Tag Archives: Repentance

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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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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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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Be Faithful



Joshua secretly sent two spies into Canaan. He didn’t know it but God sent them for a more important reason than recon. God knew that Rahab believed in Him and He gave her opportunity to demonstrate her faith in a dramatic way. And thus delivered her into the congregation of the people of God, heroes of faith.

Joshua 2:1-21

Taught Sunday morning, March 10, 2024 by Brad D Harris

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Baptism Proclaims



John started baptizing people who confessed their sinful condition and desired to be made right with God (repentance). The dip in the water symbolized the washing of their sins and trust in the “One to come” who was greater than John. This greater One would baptize people in the Holy Spirit, but the physical symbol Jesus taught His apostles was to baptize people in water who had by faith been baptized into the Holy Spirit. Plus their dip under the water also symbolized their faith in the One who had died, been buried, and rose again to new life.

Matthew 3

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

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Jesus and Peter



Jesus had already had a private meeting with Peter after the disciple’s denial of Him. But this conversation is about Jesus loving Peter enough to restore him to leadership and Peter loving Jesus enough to humbly accept restoration. We have so much to learn about love and forgiveness from Jesus.

John 21

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

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Repentant Thief and Vindicated Judge



Part Two of The Judge Speaks
The Judge gave warning to those who rejected God’s chosen Savior. Coupled with the warning is the offer of forgiveness for one’s rejection of Jesus. The prayer of Jesus was graphically answered when one of the murderous thieves changes his mind about the Man on the middle cross. Fearing God, he admits his wrong and asks for mercy from the King and Judge of the living and the dead. And Jesus tells the repentant thief that he will join the King in the garden that day. Jesus knows His vindication will come from His Father. He too rests in the justice of God.

Luke 23:24-47

Taught Sunday morning, December 3, 2023 by Brad D Harris

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The Judge Speaks



While continuing our tour of the closing chapters of John’s Gospel, we supplement our picture of the crucifixion with Luke’s account of the Gospel story. Having been condemned, the Judge of all the earth gives four sayings of judgment that we would be wise to hear. Words of warning, words of mercy, and words of vindication. This is Part One of Two.

Luke 23:24-47

Taught Sunday morning, November 26, 2023 by Brad D Harris

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Tempted and Tried



Ever been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Peter wasn’t necessarily in the wrong place but he hadn’t prepared himself (Luke 22:31-46) and when the test came, he failed miserably. What can we learn from his situation and other Scriptures to keep us from failing similar tests?

John 18:12-27 and Luke 22:31-62

Taught Sunday morning, November 5, 2023 by Brad D Harris

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