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ARE YOU SURE YOU MEAN NINEVEH, LORD?

13 Mar

ARE YOU SURE YOU MEAN NINEVEH, LORD?
Jonah #1

By Don Krause

INTRODUCTION (Christology?)
Admitting we were wrong, that is hard enough. Saving face is a huge issue for some of us. Admitting we were wrong and then writing about it for the entire world and all of history to read what spiritual dunces we were, that takes major gumption.
I look back at my blockheadness when I served as associate pastor in Cranbrook, Canada. I did not want to be an associate pastor; I should be a lead pastor, te pastor in charge. Hadn’t God given me leadership gifts? So what was I doing as an associate? I think thee time I became so frustrated in that position where I could not change anything, I sent out letters to superintendents to let them know I was available for a leading pastor position. I never had peace and withdrew them each time, but contiued my ministry there a little grudgingly. Surely God knew how talented I was. Only after our leading pastor resigned and the church asked me to stay, did I understand God’s plan for me. That can and was embarrassing. I was not trusting the Lord like I should have.
That is the story of Jonah. After he makes a terrible mess of his calling of God to Nineveh, he writes his story. This series of four sermons, I pray, will extract some of the lessons for us..
This man, Jonah, prophesied in Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II, probably around 785 – 750 BC. During this time Assyrians, whose capital city was Nineveh, became aggressive and a pain in Israel’s backside. They viewed each other as enemies.
It is a short little book but is pregnant with lessons about God and about people.
You can read the book of Jonah in fifteen minutes. Here is my request of you as your pastor: read through this book in one sitting at least once each of the next four weeks. (PRAYER)

I GOD’S CALL (Read 1,2)
This will not be the first time Jonah had a word from the Lord. Prophecy involves a direct message from God, and Jonah will have prophesied many times. God called him for a reason. I think we can say he was experienced and must have had a successful track record. God gave this man a gift and now God had a special assignment for Jonah- probably the first call to go outside of Israel. Maybe that fact raised Jonah’s response.
The Holy Spirit places in each of us gifts God wants us to use to advance His Kingdom. You can check out some of the gifs in Romans 12 and I Corinthians 12,13,14. With those gifts come callings; God setts before you situations to use you gifts. The Christian’s life becomes an exciting journey when we open ourselves to using those gifts. Sometimes He may ask you to go to a place like Bali (us); sometimes next door to the neighbor, a teacher in a secular school, a writer, a yard man. None is more important.
We see an attribute of God in this story, too. Jesus teaches us to love our enemies. Here God manifests His love and compassion even for the enemies of His people. God does not destroy people on whim, or out of prejudice. He is not willing that any should perish.
God sees the wickedness of the Ninevites, but gives them a chance to change.

II JONAH’S RESPONSE (3)
Why? Why would Jonah refuse God’s call? 1) Hadn’t had a holiday for a long time. 2) He was afraid of the Ninevites- a warlike, cruel people. 3) Had arthritis and riding camel for hundreds of miles (show where) would be too hard on his body. 4) Knew that if he went far enough West, he had to get to Nineveh. 5) He had a cultural prejudice against these backward people. 6) He liked the scenery along the Mediterranean better than the desert. Whatever the reason or excuse, Jonah blatantly went against God’s call.
“He ran away,” “to flee from the Lord.”
Which direction are our lives pointed right now? Check your spiritual compass. Are you moving to Nineveh? (Tell story of Bill Bohaychuck) OR are you heading to Joppa and maybe already on the boat to Tarshish? What is your true calling?
The Bible calls willful rejection of God’s call, rebellion, and Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.” I Samuel 15:23

III GOD’S PERSUASIVE RESOURCES (4 Read)
Since God is everywhere, Jonah and we, cannot run away from Him. Not only does God know where we are, He can bring circumstances to bear on us rebellious ones that bring us to our senses. Here, first he whips up a fierce storm., so violent these hardened, experienced sailors went into panic mode, because they were sure the ship would break up. They threw cargo overboard, and they began to yell out to their gods to save them.
No matter where we are, God is there. Distance is no factor. Darkness is no factor. Crowds or traffic won’t stop Him,_______________, ______________,____________
A poem was written in called “The Hound of Heaven.”
In “The Hound of Heaven,” the narrator knows that he is pursued by God. He tries to
ignore God, avoid God, substitute other things for God. He revels in his youth, he
immerses himself in nature, he rejoices in his independence, he can do it all without God,
he’s sure, and yet God is always there, nipping at his heels, running him down, the “hound
of heaven,” because God knows, sooner or later, down deep, God is what we are after,
and what God provides, nothing else can.
God never forces us, but He might apply some persuasion.

IV GOD USES PEOPLE LIKE THE SAILORS (5-16)
How could Jonah sleep when this storm tosses the ship around and there is desperation and panic all around him? And, besides, he has just intentionally defied God. Almost sounds like he lacks a conscience.
The sailors begin to wonder maybe the stranger is somehow connected with this freak storm. They wake him, and prod him with questions. During this time, suddenly Jonah’s gift shows up. He says I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.
Oh, Oh. The one who made the sea? Jonah’s God must be mad about something, likely what the sailors are thinking. They question Jonah further and ask for his solution. And Jonah says, If you want to get rid of this storm, you’ll have to get rid of me. There is no other way, you can’t stop off at an island in this hurricane, you’ll have to dump me overboard. It wasn’t the cargo you needed to unload, it was me.
The waves grow larger, heaving the ship, they splash over the sides, the huge planks of the ship groan and creak, threatening to splinter and crack. The sailors do no want to antagonize Jonah’s God further, by throwing him over for the sharks. They try to row against the storm, but without any success. In fact, the storm stirs up even larger waves. They reluctantly throw the stranger overboard, even praying to Jonah’s God to forgive them. (Pretty decent bunch of sailors, don’t you think? Seem a better lot than Jonah, supposedly the man of God) What a brief testimony can sometimes do to connect unbelievers with God & Jesus? We never know. All the while, the sailors become God’s instruments for God to fulfill His original purpose to take “The word” to Nineveh. How persistent, resourceful, compassionate are God’s ways!

V THE GREAT FISH
I thought of another title for this sermon: “Let Me Have My Way, or Let Me Die.”
As far as I can tell, the sailors did not lower Jonah onto a rubber dinghy. We don’t read that they gave him three lifejackets, either. He left the deck of that ship flying through the air with only the clothes on his back. How much time did God have to provide this great fish. How long could Jonah stay afloat before bubbling to the bottom of the Med. Sea? Not much. Up comes a great fish, another intervention by God, and swallows this rebellious, self-willed prophet whole. And there, in the stomach, Jonah competes with what other things for oxygen for three days? My Dad brought home a 20lb. pike (fish) one day and it had entire mudhen in its stomach.
What would you ask Jonah if you could? Jonah? You like this better than riding the camel a few hundred miles? Think it over, my dear prophet. You’re getting a unique ride, true, but maybe you won’t get to Tarshish. And how’s the scenery? The windows- they’re a little steamed up, I’d say. But never mind, it’s all free.

CONCLUSION

God’s call for us may be hard to understand, it may frighten us, or show up our prejudices, or we may feel quite unqualified. Can you name one person in the Bible when he/she is called enthusiastically, jumps at it?
God’s call often cuts across our own preferences, dreams, biases, and hopes. We squirm, we argue, we rebel. But His ways are always the best possible way. Do you really want to go against the ways of a God who can bring all kinds of obstacles into your path? You will be most successful if you follow His call. You will be happiest if you follow His call. Learn from Jonah, that rebellion leads to unhappy endings.

Nineveh? How about Tarshish, Lord? OR I’m scared but I’ll trust You
Bali? How about Canada, Lord? OR I don’t know the Bahasa, but you can love
Africa? How about Hawaii, Lord? OR You’ll have remove fear of snakes, God

from Sermon of Ps Don Krause at KICC Bali

I Will Lift My Eyes

13 Mar

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

“Pray always,” Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Prayer should be part of our daily life, for it gives us the opportunity for offering thanks and for staying in communication with the Father.

Prayer also gives us the opportunity to come to Him with our requests. The Father promises, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which though knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Let’s pray together:

Father God, I raise my voice to you and look up. Wash and cleanse me in Your blood and remove all my sin. You are my sun and shield. You bring grace and glory. You have not withheld any good thing from me and I commit to walk uprightly before You (Psalm 84:11). Look upon my life and bring healing to me today. You are my righteousness and strength. I will look unto You my Savior and always glorify Your name.

Healing: A Heavenly Grace

13 Mar

By Andrew Murray

When the psalmist called upon all that was within him to bless the Lord, he cried, “Bless the Lord,… who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases” (Ps. 103:2-3). When Isaiah foretold the deliverance of his people, he added, “The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isa. 33:24).

This prediction was accomplished beyond all anticipation when Jesus the Redeemer came down to this earth. How numerous were the healings brought about by Him who had come to establish on earth the kingdom of heaven!

By His own acts and afterward by the commands that He left for His disciples, He showed us clearly that the preaching of the Gospel and the healing of the sick went together in the salvation that He came to bring.

Both are given as evidence of His mission as the Messiah: “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk… and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matt. 11:5).

Jesus, who took upon Himself the soul and body of man, delivers both in equal measure from the consequences of sin.

ANNOINTED TO THE NEXT LEVEL

24 Feb

by Alfian N. F. Palar
Palar International

Bible Reading: ACTS 17: 16 – 34

I. Who is in the market place?
A. Business
B. Entertainment
C. Trade
D. Art
E. Government
F. Sport, etc.

II. Why we should reach the market place?
Market place is place for people to dispute one to another about many things. Place for community to interaction; place to trading, buying, and selling goods, etc. In market place, many people do not know about Jesus. (Vs. 18)

III. Anointed to Next Level
A. Vision From God
Vision will guide your life to getting your purpose in the future. Vision will fulfill when you keep strong in God. The word of God makes vision clearly for our path, calling, and destiny in this world. (Vs. 16).
B. Holiness Life
Holiness is our life style (John 17: 17 – 19). Holiness life will bring us to a as a great and marvelous life in Jesus Christ.
C. The Next Level
1. Church
Church is place to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
2. Market Place
After all we prepared and ready. God want us to reach the unreached people group outside the church. We do not just stay in four wall of Church, but go to out side of the Church. Not all of you become a pastor, evangelist or etc. at the Church. You must back to your works in the market place. And become a witness of Christ at your works place. Why we should be witness on market place? Because many people there need Jesus; they’re hungry and thirsty to the Righteousness. They were harassed and helpless.
3. Absolute Ruler / Highest Role
Some people, they’re chosen to go to highest place in the Government. Think what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. (Vs. 22)

IV. What people in Athens done at Mars Hill (Aeropaguse)?
A. Reading about the new things
B. Telling about a new things
C. Listening about a new things

V. The Truth about Jesus Christ ( Unknown God )
A. God is the creator of the universe – Ac 17:24
1. Acknowledging their religious devotion, he made mention of one altar in particular – Ac 17:22-23a
a. An altar with the inscription: “To The Unknown God”
b. So devout, they sought to worship a god they did not know
2. He used this as an opportunity to preach concerning the True God they did not know! – Ac 17:23b
B. God is the sustainer of life – Ac 17:25
1. He gives to all life their breath and what they need – cf. Jm 1:17
2. Therefore God is not worshipped as though He needs it
3.
C. God is the ruler of all the nations – Ac 17:26-27
1. He has created every nation and determined their rise and fall – Dan 2:20-21; 4:17
2. Everything is designed to prompt men to seek God, who is not far from any of us
D. God is the Father of mankind – Ac 17:28-29
1. From God we come; and in Him we live, move, and have our very being
2. Therefore we should not think that God is like any idol ofgold, silver or stone
E. God is the Judge of the world – Ac 17:30-31
1. What ignorance He may have overlooked in the past, such is no longer the case
2. He now commands all men everywhere to repent
3. Why? Because of the coming Judgment, in which…
a. God will judge the world in righteousness
b. God will judge the world through Jesus Christ – Jn 5:22,26-27; 12:48
4. As proof such will occur, God raised Jesus from the dead — These five points are from John Stott’s book, The Spirit, The Church, And The World

Mission Journey 2011

11 Feb

Please pray for our mission journey 2011….

We’ll conduct a program “Hope Of Nation” 2011. It’s plan on midst of year 2011.

On this mission journey, we will going to West Kalimantan, Malasya, Singepore and Thailand, to encourage the Unreach People Group, empowering and training leaders, also go to orpanage with children of outcast.


After ten years of ministry (almost in exclusively) in Indonesia, we are now setting our sights on other parts of the world. Next 5 month we will return to West Kalimantans after nearly three years. We are confident that a huge harvest is waiting to be reaped there and we need your help to go. Please continue to support us with your prayers and finances…we depend on you.

Dear partner, please intercede for us throughout this year. The work happening here is a matter of life and death for multitudes of people. We are co-laborers together with you and whether your calling is to pray, to pay or to preach, each one of us is a vital link in the chain of God’s purposes. Thank you for your partnership.

More to come…

Together in the Harvest,

Alfian P

DONT LOSE HOPE

4 May

DONT LOSE HOPE

“I HAVE SURELY SEE THE AFFLICTION OF MY PEOPLE EXODUS 3:7, GOD HAS SEEN ALL WHAT YOU ARE PASSING THROUGH, HE KNOWS ABOUT THEM ALL, GOD HAS NOT LEFT YOU. HE IS STILL WITH YOU AND WILLING TO HELP YOU. EVERY PROBLEM HAS AN EXPIRE TIME. GOD ASKED ME TO TELL YOU THAT IT WONT BE LONG. JUST IN A LITTLE WHILE YOU SHALL TESTIFY. YOU ARE VERY CLOSE TO THAT TESTIMONY. DONT LOSE YOUR FAITH. HE KNOW THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY. HE IS ALREADY IN YOUR SINKING BOAT AND HE IS AWAKEN TO TELL THE STORM TO CEASE. BE EXPECTANT AND YOU SEASON HAS COME. DONT LOSE HOPE”

This massage i got from pastor from Africa. Wow… It’s wonderful has friend in Christ who encourage us in every area of our life. God sent to us, His servant to blessed people’s around the world.

HOW TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

12 Dec

How TO Preach The Gospel

by Rev.  Charles G. Finney

TEXT. –He that winneth souls is wise. –PROVERBS xi. 30.

ONE of the last remarks in my last lecture, was this, that the text ascribes conversion to men. Winning souls is converting men. This evening I design to show,

I. That several passages of Scripture ascribe conversion to men.

II. That this is consistent with other passages which ascribe conversion to God.

III. I purpose to discuss several further particulars which are deemed important, in regard to the preaching of the Gospel, and which show that great practical wisdom is necessary to win souls to Christ. Continue reading

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