Today we kick of a week on the book of Jonah, that rebellious prophet. First we talk about how God takes our worst failures and turn them into stories that can change the world. That’s what God did with Jonah, there’s strong evidence that Jonah was the author. So the fact that he put his hatred and selfishness on display shows that his heart was changed and that there’s hope for you and me!
Then we talk about how Jonah lost the joy of God’s presence by disobeying God and how that’s the same for us. It’s a space to search our hearts and see if we are missing out on God’s joy because of disobedience. It’s an invitation to come back to joy. The we hear an amazing moment from our spring fundraiser, Share. Moody Radio’s Jon Gauger leading a listener to Jesus on the air!
And finally we put an exclamation point on how God turns our failures into stories that can change the world, from the book of Jonah. Jonah’s failure to obey God led to the salvation of some pagan sailors and finally Jonah saw the darkness of his own hateful heart and was changed. We know that because he authored the book so that we would see his folly, turn from ours, and find hope in receiving and giving away God’s grace!
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.