Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Whole Lot of Hating Going On

Looking at the headlines these days is a reminder that the world hates Jesus as well as those who lift up His name and His precepts. Not much has changed in the last 2,000 years.
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. - John 15:18
It has been amazing to watch the aggressive, hate-filled, venomous reaction from the world to a man politely expressing his conviction about what God has said about marriage.

Along the same lines... It is crazy how the world defends sin and mocks righteousness. Everything is upside down.
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. - Romans 1:28
We desperately need revival in this nation that was founded by great men who had a healthy fear of the Lord, a respect for God's Word, and a love for Jesus. Wake up church, pray, and lift up the name of Jesus. He is the only solution and the only resolution. Jesus is the answer.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Responding to the "Dark (K)Night"

My heart has been grieving over the news of the shootings this morning in Colorado. I have been in prayer for those who have lost loved ones. This was truly a "Dark Knight" in our nation. Lord, bring healing.

How should a nation respond to this kind of evil? Many will react to this tragic display of violence by crying out for more gun control. This is misguided. This is not the solution. This tragic shooting was ultimately the result of the original "Dark Knight", Satan himself, having his way. It was a result of a depraved mind and of evil going unchecked. The problem isn't with guns, instead the issue is found in the condition of the heart and the soul of a nation that has been hardened as it has slowly been turning its back on God - promoting evil and violence instead of standing up for righteousness and goodness.

So now what? How will we respond to this tragedy? We must grieve. We must show love to those who have lost loved ones. Then we must take action. Not with more rules and laws, but with a change of heart. We must get to the root of the problem. We must get to the heart level. We must address the darkness that has been allowed to creep into the soul of this nation. Government isn't the solution, God is.
We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams (our 2nd President)
How do you expel darkness? You turn on the light. How does a nation battle against this kind of darkness? It once again shines the bright light of Jesus Christ. As a nation, we need to stop our constant promotion of evil and violence. We need to stand up and demand righteousness. We need to call out evil and remove it from our society. And we need to bring Jesus back into our public square; back into our schools; back into our work places; back into our land.

Only God can cause good to come from this. Only Jesus can bring peace. He is the only solution and He is the only resolution. So as the people of God, we must take our direction from 2 Chronicles 7:14
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Lord, forgive our sin, bring Your light, and heal our land. We need you Jesus.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I WIll Not Fear

Fear can be a powerful tool in the hands of our adversary. If we give into it, it can cause us to freeze up or run away. Fear is the opposite of faith.

Here are some examples of what happens when we give into fear:
  • People don’t share Christ with a coworker who is lost because they FEAR losing their job. (Like there is some code of separation of church and work)
  • People don’t call evil out as evil (like abortion) because they FEAR what people may think (may lose some friends – too radical) 
  • People don’t go on a short-term mission because they FEAR being called into the mission field full-time.
  • People don’t pursue ministry because they FEAR not having enough money. 
  • People don’t pursue the gifts of the Holy Spirit because they FEAR being thought of as kooky or extreme. (Or what if God really shows up, then what?) 
Faith is believing God and therefore remaining in Him and doing what He has called us to do. Fear is believing the lies of the enemy and running from the destiny God has for your life. Fear distracts us while faith focuses us on the calling of God and has us proclaiming - Let’s Do It.

I have always loved the words to this timeless worship song taken from Isaiah 54:17
No weapon formed against us shall prosper 
All those who rise up against us shall fall. 
I WILL NOT FEAR what the devil may bring me. 
I am a servant of God. 
I am a servant of God.
As followers of Christ, we must remember who we are. We are God’s children. We are the victorious church. We are about our Father’s business and the enemy can’t stop us.

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Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a spirit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. Pastor Eric Jones is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Called to be PEACEMAKERS

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9
It is interesting that it is the peacemakers that Jesus says will be in the family of God: His children. It is a reminder that there is no room for strife in God’s family. Selfishness, greed, division, and infighting must be left at the door.

We are all called to be peacemakers. How? Here a few ideas...
  • By focusing on GIVING instead of GETTING. 
  • By laying down our own rights and doing what is right. 
  • By being like Jesus and giving up our own rights, our own lives, and being the servant of all. 
  • By thinking the BEST of one another and wanting the BEST for one another. 
In so many words, could Jesus (in Matthew 5:9) also be saying that if we are not peacemakers and instead a strife-makers that we won’t be children of God. A sobering possibility. But we will not fear because we have chosen to be like Christ - the Prince of Peace.

Living as peacemakers isn’t easy. Our flesh fights against it. But by God’s powerful grace, we can do this. We can be peacemakers. We can live free from strife. And we can be called “children of God.”

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Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a sprit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. www.EvidentLife.org. Eric is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Evident Life Church is Almost 3 Years Old

It's hard to believe that we are closing in on three years since we launched Evident Life Church in Gilbert, Arizona. God has been extremely faithful to us. We are blessed by His great love and the love of our incredible church family members. For our anniversary in September, I hope to write a short summary of our first three years; all of the victories and challenges that have us in awe of God's goodness and His grace. Let's get ready for the celebration as we thank our Lord for what He has done and for what He has yet to do.


In the meantime... Are you looking for a spirit filled, Bible based church in the East Valley - near Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, or Queen Creek? Evident Life Church is a spirit-filled church located in Gilbert, Arizona. Our facility is in the Gilbert Town Square. Our major cross streets are Gilbert Rd & Warner Rd. Our Sunday morning service time is at 10:00AM. We also have midweek gatherings and prayer meetings. Check out the rest of our website for more information about Evident Life Church.


Evident Life Church 1040 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85296

Monday, July 09, 2012

Some Good Medicine

You have heard it said, "A thankful heart is good medicine." Well, it's true. Throughout the scriptures we are encouraged to be thankful. For instance:

In Colossians 2:7 we are encouraged to be "overflowing with thankfulness."
In Ephesians 5:20 we are told to "always give thanks to God."
In Psalm 100 we are reminded to "enter His courts with thanksgiving in our hearts..."

We have a choice. We can focus on the negative and be consumed with despair, frustration, and anger. Or we can choose to look at the goodness of God and focus on the positive. This will lead to a heart of thanksgiving and a place of joy and peace. It will also bring life and hope into a hurting world.

Let's stop cursing the darkness and instead bring the light. One way we can bring the light of Christ Jesus into this world is to live everyday out of the place of thanksgiving. I challenge you to stop focusing on everything that is wrong and instead focus on what is good.

Let us be people who are overflowing with thankfulness for "the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. "

Saturday, July 07, 2012

The Gospel of Grace Changes Things - FOR REAL

Peoples lives are changing all over the world because of the powerful grace of Jesus Christ. I mean real change is happening. People are walking away from anger, pornography, alcoholism, drug addiction, fornication, and gossip. Marriages are being restored and families are being saved. All because some people are beginning to understand God's grace in ALL its truth. As a pastor, I am blessed to see these kind of life-changing miracles happen and it's awesome!

All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth. - Colossians 1:6

God is so good that He has given us a grace that changes things for real: in the here-and-now. It is a grace that justifies us, but it also sanctifies us. It is a grace that forgives us, but also empowers us to not go back to that sin. It is a grace that brings us real freedom and crushes the power of sin. And as the Apostle Paul said, it is a grace that bears much fruit.

Do you know this kind of grace? You can. Ask the Holy Spirit to open up your understanding. Read God's Word and see this powerful grace all over the pages of scripture. And then embrace it. Walk in it. If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, then the same power that raised Christ from the dead is in you. Now that's grace.