Sunday Livestream:The Pitfalls of Resentment

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THE PITFALLS OF RESENTMENT

JONAH: The Fulfillment of My Life Mission series – Part 7

Jonah 4:1-11

Mike Prah – August 1, 2021

PRAYER POINTS

PRAYER POINTS 

Begin with praising the name of the Lord. God instructs us to come before Him with praise.

Today’s prayer is focused on God’s promises from Malachi 4:2-3

“The Lord Almighty says … “for you who obey me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun and bring healing like the sun's rays. You will be as free and happy as calves let out of a stall. On the day when I act, you will overcome the wicked, and they will be like dust under your feet.” Malachi 4:2-3 (GN)

Pray, receive and thank God for the following promises from the above Scriptures.

 1. PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS & A HEART OF OBEDIENCE

“For you who obey me …” (vs. 2a)

These promises are for those who obey God. Begin with asking God for forgiveness and a heart of obedience.

 2. PRAY FOR GOD’S STRENGTH & POWER

“My saving power will rise on you like the sun” (vs.2b)

 3. PRAY FOR GOD'S HEALING & RESTORATION

“My saving power will … bring healing like the sun’s rays” (vs. 2c)

 4. PRAY FOR FREEDOM 

emotionally | spiritually | financially | relationally | vocationally

“You will be as free and happy ” (vs. 2d)

 5. PRAY FOR DELIVERANCE & VICTORY

“You will overcome the wicked, and they will be like dust under your feet.” (vs.3)

SERMON NOTES

THE PITFALLS OF RESENTMENT

JONAH: The Fulfillment of My Life Mission series – Part 7

Jonah 4:1-11

Mike Prah – August 1, 2021

 Ch. 1: Jonah Rebelling & Running From God  

  Ch. 2: Jonah Repenting & Running Back To God 

  Ch. 3: Jonah Restarting & Running With God      

  Ch. 4: Jonah Regretting & Resenting God

 5 MISTAKES JONAH DID THAT MADE HIM MISERABLE AND US TOO

  1. Jonah thought he could ignore his Mission. He ran from God.
  2. Jonah was prejudiced against people God created & loved.
  3. Jonah cared more about his politics than people’s salvation.
  4. Jonah was only interested in his nation, not God’s world.
  5. Jonah reluctantly fulfilled his Mission, but with a bad attitude.

 “When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, He changed His mind and did not carry out the destruction He had threatened. This CHANGE OF PLANS greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it.” Jonah 3:10-4:2a (NLT)

 “To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish, senseless thing to do.” Job 5:2 (GNT)

 “You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Job 18:4 (GNT)

 “Even in darkness light will come bursting in for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.” Psalm 112:4 (NIV+LB)

 1. RESENTMENT MAKES ME RESENT GOD’S PLAN WHEN IT DOESN’T FIT MY PLAN

  “When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, He changed His mind and did not carry out the destruction He had threatened. This CHANGE OF PLANS greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it.” Jonah 3:10-4:2a (NLT)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN RESENTMENT FILLS YOUR HEART

  •  FRUSTRATION

“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah” Jonah 41 (NLT) 

  • ANGER

“He became very angry” Jonah 4:1 (NLT) 

  • SELF-PITY

“He complained to the Lord about it.” Jonah 4:2 (NLT) 

 “Now I ask you, Lord, please kill me. For it is better for me to die than to live.”  Jonah 4:3 (NCV)  

  • DEPRESSION

“It is better for me to die than live” Jonah 4:3b (NCV) 

  • SUICIDAL

“Lord, please kill me!” Jonah 4:3a (NCV) 

2. RESENTMENT MAKES ME RESENT GOD’S MERCY & GOODNESS TO OTHERS

“Then Jonah complained to the Lord … Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I KNEW that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people” Jonah 4:2 (NLT)

 “If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” Matthew 6:14-15 (GN)

 HOW TO ADJUST WHEN THINGS DON’T GO MY WAY

1.  REMEMBER GOD CAN SEE THINGS THAT I CAN’T!

 “The Lord answered, “What right do you have to be angry?” Jonah 4:4 (GN)                                                        

“The Lord said to Job, ‘Who are you to question my wisdom?... Where were you when I made the world?’”  Job 38:2-3 (GN)  

“God does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what He is doing and see the whole scope of his work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NCV+NLT)           

TO BE CONTINUED …

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 “For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” I Corinthians 11:23-25 NLT

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IN-PERSON SERVICE GUIDELINES (Updated: 5/30/2021)

While the spread of COVID-19 is slowing down, the threat of infection and illness is still prevalent in our nation; therefore, we ask that everyone joining our in-person service follow these guidelines accordingly, and complete and submit the Health Screening Questionnaire below without exception. The health and safety of everyone continue to be our top priority.

  • If you feel sick, please stay at home and worship with us online.
  • Face covering or mask direction for fully vaccinated people: According to CDC guidelines, if you are fully vaccinated, face mask or covering is NOT required to attend a full-capacity worship service or sing in church. Feel free to continue to wear a mask if you feel comfortable.
  • Face covering or mask direction for unvaccinated people: According to CDC guidelines, if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, facemask is  required to attend  a full-capacity worship service or sing in an indoor chorus. You must always also stay 6 feet apart.
  • Everyone entering our Church premises must undergo temperature check located in our lobby, answering health-related questions (see below) and hand sanitization, before proceeding to our sanctuary. 
  • Anyone with a 100.4°F / 32°C temperature or higher in the past 24 hours, or showing symptoms of sickness, or answering YES to any of the Health Screening Questions, will be asked to worship with us online, for the safety of our members, and guests.
  • We recommend practicing physical distance seating for unvaccinated people. Fully Vaccinated people are welcome to sit next to each other at your own choice.
  • While you may not know who may or may not be vaccinated, we ask everyone to please continue to practice no-touch-greeting such as waving or elbow-bumping fellow members and guests. Avoid handshaking, hugging and sharing objects. 
  • No outside food or drinks will be allowed within our Church premise.
  • We ask that everyone must follow these guidelines regardless of your vaccination status.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping all of us stay safe and healthy.

See link to above CDC Poster for better visual

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the seating arrangements?

You will NOT need to reserve your seat. If we ran into capacity issues in our sanctuary, you would be asked to worship in our Kids room and other spaces in our Church facility equipped with TV and speakers, where you can watch and participate in our service. Physically distanced seating is required for unvaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people are welcome to use their best judgement, although physical distancing is recommended for all people. 

Can I bring my kids or grand-kids to Church?

Yes, you can bring your kids or grand-kids if they are not sick into the main sanctuary to sit with you. We encourage you to bring a smartphone or tablet with headphones (earbuds) so your children can watch our Elementary, Middle, or Preschool worship and teaching experiences during the service. Your kids can sit next to you in our sanctuary.  All children must wear a face-mask with the exception of children under 2 years old. Should you forget to bring a mask or a earbuds for your kid(s), we will have a complimentary youth mask or new earphones (earbuds) for your son or daughter. Our kids will resume Children's Church in their rooms sometime later when the threat of COVID-19 is under control in our State.

What sanitization and disinfecting measures will be in place? 

Each week, we disinfect and sanitize our entire interior Church building with special machinery and EPA / CDC prescribed Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) before each service. Automatic disinfectant hand-soap dispenser, and touch-free paper towels are available in our bathroom. Touch-free hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout our Church building and sanctuary. See below for our Weekly Sanctuary Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan.

What about mask or face coverings?

Here is the latest CDC guidelines (as of May 28, 2021).

Face covering or mask direction for fully vaccinated people: According to CDC guidelines, if you are fully vaccinated, facemask is NOT required to attend a full-capacity worship service or sing in church. Feel free to continue to wear a mask if you feel comfortable.

Face covering or mask direction for unvaccinated people: According to CDC guidelines, if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, facemask is  required to attend  a full-capacity worship service or sing in an indoor chorus. You must always also stay 6 feet apart.

If you forget to bring a mask, we will provide you with a free disposal face mask for the safety of everyone, located at the lobby of our Church.

CDC recommends that Masks should NOT be worn by children under 2 years.

What other protocols are in place?

  • Water fountains, coffee stations, and refreshments will not be available at this time. Bottles of water will be available in the lobby free of charge. All under-seat Bibles, and materials have been removed from our sanctuary.
  • Sermon notes will only be available on our website and you can access them from your smartphone or tablet just as we have been operating in our online service mode.
  • No offering buckets will be passed during offering times. We recommend you give online using any of the four (4) methods below. Also, three (3) secure, hands-free offering boxes are located at our lobby, and Sanctuary for you to drop your offerings.
  • We will continuously update our protocols with additional controls as we learn more for your safety.
  • In the event that someone with COVID-19 has been inside our facility during one of our services, it is essential that they go through Contact Tracing with Maryland Department of Health.

Health Screening Questionnaire

Everyone will be required to respond to the Health Screening Questionnaire below before admittance to our Sanctuary. You are welcome to complete this form Online on Sunday morning before coming to Church to speed up our screening process (see Online Health Questionnaire below). If you do, please mention to our greeter that you have completed our Health Screening Questionnaire online. The Health Screening Questionnaire will be used for contact tracing purposes, when needed.

What is FavorLife's position regarding the COVID-19 vaccine?

FavorLife Church recommends that you consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine. Pastor Mike has been vaccinated as do several of our members. Consult your physician if you have any concerns.

Who are  fully vaccinated people?

According CDC guidelines, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

How can I support my Church?

  • By volunteering to help clean and disinfect our Church On Saturdays before and Sundays after our services.
  • By volunteering as an greeter to perform temperature checks, and asking health-related questions for worshipers.
  • By volunteering as a usher to direct people to designated seats to ensure physical distancing.

Give regularly to support our Church using the following methods:

  • CashApp to $favorlife. If you have the CashApp app, simply tap here: https://cashapp/$favorlife
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 “Everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us!” (I Chronicles 29:14, NLT)

God is on our side and this season will pass in due time to allow us to return to normal.  Until then, we ask for your consistent attention and appreciate your compliance concerning these guidelines. 

Much love, more grace and peace to you,

Mike Prah, Pastor

Health Screening Questionnaire

The health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority. We ask everyone who attends our Services or visits our Church to provide information regarding any symptoms of, or exposure to COVID-19, with this simple screening questionnaire. Please complete all required sections for each household member attending our service. Thank you. Health Screening PDF Form

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Response Required*

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Are you living with, or have come into close personal contact, or caring for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

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Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours?

Response required. Check all that apply*

If your answer is anything other than "None of the Above," please worship with us online.

If you are experiencing symptoms or answer YES to any of the questions above, please DO NOT ATTEND our in-person Church Service. Contact your doctor for direction and watch our service online.

Have you received the COVID-19 vaccine?

Optional

FavorLife Church recommends that you consider taking the COVID-19 vaccine whenever you have the opportunity. Consult your physician if you have any concerns.

  • If you feel sick, please stay at home and worship with us online.
  • Face covering or mask direction for fully vaccinated people: According to CDC guidelines, if you are fully vaccinated facemask is NOT required to attend a full-capacity worship service or sing in church. Feel free to continue to wear a mask if you feel comfortable.
  • Face covering or mask direction for unvaccinated people: According to CDC guidelines, if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated facemask is  required to attend  a full-capacity worship service or sing in an indoor chorus. You must always also stay 6 feet apart.
  • Everyone entering our Church premises must undergo temperature check located in our lobby, answering the above health-related questions and hand sanitization, before proceeding to our sanctuary. 
  • Anyone with a 100.4°F / 32°C temperature or higher in the past 24 hours, or showing symptoms of sickness, or answering YES to any of the Health Screening Questions, will be asked to worship with us online, for the safety of our members, and guests.
  • We recommend practicing physical distancing seating for unvaccinated people. Fully Vaccinated people are welcome to sit next to each other at your own choice.
  • For everyone, please practice no-touch-greeting such as waving or elbow-bumping fellow members and guests. Avoid handshaking, hugging and sharing objects. 
  • No outside food or drinks will be allowed within our Church premise.
  • We ask that everyone must follow these guidelines based on their vaccination status.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping all of us stay safe and healthy. God bless you

Cleaning & Disinfecting Plan Alternatives to Handshakes, Hugs & High Fives CONNECTION FORM ONLINE CONNECTION FORM PDF HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE PDF CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated & UNVACCINATED PEOPLE

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