Sermons on Sin
Jesus, the name above all names…He is our Savior, the One who has revealed God to us, he is our friend. Today, we take a look at another aspect of our relationship to the Son of God, brother.
Some things we just aren’t meant to carry, and if we attempt to do so it can seriously impact our faith, and our hope.
Hope is something that must be fed properly in order to be sustained. This week we look at the first of seven spiritual disciplines that are necessary to sustain hope.
We cannot live without stress; however, we can determine how we are going to respond to that stress. Especially when that response is worry, which is something we are told not to do.
We all want certainty in our lives. We take comfort from warranties and guarantees. When it comes to knowledge, we want ‘concrete’ facts and answers. Yet, most of the world is uncertain, most of our lives is shrouded with the unknown. We need some certainty…
Sometimes, when we begin anew, we fail. We walk away from the path that God chooses for us; when we do that our problems become much bigger, and the battles we must fight become much harder. Thankfully, our God can also provide a bigger victory when we decide to return to His path.
The only way we can walk confidently in this journey is if we are sure of our path. Unfortunately, one sure sign that our steps will be faltering is to walk down the path of deception.
Israel has defeated Jericho in dramatic fashion and Joshua’s fame spreads across the land. The smaller city of Ai must have been in a panic. How could they hope to survive an attack from Israel? Yet, the first attempt by Israel to conquer Ai is met with disaster. The soldiers of Israel are routed. Thirty-six men die. How could this happen? The answer is simple; underestimate your enemy, become arrogant in your approach, and let sin creep into the camp.
This particular passage in Joshua is one that contains some difficult concepts. How serious is sin to an absolutely holy and righteous God? What do we do when we face circumstances where God’s actions are…hard to understand? It all comes down to faith…