Week Thirty-Six Thoughts

My thoughts draw me overall to the book of Isaiah this week, and for sake of not being too long I’ll just focus in on one verse and challenge you as you continue reading through the book of Isaiah. I want to bring us to Isaiah 7:14. This verse reads, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” This verse should almost automatically bring your mind to the birth of Jesus. Isaiah here is prophesying of the coming birth of Jesus, and gives us a glimpse of who Jesus will be. Jesus is Immanuel, or God with us.

Growing up in the church I have read the verses in Isaiah and the other prophets about Jesus, and at times I think we can get almost numb to these things and not find them as astounding as they actually are. As you continue reading through Isaiah and the other prophets, remember they were written many years before Jesus was born. It should bring us awe and wonder when we read through passages written hundreds of years before the time of Christ that depict his birth, ministry, death and resurrection. So my challenge to you is to take your time when reading and marvel at prophetic words about Christ, and rest in your salvation.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Thirty-Five Thoughts

My thoughts this week bring me to Revelation 3:15-16. Instead of talking about art this week let me go to another thing I have grown to enjoy more and more, and that is food. When it comes to food different foods are served at different temperatures. When it comes to soup it is normally served hot, and some soups are served cold, but I don’t know of any that are served lukewarm. If soup is lukewarm it isn’t very good at all, and to be honest in my opinion is not worth eating. When we get to this passage in Revelation, we see that Jesus is using a similar image here about the people in the church of Laodicea.

Jesus says of the people here, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.” Right after this He says I wish you were either hot or cold. He then goes on to say that they are lukewarm. When you taste something lukewarm it can be hard to eat, and Jesus in this case says, “I will spit (or vomit) you out of my mouth.” When we read this it is not the best image, but we know the feeling of not liking something about a food and wanting to spit it out. This is what Jesus says he will do with the people that are lukewarm. Are you hot, lukewarm, or cold? Let us be excited about our relationship with Christ and be hot. As you read through the first few chapters of Revelation take heed to the warnings Christ gives.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Thirty-Four Thoughts

This week my thoughts bring me to Psalm 32. This passage has been one that I have loved for quite a while now. This past week I went to a local museum here in Jacksonville with my wife to check out a temporary exhibit of French Modernist artist, including works by Monet, Degas, and other greats of this period. It is impressive to me how different styles of art can convey messages and how a story can be told in a painting, but equally impressive to me is how sometimes words can paint a beautiful picture. In Psalm 32 David paints one of the best pictures of the weight guilt I have ever seen or in this case read.

Not all art portrays something positive, just like verses 3 and 4 in Psalm 32. We are given this vivid picture of guilt. David writes, “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength (or vitality) was dried up as by the heat of summer.” This past week has had temperatures creeping up near 100, to say the least I think living in Florida we know the feeling of our strength or vitality being dried up or drained. David likens this feeling to the weight of sin in his life. I don’t know about you, but I believe this is an extremely accurate picture of the feeling of guilt.

Thankfully we see before and after in this Psalm that David also paints a beautiful picture of forgiveness. He does not necessarily go into detail on the feelings and paint a picture that way, but if we take the picture of guilt and we flip it we can paint a contrasting picture. Instead of the heat of the summer sun, the comfort of stepping into an air conditioned room, or jumping into a refreshing pool. Instead of our bones wasting away, a growing strength in our bodies. Instead of groaning all day, rejoicing all day long.

Take some time to dwell on the sweetness of forgiveness and rejoice over it! Share it with others. People need forgiveness, show them where it is, show them where your strength is. The forgiveness we have received from Christ is sweet and refreshing, but don’t forget about how repressive the guilt of sin is. When you forget, run back to Psalm 32. We have some really good news, let us share it with compassion remembering what guilt feels like. Share forgiveness with others! Also go out and enjoy some art!

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Thirty-Two Thoughts

My thoughts today take me to Matthew 10:16-25. Jesus here is talking to his disciples about persecution that will come to them. I think that a lot of times people expect once they become a Christian that life will get easier. Here we have Jesus telling his disciples the opposite really, that they will be handed over to the courts and they will be hated by all for His name sake. Jesus does not tell his disciples to quit or back down, but he tells them to not fear and to endure.

We live in a time that can seem hostile towards Christians, but if we look back over history we have it really easy. We don’t see much in the way of persecution here in America. The question is, if we did would we stay faithful, and would be endure without fear? Jesus not only tells them not to fear, but down in verse 28 he says, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

So let us be bold in our faith wherever we are. Let us not fear what someone might say about us, or what they may do to us, but rather trust in God, and rest in Him know that even if we are persecuted even to the point of death, still let us not fear, for Christ has saved us and our reward is not in this life, but in the one to come. So be bold, share your faith, and don’t fear persecution. I’ve read the end, and we as believers win. So why fear what can only kill the body?

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Thirty-One Thoughts

My thoughts today bring me to Nehemiah 8-9. In chapter 8, we see the public reading of the law, and from here it seems that it sparks some reform in the Israelite part. The next thing we see is celebration over who God is, and then restore the Feast of Booths. Then we get to chapter 9, where we see the people confessing their sin.

When is the last time being in God’s word brought you to either to a place of celebration or of confessing of your sins? We should be impacted deeply by our time in God’s Word as the Israelite people were. So I will leave you with this question, are you actually paying attention to what you are reading in God’s Word? Let us pay attention to God’s Word and allow it to impact us and let the Holy Spirit work in our lives. Thanks for reading!

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Nine Thoughts

My thoughts for this week bring me back to the book of James. In chapter five of James we have a warning to the rich. What is the first thing you think about when you hear rich? If you are anything like me it might be, well that doesn’t pertain to me, I’m not rich or I don’t have that much. I think for most of us we would feel that way, but I believe especially as Americans we are actually very well off. Not only are we getting by, but we are able to fulfill wants and not just needs a lot of times, and when we look at a lot of other parts of the world we would be considered rich. I also want you to take some time to think about not only money and possessions, but think about the talents, gifts, and skills that you possess.

What has God given you in this life? This is the first question I think we should ask ourselves, not what do i possess, but what has God given me. This way we don’t have the concept of all I have is mine and I have earned it myself, thus it is mine to do what I want. Your gifts and skills were given to you by God. He created you, and even that hard work you put in to cultivate those gifts and skills, God has given you that desire and work ethic. As a Christian, we are all rich, not necessarily monetarily rich or skill rich, but rich in hope and rich in the Kingdom to Come.

The question we must ask ourselves is, what are we doing with our wealth? If we have much, are we helping those in need? If we are skilled to serve others or build things, are we serving others and helping where we can? If we are good cooks, are we sharing in meals and fellowship? If we have the Good News and Hope within us, are we sharing it? Let us take some time to evaluate what we are doing with what we have. I’m sure we can all grow in our willingness and practice of using our riches for Christ’s glory. Don’t let your riches (monetary, skills, knowledge, faith, etc.) go to waste, use them! Let us be less selfish, and more like Christ.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Eight Thoughts

I want to bring you to two passages today from our reading. The first passage is Hebrews 11 and the second is James 2:14-26. Hebrews 11 is sometimes referred to as the Hall of Faith, and James 2:14-26 can cause trouble for some people with the idea of a works based salvation. So I want us to dive into these passages together.

In Hebrews 11 we see a definition of faith, and we see many examples of faith throughout from the Old Testament. When we look into examples of faith given, there is always action that accompanies this faith. The one thing we have to keep in mind is that it was not the action that “gained God’s approval” (Hebrews 11:39), but rather it was their faith. The faith is the motivator for action, and I would even say that genuine faith always produces movement or action. Throughout Hebrews 11 we see active faith, which produces action, and now I want to take us to James 2.

In James 2, we James saying that faith without works is dead. He asks some thought provoking questions about faith, asking if faith without works can save someone? He answers this by saying faith without works is dead or useless, and that even the Demons believe that God is one, and they shudder. When looking at this one could wonder if James is saying that ultimately we are then saved by our works. This is not what he is saying, but what he is saying is that true faith will produce works. If we truly believe and have faith in Christ we are transformed, and we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In all the examples of faith we are given from the Old Testament in Hebrews 11, there was obviously a belief in who God is, but there is also an action that comes along with that, thus showing that faith is not stagnant, but that there is movement and action involved.

In just reading through Romans, we know that we are justified and saved by faith, and not works, that no one may boast. Christ did the saving on the cross, and our faith in that saves us, but that faith is not inactive or passive, it is active and produces fruit, it transforms us. Take some time this week to read through Matthew 25:31-46, and contemplate what faith looks like. When I read this along with James 2, it brings me to believe that these works are a natural out-flowing from the believer, not done under obligation, but compulsion from our love for Christ, so much so that we do not even realizing we are doing them. Have you been transformed by the outpouring of grace from God? Is your faith active? Do you “perform” works out of obligation (or guilt) or out of compulsion for your love of Christ?

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Seven Thoughts

This week my thoughts came from Hebrews, and not just one chapter or a few verses, but weaved throughout the chapters we read. My thoughts went to the concept of Jesus as our Great High Priest. This is one of those concepts that has kind of been lost in history. When we look at what a priest did in the Old Testament, we see that they in a sense were a mediator between God and His people, but with Christ as the High Priest we have a fundamental change in that we now have access to God directly.

Another function of the High Priest was to offer the sacrifice for the people as well. Jesus not only offered a sacrifice, He was the sacrifice, and not just a sacrifice, but He was the perfect sacrifice (see Hebrews 10). So as we look at Jesus as the Great High Priest we must recognize that He is not only the mediator and sacrifice, but that He is also God, but not only that, but as a Christ follower, He is for us. With Jesus as our mediator and sacrifice we can stand before God the Father forgiven and counted righteous.

With Jesus as our Great High Priest we know we are in good hands. We have someone that sympathizes with us, someone that loves us, someone that died for us, and we now have direct access to God. How lucky are we? Jesus is actively our Great High Priest and our sacrifice. He brought salvation to us.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Six Thoughts

This week I want to bring us to 1 Chronicles 15:29. This verse reads as follows, “As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked down from the window and saw King David leaping and dancing, and she despised him in her heart. Michal was David’s wife, and we see that David is for a lack of better terms going nuts, not in a bad way, but in a rejoicing way. We see here that David is excited, and rightfully so, he is finally bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. In his act of undignified dancing, as Michal would have put it, what is David doing? David is expressing his joy, thanksgiving, and ultimately worship to God through this dancing and music.

When I think about worship and what it looks like, I find myself at times a lot more like Michal and less like David. I tend to be reserved and at times even skeptical of others. This is wrong of me, but I think what is probably even worse than the skepticism is my lack of freedom in worship. Why don’t I let loose? What am I afraid of? Do I think people will judge my bad voice or would dancing offend someone? The answer to the last two questions for me is I think people would judge my bad voice and dancing might offend some. Even though that might be the case, I have to ask why do I care how others perceive how I worship?

The question comes down to this, who are you trying to please with how you worship? Man or God? Let us all worship God for who He is and what He has done, and don’t let people hinder that, and if that means dancing, than dance, if that means singing at the top of your lungs even though you sound like a cross between dying cat and a scared dog, than do it, or if that means you sit in quiet contemplation while others are singing and dancing, than sit. We serve an amazing God, so let us worship Him with our whole self. David worshiped freely before God, without a worry of who was watching, so let us take a play from his book and worship freely as well.

Thanks for reading!

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Five Thoughts

My thoughts this week are short, and they come from 2 Kings 22:8-13. This account is during the time when Josiah is king of Judah and they find the Book of the Law. The place I want to focus on is Josiah’s reaction when he heard the words of the book of the law. We are told he tore his clothes and seeks answers from the LORD. When is the last time the Word of God has impacted you like this? Has the Word of God ever impacted you like this? As we ask ourselves these questions, we must also ask, when is the last time I was convicted by the Word of God? Josiah sees the sin and disobedience of Judah, and I am sure even in himself.

So let us be like Josiah, being excited about God’s Word, repentant of our sins, and faithful to God’s Word.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Four Thoughts

This week is a very important week for the church, it is what is known as Holy week. It would make sense for me to write about the Mark’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but I want to bring us to 2 Kings 5. This is the account of Naaman being healed of his skin disease.

In this passage we see the instructions given to Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan and then his skin would be restored and clean. From here we see Naaman’s reaction, but then after some counsel we see him follow the instructions. After he washed seven times in the Jordan, he was miraculously healed of his skin disease. This is where I want to pick it up.

After he is healed, he confesses that there is only one God, the God of Israel, but then he also tries to give Elisha a gift. Elisha would not accept the gift, and it may seem like a rather insignificant thing here, but I think it is something to look at. Why would he not accept it? What would have happened if he had? Would God have gotten the glory in this situation, or would have Elisha? As you continue reading through the reading plan, don’t forget to take time to ask questions and seek out the answers. Research them, or ask someone what they think, start conversations about what you are reading, and enjoy the time in God’s word.

Thanks for reading!

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-Three Thoughts

My thoughts for this week brought me to 1 Kings 3:1-15. This is the passage where the LORD appears to Solomon in a dream and asks him what should I give you. I don’t know if you have ever had this happen to you, but I know I have not. We see here that Solomon is faced with a question, but not just from anyone, but a question from God. I want us to think about this, what if God asked you what do you want? To be honest I am not sure what my answer would be. In this passage as we read on, we see what Solomon asks for. He did not ask for money or fame, good health, and quite honestly he did not ask for anything that was selfish. Instead he asked for a receptive heart to judge and to discern between good and evil.

Solomon asked for wisdom to judge and administer justice. As we read on we see that God was pleased with his request and also grants him many other things. As we continue through our reading we get to see some of this wisdom portrayed through rulings and through proverbs, but let us never forget that Solomon asked for wisdom, and his wisdom did not come through or from him, but rather it came from God.

When we pray, what are we praying for, or what are we praying about? Are we only asking for things selfishly, or are we asking for things that will further the Kingdom? Solomon asked for something that would not only help him rule, but that would also show the greatness of the One he served. People from all around knew of Solomon’s wisdom, but they also knew who his God was. Let us use what we have been given for God’s glory and not our own.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty-One Thoughts

Today’s thoughts bring me to a fairly well known passage in 2 Samuel 11 and 12. This passage is where David has his affair with Bathsheba, gets her pregnant, tries to hide it, and then has her husband killed. The heading for chapter 11 in the New American Standard Bible is Bathsheba, David’s Great Sin. When reading this chapter it is very evident that David is making some bad decision, he is obviously sinning. We see he commits adultery first, which it seems as though maybe he got away with it, and then uh-oh Bathsheba got pregnant. Instead of owning up to anything David gets this great idea that he can still cover it up, which ends up not working, so he sends Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah, back to war with his own letter of death essentially in his hands to give to the commander of the army.

Through this account we see the destructiveness of sin, and how it leads to more and more sin. Then after this David marries Bathsheba. When I read through this account it almost amazes me that we never see any remorse or guilt shown by David, and it is not until he is approached by Nathan that he really grasps what he has done. With all of this being said, I want you to think about a few things. The first is, are there any hidden sins in your life? Do you have anyone in your life that would call you out if you were doing something wrong? Finally, when is the last time you repented of sin?

Once David comes to a realization of the sins he has committed, he does repent and is forgiven. If you have time I urge you to go read Psalms 51 and 32. We have victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our LORD. So let us ask God to search our hearts and let us repent of any sin in our lives, knowing that nothing is hidden from His eyes. And finally surround yourself with people that will hold you accountable and rebuke you as Nathan did for David.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Twenty Thoughts

This week I want to focus in on Romans 5:6-11. When looking in at these verses we have written out for us the message of the hope we have in Jesus for salvation. I want to leave you with it, and ask you to dwell on it for a while. Think about what this means for you as an individual, but also for the church. We have this great hope, and with it, it should transform our lives and compel us to share it with others, both individually and together as the church. So here it is, Romans 5:6-11 (NASB) -

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in Go through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

So again, I ask you to dwell on these words, soak them in, and praise God for our hope that we have!

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Nineteen Thoughts

In this weeks thoughts, I want to take us to Acts 21:37-22:21. This is where Paul addresses a mob of people who are opposing him. I want to focus in on a couple things within this passage. The first is the language Paul uses and the second is how he relates to the people.

This first point might seem pretty simple, but Paul addresses the crowd, or mob, in Aramaic instead of Greek. He does not do this in order for more people to understand, but he does it to relate better to the crowd. The group of people he is addressing is Jewish, and he knows their preferred language is Aramaic. I would venture to say that when we are talking to people, we should use language that is understandable. I will come back to this in a minute, but first let’s get back to the second point, on how Paul relates to them.

Paul relates to the mob of people by telling them he is one of them, and that he used to persecute Christians. He appeals to the Jewish community by showing he is one of them. He uses this platform to then share his conversion to following Jesus.

This are two pretty simple things, using a more accessible language and relating to the audience, but I believe they are extremely important when sharing about our faith. We should take notes from Paul and find ways to relate when sharing the Gospel message, don’t forget you were a sinner in need of repentance too, relate to people! We can also use language that is less confusing to people, or at least explaining church words that we have grown up around that people might be unfamiliar with.

Let’s get to know some new people and find ways to relate with them, and share the good news of Salvation!

Thanks for Reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Eighteen Thoughts

My thoughts for this week are nice and short, and they come from Acts 16:25-34. This is where Paul and Silas are in prison praying and singing hymns to God, and then there is an earthquake and the doors are opened and chains became loose on all the prisoners. After this we see the jailer is about to kill himself and Paul stops him. The jailer brought them out and asked this, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

The answer to this question is extremely important and we can’t miss it. They give the answer in verse 31, when they answer him, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” The answer to the question is simple, to believe in the Lord Jesus, but we also see before he is baptized he needs to know who this belief is in. This is where we see Paul and Silas tell him the word of the Lord. Salvation is through belief in Jesus, and we know who Jesus is and what Jesus did through the Bible.

I must ask you, what do you believe about Jesus? Is it what the Bible says? Explore the Bible continually, learning more about your savior! We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, to the Glory of God alone. Amen.

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Week Seventeen Thoughts

In this week’s reading we finished up the book of Judges. I want to bring us to the final verse of the book of Judges, which reads, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.” (CSB) When reading through the book of Judges we see some triumphs and we see some downfalls in Israel, but the book ends with an overarching feel of defeat or helplessness. There is no fairy tale ending to the book of Judges, in fact it is rather sad and depressing.

When we look at the cycle of Judges we see five parts to each, with Israel first in sin, then oppression, which leads to repentance and then deliverance (through a Judge), and ends with peace… and then they cycle back through. As this continues from Judge to Judge we see more and more corruption even within the leaders. Then the book ends with the verse “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.” This whatever he wanted statement was not a positive statement. It is showing that Israel has gone from being set apart as God’s to becoming more and more like those around them, doing whatever they wanted.

The end of the book of Judges looks rather bleak, but as we continue to read through 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel, we will see God raise up kings for His people, and through His covenant with David the hope of the coming Messiah. Thankfully the Biblical Narrative does not end with Judges, but continues to first and second Samuel and first and second Kings, and then we get to the New Testament and the Gospels and we can see the full picture of redemptive history all the way to the Second Coming and Eternity with Christ. Although reading through Judges can get tough, don’t forget it does not end there, history will end when Christ comes and gathers His people to live with Him for eternity.

Let us not become our own masters deciding for ourselves what is right or wrong as Israel did here, but let us rely on God’s Word for our morality and live not gratifying the desires of the flesh, but live by His Spirit!

Thanks for reading,

Pastor Josh

Also if you have the time check out the Bible Project and watch the video on the book of Judges.


Week Sixteen Thoughts

My thoughts this week went to Acts 5:33-39. These verses read, “When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered the men to be taken outside for a little while. He said to them, ‘Men of Israel, be careful about what you’re about to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, and all his followers were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and attracted a following. He also perished, and all his followers were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or work is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God.’ They were persuaded by him.” (CSB)

I have always admired the wisdom in Gamaliel’s advice here. It is logical and frankly it just makes sense. My thoughts on this will be brief. How many years has it been since Jesus’ death and resurrection? If the Gospel is still being proclaimed today, and there are many believing the message, I believe, and hopefully so do you, that Jesus is who He claimed to be, and who the Apostles claimed Him to be. We are around 2000 years later and the Good News is still being proclaimed, and people are being saved from death into life. I think it is safe to say by Gamaliel’s logic this “movement” must be of God! Let us be encouraged that the message of the Gospel has stood the test of time, but don’t let that overshadow the actual message of the Gospel, that we have been saved from the coming wrath of God, through the death of Jesus, and passed from death to life. We have been pardoned and have eternal life! The Good News that was being proclaimed by the Apostles is the same Good News that we proclaim today. As believers we are all called to proclaim this Good News (the Gospel), are we?

Thanks for reading.

-Pastor Josh

Week Fifteen Thoughts

My thoughts this week brought me to Joshua 4. At the beginning of this chapter we see the conclusion of a miracle and the commanded response to this miracle. The miracle that took place was the crossing of the Jordan river by the people of Israel. This miracle took place to show Israel that God is with them (Joshua 3:9-13). The command to the people of Israel after this miracle was to set up 12 memorial stones from the middle of the Jordan River as a rememberance for what had taken place. When readiing though the Bible, in particular the Old Testament, there are numerous times in which Israel builds an altar or memorial to the Lord. Most of these were two fold in nature, the first was to worship God then, and the second was for the future generations so that they would know something significant happened there (as in God did something great there).

When you look back over your life have you seen God at work? What do you do with these things? Do you forget about them? I am not saying that we go back and build altars and memorials for things that God has done for us, but I am saying that we should have good ways of remembering them. Do you write them down or celebrate them? Do you celebrate the day you were saved from death into life or the day you were baptized? Do you even know the dates of those things? Let me be honest here, I don’t know these things about my own life. I know a few significant dates in my life, like when I was born and when I got married, but I haven’t kept a good record of other significant dates. When I look at how Israel was commanded to remember things, I am a little ashamed of myself for note remembering crucial things in my own life.

As we all go forward in our lives with Christ, let us make notes about when and where we see God working. Write things down or build something that will help you remember in the future. Also let us think back and remember what He has done for us in the past! Write down what you can remember, share it with people. In Joshua 4:21-24 reads, “and he said to the Israelites, ‘In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What is the meaning of these stones?’ you should tell your children, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’’ For the LORD your God dried up the water of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, jsut as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up before us until we had crossed over. This is so that all the peoples of the earth my know that the LORD’s hand is mighty, and so that you may always fear the LORD your God.” (CSB)

Let us put things in place to be conversation starters, not to think back on the ‘good old days,’ but to glorify God for what He has done in each of our lives. He alone is worthy of praise and glory, so let us give it to Him!

Thank you for reading,

-Pastor Josh

Week Fourteen Thoughts

My thoughts this week were drawn to Psalm 93. Although it is a fairly short Psalm, it is packed with content. We are given a lot to think about when we read this Psalm. We are told that the LORD reigns, that He is clothed in majesty, robed and enveloped in strength, that He is mighty, eternal, truthful and reliable, and His house is adorn (or befit) with Holieness.

When I think about who God is, I am often overwhelmed. God is complex, and I believe that we cannot fully comprehend who He is, but as we read through Scripture we are given glimpses of who He is. This is one of those passages that gives us a good look into who God is, but we need all of Scripture to put together a more accurate picture of who He is, but we will not fully comprehend who He is until we are with Him dwelling in His glory at the second coming. This picture that we are given here gives us a good picture though, we see that God is reigning, as in He is above, in control, and always has been and always will. We see that God is clothed with majesty and strength.

Psalm 93 verses 3 and 4 give us a picture of the strength that God possesses. In the past couple of years there have been quite a few hurricanes that have brought devestation to many places, and a lot of the devestation comes from the storm surge and the flooding that it brings. It is crazy how powerful the seas are, and how much destruction comes by flooding. In these verses we see that God’s strength or might is much more than the power of flooding and the seas. If we are His, what then should we fear?

In verse 2 we see that God is from everlasting. This means that God is eternal, before time, and after time, God is. God has no beginning and no end. This is one of the truths about God that we cannot quite comprehend, our world and our lives are defined by time, but time is something along with us that are creations of God. He is so far above us and more powerful than us. Our God is awesome, I could go on and on about how great God is, but I’ll just say explore the Scripture and see for yourself for His testimonies are completely reliable (verse 5).

God is awesome! As we continue through Scripture start noting the attributes of God, write them down, put them together and explore how each attribute compliments the others. It will make you realize not only is our God great and awesome, but He is beautiful! Through all of this don’t forget that God loves you intimately, He calls you His own! We serve an amazing, wonderful God!

Thanks for reading!

-Pastor Josh