June 24, 2018 Ken's Sermon

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The prophet Samuel is the bridge between the time of the Judges and the Kings.  Like Ruth, the story begins with a tragically but in the first three chapters of 1 Sam we learn a lot about hearing God's voice and discerning God's direction for our lives

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Ruth, a great story of loyalty and God's provision, is set in the midst of Judges, a time of great dysfunction in the history of Israel.

From this tory we learn that:

1. We are not defined by the culture around us.  Gos was at work in the time of the judges and in the lives of a jewish family in pagan Moab.

2. We can not predict how God will work.  He seems to low coming through when the situation seems hopeless from the human perspective.

3. Everything ultimately revolves around Jesus.  Gods intervention in the lives of Ruth and Naomi ultimately contributed to the geneology of Jesus. 

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Judges contains stories of some of the great heros of the Bible: Samson, Gideon and others.  These colorful heros almost all had significant moral failings, not unlike many of the prominent Christian leaders today.  Sin has significant consequences but God's work is dependent on him, not the human vessel he chooses to use.  The Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11 includes many of these flawed heros commemorating the fact that at some point they trusted God and stepped out in faith.  God can use any of us, regardless of our past, if we will lean on him in faith and step out in obedience to do what he asks us to do.

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Judges contains stories of some of the great heros of the Bible: Samson, Gideon and others.  These colorful heros almost all had significant moral failings, not unlike many of the prominent Christian leaders today.  Sin has significant consequences but God's work is dependent on him, not the human vessel he chooses to use.  The Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11 includes many of these flawed heros commemorating the fact that at some point they trusted God and stepped out in faith.  God can use any of us, regardless of our past, if we will lean on him in faith and step out in obedience to do what he asks us to do.

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Wake preached over Joshua 24:14-28.

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After an complete victory at Jericho, Israel suffered defeat at the hands of little Ai because of sin.  In their pride, Israel had attacked without consulting God.  One of the men had taken spoil from Jericho which was devoted for destruction causing God to depart from them.  The story is a picture of the terrible consequences of sin but that also creates a door of hope by causing us to hate sin and seek Jesus to free us from our bondage to it.

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The children of Israel complained aginst the Lord and he sent fiery serpants which were killing the people.  When Moses interceded, the Lord did not remove the snakes but he told Moses to make a bronze serpant and place it on a pole so that any who looked at it would be spared.  Jesus was also hung high on a pole so that all who look to him in faith can be ultimately rescued from the consequences of their sin.

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Joshua and the Israelites were called to step out in faith, "Be bold and courageous" even though by earthly wisdom, the odds were stacked against them.  Where you spend your time, money and thought life are indicative of where you place your faith.  Joshua gained strenth and courage by reading and meditating on God's word day and night.  He also reflected on what God had done previously - the crossing of the Red Sea, manna in the wilderness, etc.  We need to set remembrances for ourselves.  Take the next step that you know God is asking you to take.

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Joshua and the Israelites were called to step out in faith, "Be bold and courageous" even though by earthly wisdom, the odds were stacked against them.  Where you spend your time, money and thought life are indicative of where you place your faith.  Joshua gained strenth and courage by reading and meditating on God's word day and night.  He also reflected on what God had done previously - the crossing of the Red Sea, manna in the wilderness, etc.  We need to set rememberances for ourselves.  Take the next step that you know God is asking you to take. 

 

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