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Sermon 07-10-16: “If God Is for Us”

August 6, 2016

Opening the Scriptures graphic

Few, if any, heroes in the Old Testament were more faithful to God than Joshua. Yet when he realizes that he’s in the presence of the Lord in today’s scripture, he encounters a potentially deadly problem: The Lord is holy, Joshua isn’t, and he’s afraid he will be destroyed. This is a problem that all of us share with Joshua. The good news is that today’s scripture points to a solution.

Sermon Text: Joshua 5:13-6:5

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When the summer Olympics begin in Rio next month, one member of our U.S. Olympic team will be the most decorated Olympian in history, the 22-time medalist Michael Phelps. Eighteen of those 22 are gold medals, the most by far of any Olympian in history. And he’s now the first American male swimmer to make five Olympic teams. He qualified for number five just last week.


He told USA Today that, of all the things he’s done, qualifying for his fifth Olympics “means the most. With everything that’s happened, being able to come back, that’s probably harder than any swim I’ve had in my life.” Everything that’s happened includes being arrested for driving drunk in 2014, being suspended from swimming for a period, and, finally, entering rehab. But for the past year, according to both him and his teammates, he’s a changed man. He’s been focused solely on Rio.

Well, he’s got to be if he’s going to be successful. There’s no such thing as a part-time Olympic champion. Being an Olympic athlete isn’t one thing you do in your life among many other things; it is your life. You don’t say, “I’m going to spend this many hours a week training, and this many hours doing this other thing, and this many hours doing something else.” No… If you’re a champion, you eat in order to win the gold; you drink in order to win the gold; you sleep in order to win the gold. You are single-minded.

I haven’t known an athlete with that level of commitment before. But I did meet a classical musician who was close. She was a 16-year-old student at my wife Lisa’s school. She performed in a musical that her school was putting on. And she played violin. After the show I was introduced to her as one of Lisa’s students. So I complimented her. I said, “You were great! You didn’t sound screechy at all.” I was just trying to make small talk. I didn’t mean to damn her with faint praise. But, in my experience, 16 year-old violinists sometimes sound screechy. Read the rest of this entry »