Jonah 4 | Compassionate, Not Angry

Jonah 4 | Compassionate, Not Angry

 
 
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Have you ever wanted to see someone suffer and hurt badly because you are so angry? God wants to be compassionate, not angry! Unfortunately, when I am upset, I tend to be mad, not sympathetic. It’s not always easy to be compassionate and not angry.

I remember my older brother and me; we would play for hours across the street on these huge sandpits. Every once in awhile, we would get furious at each other, and our playtime would end in a fight. Has that ever happened to you?

Today we are in part 4 of the story of Jonah. The final story of this series and maybe the most bizarre. Now, this part of the story shows us something incredibly important about God. People often leave this part of the story out, but it’s essential. God wants to show his compassion. Compassion is when we feel sorry for someone else. We notice their pain, and we want to do something to help them feel better. 

Well, up to this point in the story Jonah ran away from God and swallowed by a massive sea creature. The sea creature spat out Jonah onto dry ground. Jonah went to the Great city of Nineveh and told them that in 40 days, their city would be destroyed.

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Remember God wants to be compassionate, not angry.

Jonah Part 3

Jonah Part 3

 
 
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Jonah stands up on shore after a massive sea creature spat him out. Jonah now has a choice. Will he follow God or continue to run away! God’s love is so much greater than sin! It doesn’t matter how badly we have messed up; God wants us. He wants to be in a relationship with us and live connected with him!

Jonah 3

Jonah Part 2

Jonah Part 2

 
 
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Tell me, would you rather drown or be eaten by huge fish? Learn from Jonah’s story that no matter what the situation is, it is never too late to turn back to God. Listen to Jon tell the second of a four-part series of Jonah

Jonah 2

Jonah Part 1

Jonah Part 1

 
 
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Thrown overboard and left to sink to the bottom! Today we learn that you can never outrun God and it is best just to follow God the first time!

Jonah 1

The Vine

The Vine

 
 
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Jesus is a grapevine. Probably not what most you think of when you hear the name, Jesus. He says one of the most remarkable things ever recorded in scripture and it applies to his followers today too!

John 15

Holy Spirit Promised

Holy Spirit Promised

 
 
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The promise of the Holy Spirit is so significant. It changes everything in life! Listen to Jon Drebert tell the story of the promise of the Holy Spirit and when the Holy Spirit came.

Luke 24:34-53

Acts 2

Peter Forgiven and Restored

Peter Forgiven and Restored

 
 
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Jon tells the story of Peter going fishing and Jesus meeting him on the shore. In this story, Peter is forgiven and restored. We can all be forgiven and restored no matter what our past may be.

John 21

Growth Tip

The next time you are sorry about your actions or words, look for God’s gifts to you and tell him how much you love him.

The Resurrection of Jesus

The Resurrection of Jesus

 
 

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Jon tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus. He then explains why this is so important and how each person can begin a relationship with Jesus!

A – Admit that you are a sinner. 

Romans 3:23
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

B – Believe God’s Promise

John 3:16
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

C – Confess Jesus as your Lord

Romans 10:9-10
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

Prayer
Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and have done things that are wrong. Please heal me of all the things that are wrong in my life. I believe your promise that you will save those who believe in you! I do believe in you. I declare that you are my Lord. I am no longer in charge of my life – You are now in charge. Thank you for your love. I love you. Amen

The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

 
 
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The death of Jesus is a difficult story to hear. As you listen to the story remember that Jesus was innocent. He was without sin.

Jon and Bradon tell the story of Jesus Death. You can read the story for yourself. The story is recorded in all 4 gospels and start at Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, and John 18. Pick any of these books and chapters and start reading. 

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Triumphant Entry

Triumphant Entry

 
 

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Jon Drebert tells the story of when Jesus was celebrated on his way into Jerusalem. The “parade” was epic and unplanned! The people wanted a messiah!

Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19, or John 12