Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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The Trip Matters!

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Six of us were sitting in tubes floating down a river in East Tennessee. Most of the time it was a lazy river, with only an occasional rapid. We hung onto each other’s tubes so we could stay together. I think we probably set a record for the slowest travel time recorded, but we arrived...

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What Make You Mad or Glad?

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What makes you glad? What makes you mad? As I consider those two questions I’m a bit embarrassed. I tend to get mad at things that don’t matter – and I get glad at other things that also don’t matter. I get mad if someone slips in front of me and takes the parking place I...

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You Pity the Plant

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 “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...

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God Lessons

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Jonah has always fascinated me. Critics are sidetracked by the big “prophet-eating” fish, but that portion of the story is really incidental. The main character is God and the storyline is about Him! Jonah had to learn that and so do we. “God lessons” are designed to...

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Write Our Own Conclusion

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Some stories end abruptly. You turn the page expecting a conclusion, but there are no more words. The story is open ended. That’s true of Jonah. Sinclair Ferguson, in his book “Man Overboard”, writes, “It carries no conclusion because it summons us to write the final...

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We All Have A Problem With God

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Generally speaking, we all have a problem with God. Many balk at the idea that God, on purpose, spares some and judges everyone else. Others brand God as unfair for seemingly allowing some to escape most of life’s trials while others seem not to even have one day of rest. So when we have a...

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Knowing and Not Applying

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Knowing is generally better than not knowing, but just knowing and not applying what we know is a problem. The prophet Jonah had adopted an impressive doctrinal statement regarding God. Even in his anger toward God for extending mercy to the people of Nineveh, he used his theology to defend his...

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A Missed Lesson in Prophet School

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He knew that God was merciful. He had seen it. He had experienced it. He was grateful for it. But when that same mercy was extended to his enemies, he couldn’t deal with it. In his eyes, God had betrayed him. His frustration ignited into bitter anger. He was angry with God – for...

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Not Happy with God

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Discouragement comes when we are physically exhausted or fixated on the negative or emotionally overloaded. It also comes when we are not happy with God and want little to do with Him! That was Jonah. He decided he would rather die than be glad in God. Can that happen to a believer? It did and...

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Is the Lord’s hand shortened?

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An American pastor was interviewing a visiting Christian worker from China. The pastor asked the man what impressed him most about the church in the United States. His answer was haunting. “I marvel at how much you are able to do without God.” Many of us, in church ministry, struggle...

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