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His Plan for Me

The following is an excerpt from a message delivered by Leonard Ravenhill in 1981.
Have you ever seen the little plaque that reads, “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for
Christ will last?” Well, that’s not what the poet wrote. The poet wrote this: “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past,
only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life has been
burned out for Thee.’” Do you think all Christians die happy? Not on your life! Some of them die as miserable
as sinners. Why? Because they have misused their time and wasted their lives. Many of you have laid dying
on a hospital bed and prayed, “Lord, if You would only spare me, I’ll do this, that or the other.” Well, have you
done it?

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The Triumph of Truth

“It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the
truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is not love and it is not friendship
if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for
telling a lie.

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Flee the Swamp

I once saw a video that pictured sin as a dirty, muddy, algae covered pond. The further we get into the pond, the
less we notice or care about the slime. “We’ve already gone this far,” we think, “We may as well keep going.”
Our friends are playing in the algae, and it seems like they are having a good time. Maybe it’s not so bad after
all. And we begin forgetting about life outside the swamp. We convince ourselves that once we are in the mud,
there’s no way we could possibly leave. And even if we did, we’ll still carry the stench of the swamp on us
wherever we go.

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Everything is upside-down in the economy of God. The last shall be first and the first shall be last. The
servant is the greatest of all. When we lose our lives we find them. God seems to thrive on the unexpected.
In the nation of Israel, God sent dozens of prophets to urge them to turn from their wicked ways. Some
of these prophets, like Isaiah, wrote massive quantities of perfectly crafted poetic prophecies, and yet the people
rejected them. In the New Testament, Stephen even asks the Pharisees, “Was there ever a prophet your fathers
did not persecute?” (Ac 7:52).

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Commitment is the Key

“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God begins to move also, and a whole stream of events begins to erupt. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons and material assistance that I could never have dreamed would come my way, begin to flow toward me the moment I make a commitment.” –John Maxwell


I recently played volleyball with the Tuesday Night group at the church. I was serving and had a few decent serves (about the only thing I did well that game!). But I misjudged one serve and it shot up into the ceiling and landed on our own side of the net. To my surprise, the group said the first time you hit the ceiling, it doesn’t count, and you can try again. There’s a certain sense of relief in getting a second chance.

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Prayers From the Belly of a Fish

Jonah Chapter 2 says: From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 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; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

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The Lord Provided

But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. – Jonah 1:17
God’s provision is a major theme in the book of Jonah. Yet the things God provides are not always what one might expect. Jonah is thrown overboard into the raging sea, and God provides for him. God’s provision, however, is not a floatation device or a coast guard boat or even a bit of driftwood for him to hold on to. Instead, a giant sea creature bursts out of the water, opens its gaping maw, swallows up the hapless prophet, and descends into the deep.

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Running From God

God calls Jonah to go to Nineveh, the capital of the powerful nation of Assyria. But instead he flees to Tarsish. As you can see, Tarshish is just about as far away as possible from Nineveh. Jonah is running from God. You may have run from God at times in your life as well. Maybe not by getting in a boat and sailing across the known world. Instead, I’ve found that our way of running from God is avoiding people and places that convict us. Our church attendance declines. We stop reading our Bibles. We stop spending time with friends and family who remind us of the God we are avoiding.

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Saving the World

“There’s some sort of hard to define spiritual crisis across the land which shows up in rising depression rates, rising mental health problems. A survey that Pew research center released last year captures the mood. Pew asked people to describe the thing that brings meaning to their lives. A shocking number of respondents describe lives of quiet despair. ‘I no long find much of anything meaningful, fulfilling or satisfying. Whatever used to keep me going has gone. I’m currently struggling to find any motivation to keep going.’”

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