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The Word For Today (Daily)
The Stones in the Jordan River

The Word For Today (Daily)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 25:00


Women World Leaders' Podcast
354. Celebrating God's Grace, God is our God!

Women World Leaders' Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 9:34


Life has its ups and downs. Sometimes we feel like we are on the top of the mountain, and other times we are in the deepest valley. No matter where we are, we can know for certain that God is God. And He will always be with us! Join Rusanne Carole today and be inspired, no matter where you are in life. ***** Welcome to Celebrating God's Grace, a WWL's podcast. I am your host, Rusanne Carole, born in Louisiana- living in Australia. Thank you for joining us today as we look at how we, as sisters in Christ, we can live and experience the good times and the challenging times -  overcome adversity & challenges we face in this world.  God is our God of the times we are on top of the mountain as well as when we find ourselves in the deepest of valleys.  But as followers of Christ we are called & equipped to battle on, & we're not alone… we put on the full armour of God, becoming Spirit-led, Spirit-filled Warriors, we are Women of God, we are Women World Leaders.  ***God is God and He is with us whether we are on top of a mountain in life – celebrating the wonderful things this life has to offer… ***  The Bible shares many glorious experiences that happened on mountains… Moses received the 10 commandments, God, on the mountain, wrote these commandments on tablets of stone with His finger!  Jesus appeared in his heavenly form during the Transformation atop a mountain. The happenings on top of a mountain represent the magnificent. The highs.  The celebrations.  Maybe that's where we get the saying, “ I feel like I'm on top of the world” As a young girl, I took a trip with my high school and we climbed a mountain in Colorado.  As we finally reached the top it was absolutely gorgeous and you did feel like you were on top of the world. Elated.. Like nothing could touch you.  Yet as we grow up… experience life we realise those moments don't last forever… Changes comes. Challenges come. Circumstances we'd rather not experience present themselves  Much suffering happens in the valleys as God's ppl struggle with life's disappointments, trials, temptation. Our faith is tested..  The dichotomy of LIFE – such beauty and happy times yet such devastation can occur too!  Even the biblical Promise Land that God led His ppl to included both hills and valleys alike… Deut 11:11… “But the land you are crossing the Jordan River to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from the heaven. In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us God causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  But how do we drink rain from heaven in the lowest of our times in the valleys we find ourselves in?  What God asks the Israelites for during their 40 year journey that could have been travelled in 11 days was TRUST.. It's what He asked of them and it's what He asks of us now.  We don't know what tomorrow holds but as believers and followers of Christ, we know who holds tomorrow.  Our hope is in the Lord. – not in this life but the life that awaits.  So practically – how can we drink that heavenly rain as we walk thru the valleys. Here are some things to ponder:   Our feelings during this time can take over… We mustn't ignore or suppress the feelings but we cannot allow ourselves to stay there.. I had a friend tell me, it's ok to have a bad day just try not to have 2 in a row. I believe it's important to pay attention to the pain, acknowledge it, allow it… then the tough part comes in the waiting in the confusing “in-between time when finally the birth of something new comes… For God is good… Nahum 1:7 says The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.  He has us and He never leaves us.   We can quench our spiritual thirst by getting in His Word. Yet I know there have been times in the deepest of valleys it was hard to read or concentrate. This is where it's important to have a few life verses planted – embedded deep in your heart that you can meditate and ponder on throughout the tough days. And worship music can be most beneficial at this time too.   And of course PRAYER. I recently read: Her secret is simple. On her worst days she prays, and on her best days she prays. God even knew there would be seasons in which we wouldn't even have the words.  Romans 8:26-27 tells us the Spirit makes intercession for us for HE knows. What a merciful, beautiful God we serve.   So as believers, we will be discouraged , but not despaired for our God is with us always – A beautiful worship song by Tauren Hills (hills & valleys) Says: ... I love visualisations and we know how powerful they can be: I like to picture myself dancing with Jesus on top of the mountain (Him singing over me) when I am being blessed to experience the goodness of God.  ISIAH 52:7 declares “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaimed peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion,  Your God reigns!   IS 55:12 describes worshipping God during a hill time of celebration “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace,  the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands”  In valleys, we can choose to see our obstacles as opportunities to grow stronger in our faith.   Peter 4 verse 12 and 13 tells us,  ‘Dear friends don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through as if something strange is happening to you. Instead be very glad -  for these trials make your partners with Christ in his suffering so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. Our valley times are temporary. This is the time I'm not dancing on a mountaintop but I am resting in His arms – with my head on his chest so close I can feel his breath on my face and hear his heartbeat beating in sink with mine, like a lullaby allowing be to be still and sit with HIM  Let us pray  Lord, I hope that every ear that has tuned into this teaching will experience more and more of Your love for us whether we are currently celebrating on a mountaintop or struggling through getting through a valley.  In this world, the only constant is change. But Your word tells us You do not change. You are our constant. You are our Rock. Help us to lean into you each day, each moment no matter what our circumstances are.  You give us the peace beyond all understanding. And until we reach that final mountaintop where eternity is our home, help us in Your strength to persevere in the race that is set out for each of us. Thank you for listening to WWL's podcast. Join us each Monday, Wednesday and Friday as we explore together God's extravagant love & your courageous purpose. Visit our website at www.womenworldleaders.com to submit a prayer request, register for an upcoming event, and support the ministry.  From His heart to yours, we are WWL. All content is copyrighted by WWL and cannot be used without written consent.  

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)
Day 314: My Beloved Son (2022)

The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 28:04


Fr. Mike elaborates on the significance of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. He points out that the location of the Jordan River is particularly noteworthy because it's the same river that Joshua crossed over to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, signifying that Jesus will bring about a new exodus. Additionally, it's the lowest spot on the planet, symbolizing Jesus' humility. Finally, Fr. Mike emphasizes that when we are baptized, we are adopted as beloved sons and daughters of God because what belongs to Jesus by his nature is given to us by God's grace. Today we read Luke 3-5 and Proverbs 25:27-28. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

Peggy Joyce Ruth
Faith Part 3

Peggy Joyce Ruth

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 41:25


The Journey from the Red Sea to the Jordan River. This journey should have taken the Israelites 11-14 days, but it took them 40 years. Our personal Christian faith walk compares to the Israelite's journey. We are to grow from faith to faithfulness and then finally to trusting God.

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
An Altar of Witness

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 54:52


Rev. Vance Becker, LCMS missionary to Kenya, serving as a theological educator at Neema Lutheran College in Matongo, Kenya, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 22:1-34. Learn more about Rev. Becker and how to support his work in Kenya at lcms.org/becker. Now that the land has rest, it is time for the eastern tribes to go home. Joshua sends them back across the Jordan River with compliments for their faithfulness, encouragement for continued faithfulness, and his blessing from the LORD. Their super-sized model of the LORD's altar causes confusion among the western tribes. These nine-and-a-half tribes send a delegation to the eastern tribes in accordance with Moses' instructions, investigating whether idolatry is occurring in Israel. The eastern tribes assure their brothers that no such idolatry is taking place, and they have every intention of worshiping the LORD only at His chosen place. The altar they have built is intended as a witness to Israel on both sides of the Jordan River that the LORD is God. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

St Peters Orthodox Church
Our Savior Who has Redeemed Time

St Peters Orthodox Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 14:09


Christ our God, by His presence in the waters of the Jordan River at His baptism, redeemed those waters. His presence in those waters made that water that He had created useful for the washing away of sins, putting to death fallen man in His death, and granting us resurrection to new life in His resurrection. What Christ did by His presence in the waters, He has also done at the Incarnation by His presence in time. Today we seek to gain Christ's perspective on time. Because of Christ, time has become the fabric through which our Lord heals and saves our soul by granting us the experience of Him in the brief moments, hours, and days that we are given.

Covenant Life Church
We've All Got a Spot

Covenant Life Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 40:03


This week, Jay Webb from West Metro FCA uses the account of Naaman washing seven times in the Jordan River (2 Kings 5) to illustrate the fact that each of us has something holding us back or hindering our walk with God. As Jay puts it, everyone has a spot. In addition to the sins and shortcomings that may impede our spiritual growth, we likely have certain expectations about how our lives ought to go, and when things don’t go as planned, it can be easy to get mad and resist God. Instead of running away from the Lord, we should run toward Him, so He can cleanse our spots and renew our strength.

Thru the Bible -  Sunday Sermon on Oneplace.com

God uses some of the strangest stories to teach us lessons for living the Christian life. Such was the case when a man lost a borrowed ax head by dropping it into the Jordan River. Dr. McGee gleans some amazing lessons for us from this seemingly minor event in the life of Elisha.

Gilbert House Fellowship
David, King at Hebron

Gilbert House Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 74:10


THE DEATH OF SAUL and his three eldest sons triggered a power struggle among the tribes of Israel, as you'd expect anytime humans and politics are involved. The chapters we study this week summarize the 7-1/2 years that David ruled as king over Judah from the city of Hebron. During that time, the two youngest sons of Saul, Ish-bosheth and Mephiboseth, ruled the northern tribes from Mahanaim, east of the Jordan River. We dig into the conflict between David and the sons of Saul, and a few details that seem inconsistent in the biblical account. Specifically, If Ish-bosheth was 40 years old when he began to reign, why wasn't he with the army when his father and older brothers were killed by the Philistines? David and Ish-bosheth's older brother, Jonathan, were presumably about the same age, and David was just 23 when he became king of Judah, so how could Ish-bosheth be 40 at the time of Saul's death? (Answer: “40” in the ancient Near East represented an age of maturity, not his chronological age. Since the age of military service in Israel was 20, it's probably that Ish-bosheth was in his teens when Abner, head of Saul's army, made him king over the northern tribes.) Then we wrestle with the missing Mephibosheth. There were two male descendants of Saul with that name—his youngest son, who apparently succeeded Ish-bosheth after two years, and the young son of David's friend Jonathan, who was five years old at the time of Saul and Jonathan's deaths. It appears the Jewish scribes who preserved the Masoretic text on which our English Old Testaments are based thought it was too confusing to have two Mephibosheths in the story, so the account of Abner's defection to David from the House of Saul in 2 Samuel 3 and 4 was changed so that Mephibosheth was replaced by Ish-bosheth. Of course, that raises the confusion of how Ish-bosheth became king at the same time as David, reigned for two years (2 Sam. 2:10), and was killed seven years into David's reign (2 Sam. 4). Answer: The Septuagint translation records that it was Ish-bosheth's younger brother, Mephibosheth, who was killed after Abner abandoned his cause, so Ish-bosheth presumably died five years earlier, possibly during the civil war between Judah and the other tribes of Israel. Bottom line: After seven years of rule at Hebron, and war with the sons of Saul, David was in position to finally become king over all Israel.

Thru the Bible -  Sunday Sermon on Oneplace.com

God uses some of the strangest stories to teach us lessons for living the Christian life. Such was the case when a man lost a borrowed ax head by dropping it into the Jordan River. Dr. McGee gleans some amazing lessons for us from this seemingly minor event in the life of Elisha.

Gilbert House Fellowship
Gilbert House Fellowship

Gilbert House Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 74:10


THE DEATH OF SAUL and his three eldest sons triggered a power struggle among the tribes of Israel, as you'd expect anytime humans and politics are involved. The chapters we study this week summarize the 7-1/2 years that David ruled as king over Judah from the city of Hebron. During that time, the two youngest sons of Saul, Ish-bosheth and Mephiboseth, ruled the northern tribes from Mahanaim, east of the Jordan River. We dig into the conflict between David and the sons of Saul, and a few details that seem inconsistent in the biblical account. Specifically, If Ish-bosheth was 40 years old when he began to reign, why wasn't he with the army when his father and older brothers were killed by the Philistines? David and Ish-bosheth's older brother, Jonathan, were presumably about the same age, and David was just 23 when he became king of Judah, so how could Ish-bosheth be 40 at the time of Saul's death? (Answer: “40” in the ancient Near East represented an age of maturity, not his chronological age. Since the age of military service in Israel was 20, it's probably that Ish-bosheth was in his teens when Abner, head of Saul's army, made him king over the northern tribes.) Then we wrestle with the missing Mephibosheth. There were two male descendants of Saul with that name—his youngest son, who apparently succeeded Ish-bosheth after two years, and the young son of David's friend Jonathan, who was five years old at the time of Saul and Jonathan's deaths. It appears the Jewish scribes who preserved the Masoretic text, on which our English Old Testaments are based, thought it was too confusing to have two Mephibosheths in the story. So, the account of Abner's defection to David from the House of Saul in 2 Samuel 3 and 4 was changed so that Mephibosheth was replaced in the narrative by Ish-bosheth. Of course, that raises the confusion of how Ish-bosheth could become king at the same time as David, reigned for two years (2 Sam. 2:10), and be killed seven years into David's reign (2 Sam. 4). Answer: The Septuagint translation records that it was Ish-bosheth's younger brother, Mephibosheth, who was killed after Abner abandoned his cause. Ish-bosheth presumably died five years earlier, possibly during the civil war between Judah and the other tribes of Israel. Bottom line: After seven years of rule at Hebron, and war with the sons of Saul, David was in position to finally become king over all Israel. Get our free app! It connects you to these studies plus our weekly video programs, SciFriday, Unraveling Revelation, and A View from the Bunker. The app is available for iOS, Android, Roku, and Apple TV. Links to the app stores are at www.gilberthouse.org/app/. Please subscribe and share our YouTube channel, www.YouTube.com/GilbertHouse! Check out our new online store! www.GilbertHouse.org/store is a virtual book table with books and DVDs related to our weekly Bible study. Video on demand of our best teachings! Stream presentations and teachings based on our research at our new video on demand site! JOIN US IN ISRAEL! The Gilberts will be in the Holy Land March 19-30, 2023. This is a tour like no other! See Joshua's altar, Gilgal Refaim, the Temple Mount, and more. For information and to reserve your place, log on to www.gilberthouse.org/travel. NOTE: NEW DATES FOR OUR TOUR OF TURKEY! We're planning a tour of the churches of Revelation, Göbekli Tepe, Abraham's home town Harran, the “Gates of Hell,” Mount Nemrut, and more. Due to the political situation in Eastern Europe, we've moved the tour to October, 2023. Dates will be finalized by January. More information is available at www.SkyWatchinTurkey.com. Follow our weekly studies of Bible prophecy at www.UnravelingRevelation.tv, or at www.youtube.com/unravelingrevelation! SciFriday is back! Every episode is at www.SciFriday.tv and www.youtube.com/scifridaytv! Click here for the complete archive of our New Testament Bible studies to date, and click here for the Old Testament studies to date. Or go to www.spreaker.com/show/gilbert-house-fellowship for all of the audio.

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
Jesus, Refuge for Sinners

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 55:27


Rev. Joel Heckmann, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Okarche, OK, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 19:32-20:9. Naphtali and Dan are the last tribes of Israel to receive their inheritance in the Promised Land. Joshua, the faithful spy, receives his inheritance just as Caleb had previously; both men stand as examples of patience and faith in God's promises. After the division of land is finished, the LORD tells Joshua to establish the three cities of refuge on the western side of the Jordan River. These cities foreshadow the work of our Lord Jesus Christ to be our refuge from sin and death. By the justice of God poured out on Christ, we are justified. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

Peggy Joyce Ruth
Faith Part 2

Peggy Joyce Ruth

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 35:59


The journey from the Red Sea to the Jordan River. This journey could have taken the Israelites 4 days, but it took them 40 years. Our personal faith walk compares to the Israelite's journey. We are to grow from faith to faithfulness and then finally to trusting God.

LoveIsrael.org (audio)
Joshua Chapter 18 Part 2

LoveIsrael.org (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 22:54


Land is important to God. I've mentioned over the last several weeks, how much detail God is giving you and be the reader in regard to the distribution of the Promised Land, we have seen that it's began on the east side of the Jordan. And over the last few weeks we have focused in on that western side of the Jordan River, what is commonly referred to as the land of Canaan. It is that promised land. It is where many of the victories that is real received from God, as the scripture says so often, for the Lord has delivered them into your hands. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/

LoveIsrael.org
Joshua Chapter 18 Part 2

LoveIsrael.org

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 22:54


Land is important to God. I've mentioned over the last several weeks, how much detail God is giving you and be the reader in regard to the distribution of the Promised Land, we have seen that it's began on the east side of the Jordan. And over the last few weeks we have focused in on that western side of the Jordan River, what is commonly referred to as the land of Canaan. It is that promised land. It is where many of the victories that is real received from God, as the scripture says so often, for the Lord has delivered them into your hands. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/

Faith Community Church MA Sermons
Chess Explained In 3 Moves - Mark 3 (9/18/2022)

Faith Community Church MA Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 39:13


Jesus Heals on the Day of Rest 3 Jesus went into the Jewish place of worship again. A man was there with a dried-up hand. 2 The proud religious law-keepers watched Jesus to see if He would heal the man on the Day of Rest. They wanted to have something to say against Jesus. 3 Jesus said to the man with the dried-up hand, “Stand up.” 4 Then Jesus said to the proud religious law-keepers, “Does the Law say to do good on the Day of Rest or to do bad, to save life or to kill?” But they said nothing. 5 Jesus looked around at them with anger. He was sad because of their hard hearts. Then He said to the man, “Put out your hand.” He put it out and his hand was healed. It was as good as the other. 6 The proud religious law-keepers went out and made plans with the followers of King Herod how they might kill Jesus. Jesus Heals by the Sea-Shore 7 Jesus went with His followers to the sea. Many people followed Him from the countries of Galilee and Judea. 8 They followed from Jerusalem and from the country of Idumea. They came from the other side of the Jordan River and from the cities of Tyre and Sidon. Many people heard all that Jesus was doing and came to Him. 9 He told His followers to have a small boat ready for Him because so many people might push Him down. 10 He had healed so many that the sick people were pushing in on Him. They were trying to put their hands on Him. 11 When demons saw Him, they got down at His feet and cried out, “You are the Son of God!” 12 He spoke strong words that the demons should tell no one Who He was. Jesus Calls His Twelve Followers 13 He went up on a mountain and called those He wanted. They followed Him. 14 He picked out twelve followers to be with Him so He might send them out to preach. 15 They would have the right and the power to heal diseases and to put out demons. 16 Jesus gave Simon another name, Peter. 17 James and John were brothers. They were the sons of Zebedee. He named them Boanerges, which means, The Sons of Thunder. 18 The others were Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, 19 and Judas Iscariot. Judas was the one who handed Jesus over to be killed. The Family of Jesus Holds Him Back 20 When Jesus came into a house, many people gathered around Him again. Jesus and His followers could not even eat. 21 When His family heard of it, they went to take Him. They said, “He must be crazy.” A Nation That Cannot Stand 22 Teachers of the Law came down from Jerusalem. They said, “Jesus has Satan in Him. This Man puts out demons by the king of demons.” 23 Jesus called them to Him and spoke to them in picture-stories. He said, “How can the devil put out the devil? 24 A nation cannot last if it is divided against itself. 25 A family cannot last if it is divided against itself. 26 If the devil fights against himself and is divided, he cannot last. He will come to an end. 27 No man can go into a strong man's house and take away his things, unless he ties up the strong man first. Only then can he take things from his house. 28 For sure, I tell you, all sins will be forgiven people, and bad things they speak against God. 29 But if anyone speaks bad things against the Holy Spirit, he will never be forgiven. He is guilty of a sin that lasts forever.” 30 Jesus told them this because they said, “He has a demon.” The New Kind of Family 31 Then His mother and brothers came and stood outside. They sent for Jesus. 32 Many people were sitting around Him. They said, “See! Your mother and brothers are outside looking for You.” 33 He said to them, “Who is My mother or My brothers?” 34 He turned to those sitting around Him and said, “See! My mother and My brothers! 35 Whoever does what My Father wants is My brother and My sister and My mother.”

Bothell Amplified
All Saints 2022

Bothell Amplified

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 21:50


This week, we remember the Saints that have gone before us. Turning to Joshua 4:1-7, we follow the story of the Hebrews who found themselves at the banks of the Jordan River, ready to enter into the Promised Land, and how they relied on the faith of the generations before to guide their way. 

Two Journeys Sermons
Jesus Walks on Water and Softens His Disciples' Hearts (Mark Sermon 29) (Audio)

Two Journeys Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022


Pastor Andy Davis preached on Mark 6:45-56, the account of Jesus walking on water that inspires the journey from unbelieving hearts to faith-filled worship. - SERMON TRANSCRIPT - Turn in your Bibles to Mark 6. This morning we're going to be looking at one of the most famous miracles of Jesus's life. Oftentimes, we hear that expression about somebody walking on water, and we speak of it maybe a little sarcastically- “It's not like he walks on water or anything like that.” We use that expression, so it's well-known. Somebody who thinks too highly of themself or others or ascribing too great things to an individual, but with Jesus it's exactly the opposite. We think too little of him. We don't understand who He is. This miracle account is written to remedy that. I ask this every time I get up to preach. I think about this as we make our way through this incredible Gospel of Mark. Why did the Holy Spirit give us this account? What does He want us to get out of it? Again and again, I have presented before you not just the Gospel of Mark, but all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as working together to feed us what we need for the salvation of our souls. "Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in. . .” Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, " but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, and by believing may have life in His name." These accounts are written for our faith, that we might believe in Jesus and have eternal life, the forgiveness of sins. But what is the nature of that faith? Can it grow and develop? Yes, it must grow and develop. There is an initial faith that saves, that justifies, and it begins our life in Christ, but it needs to grow and develop. None of us are done being saved. We need to believe ever more in Jesus. I. The Disciples’ Hardened Hearts We have a sense of that in the disciples' condition that's recorded for us in verse 52. Look at it. You can see the disciples' hardened hearts being reflected. This is a key for me to answer the question, “Why is this text here? “ What do we, First Baptist Church, what do we need to get out of it today? Look at it. Look at verse 52, ”They [the disciples, the apostles] "had not understood about the loaves. Their hearts were hardened." What does that mean? What does it mean they hadn't understood about the loaves? What does it mean that their hearts were hardened? Could that be our condition too? We haven't really fully understood what we've been reading, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We haven't fully understood the ramifications of Jesus, the lesson of the loaves. Why? Because our hearts are hardened too. Again and again, I've said it's very dangerous to come to any text in which some deficiencies of people are recorded, sins or conditions, and say, "I thank you, God, that I'm not like the people down here in this text." Rather it should be, “How am I like these people? How am I like the disciples? How is it that I haven't understood the lesson of the loaves? How is it that my heart is hardened toward Jesus?” What does that mean? What is a hardened heart? I think it means spiritually resistant, fighting against what the word of God is doing. God's pulling you or moving you in a direction, and you're digging in your heels and not going the direction that the word of God wants to take you. That's what it means, like the parable of the seed and the soils, the hardened path. The seed comes and bounces. It doesn't penetrate, and so you're resisting, you're fighting. It's the nature of our sinful hearts. This condition refers to the condition of the disciples. They hadn't understood the lesson about the loaves. What is that? That's the context here, the feeding of the 5,000, this most recent miracle that they went through that we looked at last time, the feeding of the 5,000. Jesus fed 5,000 men plus women and children with five loaves and two fish. The disciples had been directly involved in that process. They had brought the problem to Jesus. Jesus put it back on them. They couldn't solve it. Jesus miraculously multiplied the loaves and the fish and gave them to the disciples, who then distributed them to the crowd with their own hands. They were involved. They saw matter, material being created out of nothing, out of thin air. They saw it and distributed it to as many as 20,000 or more people. The people kept eating and eating and eating and eating until they were gorged. They were full. They couldn't eat another bite. Incredible. Then they were involved in picking up the broken pieces that were left over, "Let nothing be wasted." They did all that work. They filled twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. They were involved in all of that. But the text says, the Holy Spirit tells us, they hadn't understood the lesson because their hearts were hardened. What is the lesson? What could it be? That Jesus is the Son of God? There is nothing that is too difficult for him. There's nothing he cannot do. Therefore, they should trust him fully for every condition in their lives. That doesn't sound like anything new. I'm not up here to say new things. I'm up here to say that we need to learn the lesson of the loaves, and indeed the lesson of every miracle: Jesus is almighty God in the flesh who came to earth to save you. He will save you. He will not finish working in you until you are glorified in heaven. Every circumstance of your life has been carefully crafted to that end, and he's ruling over all of it. That's the lesson of the loaves. We need to learn it too. "Jesus is almighty God in the flesh who came to earth to save you. He will save you. He will not finish working in you until you are glorified in heaven. Every circumstance of your life has been carefully crafted to that end, and he's ruling over all of it. " Their hearts were hard. They hadn't understood the lesson of the loaves or the earlier stilling of the storm or the driving out of the legion of demons or the woman with the problem, the bleeding problem, for twelve years who touched the hem of his garment and was instantly healed. They hadn't understood that. They hadn't understood the raising of Jairus' dead daughter to life. They hadn't understood all of these things like they should. They could make a confession, a testimony, "You are the Son of God." They could say those words. We all who are claiming to be Christians can make that same kind of testimony, but we don't really understand it. That's the nature of the lesson here. Their hearts were hard so that God still has to draw them to Christ in a deeper way. That's the context of the situation we're looking at here. Remember the feeding of the 5,000 had just happened. Before that, they had been sent out, the twelve had been sent out on their first mission, their first practice mission trip. They went out two by two, and Jesus had empowered them with a wonder-working, miracle-working power themselves. They were able to drive out demons. They were able to anoint sick people with oil and heal them. They were able to preach that people should repent. They went on that mission, and then they came back and reported to Jesus all the things they had done. But because the crowds were huge, they continued to be huge, and they couldn't even address any of their physical needs, they couldn't get enough rest or eat or anything, Jesus said to them, "Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went. Also, the context, as we said, was John the Baptist's death, the only account in Mark's gospel that doesn't have anything directly to do with Jesus, but it's important. John the Baptist had been beheaded at the order of wicked King Herod, because he was incited by the lustful dance of a young girl. So John the Baptist was dead. All of these things had come together. They cross the lake to get alone, to get to a quiet place, but they couldn't escape the crowd. A huge crowd was there. When Jesus landed, He had compassion on them, the text tells us, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He met all their needs. He taught them many things. He healed their sick, and He fed them. He filled their empty stomachs. He did all of that. “Your needs are met. You're fine. Go home.” So He does that. He sends them away vigorously. Look at verse 45, "Immediately, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him. Then he dismissed the crowds." They're going to Bethsaida. He dismissed the crowd. This is a place where people aren't usually. There's nobody usually here. “You shouldn't be here. It's time to go home. Go. Go away.” So they did. That crowd that He dismissed, we find out in John 6 was carnal and faithless. By the end of the next day, most of them would leave Jesus and never follow him again because their understanding of the kingdom was purely physical. They wanted another meal. They wanted to take him by force and make him king so He could whip up on the Romans. They had very a carnal attitude toward the kingdom of God. They did not want the spiritual kingdom Jesus came to bring in, a right relationship with almighty God by the forgiveness of their sins through the shedding of his blood on the cross. They didn't want any of that, so they're gone.Jesus sends his disciples away, sends the faithless crowd away, and finally the time has come for Jesus himself to be alone and he's finally alone. He goes up on a mountainside to pray. II. Jesus’ Powerful Ministry for His Disciples Part two, we see Jesus's powerful ministry for his disciples. Now he's going to start ministering on behalf of his disciples. Putting Matthew's account together with this account in Mark and the account in John, if you put the three accounts together, there actually are six miracles that Jesus does here on behalf of his disciples. Six of them. We'll walk through them. There are six amazing things that Jesus does to strengthen the faith of his disciples. We're going to see Jesus's supernatural vision of his disciples in their plight. We're going to see, obviously, the central miracle, the one we know about, Jesus walking on the water. In Matthew's account, Peter comes out of the boat and walks on the water to Jesus, doing something he could never physically do if Jesus did not give him power to do it. Then when he, through unbelief, starts to sink, Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and saves him. Then when He climbs back into the boat, immediately the wind and the waves die down just like earlier. But He doesn't say anything, they just die down. It's pretty obvious though that He has ended the storm. Then make note of this, John 6:21. You can already start flipping ahead there. Put a bookmark because we're going to go over there, a miracle probably most of you have never seen before. We'll get there. Six miracles, an amazing array of the powers of Jesus. Not just one, but six. The one is amazing enough, people just don't walk on water. We're going to get to that in due time. All of this though, I want to couch in context of Jesus's ministry to the spiritual condition of his disciples. Yes, they have immediate physical needs. They're in danger again. They're in a storm in the lake, in the sea, and the wind is against them. They're not making progress. There is definitely danger. This time, He's not in the boat with them, so they're in great danger. He's going to care for them, but the text tells us to look above the immediate physical circumstances to their spiritual condition, the hardness of their hearts. Jesus is going to be ministering to their hardened hearts, bringing them to a higher level of faith in Jesus than they'd ever known before, moving from faithless fear to faith-filled adoration. That's the movement of this passage, and hopefully that will happen for us. It begins with Jesus's prayer time. We don't know what He prayed for or about. We don't have any content of Jesus's prayer, but I do believe that central to it always was the concern that Jesus had for his sheep, for his people, so He would be praying for them, interceding for them. Look at verses 45 - 47. "Immediately, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake and he was alone on land." Now, Jesus had his own reasons to be alone, to strengthen himself. He loved, as we learned in Mark 1, to go to solitary places and pray, to get away from everyone and be alone and pray. That was his regular habit. He wanted that vertical communion with his Father. He loved to pray. He enjoyed his prayer times, and He got renewed in strength by praying to his Father. Undoubtedly, He was pouring out his grief before his Father over the death of John the Baptist, his cousin, his forerunner, the one predicted in Isaiah the prophet, "A voice of one calling in the desert." This is the one who had been frivolously beheaded by wicked King Herod, and so He wants to pour out that grief. Undoubtedly, also hearing from the Father what He was to do going forward. Jesus made it very plain again and again, "I don't do anything except what the Father has told me to do. I don't speak any words except what the Father's told me to say." We have to imagine a lot of Jesus's daily prayer times were, "What do you want me to do today, Father?" As the servant of the Lord, He listened to his Father and then did what his Father told him to do. So He's doing all of that. But, as I said, we must imagine the centerpiece of his prayer time was the heart condition of his disciples. He must have been asking the Father to soften his disciples' hardened hearts, that they would understand not merely the lesson of the loaves, but all the lessons He was trying to teach them. Jesus is our great high priest. Hebrews 7:24-25 says that Jesus has a permanent priesthood, "Therefore he is able to save to the uttermost," [or to finish the salvation] "of everyone who comes to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father, and that includes especially the gifts of our salvation. Jesus is at the right hand of God and is interceding for you right now and praying for you that your faith will not fail, and that you will get everything you need for the sustaining and growth and development of your faith. More than anything, that's the ministry of the word. He's praying for you at the right hand of God. He is our Great High Priest and is interceding. We could well imagine Jesus is up there on the mountain praying to the Father for his disciples. "Father, work in these men. Work in them. Their hearts are hardened. They've seen all of these miracles and they have a little faith, but it needs to grow. Father, would you develop their faith? Would you expand it? Enable me now to show my greatness to them that they will trust in me more fully." Something like that.. But then miracle number one, Jesus saw his disciples' danger. Look again, verse 47-48, "When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars because the wind was against them." Now, you have to understand what's going on. By the time He actually walks out to them, we'll talk about this in a minute, it's somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00 AM. It's the middle of the night. It's dark and it's stormy. There are clouds. There's rain, perhaps. There's wind, certainly. They are miles away from him. He's up on a mountain, but it says He saw them. How do you explain that? How do you explain that He sees that the wind is powerfully against them and that they're trying to row to land but they can't make any headway? You have to realize, at that moment in time, that moment in redemptive history, those twelve apostles were the kingdom of God on earth. They represented where this whole thing was going, and they're in the middle of a sea in a storm in great danger. Jesus sees them. He saw them straining at their oars. How? Well, Jesus is our Good Shepherd. It says in John 10:14, "I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me." Prophets just know things supernaturally. I was reading recently the account of the life of Elisha. I don't know if you remember how that time the account in 2 Kings 5, I think it is, where he heals Naaman the Syrian. He's a very powerful, wealthy man who has leprosy. He hears that there's a prophet in Israel, Elisha, who can do amazing things. So he goes, and Elisha tells him to wash seven times in the Jordan River. He eventually does, and he's cured. He tries to pay Elisha for the healing, and Elisha doesn't want anything to do with that. He's on his way back when Elisha's servant Gehazi says, "What do we do?" This is a missed opportunity, a missed business opportunity. So what does Gehazi do? He leaves Elisha and goes running after Naaman the Syrian, catches up with him. Naaman gets down out of his chariot and says, "What can I do for you?" He says, "Well, it turns out some of the prophets have come and they have some needs and all." "Oh," he said, "well, do you need some money?" "Yeah, maybe a talent of silver." He said, "Take two, and take a bunch of clothes." So he gives him all this stuff. Here is Gehazi trucking all this stuff back, hides it all away, and then goes back into the presence of Elisha.Now comes an interesting moment. Elisha, I always picture him not looking at Gehazi as he comes back in the room. He's doing something, over his shoulder he says, "Where did you go, Gehazi?" "Oh, I didn't go anywhere. Stop right there. Do you understand who you're talking to? You're talking to a prophet of God. You don't lie to a prophet of God, you shouldn't lie any time anyway. But this is what Elisha said, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from the chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or accept clothes or olive groves or vineyards, flocks, herds, menservants, maidservants? Well, therefore Naaman's leprosy is going to cling to you and to your descendants forever.' And Gehazi went out leprous, white as snow." Now, "Was not my spirit with you when that guy got down out of the chariot? I could see it." It's prophetic vision. Jesus is the King of all prophets. He just knows what's going on in your life. He sees everything. It's a miracle. He knows what you're going through right now. He knows what you're thinking right now. He knows everything. He knows the circumstances of your life. That's the first miracle. "Jesus is the King of all prophets. He just knows what's going on in your life. He sees everything." Then Jesus goes out to his disciples, verse 48, "About the fourth watch of the night, he went out to them walking on the sea." He knows the incredible danger they're in and He will be with them. Again and again, God says this. He says to Isaac, "I will be with you." He says to Jacob, "I will be with you." He says to Moses, "I will be with you when you go to Pharaoh." After Moses died and Joshua took over, he said, "I will be with you." God said to Gideon, "I will be with you." Jesus said to his disciples, "I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you." Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. "I will be with you." He says it in the Great Commission. "And surely I will be with you even to the end of the age." So his coming out physically ,to physically be with them is ... we're supposed to read it also spiritually. He is with you. He comes out to you. But as He does, He displays his power over the sea. He's walking on the sea. This is an astonishing miracle of miracles. It's an amazing stormy night, the fourth watch of the night, that’s Roman designation. It seems Mark was writing for a Roman audience. That's somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00 AM. There is no other explanation for this other than a supernatural suspension of the laws of nature. Some unbelieving commentators on this say that Jesus had actually found a floating chunk of ice and was ... I mean, really. Or there was a hidden sandbar all the way out miles out into the middle of the ... I mean, the things that people do. No, Jesus walked on the water. If I can just tell you something, stuff sinks. Have you ever dived into a pool? You went down. The very next chapter after that whole Elisha and Gehazi thing, some of the guys there are chopping wood with an ax, and the ax head flies off and falls into a lake. They say to Elisha, "It was borrowed." He goes over and he shaves a stick and puts it in there and makes the ax head float. That's a miracle. Ax heads don't float. This is the nature of God. He creates a world that runs by what we generally call the laws of science or the laws of nature. It's why science works because God has established the earth. It can never be moved. What that means is the way things were yesterday is the way things will be today and tomorrow. That's how science works. The experiment you did two weeks ago, if you just set everything up exactly the same way, it'll happen again. That's why we can build a body of knowledge. That is the world we live in. We're used to it. We're not reinventing the wheel like every day ,who knows what's going to happen? You guys are very familiar with the law of gravity. You feel it. You're feeling it right now. It's like, pastor, please don't go over the obvious. The Earth wants to pull you to its center and something stops you called the floor. When you're on water, things are a little different, but you're still heading down that way. There's that buoyancy thing, but buoyancy's different than walking across the water. Jesus does this incredible miracle. Jesus has the power to toggle on and off laws of nature any time. He's above it, He walks above the laws of nature. He usually, I would say almost always, in his incarnation submitted to them like everyone else. What did Jesus do once he finally arrived at his disciples? He got in the boat. What did he use the boat for? Not because he needed it, but that's our normal way of living, and so He steps in and He uses it. But in this particular case, He suspends the law of gravity to walk on water. Now, He's going to do it again at the end of his time on earth. Remember, after his resurrection. He's going to go outside the city of Jerusalem. He's going to go to the Mount of Olives with his apostles, and they're going to watch him soar up from the surface of the earth higher and higher and higher, until finally a cloud hides him from their sight. Again, He suspended the laws of nature at the ascension. Jesus is over every law. Now, as He does this,He calms their faithless fears. He's about to pass by them. It says, "But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately, he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage. It is I. Don't be afraid.’" Or, "Take heart. It is I. Don't be afraid." I must tell you, sometimes it's good for a pastor just to say, I don't know because here in the text, I don't know why the text says He meant to pass by them. I find that interesting. If any of you have any theories, come tell me. I basically punted on it. Maybe it's just how He appeared to them, but the text seems to talk about his own intentions. He's intending to pass by them, but when He hears them crying out, He goes to be with them. It's pretty obvious he wants to interact with them. In any case, when they saw him walking on the water, they were overwhelmed with terror. They know that human beings cannot walk on water, and so they resorted to a common myth of ghosts, of spirit beings, apparitions. Jesus at his bodily resurrection is going to have to drive this same misconception out. He said, "I'm not a ghost. Ghosts don't have flesh and bones as you see I have. Touch me. Touch my body." He ate some broiled fish in front of them because ghosts don't do that either. He has to deal with that, and that's what they're thinking, so He calls out to them. They recognize his face in his voice. He literally says, "Take heart, I am." In the Greek it says “I am.’ All the English translations are going to say, "It is I." But I like” I am” better. Why? That's God's name. That's the lesson of the loaves. Jesus is “I am.” He is almighty God in the flesh. That's who He is. So He says, "Take heart, I am. I am God. Don't be afraid." Now, in Mark's gospel account, Jesus just gets into the boat at that point. He climbed into the boat with them. Oddly, Mark omits the whole Peter venture. Scholars believe that Mark is Peter's mouthpiece, the number one human source of Mark's information was the Apostle Peter. That may well be. It could be that Peter at that point having been deeply humbled by God over those years, didn't want to present himself as one who also walked on the water. I don't know. I'm just saying it's not in Mark, but it is over in Matthew. So if you want, you can turn over to Matthew 14 and look at 28-31 or just listen. As Jesus is still out there on the sea and says, "Take heart, I am," or, "It is I. Don't be afraid," Peter calls out to him from the boat and says, "Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the waves, on the water." He doesn't take it on himself to do that. But this idea pops in his mind. It's a remarkable idea. Then Jesus gives him a command that he could not follow except that the supernatural power of God came upon Peter. "Come," He said, "Come." If God gives you a command, then God must empower you to do it. It's no different than Revelation 4, where John sees a doorway open in heaven, and the voice says to John, "Come up here." They're equally miraculous. "Come, Peter, walk on the water. Come John, float up from the surface of the earth and see the future." Those are commands that only God can empower us to do. Peter gets out of the boat, and by the supernatural power of Christ, begins to walk on the water. But the problem is, as he begins the journey out to Jesus, he looks around at the wind and the waves and begins to doubt, and being afraid, he begins to sink and cries out three word prayer, "Lord, save me." Those are effective prayers, by the way. There's no flourishing language here. There's a sense of urgency and need, "Lord, save me." Immediately, Jesus reaches out his hand and grabs hold of him and lifts him up, again by supernatural power. But then He rebukes him and he says, "You of little faith. Why did you doubt?" That's an amazing sub-story in the midst of all of that, and that seems to be the whole work right now at that moment in all of the apostles. "You of little faith. Why did you doubt?" "If God gives you a command, then God must empower you to do it." I think it's good for all of us to stand under the same rebuke or correction, to say, “I am of little faith. Now, I'm not of no faith. I'm a Christian, but I am of little faith. Help me not to doubt. Help my unbelief. Help me grow in my understanding of who Jesus is.” But there's still two more miracles to go. Jesus calmed the storm immediately, verse 51. "Then he climbed into the boat with them and the wind died down." Jesus doesn't say anything to the wind and the waves. The disciples must have understood, however, it was Jesus's power that ended that storm. He just thought it, and the storm's over, instantly done as soon as He gets in the boat. Now, the final miracle’ is in John 6:21. In that account, we have this one statement. By the way, I've shared this with, I think, five people this week. All five of them said the same thing to me, "I've never seen that before." So here you go. Maybe you have. John 6:21, "Then they were willing to take him," [being Jesus], "into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore to which they were heading." Wait, what? What just happened? I don't know. What do you think happened? What happened to the boat? What does the word immediately mean? I looked into it. John doesn't use this word very much. It always means instantly or the very next thing. They were in the middle of the sea, miles from shore, and then suddenly they're not. Does Jesus have that kind of power? Jesus has more power than you can possibly imagine. Does He have the power to move a boat from miles offshore to the shore? Yes, He does. Do you remember the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch? He's there out in the desert and he shares the gospel with him. Then the eunuch gets baptized. What happened next to Philip? He disappeared. Really? Where did he end up? A place called Azotus, miles away. Now, if you'd been in that boat, wouldn't you be looking around like, wait, what just happened? How did we get here? It's incredible. Jesus has this kind of power over wind, over waves, over the law of gravity, buoyancy. He has this kind of power over every condition on earth. Those are the lessons of the six miracles. III. The Disciples Moved to Worship Jesus The disciples then are moved to worship Jesus. Their hearts had been hard, but now they worship. Verse 51- 52. "They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves. Their hearts were hardened." The phrase “completely amazed” means literally “beside themselves.” They're beside themselves with wonder. Matthew tells us what they said. They said, "Truly, you are the Son of God." That's the whole destination of all four gospels. "These miracle accounts are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Son of God and by believing may have life in his name." They're worshiping him. I do believe that this may have been the basis of their strength and faith in Jesus, which was really shining at the end of the next day. I told you about that faithless crowd that was there for another meal the next day and they wanted to take Jesus by force and make him king and all of those things? He has a long discussion in John 6, and then weeds out the crowd saying, "You have to eat my flesh and drink my blood. If you don't eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you." He says these things that are hard to accept and they all leave. Jesus turns to his apostles and says, "You don't want to leave too, do you?" He said that to the twelve. "Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the holy one of God.'" Jesus said, "Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? And one of you is a devil." But I think the 11 who genuinely believed, it was this experience that strengthened them and moved them ahead a quantum leap in their understanding of the greatness of Jesus. IV. Jesus Resumes His Ministry to the Crowds The account ends with Jesus resuming his ministry to the crowds. "When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. They ran throughout the whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages, towns or countryside, they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch the edge of his cloak. And all who touched him were healed." So this is just, again, a summary statement of a vast number of miracles. John tells us, "I didn't write them all. Frankly, if all of them were written down, the world couldn't contain all the books that would be written." So this is one of those summaries of hundreds, maybe even thousands of miracles. I also think it's interesting about the hem and the garment. I think it was that woman with the bleeding problem that first did that and maybe news got out, hey, that's a way to get some of that power from Jesus. But it worked. "All those who touched the hem of his garment were healed," it says. V. Application What applications and lessons can we take from this? The Bible is written, as I said, to bring us to saving faith. There is initial saving faith when you finally realize who Jesus is and why He came to earth. He is almighty God in the flesh who was born of the virgin Mary, who lived a sinless life and did all these incredible miracles and taught all these great teachings. Why? Because you needed a Savior. Because you're a sinner. You've broken God's laws daily, hourly, and you stand under the wrath of God. Apart from his saving work, you'll be condemned to hell. God saw that you couldn't save yourself. There was no way you could save yourself, and so He sent his Son to live this sinless, righteous, perfect life and weave a perfect garment of righteousness that he offers you as a gift to tell you to put on. If you wear that righteousness, that imputed righteousness of Christ, you will survive judgment day and no other way. Conversely, all of your wickedness and sins and all the things you've done, of which there's a perfect record in heaven, every careless word we have ever spoken is recorded and written down, and you stand under the wrath of God, all of that, Jesus was willing to drink that cup on the cross to die in your place. You trust in him and your sins will be forgiven. Your sins will be forgiven. If that happens to you, you will never be, can never be, more righteous, more forgiven than you are at that first instant. But then the next part starts, what we call that journey, that voyage of sanctification, of living out your Christian faith in this physical world. That's where these six miracles help us out. First of all, realize Jesus sees you and knows what you're going through all the time. As Isaiah 40 says, "Why do you say, O Israel, and complain, O Jacob, 'My way is hidden from my God?'" It isn't. He sees everything. He knows what you're going through, and He wants you not to be afraid. He wants you not to be anxious. He says, "Fear not. Take heart. I am. I am God." He sees you, and He comes out to you walking on the water. What does that mean? He's orchestrating this whole thing. Even the laws of nature are subservient to Jesus in his desire to save you. Everything is under his feet. He's walking above all of it. He's sovereign and in control of all of the trials of your life. Thirdly, Peter walks on water. Jesus calls on us to do supernaturally, eternally consequential things, maybe not anointing sick people with oil and healing them or driving out demons. That record was established to show the validity of the apostles' ministry. We don't need to do all those things now, but we can do something even greater. We can share the gospel that is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Sometimes it feels like it takes as much courage for us to do that as to get out of the boat and walk to Jesus. But what supernatural power is at work in your life to do great things of eternal consequence? So walk on whatever water God has for you to walk on to do the good works he has ordained for you to do by the power of Christ. Then fourthly, as you're going through that and you start to sink in life through unbelief because you're looking too much at the wind and the waves and you're forgetting Jesus, He has the power to reach out and draw you up. I like that just three word prayer. Pray it as often as you need. "Lord, save me. I'm drowning, I'm sinking, I'm struggling,” and He'll reach out his hand and save you and pull you up. Fifthly, the storm ends like that. All storms end. You know that any trouble you're having in your life is temporary? Anything that's causing you distress, anything that's crossing you and making you sad or scared or fearful, all of those things, if you're a child of God, all of those things are temporary. They are light and momentary. That's what momentary means. They're not going to go on. You are going to a world where there'll be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain. They're all temporary. At some point when they have done their work in you, the Lord will bring those trials to an end. He will end that storm. Just like that, it'll be over. Then six, what do I make about this transmutation, this quantum leap of the boat? I'm going to venture out of the boat of sound exegesis here for a minute. It's possible that the rowing against the tide may picture your efforts at sanctification. How's it going? How's your rowing going as you're trying to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ? Making good progress? Some days better than others. Is there a quantum leap coming for you? There actually is. Whether that's what John 6:21 is talking about or not, I know this, the moment you die, your spirit will be instantly made perfect in conformity to Christ, and you will never sin again with your mind or heart. You will forever love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and you will love your neighbor perfectly. You won't have your resurrection body yet if the Lord hasn't come, but you will be perfected in an instant. Then the second instant that's coming, resurrection. You're going to get a glorified body that will shine forever. The quantum leap is coming. So whatever rowing you're doing, keep doing it. Whatever fighting against wind and tide, it is hard to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ, the Lord has power to enable you. We have to battle temptations and lusts and struggles, it's true. But that quantum leap is coming. Trust in it. Close with me in prayer. Lord, we thank you for the things that we've learned today. These six miracles Jesus did are encouraging to us. We pray that you would sustain us as we struggle. Sustain us as we serve. Help us not to give into faithless fear. Help us not to give into anxiety. Help us, oh Lord, to trust in you, to look to you, constantly look to you. Feed our faith by ministry of the word of God. Sustain us and strengthen us. We pray this in Jesus's name. Amen.

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THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY: Left-Handed Warrior | Judah Thomas

Thrive.Church Weekly Message

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 28:00


[Judges 3:12] Once again the Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight, and the LORD gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel because of their evil. If we turn our back on God He may allow us to hit ___________-__________________. [Judges 3:15-17] But when the people of Israel cried out to the LORD for help, the LORD again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute money to King Eglon of Moab. [16] So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing. [17] He brought the tribute money to Eglon, who was very fat. Stop trying to __________________ in when you were created to __________________ out. [2 Corinthians 12:9] Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. Sometimes God wants to do something __________________ through someone __________________. [Judges 3:18-23 NIV] After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it. [19] But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, "Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you." The king said to his attendants, "Leave us!" And they all left. [Joshua 4:20-24] It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River. [21] Then Joshua said to the Israelites, "In the future your children will ask, 'What do these stones mean?' [22] Then you can tell them, 'This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.' [23] For the LORD your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. [24] He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the LORD's hand is powerful, and so you might fear the LORD your God forever." We can find faith for the __________________ by remembering God's faithfulness in the __________________. [Judges 3:20-23 NIV] Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose from his seat, [21] Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly. [22] Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it. [23] Then Ehud went out to the porch; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them. Other people's __________________ of your __________________ doesn't impact how God sees you.

LoveIsrael.org
Joshua Chapter 16

LoveIsrael.org

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 29:53


Our focus in this study is going to be the tribe of Ephraim. And we know that there is a close relationship between that tribe, oftentimes the half tribe, and the other half tribe, Menashe, why are the half tribes because Menashe and Ephraim, these two sons were the sons of Joseph. So Joseph is one tribe and these two sons, who produced a people, the people that came from them, they represent the tribe of Joseph, but they are designated as the half tribe Manashe and the other half tribe, Ephraim. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/

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Joshua Chapter 16

LoveIsrael.org (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 29:53


Our focus in this study is going to be the tribe of Ephraim. And we know that there is a close relationship between that tribe, oftentimes the half tribe, and the other half tribe, Menashe, why are the half tribes because Menashe and Ephraim, these two sons were the sons of Joseph. So Joseph is one tribe and these two sons, who produced a people, the people that came from them, they represent the tribe of Joseph, but they are designated as the half tribe Manashe and the other half tribe, Ephraim. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 https://www.instagram.com/mybiblestudyofficial/

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
The Patient, Courageous, and Faithful Spy

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 56:24


Rev. Sam Beltz, pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Oskaloosa, IA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 14:1-15:12. As Joshua begins to allot the land on the west side of the Jordan River, Caleb receives his inheritance first. The faithful spy lived by faith in the promises of the LORD throughout his eighty-five years. The LORD brought Caleb out of slavery in Egypt, sustained Caleb during the wilderness wandering, and now is bringing Caleb into the Promised Land. Caleb's patience and courage serve as an example to Christians. As the land continues to be allotted, Judah receives their portion as the tribe through whom the promised Messiah will come. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
It's Time to Allot the Land

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 54:38


Rev. David Boisclair, pastor at Bethesda and Faith Lutheran Churches in north St. Louis County, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 13:1-33. Although there remains unconquered land in Canaan, the LORD instructs Joshua to divide the land among the people already. The LORD's promise means that possession of the land is certain, for He will drive the Canaanites out in order to give His people their inheritance. Joshua first recounts the way that the land on the east side of the Jordan River has been allotted to Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
Notches on the LORD's Belt

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 54:48


Rev. Jacob Dandy, pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Terra Bella, CA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 12:1-24. While a list of defeated kings may seem tedious to modern readers, this chapter serves as a reminder that the LORD is King of kings without rival or equal. Neither mighty Sihon nor gigantic Og stood a chance on the east side of the Jordan, and the kings on the west side of the Jordan River aren't even named as the LORD lists His victories through Moses and Joshua. As the kings of Canaan fell before the LORD one by one, so our enemies sin, death, and the devil have fallen before our Lord Jesus Christ. As we hear of the LORD's victories in Joshua 12, we are led to rejoice all the more in Jesus' victory over our enemies for the sake of our eternal salvation. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

Christ for Disciplers
Give Your Children Memorials of Their Relationship With God

Christ for Disciplers

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 10:11


We can set up “memorials” to help our children and the future generations remember the Lord.  That is what the Israelites did after they crossed the Jordan River. Subscribe to the Christ for Disciplers Podcast to learn more...

Peggy Joyce Ruth
Faith Part 1

Peggy Joyce Ruth

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 39:48


The journey from the Red Sea to the Jordan River. This journey could have taken the Israelites 4 days, but it took them 40 years. Our personal faith walk compares to the Israelite's journey. We are to grow from faith to faithfulness and then finally to trusting God.

Thought For Today

I greet you in Jesus' precious name! It is Wednesday morning, the 26th of October 2022, and this is your friend, Angus Buchan, with a thought for today.“Those who are planted in the house of the LordShall flourish in the courts of our God.They shall still bear fruit in old age;They shall be fresh and flourishing,To declare that the Lord is upright;He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”Psalm 92:13“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.”Numbers 14:24We still bear fruit even in our old age. Remember, age is just a number and you are as old as you feel! It saddens me sometimes when I hear of young people, only newly married, talking about their retirement package and the cottage that they are going to live in when they retire. I still haven't got one! You are as old as you feel and I want to say to you today that you need a fresh vision. As they say, if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it. I am sharing this story with you because I had the privilege of going to a game reserve a short while ago and I saw a sad situation. We were driving down one of the roads and there were a group of cars collected together, and straight away I said to my wife, Jill, ”There must be a lion or a leopard there.” Sure enough, there was a massive male lion, lying under a tree with a big black mane which made him look twice as big, a noble beast. I parked next to a motorcar and I asked the lady, “Where does this lion come from?”. She was a warden's wife and said, “This lion has been in a fight. His brother was killed last night. He is badly wounded because there are young lions that have come into the area and they are taking over the pride, and he probably won't make it until tomorrow." Well, I must say I was rather sad. Driving on a bit, I saw an old daka boy. Do you know what a daka boy is? Well “udaka” means mud in the Zulu language. The old buffalos that have been chased out of the herd by the young bulls stay by themselves. They go down to the river and roll in the mud, and they are called daka boys, and they just stay on their own. Then I went on a bit further and I saw an old tusker, standing underneath a tree by himself, and I thought, “Wow Lord, old age!”. But you know something? I realised they still have a role to play, each and every one of them. Without the old tusker, there is no order in the game reserve. Without those senior animals, there is no direction for the younger animals. We need to realise Moses was eighty when God called him to take His people out of Egypt. Joshua was also eighty when he took the people through the Jordan River into the Land of Milk and Honey, and Caleb was eighty-five when he said, “Give me the big mountain where the giants live.” Let's stand up today and finish the job that God has given us to do.Jesus bless you and have a wonderful day.Goodbye.

Hope Unlimited Church
Simply Obey

Hope Unlimited Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 61:34


Hebrews 11:8 NIV By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Key #1 - Delayed obedience is still disobedience Psalm 119:60 NLT I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands. Key #2 - SIT & STAY Psalm 92:12-14 NKJV The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing. Key #3 - Obedience always leads to blessing Luke 11:28 NLT Jesus replied, "But even MORE BLESSED are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." Matthew 6:33 NKJVBut seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Key #4 - There is a miracle on the other side of your obedience 2 Kings 5:10 “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of your leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 2 Kings 5:14 So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child's, and he was healed!

SciFriday
Og's Giant Bed

SciFriday

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 28:30


AT THE SOUTHERN END of the Jordan River, Sodom and Jericho were destroyed, Moses was buried, and Elijah was carried up to heaven in a whirlwind. But there's also a link to the other end of the Jordan, which in ancient times belonged to Og, king of Bashan. Our video tour of Israel continues east of the Jordan as we show you what Moses saw, explain why God called Mount Nebo “this mountain of the Travelers,” and take you out into the desert of ancient Edom. It's easy to see why the Israelites complained, looking at mostly sand and scrub for forty years!

LoveIsrael.org (audio)
Joshua Chapter16

LoveIsrael.org (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 29:53


Our focus in this study is going to be the tribe of Ephraim. And we know that there is a close relationship between that tribe, oftentimes the half tribe, and the other half tribe, men a che, why are the half tribes because men a che and Ephraim, these two sons were the sons of Joseph. So Joseph is one tribe and these two sons, who produced a people, the people that came from them, they represent the tribe of Joseph, but they are designated as the half tribe Mantashe and the other half tribe, Ephraim. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953

LoveIsrael.org
Joshua Chapter16

LoveIsrael.org

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 29:53


Our focus in this study is going to be the tribe of Ephraim. And we know that there is a close relationship between that tribe, oftentimes the half tribe, and the other half tribe, men a che, why are the half tribes because men a che and Ephraim, these two sons were the sons of Joseph. So Joseph is one tribe and these two sons, who produced a people, the people that came from them, they represent the tribe of Joseph, but they are designated as the half tribe Mantashe and the other half tribe, Ephraim. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953

Love Israel on Oneplace.com
Joshua Chapter 14

Love Israel on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 38:17


Our God is faithful that we would receive His promises. And a great example of that is the children of Israel, receiving the allotment of land, the land of Kanade that promised land. Now we saw last week that based upon the request of the people, and also a foresight of what was going to be taking place in the future, that there would be some of the children of Israel, that would be on the east side of the Jordan River. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1256/29

High on Home Grown, The Stoners Podcast
A Session from The Biodome with Jordan River, Host of Growcast, The Official Cannabis Podcast!

High on Home Grown, The Stoners Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 90:12


This week's interview is more like a session, with our good friend of the show, Jordan River, the host of Growcast! We always have a great time speaking with Jordan, and this was an epic session where we go off on many tangents! We talk about cannabis strains and the huge variety of smells and taste it has. We talk about movies we have seen both really good ones, and the worst of them too. It was awesome to chill and speak with Jordan again, and I highly recommend you roll something nice, build your bowls, eat your gummies or whatever it is you do to get High, and come and join us for the session!  Thanks as always for downloading the show! I hope you enjoy this session and hope you have fun and learn somethings too! 

Love Israel on Lightsource.com - Audio

Our God is faithful that we would receive His promises. And a great example of that is the children of Israel, receiving the allotment of land, the land of Kanade that promised land. Now we saw last week that based upon the request of the people, and also a foresight of what was going to be taking place in the future, that there would be some of the children of Israel, that would be on the east side of the Jordan River. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953 To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.lightsource.com/donate/1255/29

Unraveling Revelation
Mount Nebo, Sodom, and Jericho

Unraveling Revelation

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 28:30


AT THE SOUTHERN END of the Jordan River, Sodom and Jericho were destroyed, Moses was buried, and Elijah was carried up to heaven in a whirlwind. It's also where the prophet Ezekiel foresaw the destruction of the army of Gog of Magog. Our video tour of Israel continues east of the Jordan this week as we show you what Moses saw, explain why God called Mount Nebo “this mountain of the Travelers,” and take you out into the desert of ancient Edom. It's easy to see why the Israelites complained, looking at mostly sand and scrub for forty years! Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit www.gilberthouse.org/travel. Watch every episode of Unraveling Revelation at www.UnravelingRevelation.tv. And please subscribe to our YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/UnravelingRevelation. New dates for our tour of Türkiye: We'll visit the churches of Revelation, Abraham's home city Harran, Göbekli Tepe, and more in October of 2023. Find out more at www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Simon reads the Bible

Joshua 15 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 The allotment for the clans of the tribe of Judah reached southward to the border of Edom, as far south as the wilderness of Zin. 2 The southern boundary began at the south bay of the Dead Sea, 3 ran south of Scorpion Pass into the wilderness of Zin, and then went south of Kadesh-barnea to Hezron. Then it went up to Addar, where it turned toward Karka. 4 From there it passed to Azmon until it finally reached the Brook of Egypt, which it followed to the Mediterranean Sea. This was their southern boundary. 5 The eastern boundary extended along the Dead Sea to the mouth of the Jordan River. The northern boundary began at the bay where the Jordan River empties into the Dead Sea, 6 went up from there to Beth-hoglah, then proceeded north of Beth-arabah to the Stone of Bohan. (Bohan was Reuben's son.) 7 From that point it went through the valley of Achor to Debir, turning north toward Gilgal, which is across from the slopes of Adummim on the south side of the valley. From there the boundary extended to the springs at En-shemesh and on to En-rogel. 8 The boundary then passed through the valley of Ben-Hinnom, along the southern slopes of the Jebusites, where the city of Jerusalem is located. Then it went west to the top of the mountain above the valley of Hinnom, and on up to the northern end of the valley of Rephaim. 9 From there the boundary extended from the top of the mountain to the spring at the waters of Nephtoah, and from there to the towns on Mount Ephron. Then it turned toward Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim). 10 The boundary circled west of Baalah to Mount Seir, passed along to the town of Kesalon on the northern slope of Mount Jearim, and went down to Beth-shemesh and on to Timnah. 11 The boundary then proceeded to the slope of the hill north of Ekron, where it turned toward Shikkeron and Mount Baalah. It passed Jabneel and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. 12 The western boundary was the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the boundaries for the clans of the tribe of Judah. 13 The Lord commanded Joshua to assign some of Judah's territory to Caleb son of Jephunneh. So Caleb was given the town of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), which had been named after Anak's ancestor. 14 Caleb drove out the three groups of Anakites—the descendants of Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai, the sons of Anak. 15 From there he went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher). 16 Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.” 17 Othniel, the son of Caleb's brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel's wife. 18 When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him[g] to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What's the matter?” 19 She said, “Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. [...]

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
Memorial Monuments at the Jordan

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 55:07


Rev. Luke Zimmerman, pastor at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 4:1-24. The account of Israel's crossing the Jordan continues to reveal more details. The LORD commands Joshua to take twelve stones from the Jordan River bed in order to build a memorial monument so that their children can be taught what the LORD had done. Joshua carries out the LORD's instructions faithfully and also builds a monument within the river itself. The people cross the river in haste, including the warriors from the two and a half tribes whose land would be on the east side of the Jordan. Once all the people have crossed, the priests carrying the ark leave the river, and the water returns to its place. The memory of this event will serve to teach not only the children of Israel but all nations the might of the LORD to save. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

Simon reads the Bible

Joshua 14 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 The remaining tribes of Israel received land in Canaan as allotted by Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the tribal leaders. 2 These nine and a half tribes received their grants of land by means of sacred lots, in accordance with the Lord's command through Moses. 3 Moses had already given a grant of land to the two and a half tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, but he had given the Levites no such allotment. 4 The descendants of Joseph had become two separate tribes—Manasseh and Ephraim. And the Levites were given no land at all, only towns to live in with surrounding pasturelands for their livestock and all their possessions. 5 So the land was distributed in strict accordance with the Lord's commands to Moses. 6 A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-barnea. 7 I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, 8 but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering the Promised Land. For my part, I wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God. 9 So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.' 10 “Now, as you can see, the Lord has kept me alive and well as he promised for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise—even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. 11 I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. 12 So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the Lord is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the Lord said.” 13 So Joshua blessed Caleb son of Jephunneh and gave Hebron to him as his portion of land. 14 Hebron still belongs to the descendants of Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 (Previously Hebron had been called Kiriath-arba. It had been named after Arba, a great hero of the descendants of Anak.) And the land had rest from war.

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
When I Tread the Verge of Jordan

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 54:49


Rev. Clint Poppe, pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Joshua 3:1-17. The moment has finally come for Israel to enter the Promised Land. As Moses had once led the people through the Red Sea on dry ground, so now Joshua will lead the people through the Jordan River. The LORD provides for the ark of the covenant to lead the way so that people will recognize that God Himself goes before them. He is the living God who will drive out the pagan nations from the Promised Land. Joshua instructs the people faithfully, and they follow the LORD's Word faithfully. When the priests bearing the ark set foot in the flooded Jordan River, the LORD causes the water to stop flowing downstream so that His people can enter into the Promised Land. “The Promised Land Delivered” is a series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Joshua. After the death of Moses, the LORD remains with His people to bring them into the Promised Land under Joshua. Throughout the book, the LORD proves that not one of His Word falls unfulfilled. Today, the Church has the same confidence that all of God's promises find their “Yes” in Christ.

Simon reads the Bible

Joshua 12 NLT read aloud by Simon MacFarlane. 1 These are the kings east of the Jordan River who had been killed by the Israelites and whose land was taken. Their territory extended from the Arnon Gorge to Mount Hermon and included all the land east of the Jordan Valley. 2 King Sihon of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, was defeated. His kingdom included Aroer, on the edge of the Arnon Gorge, and extended from the middle of the Arnon Gorge to the Jabbok River, which serves as a border for the Ammonites. This territory included the southern half of the territory of Gilead. 3 Sihon also controlled the Jordan Valley and regions to the east—from as far north as the Sea of Galilee to as far south as the Dead Sea, including the road to Beth-jeshimoth and southward to the slopes of Pisgah. 4 King Og of Bashan, the last of the Rephaites, lived at Ashtaroth and Edrei. 5 He ruled a territory stretching from Mount Hermon to Salecah in the north and to all of Bashan in the east, and westward to the borders of the kingdoms of Geshur and Maacah. This territory included the northern half of Gilead, as far as the boundary of King Sihon of Heshbon. 6 Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the Israelites had destroyed the people of King Sihon and King Og. And Moses gave their land as a possession to the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh. 7 The following is a list of the kings that Joshua and the Israelite armies defeated on the west side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon to Mount Halak, which leads up to Seir. (Joshua gave this land to the tribes of Israel as their possession, 8 including the hill country, the western foothills, the Jordan Valley, the mountain slopes, the Judean wilderness, and the Negev. The people who lived in this region were the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.) These are the kings Israel defeated: The king of Jericho The king of Ai, near Bethel 10 The king of Jerusalem The king of Hebron 11 The king of Jarmuth The king of Lachish 12 The king of Eglon The king of Gezer 13 The king of Debir The king of Geder 14 The king of Hormah The king of Arad 15 The king of Libnah The king of Adullam 16 The king of Makkedah The king of Bethel 17 The king of Tappuah The king of Hepher 18 The king of Aphek The king of Lasharon 19 The king of Madon The king of Hazor 20 The king of Shimron-meron The king of Acshaph 21 The king of Taanach The king of Megiddo 22 The king of Kedesh The king of Jokneam in Carmel 23 The king of Dor in the town of Naphoth-dor The king of Goyim in Gilgal 24 The king of Tirzah. In all, thirty-one kings were defeated.

Bloom Church Podcast
Mountain Moving Faith - Week 2

Bloom Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 51:02


    The people crossed the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month. Then they camped at Gilgal, just east of Jericho. It was there at Gilgal that Joshua piled up the twelve stones taken from the Jordan River. Then Joshua said to the Israelites, “In the future your children will ask, ‘What do these stones mean?' Then you can tell them, ‘This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground.' For the Lord your God dried up the river right before your eyes, and he kept it dry until you were all across, just as he did at the Red Sea when he dried it up until we had all crossed over. He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord 's hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever.”Joshua 4:19-24 NLT   THE TRUTH IS THAT SUCCESS, IF NOT REFLECTED UPON PROPERLY, CAN BECOME YOUR GREATEST ENEMY TOWARDS PROGRESSION.    “There came a time in my life when I honestly prayed: “God, I want your power!”  Time wore on and the power did not come. One day the burden was more than I could bear. “God, why haven't you answered that prayer?” God seemed to Whisper back his simple reply. “With plans no bigger than yours, you don't need my power.” - Carl Bates   Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NLT   I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:18-21 NIV   Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 NLT   1. YOU MUST START DREAMING 2. YOU MUST START DESIRING   3. YOU MUST START BEING AUDACIOUS   Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV   faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 NIV   FAITH WITHOUT A WORLDLY RISK IS A CONTRADICTION.   1. WHAT DOES GOD THINK?   2. WHAT DO YOU, IN YOUR OWN HEART THINK?   3. WHAT DO YOUR WISE FRIENDS THINK?     4. WHAT DOES YOUR COMMUNITY THINK?   For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. I Corinthians 4:15 NKJV   But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts of the Apostles 1:8 NLT   PLOW PRAY LISTEN OBEY WOW   For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you [in favor], and you shall be cultivated and sown. Ezekiel 36:9 AMP          

LoveIsrael.org (audio)
Joshua Chapter 14

LoveIsrael.org (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 38:17


Our God is faithful that we would receive His promises. And a great example of that is the children of Israel, receiving the allotment of land, the land of Kanade that promised land. Now we saw last week that based upon the request of the people, and also a foresight of what was going to be taking place in the future, that there would be some of the children of Israel, that would be on the east side of the Jordan River. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953

LoveIsrael.org
Joshua Chapter 14

LoveIsrael.org

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 38:17


Our God is faithful that we would receive His promises. And a great example of that is the children of Israel, receiving the allotment of land, the land of Kanade that promised land. Now we saw last week that based upon the request of the people, and also a foresight of what was going to be taking place in the future, that there would be some of the children of Israel, that would be on the east side of the Jordan River. To donate please visit us at: https://www.LoveIsrael.org/donate Checks may be sent to: LoveIsrael.org 6355 N Courtenay Parkway Merritt Island, FL 32953

SciFriday
Masada and Shiloh

SciFriday

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 28:30


OUR VIDEO TOUR of Israel continues this week with stops at several places that played key roles in history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAiVxtj4mA4 First, we enter the Jordan River and explain why we baptize. Next, we tour Masada, site of the final battle between Jewish rebels and the Roman legions in A.D. 70. Then it's on to Ein Gedi, where David cut the hem from Saul's robe while the king relieved himself in a cave. Then we visit Qumran, where Jim Barfield of the Copper Scroll Project shared highlights of his research—which, if he's right, could spark a geopolitical earthquake! Finally, we stopped at Shiloh, where messianic Rabbi Zev Porat showed us “Jesus” and “Messiah” in the prayer of Hannah (1 Samuel 2), and where we saw in an otherwise cloudless sky what we can only describe as the wings of the cherubim—right over the place where the Tabernacle stood for more than 300 years. Also: A camel nearly bucks our good friend and cameraman, Taylor Joseph. Join us in Israel! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, log on to www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Unraveling Revelation
Vision Over Shiloh

Unraveling Revelation

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 28:30


IN MAY OF 2019, we saw what can only be described as a sign in the sky over the ancient Hebrew holy site of Shiloh, where the tabernacle of God stood for more than 300 years. This week, we show you what we saw in the sky. Skeptics may call it jet contrails or an unusual cloud formation, but to us, it looked for all the world like the wings of the cherubim touching over the Ark of the Covenant. We also discuss baptism as we share a teaching in the Jordan River, hear from Jim Barfield of the Copper Scroll Project at Qumran, and watch as a camel nearly throws off our good friend and cameraman, Taylor Joseph. Israel is open for tourists again! For details on our Israel Tour March 19-30, 2023, visit www.gilberthouse.org/travel.

Cheap Home Grow - Learn How To Grow Cannabis Indoors Podcast
Growing with my fellow growers #185 Q&A w/ Jordan @GrowCast + Dog doctor, okie grower and StaresAtPlants

Cheap Home Grow - Learn How To Grow Cannabis Indoors Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 121:05


This week host @Jackgreenstalk (aka @Jack_Greenstalk on twitter/ig backup) [also available to be contact via email: JackGreenstalk47@gmail.com ] is joined by the always amazing panel with Matthew Gates aka @SynchAngel on instagram and twitter and @Zenthanol on youtube who offers IPM direct chat for $1 a month on patreon.com/zenthanol , @spartangrown on instagram only or email spartangrown@gmail.com for contacting spartan outside social media, any alternate profiles on other social medias using spartan's name, and photos are not actually spartan grown be aware, @Dr MJ Coco from cocoforcannabis.com as well as youtube where he tests and reviews grow lights and has grow tutorials and @drmjcoco on instagram , @TheAmericanOne on youtube aka @theamericanone_with_achenes on instagram whos amy aces can be found at amyaces.com , kyle breeder of @pure_breeding on all social media whos seeds can be found at pbreeding.com . This week we missed @NoahtheeGrowa on instagram, @ATG Acres Aaron The Grower aka @atgacres joins, his products can be found at atgacres.com and now has product commercially available in select locations in OK, view his instagram to find out details about drops, @Rust.Brandon of @Bokashi Earthworks who's products can be found at bokashiearthworks.com This week we took chat questions for the first hour, with guest Jordan River from @GrowCast who joins us live from @Dr MJ Coco house on location! It was a great time answering a few questions in detail the first hour and some change, then we opened up the panel to the youtube live chat, and dog doctor official from instagram and grow diaries joined first, followed by Okie grower, who both showed off their awesome gardens, and then we were joined by StaresAtPlants from grow diaries joined and showed off his unique set up with automation. he shows his garden and a pretty amazing watering set-up you will want to watch til the second half to see! If you are listening to the podcast this is worth pulling up on youtube to appreciate not only his set-up but also the beautiful plants on display from dog doctor and okie grower. Amazing week, thanks to all invovled! growers love, see you next sunday! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/cheaphomegrow/support

The Parsha Perspective
Parshas Vayelech, the people's leader

The Parsha Perspective

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 6:34


Parshas Vayelech, the people's leader This week's Parsha Perspective is in honor of the Refuah Shlema of HaRav Amitai Ben Shoshanna, Leah Mintche Bas Gittel and Shaul Ben Berta. This week's Parsha Perspective is in loving memory of my great uncle, HaRav Sholom Ben HaRav Yakkov, Edward Ben Efraim, Shlomo Ben Edward, and Yirachmiel Daniel Ben Gedalia. May their souls be uplifted and their memories a blessing. Click here to listen, watch and connect! Parshaperspective.com This week is a special Shabbos called Shabbos Shuvah - the Shabbos of Teshuva. Beginning with Rosh Hashanah, we enter the Aseres Ymey Teshuva - the 10 days of Teshuva which concludes with Yom Kippur. Our Parsha begins on the last day of Moshe Rabbeinu's life. He says to the Jewish people (31:2-3), “Today I am one hundred and twenty years old and can no longer continue, since G-d has said to me, you shall not cross the Jordan River. Moshe calls Yeshua and gives him words of encouragement (31:7-8) “Be strong and courageous! For you will go with this nation to the land which G-d swore to our forefathers to give them; you will portion it to them as an inheritance. We find out why Moshe does not say Yeshua will lead them. We learn the ultimate form of leadership from Moshe Rabbeinu.

Donuts and Devos
The 12 Memorial Stones from the Jordan River | Ep. 084

Donuts and Devos

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 18:30


The Israelites of crossed the Jordan River by God's miraculous hand. He parted the water once again for them! And to mark such a momentous event, Joshua commands 12 men to create a memorial from stones by the river to remind them of their history. "On that day, the Lord exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel..."Joshua 4:14a Support the Show Please prayerfully consider supporting our ministry at https://buymeacoffee.com/donutsanddevos. Your donations will help keep our show running and improving the valuable content we can provide our wonderful audience!

LoveIsrael.org (audio)
Joshua Chapter 12

LoveIsrael.org (audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 32:24


You should love victory. And victory is an outcome of obeying the Word of God, taking seriously his revelation, and not just believing it. But to experience that victory. We need to apply that truth to our life, walk into revelation of God. For there we find God's Will we find his provision, we find everything that we need in order to serve Him. Now, I mentioned Yom ha Kippurim the Day of Atonement.