Time to Choose

Michael VandenBerg

READ : Joshua 24:14-15 “Choose this day whom you will serve . . .” (v. 15) It’s your choice! We don’t always like to hear those words, especially when choices are difficult. Recently I had to choose whether to stay in a loving church where we could clearly see God’s hand at work, or to leave our dear friends behind and begin a new work where we didn’t know what lay ahead: a choice between the safe and secure and …

Promises Kept

Michael VandenBerg

READ : Joshua 21:43-45; 23:14 All the good promises that the Lord had made . . . came to pass. (21:45) Every promise of God is kept; none ever fails. To me that is the greatest assurance that anyone could ever receive. To know that the God we serve always keeps his promises without fail means I never have to wonder which promises of God to believe-they are all true. Promises kept also make it easier to know the boundaries …

Never Too Old

Michael VandenBerg

READ : Joshua 13:1-7 Joshua was old and advanced in years. (v. 1) Though very old, Joshua still had much to do. God didn’t say to him, “You’ve done a great job; now you can retire!” Instead God laid out the big picture so in his old age Joshua wouldn’t become discouraged at the work still to be done. God doesn’t put any age limits on serving him. He used a young shepherd boy (David) to fell a giant, and …

Can't Go Right to Go Left

Michael VandenBerg

READ : Joshua 9:14-15 The leaders . . . did not ask direction from the Lord. (v. 14) Have you ever gone ahead and made a decision on your own, and then later asked God to bless it? Whenever Joshua ran into serious problems it was because he failed to consult with God first. God wanted to be Joshua’s director, not his assistant. What Joshua needed was to rely on God’s prior instruction rather than on his later deliverance. It’s …

Hidden Sin, Hidden Truth

Michael VandenBerg

READ : Joshua 7:19-26 Then Joshua said to Achan, “. . . Tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” (v. 19) One day will we stand among the condemned or the saved? One of the church’s biggest problems is that the behavior of its members is often indistinguishable from those we are called to help, those whom God wants to redeem. This dilemma is not new. Achan, one of God’s chosen people, took what …

Breaking Down the Barriers

Michael VandenBerg

READ : Joshua 6:13-20 The people charged straight ahead into the city and captured it. (v. 20) In the late 1970s I served as an urban pastor in the city of Flint, Michigan. The most difficult thing for me and the congregation was to really believe we could capture the city for God. We prayed, worked, struggled, and faltered, but never really saw the city “walls” of racism, poverty, injustice, and sin come tumbling down. Perhaps it was because we …