Running From God

I’m writing Sunday’s sermon reflections on Monday morning.  This is an indication of the kind of week it’s been.  Thus, my reflections will simply be some recitations of comments heard after the sermon:

  • It’s difficult to contrast Jonah and Joseph since they were probably both referred to as “Joe”
  • Tarshish should be pronounced so that one hears the “shish” at the end
  • One person who has recently returned to the Lord could relate with the line, “When you run from God, he will pursue you; not to punish you, but because he knows you need him.”
  • A fresh look at an old story
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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


2 Responses to “Running From God”

  1. avatar Amanda says:

    Sorry you are already having a crazy week! I enjoyed your sermon yesterday and look forward to next week. Thanks for pointing out that Jonah was mentioned in an earlier place in scripture. Have you heard the debate that maybe Jonah wasn't a real person?

    Sorry that the mispronunciation of names detracted from the point for some people. We were thinking we would bring white boards so we could silently signal to you when there is something like that. :) But then, your rarely look that far to the side so you might not see it. ;)

    I will be pondering the Jonah story this week, as you know I need it.

  2. avatar tommytwotoez says:

    I enjoyed the sermon as well Byron. Jonah is such an interesting prophet to learn from. The best comment I heard during the sermon was when you said, “When you run from God, he will pursue you; not to punish you, but because he knows you need him.” What an awesome thought! That the Creator of everything, the universe, black holes, gamma ray bursts- the sun, air, atoms, atmosphere, grass, trees, and us, known and unknown- not only wants too but actively pursues His beloved creations is a mind boggling understanding of our Abba Fathers infinite love for us.

    Even in our weakest state He wants us. I think this speaks of a compassion that goes beyond anything we mere mortals can truly understand, but yet we believe because we see it every day as Christ touches our hearts from the cross. Thanks for the uplifting sermon. It’s no doubt that it touched a lot of people yesterday morning because I know it touched me.

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