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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Greetings Bible Enthusiast!

Some readers struggle with hatred towards others, especially those who have hurt them in the past. Hatred and unforgiveness seem to go hand in hand, here. We will spend a few days dealing with hatred, therefore, and then will deal with unforgiveness.

God Bless You!

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Q. As you may remember, we were being quizzed on Jonah last week. We learned that the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh." But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish, going went to Joppa, in order to take a ship going to Tarshish. But the LORD sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Now for today's question! What was Jonah initially doing as the storm was raging?

Answer below.



Whoever hides hatred has lying lips,
And whoever spreads slander is a fool.

Proverbs 10:18



Hatred is an acid that corrodes its container.

-Tonya Baker



An American businessman was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied only a little while.

The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's immediate needs. The American then asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time.

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.

"You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But senor, how long will this all take?"

The American replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then, senor?" asked the Mexican.

The American laughed, and said, "That's the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public. You'll become very rich, you would make millions!"

"Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos."



Q. What was Jonah initially doing as the storm was raging?

A. Sleeping.

But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.

Jonah 1:5

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