Sep 10, 2017
Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 7 – The Agony of Defeat
Have you ever experienced the agony of defeat? A major defeat often leaves us feeling depressed and crushed in spirit. For the people of Israel, they experienced a devastating defeat against a relatively small enemy at the city of Ai in Joshua 7. Just prior they had experienced the hand of God with a tremendous and miraculous victory against a heavily fortified city of Jericho… but now a huge setback. We would like to invite you to download the teaching notes and turn in your Bible to Joshua 7 as you prepare to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged in your journey of faith, especially when you are feeling defeated after a loss.
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  • Sep 10, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 7 – The Agony of Defeat
    Sep 10, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 7 – The Agony of Defeat
    Have you ever experienced the agony of defeat? A major defeat often leaves us feeling depressed and crushed in spirit. For the people of Israel, they experienced a devastating defeat against a relatively small enemy at the city of Ai in Joshua 7. Just prior they had experienced the hand of God with a tremendous and miraculous victory against a heavily fortified city of Jericho… but now a huge setback. We would like to invite you to download the teaching notes and turn in your Bible to Joshua 7 as you prepare to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged in your journey of faith, especially when you are feeling defeated after a loss.
  • Sep 3, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 6 – Victory at Jericho
    Sep 3, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 6 – Victory at Jericho
     One of the most well-known stories in all of the Bible is the story of the Battle of Jericho. Joshua 6 tells us what happened when the people of God, the Israelites, followed the peculiar commands of the Lord to march around the heavily fortified city of Jericho. God did a miracle and the walls collapsed! The people of God were able to march right into the city and capture it. Yet there is so much deeper spiritual truth that can be gained from this story. Hebrews 11:30 tells us that "it was by faith that the walls of Jericho collapsed." Do you and I have that level of faith? We would like to encourage you to turn to Joshua 6 and download the teaching notes as you prepare to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We trust that you will be encouraged in your walk with Him. 
  • Aug 27, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 5 – Coming to Your Gilgal
    Aug 27, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 5 – Coming to Your Gilgal
    What does it mean to be different? In your own words, what does it look like to be set apart by the Lord from among the world? In Joshua 5, Joshua is given the order to mark each of the men of Israel before moving a step further into possessing the Promised Land. The People of God are called to be set apart and holy unto the Lord. This act of circumcision was an outward sign of an inward obedience. As you prepare to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton, we would like to invite you to turn in your Bible to Joshua 5, and also download the teaching notes. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged in your faith journey with the Lord.
  • Aug 20, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 4 – Building a Monumental Life
    Aug 20, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 4 – Building a Monumental Life
    Joshua and the Israelite people have crossed the Jordan River by the miraculous hand of God almighty… But before they move forward and take possession of Jericho and the Promised Land, the Lord gives them some specific instructions. Joshua must choose 12 men, one from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel, to locate and carry 12 stones from the dry riverbed of the Jordan, and carry them to the place where the people will setup camp East of Jericho. They are called to build a “memorial” from these stones. The Memorial will serve as a reminder to the people and future generations of what God had done. For us today, building a memorial is a foreign concept. However, the Word of God teaches us that we are to build a monumental life that points others to Him. Testifying to the Word He has done. We would like to invite you to turn to Joshua 4, download the teaching notes, and to watch the short video of the Jordan River at harvest season prior to listening to the following message by Pastor Anton. We trust that you will be encouraged and challenged in your journey of faith with Him.  
  • Aug 13, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 3 – Crossing the Jordan
    Aug 13, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 3 – Crossing the Jordan
    Have you ever received amazing news, only to discover that there was something standing into between you and your ability to achieve or receive that which you were so excited about? For the people of God that must have been a little bit of how it felt like. At the end of Joshua 2, we discover that Joshua, the leader of the Israelites, has just received very exciting news regarding the morale among their enemies. The people were terrified of the Israelite army and the God that they worshipped. What better time to move in and attack for Joshua and the people of Israel?!?! However, there was one major problem. The Jordan River stood between the people of Israel and the Promised Land, and it just so happened to be harvest season. At harvest season the water overflows in normal banks and with the natural trees and bushes lining the Jordan River on either side, it becomes very difficult to cross. We invite you to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We hope that you will be encouraged and challenged in your faith journey. 
  • Aug 8, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 2 – Not Who She Once Was, Rahab
    Aug 8, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 2 – Not Who She Once Was, Rahab
    Have you ever been given a fresh start? If you have, then you know what a wonderful freeing feeling it can be! There is a woman we learn of in Joshua 2 named Rahab. She has a less than desirable background, and as a result, she is a woman with a reputation. However, she was a smart woman and did not miss out on the truth that the One True God, The God of the Israelites, was in fact real. He was a powerful and present God unlike the gods of her people. She stepped out in faith and hid two Israelite spies that had come into the land secretly on behalf of Joshua their new leader. As a result of her faith, she went from being a part of a condemned people to being part of the family of God. We would like to encourage you to download the teaching notes and turn in your Bible to Joshua 2 as you prepare to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged in your own journey of faith.
  • Jul 30, 2017Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 1
    Jul 30, 2017
    Encouragement for the Journey of Faith – Joshua 1
    Each of us is on some sort of life journey. For some, it is the pursuit of a life goal, a relational accomplishment, or maybe even an academic achievement. The Word of God, The Bible, says that everyone is ultimately on a journey of faith. Some of us have placed our faith in things, people, accomplishments, or maybe even ourselves… but ultimately placing our faith in any of those things will leave us unfulfilled. In the historical story of Joshua and the people of Israel found in the Bible, we find encouragement for the journey of faith that we have all found ourselves on whether we like to admit it or not. We would like to invite you to download the teaching notes and listen to the following message by Pastor Anton on Joshua chapter 1. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged.
  • Jul 23, 2017How to Beat the Odds – As a Church – Romans 10:1-17
    Jul 23, 2017
    How to Beat the Odds – As a Church – Romans 10:1-17
    In research conducted by the Barna Group back in 2016, it showed that
    73% of American's claim to be Christians. And roughly the same percentage of people also said that religion was important to them (52% strongly agree + 21% somewhat agree). Yet in America alone somewhere between 5,000 and 7,000 churches will close their doors, never to reopen. Those are some staggering odds against the local church in America. So what will it take for the local church to beat the odds?  We invite you to download the teaching notes and turn in your Bible to the book of Romans as you prepare to listen to the following message by Pastor Anton. You might also consider visiting http://www.focuswesleyan.org/what-we-believe/ to read the affirmation of faith under the "what we believe" section of our website. Pastor Anton will be referring to it several times throughout the message. We hope and trust that you will be encouraged in your walk with the Lord. 
  • Jul 16, 2017How to Beat the Odds – Success – Matthew 16:13-20; 24-26
    Jul 16, 2017
    How to Beat the Odds – Success – Matthew 16:13-20; 24-26
    If you had to write down your definition of success in your own words, what would you write? Fame? Fortune? Health? Education? Family? Influence? ... What would be your word(s) or phrases to describe what a life of success would look like in your own opinion?
    In the following message by Pastor Anton, your idea of success and what we in North America commonly strive for might be challenged with what the Word of God says about a life of success. We would like to encourage you to download the teaching notes, and turn in your Bible to Matthew 16 as you prepare to listen to the following message. We trust that you will be challenged and encouraged.  
  • Jul 2, 2017How to Beat the Odds – Parenting – Ephesians 6:1-4
    Jul 2, 2017
    How to Beat the Odds – Parenting – Ephesians 6:1-4
    Have you ever hoped that you could be a better parent for your child or children yet you felt like the odds were stacked against you? Romans 8:31b says this, "If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" If you are looking to beat the odds and become a more godly parent or grandparent, the following message by Pastor Anton has some biblical truths that are highly practical and effective when applied. We would like to encourage you to watch the video, download the teaching notes, before listening to this message. Our hope and prayer is that whether you are a son or daughter, parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent, that this message will encourage and challenge you in your walk with the Lord.