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This is Personal

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, In : Christian Suffering 

Have you ever heard someone say, “this isn't personal, just business!”?  This they say after they just robbed you blind.

Honor. Money. Promotion. All come from the Lord, but we live in a fallen world and a fallen church.  Does the fact that unscrupulous business people use this oft quoted moniker really bring you any comfort after you been cheated by their wicked schemes?  In turn, do these words really salve their guilty conscience?  Do these words in any way absolutize them of wrong doin...

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Your Adversity - Why me?

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Sunday, November 7, 2010, In : Christian Suffering 

Your Day of Adversity

I believe that “adversity” and trouble are G-d's remedy for a sin sick soul.  Adversity trains us in righteousness.  Adversity is G-d's weapon to chasten the natural man (the flesh) that is still trying to rest control of our  walk with His Son.  

Adversity makes us look up and moves us to cry out to heaven for guidance.  A cry for His wisdom comes from the heavens – the very heights of glory -- and changes us on the inside and it changes our circumstances.  


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Why all the delays?

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Christian Suffering 
Open letter to tired and weary sojourners on their way to a city who builder and maker is G-d.

Dear fellow born again believer in Yeshua, if you today sense that your life is on hold, you are not alone.  Our family of nine people has been waiting and waiting for the Lord G-d Almighty to show us His way.  We are very tired and alone. We are looking to the only resource, the only power, and the only comfort that we need....  G-d the Father and the sweet and loving ministry of His Son through the...

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You're Serious - A Cave!

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Saturday, June 26, 2010, In : Christian Suffering 

If you have ever been in a cave, you will quickly realize that cave living in no way resembles living in typical comforts afforded most of modern day americans.  Caves smell bad.  Caves are in distant and remote areas. Caves have scary creatures dwelling next to you.  Caves are designed to hide us in times of distress.

But caves also represent a place of fulfilling the purposes of God in our life.  So then, caves become the womb of "blessed" preparation by becoming the place of birthing men ...

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Your Day of Adversity - In this we unite

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Sunday, January 24, 2010, In : Christian Suffering 

I believe that “adversity” and trouble are G-d's remedy for a sin sick soul.  Adversity trains us in righteousness.  Adversity is G-d's weapon to chasten the natural man still trying to wrest control of our spiritually fervent walk with His Son.  Adversity makes us look up and moves us to cry out to heaven for guidance.  Obedience to G-d's adversity, illuminates His light within us so we shine brighter and brighter.   Without adversity we will not become the soldiers that we must be in or...

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Adversity - Are You Ready?

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Sunday, January 24, 2010, In : Christian Suffering 

In Psalm 91:14-16 we have a beautiful account of God's faithfulness to protect a saint and lover of His Being that has made the Lord of Heaven is love and refuge.  The Lord, even at the latest hour is able to save those who have put their trust in Him.  Let's read the words of these verses with great care, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.  He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him...

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Suffering as a Christian

Posted by Jonathan Keener on Saturday, January 23, 2010, In : Christian Suffering 

Today I would like to draw a clear distinction between suffering for Christ and suffering as a sinful human.  To suffer as a christian, is to suffer in the way of the cross, as you faithfully follow Christ's leading in your life. 


All true believers who have taken up their cross and followed the Savior of their souls, will be led into the valley of the shadow of death. From the perspective of the Word, the Father desires for all of His children is for them to imitate Our Lord by walking with...

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Kingdom Support Services

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.

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

LLI Mission & Values

LLI Articles of Faith

Our Story and Vision


Why give to an Ekklasia Plant in Pilot Mountain?

The Path of Restoration of the Bride of Jesus Christ 

  • Intercessory Prayer of agreement by two or three like-minded believers in a geographical location.
  • Through prayer and inquiry of the Holy Spirit begin to establish clear strategic individual prayer targets at the local level of government and community life.
  • Seek for opportunities to publicly Re-preach the full gospel according to manner that John the Baptist performed to prepare the Way of Our Jesus Christ, calling men everywhere to repent. 
  • As the Lord's apostles did in obedience to the Great Commission we publicly declare His historical resurrection demonstrating power of death, we believe that the gift of the Holy Spirit will manifest so as to prepare our hearts to receive His soon coming earthly kingdom.
  • Restore the role of what it means to be an "ambassadors" of the ministry of reconciliation. Understanding that we, mere mortals, stand between heaven and earth to call men to a peace treaty with heaven to restore peace with their Maker and Judge.
  • Walking as Our Lord walked to raise up 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.
  • 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. A true five fold group of leaders.
  • To continue to expand the Kingdom of Christ by loving sinners enough to go evangelistically where they hang out and meet them in their ditches in the love of Our Savior.
  • Equip the saints by praying over them and speaking prophetically into their lives. Give them Spiritual guidance.
  • 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.
  • Build a community (places of refuge) in targeted and strategic areas that include access to natural resources where training in skills, working with your hands, basic functional education, restore the man and his soul, train in leadership by example - mentoring rising generation.
  • Sponsor trips to Israel to establish our understanding of Our unified place in the Land and with all of His People scattered abroad.
  • Get involved in all work and in all facets of life.
  • 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.
  • Raise up next generation teams of Holy Spirit trained and prepared ambassadors of His peace who are sent out to the ends of the earth to Spirit-led places on the face of the earth.
  • Build a network of home gatherings and in "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 (ekklesias) that are biblically-governed and prepared to be houses of agape love and purity and in whom the power of heaven dwells.

The Life and Times of

The Keener Family 

Over the last few years

Photos that tell our story

33 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 


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, Son-in-law & beautiful Grandchild

Our baby girl - 12

Zoe Hannah Grace Keener

Who knows.... 

Zachariah - 16

4th boy - a chaser 

Taught himself how to ride a bike and swim, football, now golf, we didn't know he wanted to do these things until we saw it with our eyes, in the 80s in 2 months.

Steve - 17

A beautiful human and great athlete - Our God has called him to be His spokesperson for his generation

Matthew - 19 

athlete who loves sports, mostly football

attending Western Carolina to play football

Seth - 22

Athlete - Baseball player

Wake Forest Baseball - drafted 3rd round by White Sox

Wants to help the world get smarter 

Also called to do mighty things on the earth

 Kayla - 24

loves Josh and life

married to Josh - July 7, 2020

Ap State graduate and Wake Forest Masters of Accounting Graduate works for Grant Thornton Accounting firm. Josh a great husband happens to be a native South African

Becca - 29

Princeton grad & London School of Economics grad seeking peace and happiness

Jenna - 31

An Entrepreneur who can do anything artistic

Mom of Jerry

The best barista / baker in Winston Salem or anywhere

The big time Jeremiah - our first grandson


Family Shots over the years