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In remembrance.

Dear TFA Family,

In remembrance.

I am ever so grateful for:

All the members of our armed services who have given their lives for our freedom.

All of our front line first responders who’s lives kept us safe.

Thank you.

It seems so surreal that next week is our last week of school for the 2019-2020 school year. It certainly turned out so different than planned. What a great reminder that the only thing we can count on is change.

Proverbs 16:9

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

Who is master of all?

We see in the book of Jonah and in the story of his experience the mighty hand of God.

His concern for all

His mercy that that is sovereign

His care in teaching through questioning

His patience

His long suffering

His power over nature

His hope

Jonah was running away from his purpose. Jonah allowed his prejudice to be the judge. Jonah wanted only “good” people to receive salvation.

Are you like Jonah, wanting things your way?

Through words of Jesus Christ in the Beatitudes we learn that we must first be helpless.

Mathew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Without humility we cannot genuinely engage in the work of loving ourselves and others. Jonah’s story demonstrates the blessing of being poor in spirit.

Jonah did not pray when he bought the tickets to board a ship that went far way from the city God told him to go to.

Jonah did not pray when he boarded that ship.

Jonah did not pray when he went to sleep in the bowls of the ship,

Jonah did not pray when he was awakened and questioned by the ship hands and captain of the ship.

Jonah did not pray when they asked him to pray to his God as they had prayed to theirs.

Jonah did not pray when he was tossed about in the stormy seas.

Jonah did not pray when he told them he was the cause for the dangerous stormy seas.

Jonah did not pray as they tossed him overboard and begins to be swallowed up by the sea.

Jonah did not pray but instead gave up and felt that his only choice was death.

But God still showed up.

Jonah 1:   15: So they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.

God’s mercy provided a stinky, slimy, scary place to preserve Jonah so he can recognize that only God is sovereign.

It was not until Jonah was thrown overboard into a raging sea, found himself in the belly of a large fish, totally helpless that he prayed to God.

Jonah’s Prayer and God’s Answer

Jonah 2:1-6,10 

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly. And he said:

“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction,
And He answered me.

“Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
And You heard my voice.
For You cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me;
All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight;
Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
The waters surrounded me, even to my soul;
The deep closed around me;
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
I went down to the [a]moorings of the mountains;
The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;
Yet You have brought up my life from the pit,
O Lord, my God.

Only God could save the destructive, immoral, violent Ninevites and the ego centric Jonah.

Since Jonah could do nothing, now, God could do something.

Since the Ninevites could do nothing to save their city from destruction, and Jonah could do nothing to save his life, now God will do something.

Verse10 So the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Jonah is spit out by the large fish and he finds his way to Nineveh.  He walks throughout the city warning them to repent and they (to Jonah’s chagrin), repent and are saved from destruction.

Jonah 3:10

Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.

Praise God for His goodness and mercy. Please read the whole story for yourself. It is 4 short chapters.

Perhaps it is the story you need today. It is found in the Old Testament. The book is Jonah. An account of the sovereign power of God over all things.

May our hopelessness bring us to a rich and full filled life through Jesus our Lord and redeemer. May we know that God is always for us because of the work He has done through Christs life, death and resurrection.

Worship with me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhreqEh-O58 -God Is Keeping Me-Mississippi Gospel Choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df3P4cO4Co0 -His Eye Is On The Sparrow-Ethel Waters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvIxwc90BEI -Through It All-Andrea Crouch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNHda7R4o5k -Peace Be Still

Nadia

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