What Do These Stones Mean?

I’m on TV!

Not really. I’m on the YouTubes.

Our associate pastor asked me to write a Sunday school lesson on stewardship from Joshua 4: 1-7. After I prepared the lesson, she asked me to read my lesson for a camera to share with other classes. Oooh fancy. It never occurred to me to relate this story to tithing or to a church building, but now am glad to see that application in this text. Thanks, Georjean!

I also now see that I repeatedly purse my lips when I preach. Nervous tick. Don’t wear sticky lip gloss – lesson learned.

I recognize that Tara, Eric, and Aaron may well be the only people interested in this. Although many others will be interested in my sticky lip glosses (Bobbi Brown Rose Sugar and Sephora Bronzed Beauty are my favorites. Jess knows about Bronzed Beauty. It looks good on everyone.) …

Here’s the Joshua passage: When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”

And here’s the lesson!

  1. #1 by aaron on February 21, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Watching yourself preach/teach on video is one of the most nerve-wracking experiences. I fortunately only had to do that once with my homiletics professor…the second time I was supposed to watch my preaching with her, she had to reschedule, or I might have sabotaged the videoing, or she really had to reschedule. Great job!

  2. #2 by sarah brown on February 22, 2011 - 9:12 am

    Hil! I’m not surprised one bit of course, but still impressed with your poise and ease at speaking on camera. Really, well done. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  3. #3 by Jess on February 22, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    Yay for bronzed beauty…definitely one of my fave lip glosses.

  4. #4 by Morgan on February 25, 2011 - 8:18 am

    This is wonderful. I love your message and your delivery 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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