From the Belly of a Fish & Ninevah

 *Confession & Forgiveness of Sins

Get up and go to Ninevah, that great city, and cry out against it, for their evil has come to my attention.” (Jonah 1:1-2 CEB)

God calls to us!

3 So Jonah got up—to flee to Tarshish from the LORD ! (Jonah 1:3a CEB)

We confess we often run from God’s claim on our lives. We fail to love our neighbors as ourselves.

But me, I will offer a sacrifice to you with a voice of thanks. That which I have promised, I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the LORD!”  Jonah 2:9 CEB

Forgive us, we call to God. Help us be the people you created us to be.

10 God saw what they were doing—that they had ceased their evil behavior. So God stopped planning to destroy them, and he didn’t do it. (Jonah 3:10 CEB)

Praise be to the God of mercy and grace!                                         

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. The former pastor of the Condon United Church of Christ, Tim recently began serving the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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