by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 40 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Third Day (3 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Psalm 23:1

‘‘You, Yahweh, are my shepherd; I will never be in need.’’ Psalm 23:1

As the psalmist reflected, God as shepherd cares for our needs. All too often, however, we live and talk as though our needs are provided by some other means - those means we can measure, quantify, and compare in a modern economy. We teach our children that it is through hard work, diligent preparation, and a persevering struggle to get ahead that our needs will be met. This is the message of our society, yet it is not the message of God.


Fourth Day (4 of 40)
Series: Lenten Devotion
Christopher Harbin
Joshua 24:14

‘‘Then Joshua told the people: Worship Yahweh, obey him, and always be faithful. Get rid of the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived on the other side of the Euphrates River and in Egypt.’’ Joshua 24:14

Joshua’s words did not come at the beginning of his ministry. He is not speaking to people to whom Yahweh was a new name, a new understanding of God. This was a people who had already lived under the leadership of Moses. They had been rescued from Egypt under Pharaoh, crossed the Sea of Reeds, and been lead to victory over kings during their wilderness wandering. God had fed them with manna, given them water in an arid land, and entered the Promised Land on dry ground amid the waters of the Jordan River. They had seen the victories Yahweh had granted them. Regardless of all this, they were still not wholeheartedly serving Yahweh.
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