Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control

Reposting this today, just because. Our feelings are not always right but God acknowledges them; and, if we let Him, He can teach us through those moments when it seems our feelings and personal opinions get the better of us.

The Focused Heart

But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Jonah 4:9-11

A quick background story: God had sent Jonah on a sort of ‘special op’ – into dangerous territory, to deliver a not-so-friendlymessage.

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Comparing themselves…

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10:12

Truth is, you always have some advantage. But, you will never discover what it is if you live your whole life comparing yourself to and competing with others.

JC ©2018

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Earth Day is Us Day

“What is it we can’t afford, again?”

Mitch Teemley

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There are those who say, “We can’t afford environmental regulations–too many lost dollars (or pounds, or rubles, or yuan), too many lost jobs.” Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organization:

  • Over 7 million humans a year die from air pollution
  • One quarter of all child deaths under age 5 are due to pollution
  • People with medical conditions directly related to air, water, soil and other forms of pollution: 200 million; people indirectly affected by pollutants (lower IQ, weakened immune system, etc.): approximately 2 1/2 billion
  • The economic effect in lost labor and medical expenses (never mind the immeasurable cost in human suffering): tens of trillions of dollars – every year

What is it we can’t afford, again?

Earth Day is Us Day.

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He is Risen!

Risen!

I love how the next verse (verse 18) says to “encourage one another with these words.” We have the hope of rising again to meet Jesus in the air because He came, He died, and He rose again! Think of it as your equivalent of the Latin phrase veni vidi vici (I came, I saw, I conquered); except, in this case, this was and still is a victory for the entire world – for you, for me! So, comfort and encourage one another, as it says in verse 18. We won!

JC ©2018

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The Confessions of Peter, Part One

Stories like this one remind us of the humanity of Christ – God come to us as a man, as one of us. It is only fitting that we should never forget His sacrifice.

Thank you, Mitch Teemley, for posts like these that stir the heart.

Mitch Teemley

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I’d always identified more with the Apostle Paul. But Peter? A simon-peter-chronicles_270_270mouthy fisherman with a yellow streak. But then I was asked to dramatize the Peter story for a movie project, and was astonished at what I discovered: more than anyone else, this broken, redeemed fisherman shows us who Jesus is. And what the historical event we call Easter is. The story was never filmed, but I did adapt it into six monologues(The Simon-Peter Chronicles), which are now regularly performed at churches throughout North America.

The Veil

Simon (later renamed Peter), shares a fishing business with his brother Andrew on stormy Lake Galilee: “I was mixing tar for leaks when Andrew insisted on dragging me to meet this prophet Yeshua (Jesus) at the Jordan River, where crazy John the Baptist was preaching. ‘Simon!’ Andrew shouted, ‘we’ve found him, the Messiah, the one who takes away the sins…

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Bittersweet

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

John 16:20-22

Every word Jesus spoke was true. The disciples did not understand it but it must have been a bittersweet realization when they eventually saw these words fulfilled right before their eyes. The waiting and the uncertainty after Jesus’ death must have felt unbearable, brutal even! But in the end, like He said, the joy they had was second to none. And so is our joy today, because we have Him and we know Him.

This passage reminds me of the first time I heard this song. In truth, Christ is our Hope. It’s not the end until He says it is. Remember that.

JC ©2018

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Hardness of Heart

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Mitch Teemley

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(Deuteronomy 15:7, Matthew 19:18), and frequent trips to do evil (Jeremiah 16:12).

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