We do not like crawling into vile huts through goat Scripture: Acts In this season of planting and sowing, there are principals used by farmers that apply to all Christians.
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I remember the first time my wife and I harvested our garden. The fresh produce and fruits were encouragment for all the labor and efforts we went through with. It is great to know that in due season we shall reap if we faint not. The Light Scripture: Psalms , Hosea Denomination: Baptist. Scripture: Psalms All Christians are commissioned at conversion. It is a look at the marks missionaries should have as seen in the Life of Paul.
I. God has many ways to get our attention
Intro: The apostle Paul was not always a missionary for Christ. Before he met the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus he was a mercenary for the Sanhedrin. When the apostle Paul became a missionary for the Lord Jesus he became sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as a missionary. Many misunderstandings lead to quarrels, conflicts or failure to show love to one another. Illustration:Army Law: An order that can be misunderstood will be Key Text: Isaiah 1.
Isaiah saw God personally v. Isaiah saw God positionally v. Isaiah saw God purposefully v. It was a personal surrender v. It was a purifying Scripture: Isaiah What do these texts teach us about the character of God in contrast to sinful human nature? Why should we be glad God, not fellow human beings, is our ultimate judge?
Jonah showed his anger twice in Jonah 4.
He was also angry because the vine withered. In his selfishness, the prophet needed to get his priorities right. God instructed Jonah to recognize human brotherhood based on the fatherhood of God. The prophet should accept his common humanity with these foreigners, although they were wayward. Were not , people more important than a vine? In what ways might the Lord be able to say something similar to us?
That is, how often do we find ourselves more concerned over our own personal issues, many of which at times can really be trivial, than over the lost souls whom Christ shed His blood to save? Friday July But it is also important for catching a glimpse of the deep resistance this mandate encounters from the very servant Yahweh has chosen to discharge His worldwide work. Eerdmans Pub. The Villanueva teens joined the Pathfinder Club.
The club scheduled an outing to Mount Kitanglad, hoping to earn their mountain-climbing honor. James Villanueva, 16, eagerly started the six-hour trek up the mountain with his sisters and 12 other Pathfinders. Soon he found himself ahead of the rest and decided to wait. He stepped onto a tree stump to get a better view. Three wires, similar to those strung along the trail to guide hikers, hung above his head. He reached up and grabbed one of the wires for balance.
When he saw his sister approaching he turned to swing off the stump. As his feet left the stump, a sharp pain flashed through his hand, and he crumpled to the ground. She saw sparks shoot out from his hands as he fell. She raced to where he lay motionless. His hands and arms were so badly burned that the skin was peeling off. Toto, the Pathfinder leader, raced up the slippery mountainside.
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He ordered some Pathfinders to climb to the summit and call for help. He sent the rest down the mountain to summon an ambulance. Toto and Nathalie remained with James, praying that help would come in time. Three men who worked at the summit came upon the accident scene.. The men rigged a stretcher from a sleeping bag and began the dangerous trip down the slippery mountain.
It was dark when they reached the bottom. They placed James in an oxcart to carry him the two and a half miles to where an ambulance waited. James arrived at the hospital 12 hours after the accident. Nathalie stayed with her brother until their parents arrived. When her parents arrived, she begged them to have James airlifted to Manila, where he could receive better care.
Through the difficult months following the accident, the family could have lost their faith. But prayers and support of the church members helped to hold their faith intact. James is already planning to go back and conquer Mount Kitanglad to earn his mountain-climbing honor. But in the eyes of many, he has already conquered more than a mountain.
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You can also go directly to the home pages of stores which will pay us a small commission for whatever you choose to buy, without costing you a penny extra: Amazon. In the history of Nineveh there is a lesson which you should study carefully. You must know your duty to your fellow beings who are ignorant and defiled and who need your help. Therefore Jonah absurdly makes it a charge against God that he is what he had always gloried in declaring himself to be. So blind and stupid can a sulky servant be. God need not overact his merciful character in order to offend such people; it is his mercy itself with which they have a quarrel.
The prophet himself affirms the Divine consistency. His action was normal and entirely consistent—such action as he has always taken, and will take, in a like case.
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He repented, in fact, yet did not change. He did what it would be a change to cease from doing in the circumstances. He threatened Nineveh sinning, as he threatens all, and then he spared it turning, as he spares men in every age. His repentance, so called, is his method coordinating itself with the changing conditions of life, and is simply an aspect of his immutability. Verse 3 Jonah's prayer was bona fides. It is as a believer he prays.
His spiritual instinct brings him in his unhappiness to a throne of grace. He makes God his Refuge" Martin. He shows a surly sincerity in unreservedly stating what is working in his mind; and "so long as all can yet be declared unto the Lord, even though it be your infirmity, there integrity still reigns" Martin.
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Yet, barring the quality of sincerity, this prayer lacks almost every other element of acceptable worship. It is inappropriate in its matter. Verse 3 It is not absolutely and necessarily wrong to pray for death. Paul, persecuted and afflicted, had "a desire to depart and be with Christ. It would be nothing unbecoming if a ripe saint, whose life work is done, and who longs for rest, should make its early coming a matter of prayer.
But Jonah was neither past living usefully nor, in his present temper, ready to die. His death, if allowed, would have advanced no interest either of his own or of others. His work was, humanly speaking, far from being done, and his life, if he put a noble interpretation on it, might be of great importance in the world.
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He was stupidly wanting to fling away from him, instead of prizing and using it, one of God's most precious gifts, and his own most sacred trust. The desire to die, which some consider the cream of all piety, is as often mistaken as appropriate, and far less often a duty than a sin. In such cases men "ask and receive not, because they ask amiss. It is improper in spirit.
One can easily see that Jonah was in no praying mood. He was angry and insolent. His prayer was really a contentious manifesto—the joint issue of arrogance and discontent. As such it was utterly offensive to God, and itself a new sin in his sight.
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