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Rebekah E. & Dr. Holmes

Hey there, 

I wanted to share my day with you.  I am going to start back at the beginning.  A few weeks ago I wanted to find my favorite doctor as a child.  His name was Dr. Bill Holmes.  He was a neurologist.  I wasn’t even sure if he’d still be alive.  I reached out to the hospital we heard he was volunteering at on Brownsboro Road.  When I called, the person didn’t recognize that name.  I was sad that I couldn’t find him.  Then about a week later my mom went to lunch, and there he was, eating lunch with his wife!  She let him know that I had been trying to find him, and we were able to connect via Facebook.  I just felt like that was Jesus, in this big city of Louisville letting him go to that restaurant at that time on that day.

Today Dr. Holmes (now in his 70’s) came over to my house.  I gave him a great big hug when he walked in my door.  He said, “I have a book in my car I want to show you.”  On the front cover it said, “Kids I have known” with a big smiley face.  We flipped through the book, and he knew the kids names and stories. Many of them had passed away.  One family had three boys and they all died before they reached their teenage years.  I believe they were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy (I was diagnosed with muscular atrophy).  He had kept the card and note my mother wrote for him when I was 9 years old, all these years.  We found my old braces I wore as a kid, the metal leg braces I don’t even remember wearing since I was so young.  The plastic ones I do remember, and now here I am today without them!  

We were planning to go to lunch together today.  I had really hoped my parents could go with us, but I knew my dad had worked several Saturdays in a row, and he would be working today.  But a guy at his work walked up to dad out of the blue and asked him if he could volunteer to work for him this afternoon!  It’s just amazing how Jesus put it in his heart to do that for us :).

Dr. Holmes cried twice during lunch, once when he read the card about how very thankful we are that God placed him in our life.  The second time he was telling about how he volunteered to be a chaplain at a hospital.  He walked in to see a Pentecostal lady (he’s Baptist) and he asked her if she would like him to pray for her.  She said, “I would like to pray for you.”  She laid hands on him and prayed about ten minutes, and then she said, “Can’t you feel the spirit?”  He cried and said, “She didn’t even know I had just been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.”  Please pray for Dr. Holmes, I sure do love this man.  He always made me feel special when he walked in that children’s clinic room, and always gave me a big hug before he left.  

I just want to say thank you to Jesus for letting me live, and for God’s people who prayed for me when I was a very little girl.

(I’ve promised to send photos, please see below).

Love y’all,

Rebekah E.

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If I Don’t Speak in Tongues

Pastor John, 

If I don’t speak in tongues will I go to hell?

Erica A.

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Hi Erica. 

If you don’t obey God, you most certainly will be cast into Hell.  And if you do obey God, you will receive the holy ghost (Acts 5:32) and speak in tongues.

Pastor John

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Good Feelings

Good Morning!

I just wanted to say HOW much I enjoyed the Wednesday night meeting, and last Sunday.  By the way, loved Darren’s song!

The anointed feelings are so good!

I was here too, praying in the Spirit during probably 1/2 of the meeting!  Wonderful! Makes you want to stay in a meeting, hearing testimonies and spiritual wisdom all day long!!  

Thank you so much for all you do, and having the hunger for the knowledge God gives!  LOVE the stirring up within my spirit , when you get fired up speaking truth!! NEVER gets old hearing truth!

Congratulations on your new grandbaby!!

Melissa

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Thank you for writing, Melissa.  It’s good to know that the wonderful feelings of the holy ghost are being shared by our family in Christ who are watching the meetings from afar.

We are all “wells of salvation”, and we draw living water from each other’s spirit, and when we do, we feel the eternal joy of the Lord (Isa. 12:3).  Let’s all keep pulling that refreshing water out of each other!  If we do, we will stay happy and free in Jesus.

And thanks for thinking of the newborn baby.  Little Martha is precious.

Pastor John

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John 10:29

Pastor John: 

This is your translation of John 10:29:

“My Father who gave me all things is greater than all, and no one can snatch anything out of my Father’s hand.”

My question is this:  In the King James Version, John 10:29 reads, “My Father who gave me them [referring to his sheep] is greater than all…” 

Your translation says, “My Father who gave me all things….”  I was just wondering what your thought processes were in making that change. 

Thanks.

Jim K.

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Hi Jim.

If you will notice, “them” is in italics in the King James, while in my translation, “all things” is in italics.  This means that the “them” in the KJV and the “all things” in my version were added, for there is no Greek word in that verse for either “them” or “all things”.  Something must be added in order for the verse to make sense in English, and the translator must decide which word is best to add.

You may have noticed the same thing with the word “anything”, later in verse 29.  It, too, is in italics because we added that word to the original text.  The KJV chose to add the word “them” instead of “anything”.  Again, a choice had to be made in order for the verse to make sense in English, and since Jesus did say in another place that all things had been given to him by the Father, we felt that “all things” fit well here.

I hope that is sufficient explanation of the difference between our translation of John 10:29 and the King James’ translation.  We strive to keep our additions to a minimum, but this is one of those verses that forced us to add words.  I hope that what we chose is understandable.

Thanks for writing. 

Pastor John

 

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Faith

Pastor John, 

I was reading in 1John this morning and read these verses that really touched me:  

5:4 For everything that has been brought forth by God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world- our faith.

5:14 And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us; 5:15 and if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have made of Him.

Trust – firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

Faith –  complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

I have been praying for confidence.  I feel like Jesus is letting me know just what I have really been praying for!  It’s been a very sweet morning with Jesus!

Michelle 

 

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Sweet Experience

Good morning Pastor John,

I had the sweetest experience I wanted to tell you about. 

Sometimes work can get heavy with the way the world is, but after Wednesday night I felt so encouraged and felt like a weight had been lifted.  Yesterday I left my house happy and ready to go.  When I get off the shuttle and walk into the hospital, I have to go up the escalator to get to my office.  As I was riding the escalator at the top I saw this older lady walk by.  She looked at me and smiled.  It was the sweetest smile, and she looked at me as if she recognized me.  She held my attention until I reached the top and then she walked away.  As I walked down the hallway, I had the sweetest feeling come over me, and I knew that she was an angel.  I can’t explain it, but I knew that she was an angel.

The moment I walked into my office, my day was hectic.  My supervisor was out sick and she was texting me all day sending me places and giving me things to do on top of my daily load.  When I got home I was so tired, I completely forgot about my encounter that morning.  This morning while driving to work, Jesus brought back to mind the angel I had seen and her sweet smile.  I thanked Jesus for her and for the sweet feelings that that encounter brought.  He said, “You’re never alone; I’m always with you.”  It was so sweet Pastor John.  His loving-kindness filled my car all the way to work.  It was as if warm honey just saturated my soul.  What sweet thoughts!

We all have to go out into this world for work, or school or just doing our daily chores, but He is with us wherever we go.  He’s always there to gives us comfort, peace, encouragement, strength, or whatever it is we may need!  It just makes me feel so blessed, so loved.  It makes you fall deeper in love with Jesus!

What a wonderful life we have!  What hope we have!  I love it Pastor John!

Michelle

 

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Satan and Persecution of the Jews

I’ve been thinking about the email you wrote about Satan persecuting the Israelites only after he was thrown out of Heaven.  At first I didn’t see how it was a new thought.  I thought it was something you’d already taught before.  But while we were talking about it the other night, it was a real eye-opener for me to realize that Satan didn’t hate/have contempt for the Jews any more than he did any other people on the earth before the Holy Ghost came. I keep thinking about that.  Satan had one goal in mind, that being, he wanted law and order and if you weren’t following the law, then he had contempt for you no matter who you were, Jew or Gentile. So before the Holy Ghost Satan prosecuted (was the accuser of) the Jews who did not follow the law. And after the Holy Ghost came he persecuted anyone that represented Jesus in any form (the culture Jesus came from – the Jews – or the people Jesus gave the Spirit to).  He didn’t have the accuser job anymore, and he was filled with hate.

Ashley

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Yes.  Excellent!  Thanks for that. 

Pastor John

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