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How Great the Son Is!

Good morning John.

Waiting for our plane to take off… thought I would read the Bible on my phone… here are the wonderful thoughts I read from Hebrews 1:

Hebrews 1:1-14 KJV

“[1] God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; [3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; [4] Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. [5] For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? [6] And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. [7] And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. [8] But unto the Son he saith , Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. [9] Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. [10] And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: [11] They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; [12] And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. [13] But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? [14] Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

The Son is SO GREAT!  In these last days God spoke to us through Him.  How full that made me feel, and how thankful.  Lord thank you for speaking to us.  Thank you for your SON, and that we can know Him through the Holy Ghost.  No news there…. I just wanted to talk about Jesus.  He has made us rich.

Hope your travels are going well!

Gary

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Recommend a Church?

I’ve read your pamphlet Speaking in Tongues at Holy Ghost Baptism and found it heartening to know someone believes the truth about this topic besides me.  The church where I was introduced to the baptism was in Ohio, and it closed when the pastor died.  Now I live in Hendersonville, NC. I’ve tried to introduce the subject to others in Hendersonville, but with few exceptions, it is falling on non-receiving ears.  Can you recommend a church in the Hendersonville (or maybe Asheville) area where your views are taught?  The churches in Hendersonville that do believe in tongues as evidence of Holy Spirit baptism have little understanding on how He works, and all I see is a lot of people “playing” and “pretending” to exercise the gifts without knowing what really pleases God or how to be led by Him.  I’d appreciate your guidance.  

Jane S.

Hendersonville, NC

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Hi Jane.

I am thankful to the Lord Jesus that you were edified by reading our booklet on Speaking in Tongues at Spirit Baptism.  I don’t know of any church that teachers the truth about the holy Ghost baptism (I wish I knew a thousand of them!), so I can’t recommend any church.  A right understanding of the baptism of the Spirit is critical to understanding everything rightly in the kingdom of God because the baptism of the Spirit is the new birth. Church religion as a whole is wrong, and is to be avoided, because the church world does not understand that when a person is baptized with the holy Ghost, that person is born of God.

So, you answer your question, in my judgment, you will be better off spiritually to stay home with Jesus and not go to any church.  From what I have seen, though God has many precious souls within their walls, no church anywhere is of God, and in time, they all quiet the holy Spirit that really is in some of their members with their traditions and doctrines contrary to the truth.  This is why God is calling to His children, “Come of out her [the religious system of Christianity], my people!”

Thank you for writing.  I wish you well as you trust Jesus to guide you into all truth.  And please feel free to keep in touch with any comments of questions you may have.

Pastor John

 

 

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The Israelites in Egypt

Pastor John,

re: the history between Joseph’s death and the story of Moses and the Exodus

You have said that it was approx. 300 years of Hebrew slavery.  Jimmy Swaggart wrote that some scholars say that it was merely 160-200 years.  Is there a Bible verse that proves your view?  Please show me for the benefit of our class here.

Brad

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Hi Brad.

Here is what I have actually said about the time Israel spent in Egypt:

  • God told Abraham that his seed would be in Egypt 400 years: “Your seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and they shall serve them.  And they shall oppress them 400 years” (Gen. 15:13b).
  • It appears that Moses delayed that prophecy by killing an Egyptian and having to flee from Egypt for a while, thus bringing the total years that the Israelites stayed in Egypt to 430 years (Ex. 12:40–41).
  • Jacob was 130 when he brought his family to live in Egypt (Gen. 47:9 and lived his last 17 years there.
  • Joseph was about 39 at the time Jacob entered Egypt.  He was 30 when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen. 41:46), and then seven years of plenty and two years of famine came, before Jacob moved to Egypt where Joseph was.
  • The book of Genesis ends with the death and burial of Joseph at the age of 110 (Gen. 50:22, 26).  So, at the end of Genesis, the Israelites had been in Egypt about half a century.
  • The book of Exodus begins many years before the birth of Moses, but we are told that Moses was 80 years old when he led Israel out of Egypt (Ex. 7:7).
  • So, this is what I have taught my Old Testament classes: When we turn the page from Genesis 50 to Exodus 1(well, really, Exodus 2), approximately 300 years have passed.
  • That is my “view”.

You’ll find that “some scholars” will say just about anything on any given topic.  Confusion abounds among biblical scholars at almost every turn.

So, be advised that ​when anyone is first studying the Bible, he should concentrate entirely on the Bible!  He should use a Bible with no footnotes or commentary by “experts”, and simply trust Jesus to guide him.  If a student does not do that he will be confused by information that is not of God, ​and it will be harmful to his soul.

Stay away from commentaries!

Pastor John

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One

Sometimes it amazes me how far from human Jesus makes us. ​ ​I am sitting in a dealership parking lot just thanking Jesus for helping M​—. ​ ​Thanking him for helping B​— with her brother. ​ ​I feel so overwhelmed with thankfulness. ​ ​I feel like it happened to me​!​ ​ ​I keep thinking​, “This is what you mean​,​ Jesus​,​ by ​”​being one​”​.​ ​ And t​his is what it means when Sister Willie says​,​ “I am you​,​ and you are me​.​”​ ​When one of us gets blessed​,​ it really is OUR blessing. ​ ​To really be one. 

Whew!​ ​ That is so far from human.​!​ ​ Sometimes​,​ I see this girl Jesus is making​,​ and I am in awe at what he is doing. ​ ​I cant believe I get to be a part.

Beth D heart

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Leaking Vessels

Pastor John,

I started listening to the “Leaking Vessels” cd this morning. I haven’t gotten that far, but have already gotten so much out of it!

Yesterday when I texted you, I was feeling so overwhelmed in my job! But I knew I needed peace and patience. I was given an important task; however, I could not do my part until someone else had done theirs, and they were not in any hurry. Everything in my flesh wanted to control the situation to get it moving. I started feeling very overwhelmed, helpless, and very anxious! I sent you that text and then took a walk to the restroom. I just wanted to get alone with Jesus, if only for a minute.

When I came back to my office, I knew there was nothing I could do; it was out of my hands. I kept hearing, “Relax. Do what you can do, and when the time comes, you can do your part.” So, with Jesus help, I began to slowly relax, work on other things and eventually, after others had done what they needed to do, it was time for me to work on what needed to be done.

This morning as I was listening to the cd, it stood out to me, that you said, “We’re
supposed to know things that people don’t know and to conduct ourselves in a way that people can’t conduct themselves without the knowledge of the truth. When the word of God abides in us, we behave the way people cannot behave who don’t know the truth. It means something to have faith in God, to trust God with what you hear and what you see. I believe God puts in front of you what you need to see. I believe everything that is spoken to you, you need to hear. He tries your heart every moment.”

That was so good to me! What happened yesterday in my office was from God. Not only is He watching, but others around me are watching, too. I’m so thankful He helped me through it! I hope that next time it comes around, I’m quicker to let go of the control and the anxious feelings, and hold tighter to the peace that He has given to me. I’m thankful for the situations he puts me in! Sometimes, it doesn’t feel so hot at the moment, but I’m thankful for it!

I can’t wait to hear the rest of the CD and to see what else Jesus has waiting for me!

Michelle 

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Hi, John.

I listened to the leaking vessel CD yesterday, while I was viewing the list of folks who are not here with us anymore.  There are some who have lived faithfully and gone on with the Lord.  There are just a few cases where they had to put out from the body in order for the body to not be damaged (further).  But as I was listening to the CD, you were preaching how that a branch must bear fruit.  If a branch does not bear fruit then it is cut off from the tree and burned in the fire. And if we do bear fruit, then those branches will be pruned so that the tree and branches will bear more fruit.

As I was listening further, I read all of the names on the list that had quit.  It was sad because we know and love these people, and at one time we have had fellowship with most of them.  As I was reading the names, the Spirit was saying in my heart, “This is what happens when there is no longer any fruit developing.”  It made me feel sad and fearful of the Lord because I know that God is not a respecter of persons, nor does it matter how long you have been around.  On the list were young people, adults, and a few older ones.  It may say “quit” besides their names, but actually they have been pruned from us so that we can bear more peaceable fruits of righteousness. It wasn’t their choice to leave the tree.  They may have said, “I quit” in their hearts, but the Spirit may have said, “Cut that branch away!”

I remember helping to prune Bob’s grapes.  I thought I was pruning them back enough, but Bob came behind some of us and pruned the branches even more.  I said to myself, “How in the world can they live?”  But they did, and they will produce grapes this year.  Bob does this every year.  He doesn’t take a year off, or he will not get the yield that pruning produces.  I pray that I bear good fruit, but I pray the more that I endure God’s pruning.  There is a season for pruning.

This CD is a treasure!  No wonder Sheila didn’t want to let it go. 

Love always,

Billy

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Was Nebuchadnezzar Just Pretending?

Pastor John, 

In Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar made a statement for all the wise men to tell him his dream and the meaning thereof, or they are dead.

I would like to know, if at all possible, if he was testing his wise men, or if he really forgot his dream and would be able to remember it if someone would tell him what it was.
 
This seemed to happen right after he met Daniel.  Was he testing his people because he felt God through Daniel, and knew he was a different person from what he was used to?
 
We read it and then watched the movie.  When we read it, we took it one way, but when we watched it, it came across the other way.
 
Steve W.

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Hi Steven.

Movies about the Bible are worse than commentaries on the Bible.  Stick with the feelings you had when you read the Bible itself.

Pastor John

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Healed Knee

Brother John, 

Sunday morning I asked for prayer for my knee which has been hurting for a few weeks. Last night I slept without any pain. Thank you Jesus he has been so good to us. Hope you have a good night.

Jim G.

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Hey John,

I want to mention something about my knee that Jim’s email brought to my attention. 

I was having trouble with my left knee for several weeks. It would often just go out on me without warning while walking up steps.  If I made a sudden move left or right, as I often do playing tennis, I would feel pain. 

Sometimes, I had to pull myself up the stairs going from your basement to the office. 

I don’t remember exactly when I prayed for my knee but I asked Jesus to heal it. I believe that other people I mentioned it to also prayed for me. 

Not long ago, I noticed that it was not bothering me when I climbed stairs. I was cautious at first and told myself that I would wait and see if my knee was really healed before I said anything. 

Well, I believe it is healed! Thank Jesus! 

Tom

 

 

 

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