Mercy is a powerful gift from God. Although God gives it relentlessly, we often abuse that mercy. Jonah is a living example of that. He lost sight of the mercy God gave him and failed to give it to others. What we learn is that often what God does in us is just as significant as what he does through us.
The Running Man
February 24, 2019
Have you ever tried to run away from what God obviously called you to? Running from God at times may seem right, yet we fail to understand that we can’t outrun his pursuit of us. God, in his mercy, doesn’t pursue us to punish us, but to win us back.
Swallowed by Mercy
March 03, 2019
Rock Bottom. You've been there, or you know someone who is there. It's nobody's definition of a good time. Yet, almost anyone will say that their lowest experience is one that left them changed - often for the better. This week, we're taking a dive into Jonah's lowest moment, and what God did in his heart when all seemed lost.
Trying that again...
March 10, 2019
Ever wanted a second chance? In this chapter, Jonah gets his second shot at obedience, and something happens that far exceeds his expectations. God can show more mercy than we think is possible, and there is nothing better than being on the receiving end of that mercy. But what happens what that mercy is extended to an enemy? We'll evaluate our reaction to God's liberal mercy and what that means for our everyday lives.
Mercy Given, Mercy Abused
March 17, 2019
God is rich in mercy. We love to be on the receiving end of His mercy, yet sometimes we don’t like when He extends mercy to others. Jonah was caught in that trap. He couldn’t celebrate what God was doing, because he was blinded by his selfishness. May we fight to avoid that same trap.