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Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.
Mark 4:9

Charles Stanley, author of the book, “How to Listen to God,” once wrote, “I believe one of the most valuable lessons we can ever learn is how to listen to God. In the midst of our complex and hectic lives, nothing is more urgent, nothing more necessary, nothing more rewarding than hearing what God has to say. His voice waits to be heard and, having heard it, we are launched into the greatest, most exciting adventure we could ever imagine.

This is absolutely true, when we wait to hear God’s voice. And, when we hear it, boy! What an adventure. It is in that moment in time, when we now have the God appointment path, or mission if you might call it, that we have a new sense of urgency of action. And, we are filled with the Holy Spirit as we take on, God’s Will.

In Mark 4, we find Jesus teaching the crowds of the farmer scattering seed. Jesus tells the us in Mark 4:3-8, “..A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

That is where we find Jesus telling us the importance in listening, when Mark writes in Mark 4:9, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” We must hear our Lord’s call on our lives by listening with our hearts, our souls, our minds, our everything and, we must also understand His message He has for us to do.

I believe, today, God wants us to hear His word, hear His voice by listening in silence, and without distraction. It is that moment when we become silent to this world’s distractions is when the Holy Spirit speaks to us through prayer, thought, feeling, signs, or however else He does, but become silent today, open your hearts to hear our Lord’s voice and listen with your hearts to understand His call.

God Bless you all as we listen to our Lord’s will.

Brother Jonathan

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Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
— John 11:25

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels, or enjoying a big meal, although it could include these. Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For some, Easter will be a great day, spent surrounded by family and friends. But for others, it will be a sad day, because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now desperately missed.

Death seems so cruel, so harsh, and so final. That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were devastated. Death had crushed them. But if they would have gone back in their memories, they would have recalled an important event and statement Jesus had made.

They would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of his close friend Lazarus. They would have remembered that Jesus did something completely unexpected: He wept (see John 11:35). Jesus wept, because He knew that death was not part of God’s original plan. Humanity was not meant to grow old, to suffer with disease, or to die. But because of the sin of Adam and Eve, sin entered the human race, and death followed with it. And death spread to all of us. Jesus wept, because it broke His heart.

But standing there at Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus also delivered these hope-filled words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25). Death is not the end. And the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God. Easter brings hope to the person who has been devastated by death.

Brother Jonathan

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Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 
– 2 Corinthians 6:14-15


As a kid I was always reminded not to hang out with certain people growing up. Ever heard of the saying, you are who you associate with? Or my favorite, “guilty by association?” Well, I would always try to make friends with the right people, yet, I always found it hard to identify who the right people really where and it always would seem that I chose the right person, yet, it was only a matter of time before we both landed in detention.

In 2 Corinthians 6:15 we find Paul reminding his friends to cleanse their humanly bodies from temptation and idolatry when we read, “What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil ? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever?” Paul was warning his friends in Corinthians that they needed to make a choice. Live for God or, become His enemy. Devote your life to the Lord or perish.

In life, we make tough decisions everyday for either, good or bad. Do I cut this person off and possibly cause a terrible accident or do I let him go in front of me? Do I open my book to find the correct answer during my closed book exam or should I have studied a little more instead? Do I remain faithful to deceit and lies or should I break free from the bondage?

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a good friend and brother from my church New Life Fellowship. We where talking about choice’s and he said something to me that really struck a chord deep in my heart. He told me that while he was having His alone time with the Lord, the Lord had asked him a question. He said the Lord had asked, “Do you know who’s will is stronger than Mine?” My friend told me that he  was taking back and pondered at the question and then asked the Lord, “Who’s will can be strong than Yours Lord?” He said, the Lord answered, “Yours.”

You see, God gives all of us the choice, everyday. We have the freedom to chose between what is right and what is wrong. It may sound strange that our will can be stronger than the Lord’s, but I want you to really think about it. Think of it this way. If  God had the ultimate willpower over us, why then do we have the terrible crimes that we have today? Why do we have people murdering each other, raping each other, child abuse and all the other terrible crimes we have today?

We all have the power and the to choice between good and evil? We all have a choice, everyday. What choice will you make. What side will you choose to be on? I know the answer seems to be obvious to the question, but honestly ask yourself this and remember; You maybe saved… Born again… Baptized in Jesus Christ. But, I want to remind you, that this does not mean you can’t fall from salvation. We all have a choice to make. We all have the option to choose our destiny. What choice will you make?

God Bless,
Brother Jonathan

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Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Matthew 16:24

Next time you cannot remember why “we” must carry our own crosses and follow Jesus, just look and see what He had to do for us. Next time you think twice in sinning, remember this; sin was a act of free will and cost our Lord His life. Sin is something that we “ALL” do and is sad to say the least in why we continue to do it. Why must we continue to sin? Why can we not listen with our hearts to our Lord’s cry for repentance and not fall into temptation again and again.. and again.

Are you tired of falling? Are you tired of “giving in?” Are you tired of sinning. Are you tired of doing the same-old, day after day… month after month, year and year? Are you ready to loose yourself completely to the cross. Are you ready to fully give your everything, yes and I mean everything to follow Jesus. Let me warn you that the cross has a price my brothers and sisters. Oh yes! The cross is a very heavy and hard burden to bare, but the Lord instructs us all that we must “pick up our crosses daily and follow him…”

As we read Matthew 16:24-25, we find Jesus instructing His disciples what they must do to be true disciples of Him.  It reads, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”  Wow!  If you “hang on to your life, you will lost it…”  What a true and powerful statement.

So what are you going to do? Pick up your crosses. Not the crosses you where around neck. Picking up your cross is not a fashion statement, but an action of faith, will and complete trust. You are agreeing with God to pick up the cross as Jesus did and follow Him on His journey of eternal glory and salvation. I am not saying you are dyeing for all man’s sin as Jesus did. You are going to deny yourself and keep your eyes completely on the Lord, blinded to this worlds’ chaos and follow Him. You are dyeing to self by picking up your cross.

So, pick up your crosses,  follow Jesus and you will be happy. It will not be easy. You will be tempted, you will be tested, you will suffer, but……. You will be happy!
AMEN!

Brother Jonathan

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But when the Pharisees heard about the miracle, they said, “No wonder he can cast out demons. He gets his power from Satan, the prince of demons.”
Matthew 12:24

The Pharisees were men who had dedicated their lives to the study of Scripture. They took a solemn vow before three witnesses to spend every moment of their lives obeying the Ten Commandments. That is not to say they succeeded, because clearly they did not. But that is at least what they tried to do. And with a few exceptions, such as Nicodemus, these Pharisees—these religious experts—had hard hearts from what we read about them in the Bible.

What is ironic is they spent their time studying the Scriptures. These men, immersed in such a spiritual endeavor, had hearts that were so hard, they attributed to the devil that which was being done by God.

This reminds us that the church can be a dangerous place for us today. It is a place where we honor God. It is a place where the Word of God goes out. And we have a choice as to how we will react to these things. If we are in church because we want to worship and learn more about Christ, then that is great. But if we go to church out of mere obligation, thinking we can sin a little more because we have done our duty, that can be dangerous. It is never okay okay to “have your cake and eat it too“… I am sure you know that saying…

The same sun that softens the wax hardens the clay. And sometimes the most hardened people can be inside the church, because they think, I know it all. I have heard it all. I am so spiritual. The problem is they are getting a hard heart. They are arrogant and resistant to the work the Holy Spirit wants to do in their lives.

It is easier to get a hard heart inside the church than outside of it. So if you have a critical spirit and a hard heart, watch out. The church can be a dangerous place for you. Yet, even if you do… Or are just feeling lost, no place to go… No place that “get’s” you. Remember my brother or my sister, we all have been there. We all have done that… Well, let me re-frase that because some have done more or less that others. But, we all can sympathesis with you. The Lord is a forgiving person. The Lord wants to remold you on His “Potters Wheel” and wants to show you a better life, a better way. No way is a good way without the guidance of our God, remember that.
 

Brother Jonathan

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“So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.
Matthew 25:13 NLT

Have you ever sat back, looked around at the times today and wondered if this day is the last day? After wondering this, have you ever started to examine your own life, and what you’ve done with it? Asked yourself how many people you’ve lead to Christ or worried about where you will be going?

Honestly, look around at what is going on in society today. Wars, famines, crazy weather pattern’s, life altering events… the list goes on, and on, and on. Today is a different day and age than that of our forefather’s, our Grandfather’s and Grandmother’s, or even our very own moms and dads. Yes, to look around at the times today does say a lot without having to say a word at all.

Jesus knew this, that His physical days on earth were drawing short and spent every moment of His human life to do whatever He could to evangelize and grow the Kingdom of God. Jesus knew how little time He had so He went out into the world to teach, to evangelize and to make disciples. He, more than often taught His disciples through the telling of the Parable’s, one of which is the Parable of the Talents.

Jesus tells us a Parable in Matthew 25:14-26, “..the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’” “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together![b]’

“The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’”

How many of us have had the, what ifs.. or I should have done that, or I wish I did this… Those are terrible things to hold onto. I know, I have done that to myself, countless of times over and over! I want to point out something, change comes from action. You can’t have change if there is no action. It’s faith, put into action that you will see a change. Even if you are on your death-bed, you can still change and make difference. It’s never too late to start changing while you’re still alive.

God Bless you all as we part are ways today!
Your Brother in Christ.

Brother Jonathan

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Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.
Mark 4:9

Charles Stanley, author of the book, “How to Listen to God,” once wrote, “I believe one of the most valuable lessons we can ever learn is how to listen to God. In the midst of our complex and hectic lives, nothing is more urgent, nothing more necessary, nothing more rewarding than hearing what God has to say. His voice waits to be heard and, having heard it, we are launched into the greatest, most exciting adventure we could ever imagine.

This is absolutely true, when we wait to hear God’s voice. And, when we hear it, boy! What an adventure. It is in that moment in time, when we now have the God appointment path, or mission if you might call it, that we have a new sense of urgency of action. And, we are filled with the Holy Spirit as we take on, God’s Will.

In Mark 4, we find Jesus teaching the crowds of the farmer scattering seed. Jesus tells the us in Mark 4:3-8, “..A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

That is where we find Jesus telling us the importance in listening, when Mark writes in Mark 4:9, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” We must hear our Lord’s call on our lives by listening with our hearts, our souls, our minds, our everything and, we must also understand His message He has for us to do.

I believe, today, God wants us to hear His word, hear His voice by listening in silence, and without distraction. It is that moment when we become silent to this world’s distractions is when the Holy Spirit speaks to us through prayer, thought, feeling, signs, or however else He does, but become silent today, open your hearts to hear our Lord’s voice and listen with your hearts to understand His call.

God Bless you all as we listen to our Lord’s will.

Brother Jonathan

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