It’s a warm, windy, and muggy final Sunday morning of November here in Homestead, and we are the church that meets at the movie theatre in the heart of the city. Catch one of our three services every Sunday morning. They start promptly with ‘Praise & Worship’ as we all sing to Him at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00. We also have a 6:00 PM service every Sunday night at our Plantation Key campus.
Pastor Paul led this morning’s services for the final time. He and his family will soon be on their way to a new Life in Tennessee as they continue their ministries there. Paul and his family may be leaving us physically, but they are still – and will always be – on God’s fantastic journey with us. I’ve personally learned a lot from Paul about God and His journey and purpose for me over the past 18 months. I’ve learned more from Paul than from anyone else. Paul has been a mentor for me. Paul has encouraged and inspired me to be less like the world and more like a Disciple of Jesus Christ.
But here on the journey one should never be comfortable. If you’re comfortable then you’re not growing. You’re not moving forward. You’re stagnant. You’re dying.
Jonah 3 – Jonah Goes To Nineveh (NLT, 2ND Ed.)
1 Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time:
2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”
3 This time Jonah obeyed the LORD’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.
4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed !”
5 The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.
6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes.
7 Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all.
8 People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence.
9 Who can tell ? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”
10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.