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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What the Church Is For

What is God’s vision for the Church? Church. So many interpretations, so many expectations, so many definitions. People may see it as a place to worship God, others–to reach the lost, others–to equip the people to live life. All are correct. Have your expectations only view it as one way, your way?  Here’s the problem: […]

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The Ten Commandments: Tell Me No Lies

Why is it we expect lies from certain people? Why do we get used to lying even when we don’t have to? We often don’t remember when we lie. God remembers. Be people of the truth. He knows it hurts us and it hurts others. God’s Word tells us again and again: Don’t lie. Don’t […]

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The Ten Commandments: Steal No Longer

The 8th commandment – Exodus 20:15 Everywhere around us we find thievery. We almost take it for granted. We see it as a ‘not so important command’. What does God say? “Don’t take what does not belong to you.”  When we are in Christ we have a new attitude, a new self. We therefore work […]

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The 7th Commandment – Exodus 20:14  Remember! This is not about God trying to be a fun-blocker! These commandments are how to have a great life in community–to live in a world where hurt and destruction does not happen. Imagine a world where no one kills, where no one sleeps with your spouse, where no […]

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The Ten Commandments: Anger in Hell

Exodus 20:13  “Thou shalt not kill.” (KJV) The 6th commandment confronts us with what Jesus teaches us about this commandment (Matthew 5:21-23) “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’[ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to […]

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The Ten Commandments: Honor God’s Way

The 5th commandment: Exodus 20:12 begins the commands where God tells us how to live and respond to others.  Honor your parents.  How? In all circumstances and all times? Does this seem ambiguous? Yes! God wants us to ask for His help here. Teach me Holy Spirit what this means! How we obey is ALL […]

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