Kendra’s Bible Study… Joshua 11: 1-9

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 11:1-9 homework (vs. 4-6 selected)

Facts:
11:4: they came out w all their troops, a huge army (5) all these kings joined forces together. (6) the LORD said to Joshua “Do not be afraid of them because I will hand all of them over”

Lessons:
4-5: when you are doing the right thing, making a stand, obeying God and His Word the world will join forces against you to bring you down. (just look at the grilling Chic-Fil-A is getting, yet as they obey through the fire, God is blessing them)

6: God gives us constant encouragement. How many times has God repeatedly told Joshua that He was with him? God will help and encourage us along the way as often as need be, God knows we are prone to fear and discouragement. Keep obeying. Keep walking. Keep your eyes on Him and in His Word being careful to do all He has commanded.

Applications:
4-5: when have I made choices to follow through and obey God only to be met with opposition either from people I expected it from or people who were supposed to be on my side? Did that shake my faith or solidify it? What was my response inwardly and outwardly to the opposition?

6: How has God sweetly encouraged me through His Word when I was really questioning what He asked me to do? Do I seek to hold to God’s promises during hard times of opposition or do I give in, throw my hands up, and say “it’s too hard?”?  What has God asked me to do? How have I made a stand? What stand is God asking me to make now and not to be afraid?  Do I encourage those who I see making a stand in the face of ungodly opposition?

LIVE it OUT:

Be proud of the God I serve. Be firm on the stances that God’s Word clearly states. Ask God to give me the strength to stand against an ungodly harsh critical world.

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
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Homework: Joshua 11:15-20

The Cove Welcomes Stormie Omartian

On September 4-6, 2012, we will welcome Bible teacher and award-winning author of the Power of Praying series, Stormie Omartian to The Cove! 

Stormie’s seminar titled, The Power of a Praying Life, will focus on how to open up the mystery of prayer.  You will learn how to establish an intimate and abiding walk with God, find your purpose, and better understand your gifts and calling.

After a very abusive upbringing and living through countless unhealthy choices to cover the enduring emotional pain, Stormie came to Christ.  She says, “I learned about the power of prayer and the great things that can happen when we pray. I learned about the importance of worshiping and praising God and the transformation that takes place in our souls when it becomes our priority. I learned that the more I obeyed God, the more I changed.”  Click here to read Stormie’s full story. 

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more information and to register for Stormie’s seminar.        

Church Staff Retreat with Stuart and Jill Briscoe

 

Pastors and church staff members need inspiration…

they need renewal…

they need connection…

and…

they need education.

Would you agree?

There is HOPE!  And we can help!

Join Stuart and Jill Briscoe on August 16-17th for their Church Staff Retreat at The Cove, titled, We Believe, Therefore We Are: How Church Becomes Something We Are, Rather Than Somewhere We Go.

Not a pastor or on a church staff?  Pass this along to someone you know who is.  If they decide to attend, they will be blessed beyond measure and you will be a conduit of their blessing! : )

Watch here as Stuart and Jill discuss the importance of Church Staff Retreats.   

 

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more information and to register for this Church Staff Retreat at The Cove.

Join Us Online Tonight!

Tonight, you can tune in at 7:15pm ET for the first session of Dr. Tony Evans’ seminar, Victory in Spiritual Warfarefor free!

How well do you understand the nature of spiritual warfare? How can you live a life of victory through Christ? This timely, insightful exploration of God’s Word unveils a simple yet radical truth: Every struggle and conflict faced in the physical realm has its root in the spiritual realm. Discover how the Bible demystifies spiritual warfare and learn to actively use the armor of God, experience His victory, and more fully embrace the life, hope, and purpose God has for you.

Click here to watch online!

 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10: 28-43

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where women can come together and share their journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 10:28-43 

What does it Say? Facts:
28-39: Joshua captured Makkedah, destroyed it. Passed on to Libnah, left no survivor. Passed on to Lachish, captured it on the 2nd day and struck every person. The king of Gezer came to help Lachish and Joshua defeated him and his people. Joshua passed to Eglon, and utterly destroyed every person. Joshua went to Eglon, captured it and struck it and utterly destroyed it. Then Joshua returned to Debir, and utterly destroyed it.
40: Joshua struck all the land, the hill country of Negev, left no survivor, just as the LORD the God of Israel commanded.
41: Joshua struck them from Kadesh-barnea as far as Gaza and all the county of Goshen
42a:  Joshua captured all these kings and their lands at one time
42b-43: …. The LORD the God of Israel fought for Israel.  So Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp at Gilgal

What does it Mean? LESSONS:
28-39:  God gave Israel the land. Just as He promised.  God’s Word is true, and proven in the lives of this Israel…. and it has been written down so we can read the words of their testimony of the greatness of God and the power of God and the faithfulness of God to His Word!
40-41:  The cities were defeated, amazingly without a single loss for Israel! Each battle was a test, none of them easy….. yet ALL were victorious.  God does not call us to easy things.
42:  As we read…. Joshua captured one city after another, traveling along the south and in the hill country.  The cities were in different locations, fought on different days.  Battles are won, ONE at a time.  Often we want it all at once or not at all.  The temptation for exhaustion and discouragement was always at hand, just like God told Joshua from the beginning, “Don’t be afraid, be courageous, don’t be disappointed or downcast” keep going.  Often the next battle is two to three times the size of the previous one, and I find myself saying, “Oh, I just can’t, I’ll just settle to live with what God has already done for me in the past…”  KEEP GOING!!! The next battle will be bigger, and harder, and tougher, requiring more strength that I don’t have and courage that I can’t find, and I’ll be tempted to be discouraged before I even start….. BUT MORE GLORY TO GOD at the end… MORE glory to God, more glory to God……  God does not call us to things so He can push us off a cliff to our death, He calls us to things that ONLY HE CAN DO… there is ALWAYS A HUGE GAP God calls me to do something, and the gap lies in the fact of what I can do and what God MUST DO… that gap is called FAITH and OBEDIENCE and it is NEVER easy, but ALWAYS WORTH it!  “Have I not commanded you to be STRONG and of a good COURAGE BE NOT afraid neither be DISMAYED for the LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU wherever you go!” Joshua 1:9  PRAISE GOD for His faithfulness, His omnipotence and His Word!
God knew which battles to fight and when to fight them.  Be careful not to get ahead of God. Go where He leads, when He leads.
42b:  God is the One who leads.  God is the One who empowers.  God is the One who fights. God is the One to Whom the glory of victory goes.  I don’t have the strength to fight, but the great thing is,  God is just asking me to stand.  STAND.  STAND with that GAP of what God MUST to for the victory… just STANDING will take courage and strength.
43: Israel always returned to that place where they first consecrated their lives to following hard after God in all they did.  May I never forget when God came in to my life and just invaded it with His awesomeness…. before all my questions could be answered, before all my doubts were secured, God grabbed a hold of me and changed me, how can I not be affected by the demonstration of His love when He came down in the form of a man, Jesus, and died for me?  Oh the deep deep love of Jesus.  Remember where it all started!  Don’t forget!  Remember!!!!  

What does it Mean to me? APPLICATIONS
28-39:  What causes me to doubt God will be faithful to His Word when it comes to me?  Will the testimony of my life prove the faithfulness of God’s Word?  When have I taken God at His Word? How has God been faithful to me?  Has God ever not been faithful to me, and if so, have I brought that discrepancy to the throne of God and really sought Him out on it in His Word, or am I not willing to do that, because…. well…. I’m right, and that’s that?
40-41: Has God called me to stand somewhere that I just don’t think I have the faith for?  Do I think it is easy for people like Joshua, and Billy Graham, and Bill Bright to have faith?  How is God trying to stretch my faith and trust in him?
42: Am I impatient and want God to give me all the victory here and now, today as I stand?  How has discouragement tried to seep into my life and steal the victory from me before the battle is even fought?  What Has God called me to do?  Am I willing to follow where God leads, or would I prefer God make my way clear as He follows and fixes the path I am blazing on my own?
42b:  Where has God asked me to stand?  Do have the courage to stand?  Have I ever stood where God asked me stand and said what God asked me to say?
43:  How have I been tempted to forget what God has done for me?   How have I seen the deep deep love of Jesus demonstrated in my life? Have I written down or told someone of what God has done for me?

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
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HOMEWORK: Joshua 11: 1-9

Tony Evans on Spiritual Victory

By Joy Allmond

What do you do when you are living in a season of spiritual defeat? Do you pray? Do you retreat? Do you ask people for advice? Maybe you get angry, or perhaps the other areas of your life suffer.

Tony Evans, well known pastor and author in the Dallas, Tex. area, wants people to understand that there is only one way to defeat our enemy soundly—through engaging Scripture.

“I don’t believe people consistently make the connection with what is happening in history, or in their personal lives, with what is happening in the spiritual realm,” Evans explained.

“To the degree that people can understand the spiritual connection is the degree they can invoke the spiritual realm to change things in this physical, visible realm in which we live.”

Dr. Evans believes we lose sight of the impact of the spiritual realm because we tend to be focused on the tangible—the physical world in which we exist.

Most of the time, anyway.

“We see and feel the physical world, so we are more conscious of it. But, when pain in life comes, we desperately want the spiritual realm to change things in our physical world. So, I want people to understand how that realm works, and how to implement God’s plan for addressing things from that perspective,” he said.

And the way to do that, he says, is simply through the Scriptures. Knowing them is one thing; using them is another.

“We should know them, but Scriptures are not merely to be known. They are to be utilized against the devil, not just a ‘safe’ place, like Bible study with other Christians,” Evans explained.

The Bible is full of Scriptures for combatting the enemy and his tactics, but Evans specifically points to Ephesians 6:10-18.

It is in this passage that God gives six guidelines for spiritual victory—six pieces of spiritual armor with which we need to fit ourselves: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of readiness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

Dr. Evans urges all believers to get to know those six pieces of armor, and understand how they relate to spiritual victory.

July 19-21, he will be teaching an auditorium of people at The Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove how to use Scripture as a weapon of defense against the devil’s attacks, and as a resource to have peace in the middle of a spiritual battle. 

“I’m going to make it very practical, as opposed to theoretical. Those in the seminar will learn how you handle God’s Word in a way that will allow them to accomplish what God wants to see in their lives—victory.”

Tony Evans’ seminar titled Victory in Spiritual Welfare takes place on July 19-21, 2012 at The Cove in Asheville, NC.  To register click here or call 1-800-950-2092.  

A Poem by Ruth Bell Graham

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Sitting by my laughing fire… 

…my shelf of peace…

This is my ledge
of quiet,
my shelf of peace,
edged
by its crooked rails
holding back the beyond.
Above,
a hawk sails
high
to challenge clouds
trespassing
my plot of sky.
Below
in the valley
remote and dim,
sounds
come and go,
a requiem
for quiet.
Here on my ledge,
quiet praise:
of birds,
crickets,
breeze -
in different ways;
and so do I -
for these:
my ledge of quiet,
my plot of sky;
for peace.

Click here to purchase Ruth Bell Graham’s book of poetry, Sitting by my laughing fire…

True Freedom

By Will Graham

I believe that most of us who have placed our faith in Jesus would agree that we have found the cure for the heart problem that ails the world. We’ve experienced the peace that passes all understanding, while every day we watch others sinking in despair with their hearts far from God. Sadly, it’s rare when we actually seize the opportunity to toss a rope to the man or woman beside us who is drowning in their hopelessness.

I was recently reminded why it is so important to not miss these chances to reach others when God offers you the opportunity. I was speaking at a weekend Celebration in Terrell, Texas, just east of Dallas. My good friend and ministry partner Todd Pierce, a rodeo cowboy, came down from Idaho to share his testimony from the stage of what Christ has done in his life.

On Saturday, the second of the three days of the event, Todd was preparing to come over to the Performing Arts Center where the Celebration was being held. As he pulled up to a stop light, he saw a man by the side of the road asking for spare change. God moved in Todd’s heart, and Todd pulled his car off to the shoulder of the road and waved the man over.

Todd invited him to the Celebration, and – after hearing what the man had to say about “those Christians” – convinced him to come along. The man quickly went off to find his brothers, and the three of them returned and climbed into the back of Todd’s car.

I had no idea that any of this was taking place while I was backstage preparing to preach on youth night. That evening, when I offered the invitation for the young people in the crowd to make a commitment to Jesus, I quickly noticed the full head of gray hair making its way down to the front.

One of the three men that Todd had picked up – nicknamed “Freebird” after the Lynyrd Skynyrd song – heard the Gospel and, there in the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center, prayed to accept Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Afterwards he told Todd, “They call me ‘Freebird,’ but I’ve never felt free in my life until tonight.” He couldn’t believe that people loved him and hugged him even though he was wearing dirty clothes and hadn’t showered.

The next morning, as our team met for devotions in the local Holiday Inn, we rejoiced at the work that God had done in Freebird’s life. We were grateful that Todd responded when he felt God calling him to pull the car to the side of the road.

As we closed our time together, we received word that Freebird was on his way to the hotel. He had decided that – having made a commitment to follow Christ – he wanted to be baptized as well! That morning, along with Todd and our emcee Mark Christian, I had the amazing blessing of helping to baptize Freebird in the Holiday Inn swimming pool.

When we asked Freebird – whose real name we learned was Fred – if he was going to come to Sunday afternoon’s final Celebration service, he declined. “No, I’m leaving right now to head home to Alabama,” he said.  “I called my wife and told her we’re kicking this alcohol thing, and we’re getting our marriage right.”

My friends, people need the Lord! Do you have an urgency in your spirit to share Him with others? Do you want to see people find true freedom in Christ? Do you believe that eternity is at stake?

When the Holy Spirit nudged Todd to stop alongside the road, he could have easily said, “I’m going to share my faith with thousands of people this weekend. I’m doing my part. I don’t need to do this too!” And when the man by the side of the road started bad-mouthing Christians, Todd could have driven away. But, of course, he didn’t do either of those things. Because of that, Freebird’s eternity – as well as his marriage and his life here on earth – has forever changed.

How often do we watch our co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors – even the man asking for extra change on the street corner – struggle through life without sharing with them that they can have true hope for eternity? We’re always too busy, or too timid, or – frankly – too jaded to share the love and peace we’ve found. Don’t miss those opportunities!

I pray that I never forget what Freebird taught me, and I pray that you too will be challenged to truly see that people need the Lord. 

Kendra’s Bible Study…Joshua 10:20-27

Welcome to Kendra Graham’s online Bible study.  This is a place where we can come together and share tin he journey towards Scriptural truths and spiritual maturity.  We pray this will be a safe, respectful, resourceful place to come and discuss God’s Word…to discover What it says…What it means…and What it means to you!

Kendra suggests you use the following process when studying Scripture.  We have included an example of this process from John 1:1.

Step 1:  Pray
Step 2: Read God’s Word (look at the passage)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
Step 3: What Does God’s Word Say? (list the facts)
1 In the beginning the Word was with God and was God.
Step 4: What Does God’s Word Mean? (learn the lessons)
1 God‘s Word is not just ancient philosophy, it is eternal Truth.
Step 5: What Does God’s Word Mean to Me? (listen to his voice)
1 How do I view the Bible?

Kendra Graham NOTES from Joshua 10:20-27 

What does it say? THE FACTS

20.   When Joshua and Israel finished slaying them and the survivors who remained entered the fortified cities,
21.   all the people returned to camp in peace, no one uttered a word against Israel
22.  “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring the five kings out”
23.   They did so: The king of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish & Eglon
24.   Joshua called for all men of Israel, and said to the chiefs who had gone w/ him”Put your feet on the necks of these kings” So they came near and put their feet on their necks
25.  Joshua said, “Do not be afraid or dismayed, be strong and of a good courage, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies.
26.  Afterward Joshua struck, killed them and hanged them on 5 trees until evening.
27.  So it was at the going down of the sun Joshua commanded & they took them down, cast them into the cave where they had been hidden and laid large stones against the cave’s mouth

What does it Mean? THE LESSONS 

20-21: When the power of God has been revealed (to believers as well as non-believers) there is nothing to say that we could possible add.  (EVERY knee will bow, every tongue will confess that Jesus is LORD!)
22-24: These kings went against God and His people with all they had, it is hard sometimes for us to wrap our brains around an all merciful God and an all righteous and just God, we like to focus on the mercy, don’t we?  There is a time for EVERYONE to receive God’s grace and God’s mercy, and that time is NOW! NOW is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)! If you have ears to hear, HEAR!  Because there is a day coming, when time will run out…. your decision is NOW.  The Canaanites and Amorites, and all the other “ites” had year after year, decade after decade to repent, and stop the wickedness (Genesis 15:6)…. until God said enough is enough and their wickedness was complete, and God went before Israel like a consuming fire and destroyed these nations that were mightier than Israel.  Did God give Israel the land because they were so good?  No, God gave Israel the land because Canaan was so wicked, and because of the Righteousness of God’s character, not the righteousness of Israel’s character (Deuteronomy 9). God loved the people of Canaan, and was patient and long suffering waiting for them to come to repentance. In Romans 1 Paul talks about not having an excuse, because if you see one sunrise you should know there is a God, but the people of the land became more depraved, and deepened in their wickedness, and the result, the consequence of sin is always death.  Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.”  God means what He says.  Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned BUT the GIFT of God is eternal life!.”  Yes, there is hope!!! The GIFT of God is eternal life, a life raft! Well what is the gift of God? Is it possible for you and I to attain this gift? YES! John 3:16, “For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only Son (Jesus) that whosoever BELIEVES in Him will have everlasting life!” The gift of God is Jesus! Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved!” 2 Peter 3:9, “The LORD is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward YOU, not wishing for ANY to PERISH but ALL to come to repentance”

GOD IS MERCIFUL, AND GOD IS JUST.

25: Joshua remembers what God has said in His Word, and encourages the nation.  God is faithful to His Word, and Joshua is living by it.  The things God calls us to do are hard, we will be tempted to run, hide and be discouraged.   I must remind myself who God is, not who I am.
26-27:  The very thing these kings thought would be their shelter was their grave.  Be careful what I put my faith in, if it is anything other than Jesus, I will come up short.  The stones piled up in front of this cave, this grave, are a good warning to you and me… don’t delay in repentance to God! John 14:6, “I (Jesus) AM the Way, the Truth and the LIFE no one can come to God, but through Me.”

What Does it Mean to Me? THE APPLICATIONS

20-21:  When have I seen God work in mighty ways and been speechless about what He has done, either for me or someone else? (If the answer for this question is never… read the stories of Hudson Taylor, Amy Slessor, Bill Bright, Jim Cymbala) there are countless others on the testimony of God’s amazing power that will leave you and I speechless!
22-24: Has there been a time in my life when I have personally repented of my sin and asked for the forgiveness of God that is available because of Jesus?  Or am I living my life in direct opposition to God, thinking I have plenty of time to make things right before the end?  Do I realize and know that God loves me and His plan for me is not destruction and punishment, but love and acceptance if I will just humble myself before Him?  Do I need to stop here and NOW and ask God to forgive me?
25:  Am I in God’s Word enough to remember His promises and challenges to me?  Do I believe God is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do?
26-27: Who or what do I put my faith in to provide for my safety, my needs my assurance for the future?  A job? A spouse? A talent? My charity? The good stuff I do? Only Jesus is our assurance!

HOMEWORK:
Read Verses 28-43 (Joshua chapter 10), focus doing the 3 questions on verses 40-43. 

Share with us your lesson(s) and applications and what they mean to you.
Do you know someone that might be blessed by joining our study? Please share this blog link with them.