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Jonathan Evans
Husband. Father. Pastor.
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Moving forward, I will write and post weekly content here: http://www.elimgrace.org/category/blog/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“Revive us again, oh Lord, that your people may rejoice in you.” (Psalm 85:6) The word “revive” means something like “reinvigorate with fresh life”. Though the word “revival” does not appear in the Bible, the idea of it does. Revival is a Biblical idea. “Revival is a season in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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Do you love to receive gifts? Anytime? Any kind? From any person? If it’s a gift we want or need, we are thankful and excited. But if it's a gift we feel we don’t really need or really want, we find it harder to receive. We smile, but inside we... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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Passion itself is not worthy of your pursuit. I find myself often praying something like, “God give me more passion, more energy, more courage.” But the question becomes: passion for what? energy for what? courage for what? The goal is never to create passion, but to discover what you’re passionate... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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Trust is foundational to any lifetime or longterm successful, healthy, and growing relationship. With it you can withstand any storm. Without it you’ve built your house on sand. In my relationship with my children my trustworthiness is “built to last" in several ways. (A) My trustworthiness is built on follow-through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“And the people of Israel did just as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan... And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the covenant had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away,” sings U2 on their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. On the one hand, we live most of our lives trying to find what is valuable to us. On the other, we live most of our lives trying not to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“Praise is inner health made audible,” said C.S. Lewis. This is the kind of person who can go into a restaurant and order everything on the menu and find in each dish something to praise. As opposed to the person who orders everything and finds in each something he dislikes.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14 A goal for growing in wisdom is to be able to make good and right decisions. However, wisdom is not simply information or knowledge about what you should or should not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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When have you been afraid? Last week? Yesterday? Today? And were you afraid of something real? Of something imagined?The Israelites lived in fear under Pharaoh. What was he thinking? What might happen next? And what might never happen? Rescue. So Israel groaned under the weight of slavery and cried out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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God is committed to changing you. And changing you means something more than living an obedient, good, moral life. In fact, Jesus didn’t die so you could obey God (though it includes that). He died for something greater. To claim to be a Christian is to believe your old self... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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There are some of us who having been Christians for a long time look on a person who has been a Christian for a much shorter time and are surprised, critical, jealous over the spiritual growth in that person. By comparison we feel we haven’t grown as much as we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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At times we can be found as Christians living before God as young children playing hide and seek with their parents: if we can’t see them, they can’t see us. How often we are aware of something in our heart that we know we need to bring to light, to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). This is an ongoing request. "Lord, teach us to pray always," we might add. We are continually learning, not only about prayer, but to pray. (1) We must learn to pray, not to feel like praying. Prayer is our duty even when it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) In the Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln poses a simple question, “Do you think we choose the times into which we are born? Or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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1-Be yourself Our culture says to save yourself you must be yourself. But the gospel says to be yourself you must be saved from yourself. You must lose yourself, deny yourself, die to yourself. In short, you must be crucified and resurrected in Jesus Christ. Jesus not only saves you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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Listening is an act of faith. It is being awake to God and his speaking personally to us. It is being aware of God and that he is personally present with us. Wakefulness, watchfulness are conditions for listening. Too often, though, we are disciples asleep, unaware, unconvinced that God is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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To forgive my wife, to love her, when I don’t feel forgiving or loving will at some point prove impossible if my highest commitment and obedience is to forgiveness or to love or even to my wife. My power to forgive doesn’t come from forgiveness. My power to love doesn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at Jonathan Evans
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Some gifts are a short time coming. We go looking for a gift we have yet to decide upon and are spontaneous at the last minute. Some gifts are a long time coming. We have thought it through and know precisely what it is we are looking for. But none... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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What are reasons we mistrust some of our leaders today? They are domineering, uncaring, self-seeking, dishonest, and manipulative. But Christians are not to lead this way. We are to be the opposite kind of “image”. Leadership is a calling given to everyone by God at creation and from birth. Every... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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There are seasons of parenting in life. When your kids are small you can enjoy a season of easily and freely sitting down with them to play or to talk or to read a story together. They go to bed early and you have time to do what you want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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Lately I’ve been rereading C.S. Lewis’s chapter on “Charity” from his book The Four Loves. In it he says that “We want to be loved for our cleverness, beauty, generosity, fairness, usefulness. The first hint that anyone is offering us the highest love of all is a terrible shock." There... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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© Bundesarchiv, Bild_183-R00012 This picture is from Berlin, Germany during the First World War. We see those who are waiting for bread and other essential supplies that were scarce. Many waited hours in line but only to be disappointed—to be told there was no more of what they had been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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We are encouraged to ask and to seek and to knock—to persistently make our requests known to God. But does that encouragement of us guarantee that God always answers immediately or exactly? "And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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When you routinely exercise there are different levels of weakness. At first, you can barely do anything. But then that becomes easy and there’s a new level of weakness you reach. The more strength you gain the more your level of weakness will rise, meaning, you discover you’re weak in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Jonathan Evans