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September 24th, 2018

When God does a wonder, don’t forget to remember.

Joshua 4:4-14

 

A clear purpose

Chapters 3 and 4 of Joshua record one of the most dramatic and important miracle-stories of the Bible. A highly skilled narrator wove drama and suspense into his account, but this is not just a well-spun tale of a supernatural intervention. This writer writes with a clear purpose in mind. Let’s not miss it.

If you find yourself immediately skeptical about the miracle, you’re quite likely to miss the point of the story. It’s equally true that if you find yourself defending the miracle, you’re also likely to miss the point of the story. Instead, I want you to feel what the writer wants you to feel, and to get what the author wants you to get. Read more »

September 17th, 2018

“By faith the prostitute Rahab was not killed with the disobedient” (Hebrews 11:31)

Joshua 2:1-24

 

More than just facts

Years or even decades from now, you will tell stories of Hurricane Florence. Your stories will be more than just facts. They will be colored by your own experiences. Did you live in flood ravaged areas or know someone who did? Did you own property that was damaged? Did your power go out? Did you host refugees fleeing the storm? How did this storm change your life?

We don’t just hear stories or have experiences. We interpret their meaning based on our connection to the story. Read more »

September 16th, 2018

Due to Hurricane Florence, we are having only one worship service at Corinth today, 11:00 combined.  For those who do not make it to the building, here is an order of service for home use.  Adapt it for your situation and family.

Opening Scripture – Read Deuteronomy 4:32-40

  • These words are spoken by Moses to the children of Israel not long before he died.
  • Moses is recounting everything God has done for the people, proving he alone is God.
  • Note especially verse 39, which will be quoted by someone else in today’s Scripture reading.

Songs

Prayer

  • Offer your praise to God for who he is, for what Jesus did, and for your safety and blessings.

Offering Read more »

September 10th, 2018

God’s message in Joshua 1:2-9 is not directed to you or me.

Joshua 1:1-9

 

Dr. Althouse died!

It was Monday, December 14, 1992, and I was on a top secret mission. Except for my wife Linda, nobody in my church I was pastoring at the time, as far as I knew, knew where I was or what I was doing. Two days later I would preach my call sermon here in the sanctuary. 71% of the 250 in attendance would vote in favor of my call.

Corinth was a conflicted congregation. It had been almost 25 years since the glory days of Dr. Althouse, who served here from 1930-1969. Two pastors followed him, and for various reasons the congregation became increasingly divided and smaller. Two days before the vote, on that Monday, I had come to town for an open evening Q&A. Read more »

September 4th, 2018

Joshua’s pre-Canaan story transitions from human effort to what only God can do.

Numbers 27:12-23

 

The back story

Next week we begin a study of the book of Joshua. It’s the story of how the Israelites entered Canaan, displaced its occupants, and divided the land among the twelve tribes. Did you know that Joshua was in his 80s when he led the conquest?

The typical church goer probably knows three facts about the man Joshua. Read more »