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Steve Stuff What Happens When We Fail?

Nobody likes to fail, but fact is we probably fail more than we succeed. Failure seems to be common among mankind and is indeed just as common among the people of God. We have seen numerous failures in the life of the Israelites in our study of Exodus. But now we have come to the Victory book of the Bible. This is the book where God’s people are to take the Promised Land. All starts out like God has promised.…

Winning Principles Joshua 6

Our chapter is the first battle in the conquest of the Promised Land. It is a test in several ways. First, it must be taken as commanding Jericho will close the back door to any aggressors who may be so inclined when they turn their attention to the north later. Second, it will send a signal to their other enemies they are more than capable to defeat them. Third, and perhaps most important it will show once again the power…

Steve Stuff When the Leader Meets the Lord

Remember the story of Alvin York. If not we all should. He was a most unlikely hero. Unlikely, because he entered the army as a consciences objector and mustered out the most decorated hero of WW1. It is a great story. I mention Alvin York because like Jacob he had to come to understand he was not in charge of his life. Jacob met a man while scoping out the city of Jericho. He was going to lead the army…

Steve’s Stuff Life at Flood Stage Joshua 3

Now is the time for the Israelites to enter the Promised Land. The nation has been waiting for 40 years. They have changed in that time learning to trust God and growing in their faith. They have trusted God enough to defeat the Amorite kings and now they stand on the eastern shore of the Jordan River. It is harvest time and the usually lazy stream is now at peak flood stage and it is extremely dangerous. God has brought…

Steve Stuff 11152015 God Success Formula Joshua 1:6-9

Here is a question for all of us, “Has God failed us or have we failed God. It is a good question. A man came into our building one day asking for help. He needed something to eat. We have a pantry so I shared what the people of God collected. As is my custom I asked him about his relationship with God. He said I used to believe in Him but no more. That seemed strange to me as…

Steve Stuff 11082015 The Forgotten Commandment

Tina and I are thankful to be back from our vacation. We do appreciate all who filled in so admirably for us while we were gone. A big thank you to Reynard, David, George and Peter. Proceeding through the book of Exodus we come upon the twentieth chapter with the commandments for the Israelites given at Sinai. Commonly called the 10 commandments they were laws to govern the relationships of the Jewish people. Basically, there were two groups, the first…

Steve Stuff 10042015 A New Song Exodus 15:1-21

Due only to the strong hand of God the children of Israel have been freed from Egyptian bondage. They have traveled through the wilderness to the Red Sea. Having crossed the Red Sea in a single night. Pharaohs complete army is destroyed by the Lord casting them in and drowning them all. As Israel stands on the far shore they are taught a new song not of a slaves sorrow, not about the death of their pursuers. Nor was it…

Steve’s Stuff 09272015 Another Fine Mess…. Exodus 14

“Predicament” a difficult, perplexing, or trying situation. One can certainly say the children of Israel was in just such a fix. Laurel & Hardy would say “another fine Mess you have gotten us into.”  We have a variety of ways of saying it, “In a Pickle.” “Up against the wall”. The one that most aptly describes Israel predicament is “caught between and rock and a hard place” for they certainly was. Trapped between Pharaohs army and the Red Sea. Crossing…

Steve’s Stuff 09132015 We Must Remember Exodus 12:21ff

    September 11, 2001 is a day most people in this country will remember. Some recall where they were and what they were doing on that faithful day. Others recall the terrible people who caused the pain, suffering and destruction. There will be those who will hate on both sides for the rest of their life. Yet we as a nation choose to remember the great acts of bravery and human sacrifice displayed by so many on that day.…

MWC 09092015 The Gospel According to Isaiah

The gospel according to Isaiah by Mike Madden —   One of the great prophets of the Old Testament was Isaiah. It was not uncommon for many New Testament preachers to refer to his writing. This is because he foretold the coming of the Messiah and the establishment of His kingdom. Isaiah lived about 750 years before Christ. He was sent to prophesy in Judah and Jerusalem. (Isaiah 1:1) He has often been referred to as “the Messianic Prophet”. In his book,…