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Guilt and Fear
Special Message 18, Airing Week of 11/11/2019
This Week – Guilt and fear usually travel together in our lives. Show me a guilty man or woman, and I can probably can show you a fearful man or woman. Show me a fearful person; you probably are looking at a “guilty” person. The writer of Psalm 102 is David. He’s an afflicted man! He’s afflicted with both guilt and fear. On this Veteran’s Day week, we share a message given on a Veteran’s Day weekend.
Monday (11/11) – We introduce this text with a story told by the brother of Gary Sinise, Hollywood actor and the one who portrayed “Lt. Dan” in the movie Forest Gump. Coincidentally, this is an appropriate story for Veteran’s Day, 2019. Psalm 102 speaks to the guilt in King David’s life for the sin of adultery and murder, but also to his fear! It will speak to you and me!
Tuesday (11/12) – There is power of the mind in affecting us physically! So it is with guilt. What has guilt done in your life physiologically? David describes the power of guilt and fear in our physical bodies. And he didn’t know Christ and the cross. You and I do. Listen to his description of what guilt and fear did to him.
Wednesday (11/13) – Guilt has more to do with your health than you may know. He describes being in a “fog”. Sound familiar? When he says “his bones burn like glowing embers”, he is describing arthritis or inflammation perhaps? When he said his heart is blighted, could he be experience what we call rapid heartbeat etc.? What he referred to in “agricultural terms” just might have significance to a cardiologist!
Thursday (11/14) – When David said he was eating ashes, he was! We explain that in terms of what David would have done in his repentance. When he talks about his heart “withering like grass”, we translate that into the physical power of guilt in our lives. Guilt and fear have power in your life and mine! They have more power than we know!
Friday (11/15) – Brennan Manning was a former Catholic priest who counseled Christian singer, Rich Mullins. While he was a tremendous help to Rich; he will be a tremendous help to you and me with our guilt and fear. He says things about guilt that I have never heard anyone say, ever! We close with the details of the bombing of the city of Stuttgart, Germany during World War II. It will speak to the power of the cross of Christ in your life and mine.
Renewing the Covenant
Message 8 in the Series, Airing Week of 11/4/2019
Joshua 8: 30-35
This Week – I’ve never wept at any wedding I’ve attended or officiated. But I have choked up with emotion at a “wedding vow renewal” more than once. Why? There is something moving about people renewing their marriage covenant after years of marriage. This week on CrossHope we look at the passage in Joshua where the people of God renew their covenant with the Lord God almighty!
Monday (11/4) – The Israelites were victorious over the city of Jericho. Their second battle was at a place called Ai. They lost the battle, soldiers were killed, and they ran away from the fight in fear! The Lord reveals to Joshua that a man named Achan had stolen things that were forbidden to be had. The whole nation suffered from one man’s disobedience! That’s not fair, right?
Tuesday (11/5) – Perhaps you and I need to renew our covenant or commitment to the Lord today! The people of God did not recommit to morality, or being nice, or even being more religious. They committed to the Word of God! That’s it? That’s it; but it’s so powerful! What would happen if you recommitted your life to reading and following the Word of God! Our lives would be impacted in a most powerful way!
Wednesday (11/6) – Author Sam Storms from Oklahoma City says that people do four things with the Word of God. Some people trivialize the Word of God. Some people trifle with the Word of God. Some people tamper with the Word of God. Lastly, some people tremble at the Word of God. We define each term and then ask the question, “Which one describes us?”
Thursday (11/7) – You and I have got to come to a decision about what the Bible or Word of God really is in our lives. We don’t “break” the word of God or break the laws of God, they actually “break” us! We explain the scripture that says God’s word is a “light and lamp” to our lives. That means we see everything in life through the lens of the word of God!
Friday (11/8) – We close with a powerful story by a doctor who is confined to a wheelchair. Her confinement to a wheelchair impacts how she treats patients. Your relationships in life will be impacted by the word of God and your covenant to Him. Your family, your marriage, your career, your health everything is seen through the light of God’s covenant with you! Start reading the word and you’ll discover that!
The God of Promises
Message 7 in the Series, Airing Week of 10/28/2019
This Week – Promises are important in our lives, more than we know. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a “kept” promise; we’ve been on the receiving end of a “broken” promise. We’ve been on the other end of those equations with people close to us. This week we continue the story of Rahab in the book of Joshua. She was promised protection when her city of Jericho was destroyed by the Israelites. That promise was fulfilled by Joshua and people of God!
Monday (10/28) – We begin with a story by Dr. John Buchanan who tells of the “unlikely” people that would show up in his church in downtown Chicago, years ago. That was and is the nature of being in a downtown location in a major city. We reintroduce the woman Rahab who was an unlikely follower of the living God. She was given a promise; it was fulfilled in chapter six this week on CrossHope.
Tuesday (10/29) – After the walls “came tumbling down” at the city of Jericho by the hand of God, Joshua tells his soldiers to bring out the family of Rahab (the prostitute from chapter 2) safe and sound. She had hidden two spies on the roof of her house. She could have betrayed them and turned them in, but she didn’t because of her faith in the living God! They promised her protection; in chapter 6 the promise is fulfilled!
Wednesday (10/30) – We share the story of a librarian from Martinsburg, West Virginia. After 25 years of marriage, she was homeless owning a truck, some clothing, and $56.00. She lived in an abandoned house for four years, paying $50.00 per month rent. Her story of recovery from that and her “ministry” to homeless people is tied in to the story of Rahab!
Thursday (10/31) – We tell the rest of the story of Rahab today. She was told by the spies that if she put out of her window a scarlet cord or rope, she and her family would be spared by the 40,000 Israeli soldiers that invaded her city. Talk about a promise that might be hard to believe! She believed it and she claimed it! What promises of God do you believe today?
Friday (11/1) – We close with another story of Dr. John Buchanan telling of a man named Glen in a Hospice Care facility in Munster, Indiana. What encouraged this man near death, was hearing about the promises of God from John’s messages. (He had 100 of his messages on cassette tape!) Listening to John lifted his spirit and encouraged him in a dying world. What could the promises of God do in your life? More important than the promises is the One who made them!
Taking Down Strongholds
Message 6 in the Series, Airing Week of 10/21/2019
This Week – It’s the most famous of all the stories out of the book of Joshua. Even people who have little or no familiarity with the Bible may know something about “the walls of Jericho come tumbling down”. Are there any “strongholds” in your life that need to come down in the name of Christ? Let’s about that this week on CrossHope!
Monday (10/21) – When the people of Israel crossed the Jordan River (from east to west), they encountered what has been termed a “fortress or garrison city” known as Jericho. It was built for combat, perhaps double walled. It was designed to repel attacks from invaders. This is the city of scripture and song that was taken down by the power of God!
Tuesday (10/22) – We do initially recognize some strongholds in your life and mine. There is the stronghold of unconfessed sin. Is that in your life today in 2019? Unconfessed sin becomes a stronghold if we don’t deal with it. We talk about the stronghold of a bitter spirit. Bitterness rarely starts out as sin; it always ends up that way! We talk about the stronghold of pride in your life and mine! We talk about the angelic being who confronts Joshua.
Wednesday (10/23) – We share a story that I hesitated to use! But I did. It’s a story about a minister’s criticism of a former congregation. You may cringe a little hearing it a first; you may thank God for what he says at the end of it!This is an anonymous story that actually is one of the most powerful I have ever used! Please listen today!
Thursday (10/24) – Rosalind Moss was a chaplain at a women’s prison in Lancaster, California in the 1980’s. She tells of a confrontation with a crusty sergeant guard at the prison. The sergeant suffered from the stronghold of pride in his life. Many people do! Many church people do! Do you need to “march around the city of pride” in your life and take it down in the name of Christ?
Friday (10/25) – We close with the story of Barry Black, a man who grew up in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. His family owned a record player and only one record! You read that correctly. His story of God working in his life demonstrates the power that can “take down a stronghold” in your life and mine. God loves to demonstrate His strength in our weakness!
The Price of Disobedience
Message 5 in the Series, Airing Week of 10/14/2019
Joshua 5:6 and Psalm 106:32-39
This Week – Have you ever used the phrase, “He or she paid a big price for that choice or decision”? We know what that means. A big price is often paid by people for their choices in life. God’s people, the Israelites paid a big price for their disobedience to the Lord God Almighty! They made willful decisions not to follow the Lord’s commands. Have you?
Monday (10/14) – Disobedience to the Lord can be costly. The book of Joshua tells us that Israel had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years because of their not obeying the Lord! That’s an incredible statement from just one verse, Joshua 5:6. It is, but true. What has disobedience to the Lord cost you or me? More than we may realize. We talk about that all this week on CrossHope.
Tuesday (10/15) – We read a companion passage in the book of Psalms that illuminates exactly what the people of God had done to disobey the Lord’s will for their nation. It’s not a pretty picture. In fact, it’s an unbelievable passage that describes the vile behavior of His people. You may need to be aware of the nature of this passage if children are present!
Wednesday (10/16) – We explain in depth the “horror” of this passage in Psalms. God’s people “rebelled” against the Spirit of God. They rebelled against His very essence. Today in 2019 we would say, “They rebelled against the Holy Spirit of God”. We tell the story of a man from Texas who perhaps did that very thing, by his own admission. It’s a powerful story that perhaps you can relate to!
Thursday (10/17) – This country singer we discuss said he came to the place where he realized that he either had to change or die! That is a desperate situation, and yet someone reading this may relate! The Israelites were actually sacrificing their children to demons. We share 7 or 8 things that Dr. Charles Stanley says we experience when we rebel against the Lord.
Friday (10/18) – This story by John Fountain, a former professor of journalism brought tears to the eyes of people who heard this story. It may just provoke a reaction like that in your heart. John’s story illustrates what the disobedience of a father can do to the heart of his son. What has your disobedience done in the lives of the people you lead and love?
Stones of Memory
Message 4 in the Series, Airing Week of 10/7/2019
Joshua 4:1-9, 24
This Week – Do you have something in your life that is a reminder of a place, a person, or an event? Sure, we all do! This week’s message is about what the book of Joshua refers to as “stones of memory”. They were 12 stones that were taken out of the Jordan River to remind the Israelites that God had miraculously made it possible for the whole nation to cross the river! What reminds you of something the Lord has done in your life?
Monday (10/7) – We begin with a humorous story told by Alistair Begg of Cleveland about a golfer with great eyesight, but a lousy memory. Forgetfulness causes a great deal of grief in our lives and the lives of those around us. To forget spiritually is not just to “cease to remember”; it means to “cease to care”! Does that resonate with you and me? I believe it does with all of us!
Tuesday (10/8) – We have been “called” by God to remember. In both the Old and New Testaments, we are admonished to remember what God has done, what He has said, and what He has prompted us to do. That’s why he had the people erect a memorial to the crossing of the river. It was intended to prompt even children to ask, “What do these stones mean?” What spiritual questions has a child asked you?
Wednesday (10/9) – We have memorials in our lives, even in what we call “church”. We journal, we collect photos, and we have souvenirs as tokens of memory of a trip or vacation. You do know that communion and baptism are memorials with symbolic meaning in our lives, don’t you? Edith Shaffer says that as adults and parents, we provide a “museum of memories” in our homes! What kind of museum have you helped to create?
Thursday (10/10) – Are you prepared to give spiritual answers to spiritual questions? Many Christian adults would tell a child to ask someone else! We tell an interesting story about a 10,000 meter race where 123 out of 128 runners ran the wrong way, and laughed at those who went the right way! What a parable for spiritual life and choices in 2019.
Friday (10/11) – The last verse of this text says this: “God did this so that all people might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and that you might always fear the Lord your God!” God doesn’t want us to cringe like a frightened child, but to have respect and reverence for almighty God! He’s God and we’re not! Forgetting God is one of the most devastating things we do spiritually! You know that, don’t you?
Message 3 in the Series, Airing Week of 9/30/2019
This Week – Most people have an “uncrossable” river in their lives. It’s something from our past that seemingly cannot be dealt with, moved, or transversed. It could be a past failure or sin. It could be an embarrassing situation never faced. It could be the inability to change. Perhaps you know what that is in your life. This week we study the river Jordan and the crossing of 500,000 to 1,000,000 people of Israel. It’s a remarkable story and a lesson for your life and mine!
Monday (9/30) – We begin with 3 examples of problems that are seemingly unsolvable. What is in your life right now that is unsolvable or a river that can’t be crossed? You know what it is! The Lord is in the business with helping people to cross uncrossable rivers! We know it because of the Jordan River crossed by the people of God after 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. It’s really a great message for your life and mine!
Tuesday (10/1) – After reviewing the first two messages from this series in the book of Joshua, we share the text for this week. The people are told to “consecrate themselves” for the next event in their journey. We’ll talk about this word tomorrow in detail. They’re told to follow the Ark of the Covenant across the river. They weren’t told to “worship” it; they were told to “follow” it. We all follow something in life in 2019. What is it for you?
Wednesday (10/2) – “Consecrate or sanctify” yourselves was the command of Joshua to the people. You may be surprised about what we suggest to you to follow this command. We talk about a group of drug addicts in a worship service who were told to “lay down their drugs” at the altar. Many of them did exactly that! What do you and I need to “lay at the altar” before the Lord today in 2019? You may already know!
Thursday (10/3) – The Lord tells Joshua that HE will exalt him in the eyes of the people. We all know self-appointed and self-exalted people in our lives. The greatest leadership quality for Joshua was this: God was with him! We then talk about God driving out the nations of the Land so that Israel could take the possession of the region. We actually share some graphic things about this activity, which parents may need to note!
Friday (10/4) – We close with a powerful illustration from World War 2 about a group of pilots called the “Pathfinders”. We talk about the Lord being the “pathfinder” in your life and mine. He will direct the man or woman who seeks His guidance. He will deliver people from that which need to be removed from your life and mine! What does He need to do in your life in 2019? What does He want you to decide to do in order cooperate with that process?
A Woman with a Past and a Promise
Message 2 in the Series, Airing Week of 9/23/2019
This Week – Have you ever known anyone with a “past”? We all know what that means, but the surprise comes when we realize we all come to the Lord with a past. You do and so do I! This week we study a woman named Rahab. I doubt seriously that you have ever met a woman with that name. She was a prostitute, a liar, and perhaps a con artist. She went terribly wrong in life; she also believed in the One God of heaven and earth! What a lesson for us all!
Monday (9/23) – You may have though that all of the people of the Bible were people who walked around with folded hands and wearing robes. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Most people in the Bible were broken people, lives who were made new by the power of God! We introduce a woman named Rahab in this second message from the book of Joshua. Her life just may inspire you!
Tuesday (9/24) – Rahab runs a “business” in the city of Jericho. She hides and protects two Israeli spies up on her roof. The local authorities were looking for them, probably to kill them! She acknowledges to the spies that she knows that “their God IS the God of heaven above and the earth below!” That was no small deal, to acknowledge that the God of Israel is the one and true God! Do we believe that?
Wednesday (9/25) – We quote John MacArthur who described Rahab with a wicked past and history. And yet her present and future life was dramatically impacted by the One she believed in! Tell me whom you truly believe in and I think I can tell something of who you are! MacArthur says that God could see through the “debris” of her life and could see her faith in the living God! He can do the same with us.
Thursday (9/26) – We share a powerful story from the life of C.S. Lewis, who lied to a group of hunters chasing a fox. God is a God of forgiveness, grace, and mercy, even when you and I are not! The spies told Rahab to hang a scarlet cord from the window when the city was attacked by the Israelites. Her life and the lives of her family members would be speared because of her help. The cord is a “pre-type” for the blood of Christ!
Friday (9/27) – We talk about a man who described his life as a man who was “born with a rusty spoon in his mouth”. That play on a familiar phrase may describe your life! That may capture what’s happened or is happening in your life now. And yet the God you and I believe in can change what’s going on in our lives now, because of His grace, mercy, and forgiveness! The God who forgave Rahab can forgive you and me through what Christ did on the cross. Believe that today!
Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Message 1 in the Series, Airing Week of 9/16/2019
This Week – We begin a new series on CrossHope from the book of Joshua. It is the sixth book of the Old Testament, right after the five books of the “Law”, Genesis through Deuteronomy. Joshua covers about 25 years of Israel’s history under Joshua, Moses’ assistant and successor. It is relevant to our lives today in the way it speaks of God’s presence and faithfulness to His people. But it speaks of our need to be rightly related to Him and to His word!
Monday (9/16) – We begin by talking about an out of print magazine called, “Success Unlimited”. I was a faithful reader of the publication for years until I realized in moment that success is having the presence of the Lord in one’s life. Any success in our lives must be determined by the one whose eyes are always watching us: The Lord God almighty! Are you successful in His eye?
Tuesday (9/17) – We read the first nine verses of the book of Joshua. The definition of success is not only different than ours in 2019; the One who observes our “success” is also different than most people have today. Moses is dead; he is referred to as “God’s servant”. That’s no small thing. The highest office in the kingdom of God (and the church) is servant! What a concept!