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One Name

It was this past August when Jonathan was asked to teach over the weekend. To be honest, it felt like we had been beaten up spiritually since the last time he spoke in January. The January sermon was phenomenal but it was not long after that, we felt like we went through a series of attacks. 

 

As exhausted as we were, it didn’t feel like something he wanted to do. There’s something about stepping out for Jesus that just invites warfare. And sometimes it feels like a nap would be much nicer. With much wrestling and prayer, Jonathan felt he had to speak. Here we go.

 

The victory seemed to come as we made that decision to move forward. Many “thorns” were settled, lifted and removed. A new season had begun. Here is the sermon entitled “One Name”, be encouraged, challenged and ask yourself, “What will I do with the Name of Jesus?” For everything you do hinges off that question. 

One Name

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Choose Today

It was sometime in December that Pastor Mark approached Jonathan to speak for him during a scheduled surgery. For us, December is a jam-packed month  and I knew Jonathan would have that in the back of his mind while juggling everything else. Christmas Eve services were still yet ahead so we prayed: ” Lord,  give the message You want spoken.”  Within a day or so, Jonathan knew he needed to speak on Joshua 24 in the New Year. He was able to be “present” throughout the rest of December knowing he was being led. How gracious God is to give us what we need; there is nothing quite like living under His direction.

 

So here you have it, a message entitled Choose Today , which we are still blown away and thanking God for the testimonies that have come from it. He is so faithful!

 

A Life Changing Prayer

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This was Jonathan’s latest teaching on May 17th, 2015. So many people said it was one of his best. Some people think that I get to hear all his teachings before he actually gives them but nope! I get to hear it fresh, just like everyone else 🙂

His main text was out of Colossians 1:9-14:

 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you.We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,  and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Hope you are encouraged!

 

xo,

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Humble Pie

So I have some pretty good stories of eating my own slice of Humble Pie. I even mixed the ingredients to make that dang Pie. I’m amazed that His promises are still true this day, “His mercies are new every morning.”  We all struggle with pride, it’s just a matter of finding what area in our life it wants to grip us.

Jonathan gives us a few pointers here:

Is everything all about you? (the center of attention)

Do you think too highly of yourself?

Do you think too lowly of yourself? (false humility)

Are you extremely concerned with how people perceive you? (perfectionism)

Are you teachable?

Do you need control of everything?

Do you take matters into your own hands?

 

One of my favorite booklets I like to read a few times a year is From Pride To Humility by Stuart Scott. It will slap you silly. I didn’t want to read this at all in my first few years of marriage, haha. Now, I see it as a friendly reminder, a swift kick in the pants and on to better relationships with my husband, family, friends and random strangers.

I would highly recommend getting a copy of that $5 booklet to keep around (for yourself!)

And remember, if you’re not too keen on the idea of maintaining an attitude of humility- James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Who wants to be opposed by the Almighty God? I would much rather soak in His grace that He so freely gives. The choice is always ours.

 

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Free In Jesus

Free in Jesus! Man, is it hard to explain that kind of freedom to people who have never experienced it! Growing up, I thought it was all about being “good enough” and yet felt that God was always disappointed with me. So little did I  know about His unfailing character!

Jonathan had a couple of heart checks he mentioned in this teaching:

1. Not open to change

2. No joy

3. More about approval than abiding

4. Continually miss the work of God because you are more concerned with the “laws” of men

5. Known more for what you are against than what you are for

6. Quicker to condemn and judge than to love and restore

7. Have a hard heart not a free heart

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1

I’m so thankful to be free from that religious bondage! Tell me, I’d love to know how you’ve experienced His great freedom!

 

In His Grip,

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Press On

We all need a swift kick in the pants sometime to get ourselves out of the self pity mode or  maybe what’s needed is  a good full dose of encouragement to see beyond the circumstances. For those who need to hear this message and gain some soul strength, catch this on entitled Press On dated July 15, 2009.

 

xo,

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