A second time!

"Then the Lord spoke His Word to Jonah a second time" (Jonah 3:1). "A second time" - This is so wonderful. This is the grace of God. He doesn't give up on us. He comes to us "a second time." Jonah was to give to the people of Nineveh the message that had been given …

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When God Steps In – Everything Changes.

"Salvation is of the Lord. Victory belongs to the Lord" (Jonah 2:9). Without the Lord, there is no salvation. Without Him, there is no victory. Jonah's story was a disaster story - until God stepped in. It was God who changed everything. That's the way it was with Jonah. That's the way it is with …

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Receiving strength from the Lord

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8; Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 Receiving strength from the Lord God allows His people to suffer difficulties. Why? - To strengthen our faith (Exodus 15:25; 16:4; Deuteronomy 8:2, 16; 1 Peter 1:6-7). He chastens us, to teach us repentance (Revelation 3:19). Don't …

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We have been saved by the Lord. Let us serve him.

"From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: 'In my distress I called to the Lord,    and he answered me.From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,    and you listened to my cry'" (Jonah 2:1-2). It seemed like this was the end of the road for Jonah. His situation was hopeless. Was it really …

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“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered You, Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple" (Jonah 2:7).

Where does this remembering come from? It comes from the Lord. He puts the prayer into our hearts. Jonah was running away from God. God was drawing Jonah back to Himself. Like Jonah, we lose our way in life. That's when we need to hear the wonderful words of Jesus, our Saviour. He tells us …

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When God works in mighty power

Jonah 1:1-4:11; Romans 2:1-16; Psalm 85:1-7 In Nineveh, God works in mighty power. "Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry" (Jonah 3:10-4:1). To this proud attitude, God says, "You ... have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else" (Romans 2:1). He calls for a change of attitude: "Do you show contempt for the …

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The Lord reaches us when nothing else can reach us.

‘In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me... you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit... I will say, “Salvation comes from the Lord”... Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time... " (Jonah 2:1,6,9; 3:1). Jonah ran away from God, but God didn't give up on Jonah. …

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Praying Through God’s Word: Jonah

JONAH1:1-2:10‘Salvation comes from the Lord’ (Jonah 2:9). We can never save ourselves. We can only be saved – by You, Lord. Left to our own devices, we ‘flee from Your presence.’ We ‘run away from You’ (Jonah 1:3). Sin – This is the story of our life. Salvation – This is the story of what …

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