Grace can be defined as an undeserved gift from an un-obligated giver. For grace to be offered, an offense must have occurred. Most often, the offense is overshadowed by the offender’s unwillingness to receive grace from the offended. We hold on to our faults with a death grip, but then describe them as if they … Continue reading Grace – Let Go of the Rope
I attended a new church with old friends today. Journey Church was just starting a new series focused on one of my favorite stories, Jonah. While I don’t believe all the details occurred exactly as we read the story, I am absolutely confident this was a real, historical event. The message today focused on the … Continue reading Turning Your Back
Throughout this in-depth look at the book of Jonah, our primary focus has been on our own similarities to Jonah; his fear, his failure, his success and his pride. Jonah’s adventure serves as more than just a fantastical story that teaches us to faithfully serve our God, even when it seems illogical, it is a … Continue reading Get Up.
What’s that one heinous sin that lurks in the forefront of your mind as the ultimate offense? The attitude and actions for which forgiveness is totally inconceivable? The red flag in someone’s life which is the dead giveaway that person “can’t be Christian”? Even after his isolation on the sea, Jonah had much to … Continue reading Pushing Against Grace
If we only conclude the problem is “out there”, we completely miss the concept of grace. The problem is always “in here.” Jonah’s adventure is the gospel in literary form. Grace, fall from grace, consequences, anger, repentance, and the return to grace. In no way can I judge the heart of Jonah as he found … Continue reading How Precious Did That Grace Appear
As we determined last week, the story of Jonah is the story of us all. We are each faced with forks in our road, moments where the decision you make forever impacts all those around you. Today, we shift our focus intrinsically and reveal what that means for you personally. I called out to the … Continue reading Save Me From Myself