Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, That'll Preach Sayings

Sage Words From Pastor Jon Brown

21 Dec , 2014   Gallery

Some great words from a world changer, @pjon ・・・
"If you feel like an UNLIKELY, be encouraged today that God is choosing YOU, much like He chose to use Mary to be the mother of His Son.
1 Corinthians 1:26-27 remind us of this. “Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?”

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Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, That'll Preach Sayings

Hold. Trust. Stay

19 Dec , 2014  

“Hold to the vision, trust God’s process & stay the course!” // Words that are dear to me in this season. #JesusFocused #FaithfulGod

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Leadership, That'll Preach Sayings, Worship & Prayer

Centrality of the Gospel…

19 Dec , 2014  

The centrality of the Gospel has always been and will always be Jesus.. we cannot forget this! #JesusFocused

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Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, That'll Preach Sayings

Soul Ties: A Call to Friendship

8 Dec , 2014  


Lately, I have been thinking a lot, more than I would like to admit, about what’s biblical relationship (friendship & community) and even evaluating some of my personal relationships. True friendship demands relationship. Trust is essential to true friendship for we all need someone with whom we can share our lives, thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. We need to be able to share our deepest secrets with someone, without worrying that those secrets & inner thoughts are blasted everywhere! Failing to be trustworthy with those intimate secrets can destroy a friendship, with the quickness. Faithfulness and loyalty are key to true friendship. Without them, we often feel betrayed, left out, and lonely. In true friendship, there is no backbiting, no negative thoughts, no turning away. True friendship pushes both parties to be and do greater. True friendship requires certain accountability & openness. This friendship encourages one another and forgives one another where there has been an offense. Genuine friendship supports during times of struggle, failure, and successes. They know how to weep when one is weeping and celebrate when one is celebrating.

One of the greatest biblical accounts of this true friendship is found in 1 Samuel 18, talking about the authentic relationship between David and Jonathan. These two men truly cared for each other and had great trust and confidence in one another. Listen to the language of 1 Samuel 18:1-5

“As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soulAnd Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.”

This type of friendship was deeper than buddies hanging out. Jonathan treated David as if he was his own brother, not only welcoming him into his home, but he also gave him gifts and clothes off of his own back (literally). Their friendship was tested when Saul, Jonathan’s father wanted to kill David. Jonathan believed in the innocent of David and help him escaped the wrath of King Saul. Jonathan risked his own life for David, who was a fugitive to King Saul. Love compelled him to take action, even at the chance of punishment and even death. Jonathan deserves a lot of credit in the narrative of King David. Their relationship was so connected, that King David honors Jonathan by sparing Jonathan’s crippled son, Mephibosheth, life and bringing him into the palace to live out the rest of his year as a part of the royal family. (2 Samuel 9)

I’ve too noticed something reading this scripture. David, who would eventually become King David, would’ve never stepped into his divine purpose unless Jonathan was willing to call him into his own life. This gets me thinking about my own life and the “friends” I have developed in my life. I think about those who I could clearly identify as my Jonathan and those who I play Jonathan in their life. And if I am honest with myself, I can clearly identify about 3 authentic [ministry] relationships where this plays out and about 5 other relationships [outside of ministry]. Some may say that’s not a lot, but I’m reminded of Jesus who only had 3 in his inner circle as close confidants. I’ve shared all this to get to the main point for the church… Cultivate Authentic Relationships!

I believe the church (you personally and a corporate body) is at a crucial time where authentic relationship must be built & cultivated. Kingdom minded people coming together for Jesus’ purpose. God is fostering relationships with people who will not just speak just a good word but put it with actions. Jonathan told David that his love for him was great, but he proved it with his actions. Strategic relationships are being born so God’s vision can go forth. One will carry the vision in thought and voice while one will run with it, so it can be implemented/fulfilled (Habakkuk 2:2-3). These last days will prove the ones who are willing to risk their own life (in desires, comfort, and resources) for the betterment and progress of the church body and its members. The time for fake and unintentional friendship is over. There is a cry from a hurting generation that is longing and looking for willing ones to befriend them and move forward in God’s redemptive purpose.

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Reflections & Introspection, That'll Preach Sayings

Grace is Costly

24 Nov , 2014   Gallery

“Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: ‘Ye were bought at a price’, and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer #Grace #CostlyGrace

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Leadership, That'll Preach Sayings, Worship & Prayer

Prayer & Revival

10 Sep , 2014  

Pastor Corey being interviewed by Pastor Mitch Miller about Prayer and Revival on Fervr.net, a leading youth ministry website. For more, visit www.awakenthisheart.com or www.fervr.net

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Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, That'll Preach Sayings

Degree of Your Victory

6 Aug , 2014   Gallery

“The degree of your victory isn’t found in our own hands but in our sincere surrender to God!” – @jordansharrett // such a good word from one of my favorite & dear friend! (at gateway church suwanee)

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Leadership, Student Ministry, That'll Preach Sayings

5 Things That Matter

17 Jul , 2014   Gallery

Super good… #LeadUp #leadership #stmin

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Leadership, That'll Preach Sayings

5 Things

3 Jul , 2014  

From chadveach blog:

“5 things that God requires of people who lead in the church…”
(as written by Paul, see 1 Timothy 3)


1. Spiritual Preparedness
In other words, leadership doesn’t come with a punch card. You don’t clock in and out.
Jesus was known for doing more work outside the church than in it.
Gods looking for people who STAY READY!

2. Self Control
In other words, if you can’t control your tongue, emotions, temper, spending and eyes… how can God trust you with His people?
Self control (meekness) is like the San Antonio Spurs… underrated, overlooked… but CHAMPIONSHIP MATERIAL.

3. Social Graciousness
In other words, how we treat people matters to God.
Socially, you should be able to do well in any environment.
Paul did. Jesus did. Why can’t we?
Often times what separates a good leader from a great leader is behavior.


4. Domestic Order
In other words, if you can’t take care of HOME, why would God trust you with CHURCH?
God is not a God of confusion. How confusing to have someone represent God who’s home life is a disaster… but their church life is #DOMINATING.
God is stoked when our home life matters to us as much as it matters to Him!!!!!!

5. Holy Living
In other words, God asks us to be set apart… because He is set apart.
Holy living looks different to each person. I’ve learned you have to live by “your own convictions”, not anothers.
I would suggest that you look into the bible to find out what the standard of HOLINESS truly is…

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Leadership, Reflections & Introspection, That'll Preach Sayings

The Lovesick Longing

24 Jun , 2014  

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12

When God delays the answers (results) to our prayers, we can become disappointed and dismayed. When our hope (expectation/desire) is delayed or deferred, then our heart becomes sick with despair. Our prayers and life itself can only be sustained and energized by active intimacy with Jesus. He knows the intricate details of our heart and the voids that needs to be filled with more of him. The hardest part about these delays or meantime journeys is the waiting. The waiting proves to be a place of joy during the times of deferment. No matter the season of life we are in, we must remain satisfied with God and never forget his goodness, even when we don’t see it, hear it or feel it.

The Shulamite women in Song of Solomon 5:8 charged the women of the city with passion… “If you find my Lover, please tell him that I am lovesick for him.” This is a cry for those who sense the Lord is not near, to remind the ones who may encounter Jesus, that they are lost and madly in love with him to the point of sickness. And that him being near is the only relief. The beauty of this is that she, the Shulamite women went searching for her Lover, Solomon (a shadow of Jesus), through the dark night and even being ravished by other men she continued the long search. When the “Dark Night of the Soul” comes and it comes to everyone, are we still willing to draw near to our Lover, Jesus? Are we still willing to forsake everything so that we may find him? Are we in a place to say – I AM LOVESICK… Though it looks hopeless, He is my desire!

My personal prayer for you and myself is that we will lean in closer to Jesus when we feel and see the delay and are in this meantime journey of life. That we can boldly say we are Lovesick for Jesus and he’s our everything and not just say it but live it with our actions/choices! So continue to hope and pray for those things that you want and desire, continue to draw near to the Lord in joy for he will accomplish his perfect work in and through us if we remain near. God wants to awaken your passion for him as you reclaim your adventures in chasing after him. Enjoy the chase!


Ephesians 3:17-18
Proverbs 13:12
Song of Solomon 2:5/SS 3:1-5/SS 5:2-8
Phil 1:9-11
Hosea 12:6

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