Final Reinforcing

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Today's reading: Joshua 23:1-16

With peace throughout the land and Joshua now well advanced in years, Joshua calls together all the elders, leaders, judges and officers of Israel to address and instruct them about following God. He reminds them of how they have seen and experienced God's goodness, provision and protection. ("The LORD your God has fought for you against your enemies" (vs 4)). Next, he charges them (as he had done many times in the past) to be very careful to follow God's Law, and to continue to hold tightly to and love God. He then concludes with a warning about the adversity and disaster that will come if the people turn away from God to follow the customs of the foreigners remaining within and around them.

Over the years, how have you observed or witnessed God's goodness, provision and protection of the country where you live? How have you personally experienced His goodness? What's one example of God "fighting for you"? What does Joshua's repeated charge to Israel and its leaders "to be very careful to follow God's Law" convey about our need to consistently be taking in God's Word? Tami

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Reminders

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Today's reading: Joshua 22:10-34

After receiving Joshua's message, the eastern tribes set off for their homeland. Upon reaching the region of the Jordan, they build "a large and imposing altar" (vs. 10). When word of the altar reaches the western tribes, they get angry and rally together in preparation for war. Before engaging in warfare, however, a group of delegated leaders from the western tribes confront and question their relatives about their actions. They ask the eastern tribes, "How could you turn away from God and build an altar for yourselves?" and then remind them of how turning from God has been disastrous and harmed Israel in the past (vs. 15-20). The leaders of the eastern tribes are able to explain their actions and the intent behind them, which was not a turning from God. Rather the altar was an altar of witness to function as a reminder for generations to come.

How much thought have you given to the legacy you're leaving for your family and those around you? Why is this important? How important is it to you, and especially the next generation, that you remember and give thanks for His past faithfulness and provision in your life? How are (or can) you help build a great generation that chases the presence, power and promises of God? What lesson(s) did you see or learn from this passage about resolving conflicts? Tami

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Today's reading: Joshua 22:1-9

As the eastern tribes (Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh) prepare to return to their homeland east of the Jordan, Joshua addresses the group making sure they, once again, hear the message of the need to keep their eyes on God and to live according to His law and instructions.

"But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul." (vs. 5).

Would you say you are "careful" to follow the commands and instructions in God's Word? What does "serving God with all your heart and soul" require of you? What does this look like in your day-to-day life? Tami

All Complete

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Today's reading: Joshua 21:1-21

Although the Levites weren't allotted their own portion of land, they were given cities and pasturelands among the land given to the different tribes of Israel. So as we read through Joshua 21, we're given the details about these cities, 48 in all with their pasturelands. Joshua 21 concludes the distribution of all the land to the Israelites. How fitting that when we reach the end of this chapter we find three powerful verses, 43-45, laying out how ALL the promises God had made to Israel had come to fruition.

"Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass" (vs. 45).

What encouragement did you draw from Joshua 21, and why? How has reading the Book of Joshua, and especially verses 43-45 of chapter 21 today, impacted your thinking about trusting God? What have you learned about God's power, control and timing? Tami

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Not in Me

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Today's reading: Psalm 44:1-26

Psalm 44 is an earnest prayer offered to God during a time of distress and oppression. The Psalmist begins his conversation with God by looking back at what God has done. Next he moves on to tell God how, despite the intense adversity and disgrace that has come upon them, he is committed to following Him. The psalmist then concludes his prayer asking God for deliverance.

I was drawn to the words and message conveyed in verses 6-8. My heart was moved by how in the middle of intense distress, the psalmist remains unmoved and proclaims to God his steadfast trust in Him.

"For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. (vs. 6-8).

What battles are you going through right now? Have you, are you and/or will you turn your situation over to God and tell Him "I trust in You"? How does praising God in and through your storms impact your attitude and thinking, and help you stay the course? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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