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God is Good



The prophet asked the LORD what He would do about the wickedness in the nation. The LORD’s answer prompted more questions for Habakkuk. But the LORD reassured His prophet that one day, judgment would come for all those who persist in wickedness and that only through living by faith would any escape condemnation. But when hard times come, will we still trust the LORD? Will we still say “God is good” when the blessings are not evident?

Habakkuk 1-3

Taught Sunday morning, May 19, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Handcrafted



God’s knowledge and guidance of us is from our mother’s womb to the tomb. He lovingly weaved us together with intimacy and individuality. Yes, He will also care for us.

Psalm 139

Taught Sunday morning, May 12, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Choose the LORD



Joshua finishes his life by calling the Israelites to continue to live faithfully to the LORD God. There is a fear that Moses communicated to Joshua and now Joshua passes on to this new generation that they will forget how they have been blessed with such a great setup. The LORD has provided for them and He does not want them giving the credit to the gods of the Canaanites. Rather Joshua challenges the people to faithfully serve the LORD alone with love and loyalty. Just as we should as well.

Joshua 23 – 24

Taught Sunday morning, May 5, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Be Surrendered to God



There is something admirable in fighting against insurmountable odds unless of course that person is fighting against God Almighty.  So we wonder why people would choose to lose.  But the Canaanites of Gibeon broke ranks with the rest of their Canaanites and decided to surrender to the LORD, God Most High.  They would rather be slaves of the LORD than perish eternally.  And the LORD honors them by adding them to His own protected people.

Joshua 9 – 10

Taught Sunday morning, April 28, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Be Reminded



The LORD had given very specific instructions for the children of Israel to remind themselves of the covenant with God upon entering the Promised Land of Canaan. Joshua saw the opportunity to obey early and obey fully what the LORD had commanded the Moses, His servant. Rehearse the commands of God now that they were receiving the promises.

Deuteronomy 27 and Joshua 8

Taught Sunday morning, April 21, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Accursed



The LORD declared that the possessions of Jericho would be banned from the Israelites – accursed like the sin of Canaanites and the valuables would be devoted to God and His tabernacle. But one man and his family chose to violate the ban and would treasure for themselves the accursed things. Thus they brought the curse upon themselves and corruption upon all the rest of the nation. How would God deal with this corruption among His own people? The same as He would among the Canaanites, they would be accursed until repentance and sanctification purified them again.

Joshua 7

Taught Sunday morning, April 14, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Rescue from Jericho



The children of Israel are learning how to experience victory in the LORD. Being in right relationship with Him, following His directions for life and warfare, and keeping Him in His right place as leader and in their midst. And as they do, they discover that the LORD uses them to rescue more of His people from the midst of Canaanite Jericho. By the mercy of the LORD, He rescues Rahab and her family from His judgment.

Joshua 6

Taught Sunday morning, April 7, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Good News of Resurrection



The good news is that Jesus the Messiah died for our sins, just as was foretold in Scriptures. He was buried and then He rose from the dead, as was foretold in Scriptures. And we receive the benefit by asking and trusting that Jesus did enough to save us from all our sins. He said He did. So we can trust that He did. The resurrection proves He was right.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8

Taught Resurrection Sunday morning, March 31, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Circumcise the Heart



The Commander of the LORD’s armies appears to Joshua and commands Joshua to remove his shoes for he stands on holy ground. This consecration had already begun as Joshua prepared the sons of Israel to have their hearts circumcised so that they would love the LORD and love one another as God commanded.  We need the same work of God in our hearts that we would always be sensitive to God’s working to prune us to life.

Joshua 5:1-15

Taught Sunday morning, March 24, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Crossing Jordan



Our gospel songs often depict the end of this earthly life as crossing the river into the promised land of heaven, the land of bliss and rest. But that is not what happens in the days of Joshua. The children of Israel cross over the Jordan River in order to begin the hard work of cleansing their promised land of wicked enemies and those shameful practices, without becoming wicked themselves. The scene is of a mighty King crossing with miraculous power, surrounded by His army. The enemy knows, the Lord of all the earth has arrived.

Joshua 3 – 4

Taught Sunday morning, March 17, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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