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Saturday, April 1, 2017 April Fools

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Joshua, Chapter 24, Verse 14 “Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely. Cast out the gods your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD.
Joshua was telling the Israelites that it was a day for decision-making, a day for clarifying what they worship and to what they will give their ultimate allegiance. In a sermon by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas she states:
“Put away the gods that your ancestors served...” Joshua declares. Doing that requires an act of self-examination. ·What are the gods that I serve? ·What does my bank statement or my credit card statement say about my values? ·What does the way I spend my free time say about what matters most to me? ·How does the way that I treat family-members and co-workers, neighbors and friends show which gods I serve? ·To what do I give my best, most focused attention and care? ·What do I Really care about? ·What motives really drive me? ·What goals really draw me forward? ·Are there compulsi…

Friday, March 31, 2017

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Joshua, Chapter 11, Verse 6 The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear them, for by this time tomorrow I will present them slain to Israel. You must hamstring their horses and burn their chariots.”
The enemy was defeated; why destroy their horses and chariots? Horses and chariots were the tanks of that time. God knows the human heart we tend to trust in our human strength, or our clout, or our wealth, or weapons. God knows and He wants us to trust in Him not any of these things. Even to this very day we have not learned this lesson we in America have learned to trust in the strength of our Army; which is the greatest Army in the world and have forgotten the true basis of our strength which is printed on our money: In God We Trust. Many people in high offices like to play the prophet: but “A wise person is superior to a prophet” (Bava Basra 12a) Think a prophet can see the future but a wise person can see the present. God asks us to be present to each other each and every day. Live in the Pr…

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Joshua, Chapter 10, Verse 25 Then Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed, be firm and steadfast. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies against whom you fight.”
Joshua, the warrior of God, had just defeated the five Kings of Jerusalem and had all of the soldiers put their foot on the Kings neck as a sign of victory over evil. Additionally it showed how God had personally empowered each of them to overcome evil and they are not to be afraid or intimidated.
Joshua defeated 5 Kings is the number significant?
The number 5 symbolizes God's grace, goodness and favor toward humans and is mentioned 318 times in Scripture. Five is the number of grace, and multiplied by itself, which is 25, is 'grace upon grace' (John 1:16). The Ten Commandments contains two sets of 5 commandments. The first five commandments are related to our treatment and relationship with God, and the last five concern our relationship with other humans.[1]
Additionally in the Rosary there a…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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END OF MID LENT SEASON
Joshua, Chapter 10, Verse 8 The LORD said to Joshua: Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your power. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.
God was stronger thanAdonizedek, king of Jerusalem and his posse. God is stronger than the Devil and his entire posse. God is stronger than all the communists, atheists, politicians, and propaganda ministers of our age. Our Lady tells us to not fear them, but fear God and pray.
The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain …

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.
Joshua, Chapter 10, Verse 1-2 1Now when Adonizedek, king of Jerusalem, heard that Joshua had captured Ai and put it under the ban, and had done to that city and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the inhabitants of Gibeon had made their peace with Israel, remaining among them,2there was great fear abroad, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, greater even than Ai, and all its men were warriors.
Gibeon was going to get a beat down by the Canaanite Kings because it had aligned with Israel. Joshua showed he was a man of virtue by coming to the aid of Gibeon even if the treaty was by trickery. Often you can tell the character of a person by how they treat their past enemies and how they respond to overwhelming odds. Israel the smallest of nations came to the defense of Gibeon to fight an enemy five times larger but the faith of Joshua and his arm…

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Joshua, Chapter 9, Verse22-24 22 Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said to them, “Why did you deceive us and say, ‘We live far off from you’?—You live among us!23Now are you accursed: every one of you shall always be a slave, hewers of wood and drawers of water, for the house of my God.”24They answered Joshua, “Your servants were fully informed of how the LORD, your God, commanded Moses his servant that you be given the entire land and that all its inhabitants be destroyed before you. Since, therefore, at your advance, we were in greatfearfor our lives, we acted as we did.
If only our nation returned to wisdom and prayed and sought the Lord’s instruction before we entered into any treaties with other nations; sadly we too are like Joshua.
I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her, nor did I liken any priceless gem to her; because all gold, in view of her, i…

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged him as the Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue.
Joshua, Chapter 8, Verse 1 The LORD then said to Joshua: Do not be afraid or dismayed. Take all the army with you and prepare to attack Ai.I have delivered the king of Ai into your power, with his people, city, and land.
Joshua was afraid and demoralized because on the Israelites first attempt at taking Ai they were defeated. God here tells Joshua to be cheerful and be filled with calm; be reassured.
John Maxwell, noted author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of LeadershipSeries states that all Christian leaders need to learn the proper balance between faith and preparation or planning. Joshua is told by God what to do but not how to do it.[1] Joshua planned the particulars of the campaign against the Ai.
Law#4-The Law of Navigation:Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course. To make it hap…