Contributed on Apr 15, 2007
God places each of us in our Nineveh: work, school, where we live and like Jonah we cannot see the big picture so we ignore our calling and sail away from our Ninevah - and then the storms.
As you know, years ago when I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I had a business on the side cleaning Aquariums. I did ok, I was a young man struggling along with my business and one day I was at my aquarium wholesaler and I ran into a man who was in the same business, except he knew what he was ...read more
Contributed on May 3, 2007
The thing that you think might do you in, may be the thing that saves you. What should have killed Jonah, saved him.
Sometimes what you think might do you in you, will be the one thing that saves you. Sometimes the worst possible thing that could happen to you – is exactly what you need. Sometimes the thing you fear, is the thing that will turn your life around. We see this with the prophet Jonah. He is ...read more
Contributed on May 5, 2007
God gives Jonah very few details and Jonah has to step out in faith to get the job done.
Jonah’s to do list: “Things to do today: Take a walk to the city of Nineveh – check; Give God’s message to the hated Ninevites – check; Have dinner in a nice Assyrian café – check; Go to bed and get some sleep – check.” When we read our Scripture today, it appears that Jonah treats the people of ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2007
No more explanations, no more excuses - like the Ninevites, stop, turn around, go the other way.
Repentance: Does our generation understand what it means? We have been following the prophet Jonah for the past few weeks and we have seen that for many of us, when we read through the book of Jonah we place assumptions on the text, that aren’t really there. For example, a quick reading of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2007
Jonah knows God, but he is unpracticed in God. This righteous man ends up disappointed with God. How did that come about?
Here we are in chapter four of the book of Jonah, the end of the story, things haven’t turned out the way Jonah expected, have they? He has seen nothing but disappointment. He was told by God to go to a place he didn’t want to go to and deliver a message he didn’t want to deliver to a people who ...read more