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Day: 1

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Be Strong and Courageous

Wendy Blight

Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. - Joshua 1

God sometimes invites us to do things that seem far beyond our abilities.

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Day: 2

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Liabilities or a Life of Faith

Krista Williams

Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, ‘I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.’ - Joshua 2

Recently, I met a young girl who was rescued from a life of prostitution.

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Day: 3

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Concentrate on Consecration

Wendy Pope

Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.’ - Joshua 3

Several years ago I was in a spiritual slump.

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Day: 4

Plan: Joshua-Judges

What Memorial Can I Share?

Leah DiPascal

These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever. - Joshua 4

Last summer when our family went on vacation, our youngest son spent much of his free time picking up stones along the riverbank near our cabin and tossing them into the water.

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Day: 5

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The Best Battle Plan

Lysa TerKeurst

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us or for our enemies?’ - Joshua 5

If ever someone might feel overwhelmed at a situation totally out of their control, Joshua’s experience facing Jericho was it.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

When Promises Compete

Joshua 1-5 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Doing Things God’s Way

Lysa TerKeurst

So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. - Joshua 6

I am a planner. A problem solver.

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Day: 7

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The Purpose of Punishment

Whitney Capps

Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.’ - Joshua 7

When I was in third grade, I was invited to spend the night with my best friend.

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Day: 8

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Overcoming Defeat

Krista Williams

Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law—the blessings and the curses—just as it is written in the Book of the Law. - Joshua 8

A strong sense of community exists throughout the Bible—especially in the Old Testament.

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Day: 9

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Be On Guard

Wendy Pope

They came together to wage war against Joshua and Israel. - Joshua 9

Nobody wants to admit they’ve been conned.

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Day: 10

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Praying God-Sized Prayers

Wendy Blight

On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: ‘Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.’ - Joshua 10

Have you ever asked God for the impossible? Joshua did.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Achan's Disobedience

Joshua 6-10 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Joshua-Judges

God Is On Our Side

Leah DiPascal

So Joshua took the entire land, just as the Lord had directed Moses, and he gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal divisions. Then the land had rest from war. - Joshua 11

I have a weak stomach when it comes to conflict.

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Day: 12

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Revisiting History

Whitney Capps

The lands included the hill country, the western foothills, the Arabah, the mountain slopes, the wilderness and the Negev. These were the lands of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. These were the kings. - Joshua 12

Does the book of Joshua feel like a dusty history lesson?

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Day: 13

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Dividing the Inheritance

Wendy Blight

And divide it as an inheritance among the nine tribes and half of the tribe of Manasseh. - Joshua 13

It was finally time for Israel to lay claim to the Promised Land.

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Day: 14

Plan: Joshua-Judges

A Magnificent Model of Faith

Krista Williams

But my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly. - Joshua 14

Old age is often a season of slowing down.

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Day: 15

Plan: Joshua-Judges

One Day

Wendy Pope

Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites, who were living in Jerusalem; to this day the Jebusites live there with the people of Judah. - Joshua 15

Soon my parents will celebrate 64 years of marriage.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

God's Total Victory

Joshua 11-15 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Convincing Myself To Compromise

Leah DiPascal

They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor. - Joshua 16

The story of Joseph is told in Genesis.

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Day: 17

Plan: Joshua-Judges

When Our Faith Finds Feet

Lysa TerKeurst

They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, 'The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our relatives.' So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the Lord’s command. - Joshua 17

I’ll be the first to admit it.

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Day: 18

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Our Hearts, His Shiloh.

Whitney Capps

The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The country was brought under their control, - Joshua 18

How do you handle spiritual success?

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Day: 19

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The Blessings of Servant Leadership

Wendy Blight

When they had finished dividing the land into its allotted portions, the Israelites gave Joshua son of Nun an inheritance among them, - Joshua 19

What does it mean to be a “servant leader”?

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Day: 20

Plan: Joshua-Judges

A Place to Run

Wendy Pope

Then the Lord said to Joshua: ‘Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses.’ - Joshua 20

Where do you run for safety and refuge?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Covenant Keeping God

Joshua 16-20 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Our Promise-Keeping God

Lysa TerKeurst

So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. - Joshua 21

The last few verses of today’s passage feel like they deserve a celebration, don’t they?

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Day: 22

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Jumping to Conclusions

Krista Williams

And when the Israelites heard that they had built the altar on the border of Canaan at Geliloth near the Jordan on the Israelite side, the whole assembly of Israel gathered at Shiloh to go to war against them. - Joshua 22

Have you ever reacted to a situation before you had all the facts?

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Day: 23

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Nothing Left Undone

Leah DiPascal

You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. - Joshua 23

Weaknesses. We all have them.

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Day: 24

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The Gain in Giving Up

Whitney Capps

And the people said to Joshua, ‘We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.’ - Joshua 24

Every January I make personal resolutions—commitments to lose weight, pray more and gossip less.

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Day: 25

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Now What?

Leah DiPascal

After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, ‘Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?’ - Judges 1

Transitions in life can be tricky.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Our Faithful God

Joshua 21-Judges 1 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 26

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Stopping Sin in Its Tracks

Lysa TerKeurst

The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, ‘I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, “I will never break my covenant with you.”’ - Judges 2

Sin. We all struggle with it.

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Day: 27

Plan: Joshua-Judges

A Life With Extraordinary Impact

Lysa TerKeurst

After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel. - Judges 3

One verse. That’s all Shamgar gets in this chapter.

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Day: 28

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Positioned to Be Used by God

Lysa TerKeurst

Barak said to her, ‘If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’ - Judges 4

Deborah was a woman of influence—holding the position of both prophet and judge among the people of Israel.

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Day: 29

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Deborah’s Victory Song

Wendy Blight

On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: - Judges 5

Why does the Lord call His people to sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs?

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Day: 30

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Do the Next Thing

Krista Williams

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’ - Judges 6

Have you ever felt isolated, intimidated, insignificant or inadequate?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The Wonderful in the Why

Judges 2-6 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 31

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The God of the Odds

Whitney Capps

“The Lord said to Gideon, ‘You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, “My own strength has saved me.”’ - Judges 7

Have you ever felt like the odds were against you?

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Day: 32

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Stealing the Glory

Wendy Pope

Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. - Judges 8

We meet up with Gideon on the east bank of the Jordan River after he and his army defeated the Midianites and captured their commanders.

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Day: 33

Plan: Joshua-Judges

God’s Hand of Justice Displayed

Wendy Blight

Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers. - Judges 9

Today we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of sibling rivalry gone very bad.

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Day: 34

Plan: Joshua-Judges

It’s Their Problem, Not Mine

Leah DiPascal

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. - Judges 10

Have you ever sat in church listening to a sermon and thought, “Too bad so-and-so isn’t here. They sure need to hear this message, because they have a real problem with …”?

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Day: 35

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Victory and a Vow

Krista Williams

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: ‘If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.’ - Judges 11

Honesty. Integrity. Keeping a promise even when it’s difficult.

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Weekend Teaching

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Do It Afraid

Judges 7-11 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 36

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Kingdom Conflict

Whitney Capps

The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, ‘Let me cross over,’ the men of Gilead asked him, ‘Are you an Ephraimite?’ If he replied, ‘No,’ they said, ‘All right, say “Shibboleth.”’ If he said, ‘Sibboleth,’ because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time. - Judges 12

Why do we see conflict arise in the family of God’s people?

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Day: 37

Plan: Joshua-Judges

An Encounter with God Changes Everything

Leah DiPascal

You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines. - Judges 13

It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself and think, “My life is so mundane. I’ll never get the opportunity to do something big for God.”

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Day: 38

Plan: Joshua-Judges

God Uses Us Despite Our Flaws and Failures

Wendy Blight

The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him so that he tore the lion apart with his bare hands as he might have torn a young goat. But he told neither his father nor his mother what he had done. - Judges 14

I’m so grateful God included Samson’s story in the Bible because it shows us that despite our flaws and failures, God can still use us to do great things for His kingdom!

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Day: 39

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Rights Can Be Wrong

Whitney Capps

Samson said to them, ‘This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.’ - Judges 15

Have you ever strongly felt that you had the “right” to do something?

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Day: 40

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Samson’s Finest Hour

Krista Williams

Then Samson prayed to the Lord, ‘Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.’ - Judges 16

In Scripture, when an angel proclaims the coming birth of an individual, it usually signifies the spiritual potential of a person’s life.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

The Bondage of Sin

Judges 12-16 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 41

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Good Intentions Don’t Always Equal Good Results

Leah DiPascal

Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and installed one of his sons as his priest. In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. - Judges 17

What kind of person steals money from a loved one?

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Day: 42

Plan: Joshua-Judges

No Rules, No Rule

Wendy Pope

In those days Israel had no king. - Judges 18

My son has never liked rules.

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Day: 43

Plan: Joshua-Judges

How Did God’s People Fall This Far?

Wendy Blight

Day: 44

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Crumbling Under Compromise

Krista Williams

Day: 45

Plan: Joshua-Judges

God Is God, We Are Not

Lysa TerKeurst

Weekend Teaching

Plan: Joshua-Judges

Israel's Cycle of Sin