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Series 09 - BeyondYesterday, I was back in the saddle after a week off for the Wichita Marathon.  My body feels normal again…then again, I'm not really running yet.  Special thanks to Pastor Brian Gann who did a great job on the topic of "Crying Out to God" in Jonah 2.  As always, you can check out the audio or video at VisitGraceChurch.com.

Yesterday's topic was "Turning to God" from Jonah 3.  We picked up the story of Jonah right after he gets vomited expectorated "ejected" onto the shore by the sea creature.

Hmmm…  What could we say about yesterday…?

  • Object - Ambergris Mmmmm…Ambergris
    — I got to teach people about "ambergris"…literally, "sperm whale vomit."  If the mystery sea creature was a sperm whale, then Jonah
    probably was covered with the stuff.  When it's wet, it's
    slimy, light-colored & smells like fecal matter.  When it dries, it darkens up & doesn't smell much better.
  • Mmmmm…Ambergris & Eggs — You're probably going to have read this to believe it.  But some people prepare a gourmet dish of ambergris with eggs.  Mmmmm…  Let's just say that it has a "unique" flavor.
  • Acts 1:8
    — It's been a couple weeks since I mentioned this verse.  Where has the time gone???  Love it…learn it…live it: "But you shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
  • The Number 40 — I didn't have the time to comment on it, but did you notice that Jonah's message to the Ninevites was that they had "40 days" until judgment?  40 is the "number of testing" in the Bible.
    1. God tested the world with 40 days of rain (Genesis 7:4)
    2. God tested the spies with 40 days of searching (Numbers 13:25)
    3. God tested Ninevah 40 days until judgment (Jonah 3:4)
    4. Satan tested Jesus after 40 days of fasting (Matthew 4:2)
    5. People tested Jesus' resurrection thru 40 days of proofs (Acts 1:3)
  • People - Golum Object - Easy Button The EASY way, or the HARD way — I think we ALL — just like Jonah — have our shot at living life the easy way, or the hard way.  If Jonah had just pressed "The Easy Button" he would have ended up looking like some angry, hairless, Golum-like, street preacher…
  • The RIGHT Way to Dress Fifi — It's that time of year where some people like dressing up their pets in ridiculous costumes. But I say the only thing you should dress your pet in is "sackcloth" like Jonah 3:8.  🙂

Animal - Dog in Clothes 2Animal - Dog in Clothes 1

FYI, Wednesday night (6:45-8:00 pm), we continue our "Navigating your Journey" series with a talk on "Contribution" from Numbers 7-8.   Saw some AMAZING things I'm ready to share with everyone as I studied it out Saturday!

Then next Sunday, we'll talk about those times we find ourselves "Wrestling with God" from Jonah 4.  A moment EVERYONE who follows God can relate to.