Last Lesson from Jonah
Oct20

Last Lesson from Jonah

[1] But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. [2] And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. [3] Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”...

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The Missionary Heart of God
Oct06

The Missionary Heart of God

The Missionary Heart of God   [4] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” [5] And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.               [6] The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with...

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Authority and Love
Sep28

Authority and Love

AUTHORITY AND LOVE   [1] Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, [2] “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” [3] So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth.   (Jonah 3:1-3 ESV)   Everyone loves a good redemption story. We read them in...

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Gratitude and Joy
Sep22

Gratitude and Joy

Gratitude and Joy   Like many of us, when I was sixteen I got my first car. I had spent the three previous summers working at the local auto shop and saved just enough money to buy a 1992 Ford Explorer. I was excited about my new car. It meant that I could go where I wanted to go when I wanted to go there. It meant no more waiting for mom or dad to pick me up from practice. It meant I could possibly go on a date without mom...

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Stop Running
Sep14

Stop Running

Stop Running   [7] And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. [8] Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” [9] And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the LORD, the...

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Chasing
Sep09

Chasing

Chasing   In verses 1-3, we see God call Jonah to go to Ninevah, but instead of embracing the call of God, what does he do? He runs. In his sin and his shame, he jumps on a boat and runs from God. We all do this. We all run. In our sin and our shame we run. Now, the question in our story is, “What is God going to do with Jonah?” Better yet, “What does God do with us?” What does He do with a people who look at His call and say,...

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