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Melchizedek

Hello Pastor John.

I don’t recall ever hearing it discussed but did Melchizedek only have man’s kind of righteousness? Considering he was the “king of righteousness” and the fact that Abraham paid tithes to him and not much else is known about him. I assume he didn’t have God’s righteousness but I’ve never heard it said, or at least I don’t remember hearing about him specifically.

Robert A. Payne, L. G.

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Hi, Bob.

Thanks for the question.

It was impossible for anyone to possess God’s kind of righteousness before God’s extraordinary Son came and paid the price for it. “King of Righteousness” is the meaning of the name “Melchizedek”; the true King of Righteousness is the Son of God, of whom righteous Melchizedek was only a figure, like Abraham, David, and many others.

Pastor John

Amazing Blessing

You know, today we watched the Sunday teaching again for the 3rd time.  We just can’t get enough!  Since I’m feeling better now, we rejoiced and prayed through, especially Darren’s final song, which we repeated again and again….  I felt a spirit of soaring, like I was a bird, flying freely, gliding through the sky.  Glorious!  Amazing!  Such a blessing.  Such gratefulness to read along with your notes, PJ, and listen to the deep meaning of each section.

This grounded us.  This set us free from so many things that have been hindering us in the flesh.  Jesus is worthy to be worshipped and glorified in the Spirit by His people, not merely worshipped in “form” or rituals. Absurd!  Made me hate that religion even more, with a righteous indignation!  What an amazingly successful lie on the public!  So many souls lost in that mess!

The feelings of soaring and flying along the California coast to Darren’s liberating song were far more rewarding than any church ceremony could ever be.  Makes me want to live only to please Him, and let go of my fleshly ambitions in every corner of my life, if they can’t honor Jesus in some way. 

Brad

God’s Will Be Done

Hey John,

Thank you for this morning!  What a blessing it is for Jesus to let us understand the things you talked about this morning, like what God’s kingdom is and why we don’t have to pray for it to come any longer.  And that the prayer for God’s will to be done down here as it was in heaven at that time is something that actually happened, when Satan was cast out and is now down here.  And, wow, what a way to bring it to an end with Darren’s amazing song!

Jesus is still talking to us, and teaching us that he really was our example of living in this world with the holy ghost dwelling in us.  And it comes with the whole package – the joy and the persecution, if we are following Jesus.  God help us to live worthy of those things. 

Vince

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Hi, Pastor John!

I was lying awake and couldn’t sleep, thinking about the things we were taught and the feelings of the Spirit from Sunday’s Mathew reading.  Tom’ song was timeless! Truth is truth in a song if it was sung yesterday or fresh today. It brought back sweet feelings of singing with him over the years. I do believe Donna’s voice is getting sweeter over the years. Her voice and the feelings in her song today, soothed my heart like balm.  What a way to start the morning.

The first few plucks that Darren played on his guitar melted my heart instantly! Aaron, saw me and handed my tissues; I knew and I guess Aaron knew what was coming in Darren’s song. I was praying, “this has the most familiar feelings . . .I have felt this before”. It had the same feelings in the song as, Rest Oh My Child, when you played it for the first time at my kitchen table in 2001. The Spirit spoke to me then at my table, “I got you”.  Today, while listening to Darren’s song I heard softly again, “I still got you”. I had to hide my face from what I was hearing and feeling and let it soak in as deep as it would go.

Stuart’s testimony touched me greatly. He may not know this, but a lot of us were in the tree stand with him. It was an honor to be in the same room (and tree) with Stuart. I could take in and felt the feelings with which Stuart was testifying about. They were truly special.

Listening to your sermon and teaching today was meat for my soul!. The message concerning, “On Earth as it is in Heaven”, was amazing to me. I never heard it before like that–It was new and fresh, and made me hungry for more. It’s like eating a meal that was cooked perfectly, looked appetizing, and cooked at the right temperature. And when you put the fork in your mouth, you knew from the first bite that it was going to be a good meal. It was so satisfying. Thank you, Jesus!

As we were leaving to go home after the meeting, I don’t think I ever felt so honored, humbled, and grateful as I was today for what we had from Jesus’ table. Sometimes, it takes faith to believe that God really truly loves us. I’m sitting here in awe just thinking about it all. The love we felt for Jesus and each other is a gift to and from Jesus. It is what he died for so that we can experience what the Father & Son have for each other, and now for His body. True love is when it flows out and it is returned. That is what we had today.

Thank you to everybody! And thank you Pastor John, I am still full.

Billy M.

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Pastor John,

I just wanted to say hey, and say I have thinking about what you preached yesterday.  It was out of this world GOOD to Me!  Things I have never heard before!  My sincere hope is that everyone, including me, is taking it all in.

I feel like Jesus is taking us somewhere we have never been before!  It’s so exciting!!  I LOVE it.  I LOVE it!!

Jimmy T

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Me:

If Jesus is trying to take us somewhere, God give us the humility to go with him!  I want it!

Pastor John

Preaching from Matthew

John,

Debbie and I just listened again to the preaching from this morning.  It is the best I have heard in a good while.  Really good on repenting and confessing of the power of the HOLY GHOST, and TRUTH!!  thumbsup thumbsupthumbsup

Jimmy T.

*See Post: Notes from Today’s Reading, Nov. 8, 2020

Thank you for the notes on Matthew 6, John.  

 
Today’s message was one of the purest presentations of what the Holy Ghost has made us that I have ever heard.  Not only that, the section on “everyone in the Old Testament being an actor” was SO good.  What a wonderful blessing Jesus gave us this morning. 
 
Thanks so very much for sharing truth like this.  I will go back and listen to that whole message again, it never can get old, because it’s life!
 
Gary
 
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Hi Gary.
 
I feel so blessed to be around people like you who love the truth.  Thank you (and others who have contacted me) very much for loving the truth of Christ enough to confess it! In this world I am certain that there will be great reward for that.
 
Pastor John
 

Eighth Meeting  

Sunday, November 8, 2020  

The Sermon on the Mount Continued  

Matthew 6  

¶1. “Beware not to do your alms before men, to be seen by them; otherwise, you have no reward  from your Father who is in heaven.  

* Jesus did not say (v. 1), “Do not do alms.” Nor did he only say, “Do not do your  alms before men.”  

* What he said was (v. 1), “Do not do your alms before men to be seen by them,”  that is, do not do good things for the purpose of winning men’s admiration.  

2a. So, whenever you give alms, don’t sound a trumpet before you the way the hypocrites do in  the synagogues and streets so that they might be honored by men.  

* The word “hypocrite” means “actor”. The Greeks had been using that word for  centuries, so it was nothing new to Jesus’ disciples.  

* But the disciples were probably puzzled as to what Jesus was getting at by calling  those very devout men “actors” because everybody under the law of Moses was an  actor. They had no choice. Everybody who kept God’s law was only doing and  saying what the law commanded Israel to do and say.  

* This is why the word “hypocrite” is not found in the Hebrew Old Testament  books, nor the word “actor”, or even the word “pretend”. To act as the law of  Moses demanded was all that Old Testament saints could do.  

* When Moses built the tabernacle at Mount Sinai that God told him to build, he  was only building a stage for the high priest to act on.  

 The high priest didn’t know it, but when he made intercession to God for  Israel he was pretending to be Jesus. He was acting out what the Son of God would  really do when he came. And God accepted that act at that time.  

 When Israel slaughtered the Passover lamb, they didn’t know it, but they  were acting out what some of them who despised him would really do to the Lamb  of God when he came.  

 And when Israel ate the flesh of that Passover lamb, they didn’t know it, but  they were acting act what some of them who believed would really do after Lamb of  God suffered and died for them. Paul said,  

1Corinthians 5  

7b. Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us,  

  1. so that we might keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with leaven of malice and  wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  

* This is what Jesus was hinting at when he said this:  

John 6  

53b. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in  you.  

 . . . .  

  1. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.”  

* Jesus lost a lot of disciples when he said that. They thought he was trying to add  another act for them to perform of eating his human flesh and drinking his human  blood. But he wasn’t talking about pretending to eat his flesh and blood, but to  really eat his flesh and blood.  

John 6  

  1. When many of his disciples heard this, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can hear it?”  61. But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to  them, “Does this offend you?  

 . . . .  

  1. It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The things that I am telling you,  they are spirit, and they are life!”  

 . . . .  

  1. At this, many of his disciples went back to former things, and walked with him no  longer.  

* We’re not acting when we eat and drink in Christ. It’s the real thing! It is life.  

1Corinthians 12  

  1. For by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether  slaves or free, and all were given to drink of one Spirit.  

* And.…  

1Corinthians 10  

  1. We, being many, are one bread, one body, for we all partake of the one bread.  

* Now, spiritually, an actor is someone who plays a religious role, someone who  says the words he is expected to say and does the deeds he is expected to do, and  some people are excellent at it  

* Uncle Joe never was good at saying or doing the expected thing. And he always  struggled with that. He wanted to say and do what good Christians expected of  him, but he was too alive in the holy Ghost to do it. It was a great relief to him to  learned that Christianity is not of God, and that he did not have to conform to  Christians, but Christians needed to conform to him and walk with him in the  Spirit.  

* Nothing an actor says or does is spontaneous; nothing is from the heart.  * No ceremony is alive. They are all scripted; they are all pretend!  

* This is another aspect on the greatest lesson of the New Testament; there is no  ceremony, no acting, in the righteousness of God.  

2b. Truly, I tell you, they have their reward.  

* Every actor performs his act in hope of receiving some kind of reward. The  actors Jesus was talking about wanted the reward of men’s admiration, and Jesus  said that they had it. They were being paid for their acting ability, not with  money, but with the being praise of men.  

* Someone may ask, “What if the actor’s hope is to be rewarded by God for his  ceremonial worship? The answer is that in this covenant of life, God does not  accept ceremonial worship because it does not honor the sacrifice of His Son!  

* Paul counted all his acting ability, every ceremony and holy day, every title and  position, every tradition of the elders, as dung, just to know Christ.  

* The son of God said he came to bring us life (Jn. 10:10), and Paul said that the  Spirit is life.  

Romans 8  

10b. The Spirit is life . . .,  

  1. and if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He who raised  Christ from the dead shall also bring to life your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells  in you.  

* No ceremony is going to raise you from the dead.  

* Jesus was made God’s real “high priest by the power of an endless life”. He really  preached by that same power, and he was really raised from the dead by that  power. The whole kingdom of God, Paul said, “is in power” (1Cor. 4:20). And to  practice ceremonies now is to pretend that the Son of God has not come to see us  free from them.  

* You cannot add a ceremony without adding strife. Quarrels about when, who,  where, and how often the ceremony should be performed will always arise.  When a woman in Samaria wanted to quarrel with Jesus about the right place to  perform acts of worship,  

John 4  

  1. Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, an hour is coming when you’ll worship the  Father neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem.  
  2. You Samaritans don’t know what you’re worshipping; we know what we worship, for  salvation is of the Jews.  
  3. But an hour is coming, and now is, when true worshippers will worship the Father  spiritually and truly, for the Father is searching for such people to worship Him.  24. God is a spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”  

* The Son of God was sent here to earth to pay the price for it, and he paid it, and  that sacrifice is precious to God, and to everyone who knows Him.  

  1. But when you are giving alms, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing  4. so that your almsgiving might be in secret. And then your Father, who sees in secret, will  reward you in the open.” 

* But Jesus also encouraged us earlier in this same sermon to do good deeds that  people can see:  

Matthew 5  

  1. Let your light shine before men (so that they may see your good works and glorify your  Father who is in heaven).  

* So, how can we know when to obey what Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 and when to  obey what he said in Matthew 6:3?  

* This is just one example of the conundrums that arise whenever men try to live  by a set of rules. Life is too complicated for any set of rules to be able to cover  every situation we face.  

* Another example of such a conundrum is the occasional conflict that existed in  Israel between keeping God’s commandment to do no work on the Sabbath and  God’s commandment to circumcise male children on the eighth day after birth.  Any male infant not circumcised on the eighth day was cut off from Israel:  

Genesis 17 (God to Abraham)  

  1. Every eight-day-old male among you shall be circumcised throughout your  generations.  

 . . .  

  1. An uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin . . . shall  certainly be cut off from his people. He has broken my covenant.  

* Anyone who did work on the Sabbath was cut off from Israel:  

Exodus 31  

  1. You shall certainly keep the Sabbath, for it is holy to you. Those who defile it shall  surely be put to death. Whoever does any work on it . . . shall be cut off from among  his people.  

* But what if the eighth day after the birth of a son fell on a Sabbath day?  

* The right thing to do was to go ahead and break the Sabbath and circumcise the  child, and God let the elders of Israel feel that was acceptable. The need to  circumcise trumped the prohibition of doing work on the Sabbath day.  

* Jesus pointed this out to those who criticized him for healing on the Sabbath day: 

John 7  

  1. Moses gave you circumcision, . . . and even on the Sabbath, you circumcise someone.  

* But without God’s help, no one can know which commandment to choose to  keep when there is a conflict.  

* That is why God sent His Son, to help us know what to do by putting God’s law  within us so that we can feel God’s will (which is His law) in every situation.  * The Spirit can be with us in every situation, everywhere we go, and let us know  what is right in God’s eyes.  

¶5. “And when you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, for they like standing up to pray in the  synagogues and on street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly, I tell you, they  have their reward. 

  1. But when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have locked your door to pray to  your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in the open.  7. And when you pray, don’t rattle on like the Gentiles. They think that with their many words  they will gain a hearing. 
  2. Don’t be like them; your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 

* Prayer in this covenant, being part of worship, must be “in spirit and in truth”. It  must be inspired “by the power of an endless life”.  

* To read a prescribed prayer from a piece of paper, to repeat a traditional prayer  (e.g., “the Lord’s prayer” or the rosary) is a useless ritual, a dead religious work.  * It wasn’t always like that, though. Before the Son came, dead ceremonial acts  

were all man had, and the dead ceremonies that God gave Israel were glorious  because, unknown to Israel, they were acts that foretold of God’s Son.  

* That is how glorious the Son is. Even the shadows of his coming were holy.  

2Corinthians 3  

  1. If the ministry of death by letters engraved on stones came with glory, so that the  children of Israel were not able to gaze at Moses’ face because of the glory on his face  (which ministry is being brought to an end),  
  2. how shall the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?  
  3. For if the ministry of condemnation be glory, much more does the ministry of  righteousness overflow with glory.  
  4. Indeed, that which was once made glorious has been made not glorious in this regard,  on account of the surpassing glory.  
  5. And certainly, if that which is being done away with was glorious, much more glorious  is that which lasts.  

¶9. “So then, you pray like this: 

* First, this is not “the Lord’s prayer”. The Bible never calls it that; Christians do.  This is the disciples’ prayer. Jesus told them to pray it.  

* Second, telling his disciples what they should pray is the best Jesus could do for  them as until after he died, for until the day of Pentecost, they didn’t yet have “the  power of an endless life” to inspire their prayers.  

* Lastly, Jesus said only that they should pray “like this”. They did not have to use  these specific words. Jesus was not giving them another ceremony to perform.  

9b. ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. 

* BREAKDOWN OF THE DISCIPLES’ PRAYER: “Our Father who is in heaven”  

* The first thing a Jew with a right heart would do is to confess his (and Israel’s)  exclusive relationship with God. This was not a claim; this was a confession of  God’s love for Israel.  

* No Gentile could call God his Father, and it be true.  

* Nehemiah confessed, like Jesus with the Samaritan woman, his and Israel’s  exclusive relationship with God when he told the scoffing Gentiles, “You have no  portion, or righteousness, or memorial in Jerusalem.”  

Nehemiah 2  

  1. When Sanballat the Horite, and Tobiah the Ammonite servant, and Geshem the Arab  heard of it, they mocked us and despised us, saying, “What is this thing that you are  doing? You are rebelling against the king!”  
  2. And I returned a message to them, and I said to them, “The God of heaven, He will  make us successful, and we, His servants, will rise up and build the wall, and you have no  or righteousness, or memorial in Jerusalem.” 

* God humbled His people to confess His exclusive relationship with Israel.  

Amos 3  

1a. Hear this word which Jehovah has spoken about you, O children of Israel …  2a. “Of all the families of the earth, I have known only you.”  

* God only asked Israel to humble themselves to do the same.  

* For Jews at that time, to confess that God is “our Father” was to testify that God  was not the Father of those who outside of Israel – though the door was open for  any Gentile on earth to submit to the law and be numbered among God’s people.  

NOTE!  

* It was Israel’s failure to confess their exclusive relationship with God that caused  all their greatest problems. Only a few in Israel’s history were like Nehemiah.  And every serious problem Israel ever faced stemmed from that one failure.  

* If you have the holy Ghost, you have an exclusive relationship with God.  * God humbled Himself greatly confessed you when that relationship began. His  Spirit cried out through you, declaring Him to be your Father.  

Romans 8  

15b. You received the Spirit of adoption, by which we cry out, “Abba!” (that is, “Father!”)  16. The Spirit itself bears witness, together with our spirit, that we are children of God.  

* Now, our part is to confess our exclusive relationship with God before men. If  we do that at the right time and in the right spirit, people will hear the Spirit of  God say, even if we do not, “You have no portion, or righteousness, or memorial  in the body of Christ.”  

* Some will hate us for that, as if it is our doing and our plan, but God’s lost sheep  will not. It will be the sound they have been waiting to hear.  

* It is our purpose on earth to “confess Christ”. Jesus said,  

Matthew 10  

  1. “Whosoever confesses me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is 26 in heaven.  
  2. But whoever denies me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in  heaven.”  

* To be a part of God’s family is such as great honor that one would think that  confessing it would be an easy and exciting thing to do. But in this world, there is  constant and great pressure against it.  

* Confessing the truth of Christ is to confess that HE is the only way to God, the  only truth about God, and the only life that comes from God.  

* Men will approve of you if you tell them, “My personal way to God is through  Jesus.” But you do not have a personal way to God. Christ is the way to God, the  only way, and we confess him truly only when we confess that.  

* When we confess that Jesus is THE way (not a way), we are testifying to others  that they don’t have a personal way to God, either.  

* To confess Christ truthfully to confess that those with the Spirit belong to the  only family God has and that He is THEIR Father and nobody else’s, though the  door is open for any sinner on earth to submit to Christ and become a child of  God.  

* In other words, to confess Christ before men is to testify to them, “Without the  Spirit of God, you have no portion, or righteousness, or memorial in the body of  Christ.”  

* Isn’t that what Paul said?  

Romans 8  

9b. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to him.”  * To confess Christ is to testify, as Peter did, that  

 Or, “confesses in me”, or “by me”. Also, Luke 12:8. 26 

Acts 4  

  1. Salvation is not by any other, for there is no other name given among men by which we  must be saved!  

* Confessing Christ truthfully is the real reason Paul was so hated, and it is the real  reason that I and some of you have been so hated.  

* And the failure to do that is the real reason some others are not so hated.  * It is also the root of every problem the body of Christ has ever had in this world.  * It is also the root of whatever problem you have in this world.  

* Hear this! Every circumstance on this earth is determined by God based on His  relationship with His people. Every circumstance on earth in ancient time was  dependent on God’s relationship with His people. God shaped world history  based on what His people needed, ands He is still shaping history based on what  His people need. Stay out of politics and stay out of God’s way before He runs  you over. He is doing the right thing! Whatever God is doing, He has something  wonderful in mind for His children, and they will get to it if they do not get in  His way, “thinking to do God service”.  

* If you will live in “the power of an endless life”, if you will serve God “in spirit and  in truth”, the only problems you will have will be somebody else’s, not yours,a nd  you’ll be able to help them.  

* To confess Christ is to testify that the only thing that we did, and the only thing  that can be done, to enter the kingdom of God’s is repent and be baptized with  His Spirit, which God gives in the name of His Son to every soul who obeys Him!  * Peter and the other apostles paid the price for confessing Christ like that:  

Acts 5  

  1. Peter and the apostles answered, saying, “We must obey God rather than men.  30. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree.  31. This man God has exalted to His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give  repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  
  2. And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is the holy Spirit, which God has given  to those who obey Him.”  
  3. When they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began plotting to kill them.  

* If we confess Christ as Peter did, it may be that we suffer as he did, if that is God’s  plan for us, but then, as Paul said,  

Romans 8  

  1. The sufferings of this present time are unworthy of comparison with the glory that shall  be revealed to us. 

* May God give us the love of Christ that produces the boldness to confess him  before men.  

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The Axe Is Laid at the Tree

Pastor John,

I woke up last night at 2:30, and as I lay there I felt to pray for President Trump and his family and this country.  As soon as I finished, I heard a voice say, “The axe is laid to the tree.”  It was a stern and sober voice.  It made me feel like the process has now really officially started for God to destroy this country.  It made me feel humble and prayerful.

Betty P.

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Yes.  We are just waiting for God to send an anointed man to pick up the axe and start swinging it.  Let’s stay under God’s wing!

Pastor John

Delivered and Healed

Pastor John,

Brad and I listened to Amy’s testimony again about not having headaches anymore and I realized I no longer have an old affliction as well – the attachment to my old identity as a black woman. Praise God!

Watching my worldly Facebook friends celebrate the election of Biden, and with him Kamala Harris, I was detached from all their emotions. The memory of how I felt when Obama was elected for his 1st term came back to me. Then, my feelings were just like how my Facebook friends are feeling now. I remembered shedding tears of joy for having a black man elected president and having a heart filled with hope that he would change society. Many people are now feeling that same way about Kamala.

That memory was just that… a memory. Jesus and his Holy Ghost have removed that identification and false hope and replaced it with His wisdom of knowing it’s all a bunch of worthless junk. It’s all vanity! I will pray for the president and vice president as I would for anyone in that position. No more. No less. No attachment. Thank you Jesus for healing me of that disease.

Another layer, and what may be my thickest layer, has been peeled by the grace of God! Praise God! Thank you Jesus!

Allison

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Beautiful testimony, Allison!

Paul said that in Christ, “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28).  We could add to that, “there is neither black nor white.”

Men are striving all the time to “be equal” or “demand their rights”, but without Christ, there are no rights, only wrongs.  And Jesus alone can give people true peace and “the same love” for one another.

Thank you so much for that testimony!  And may God have mercy on and protect whoever He chooses to curse with the office of President of this debauched country!

Pastor John

Pastor John,

The Lord taught me something a couple of weeks ago, and I wrote it down at the time.  I wanted to send it to you.

Jerry D.

God can use the disobedient to bless the obedient.

If a child of God is foolish with his money and buys what he can’t afford, those who are prudent with their money may be blessed by buying those things later at a discount when the foolish must try to [sell it and] recoup those needed funds.

If a spouse works himself into the ground for wages he doesn’t need, or wages to replace money ill-spent, those extra wages may serve to bless the godly in his home who didn’t work so hard, but instead kept their mind and efforts toward the Lord.

You told us a story once where a foolish child of God was spending too much time fishing.  The young man was admonished; his pastor told him such time didn’t exist in his life for constantly fishing when God’s work remained undone.  But he did not listen and went fishing anyway.  Then, the young man scoffed at his pastor (who didn’t have time for fishing) behind his back because his pastor later ate and enjoyed the fish the young man had caught.

I tell you it is scary.  God will bless a faithful to enjoy the fruit of a foolish believer’s disobedient and self-willed labors.

God uses the foolish in His house to bless the wise – all the time.

Jerry

Our Favorite Things

This was so fun and effortless to write. Glad our lyrics blessed everyone. – Brad and Allison

Raindrops on roses

And whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles 

And warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with string

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

Speaking in tongues when the Spirit baptizes

Learning old hymns that have lots of reprises.

Falling in love with the songs Darren sings.

These are a few of our favorite things!

 

Those poor Catholics! 

And those Christians,

They must feel so sad.

If only they’d learn to love our favorite things,

We know they would feel so glad!

 

Pastor John’s sermons and 

Gary’s songs bless us.

Fire-side mornings with scriptures to discuss

We are so grateful for what Jesus brings,

That’s why we sing of our favorite things.

 

North Carolina and all of its seasons,

Someday we’ll live here for all the right reasons.

We enjoy marriage and our wedding rings,

These are just more of our favorite things!

 

If we’re sinful,

Not repenting,

That makes us feel bad,

We fall on our face and cry out to our King,

And then we don’t feel so sad

 

More great musicians like Donna and Billy,

Make us shout praises like dear sister Willie,

Keeping us safe under God’s loving wing

We are so thankful for these precious things.

 

Betty and Earl tell their great testimonies

Young people also have their holy stories,

Jesus provides us with feelings He brings

Praise God we’re loving His favorite things!

 

When we’re lonely,

Missing family,

Sometimes feeling sad,

We simply rejoice in our favorite things,

And thank God for all we have

Iron Kingdom Introduction

Hi Pastor John,

Michelle and I listened (read) your introduction to the Iron Kingdom last night. This is amazing work and we are all being blessed by your courage and conviction beyond words. There was discussion about how it flowed. For me, someone new in the truth, it was very easy to follow and understand. It clearly gave me a better understanding of Christianity and where it originated. I was so encouraged and can’t wait for the next chapters!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit our home yesterday. It was a very special day with all of you and reminded me of the truly wonderful feelings fellowship brings. Getting closer to Jesus and being filled with the Spirit is my salvation. When I told Michelle on one of our first dates I wanted “that” …. the feelings I had yesterday was exactly what I was referring too.

Kevin

Kay’s Testimony

Pastor John,

I am teaching class today (online), taking a quick break to eat, and I just read Kay’s testimony.

It reminded me of when I was praying for brother Earl, pleading to Jesus about his heart issues.  In earnest, I had said, “God help him!”  And in a voice so gentle, and quieter than a whisper I heard, “I am.”  It was so soft, so faint, but it was unmistakable, and it settled everything inside of me.  I knew God had it under complete control – whatever happened.  I’ve never felt such relief.

Kay’s testimony also made me realize what it can mean for God to heal us – He can heal us in so many ways.  Our physical bodies, but everything else too.

We need healing from being human if we are to be in His presence.

Jerry