Sermon Series
  • 1. Starting Over

    Contributed on May 16, 2005
    based on 15 ratings

    1st in a potentially very long and thorough series on Joshua. Also a good New Year sermon. This 1st one deals with faith and courage.

    Joshua 1:1-9 – Starting Over Jeffrey Anselmi wrote these words: “I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months. All that you sought more

  • 2. The Resurrection Of A Generation

    Contributed on May 16, 2005
    based on 10 ratings

    2nd in a long series on Joshua. This topically looks at the number 3, and how it often means that God will bring back to life. Step into the 3rd day!

    Joshua 1:10-11 – The Resurrection of a Generation (Many thanks to Audio Adrenaline for the title, and John Eldredge for the thoughts...) An article by Pat Barnes appeared in the March 1995 issue of Guideposts. It went like this… It was a beautiful spring day, and a sense of peace more

  • 3. Settling

    Contributed on May 16, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    3rd in long series on Joshua. This is about the temptation to settle in, to give up when it gets hard, to accept less than the best.

    Joshua 1:12-18 – Settling In an old Peanuts cartoon, Lucy demanded that her brother Linus change TV channels and then threatened him with her fist if he didn’t. "What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?" asked Linus. "These five fingers," said Lucy. more

  • 4. All Sold Out

    Contributed on May 16, 2005
    based on 47 ratings

    4th in long series on Joshua. It speaks of Rahab the prostitute, and why God picked her to help His people.

    ‘BE092902 PLAYING ON GOD’S TEAM 4 There’s No “I” In Team. (Opening SLIDE) When was the first time you saw the gift of tongues or prophecy in operation? Some of you without much church background don’t have a clue what I’m talking about! You’ll know more in 30 minutes. - Others of you more

  • 5. Got Any Rivers?

    Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
    based on 7 ratings

    6th in long series on Joshua. This speaks of having the courage to cross the rivers that build up before us.

    Joshua 3:1-17; 4:10-18 – Got Any Rivers? Today we are continuing through our studies in the OT book of Joshua. Today we are looking at chapters 3 and 4, which make up one of my very favorite Bible stories. Let’s read 3:1-17 and 4:10-18. Now, the Israelites are poised at the eastern more

  • 6. Memory Enhancers

    Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
    based on 16 ratings

    7th in a long series on Joshua. This speaks of placing memorials in our lives to remember what God has done for us.

    Joshua 4:1-9, 19-24 – Memory Enhancers I like the joke about the guy named John, who had a really horrible memory. One day John ran into a friend whom he had not seen in a long time. He greeted him and said, “Bill, do you remember what a bad memory I had?” Bill answered, “Yes, I more

  • 7. Precision Cutting

    Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    8th in long series on Joshua. 1st of 2 sermons on mass circumcision in ch.5. This deals with cutting the sin out of our lives, execution-style.

    Joshua 5:1-9 – Precision Cutting (I got some good info from another SermonCentral preacher. Good stuff!) An ancient story is told about a slave who traveled with his master to Baghdad. As he walked the busy streets he found himself in the market place where he saw Death in human form. more

  • 8. Family Ties

    Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
    based on 4 ratings

    9th in long series on Joshua, 2nd of 2 on mass circumcision in ch.5. This deals with being a part of a family, using the well-used illustration of a flock of geese.

    Joshua 5:1-9 – Family Ties (Nowheres near an original thought, but good nonetheless...) Today I’d like to do something different. Today’s a bit different from most, so I’m putting a twist on my scripture today, out of the ordinary for me anyway. Let’s read Joshua 5:1-9. So the more

  • 9. Leadership 101

    Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
    based on 16 ratings

    10th in long series on Joshua. This speaks of his listening to the Lord’s leadership in all he did. What does it take to hear the voice of the Lord?

    Joshua 5:13-15 – Leadership 101 In his book "Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life", the author Charles Swindoll tells a story about the 19th century agnostic Thomas Huxley. Some of you may know that name – Huxley promoted Darwinism and Humanism as he attacked the Christian faith. Now, more

  • 10. Overcoming Obstacles

    Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    11th in long series on Joshua. This speaks of conquering our own obstacles (like Jericho), even though sometimes God’s commands seem foolish or wasteful.

    Joshua 6:1-27 – Overcoming Obstacles There is a story told of ancient times. Once upon a time, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply more

  • 11. Here Comes Trouble

    Contributed on Jul 24, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    12th in long series on Joshua. This deals with sin in a believer’s life, which will cost him spiritual victory.

    Joshua 7:1-26 – Here Comes Trouble Today we continue our journey through Joshua. The whole book is about taking new territory. As Christians, God leads us on a journey, a walk into new places. Some people never get out and stretch their spiritual legs. They are still the same people as they more

  • 12. You Can't Handle The Truth

    Contributed on Jul 29, 2005
    based on 5 ratings

    13th in long series on Joshua. This sermon speaks about Achan’s sin, and the relevance of truth telling. Ties together Prov.23:23 (the cost of the truth, and the value of it) and Eph.4:15 (doing it in love) as well.

    Joshua 7:19-20 – You Can’t Handle the Truth Max Lucado, in his book Just Like Jesus, tells this story. A man received a call from his wife just as she was about to fly home from Europe. "How’s my cat?" she asked. "Dead." "Oh, honey, don’t be so honest. Why didn’t you break the more

  • 13. Can't Get Enough

    Contributed on Jul 29, 2005
    based on 19 ratings

    14th in long series on Joshua. This sermon deals with tithing, the NT standard for tithing, and greed.

    Joshua 7:1,11,15,19-26 – Can’t Get Enough A notorious miser was called on by the chairman of the community charity. “Sir,” said the fund-raiser, “our records show that despite your wealth, you’ve never once given to our drive.” “Do your records show that I have an elderly mother who more

  • 14. Sometimes Our Obedience Hurts Others

    Contributed on Aug 4, 2005
    based on 8 ratings

    5th in long series on Joshua. After doing a recap of the events so far, this shows the little-spoken truth: Sometimes, in order for us to obey God, we must hurt other people.

    Joshua 3:1-17 – Sometimes Our Obedience Hurts Others It was testimony night in the church. A lady got up and said, "We are living in a wicked land where sin is on every hand. I have had a terrible fight with the old devil all week." Then, her husband, who was sitting glumly by her more

  • 15. Rematch

    Contributed on Aug 6, 2005
    based on 35 ratings

    15th in long series on Joshua. This speaks of gaining victory over Ai, after losing to them the first time around. How do we regain spiritual victory after failure in our lives? Topical/expository.

    Joshua 8:1-29 – Rematch James Abram Garfield was born November 19, 1831, in a log cabin in the back woods of Ohio. His father died at the age of 2. Young James somehow earned enough money to go to college. He graduated from college in 1856, and he became a professor and president of Hiram more

  • 16. Making Deals With The Devil

    Contributed on Aug 12, 2005
    based on 44 ratings

    16th in series on Joshua. This talks about compromise, and avoiding it by listening to God’s voice.

    Joshua 9:1-26 – Making Deals with the Devil A New York family bought a ranch out West where they intended to raise cattle. Friends visited and asked if the ranch had a name. “Well,” said the would-be cattleman, “I wanted to name it the Bar-J. My wife favored Suzy-Q, one son liked the more

  • 17. Giving It Over

    Contributed on Aug 27, 2005
    based on 10 ratings

    17th in long series on Joshua. This gets into prayer, and giving our burdens to God. Close tie-in with 1 Peter 5:7.

    Joshua 10:1-15 – Giving It Over I found a little poem by an anonymous author that sounds so familiar, it’s as if I could have written it. It says: “Lord, I’m so discouraged, I don’t know what to do; I have so many burdens, And I gave them all to you. But you didn’t take them, Jesus, will more

  • 18. Rumble In The Jungle

    Contributed on Sep 12, 2005
    based on 13 ratings

    18th in long series on Joshua. This talks about not giving up the fight, as well as a lengthy section on fighting the right fights. Could be considered controversial.

    Joshua 10:40-43; 11:21-23 – Rumble in the Jungle Chuck Swindoll wrote a book some time ago called Three Steps Forward Two Steps Back. In it he described what he called the 4 Spiritual Flaws. These are 4 common misconceptions about the faith and about growing up into mature Christians. They more

  • 19. Faith Or Presumption?

    Contributed on Sep 17, 2005
    based on 17 ratings

    19th in series on Joshua. This deals with Caleb and his faith. The question is asked, though: what is faith, and what is presumption? Sometimes what we call trust is really superstition.

    Joshua 14:6-14 – Faith or Presumption? Today we are straying from the controversial topics I’ve been speaking on lately. This message comes with the intention to build up your faith, not make you question it all. Today we are looking at the OT character of Caleb. Turn with me as we read more

  • 20. Play It Safe

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2005
    based on 25 ratings

    20th in series on Joshua. This is about the tribe of Manasseh wanting more land, but not willing to fight for it. They lacked courage, so they whined about their condition. Sound familiar?

    Joshua 17:11-18 – Play It Safe I read of a report called Play It Safe. The report said, "Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because more

  • 21. You Then Me

    Contributed on Oct 16, 2005
    based on 34 ratings

    21st in Joshua series. This is about selflessness and putting others’ needs first.

    Joshua 19:49-50 – You Then Me This is a true story, written by Emory Thomas Jr., and was printed in the Wall Street Journal. Ernest “Bud” Miller was the president and chief executive officer of Arvida, which is a real-estate company. Mr. Miller closed regional offices, reorganized more

  • 22. Soul Asylum

    Contributed on Oct 24, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    22nd in series on Joshua. This is about the cities of refuge: 1) Jesus is our refuge 2) The church is part of God’s plan to provide refuge 3) Not everybody wants refuge.

    Joshua 20:1-9 – Soul Asylum A young lady who occasionally walked through the park after work, stopped to have her picture taken by a photographer on this particular day. She was very excited about her picture being taken. As she walked out of the park, she looked at the Polaroid picture in more

  • 23. God Provides For His Priests

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2005
    based on 10 ratings

    23rd in series on Joshua. This speaks about God providing for those who serve Him. All believers are priests, and therefore are meant to serve Him and others.

    Joshua 21:1-45 – God Provides for His Priests Paul Harvey told about a 3-year-old boy who went to the grocery store with his mom. Before they entered the store, she said to him, "Now you’re not going to get any chocolate chip cookies, so don’t even ask." She put him up in the cart and more

  • 24. Slow Down And Shut Up

    Contributed on Nov 5, 2005
    based on 21 ratings

    24th in series on Joshua. This is about jumping to conclusions about someone else’s faith, and how it’s much safer not to speculate.

    Joshua 22:1-34 – Slow Down and Shut Up (NOTE: I draw heavily on Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christian for this message. And the reference I make to Pentecostals are towards the Jesus-only variety, not the Trinitarian varieties.) Maybe you have heard the poem called The Cookie Thief, by more

  • 25. Close To Sinners, Far From Sin

    Contributed on Nov 13, 2005
    based on 7 ratings

    25th in series on Joshua. This is about avoiding evil, but still being near unbelievers. Somehow Jesus was holy, even though He was near unholy people. It must be possible for us too.

    Joshua 23:1-16 – Close to Sinners, Far From Sin There’s an old story about a man who tried to save the city of Sodom from destruction by warning the citizens. But the people ignored him. One day someone asked, “Why bother everyone? You can’t change them.” “Maybe I can’t,” the man more

  • 26. Remembrance Day

    Contributed on Nov 13, 2005
    based on 14 ratings

    26th in series on Joshua. This is about what Joshua told Israel to do: 1) Remember God’s strength, and 2) Remember God’s standards.

    Joshua 23:1-16 – Remembrance Day Today I’d like to share with you some famous last words, lines spoken by people over the years just before they passed into the great hereafter. Ethan Allen was an American Revolutionary general, who died in 1789. An attending doctor attempted to more

  • 27. Sojourners

    Contributed on Nov 21, 2005
    based on 11 ratings

    27th and final in series on Joshua: Taking New Territory. This sermon is about the journey we are on, and some advice for the road.

    Joshua 24:1-27 – Sojourners And now, here we are. We have reached the end of Joshua. Congratulate yourselves for surviving over 2 dozen sermons from one book. In truth, actually, I hope you have gained insight and wisdom on how to apply what you believe to how to behave. I hope that you more