Passing the Torch (11 of 12) by Jim Perdue

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Passing the Torch (11 of 12)
Series: Breakthrough
Jim Perdue
Joshua 23

Introduction/Attention

*I can still remember the Olympics of 1996. It's the only Olympics I've ever attended - a pretty neat opportunity. Some of you are Olympic ''nuts'' and that's great. Me, I enjoy the competition and want America to win the most medals, but I'm not hanging on every moment. For instance, some of you love to watch the opening and closing ceremonies. Where people dress up in crazy costumes and dance like they have no sense; and then they call out all of these nations that no one has ever heard of. But I remember the opening ceremonies of 1996. Specifically, I remember the lighting of the torch. You know why? Because it was a big surprise who was going to light the torch. Do you remember who did it? ***VIDEO*** That's right, Muhammad Ali. And many have said that this is still one of the greatest moments ever.*

The lighting of the Olympic torch is incredibly symbolic. It's more than just a flame being passed from one person to another. It pictures the spirit of the Olympics - a symbol of progress, success, triumph, and victory.

During this series through the book of Joshua, we have seen a mighty breakthrough on the part of God's people. They have moved from the wilderness to the Promised Land; from a life of defeat to a life of victory.

In Chapter 23, he gathers the elders, judges, officials and leaders. It's been 15-20 years since Israel crossed the Jordan and entered Canaan. Joshua is ''old and advanced in years.'' But at the end of a long and full life, Joshua's greatest concern wasn't himself. His greatest concern was his people and their relationship with the Lord! (Wiersbe) READ 1-6

Here, Joshua gathers the leaders together to challenge them, encourage them, and motivate them - he's passing on the torch. He is nearing the end of is life and he desired his life's work to continue. He didn't want the dream to die with him. *The greatest use of a life i ...


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