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.


Fixing Us Part 2

Written by Jonathan.

Ephesians 5:22-29

Counseling

  • Go to counseling- intelligent people get counseling, even your pastors get counseling.

  • When you smell smoke in your house you call for help. Don't wait until the house burns down. Don't wait until it's too late to fix it. Don't be so spiritual that your not earthly good.
  • Pastors can offer biblical guidance, but sometimes you need practical help. You have a body, soul, and spirit- all areas need help sometimes.
  • "Will you help me." Leaders should be willing to say that. You gain authority when you go under people and support them. That's why Jesus washed feet.

Relationships

  • Have you written a job description for what your looking for in a relationship?
  • Marriage happens because there are many deposits. Divorce happens when there are too many withdrawals and not enough deposits.
  • God hates divorce. He does NOT hate YOU. He hates the act of divorce- who doesn't? Anyone who has been touched divorce will tell you it's terrible
  • We set a tent on where Gods best is- so we know where to strive to be.
  • How do I know I am healed from past hurts? When it can be touch without pain. Only God can heal you.
  • Best thing to give your spouse is a healthy you.
  • People think that some companionship beats no companionship. So they settle. Worshiping the idol of companionship- spending money on companionship and giving God pennies.


Loneliness is a terrible thing. People can be single or married and be lonley.

Singles- Isolation and preporation. First must have a relationship with God. He used Moses on the back side of a moutian, talking to a bush.

God is jealous. He never leaves. He never sleeps. He can see through everything. He knows you. Everything about you. And he still loves you. You have not chosen Him, but He has chosen you.

God's people know His voice. Not just His word. Still need to read bible and study His word- but it is more important to know His voice.

Plans change the vision stays the same. Make sure your spouse has a vision and that you are equally yoked in that vision. That you both have the same vision.

When people can walk away from you- let them walk.

1 John 2:19. It is a healthy sign of a body to produce waste. The body gets rid of stuff that doesn't provide life or help the body. Just like the Holy Spirit does for the church.

Fixing Us Part 1

Written by Jonathan.

DIFFICULT PEOPLE, MEANS DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIPS !

1Samual 25 


Here are some of the Most Difficult People To Have Relationship With...

  • VOLCANO PEOPLE
  • The SPONGE !
  • THE GOSSIP !
  • THE CRITIC !
  • BACKSTABBER
  • THE CONTROL FREAK
  • THE WET BLANKET
  • DRAMA QUEEN

 Some INCREDIBLE Truths That Not Only Gave David Wisdom, But We Can Draw Insight From It Today.

 

Point 1 Scripture

1 Samuel 25: verse 23 (NIV)

Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground.

 She fell at his feet and said:

Pardon your servant, my lord, and let me speak to you; hear what your servant has to say.

Verse 25 (NIV)

Please pay no attention,

to that wicked man Nabal.

1) DON'T DWELL ON NABAL !

 

Point 2 scripture

Vs 25...As his name is...So is He...

NABAL is his name and Foolishness is

his Game.

2) NABAL IS NABAL (A Fool)

 

You Must Understand,

YOU CAN NOT HELP PEOPLE MORE THAN THEY ARE WILLING TO HELP THEMSELVES.

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Always Remember,

Not Everybody that comes into your

Life has Good Intentions !

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Point 3 Scripture

1 Samuel 25:28 (NIV)

WHAT ABIGAIL SAID TO DAVID WAS,

Please FORGIVE your servants offense . For The Lord will certainly make a lasting dynasty for you David, because you fight the Lords battles,

Let no wrongdoing will be found in you as long as you live.

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3) SHOW MERCY, BY NOT REACTING, AND ENTERING INTO BATTLE WITH NABAL.

 POWERFUL TRUTH MERCY ON THEM, IS A SIGN OF GREATER STRENGTHTHEN SMASHING THEM !

 

Point 4 for Scripture

Verse 29 (NKJV)

...The Lives of your enemies He shall

Sling Out as from the pocket of a Sling.

4) LET GOD HANDLE THE DIFFICULT PEOPLE !

Powerful Truth

As Long as you are all Worked Up,

Yo are Keeping God out of the Equation !

 

Point 5 Scripture

1 Samuel 25:31 (NIV)

my Master will not have on his conscience the staggering burden of needless bloodshed (This Is Beautiful) or of having avenged himself...

#5) IN HOLDING YOUR PEACEYOU WILL HAVE NO REGRETS and YOU WILL PRESERVE YOUR OWN DESTINY !

 

 

POWERFUL THOUGHT

If You React To Difficult People,

YOU TAMPER WITH YOUR DESTINY !