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When we stopped to visit an elderly sister recently, she blessed us with this sobering message in song.
Pastor John

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Thoughts in the night

Pastor John,

This morning I remembered that during the night, I saw an ax being sharpened. At the same time, in my sleep, I was thinking of the verse, “And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees​,” and I could see the ax head being laid on the ground at the base of a tree.  Also, I remember learning (in my sleep) the understanding and truth of this verse from Romans 9:

[20] Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

[21] Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

[22] What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

[23] And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

[24] Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”

I don’t know exactly what I learned during the night, but I know that it was on my insides that I was learning it.  It makes me feel very quiet​, and still ​does now​, as I think on it.

Donna 

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A hundred houses

Hi John, 

I am so thankful for what God has done for me.  When he spoke those words to me: “I’ll give you a hundred houses,” it did something to me.  It gave me strength to put my faith in him and not in earthly things.  It built my faith that saturated my soul. And he did what he said he would do.

I lie in bed at people’s homes on the weekends now, and tears flood my eyes as I lie there, thanking him and feeling how much of an honor it is to be in the presence of his saints. He means what he says, and it will not come back void.  If we hear something from God, it will not just fall to the ground empty, and it will bring substance to our souls. Thank you Jesus!!!  Thank you, John. That is so rich to my soul!!!

Stuart

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God Is Good

Bro John,

What you said Sunday in the meeting about God is good no matter what he does has just flooded my heart and soul. I can’t stop thinking about it. I can feel it adjusting my thoughts my attitude. It feels so sweet. I feel like clay that Jesus is molding, but it feels very gentle and sober. I really wish I could adequately express the tenderness I feel. He is so GOOD!

Natalie

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What is gall?

 

Pastor John,

What is gall?

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Hi Wendell,

Technically, gall is another name for bile, especially in animals.

I assume, however, you’ve been reading the Bible, where the phrase is found, “gall of bitterness”. From what I understand, the ancient phrase, “gall of bitterness” simply referred to the worst part of something bad, whether of sin or anything else.

Hope that helps.

Pastor John

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Hebrews chapter 8-11

Pastor John,

I am in such awe this morning. I almost can not breathe. I read Hebrews chapters 8-11 last night. I just can’t believe God allowed me to understand this. The fact I can really see that these chapters echo the Old Testament……the truth. I am so amazed at the fact Jesus let me see….lifted the veil. I am in tears. It just says I am Gods child to me so very loud and clear. I can not even put it into words. I’m just awe struck and so very thankful.

Beth

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1 John 3:9

Hi John,

This morning I was reading in 1 John 3.  The first several verses reminded me of your message last night, especially verse 1: (KJV)

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

As you pointed out, we have been blessed with so much it is hard to take in.  The “manner of love the Father has bestowed on us” is beyond what one could have imagined.  I love what Jesus has created for each one of us.  It is no small thing!

 I have a question about verse 9.  What does it mean that “…he cannot sin”?  

9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”

I looked at some other versions and almost all of them, including yours, translated it as “cannot sin”. (The ESV translated it as “cannot keep on sinning…”.) I know when we are born again with God’s kind of life, we do not have the desire or nature to sin, and when we stay full of the Spirit, we do not sin.  However, if we do not stay full of the Spirit we can sin even though “God’s seed remains in us”.

I appreciate your clarification.

Thanks,

Tom

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Hi, Tom.

If you will notice, in my translation, somewhat like the ESV, I have, “cannot practice sin”.  John is referring to the new nature a born-again person has.  He certainly knew that someone who has been born again can, as Peter said, “return to his vomit” and transgress again the commandments of God.

I think that in saying, “His seed abideth in him”, John was referring to someone being full of the Spirit, not just receiving it.  And as you acknowledged, a person who stays full of the Spirit cannot sin.

So, you and John agree!

Pastor John

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Wallowing in Love

Tonight was so good Pastor John!

When everyone was kneeling praying it was so sweet to see the children fall to their knees! We are so very, very blessed! There is no where on this planet I would rather be than with this precious body! I’m just wallowing in pure love and joy Jesus has given me. I LOVE MY LIFE! It’s so good to feel this! I never thought life could be so good! What a difference Jesus makes!

Michelle

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Pastor John

 

This morning I really wanted to listen to a preaching cd.  I felt hungry for it. So I looked through my cd’s that I had in my car and put in the sermon on “Jesus Name”. It was so good!  All the way to work I felt like I was putting on armor. Then I finished it on the way home.

 

On it, you said, “You must hate Buddhism, Hinduism and everything else that does not come in Jesus name. I thought about that, and I started talking to Jesus…out loud…the feelings were overwhelming!  I asked Jesus if I hated what He hated, the way He hated it. I can say I hate Christianity, Hinduism, and all the rest, but do I REALLY hate false religion like He does?

 

Then the spirit of prayer came over me and I was praying about this like I never have before.  I said, “Jesus, I am just a pile of clay in Your hands. I want to hate like you hate. I can’t do anything, but You can do everything.  You can create in me the kind of heart that will please you!”  

 

If I hate the way He hates, then I can please Him, I won’t be confused when spirits come around, and I will know how to treat them. Then I felt this love and encouragement come over me because He is the one who put it on my heart this morning to listen to that cd. He put that hunger in my heart!  He put the prayer on my lips and in my heart!

 

Wow…I really feel loved, and if He put it there, then I know He wants to correct my heart and teach me.  That is just so good to me!  If it’s not right…Jesus can make it right!!

 

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Pearl 0604

 

​RE: Pearl of the day for June 4.

This Pearl is well put.

It’s the SPIRIT that people bring to their study of the Bible that makes a difference. And as you have said: “You can’t understand the Bible rightly unless you have the same Spirit that inspired it to be written.”

There are many who have tried to justify all sorts of doctrines: ​”​The Bible says that we should be vegetarians.​”​ ​”​The Bible says we’re saved if we confess the name of Jesus.​”​ ​ “The Bible says that we should never judge others.​”​ ​”​The Bible says that Jesus is a God of love and forgiveness and won’t condemn any to the eternal lake of fire.​”​ ​”​The Bible says we should all evangelize and win souls to Christ. ​”​ ​”​The Bible (NT) doesn’t really say that homosexuality is wrong, because Jesus never mentioned it once. ​”​ And​ of course​ — ​”​Everyone can worship God in their own way.​”​

Some other spirit has snuck into people’s minds and has skewed their understanding of the scriptures—-AND if they have not the Spirit of God, their discernment in the Spirit is utterly lacking—thus they’re prone to believing wrong doctrines or making up their own.

Pastor John—Listening to your sermon on The Law and on the Tabernacle is riveting and liberating. I thank God for it and for you.

Be well!

Brad

 

 

 

 

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