Easter Devotional (23 of 25) by Christopher Harbin

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NOTE: This sermon is part 45 and 46 of a 50 part devotional series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Forty-Fifth Day (45 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Hebrews 12:5-8

‘‘But you have forgotten that the Scriptures say to God’s children, ‘When the Lord punishes you, don’t make light of it, and when he corrects you, don’t be discouraged. The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own.’ Be patient when you are being corrected! This is how God treats all his children. Don’t all parents correct their children? God corrects all of his children, and if he doesn’t correct you, then you don’t really belong to him.’’ Hebrews 12:5-8

We all seek belonging. We want to belong to clubs, societies, churches, corporations, and other groups we deem important. We seek to be vital parts of our families and circles of friends. If we are not empowered with a sense of belonging, we may simply cut ourselves off from such circles to live in a self-constructed anonymity to assuage our sense of failure to belong.


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Forty-Sixth Day (46 of 50)
Series: Easter Devotional
Christopher Harbin
Jonah 1:5-7

‘‘The sailors were frightened, and they all started praying to their gods. They even threw the ship’s cargo overboard to make the ship lighter. All this time, Jonah was down below deck, sound asleep. The ship’s captain went to him and said, ‘How can you sleep at a time like this? Get up and pray to your God! Maybe he will have pity on us and keep us from drowning.’ Finally, the sailors got together and said, ‘Let’s ask our gods to show us who caused all this trouble.’ It turned out to be Jonah.’’ Jonah 1:5-7

Jonah did not seem to care much how his actions affected others. If the ship he was on sank with all the sailors, he was not concerned. Then again, that was the attitude that brought him on board the ship, anyway. He was unconcerned for Nineveh, unconcerned for the sailors, and too engrossed in his desire for revenge against his enemies to worry with any collateral damage that might result from his actions in fleeing God’s call to preach repentance in the city of Nineveh.
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