Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/20/22 by Reverend Bernie Knefley.
Only thinking about ourselves is an old issue. We can look back to Adam and Eve and see that Eve was only thinking about herself, and not the consequences that would still be in effect today.
What you choose to do effects others. Doing the things of God are not necessarily easy to do. We can look to Esther to see that her decision put her in harms way. John the Baptist lost his head for speaking out about God.
Joseph understood that the choices of others were actually fulfilling the plan of God. So rather than enacting judgement against his brothers, he blessed them.
As odd as it may seem, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. Maybe the troubles are happening in your life so you can show Jesus to others.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/6/22 by Pastor Steve Shields.
God wants to confront Nineveh’s evil, and He wants to use Jonah to do it. But Jonah wants nothing to do with the mission, and tries to run away. That results in him being swallowed by a great fish, and causes Jonah to change his mind. Jonah delivers the message to Nineveh, and they turn from their wicked ways. This should have pleased Jonah, but instead it made him angry.
Anger is a problem! God pursues us when we are angry just as he pursued Jonah in his anger.
It is hard to let go of our anger, and we look for ways to justify our anger.
God seems to do His best work when we are at our worst! God turned Jonah’s attention toward his own heart.
God lifts Jonah’s head to help him see a world in need.
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