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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Jonah 1:4-10

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer- Lord, Open our heart and open our minds and help us learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 6 The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish."
7 Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.
8 So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"
9 He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land."
10 This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.)
Jonah wants to run away from God, because God wants Jonah to do something that makes Jonah "uncomfortable." As Jonah is fleeing, bad things come. A huge storm comes and it is so violent it causes a seasoned crew of sailors to become scared. The storm was so bad the crew threw the cargo overboard to try and save the ship.
Jonah was sleeping through the storm, (clean mind?) As the sailors were crying out to their gods,(little "g") they went below deck and woke up Jonah, so that he could do the same. They cast lots- gambled- to see whose fault the storm was, the see who had mad their god angry. Of course, the lots fell on Jonah.
At least when he was confronted, Jonah admitted that he worshiped the real God. The crew wanted tom know what had Jonah done to raise such wrath from God. We still do this. When things don’t go as planned, we question God. Why would he allow bad things to happen to us? When bad things happen to our friends, we wonder "what did they do to get outside of God’s Love?"
The Lord created the earth and sea. Sometimes he is trying to get our attention, like he is trying to get Jonah’s. Sometimes things just happen. Is God trying to get your attention? What are you going to do about it?
Prayer- Lord, Thank you for being there when times are good. But most of all, thanks for being there when times are stormy. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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