not leave any centralized structure in place. He is not building a Kingdom that will last based on a social contract or a ...[Read More]