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Nineveh was a great city. it was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Assyria. it began in the time of Nimrod, some 2347 years or so before Christ. The people of Nineveh worshipped what is called a bull-god with the face of a man and wings of a bird. The city was full of idolatry, human sacrifices and all type of sexual perversions.
The sin of Nineveh did not go unnoticed by God however; "Arise, go to Nineveh , that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness has come up before me." ( Jonah 1:2)
God made a provision for the people of Nineveh that they might not see His judgment. He sent the prophet Jonah to cry out against their sin, and to warn of the impending judgment of that wicked place.
The Ninevites heard and responded to the Word of the Lord and a great revival took place. ( Jonah 3:5-10) So the Ninevites repented from their wicked ways and God spared them from His judgment that they so justly deserved. This a mighty example of the mercy of God! But this is not the end of the story of Nineveh. Some 150 years later, God again, passed judgment on Nineveh. This time there was no revival, there was no repenting of sin. The judgment of God was so severe that Nineveh was obliterated and forgotten for nearly 2500 years! (Nahum 3:1-19 )
What happened to Nineveh? One must realize that was not the same generation as in the days of Jonah. It was their children and grandchildren that God judged. Why did that great city fall from the mercy of God so quickly?..... It was because they failed to communicate the knowledge of God to the next generation! And I can't help but wonder if this is what's happening in America? Here's a couple startling facts:
1. In the USA 17 million children under the age of 12 receive no Christian education!
2. In the USA 2 out of three children do not attend Church or Sunday school!
3. Thousands of 11-13 year old girls are carrying around illegitimate babies!
4. 80% of children in Sunday School are never evangelized!
Many more examples can be given, but the point is, are we as parents taking our responsibility to teach the things of God to our children? Many parents today have no idea how to even tell their kid,s from the Bible how to go to Heaven!
With the emphasis seemingly being to take God out of government, off our money and out of our anthems and history books, I think it would be wise to keep in mind God's second visit to Nineveh.... Don't you?
A Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 26, 9:00 a.m. at the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery, Montrose.
The holy day of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday, May 29 will be celebrated at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose with the vigil Mass on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. and at 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Father Nash serves as Pastor.
Psallomen, a student musical ensemble from Lancaster Bible College, will share in song at Bridgewater Baptist Church, corner of Church and Spruce Streets, Montrose, on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the music and light refreshments.
The name Psallomen is a Greek word meaning "let us continually sing praise to God." The groups selections include a mixture of contemporary and traditional numbers by the entire ensemble, as well as vocal and instrumental solos by group members.
If you need directions or more information, call the church office at 2782352.
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