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On Our Hearts

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” Heb.10:16

So, whatever today brings, we are blessed and are His children on whose hearts He has written His laws!  Mmmmmmmm.

Feeling very thankful this morning for being His.

Beth

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Preparing Us

Pastor John, 

This weekend Beth and I watched Jesus of Nazareth.  It was made in the 1970’s but has always been one of my favorites.  Watching it stirred up a desire to read in the New Testament again.  It really stood out to me how Jesus was preparing not only for his people to receive the holy Ghost, but also the way for Paul to preach what was to be given to him. 

I went to bed last night so thankful for the mercy that Jesus has shown by giving us the holy Ghost.  So thankful for the truth that we’ve been taught.  Everyday, since the beginning, has been preparation for us to meet him one day.  The love in that just makes you want to fall on your face.  I want to be found worthy when that day comes.

Michelle

Not Everyone

Pastor John, 

I have always thought of this more for those in Christianity, but I woke up thinking about how terrifying it is that it could be one of us. It could be me. How terrifying to come up short. 

I know how fast I can feel dry in the spirit if I don’t seek out that time with Jesus. I really feel that is a life rope from Jesus for me because it makes me need his touch so. I hate feeling dehydrated in spirit. To think one could be so dehydrated they are now delusional and do not see how badly they need a drink, a touch. To think one could spend years thinking they are pleasing the Lord because they have the holy ghost but really Jesus may say ” I never knew you”. Oh I pray I never hear those words.

How important it is to continue to seek Jesus and to have many experiences with him, is on my heart this morning.

21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Master! Master!’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Master! Master! Haven’t we prophesied in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name?’”  Matthew 7:22-23

Beth

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How true, Sister Beth!

​May God help us stay alive to Him, and that can only be by the wonderful, sweet Spirit He has given us.  let’s stay filled up!

Pastor John

 

Living Water

Pastor John,

I love this life that Jesus has blessed us with.  My heart was so full last night when I went to bed I couldn’t sleep.  I kept having the sweetest thoughts.

I was talking to Jesus for different ones and then started thinking about the love we have one for another.  I had this thought​:​ when we speak kinds words to each other, or when we are given a gentle nudge in the right direction, or ​even ​a stern correction, a word of encouragement,​ or good godly sound advice,​ we need to take it in.  We need to drink it and let it change us so we can grow and become one mind and one heart.

I thought wow, that is like the living water that Jesus gives us.  He gives us this living water to pass to one another and to drink in!  We all need each other, we can’t make it alone.  W​ho would want to do this alone anyway?

My mind had images of a dry and desolate land,​ but how when we let the living water run and circulate through us how that land is not desolate anymore!  That’s how I feel Pastor John…. I don’t feel desolate anymore!  None of us are,​ because we have Jesus and he’s given​ us each other!  What a happy thought!

Hope you have a good night!

Love you!

“Live!”

Pastor John, 

All week I’ve been looking around marveling at what Jesus has given me.  A family that shares the same heart, a home that is filled with peace and joy.

Then this morning I was reading Random Thoughts: Your Vision or God’s?  When I read this:

(Ezek. 16:5—6): “None eye pitied you . . . to have compassion upon you; but you were cast out in the open field, to the loathing of your person, in the day that you were born. And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in your own blood, I said to you when you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yea, I said to you when you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ 

Whew!  This most of all is what I’m thankful for.  He has ​said to us, “Live!”  I can feel Him flowing from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet!  “Live!”  ​Oh, what a sweet, perfect, loving life! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Michelle

Holy Ghost Baptism

Dear Pastor John,

My name is Osmond and I found your ministry when searching for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I came to know the Lord at a Baptist church my first year in college and only within the last two years came to understand and believe Jesus is the same, He still heals, still delivers, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. I know Acts 1:8 and Luke 11 describe how the Holy Spirit empowers us for life and ministry and I have prayed and fasted, but have not gotten the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I have seen God provide in amazing ways but I do not know how and when the baptism of the Holy Spirit will happen in my life. Can you help? Brother Osmond

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Greetings, Osmond, and thank you for writing!

The only thing the Bible tells us Gentiles to do to receive the holy Spirit baptism is to repent.  If there is anything more required, I do not know what it is.  The old saints who taught me Christ used to say, “Whatever keeps the holy ghost out of your life will keep you out of the kingdom of God.”  I believe that: so, I encourage you to make receiving the baptism of Christ THE priority of your life.

Men have invented many ways (church doctrines) by which they justify themselves and others, but as Jesus said to one such group, “God knows your heart.”  Do not believe those who tell you that you are born again and right with God without Jesus’ baptism of the holy ghost.  They are not the door; Jesus is, and when we satisfy him and His Father with our repentance, he baptizes us into his body (Rom. 6:3; 1Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27).  There is no other way to get into the body of Christ.

If you have further questions, please let us know.  May God richly bless you and fill you with His holy Spirit!  And do let us know how things go with you.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor John

 

Drawing Near

Good morning Pastor John, 

This morning I woke up thinking about when Jesus was dying on the cross how God bowed the heavens to be close to his son.  It is so sweet thinking about the love in that.

But then I had this thought, when we are dying to our flesh and to old habits Jesus is doing the same thing for us, drawing near because he loves us so much.

Michelle​

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That is right, Michelle!  Sweet to think of it.  Thanks.

Pastor John