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Jonathan Evans
Husband. Father. Pastor.
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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 6 days ago 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
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God’s promise to give a land to the people of Israel was made to them long before any of them were born. God first made them that promise to and in Abraham, then again to Moses. The promise, therefore, preceded Israel's slavery in Egypt and deliverance from Pharaoh. It preceded... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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We ask God for strength and we don’t like weakness. There's a tension here. We want to be strong, we like to feel strong: it causes us to believe we can overcome anything, accomplish anything, succeed at anything. But whatever strength or confidence we feel at certain times is not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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God is good and everything we receive comes from him. Everything God gives, then, is good. But is it satisfying? Does it leave us wanting? The answer is both no and yes. No, because we are to follow the gift back to the Giver. We are not simply receiving a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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No one in life is going to escape suffering through hardship, pain, loss, sickness or death. These things are a given in life regardless of who you are, where you live, who you know, what you believe or what you do. In addition to suffering itself, when we are suffering... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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Everyone has been afraid. Everyone fears. Fear is a natural part of our life. Yet, in other sense, fear is an unnatural part—it was never supposed to be part of the life God created us for. One day, in the new heaven and earth, there will be more fear, because... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 The King and his kingdom The persecuted, Jesus says, are blessed, not because they’re persecuted, but because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them and they belong to it. What is this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…because of me”. Matthew 5:10-11 If we suffer because of Jesus,... To all Christians, at all times, in all places Jesus stated that persecution—verbal and/or physical assaults or attacks—will come. But he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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First, I don’t presume anyone wants to know what "Jonathan Evans" does or why. But I do presume many like myself are uneasy with their use of technology, or unsure of the impact technology is making on their life. It should also be stated that any practical restraints or disciplines... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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TROUBLEMAKING vs. PEACEMAKING “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:14 Peacemakers are those who actively pursue and attempt to make peace with their enemies, or, to help bring together those who are estranged. This is important work and this is hard work. But... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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What do we mean when we say we are seeking the presence of God? In many churches and in their services, and in the minds of many worship leaders and preachers, it is often understood to mean "an atmosphere” or “an experience,” usually revolving around "a feeling". But is that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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A friendship that isolates you from other friendships is not one worth pursuing. Or, perhaps, is not one that in the longterm will make you the happiest. Why? Because a true friend comes to see and understand that in order for you to be “yourself” you need others to draw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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Three expressions of love When Jesus says the world will know Christians by their love for one another (John 13:35) he is stating that their love will (1) have some common characteristics they share with all but (2) be uncommon and distinct in many other ways. It will be a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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MORBIDITY IS NOT A GOOD CATALYST There are moments one is completely self-absorbed, or is fully absorbed by what is on his mind or heart. He is therefore oblivious to everyone around him, particularly those he loves and who love him. If not oblivious, then deliberately not paying or giving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
CRITICISM, persuasive and constructive criticism, requires understanding. But understanding requires a lot of time and hard work. Sometimes it will require so much time that the opportunity for criticism will pass you by. However, you are not wiser for criticizing something. You are wiser for understanding something. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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NOVELTY NEVER SAVED A MARRIAGE A marriage is built, not bought. It takes hard work day after day. It’s not the kind of work you hate doing, but more like the work that, though difficult, you enjoy because there’s purpose, meaning, and joy in it. It’s also not work that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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I SURRENDER ALL? How does one surrender their all to God? When we sing, “I surrender all,” is it true? Do we really mean all, our whole heart and life? Or is it not closer to the truth that there is usually something we keep back? Maybe knowingly, but certainly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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WE ALL WANT TO HIDE "Blessed are the pure in heart” (Matthew 5:9). Or happy are the clean in heart. Or, yet again, blessed and happy are those who have nothing to hide—nothing to be embarrassed about, nothing to be ashamed of. But who can say that? No one. We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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We often seek to gain the most while losing the least in life. We want the most bang for our buck. We want to sacrifice as little as possible. In our Christian life, we seek God's grace but we want him to take away our weakness, the very reason why... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
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"Man cannot live without the sacred...We transfer our sense and longing for the sacred onto other things.” So said Jacques Ellul. And in the culture that we live in today the thing we transfer our sense and longing to first, he believed, is technology. Sometimes, more often than we’d like... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Jonathan Evans