An Identity Redefined

​ Joshua 2:2 "So they went and entered the house of a prostitute† named Rahab and stayed there.” I took my three year old to a new park in my area known as the Dream Playground. I was distracted by all of the comic themed clothes. One kid had on a Batman shirt. He was way too smiley and screamy to be the Dark Knight. Another boy had on a Superman shirt which was ironic considering his fear of heights. His friend kept trying to convince him to climb higher but he didn't want to go much past his tip toes. A younger kid had on a Captain America shirt which was funny because he kept hiding behind his mom. It's so typical of the captain to hide behind a shield. My favorite was a little girl who w

Power Source

Numbers 13:16 "(Moses gave Hoshea son of Nun the name Joshua.)" Heroes don't always get to pick out the names they are known for. In New 52, Lois Lane names Clark Kent "Superman." It's a perfect name since his super suit conveniently already has an S on it, but it's not his invention (at least not in this story arc). In the same way, Hoshea didn't pick out the name history would remember him for... the name that would forever be attached to the first book of the Bible named after a person, the name that history's most popular hero would eventually be named after (Jesus' name is Yeshua which stems from Joshua). Joshua's mentor Moses gives him his name. The reason for the change is that Hoshea

Follow the Leader

​ Joshua 12:24 “thirty-one kings in all.” Do you remember the moment when you surpassed your mom or dad in something? Maybe they only graduated high school and you got your college degree. Perhaps Dad always beat you in basketball and you finally beat him (even though he claims he let you). Maybe your mom worked for minimum wage and lived paycheck to paycheck and now you have a six figure salary. Perhaps your dad started balding in his thirties but you managed to lose yours in your twenties. "Take that Dad!" The renaissance man, Leonardo Da Vinci, once said, "Poor is the pupil who has not surpassed his master." The goal of every generation should be to grow beyond the previous generation. Th

Remember My Name

Joshua 6:27 “the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout the land.” Have you ever wanted to be famous? Did you want to have the game winning home run, where the crowd mobs you, lifts you up on their shoulders and sings Queen's infamous song, "We are the champions?" The "we" obviously meaning the most incredible you. Did you want to be nominated prom king or queen, all eyes on you as you wear the crown and get down to Abba's "Dancing Queen" or some other song about royalty? Did you want a blog with more than your mom for a subscriber? Be honest the paparazzi are not going to bust you out on TMZ. There's no shame in wanting a little fame, right? I grew up with a tv show titled "F

Gloves Up

Joshua 1:4 “Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates —all the Hittite country—to the Great Sea† on the west.” Muhammad Ali was as famous for his bragging as he was his boxing. "I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark." "I'm so fast I can run through a hurricane and not get wet." "I want fifteen referees to be at this fight because there ain't no one man who can keep up with the pace I'm gonna set except me." Like a confident boxer God declares the victory before it's a reality. Israel’s future borders are outlined from south (the desert) to the north (Lebanon) then

Inheritance

​ Joshua 1:1 "...After the death of Moses..." When I think about Moses I don't picture Charlton Heston or Christian Bale. I picture Gandalf. They both have white beards, wear a robe, carry a powerful staff and use the word "shall" like a boss. "Thou shall not steal" and "You shall not pass." Something else the two of them have in common is unmistakable names. No one says Moses who? Gandalf who? They are unforgettable. Moses was Israel's greatest hero. After Israel experienced four hundred years of slavery, Moses came to save the day. An estimated two million Jews owed their lives and freedom to the man whom God empowered to perform superhero sized miracles. No one was going to forget about M

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