Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast


“Don’t Be Duped”

Joshua 9:1-27


  1. Be alert for deception

But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4 they on their part acted with cunning . . . (Josh. 9:3-4a).


  1. Avoid sensory decisions
  2. Avoid sudden decisions
  1. Be attuned for direction

So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord (Josh. 9:14).


  1. Seek God’s counsel
  2. Study God’s counsel
  1. Be aware of duty

This we will do to them: let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath that we swore to them (Josh. 9:20).


  1. God’s expectation
  2. God’s example
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“No te dejes engañar”

Josué 9:1-27




  1. Mantente alerta a los engaños.


Sin embargo, cuando los habitantes de Gabaón oyeron lo que Josué había hecho a Jericó y a la ciudad de Hai, recurrieron al engaño para salvarse la vida. Enviaron a unos representantes ante Josué

(Josué 9.3-4a)


  1. Evita decisiones emocionales.


  1. Evita decisiones apuradas.



  1. Mantente alerta a las direcciones.

Entonces los israelitas revisaron el alimento de los gabaonitas pero no consultaron al Señor. (Josué 9.14)


  1. Busca el consejo de Dios.


  1. Estudia el consejo de Dios.



  1. Mantente alerta al deber.

Lo que tenemos que hacer es dejarlos con vida, porque el enojo divino caería sobre nosotros si no cumpliéramos nuestro juramento. (Josué 9.20)

  1. Lo que Dios espera de ti.


  1. El ejemplo de Dios para ti.
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“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
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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
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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).

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Arise: Week 5, January 31, 2016


“Our God Is Our Guide”

Joshua 3:1-4:24


  1. Follow the Leader


  1. He gives clear instructions


And [Joshua] commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it” (Joshua 3:3).


  1. He gives compelling incentives


. . . In order that you may know the way you shall go for you have not passed this way before (Joshua 3:4b).


  1. Fear the Lord


  1. That means respect


Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it (Joshua 3:4a).


  1. That means repentance


Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5).


  1. Foster the Legacy


  1. For the children


And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ 22 then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ 23 For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over . . .” (Joshua 4:21-23a).


  1. For the countries


So that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever (Joshua 4:24).

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“From the Hall of Shame to the Hall of Fame”

Joshua 2:1-24


  1. Real faith


  1. Is shown in words


The Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath” (Joshua 2:11b).


  1. Is shown in works


And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:25-26).


  1. Reasoned faith


For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan . . .” (Joshua 1:10a).


  1. Is based on words about God


  1. Is based on the works of God


  1. Rewarded faith


  1. Is given life


“But Joshua spared Rahab . . .” (Joshua 6:25a).


  1. Is given a legacy


“And Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king” (Matthew 1:5-6

Direct download: IBC_20160124.mp3
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Arise:  Week 3, January 17, 2016


“Borderline Believers”

Joshua 1:10-15


  1. Senseless compromise


The Reubenites and Gadites, who had very large herds and flocks, saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were suitable for livestock. 2 So they came to Moses and . . . said, . . . 5 If we have found favor in your eyes,” they said, “let this land be given to your servants as our possession. Do not make us cross the Jordan” (Numbers 32:1-5).


  1. It is costly


  1. It is contagious


  1. Second chance


. . . but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it (Joshua 1:14b-15a).


  1. For responsibilities


  1. For reward


  1. Serious caution


“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).


  1. About covenants


  1. About consequences
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Arise: Week 2, January 10, 2016


“The Secret of Success”

Joshua 1:6-9


  1. Success requires courage


Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them (Joshua 1:6).


  1. Courage is commanded


  1. Courage is contagious


  1. Success requires commitment


Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success (Joshua 1:7-8).


  1. To learn the Word of God


  1. To live the Word of God


  1. Success requires companionship


Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).


  1. Clarification of his promise


  1. Consequence of his presence
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