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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.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMThe Bible is filled with stories that skeptics have a hard time believing. There’s the one about feeding 5,000 men (not counting the women and children in one report) with a two fish and five loaves with 12 baskets leftover after all had eaten their fill. There’s the one about a small boy slaying a giant of a man with a slingshot and a stone. There’s the one about a man thrown into a den with hungry lions all-night and surviving. There’s the one about the man dead for several days and being summoned from his tomb by Jesus. I could go on and on.

Just so we are on the same page – Jesus believed in these stories – because He speaks of them as He is quoted in the Gospels. Jesus is quoted as speaking about the Great Flood and Noah and He is quoted as speaking about today’s passage – and miracle. There’s that word – miracle. A miracle is something thought impossible – like the Miracle Mets of 1969 when they played my beloved Baltimore Orioles in the World Series and won in five games. Some believed the ’69 Orioles to be one of the finest teams to ever play the game! 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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Do You Believe?

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.

profileThe Bible is filled with stories that skeptics have a hard time believing. There’s the one about feeding 5,000 men (not counting the women and children in one report) with a few fish and loaves with many baskets leftover after all had eaten their fill. There’s the one about a small boy slaying a giant of a man with a slingshot and a stone. There’s the one about a man thrown into a den with hungry lions all-night and surviving. There’s the one about the man dead for several days and being summoned from his tomb by Jesus. I could go on and on.

Just so we are on the same page – Jesus believed in these stories – or at least some of them for sure because He speaks of them as He is quoted in the Gospels. Jesus is quoted as speaking about the Great Flood and Noah and He is quoted as speaking about today’s passage – and miracle. There’s that word – miracle. A miracle is something thought impossible – like the Miracle Mets of 1969 when they played my beloved Baltimore Orioles in the World Series and won in five games. Some believed the ’69 Orioles to be one of the finest teams to ever play the game! Continue reading

May 27, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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