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Joshua 3-5

Written by Joel Schmidgall | April 19, 2010 | Joshua 3 - 5

I’m pretty jazzed up, because Joshua is one of my favorite books of the Bible. So I’m going to bullet point my observations from Scripture today, because I always have so many in Joshua…

Josh 3:16 “The waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away.”
Josh 4:2&7 “Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan…So these stones shall …

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An Epic Beginning (Joshua 1-2)

Written by Heather Zempel | April 19, 2010 | Joshua 1 - 2

Joshua is one of my favorite books of the Bible. And the first two chapters are so packed with good stuff, I don’t even know where to begin. It’s an epic beginning to an epic book. Moses commissions Joshua as the new leader of Israel. In Joshua 1:11, the new leaders encourages the people to prepare their provisions so that they may pass over the Jordan to possess the Promised …

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Book Background: Joshua

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 18, 2010 |

The Hebrews finally cross into the promise land (exhale). After a Torah full of creation stories, miracles, laws, censuses, and aimless wanderings, they finally enter into the land that God promised them many years ago. So “The End” right? They made it successfully and all lived happily ever after. Not quite. The book of Joshua is somewhat of a “peak” for God’s chosen people. A LOT of things are actually …

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The End of Numbers (Numbers 35-36)

Written by Mark Batterson | April 18, 2010 |

As we reach the end of Numbers I have one simple thought.  The entire book is about getting to the promise land, but that isn’t what the book is really about.  It’s not about where the Israelites are going.  It’s about who the Israelites are becoming.  God is far less concerned with where you’re going than who you’re becoming.  And the macro lesson of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness for …

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Adventures (Numbers 32-34)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | April 17, 2010 | Numbers 32 - 34

Adventures. Memories. A Journey. Life. When looking at our life, and seeing where we have come, there are a lot of memories, good ones, bad ones. Certain events have shaped you more than others, and whatever it looks like, it’s the journey that reflects God’s incredible direction in our lives.

Numbers 33 focuses on recounting the journey of the Israelites up until then. I have been in the process …

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Laws of Vows - Numbers 30-31

Written by Andy Pisciotti | April 16, 2010 | Numbers 30 - 31

Chapter 30 deals entirely with laws concerning vows. The strange part about it is, there’s really no need for them, God never tells us to make them, and often when people do make them it’s out of a desperate place or situation. We ask the Lord to deliver us from situations and promise in return to do things that we often can’t or won’t commit to, and most of the …

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Jesus Geek

Written by Maegan Stout | April 15, 2010 | Numbers 27 - 29

My heart and prayer is that we will see Jesus Christ on every page of scripture. I get pretty geeked out reading about the Law - and not because we’re not required to fulfill it anymore. I get excited because Christ is revealed to us more radically because of the law. The Old Testament foreshadows Christ, telling us why we need Him, and the New Testament describes why He is …

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Eradicate Sin

Written by Jeremy Sexton | April 14, 2010 | Numbers 25 - 26

Numbers 25 is hard to read.

The brokenness that exists in this chapter is unreal. For starters, Israel is sleeping around with these pagan women. Sure enough, they are enticed by them to start worshiping their gods. Sex is powerful. The Israelites take it lightly and it ends up meaning death to thousands. I wonder if there’s a takeaway just in that for us. When you pervert what sex is …

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Talking Donkies (Numbers 21-24)

Written by Dave Schmidgall | April 13, 2010 |

Today, we get to discuss talking donkeys.  No jealousy offerings nor a tribal census.  Donkeys.  That talk.  I can’t get Eddie Murphy’s voice (Shrek) out of my head when I read about the story in Numbers 22.  I smile just thinking of it.

There is something that bothers me though when I read the story and it doesn’t have to do with a Donkey that speaks.

Here’s my rub:  Why …

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John Mellencamp Is A Prophet

Written by Ross Middleton | April 11, 2010 | Numbers 19 - 20

Two major stories happening in these two chapters. I am actually going to neglect the famous Moses striking the rock story and focus on a different aspect of this passage.

We find the Israelites complaining again, seems like that might be a problem and a pattern for them. Isn’t it amazing how they actually want to go back to being slaves, because at least they had water. Comfort is …

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