Archives for August 2017

Adam’s Devotional- August 31 – September 6, 2017

From Adam

When is the last time you changed your mind about something? When is the last time you changed your mind about someone? Maybe you made some assumptions about someone that turned out to be wrong.  When is the last time that somebody changed their mind about you? In the story of Jonah we read that God changed God’s mind.  God had decided to punish the people of Nineveh, but when they listened to Jonah, God’s mind changed.  If God’s mind can change about the Ninevites, who can your mind change about?  Who are the people in your life that you have judged?  Who are the people God could be calling you to forgive or to give a second chance?  God calls Jonah, and God calls us to be able to change our minds about people that we have rightly or wrongly judged.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional- August 24-30, 2017

From Adam

Pets wearing clothes. We’ve all seen it.  Penguins wearing sweaters, cats wearing boots, and corgis dressed for a black tie event are hilarious.  It’s funny because it’s absurd, and it’s been funny for a long time.  Even all the way back in the book of Jonah, people were dressing up their animals.  When the Ninevites repented, they put on the ceremonial cloths of repentance called sackcloth which we call it burlap.  Something about wearing really irritating scratchy clothes symbolized repentance.  Glad we don’t do that anymore.  But the people were not the only ones to put on the sackcloth;  they dressed all their animals up in the repentant garb as well. Imagine cows, goats, chickens all wearing the clothing of repentance.  It’s pretty funny, weird, and ridiculous.  Have you ever thought about the Bible being funny?  Have you ever thought about God having a sense of humor?  When’s the last time you and God shared a good laugh? We know God is with us when we cry, but God is also with us in our laughter.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 17-23, 2017

From Adam

God does not need us to be perfect.  God does not need us to earn God’s call.  God calls us even though we aren’t put together and even though we don’t have it all figured out.  Just look at Jonah.  God keeps calling him even after he ran away.  If that doesn’t disqualify you, what does? Then when Jonah finally does what God wants by going to Nineveh he doesn’t even finish the job.  Nineveh is a three day walk and he only goes one day.  He did ⅓ of what he was called to do.  The great news is that God receives our meager attempts at faithfulness and even our deliberate disobedience and he works with us.  What excuses do you make to not be a part of what God is up to?  In what ways do you run the other way?  How have you responded to God’s call by just giving a half hearted effort?  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 10-16, 2017

From Adam

“Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.”  Don’t you just love it when the Bible uses the word spewed? Jonah may be the only person to receive salvation by spewing. #salvationbyspewing.  The first thing that happens to Jonah when he’s lying there on the sand, freshly freed from the digestive juices of the fish’s belly, is God’s call.  God wastes no time in calling Jonah again to go to Nineveh. Jonah has been pretty clear that this is something he does not want to do and has given God plenty of reasons to give up on him, but God calls Jonah again anyway.  Do you think that you’ve given God good reason not to call you?  God’s calling you anyway.  Do you think you’ve given God good reason not to save you?  You’ve been spewed and saved anyway.  What is it that God is calling you to do with the gift of your life? Do you really not want to do it? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

Adam’s Devotional – August 3-9, 2017

From Adam

So Jonah is sitting in the belly of a big fish for 3 days and 3 nights.  From the very beginning of the story until now Jonah has not said one word to God.  Then, in that big fish’s belly, Jonah stops running, he breaks his silence, and he prays to God.  In the prayer, he remembers who God is, what God is like, and his despair is replaced by grateful worship.  The more time we spend away from God, the more we forget about who God is and who we are.  When Jonah returns to God in prayer, he remembers God’s love and calling.  When is the last time you talked to God?  What have you forgotten about God’s love and presence?  What would it take for you break the silence between you and God and pray? God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.  

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