Archive for January, 2013

Pastor John,
As I was sitting in traffic I saw this license plate. I couldn’t believe my eyes!


Hi Michelle.

That is only to be expected now. The last presidential election proclaimed to the world that this country has chosen evil over good. Very many people in this country are now proud to be immoral, and they think there is something fundamentally wrong with anyone who is not immoral, especially if that person loves the gospel of the Lord Jesus. As Peter said, “They think it strange that you do not run with them.”

It has been a long time in developing, but as that license plate indicates, this is now the kind of culture we live in. Pray that God will raise up young people to be a light for the generation that is growing up.

Pastor John


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Amy B – Rest

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Pastor John,

I am going through some dvd’s I have from 2002, during our “Way of Grace” days. It is so amazing to me that watching these videos from 10 years ago, and hear some of the same things we are talking about now. On the video, the beautiful song “The Way of Grace” is playing and everyone is laid out on the floor. And you say periodically different things the Spirit was saying. You start out by saying “Rest…..Rest. Let him love you for a while…..You rest.” Then you tell a story about you and Uncle Joe painting one day. Here is how the rest of it went:

When I was a little boy, I worked with Uncle Joe painting. He worked for the City School maintenance. I was sitting down and he said, “Here, let me paint a stretch while you’re resting.” But I wasn’t resting. He took the paintbrush out of my hand and made me rest. Let Jesus have your paintbrush! Don’t even think about it. Let him take it!….
Then you quoted a few scriptures: “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures”, “Casting all your care upon him because he careth for you”, “He leadeth me beside still waters.” and then the last thing you said was, “This (the rest) comes with authority.”
He really does mean “rest” and we really do have to learn how to do that. I love how God continues to show us things until we get it! 8) He is very patient.

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1Peter 1:2


Hey uncle John.

Aaron and I were reading in 1Peter a lil bit ago, and we were having a hard time understanding verse 2:

“[1] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
[2] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ”.

We read the tract you wrote on “Sanctification”, too, and we were wondering if “sanctification of the spirit” and “sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” mean the same thing.


Hi Abby!

“Sanctification of the spirit” and “sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” are closely related, in that God sanctifies us by “sprinkling” the blood of Christ upon us. If we put Peter’s phrase, “through sanctification of the Spirit” in parentheses, and add a clarifying few words, it might clear things up:

“[2] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father (through sanctification of the Spirit) to bring us into obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ”.

The word, “elect” is the key here. It means to be chosen. We were chosen by God long ago to be brought into obedience and to receive the (continual) sprinkling of the blood of His Son. This all begins when we are sanctified by the Spirit.

Uncle John

Uncle John,

So Peter is saying that u are sanctified so that u can obey and get the Holy Ghost? So he’s just telling the difference between the old covenant and the new?


Well, of course, the sprinkling of the blood of Christ is the difference between to Old and New testaments, but that is not what Peter is emphasizing here. Instead, he is celebrating with the saints the fact of their being called by God to obey the gospel and be washed by the blood. So, instead of “saying that u are sanctified so that u can obey and get the Holy Ghost”, Peter is saying that you have received the holy Ghost so that you can obey God and live in sanctification.
Thanks for the questions. You and Aaron are doing well by reading the Bible together.
Uncle John

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Isaiah 11

Hi John,

Still basking in the feelings of the meeting today. I was reading a little in Isaiah tonight, and I found this verse:

Isa 11:10 “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.”

In consideration of the “rest” we felt today, and even tonight listening to Donna’s song around the fire, because of JESUS, our rest truly is glorious.

We don’t even have to think. It’s who He is.


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Conversation at work

Pastor John,

It is interesting that people who go to church think that sinning is a part of every day life.  I can’t think of anywhere in the Bible where it says, “Go and sin no more … until tomorrow.”  Do the ministers in churches really teach that people have to sin every day?  If they do, then to what purpose was Jesus sacrifice?

Steve W.

Hi Steven.
Yes, strangely, many Christian ministers actually teach that believers as well as unbelievers must sin every day.  According to those ministers, the blood of Christ has no power to change our nature and liberate us from the power of sin.  Instead, the blood of God’s Son was applied to God as a sort of blindfold, making it impossible for Him to see us as sinners, even though we still sin.  As I heard one minister say, “God can’t see through the blood.”  Or as another said, “When God looks at us, all he sees is His perfect Son.  He does not see us us sinning.”
For those people who are looking for an excuse not to repent and to keep sinning, those ministers offer their false doctrine.  But Paul warned the saints not to use the grace of God as an excuse to sin.
Pastor John

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