I am Jonah.

I am are you? Couldn’t say it better

Live 4 Him

This is not my normal way of introducing myself.In fact, I have never introduced myself as Jonah. I don’t think I look like a Jonah. I’m not really sure what he looks like, I just know I don’t look like a Jonah. Still, there is something in me that is just like Jonah.There is something that causes me to question, to wonder, are these really the type of people God wants to offer a second chance?


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Still You Are

This is vitally important for us (at least me) to learn

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

I cannot promise that life gets better. Life can be cruel, unfair, intolerable. People can be downright mean. Failure and rejection will happen. Risks don’t always pay off. You will miss chances and opportunities. Injuries and disease are a real danger. Our brains are often broken by depression and other lifelong illnesses. People will leave.

But none of these things—absolutely none of them—determine your worth as a person. Nothing that has happened to you gets the say on who you are. Of course, life hurts. We’re allowed to hurt. We’re allowed to be mad. We can vent and yell and shake a fist at God. All of that is being human. But all the ways in which life can be unfair do not have a single thing to say about you as a person. You are loved, regardless. You are loved simply because you were born. For me, that’s often…

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My Allergy Will Be Gone!

I can hardly wait till I am pain-free, allergy-free from this life and my Daddy sits me on His lap and washes every tear from my eyes

The Recovering Legalist

Since I had nothing original written for today, I typed in “random” to the search bar to see what might pull up from previous posts … Here ya go!

It’s from around 2 years ago…

But just in time for tomorrow’s sermon on heaven 🙂


My daughter Katie is allergic to a list of things, and although the list is not a long one, it does include bacon, so she does deserve our pity.

On the other hand, our young and uber-talented pianist at church, Olivia, has list of allergies longer than the strings on a Steinway concert grand! Seriously! Let’s just put it this way: just listening to the song “99 Balloons” could kill her.

But for me, I’m allergic to nothing… well, almost nothing. I’m not allergic to any foods, liquids, or chemicals; I don’t reach for an EpiPen whenever I see a bee; nor do I provide a list…

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Heart Felt Gift

As we come closer and closer to the day of Christmas, I want to take a moment and share this with you.  In this day and age where people spend money on things that will either be regifted,  sent back, or thrown in a closet to get lost forever. There are so many who truly are the forgotten ones of our time.  The homeless, the rich, the poor, the humble, the proud, those who suffer from chronic health issues, there are all kinds of people who feel like they are just throw away people.

Now, lets take a moment to think about someone else who needs just a hug, or a smile or anything other than just another disillusioned Christmas.  You see when we have been given the BEST gift ever.  Jesus came in the form of the most vulnerable way possible.  He CHOSE to become a human just like we are and He came as a baby.  Not as one who would think the redeemer would come as.  But how else was He going to give you and me the gift of eternal life?  How could God promise that He would know everything we experience if He had not come as a baby?  Think about this my friends… Jesus choose to come and bring Himself all the way into a cell that multiplied into a fetus and then into a born alive breathing human being.   WOW can you imagine how that time travel must of felt like to Jesus our Immanuel?

I am soo thankful this Christmas not because of all the gifts I might get but because of the only gift that matters to me.  It is the gift of life.  My life was bought, my penalty was bought with the love of a Father and Son and my life today is here where God comes through and can shine.  I don’t have loads of money to spend on gifts for others but I am able to give a smile, or a helping hand doing something, paying it forward in the drive through line..  Lots of ways to show Jesus and His love for me and for others.

Merry Christmas to each of you!  I have included my favorite Christmas song as well as a story about the best gifts.

As the video states your talents are God’s gift to you.  How you use your talents is your gift to God.  Merry Christmas everyone

 

 

 

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/12/21/viral-gift-student-sacrifices-lucky-charms-marshmallows-teacher/2393772002/

 

 

 

 

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HOW HORRIBLY SAD

I came across this video today and I warn you that it is extremely graphic but I think it is important to share because we need to be teaching our kids some important things and this is not it…  I am sharing the news site of this.  Folks, our kids need our prayers.  No matter if they are autistic or not they need our prayers.  We have gone so far away from God in this country that this is a daily happening in our country.  Why?  Our kids don’t come bubble wrapped and while on some ways we try to bubble wrap them often we bubble wrap the wrong things and let the kids do what they want.  This is a reminder that when we leave a child to their own devices (electronics included) we have a problem.   Please take this time to pray and declare TRUTH to your son or your daughter.

https://www.faithwire.com/2018/10/25/mom-outraged-after-seeing-viral-video-of-bullies-pointing-gun-at-teen-sons-head/

Independence mom furious after 13-year-old son bullied, has gun pointed at his head

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Praying for the President

Amen and amen As a believer NO MATTER your political affiliation we are CALLED to pray for our leaders and our pastors. So, I am honored that I have the privilege of getting to pray into their lives. May we al take the mandate from 1 Timothy 2:1-4. While I may not agree with some of their actions or stands I do know that God will bless those who pray for our leaders.

The Recovering Legalist

Why can’t more Christians be like Pastor Brunson and pray for the President?

How many times do folks like myself have to remind fellow believers that even if you dislike the man, Donald Trump is the President of the United States, and we are therefore instructed to petition God on his behalf, to pray for him when he might not even recognize his needs, and to thank God for him.

Don’t believe me?

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Timothy 2:1-4 CSB

Notice the “why’s” attached to the above commands:

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We Say Goodbye, One More Time

We never know when it will be the last time. Make your words count in this life to your loved ones. You or they can be gone in a flash.

J.S. Park: Hospital Chaplain, Skeptical Christian

When they wheeled him in, the doctors said it was already too late. They put him on an iron lung, and the only thing left to do was let his mother decide on his organs.

He was young, good-looking, tall and strapping, face beat up from meth. His mother had given him countless chances and a free bed, but he had relapsed every time, back to the muse and to back alley corners and then crawling home again. His mom finally kicked him out. Shortly after, he found one of those hideouts to do his meth in peace. He fell down a flight of stairs. Traumatic brain injury. A brawl, possibly. Someone had called an ambulance and left him there.

The only thing the hospital could do was stuff him full of tubes to keep him breathing. There was no brain activity. His head was held by a neck brace…

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