Conflict Resolved

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Today's reading: Joshua 22:10-34

One of the benefits of being part of a church body is having accountability, and that's what get a glimpse of with the interaction between the Israelites and the Reubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh who returned to their land on other side of the Jordan. What I liked about this passage was how the larger body of Israelites handled the situation. While they were upset and ready to make war, they first confronted and spoke with the smaller group to ascertain the exact situation ("What is this breach of faith that you have committed against the God of Israel..."). As a result, the Reubenites, Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh were able to explain their actions and the situation was resolved peacefully.

What lessons did this passage show you about resolving conflicts, especially between brothers and sisters in Christ? Was there anything in particular that stood out to you about the functioning of a body of believers? Tami

Timeless Message

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Today's reading: Joshua 22:1-9

As the Reubenites, Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh prepare to return to their homeland across the Jordan, Joshua addresses the group making sure they, once again, hear the message of the need to keep their eyes on God. It was good instruction then, and it's good instruction for us today.

"Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to 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 "clinging to God" look like for you? Tami

Every Word

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Today's reading: Joshua 21:1-45

Today we read about the Levites being given cities and pasturelands among the land given to the different tribes of Israel. I found this passage interesting because of God's instructions through Moses, how the cities of refuge were part of the cities given to the Levites, and how the cities themselves were distributed out among the tribes and lands. But even better than all the interesting details were the powerful final three verses of chapter 21. After years of wandering in the desert and battling other peoples and nations, God's plan for the Israelites is finished. Verse 45 spoke volumes to me.

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

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

Today's reading: Joshua 20:1-9

Joshua implements and puts into place cities of refuge according to the instructions God had given to Moses about these cities many years earlier. The whole idea of having designated towns for those who had killed another by accident or without evil intent, seems a bit odd in today's society where we have laws in place concerning these types of "innocent" killings. As I took in this chapter, I was once again struck by how God protects and provides for us in all situations.

How have you seen God protect and provide for you and your family over the years? Was there anything in particular that moved your heart as you read about these cities of refuge? Tami

Complacent

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Today's reading: Joshua 18:1-19:51

Sometimes we can fall into a mindset of spiritual complacency where, for whatever reason, we stop moving forward and become content to basically tread water. That's the picture we see with the remaining seven tribes of Israel who hadn't yet taken possession of the land God had put before them for the taking. Joshua's words to this group were telling.

"So Joshua said to the people of Israel, 'How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?'" (Joshua 18:3)

So where are you at right now in your spiritual journey? Would you say you are more like this group of Israelites or more like Caleb who consistently sought after and served God? What helps you avoid a complacent mindset? 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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