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“I count all things as dung” (Phil. 3:8)

Pastor John,

I had a thought this morning that if there had been one thing in Paul’s life that he did not count as “dung”, then God could not have used Paul to preach the gospel he preached.  Whatever of this world Paul would have clung to would have pointed to something else besides God’s Son.

Billy M.

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Thank You

Pastor John,

Wishing you and the family a wonderful day giving praise and thanksgiving as we ought today and everyday.  

I thank God everyday for you and your house that has kept me and enlightened me on the things of God. You were God sent to be a light and you have never faltered at the task. 

With at debt of gratitude I Thank You for being a light, educator, leader, advisor, a channel, a provider of all things Godly and holy, a friend of God that has allowed me to see and be apart of something holy. 

Thank you again and God bless you all. 

Venus D.

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It Is Not Hard

My John!

I am just sitting here in my tree stand talking to The Lord.  What has he asked us to do that is so hard that we cannot do it?  He is the most caring  God, and he is easy to please – if we want to please him.  We can serve him right here in these bodies.  We don’t have to find a building.  We can touch him wherever we are. So simple!  Not hard at all!

Stuart

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That’s true, Stuart. We can have our minds on the things of God and please him even while sitting in a tree stand!

Praise ye the Lord!

Pastor John

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So blessed!

Hey Pastor John!

Tonight in the tract room was so sweet!   Standing there sealing envelopes, I had the sweetest most satisfied feelings!   Listening to everyone, listening to laughs, and just talking about our week to one another just overwhelmed me with thankfulness.   There is truly no other place I want to be!  I feel so blessed tonight! 

Michelle

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Yes, Michelle.  There is a wonderful feeling present when we do work together for our brothers and sisters in the kingdom of God.

Pastor John

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Psalm 90

John,

This Psalm touched me today, especially the latter part.  Now is a prayerful time for the mercy of God.

Gary

PSALM 90 

¹Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.

In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.

14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.

16 Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.

17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

 

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Paul’s Message and Being United

Hi Pastor John,

I have started reading your F​ather​ ​and Son book again.  I wanted to ​find out what Muslims thought about Jesus​,​ and I read some excerpts from the Quran.

Muslims believe that Jesus existed and that Jesus was born from a Virgin, and they believe he was the Messiah or prophet for the Jews and that Jesus is coming back again to set things in order for the Jews.​ ​ But they do not believe that God had a Son or that Jesus was for them because their prophet is Muhammad, who came ​600 years ​after Jesus.  Believing that God did not have a Son is believing that Salvation DOES NOT comes through Jesus.

I was reading ​these verses in your F​ather​ ​and Son book​:​

John 17

20.  Not only do I pray for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word,

21.  That they all might be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may also be one in us so that the world might believe that you sent me.

22.  And the glory you’ve given me, I’ve given them, that they might be one as we are one:

23a. I in them, and you in me, that they might be perfected in unity.”

At the end of verse 21, Jesus said​ that​ if we were one with ​him and ​h​is Father​,​ the whole world may believe that God sent Jesus.​ ​ I thought about all of the divisions in ​Christianity and ​had to ​​ask myself, if we ​don’t ​obey God and ​come out of that ​confused, divided ​abomination, how in the world can we expect Muslims or anyone else to ​believe the gospel and follow the Spirit​?​

Paul had an anointing ​from God through Jesus, because of his experience with Jesus. ​ ​He had ​the message of the true Messiah for ALL of mankind.  ​​If only our Brothers ​and​ Sisters in Christianity could ​believe the message that Paul had​, they would become ​one with the Father ​and​ the Son, the​n​ we would see more people leave that abomination an​d​ be​come​ example​s​ ​of God’s righteousness ​for ​all the world to see. ​ People, Muslim and otherwise,​  would see Jesus​’​ undivided love from the Father, ​and see ​true Holiness ​and worship​ of​ the Father, and happy and peaceful lives.

​Reading the book and thinking on these things ​has given me a deeper thankfulness for Paul and the love he had for God’s people.

Hope all is well there and you’re getting some good things done,

​B​illy​ M​.

 

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“There is that Prison!”

Hi John,

I‘ve been thinking of the first time I felt the Spirit speak to me after I received the holy Ghost. 

While walking out on one of my favorite wilderness paths at a park on the edge of town, I saw the familiar sight of the big set of stone buildings off in the distance that make up some sort of Catholic convent.  I remember hating that thing every time I came to it and saw it sticking out of the beautiful landscape like an ugly sore.  When I saw it, I said to myself, “There is that prison!”  And as soon as I said that, the Spirit said to me, “Hate the prison, but not the prisoner.”

Thinking back on this experience reminded me of the only real difference there is between a Christian church and all of the other man-made religions of the world; that is, most of God’s people today are in bondage to those places, thinking that is where Jesus is and where he wants them.

Vince

 

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