06 May: All or Nothing

At the end of perhaps the greatest act in the world’s longest running drama, the stage is handed to the next generation in an “all or nothing” proposal…

READ JOSHUA 23   Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


In the 1996 Tom Cruise movie Jerry Maguire, his young wife, Dorothy (played by Renee Zellweger), expected a lot from Jerry, her new husband. Her expectations of her mutual relationship was 100% in an all-or-nothing proposal because, as she said, “I deserve that.” The storyline showed Jerry leaving her until he was able to arrive at a place where he could offer 100% of everything that a husband should give – including his own life if it came to that.[a]

When Joshua, in today’s chapter, hands the stage, and everything on it, to the next generation, it came with an all-or-nothing proposal – just like a marriage relationship. But this chapter isn’t a fragment of storyline from some random piece of ancient literature, with no bearing on 21st Century life. Like any spouse or father today, who’ll give everything he has to make the relationship work, Father God expects something in return. In an all-or-nothing proposal, He’s expecting 100% fidelity [v6,8,11] from those He’s chosen to partner with – from those He loves, and from those who claim to love Him back. This is a pivotal point in the greatest love story ever recorded. The “Hero” in the story first shows that all His promises have come true. [v14] His family now has everything they could possibly need: love, hope, faithfulness and strength like no other…

Read More? …CLICK on “06 May – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to our Covenant Relationship Father God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

As for me, I’ll declare this forever; I’ll sing praise to You – God of the Universe – because You cut off the horns (the strength) of all the wicked, but the horns (the strength) of the righteous You’ll lift up. [Psalm 75:9-10]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: The Republic of Cyprus[c]
  • Your Country: The sick; in hospital or care homes
  • Yourself: Deeper Love for Your Family
  • Your concerns for today
You who did not spare Your own Son, Father God, but gave Him up for us all—how will it then not be possible for You, along with Him, to graciously give us all things? [Romans 8:32]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

I want to return to You, Lord my God. My sins have been my downfall! I’m bringing words with me and I’m returning to You, Lord. I’m asking that You forgive all my sin and receive me graciously, that I may offer You the fruit of my lips. [Hosea 14:1-2]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

You, Sovereign Lord, are my strength. You make my feet like the feet of a deer – enabling me to tread on the heights. [Habakkuk 3:19]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

Jesus said: “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” [John 7:17]

[a] Ephesians 5:25-33

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/node/161

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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