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Paul – Today!

Pastor John,

Hey, just wanted to say hello and say thanks to everybody for the work put forth on the live listenings on the skype. It’s great! I have thought on one particular part all day. That is when you spoke on being the happiest in the Lord, was it the day you received the New Birth, or Today? If it was the first, then something is off. I seemed to have enjoyed my day so much better today with those things on my mind.

Be good to see you this weekend….
Thanks alot!
Paul

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Hi Paul.


John David got the skype thing going for people. It has blessed a bunch of folk so far, it seems. I am glad for that. John David is doing what I exhort all these young people to do: make your life valuable to others.

It’s good to be happier today than when you were born again. If it is true that “of the INCREASE of his government (the Son’s government) there shall be no end”, then we ought to have more joy, more knowledge, and more love, than we did when we first submitted to his government, shouldn’t we?

Thanks for writing, Paul. Greetings to Jammie and the boys, until we see you again.

Pastor John

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MD- Summary of Mtg.

Pastor John,

This morning’s meeting was so good for me. It’s no small thing to be apart of such righteous work. I want to do my part. Your message today was especially good for me as I have so many family and friends who rest confidence in “church”, believing it was ordained through Peter and therefore of God. So, I have summarized your lesson today so that I can forward it to family and friends. Please read it and make corrections where need be. This truth is too precious not be said correctly and, of course, told by someone who is not right with God.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you next weekend God willing.

MD

Dear ,

Prior to reading this please read Matthew 16:18 and Acts Chapter 10 through 11:18.

I learned from Pastor John today why Jesus said Peter was to be the rock, the rock upon which God will build up His people (Jesus never used the word church, but ecclesia, “called out people, or assembly”). Firstly, know that the Greek word “rock” sounds similar to the word “Peter” and that literally speaking, we should not look much into his title “the rock”. What is important to draw from this is the steadfast determination not to budge that is attributed to a person when called a rock. Peter in that regard lived up to that name during his ministry especially as he stood in front of the apostles in Jerusalem the day he defended God’s pouring out of His Spirit at Cornelius’ house, an event until then no Jew would believe true.

When the Lord spoke to Peter in a vision while in Joppa, Peter thought he was being put to the test. Peter, determined to pass this test, defiantly said “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”. Three times Peter declined to eat of the animals that descended from heaven until God declared “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” When Peter awoke, he rightly followed the will of God, despite the traditions and customs that separated the uncircumcised and the circumcised nations.

It was no small thing when Peter spoke “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him”. For until then, any Jew could not be faulted for believing to enter the kingdom of God was first to be a circumcised Jew. After all, Jesus himself instructed his apostles to only go to the houses of Israel to heal and preach “the Kingdom of heaven was at hand” (Matthew 10;5). However, what occurred in Caesarea was remarkable and certainly unimaginable in the minds of early saints. For Gentiles to receive the Holy Spirit without circumcision, much less prior to John’s water baptism, was simply without precedent or doctrine. Paul’s revelation, or doctrine, which specifically defined God’s kingdom to include Jew and Gentile had not yet be revealed. Therefore, Peter was working without understanding, he was in uncharted waters and without Paul’s doctrine, who could blame him for trying to impress only what he knew at the time to do, grant them John’s water baptism.

When Peter returned to Jerusalem and news of this trip was made known, Peter was not met with praise and joy from his brethren but rather “contention”. “You went into uncircumcised men and ate with them!” was their reaction. However, thankfully, Peter boldly recounted how the love of Jesus poured out his Spirit on those Gentiles just as it happen to them on Pentecost. For Peter, it didn’t matter that they had not been water baptized or circumcised for he remembered the word’s of Jesus, “John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5; 11:16). Peter’s defense for what he saw both in his vision and in Caesarea depicted the last of the three keys God gave him to open up His kingdom. The first two being the Jews the day of Pentecost (Acts 2: 14) and to the Samaritans after they had believed (Acts 8:15). Peter’s instrumental role in ushering in the Holy Spirit to all those who repent and believe, despite the contention and religious traditions that made it hard for others to see, make him the rock that Jesus will build up his Kingdom.

But the early saints would continue to find it hard to believe what God revealed through Peter to be true. Judaizers as they are called would impress upon uncircumcised but Spirit filled saints that they had to be circumcised and follow the laws and traditions of their Jewish counterparts. Therefore, Jesus needed another man, but not just any man, but arguably Judaism’s most popular zealot, Saul. For only Paul with his personal testimony and revelation straight from Jesus could declare “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness EVERYONE who believes.”

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Dear MD:

Your summary of the message could not have been explained any better. Well done! The actual video of the sermon is now on line and can be seen at http://www.pastorjohnshouse.com/video/whoweare.html

Pastor John

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Tithes and Offerings

Pastor John,

Thank you for sending me the information on fasting.

I just printed your information on tithing.

The very first time I wrote to you I explained i could not find a Holiness Church in my area. So my family and I have been having bible study/ prayer in our house. I drive up to my parents Church once a month. (I think you have been emailing with my mom’s cousin). They all go to the same church. So I go there once a month but other than that all of my church/ bible study is coming from PastorJohnsHouse.com. So, I am not truly tithing right now. This is becoming a burden on my heart.

Would I be wrong in feeling that I need to support and help your efforts along with my family’s church????

It has been 7 weeks since my back surgery. The doctors are telling me I should not travel for appoximately 14 to 16 weeks, but as soon as I am capable, my family and I are eager to come and visit.

TH

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Hi TH.

Thanks for writing, TH. It is good to hear that you are recovering well. We are excited about meeting you and your family at some point.

As for tithing, if you are not tithing now, I hope that does not mean that you are spending God’s money on yourself until you decide to give it to God. A lot of people do that, and it is a foolish thing to do. Store it up until you know where God wants you to bring His tithes and offerings. It is a very good testimony for you that you feel the need to give God His tithes. Now you need to find out, from the Lord, to whom He wants you to bring them.

You may have seen on my web site that I do not accept any money from anyone until God has created sufficient fellowship between us, and until He has added that person to the flock to which I minister. As for me, I would rather wait until you have visited here and learned more about us and seen how we are. You need to know well the spirit of the man to whom you give God’s money.

 

Pastor John

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My, my how can we ever separate ourselves from church religion?!  I guess Jesus will just keep having to move us farther away from that wall.   I agree with him that tithing in church religion is unscriptural.  I don’t believe it says one time to pay tithes to the church of your choice does it?  Oh Lord help your people.  Their feelings are so mixed up.

te.

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One Name

Bro. John:

The Lord woke me this morning with such a wonderful and sweet thought:

“Out of one Name, many”.

There is no end to the Father and the Son.  Out of one Name many are still being born.   As Peter said in Acts 4:

[10] Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
[11] This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
[12] Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

How many of us today could say as Peter did: “. . . .  by him [Jesus] doth this man stand here before you whole.” Earthly fathers can have many children, but only “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazarethis one born of the everlasting seed.

I love waking up to the Lord!  He gives food that is so satisfying!  His words soothe way down deep in the soul, and the more you ponder them, the sweeter they taste!

Sandy  🙂

“Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” Isaiah 66:8

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I have a new question that was asked me by a Xn with whom I was discussing the Trinity, and I mentioned your book on the Father & Son.

If Jesus, the Son, is God’s creation, how could he have been “with God,” from the very, very beginning? If the Word (the Son) existed from the “beginning,” does that not imply a co-eternal existence—the same as God, the Father?

Brad

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Hi Brad:

The Son of God not only was with the Father in the “very, very beginning”; he was the very, very beginning of the creation of God. He himself said so (Rev. 3:14). Does your friend not know that God had no beginning? The Father existed before the beginning; that is He existed before the Beginning (the Son) was created. No matter how many “very’s” one puts in front of “beginning”, that still holds true.

Christians condemned a man named Arius many years ago for teaching this truth. One of the famous lines from Arius about the Son is this: “There was when he was not.”

Pastor John

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Ahhhh. . . thank you very much. That explains it quite succinctly. :^) Praise God for this truth!!!! This very, very good truth!

Brad

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Ha! Amen.
I mean, very, very, very Amen!

jdc

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“The sons of God”

John,

In Genesis, the “sons of God” seem to refer to men, whereas in the book of Job, they appear to be heavenly beings. In the New Testament, those that are led by the Spirit are also said to be sons of God. Is the common link simply those that do the will of God?

Bob

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Hi Bob:

No, I don’t think it could be that because the “sons of God” in Genesis 6 were not doing the will of God in taking the wrong kind of women as their wives. I say this because the results of their marriages weren’t good, and doing the will of God never produces evil results. Also, in Job, Satan was one of the “sons of God” who gathered in God’s presence.

A general definition of “sons of God” that would work could be “belonging to God” in some special sense of belonging. Of course, everything belongs to Him since He created everything, but He does have various kinds and levels of relationships with His creatures.

jdc

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I can’t find a place in the Bible where “sons of God” does refer to common humans (without the Spirit). Since no humans in OT times had the Spirit… who exactly were these “sons of God” in Genesis? They must’ve been “special” in some way, to produce “mighty men… men of reknown.” Could it be possible that some fallen (or falling) angels were not exactly completing their missions as assigned while down here on earth — or is that way too science fiction-y? That’s what a couple of my professors have suggested, so I thought I’d ask.

~ Bekah

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Dear Bekah:

For an instance of a common human being referred to as a son of God, see the genealogy of Luke, where Adam is called the “son of God” simply because he was created.

 

I believe that the sons of God mentioned in Genesis 6 were spiritual descendants (at least) of godly Seth, as opposed to “the daughters of men”, spiritual descendants (at least) of wicked Cain. It is impossible that these sons of God were angels because Jesus said that those who attained to the first resurrection were like the angels in heaven, who neither marry nor or given in marriage. Don’t listen to the men who say that Jesus meant to say that when angels are NOT in heaven, they can produce children by human females. That is nonsense. Jesus’ plain meaning is that angels are not created with the capability of reproducing, and the saints who attain to the resurrection of life will be like them.

jdc

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Here are more amazing excerpts from sermons from Preacher Clark.

(Illustrating how that if you have the victory, you don’t have to claim it.) There was a man in Oklahoma who had been drilling for oil unsuccessfully. He and his wife were struggling financially, and they finally came to the last day that they could keep trying. He went out that morning, drilling as usual and he hit the jackpot. Oil gushed out and he caught it in his hat and ran to the house to show his wife. When he got to the front gate it was closed and without thinking he put his hat on his head so he could open the gate. As he was running to the house, he wife came out and she said, “You don’t have to say a word, I can see it all over you.”

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A man asked Preacher Clark, “What’s your hobby?” GCC said, “Loving humanity. That’s my hobby, avocation, vocation, and everything else.”

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“Men may say, ‘I don’t see it as you do.’ I’ll tell you one thing, you’d better see it as God sees it.”

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GCC Pearl: “You cannot know something you don’t experience.”

As a Baptist, I believed that Jesus was Lord the same way I believed that George Washington was the first president, and I would have been an ignoramus if I didn’t believe both. You must know God!

GCC Pearl: “I don’t preach to the lost; I preach to the ones who are going to be lost if they don’t repent and get right with God. If they’re lost, I don’t mess with them.”

GCC Pearl: “I have never been promoted [by God] without being forsaken [by men].”

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