Contributed on Aug 9, 2007
We can go in and take the land because of God’s promise.
Time to Take the Land Text: Joshua 1:1-9 Introduction 1. Illustration: A hurricane had struck. People were huddled together. A preacher was praying with great oratorical effects in the midst of this violent storm, crying out "Send us the spirit of the children of Israel, the children of ...read more
Contributed on Aug 16, 2007
We have to follow God’s battle orders.
Battle Orders Text: Joshua 1:10-18 Introduction 1. Illustration: Video clip from the movie "Gettysburg," side A; scene 24. 2. God can promise to give us the land, but until we pick up our armor and go into battle, it’s just a promise. 3. We have to execute God’s battle plan. a. God’s ...read more
Contributed on Aug 22, 2007
God can use unexpected people with extraordinary faith to do extraordinary things.
An Unlikely Faith Text: Joshua 2:1-24 Introduction 1. Illustration: A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?” “I don’t know, but Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Tuesday, you’ll know,” He ...read more
Contributed on Aug 27, 2007
As long as the church follows God’s leading it will be successful.
Moving Forward Text: Joshua 3:1-17 Introduction 1. Illustration: QUESTION: What do an airplane, bicycle and a church have in common? ANSWER: If either stops moving forward, you’re in trouble! 2. Anyone that has driven up a snowy or icy hill knows that you are all right as long as you ...read more
Contributed on Aug 29, 2007
We need to remember what God has done for us, and realize that He can do it again.
A Trip Down Memory Lane Text: Joshua 4:1-24 Introduction 1. Illustration: Maybe you heard about a 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 & said, “Bill, do you remember what a bad memory I had?” ...read more
Contributed on Sep 6, 2007
Before we can take the land, we will have to go through the pain and discomfort of spiritual preparation.
Cut to the Heart Text: Joshua 5:1-12 Introduction 1. Illustration: The Butterball Turkey company set up a hotline to answer consumer questions about preparing holiday turkeys. One woman called to inquire about cooking a turkey that had been in her freezer for 23 years. The operator told ...read more
Contributed on Sep 13, 2007
We are in a spiritual battle, but following Jesus, our captain, we cannot lose.
Strength For The Battle Text: Joshua 5:13-6:27 Introduction 1. Illustration: Some of the most devastating defeats in military history are the ones that are unexpected. At Pearl Harbor, the reason we were so devastated is that we did not believe that the Japanese would not attack us. As ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2007
Everything we have comes from the Lord, and to with hold it from Him is sin.
What Are You Holding Back? Text: Joshua 7:1-26 Introduction 1. Illustration: When French soccer star Zinedine Zidane head-butted Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the chest during the final 10 minutes of the 2006 World Cup he sealed his own fate and the fate of his team. When Zidane ...read more
Contributed on Oct 4, 2007
We must learn from our mistakes and let them make us better.
Lessons Learned Along the Way Text: Joshua 8:1-29 Introduction 1. Illustration: In his book entitled Failing Forward John Maxwell shows the vicious cycle that sets up in our lives when we yield to a fear of failure: Fear Inactivity Inexperience Inability To break that cycle ...read more
Contributed on Oct 17, 2007
It is at the altar of prayer that we find the power of God.
Back to the Altar Text: Joshua 8:30-35 Introduction 1. Illustration: A heart-broken little girl began to kneel and pour out her heart to God in the altar at her local church. She did not know what to say. As she wept speechless, she began to remember what her Father had told her, "God ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2007
Life would be so much easier if we would only pray.
THE PRIORITY OF PRAYER Text: Joshua 9:1-27 Introduction 1. Illustration: The roof of the church hall of a little Swiss church, at the turn of the 20th century, was falling down. So the members of the church held regular prayer meetings in the hall after the service to pray for funds to ...read more
Contributed on Nov 8, 2007
People of high character keep their commitments.
Commitment of Character Text: Joshua 10:1-15 Introduction 1. Illustration: A college man walked into a photography studio with a framed picture of his girlfriend. He wanted the picture duplicated. This involved removing it from the frame. In doing this, the studio owner noticed the ...read more
Contributed on Jan 16, 2008
Acting on the promises of God is proof of our faith in the promises of God.
MOUNTAIN BELIEVING FAITH Text: Joshua 14:6-15 Introduction 1. Illustration: We have our priorities mixed up! For example: • You go to a doctor whose name you cannot pronounce and whose degrees you have never verified. • He gives you a prescription you cannot read. • You take it to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 6, 2008
If we want the promises of God, we have to be willing to step out and take hold of them.
Mountain Believing Faith: Part 2 Text: Joshua 15:13-19 Introduction 1. Illustration: ‘You see things as they are, and ask ”why?” But I dream things that never were, and ask “why not?” (George Bernard Shaw) 2. Faith is a verb, not a noun. Therefore, faith requires action. Once we have ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2008
After all the Lord has done for us, how can we do anything than be thankful.
Look What the Lord Has Done Text: Joshua 23:1-16 Introduction 1. Illustration: A forgetful husband thought he had conquered the problem of trying to remember his wife’s birthday and their anniversary. He opened an account with a florist, provided him with dates and instructions to send ...read more