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Pastor John,

The other morning I was driving into work, and as I was heading up a busy two lane hwy past the center of town, a very small but legal motorcycle pulled out some distance in front of me. My first thought was, “That smaller bike is not going to be able to keep up with traffic.”  I was still ten car lengths back, and the Spirit spoke to me very clearly and said to me: “Does that man feel safe? ….. He should! No one should ever feel safer than they do when God’s children are behind them.”

It let me know that God cares very much how we make people feel. All people.

I considered every time that I have had someone riding close to my rear bumper while driving, and the anxiety and uneasiness that it caused me.

I then wondered if I also have ridden too close to someone, when I was feeling in a hurry to get somewhere?  I thought about what I would have made them feel…anxiety, fear, anger? At last, I thought of what I heard from the Spirit many years ago: “If you are not bringing the best out of God’s people, what are you bringing out of them?” 

And I thought, what am I bringing out of people in the world?  I repented at that moment, brother John, of ever doing that to another person.  It is ungodly to make others feel anything but safety and comfort, out on these roads.

I thank God for changing us Pastor John.

Jerry

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The Quick “Come-back”

Pastor John,

I was in the kitchen this morning thinking about not having that quick “come-back” in conversations with people.  Jesus has previously shown me that it walks hand-in-hand with being sarcastic.  I was talking to Jesus about it, and I was in the kitchen cooking, with Songs of Rest playing in the background.

After a few happy songs, I was feeling better and kind of forgot about it.  I was listening to Donna Nelson sing, and I said “Lord, if I could sing like Donna, I would never shut up!” As quick as I said that, Jesus said, “Yes, I know.  That is why you can’t!”

I had to laugh because it was such a quick response. 

Beth

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The Spirit

Pastor John, 

I was talking to Jesus a moment ago and I heard this from the Spirit, I want to share it:

“You don’t decide the truth; you experience it.”

And I believe that it is that way with everything that is true in this world.

Jerry

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That is true, Jerry.  The truth of God is a living being, His Son Jesus Christ.  We do not “decide” him; rather, he comes to us (if he so chooses) so that we can believe him and be saved.

Pastor John

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Sea of Forgetfulness

Hi Pastor John,

I was driving to work this morning singing along to the song about “the sea of God’s forgetfulness”.  What a good song!  I love that song, but most of all I love to think about the sea of God’s forgetfulness.  It’s wonderful!  And makes me feel deeply thankful.  But it made me wonder where in the Bible this is talked about.  I did a search and other than Micah 7:19, there doesn’t seem to be a place where it is talked about.  Do you know where the Bible verse is?

Jenny

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Hi Jenny.

As you have learned, the song’s wonderful phrase, “in the sea of God’s forgetfulness” isn’t directly from the Bible.  But there are a number of verses which speak of God forever removing our sins from us, such as these:

Psalm 103:12:
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Isaiah 43:25:
“I, even I, am He that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember your sins.”

So, let’s just keep singing that song!  I agree with you, that it is a good one.

Pastor John

 

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Clinging to Our Caregiver

Hi Pastor John!

Boy, this week has been so good and so full of Jesus!   I have had one touch after another. I have been writing them down but I had to share this one with you.

I was praying for some people today who have been sick.  I was sending a few of those texts, and I asked Jesus for something special for one of them.  Right away, the Spirit said, “Dig in a little deeper.”

This is what Jesus showed me after that.

When children are sick, tired, or not feeling themselves, they cling to their caregiver, Mom, Dad, Grandparents, or whomever they depend on for caring for them.   Jesus is our caregiver.  He has given us everything we need, if we will just pay attention. When we feel down in our spirit, or feel bad, that is when we need to cling to Jesus. That is when we need to cry out to the one who takes care of us. 

I love the shadows of Heavenly things Jesus reveals!  It’s just like watching the ants, which Solomon recommended we do.

It really does make it very exciting to see what He will show us next. 

Beth 

 

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Healing Leaves

Hi Pastor John,

Why would we need healing leaves in this “New City” . . . Would we need to be healed of something, or, is it to sustain eternal Life?

“… through which flows a river of life, bordered on each side with trees whose very leaves heal (Rev. 22:1-2).”

The Flesh, the Spirit and the City

Thanks,

Billy

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I don’t know, Billy.  I have never thought about that before.  It seems illogical, doesn’t it, that we would need healing leaves after we have received glorified bodies that do not get sick or die?  There is, of course, a good reason flier those leaves, but we cannot understand it yet.  Let’s just live so that we will be granted a right to be there!

Pastor John

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Genesis Online Course

Cara and Jared were asking about the Old Testament course online.  We went to http://www.goingtojesus.com/otcourse.html to see how to download lessons and so on.

I don’t know how many people have actually looked at that online, but Damien has done a wonderful job of organizing and presenting that information. It made me want to do the Old Testament again!

I’m thankful for the hard-working and talented people God has in our lives. Cara and Jared were very impressed, and made them want to start the class.

Gary

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Hey Pastor John,

I have been reading through and reviewing the stories in Genesis, and tonight I came across something I have a question about.

In Genesis 7:2 it says, “Take from all the clean beasts of the field, take to you by sevens, the male and his mate, and from the beasts that are not clean, two, the male and his mate.”  I have always read that to mean take seven clean animals and two unclean animals.  But when I read Gen. 7:8, “Of the clean beasts of the field, and the beasts that are not clean, and the flying creatures, and everything that creeps on the ground, two by two, they came to Noah in the ark, male and female, as God commanded Noah,” it struck me that the clean animals couldn’t go on board two-by-two if there was an odd number (seven)!!

Was God commanding Noah to take seven clean animals and two unclean animals? Or was He saying take seven pairs, fourteen total of the clean animals?

Thanks,

Amy F.

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Hi Amy.

At first, it does seem that there must have been seven pairs; otherwise, God might be accused of laying the groundwork for some serious conflicts among the animals when mating season rolled around!

As often is the case, however, the apparent problem is resolved later in the story, for in Genesis 8:20, we are told that after the Flood, “Noah built an altar to the Lord, and he took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.”

So, the seventh clean animal was for sacrificing to God after the Flood was over, not for mating with another of its kind.

Hope that clears the air for you.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor John
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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