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Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Message 14 in the series Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Airing Week of 1/13/2020
This Week – Tolerance is an important word in our culture today in 2020. It’s become a political “doctrine” to be upheld! And yet Joshua, in one of his final messages to the people of Israel commands them not to tolerate the pagan gods and idols of the people of Canaan. Why did he say that? Because some of the people were actually invoking the names of the pagan deities and praying to them!
Monday (1/13) – What do you tolerate morally and spiritually in your own life? If we would be totally honest, we might be surprised at others tolerance levels. We might even be shocked at our own! We introduce this message given by Joshua when he was over 100 years old, perhaps approaching 110! He challenges the people about their tolerance of pagan religion in their lives. What would the Lord say to you or me regarding those things in us?
Tuesday (1/14) – The passage begins with this phrase: “be very strong!” It takes strength to be a believer in 2020, it really does! Joshua tells the people not to “turn to the right or left” in their belief system. We retell a story we told around Christmas that T.D. Jakes of Dallas, Texas tells about his father. His dad (from West Virginia) refused to look at a map or ask for directions on family trips. You can guess the rest from there!
Wednesday (1/15) – We invoke the names of what we call “cultural gods” in our nation today. We really do! We quote a famous story converted into a country song called, “Don’t Blink!” We quote the famous passage in the book of James about how fleeting our life is. In the King James Version of the Bible, the word “vapor” is used instead of “mist”. Ironically, the word vapor is more evocative today in 2020!
Thursday (1/16) – I quote a minister from Washington State who is quite blunt about people today. He says something I have never said in a message. It’s about the “farewell messages” that we all give to our families before death comes. They’re said in casual every day conversations. It’s a very sobering quote, don’t miss it!
Friday (1/17) – We close with a quote from a famous musician and author from Australia about young people as musicians. (If you are a parent of a child into music, you need to hear this!) What he says about music applies to life, death, and even eternity! Listen to it and let his quote speak to you about your spiritual life in Christ! We then wrap us this message on tolerance in your life and mine!
Mission Statement: 3 Words
Message 13 in the series Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Airing Week of 1/6/2020
This Week – You may work for a company that has a “mission statement”. Most companies and organizations do. Some are quite serious, others are humorous. Most are quite creative. Do you have a personal mission statement? Is there a statement that sums up your life and purpose as a believer in Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God? We talk about one this week from the book of Joshua. It may surprise you; it will possibly change your life if you adopt it!
Monday (1/6) – We begin with a humorous story regarding a piece of chicken and the governor of Massachusetts. It sets up our reading the text where Joshua tells the people of God how to live and how to follow the God of their lives. It may just be one of the most important messages of this series. It’s about the gut issue of your life and mine: obedience. Hopefully it’s part of your mission statement!
Tuesday (1/7) – The three words of your mission statement and mine begin with the word “love”. Everything in our lives falls out of the love that’s in our lives or isn’t. That’s true in a marriage, a family, and the church! When you and I love someone, we are drawn “out of ourselves”. Joshua tells the people to “love the Lord your God”. It wasn’t a suggestion; it was a command!
Wednesday (1/8) – We re-share a story told by an author by the name of Frederick Buechner that I shared six months ago. He was facing the death of his grown daughter from anorexia nervosa. She ate absolutely nothing. Death was approaching. There was nothing he knew to say or do. What he did is simply remarkable. You need to hear his “gesture of desperation” before the Lord. It could be life changing!
Thursday (1/9) – Joshua tells the people to “walk in ALL His ways”. What does that mean? We talk about that admonition. It starts with loving God, and then we move on into “walking in all His ways”. We then move on to the third word of our mission statement: “obey His commands”. We love God, we walk in His ways, and then we obey His commands! What part of this do you and I not understand?
Friday (1/10) – I talk about a funeral I would be conducting that upcoming week. We talk about Proverbs 10:7, where the writer says the “memory of the righteous will be a blessing”. Hopefully, your life will be blessing after you are gone, even by people simply “remembering your life”. When people recall your life, will they recall the words, “love, walking in His ways, and obeying His commands”? Or will they recall something less, a lot less?
Putting Off, Putting On
Special Message 20
Airing Week of 12/30/2019
This Week – As we end 2019 and begin 2020, we share a message about what the Apostle Paul says we are to “put off” in our lives; then he says what we are to “put on”. He uses a clothing analogy to illustrate the message. We all can relate. What would you think needs to come out of your life? What is it you know intuitively needs to be “put on” in your life like a new garment?
Monday (12/30) – We tell the story of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. An official called the “mistress of robes” takes some of the things off of Princess Elizabeth that represented her role as princess. Then, that official puts on Elizabeth that which represents her Queenly role! In a very real sense, she “put off the old” and “put on the new”. We do something similar when we come to Christ!
Tuesday (12/31) – Coming to Christ is not a subtle change or tweaking of our personality. It’s much more profound than that! Paul says that we were created to be like God, not in power, but in character. Paul says first to put off lying. What would that do in your life today? What could happen in your marriage or family? How would that impact where you work or go to school?
Wednesday (1/1) – Paul identifies anger as the next thing we need to rid from our lives, families, and marriage! Most of the anger in our lives is egocentric. Did you know that? Anger yields spiritual territory to Satan! We share that anger destroys friendships, peace and concord in the home, incites crime and violence, and it turns love and affection into hatred! What a statement!
Thursday (1/2) – Paul deals with stealing next. He has a simple admonition to you and me about stealing. Stop it! That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Stop stealing and work, doing something useful to have something to share with others in need. We talk about the uncleanness of the soul. Do you know what that is? It is bitterness. Bitterness does to the soul, what immorality does to the body.
Friday (1/3) – Slander must come out of our lives, it means speech that injures. Paul says get rid of “malice” out of our lives. Malice is ill will toward others. We have been on both ends of malice! Paul ends with three terms: kindness, compassionate, and forgiving. Those might be the last words you would use to describe people close to you. Would those people use them to describe you?
Favorite Christmas Stories
Special Message 19
Airing Week of 12/23/2019
This Week – All this week on CrossHope, we air five favorite Christmas stories that come from various messages on our program over the last 8 years. Each story stands on its own to convey truth and power for the season. We hope you will not only enjoy them, but share them with others.
Monday (10/23) – Jean Gietzen lived in North Dakota during World War Two. Her story of Christmas of 1943 may just move you to tears in a quiet and yet powerful way. It really will! Listen to her recalling a memory of blessing a family in deep need at Christmas.Some may call what happened an accidental encounter; don’t tell Jean Gietzen that! She saw it as the hand of God!
Tuesday (10/24) – This is the only Christmas story I know involving the game of chess. And yet it has a much needed message for Christmas of 2019. We live in a culture today that “sees no Jesus, hears no Jesus, and speaks no Jesus. “ You’ve seen that at Christmas in our community, in our media, and even in families. Unfortunately, we need the “King” at Christmas as well as the rest of the year.
Wednesday (10/25) – This is my absolute favorite Christmas story! It’s told by Lillian Smith of Georgia. You won’t believe what her father did one Christmas, when he invited a group of state prisoners in what used to be called a “chain gang” over for Christmas dinner! And you are worried about having your relatives over! It truly is a scene out of a movie, yet it really happened one Christmas in her life!
Thursday (10/26) – This just may be the most important message of the week. Why? It’s about forgiveness. Christmas is about forgiveness for one simple reason: Christ is about forgiveness! This is a story of a man who didn’t speak to his father all during his teen years and beyond. What he did at his father’s grave will impact you in a mighty way!
Friday (10/27) – We close the week with a story about the father of Dallas preacher, T.D. Jakes. It describes the direction this country is going this Christmas of 2019. It just might describe the direction your marriage, your family, or even your circle of friends is going this Christmas. It’s not just the “wrong” direction; it’s going in the ‘opposite’ direction!
Not One Promise Failed!
Message 12 in the Series Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Airing Week of 12/16/2019
This Week – We’ve all been impacted by “promise keepers”. We’ve all been impacted by “promise breakers”. But to be honest, we have all been keepers and breakers in the area of life. It may be too painful for you to discuss either end of the spectrum, but this week we do looking at the promises of God. According to Joshua, not one of God’s promises to Israel failed! We talk about that and the power of promise keeping in your life.
Monday (10/16) – We begin by talking about the men’s movement, 3 decades ago known as “Promise Keepers”. Our lives have been greatly influenced by those who have kept promises in our lives. We all have been influenced by those who have broken promises to us. For some, it’s too hurtful to talk about! What promises have you kept; what promises have you broken?
Tuesday (10/17) – First, we talk about what people “sing” about all the time. We all sing about grievances against us, wrongs that have been done to us. You know the drill. The Psalm writer says “I will sing of the Lord’s great love for us!” It’s an introduction to eh promises of God that were given without fail to Israel. Joshua says not one of His promises failed! Can you and I say that?
Wednesday (10/18) – When God gives you something, you need to receive it and utilize it! What are you doing with the gifts, promises, and skills God has given to you? Joshua not only says that God promised physical things; He promised “rest” to God’s people. That’s no small thing. It has to do with His presence and peace! We share a great story about God rescuing a group of orphans in a life and death situation.
Thursday (10/19) – We discuss a promise made to us today from Isaiah 42. It’s where God promises to lead the blind. Who are the blind people? Us! How is it that we are blind? We are blind to the future! Do you know what will happen in your life tomorrow, next week, or next month? Of course not, we are blind to the future. We need His promise to “shine” the light upon our way!
Friday (10/20) – A promise that we claim at the death of a loved one, or when we face our death is from second Corinthians about life and death. It says “to be absent from this body (death), is to be present with the Lord!” That’s a promise you not only need in your life, you need the hope that promise gives. It’s like every promise in scripture; it’s connected to Christ! Don’t ever forget that!
Message 11 in the Series Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Airing Week of 12/9/2019
Joshua 18: 1-3
This Week – The universal sin in the minds of many is procrastination. We put off doing the necessary in relationships, in finances, in physical labor, and in the spiritual. Where have you procrastinated in just the last week or month? Seven tribes in the book of Joshua had procrastinated in the possessing of the land they had conquered. Joshua asked the question, “How long are you going to take to do what God has asked you to do?” Anyone relate to that? That’s what we study all this week on CrossHope!
Monday (10/9) – We begin with a humorous story about a young man procrastinating in a farming situation. It’s funny to everyone but one person. Listen to the program to find out who that is. It’s our introduction to the text from Joshua about the subject of procrastination. How has your life been affected by the procrastination of others, as well as your own?
Tuesday (10/10) – We share the top 5 things people procrastinate in according to one newspaper. We mention the procrastination of many fathers with the “tomorrow” syndrome. You and I both know the drill. We then share a powerful true story about procrastination in regards to the issue of baptism. It just may bring a tear to your eye and tug at your heart! It’s that powerful!
Wednesday (10/11) – Some people procrastinate out of fear of failure, out of the fear of success, or just simply out of laziness! Why do you and I procrastinate? Perhaps you know the reason for you. We can joke about procrastination, but there are people in your life have been impacted by your procrastination. You can recall how your life has been negatively impacted by the procrastination of a parent, spouse, or child!
Thursday (10/12) – We share a real life example that you perhaps have witnessed in your life time. Picture an elderly man or woman on their “death bed” with the family gathered around him or her. A minister or priest stands nearby. People are praying, hoping for the person to perhaps repent and turn to the Lord before they die. Sometimes they do; sometimes they don’t. Many times a deathbed conversion is really a deathbed confession.
Friday (10/13) – We will share something about procrastination that I believe you have never heard! It’s a quote from a rap singer named Trip Lee. It’s actually one of the most profound statements about procrastination in your life and mine. It cuts to the chase and gets to the heart of procrastination in your life and mine. It may just prompt you to do something today or this week that you have been putting off for a long time.
Message 10 in the Series Successful, In Whose Eyes?
Airing Week of 12/2/2019
Joshua 14: 6-14
This Week – When the Lord looks at our “history” and current life, what does He see? Hopefully, one word hopefully would be the word, “faithful”. All this week on CrossHope, we study a man named Caleb who was described as faithful for 45 years, waiting on a promise of God made to him. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, written by the Apostle John says, “Be faithful, even unto death!”
Monday (10/2) – We begin with a story about the difference between “involvement” and “commitment”. We can be involved with an organization or cause; but truth be known, we’re really not committed. We introduce a man named Caleb whose life from age 40 to 85 is described as being faithful. What about us? What’s your level of commitment to the Lord God Almighty?
Tuesday (10/3) – We read Caleb’s story where he appeals to Joshua for the fulfillment of a promise made to him 45 years earlier! He was claiming land that was committed to him when he was 40 years old. That’s a long time to wait on a promise to be fulfilled. Yet, the emphasis was on Caleb’s faithfulness to the Lord. What does that say to you and me?
Wednesday (10/4) – We are told that Caleb followed the Lord “wholeheartedly”. What do you do wholeheartedly? You may have a hobby, sport, or skill that you utilize wholeheartedly. But what about our relationship with the God who made us, redeemed us, and sustains us? Would the real description be “half-hearted” or even less?
Thursday (10/5) – Caleb said that he believed God kept him alive for 45 years. Have you ever wondered if God has kept you alive for a specific reason? What would that reason be? We talk about the host for Good Morning America, Robin Roberts being made to look like an 85 year old woman by Hollywood make-up artists. Can you picture yourself as an 85 year old man or woman? Can you picture your faithfulness, or something less?
Friday (10/6) – I often quote a minister (even in 2019) that I haven’t seen since the early 80’s! And yet I appreciate his writing so much. I quote him today talking about what someone said to him at his ordination into the ministry. What his mentor and friend said to him, speaks to both us today in December of 2019. What’s it about? One word: faithfulness!
Compassion and Capacity
Special Message 19, Airing Week of 11/25/2019
This Week – Perhaps you have felt compassion from someone who cared about your situation in life. But truth be known, they didn’t have the capacity to do anything about your problem. Likewise, we’ve all known people who have had little or no compassion, but did have the capacity to help. The Lord God Almighty has both in your life and mine! We pull away from the Joshua series for Thanksgiving week to look at what is called, “the feeding of 4,000” in Matthew.
Monday (11/25) – God is a God of compassion, but also a God of provision and capacity. It’s demonstrated by the miracle of Jesus in Matthew in feeding a crowd of over 4,000 people. We share the story of a woman who not only lost her husband; she was stressed greatly in providing for her family without him. She acknowledges the power of God in her life to provide what she needs. Do you?
Tuesday (11/26) – We read the text from Matthew 15 the account of Jesus meeting the needs of people who had not eaten for 3 days! Jesus feeds them miraculously. Many have trouble believing this miracle. Many believe that God can do nothing about their needs in 2019! What do you believe about that? We talk about the people that look to you to meet needs!
Wednesday (11/27) – We talk about people “flocking around” Jesus. How do you relate to your “flock”. If you are a parent, a neighbor, a coworker, you have people flocking around you. How do you relate to them? Do you look at them as a nuisance? Many people do! Or do you have compassion for them? Did it ever occur to you that God may bring people into your life for a reason?
Thursday (11/28) – One of the titles for God in the Old Testament is a Hebrew term that means, “God is my provider.” Do we actually believe that? On this Thanksgiving Day, it may be a good idea to thank the Lord for that fact. We talk about praying before a meal. Many people do, most do not! How about today?
Friday (11/29) – We close with the story of a woman with 50 years of regret about an earthly father who didn’t provide what she needed the most from a father. Maybe you can relate? If this miracle of Jesus from Matthew 15 teaches us anything it says that God is both a God of compassion and provision. He is a God who has the capacity for both! Do you know Him?
Message 9 in the Series, Airing Week of 11/18/2019
This Week – No one likes to be the victim of deception. And yet we all have been the victim of someone else’s scam or deception. It may have involved money, romance, or business; but the bottom line was a lie. We study the story of the Israelites being deceived by group of people known as the Gibeonites in the book of Joshua. It’s a plot right out of a movie; yet there are lessons for us all in 2019!
Monday (11/18) – We begin with a simple story of deception in a family among children. The writer of this story finds out that a cousin deceived him many years earlier in regards to a “dead fish”! We’ve all been deceived in more serious ways in life. Satan is behind ultimately all deception; Jesus called him the “father of all lies.” God’s people were deceived in a major way in Joshua 9. We find out how and why!
Tuesday (11/19) – We read the text of the ruse perpetrated on the Israelites. It was actually a creative scheme by a group of people known as the Gibeonites. They deceived Joshua and the people of God into believing that they were from a “far country”, when they were actually from a town 6 miles northwest of Jerusalem! God had forbidden the Israelites from making a treaty from any people in the land of Canaan or the Promised Land.
Wednesday (11/20) – The Gibeonites used flattery to deceive the Israelites. Has anyone used flattery to attempt deception with you? As the father of all lies, Satan entices us to believe falsehood rather than the truth of God’s word. We share the story of my being “taken” by a con-artist in my high school job. It was a great lesson for me the rest of my life!
Thursday (11/21) – The most important verse is verse 14 that says the Israelites didn’t seek the Lord’s guidance or counsel in making a decision. We share a thought about this process that I have never, never shared before in any message! You really need to hear this! We also share a bold quote about being willing to say “no” until you seek the Lord in the matter!
Friday (11/22) – We share how that the Lord can even work in our failures, not just our successes! God can not only work in our mistakes, He can overrule anything He chooses in our lives. We close with a powerful story that we’ve used before on CrossHope about a woman who stayed married to a man who went to prison for decades. Her story will not only speak to you, but perhaps speak to God working in the mistakes of your life and mine.
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!