Bishop Jonathan joined with our meeting today. It was a real blessing. He thanked each of you for you continued prayer and benevolent financial support. He also, shared with us an update on his Dad Bishop Mark Grenon.
The prayers segment is only about 30 minutes long but, I had to upload it on the page in the following three (3) videos. Jonathan joins our broadcast during the second video at approximately the 06:30 TIMESTAMP. I know that you’re going to be blessed.
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If you missed the opportunity to read Bishop Jonathan’s Newsletter, here it is:
Jesus Christ is the only answer!!!
Jonathan, to all that are seeking for answers to the world’s problems. What has happened? Why is there so much destruction and suffering in this world? So many people want to blame God, but don’t want to consider the facts. The apostle Paul declares that “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2nd Timothy 3:12. Why is it then, that for so many years persecutions seem in a great degree to slumber, not only in the USA, but in much of the western world? The only reason is, that the church has conformed to the world’s standard, and therefore awakens no opposition. The religion and belief which is current in our day is not of the pure and holy character that mark the Christian faith in the days of Christ and His apostles. It is only because of the spirit of compromise with sin, because the great truths of the Word of God are so indifferently regarded, because there is so little vital godliness in the church, that Christianity is apparently so popular with the world. Let there be a revival of the faith and power of the early church, and the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled.
So yes, there are answers to this world’s problems, but where to find them?
A sign that there is a revival amongst God’s people is that they are being persecuted for His name sake. Find and join those people of God and you will have the answers you look for, amongst them dwells the Holy Spirit.
This leads me to a few questions, have you ever despised something or someone? Or better yet have you been despised? Do you know what that word means?
Here is the Biblical meaning from the Greek language in the New Testament: Despising means :”to think little of, slightly of, or nothing of another, to think down upon or against anyone, disesteems.”
Hebrews 12:2 says: “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God.”
Jesus thought little of the shame that He had to bare for us in comparison to the joy of giving us salvation. If He did that for us, what shouldn’t we do for Him? Our King, our Master, Our Savior.
In the short chapter 20 of the book of Isaiah, God used Isaiah the Prophet by ordering him to walk naked and barefoot to demonstrate the shame that Egypt and Ethiopia would experience at the hands of Assyria, but the message was also for the people of Judah, Judah was putting their trust in alliances and other people. God does not want His people to trust in governments and the like. Jeremiah 17:5-7 says: “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall NOT see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”
Humans, Governments, institutions, etc. can never take God’s place as the ultimate authority on truth, justice, and dealing righteously with people.
God told Isaiah to do something that to us would seem shameful and illogical. That can produce fear in us because we don’t know what that action might bring us in the future. At times God may tell us to take steps that we will not understand. We must obey Him with complete faith, not partially, for He will never lead us astray.
I believe that the Lord has allowed this humiliating experience to my family and I, that in our minds might make no or little sense at all.
What has happened to us is a forewarning of what is yet to come to not only this evil government, but to all who do not heed and obey the Word of God. If what is happening to us for serving the Lord seems harsh and unfair, like what God had Isaiah and many more of His servants go through, then what is in store for those who reject Him?
I believe we are a warning sign to all, especially to the believers who have chosen to conform to the things of this world. According to the Word of God, what is yet to come will be like nothing man has ever seen or witnessed before. Things will not get better in this world no matter what party, person, government, entity, etc.. that is ruling.
But what doesn’t mean we cannot get closer to the Lord Jesus or dwell in His presence, just the opposite, we must run to Him with more urgency than ever, asking for forgiveness and trusting Him in everything. So the answer to the world’s problems is and forever will only be Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. You will be sure to find His presence amongst those who are being persecuted for His name sake. If a church and or people are not being persecuted for doing the will of God, we must ask ourselves, is this Church or people conformed to the ways of the world? And if so, they do not have the answers to the worlds problems. They might say the right things, but are they living it? When tested, will they suffer for Christ’s sake? Or make up excuses for their lack of faith in the Lord and run from hardship or persecution to remain “comfortable for a season”?
1st Peter 1:7 says :” That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perish, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”
I suggest that you read all of 1st Peter. The apostle Peter speaks much on the benefits of suffering for Jesus. So what if the Lord is calling you to a time of suffering and persecution, will you accept it and go forth, or will you run from it? Do God’s people really want a revival like they say they do? Because it comes by persecution. But I can say that even through the suffering that I have been chosen to go through, the Spirit of God is more revived in me than in my whole life prior to this situation. In my next newsletter I will be discussing what is in store for all those who deny the Lord Jesus Christ and go against His people. It might take a few weeks because we have only been allowed out of the cell an average of 2 hours everyday or two. That is to make a phone call, write messages, take a shower, and whatever else we have to do. Jordan types fast, so he types the newsletters and sends it to our brother Dick, but now it takes him a few days when we get out. There is no apparent reason for this lockdown, it just happened out of the blue, since around December 21st. I believe there is an agenda behind it all, but that could be just my thinking. Thank you all for your continuing prayers and support. May God bless you all.
P.S. While locked down, I was led to write a short poem, if you can call it that. Read it and think of those who suffer on a daily basis. We tend to thank God and are grateful for the things we receive or have abundance of, but have you thought today that some people live in a continuous life of suffering. To really show the Lord that we are grateful, we must help and visit those in need. I thank you all who are doing that for my family and I, you might never know what it means to us, I hope you enjoy:
(Where were you when I needed you?)
Where were you when I needed you?
When I was at my worst,
When I was broken and hurt
When I was in prison
When I was on the verge of giving up.
Where were you?
Were you too busy to talk to me?
To busy to think about me?
To busy to even care?
Did it hurt to think of me?
Did you shy away from me to not hurt?
Did I bring shame to you?
All that time, I was never alone, my Best Friend was there, When I needed you.
His name is Jesus and He is everything to me and He can be there for you also when you are in need.
Just don’t fear the shame, the hurt, the unknown, come to the One who knows all, my Friend and Savior Jesus Christ.
So you can see now, while you weren’t there for me when I needed you,
you weren’t there for Jesus also, because where I was is where Jesus is.
How can you serve that which you don’t see while ignoring what is all around you?
Where were you when I needed you?
A simple, poor and contrite man
A servant of the Lord.