In his study of Jonah 3:1-4, Chuck Swindoll teaches us about the riches of God's grace and abundance of mercy from that quaint phrase, “the Lord came to Jonah a second time.”
Our world desperately needs models worth following. Authentic heroes. People of integrity whose lives inspire us to take God seriously, to follow His Word obediently, to pursue Christ passionately.
Thankfully, the Bible places before us a spiritual "hall of fame"—raw, uncensored, gritty stories of men and women sometimes soaring, often stumbling, through the incredible life of faith. They wrestled with sin, experienced God's grace, struggled with weakness, and overcame by faith. Their inspiring biographies have been memorialized in Scripture, not simply because of their faith in God but because of God's faithfulness to them.
These great lives from God's Word not only provide realistic portraits for appreciation but also relevant principles for application.
Goliath was an enormous man. Measuring nine feet nine inches tall, he was, and still is, an intimidating presence. However, Goliath didn't intimidate David. The only giant he saw was God—he knew God would help him. What about the giants in your life? How do you handle them? Straight on like David, or do you avoid them, in the hopes someone else will fight them?
It’s been called “the common cold of the brain” because depression affects so many people. Even the great prophet Elijah wasn’t immune! Chuck Swindoll describes this dark season in Elijah’s life and God’s loving response.
When up against an intimidating enemy, the Bible reminds us that “the battle belongs to the Lord.” And while that’s certainly true, how do we replace our terror with triumph? Chuck Swindoll will answer that relevant question when he tells the familiar story of David and Goliath.
What Joseph’s brothers had intended as harm, God intended for good (Genesis 50:20)! Joseph’s life gives us hope that God can redeem our past, heal our wounds, and bring beauty from our ashes.
In his message, Chuck Swindoll encourages us that God never puts us through a test without a purpose. And when we release our treasures into God’s hands and trust Him with total abandonment, God will provide for us. His rewards surpass anything we could imagine!
King Solomon lived out his dreams. He enjoyed every pleasure the world had to offer, and it came up short. Solomon discovered living a life devoted to pleasure is meaningless.
Some people's lives are so noteworthy they become inspirational. The Bible is filled with accounts of such people, including two in the book of Philippians.
If God can take a disobedient prophet, turn him around, and set him on fire spiritually, He can do the same with you. He is a Specialist at making something useful and beautiful out of something broken and confused.
As we reach the end of our study of the book of Jonah, it's fitting that we really let it sink in. It's one thing to go through the book of Jonah but quite another to have that divine word go through us.