The Weekend Funnies – complaints and perspective on life

To all of my readers in the United States, I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday with your family yesterday! Here in Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving in October – but of course it’s good to be thankful all year around…

The countdown is on:

Only 21 more days… until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres – so excited!

(You thought I was going to say Christmas, didn’t you? Well, that’s only 28 days away!).

Anyway, here are your weekly Calvin & Hobbes comic strips, to help you put things in perspective when you feel like life isn’t fair. Enjoy!

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Calvin & Hobbes - put in perspective

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2015 Bill Waterson.

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The Story #7: The Battle Begins (Joshua) – #Sermon of the Week


(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

The Story - Bible Reading #7

Note: Because of a technical difficulty, this week’s message wasn’t recorded.

INTRO TO TOPIC: Have you ever faced an overwhelming challenge in your life? Did you confront it, or retreat?

  • In the Story this week, we see God’s people facing an overwhelming challenge.
  • The children of Israel are ready to head into the Promised Land, but the wicked people who live there are strong – some are giants – and their cities are fortified.


  • Preparation:                  Ch. 1-5: God calls Joshua, Rahab hides spies, Israel crosses Jordan
  • Conquest:                       Ch. 6-12: Jericho, Ai, Southland Conquest then Northern Conquest
  • Division of Land:           Ch. 13-22: The Land divided among the tribes
  • Joshua’s Final Speech:  Ch. 23-24: Joshua’s final words: “We will serve the Lord!”

THE BIG IDEA: In Joshua, God gives His people three keys to being successful: Being people of the Word, people of prayer, and people who identify with Him.


First of all – what does it mean to be successful? This doesn’t just mean in school or work!

Successful in every area of your life: Overcoming stress, worry, anxiety, depression, fear, relationship struggles, family issues, more!


“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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 1:8, NKJV).

  • If we want to have good success, we need to read and obey God’s Word!


“1 Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. 2 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5 It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” (Joshua 6:1-5).

  • This had to be one of the most unusual military strategies in all of history!
  • But – the People Obeyed God: After six days of marching around Jericho:
  • “But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!” (v.15-16).


  • The Result of Obeying God? “So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” (v.20).


“And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.” (Josh. 6:18).

“But… Achan… took of the accursed things; so the anger of the Lord burned them.” (Josh. 7:1).

  • Because of Achan’s disobedience, God’s people were defeated when they fought Ai.
  • So what did Joshua do? “And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and the cursings, according to all that is written in the Book of the Law.” (Josh. 8:34).
  • It’s important that we obey God, and if we sin, to confess that sin to the Lord!


“13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.” (Joshua 5:13-15).

  • If we want to be successful in life, we need to be people who pray.
  • This is more than just ‘saying our prayers’! Many people say their prayers but never pray.
  • We need to learn how to get alone in the prayer closet until we’re not alone anymore:
  • Jesus said: “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6).


“At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time.” (Joshua 5:2).

    • In the OT, circumcision was the outward symbol that the people belonged to God.
    • In the NT, baptism is the outward symbol that we belong to God: (no Romans 6:4).
    • “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19).
    • Have you been baptised since you became a believer in Jesus? If not, now is the time!


  • “just as He chose us in Him…” (Eph. 1:4).
  • “hcaving predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ…” (Eph. 1:5).
  • “He made us accepted in the Beloved…” (Eph. 1:6).
  • “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…” (Eph. 1:7).
  • See yourself the way God sees you: chosen, adopted, accepted, forgiven, loved!!


A. Because of the wickedness of the inhabitants in the land.

  • The inhabitants practiced idolatry which included using prostitutes in worship and sacrificing (burning) children to their false gods.

B. Because God wants to make Himself known among the nations.

  • “that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:24).
  • At least 19 times in the Scriptures God declares this as His mission.
  • God wants all people to be in relationship with Him.


“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15).

  • This was Joshua’s final challenge to the people before his death.


  • If we want to be successful, we need to be:
    • people of the Word
    • people of prayer
    • people who identify with God
  • Who will YOU serve?

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The Post-Weekend Funnies – Reflecting on the Arrogance of Youth

Oops! The weekend has come and gone and I haven’t posted your weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strips yet… Well you know what they say – better late than never, right?

Oh well, what a great kick-off for a Monday!

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Calvin & Hobbes - the arrogance of youth

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The Story Devotional #6: Mission Impossible


The Story - Bible Reading #6

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” (Num. 13:1-2).

After God’s people had camped out at Mount Sinai, they begin wandering through the wilderness of Paran. At one point, God tells them it’s time to spy out the Promised Land, and one leader is chosen from each of the twelve tribes. As they head into Canaan, they see that it is everything God promised it would be – a bountiful land flowing with milk and honey. But there’s a problem. Their cities are fortified and the inhabitants of the land are giants.

Wait a minute: didn’t God promise them that He would give them the land? And isn’t He a promise-keeping God? Of course He is! But unfortunately, when the twelve spies returned to Moses, ten of them gave him a bad report saying, “We are not able to take the land!”

It’s amazing what a difference perspective can make! Caleb and Joshua were two of the spies who went into the Promised Land, and they saw things completely different than the others. They said, “We are well able to take the land!” They had seen the exact same cities and enemies as the other ten, the only difference was their attitude.

The Bible says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7). In other words, what we believe about ourselves significantly affects what we become! The ten spies said, “We saw the giants, and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

What was the difference between what Caleb and Joshua saw, and what the other ten saw? They knew that God was with them, and if God is for us, who can be against us? We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Therefore, we can be strong and courageous as we face impossible situations and giants today!


Num. 10-14;20-21;25;27; Deut. 1-2;4;6;8-9;29-32;34

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The Story #6: Mission Impossible (Wandering) – #Sermon of the Week

THE STORY #6: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: (Wandering – Numbers and Deuteronomy)

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

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The Story - Bible Reading #6

INTRO TO TOPIC: In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote: “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

  • That’s true of today! What does it take for us to become strong and courageous?
  • John Wayne said, “Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.”
  • Today we’re going to look at the story of 12 great leaders who were chosen for a mission.


  • We have been looking at Exodus where Moses delivered God’s people from bondage in Egypt. God brought them to Mount Sinai where He gave them new commands and new covenant. In Numbers, God gets ready to take them into the Promised Land:
  • “And the children of Israel set out from the Wilderness of Sinai on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the Wilderness of Paran.” (Num. 10:12).
  • All through chapters 11-12, the people continually complain. God had delivered them from slavery, provided manna and water for them, but they kept grumbling.


“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” (Num. 13:1-2).

  • Two of these men were Joshua and Caleb. They went on a 40 day recon mission.
  • God’s promise: “I am giving you this land!” Did they believe the promise?


26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.” (Num. 13:26-28).

  • The first thing the spies did was gave a report of the land – wonderful as God had said.
  • But then they added a “nevertheless.” Have you ever done that in your life? God calls you to do something, or you have a dream in your heart, but you add a ‘nevertheless’?
  • All twelve men had been slaves in Egypt, and ten of them had a defeatist mentality.
  • Whiney voice: “The people are strong, the cities are fortified, wah wah wah!”


“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” (Num. 13:30).

  • Caleb knew the power of words to influence people, so he told the people: “Shut up!”
  • Joshua and Caleb came back with a good report: “We are well able to overcome!”

“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” (Num. 13:31-33).

  • The others said, “We are NOT able, for they are stronger than we.” It seemed impossible.


“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7).

  • What we believe about ourselves significantly affects what we become!
  • The ten spies said, “We saw the giants, and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
  • They saw themselves as small and insignificant; their enemies saw them the same way.
  • Look at how their negative report affected the whole congregation:
  • “So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.” (Num. 14:1).
  • They had a little pity-party and said, “Let’s go back to Egypt!”
  • In the natural, it seemed impossible. But with God, all things are possible!

6 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Num. 14:6-9).

  • Was there a happy ending? “All the congregation said to stone them with stones.” (v.10).
  • The congregation had more faith in the enemy (fear) than faith in God (trust).


  • The people had said, “if only we had died in this wilderness!” (Num. 14:2).

28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: 29 The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. 30 Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in.” (Num. 14:28-30).

  • God had wanted all of the children of Israel to enter the Promised Land.
  • But because of their rebellion and unbelief, only Joshua and Caleb would go in.
  • For 40 years, they would wander the wilderness until all of those over twenty years died.

THE BIG IDEA: The story of Joshua and Caleb gives us the keys to being strong and courageous as we face impossible situations and giants in our own lives today.


  • When giants come against us, our natural response is to feel intimidated and inadequate.
  • What are some of the giants we face in our lives today?
  • Diseases, disappointments, depressions, addictions, financial struggles, career setbacks, family breakdowns and personal failures – to name a few.
  • Three encouragements God gave Joshua when he succeeded Moses as Israel’s leader:


Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.” (Joshua 1:6).

  • God has promised to give us victory and help us overcome our problems: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:57).
  • If we want to become strong and courageous, we must believe the promise!


“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you… This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe 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).

  • If we want to experience God’s victory in our lives, we must be obedient to His Word.
  • Also – how can we know (and believe) His promises if we don’t know what they are?
    • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13).
    • “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
    • “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37).


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).

  • God has commanded us to not be afraid or dismayed. Dismayed means to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly.
  • How can we overcome our fear and become courageous? Remember: God is with us!

CLOSING PRAYER: For God’s people to become strong and courageous to face their giants.

BENEDICTION: The Lord gave this benediction to Moses to give to Aaron and the priests to bless the people:

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” (Num. 6:24-26).

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The Weekend Funnies – Life Like a Friends TV Sitcom

Happy Friday everyone! If you’re a fan of sitcoms, you may sometimes wonder why your life isn’t like a situation comedy.

What do you think?

If your life could be more like a sitcom, what show would you want it to be like, and why?

Calvin & Hobbes - TV friends

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2015 Bill Waterson.

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The Story Devotional #5: Friendship with God


The Story - Bible Reading #5

“’You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (Exodus  19:4-6).

In the first half of the Book of Exodus, we see the children of Israel in slavery in Egypt, and they cry out to God for deliverance. God raises up Moses who goes to Pharaoh and says, “Let my people go!” After a long series of ten plagues, culminating in the Passover, God gloriously delivers His people, and leads them through the Red Sea, into the wilderness. But that’s not the end of the story.

God’s greatest goal wasn’t just to deliver His children from bondage. It wasn’t even to bring them into the Promised Land (although that would be coming soon enough). His greatest goal – as seen in the above Bible verse – was to bring them to Himself! The whole story of the Bible is about God’s passionate pursuit of people.

So God came down on Mount Sinai before the people, who He invited to come to Himself. But unfortunately, when the people saw and heard the thunderings and lightnings, they said to Moses, “We are afraid! You speak to God for us!” What a sad commentary on this people. Every single one of them had been invited to have a personal friendship with God, but because of fear, they never drew near.

Because of this, King David would later write: “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7). Moses got to know God’s ways personally and intimately, but the Israelites were content to only know His acts – His signs and wonders.

“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11). This is the invitation given to every one of us!

THE STORY BIBLE READING FOR THIS WEEK: Exodus 19-20;24-25;32-34;40

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