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Jonah: Day 31

Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “Yes,” he replied. “It is right. I’m angry enough to die!” Jonah 4:9 (HCSB) Anger is a dangerous emotion. Anger can consume us so easily. Anger can poison our hearts ever so quickly. Anger can …

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Jonah: Day 30

When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered. As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat down so much on Jonah’s head that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me …

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Jonah: Day 29

Then the Lord God appointed a plant, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort. Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. Jonah 4:6 (HCSB) Jonah was having a tantrum and sat outside of Nineveh in the desert, waiting to see if God would smite the sinners of …

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Jonah: Day 28

I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster. Jonah 4:2b (HCSB) Who is God? When you think of Him what comes to mind? How would you describe His ‘best qualities’ to a friend? Could …

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Jonah: Day 27

But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. … “And now, Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jonah 4:1,3 (HCSB) Have you ever been so angry you would rather die than live another second? Have you been so angry that you …

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Jonah: Day 26

Then God saw their actions—that they had turned from their evil ways—so God relented from the disaster He had threatened to do to them. And He did not do it. Jonah 3:10 (HCSB) After Jonah had proclaimed destruction for the people of Nineveh because of their evil ways, the people repented. …

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Jonah: Day 25

Everyone must call out earnestly to God. Each must turn from his evil ways and from the violence he is doing. Who knows? God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish. Jonah 3:8b-9 (HCSB) Repentance literally means ‘to turn again’. Repentance is to purposefully change …

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Jonah: Day 24

The men of Nineveh believed in God. They proclaimed a fast and dressed in sackcloth—from the greatest of them to the least. When word reached the king of Nineveh, he got up from his throne, took off his royal robe, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:5-6 (HCSB) Something here may …

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Jonah: Day 23

Jonah set out on the first day of his walk in the city and proclaimed, “In 40 days Nineveh will be demolished!” Jonah 3:4 (HCSB) Those who know me will be astounded at how short Jonah’s sermon is compared to my own! In Hebrew, it is only five words long: short …

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Jonah: Day 22

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. Jonah 3:1 (HCSB) Today we reflect on something so simple but so profound. In the world of high stakes business, there are no second chances. If you fail to close the deal, you lose your job. On the battlefield, there are no …

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Jonah: Day 21

But as for me, I will sacrifice to You with a voice of thanksgiving. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the Lord! Jonah 2:9 (HCSB) The true sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and humble heart (Psalm 51:17). As Christians, we vow our lives to the service …

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Jonah: Day 20

Those who cling to worthless idols forsake faithful love. Jonah 2:8 (HCSB) What does it matter if a person believes a lie so long as it makes him happy? If a person is happy believing that the sticks and stones he worships, the dead men’s bones he bows down before, …

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Jonah: Day 19

As my life was fading away, I remembered Yahweh. My prayer came to You, to Your holy temple. Jonah 2:7 (HCSB) The death of a faithful saint is a thing to behold. I have been by the bedside of saints: I have looked on, as those who are confident in …

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Jonah: Day 18

The waters engulfed me up to the neck; the watery depths overcame me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. I sank to the foundations of the mountains; the earth with its prison bars closed behind me forever! But You raised my life from the Pit, Lord my God! Jonah 2:5-6 (HCSB) Here we …

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Jonah: Day 17

But I said: I have been banished from Your sight, yet I will look once more toward Your holy temple. Jonah 2:4 (HCSB) Faithful believer, take up the resolve of Jonah to look once more toward God’s holy temple. God cannot stand the sight of sin, this is true. He cannot …

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