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You Can Run, but You Can't Hide (1 of 4)
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
March 25, 2001
1. Joe Louis was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 until he retired in 1949. He held the title longer than any other man. In 1946 Louis prepared to defend his title against a skilled fighter named Billy Conn. Louis was warned to watch out for Conn's great speed and his tactic of darting in to attack and then moving quickly out of his opponent's range. In a famous display of confidence, Louis replied, "He can run, but he can't hide." Louis did win the fight.
2. Spiritually speaking you can run. But you can't hide. God will pursue you and find you. It is not to pummel you but an evidence of His great love.
3. Jonah is a book about running. Jonah ran from God. Jonah ran to God. Jonah ran with God. Jonah runs into God.
4. You may be running from God.
5. Others need to run to God.
6. Others need to run with God.
7. For us all there is a lesson in the life of Jonah.
2. A SERVANT WHO RAN (1:1-3)
1. Introductory statement: You may be able to run fast. You may be able to run long distances. But if you are running the wrong way is it all in vain. One of the most memorable moments from the history of college football comes to us from the 1929 Rose Bowl. The California Golden Bears were playing the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech. They were in the second quarter of a scoreless tie. The Tech running back fumbled the ball and California player Roy Riegels scooped it up on Tech's 36 yard line. He lost his bearings and began running the wrong way. His teammate Benny Lom finally ran him down and bear hugged him. as a swarm of Yellow Jackets tackled him on the one-yard line. Riegels had run nearly 70 yards in the wrong direction! He sat on the ground in shock as his sympathetic teammates came over and consoled him. They had always looked up to him; in fact, before the game, they had voted him captain for the fol ...
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