THE GOSPEL OF THE SECOND CHANCE
Then the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time: (Jonah 3:1). In some ways that is the most startling truth in the Book of Jonah. God gave the prophet another chance. Deliberately, consciously, stubbornly, Jonah had disobeyed God. He had run from Him in a fit of rebellion, yet God came to the prophet a second time and allowed him to carry out His ministry. On New Year’s Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played University of California in the Rose Bowl. In that game a man named Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California. Somehow, he became confused and started running in the wrong direction. One of his teammates, Benny Lom, overtook and downed him 65 yards away, just before he scored for the opposing team. When California attempted to punt, Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety which was the ultimate margin of victory. That strange play came in the first half, and everyone…
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