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Dear Bros in Christ,

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Brothers in Christ, this weekly encouragement is sent and meant to be an encouragement to all and to build up and edify in the Lord Jesus Christ. Oikodome means "Builder". The Lord has put this on my heart to send out
a monthly Iron Man Oikodome {oy-kod-om-ay'} to build up and encourage the men who love and follow Jesus Christ in their walk with Him.
Hebrews 3:13 "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."
PRAYER REQUESTS: If you have any prayer requests please send them and I will send them out to the bros for prayer, if privacy is needed I will send in a discreet way.


“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. So he prayed to the
LORD, and said, "Ah, LORD, was not this what I said when I was still in my
country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You [are] a
gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One
who relents from doing harm. "Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from
me, for [it is] better for me to die than to live!" Then the LORD said, "[Is it] right
for you to be angry?"” [JONAH 4:1-4]


Bros, Jonah was displeased, exceedingly. He got angry, he prayed, basically said I told You so
to God, he justified his sin of running away from obedience to go to Tarshish. Because
thinking that the Gentiles might come to repentance. Jonah acknowledges God and the fact
that God is gracious, merciful and slow to anger (unlike Jonah), abundant in loving kindness
(unlike Jonah). One who relents from doing harm (unlike Jonah).

Then Jonah says take my life-physically, it would have been better if Jonah had said Lord I
surrender my life (heart- spiritually) to You! Give me a love like Yours Lord to love the
Ninevites like You, help me to love all Gentiles. All those who are lost, weak and weary in their
sins and need You. Take not my life but take this negative heart and give me a new heart to
love as You do Lord, to be a witness to the Gentiles instead of being jealous that the message
of grace was extended to the Gentiles.

"And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and
twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left--and
much livestock? [Jonah 4:11]"

Lord help us as men to not look at a person’s life or character as not worthy of Your grace and
mercy, certainly we know that we are not worthy as well, but from a heart as Yours…
In that they need Jesus to save them and a call to repentance to be able to come into a right
relationship with You. Use us as your ambassadors, Your hands, feet and voices to carry the
Gospel to the least, lost and the last. “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God
were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.”
[2Corinthians 5:20]
That we might have the motivation of the message of the cross, reconciliation to Christ with all we
encounter daily in our lives, not jealous that someone might get saved and be on fire for Christ and
be used mightily in the Kingdom of God here on earth. Give us a heart like Yours Lord and love
like Yours-amen!

Pastor Daniel Wright
Proverbs 27:17

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