Have you ever blown it and wished you could just wave a wand or push a button and then have a “Do Over”? If you have, you’re not alone! All of us have dropped a ball or two and in my case I have probably dropped more balls than I have hung onto! The real question isn’t “will you blow it?” but “what will you do when you blow it?” While we serve a God who graciously gives “do overs”, there are some things we need to know and do if we are to learn from our failures and grow in our faith.
Join us this Sunday (4/23/17) as we begin a new series called Need A Do Over? (Hope For Those Who Have Blown It). In week one we will join Jonah as he drops a really big ball and tries to run from God’s Word and God’s will which -newsflash- is never a good idea! Pastor Jimmy and I will be team teaching through Jonah 1:1-16 and looking at three things we need to know to better listen and follow God’s directives. It’s going to be a great series filled with practical help and the kind of hope, help and “do overs” that imperfect people so desperately need.
In addition, if you’re kind of new to North Ridge and would like to hear a little more about us, feel free to drop by for our monthly Newcomer Social at noon on Sunday in the Forum. We’d love the chance to meet you, answer your questions and tell you about the cool things God is doing around this special place. (RSVP here for lunch) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Sure Do Love You,
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Jonah 1:1-3 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
Jonah 1:4-5 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
Jonah 1:6-11 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your God! Maybe He will take notice of us so that we will not perish.” Then the sailors … asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What kind of work do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.) The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
Jonah 1:12-13 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.
Jonah 1:14-16 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for You, Lord, have done as You pleased.” Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to Him.
Matthew 12:39-41 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.
Joshua 1:7-8 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous