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Septic Tank Technicians

  • God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he didn't do it. But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. Jonah 3:10'4:1 WEB.

    It was early morning during a hot summer in the South, and we were digging up a septic tank. After we located and shoveled the dirt off the lid, I grabbed a heavy bar off the truck, and we pried it open enough to get a hose inside the tank. There is nothing quite like the smell that came out of it. Needless to say, it was tough to keep my breakfast down.

    For a period of my life, that is what I did to pay the bills. I was a septic tank technician that pumped out septic tanks and grease traps with a vacuum truck. When you get your first whiff of steaming decomposing sewage, it will not be a pleasant aroma, but I can tell you that it will be a lasting one. We would often service five or six tanks a day. Many times when we arrived, they were backed up and overflowing. It was a dirty job.

    One thing I noticed early on was this: All the septic tanks smelled alike. Whether it was a church, a country club, a restaurant, a mansion on a hill, or a trailer park, when you opened up that septic tank, they all had the exact same smell coming out of them. They all reeked.

    The prophet Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh and preach, but God persuaded him to go anyway. Jonah brought a message of wrath and destruction, but the entire city humbled itself after hearing it. They repented of their wicked ways and turned to God. He showed them mercy and spared them from the wrath that was coming. But Jonah became very angry because Nineveh did not get what he felt they deserved.

    When God looked down from heaven, they all smelled the same to Him. At that moment, His prophet Jonah was behaving worse than those who were in Nineveh. Sin is bad, and everyone has it, including Jonah. There is no need to point at someone else's sin while God is nearly heaving from the smell of yours. Only the blood of Jesus removes this stench from us.

    It took me a long time to figure out that God did not dislike the same people that I did. And that the people who have wronged us will get the same forgiveness we do if they ask Him for it. All of their past deeds will be wiped out if they repent, just like ours will. For example, before, during, and after a divorce, God loves both parties involved.

    It is not that people are good, but because God is good, and He wishes no one would be lost. God loves you, those that dislike you, and those who vote differently than you. Thankfully, none who repent will get what they actually deserve. Mankind has a lot in common, and one thing is that we all need His forgiveness. Thank God it is there for the asking and completely free.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for judging others and help me to clean up my own life. Thank You for having mercy on us. Please give me the grace to show that mercy to others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Amen!
Feb 25
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord, amen 

Feb 25
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Amen!

Feb 25
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen 

Feb 25
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God forgive my sins and give me wisdom. Amen

Feb 25
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father forgive me of my sins

Feb 25
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father, forgive me of my sins and show me how to forgive those who have sinned against me. Amen

Feb 25
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Feb 25
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Feb 25
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,please forgive our sins.We love and worship you. Amen 

Feb 25
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brownedited: Feb 25

Father, please forgive me of my sins and help me to forgive others as well. Amen!

Feb 25
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen

Feb 25
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

Feb 25
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Feb 25
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us!

Feb 25
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for a timely message

Feb 25
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for forgiving my sins and teach me how to forgive those whom have wronged me, thank You for having mercy on us. Lead us Lord, in Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for all you do for us, excellent message. God bless you both, Amen. 

Feb 25
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 26
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!! To God be all Glory!

 

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