Salvation comes first, then there is service.

Jonah 2:1-10  "Salvation is from the Lord" (Jonah 2:9). Salvation comes first, then there is service. Before his prayer "from inside the fish" (Jonah 2:1), Jonah was running away from God. He wasn't serving God. Before we can do something for God - serving Him, He must do something for us: He must save 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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Responding to God’s Word (29): There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time (Jonah 3:1). A second time, a third time... time and time again, the word of the Lord comes to us. God keeps on calling on us. He's calling us to make a new beginning with him. We have not walked very closely with God. …

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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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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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