Always be Ready…!

Always be Ready…!
How many were prepared for the power to go out?! What preparations did you make to be ready?! How many were not prepared for the power to go out?! What would you do differently to be ready?!

Ex. 34:2 – ready to worship

Proactive – Jas. 4:7-10

Reactive – Ps. 107:23-31

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Josh. 8:4 – ready for battle

Proactive – Eph. 6:13-18

Reactive – Prov. 21:31

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Lk. 12:40 – ready for Christ’s coming (Matt. 24:44; 25:1-13)

Proactive – Lk. 21:28

Reactive – 1 Thess. 5:1-6

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2 Tim. 4:6 – ready for death

Proactive – Heb. 9:27

Reactive – Lk. 12:16-21

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Titus 3:1 – ready to do good

Proactive – Gal. 6:10

Reactive – Lk. 11:5-8

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1 Pet. 3:15 – ready to answer

Proactive – 2 Tim. 2:15

Reactive – Heb. 5:12

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people:“ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:1-10)

Verses for Always be Ready

Exodus 34:2

Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Psalm 107:23-31

Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

Joshua 8:4

with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert.

Ephesians 6:13-18

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Proverbs 21:31

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

Luke 12:40

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Matthew 25:1-13

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Luke 21:28

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”


How many were prepared for the power to go out?! What preparations did you make to be ready?! How many were not prepared for the power to go out?! What would you do differently to be ready?!

Ex. 34:2 – ready to worship

Proactive – Jas. 4:7-10

Reactive – Ps. 107:23-31

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Josh. 8:4 – ready for battle

Proactive – Eph. 6:13-18

Reactive – Prov. 21:31

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Lk. 12:40 – ready for Christ’s coming (Matt. 24:44; 25:1-13)

Proactive – Lk. 21:28

Reactive – 1 Thess. 5:1-6

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2 Tim. 4:6 – ready for death

Proactive – Heb. 9:27

Reactive – Lk. 12:16-21

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Titus 3:1 – ready to do good

Proactive – Gal. 6:10

Reactive – Lk. 11:5-8

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1 Pet. 3:15 – ready to answer

Proactive – 2 Tim. 2:15

Reactive – Heb. 5:12

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“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go and tell this people:“ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:1-10)


Verses for Always be Ready

Exodus 34:2

Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Psalm 107:23-31

Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

Joshua 8:4

with these orders: “Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far from it. All of you be on the alert.

Ephesians 6:13-18

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Proverbs 21:31

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

Luke 12:40

You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

Matthew 25:1-13

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Luke 21:28

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

2 Timothy 4:6-7

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 9:27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

Luke 12:16-20

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

Titus 3:1

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good

Galatians 6:10

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Luke 11:5-8

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your inconvenient necessity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Hebrews 5:12

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!

Effects of Righteousness…! – Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk

Effects of Righteousness…! – Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah “Righteousness in His Children”

Wrote 742-686BC
Micah means – “Who is like Yahweh”
Key word if “hear”

Key Verses:

1:2 – The Lord is a witness against you
5:2 – The Lord the Ruler is coming
6:8 – What righteousness is

Applications

Lost morals warp view of God and a corrupt religious people (Prov. 14:34)
God’s anger at sin doesn’t eliminate God’s promises (2 Cor. 7:1)
Breaking sin’s power takes time and effort ( 3:9-18)

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Nahum “Righteousness against God’s Enemies”

Written 663-612BC
Nahum means “Consolation”
Final warning to Nineveh 150 years later

Key verses:

1:3 – God will not always delay intervention and punishment
1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble
3:17 – none will grieve at Nineveh’s end

Applications

God triumphs over the greatest enemies (Rom. 8:31; Eph. 6:12)
Evil has no mercy; it destroys/plunders with no remorse (Ps. 92:7)
Selfish greed/pleasures corrupt dealings with others (1 Jn. 2:15-17)
No impartiality in judgment; only refuge in YHWH (Ps. 46:1-3)

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Habakkuk “Righteousness Questioned”
Habakkuk means “Embrace”
Written 612-589BC

2 Questions:

Why allow corruption without judgment? (God used Babylonians)
Why allow evil to crush God’s people? (God used evil to judge evil)

Key verses:

1:2 – How long do we call and You don’t answer?
2:4 – the just shall live by faith
2:20 – The Lord is in His Holy Temple; be silent before Him
3:19 – He enables me to tread on the heights

Applications

The corrupt will destroy themselves (2 Pet. 2:12-13)
Wait in a spirit of worship for answers/actions (2 Chron. 13:10)
We can question God with respect and reverence (1 Cor. 13:12)

  1. Micah “Righteousness in His Children”
  • Wrote 742-686BC
  • Micah means – “Who is like Yahweh”
  • Key word if “hear”

Key Verses:

  • 1:2 – The Lord is a witness against you
  • 5:2 – The Lord the Ruler is coming
  • 6:8 – What righteousness is

Applications

  • Lost morals warp view of God and a corrupt religious people (Prov. 14:34)
  • God’s anger at sin doesn’t eliminate God’s promises (2 Cor. 7:1)
  • Breaking sin’s power takes time and effort ( 3:9-18)

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  1. Nahum “Righteousness against God’s Enemies”
  • Written 663-612BC
  • Nahum means “Consolation”
  • Final warning to Nineveh 150 years later

Key verses:

  • 1:3 – God will not always delay intervention and punishment
  • 1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble
  • 3:17 – none will grieve at Nineveh’s end

Applications

  • God triumphs over the greatest enemies (Rom. 8:31; Eph. 6:12)
  • Evil has no mercy; it destroys/plunders with no remorse (Ps. 92:7)
  • Selfish greed/pleasures corrupt dealings with others (1 Jn. 2:15-17)
  • No impartiality in judgment; only refuge in YHWH (Ps. 46:1-3)

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  • Habakkuk “Righteousness Questioned”
  • Habakkuk means “Embrace”
  • Written 612-589BC

2 Questions:

  • Why allow corruption without judgment? (God used Babylonians)
  • Why allow evil to crush God’s people? (God used evil to judge evil)

Key verses:

  • 1:2 – How long do we call and You don’t answer?
  • 2:4 – the just shall live by faith
  • 2:20 – The Lord is in His Holy Temple; be silent before Him
  • 3:19 – He enables me to tread on the heights

Applications

  • The corrupt will destroy themselves (2 Pet. 2:12-13)
  • Wait in a spirit of worship for answers/actions (2 Chron. 13:10)
  • We can question God with respect and reverence (1 Cor. 13:12)


A Battle of Wills – Jonah

A Battle of Wills – Jonah
“See it thru God’s eyes” …What does this mean? It starts with perspective and results in will. We all see things based upon our experience and “gut reaction”. God has a warning about pitting our will against His…
Chapter 1
God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)
Jonah: I will run away from the Lord (v.3)
God: I will stop you from running (v.4)
Jonah: I would rather die than obey (v.12)
God: I will save and focus you on Me (v.17)
Jonah: prayer took a whole chapter (chap. 2)
Applications: Where are you gonna run from God? (Ps. 139:7-10)
God’s help will not be what we expect (Isa. 55:8)
Chapter 2 (How to repent)
“I called; You answered/listened (v.2)”
“You disciplined; I am banished” (v.3-4)
“I am in the depths; You brought me back” (v.5-6)
“In my despair I remembered You and prayed” (v.7)
“Idol clingers turn from You; I sacrifice with praise” (v.8-9)
“I vowed and I will make good my vow.” (v.9)
Applications: God takes away all that interferes (Ex. 20:3)
God restores regardless of loss (Ps. 40:1-3)
Chapter 3
God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)
Jonah: Obeyed God (v.3)
Jonah: “40 days and Nineveh is gone” (v.4)
City: “Believed God…fasted” (v.5)
Officials: “No eat or drink…call urgently on God” (v.6-9)
God: “Saw repentance…relented the judgment” (v.10)
Applications: Personal impending disaster leads to repentance (Ps. 107:23-31)
Even the worst will repent if they believe God (1 Tim. 1:12-17)
Chapter 4
Jonah: “This is wrong and became angry” (v.1)
Jonah: “Told you no punishment…kill me” (v.2)
God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.4)
Jonah: “I will see what happens…” (v.5)
God: “I will ease you discomfort” (v.6)
Jonah: “I am happy (not content)” (v.6)
God: “I will make a worm…wind, sun” (v.7)
Jonah: “Death would be better than this” (v.8)
God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.9)
Jonah: “Yes, I am so angry I wish I were dead” (v.9)
God: “You are concerned about a plant you didn’t make” (v.10)
“Shouldn’t I be concerned about 120,000 infants and animals” (v.11)
Applications: Check your perspective; see it God’s way (Phil. 2:14-15)
Apply your thanks to God on others (2 Cor. 9:6-15)

“See it thru God’s eyes” …What does this mean? It starts with perspective and results in will. We all see things based upon our experience and “gut reaction”. God has a warning about pitting our will against His…

Chapter 1

God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)

Jonah: I will run away from the Lord (v.3)

God: I will stop you from running (v.4)

Jonah: I would rather die than obey (v.12)

God: I will save and focus you on Me (v.17)

Jonah: prayer took a whole chapter (chap. 2)

Applications: Where are you gonna run from God? (Ps. 139:7-10)

God’s help will not be what we expect (Isa. 55:8)

Chapter 2 (How to repent)

“I called; You answered/listened (v.2)”

“You disciplined; I am banished” (v.3-4)

“I am in the depths; You brought me back” (v.5-6)

“In my despair I remembered You and prayed” (v.7)

“Idol clingers turn from You; I sacrifice with praise” (v.8-9)

“I vowed and I will make good my vow.” (v.9)

Applications: God takes away all that interferes (Ex. 20:3)

God restores regardless of loss (Ps. 40:1-3)

Chapter 3

God: You will go to Nineveh and preach (v.1-2)

Jonah: Obeyed God (v.3)

Jonah: “40 days and Nineveh is gone” (v.4)

City: “Believed God…fasted” (v.5)

Officials: “No eat or drink…call urgently on God” (v.6-9)

God: “Saw repentance…relented the judgment” (v.10)

Applications: Personal impending disaster leads to repentance (Ps. 107:23-31)

Even the worst will repent if they believe God (1 Tim. 1:12-17)

Chapter 4

Jonah: “This is wrong and became angry” (v.1)

Jonah: “Told you no punishment…kill me” (v.2)

God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.4)

Jonah: “I will see what happens…” (v.5)

God: “I will ease you discomfort” (v.6)

Jonah: “I am happy (not content)” (v.6)

God: “I will make a worm…wind, sun” (v.7)

Jonah: “Death would be better than this” (v.8)

God: “Is it right for you to be angry?” (v.9)

Jonah: “Yes, I am so angry I wish I were dead” (v.9)

God: “You are concerned about a plant you didn’t make” (v.10)

“Shouldn’t I be concerned about 120,000 infants and animals” (v.11)

Applications: Check your perspective; see it God’s way (Phil. 2:14-15)

Apply your thanks to God on others (2 Cor. 9:6-15)


Verses for Jonah – A Battle of Wills

Jonah 1:1-2

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

Jonah 1:3

But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

Jonah 1:4

Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

Jonah 1:12

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Psalm 139:7-10

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Isaiah 55:8

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

Jonah 2:2

He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

Jonah 2:3-4

You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

Jonah 2:5-6

The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.

Jonah 2:7

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

Jonah 2:8-9

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before me.

Psalm 40:1-3

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

Jonah 3:1-2

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah 3:3

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it.

Jonah 3:4

Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

Jonah 3:5

The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

Jonah 3:6-9

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”

Jonah 3:10

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Psalm 107:23-31

Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Timothy 1:12-17

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jonah 4:1

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry.

Jonah 4:2

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

Jonah 4:4

But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Jonah 4:5

Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city.

Jonah 4:6

Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant[a] and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant.

Jonah 4:7

But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered.

Jonah 4:8

When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

Jonah 4:9

But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

Jonah 4:10

But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.

Jonah 4:11

And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

Philippians 2:14-15

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-15      SEE INSERT

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!


 

“Minor Prophets, Warnings to Worship…!” – Joel, Amos, Obadiah

“Minor Prophets, Warnings to Worship…!” – Joel, Amos, Obadiah
I. Joel
• Written 841 BC
• Name means: “Jehovah is God” (Isa. 45:22)
• Prophet but not a priest
• Locusts – evil increasing and devouring good til nothing is left
• Day of the Lord (5 times) – far more than people can handle
• God forewarns…heed the warnings
• Key verses
• Joel 2:12-13 “rend your heart not your garments and return to me”
• Joel 2:25 “I (God) will repay what the locusts have eaten”
• Joel 2:28 “Afterward, I (God) will pour out my Spirit”
II. Amos
• Names means “Burden-bearer” (Gal. 6:2)
• “Covered” by an ancient hymn within the prophecy
• Written 760 BC
• Amos was a shepherd “fruit picker” – called while he was working (7:15)
• Prophesied at Bethel – seat of idolatry
• Oppression of working people by wealthy
• Israel was religious but superficial (2 Tim. 3:5)
• Wealth and material possessions equal spiritual blessing
• No favoritism for being “His chosen people” (1 Pet. 4:17)
• Absence of true worship creates a lack of justice (Matt. 23:23)
• Key verses
• Amos 2:4,6 “4 sins I (God) will not ignore”
• Amos 5:14 “ Seek good not evil, that you may live”
• Amos 2:6 “sells the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals,”
• Amos 5: 21-23 “I hate, I despise your feasts…assemblies… offerings… your music….
• Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like waters…”
III. Obadiah
• Name means: “Servant of Yahweh” (Deut. 11:13-16)
• Golden rule in the OT v.15 cf. Matt. 7:12
• Written 845 BC
• Shortest book in the OT and no king mentioned
• Ongoing strife between Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Arabs)(Gen. 25:21-23)
• Doom for all enemies of God and His people (Deut. 28:7)
• Key Verses
• Obadiah 1:4 “Though you soar like an eagle…I will bring you down.”
• Obadiah 1:8 “Who will bring me down…?”
• Obadiah 1:10 “Shame shall cover you and you will be cut off forever”
• Obadiah 1:12 “Don’t look down on…rejoice over…boast against those in misfortune…”

  1. Joel
  • Written 841 BC
  • Name means: “Jehovah is God” (Isa. 45:22)
  • Prophet but not a priest
  • Locusts – evil increasing and devouring good til nothing is left
  • Day of the Lord (5 times) – far more than people can handle
  • God forewarns…heed the warnings
  • Key verses
  • Joel 2:12-13 “rend your heart not your garments and return to me”
  • Joel 2:25 “I (God) will repay what the locusts have eaten”
  • Joel 2:28 “Afterward, I (God) will pour out my Spirit”
  1. Amos
  • Names means “Burden-bearer” (Gal. 6:2)
  • “Covered” by an ancient hymn within the prophecy
  • Written 760 BC
  • Amos was a shepherd “fruit picker” – called while he was working (7:15)
  • Prophesied at Bethel – seat of idolatry
  • Oppression of working people by wealthy
  • Israel was religious but superficial (2 Tim. 3:5)
  • Wealth and material possessions equal spiritual blessing
  • No favoritism for being “His chosen people” (1 Pet. 4:17)
  • Absence of true worship creates a lack of justice (Matt. 23:23)
  • Key verses
  • Amos 2:4,6 “4 sins I (God) will not ignore”
  • Amos 5:14 “ Seek good not evil, that you may live”
  • Amos 2:6 “sells the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals,”
  • Amos 5: 21-23 “I hate, I despise your feasts…assemblies… offerings… your music….
  • Amos 5:24 “Let justice roll down like waters…”
  • Obadiah
  • Name means: “Servant of Yahweh” (Deut. 11:13-16)
  • Golden rule in the OT v.15 cf. Matt. 7:12
  • Written 845 BC
  • Shortest book in the OT and no king mentioned
  • Ongoing strife between Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Arabs)(Gen. 25:21-23)
  • Doom for all enemies of God and His people (Deut. 28:7)
  • Key Verses
  • Obadiah 1:4 “Though you soar like an eagle…I will bring you down.”
  • Obadiah 1:8 “Who will bring me down…?”
  • Obadiah 1:10 “Shame shall cover you and you will be cut off forever”
  • Obadiah 1:12 “Don’t look down on…rejoice over…boast against those in misfortune…”