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This month the devotional contains the books of Jonah and Philemon. Although these two books might not seem to be similar—one about an Old Testament prophet, the other about a New Testament slave—they actually share a common theme. Both Jonah and Onesimus (Philemon’s servant) abandoned their callings. Jonah was called by God to preach to […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Nahum

The book of Nahum is a divine sequel to Jonah. Both Jonah and Nahum prophesied to or about the Ninevites, and Nahum prophesied later than Jonah.  Jonah prophesied sometime before 722 BC, when Samaria fell. During his day the Assyrians were threatening to destroy the northern kingdom of Israel. Nahum prophesied after Samaria’s fall, when […]

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Overview of the Minor Prophets: Jonah

Jonah. Sent to Nineveh, but fleeing to Tarshish. A great storm. Jonah thrown overboard; the storm stopped. A great fish that swallowed Jonah. Jonah’s beautiful prayer in the fish’s belly. Jonah’s deliverance from the fish.  Jonah sent to Nineveh again. Jonah preaching that Nineveh would be destroyed. The repentance of the Ninevites, and God’s declaration […]

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We’re Studying Jonah at Hudsonville

As children we have all learned the story of Jonah, and were all amazed by the fact that a big fish swallowed him and he was able to live in the belly of this fish for three days. Now in our Young People’s at Hudsonville PRC we are taking a closer look at this story, […]

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Adventures of a Deserter

“Adventures of a Deserter” by Jan Overduin. Published by William B. Eerdmans Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1966      The Rev. J. Overduin is a minister in the Reformed Church of the Netherlands.  He is a well-known radio speaker and lecturer.  He has written a number of other books including: Het Onaantastbare (The Un-touchable), Tact en Contact […]

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Question Box

Question: If Christ was in the grave only a part of three days, approximately 36 hours, how can we explain Matt. 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” The three days […]

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