Message Monday 09/07/14 – Jonah, The Reluctant Prophet

Chuck Foreman – Teaching Pastor

This morning I’m still feeling the impact of revisiting what has become not much more than a children’s Bible story to most of us, the story of Jonah. Although Jonah understood that God is “a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity,” (Jonah 4:2) Jonah never seemed to want to have those qualities in himself. In fact, he refused to act that way toward his own enemies and threw a fit when God didn’t punish the Ninevites as Jonah hoped he would.

I just received an email from a good friend who has just returned, on purpose, to one of the most dangerous, war torn, conflict ridden places on earth to show the love of Jesus to people on both sides of the conflict—Palestine.  (more…)