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“If you love me, obey my commandments.”
– John 14:15

What is love? The Beatles recorded the classic song on the subject, “All You Need Is Love,” and then they broke up and sued each other. Various philosophers have expressed opinions on love as well. Plato said that love is a serious mental disease. Oliver Wendell Holmes, who was more optimistic on the subject, said, “Love is the master key which opens the gates of happiness.” Another said, “Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”

We are given probably the greatest definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The Bible clearly tells us that God is love. We don’t have a greater example of love than what we have in God’s showing His love for us. And we find the definitive statement on love in John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” So how should we respond? We ought to love Him back.

We can talk all day about love and how much we love God. We can sing about our love for God. We can speak about our love for God. But probably the best way to show our love for Him is by what we do. Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments” (John 14:15).

As we go today, let’s remember to wait patiently on the Lord and He’ll get you through whatever you are going through. And all the people said, AMEN!

God Bless,

Brother Jonathan

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The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

I believe the hardest part of evangelism is getting started. But once you get started, and once God starts speaking through you, it can be one of the most joyful things you have ever done. To think that God almighty would speak through someone like you or me is indeed a great privilege. It is an honor to go and tell others about Jesus. And I love all the challenges that I face from day to day in doing so. God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is Good!

The gospel was not designed to be hoarded; it was designed to be shared. You were blessed to be a blessing. Therefore as you take in, you need to give out that message again so others can come into a relationship with God. One of the greatest joys you will ever experience, next to knowing the Lord himself, is when you have the privilege of praying with someone to accept Christ. You start seeing the radical, even visible, changes that will take place in your life. We are told in Proverbs 11:25, “Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” It is refreshing as you give back and help other people.

We have a choice either to evangelize or fossilize, and a lot of people have chosen the latter. While it may be true that we are not all called to be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. And the place to start is at the beginning. We reach the world with the gospel one person at a time.

You can personalize Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) by going to your world. Go to your workplace. . . . Go to your family. . . . You have a sphere of influence. You have a group of people who will listen to what you have to say. Go to that world—the world to which God has called you. It was very scary to make a decision in which I originally did not know or understand but, it was very easy to make it once I found the Lord. Once you find your personal Jesus, your life will change. You will be blessed immensely and you will prosper. Remember, the road to a life with God is not an easy road but, it is very rewarding once you’ve traveled it a few times. You will be tested, you will suffer but, you are not alone. We are all the children of the Lord.

May the Lord continue to Bless you all today!

 

Brother Jonathan

“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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Jesus instructed His disciples by saying, “..you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose.”
John 6:27

When you look around at nature and notice all the beauty it has to offer, you have to be in awe at the beauty… I know I am. When I see the tree’s, the grass, the sky and the animals in it, I feel at peace knowing that our Lord created and cares for and looks after all that is in it. God provides plentifully for the nature and provides what they need. It comforts me to know that Jesus tells us not to worry about food either because He provides what we need to do the Father’s will.

When we read John 6:3-15, we come on the scene of where Jesus feeds 5,000 men and a un-numbered amount of women and children as well with only 5 barley loaves and 2 fish:

Then Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him.  (It was nearly time for the annual Passover celebration.)

Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 

There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd? Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus ordered. So all of them — the men alone numbered five thousand — sat down on the grassy slopes. 

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full. “Now gather the leftovers,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.” There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat!

Wow… Amazing! Jesus instructed His disciples to gather the leftover’s that people did not eat because they where full from only 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. This is by definition, a miracle and is just a tiny inkling of what our Lord can do. That is why He reminds us in John 6:27, “you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you.”

We need to stop putting our trust in man and put all our trust in God. As Jesus says, in Matthew 10:39, “if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” Give up and give in, that’s today’s task. Try to give up something you normally hold on to and give it to God. No, he does not need your Dunkin Donuts coffee, or your McDonald’s sandwich, but you know who does? Those of us who go without everyday. Perhaps God’s will for you today is to help a starving brother or sister out. What is God’s will for you? What is the call that God has on your life? Do you know? I have a suggestion for you, try to listen with your heart and hear God’s call on your life. Let God guide you on your journey. Good luck and God Bless!

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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But the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,t who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”
Mark 16:6–7

Do you need a second chance today? On the first Easter morning, Peter needed one. There in the Upper Room, he had insisted that he would never deny Christ. But just as Jesus had predicted, Peter not only denied the Lord, but he denied Him three times. The last glimpse Peter had of Jesus before His crucifixion was in the glow of the fire in the high priest’s courtyard, where he actually made eye contact with Jesus. And then he went out and wept bitterly.

What kind of look do you think Jesus gave Peter when their eyes met? Do you think it was one of those I-told-you-so looks? Do you think it was one of scorn, as if to say, “How could you betray Me?” I don’t think it was either one. I think it was a look of love, a look of compassion that said, “I still love you, Peter.” And I believe that is why Peter went out and wept bitterly. He had failed the Lord so miserably. He probably thought there was no hope for him.

But then a message went out from the empty tomb that Jesus had risen, followed by these instructions, “Go, tell His disciples—and Peter. . . .” It was not, “Go tell the disciples, including Peter, James, and John. . . .” It was just Peter, because Peter needed a special word of encouragement.

Do you need encouragement today? Maybe you have fallen short. You didn’t plan on it, but it happened. And like Peter, maybe you ended up with the wrong people in the wrong place at the wrong time, ultimately doing the wrong thing.

God gave Peter a second chance. And He will give you one, too—because I believe, Easter is for the person who needs a second chance.

Remember, Easter is a day of renewing. Easter is the day our Lord Jesus rose from the dead… Concurred death, and saved us all from sin! Jesus gave everything for us… He didn’t do it half heartily… Everything! It is our turn to embrace what the Lord did for us and run with it. Have faith and believe and know that, today, you are renewed. Today you are free! Today, you are healed! Fore, today is the day the Lord had come so let us all rejoice… Worship and do everything in our power to never stop the fight.

If you have yet to accept the Lord in your life. Well, I have a special gift for you. Today is that day. You can accept Him. Close your eyes. Yes close them. Hold you hands up above your head. Reach for the Heavens and ask the Lord this: Jesus. I come to you a broken human. I am nothing without you. I know I am lost without you and I need you. I give you my everything and surrender to the Father’s will. Lord, I accept you into my life as my Lord and Savior. Jesus, you are the only way to the Father. I am forgiven because you died and rose again for me. AMEN!

God bless you all, and remember, Easter is for 2nd chances! It is a day of remembrance in the awesome sacrifice that Jesus did for us all, so that we can be freed from death!  

Brother Jonathan

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 The Kingdom of Heaven is like a fishing net that was thrown into the water and caught fish of every kind. -Matthew 13:47 Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
Luke 5:10

What I love about this area of Israel is that it is much like it was in the days when Jesus Himself walked here. As you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and hear the gentle lapping of waves on the shore, you realize that this is what Jesus would have experienced as well.

It is also the area where called Peter, James, and John (who fished on the shores) to be His own disciples.

One day, Jesus was being pressed by the multitudes as He always was (Luke 5). He saw Peter, James, and John on the shore, and asked Peter if He could borrow his boat for a while. Peter agreed, and Jesus addressed the eager crowds.

Then Jesus said to Peter, “Why don’t you launch out your boat into the deep water for a big catch of fish!”

Peter protested, “Lord, we have been fishing all night, yet at Your word we will do it.”

Peter was a seasoned fisherman. He spent his life by this lake, and he knew they were not going to be catching any fish after an entire night of fishing. So, Peter did what Jesus told him to do. In the original language, what Peter said in response to Jesus could be translated, “At your word we will do it, captain of this boat!”

You know what happened next? Their nets were breaking with fish, and Peter was dumbfounded. Jesus had just invaded his little world and shown Himself unlimited in power.

Peter said to Jesus, “Depart from me Lord, I am a sinful man!” In other words, “Jesus, with all due respect, don’t waste your time on someone like me. I am just not worth the effort!”

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.”

In the same way, there is a world out there that is hungry for spiritual truth too. We all need to go “fishing for people.”

You might think that God could never use someone like yourself! And that’s what Peter thought, but Jesus used him powerfully to touch his world, and I believe God can use you to touch yours as well.

Let Jesus “invade your world” today. Let Him be the “captain of your ship,” whatever that ship might be. I think you will end up with nets that are full. Remember, something that I’ve always thought and found to be true is that something better than Heaven is knowing that you’ve brought someone with you! As Christians, we are not going to fit in with this world. We need and must Stand Out and shout on Mountain Tops to all our brothers and sisters and lead them to God.

 

Brother Jonathan

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