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Numbers Are Awesome – God Is More So

Psalm 147:4

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Life ChangeThe Orioles lost yesterday. They are 4-3 – having already won two away series. They only won three away series all of last year. They had a 4-1 lead – late into the game – but couldn’t hold down the Spankees in the late innings.

I’ve mentioned – in the sermon titled Let’s Talk About the Pastor – that I loved baseball because I love numbers. I was preparing to be a CPA in college when God called me into the ministry – so I love to crunch numbers and baseball is filled with them. For instance – if the Orioles only lose 100 games this year – they will have improved by 15 games over last year – an amazing turnaround. That would give them a 62-100 record. If they improved the following year by 15 games – they would be 77-85 – pushing .500. The third year of a 15 game improvement would give them a 92-70 record and in the thick of the playoff picture. I know – that is a tall order – but – you have to improve a little each year. If they don’t improve by 15 games a year – it might take them longer or they may need to improve by more than 15 games in some years. Baseball is filled with numbers. A player that fails 7 out of 10 times to get a hit for a career can go to the Hall of Fame. Continue reading

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What Is It That God Wants Us To Do?

Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgYesterday we wrote about God always being there – better than Superman or my parents. God has promised to always be there.

Do you remember the story of Jonah? God called Jonah to a task – and Jonah didn’t want to do the task. He rebelled against God and fled the scene. He got on a boat and thought he could run away – sail away – from God and the task God had called him to do.

As Jonah set sail on the boat – a storm rose. The mates on the boat fought against the fierce storm and were not having much luck and the boat was in trouble. They wondered why the gods were against them. Jonah told them that it was his God that was angry – angry with him.

Jonah was running – sailing – away from God – or so he thought. He was sailing to the far reaches of the known world – thinking this was far enough from God’s reach. He even thought death was better than doing the task that God had for him. Instead of asking the mates to take him back so he could accomplish what God had asked – he told them to thrown him overboard. He would rather drown than do what God had asked. Continue reading

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