Call Our Souls to Remember (Jonah, Part 9)

Call Our Souls to Remember (Jonah, Part 9)

Even as Jonah despaired of the hope of God’s presence, he called his soul to remember the character of God. God’s presence seemed to be slipping away from him, but Jonah quickly made a declaration of faith and hope with the word yet. It may seem as if all hope is...
Seeing Jesus in Jonah (Jonah, Part 8)

Seeing Jesus in Jonah (Jonah, Part 8)

All of Scripture points to Jesus. The deepest longings of our hearts and every promise of God find their fulfillment in Christ. …when we read the Bible with eyes to find Him, we will see Him from beginning to end. Every flawed would-be hero points to the perfect...
The Scaffold and Calvary

The Scaffold and Calvary

Ann Voskamp, in an Instagram post from December 2021, called the scaffold in The Scarlet Letter “the Puritans’ own rendition of Calvary.” I roll those words around in my mind. What do they mean? What do they mean to me? 1. The scaffold and Calvary...
The Bridge Operator

The Bridge Operator

“… John Griffith was in his early twenties. He was newly married and full of optimism. Along with his lovely wife, he had been blessed with a beautiful baby. He was living the American dream. But then came 1929—the Great Stock Market Crash—the shattering...
Interrupted (Jonah, Part 7)

Interrupted (Jonah, Part 7)

… The mariners come to fear the Lord not only because He rescues them from the storm, but because He sends the storm in the first place. God graciously interrupts the rhythm of their lives with hardship so that they might clearly see their need for Him. Joanna...
Stereotypes (Jonah, Part 6)

Stereotypes (Jonah, Part 6)

The story of Jonah has a lot of stereotypical characters acting in non-stereotypical ways … Jonah by Blue Ridge Community Church, 14:35-14:40 We have the prophet, the holy man of God, the messenger called to bring the word of the Lord to other people. We have the...
Punishment and Grace (Jonah, Part 5)

Punishment and Grace (Jonah, Part 5)

And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Jonah 1:12 (KJV) … Listen to how selfish and cowardly Jonah is being. Jonah doesn’t offer to...
Wake Up, Sleeper (Jonah, Part 4)

Wake Up, Sleeper (Jonah, Part 4)

While the storm rages in a mighty display of God’s power, Jonah hides away down inside the ship, indifferent to the peril of the sailors above. While the sailors futilely cry out to their gods to save them from imminent death with no power to save themselves, Jonah is...
March: Lions and Lambs

March: Lions and Lambs

I’ve heard it said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s talking about the weather, about the belief that there must be balance and so if March starts off roaring and wintery it will end docilely and springlike. And it seems to be...
Fleeing the Father (Jonah, Part 3)

Fleeing the Father (Jonah, Part 3)

Verse three of Jonah 1 says that Jonah fled to Tarshish from the presence of God. It sounds silly to us, because duh, Jonah, you can’t get away from God. His presence is all over the earth; you can’t hide from Him. But the study book and my pastor brought...