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FAST OF NINAVEH BEGINS—REPENTANCE Jonah 1:1-17 V 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
One of my friends was addicted to drinking. One day we persuade him to attend a revival prayer meeting. Prayer meeting last 5 days and my friend came back with promise not to drink again. But his promise last only a few days. After few more days we see him the old way, he said he cannot control himself. St. Luke 9:62 says true repentance does not regret in doing away with old life style, but false repentance does. Constant struggle is expected in the life of a believer (Gal: 5:17). Do not forget even Jesus was tempted (even after his fasting prayer for 40 days). God loves the company of repenting sinners who select righteousness, God’s ways, rejecting evil, non-godly ways. (Luke: 15:7) In this story two sets of people are repenting. First the people of Nineveh. In the second set only one person Jonah, the prophet of God. Repentance has two parts, first admit the guilt, the wrong thing one is doing. In verse 12 Jonah is saying throw me to the rough sea, because I am the reason for the sea to be tempestuous. So Jonah is doing the first part of the repentance. This is the tough part in real confession. Confession to God is very important inside or outside church setting. In the church, Confession/Repentance is a sacrament which everyone must participate before participate in the sacrament ‘Qurbana’. Repenting implies that one is not to do the old wrong things again. Practically this is what it differentiate a real confession from a false confession. Second part of confession is requesting God almighty to pardon the wrong that one did (sin). God pardon the sins of a repenting sinner (Jeremiah 33:8). Once God pardon our sins we have abundant life in God (Psalm 103:8-12).
PRAYER O Lord our Heavenly Father, forgive our wrong doings and take us back as a prodigal son, in the name of your son Jesus Christ Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. -Billy Graham.
Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand! In this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resur
Revelation for Liberation Acts 27:18-26 Sherine Thomas Long Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. “After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed. It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to tell a child as to why they’ve been a
PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his people. Two important things