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...for I know whom I
have beleived, and am persuaded that he is able
 to keep that which I
 have  committed unto
 him against that day.
2 Timothy 1:12

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Let your loins be girded
about, and your lights burning; Luke 12:35


I Just Keep...

...Trusting My Lord


Then shall we know,
if we follow on to
know the LORD: his
going forth is prepared
as the morning; and he 
shall come unto us as
the rain, as the latter
and former rain unto
the earth. Hosea 6:3















Oh that men would praise the LORD
for his goodness, and for his wonderful
works to the children of men!

Psalm 107:8

 Fall picture near Killarney

Let us bless God for the eyes
 with which we behold the sun,
 for the health and strength to
walk abroad, for the bread we
 eat, for the raiment we wear...

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy
right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not ;
I will help thee.  Isaiah 41:13

The reluctant Missionary

A Hebrew prophet, son of Amittai
who is sent by God to prophesy
the destruction of Nineveh for their
wickedness. Jonah tries to escape
the divine mission and leaves on a
ship to Tarshish.

Jonah flees to Tarshish

But the LORD sent out a great wind
into the sea, and there was a mighty
tempest in the sea, so that the ship
was like to be broken...

So they took up Jonah, once the
mariners realized Jonah was afraid
of his God and was the cause of their
dilemma, they cast him forth into the sea; 
 and it ceased from her raging.

Now the LORD had prepared a great
fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah
was in the belly of  the fish three days
and three nights.

Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD 
God out of the fish's belly,
the belly of hell he cried...
When my soul fainted within me I
remembered the LORD: and my
prayer came in unto thee, into thine
holy temple.

Jonah cast forth from the fish

And the Lord spake unto the fish,
and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
 Salvation is from the LORD.

And the word of the LORD came
unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great
city, and preach unto it the preaching
 that I bid thee. He did as the LORD
Jonah 3:1
Jonah preaching in Nineveh
So the people of Nineveh repented
 and believed God and called unto him.
God repented of the evil, that
 he had said that he would do ...
Salvation is from the LORD.

But it displeased Jonah for he was
bigoted and selfish and complained
 to the LORD.  Jonah 4:2,3
Divine mercy and rebuke of
the prophet...

The peril of running away from duty.
The temptation to selfish patriotism
and religious bigotry.
The divine employment of imperfect
as channels of truth.
The wideness of God's mercy...

Jonah part II

 Jonah waiting for Nineveh's Destruction

Why was Jonah displeased the
 Ninevites repented?

There are several possible reasons for
Jonah's desire to see Nineveh destroyed.
 First, Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria,
a ruthless and warlike people who were
 enemies of Israel. Ninevehís destruction
would have been seen as a victory for Israel.
 Second, Jonah probably wanted to see
 Ninevehís downfall to satisfy his own sense
 of justice. After all, Nineveh deserved
Godís judgment. Third, Godís withholding
 of judgment from Nineveh could have made
Jonahís words appear illegitimate, since
 he had predicted the cityís destruction.

What lesson did God want to teach Jonah
in the story of the gourd and the worm?

But the Lord is also working with Jonah
 trying to get him to see the value of
 every soul, not just the Israelites. That
is where the Gourd and the Worm come in. 
Jonah is depressed and miserable due
 the the fact that the city would not be destroyed.
  He had prophesied doom and destruction
 in the name of the Lord, but due
 to repentance it wasnít going to happen.
Jonah is angry, so the Lord
 tried to teach him. The Lord provided a
 gourd or plant that protected Jonah. 
The next day he sent in a worm which
 destroyed the gourd leaving Jonah
open to the elements. When Jonah adds
 that to his list of complaints the Lord

 uses it as a teaching moment.

The Lord said "Doest thou well to be angry ?
Jonah 4:4
Do I well to be angry at the mercy of God
 to repenting sinners ?That was Jonah's crime.
Let the conversion of sinners, which is the joy
of heaven, be our joy, and never our grief.
We can ask ourselves: Do I well to be so soon
 angry, so long angy and to give others ill
 language in my anger.
(Matthew Henry).

The Lords states that Jonah mourns the
loss of the Gourd which came up in a day
and was lost in a dayĖa nothing and trivial thing.
 Yet the city of Nineveh had sixscore thousand
 people (Jonah 4:11) who didnít know any better
 and Jonah thinks their preservation is a bad thing?
 By so doing, the Lord is showing Jonah that
 his priorities are a not appropriate.

Tought a lesson of the breadth of the Divine Love.

We do well to be angry at sin, because of the
wrong which it commits against our good and
gracious God; or with ourselves because we
remain so foolish after so much divine instruction
or with others when the sole cause of anger is the
evil which they do. He who is not angry becomes a
partaker in it. Far more frequently it is to be
feared that our anger is not commendable
or even justifiable, and then we must answer, "No"
why should we be fretful with children, passionate
with servants, and wrathfull with companions?
Is such anger honourable to our Christian
profession, of glorifying to God? Is it not the old
evil heart seeking to gain dominion, and should
 we not resist it with all the might of our newforn nature?
Many professors give way to temper as though
 it were useless to attempt resistance; but let the
believer remember that he must be a conqueror in
 every point, or else he cannot be crowned.
(Charles Spurgeon).



Wonderful love that rescued me, sunk deep in sin,
Guilty and vile as I could beóno hope within;
When every ray of light had fled, O glorious day!
Raising my soul from out the dead, love found a way.
Love found a way, to redeem my soul,
Love found a way, that could make me whole.
Love sent my Lord to the cross of shame,
Love found a way, O praise His holy name!
Love brought my Savior here to die on Calvary,
For such a sinful wretch as I, how can it be?
Love bridged the gulf ítwixt me and Heavín, taught me to pray,
I am redeemed, set free, forgivín, love found a way.
Love opened wide the gates of light to Heavínís domain,
Where in eternal power and might Jesus shall reign.
Love lifted me from depths of woe to endless day,
There was no help in earth below; love found a way.

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Contentment in God's Care

Better is little with the fear of the LORD
than great treasure and trouble therewith.
 Proverbs 15:16   

  And God is able to make all grace abound toward
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all
may abound to every good work: 

2 Corinthians 9:8  

But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
 Philippians 4:19 

 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding
abundantly above all that we ask or think, 
according to the power that worketh in us,
 Ephesians 3:20

Small Lighthouse near Gravenhurst

  What a friend we have in Jesus

   1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
      All our sins and griefs to bear!
      What a privilege to carry
      Everything to God in prayer!
      Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
      Oh, what needless pain we bear,
      All because we do not carry
      Everything to God in prayer!

   2. Have we trials and temptations?
      Is there trouble anywhere?
      We should never be discouraged
      Take it to the Lord in prayer.
      Can we find a friend so faithful,
      Who will all our sorrows share?
      Jesus knows our every weakness;
      Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
      Cumbered with a load of care?
      Precious Savior, still our refuge
      Take it to the Lord in prayer.
      Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
      Take it to the Lord in prayer!
      In His arms Heíll take and shield thee,
      Thou wilt find a solace there.

   4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
      Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
      May we ever, Lord, be bringing
      All to Thee in earnest prayer.
      Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
      There will be no need for prayer
      Rapture, praise, and endless worship
      Will be our sweet portion there.

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For God, who commanded the light to shine out
of darkness, hath shined in our hearts,
 to give the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

light in the sky

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Aword fitly spoken is
like apples of gold in
pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11




Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. Proverbs 17:1


Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
 Proverbs 27:1

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Trust in the LORD
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all
thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct
thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5,6