Pictures…what would we do without them? They capture the beauty of the moment and help us relive memories of times that will never occur like that again. Other people can't appreciate them like we do - we have them painted in our minds. When we think of ‘MOTHER’, we recall vivid pictures of her doting over us in loving ways. On this Grace Notes program, Barbara Sandbek will pay tribute to the moms and grandmoms who mold the character of their children and grandchildren.
The book of Jonah is a book about God’s provision. It was evidenced when He sent a great wind on the sea to get the rebellious prophet back on the right track, and again when He prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah and safely deliver him onto dry land. God also provided salvation for the sailors who prayed to Him for help, and the heathen Ninevites who repented. On our program today, we’ll conclude our study of Jonah and once again see God’s provision as he teaches Jonah an object lesson about His mercy.
On this program, we're going to take you back in time to one of the most exciting events in the history of the Christian church. We'll meet some special people and hear more about what took place. The setting is Jerusalem, the time around 30 A.D.
What does Easter mean to you? Is it a time to get out the Easter baskets, shop for clothes, and have your kids’ picture taken with the Easter Bunny? Well, that may be what some people do, but the actual meaning of the ‘Easter’ is ‘a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ’. On this program, Barbara Sandbek will share some important information about this special day. So stay tuned, it could change your life.
On Good Friday we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it – ‘Celebrating’ a death? Why call it ‘GOOD’ Friday? It’s good, because of the outcome. Colossians 2:14 states that the penalties of the law are removed by the cross. Colossians 1:20 says we can have peace with God because of the cross. In Ephesians 2:16 the cross is the medium of reconciliation between mankind and God. As believers, and children of God, we can have access to the Father. On this program, Barbara Sandbek will take a look at what Christ went through so that we have a GOOD Friday to celebrate.
In our study of the book of Jonah we’ve seen God SPEAK a command to Jonah, Jonah SIN by running away, God SEEK out Jonah, Jonah SURRENDER to the call, God SPARE Jonah’s life, and finally God SPEAK His command to Jonah a SECOND time. God was merciful to Jonah in saving his life and in giving him another chance. It’s now time for Jonah to extend God’s mercy to the Ninevites. Jonah still doesn’t agree with what God is going to do, as we’ll see later, but he does yield his will to do what God commands. On our program today we’ll follow Jonah to Nineveh and see why God was so insistent on having this mission completed.
In describing Jonah’s personality, one commentator wrote… He was a proud, self-centered egotist: willful, pouting, jealous, and blood thirsty; a good patriot and lover of Israel, but without proper respect for God or love for his enemies. What a poor assessment of a man who is supposed to be God’s spokesman. Do you think God will use Jonah with an attitude like that? We’d say ‘no’, but that’s where God’s mercy comes in. God extended mercy to Jonah by saving his life, and in His mercy, gave him another chance to obey. The poet Robert Frost said, "After Jonah, you could never trust God NOT to be merciful again." …So true. God is a God of second chances and we’ll see that demonstrated on our program today.
The definition for the word ‘repent’ is ‘to feel remorse, contrition or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do’. Oswald Chambers writes… Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes. On this program Barbara Sandbek, will look at Jonah’s prayer from inside the fish and see if he is truly repentant.
So far in our study of Jonah, we’ve learned that God wanted to REACH out to the pagan Gentiles of Ninevah with His mercy, so He REVEALED a message to His prophet, Jonah, and told him to go there and preach it, but Jonah REACTED by RUNNING away. On this program, we’re going to reenact what happened as a result of Jonah’s disobedience. The setting is Joppa, a seaport about 35 miles northwest of Jerusalem - known today as Jaffa. A ship is docked there and about ready to leave. It’s destination - Tarshish, a mining colony in Spain. Looks like a nice day for a cruise. Hey…there’s Jonah boarding the boat now.
The purpose of the book of Jonah is to show that God is concerned for ALL mankind, not just the Jews and that He will do whatever is necessary to accomplish His purpose of making Himself known, even to His enemies. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not willing that ANY should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance. The book of Jonah anticipates the universality of Jesus' Gospel, and is the Old Testament counterpart to the salvation message of John 3:16 which says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that WHOSOEVER believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” On this program, Barbara Sandbek will take a look at Jonah’s reaction to God’s call to go to Nineveh.
Are you tired of being weighed down by the sin in your life? What can you do about it? Is forgiveness possible? How? Barbara Sandbek shares how in today's episode of "Grace Notes".
We’ve been studying about Peace – peace with God and peace within ourselves. Today, our host Barbara Sandbek will center on keeping peace with each other. Stay tuned, this may be just what you need to hear.
How is it possible to actually have power through weakness? God revealed many things to the Apostle Paul, some so magnificent he couldn’t even write about. But along with these revelations, God gave him a thorn in his flesh. Why?
Children expect to receive things. We, adults, on the other hand, hold our cup up to the Lord saying “fill it” and it’s already full of our ‘things’ and our plans. A ‘give me’ attitude isn’t all bad. God wants . . .
God disciplines both to train and to chastise us. He does this because we are His children…He loves us…and wants to conform us into the likeness of His Son, Jesus. We learned that God often uses consequences to help us ‘come clean’ from the sin in our lives. On this program, we’ll take a look at the qualities God wants to mold into our character.