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Are There Any Other Congregations Like Yours?

Hello Pastor John,

I appreciate all of the information that you have on your websites and your live streams.  I have a few questions for you: Are there any other gatherings in the world like yours that preaches the truth and speaks of the Holy Spirit?  What if one decide to move to a different part of the country, what should they do?  Where should they meet?  Where can they find a group that is teaching the truth?

Thank you so much. I hope to hear from you soon.

Debbie O.

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Hi Debbie.​

I am asked this question now and then​, and I wish I could tell you all that there are hundreds of places where the truth is taught.  But if they are out there, I cannot find them.  It’s sad because there is nothing wrong with the truth of Christ, and yet, God’s own people seem to despise it.  They join churches; they sing songs; they pray; they perform ceremonies; they evangelize for their various sects; but they will not confess the truth and obey it.  They avoid the truth as if it were sin itself.

So, the answer to your question is that I know of no other congregation where you can go to worship.  I know some people here and there who love God enough to be happy with His Son’s truth, but I don’t know of any other group like ours, where God has brought some people together in love of the truth.  I very much wish I did know of them; I would try to visit them myself!

Take care.  I hope all goes well, wherever you go.

Pastor John

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How God Sees Us

John, 

Some of the things that were said tonight about being proud about what one knows, or being supremely confident in being right, were so good.  It brought to mind the scene with the Pharisee and the publican:

Luke 18 (KJV)

[10] Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
[11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
[12] I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
[13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
[14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

God help us to see things how God sees them!  And be the kind of people that can hear and recognize God’s voice and respond without any coaxing (like a “soft touch” horse as with Judy’s testimony, or the small gentle motions of God’s gently guiding hand, as with Darren’s testimony tonight).​

Also, on the topic of Revelation, and God sifting out His Old Testament people gradually over the centuries until the final sifting​,​ when the Beast attacks Israel, I opened my Bible to a random spot this morning, and it opened to Psalm 102.  When I read this, I was amazed at how you can begin to see things differently​, in light of some of the things Jesus has been showing you lately.

Starting in verse 11,

[11] My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
[12] But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
[13] Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

and then in verse 17,

[17] He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
[18] This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

And it ends with,

[28] The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.

I loved this when I read it!  I don’t know if this is altogether talking about Jesus rescuing His people when He returns, but it sure seemed related, and it felt good reading it.

Praying for you all to have a safe and productive trip.

Vince

 

 

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Jesus Chose the Car

Hi John,

Watching Wednesday’s meeting and hearing Gary give his “shop-vac” testimony gave me courage to share my little testimony. But, it was big to me.  I had been struggling with the decision to buy a new car. My car was all of 21 years old and had its charming little issues, but lots of them.

I had been talking with a few car sales folks for about a month about buying a car. I was so ambivalent about the whole thing I asked for a lot and didn’t pursue it.

Anyway, one morning last week I asked Jesus to just make this decision for me.  Make it clear which way to go, one way or the other so I could let go.  A few minutes later one of the sales gals offered me an absurdly great price on the car. I thought, hum…interesting. 

Then, a few minutes later, on an errand, my lovely old gem of a car broke down. OK Jesus, I got it!

My friend happened to be across the street on an errand, took me to work, got a ride to the dealership the next day and bought the car.  Easy breezy.

Jesus did this for me. I love Him so, love that He cares about all our little challenges as well as the big stuff. I sure feel taken care off. :o)

Patty

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On Our Hearts

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.” Heb.10:16

So, whatever today brings, we are blessed and are His children on whose hearts He has written His laws!  Mmmmmmmm.

Feeling very thankful this morning for being His.

Beth

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Preparing Us

Pastor John, 

This weekend Beth and I watched Jesus of Nazareth.  It was made in the 1970’s but has always been one of my favorites.  Watching it stirred up a desire to read in the New Testament again.  It really stood out to me how Jesus was preparing not only for his people to receive the holy Ghost, but also the way for Paul to preach what was to be given to him. 

I went to bed last night so thankful for the mercy that Jesus has shown by giving us the holy Ghost.  So thankful for the truth that we’ve been taught.  Everyday, since the beginning, has been preparation for us to meet him one day.  The love in that just makes you want to fall on your face.  I want to be found worthy when that day comes.

Michelle

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Not Everyone

Pastor John, 

I have always thought of this more for those in Christianity, but I woke up thinking about how terrifying it is that it could be one of us. It could be me. How terrifying to come up short. 

I know how fast I can feel dry in the spirit if I don’t seek out that time with Jesus. I really feel that is a life rope from Jesus for me because it makes me need his touch so. I hate feeling dehydrated in spirit. To think one could be so dehydrated they are now delusional and do not see how badly they need a drink, a touch. To think one could spend years thinking they are pleasing the Lord because they have the holy ghost but really Jesus may say ” I never knew you”. Oh I pray I never hear those words.

How important it is to continue to seek Jesus and to have many experiences with him, is on my heart this morning.

21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Master! Master!’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Master! Master! Haven’t we prophesied in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and performed many miracles in your name?’”  Matthew 7:22-23

Beth

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How true, Sister Beth!

​May God help us stay alive to Him, and that can only be by the wonderful, sweet Spirit He has given us.  let’s stay filled up!

Pastor John

 

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Living Water

Pastor John,

I love this life that Jesus has blessed us with.  My heart was so full last night when I went to bed I couldn’t sleep.  I kept having the sweetest thoughts.

I was talking to Jesus for different ones and then started thinking about the love we have one for another.  I had this thought​:​ when we speak kinds words to each other, or when we are given a gentle nudge in the right direction, or ​even ​a stern correction, a word of encouragement,​ or good godly sound advice,​ we need to take it in.  We need to drink it and let it change us so we can grow and become one mind and one heart.

I thought wow, that is like the living water that Jesus gives us.  He gives us this living water to pass to one another and to drink in!  We all need each other, we can’t make it alone.  W​ho would want to do this alone anyway?

My mind had images of a dry and desolate land,​ but how when we let the living water run and circulate through us how that land is not desolate anymore!  That’s how I feel Pastor John…. I don’t feel desolate anymore!  None of us are,​ because we have Jesus and he’s given​ us each other!  What a happy thought!

Hope you have a good night!

Love you!

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