Running in the Wrong Direction (1 of 5) by Ernest Easley

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Running in the Wrong Direction (1 of 5)
Ernest Easley
Jonah 1.1-3
April 15, 2007

This morning I want to introduce you to a man whose life story is very similar to yours and mine. He had many struggles. Anybody here ever had a struggle? That looks like most of us here.
When God clearly told him what he needed to do ... rather than obeying God's word, he disobeyed God's word. Anybody here like that?
And then .. this man repented after God got his attention and God gave him a second chance. Anybody here today ever received a second chance from God?
You say .. Pastor .. who is this man? Well .. his name is Jonah and his story is found in the Old Testament book named after him: Jonah. So take your Bible and join me in the OT book of Jonah. In fact .. not only this morning .. but for the next several Sunday mornings .. from the book of Jonah .. we're going to be thinking under the heading: LIFE ON THE RUN.
Now when most people think about the book of Jonah .. what is the first thing that comes to mind? A big fish! But did you know that there are only 3 verses in these 4 chapters that deal with a big fish.
Jonah's story is not primarily about a big fish .. it's about his struggles .. his disobedience to God's Word .. his prayer life. It's about the story of a man whom God gave a second chance too!
And this morning .. if you need a second chance from God .. then this book is for you! And today if you don't need a second chance from God ... this book is for you too because the odds are .. before this week is over .. you too will need a second chance from God!
Now before we begin reading in chapter 1 ... whenever you mention the story of Jonah .. there seems to always be a cynic that raises the question: do you believe the story of Jonah is literal or figurative? Is it Fact of Fiction?
Well .. let me ask you a question. Do you believe Jesus was literally raised from the grave or figuratively raised from the grave? ...

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