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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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“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

When Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, ascended to the throne after his father died, he was overwhelmed by the task at hand. So he prayed, and God appeared to him in a dream and told him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5).

If God appeared to you tonight and told you to ask for whatever you wanted, what would you pray for? Fortunately, Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

Because he had not asked for a long life, riches, or even the death of his enemies, God told Solomon He would give him just what he requested and more: “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:13).

Solomon had his priorities in order. He sought God’s kingdom first, and all of those things were added to him.

And when we put God and His kingdom first, our lives will find the proper balance as well. When Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” what things was He speaking of? In context, these “things” are what you will wear, what you will drink, and what you will eat and everything we do. The basic issues of life will be taken care of by God when we put Him first…

Regardless of what you are going through… Have received… Plan to receive.. Or haven’t received. I want you to stop what you’re doing… Close your eyes… Fold your hands and bow your head. Pray to the Lord that He will give you what you need to do His will. When we truly ask this from our hearts, all will fall into place when you except the fact that we are not here because of accident or coincidence, the Lord has a special plan for you and all will be added to you in His time once we humble ourselves and are ready to receive.

As we part our ways today, remember… Be true to your heart and who you are. No matter what influence’s you, put aside the worldly wants and seek first the needs of God and you will live happy. Try asking someone how’s their day going today. A few kind words goes a long way on the road to recovery. Remember that.

Brother Jonathan R. L. Spann

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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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 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33

When Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, ascended to the throne after his father died, he was overwhelmed by the task at hand. So he prayed, and God appeared to him in a dream and told him, “Ask! What shall I give you?” (1 Kings 3:5).

If God appeared to you tonight and told you to ask for whatever you wanted, what would you pray for? Fortunately, Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

Because he had not asked for a long life, riches, or even the death of his enemies, God told Solomon He would give him just what he requested and more: “And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days” (1 Kings 3:13).

Solomon had his priorities in order. He sought God’s kingdom first, and all of those things were added to him.

And when we put God and His kingdom first, our lives will find the proper balance as well. When Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” what things was He speaking of? In context, these “things” are what you will wear, what you will drink, and what you will eat and everything we do. The basic issues of life will be taken care of by God when we put Him first…

Regardless of what you are going through… Have received… Plan to receive.. Or haven’t received. I want you to stop what you’re doing… Close your eyes… Fold your hands and bow your head. Pray to the Lord that He will give you what you need to do His will. When we truly ask this from our hearts, all will fall into place when you except the fact that we are not here because of accident or coincidence, the Lord has a special plan for you and all will be added to you in His time once we humble ourselves and are ready to receive.

As we part our ways today, remember… Be true to your heart and who you are. No matter what influence’s you, put aside the worldly wants and seek first the needs of God and you will live happy. Try asking someone how’s their day going today. A few kind words goes a long way on the road to recovery. Remember that.

Brother Jonathan

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 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”
Mark 1:38

Jesus went and met the woman at the well in Samaria because she had an appointment with God. In Jesus’ detour into enemy territory, we see two important concerns as we bring the message of the gospel today.

First, we have to go to where people are. Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church; He said the church should go into the whole world. As Mark’s Gospel tells us, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’ ” (Mark 16:15).

When I started preaching the gospel a few year’s ago, I started close to home… I started at with my work. I was asked, “Why are you doing this in a place like Otis? Why would you come and hold an event in a place like this?”

I said, “Because Jesus said, ‘Go into all the world,’ and He did not exempt Otis. There are people there. And we want to reach people.” The glorious thing is that many people are coming into the kingdom through this outreach. We need to go to where people are.

Second, we need to care about the people we speak to. Jesus needed to go to Samaria because He cared about this woman (see John 4:4). When the apostle Paul was in Athens, he saw the city that was given over to idolatry, and his spirit was stirred within him (see Acts 17:16–17). He felt righteous indignation as he saw so many turning to false gods.

In the same way, any effective sharing of the gospel must always begin with a God-given burden. We have to care. Jesus cared. Do you? Do you want to reach out to perishing people?

We should go to where people are. We should care about them and reach out to them regardless what happens to you. My dear brother and sisters, please pray today that those who are with God and those who have their hearts hardened to the Lord in all our sinly stuberness may truly open our eyes to our hearts… Completely… Fully and finally to the Lord. 

Brother Jonathan 

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