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He's a motivational speaker and he also teaches speaking skills. You'd be okay." I said, "But the part that I can't imagine is you finding five people willing to carry the casket." (Laughter) 'Cause I figured she could pick up the one side, so it would be six people (Laughter) including her. I needed to hear the Word of God on a regular basis. I heard Him call and I made a commitment, that I was going to be in my church two Sundays a month. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord. And we prayed and talked, but in the end, it's up to him. God gave him a second chance and he chose to listen to God. And one time I was flying over the mountains--I will never forget this--flying over the mountains and I ran out of gas. (Laughter) "So, they asked him, 'Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? We have a generation of older people who wonder, "Does God still have any use for me? Thank You that You gave us a second chance, even as You hung on the cross. Thank You that You are a God of second chances, in Jesus' name, amen.
Author and speaker Ken Davis shares insights from the biblical story of Jonah to encourage Christians to listen for God's voice and follow in the direction He leads. Temptation whispers to us and God says, "Come to Me. Today we'll explore those ideas and welcome to another edition of "Focus on the Family" with your host, Focus president and author, Jim Daly. But the story goes so much deeper than that, excuse the pun. Program Note: John: Some tough questions from Ken Davis on today's "Focus on the Family" and he's got some answers, especially to this question. " Now we'd encourage you to get a DVD or a CD of this program to share with a friend. Let's return now to more from Ken Davis on "Focus on the Family."End of Program Note Ken: The next portion of Scripture identifies a place I have been in my life. 'In my distress, I called to the Lord and He answered me.
(Part 2 of 2) Listen online, or purchase the download. I have a blessing beyond anything you can imagine."End of Teaser John: Well, where do you go for power, for fulfillment? Jim Daly: John, we're midway through a message from Ken Davis about how God can work in a person's life and what we should do when we hear His voice and hopefully, as a believer, those things have happened. It may be just a sudden thought that came out of nowhere, but it was exactly what you needed to hear.` And the basis for these concepts is the life of the prophet Jonah, a story that so many of us remember from childhood. (Laughter) But stay tuned and if you missed part one of Ken's presentation last time, get in touch with us. They said, "Oh, Lord, please do not let us die for taking this man's life. From the depths of the grave, I called for help and You listened to my cry. When my life was ebbing away, I remembered You, Lord and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple.
John Fuller: We all have a common struggle and today on "Focus on the Family," Ken Davis describes that. We can send you the entire message on CD or DVD, so that you can share it with someone who needs to hear it. (Laughter) No, I'm not lyin' to you, 'cause when that puppy quit, I started sweatin' somethin' fierce. Say you're sorry to your wife." "Is there any other way I can get out of this? Do not hold us accountable for the killing of an innocent man, for You, O Lord, have done as You pleased." Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard and the raging sea grew calm. You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas and the current swirled about me. I said, "I have been banished from Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple."'"The engulfing waters threatened me. Sea weed was wrapped around my head; to the roots of the mountains I sank down. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.
John: Yeah, the CD and DVD are available when you call 800. (Laughter)And I reached down and I turned the gas thing to the left tank, where there was plenty of gas and suddenly, the engine roared to life. But I with a song of thanksgiving will sacrifice to You. Salvation comes from the Lord." And the Bible says, "And the Lord commanded the fish and it vomited Jonah up on dry land."I do comedy concerts all around the country.
Jim: And I highly recommend the DVD, 'cause Ken, he's a pretty visual guy and he has great body motions along with his humor. But the book of Jonah itself really isn't about running from God. And I told Ken a story a couple of years ago about how my heart was just overcome with depression. Friends, when we get in trouble, the first thing we oughta do is turn the gas tank to where the power is, where the source of hope is, rather than tryin' all of our own devices to make it happen. They threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you." Instead, the men did their best to row to land. I was backstage at the intermission of one of our comedy concerts, where I had shared the Gospel and how God's grace is prepared to forgive us of anything we've ever done.