Gods’ Patient Pursuit – Jonah Chapter 4

Pastors Garret Edwards

Pastors Thoughts

We’re closing up our series on Jonah this week.
I wonder, as we reflect on the story, what has struck you about God’s relentless grace?
If you haven’t done so already, please read the story of Jonah before Sunday. All of it, in one sitting. It will take less than 10 minutes. And consider the things Jonah may have learned about God and people and the miracle of grace.
The story of Jonah shows us, in dramatic fashion, that God’s care and concern – His purpose to save – extends to the whole world – even the Assyrian enemy that would soon destroy Israel. It reminds us that God’s grace is for everyone – and that it can be extremely surprising who responds to it. Continue reading “Gods’ Patient Pursuit – Jonah Chapter 4”

Big Love – Jonah Chapter 3

Pastor Garrett Edwards 

Pastor’s Thoughts


Last week in our study of Jonah, we saw that we follow a God of  second (or thousandth) chances. Jonah looked up and repented, and God gives him another shot…at obedience.
In Jonah 3:1-2 we read: Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message I tell you.”
What God is doing here in chapter 3, is ‘re-writing’ chapter 1. This is the nature of the gospel isn’t it, and of God’s relentless grace? To rewrite lives and eternities. Perhaps you’re at a point where your story requires a ‘re-write’. Continue reading “Big Love – Jonah Chapter 3”

The Repentant Prophet – Jonah Chapter 2

Pastor Garrett Edwards 

Pastor’s Thoughts


When you’d rather run away from Jesus than do what He says …
If you remember, when we visited in March/April, one of my sermons was on Jonah Chapter 1. As your new Pastor, I look forward to completing this little book with you.
In chapter one, we saw Jonah run from God, and so God stopped him in his tracks. Often, when we feel the Lord prompting us to do something, we might consider ignoring Him, or, as Jonah did, even run away! And time and again, when we choose to run away from Jesus, rather than obey Him, our conscience’s cry out, ‘I shouldn’t be doing this!’. If we ignore our conscience and continue on, Jonah’s story teaches us that God will step in and say, “Ok, then I’m going to do something” – and that ‘something’ is rarely comfortable. Continue reading “The Repentant Prophet – Jonah Chapter 2”