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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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“Live!”

Pastor John, 

All week I’ve been looking around marveling at what Jesus has given me.  A family that shares the same heart, a home that is filled with peace and joy.

Then this morning I was reading Random Thoughts: Your Vision or God’s?  When I read this:

(Ezek. 16:5—6): “None eye pitied you . . . to have compassion upon you; but you were cast out in the open field, to the loathing of your person, in the day that you were born. And when I passed by you, and saw you polluted in your own blood, I said to you when you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yea, I said to you when you were in your blood, ‘Live!’ 

Whew!  This most of all is what I’m thankful for.  He has ​said to us, “Live!”  I can feel Him flowing from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet!  “Live!”  ​Oh, what a sweet, perfect, loving life! 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Michelle

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Drawing Near

Good morning Pastor John, 

This morning I woke up thinking about when Jesus was dying on the cross how God bowed the heavens to be close to his son.  It is so sweet thinking about the love in that.

But then I had this thought, when we are dying to our flesh and to old habits Jesus is doing the same thing for us, drawing near because he loves us so much.

Michelle​

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That is right, Michelle!  Sweet to think of it.  Thanks.

Pastor John

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“We Are Lively!”

I  just had the best thoughts from Jesus while I was listening to a song from the July music cd, ”We Shall See the King”.  I said to Jesus, “We are lively, Jesus!” The next thought I had was about the midwives Shiphrah and Puah and how they told Pharaoh in Exodus chapter 1 that the Hebrew women “were lively” and not like the Egyptian women.  Outside of Christianity, we are lively and are prepared for babies to be born in the spirit when we gather together in our services.  I want to stay prepared for when we gather together!  Christianity would have us to abort that baby being born, but Jesus has taught us to value his babies and encourage them to live!

Bess

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God’s Smorgasbord

Definitely not crabby, but a wonderful Chef!* 

I’ve been thinking about the wonderful food that Jesus has given you to prepare for us, such as:

(1) Learning the real reason behind Job’s trials (for Job to experience a touch of God’s righteousness).

(2) The foreshadow of Jesus through the story of Joseph.

(3) God had a Son before Mary Did, and about when God’s Son entered his earthly temple.

(4) Paul preaching the truth and how many of God’s own people rejected it. 

(5) When the New Testament really began.

(6) How from the beginning God told, through the prophets, the whole story of man’s time on earth, from beginning to end.

(7) etc., etc.,  

Pastor John, you have prepared for us a smorgasbord!  Sometimes I can do nothing but marvel at what is laid out before us!

To say thank you just doesn’t come close.  I love you very much and am so thankful Jesus has put me here to be one of your sheep!

Michelle

*See post for 11/14/2017, “What You Have Given Us”.

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