Let’s study Joshua

Let’s study Joshua

 

This month on the blog we are going to explore the book of Joshua. If you’ve never read it, it’s a great time to jump in because one of the major themes of this book is God’s provision. What a better time to read about how He provides, then during harvest time?

The book of Joshua picks up at the tail end of Israel’s 40 years wandering the desert. Moses has just died, and God has commissioned Joshua as the one who will lead Israel to take possession of the land promised to them. However, it is going to be difficult. The promised land is already fully inhabited with thousands of people from many different walks of life.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Read 1 chapter per day
  2. Journal what you learn
  3. [Optional] Mozy over to the Tea & Testimony Facebook group and post your favorite thing about that day’s reading

Simple enough, right? I’ll be posting what I’m learning daily through the SOAK method but you can study any way you want. What’s the SOAK method?

(!!!) Disclaimer: Although I’ll be posting what I’m learning, please Don’t take my word for truth! It’s not enough (and potentially damaging) to just read someone else’s interpretation. Read it for yourself, and through prayer and application, God will teach you.

Before you begin, get a better understanding of the book’s context by reading this introduction to Joshua.

May you receive all of God’s Word! Happy reading! See you tomorrow 🙂

Being, Doing, Proving: An #IF:Gathering Reflection

Being, Doing, Proving: An #IF:Gathering Reflection

I’ve been watching the IF:Gathering sessions all day. Speakers, worship, laughs, and a whole lot of TRUTH being spoken through these ladies. If you’re not familiar with Jennie Allen’s ministry, it’s a generation of women coming together to glorify God by equipping and sending disciples into the world to make more. It’s an awesome ministry and I so wish that I was there this weekend.

Actually… Okay, this is embarrassing. But we’re friends so I can tell you, right?

I wish I was there this weekend. To speak.

I look at these sisters in Christ. These beautiful, incredibly humble and purpose-driven God-fearing women. They are full of passion and intense desire for Jesus. They work hard, they always have something witty and remarkable to say on Instagram, and they all have really nice hair (I mean…). And all the cute shoes we saw today? *Sigh*

Now here come the whispers. The lies come so softly and subtly that if I’m not careful I might actually mistake them for God’s voice. Because that’s what Satan does. He’s a clever manipulator in the worst way. He says:

Look at these women. You could be like that if only you tried a little harder. Got up a little earlier. Took a little more pride in your appearance. You might actually have a real career, a meaningful life. 

 

These last few weeks little else has been on my mind but this blog and my writing projects. I have many grand ideas because I have set my sight on what I want. Yes, the book contracts, the site ratings, the respect and attention. I think, if I can do all that, God will surely be praised because of what he did for me. Plus if I was in with this crowd, I might even get my own pair of cute ankle booties.

Then Jennie Allen said something that made me do a double-take. She said, “We need to pledge to quit doing things FOR God instead of WITH God. Basically, we need to quit being so awesome.”

It was at that exact moment that my eyes were opened. I realized that all these dreams I have for myself, while not bad in and of themselves, were for my glory mostly and a little for god. Probably like 60/40. Or maybe 70/30 if I wasn’t lying.

See, it’s all the Being and Doing and Proving that gets us tangled up in our own fears and failures. It’s all the trying to be so awesome that ironically shuts God out of those same plans. We forget to sit still and be captivated and in awe of the Author and Owner of the universe.

Do you do this too? Run in circles trying to catch up with, or even surpass Him in his greatness? I do for sure. But I’m trying to quit. Clearly, I’m just not cut out to be that awesome.

Let us remember tonight that we are called to rest in his unfailing love. That’s why He’s God and we are not.

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~The PD team

 

 

reblog: An atheist troll at 30 thousand feet

I have to confess, I spent several hours last night trying to put together a coherent article on why I am terrified to share my faith publicly.

And then this.

This just gives me so much hope that even I can hold a conversation without trying to win an argument. Because in the end, it’s not about winning an argument or being a better debater.

Like many others, I suffer from the delusion that it’s my fault if I fail to reach someone so that they are “cut to the heart”. I love that Peter was a simple preacher whose message was was still compelling enough to reach ordinary people.

But I don’t have to be an apologist. Some people are gifted with that talent. I’m not. And that’s okay.

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At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!

Matthew 11:25-26

 

Running The Race

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During a recent flight, this happened.

Passenger: “Oh God, you aren’t going to preach to me for the whole flight, are you?”

Me: “Why would you assume I was?”

Passenger: “You have a Bible in your lap, that’s often how it goes with people like you.”

Me: “So you fly often, and often get preached to for entire flights?”

Passenger: “It happens.”

Me: “Often?”

Passenger: “OK, no. But it has happened.”

Me: “So what do you have against preaching?”

Passenger: “It doesn’t make any sense.”

Me: “How so?”

Passenger: “Trying to force people to believe in something from a book of myths? What sense does it make?”

Me: So were the dozens of people who preached to you for entire flights trying to force a belief on you?”

Passenger: “OK, maybe force isn’t the right word but they were definitely trying to talk me into something.”

Me: “Were they? Or…

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Why I’m reserving judgement on Kim Davis

Why I'm reserving judgement on Kim Davis

Disclaimer: This is not an article about gay marriage and whether it’s right or wrong. This is an article about how Christians should be responding to the whole ordeal. Thanks!


I’m sure you’ve heard about Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Even though it’s legal in this country for gay people to get married, the state government is “prohibited from substantially burdening a person’s freedom of religion” unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Issuing marriage licenses is part of her job description as a county clerk, but issuing them to same-sex couples is not part of her job description as a Christian.

Thankfully for those offended couples, the federal law of gay marriage is technically upheld, as long as you don’t apply for marriage under Kim’s watch. She was released from jail Tuesday with the order that she is not to impede the licenses being issued by other coworkers in her office. So everybody wins…kind of.

So now she’s back to her old job for she has announced her refusal to resign. Back to the same routine, which will inevitably lead to another if not identical, story.

On Tuesday when she was released from jail, she said, “I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down, because he is here. He’s worthy.”

As expected, the Internet’s response is meme after vicious meme, and hateful posts and comments about this woman, from Atheists, Christians, and everyone in-between.

How is a genuine Jesus follower to react?

  1. Remember Whose you are. If you proclaim Jesus as your Lord, you are covered in His blood and God has promised to give you a new heart and a new spirit within you. Part of growing in faith means that your heart-attitude is changed. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galations 5:22-23).
  2. We are commanded not to judge others. I stopped counting at 45, but just take a look at how many verses in the Bible issue wisdom about this very topic (I got to 45 before I stopped counting!) When something is repeated this many times in God’s inspired Word, I’ve got to check myself and take it seriously. It’s not up to me to judge her, especially considering how far removed I am from the situation. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
  3. We don’t have the whole story. Only God knows the degree of sincerity in our hearts. Only God knows Kim’s story and whether she is taking advantage of the state law in vengeance against other people, or if she’s just honestly searching for a way to show her faith. We like to think we have the whole story because we read it on CNN, but we just don’t.
  4. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2, emphasis mine). The whole idea of following Jesus is that we would turn from pursuing the pattern of this world. He called us to be the different ones, to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. The world’s pattern is just the opposite.

If every believer who claims to be a Christian reacted as the Bible teaches, we would truly be showing His glory and His nature off to the world. To be sure, we aren’t perfect, but that’s the very point in having hope in Jesus as our Anchor — that he will being to completion all the good works he started in us.

So let’s start now, with this insignificant speck of an event in history. Join me in acting differently than the world which is to say more like Jesus, and reserve judgement on Kim Davis and what she did.