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Jonathan Evans
Husband. Father. Pastor.
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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 yesterday at Jonathan Evans
"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 7 days ago at Jonathan Evans
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said." Luke 18:34 What we can’t (yet) know As a father, I have at times tried to explain something to my children or had them try and explain something to... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
"When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
When the Spring flowers blossom they are not appearing due to some unforeseen reason. Rather, they come as a result of the permanence of Spring. As a season, it is inevitable in its coming, predictable in its arrival. The buds and flowers, though, are also the result of the permanence... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
No one will deny that we are all bombarded daily by an abundance of ideas/images of what churches and ministries are supposed to be like. On social media, our favorite blogs, the bestsellers list, everyone has a tip or a secret to building or growing the best church and ministry... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
It is said that The London Times once asked a group of intellectuals to write an essay to the question: what is the fundamental problem of the universe. G.K. Chesterton responded with a telegram: “The problem with the universe is me.” HAPPINESS We’re all looking for happiness. No one is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
We tend towards thinking of our lives as divided into several areas or compartments. There’s money and relationships and faith and education and work and many more. We feel that we must address each one independently of the others in order to fine tune and perfect or maximize our life.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
Is Jesus making something up when he says “the meek shall inherit the earth”? (Matthew 5:5) Is this make believe? A misguided promise? An empty blessing? Does he, can he, really, literally, mean the earth? Yes! And it is often forgotten more than it is doubted. As Christians, we are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
Blessed are the meek or humble. Most of us would say, “That’s me!". But what would others say? And how can we really know? Here’s a good place to start: How put off are you when others dislike you, or disagree with you, or ignore you, or snub you? Our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
“God forgives” is one of the main arteries connected to the heart of the Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. The other is that “God changes” those whom he forgives. The same grace that has appeared bringing salvation for all people is the same grace that trains (teaches) those who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
"And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-21 In a moment beyond... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Jonathan Evans
When Jesus says that “the poor in spirit” are blessed, he doesn’t say that they are blessed because they are poor in spirit. They are not blessed because they are this way. Rather, astonishingly, they are blessed although they are this way. In effect Jesus is telling those who know... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Jonathan Evans