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Jonah: Belief Contradicted by Behavior (Part 15)

Don’t you hate it when you are only one who thinks your idea is a great one?  Jonah volunteers to be tossed overboard and is sure that the sea will calm down when it claims his life.  But Jonah did not count on the consciences of pagan sailors who stood with dropped jaws as they heard of Jonah’s heresy.  Words are cheap and Jonah’s orthodox declaration (“I am a Hebrew and I worship  the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land”) was clearly contradicted by his silly attempt to escape this God!

The sailors do not immediately grab Jonah and hurl him over the side.  They once more grab their oars and try to row back to land.  But in vain.  They needed to play their part in this drama of sacrifice and redemption.

Their failure to rescue themselves drives them to cry out to Jonah’s God!  And what an elegant prayer!  “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life.  Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.”  What a prayer!

Their prayer was much more orthodox than Jonah’s life!  Notice several aspects of their prayer:

(1)  They pray to Jonah’s God!

(2)  They recognize that He is a righteous Judge who will hold sinners accountable.

(3)  They acknowledge that He, Jonah’s God, had done as He pleased.

With a modicum of words, Jonah had unwittingly led these men to his God.  And all he wants to do is go drown.  Sad.  (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Jonah

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord: Psalm 142

Psalm 142

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I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.
I pour out before him my complaint;
    before him I tell my trouble.

When my spirit grows faint within me,
    it is you who watch over my way.
In the path where I walk
    people have hidden a snare for me.
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;
    no one is concerned for me.
I have no refuge;
    no one cares for my life.

I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2017 in prayer

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 19

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145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-7-34-09-am
    and I will obey your decrees.
146 I call out to you; save me
    and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
    but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near, Lord,
    and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
    that you established them to last forever.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in prayer

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 16

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121 I have done what is righteous and just;screen-shot-2016-11-25-at-6-34-20-am
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
    do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
    looking for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your love
    and teach me your decrees.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment
    that I may understand your statutes.
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
    your law is being broken.
127 Because I love your commands
    more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
    I hate every wrong path.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in prayer

 

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Three Prayers to Pray Everyday in 2017 – A Sermon by Dr. Roy King

Roy’s message really hit home with me when we visited Sandhills Community Church last Sunday.  Roy and I (and two other faculty) were released from our positions at Columbia International University last summer — and the journey into the next chapter has been hard.  The Lord has been good in so many ways.  But the journey has been hard.  Roy gives exceptionally practical advice as he reflects on his “career change.”

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in prayers for the New Year

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 43)

Psalm 43

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    and plead my cause
    against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are
    deceitful and wicked.
You are God my stronghold.
    Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care,
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Savior and my God.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2016 in prayer

 

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Another Pessimistic Election Cartoon!

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We who are followers of King Jesus must, absolutely must, pray for our leaders! Our God is much bigger than any presidential election. Pessimistically, in our “evil of two lessers” election, we are obligated to intercede for Hillary and Donald.

What will you pray for — specifically?

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in presidential election

 

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