PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
February 6, 2019
In Jonah 1:2, God tells Jonah “Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah says “No way!!! The Ninevites are enemies! They attack us all the time! I’m not going out of my way to share the word of the Lord with them! Forget it!”
So Jonah gets on a boat. And he travels westward across the Mediterranean Sea as far away from Nineveh as he can! But, then a storm begins to brew on the sea. The storm becomes so bad that the sailors are all praying to their gods – but Jonah is asleep in the inner part of the ship. Jonah finally gets thrown overboard. A great fish swallows Jonah and three days later, he spits him out right back where he started. I once heard a preacher say that it’s the only time a major fish ever swallowed a minor prophet! :)
Then in chapter three, God says “Let’s try this again. Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” And Jonah says “I think I better go this time!” And so, Jonah travels 600 miles to the city of Nineveh. And he says these words in chapter 3 verse 4, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the Ninevites could have said, “Right! That’s a real whale of a tale, Jonah!” They could have scoffed at him!
But instead, the message hits home! The Ninevites put on sackcloth as a sign of mourning. They declare a fast. The king says “I want everyone to pray to the Lord! I want everyone to repent of their sins! Who knows? Maybe God will change His mind.”
And that’s exactly what happens. We read in Jonah 3:10, “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he said that he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.” He had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.”
God’s compassion is for anyone who confesses and repents of their sins! All we have to do is confess our sins; turn from those sins and turn to God. “I’m sorry! I’m sorry for all the times I loved the things of this world more than I loved You! I regret all the days I didn’t pray to You because I was too busy. I’m sorry for my sins and I need your forgiveness! I need a Savior.”
If we sincerely pray that prayer, God will forgive us. How do I know that? Because 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Thank God that we worship a God of grace and mercy. Thank God that we have an opportunity to make things right with God! Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus Christ!
Kate Collins Middle School
Thanks to your donations we have funds to provide students in need at KCMS with snacks and food for the weekend, that they will receive on Friday afternoons. THANK YOU!
TONIGHT- We are meeting at the main entrance of Kate Collins Middle School at 7pm TONIGHT. Anyone interested is invited to take a walk through, for the purposes of considering this as a new venue for our church.
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, we will have a combined service with Church of the Brethren at 10:45am (note the time change!) in the main sanctuary upstairs, as COB hosts the WARM Shelter in the fellowship hall this week. Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Genuine Concern,” based on 2 Peter 3:1-7. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor, at 9:30am this week. We are now looking at Paul’s instruction for worship (chapters 11-14 of I Corinthians) as they relate to head covering, the Lord’s Supper and the gifts of the Spirit. Beginning on February 20th we will have an in-depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - Please help support the life-saving ministry of ComfortCare Women’s Health by filling a baby bottle with your spare change and/or a check. You may pick up bottles from Pat Layne. Bottles need to be returned to the church by Sunday, February 17th.
Beth Laughlin’s Memorial Service - The service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th at the Church of the Brethren in the main Sanctuary. Beth Laughlin’s caretaker, Carolyn Taylor, would be interested in serving as caretaker of a disabled family member in their home. She would prefer the Waynesboro area She would be available four hours per day.. Her phone number is (540) 943-0971.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.