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The Lord is a Refuge

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Hey! ūüôā

I loved last night’s meeting. I have a neat story about it. This week, I loaded some CDs on my computer – Thanksgiving Live being one of them. Yesterday, while I was working, the song The Lord is a Refuge came on. I hadn’t heard it in a long time. It felt so good, I just sat there and enjoyed it! It was so good when we sat down for the meeting last night and you started singing THAT song! I love it when that happens.

As I was listening to that song, it was stirring up memories for me also – mainly when we were recording it in your office in 2001, the Spirit came on me and I could not stop my feet. I knew we were recording, but my feet would not stop walking, so I walked around and around enjoying what was happening. I could hear myself on the cd saying “I can’t stop my feet!” I remember the feelings that I felt of “you can run to Jesus. And you don’t have to stop. Just run to him” he was it! And just the “name of The Lord” His name was so wonderful. I just wanted to say it over and over again…… So, at the end of the song I just couldn’t help it, you were talking and in the background I started saying that name J-E-S-U-S and then he gave us an impromptu song about him! And his wonderful name J-E-S-U-S. That was really a wonderful experience.

I still remember those feelings that day. Jesus was doing wonderful things for us during that time and I remember on the way home from work that Wednesday before everyone arrived for Thanksgiving praying in my car to be available for whatever Jesus wanted and a feeling
washed over my whole body. I am so thankful I was available! What a wonderful blessing that was.

So, needless to say, The Lord is a Refuge for Me holds sweet memories.  I love that song! It was good hearing it last night.

Amy B

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the truth

 

Hi,

I‚Äôve been listening to a sermon from 1992.¬† It is so good!¬† You were preaching that a good indication of someone’s heart is when they hear the truth, they love it!¬† The truth cuts no corners with you.¬†

‚ÄúThe real truth of God doesn’t just come to tickle your ears and to please you; it comes to save you.¬† If you really love the truth when it is told, you really want to be saved.‚ÄĚ

I never quite thought about it like this before, how, if anyone tells you something that is sent from God, that is the truth of God for you.  I always in my mind just related the truth to be doctrine or the baptism.  The truth of God is much, much more than just that! Praise God!  I can feel that!  The real truth of God is what He is saying to us today.

Paul

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That is right, Paul.  As I have said before, the only truth that exists is what God is saying right now.  That is why we need fellowship with Him; we need to know what He is saying right now.  Otherwise, we are in the dark, no matter what we think we know.

Pastor John

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Just a thought ‚Äď

To the extent that is is our fault that ‚Äčsomeone ha‚Äčs ‚Äčlittle or ‚Äčno relationship with the body of Christ at large – to that extent – ‚Äčthat person’s doctrine cannot be trusted. ‚Äč‚ÄčIf ‚Äč, however,‚Äč ‚Äčthe separation from the body is not ‚Äčthat man’s doing or choice, but God’s‚Äč work in his life‚Äč, then ‚Äčhis message can be rejected only at the peril of losing one ‘s soul. ‚ÄčHis message must be received if ‚Äčhis estrangement from the saints is because of God ‚Äč, as in the case of John the baptist‚Äč.‚Äč To set oneself off from God’s children disqualifies a person from being a messenger of the Lord.‚Äč

jdc

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I really loved this.

Stirs up good thoughts.

If anyone loves Gods people, it’s those who are willing to be rejected by His own… for simply walking in obedience to the word of the Father and Son. It is perplexing and even painful to be rejected for what is right, and to be refused for bringing what is good. But it is still right, and it can only be refused at the peril of one’s life.

Those who ‚Äč‚Äč ‚Äčhave ‚Äčunderstood ‚Äčthe truth, and have then ‚Äčturned ‚Äčfrom ‚Äčit, can never do good apart from it ‚Äč, in God’s sight‚Äč.

Gary

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Good morning. Just read your emails. With reading this last one, it makes me want to be a peacemaker more than ever.

Donna N

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My prayer :

God grant me the words, deeds, actions, attitude and even facial expressions when I meet one of your children ‚Äď even those not yours. The words of Uncle Joe have kept me from pushing in a lot of situations “If you get to someone before God does you are wasting your time.”

Only thru his power and leading can any good be done.

Wendell

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Pastor John,

I think I understand the first part of your comment, but I’m not sure I understand the last part. Are you saying that we must receive a man like John the Baptist, who was separated from the body not by his own choosing but because God was preparing him to send and preach something? In that case, the doctrine must be received or we are in danger of losing our soul, right? But when someone sets themselves apart from the body because they prefer being alone and are just self-centered (or deluded), then you can’t trust their experiences or their doctrine.

Lee Ann

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Yes, Lee Ann, exactly.

Pastor John

 

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Blessed feelings

Hi,

I just wanted to tell you about the very sweet time I had at Tim and Bess’ tonight. We were sitting on the front porch after dinner while it was raining, just talking, and I had the sweetest feelings of being blessed and loved by God. And also secure. English words are insufficient to describe it. It was rich and full!! So good. Very deeply thankful. Goodnight.

Jenny
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Praise the Lord, Jenny!
Isn’t fellowship wonderful?

Pastor John

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Blameless?

John,

RE:  Philippians 2:6

It is puzzling to me how Paul could be “blameless according to Law.” ¬†Do you think he was referring to traditions of the Pharisees?

Wendell
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Hi Wendell,

Since Paul was a Pharisee as he was growing up, yes, he certainly meant, at least, that he was blameless according the way Pharisees interpreted the law. But I get the sense that Paul meant he had been blameless in a more general sense, beyond mere Pharisaism.  I think Paul meant he studiously kept the law as it was written by Moses.

Beyond that, I think Paul was also saying that if Jesus had really been a false prophet, as he and others at that time thought, then even his cruel abuse of Jesus’ followers was right, according to the law.

Do you see something Paul did as a young man that would have made him not “blameless according to the law”, other than that?

jdc

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Hi Pastor John,

 

How do I get baptized with the Holy Spirit?  How do I pray in the Spirit?  PLEASE HELP ME.

 

Litia

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Dear Litia,

 

The Bible tells us exactly what to do to receive the Spirit, and that is, repent and believe the gospel. ¬†Repentance is a matter of the heart, and it can take a while for some people because our flesh resists it. ¬†It would have us believe we have repented when we have not. ¬†Many well-meaning Christian ministers ignorantly work with the flesh and tell people they have repented before they have fully done so. ¬†But knowing men would arise and do that, God provided a sign so that we could know for ourselves when our repentance is complete and that He has accepted it: the baptism of the holy ghost. ¬†And from everything I can tell in the Bible and outside the Bible, God’s proof that a person has received the baptism is that they begin speaking in tongues (or have “stammering lips” as the Bible says it).

 

Believe in God’s witness that you have fully repented, Litia, and wait for it. Only God knows your heart, and He will give you His Spirit when your repentance is complete.

 

Pastor John

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Pastor John,

This morning when I woke up there was a worldly song playing in my head that I hadn’t heard in a long time. ¬†It made me smile because the words are, “I’m Forever Yours, Faithfully.” ¬†At breakfast, Hope randomly asked about worldly music because she has heard a little bit at school, and I told her that God can use anything to speak to us. ¬†I didn’t want her to be afraid of hearing it. ¬†All three kids were there, and I Googled the song that Jesus woke me with this morning. ¬†It was so sweet that I cried when I heard it!! ¬†The complete line was, “Oh girl, you stood by me. I’m forever yours, faithfully.” ¬†The kids saw & felt that. ¬†I loved how Jesus set that up :). ¬†When you and Donna both mentioned worldly music in the meeting tonight, it felt even sweeter. ¬†ūüôā

Cris

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