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02: Grace and Peace – Prayers of Paul Part 1

February 13, 2020 0 Comments
02: Grace and Peace – Prayers of Paul Part 1

In the second episode of the Hanging Out with Pastor Jon Podcast, I begin a series exploring the Prayers of Paul. There are times when our prayers might be long; however, the Bible is full of very short but powerful prayers. We can find several of these in the writings of Paul Grace to you […]

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Oh the Outrage

February 10, 2020 0 Comments
Oh the Outrage

I really try hard to avoid political posts. I find it very divisive and rarely helpful. However, it is important for Christians to be involved in the political arena, but with my role as a pastor I find my call to be more about sharing the truth of a life with Jesus.  I do ask […]

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01: Hanging Out with Pastor Jon Podcast

January 23, 2020 0 Comments
01: Hanging Out with Pastor Jon Podcast

Well I guess I will never be accused of being an early adopter. I have been blogging since 2009 and have been wanting to launch a podcast for quite a while. I guess I have never wanted it bad enough. 2020 seems like a good year to finally do this. In this first episode I […]

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In 2019 I saw the Double Nickel

January 20, 2020 0 Comments
In 2019 I saw the Double Nickel

What an odd title for a blog post. Yes, I guess it is. Last year I made my 55th pass around the sun. For me that was a bit of an accomplishment.  Several years ago I wrote about one of my greatest childhood heroes, my dad. I was just eleven years old when I watched […]

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Expansion – My One Word for 2020 – Part II

January 13, 2020 1 Comment
Expansion – My One Word for 2020 – Part II

Right before the turn of the new decade I declared, “Expansion,” as my one word for 2020. In that post I mentioned I really did not have a lot of clarity for how Expansion will impact my year. In just the few days since then I have gained some clarity.  You can read part one […]

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Expansion – My One Word for 2020 – Part I

December 30, 2019 1 Comment
Expansion – My One Word for 2020 – Part I

I don’t have a “one word” every year but on the years that I do they seem to just show up. I don’t go through some exercise to think one up. They could be seeds planted by the Holy Spirit or they could be my imagination. What I do know is when they do show […]

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The Risk of Mary and Joseph

December 23, 2019 0 Comments
The Risk of Mary and Joseph

It has hard to believe 2019 is almost done. Here we find ourselves at yet another Christmas. A time to remember the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. Without a birth there can be no new life. I have been reflecting on the reality that some 2000 years ago a young virgin named Mary and […]

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Going Hard After God

December 16, 2019 0 Comments
Going Hard After God

“… we would go hard after satisfaction in God, and go hard after God as delight, our spirit’s pleasure…. Christ as our supreme gain magnifies him, exalts him, worships him whether on the street or in the sanctuary.” – John Piper It is all too easy to get our Christian walk of faith backwards. For […]

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When Being a Servant Becomes Destructive

November 11, 2019 0 Comments
When Being a Servant Becomes Destructive

The greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. – Matthew 23:11-12 (CSB) At times it seems that God’s Kingdom operates backwards from our human logic. In order to be great we are called to serve. The Bible even calls us to lay […]

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When Everyone is a Heretic

November 4, 2019 0 Comments
When Everyone is a Heretic

Just over a week ago we had the great John MacArthur – Beth Moore kerfuffle. The complementarians and the egalitarians lined up against one another and waged a great war on social media. Many mocked and made jokes of the other. A week later nobody changed their point of view but the church was further […]

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