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Resisting Canaanization

Upon reading through the Book of Judges one of the themes that would unfold before your eyes is the “Canaanization of Israel.” You may not initially define what you read as that, but nonetheless, it’s there, definitive, and progressive. The phrase itself deals with the land the children of Israel were commanded to conquer and what happened because they didn’t conquer it the way the LORD had commanded them to. When the children of Israel went into the land of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, they didn’t have to ‘wing it’, they were given specific instructions to possess the land and expel the inhabitants. Deuteronomy 7 lays this out very clearly:

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Early Detection, A Key To Prevention

Last year, about this time, my family and I went through a season of visiting many doctors for many reasons, the most notable of which concerned my dad, who was then, and is now, battling stage four stomach cancer. While dad’s faith has been strong throughout the ups and downs of this process, and while there is much to learn and be encouraged by as one watches his prerogative of worship, submission, hopefulness, and trust, he is not without practical advice to give. I can remember being with him in the hospital shortly after his diagnosis and listening to him tell another brother-in-Christ that one of the takeaways that he wanted to pass on to others was simply this – be diligent with getting your check-ups. Just about any sphere of medical practice will agree with the statement – early detection is key. If you catch something in its initial stages you’re in a much better position to avoid a bigger problem later on. It can be like that spiritually-speaking as well.

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A Painful But Appropriate Balance (Jeremiah 9:1-2)

Depending on who you ask, you might be told that crying isn’t considered manly. And sure, there are some situations where tears are not befitting the way that men ought to carry themselves, but those not withstanding, crying at certain times and for certain causes is not only manly, it is godly. The psalmist who loved God’s law (Ps. 119:97) wept streams of tears because men did not follow God’s Law (vs.36). The prophet Elisha wept because he knew what Hazael would do to the people of Israel once he assassinated Ben-Hadad and became king of Syria (2 Ki. 8:11-12). Even the one who was the perfect man, the one who represented what every man ought to be like, even He, Jesus Christ, wept at the funeral of a friend (Jn. 11:35), wept in prayer (Heb. 5:7), and wept over a city that was on a collision course with the judgment of God (Lk. 19:41-44). Jeremiah, then, stands in good company.

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An Astonishing and Horrible Thing (Jer. 5:30-31)

30 “An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31)


When you read the words “an astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land” what do you think of? Being five chapters into the book of Jeremiah, and having read of a number of horrible and astonishing things, there are quite a few examples that might come to mind.

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RESOURCE FRIDAY: Why Did God Allow Sin to Exist?

Unlike our Monday through Thursday e-mails, which are relatively short posts, on Fridays we want to provide you with resources alongside a much extended post (sermon link and fully-detailed notes) on either important theological topics or passages of Scripture. Today’s teaching addresses a question that Christians ought to have a sound, biblical answer for; not only for others but for themselves as well – Why Did God Allow Sin to Exist? We hope this resource will edify you and, of course, further kindle the flames of your affection for the one who bore the curse of sin in the stead of all who would believe on Him for the forgiveness of sins.

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