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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TUESDAY IN RENO, NEVADA

THE THREE WHO HIT THE PAR 3

230 YARD PAR 3
DR. AND MRS. CALLAGHAN


Pastor Randy Ralstin asked  Dr. Callaghan, Pastor Cervi, and myself to join him for a golf outing at 8:30 this morning at a local golf course. The course was beautiful! There was one 230 yard 3 par with a drop of some 500 feet to an island green. It was spectacular and you will not believe this but three of us put it on the green. I missed a birdie putt by inches. Look out LPGA here I come! 

Dr. and Mrs. Callaghan drove some 4 hours to attend this conference at the Lighthouse Baptist Church. They have been dear friends for over 3 decades and Mrs. Gray and I are very appreciative of their friendship. One of the greatest times that Mrs. Gray and I enjoyed was a trip to San Francisco where we toured the city. On that trip we were hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Callaghan. They are so worldly! Ha!

Tonight I preached the sermon FIVE DAYS TOO LATE! This is an amazing story about the wonderful revival that God gave to Jonah and Nineveh. It was the greatest revival not only in the Bible but in the history of man. The Word of the Lord came to Jonah and the Lord told Jonah to go to the great city of Nineveh and cry against their sins. Nineveh was an idolatrous fish worshipping city. It was the capitol of a heathen nation but God called Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach. However, Jonah went the opposite direction and that is how we know he was a Baptist!

He went down to Joppa and there caught a ship to Tarshish and there was a turmoil on the ship. A storm hit them! They cast lots and found that it was Jonah's fault and Jonah was cast out of the boat. Jonah was swallowed by a giant fish and he lived in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. Then the Bible says that the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time. He then goes to Nineveh and preaches the greatest revival in history.

We talk about the 20 wasted years of Jacob, the 10 wasted years of Naomi in Moab, the 40 wasted years of the nation Israel, and we talk about Gomer's wasted years in the book of Hosea because of her awful sin. Yet, we are admonished in Psalm 92 to number our days and not our years. In Ephesians 5:16 it says we are to redeem the time for the days are evil.

Nineveh was a town of 600 to 700 thousand people. This is about the size of the Ark-La-Tex area where I live. This revival resulted in repenting inwardly and repenting outwardly. Many of God's people have saved souls and lost lives! Imagine all 6 to 700 thousand people not only getting saved inwardly but living it outwardly. WOW, what a revival!

Wait a minute, before we give Jonah an honorary Doctorate or a plague or put his picture on the front page of THE BAPTIST MAGAZINE may I remind you that Jonah showed up five days later than he was supposed to come. Don't miss this! Everyone who died in those five days went to Hell and they are still burning in Hell. If the whole city got saved five days later then those folks would have gotten saved five days earlier.

The average deaths in the Ark-La-Tex area if 25 per day according to our local paper. If we are similar in population to Nineveh then multiply that 25 times 5 and you will end up with 125. Which means approximately 125 people died and went to Hell because Jonah was five days late! Translate that into our lives. 

ADD UP THE DAYS YOU MISSED GOING SOUL WINNING SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DID NOT FEEL LIKE GOING!

HOW MANY DAYS HAVE YOU MISSED BECAUSE YOU WORKED NEEDLESS HOURS TO BUY NEEDLESS THINGS

HOW MANY DAYS HAVE YOU MISSED BECAUSE OF SITTING IN A WORLDLY CHURCH

HOW MANY DAYS HAVE YOU MISSED BECAUSE YOU WERE OFFENDED AND BITTER




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