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What if Joshua Accepted His Circumstances or Was a DIY Type?

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com I was reading Joshua this morning and something really stood out to me. It was the truth that it’s God who prospers us and the truth that we play a significant role in this. I saw a beautiful example of God and man co-laboring together to accomplish His purposes in the earth. God speaks to Joshua in chapter 1 verse 3, Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Did you see God’s part and man’s part right? God who said He would give the land to Joshua but Joshua still had to tread upon the enemy. And then I noticed it again in verse 8, This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. The key to Joshua’s prosperity was found in meditating in the Word and then acting upon what he learned. God then said Joshua would make his way prosperous and that he would have good success. Then in verse 9 God tells him not to be afraid because He would be with him wherever he went. So again we see man’s part (meditating and obeying the Word) and God’s part (His presence going with him). I think this is important because it’s tempting to fall in one of two ditches along the path. One side says that anything that...

Jonathan Edwards on Affection

A person who has knowledge of doctrine and theology only – without religious affection – has never engaged in true religion. Nothing is more apparent than this: our religion takes root within us only as deep as our affections attract it. There are thousands who hear the Word of God, who hear great and exceedingly important truths about themselves and their lives, and yet all they hear has no effect upon them, makes no change in the way they live. The reason is this: they are not affected with what they hear. There are many who hear about the power, the holiness, and the wisdom of God; about Christ and great things that he has done for them and his gracious invitation to them; and yet they remain exactly as they are in life and in practice. I am bold in saying this, but I believe that no one is ever changed, either by doctrine, by hearing the Word, or by the preaching or teaching of another, unless the affections are moved by these things. No one ever seeks salvation, no one ever cries for wisdom, no one ever wrestles with God, no one ever kneels in prayer or flees from sin, with a heart that remains unaffected. In a word, there is never any great achievement by the things of religion without a heart deeply affected by those things. – Jonathan Edwards, Religious Affections About Josh MonenJosh is a Christian, entrepreneur and writer from Ridgefield, WA. He's married with three kids: ages 4, 2 and 1. Before he met God, Josh was a drug addict with a $500/day...

Help Us Be Better Stewards or Give Us More?

Many times I’ve prayed and asked God for more. More love, more power, more of His presence, more, more, more…But tonight I was reminded of a simple truth as I was reading a book by Neil Anderson. Anderson talked about being good stewards of what God has already revealed to us. He was talking about counseling someone and walking them through the Steps to Freedom but what he said sparked a whole stream of ideas in me. It got me thinking about every area of my life and I began asking myself, am I stewarding that well? It could be ministry, relationships, money, clients, my marriage, revelations, health and even the gospel. It’s easy to give attention to the big things in our lives but I believe God wants us to pay especially close attention to the small things. If you were the pastor of a 10,000 member church you would probably make sure you prepared to preach on Sunday. But what if God has you share something with just one person? Would you, or would I for that matter, devote the same time and energy into that one person? I would like to say yes but to be honest I don’t think I would. And I have to ask myself, why? What’s so important about the size of the audience? If I’m really doing all things unto the Lord then numbers should not even register on my radar. But they do. So how do I get from point A to point B? How do I invest just as much time and energy into the one as I would...

Is it OK for Christians to be Patriotic?

It’s Independence Day here in America. The day we celebrate our country’s freedom from a tyrannical government. I don’t know about you but I’m thankful that I’m a citizen of this great country. I’m not ashamed nor do I apologize for it. And I don’t think I’m better than anyone because of it (I wasn’t born here as a result of anything I did). Opposing Viewpoints Whenever we talk about Christianity and America we are bound to have some opposing viewpoints. For example, some believe that the Founding Fathers made a covenant with God and God still remembers His covenant even when we don’t. That’s why it’s so difficult for ungodly people to take over this country. And then there’s the side that believes God had nothing to do with the Revolution and it was simply a man made rebellion. They are quick to bring up the fact that the Bible tells us to submit to our rulers, not fight  a war against them. We could go on and on with opposing viewpoints…is America a Christian nation or not?… Should Christians get involved in politics or not?…Is it God, man or a combination of both who appoint our leaders (which include our President)? But I just want to ask one simple question. Do you think it’s OK for Christians to be patriotic? You know, someone who loves Jesus and who loves this country? Did You Know God Loves the WHOLE World?…I do now, thanks. I get the feeling from some believers that it’s wrong to love this place I call home. And they usually remind me that God loves...