Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
this is the "lesson" I am giving this week at church... feedback would be nice... is it too boring or confussin... its for highschoolers... so let me know...
Many people discredit the book of Jonah because it describes a man surviving inside a fish for 3 days. To many, this simply seems impossible. So they raise all kinds of questions that have little to do with the central theme of the story. Was Jonah swallowed by a fish or a whale? Isn’t this story more of an allegory than a historical narrative? If Jonah wasn’t swallowed by a fish isn’t Gods word discredited? Many people would rather debate the story then learn from it; critique is rather than study it.
I happen to believe this story is historical fact. First, Jesus made reference to Jonah’s big adventure as an example of his own death and resurrection in Matthew 12:40. Second, there is documentation of someone else surviving a whale swallowing.
1891. A man named David Barltey was a crewman on board a English waling ship called, Star of the East. He was thrown overboard during a struggle to reel in a 70-foot sperm whale, and presumed dead. The next morning the men of the ship begin to clean up and gut a whale they caught the day before and discovered Bartley in its stomach. He was unconscious but alive, his skin bleached white from stomach acid. He eventually recovered and said that breathing was surprisingly easy, though the heat (104 degrees) was almost unbearable.
So it seems possible just by natural cause that a person could be swallowed by a whale and live to tell about it. And when we consider the awesome power of an omnipotent God, how can Jonah’s story be anything less than certain.
But the key to unlocking this book is not establishing the plausibility of the plot. Its recognizing the infinite compassion of God and the drastic measures he takes to express it.
We think of compassion and love as residing in out hearts, but in the Biblical mindset, compassion comes from one’s stomach or intestines. Compassion is gut-level concern for others; something you feel deep in your belly. That’s why the Bible sometimes speaks of “bowels of compassion.” God had it. Jonah did not. So God used the stomach of a “fish” to try to turn Jonah’s stomach back to Him and the lost people of Nineveh.
Sadly, even Jonah’s fish ordeal had only a temporary effect on him. He took Gods message to Nineveh, but grew bitter and resentful when God spared the city. In many ways Jonah is just like us. How many times has God stiffed us up to serve him, only to see us fizzle out a short time later? How many times have we grown jealous and resentful when an enemy is successful and seems to enjoy God’s favor? There are many lessons and warning we can take from this story, so as we review Jonah in the next few minutes look for the Holy Spirit to apply them in a variety of ways.
1) You can run, but you can’t hide. Jonah 1:1-17 goes on to read how God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, he refused and ends up swallowed alive, we all know the story. These verses show compassion in disciplining his people. Cause and effect. We learned this as child. When you told your parents “no” as a child you were punished. Same thing here. God will take drastic measures to keep his people in line. He had Jonah thrown overboard and swallowed by a fish. Ask yourself this: What will He do to you??? Whatever it takes to keep you in his care. Hebrews 12 tells us that only legitimate “loved” key word LOVED children receive discipline. Illegitimate kids run wild with no restraint. So, while some people might think God was mean to do what he did to Jonah, he really was just the opposite. Jonah did something extreme by sailing away. God matched that move by sending a storm and a fish to eat him alive.
2) You can always pray. Jonah 2:1-10 is a prayer from Jonah to God then God compassion in answering our prayers. If God were and ogre, he would have gotten a cheap thrill out of squashing Jonah mid-flight. Instead, the Bible says that God provided a great fish for Jonah (Jonah 1:17) And after Jonah prayed, God commanded the fish to vomit him onto dry land. (verse 2:10) Sometimes God needs to drive us to our knees. He wants us dependent and praying. Sometimes he will allow our situation to get so desperate that we have no other choice but to cry out to him.
3) You can never be too far gone. Jonah 3:1-10 gives details of when Jonah does go to Nineveh and Gods compassion in granting repentance. Nineveh was a city of evil people. They were barbarians who worshiped idols and often raided Israel and tortured its people .In spite of this, God was sending them help! That’s why Jonah did not want to go… from the beginning Jonah suspected that God intended to spare the city. Nineveh didn’t deserve God’s compassion, but they received it anyways. Jonah 3:10 says that Nineveh turned from evil and God had compassion on them. But understand this: It was not their change of heart that led to God’s compassion. God’s compassion came first. Compassion led to repentance; not the other way around. After all, if God had not sent Jonah, the people would have never changed. This story illustrates the power of Gods word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” By sending His word to Nineveh, God had compassion on them and gave them opportunity to change. And by granting a place like Nineveh repentance, God shows that we can never be too far gone. No matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done. God can save us.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Sunday, August 7, 2005
Friday, August 5, 2005
1) I love driving, especially on road trips.
2) I sleep too much, and everyone complains about it, and that pisses me off.
3) I am scurd of the dark.
4) I am a horrible speller
5) Even though I am a tuff broad, I am a sucker for a sappy romance movie.
6) Black liqorish is almost as good as chocolate to me, well, maybe not... but it is good and I love it, not as much as I love chocolate cause chocolate can make any hurt go away.
7) I bit my nails and dont plan on stopping
8) I consider my brother Zach one of my best friends.
9) I love pampering myself
10) I love being on meds, I feel I can conquor the world.
11) Jennifer Nicole Eller is the best friend I have ever had.
12) I hate school work, but I love every english class I have ever taken.
13) I like to go fishing
14) I hate talking about bodily functions
15) Yellow roses make me smile
16) I am addicted to spending money, and it is getting me in trouble
17) I hate most of the female race
18)I don't believe in people who are "psychic"... cause if they were really that psychic they would win the lottery every month, solve all the crimes in the world, find Osama Bin Laden, and they would come to my house and they would know how to fix all my problems, and they would also know that I want them to do that.
19) I love my family more then life itself
20) I love my job, even though I get paid less then the kids working at In-N-Out, and they get bennifts even and I dont, and I have spent thousands of dollars in schooling to have the job I have now.
21) I dont like scary movies or to be scurd in general
22) I hate parents who refuse to disapline their child, and I hate parents who spend more time in a line at starbucks ever morning then they spend with their kid. I think they should be slaped, by me...
23) I take most things to an extreme
24) I am VERY complusive
25) I can sence demonic spirts
26) I am the epitamy of an airheaded blonde, but have an understanding of logical thinking.
27) Big Burly trucks are hot
28) I like to feel needed
29) I have an appreciation of music as an art.
30) I used to be in the church and shcool chior
31) growen-ups were children first
32) I am addicted to myspace
33) I make the best mac and cheese ever
34) I cant swim, but I am a good dog paddler
35) I am going to marry Daniel
36) When I was a child I wanted to be a dog when I grew up
37) I like saying... "shes got dem moles...."
38)I know enough about the Bible theology stuff and personal relationships with Jesus Christ to be a pastor.
39) I love the winter cause snow looks magical to me
40) I really really really want to go Vegas
41) I could eat cereal and watch cartoons all day long
42) I love to dance
43) I believe in alians and Bigfood
44) I love the rain
45) I have three tattoos and plan on getting two more, and have have 7 piercings, but only have 5 now
46) I have moved more then 17 times, 15 times were in the Redding City limits. I lived in Paradise for 5 months, then Chico for 6 weeks when I was little
47) I can not stand people who are picky eaters
48) I am a very self centered person
49) I am easily entertained50) I really appriciate that you read this... seriously... thanks! GO YOU!
Friday, July 8, 2005
By Sarah Colbert
Buckle Bunny Friend
Ma- Now where do you think your going?
Gal- Me and some buddies are going over to the rodeo Ma…
Ma- Well, you make sure you get your rear back in bed before the morning, and…
Narrator- Gal rolls her eyes and slams the screen door before her mother can finish. Gal ain’t usually rude like that to her Ma, but tonight Gal was in a rush and ain’t got no time to dilly dawdle and listen to her Ma be concerned bout her. Gal hops in her last years model red convertible Stang GT, turns up the custom Mach sound system, revs the engine, then is on her way to meet up with her friends at the rodeo.
Gal- Oh dang, I’m bout on empty. I gotta get me some gas for my car… shiznits… I am
Gonna be super late.
Narrator- Gal turns into the next gas station, pulls up to a pump, hops out of the car and struts into the store, making sure to smile and wink at the group of guys staring at her.
Gal- Hey pal… I’ll put then on…
Narrator- Gal couldn’t finish what she was telling the dude, she stood motionless, staring at the clerk.
Dude- Ten on?
Gal- (blinks a few times to shake herself out of the trance) Ten on pump four. Dang, you’re a looker. You know that right?
Dude- (snuffs a laugh) Thanks, here is your receipt.
Narrator- Gal moseys along back outside so oblivious to the world around her that you might think this tough broad believed in love at first sight.
Dude- (yells as Gal leaves the store) You ain’t bad yourself.
Narrator- Gal looks back and winks at Dude, then thinks… “hmm, did he just say ain’t? He looks like a city boy to me, but he said ain’t…” Gal finishes her task and is soon in the dirt parking lot at the rodeo grounds with her friends.
Buckle Bunny Friend- Woohoo! Dang girl look at you. Are them new boots?
Gal- Na, these ain’t new. You look cute too! Doin your usual prowl?
Buckle Bunny Friend- Of course. You gonna join me?
Gal- No way, I ain’t like that. I come to the rodeo for the show, unlike you… Anyways, lest go get us some seats.
Narrator -After a few hours of bulls, blood, dust, mud, boots, chaps, cowboy hats, Bronx, steers and cowboy cheers Gal was back in the dirt parking lot chit chatting with some people.
Buckle Bunny Friend- Oh my God…
Narrator - The ground rumbled as a powder blue 1990 Ford F-250 7.3 litter diesel pulled up, decked out with a 96’ Ford nose, roll bar, 5 KC lights and a “Git-R-Done” decal plastered on the front window, sitting on 44-inch Super Swamper Boggers. 6-inch Sky Jacker spring lift, 6-inch custom lift reverse shackle cross member in front. 6-inch springs with a custom made shackle flipped in the rear.
Gal- Dang, I gotta get me one of those…
Narrator- A tall and very handsome guys hoped down from the monstrous truck.
Gal- Hey there cowboy, that’s a nice rig you got there.
Dude- Yep, all the better to take you 4x4in in lady.
Gal- Nice hat you got too. I like it.
Dude- You like that? I knew you would so I thought to myself… All the better to get her attention.
Gal- Your smile got my attention, you got yourself a nice smile…
Dude- Golly… thanks… so if I smiled at you would you come with me to the honky-tonk for some close dancing?
Gal- (giggles) Ya know, when I first saw you working behind the counter at the gas station I thought you was a city boy. You sure showed me wrong. The Honky- tonk? Shoot-dang boy, if your gonna take me someplace in your rig, take me up to the swamp. I’ve got me some hillbilly friends that are throwin a shindig up there. We all circle up the trucks, fire up the brush, untuck our shirts and kick some dust… Ya interested?
Narrator- Dude grabs Gals hand, they climb up in the truck and are gone in a jiffy.
Drowning in Hate.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
I am so foolish to think that you actually loved me. Another presence is all you desired. Nothing more. My spirit so humble and willing, you found I was easy to break and become addicted to you. I became jealous of you. Jealous of your assurance. Yet your assurance was feed from your fear. Your fear of rejection. You hide that fear with a false sense of love. Since that love was just a lie, emotional anguish moved you day to day. You cried out in pain and begged me to pull you out from the pit you dug for yourself. I reached for you, but you pulled me in and watched with a smile as I fell. I fell down to the death of myself. Now with eyes open wide I live a dead life. Nothing more. I carry on as my dead spirit rots its way from the inside out. I dream about the life I once lived. The life when we were friends. How can we have been friends, you hated me. You hated every breath I took. Each word you spoke to me was saturated with despise. Yet I clung to your pretense love and friendship. Now its gone and I don't want to play pretend anymore. You and I will never be friends again. A demonic force breaths in your soul and is drawing you to your death. The difference between your death and mine is that I died emotionally and the creator of emotion will give me life again, but your death is is eternal. My heart should break for you, but your so called love shattered my heart and now Ive become numb. Numb to all emotion. Emotionless, spiritless... you killed me.