Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of  Are you a Fence Walker or Fire Caller?
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Psalm 16:11 and John 11:25-26

Week 22: Day 1

This week’s sermon, Are you a Fence Walker or Fire Caller?, with Robby Gallaty, focuses on 1 Kings 18: 20-39.  We have divided this sermon into three parts for you to watch throughout this week (Days 1, 3, and 5). Please watch the first part today.

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Jonah 1-2

1:1 The Lord’s message came to Jonah son of Amittai, 2“Go immediately to Nineveh, that large capital city, and announce judgment against its people because their wickedness has come to my attention.” 3Instead, Jonah immediately headed off to Tarshish to escape from the commission of the Lord. He traveled to Joppa and found a merchant ship heading to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went aboard it to go with them to Tarshish, far away from the Lord. 4But the Lord hurled a powerful wind on the sea. Such a violent tempest arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break up! 5The sailors were so afraid that each cried out to his own god and they flung the ship’s cargo overboard to make the ship lighter. Jonah, meanwhile, had gone down into the hold below deck, had lain down, and was sound asleep. 6The ship’s captain approached him and said, “What are you doing asleep? Get up! Cry out to your god! Perhaps your god might take notice of us so that we might not die!” 7The sailors said to one another, “Come on, let’s cast lots to find out whose fault it is that this disaster has overtaken us.” So they cast lots, and Jonah was singled out. 8They said to him, “Tell us, whose fault is it that this disaster has overtaken us? What’s your occupation? Where do you come from? What’s your country? And who are your people?” 9He said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10Hearing this, the men became even more afraid and said to him, “What have you done?” (The men said this because they knew that he was trying to escape from the Lord, because he had previously told them.) 11Because the storm was growing worse and worse, they said to him, “What should we do to you so that the sea will calm down for us?” 12He said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea so that the sea will calm down for you, because I know it’s my fault you are in this severe storm.” 13Instead, they tried to row back to land, but they were not able to do so because the storm kept growing worse and worse. 14So they cried out to the Lord, “Oh, please, Lord, don’t let us die on account of this man! Don’t hold us guilty of shedding innocent blood. After all, you, Lord, have done just as you pleased.” 15So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped raging. 16The men feared the Lord greatly and earnestly vowed to offer lavish sacrifices to the Lord. 17(2:1) The Lord sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights. 2:1 Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish 2and said, “I called out to the Lord from my distress, and he answered me; from the belly of Sheol I cried out for help, and you heard my prayer. 3You threw me into the deep waters, into the middle of the sea; the ocean current engulfed me; all the mighty waves you sent swept over me. 4I thought I had been banished from your sight and that I would never again see your holy temple. 5Water engulfed me up to my neck; the deep ocean surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6I went down to the very bottoms of the mountains; the gates of the netherworld barred me in forever, but you brought me up from the Pit, O Lord, my God. 7When my life was ebbing away, I called out to the Lord. And my prayer came to you, to your holy temple. 8Those who worship worthless idols forfeit the mercy that could be theirs. 9But as for me, I promise to offer a sacrifice to you with a public declaration of praise; I will surely do what I have promised. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” 10Then the Lord commanded the fish and it vomited Jonah out onto dry land. (NET Bible)

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