Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast


“If at first you don’s succeed,….”

Josua 8:1-35


  1.  If at first you don’t succeed, find out why

Israel has sinned…i will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you… You cannot stand before your enemies until you [do this]” (Joshua 7-11-13)


  1.  Defeat is caused by disobedience
  2.  Defeat is caused by desertion


  1.  If at first you done succeed, fix what went wrong

And they raised over him great heap of stones that remains to this day.  Then the Lord turned from his burning anger (Joshua 7:26a)


  1. Get clean
  2. Get connected
  3.  If at first you don’t succeed, arise and try again

And the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear and do not be dismayed.  Take all the fighting men with you an, and arise, go up to Ai”  (Joshua 8:1a)


  1.  Take everybody

And you shall do to IA and it’s king as you did to Jericho and it’s king, Only its’s spoil and is livestock you shall take as plunder for yourselves (Joshua 8:30-31)

  1.  Take everything


  1.  If at first you don’t succeed but then you do, remember to worship

At that time Joshua built a altar to the lord, the God of Israel…And they offered on it burnt offerings to the Lord and sacrificed peace offerings. (Joshua 8:30-31


  1.  Worship involves sacrifice

And afterward he read all the words of the law….There was not a word of all that Moses commanded that Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel, and the women and the little ones, and the sojourns who lived among them (Joshua 8:34-35).


  1.  Worship involves scripture 
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Small mistakes can have costly consequences.


In 1990 the United States launched the Hubble telescope into space (photo).  Many of its dramatic photos have become iconic (photos).  It enabled us to peer into the recesses of space without the distortions of earth’s atmosphere.  It cost 1.5 billion to create and launch.  However, its beginning was marred.  When the first images were received, the scientists were horrified.  There was a startling lack of clarity.  The pictures were fuzzy.  They discovered that the mirror was ground with a small deviation of 2.2 micrometers (photo).  They were off by only 1/50th the width of a human hair.  Small mistake.


They set about devising a correction.  It required another mission to outer space to place further corrective lenses on Hubble (photo).  That small mistake cost an additional 1.2 billion!


Small mistakes can have costly consequences.


In our lives we often err—in big and small ways and I wonder if we ever stop to consider the consequences.  Small sins, missteps, transgressions can cost us dearly and cost those dear to us.  


Perhaps no story in the Bible better illustrates this than the account of Achan in Joshua 7.  He pilfered some silver, some gold and a purple robe—not that much it would seem—but the cost to him, his family and his nation was astronomical.


It’s a perfect case study of sin—its culprits, its cost, and most importantly, its cure!  Don’t miss that last word.  There is hope.  There is a cure.  Though we all sin, there is a Savior.



“A Case Study of Sin”

Joshua 7:1-26


  1. Sin’s culprits


But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan . . . took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel. (Joshua 7:1).


  1. Obvious culprit


  1. Overlooked culprits


  1. Sin’s cost


And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones (Joshua 7:25).


  1. Individual cost


  1. Incidental cost


  1. Sin’s cure


Then the Lord turned from his burning anger. Therefore, to this day the name of that place is called the Valley of Achor (Joshua 7:26b).


  1. Admission of sin


  1. Atonement for sin
Direct download: IBC_20160221.mp3
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“Let the Walls Fall”

Joshua 6:1-27


  1. Strange Orders
    1. God has a pattern
    2. God has a purpose
  2. Strict Obedience
    1. Without debate
    2. Without delay
    3. Without doubt
  3. Special Offering
    1. Give to the Lord
    2. Get from the Lord
  4. Successful Outcome
    1. For the battle
    2. For the believer
Direct download: IBC_20160214.mp3
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“For or Against?”

Joshua 5:13-15


  1. Lord with us


  1. He is ready


When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand (Joshua 5:13a).


  1. He is regal


And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” 14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped (Joshua 5:13b-14a).


  1. Lord over us


  1. He declares his Lordship


I am the commander of the army of the Lord (Joshua 5:14).


  1. He demonstrates his Lordship


And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 15 And the commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so (Joshua 5:14b-15).


  1. Lord for us


  1. In our struggles


What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).


  1. In our salvation


He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

Direct download: IBC_20160207.mp3
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