The last week has been an historic one in the US. I’m personally glad the election is over; however, as church leaders, I hope we take time to reflect and learn what this election and the aftermath is teaching us about the post-Christian culture to which we are now missionaries. I am learning many new things these days and perhaps more reflections will come later. But one thing that has and continues to amaze me is the lack of respect for others and the absence of restraint in verbalizing opinions. Not only is this coming from the mouths and media posts of irreligious people, but also from many followers of Christ. Many tweets and posts on social media are nothing short of defamatory and degrading and they are also very revealing to the state of the hearts of believers in Jesus. Read more!
This was a seminal moment in the history of the Israelites. The forty years of wilderness wandering was behind them. Days of adversity were ahead. They were about to enter enemy territory, a land “flowing with milk and honey,” the land God had promised them, but a land full of hostile tribes and giants.
The Jordan River stood between them and the land God had promised them. Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” God did the amazing. When the twelve Levite Priests, carrying the Ark of the Covenant, came to the Jordan, they stepped into the water as they had been instructed and the waters parted. The flood-level flow from the north stopped, forming a huge wall of water at the village of Adam near Zarethan. Read more!