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Spiritual Light for All

February 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Jonah 4:10-11 (New Living Translation) 10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?” […]

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Jonah’s Success (?)

November 19th, 2011 · No Comments

Jonah 3:5 (New International Version 2011) 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The […]

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Just Plain Folks and One of God’s Prophets

July 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Jonah 1:4-16 (New International Version 2011) 4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the […]

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God and Jonah Talk

July 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

This contemplation is a little different. I have a friend who reads a lot of novels. Sometimes he reads one novel a day. One of the things he does to read so much is that he only reads where the characters are talking. He skips all the description of events that are not conversations. Here […]

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The Fear of the Lord

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Jonah 1:7-16 (New International Version) 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. 8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do […]

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Concerned about a Vine

October 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Jonah 4:5-11 (New International Version) 5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to […]

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Running Away

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Jonah 1:3 (New International Version) But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD. Another verse from one of my favorite histories in […]

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Forfeit Grace

July 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Jonah 2:8 (New International Version) “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. Wow, can you imagine forfeiting the grace of God. And all for the ability to cling to a worthless idol. Something fashioned by man. Well, maybe this is more understandable in the short term when I expand […]

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Seaweed Wrapped Around My Head

June 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Jonah 2:5 (New International Version) The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. This verse is from Jonah’s prayer as was trapped in the stomach of a great fish. The last line of this verse struck me. Seaweed was wrapped around my head. In one sense this is […]

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