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  • When looking back on the year my friends, family and myself have had, it has been a year of challenges, hard news, lost loved ones, messy endings, and not so great beginnings. The type of year that makes people want to sit back, compare their situations, ask a lot of whys, and lose faith in the plan that God has for them. This is the type of year that could lead to one of two outcomes: trying to fix ourselves or coming to the end of ourselves. Neither outcome is fun to get to the end of the journey, but one is cyclical, while the other brings life and joy...


  • Our hope is to remind you of the victory and the power of God that can translate into every area of your life, and that when we ask in faith, God listens. There is great power in God, and great power in our faith...


  • You might not have considered that there’s a fight when it comes to your joy. Or maybe you haven’t thought much about your joy at all. Maybe you think of joy as an emotion that just arrives on its own; one you don’t have any control over. Maybe right now for you it feels easy to come by. Or maybe joy feels impossible and the idea of fighting for it sounds exhausting...


  • We learned and applied two things from this Scripture on Sunday.

     

    First, God's people are people of truth, when we follow God's voice it goes well, and when we are true to our oaths, we will find life.

    Second, God's grace is so much bigger than we could have imagined...
     


  • Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” 

     

    Have you ever felt really proud of something you did (big or small), only to feel cut down when comparing it to the accomplishment of another?...


  • After a great defeat at Ai, Israel is feeling fearful and unsure of God’s plan for them. It is in these circumstances that God reaffirms his commitment to his people, and reminds them to not fear what is ahead. What God has promised, God delivers.


  • We Christians have heard countless stories of God’s people exercising their faith in God’s promises. We’ve even heard things like “Such and such disciple took a leap of faith.” So what does this look like today? How does one exercise a leap of faith now? I found myself in such a situation recently...


  • Despite many successes in the first days of the promised land, Israel faces their first bout of failure, both from an individual, a leader, and a community. Sunday we looked at Joshua 7, where Achan's sin brings judgment on his family and all of God's people. Achan was responsible for his sin, but all of Israel faced the consequence...
     


  • A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about my ever-present feeling that I need to accomplish the next thing, never being content in the moment, or with my season of life. He asked me if I found my identity in my accomplishments. It was a simple question, and I knew the “Sunday School answer” would be to say that my identity was found in Christ alone. But for some reason I stopped before I answered, really thinking about the question...


  •  If you've been to Sunday school, you might remember the walking around the walls for seven days, blowing the trumpets, and the walls falling down.

    What you may not remember from this text is that success in God's kingdom comes from fighting with God's tools and in God's way. Fighting with faith is preferred to fighting with hands. And when we are obedient to God's Word, it will go well for us...