Church Get Talking
`Britain Get Talking’ is an ITV Mental Wellness campaign to help families get closer. Anxiety and depression in children have apparently risen by 48% since 2004. but talking and listening can build mental wellness, so hence the encouragement to tune back in to the story in our own living room. These next two months, as you can see from articles elsewhere, we are focusing on prayer so with the above initiative in mind that expresses the priority and importance of talking, we want to encourage more talking too, so as well as talking to one another let’s seek creative ways as to how we can step up on talking to our maker. Maybe ask a friend to partner you once a week? Maybe include prayer in a text conversation? Maybe at the end of a family meal time give the whole conversation to God? `Church Get Talking’ Starts right here right now. Try Praying.
How you can ask for a fresh start - AM
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Praying – How can you ask for a fresh start?
Bible Reading: Jonah 1: 1-12, Jonah 1: 17, Jonah 2: 1-10 and Jonah 3: 1-2
“Why go against what God says…?”
- Human nature
- Fear – Read Jonah 1: 1-2.
“What can we learn from here…?”
Jonah ran away from God! (Jonah 1: 3) How daft! Was his view of God so small? The Psalmist makes it clear that’s not possible (Psalm 139: 7-10).
There is power is speaking out our confession. “If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead then you will be saved” (Romans 10: 9).
Jonah’s disobedience is punished and he’s thrown overboard.
Back to Jonah, who is in the middle of drowning and wishing he just went to Ninevah in the first place!
“But the Lord provided…” (Jonah 1: 17). How often is this the case?
“In my distress I called to the Lord” (Jonah 2: 1). You?
Even better, “And you listened to my cry” (Jonah 2: 2)
Read Jonah 2: 5-7.
“How do we get a fresh start…?”
There is our part and there is God’s part.
- Realise time is limited, BUT God is always there
- Accept that wrong must always be punished, BUT God longs to forgive
- We must repent of our wrong, BUT God provides a way out
- We must ask God to save us, BUT understand it is God who does the saving
God’s grace enables Jonah to hear God’s Word “a second time”. Do we need this…?