Posted 8 months ago

Church Matters Sermon Bumper - This is a quick bumper I put together for a friends church.

Posted 8 months ago

Jonah and the Grace of God

Jonah is an amazing book. Though it’s only 4 chapters long,much like the accompanying minor prophets, it is full of wisdom.

As I read through it tonight, I couldn’t help but to think about the Grace of God. Throughout the entire book Jonah was a stubborn cranky old fool.

In chapter one God speaks to Jonah prophetically and says:

“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2, ESV)

What is Jonah’s response?
He runs…across the map…toward a town called Tarshish. 
(below is a map I found on the wonder world of internet to give you an idea of how far Jonah was trying to run from God.)

(http://raymcdonald.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/jonahruns.jpg)

Jonah left from Joppa to get on a ship to go to Tarshish. How does God repay this disobedience? He creates a massive storm that almost destroys the ship!

"But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.”
(Jonah 1:4, ESV)

Jonah knew he was in trouble at this point. The men aboard the ship worshiped pagan gods. They went through their rituals, prayers, and eventually came to the realization that there was someone else aboard the ship not asking their idols for protection. Here is their reaction:

"Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?” And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them.”
(Jonah 1:8-10, ESV)

They became afraid. They knew the wrath of God was coming upon them because of Jonah. Here is what happens next:

"Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
(Jonah 1:11-12, ESV)

I love the story at this point. What Jonah said had to be shocking and somewhat along the lines of “Throw me over. I know it would be murder, but i caused this and this is the only way to stop this storm.”

How did the men respond to this crazy request? The same way I expect anyone to act when they find out practically murdering someone is the answer to the problem at hand…

"Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them.” 
(Jonah 1:13, ESV)

As the text states, though they tried their hardest, the tempest did not seize.

What happens next is amazing…

Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea,and the sea ceased from its raging. Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.(Jonah 1:14-16, ESV)

They cried out to the LORD. They threw Jonah overboard, the storm seized, and they repented.

Though Jonah was rebellious, God used his rebellion for His glory.

There are many more fascinating tidbits packed into this book. I’ll wait to explore them later since this blog is a little longer than expected.

What humbles me is the amount of Grace the LORD presents to Jonah in this book despite his rebellion. Even when he got thrown over board, God spared his life by sending a fish to swallow him up.

The story continues…I encourage you to check it out. Even if you have read it before, re-visit it. God speaks through His word in unique ways every time you open it up.

Posted 9 months ago

typette:

milt kahl, my hero

(Source: mvlans)

Posted 1 year ago

Joy

I may try to animate something similar to this…It’s a pretty inspiring picture!

Posted 1 year ago
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mountinns:

Good News First (To Numb the Pain)

Listener

Always. Amazing! I can’t wait for this!

Posted 1 year ago
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behindtheillusions:

Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving on the set of The Matrix, directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (1999).

behindtheillusions:

Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving on the set of The Matrix, directed by Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski (1999).

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago
I want to bring this to life.

I want to bring this to life.

(Source: ma-vie-boheme)

Posted 1 year ago

First attempt at Blender in about 6 months, I’d say it’s going pretty well!

(Source: mstephensproductions.com)

Posted 1 year ago

ronsays:

Ron Swanson says “Greatness Itself: The best revenge”

my new background at work…and a pretty solid philosophy!

Posted 1 year ago

Photo Inspiration of the Week.

These are a few photos I came across today when reading photo blogs on Google. For whatever reason they stood out to me, and I wanted to share them as a source of inspiration, not only to myself, but to you too!

we will have to see what may happen this week!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own these images, nor are they my work. I simply wanted to share them.

Posted 1 year ago
Saw this post from a friend. Worth a read for sure.

Saw this post from a friend. Worth a read for sure.

Posted 2 years ago