with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
A Message From Jon

Greetings and Grace to You All, in Jesus Joyous Name!

A couple of three "program notes" I would like to call your attention to...

(1) On the Sunday Morning Service of August 21, I shared from Psalm 2 (as we are now going through Psalms here at Applegate on our Thru-the-Bible journey) relating to "The Season of the Raging Heathen."

The study, a bit over an hour in length, was a sort of Prophecy Update that I think many of you may find interesting. You can take a look or a listen by clicking onto the following link: A Lauging Matter?! - Psalm 2

(2) Also on Sunday Mornings, many times my son Benjamin and I will "share the service" where Ben may give the main teaching, and I may bring a shorter exhortation, lead communion, a bit of song leading, etc.

You can watch our entire Service by going to the Applegate website and clicking onto the Sunday Service icon on the home page. This will allow you the opportunity to take in the whole Sunday Service experience. I think many of you may find it intriguing and edifying.

(3) A Great-Big-Heartfelt-Hug-Of-Thanks to you all for your encouragement of and your participating in this Searchlight Website Ministry. You have blessed our hearts bigtime...truly!!!

En Agape,


Daily Devotional
September 2
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:14
The author of the Book of Job was a dramatist, a quintessential playwright. The authors of Psalms were poets par excellence. The author of Genesis and Exodus, a wonderful novelist. The author of Jonah was a storyteller. But here, I see Solomon not so much a storyteller or dramatist but rather a photographer. He takes pictures of life and lets us look at them in order to see they’re all bogus. Then, on the last page of his photo album, he says, “This is the key: Fear God and keep His commandments” (see Ecclesiastes 12:13).

But you know what? I close this photo album and still feel discouraged because the problem is, I’ve broken the commandments, and therefore, fear judgment.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48). But I’m not. So, although Solomon’s conclusion is correct, I haven’t followed it. I haven’t obeyed God perfectly.

But our Greater-than-Solomon - Jesus Christ - appears and says, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest, for except your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, unless it’s better than the most religious individuals, you will not inherit eternal life” (see Matthew 5:20; 11:28).

So it is then I say, “Lord, I failed. But You didn’t. You took my sin upon Yourself and died in my place. Oh, what grace. And now, Lord, by Your grace, I can walk in Your ways and keep Your commandments. By Your grace, Lord, I not only fear You, but I love You.”

And life has meaning - not under the sun, but in the Son.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.