This blog will include the sermons I have preached as a lay minister with the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary.
I hope that these sermons will enrich your spiritual life as much as they have enriched mine.
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Joshua 3:14-4:7 Memories
many of you have memories of things that happened years ago?
can be both a good thing and a bad thing. Memories such as those of our
families can be good or bad. Memories of loved ones who have died can be good
the reading we heard from the Book of Joshua a few minutes ago, God brought the
Israelites to the banks of the Jordan River at a time when he could
miraculously demonstrate his power. The miracle happened during harvest time,
when the river was filled to overflowing. The priests bearing the ark came to
the water’s edge and stepped forward, obeying Joshua’s command. It was just a
step, but the waters parted and the people crossed over on dry land. Like he
did at the Red Sea, God brought his people through a crossing that they could
not undertake in their own strength. Every big act for God begins with a small
step of faith.
wanted the people to remember their entrance into the Promised Land. That’s why
he asked each of the 12 tribes of Israel to choose a representative. That’s
also why he asked each representative to choose a stone from the Jordan River.
These stones were used to build a monument. It was a memorial to the
significance of the people crossing the Jordan and entering the Promised Land.
help us preserve memories. God memorialized many important things and events in
the Old Testament. The stones were to be a memorial and a reminder to future
generations that the people of Israel crossed the Jordan because of God and not
because of their own ability. There are times in our own lives that God does
not want us to forget. How will we remember these events?
people live in the past. They want to return to the “good old days.” The
problem is that the “good old days” usually weren’t as good as people think
they were. Other people want to change everything. They always look to the
future. Both views involve escaping into a fantasy world. The Bible tells us
that we are to live in the present and claim God’s memory and struggle for
chapter 4 presents the dynamic truth that the hope of the future is based on
the memories of the past, and this hope gives meaning to the present. That way
of living will give us hope for the future that is based on the memories of the
past-specifically, the memory of what God has done for us in the past, what he
does for us today, and what he will do in the future.
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TN: Worthy Publishing; 2013, p. 282)
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Commentary Series, Vol. 6: Joshua (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.; 1986)
C.F.: The Charles F. Stanley Life
Principles Bible, New King James Version (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson