Man Your Battle Stations

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 5:1–15 And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year. (v. 12 The best seller Future Shock points out that the changes taking place today are but forerunners of an accelerating pace of change in the years ahead. The author’s thesis is that these changes will become so rapid that people will find it increasingly difficult to adjust to life. In Joshua …

The God of the Past Is Present

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 3:1–13 Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. (v. 7) God guided his people in the past. He had led the previous generation by the pillar of the cloud by day and of fire by night. Now he promises to lead this generation just as clearly, but by a different means, by following the ark. …

A Faith with Feet

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 2:1–14 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted—for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. (v. 11) The Bible is the story of people who had sinned but then had faith in the Lord. It is the story of how he forgave them and changed them. Nothing good can be said about Rahab’s former life. But she learned about the true God, and she believed …

Stepping into Big Shoes

Harry Buis

READ : Joshua 1:1–11 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (v. 9) Are you facing some difficult challenge? Perhaps you have been asked to do something in the church you’ve never done before. Perhaps you have the opportunity for a new job. Then you know how Joshua felt; he was to take over Moses’ job and lead …

What a Difference!

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 88:1-12 We must not read the New Testament back into the Old Testament. In Scripture there is progressive revelation. Except for a flash of insight now and then, God’s Old Testament people knew little about life after death. When the Psalmist asks the question, “Do you show your wonders to the dead?” (v. 10), the answer he expects is “No.” He thinks of death as “the land of oblivion.” But the New Testament says that “Jesus brought …

Citizenship That Matters Most

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 87:1-7 Zion is here a name for Jerusalem. In the final chapters of the Bible the new Jerusalem is the church. The old enemies of God’s people, Rahab (Egypt), Babylon, the Philistines, etc, will acknowledge the church. In the New Testament, converts from all nations shall enter the church. They have done so. It is the church’s privilege to proclaim the gospel worldwide so that many more may enter. This is God’s great plan. We should be …