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The church of tomorrow

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, In : Church Planting 

The future church in America


As we look toward the end of 2021 and on into 2022 we have to be honest as christians as to the "spiritual state" of the church in America. In the pursuit of a much needed honesty about these things, we must make an honest assessment which is required for all of us who call upon the Name of the Lord for salvation even if our assessment isn't good.


As “christians” in America have allowed our churches to become ultra divided over issues that are not important to ...


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Let Me Explain

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Thursday, February 4, 2010, In : Church Planting 

Since October of 2008, our last month of operating “Livin Lattes Cafe” in Pilot Mountain, I have been called to walk the walk of an iconoclast, and as such, I have been summoned to the task of articulating and re-articulating the vision behind the “real work” of establishing the “Livin Lattes Cafe” method of building up His church (Bride) by forming Jesus-centric and communal gathering of real sinners; who are people in any local community gathering around the idea of sincere wors...


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Jonathan Keener - Overseer Our call is to be true "christ" ians. Those little christ's who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Who spread God's fame by proclaiming His message of reconciliation to our world. Playing our part in the epic work of the regathering of the Body of Christ in the Last Days. livinlattes@gmail.com

Where are the prophets?

The calling on my life is to walk in a path similar to those called as messengers of God's revelation to their generation. This would in no way conflict with the work of prophets who wrote the scriptures. The work of the modern day prophet brings his audience back to the written Word. 

This job or assignment is not typically for the pulpit, many times this call leads men and women to connect one on one with pastors, business leaders, divinely selected individuals, and in public forums which the Lord opens to proclaim His message of Reconciliation


Who is God's army - We Are! 


LLI Mission & Values

May the Blessings of Yahweh rest on you

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Signs and Signatures - hand painted wood signs

All of our signs are hand-crafted and hand- painted by Sharon Keener with the help of her children

The Path of Restoration of the Bride of Jesus Christ 

  • Intercessory Prayer of agreement by two or three like-minded believers.
  • Establish clear strategic geographic targets to undo Satan's government of the targeted area.
  • Re-preach the gospel according to Our Yeshua's way and lifestyle and to call men everywhere to repent and receive all of Him and His soon coming kingdom.
  • Walking as Our Yeshua walked to make true life-giving disciples, followers of Our Lord's words and ways making a clean break from the world and any false loyalty to man-made ecclesiastical Nicolatian  religious orders.
  • To inspire unity in the Body of Christ around the essentials of the historic faith bequeathed to us from our forefathers. In His way, and in His time, that the world may see that we are one as our Father and His Son are One. 
  • Walking together as the Bride of Christ, operating by faith in the Father's will and love, walking like our Lord,  exclusively in the Father's love.
  • Build a team of diverse God the Father ordained leaders that fit the Biblical model of those called to be ambassadors of Christ, a group called to raise up leaders who hear the Voice of Spirit.
  • To love sinners enough to go evangelistically where they hang out and meet them in their ditches in the love of Our Savior.
  • To encourage the Body of Christ to work together, using all their spiritual gifts, and so we can foster positive change in any community where we have been strategically placed by the Lord. 
  • Gather the elders, those the Father is calling out to be the next generation shepherds of His Flock, the David's, not the Saul's of the past, men and women who have sold all to follow the Lamb.
  • Gather called out elect  Jews, Gentiles, and Muslims that make up the remnant of God, a diverse and unique gathering of saints from every tongue and nation.
  • Sponsor trips to Israel to establish our understanding of Our unified place in the Land and with all of His People scattered abroad.
  •  The anointed use of a holy means of promoting the powerful medium of worship and the spoken Word to draw all men to hear His Once for all Work of redemption proclaimed.  
  • Raise up teams of Holy Spirit trained and prepared ambassadors of His peace who come through the process of training as priests to God are sent out to the Spirit-led places where sinners like us live and operate.
  • Open up our homes and "other" intimate settings for the purpose of training and equipping the "saints" and where we openly display christian hospitality and where we share material things. 
  • Sending out Gospel workers who establish churches that are biblically-governed and prepared to be houses of agape love and purity and in whom the power of heaven dwells.
  • Reestablish the family to the rising generation so the newly converted can visibly  "see" and "feel" firsthand the love of husband and wives and the brethren manifested in real and tangible ways.

The Life and Times of

The Keener Family 

Over the last few years

Scattered Israel to be regathered


Jer. 31:10

"Hear the Word of the Lord, O you nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say: He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock." 


 Reader, in touching on this point, I would not have you for a moment suppose that the future gathering of Israel depends on anything that man can do. God's counsels and purposes are independent of human strength. The sun will set tonight at its appointed hour, and neither Queen, Lords, nor Commons, Pope, President, nor Emperors — can hasten, prevent, or put off its setting. The tides of the sea will ebb and flow this week in their regular course, and no scientific decree nor engineering skill can interfere with their motion. 

And just in like manner, the promises of God concerning Israel will all be fulfilled in due season, whether we will hear, or whether we will forbear.


Bishop JC Ryle 1879

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Photos that tell our story

31 years of learning agape love!

The place where many a sincere conversation took place, the place where our family served our  community the very best coffee and smoothies we could deliver.

The crazy day of living on faith in 2007

Livin Lattes event downtown Pilot Mtn, NC

We felt the Power of His Presence in an alley

A most cataclysmic life event...2001

little did I know that witnessing this single event from the banks of the NJ side of the Hudson would be such an integral part of launching the LLI ministry

 The night that revealed that the Holy Spirit could use any 

kind of music to bring glory to His Name

Swing Low Sweet Chariot 

Baptizing McKenzie in Tom's Creek

back in NC - 2008

 Waterfall in En Gedi

Israel trip early 2007

A Time of Remembering

In our very brief time on the West Coast in 2011 

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We ask you to pray for the Living Water of Zion to flow to our world, to all our cities, and to every unique people group, that all would seek the power of His Spirit and be saved!


Our Eight Growing Children & Grandchild

Our little baby girl - 10

Zoe Hannah Grace Keener

Who knows.... 

Zachariah - 14

4th boy - a chaser 

Taught himself how to ride a bike and swim, now running a football, we didn't know he wanted to do these things until we saw it happen with our eyes


Steve - 16

A good kid - God made him that way

a lover of people 

Matt - 17 

athlete - winner who loves the good things of life 

unknown skills yet to be revealed...


Seth - 20

Athlete - Baseball player

Wake Forest Baseball

Wants to help the world get smarter 


 Kayla - 23

loves accounting and life

newly married to Josh

Ap State graduate and Wake Forest Masters of Accounting Graduate works for Grant Thornton Accounting firm


Becca - 27

Princeton grad & London School of Economics grad looking to earn a PhD in the study of philosophy at Yale - seeking peace and happiness


Jenna - 29

An Entrepreneur who can do anything artistic

Mom of Jerry

The best barista / baker @ The Songbird House


The big time Jeremiah - our first grandson

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Family Shots