139 results for author: Pastor Jon Hanson


How Then Shall We Live? (Part 2)

Are you auditing Jesus? Tony Evans once said, “People want salvation but don’t want to put in the time to be strong disciples of Jesus Christ. What many Christians want to do is to audit the Christian life. An audit is where a person goes to class to get information, but is not required to do any of the work. They don’t have to take a test or do any homework. They are only attending for informational purposes. They want the data without the responsibility. That’s an audit. That’s what some folks do every Sunday. They audit Jesus.” I am quite familiar with the concept of an audit. As a teacher at the Northern Plains Biblical ...

How Then Shall We Live? (Part 1)

Are you willing to do what it takes? I have had a most unusual prayer request for the past several years. Often we pray selfishly by asking God to give what we want. We tend to spend more time praying prayers of supplication than we do prayers of adoration, thanksgiving, and confession. Actually, my prayer is not a very popular one in our days. I have been praying for a situation that most of us would prefer to avoid. It is a request from which people in the early church wanted to be rescued. I have been praying that we in the church in this country would face persecution. This is not a frivolous prayer. The well-known preacher and teacher ...

Love that Motivates

How are you at forming and maintaining relationships? For several years now I have been acutely aware that I missed a great deal as I grew up. So many of the men that I enjoy learning from are men whose fathers played a critical role in their lives. I so often hear (and I am sure you do as well) of the impact good fathers have had on their children. I didn’t have a father. I didn’t have a heritage passed on to me. I didn’t have anyone teach me the basics for getting along in life—such as how to shave, how to raise kids, or how to love. I grew up hearing about love but I didn’t know what it was. My mother did her best but she didn’t know ...

How confused are you about the Gospel?

I have been teaching a class at Northern Plains Biblical Seminary called Evangelism That Works. The course is based on the teaching of Dr. Larry Moyer of EvanTell and Dallas Theological Seminary. I greatly appreciate Dr. Moyer’s approach to evangelism and his ease in teaching the course. Even though the class is small, we are having a great time discussing the various elements involved in sharing one’s faith. This is the second time I have taught through the Academic Seminar developed by EvanTell and I am still discovering the importance of knowing how to clearly share my faith. Many people are confused about what the gospel message is, what is ...

Why do only some move forward in their Christian Faith?

I don’t know about you, but I have seen many people trust in Christ who never quite seem to move on in their Christian walk. They accept Jesus for their salvation and then later they show now evidence that they even know Him. There seems to be a spiritual high and then they fall back into the normal routine of life. What happened? Why do some move forward and others do not? Why do some seem to have a vital relationship with God only to drift away over time? We can begin to examine this question by looking at Gal 5:19-21. It says: Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, ...

What is God’s will for your life?

I will always remember the fall of 1971. That is the fall I first trusted in Christ. I found I could not get enough of God at that time. I was constantly reading my Bible and memorizing Scripture. What a great time it was. I learned so much those first few months. This was time for me to learn just how much God loved me. God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). I learned the Bible says all people are separated from God through disobedience, which the Bible terms sin. I was guilty before God because of my sin and was condemned to eternal death. What really struck me was Jesus ...

How can you overcome the disappointments of life?

Everybody at some point in their life faces great disappointment. We pray in the middle of these times of great disappointment, but even that disappoints because so many times we do not get the resolution we want. Often this disappointment leads to grumbling and complaining. This is total disappointment. We all face it.   We can learn much from the Jews. They had spent some 400 years in Egypt. Suddenly, God appointed Moses to bring them out of Egypt to their promised land. They saw God work through an incredible miracle. With their backs to Red Sea, they were frightened and of course grumbling. But, through Moses, God parted the sea and ...

What does it look like to “walk with God?”

Genesis is the book of beginnings. Specifically, the book is about the beginning of the human race. In Genesis we learn God alone is the creator of the universe God created man to be in relationship with Him Man broke that relationship by disobeying the command of God We then see that God is a God of judgment God made provided a means to repair that relationship God defined some rules for Adam and Eve. They broke those rules and sinned against God. The result was separation from God, i.e. spiritual death. But they also received physical death as a penalty for their sin. No natural deaths are recorded before Gen 5:1 (the only ...

Why would you ever want to trust in Jesus?

People have a propensity to believe many strange things. My uncle-in-law believed that professional wrestling (or “rasslin’” as he called it) was the real deal. I was a high school wrestler and did a bit of it college, so I knew the difference. But there was no convincing him. Then I had an aunt who believed that if you got your hair cut on the full moon, it would grow faster. Through the years I have tried to pay some attention to this one, but I have never seen it to be true. In fact, this past week I asked my hair stylist about it and she didn’t give it much credence either. Much of what we believe and hold to has little contact ...

What can I do when all hope is lost?

My wife was at a public meeting the other night. While manning the table for the health department, a man came up to her and made a very interesting comment. He asked, “What is the difference between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama?” He then proceeded to answer his own question. He said, “Under Reagan we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. But under Obama we have no “Cash” and no “Hope.” I would like to consider the concept of “hope.” Hope is a Reflection of My Relationship with God Hope is often misunderstood. We often use hope as a substitute for wish. I hope I get that new car. I hope I can get those new shoes. But hope is ...