Joshua 14:12 “Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Amalekites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as He said.”
I love Caleb. He was the other spy who with Joshua, went into the Promised Land the first time and came back and encouraged the people to ‘Go for it.’
But the people rebelled and so he and Joshua then had to go around and around in the wilderness for 40 years. They had been obedient to God; they were full of faith, and they did all they could to encourage the people. It wasn’t their fault the people rebelled. Yet they still had to stay out of the Promised Land for 40 years.
How would you feel? Bitterness growing deep within you each step of the way? Angry with everyone who had mistrusted you. Determined on revenge? Spiteful? Or would you just give up? “What’s the point of believing in God? What’s the point of being obedient if you just lose out? I thought God was all-powerful. I thought God would change the hearts of people. I thought we should go in anyway. I give up.”
But Caleb didn’t. Every step for him became another step nearer the realization of his expectation. Not to get even but to get his inheritance. Each step brought him one step nearer the fulfilment of the promise of God. He would wait for God’s timing – not his. While he waited, he would size up the real enemy, he would strategize his victory, and he would live in the belief that the hill country was his. What a man.
His ‘prime of life’, when he first spied out the land, would mature into dogged determination. “So here I am today 85 years old. I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out. I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then” (v 10 – 11). I’ll tell you what. I’d rather be on his side than against him. That was not just youthful ‘fighting talk’ – that was matter-of-fact maturity. Here is the steamroller fired up and moving off.
How had he maintained his resolve? The key is here V7-9 “I brought him back a report according to my convictions … I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. So in that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly’”. He kept his eyes, his trust and his hope in God and in God alone and his faith, vision and commitment never wavered. “Then Joshua blessed Caleb … and gave him Hebron as his inheritance” (v 13). And the chapter ends … “Then the land had rest from war.”
What a man. What a challenge he is to us. Let us, serve the Lord our God wholeheartedly and fully possess the land 3681 Mexico Gravel that God has given us. Never ever – ever give up — never – never give up.
A Christian friend told me about 20 years ago this line…..there isn’t much you can do TILL you pray – but there sure is a ton of stuff you can do AFTER you pray. I say that on the heels of our 2 prayer session during February…..Sunday at our monthly prayer gathering we had the largest group we’ve had in 3 months – and on Tuesday afternoon we always have 4…..Christian brother/sister – I want to challenge you for the good future of Discovery – to be part of our corporate prayer….today (Tuesday) – we prayed that soon – God would bless us with as many Christians praying … in our Sunday evening prayer gathering as we have in our weekly D-Groups…..Only YOU can make that prayer come true………….Kiki Marshall had to make a quick run to the Kansas City Hospital – but things are much better and we pray for her continued well being…………..Thanks to Kiki & Keon for leading the children’s ministry Saturday evening and to Nancy Nowlin for leading it Sunday morning in Jackie’s absence……..also for Deiter and Ross for leading our worship at both Celebration Services in Doug’s nd I thank you – the community thanks you – and we have enough to keep it filled this week…………..absence……………Our Blessing Box seems to be a big hit in our community as we fill it one day and it is empty the next….thanks family for being so generous – bringing food each weekend for the Box…..when we began this outreach – we determined we didn’t want to feed it out of the church budget – and so far you have been more than generous…………Jim Wilkin has been attending Discovery for a few weeks and his water heater quit heating….he is being helped out by Bro. Solomon Yoder
Congratulations are in order for Kaylee Faddis – She won the Arts and Writing Award for 2018…..The Next Generation of American Artists and Writers in the Missouri Region – ceremony took place at Tan Tar A Resort & Spa…..we are very proud of you Kaylee….and I’m sure your family shares our congrats….
· Jerry Noble down with the flu B…also pray for Mary to not get it as she is his care giver
· As you think of who you haven’t seen in a couple weeks – would you please left that believer before the Throne
· Those who are using our Blessing Box – will also find their way to the front door of the church and find love – acceptance – and a home at Discovery.
· Emily Spain is trying to get the story of our Blessing Box on KOMU this week – pray that those who view the interview will be moved by it – and worship – and give – to the glory of our Lord and His Christ
· Max is desiring to get another D-Group started at 4:oo PM on Saturday and is talking to 3 or so people to see if they would have any interest in joining that group.
· Please put our daughter Heather & family in Texas – last night (Tues) someone left the faucet running in an upstairs bathroom all night – overflowed and they have more problems than we could “shake a stick at.” Serve Pro was there 3 hours and said it will take the rest of the week to dry….deductible is overwhelming – especially for a missionary couple…..adjuster comes Thursday-
· Sylvia asks for prayer for her sister-n-law – has leukemia
· Leon – Husband of Mrs Jerry — multiple myeloma
· Kristin Yoder – in the Philippians with the Navy — We have a care package box for her sitting on the table at the East Wall in the Foyer — need to fill it up this week –
Discovery is a New Testament Church which means whatever we do by faith or practice we have the teaching taught in the New Testament….
As we read the Scripture it becomes obvious that the Christians in the New Testament met to observe the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day….you can study this out for yourself by looking at Acts 2:42 – Acts 20:7 – 1 Cor 11 – does not specifically indicate the Lord’s Day- but it does say when the church comes together — they came together every Sunday – to hear the preaching from the Apostles teaching – to have fellowship with each other – to pray and to participate in the Lord’s Supper…….If you are ill – if you are hospitalized – several at Discovery are trained to bring the Lord’s Supper to you. It all begins by a call to Vern Johnson 573-881-6293….
Matt 4:1-4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 3 During that time the devil[a] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”