Joshua 23 (ESV)
23 A long time afterward, when the Lord had given rest to Israel from all their surrounding enemies, and Joshua was old and well advanced in years, Joshua summoned all Israel, its elders and heads, its judges and officers, and said to them, “I am now old and well advanced in years.

1. We should all acknowledge our and the it necessitates.

And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you. Behold, I have allotted to you as an inheritance for your tribes those nations that remain, along with all the nations that I have already cut off, from the Jordan to the Great Sea in the west. The Lord your God will push them back before you and drive them out of your sight. And you shall possess their land, just as the Lord your God promised you.

2. We should all that the Lord has done already and be reminded of the work that to be done.

Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left, that you may not mix with these nations remaining among you or make mention of the names of their gods or swear by them or serve them or bow down to them, but you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out before you great and strong nations. And as for you, no man has been able to stand before you to this day. 10 One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as he promised you. 11 Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God. 12 For if you turn back and cling to the remnant of these nations remaining among you and make marriages with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, 13 know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you, but they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good ground that the Lord your God has given you.

3. We should renew our commitment . . .

  • to God’s word,
  • to not bowing before the of our age,
  • to living lives, and
  • to honoring God with our .

14 “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed. 15 But just as all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you have been fulfilled for you, so the Lord will bring upon you all the evil things, until he has destroyed you from off this good land that the Lord your God has given you, 16 if you transgress the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them. Then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land that he has given to you.”

4. We should reaffirm the principle: things come to those who honor God, things come to those who dishonor God.

Joshua 24 (ESV)
24 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac. And to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. And I gave Esau the hill country of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. And I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt with what I did in the midst of it, and afterward I brought you out.
“ ‘Then I brought your fathers out of Egypt, and you came to the sea. And the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. And when they cried to the Lord, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and made the sea come upon them and cover them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt. And you lived in the wilderness a long time. Then I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who lived on the other side of the Jordan. They fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land, and I destroyed them before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and fought against Israel. And he sent and invited Balaam the son of Beor to curse you, 10 but I would not listen to Balaam. Indeed, he blessed you. So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 And you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho, and the leaders of Jericho fought against you, and also the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And I gave them into your hand. 12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out before you, the two kings of the Amorites; it was not by your sword or by your bow. 13 I gave you a land on which you had not labored and cities that you had not built, and you dwell in them. You eat the fruit of vineyards and olive orchards that you did not plant.’

14 Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond 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.”

5. A season of succession is a time for : will you the Lord?

25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and put in place statutes and rules for them at Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone and set it up there under the terebinth that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord that he spoke to us. Therefore it shall be a witness against you, lest you deal falsely with your God.” 28 So Joshua sent the people away, every man to his inheritance.
29 After these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being 110 years old. 30 And they buried him in his own inheritance at Timnath-serah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash.
31 Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel.

6. By God’s grace, the of a courageous, godly, long-term leader, like Joshua, can extend beyond his lifetime to generations to come.

Will you trust and follow Jesus?
Will you serve the Lord with you whole heart?
Will you be a courageous, godly leader for the glory of the Lord?


Psalm 78, ESV
1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
    incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
    I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
    that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
    but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
    and the wonders that he has done.

1. The purpose of parenting is to .

  • Share with your kids what are learning.
  • Ask your kids about what are learning.
  • Have regular family .
  • Read age-appropriate Bible story books.
    (Read-Aloud Bible Stories; The Jesus Storybook Bible)
  • Read Bible stories and have your kids act them out.
  • Let your kids read from a Bible story book
    (The Biggest Story Bible Storybook)
  • Read a story/passage together and discuss it.
  • Have your kids read a story/passage on their own and later discuss it as a family.

2. Ingleside is a multi-generational church with a generation orientation.

  • Remain to our church reaching the next generation.
  • in a Next Generation ministry.

He established a testimony in Jacob
    and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
    to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
    the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
 so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
    but keep his commandments;

  • We should teach the next generation the . (v5)
  • Our vision goes the next generation and includes countless generations. (v6)
  • We want the next generation to in the Lord. (v7)
  • We want the next generation to the Lord. (v7)

and that they should not be like their fathers,
    a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
    whose spirit was not faithful to God.

  • Teach the next generation about God’s – He does not tolerate sin.
  • Teach the next generation about God’s He will forgive sin.

At Ingleside and beyond, we want to see a generation that is
, obedient, steadfast, and to God.

Chapters in the Life of Moses

  1. 3 months – age 40: Pharaoh’s household
  2. Age 40 – 80: Exiled in
  3. Age 80 – 120:  Leading God’s people from Egypt through the wilderness to the edge of the Promised Land

Numbers 27:12-23 (ESV)

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into this mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel. 13 When you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was, 14 because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing to uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)

1. Every leader is an leader.

2. to God always has consequences.

15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying, 16 “Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17 who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.”

3. matters – it’s not good  for the flock to be without a .

4. Succession planning is a  and biblical thing to do.

“Succession” is “the intentional transfer of power, leadership, and authority from one primary leader to another” (Dave Travis, cited in Next: Pastoral Succession that Works, p. 20).

18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. 19 Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight. 20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, that all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey. 21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.” 22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation, 23 and he laid his hands on him and commissioned him as the Lord directed through Moses.

5. It’s best when the chooses the successor.

6. It’s often best when there is some in the tenures of the old leader and the new leader.

7. It’s often best when the old leader and the new leader can  both participate in a public .

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8, ESV)

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (ESV)

Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.”

8. It’s good to remember that the is larger than any single leader or single generation.

So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-peor; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.

9. For the succession to be successful, it’s almost always best for the old leader to actually —at least for a season.

Thom Rainer, “Seven Thoughts about Retiring Pastors Who Stay at Their Churches,” ( writes:

  1. Because the church needs to allow the new pastor to develop an identity as the shepherd/leader, it is advisable for the retiring pastor to take an extended break from the church. I typically advise retired pastors to take at least a year off from attending the church where they retired. This will give new pastors time to establish their leadership and personal approach to ministry.
  2. The longer the tenure of the retired pastor, the longer the break should be from the church. While I recommend a break of at least one year for all retired pastors, that break should be longer for those who had long tenure at the church. I define long tenure as more than seven years.

And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

10. Because leaving loving relationships almost always involves  a sense of , it’s normal, biblical, and  healthy to acknowledge and express our .

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. 10 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, 12 and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.

Joshua 1:1, 8-9 (ESV)

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. . . . 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. 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.”

11. As the new chapter begins, God expects the new leader to be  strong, courageous, and committed to God’s .

12. As the new chapter begins, we should expect the new leader, like Joshua, to lead in ways to reach new generations and to take new ground. (cf. Joshua 3)

105 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;

tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;

seek his presence continually!
Remember the wondrous works that he has done,

his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of Abraham, his servant,

children of Jacob, his chosen ones! (Psalm 105:1-6, ESV)

Psalm 77
11  I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
   yes, I will remember your wonders of old.

12  I will ponder all your work,
   and meditate on your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:11-12, ESV)

1. Remembering energizes our .

2. Remembering fuels our .

3. Remembering promotes .

4. Remembering encourages .

5. Remembering inspires .

6. Remembering rekindles and sustains .

7. Remembering gives depth to our .

Deuteronomy 6
10 “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land that he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you—with great and good cities that you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things that you did not fill, and cisterns that you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant—and when you eat and are full, 12 then take care lest you forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you— 15 for the Lord your God in your midst is a jealous God—lest the anger of the Lord your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. . . .
20 When your son asks you in time to come, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies and the statutes and the rules that the Lord our God has commanded you?’ 21 then you shall say to your son, ‘We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 And the Lord showed signs and wonders, great and grievous, against Egypt and against Pharaoh and all his household, before our eyes. 23 And he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in and give us the land that he swore to give to our fathers. 24 And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as we are this day. 25 And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’ (Deuteronomy 6:10-15, 20-25, ESV)

“Do this in remembrance of me.”
—Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:24b, ESV)

A Timeline of God’s Faithfulness

Thursday, October 4, 1951- Sixteen people meet at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Newton, Sr., at 3360 Ridge Avenue

Thursday, October 11, 1951- Twenty-nine people meet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Rader

Sunday, November 11, 1951- First Sunday service held at the Ingleside Community Clubhouse; 136 were present.

Sunday, December 23, 1951- CHARTER DAY—Ingleside Baptist Church officially constituted with 203 Charter Members. During its formative period, Ingleside is led by its first pastor, Dr. J. Ellis Sammons.

June 1952- Rev. James W. Windham becomes Ingleside’s second pastor. His ministry concluded in August 1954.

June 7, 1953- Dedication of Sanctuary (Chapel)

May 1955- Dr. Alvin H. Brackett, Jr. begins a ministry at Ingleside that spans more than two decades, ending in 1978.

January 17, 1960- Dedication of Educational Building

September 1964- Church membership reaches 1,000

July 1979- Dr. Robert G. Johns is the fourth pastor. His ministry concluded in April 1988.

Fall 1981- Sanctuary seating expanded into wings of Chapel

September 4, 1989- Dr. Timothy A. McCoy becomes fifth pastor.

June 5, 1994- Dedication of Preschool & Children’s Building and Family Life Center

1995- First international volunteer mission trip (Peru)

1996- Church-wide “Experiencing God” study

September 1996- Total membership grows beyond 2,000

1997-   Renovation of the Sanctuary; 3 services begun

July 26, 1998-  New Constitution and Bylaws adopted

1999-2000- Church purchases shopping center, office park, and adjacent 12 acres

November 12, 2000- $8.2 million pledged for new worship center

August 17, 2002- Saturday night service is launched

November 16, 2003- $7.8 million pledged to complete the project

March 28, 2004- Dedication of New Worship Center

November 2005- Total membership surpasses 3,000

August 20, 2006- Dedication of New Preschool & Children’s Building—kids worship begins

November 6, 2011- Sermon broadcast on WMAZ-TV begins

April 2012- Total membership grows to 4,000

September 13, 2015- Contemporary service launched – four services each Sunday morning

August 2019- Total membership reaches 5,000

March 15, 2020-  Livestream begun as COVID pandemic strikes

March 10, 2024- Dr. Justin Nalls elected sixth pastor, to begin on July 1


Psalm 141, ESV
1 O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!
    Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
    and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

  • God, be to me.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!
Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
    to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity,
    and let me not eat of their delicacies!

  • God, guard my (v3).

“How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.” (James 3:5b-6a, ESV)

“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” (Proverbs 29:11, ESV)

  • God, guard my (v4).

18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.” (Matthew 15:18-19, ESV) 

  • God, guard my (v4).
  • God, keep me in Christ (v4).

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah 55:1-2, ESV)

Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
    let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
When their judges are thrown over the cliff,
    then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
    so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.

  • God, keep me to helpful feedback.

But my eyes are toward you, O God, my Lord;
    in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
    and from the snares of evildoers!
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
    while I pass by safely.

  • God, keep me focused on .

God, as you get me it, help me to honor you it.

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, May 19, Psalm 141
  • Monday, May 20, Psalm 142
  • Tuesday, May 21, Psalm 143
  • Wednesday, May 22, Psalm 144
  • Thursday, May 23, Psalm 145
  • Friday, May 23, Psalm 146
  • Saturday, May 25, Psalm 147

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Psalm 135, ESV
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise the name of the Lord,
    give praise, O servants of the Lord,
who stand in the house of the Lord,
    in the courts of the house of our God!
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
    sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,
    Israel as his own possession.

  • We are to praise the Lord.
  • We praise the Lord because he is  and has us for himself.

For I know that the Lord is great,
    and that our Lord is above all gods.
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
    in heaven and on earth,
    in the seas and all deeps.
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
    who makes lightnings for the rain
    and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

  • We praise the Lord because he does whatever him.


He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
    both of man and of beast;
who in your midst, O Egypt,
    sent signs and wonders
    against Pharaoh and all his servants;
10 who struck down many nations
    and killed mighty kings,
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
    and Og, king of Bashan,
    and all the kingdoms of Canaan,
12 and gave their land as a heritage,
    a heritage to his people Israel.

  • We praise the Lord because he is our .


13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
    your renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.
14 For the Lord will vindicate his people
    and have compassion on his servants.
15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
    they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
    nor is there any breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them become like them,
    so do all who trust in them.

  • We praise the Lord because he is a true, God.

19 O house of Israel, bless the Lord!
    O house of Aaron, bless the Lord!
20 O house of Levi, bless the Lord!
    You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
    he who dwells in Jerusalem!
Praise the Lord!

  • We praise the Lord because he chooses to be us.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (Revelation 21:3, ESV)

A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, May 12, Psalm 134
  • Monday, May 13, Psalm 135
  • Tuesday, May 14, Psalm 136
  • Wednesday, May 15, Psalm 137
  • Thursday, May 16, Psalm 138
  • Friday, May 17, Psalm 139
  • Saturday, May 18, Psalm 140

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Proverbs 1:7-8 (ESV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
1. A father and mother – in a healthy marriage in a God-honoring home – are the  teachers of “the fear of the Lord.”


Proverbs 2:16-19 (ESV)
16  So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman,

from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17  who forsakes the companion of her youth
and forgets the covenant of her God;
18  for her house sinks down to death,
and her paths to the departed;
19  none who go to her come back,
nor do they regain the paths of life. (ESV)
2. Warning: some women
and their promises to God and to their husbands – they do not “fear the Lord.”

Proverbs 9:10, 13-18 (ESV)
10  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,

and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
13  The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
14  She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
15  calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
16  “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
17  “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
18  But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
3. Warning: some women are
– they do not “fear the Lord.”

Proverbs 31:10-31 (ESV)
10  An excellent wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.
11  The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12  She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
1. “A woman who fears the Lord” is of great
to her husband.

13  She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14  She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15  She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16  She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17  She dresses herself with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18  She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19  She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
2. “A woman who fears the Lord” is not
; she is .

She opens her hand to the poor

and reaches out her hands to the needy.
3. “A woman who fears the Lord” is
to those in need.

She is not afraid of snow for her household,

for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22  She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23  Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24  She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25  Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
4. “A woman who fears the Lord”
 well and is not of what is to come.


26  She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
5. “A woman who fears the Lord” is a
and  teacher.

She looks well to the ways of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.
6. “A woman who fears the Lord” is
in looking after her household.


28  Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29  “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30  Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31  Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
7. “A woman who fears the Lord” should be and by her husband and children.

Honor your father and your mother,
that your days may be long in the land
that the Lord your God is giving you.”
(Exodus 20:12, ESV; cf. Ephesians 6:2-3)

Tim McCoy, Lead Pastor
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1. Be the , …

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3, ESV)

a person who daily in God’s word.


A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, May 5, Psalm 127
  • Monday, May 6, Psalm 128
  • Tuesday, May 7, Psalm 129
  • Wednesday, May 8, Psalm 130
  • Thursday, May 9, Psalm 131
  • Friday, May 10, Psalm 132
  • Saturday, May 11, Psalm 133

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2. Be – a fully-devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

  • Repent, believe, and be baptized
  • Come to worship – be a weekly worshiper
  • Grow in a group – be connected to other believers; member
  • Serve in the body – be a servant to others in Jesus’ name
  • Go with the gospel – be a witness for Jesus and the gospel

Jesus said to him, . . . “You follow me!” (John 21:22, ESV)

3. Be in your choices.

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, (Ephesians 5:15-18, ESV)

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20, ESV)

1) Get an education.
2) Get a full-time job. 
3) Get married/stay married. 
4) Have children.
If you do these four things in this order, your life will be blessed and God will be glorified.

4. Be both ordinary and in your obedience to Christ.

Willing to stay – “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19, ESV); “remain at Ephesus” (1 Timothy 1:3, ESV)

Willing to go – By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, (Hebrews 11:8-9a, ESV)

Fear——–> Faithful Obedience<——–Foolishness

5. Be from the world.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2, NLT)

22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24, ESV)

6. Be a person of both and .

And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. (Psalm 78:72, NIV84)

  • Tell the truth.
  • Keep your word.
  • Sharpen your skills.
  • Be a lifelong learner.
  • Do more than the minimum.
  • Deliver more than you promise.
  • Finish the job – on time and under budget.
  • Pursue excellence – it honors God and inspires people.
  • Believe and live as if the best is yet to come.

7. Be more concerned for God’s than anything else!

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)

“. . . it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:20, ESV)

Justin Nalls, Teaching Pastor and Lead Pastor Elect
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A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, May 5, Psalm 127
  • Monday, May 6, Psalm 128
  • Tuesday, May 7, Psalm 129
  • Wednesday, May 8, Psalm 130
  • Thursday, May 9, Psalm 131
  • Friday, May 10, Psalm 132
  • Saturday, May 11, Psalm 133

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Psalm 121, ESV
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?

  • Where does my come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

  • For followers of Jesus, our help comes from the .
    17 “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17, ESV)

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

  • God is sovereign over , and is attentive to the of your life.
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  (Matthew 6:25-31, ESV)

It is in vain that you rise up early  and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2, ESV)

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

  • The Lord will ultimately deliver us from all .
    38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, ESV)


A Chapter a Day

  • Sunday, April 28, Acts 28
  • Monday, April 29, Psalm 121
  • Tuesday, April 30, Psalm 122
  • Wednesday, May 1, Psalm 123
  • Thursday, May 2, Psalm 124
  • Friday, May 3, Psalm 125
  • Saturday, May 4, Psalm 126

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Acts 27, ESV

13 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore. 14 But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land. 15 And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along. 16 Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship’s boat. 17 After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and thus they were driven along. 18 Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo. 19 And on the third day they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.

  • You will face circumstances beyond your .

21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss. 22 Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we must run aground on some island.”

  • God’s remain sure in the midst of the .

  • We in God’s sovereignty and God’s word.

39 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore. 40 So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach. 41 But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf. 42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape. 43 But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land, 44 and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land.

Acts 28
After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand. When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer.

Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days. It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him. And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured. 10 They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed.

  • The path God has for you may not be , but it is filled with .