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I am a originally from Canada. I am a pastor of a house church ministry praying for the people of DeKalb, IL and the students of NIU. I also work as nurse. My wife Julie and myself are raising five wonderful children, who are serving the Lord together.

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Matthew 28:16-20. THE GREAT COMMISSION. 1-2-19

THE GREAT COMMISSION

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                                                              1-2-19

Matthew 28:16-20

Key verse: 28:19-20

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Dear Lord Heavenly Father, thank you for being our Rock and our compass and our guiding light. Without you and your word we will definitely drift into the darkness. You keep us grounded and moving in the right direction. You keep me faithful and steadfast. Thank you, Jesus. Please grant me your word today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1: Risen Jesus’ Authority (16-18)

Verses 16-18, “16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ “

The Risen Jesus appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. The disciples understood that he was the one that must be worshiped, though even in this group there were doubters. On earth, Jesus had humbly submitted himself to God’s will to die for the sin of the world.  Now God had raised him from the dead and put everything in his hands-all authority in heaven and on earth. After Jesus rose again, the Holy Spirit was given to all believers. The Father has revealed that Jesus is the one we must worship.

I am thankful, that by the grace of God, I can know the one who is to be the recipient of our worship. Human beings are worshipping beings. We want to worship something. We want to give our hearts and adoration to something. This is true for the one who believes in God and the one who does not.

We really need to find the object of our worship. We cannot go through life with misplaced worship. That is never a healthy thing to do. What you worship is what you live for. What you worship captures your thoughts and emotions and desires. It is not a small matter. Jesus came in to this world to show us that we must worship God alone. Jesus is God. We must make Jesus the object of our devotion.

What does it mean that, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The Father has put all things in Jesus’ hands.  Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. There is no power that can oppose him. Satan and evil spirits cannot stand in his way. Jesus is the Sovereign Lord.  We can trust that the Risen Christ is in control.

Jesus’ disciples were called to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. They were blue collar workers. They were largely undereducated country folk. How could they go into all the Roman world and preach the Gospel? By whose authority? Who would listen? How could they stand spread the light to a dark world? Carrying out this command is possible because Jesus’ own authority works through us. It is because the one who called them has all the authority and his followers go forth in that authority.

How can missionaries go to remote communities to preach the Gospel? They obey Jesus’ command and trust in him and go forth in his authority. God is with them.

Part 2: Go and Make Disciples (19-20)

Verses 19-20, “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus gave a final command to his disciples, which they should carry out until he returns. It is to make disciples by baptizing believers and teaching them to obey all of Jesus’ teachings.  Jesus really defines what we should be doing as his followers, it is to make disciples.

How easy it is to lose the point of the relationships God has placed us into. It is to make disciples of Jesus. I don’t want to say that all relationships in our lives are to make disciples. We are not just relating to people with an agenda. There can be simple friendships with no agenda. We are not just using people to serve our purpose even if is a spiritual purpose. The problem is when our social lives are filled with secular friendships and there are no movements made towards making disciples of Jesus. We need to have some progression on our relationships and pray to that end. We can even pray for God to send one person into our lives whom we can be grow as disciples with.

But there will be people in our lives whom God has called to be his followers. God wants us to mentor them and walk alongside them as they grow as Jesus’ followers. We need to keep our eyes open to see the ones that Jesus is leading into our lives and be ready to mentor them in the ways of Christ.

To teach others to obey, we first have to put Jesus’ teachings into practice ourselves. This is so true. We can not be good Christian leaders until we become close followers of Jesus ourselves. Our lives must be an example to others. Through our example God wants to help people know the truth and follow the truth. Think about how kids learn to be adults. They model their parents and their close friends. I pray that God may work in my life so that others may be inspired to know and follow Jesus.

We don’t need to be afraid to be mentors for those who are being called to be Jesus’ disciples. Jesus promised that his presence will be with us and he will never leave us to the very end. When Jesus is with us then there is no reason to be afraid. He will guide us. He will empower us. He will open the hearts of those whom he leads us to.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you are with us always. I pray that I may be a good disciple of Christ and help others also obey your teaching.

One word: Don’t be afraid…Go and make disciples

Matthew 28:16-20. THE GREAT COMMISSION. 1-2-19

THE GREAT COMMISSION

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                                                              1-2-19

Matthew 28:16-20

Key verse: 28:19-20

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)

Dear Lord Heavenly Father, thank you for being our Rock and our compass and our guiding light. Without you and your word we will definitely drift into the darkness. You keep us grounded and moving in the right direction. You keep me faithful and steadfast. Thank you, Jesus. Please grant me your word today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1: Risen Jesus’ Authority (16-18)

Verses 16-18, “16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’ “

The Risen Jesus appeared to his disciples on a mountain in Galilee. The disciples understood that he was the one that must be worshiped, though even in this group there were doubters. On earth, Jesus had humbly submitted himself to God’s will to die for the sin of the world.  Now God had raised him from the dead and put everything in his hands-all authority in heaven and on earth. After Jesus rose again, the Holy Spirit was given to all believers. The Father has revealed that Jesus is the one we must worship.

I am thankful, that by the grace of God, I can know the one who is to be the recipient of our worship. Human beings are worshipping beings. We want to worship something. We want to give our hearts and adoration to something. This is true for the one who believes in God and the one who does not.

We really need to find the object of our worship. We cannot go through life with misplaced worship. That is never a healthy thing to do. What you worship is what you live for. What you worship captures your thoughts and emotions and desires. It is not a small matter. Jesus came in to this world to show us that we must worship God alone. Jesus is God. We must make Jesus the object of our devotion.

What does it mean that, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” The Father has put all things in Jesus’ hands.  Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth. There is no power that can oppose him. Satan and evil spirits cannot stand in his way. Jesus is the Sovereign Lord.  We can trust that the Risen Christ is in control.

Jesus’ disciples were called to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth. They were blue collar workers. They were largely undereducated country folk. How could they go into all the Roman world and preach the Gospel? By whose authority? Who would listen? How could they stand spread the light to a dark world? Carrying out this command is possible because Jesus’ own authority works through us. It is because the one who called them has all the authority and his followers go forth in that authority.

How can missionaries go to remote communities to preach the Gospel? They obey Jesus’ command and trust in him and go forth in his authority. God is with them.

Part 2: Go and Make Disciples (19-20)

Verses 19-20, “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus gave a final command to his disciples, which they should carry out until he returns. It is to make disciples by baptizing believers and teaching them to obey all of Jesus’ teachings.  Jesus really defines what we should be doing as his followers, it is to make disciples.

How easy it is to lose the point of the relationships God has placed us into. It is to make disciples of Jesus. I don’t want to say that all relationships in our lives are to make disciples. We are not just relating to people with an agenda. There can be simple friendships with no agenda. We are not just using people to serve our purpose even if is a spiritual purpose. The problem is when our social lives are filled with secular friendships and there are no movements made towards making disciples of Jesus. We need to have some progression on our relationships and pray to that end. We can even pray for God to send one person into our lives whom we can be grow as disciples with.

But there will be people in our lives whom God has called to be his followers. God wants us to mentor them and walk alongside them as they grow as Jesus’ followers. We need to keep our eyes open to see the ones that Jesus is leading into our lives and be ready to mentor them in the ways of Christ.

To teach others to obey, we first have to put Jesus’ teachings into practice ourselves. This is so true. We can not be good Christian leaders until we become close followers of Jesus ourselves. Our lives must be an example to others. Through our example God wants to help people know the truth and follow the truth. Think about how kids learn to be adults. They model their parents and their close friends. I pray that God may work in my life so that others may be inspired to know and follow Jesus.

We don’t need to be afraid to be mentors for those who are being called to be Jesus’ disciples. Jesus promised that his presence will be with us and he will never leave us to the very end. When Jesus is with us then there is no reason to be afraid. He will guide us. He will empower us. He will open the hearts of those whom he leads us to.

Prayer: Father, thank you that you are with us always. I pray that I may be a good disciple of Christ and help others also obey your teaching.

One word: Don’t be afraid…Go and make disciples

Isaiah 49:1-7. A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES. 1-1-2019

A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                               1-1-19

Isaiah 49:1-7

Key verse:  49:6b

“….It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (ESV)

Dear Lord heavenly Father. Thank you for bringing us into a new year. I pray that 2019 may be a year in which your name, (JESUS) and the Gospel are glorified throughout the world. Help us to know you and grow in our knowledge of you. Raise up missionaries to take your word to the ends of the earth. Grant me insight into your word today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Part 1: God Calls and Qualifies His Servants (1-4)

Verses 1-4, “Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away.3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” 4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.”

Here the prophet Isaiah describes how God chose him before he was born and equipped him to speak God’s words. I can see that God chose, called and equipped Isaiah to be his servant to the people. He was to speak the word of God. He was to serve God’s purpose as an arrow is to serve the purpose of the archer. An arrow flies true, straight to the target. Isaiah was to be a sharpened arrow, an arrow that will accomplish the task for which it is sent, either to sink into a target or into prey. The whole purpose of Isaiah’s calling is to be God’s servant. He wanted to glorify himself through Isaiah’s life and ministry.

God is the one who made Isaiah into his servant. “The Lord called me”, “He made my mouth like a sharp sword”, “He hid me”, “He made me”, “In whom I will be glorified.” God is the one who calls and equips. In Christ, God also chooses and trains us to make us an arrow in his quiver. God desires to display his splendor in each of his servants.

Being a servant of the word of God is a calling in life. When God calls; he equips. We don’t think that we can measure up. We think that we can never stand as a servant of God. But the one who calls is the one who equips. We can do certain things, like engaging in regular Bible study and spiritual disciplines, such as prayer and living a life of mission. But these are limited in making us a servant of God like a sharpened arrow. We need God’s call on a preaching and teaching ministry and after receiving the call, we must trust that God will accomplish what he set out to accomplish.

We may feel underqualified. That is good, because on our own we are. Isaiah must have felt underqualified at times. This realization that we are underqualified keeps us humble and dependent on God. We are in a good place. It is God who qualifies us.

There were times when Isaiah was despaired about life and ministry.  Look at verse 4 again, “But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” He devoted his life to serving God’s purpose. But the response was not good. The nation did not submit to the Lord. But Isaiah should never despair.

The God who calls is not only the one who equips, he is the God who accomplishes his purposes. This is reflected in making Isaiah into a sharpened arrow. God was going to use Isaiah and his ministry in Isaiah’s lifetime, but also 800 years later he would send Jesus according to the prophecies spoken through Isaiah. We, ourselves in 2019 AD, are being blessed by God’s word through Isaiah. God will accomplish what he has determined.

Sometimes we may feel like all our sacrifices and labor in the Lord has come to nothing. But our reward is safe with God. I need to trust God in this way. It is not about me. It is about God and his ability to accomplish. I am glad it is not about me, because if it was, things would fall apart. But when left in the hands of God, his kingdom will grow. Currently, as at the end of most years, I feel like I am in a dry time. Maybe it is winter months. I don’t know how ministry will progress in 2019. But I can trust God. There are times of waxing and waning in ministry, but in Christ all things are moving forward for his glory and to serve his purpose.

Part 2: A Larger Purpose (5-7)

Verses 5-7, “5 And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” 7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Isaiah knew that God had called him to bring Israel back to the Lord. But God had even bigger plans than that. Look at verse 6 again, “6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”  The calling of Isaiah was to make his people a light to the Gentiles, so salvation would come not just to Israel but to the ends of the earth. This is ultimately accomplished through Jesus, who was despised and afflicted, but now there are kings of the earth who bow down to him. When he comes again all of them will.

The Holy Spirit gave Paul this key verse to describe his missionary work. And who was Paul before meeting Jesus? He was a legalistic religious zealot who persecuted and even murdered Christians! And yet God used him to spread the Gospel and reveal the light of the world, Jesus to the Roman world and even to us today through his letters.

Because of God’s heart for world salvation, he calls and uses ordinary people like us for his great purpose. The purpose is very similar. God wants Jesus and his precious Gospel to be a light to the Gentiles and he calls ordinary people to share in his vision. He calls Christians to speak the words of God and to pray that his Gospel light may shine forth. I pray for the missionaries in Canada that God may speak through their words and their lives to shine the Gospel light across the remote north. I pray that in 2019, in some small way, my life and family may be a light to the Gentiles. This can only be accomplished by the grace of Jesus.

Isaiah never knew the scope of what God was accomplishing through his ministry. It was vast! There are times when he fell into despair, because compared to God’s vision, Isaiah’s vision was very shortsighted. Sometimes I fall into despair when I take my eyes off of Christ. I become blind to how Jesus is working. But though this passage I can trust that in God’s way and in God’s time I know that he will work to shine his Gospel light. “Lord, lift up my eyes to see you accomplishing your task in and through me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for using me in greater ways than I realize. Help me serve you this year with confidence in you and not in myself.

One word: God has called us to shine the Gospel light to the nations.

Isaiah 54:1-8. God’s Hope For His People. 12-31-18

GOD’S HOPE FOR HIS PEOPLE

Kevin E. Jesmer                                                                                                     12-31-18

Isaiah 54:1-8

Key verse: 54:2

“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” (ESV)

    Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for a wonderful 2018. You accomplished so much. Your glory shines forth from near us to around the globe. I pray that in 2019 we may see more of you and your glory. Free us from the things that tether our hearts and souls and help us to follow you more closely in the coming year. Grant me your word in my heart today. Grant me vision for 2019. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Part 1: Prepare For A Glorious Future (1-4)

Verses 1-4, “Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities. 4 “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.”

In Isaiah’s time, childlessness brought shame. It symbolized hopelessness. That is how the people felt during the Babylonian captivity. But God encouraged the hopeless and brokenhearted to sing and shout for joy. God promised his people that they will spread out. One day their shame and disgrace will be forgotten. God urged his people to prepare for this glorious future by enlarging their tent and strengthening their stakes. They had to surrender their fear and despair to God, grow their faith and anchor their hearts in God to accomplish this.

There is so much hope in God. The hope in God is a real hope, for it a hope planted and nurtured by the all-powerful Creator. It is a hope that he accomplishes through us in our lives and ministries. Without Jesus I would be hopeless. But with Jesus I have a real hope.

Before meeting Jesus, I lived without hope. As a young man at twenty years old, I had a small hope that I could complete college and get a career job. Then I would marry and have a family. I never, ever thought about life beyond family life and definitely not about eternal life. Due to the power of sin, even getting a satisfying career job was becoming a pipe dream, let alone being able to maintain a family.

It was when I accepted Jesus, that Christ filled my heart with hope. It was real hope because it was hope with God’s power behind it. God gave me a new heart and mind and life, a new career, a family, a ministry. He is growing my children into Christians. The hope never ends. He is leading me all the way to eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

There are times when I become disappointed in God’s hope for my life while I live in this world. It is all because I am trying to hold onto my own hopes for a certain kind of ministry for example. Or I am wanting God’s plans to unfold in my way and in my time. In either case the problem is not with God and God’s hope. The problem lies with me. And I thank the Lord for being patient with me and helping me to accept his hope as my hope and his timetable as my timetable.

What do we do when Christians are filled with God’s hope? Look at verse 2, “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” (ESV) We need to live, reflecting the hope of God, which is really the fact that God’s Kingdom will grow and expand and God’s people will bear fruit by his grace. We need to expand the place of our tents. The whole point is joining in God’s work in expanding his kingdom.

This could take on many forms. It could be related to ministry. It could be in education and training. It could be building a family and a church.  In 2019 I want to expand the place of my tent in regards to ministry. I would like to start the monthly Canada educational prayer meeting. I would like to work to build up KBC (my church). I want to mentor the several people that God has brought into my life. I want to encourage my family to be followers of Jesus. It could mean enlarge the scope of one’s compassion and heart and vision. It could mean enlarge the length and breadth of our prayer.

Part 2: The Holy One is Your Redeemer (5-8)

Verses 5-8, “5 For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. 6 For the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. 7 For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. 8 In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer.”

In anger, God briefly abandoned his people and allowed them to suffer. But his underlying purpose was always redemptive. God is the LORD Almighty, the God of all the earth, who can and will redeem his people. God is like a husband to his people. He loves them. He has committed himself to them and has deep compassion for them.

Our God shows everlasting kindness to his people. I can say that God never abandons me. He has shown kindness to me. There have been times of spiritual dryness. There have been times of depression and distress. But these proved to be times or spiritual discipline. They were times of sanctification. In 2012 God used emotional distress to stop me from doing one thing (the house church) so that he could lead me into another ministry, (KBC and the mission to the North). There were hardships, but they were for a brief moment and it was all because of his love and his grace on my life. There was definitely a purpose.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being kind and compassionate and giving us a glorious hope in Christ. Enlarge my heart and strengthen my faith in you.

One word: We have a real hope, therefore expand the place of our tents.

Reveltion 22:1-9. EDEN RESTORED FOR THOSE WITH FAITH IN THE LAMB OF GOD

EDEN RESTORED FOR THOSE WITH FAITH IN THE LAMB OF GOD

Kevin E. Jesmer 12-29-18
Revelation 22:1-9

Key verse: 22:3, “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.”

Dear Lord heavenly Father, thank you for your being there for us and guiding our hearts to yourself. I really need to have daily nourishment from your word. May 2019 be a year of drawing strength from you, through your Spirit and your word. Help me to share your life-giving words to those who are groping n the darkness. May you strengthen the missionaries who are up north. May the be strong and contented by the word of God. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Part 1: The Water and Tree of Life (1-5)

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

The crystal-clear water of the River of Life will flow through the middle of the New Jerusalem. Its headwater will be the Lord Himself, and His Son Jesus. They are the givers of life. All life flows from them. The tree of life will stand on both sides of the River of Life. There will be an abundance of fruit, so that all can eat it and have life from the Father and the Son. The leaves of the tree will be healing to all the nations. The throne of God and His Son will be in the city, and we will all serve Him. Night will never again bring darkness, for the Lord God will shine as bright as the noonday sun forever and ever.

This is so pure and holy and pristine. It is absolutely lovely. The water is clean and fresh. They trees are abundant and fruitful. There is healing for the nations. And in the midst of this beautiful place is God on his throne.
I really long for the kingdom of God and to dwell there. My eyes witness so much suffering and even death. I see people struggling to live in this world forever and grieving and saddened when their days are drawing to a close. They can’t believe that the end is near.

But the inevitable will happen. Their jars of clay, (their bodies), will disintegrate to dust and they will have to stand before the judgement seat of Christ. Most will have no hope in the Kingdom of God.

But I thank God for the Gospel. Through faith in Christ, I am set free from my sins. I am forgiven. I have a living hope in the Kingdom of God. I am not just tolerated by God, but I have become his son by his grace and totally and completely welcome in the Kingdom of God. The hope in the Kingdom of God grows more and more each day. I really long to be there and I am fine with the time that Jesus wants to take me home.

The refreshing that come from the throne of God, begins even now. Nothing in this world compares to the goodness of God’s word and gazing at the Lord. In this world I have everything that anyone could ever want, but I still would lack if I could not worship Christ. That is why I decided I needed to get back into writing daily bread. How refreshing God is!

Why does the Bible make a point of saying, the throne of God and the Lamb? This could bring to mind that our God is a triune God. There is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Our God is One and the three members of the Trinity are one.
It also differentiates who God is. He is not the God of other religions. He is not the God that we make up for ourselves. He is the Triune God. He is Father-Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Christian God. He is also the God of all those who have faith in Christ.

It also shows how we can stand before God’s throne and have a living hope in this restored Eden. It is only through the Lamb. Through the shed blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, we are made eligible to enter into God’s kingdom and stand before God and worship him along with all who put their faith in him.

Part 2. I Am Coming Soon! (6-9)

Verses 6-9, “6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” 7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

One day, we will all be with Jesus again. He will come again and dwell with his Father and our Father in paradise. Those who keep the words of God will be blessed to be counted as children of the Lord God. This does not mean that it is our obedience to God’s laws that gets us into heaven. We keep our faith in Jesus. We obey God out of love for God as an act of worship and a desire to mature. We always fall short because of sin and our fallen condition. But we are covered by the blood of Jesus. We enter into heaven because of the shed blood of Christ. Even though we don’t completely obey the word of God without fail, God counts it as we do. We are declared righteous and when that happens, we are granted eternal life, and are brought into the presence of God. We can worship and serve him freely as his precious children. What a precious gift this is!

John was overwhelmed with wonder at his vision. He wanted to worship the angel, but he was warned to worship God only. There are people that are into angel worship. They worship angels more than they worship Jesus himself. They are not to do this. All of praise and worship must be directed to Christ.

What do we do now that we have received this grace and this living hope? We serve God. We thank God. We worship him. We are fellow servants with other Christians, the prophets, and even angels…yes even angels if verse 9 is true. We are fellow servants with those who keep the word of God.

God will be coming soon. No one knows that date, but it is soon. It is as close as the time that our own eyes close in death. There will be a time when believers who have not died will see his coming. The signs of the end of the age are coming true in our generation. Those who are found in him, through faith in Christ will be taken up to heaven to be with him forever before his throne. That is why we hold onto the Lamb of God. It is faith in Lamb of God that we are found in God and we have assurance that we will enter into the Kingdom of God. Thank you, Jesus.

Prayer: “Lord, thank you for the blessing to be your servant while I live in this world. Thank you for counting me as one who keeps your word. It is all because of your grace given us through the Lamb of God. My hope to stand before your throne in the Kingdom of God grows each day.”

One word: Made ready to dwell with Christ forever through the Lamb.

White Otter Castle. Canoe Trip in NW Ontario

Here is a nice canoe destination. Near Ingnace NW Ontario. It is the White Otter Castle.

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The White Otter Castle. Grave of Jimmy McOuat, the man who single handily build the house over 100 years ago, completed in 1916. He drowned in 1918 in his fishing nets.

White Otter Castle is an elaborate 3-story log house built on the shore of White Otter Lake, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Ignace, Ontario, Canada, by James Alexander “Jimmy” McOuat.
T
he “Castle” is a sturdy log house which stands 3 stories tall (29 feet), with a turret extending up to an additional floor (41 feet). The main part of the building measures 24 by 28 feet, while an attached kitchen area adds a further 14 by 20 feet to the floorplan.

McOuat built his “castle” single-handedly, beginning in 1903 when he was 51, and finally completing it in 1915. He felled and cut all of the red pine logs himself and hoisted the finished, dovetailed beams (some of them weighing as much as 1600 lbs) into place by means of simple block and tackle.
James Alexander McOuat was born in Chatham, Argenteuil County, Lower Canada (Québec), on Jan 17, 1855. He was the youngest son of David McOuat and Christian McGibbon, both of whom were born in Scotland and emigrated to Lower Canada in the early part of the 19th century.

As a young boy, Jimmy threw a turnip at an elderly neighbour who cursed at him and said: “You’ll amount to nothing and die in a shack.” Years later, in his forties and farming near Rainy River, he invested all that he had in a gold mine on the Upper Manitou. He lost everything, including his land.

McOuat turned to animal trapping to earn a living and found himself on White Otter Lake, living in a rough trapper’s shack. He became obsessed with what the old man said to him. Visitors to the cabin who met McOuat often commented that he would say “What do you think of my home – you’d never call that a shack, would you?”

McOuat is assumed to have drowned while netting fish in 1918. His body was discovered by forest rangers, tangled in his net, near a reed bed beside an island on the lake. The Rangers had come looking for him after reports he hadn’t been seen all winter. He likely drowned in late fall of 1918 and was found the following spring.
His grave is next to the Castle.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Otter_Castle
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Charts of Community Alliances in NW Ontario

Charts of Community Alliances in NW Ontario. The following charts were found on a map. They show which organizations communities are aligned with. They form these alliances for economic, cultural and political reasons. They try to stand together to help build each other up.

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Newspaper Articles of the Jesmer Clan in 1898

Newspaper Articles of the Jesmer Clan in 1898.

Summary of 1898- Princeton Minnesota Jesmer Clan

Link to newspapers by year

Link to Jesmer family history

Joseph A. Jesmer’s page

In 1898 we see Nelson E. Jesmer’s son Hiram Bert Jesmer taking a role in managing the store and being a leader in the service clubs. He was building a large home next to his father. The Jesmer clan is visiting one another. Eunice Rose (Jesmer) Waldhoff is battling consumption, TB all year long. She eventually dies of it at the end of the year. Family members are reported as visiting her in North Branch Minnesota. She died at 26 years old and she had two young kids at home. Didn’t they worry about other family members getting TB? There were two wedding among the Jesmers in Princeton in this year, William Kaliher and Eugenie Jesmer  – January 1898….H. Bert Jesmer and Julia A, Nyquist – June 1898. A militia was active and William Kaliher had joined it.

1-13-1898: Nelson E. Jesmer store is having a closing out sale because of administrative changes in the store. He is willing to trade goods for butter, eggs, ties and two car loads of hoop holes.

1-18-1898: A.D Jesmer, Brother of Joseph A. Jesmer, is thinking of running for the legislature.

2-24-1898: Nelson A. Jesmer is buying up goods for the store.

3-3-1898: Bert Jesmer, N.E. Jesmer’s son is getting involved in the Princeton business community.

3-13-1898: Canada is inviting settlers to the prairie provinces. Maybe Nelson A. Jesmer became interested in Manitoba because of these advertisements.

4-10-1898: A.D. Jesmer attends a night of entertainment at the Knights of the Maccabees, in Mora MN. People were very involved in various service groups.

5-9-1898: W.F. Kaliher joins a local militia. He was married to Eugenia Jesmer, daughter of Joseph A. Jesmer.

6-21-1898: H. Bert Jesmer, Nelson E. Jesmer’s son, got married in the home of his father.

7-7-1898: Nelson E. Jesmer store selling women’s summer corsets for 50 cents.

8-3-1898: A.D. Jesmer is checking out Park Rapids as a place to live.

8-25-1898: William Kaliher owned a barbershop and bathroom.

9-8-1898: Roy Jesmer, Nelson E. Jesmer’s son is training running horses in Wisconsin, and will ride horses in the state fair.

Nelson E. Jesmer and family are making frequents visits to family. He also did a camping trip to Mille Lacs lake region. Money allows one to travel a lot.

9-9-1898: Eunice Rose (Jesmer) Waldhoff was in St Paul for medical treatment. I believe that she had consumption, which is tuberculosis.

Eunice Rose Jesmer [Parents] was born in <1870/1872> in Greenbush Twp, Mille Lacs, MN. She died on 19 Nov 1898 in North Branch, MN. The cause of death was Consumption. She married 1Emanuel Gustave Waldhoff on 6 Oct 1892 in Mille Lacs Co, MN.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mercierhedlund/pafc193.htm#5660C1

10-27-1898: Emmanuel, the widowed husband of Eunice Rose Jesmer, got remarried to Hulda Kreasal in North Branch. There doesn’t seem to be any Jesmer’s listed in the newspaper article about the wedding.

11-4-98; Family members were visiting the home of Eunice and her husband, Emanuel. He was a business man in the nearby community of North Branch. She was slowly dying of TB. Her sister, Delia Jesmer was nursing her in the last days. She had started showing symptoms of TB one year previous.

11-28-98: The funeral of Eunice Rose Jesmer. She died of TB. (Nov 19). She was about twenty-six years old and had three kids. Two of them were living at the time of her untimely death.

12-29-1898: H. Bert’s Jesmer’s grand new home almost burnt down because of painting rags spontaneously combusting. Lola, his sister saw the light from next door and with the help of friends put out the fire.

Weddings in 1898:

William Kaliher and Eugenie Jesmer  – January 1898

  1. Bert Jesmer and Julia A, Nyquist – June 1898

What Was Happening in Nelson Adulphus Jesmer’s  Life in 1898?

1/3/1898       Sister, Eugenia, marries William Kaliher in Greenbush MN.

1/15/1898     Son, Herbert, is sick.

February 15, 1898 Battleship MAINE explodes, 266 crewmen killed.

        3/2/1898      Nephew, Lester Louis Jesmer born to Sidney Jesmer in MN

April 25, 1898 – U.S. declares war, but makes the declaration retroactive to April 22. Matanzas,

Cuba bombarded by the US Navy. http://www.spanamwar.com/timeline.htm

1898      Minnesota, the first state to volunteer, raises four regiments, one of which

serves in the Philippines.

5/14/1898     N.A. Jesmer is indicted on 2nd degree grand larceny charges. Spent time in jail

and was released “with the help of wealthy relative from Princeton.” (Probably

his uncle, Nelson Edward Jesmer)

10/29/1898      Nephew, Joseph Dennis Kaliher was born to Eugenia (Jesmer)

11/28/1898:         The funeral of Eunice Rose Jesmer. She died of TB. (Nov 19). She was about

twenty-six years old and had three kids. Two of them were living at the time of

her untimely death.

The fact that Nelson was indicted on 2nd degree grand larceny charges, meant that his life in local politics was over in Hibbing. He could not continue with what had become a major passion in his life. So in order to make a new beginning, the forty two year old Nelson did what he had done in the past, after five years in Hibbing he decided to pack his bags to go on ahead of his wife, Jennie, and four children, (Herbert, Ida, Carl and Harvey), to another pioneering community, Langdon North Dakota. He may have had his eye on  Manitoba.





1898 was a  busy year for the Minnesota Jesmer clan

 

(Gordon) Clair Robinson- Jessie Jesmer’s uncle who farmed in Paswegin

(Gordon) Clair Robinson- Jessie Jesmer’s uncle who farmed in Paswegin Saskatchewan. Clair was one of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer’s uncles. He was a single man, who farmed next to Harvey and Alive Jesmer in the hamlet of Paswegin. He was the son of Arthur and Jessie Robinson.

The children of Arthur and Jessie Robinson;  Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Lillie, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. (Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902.)

Link to Arthur and Jessie Robinson, Clair’s parents. 

Link to Carl and Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

Link to the Nelson and Jenny Jesmer

Link to the Jesmer family history

Some pictures of Clair and his family


The photos were from a history book on Paswegin and scanned by Gloria Jesmer

Arthur and Jessie (Lytle) Robinson

Arthur Robinson and Jessie (Lytle) Robinson

Arthur and Jessie were pioneers in the Paswegin area in 1906. They had built a homestead about 6 miles NW from Paswegin. They had nine kids, one of which (Hugh Allen) died of diphtheria in 1902. They were the grandparents of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer, the wife of Carl Jesmer.  Jessie had once lived in Clair Ontario and  Wooler Ontario.

Links the children of Arthur and Jessie Robinson: Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Lillie, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. (Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902)

Link to Carl and Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

Link to the Nelson and Jenny Jesmer

Link to the Jesmer family history

The children of Arthur and Jessie Robinson;  Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Lillie, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. (Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902.)

The brother of Jessie Robinson was Tom Lytle. He and Arthur helped each other to establish their homesteads in the Paswegin area.


 

Could this be a picture of Jessie Robinson?

The pictures in the article were taken from a history book on Paswegin. The scans were provided by Gloria Jesmer

George A. Johnson and Lillie (Robinson) Johnson

George A. and Lillie (Robinson) Johnson…The Parents of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

  • Please note: When reading this, keep in mind that it gets a little complicated because there are two Jessie’s to keep in mind and many teachers. Jessie (Lytle) Robinson is the grandmother of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer.

Link to Arthur and Jessie (Lytle) Robinson, Jessie Jesmer’s grandparents.

Link to Carl and Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer

Link to Nelson and Jenny Jesmer (Carl’s Jesmer’s parents.)

Link to the Jesmer family history page.

George A. Johnson and Lillie are the parents of Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer. As a child Lillie had lived in the Paswegin Saskatchewan area. Previously, her family lived in Manitoba and North Dakota. Her mother (Jessie) had previously lived in Clair Ontario and Wooler Ontario. Lillie had, at one time lived in Flin Flon Manitoba. In 1943 they were recorded as attending a Robinson family reunion. Lillie had eight other siblings.

The siblings of Lillie (Robinson) Johnson were; Lynn, Clair, Isabella, Helen, Francis, Aubrey, David Russel, Hugh Allen. Hugh Allen had died as a young child of diphtheria in 1902.

The children of George and Lillie Johnson were; Jessie (Johnson) Jesmer, Aubrey, Louise, and Alva.

Jessie Jesmer is the daughter of George Johnson and Lillie Robinson. She was born on July 25th, 1912. Her siblings were Aubrey, Louise and Alva.

Her grandparents, on the Robinson side, were Arthur and Jessie Robinson. Jessie Jesmer had come from a family of teachers, where many of her aunts and uncles on the Robinson side of the family were teachers.  Jessie’s mother, Lillie was also a teacher.

Jessie’s uncle: Clair Robinson: (He was a farmer. He was single. He lived in the next farm over, from the farm of Harvey and Alice Jesmer.) Jessie was encouraged to get involved in the debating club by her Gramma Robinson and her Aunt Bella.

Bella Robinson: She was Jessie’s aunt. She was the Post Mistress of the area. She had inspired Jessie to read.  Jessie’s mother, Lillie also inspired Jessie to read. Eventually Jessie became a teacher.

There was also a Mr. Robinson who was a radio announcer in Watrous Saskatchewan. He broadcasted farm information stuff.

The pictures were take from a History of Paswegin book, scanned by Gloria Jesmer