Spur Others On

God has given me & other Christ-followers a responsibility to each other. As part of His body we're responsible to spur each other into good works. This means I must be open to accept challenges to mature from my fellow Christ Followers. It also means that I mustn't be so caught up in myself that I don't make time to think of ways motivating others to acts of love and other good deeds. I don't get Continue Reading [...]

Where Feet May Fail

My song at the moment. Can't get enough of it... The problem: it is a dangerous prayer! Do I really know and want what I pray as I sing the song? I'm careful not to be mindless in singing and prayer to God. I find God in my helplessness... The helplessness of surrender. Complete, total abandon... Continue Reading [...]

My Convenience And ‘Their’ Commitment

I’m looking into the book of Acts as part of my theology studies. I’ve never seen things in it the way I have the last few weeks. It is amazing what God can do with people fully yielded to Him. It is amazing what happens when the Spirit of God is allowed full reign in the lives of the disciples in the early Church. Peter boldly speaks and 3,000 people repent and are baptised (Acts 2:14-41). Peter and John challenge the authorities with no fear (Acts 4:1-31). They speak God’s message with boldness. Philip follows the leading of the Holy Continue Reading [...]

My Opinions And God’s Will / Plans For Others

My Opinions And God’s Will Plans For Others I have opinions. Many opinions. I sometimes think I know more than I really do. Sometimes I convince myself of that. At other times I am so blinded by “my convictions” (whatever that is). I blindly believe and act according to what I think is best. I do this for me... The sad thing is that I also impose this on others, as well. And, worst of all, I try to recruit God to my side of the "judgment lines", when He doesn't do what I think He should be. Like He needs to be convinced I'm right... There are times I’ve had my opinions about others Continue Reading [...]

Answers | Prayer Rehab

I Am Jonah, this blog is also, in some way, a journal of how I’m learning to follow Jesus again. Part of it is about chronicling the tension between what God wants of, in and through me. Lately, it seems God is putting me through prayer rehab. Reclaiming an appreciation of prayer and its significance. Sometimes it is not that I or we don’t know anything. It is not that we have forgotten but we need reminders. We need renewed perspective, vision, and passion. A renewed sense of weightiness… It seems, at least for me, God always takes me Continue Reading [...]

More Than A Combination Of Twenty Six Letters

I borrowed the tittle of this post from Mark Batterson's book, "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". What I will share with you in this post is about something that struck a great chord in me. Particularly also due to my earlier post, More, Deeper Than A Craft. I get this from Mark who got it from Ted Loder's book, "Guerillas of Grace". It is about how prayer is way more than what we have reduced it to. May it resonate with you, the way it has with me: How shall I pray? Are tears prayers, Lord? Are screams prayers, Or groans or sighs or Continue Reading [...]

What God Has Prepared

Sometimes I just don't have a handle on how God does things because I try to understand His divine and lofty ways through through my finite and selfish mind and lens. God, help me see your plans for my life, for others others through my life and to appreciate You and your ways as You and Your ways really are. Amen. #iamjonah Continue Reading [...]

More, Deeper Than A Craft – Prayer

It scares me how careful I can be in "crafting" 'my prayer' to God. I mean, prayer is a critical part of the lifeline of any Christ follower. It is something I must not only do, but do well. Sometimes I get caught up wanting my prayer to be "perfect". I want to make sure that God doesn't misunderstand me. Yeah, you read that right. As if it was possible that God could misconstrue my carefully crafted utterances. I can't believe I can be that dumb. It gets worse. I sometimes envy other people's prayer lives. I mean I get motivated, then jealous, sad Continue Reading [...]

Fearing Breaking Homiletics, Hermeneutics And Other Rules

I’m doing theology studies. I particularly enjoy hermeneutics. I like seeing things in “the Text” that never saw before. Understanding is key to spiritual growth. Homiletics: the art of preaching or writing sermons Hermeneutics: concerning interpretation of the Bible or literary texts While studies are liberating I feel like they are also a prison. I’m convinced there are right and incorrect ways of approaching Scripture. With that said, sometimes afraid of breaking homiletics and hermeneutics rules. It's like I've been made to Continue Reading [...]

Who Am I Serving?

This scripture just struck me like a lightening bolt. Fear filled my heart as I read it. It is the light of the Word that's bringing to light that when I fear people, their opinions and even their threats more than God, in that instant I serve man. Do I sometimes serve fear more than God? The answer to this question doesn't come easy. Not because it is a difficult one; because it is not the one I'd rather give every time. Sometimes I do let fear get the best of me and I end up not serving God nor His purposes for others. Thus when the motives Continue Reading [...]