by Kerry Shook

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I Shouldn't Be Alive (2 of 3)
Series: It's Personal: Doing Life with God
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Jonah 2:1-2 (NIV)

• Darkness

"You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all Your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, 'I have been banished from Your sight….'" (Vs. 3-4)

• Desperation

"The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head." (Vs. 5)

• Death

"To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath me barred me in forever." (Vs. 6)



How many of you have seen the television show I Shouldn't Be Alive raise your hand. Yea, our family loves that show. It used to be our favorite show until Swamp People came along. Yea, how many of you watch that spiritually edifying show Swamp People? Did it bless you? Yea, I love it. I mean it follows the real lives of people who are trying to make a living in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. How can you not love a show where they are speaking English but they have to subtitle it so the viewer can understand it? I mean that is awesome. Any way back to I Shouldn't Be Alive. It is a show that does a retelling and reenactments of actual incidents where people get into these harrowing situations and they almost die but then God rescues them at the last moment. It is really God, they don't know it. God gives them another chance at life. There is always this common theme though that runs through every one of the episodes. At first, the person usually makes several bad decisions that get them into this terrible place and secondary hypothermia always starts to kick in and thirdly, they almost get rescued two or three times before their hopes are dashed and then they come to the place where they think I am not going to make it and then with two minutes left in the show they always get rescued because they shouldn't be alive. I saw one episode where a guy survived a plane crash in the mountains and then he crawls out of the mountains looking for help and a rescue helicopter sees him and picks him up and then the rescue helicopter crashes and the guy survives that. And you thought you had a bad week? Hey we are going to look at a guy in the Old Testament today that could have been featured in I Shouldn't Be Alive. His name was Jonah. We have all heard the story of Jonah and the whale but did you realize the Bible never says that a whale swallowed Jonah. The Bible calls it a great fish. In fact, the words great fish are mentioned four times in the Book of Jonah which leads some scholars to speculate that maybe it was a whale shark that swallowed Jonah and not a mammal at all. That would be like I Shouldn't Be Alive meets Shark Week. How awesome would that be?
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