Archive for December, 2007

A Christmas Wish

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Karen and I are hoping your Holiday season is going great!

Over the last few days, I read a letter from a friend of mine that I found very encouraging when it comes to building a great marriage. My friend is a really special Christian leader in my book and the head of a large global organization.

I receive a personal newsletter from John Dawson, the International President of Youth with a Mission (Y.W.A.M) which is a Christian missionary organization mobilizing young people to serve primarily in the third world nations. In his December letter, he mentions what he thinks is the "biggest" of all human problems. His conclusion was striking, coming from a man who has spent most of his life on the mission field in some places you and I probably didn’t know existed.

Considering all that this 56-year-old influential leader has experienced in his world travels, his answer to what is the "greatest"
human problem was certainly based on what he had seen on a global scale. One might conclude his answer had to do with some of the enormous struggles facing planet earth: world hunger, disease, global warming, poverty, and if not any of those, certainly the epidemic of AIDS.

No, none of the above. John’s answer to the biggest human problem was surprising… the epidemic of broken relationships!

According to John, from every sphere of life to every place that life is lived there is brokenness and strain in relationships.  There is division between friends, co-workers, churches, families, and in marriages.
What is his solution to the biggest human problem? Fall on your knees and allow God’s loving power to flow down and heal you and every broken relationship in your life.

This is our Christmas wish for you. In every place of your life where there is the pain of broken relationships, especially in your family and marriage, there would be healing.

Merry Christmas!

The Encouraging Word with Karen Bonasso

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

The Seven great “I Am” statements of Jesus

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible in the Gospel of John is”he who loves Me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him andwill disclose Myself to him.” (Jn14: 21) Just the thought of the Lord”disclosing” Himself to me is so amazing. The Lord Jesus in Whomdwells all the riches of knowledge and wisdom; in Whom dwells the fullexpression of love (Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 4:18); and in Whom dwells all powerand authority and dominion in heaven and earth (Eph1:21). Jesus inWhom “we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) This is Hewho wants to reveal Himself to me in the relational intimacy of lovingdisclosure. In other words, He wants to tell me who He is…for me!And of course this disclosure is first and foremost through the Bible…His Word.In the Gospel of John, seven times Jesus says, “I am” followed by aself-description.These “I am ” Scriptures are listed below. As I meditate on them, I find in the person of Jesus Christ everything I need… and I feelstrength… and I feel loved! I AM:

  1. THE BREAD OF LIFE (Jn 4:48)
  3. THE DOOR OF THE SHEEP (Jn 10:7)
  4. THE GOOD SHEPHERD (Jn 10:11)
  7. THE TRUE VINE (Jn 15:1)

Note to Phil Bonasso: Thank you for so many merry Christmases!