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I Love YOU

http://www.pioneertract.com/

Hey there, John.

I am home this evening, as usual, on a Saturday night. just finishing up with my business paperwork, paying some bills, and attending to my spirit and soul, with my thoughts on Jesus and on His mercy, with thankfulness.

I have been feeling remarkably different lately, since I was so sick two weeks ago, as if I’ve been taken to a new level. . or something like that. . . I feel more “conscious” , more inline with the Spirit, with respect to myself and my tasks; my eating habits are more deliberate, less careless, and therefore more rewarding; and I’m experiencing some new learning that I long to share.

But I am wriitng to tell you that I while was eating my dinner, I decided to log on to The Pioneer Tract Society website, which I hadn’t visited in a long time.

I watched that video of your interview with your daddy, and was utterly overwhelmed with love for you and for Preacher Clark. . and so pleased with how the site has changed. . with the old saints’ photos scrolling up in front of that lovely background of the autumn trees.

It is just a work of art, and a work of the Spirit, tastefully designed, so inviting, with tender humility, and such a sense of history; legacies of the wonderful work of God in the lives of all those individuals (the only “elders” left are Coy, Earl and Betty!) PRAISE GOD!!!

That website is just so touching and sweet, . . . and to see you as a poised young man, the host of the program, makes me respect your “place” even more than I ever have. Seeing you and your father together brings a deeper appreciation for the work of God that I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of for this past decade.

When are you & Barbara coming out to see Bekah again? I will make it a point to come south to meet you there, for I feel fellowship welling up in my breast, a great need to be near you, study with you, laugh and talk and love you up a bit.

Thanks for being YOU; who God has made you.

This is all so invaluable; this work.

Fondly,
Brad

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Dear Brother Brad,

I am humbled by your words. Thank you. I am also humbled by the opportunity Jesus has given me to carry on the work of making the (virtually) unknown truth of the gospel known again. My father passed his mantle to me, and by God’s grace, I have not laid it down to win the favor and gifts of men. The Spirit of truth that I was taught has remained with me — with us — and just that mercy from God is overwhelming when I consider it. Jesus is still with us! How I thank him!

I have been pondering over the life God has given us as we have followed His Son. Where have any people been made so happy and so free? Who among God’s own people have known such a bond of peace and love? And with that, who among God’s people are so hated and slandered as we are? I dare say that we have known more joy and yet more scorn than most of God’s people anywhere will ever know in this life. And why? Because by walking in the light of Jesus, we have really lived with him — the one (1) whom God anointed with gladness beyond the gladness of his fellows and (2) whom all men despised and rejected. Pal said that all who lived godly in Christ Jesus would suffer for it, and we have. But we are also promised a “joy unspeakable, and full of glory”, and we have received that, too.

There are two things that have filled my heart lately. First, a consuming love for you and the rest of my little “flock” that I watch over for Christ. This love is so great that it even feels “heavy” sometimes. Second, a deep desire to draw very close to God, to hide from the world under His wing and to please Him to the uttermost, in everything. It is a gift from God, a great mercy, for Him to create a desire within our hearts to love and obey Him, and then also to grant us the strength and wisdom to carry out that desire.

That is my prayer for myself, and for all this “cell” within the world-wide body of Christ, and for the whole body of Christ. May God grant us the will to do His good pleasure, and then the knowledge of what His good pleasure really is.

Your servant,
john

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Thank you for giving a different view of the truth of Jesus. It is refreshing to know pastors like you are out there spreading the real gospel.

Melvin

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SIT Sentence

http://www.goingtojesus.com/tongues-at-spirit-baptism.html

Hi Pastor John,

I loved this on page 7 of the Speaking in Tongues book:

That precious testimony, purchased for us by the blood of Christ, added to the testimony of the person through whom the Spirit is speaking, make up the two witnesses required by God for great matters to be established in His kingdom.”

Billy M

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Amen, Brother Billy!

In God’s law, He specified that two witnesses are required in the most important matters. The holy ghost speaking through us, and our speaking as that Spirit moves us, is what confirms our new birth. And that is certainly a most important matter, isn’t it?

Paul:The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.That’s two! Jesus mentioned this also, in John 15:26-27:When the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth which comes from the Father, he will testify of me, and you also will bear witness because you’ve been with me from the beginning.

jdc

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“Unclean”

In Judges 13:4 (ESV), it says,

Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean.”

I wonder if this means that it was getting somewhat common in Israel to eat unclean things by this point.

Bekah

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Hi Bekah,

Even though Israel had by the time of Judges wandered far from the commandments of God they received at Mount Sinai, in this case, “unclean” must be defined only as “forbidden to a Nazarite”. The angel was telling the young woman who would be Samson’s mother that her son would be a Nazarite, dedicated to the service of God, his entire life and that as long as she was carrying him in her womb, she had to follow the rules for eating, etc., that applied to Nazarites. Those rules can be found in Numbers 6.

A similar sort of thing can be found with the word “stranger” in the book of Numbers. It has a special usage there, different from all other places in the Bible because even most Israelites are called “strangers” or “foreigners”. This is why: The tabernacle was considered such a holy place that anyone other than a descendant of Aaron was forbidden to touch it, and everyone, including all non-priests in Israel were called “foreigners” or “strangers” if they came near the tabernacle (Num. 16:40). God also gave the tribe of Levi to the priests as their servants so that no one else in Israel would come close to the high priest as well as to the other priests. The priests of Israel are treated as so holy to God that even ordinary Israelites, much less the Gentiles, were considered unworthy to touch him. And in that case, too, the ordinary Israelite was referred to as a “stranger” or “foreigner” if he approached the priests:

Numbers 18

2. And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee shall minister before the tabernacle of witness.
3. And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.
4. And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.
5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.
6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
7 Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest’s office for every thing of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest’s office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

Thanks, Bekah, for a very good question.
Dad

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Angels and Christ

john how ya been going well here. But i do have a question that i dont quite understand. i ran into [a man] at the IGA grocery store and we got talking about god and he made a statement that i just dont understand. i been thinking about it and i didnt take the time to discuss it. he made this statement. he said that “we are one with the angels, just as we are one with christ” what could he mean by this becouse i never herd this before. I do know that he said it came from god and that he was adding it to his book that he is writing, titled “YOU STARTED AS A SPIRIT” he showed me a couple of pages of this book, And it is dinamick. if you could give me some feed back of what i should think about this.

Wendell P

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Hi Brother Wendell!

I hope that you and your family are well and happy. Since the night you received the baptism of the Spirit here in my home a few years ago, we haven’t seen each other much, but if we both walk in the Spirit with Jesus, wherever we are, we are together in the way that counts most.

If the man you met at IGA said the things you tell me he said, he is badly mistaken. We who have the Spirit are one with Christ because he has given us the same kind of life that the Father gave him. No other life forms on earth or in heaven, including angels, possess God’s kind of life. God’s kind of life is called in the New Testament, “the holy Spirit” or “the holy Ghost”. Jesus suffered and died so that we might have that kind of eternal life, which was in the Father and which He gave to His Son before the world began, and which, because of Jesus, the Father poured out on men on the day of Pentecost. No one, Wendell, has the Father’s kind of life except His children, and angels are not His children. That is why we are a mystery to the angels. Peter said in his first letter that the angels “desire to look into” the things we have from God (1Pet. 1:!2)

I hope that helps.

Pastor John

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Some Hate Peace

Hi John,

When I got up this morning, I was reading in the Psalms. A few scriptures really stuck out to me, in Psalm 120: 6-7 and 121:1-3. In Psalm 120: 6-7 it says:

My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.”

I thought about some of the things you and we have been put through. I am learning more and more everyday that there are people who just hate peace. From where I am and what I feel in my own spirit, it’s hard to think that people really don’t want peace, but I am learning how true that really is. I can’t even imagine what Jesus must have felt while walking around in Jerusalem, feeling all the hatred and knowing what was to come for him. Like the scriptures says:

I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.”

He was the light of the world, making a way for those who loved God, his Father; even though they did not know how it was going to end up for the Son, or even that he was the Son. Some few could not help but to believe him and feel the peace and the rest that was to come to them. They felt something they just could not dismiss; they loved God and peace and hoped in the Lord.

That was at the end of Psalm 120, and when I started reading chapter 121, whooee, I knew how Jesus felt, with every righteous person at that time:

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved. He that keepeth thee will not
slumber.”

He knows everything that is going on. He is not asleep. If I and we lift up our eyes unto the hills whence cometh our help, there is nothing and nobody on this planet that the righteous will not over come. “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved.” He is already victorious; let our hearts cry out to him from the bottom of our souls. If we do, we will reign with him forever. That is our hope in the day we are looking for, and we will obtain it if we stay wise and do our work. Our God Is Great!

Stuart

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Relics

“The work of charlatans” ?????!!!

djc


Monk caught with nun’s skeleton in luggage


A MONK has been detained at a Greek airport after the skeletal remains of a nun were allegedly found in his baggage.

Security staff discovered a skull wrapped in cloth and skeletal remains in a sheet inside the 56-year-old Cypriot’s bag, Reuters reports.
The monk said he was transferring her remains to a monastery in Cyprus and insisted she was a saint.
The nun died four years ago and had attended a Cypriot convent, but was not officially recognised as a saint.
“It appears to be the work of charlatans with a financial interest that is what I suspect,” Cyprus’s Archbishop Chrysostomos said.
The skeletons of saints are worshipped in the Greek Orthodox tradition.
The monk was released and has been charged with theft and desecrating the dead.”
He has also been suspended from monastic duties for three months.

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This special kind of madness is not new. It has been going on for well over a thousand years, now. The fraudulent sale of stolen body parts as “relics” of genuine church saints was a booming business at one point in Christian history, and has been a continuing problem. I am surprised that it is still going on, but not greatly surprised.

Of course, we know that even if that skull which this monk planned to peddle was really the skull of an officially recognized church saint, it would be worthless, “but there is not in every man that knowledge”. The charlatans are Christianity’s leaders who long ago set the stage for such fraud to exist, as well as the leaders who are perpetuating that superstition as the gospel of Christ.

I humbly thank God for saving us from that religion, and I pray that He will do the same for others everywhere who are seeking Him with their whole heart. I believe He will.

jdc

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