The weblog of Jonathan Howes

TOLIVEISCHRIST.CC is my weblog.  As a college student on a summer mission’s project in 1989, I was studying through the book of Philippians.  When I came to Philippians 1:21-22b, it changed my life.  Paul says, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. ”  I can remember thinking, if the Apostle Paul is going to live, he is going to live for Christ.  And more specifically, he is going to allow God to produce “fruitful labor” through him.   As I studied the passage further, I determined that “fruitful labor” meant to share the gospel and build up the church.  That morning as a 19 year old kid, I prayed to God, “anywhere, anything, anytime”.  “God, I will go ANYWHERE you want me to go…do ANYTHING you want me to do…ANYTIME you want me to do it.”  Since that day, I have tried my best to live for Christ and allow him to use me to share the gospel and build up the church.  This is my calling:  TO LIVE IS CHRIST.

I married Jennifer in May of 1995 and she is my best friend and partner in ministry.  God has blessed us with 3 kids: Joelan (18), Julia (16), and Jesslyn (7).  It is safe to say that my family is a vital part of my life and ministry.  The purpose of this weblog is to share my life (probably more that you will ever care to know) and encourage you TO LIVE IS CHRIST!  Enjoy.

Jonathan

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