Following Jesus: The Prodigals

Luke 15 – a well-known parable – but did you know there are two prodigals in Jesus’ story? The prodigal son squandered his future by his moment by moment living. The waiting father gave his son lavish, unwarranted forgiveness, compassion and acceptance. His response was of a prodigal. Two things are needed to restore a […]

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Follow Jesus: Take the Narrow Way

The Narrow Way: Luke 13:22-30 Living in God’s Truth will bring division, suffering, trouble.  Jesus did come to bring us peace that ‘passes all understanding’, but He taught us that following Him requires us to go in the Narrow Way — to go through The Door, the Right Door. What does that mean for us? […]

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Jonah: I Knew It!

Jonah 4 – the Pouting Prophet. Jonah wanted to live in a world where people get what they deserve. Why do innocent people have to suffer and die, while evil people live. In this chapter Jonah was angry at God for loving Jonah’s enemies. The very fact that the Ninevites listened to the warnings from […]

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Jonah: Called

When Jonah heard the call he ran. God disciplines him. He prays and gets a second chance. He obeys. And then he was angry.  Why would anyone want to study Jonah, to teach about Jonah, to pay attention to Jonah? He was a loser! Many pastors have become ‘shopkeepers’ and have left their true calling.  […]

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Jonah: Who Knows Jonah

Jonah 3  Five amazing events happen in this chapter. Jonah Survives. God Gives Him Another Chance. Jonah Obeys. The City Believes. God Forgives and Relents. Most of us struggle with the survival of this guy who lived in a fish for 3 days.  We do not know the mind of God. Our disbelief often is […]

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Jonah: Lessons from the Belly of a Fish

Jonah 2- Jonah prays, cries out to God in desperation, in the belly of the great fish. What else would one do in that situation?  Why did Jonah pray before he was thrown overboard? When you get out of the habit of communicating with God, it’s hard to face Him. God’s deliverance from the fish […]

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Jonah: Running Away from God

Jonah 1  It’s not about a big fish. It’s not about God’s wrath and fury. This story is a story of God’s grace and mercy. Jonah (who hated the Ninevites) was being put in the center of his worst nightmare. God sent his best, even though Jonah chose disobedience. He didn’t change His plan just because […]

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The Ten Commandments: When Wanting Is Sin

This command is unique from the others. It’s all about what you are thinking, not about what you are doing. If this command is obeyed the others would be so much easier to obey.  Boredom can be the beginning of coveting. We are a bored people. We are bored, but we still want more. What […]

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