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Wonderful Wednesday Night

 

Pastor John,

I loved last night!  I know there is a lot that I will continue to grasp and that will sink in, but the overwhelming love I felt last night has just consumed me!  I came home last night and wanted to read this again:

Zechariah 13

  1. And one shall say to him, “What are these wounds in your hands?” And he will answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

Note: when God opens their eyes to His Son, astonishment and shame will overwhelm them:

Zechariah 12

  1. and I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplication.  And they shall look on me whom they pierced.  And they shall mourn for him as one mourns for an only son, weeping bitterly over him as one bitterly weeps over the firstborn.

    11.a The wailing in Jerusalem on that day will be great.

I know that we have read these verses before, but I don’t think they have ever affected me like this.  The love, humility, gentleness and sincerity of Jesus’ words can barely be taken in.  I was thinking of this as I was falling asleep last night, and this verse came to my mind over and over:

John 13

  1. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

The love that Jesus has for His people!  I hope that one day I can love God’s people like that.  Not just the family that I get spend my life with everyday, but His people everywhere!  What a sweet desire! 

Thank you Pastor John!  You have given the scriptures life for me!

Michelle

 

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Revelation 19

Good morning Pastor John,

Getting ready for work and thinking about last night’s reading of Revelation 19.  I was thinking about the mercy and the love of God that the Jews will experience the return of Jesus.  You know what I love the most about that? I know that it is true.  I love that.  I don’t believe it is true; I know it is true. Jesus recently taught me that I was created for this life.  I was never supposed to be anything but His. (Mmmm..that is so good to me!)

After Jesus told me that I looked back at some of the more unpleasant things from my past and cringed.  Back then, I knew it was sin and wrong, but after knowing who you were created for, it feels crushing to think of it.  I know my rescue may pale in comparison to what the Jews will feel when Jesus comes to rescue them from the Beast, but it had to still be disappointing to God, and it feels awful to think on that.

I know the love and mercy Jesus will pour out on them after they realize and mourn for what they have done because Jesus poured it out on me. Jesus briefly let me feel that awful regret, and let me cry out how sorry I am, and then let me feel how much he loves me. 

So no one could ever tell me that what John saw in revelation 19 will not happen because I know it is true.  It is my experience, too.

I want to be there to see Jesus pour out his sweet mercy on them.  I want to see them feel the love of God.  Oh, what a day that will be!!!

Beth

 

 

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We Become the Truth!

John, 

I loved everything you said Wednesday night!!  I love the truth and everything it does for us.  It is so simple and not hard to believe when that is what you want and are looking for.  I was so full tonight, I could feel everything you were saying going through my whole body, just saturating every cell of my soul.  It felt so good!!!  We become the truth when we live it everyday.

I am so thankful that we are here in the middle of the love of God that He has shed on this place and His people.  Thank you for loving the truth more than anything on this earth, John!!  

Stuart

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I Love My Home

I can’t  express my feelings from today.  Jesus took my breath away with the love of God with everyone.  We truly are in this boat together.  When you told us, “I love everyone one of you,” it penetrated my heart.  I’m still feeling the effect of that.  Want to say, “I love my home.”  I never really had one until I met all of y’all.

Billy M

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Tonight

Pastor John,

I loved Jimmy’s testimony tonight, regarding his struggle with tobacco in the beginning of his walk in the Lord.

The sincere desire that he expressed to be free of it, and the utter helplessness that he felt to put it down on his own, gave me such a restored feeling of tenderness and compassion toward people around me that are weighed down with sin.

As one person rightly put it, “sin messes up everything,” and it is genuinely frustrating when a person’s self-destructive behavior invades our peaceful life.  But how much sweeter it is to feel a genuine burden for the soul that is living in bondage to sin, instead of feeling frustration or aggravation toward them.

To know that someone is destroying their life because they are simply powerless over the sin that binds them fills me with nothing but sadness tonight for the folk that I know who are in that condition. And it gives me a sincere prayer in my heart for all people who are in that place. They need God, too.

Jimmy reminded me that we are all in that condition, without the miraculous touch from Jesus that makes us free.

I love knowing that; it makes me more like Jesus.

Jerry

 

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Praise God!

Hi Pastor John! 

Here’s a few things that have been gathered up since coming to the truth.  We have been prepping new rental for move and packing up apt. so it’s a time of work for Jerry and me.  Jesus keeps telling me “it is just for a season” so I am leaning on that every time it feels like too much.  Jesus also has been encouraging me and making me laugh when I really feel like crying.  Thought I would share them with you.

1. When you lose the start of the box tape for the fifth time – Don’t throw that box tape.  You will just have to apologize to Jesus, so gently lay it down and PRAISE GOD!

2.  When you feel like you can’t work and pack and feed your husband – remember at least you don’t have a bag of dirty diapers to wash out and PRAISE GOD!

3. When you are not sure exactly what is a weed and what is a flower – Call Suzi and remember that Jesus put us here in this body to have help learning what is a weed and help to pull it!  After or before you call Suzi – PRAISE GOD!

4. When you have to stick your head in a cabinet full of cracks and possibly spiders and are wondering why you are doing all this for a rental home – Seal up the cracks where He has you. Live where Jesus has you and PRAISE GOD!

5. When only one room in the whole house is clean and put together – live in the room that is finished!

I don’t know if that exactly fits, but it sure is good and it has come to my mind all week. PRAISE GOD!

I have loved Jesus talking to me and encouraging me lately.  Every time it gets too much, Jesus sends one of our sweet family members with a hug or a laugh or a sweet text.  Debbie T. fixed a big dinner the other night and sent us some.  It was exactly what was needed that night.  I just love that Jesus stays right there with us.  I have been rescued.  I have been wooed.  Now I am seeing what a friend Jesus is.

Makes me cry to think Jesus wants to be my friend.  It really does just keep getting sweeter, huh? 

Beth

 

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Peace and More Peace

Hey Bro John!

While listening tonight to your message, it was so good when you said, “God, what do you want us to do?  Or if you want us to do nothing, that’s ok, too.”  What Pastor ever says that?  What a blessing to be relieved of that stress!  We live in such a wonderful place of knowing it’s ok to just wait on Jesus.  I appreciate the peace Jesus has us in.  Who really has that!  My heart hurts for God’s people because this is what they’re searching for, and they don’t even know why they are rejecting it. Whew, I want to keep loving what Jesus is to us.  Tonight was peace, thankfulness, and more peace!!!

Natalie

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Wheww! Bro John, what powerful preaching tonight!  It was another one of those over-the-top meetings!  You were all lit up and on fire!!  Wonderful feeling.

Sheila

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Hey John,

To hear the words of life tonight!  I felt so honored. Here are just a few things I heard from your sermon that touched me:
“We owe him something.”
“If you don’t like being left out, then come on in.”
“Do you want to learn about Jesus?  Watch me.”
“If we feel honored to walk with Jesus here, Jesus will honor us to walk with him there!”
“There are benefits to holiness!”

Then the last two songs, “The Way of Grace” and “Perfume and Promises” ! What those two songs did for all of us in 2002!

Years ago, when you had just written those songs, a lady in Louisville came and wanted to tell you her problems.  You said to her, “This is all I have for you.”  It was The Way of Grace song!

I’m just thankful tonight.

Jr.

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Wheww, SUCH good feelings tonight!  This body can hardly contain them!  Thankful to feel and hear what we heard tonight.

Vince

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I loved the feelings, and hearing Truth preached last night.

I loved Sheila’s testimony, and really loved watching Carrie dance with joy.   We watched her tears and sorrow over the past months, and Carrie kept her faith and trust in Jesus.  So it’s a wonderful thing and brings my heart joy to watch her dancing and joyfulness.

What a wonderful night!  The songs, again, were not from this world.  It’s an honor to hear them and to play them.

Billy M.

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