Arise! 5 Keys to Jonah’s Prayer

Apply for that job, Karen.

I don’t want to, Lord. It’s too big. I don’t know how to do all that’s required.

Week after week, notices appear. Delete. Delete. DELETE!

OK …

Has God told you to do something you’d rather not do?

God told Jonah, “Arise and go to Nineveh.” He went the other way.

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The Ultimate Promise

I’ve broken promises.

One that haunts me is a promise that I made to our daughter when she was about 11 years old. I told her that I would pick her up when the library closed. Unfortunately, the library closed 30 minutes before I thought it closed. It was raining that night. I was horrified when I pulled up to the darkened library and there she was standing and waiting. That broken promise has haunted me for decades. She doesn’t remember the incident.

“If you eat all your dinner, you can have ice cream for desert.” A promise that’s easy to keep.

“For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. ‘Til death do us part.” A stronger promise. Really a covenant. It’s harder to keep.

God made the ultimate Promise.

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Jesus Lives! Sin and Death Conquered!

“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Jesus is victorious!

Sin, the sting of death, was paid for. Jesus paid the price of your sins and my sins, death on the cross. He took the sins of the world upon Himself. He took the shame and guilt of the world’s wrong-doing upon His perfection and died a death that you and I deserve. He was buried in a borrowed tomb.

Three days later, God raised Jesus from the dead to walk, teach, eat, and fellowship with His disciples and followers.

Sin and death conquered!

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