Archive for December, 2007

History Maker – Joshua 4 1-11

Posted by aftershock.org.uk on December 5th, 2007

How many times do we see God ask people to believe in him and step out. Sometimes literally as in this time or even Moses and the Red Sea. But God also asks us to trust him and step out often in our daily lives as well. What do you mean he doesn’t ask you? How about times when you think it would be great to do something, but you justify to yourself that it is impossible? Maybe you think, that someone should do something about a problem in the world, but justify to yourself that the problem is too big for you to deal with. Maybe you think God needs to be involved at your school or college more, but only if you had another Christian to help. Well, lets look at who God chooses to do his work, when he has a really big problem. He seems to pick someone to stand up and change things for him who has to rely on Gods strength. He asked Moses a murderer, and a man with a stutter to lead his people out of Egypt. He asked a small boy call David to kill the Giant Goliath. He asked a non believer called Paul to spread the word about Jesus. He asked all these people and more to step out and believe that God could help them change the world. So what has God asked you to do, that you are going to have to trust him for? If God can dry up rivers and seas then he can remove any fears that you have. But he does need you to step forward and believe in Him.

MP3: 00259_Joshua_4_1-11.mp3

PDF: 00259_Joshua_4_1-11.pdf

God Needs You – Joshua 3 9-17

Posted by aftershock.org.uk on December 4th, 2007

How many times do we see God ask people to believe in him and step out. Sometimes literally as in this time or even Moses and the Red Sea. But God also asks us to trust him and step out often in our daily lives as well. What do you mean he doesn’t ask you? How about times when you think it would be great to do something, but you justify to yourself that it is impossible? Maybe you think, that someone should do something about a problem in the world, but justify to yourself that the problem is too big for you to deal with. Maybe you think God needs to be involved at your school or college more, but only if you had another Christian to help. Well, lets look at who God chooses to do his work, when he has a really big problem. He seems to pick someone to stand up and change things for him who has to rely on Gods strength. He asked Moses a murderer, and a man with a stutter to lead his people out of Egypt. He asked a small boy call David to kill the Giant Goliath. He asked a non believer called Paul to spread the word about Jesus. He asked all these people and more to step out and believe that God could help them change the world. So what has God asked you to do, that you are going to have to trust him for? If God can dry up rivers and seas then he can remove any fears that you have. But he does need you to step forward and believe in Him.

MP3: 00258_Joshua_3_9-17.mp3

PDF: 00258_Joshua_3_9-17.pdf

Gods In The Toilet – Joshua 3 1-8

Posted by aftershock.org.uk on December 3rd, 2007

Joshua’s people knew that God was with them, his spirit was in the Covenant-Chest. Sometimes people call that the Ark, not Noah’s ark, not even Evan Almighty’s ark. Think of it like a massive Jewellry box that held the most precious possession on this earth. So much so that people were afraid to touch it. Anyway, the long and the short of it is that they knew God was with them in a very real sense. How do we know that God is with us at School? How can we be sure that he is even with us in the canteen at college? I mean we know Jesus said that he would send God the Holy Spirit to be with us, but how does that happen in every day life? It starts happening when YOU start talking to God. If you wait until your prayers at night, then don’t be surprised if you can’t recognise when God talks to you. If you wait until the pastor prays on Sunday then how would you recognise Gods voice? Starting speaking to God all day. As you enter your lessons ask him to help you. On the way to youth group ask him to give you wisdom. When you get up in the morning feeling grumpy, ask God to cheer you up and give you laughter. Hey, even the toilet could be a place to talk to God. The more you speak to God the more you will begin to recognise his voice as he speaks back.

MP3: 00257_Joshua_3_1-8.mp3

PDF: 00257_Joshua_3_1-8.pdf

Jesus this Way – Joshua 2 14-24

Posted by aftershock.org.uk on December 3rd, 2007

OK so we are probably agreed that being a Christian isn’t only about going to Church. If you have listened to Aftershock for any length of time then you have probably got the idea that we believe that following Jesus is about following Jesus all week. But that’s that isn’t it? Being a Christian is about being a Christian at school, college or work, but that’s just between you and God isn’t it? Well these guys dealing with Rahab didn’t seem to think that. They could have got Rahab to do what they wanted and then just not delivered on their end of the bargain, after all she didn’t follow God. But actually being a Christian isn’t just between us and God. If we don’t act towards others with respect and honesty, what difference are they going to see between us Christians and others? If we say one thing and do another, then we are no different to anyone else at school or college. However if we do what we know is right then we are leading others to Jesus. If you do what is right at school even when it seems that you would do better by doing something else, then they are going to start wondering why you act the way you do. And that chat in the canteen, when they say “why did you do that” is the time when you get to say “because that’s what Jesus would have wanted.”

MP3: 00256_Joshua_2_14-24.mp3

PDF: 00256_Joshua_2_14-24.pdf