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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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