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Psalms Translation

Good morning pastor John, 

I have loved reading through the Psalms translation sent out. I keep going back to read them again and again.  Below are some of my favorites.

I love this one because it is so humbling and full of love.  God does not need us for anything.  God is lacking in nothing.  The love and mercy that was shown to us because we have been given His spirit is so overwhelming when I read this.  God does not need us, but wants us. 

Psalm 50:

9. I am not taking a bullock from your house or he-goats from your folds,

10.  for every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

11. I know every bird of the mountains, and the creature of the field is mine.

12. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine and its fullness.

I love this one because I KNOW it’s true.  I know a broken heart will not be turned away.  This is my testimony.  Again, the merciful love is almost too much to feel.

Psalm 51:

16. Truly, you do not delight in sacrifice; otherwise, I would offer it.  Burnt offering does not please you.

17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.  A broken and crushed heart, O God, you will not despise.

In 2013 when I received the holy Ghost it was very gentle.  I went home questioning it because I did not have a powerful experience, like I expected.  One day I was sitting on my bed in Indiana, looking out the window, and everything was covered in a beautiful white snow.  Jesus so clearly said to me, “That is what I did for you.  I made you as white as that snow.”  At that time, I did not know that was in the Bible.  I never thought I could be clean.

Psalm 51:

7. Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean.  Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow

This one just stirs my soul!  Enough said.

Psalm 38:

15. For I am waiting for you, O Lord.   You will give answer, my Lord, my God! 

Beth D.

 

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Recent Psalms

Here are some Psalms we have been working on lately, and finished.

Amy B.

⎷Psalm 50

Damien

A melody by Asaph.

¶1. The mighty God, Jehovah, spoke, and He called to earth from the rising of the sun until its going down.

  1. From Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shone.
  2. Our God shall come, and He will not be silent!  Fire will devour before Him, and around Him it will be very tempestuous.
  3. He will call to the heavens from above and to the earth to judge His people,
  4. “Gather my saints to me, those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
  5. And heaven will declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge.  Selah.
  6. “Listen, O my people, and let me speak!  O Israel, I will testify against you!  I am God – your God!
  7. Not for your sacrifices will I reprove you, nor for your burnt offerings that are continually before me.
  8. I am not taking a bullock from your house or he-goats from your folds,
  9. for every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.
  10. I know every bird of the mountains, and the creature of the field is mine.
  11. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine and its fullness.
  12. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of he-goats?
  13. Offer to God the sacrifice of praise, and pay your vows to the Most High,
  14. and then call on me in the day of trouble!  I will deliver you, and you will glorify me.”
  15. But to the wicked man, God says, “How dare you declare my statutes, or take up my covenant into your mouth!
  16. You despise correction, and you cast off my words behind you.
  17. When you see a thief, you are pleased with him, and your portion is with adulterers.
  18. You turn your mouth loose with evil, and your tongue contrives deceit.
  19. You sit with your brother, and yet, you speak slander against your mother’s son.
  20. These things you have done and I remained silent.  You thought that I was altogethersuch a one as yourself.  I will reprove you, and I will set things in order before your eyes.
  21. Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear in pieces – and there will be no deliverer.
  22. He who offers the sacrifice of praise and orders his way glorifies me.  I will show him the salvation of God.”

⎷Psalm 51

Damien

For the director.  A melody by David.

When Nathan the prophet came to him because he had gone in to Bathsheba.

¶1. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your lovingkindness!  In the abundance of your compassion, blot out my transgressions! 

  1. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin,
  2. for I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is continually before me.
  3. Against you, against you only, have I sinned and done this evil in your sight, so that you may be vindicated in your words.  You are justified in your judgment.
  4. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
  5. Behold, you delight in truth in the inner parts, and in the secret chamber, you make me know wisdom.
  6. Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean.  Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
  7. Make me to hear joy and gladness, and the bones you have crushed will shout for joy!
  8. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
  9. Create a clean heart for me, O God, and make within me a new, steadfast spirit!
  10. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy Spirit from me!
  11. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and you will sustain me with a willing spirit.
  12. I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
  13. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, God of my salvation!  My tongue will cry aloud of your righteousness.
  14. My Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will make your praise known.
  15. Truly, you do not delight in sacrifice; otherwise, I would offer it.  Burnt offering does not please you.
  16. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.  A broken and crushed heart, O God, you will not despise.
  17. In your good will, do good to Zion.  You will build the walls of Jerusalem.
  18. Then, you will delight in sacrifices of righteousness, burnt offering and whole burnt offering.  Then will they offer bullocks on your altar.

⎷Psalm 52

Damien

For the director.  A song of wisdom by David.

When Doeg the Edomite came and reported to Saul, and he said to him,

“David has gone to Ahimelech’s house.”

¶1. How can you commend yourself with evil, O mighty man?  God’s faithfulness never ceases.

  1. Your tongue plots destruction, like a sharpened razor, working deceit.
  2. You love evil rather than good, and falsehood rather than to speak righteousness.  Selah.
  3. You love every word that devours, O deceitful tongue!

5.But God will break you down for eternity.  He will seize you and tear you out of your tent, and He will uproot you from the land of the living.  Selah.

  1. And the righteous will see it, and fear.  And they will laugh at him, saying,
  2. “Behold the man who did not make God his strength, but trusted in the abundance of his riches!  He was strengthened by his own will.”
  3. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.  I will trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
  4. I will praise you forever because you did it, and I will wait for your Name, for he is good in the sight of your saints.

⎷Psalm 38

Tom and Suzi

A melody by David.

To bring to remembrance.

¶1. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your wrath, nor chasten me in your burning anger,

  1. for your arrows have sunk down into me, and your hand has pressed down on me.
  2. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no peace in my bones because of my sin.
  3. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
  4. My wounds stink; they fester.  Because of my foolishness,
  5. I am bent over; I am completely humbled.  All day long, I walk about, mourning.
  6. My loins overflow with scornings, and there is no soundness in my flesh.
  7. I am benumbed and utterly crushed.  I roar because of the groaning in my heart.
  8. O Lord, all my longing is before you, and my sighing is not hidden from you.
  9. My heart pounds; my strength, as well as the light of my eyes, has forsaken me.  Even they are not with me.
  10. My loved ones and friends stand aloof from my affliction, even those nearest to me stand at a distance.
  11. Moreover, those who seek my life set traps, and those who desire my hurt speak of mydestruction, and plot treachery all the day long.
  12. But I, like a deaf man, do not hear, and I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.
  13. Yea, I have become like a man that does not hear and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
  14. For I am waiting for you, O Lord.   You will give answer, my Lord, my God!
  15. For I said, “Save me! lest they gloat over me when my foot slips; they magnify themselves against me.”
  16. For I am being set up for a fall, and my sorrow is always with me.
  17. For I will declare my iniquity; I am afraid because of my sin.
  18. My enemies are alive and powerful, and they are many who hate me wrongfully.
  19. And they who render evil for good accuse me because I am after good.
  20. Do not abandon me, O Jehovah, my God!  Be not far from me!
  21. Make haste to help me, my Lord, my salvation!

 

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Recent Pearls of the Day

Bro John, 

The last three Pearls of the Day have been very interesting to me:

Tuesday 3/20/2018 – We need deliverance from debt as much as we do from sickness.

Wednesday 3/21/2018 – How you spend your money is a reflection of your spiritual condition.

Thursday 3/22/2018 – Debt is an enemy to your soul.

They are all so true, and very serious too. They brought back some memories of my past experiences with debt during my earlier years of married life. 

Debt is such a horrible way to live. There is constant turmoil, strife, bickering, disagreements on which bills need to be paid first, borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, making up excuses, covering up the truth, etc. Even though my first husband had the holy Ghost, he had a serious problem with spending money.  He spent it as if we had plenty, but we had very little, even though both of us worked full time jobs.  It seemed as if his pockets had holes in them, the money just got away. 

Wasted money is not usually spent on big things but on little things, unnecessary things, pleasures that are not a must, but something that’s desirable.  But if you don’t have the money, you just don’t get it.  There’s some self control involved in making wise decisions with money.   

Many things may put a strain on a marriage and a family, but I think unnecessary debt is probably one of the biggest.  Going through those many lean years were very hard, it seemed like an impossible situation at times, like a boat full of holes. 

Being in debt may not seem like a big thing, but it certainly is.  It is very serious and very hazardous to spiritual health.  It can even take a person away from the truth if their desires for more things isn’t controlled in a wise and godly manner. 

I really appreciate all these daily Pearls we receive because they go right along with life’s everyday situations.  They are food for our souls and wise instructions.

Sheila

 

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A Thought from the Lord Today

Pastor John, 

I wanted to share the thoughts that the Lord has given me today.  I felt LIFE and a quickening in my soul when these thoughts came, so I knew where they were coming from.  I wanted to pass them on, the best that I could convey them.

All of men’s deeds can be done in righteousness – or sin.  The deed itself does not make the determination.

A man eats healthy everyday, staying mindful to avoid those foods that promote poor health, denying his fleshly desire to feast on the good tasting fats and sugars that are so plentiful, and perhaps even exercising everyday.  All of this because he knows that his body is the temple of the Lord, and he honors it God’s possession and God’s tool, above his own desire for things that taste good. 

Another man eats healthy everyday as well.  And he is mindful to avoid those same fats and sugars, while he too exercises every day.  All of this because he glories in his own appearance and strength, above the desire of his flesh to consume those same good-tasting treats. 

Both lifestyles yield the same results, in appearance.  And the world cannot tell the two men’s actions apart.  But one is the act of an upright heart and a love for God.  While the other is vanity, pride and a love for one’s self.

A man asks another man for help, to complete his work, because in humility toward the Lord, he has put away his pride and humbled himself to confess his weakness and his inability to do all things for himself.

Another man also asks for help with his work, but it is because he is lazy and doesn’t want to do those things that are his responsibility.  So, selfishly and without fear of the Lord, or regard for the hearts of those around him, he burdens those thoughtful souls with the load that he is supposed to carry.

The world cannot distinguish between the actions of these two men.  But the first man is doing well, following the example that Jesus and Peter set when the Lord caused Peter to humble himself to get his feet washed by another.  While the second man is possibly kindling the anger of the Lord.

The heart of a man determines whether a deed is righteousness or sin; there is nothing unclean of itself.

And because that is true, God has no limitations as to where He can carry you in righteousness.  There are no lines drawn (by men) that Jesus cannot cross.

Jerry

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Thanks, Jerry.

Here is an excerpt from chapter 6 of the Father and Son book* that you may remember:

“Even when the Israelites were giving close heed to the law and the prophets, it was impossible for them always to know if a particular deed was good or evil because no deed is either always good or always evil.  Sometimes, prayer is good (Prov. 15:8), but prayer can also be evil (Prov. 28:9).  Sometimes, killing is evil (Ex. 20:13), but killing can also be good (1Sam. 15:32–33).  Mercy is good, but one of Israel’s kings sinned by showing mercy at the wrong time (1Kgs. 20:30–43), just as Israel’s foolish king Saul also had done (1Sam. 15:2–3, 8).  Then again, Joab, King David’s general, sinned by not showing mercy when he should have (2Sam. 3:27–28; 20:9–10).  Worshipping God can be good, but sometimes, the worship men offer disgusts Him (Amos 5:21–24; Isa. 1:11–17).  Cruelty is usually evil, but God Himself can be cruel (Isa. 13:9; Jer. 30:14).  So, who knows when praying or showing mercy is evil?  And who knows when killing and cruelty are good?  We must have God’s kind of life as an internal gauge to let us know what is good and what is evil in any given situation.”

May God keep our hearts!

Pastor John

* Follow the link below to read Pastor John’s book, God Had a Son before Mary Did:

http://www.goingtojesus.com/text/books/fatherandson.pdf

 

 

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Just Live

“From the life lessons file: You can’t outrun talk, or stomp out all the fires that slander starts.  Just live, and let your life speak for itself.”

Jesus was talking to me about this 2 days ago. ​ I wrote it down. ​ ​After my dream and seeing your Facebook post about just living, I thought I would share it with you.

Really love hearing things in the truth being said​,​ then learning through experience how true they are. ​ ​I like really knowing that getting our minds on Jesus fixes EVERYTHING.  Nothing feels off when our minds are on the Lord.

Jesus told me “you keep trying to get to a place with me,​ and that is keeping you from just living. ​ ​It is like running on a giant hamster wheel. ​ ​Quit trying to figure it out and just live. ​ ​To just live is to really submit. ​ ​Submit all your own thoughts, your own wants and desires​ and be lead. ​ ​Just submitting is how you live.​”

Oh how simple,​ but oh how hard!  ​I told Jesus that I really don’t know how to just live. ​ ​But I want to,​ and I know he wants it for me!!

Beth 

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Pastor John.

I have really been enjoying all the reading in Matthew and Revelation. It’s making things more real. I loved the Blog you sent out this morning about being saved and receiving the Holy Ghost.  It made me start thinking back on my life, and others when they where seeking to get right. What a place that is!  You feel like everyone is better than you!!  You are willing to do anything!!  You are in love with everyone. 

Oh, to stay in that place️! heart

Jammie C.


“Would Jesus save me if he came today?”

     Many of us have had that question come up in our hearts.  And we have certainly hoped that Jesus would indeed save us if he came today.

Recently, the Lord gave me another question which will help us determine the answer to that first one.  It is this: “Would Jesus give me the holy Ghost today if I did not have it?”

If Jesus would give you the Spirit today if you were seeking it, then he would save you today if he came.  Would you be given the holy Ghost today?

Pastor John Clark

 

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Reading Together

Pastor John, 

I love what we read about Revelation this morning and in Matthew 12 tonight.  Every time we go through it, it is changing and creating something deep in my heart that loves mercy. Thank you for being willing to make your work perfect.

It reminds me of the “All Things” message (time, purpose, and judgment)* and the wise and foolish virgins Jesus spoke of, and how Jesus said he would have gathered his Jews under his wing if they would have only been willing.  Then, reading about the believers who were cursed with Christianity because they also were looking for worldly power.

Whew!  I pray that we remember it’s about God deciding what it is time for and that we value and love His truth and people until the end.

Bess

*Refer to Pastor John’s book Suffering and the Saints

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