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The Lord Taught Me Something

Pastor John,

I was in the shower talking to the Lord, and he just taught me something.

“The one who is most worthy of God’s gift, is the one who is happiest (in the Lord) without it.”

What a good thought!

To have eaten all of the grass he has given so far, and be complete and lacking nothing because of it. Satisfied.

A good thought. A good life!

Jerry

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Pastor John,

After reading today’s Excerpt (below), I had to wonder (or I should say the excerpt carried me to the thought), “How could a person read and understand this (God’s meticulous requirements for old-covenant worship,) and then ever believe that they were free to go off and join a church or style of worship of their own choosing?

It reminded me of something.

I was thinking on the Lord a couple of weeks ago, and the Spirit spoke to me and said “Christianity depends on God not talking back.They have built an entire religious system based on him not answering.”

That helped me to better understand the testimonies of old spirit-filled saints who spoke of times when they were carried out of christian churches, unwillingly, for speaking in tongues. They were carried out of religious institutions that were built on, and maintained their existence by – not hearing from God.

Jerry

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*Excerpt taken from the book: God Had a Son before Mary Did.

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Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

Hi, Pastor John.

The other day, you sent me your translation of the following verses from Ecclesiastes 4:

13. Better to be a poor and wise youth than to be an old and foolish king who no longer knows to take advice.
14. For out of the house of prisoners he went out to become king, even though he was born poor within his kingdom.
15. I observed all the living who went walking about under the sun with that youth, the other one who rose up in his stead.
16. There was no end to all the people, to all before whom he was, and yet, those who come later will not rejoice in him because this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

I keep thinking about these scriptures. We were poor without God, then God filled us with his Spirit and made us royalty, Princes and Princesses in the Kingdom of God. God is preparing us know how to rule with his Son on this earth. We were prisoners at one time, but like Darren’s song, now we have “No Chains” if we stay free in the Spirit. I pray (even more after reading this translation) that as I get older, I will always heed to advice and not be like the old and foolish king. God is the one who molds the clay.

Billy

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Hi, Billy.

The translators have not reviewed my translation yet, but the message from it seems clear, and is very sobering. May God help us be wise, and listen to wisdom when it speaks!

Pastor John

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Trust in Jesus

Pastor John,

The past few days Jesus has been whispering to my heart, “Trust in me”. Several situations have come up and in each one, although different circumstances, his answer was the same, trust in me.

I’ve been reading about Paul in Acts and have loved how Paul trusted Jesus. Last night I was reading Acts 27 when Paul was being taken to Rome to go before Caesar.

Acts 27:22:25

22.Yet now I urge you to take courage, for not one of your lives will be lost, only the ship.
23.For this night an angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve, stood by me.
24.And he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar, and behold, God has given you all those who sail with you.’
25.So, take heart, men! For I believe God, that it will happen just as it was told me.

I love this! Even though the storm was raging all around them, and everyone thought they were going to die, Paul took courage in what God had told him! He was with him! I love “an angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve”. Yes! Sure feels good to stop and feel that!

Michelle

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Stop the Habit of Disobedience

Good morning Pastor John,

I hope you’re feeling better!

I wanted to tell you about an experience I had this morning. I have been feeling very heavy this week and I wasn’t sure what it was all about. Last night when I went to bed I just felt bad, I felt repentance and just kept asking Jesus to forgive me. I couldn’t pinpoint what exactly I was repenting for but I know that’s what I was feeling.

When I was driving into work this morning I was listening to you preach and you said, “Stop the habit of disobedience”. That just shot like an arrow in my heart. Jesus started talking to me and bringing to my mind “little” things that he had been directing me in but I dismissed them as nothing. The spirit is always talking, leading and directing our lives but the question he asked me is, are you listening?

I cried out to Jesus with my whole heart and said I’m sorry please forgive me. I want to move when he says move and I want to stand still when he says stand still. He said to live is to know what time it is, what season your in. It may be different for different people but when you get connected the heaviness will be gone because “my burden is light and my yoke is easy!”

Pastor John everything in me cried out, yes! The power of God fell in my car and I started speaking in tongues. There was a boldness about it that I’ve not felt before. I was so drunk that He left me breathless. I had to sit in my car for a little bit just to let it soak in. I said Jesus this is what I live for, this trumps everything!

It takes only a touch from the Master to put things right in your heart. I love it, I love his correction. I love when he gets in there and just fills every spot and crevice.

Michelle

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“After Jesus Died” book

Hey John,

I just wanted to thank you again for the reading this morning of your new book:
“After Jesus Died”. While we were reading, I had one of those déjà vu experiences…. like I had done it and had the same feelings before.

The best way I can describe it is “Oh, this is so good! Where has this been all my life?!” I remember reading your tracts early on, and the Truth in them was so clear, and I just could not understand why I had never heard it put so clearly before, and why nobody had ever written that plain and straight. I loved that then, and I still love it. God put me here.

Thank you for bringing these wonderful things out for us. I do pray that this book gets into the hands of people who have reasonable hearts. The truth is so clear, you have to become “unreasonable” to reject it. That part is up to God…. But I’m thankful it’s there if somebody is hungry. I remembered today that I was! Yum Yum

Gary yumyum

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Hi, Pastor John;

I was really looking forward to reading this book by a soft light and fire, but reading it with everyone really felt wonderful this morning. It was good to see Vince and Amy this morning, too.

When you were explaining that in our reading, it hinted that Jesus had an intimate conversation with Peter to help straighten him out, that really touched me. I was sitting in my chair with tears rolling down my face for the love of the Father that Jesus had towards Peter. Knowing human nature, it would have been very difficult and a hard life for Peter to endure because of the last vision he saw of Jesus looking silently at him when the rooster crowed and Jesus was taken away to be crucified. I can only imagine what Peter thought at that moment, and I can only imagine the conversation that they had together, alone, that day after Jesus’ resurrection. One thing for sure, Jesus had prayed for Peter because Satan wanted to sift Peter as wheat, but Jesus had prayed to the Father for him that his faith wouldn’t fail. and that enabled Peter to carry on. As I sat in my chair crying, I thought of the many times Jesus has had an intimate talk with me, which gave me the strength and faith to carry on in this life.

He is a good God!

Thank you, Brother John!

Billy M.

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John,

I really enjoyed the reading this morning. When you spoke of the two Marys going back to the tomb, I couldn’t help but think of Lee Ann and myself! I could see us doing that together! I love how God set up the timing that they had to go back on the third day because they couldn’t go on the Sabbath. I thought, “Yes, God, that is something like you would do for Lee Ann and me. Such love!” It was also tender when Jesus called Mary’s name, and she recognized him. Like Billy, I was also thinking of the talk that Jesus and Peter had together and how that must have lifted burdens. So many things wanted to make me cry while reading it today. I also liked how you divided it by the gospels. I needed to hear the information over again. It really made it clear.

At the end, when the spirit came on Pentecost, you could just feel the relief when you read it. Thank you so much for this. I pray that it will touch many hearts!

Carrie

 

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Last Night’s Meeting

Pastor John,

I’ve been listening to the meeting again from last night. I was praying this morning. It’s only my response to the anointing of God that got me here, and it’s only going to be my response to that anointing that will keep me here.

Billy M.

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