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How to Avoid a God-Centered Life

A highly respected prophet tells how he spent much of his life—running from the God he professed to serve. Here’s what the elderly Jonah writes, looking back on his life: “God knew how to deal with me in my rebellion. God knew how to deal with me in my anger. I ran from God, and he brought me back! You don’t have to spend the rest of your life running from God.” God knew how to turn Jonah around, and he can do the same for you!

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Resist God’s Call to Something New

“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. […]

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Refuse God’s Provision Through Someone Else

“Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up… 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?’ ‘Pick me up and throw me into […]

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Resign God’s Work in Light of Your Experience

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.’” Jonah 3:1 (NIV) The book of Jonah ends in an argument with God. I don’t think Jonah wrote the book in the middle of that argument. We can […]

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Resent God’s Providence in Ordering the World

“But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.” Jonah 4:1 (NIV) You would think that a man who had seen miracles of grace in his own life, and miracles of grace in his ministry would be full of praise and thanksgiving to God. But to our surprise we find something different. Remember Jonah was a mature […]

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Receive God’s Mercy and Withhold it From Others

“But the LORD said, ‘You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I […]

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Restrain God’s Praise on Account of Your Pain

“Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 (NIV) If you want to emphasize something that is really important, there are three ways of doing it: Put it at the beginning—that is what newspapers do. The headlines tell you the things that really matter. Put it at the end—so that it is the final thing you […]

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Reduce God’s Salvation by Crediting Your Response

“Salvation comes from the Lord.” Jonah 2:9 (NIV) Jonah is our case study for “How to Avoid a God-Centered Life,” teaching us that it is possible, even as a mature believer, to spend much of your time avoiding the God that you serve. We have been praying like this: “Lord, make me less like Jonah […]

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