The OC Daily Minute

The OC Daily Minute

April 20, 2018

Jonah finally repented and ended up where God called him. This tells us something truly great about our calling from God. Even when we run, God is still going to send us to the places he needs us. Jonah thought he was suffering in the belly of the fish but really God was working behind the scenes. God was moving him where he needed to be while Jonah was getting his heart…

April 19, 2018

Can I exhaust God’s grace? Jonah’s story tells me no. It shows me a man who went way further than I ever have, who did things way worse than I’ve done, and still, God loved him. It’s like Paul. Paul told the story of his life before Jesus and how terrible he had lived. He was religious but his heart was evil. He was persecuting and hurting those who followed God. He did…

April 18, 2018

We live in Cincinnati proper. I’ve been in the same neighborhood for the majority of my life. It’s a nice part of town, for the most part, as long you don’t do stupid things. One joke though is how long it takes the CPD to arrive when you call them. If you call for something serious they’re right there. However, if you call because of disturbances, or car break-ins, or…

April 17, 2018

Jonah stays inside the whale and after three days and 3 nights he finally stops enough to pray. He had run, he endangered the lives of others, he tried to end his own life, being thrown overboard, and now after three days inside the nasty bowels of a big fish, he decides that something has to give. He realizes that this isn’t working and he prays.   God will get your…

April 16, 2018

There is nothing worse than looking back at your life wondering what could have happened. Missed opportunities can plague the mind. It can leave us resentful of where we are because of the life that might have been. It leaves us hurt because of how things might have turned out. We’re left mourning the potential of a road untraveled.   In the parable of the talent,s…

April 13, 2018

God saved Jonah. This part of the story is so great. God showed up in a very real way and made the fish swallow Jonah whole so he would not die. (There is a whole food joke somewhere in there, I just haven’t found it yet.)   Sometimes it can feel like we’ve gone too far. Sometimes it can feel like we’ve ruined the world around us and there is no hope. Jonah felt this…

April 12, 2018

Jonah risked the lives of every man on that boat because he thought his relationship with God was his own. He risked their lives because he thought he could live isolated from the people around him. If he just got out of Israel and went on to do something else no one would ever be bothered.   We want to live this way as well. We hope, even pray, that our decisions…

April 11, 2018

What is God’s calling on my life, anyway?   Sometimes we look for God to send down a specific and detailed will for our lives. We look for God to do something magical and mystical to help us feel like we’re amazing the right choice and going the right direction. Sometimes we even sit stagnant until we hear the kind of answer we’re looking for from Him.   Here is…

April 10, 2018

We run from God’s calling for so many different reasons but they all can be summed up by this – something is more important to us than God. That desire is more important. That thing is more important. That person is more important. That comfort level and security are more important. We run from God’s calling when something else is more important to us.   Jonah…

April 9, 2018

Jonah ran from God. Everyone expected it. He was the reviled prophet from the northern kingdom so everyone was pretty content knowing he had failed God so greatly. “What did you expect from a prophet of the north”?   It can be easy to label people. It can be easy to see someone’s past, see their struggle, and think they’re not good enough for God. Jonah was…

April 6, 2018

Who have you invited? We have a huge new series starting this week at Origins, all about the life of Jonah. Who have you invited?   If we learned anything this week it is that the resurrection of Jesus gives us reason for confidence and boldness in our faith. We can share with others, love others, grow with those around us, and make real-life changes because the tomb…

April 5, 2018

The resurrection of Christ is the basis for future hope. How practical Christ’s resurrection is—precisely because Christ has been raised, we can tell those looking into the casket of their loved ones that this is not the end of the story. If your loved ones believe in Christ then even though they have “fallen asleep” they have fallen asleep “in Christ” (1 Cor. 15:18). And…