About Me

My name is Jonathan. I am the Lead Pastor of Passion Church in Maple Grove, MN which I started in 2004.

I have a wonderful wife Joanne, two awesome sons Alexander & Nicolas, & two daughters Isabela & Penelope.

I'm committed to building the local church & seeing God's kingdom established.


Generosity Part 3

Written by Jonathan.

YOUR MESSAGE IS IN YOUR MESS

  • If you want something different, it means you're going to have to do something different.
  • God uses broken people to minister to broken people.
  • Move from mess to progress
  • Could it be possible they your destiny incorporated the place of your agony.
  • The Word must be lived out.
  • Do you not know where your going because you don't know who you are going with?
  • Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another's shoes
  • Don't allow other people's capacity to define your capacity. 
    • Examples: If you are at a buffet, you don't stop eating just because your friend is full- you go up and get another plate. Or you don't stop serving just because someone else cannot handle what you can. 
  • God uses people who have been through something. Who have made mistakes.

WHY DID GOD USE AARON?

  • Christians are constantly maturing and putting away childish thoughts.
  • Aaron's job was to go before God and represent the people's sins.
  • God picked him because he was a total mess up. So he would be touched by the people's feelings about their infirmaries.
  • Hebrews 4:15
  • The mess is part of the process that leads you to progress.
  • Your mess is the promise that you are in ministry
  • Luke 22:31-32
  • Are you praying for God to stop the mess? Without realizing that it is the mess that leads to the progress?

PUZZLE PIECE

  • It's hard to see the whole picture in a single piece of the puzzle. You can't see the whole picture of what God is going to do in your life by looking at one piece.
  • Don't make a permeant decision based on a temporary decision.
  • Am I operating on a place of faith or a place of fear?


CAN I TRUST GOD?

  • Job 13:15
  • Romans 8:28
  • Build a resume with God. Realize your in process. 
  • Trust God, all things will work out for your good.
  • Value Gods word.
  • A lot of my faith is proven in how I talk to myself.
  • Mark 5:34: she got s healing because of how she perceived herself.
  • Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.
  • Luke 22:32

Generosity: Part 2

Written by Jonathan.

DANIEL 11:32

  • Someone else can take your life and win with it.
  • Need to Gods voice as well as His word
  • Jesus ministry started after he was baptized. His "be" moment. He knew who he was.
  • Satan always comes right after this moment. He wants to deter you from your ministry.
  • Only know who you are after you know who he is
  • We mess up our life because we focus on the doing, not the being.

LUKE 4:2-11

  • Temptation is not a sin, Jesus was tempted.
  • "If thou be....then do." Satan was trying to move Jesus from being to doing.
  • Satan is trying to make him performances based. "I am what I do." - once you lose the why you're doing something wrong
  • Be careful of people who promise you kingdoms in a moment.
  • Possession based ideology: find yourself in what you have  "I am what I have."
  • Validation that comes from Stuff is never God.
  • "If you do this...you'll be like God." Trying to sell popularity.
  • On my way to minister vrs minister on the way

It's not what to do, what you have or who you know. It's why.

You cannot define yourself to see who you are. You must find out who you are before you define yourself. Be who you are first.

Proverbs 18:22
It starts with being who I am.
You will never buy anything that makes you better

Psalms 23:8