Minor Prophets – Jonah

Minor Prophets - Jonah

Minor Prophets – Jonah

Minor Prophets – Jonah

  • Hosea – God faithful in the midst of our unfaithfulness
  • Joel – Old testament apocalyptic on future day of the Lord
  • Amos – Common man called to preach word of Lord to Northern Kingdom. Message about injustice being done to the poor and needy. Message not received.
  • Obadiah – smallest OT book. God’s Anger at Edom for taking advantage of Israel when they were being attacked by others. Instead of helping their brothers they attacked them

History of Jonah

  • Prophet from the Northern Kingdom
  • Book Written in third person
  • Book not addressing Israel and their issues, but focusing on God’s universal character of mercy
  • Jonah is from the town of Gath-Hepher

Jonah’s call

  • Go preach to Nineveh
  • Jonah became the unwilling prophet

Assyria history

  • Started 3000BC
  • Began with the city of Asher
  • Asher was the son of Shem

Common Practice of Assyria – Relocation Program

 

Interesting

  • Jonah hears word of the Lord and he runs
  • Foreign heathen King hears word of God and he obeys

Nineveh

  • About 1800 Acres
  • Historians estimate 175,000 people
  • Book of Jonah says 125,000

Book of Jonah

  • Chapters 1-2 – God’s compassion to Jonah
  • Chapters 3-4 – God’s compassion through Jonah

 

GOD IS GOOD AT USING IMPERFECT PEOPLE WITH IMPERFECT MOTIVES

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DISOBEY GOD?

  1. Punishment

Hebrews 12:7-11

”Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it.

How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

God will punish our disobedience:

  • To correct us
  • To make us more holy
  • Because he loves us

 

  1. God’s will may be accomplished through another person

               

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails

  1. We miss out on growth or opportunity
  2. God may create challenges that get us to obey anyway

2 Timothy 2:1-4

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

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Trinidad & Missions

Julies Trinidad Pictures

Trinidad+Missions

Todays Message is from Pastor Paul, Abby Gangle, Julie Coffman & Nancy Coffman, Jeanne Schneider, Kathy Smith & Jeri Alsup. They were all in Trinidad recently for a missions trip.

Come along and share the journey to Trinidad.

Pray with us that the work that was started will bear fruit for eternity.

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Depression

 

Depression

Depression

When You Suffer From Depression Healthy vs Depressed Persons Synapses
What Happens In The Brain Depressed vs Not-Depressed

Symptoms of depression:

  1. Persistent sad, anxious, or hopeless mood.
  2. Irritability and feelings of anger.
  3. Weight loss or weight gain.
  4. Loss of sleep and energy or too much sleep.
  5. Lose interest in most or all pleasurable activities.
  6. Reduced ability to concentrate, remember, or make decisions.
  7. Overcome with feelings of hopelessness, uselessness, or guilt.
  8. Manifests into physical pain in your body.
  • PHYSICAL

Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 18-19 is an example of depression brought on by physical exhaustion.
Illness can be another physical cause of depression.

Psalm 88:15, 18 (NIV)

  • SENSE OF LOSS

The aging process can bring both physical pains and a sense of loss for the missed opportunities and regrets that can flood your mind.

Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet.

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

  • ENVIRONMENT AND CIRCUMSTANCES

Job is an example of how depression can overwhelm us because of our environment and circumstances.

  • POOR SELF CONCEPT

A healthy self concept is made up of three things:

  • Your sense of IDENTITY. We are satisfied with who we are as a person.
  • Your sense of WORTH. Without being boastful or proud we know that we are valuable to God and other people.
  • Your sense of COMPETENCE. We have the self confidence to know we can succeed and do what is asked of us.

Naomi is a perfect example of how a poor self-concept breeds depression. (Ruth 1:20)

  • SPIRITUAL FAILURE Sin or spiritual failure can make us depressed.

Another name for this kind of depression is guilt.

Remember what David said in Psalm 32 that describes the depth of his depression brought on by his sin with Bathsheba?

  • Psalm 32:3-4

If your depression is brought on by lingering guilt it has become shame.

  • SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Many doctors and psychologists won’t think of spiritual warfare as a part of your depression.

  • Six steps to climb out of the “Valley of Gloom”

We discover freedom from depression by learning to follow the footsteps and example of Jesus.

 

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was engaged in perhaps His greatest spiritual battles with Satan.

This was the deciding moment for Jesus.

  • Mark 14:33
  • Matthew 26:37
  • Jesus did not isolate Himself.
  • Matthew 26:36-37
    Jesus did not try to win His battle with despair/depression all by Himself.
  • Galatians 6:2
    Jesus was open and honest about the trial He was facing; He did not let His despair/depression isolate Him from others.
  • Jesus did not put on a mask and pretend everything was okay.
  • Matthew 26:38
    Jesus not only was with His disciples, but He let them in on the struggle He was going through.
  • Notice too that Jesus didn’t just tell everyone about His need.

Use wisdom as you share your depression and heartache with others.

  • Jesus prayed and was
    honest with God.
  • Matthew 26:39

Jesus told the Father about His heartache.

• Psalm 51:16-17
• Psalm 18:6

  • Jesus did not get trapped by bitterness or blame.
  • Matthew 26:40-41
    • Matthew 26:43-44

 

Jesus did not become bitter with His disciples; He didn’t hold a grudge or push them away. Jesus let them sleep and He continued to pray!
Will we follow Jesus example or will we make mountains out of mole hills? Will we make a big deal over the faults and failures of our friends and make them bear the brunt of our depression, or will we avoid the trap of bitterness and blame?

  • Jesus ‘prayed continually’ and received strength
    from God.
  • Matthew 26:42, 44
    • Luke 22:43
  • Jesus faced His crisis and took action in God’ strength.
  • Matthew 26:45-46

Jesus got up from His time in prayer and confronted His difficulty head on.

  • Philippians 4:13

Will you follow Jesus’ example and find freedom from depression?

  • 1 Peter 2:21

 

Will we follow His steps and climb out of our Valley of Gloom?

 

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