“Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation”



My friends, if we were to run through the various ages of the world, everywhere we would see the earth covered with the mercies of the Lord and people surrounded by his favors. No, my friends: it is not a question of the sinner coming back to God to beg for his forgiveness; God himself runs after the sinner and brings about his return… He is waiting for repentant sinners and he invites them by the interior stirring of his grace and the voice of his ministers.

Look at how he acted towards Nineveh, that great and wicked city. Before punishing its inhabitants, he ordered his prophet, Jonah, to go on his behalf and proclaim that, in forty days, he was going to punish them. Instead of going to Nineveh, Jonah fled by another way. He wanted to cross the sea but, far from leaving the Ninevites without warning before he punished them, God performed a miracle to preserve his prophet in the belly of a whale for three days and three nights, which, after three days, vomited him onto dry land. Then the Lord said to Jonah: «Go and tell the great city that in forty days more it will perish». He set no conditions at all. When he had gone, the prophet announced to Nineveh that in forty days it would perish.

At this news all of them, from peasant to king, fell to repentance and weeping. «Who knows,» said the king to them, «whether the Lord will not yet have pity on us?» The Lord, seeing them take refuge in repentance, seemed to take delight in forgiving them. Jonah, seeing that the time for their punishment had expired, withdrew outside the city to wait for fire from heavento fall on them. But when he saw that it wasn’t coming down, Jonah exclaimed: «Ah, Lord! Are you going to make me pass for afalse prophet? Rather, let me die. Oh, I well know you to be too generous! All you want to do is forgive!» – «Now, Jonah!» said the Lord to him: «do you want me to cause so many people to perish who have humbled themselves before me? Oh no! no! Jonah. I wouldn’t have the heart for it; to the contrary, I will love and preserve them.»

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Daily Rules from God


1. Wake Up!!

Decide to have a good day. ‘Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’

Psalms 118:24 

2. Dress Up!!

The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. ‘The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.’

I Samuel 16:7 

3. Listen Up!!

Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. ‘He who guards his lips guards his soul.’

Proverbs 13:3 

4. Stand Up!!…

For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. ‘Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…’

Galatians 6:9-10 

5. Look Up!!…

To the Lord.
‘I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.’

Philippians 4: 13 

6. Reach Up!!…

For something higher. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path.’
Proverbs 3:5-6


7. Lift Up!!…

Your Prayers.
‘Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.’
Philippians 4:6

 

 

Accountability…


Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.

“How much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?”


To get food for his body a beggar thinks it no trouble to knock at the door and ask for it. And if he doesn’t get it, he goes on further and, with even more persistence, asks for bread, clothing or shoes to ease his body. So long as he hasn’t received anything he will not go away, even if he is driven off. Now we who try to receive the real, heavenly bread to strengthen our souls, who want to put on heaven’s light-filled clothing and who long to be shod with the immaterial shoes of the Spirit to solace our immortal soul: how much more ought we to knock at God’s spiritual door, unwearyingly and resolutely, with faith and love, waiting always and, with perfect constancy, ask to be counted worthy of eternal life?

Thus the Lord “told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary” (Lk 18,1) then added these words: how much more will our heavenly Father “secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night,” (v.7). And again, talking about the friend: “Even if he does not give to him for friendship’s sake, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence,” (Lk 11,8). And he adds further: “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you,” (v.9). And he continues: “If you who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (v.13). This is why the Lord exhorts us to ask at all times, unwearyingly and persistently, always seeking and knocking. For he has promised to give to those who ask, seek and knock, not to those who do not ask. It is in being prayed, implored, loved that he desires to give us eternal life.

A CHRISTIAN


Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and keep quiet.’

When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, ‘Here,you gave me too much change .’

The driver, with a smile, replied, ‘Aren’t you the new preacher in town?’ ‘Yes’ he replied.

‘Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I’ll see you at church on Sunday.’

When the preacher stepped off of  the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, ‘Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.’

Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test!  Always be on guard — and remember — You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself ‘Christian.’

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits..
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

For the Christian Prayer is not an option but an opportunity.
“In prayer; expect setbacks, but refuse retreat.
Salvation: Nothing to Earn, Much to Learn.
Do your best, bring out the best in others,
Don’t tell the Lord how big the problem is,
tell the problem how Great the Lord is!
Put God first, be happy at last!

Ten Commandments For Integrated Life


1. Each day is an Invitation… Look at every day as a GIFT from God. Each day is a change to invest more in life; a chance to work, play, laugh, wonder and reflect. It is an invitation to shed yesterday’s skin; to stand and stare at a blade of grass; to listen to the noise of flowers blooming, and rain-drops fallings… When the sun sets down, don’t cry, because the tears may blur your eyes in such a way that you will not be able to see the starts shining up above.

2. Think Globally and Act Locally… Think of BIG thoughts. Don’t settle with smaller ones. Yet don’t forget to relish the small joys as well, like a joke, a favorite pickle, to give a smile, and to enjoy a gesture of kindness. Have great dreams, for when dreams die, we die. Remember, dreams are not those that you get during your sleep, but dreams that won’t allow you to sleep.

3. Be imaginative and innovative in life… Build castles in the air, but at the same time don’t fail to build at least a small hut on the ground. Yes, that is the beauty of thinking globally and acting locally.

4. Make the best with what is available… Don’t wait for fortunes to come to you; make things happen; don’t wait for things to happen to you. Don’t hide yourself under the banner of fate or luck in life. It is not what happens that determines your future, but what you do about what happens to you.

5. Give and give cheerfully… For what is more important in life is not what you receive, but what you give. When you give, you fulfill the very existential quality of being a human. Yes, if you are always at the receiving end, it is not a complete human existence, because it demands to give and receive. God loves a cheerful giver, because He himself is basically a GIVER.

6. Be happy, here and now… Don’t postpone the joy till the end of the journey. If you can’t enjoy the journey along the way, you can’t enjoy at the destination either. Remember, happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the way.

7. Let the Past teach you, not trouble you… Don’t allow the past to negatively interface with your present and future. If you always keep looking behind, to regret over the lost opportunities and to worry about the past sins of commission and omission, you can’t look ahead and walk further. Forget the past and trusting the Lord, focus on what is ahead, as St. Paul did.

8. Consistency shapes your life… Be positive consistent. Your happiness depends on consistency. No one, of course, can be 100% consistent, except God. Only He can maintain consistency among His words, deeds and thoughts. But try to minimize inconsistencies in your life. Remember, the basic rule: keep consistency and consistency will keep you.

9. Be cheerful… Everyone loves and likes a cheerful person. Make others feel great. What you tell people may be forgotten easily, what you give them, may be remembered for sometimes, but how you make them feel, will never be forgotten. Develop a sense of humour, which distinguishes humans from other creatures. No one can make you unhappy, unless you allow yourself to be. For happiness is an inside job.

10. Finally, Be Virtuous, and be free from anxiety… Be wise and be free from perplexity… Be brave and be free from fear… Be faithful and be free from meaninglessness… yes, remember Einstein’s word:”What can be counted does not really count in life, and what really counts in life cannot be counted”.

Judge…


If you judge people,
you have no time to love them.