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B90X- How Joshua points to the New Testament 2013.01.19

strong and courageousIn kind of a short look back at the week, a point struck me regarding the person of Joshua, some of the theological ideas in that story and how they point to a future Messiah and Kingdom of God.

We are so fortunate to live in history when we have the cannon.  We are able to read back and make connections that men like Joshua or the disciples only had bits and pieces of information in putting together their worldviews.  The way we can read Israel’s story and the thread of redemption woven through it, is grace to us.  How much more revelation do any of us need to comprehend and grasp the love Father has for us?

Here are a few things found in Joshua which point to events and ideas found when and after Jesus came:

  1. The Name of Joshua and Jesus.  The name of Joshua  means “the Lord is our salvation.”  Interestingly enough the English Jesus is a derivation of the Greek which is a derivation of the Hebrew.  So etymologically, their names mean the same thing and their roles and nature line up dramatically.
  2. The Promises Rest-  Josh was leading Israel into their inheritance, into their rest (Deut 3:20; 12:10; 25:19; Josh. 1:13, 15; 21:44; 22:4; 23:1).  But at best a temporary rest from enemies, for Israel would have many more foes in the centuries ahead.  From the vantage point of the NT, Joshua’s successes were only partial at best, and therefore they pointed beyond themselves to a time when Joshua’s greater namesake, Jesus, would bring God’s people into an inheritance that could not be taken away from them (1 Peter 1:3-5).  Jesus would provide the rest Joshua had not attained (Heb 3:11, 18; 4:1-11).
  3. Models of Faith- The people of Israel at the battle of Jericho and Rahab the prostitute are presented as models of faith, examples of those who were looking for a country (Heb 11:30-31; 11:14-16), but who did not attain what was promised (11:39_40), because God had planned something better.
  4. God’s Warrior- According to the NT, Jesus is not only Joshua’s greater namesake, but he is also the Divine Warrior, the captain of the Lord’s Army who fights in behalf of his people and achieves victory for them (Josh. 5:13-15; Rev. 19:11-16).  The inheritance he gives is not a stretch of rocky land in the eastern Mediterranean, but rather renewed heavens and earth and a heavenly city (Rev. 1-2).
  5. The Conquest- Many have made comparisons between Joshua and the book of Acts.  After redemption from Egypt in the Exodus, Israel began the conquest of her inheritance; after the redemptive work of Jesus at the cross, his people move forward to conquer the world in his name.  Israel enjoyed an earthly inheritance and an earthly kingdom but the kingdom of which the church is a part is spiritual and heavenly.

Sidenote- for some of you struggling to rearrange your daily schedule to get the hour or so reading done everyday, I ran across this article that gives a few pointers on how it  can be done.  Stay after it!!  Reading all of God’s words in this rapid fashion is so worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

“Mountains of Guidance” CRBC 8.12.12

Someone thought some of the ideas from Sunday were so inspirational that they should be published.   What you see below is  what I speak from, so to get details and pictures one has to go to the website to listen and view the Powerpoint slides.  Hopefully it is as enjoyable to read as it was to ponder and prepare.

Every so often an event occurs in life that causes me to reflect on the entirety of life.  Such an event occurred this past week.

As many of you know, it is a life goal of mine to summit all 59 fourteeners in the state of Colorado.  That goal is close to realization.  This past Tuesday, I was fortunate to summit #’s 57 and 58.

On August 25th, I, along with nearly 15 plus friends from CRBC will be sponsoring a 14er climb to help raise funds for a ministry called Wilderness Ministry Institute.  Their mission is to train gospel leaders in predominantly Islamic countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and more.  Therefore the training is usually clandestine.

Included in the DNA of our church family is the funding, prayer, and participation of ministry groups in the vein of WMI.   CRBC is pleased to help WMI continue training leaders in “the uttermost parts of the earth.”

And to link a fund raiser we believe in with on my life passions is about as high an high as I could possibly walk in.

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My Grandfather, Richard L. Williams, spoke to CRBC today.

I never had the privilege of meeting my grandfather, he passed away before I was born.  Based on family stories, it is my loss that this meeting never happened.  He was an Aussie who moved his family to the States.  He pastored churches in Mason City, IA and El Paso, TX. The portrait taken on the left was from the family home in Iowa in 1948.

Some of my greatest treasures are his books which have been passed on to me. To this day, I can open one of them and find an old bookmark, old postcard, note, scribble, bits of trash, flattened leaves, even old sermons. One day several years ago, a decent sized sheet of paper fell out of one his books. I have no idea when the document was written. The yellow paper carries ink from an old fountain pen. You know the type, when the ink runs dry the sharp tip digs into the paper. Of the 427 words handwritten on the note there is only one scribble, if it can even be called that, and one misspelled word. We just don’t possess these kinds of handwriting skills today.  Albeit blurry, this picture shows how cool and special this treasure is.
What is more important to the person who wrote it, the possible date of writing, and the difficulty in reading the scrawl, is the nature of the note.  It was written at the end of a calendar year for a meeting of some sort to remember the past and think about the future.  It is a New Years Prayer.   The language is King Jamesian, vocabulary is persuasive, and the structure poetic.

My sermon was all finished for today.  Handout was done.  Powerpoint presentation all locked up. Everything was all done, I was praying, and just chillin’ before time to leave the house.   It has to be the Holy Spirit because I don’t recall things like this.  Since the first Sunday of 2012 is the first of January, it seemed appropriate to find this prayer, refamiliarize myself with it, and see how pertinent it is to us today.

It is as if the words were written for Castle Rock Bible Church personally and specifically.    From the portals of heaven, a significant member of the great cloud of witnesses spoke to us today.  His prayer and blessing is indefatigable and irresistible.  Here it is:

Everlasting God, as we pause on the threshold of time we are reminded of thy abiding presence and guiding hand throughout the year that is drawing to a close.  In all our ways, in times of prosperity and adversity, in days of gladness and sorrow, in the hour of loss and partings, of abundance and in need, thou hast been a well proven help and a garrison of strength.  As we look into the future, let no fears assail us.  Help us to be as confident that thou wilt be with us in the future as we know thou hast been in the past.  Thou canst equip us for the tasks and the duties that are ours, that we may do our utmost and quit ourselves like new.

May we who are pilgrims, conscious of life’s varying scenes, learn by faith, our Father, to obey thee.

We know that thou wilt lead us on through all the tomorrows as thou hast lead us through the yesterdays.

We know that thou wilt not let us go, even when we in willful neglect and indulgence, try to meander from thy way.

As we set our faces toward the New Year, we know full well that it will bring many changes.  The old must give place to the new.  Time does not stand still, nor will the world cease from turning.  Wilt thou give to us the courage and fortitude of mature men and women that will enable us to stand upon our faith, as the spirit of the living Lord will give us strength.

May the convictions that we hold be the strongholds of our lives and in the time of trouble and stress demonstrate that we can be more than conquerors through Him who has loved us.  Indeed may the days of the future teach us above everything else that neither death, nor life, nor things present nor things future, nor powers, nor any exalted thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We long for thy guidance for this congregation as it faces the new year under new leadership.  God direct and indwell every effort that will be made to glorify and establish the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We thank thee for the ongoing witness that has been shared in thy name and for the promise of the master.

Lo I am with you always-  Proper the cause of righteousness that thy name may be known among all nations.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Thank you for blessing us today Gramps!  I can’t wait to meet you.


This whole Reformation thing…

“Reformation? What is that?”

I did some impromptu surveys on some folks asking what they knew about the Reformation? Nearly every person couldn’t connect the dots regarding people, places, times, reasons, etc. from the church event that changed history on Oct. 31, 1517. So this past week I went on a tear and read more about those series of events than I ever had before. There was a determination to get some info on the subject out to our CRBC family.  I had never done a “Reformation” sermon, or really heard one myself, so I gave it a shot.

For years I thought that church history began with Jesus, Peter, and Pentecost, there was a gap, and then, boom, Billy Graham.  I wasn’t aware of all the stuff in between.  Such naivete. 

Synergistically, several components had to be in place for the reformation to occur. Those components culminated throughout Europe in many places. The Holy Spirit was speaking to men and women in lots of countries. Fortunately, they heard and responded. Who knows what the church would look like today had the events not gone the way they did. If it were not for the courage by a few interesting characters, a church promoting incredulous proposterosities (new word), and masses hungry for something real, the events of “the reformation” would not have taken place.

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