Posts in the Great Leader, Exceptional Follower series Category

A Choice Not to be Taken Lightly - Joshua 24:1-28

January 2, 2012 by Matt Morgan

We end our series, Great Leader, Exceptional Follower, this week studying the final chapter of the Old Testament book of Joshua (chapter 24). It's a compelling chapter which (1) encourages us to reflect on the unique form of God's graciousness and faithfulness in our lives and then (2) challenges us to respond in the appropriate way. Joshua's charge to the Israelites in chapter 24 isn't an easy one - it's not a choice to be taken lightly. But the charge to the Israelites isn't for them alone. It is a charge that every believer in Christ and follower of God must make a decision on. So I encourage you this week to give careful consideration to this compelling chapter of God's Word and then prayerfully consider what your response will be.

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In Light of God's Faithfulness - Joshua 23:1-16

December 19, 2011 by Matt Morgan

What is it that inspires someone to be exceptional in the way they follow after another? For several weeks now we have been in a series in which we have argued that the OT leader of the Israelite nation, Joshua, was more than just a great leader - he was an exceptional follower of God. And as the OT book of Joshua draws to a conclusion, we find Joshua exhorting the Israelites to be exceptional in the way that they follow after and relate to Him. But what is it that will ultimately inspire these people to do that? Joshua argues that the evidence of God's faithfulness should be a pretty persuasive motivator. And the same continues to hold true for us today.

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The Makings of a Superhero - Joshua 11:1-23

December 5, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Throughout our study of Joshua so far we have noted that Joshua was a great leader. We have noted even more importantly that Joshua was an exceptional follower of God. But would we ever consider Joshua a 'superhero?' In chapter 11 of the book of Joshua the author of the text certainly paints a picture of Joshua that resembles a superhero. But for what purpose? That's what we'll discuss in this week's post.

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God - Responding to a Great Need with a Great Blow - Joshua 10:1-27

November 30, 2011 by Matt Morgan

What would you do if on your way out the door this morning you discovered a rough and tough biker gang gathered in your driveway waiting to beat you up? What would you do? Would you just pretend they weren't there and head out the door? Of course you wouldn't! You wouldn't go out and face that kind of enemy without some kind of help! In our passage this week we find Joshua getting ready to go to battle against an imposing army and discover that he calls on God to help him battle his enemies. And we'll also discover some application for our own lives when it comes to daily battling the 'real' and 'imposing' enemies that rise up against us on a daily basis.

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The Shepherd - Re-connecting People to God - Joshua 8:30-35

November 21, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Have you ever re-connected with a person from your past that you had been separated from for a long time? To past generations that was always a big deal. For our generation it's something we are starting to take lightly because it's becoming far more common through means of social media, like Facebook. For future generations it's something that they may never even experience since social media may keep them connected with everyone from their past. But how does all of this play out in terms of our relationship with God? The Bible tells us that sin separates everyone from God. And if that's true then we all have a need to re-connect with God. But how do we do that? Is Facebook our means for re-connecting with God? Or do we need something else?

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The Shepherd Dealing with Sin - Joshua 7:1-26

November 16, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Have you ever suffered consequences as a result of someone else's disobedience? How serious were those consequences? While they may have been serious consequences, I'm guessing it probably wasn't as bad as having the "burning anger of God" directed at you. Now what if I told you that because of someone else's disobedience the reality for both you and I is that God's anger is burning against us. You'd probably think that wasn't very fair. But that's actually the truth of what the Bible teaches - you and I are objects of God's burning anger because someone else sinned (which lead to each of us having a natural bent toward sin ourselves, and each of us committing sin ourselves). But the good news of the Bible is that God sent someone to deal with our sin so that He might turn His burning anger away from us! Check out the blog post to find out who it is.

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Walking in Faith - Not Fighting - Joshua 6:1-27

November 7, 2011 by Matt Morgan

The Old Testament story of the fall of the city of Jericho is one of many amazing stories in the Old Testament. A lot of times I hear people refer to the story as the "Battle of Jericho." But 'battle' seems to be a little bit of a misnomer - at least in the way the story is recounted in the Old Testament book of Joshua. This week we are going to examine the text of Joshua 6 which tells the story of Joshua, the Israelites, and the conquering of the city of Jericho. And we'll emphasize that Joshua and the Israelites, in the so-called 'battle' of Jericho, did a lot more walking in faith than they did fighting. Joshua and the Israelites continue in their exceptional following of God's plan and instructions and once again God works in a mighty way.

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Maintaining a Right Perspective - Joshua 5:13-15

October 31, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Maintaining a right perspective all of the time can be a very difficult thing to do. There are many different things that can cause us to loose a right perspective. Excitement, fear, and stress are just a few things among many that can cause us to think and behave differently. But maintaining a right perspective is important in life. It's important that we see things and think on things rightly. Even more so when it comes to God. What must we remember to do that though? Does Scripture give us any insight that can help us maintain a right perspective, particularly in light of God and who He is? That's what we'll explore in this week's passage?

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God's Hand in the Transition - Joshua 5:2-12

October 25, 2011 by Matt Morgan

The generation of Israelites that came out of the wilderness and into the Promise Land was (at least for a time) an extraordinary generation. While we often think of the Israelites in the OT as a disobedient and idolatrous people, this generation, as we have seen over the last few weeks and will continue to see this week was exceptional in the way they believed and followed after God. And as a result, we see God doing incredible things through that nation - not just it's leader, Joshua. This week we are going to examine what it is that God's hand does for those who genuinely believe in Him and follow Him in all things. And along the way we'll attempt to see what needs to take place in our generation for God to work among us in the same way.

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God's Hand - Not Ours - Joshua 4:1-5:1

October 17, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Have you ever watched one of those big award ceremonies on television like the Oscars or the Grammys? Do you ever get the feeling that the individuals who win the awards are just thanking others out of a sense of obligation? Do you think that they spend time throughout the course of a regular day thinking about those individuals and the difference that they have made in their lives? I get the impression that they probably don't. And that bothers me. Because if those individuals are prone to forget the difference that others have made in shaping their lives and the significant things they have done for them and only think about them when there is a sense of obligation, the same is probably true in regards of how I think about God. Am I daily remembering who God is and what He has done for me? Or do I forget about God's goodness in my life, the mighty ways that He has worked on my behalf, and only think about Him when I'm obligated to? We'll be examining some of those questions as we look at this week's text.

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The Living God Among Us - Joshua 3:1-17

October 11, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Have you ever had someone around you whose very presence created a new reality for you? Perhaps you knew someone who was able to get you backstage at a concert or on the playing field of an NFL football game. Most of us will never have an opportunity to do something cool like that because most of us don't know someone who works for an NFL team or who is a member of a very popular band. But if we did know someone like that, just knowing them would open up new possibilities for us. Their presence in our lives would create new opportunities to do things that we wouldn't have on our own. But even if we do know someone like that, the truth is they are still just a person. They have limitations just like the rest of us. But how would reality change for us if we had the living God among us? What would that look like?

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Faithfully Following the Shepherd - Joshua 1:10-18

October 5, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Over the last two weeks we emphasized the importance of the God-appointed shepherd over the Israelites in the OT. We spent time talking about what the God-appointed shepherd was to do and be for God's people. We also talked about how Jesus fulfilled those same things as the 'Good' Shepherd for God's people today. This week we will see what exactly a God-appointed shepherd who does all that God has called him to do for His people deserves from those who are under his care.

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A Commission to Lead . . . or Follow? - Joshua 1:1-9

September 26, 2011 by Matt Morgan

Joshua 1:1-9 is one of the most well known passages in the OT. Verse 9 is one of those verses many of us memorize and do our best to apply to our lives. But I wonder sometimes if we miss some of the bigger points of the text? While Joshua 1:1-9 has some encouraging exhortations, God's plan and God's call in the text have HUGE gospel implications. While we often read the text and are inspired to accomplish works in strength and courage - the bigger picture is that there is another who has already secured our inheritance by His strength and courage. And rather than striving to please God by our acts of obedience, we ought to fall on this other One in complete dependence!

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God-appointed Shepherds - Numbers 27:12-23

September 19, 2011 by Matt Morgan

It's not hard to look around our community and find jobs that are incredibly important. But on some occasions we encounter jobs that make us wonder, "Is that job really necessary?" One job position that comes into existence with Moses is the role of 'shepherd' for God's people. It was a position that God-appointed Moses to and a position that God has continued to appoint specific individuals to throughout history. In our passage this week we find that God appoints Joshua to succeed Moses as the shepherd of God's people. But the question that many wrestle with is, "Is that job really necessary?" This week's blog will strive to address that question and give some reasons for why God gives God-appointed shepherds to His people.

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Exceptional Following - An Early Resolve

September 12, 2011 by Matt Morgan

We all know that bad habits are hard to break. And the earlier we can make good habits a regular part of our daily living, the more likely we are to continue in those healthy habits. On of the things many of us begin to practice early on is the habit of following our own hearts and our own desires. Unfortunately, those are bad habits that often lead us away from following the plans God has made for us which will bring Him the most glory. So one of the things we need to do as early in life as possible is to resolve to be an exceptional follower of God in every circumstance and situation. We see that in the life of Joshua and that's what we are going to examine this week as we kick-off a new series, "Great Leader, Exceptional Follower."

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First Sample Post

August 27, 2010

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