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1/7/2017 Gen 1:1-5 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11
1/14/2017 ISam 3:1-20 ICor 6:12-20 John 1:35-42
1/21/2017 Jonah 3:1-5,10 ICor 7:29-31(32-25) Mark 1:14-20
1/28/2017 Deut 18:15-20 ICor 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28

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for Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Jonah 3:1-5,10

Mask, Fins and Salvation

1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, 2 "Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you." 3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days' walk across. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's walk. And he cried out, "Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

The Problem with Success

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Jonah is tasked with going and telling his enemies that they are going to get destroyed by God. Even though he really didn't want to go (the whole swallowed by a fish thing), he did finally show up and deliver the message. The only problem is that Nineveh chose to believe him and repented and is spared. A few lessons seem to pop right out of this story. First, Jonah is taught through a calamity of his errors that God can show mercy to whom God chooses (so get over it and himself). Second, Nineveh's greatly exaggerated repentance to the warnings from a God they don't know or worship is in ironic contrast to Israel's own response (or lack thereof). The four short chapters of Jonah are well worth reading, especially with the help of a good commentary. It is fun and full of wit and allegory. It clearly illustrates that God is a God of grace and compassion as well as humor. Perhaps the only precursor to snorkeling in the Bible.


Mark 1:14-20

Training the New Recruits ...

[...] As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." [...]

Discipleship 101

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Jesus called simple, hard-working folk from their daily work to a new task: to spread the good news of God. In addition to being hard workers, simple folk didn't need to be untrained before they could be trained as may have been the case for teachers, theologians and religious leaders! A grass-roots movement of sorts. Hopefully we have some of the same attributes as the disciples and can work hard to spread the word!

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