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Archive for September, 2018

Coming Out in Scotland

Pastor John, 

I left Christianity 25 years ago and have not fellowship with another follower of Jesus since.  I came across your website and it was wonderful to read about your journey out.  Thank you.

William

Scotland, UK

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Hi William. 

Thank you for your recent email.  People in various places ask me at times if I know of a congregation near them like what they see/hear in the assembly here.  I wish I knew of thousands of such places!  However, though we have searched diligently, we have found only individuals, not groups, who have heard the call of Jesus to come out to where he is.  So, I understand your comments. 

You can watch our meetings live online.  If you want to, let me know, and I will give your email address to brother Stuart Hiser, who takes care of that.

God bless you and yours!  And please stay in touch.  We’d love to know more of your story.

Your servant, 

John

 

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Mt. 17:1-4 – How Did Peter Know?

Hi Pastor John,

I have a question about this.  How did Peter know that the two men who appeared to them were Moses and Elijah? Moses and Elijah were ancient people at that time. No one had seen their faces, so how could anyone know what they look like?

Matthew 17:

Jesus Transfigured on the Mount

“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

Thank you,

Leika

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Hi again.

That is how it is in the Spirit.  In the resurrection, for example, you will know everyone in the kingdom of God, and everyone in the kingdom of God will know you. There will be no need for introductions because the Spirit will create within the children of God the knowledge of who is who.  For another example, if Jesus visited you today, you would know who he is, without being told.

By the way, Peter is not the only one who knew who Moses and Elijah were in Matthew 17.  James and John would have also known.

Pastor John

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Romans 11:25

Why did Paul say “that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”?

Leika

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Hi Leika.

In that verse, Paul is speaking of the Second Coming of Jesus, when the Jews will finally realize that Jesus was their Messiah.  The time for Gentiles to come to Jesus apart from Israel will have passed, and the blindness of Israel will be taken away.

Pastor John

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Sweet Peace

Hey Pastor John, 
 
Today was so sweet, I just have to tell you about it!

I was listening to Darren* sing to me all day.  As I worked, phones would ring or someone would walk in, just normal work stuff, but every once in a while I would just stop and listen to the music, and the sweetest peace covered me!  Then life around me would start again.

This happened all day!  I smiled as I was walking to my car after work, thinking, “Jesus I know it’s been you all day!”

I love his sweet peace, Pastor John.  When you’re covered in it, the world and all its craziness just slides right off you!
 
Michelle

*  http://www.isaiah58.com/music/slimplayer/indexdarrenprater.html

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Romans 11:25-29

Hi Pastor John,

Romans 11:25-29 says, “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so ALL ISRAEL WILL BE SAVED, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins.’  Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

In this verse, is Paul saying that all Israel (Jews from the 12 tribe) will be saved?

Thank you

Leika

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Hi Leika.

No, Paul is not saying that.  He is speaking of those whom he calls “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16).  Paul explained in Romans that “they are not all Israel which are of Israel” (Rom. 9:6). That is to say, not everybody who is a physical Israelite belongs to the Israel that truly belongs to God.  THAT is the Israel which will be saved.

Pastor John

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