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What has God spoken to YOU today?

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November 11th, 2012 ~ John 21:1-25

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Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from the last chapter of John, chapter 21. I was led of the LORD in December of 2010 to begin preaching through the gospel of John. I had said, “LORD I have read and studied this so much and the people had heard preaching by me and other preachers from this gospel so much it would be nothing new”. My arguments with the LORD were to no avail. I must say that I learned a new level and understanding of the work of God in Jesus Christ, my own salvation and calling into the ministry of Christ through this most wonderful gospel the “Book of John.”
Now let us review what the LORD said to us last week. He spoke to us first from verse three, the event of Peter and other disciples going fishing. What was wrong with this picture? There is nothing wrong with fishing if that is what the LORD has told you to do. But, this happened right after Jesus had revealed Himself to the disciples and given them the new birth of the Holy Spirit and commissioned them to the ministry of doing what the Father had sent Him into the world to accomplish. They were commissioned to carry on the Ministry that Jesus had begun. He told them in Luke 24:49 that they were to wait in Jerusalem to receive that power of God in the Holy Spirit that would enable them to minister the gospel as He had. They did not wait. They left the Upper Room and went out of Jerusalem to the Sea of Tiberius in Galilee a good distance from Jerusalem.
Jesus had told them to wait but they left to do their own thing and forgot about doing God’s thing the spreading of the gospel. In this the LORD spoke to us about being out of place, out of God’s place, in His will and in His Word. Most of the time Christians don’t know what God’s NOW word is for them. As the Word of God says, “acknowledge Him in all your ways” but we often don’t ask Him. In this we commit the sin of presumption, Psalm 19:13.
The LORD calls us to come to Him in the morning as we begin our day, Psalm 5:1-8, to get His agenda for the day. We are like the disciples. We get up and do what we want to do. We are not available at the place the LORD has called us to be to receive the power needed to accomplish the task of our life for Christ Jesus. This is why we seem to live powerless lives because of our disobedience to the command of our LORD. Do we believe that Jesus is our LORD and Savior? If we say yes, then we need to be obedient to our Master and “WAIT” in prayer in the morning.
Next, in verse four we find that the disciples did not have any fish after fishing all night because they were out of place out of obedience. Jesus told them to cast the net on the other side and believe His Word. They obeyed and caught a huge catch. Is there any question in your mind what Jesus is saying to us? What will happen if we start “Waiting” in obedience for His Word instead of taking off because of the words of someone else?
The last point was Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him more than these, meaning the fish. Each time Peter said, “Yes.” We have heard many sermons on the three meanings of love but the LORD spoke to us that He hears all the time that we love Him but look at what Jesus said in John 14:23.

November 4th, 2012 ~ John 20:26-31

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The lord spoke to us from John 20:26-31 addressing first the account of the apostle Thomas missing the first Sunday assembly, verse 19. In verse 26 we begin with “after eight days again” which would be one week or the next Sunday Jesus appeared again to meet with the disciples. This time the apostle Thomas was there and the first thing that Jesus spoke to was the fact that Thomas was not in the assembly. The fact that Jesus waited till the next Sunday was that He was establishing the day of assembly for the new covenant Church. Jesus spoke to Thomas about his absence from the meeting. Missing the weekly assembly causes you to miss the manifestation of Christ to minister to His children; we also miss the evidence of the resurrection that we continually need to keep our faith up. Imagine if a husband never meet with his wife or a father with his children. There would be no relationship; no acknowledging that the wife had a husband or the children had a father. Also, there would be no assurance of peace with God, no learning of our purpose and mandate. These are the most important matters of the life of a disciple.
The LORD explained to us that when He was saying, “Reach here with thy finger,” and touch here where the nails were and the sword went in and be not faithless. In this the LORD was telling us that He is always aware of what we are doing though. We are not always aware of Him. When we have not been with Him we have no fear or reverence of Him and we go our own way. When we are in His presence or have been in His presence, we are careful to act and do what He does, Daniel 10:9, Matthew 7:1-6 and Proverbs 16:6.
When the apostle Thomas saw the LORD and experienced Him, he cried out from his soul, “My Lord and my God.” Thomas realized his error and repented. The LORD declared to us the absolute meaning of His heart about the Sunday assembly. It is what the LORD wants all Christians to know that He wants all to come, saint and sinner alike to hear the gospel preached because He is manifested and the sinner will behold and cry out He is surly in this place 1 Corinthians 14:25. The saint will be strengthen and empowered to live the life of His witness, His servant.
Last of all, we learned from Him in verse 31 that the Word of God is given to be preached, declared to every age, down through the centuries to this very day. We need to be at the assembly of the LORD to hear the Word of God proclaimed by the anointing that is given to the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher to edify the saints and to save the sinners.

October 7th, 2012 ~ John 19:38-42

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Last week the LORD spoke to us from John 19:38-42. In this scripture we see two disciples, Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus. Both were Pharisees of the religious party that counted the scripture to be without error but also believed the Talmud. The Talmud was the oral transmission of God’s Law given the Elders, fathers and the Rabbinical writings of the what they reported. Both of these men were members of Israel’s religious court called the Sanhedrin, something like our congress, having councilors representing each city or district. Both had been secretive about their belief that Jesus was the Messiah because the Chief rulers had declared that anyone that believed in Christ Jesus would be put out of the temple. This reminds me that all around the world there are many disciples in the same situation and worse, in Iran, Sudan, many other Muslin nations, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many parts of India and North Korea. As I look at these two disciples taking the body of Jesus to bury Him, the Spirit of the LORD brings to my remembrance what Jesus said in John 12:24, “unless a corn of wheat fall into the earth and die it abides alone.”
Here we see the dead body of Jesus, that Joseph of Arimathaea has gone boldly to Pilate to ask for, being taken to be put it into his own newly prepared tomb. Just as a seed corn is planted and becomes a stalk of many seeds of corn the body of Jesus will be buried but will rise and become Christ like people called Christians. But, it must be planted. These two disciples risked their lives and their livelihood to bury Jesus. The LORD speaks to me that each Christians carries the body of Christ Jesus that must be buried into the ground or heart of every soul in the world Mark 16:15.
The LORD had us look at Luke 8:4-15 which is the parable of the sower, planter. In this parable we are the sowers and the seed is the gospel we are to sow or plant into the heart of everyone. Some will have hearts that will not receive. Some will appear to receive with joy but will not take the Gospel story and study it to cause it to take root. Some will receive it, but will soon forget it as they are more concerned about riches, pleasures and the cares of this world. But, there will be some that have hearts that are looking for Christ Jesus and they will receive the seed planted into their hearts by a disciple and become a new creation, II Corinthians 5:17, a resurrection from a life of sin to a life of righteousness.
We are the sowers of the Gospel. The life and death of Jesus is the seed. There are a great many with hearts that are good ground that are waiting for the seed, the Gospel that only we as disciples have. Let’s be like these

October 14th, 2012 ~ John 20:1-18

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The LORD spoke to us from John 20:1-18 on three specific thoughts from His heart. First in verses 1-7 the LORD wanted us to think on something that we might have not considered in all the facts of the gospel. The open/empty grave is extremely important because there is no rational explanation as to how the grave was opened and the body of Jesus was supposedly taken. The seal had been put on the grave and the detachment of armed guards were placed there to stop this very thing. There were some explanations but they all break down when considering the evidence. We looked at the action of the Jews to try to cover up this, Matthew 28:11-15. Even today if you look on Jewish web sites they will still be saying what the Jews had devised that the guards had fallen asleep. This argument is beyond belief. The whole attachment, estimated to be at least twenty men, would have had to fall asleep when there was a penalty of death for doing so. Also, the possibility of the disciples overwhelming the guard and/or rolling the stone away without waking the guard is beyond belief.
The reason this is important is because as we are entering into the time of apostasy, the great deception and turning away from the truth, where Jesus said, “if it were possible the very elect might be deceived.” In II Thessalonians 2:10-12, we see that there will be a time of great deception and delusion that will come. This time is now, we must have powerful evidence to secure our faith that we will endure until the end.
Second the LORD spoke to us from verse nine pointing out that His disciples were not aware of the scriptures that spoke of the resurrection even though we can look at the numerous times He had told them and pointed to the old testament scriptures. From this point, the LORD speaks to us as disciples. He implores us to have ears and use them to hear. As we enter this time of great deception and delusion will it be said of you that you were not aware of the scriptures? The LORD calls us to “study, hear and listen with the ears that we have, II Timothy 2:10.

October 21st, 2012 ~ John 20:19-23

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The LORD spoke to us last Sunday from John 20:19-23. John shows that on the first day of the week, Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of the LORD Jesus, Jesus enters into this first assembly of the Church of Jesus Christ, the first worship service. This is why we gather together on Sunday to worship. There were at least one hundred and twenty believers behind those closed doors praying and I would imagine singing songs of worship to the LORD. They were assembled there for fear of the Jews. They assembled to hear the apostles speak of what the LORD had said to them, John chapters 14-16. Also, they traded what each had heard the LORD speak to be encouraged and to strengthen each other to deal with those that are unbelievers and scoffers outside the doors.
This is one of the purposes for which Jesus formed the church. Scripture reveals this was to exhort and encourage each other, Hebrews 10:24 25. The LORD declares in Matthew 8:18-19 that wherever two or three are gathered together in His name, the LORD Jesus is in the midst of them. Jesus is present. What commander or CEO would call a meeting and then not show up? The answer of course is none. When they a call a meeting it is to speak to their people of their vision, their will, their exhortations, their encouragements, their warnings and their love.
When two or three believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus, the LORD is in the midst of them. He is there on that set day to speak to us through the man He has appointed and empowered or anointed to speak on His behalf by His Spirit. We see that His message was first of all to give peace to the assembled believers. This is why we need to assemble together as the LORD calls us to do. It is true we can pray and worship the LORD by ourselves but when we come together and see the other believers also worshipping there is a strength that comes to us from being together.
Psalms 133 says when we dwell together in unity the LORD gives anointing and peace and life. Peace is given to us through the message of the gospel. To have peace with God is to know that your sins have been forgiven and you are reconciled back to the Father. In John 20:20, we see that Jesus gave evidence of His resurrection as He showed the disciples His hands and side.
As we meet every Sunday, the LORD, through the preaching of the gospel, gives us the evidence of His resurrection as we hear His Word preached by the Spirit of God and know it is from Him. It is in the Sunday meeting that we learn what we as disciples are to be doing. The LORD told the disciples in vs. 21 “As the Father has sent me so send I you.” This is also our mandate. The LORD Jesus saved us to serve Him in His mission. The Father sent Him into the world to bring His children back to Him. Jesus tells us in this verse and in the message of the LORD that we are to go and take what we have learned and tell others to bring them out of the world and into the kingdom of God.

September 30th, 2012 ~ John 19:12-22

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The message of the LORD last Sunday was found in John 19:12-22. From this scripture the LORD spoke to us first about Pilate who knew that Jesus was not guilty yet because of pressure against him gave Jesus over to be crucified. We know of course that this was meant to be and God would use this to carry out His will to deliver mankind from the sin of Adam, the fall of mankind from relationship and presence of God. Here we see sin in its selfishness, self-love and its effort to protect itself is willing to turn over a fellow human being for death. From this scripture the LORD spoke to us of how many that claim the name of Jesus as their savior and call themselves Christian do exactly the same thing. They know that Jesus is righteous and true and to be exalted and praised but yet because of peer pressure in this antichrist world they reject the Life of Christ they are to live. They bring the name of Christ Jesus to open shame, crucifying him again openly in the public and media.
In the first and second centuries after the resurrection and ascension of Christ, the Jews and the Romans moved to commit genocide, to purge the world of Christianity. In doing this, they did as was recorded of Saul before he was converted by his own testimony in Acts 26:11. Saul brought pressure against them to deny Christ Jesus as LORD and savior and to blaspheme, insult and use foul derogatory language against His name. Many did this to protect their lives bringing shame upon the name of Christ. This opened Christianity to ridicule and mocking. However, many were willing to die horrible deaths of burnings, beheadings and even being placed in stadiums with wild beasts to be eaten for the pleasure of a blood thirsty society because they refused to deny that Jesus was their LORD and Savior and that they were a Christian. This went on until the third century in ten different persecutions. Today, there are few that desire this loyalty and faithfulness to the LORD. They would rather be secret Christians because being a Christian is not good for business.
Next, the LORD showed us from the scripture in John 19:16-22 the very act of our salvation that delivered us from the sentence of sinner and the wrath of God as Jesus gave Himself to be led away to Golgotha the place of the skull bearing the cross, the instrument that would be used to carry out the sentence of death for the accused of sin. The scripture declares that Christ “was made sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”, II Corinthians 5:21. Then we read the words to which we have long ago become numb, that no longer move us to emotion and stir us, “They crucified Him.” They nailed His hands and feet to the cross and hung Him up between heaven and earth to receive the full wrath of God. There in the shame of being thought of as a criminal with two other criminals Jesus in pain, agony and anguish suffered in our place. Oh how could we allow this to become just so much information? There is a classic story called “The Robe”. It is also a movie. The story is about the Centurion that crucified the LORD and was tormented for years, lost everything as he became a Christian and was willing to die at the hands of his own people of Rome. This Centurion took our place for it was us that crucified Christ because of our sin. How can we not be moved to carry our own cross publicly and proclaim the name of Christ proudly and publicly?

September 23rd, 2012 ~ John 19:8-11

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Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from His Word in John 19:8-11 communicating the mystery of the gospel. The Jewish leaders had brought Jesus to see Pilate, the Roman Governor over Israel at this time, with the express purpose of having the Romans carry out the sentence of death on Jesus which the Jewish leaders by Roman law could not do. Pilate finds himself in a politically correct predicament. He had taken Jesus and scourged Him for the purpose of getting a confession of wrong doing. Yet, Jesus did not confess to anything nor did He defend Himself. Jesus could have been set free because there was no evidence but He did not speak up because He came into the world for this mysterious time, Hebrews 10:4-10. Pilate tries to set Him free but he is trapped by the priests as they lead the people to call for Him to be crucified. Pilate must turn Him over to be crucified. This is the mystery of God that the princes of this world did not know because if they had known they would not have crucified Jesus, 1 Corinthians 2:7-8.
This mystery was foretold in Isaiah 53:7-11. In verse 10, we read He was an offering for sin, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. . .” John 1:29. In verse 10 we also read that “It was the pleasure of LORD.” Here is the mystery of “The pleasure of the LORD.” In Hebrews 12:1 we find Jesus “Endured the cross for the joy that was sat before Him.” The Joy was Romans 8:29 and Titus 2:14 that God could have a race of humans that were like Jesus.
Last, we see the mystery revealed. In verse 11 we read, “My righteous Servant shall justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” In Romans 4:24-25 the Mystery is completed. Jesus was delivered into the hands of the Romans for judgment, then crucified, buried and rose from the dead for our justification. This Mystery should be fully known by the disciples of Jesus that they can proclaim the Gospel to all that Jesus came into the world and went to the cross to save.
Next, the LORD spoke to us of the gospel, the good news. Because of the above Mystery, all sinful mankind can now be saved by the gift that God has provided through Jesus Christ, Romans 6:23 and 5:8-10. The Mystery in the gift is that the Father made Jesus Christ to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we might become the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. The “might” is up to the individual if they will receive Christ Jesus as LORD and Savior John 1:12. When they do, He gives them the power of a new life, the miracle of the “New Birth” John 3:3-8. The “New Birth” miracle in true, when you receive Him and are Born Again, your life will change.
Study this, know this and go and make disciples, baptizing them . . . and teaching them all that Jesus taught.

Pastor Gene

September 16th, 2012 ~ John 19:1-7

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Let’s review what we heard from the Spirit of the LORD and the Word of God in the LORD’s message last Sunday. The LORD spoke to us about the free gift of salvation in verses 1-6 from a perspective that we, especially in the American Church, forget about the cost of the free gift. Romans 6:23 declares that “The gift of God is eternal Life through Christ Jesus.” This is part of our presentation of the Gospel for people to be saved, but what about the cost of the Gift? We have all either heard about or had the experience of knowing someone that has given us a gift .We were given a gift we knew that they did not have the money to purchase. They had taken something precious and sold it or they had taken their life savings for which they had been working so hard and purchased it. Because of this, the gift becomes so valuable that it is not forgotten but handled with great reverence. The LORD wanted us to see the cost of the free gift of salvation that we would hold it in great esteem, not take it for granted.
The LORD first took us to Psalm 22, a prophetic psalm written over a thousand years before Christ Jesus suffered on the Cross to save us and give us eternal life. In the first six verses, we see Christ. We can identify Him by the cry in verse 1, “My God, my God why has thou forsaken me?” We can see this is Christ because in Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34, these exact same words are spoken as Jesus hung on the cross. Christ said these words after being transformed in the grace of God to become sin that we might become the righteous, 2 Corinthians 5:21. Christ was not confused thinking the Father had abandoned Him. He was crying this as a man of sin cut off from God. This is what every person that is not saved is crying from hell continually. The cost of our salvation is that Christ Jesus was cut off from the Godhead, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
In Philippians 2:5-8, we read that Christ put off His form as God and put on the form of man and then humbled Himself in the form of sinful man to suffer the death of sin. Imagine being cut off from your loved ones. In Psalm 22:1-2, this is the cost of our salvation. In Psalm 22:13, we see the price of salvation as the demons bite and tear His body. They did this in the scourging that Jesus took from the Romans. The mental torment that He goes through is represented in the crown of thorns and the humiliation of the mocking He endured for our salvation, Hebrews 12:2.
Next, the LORD took us to Isaiah 53:5 where we learned Jesus’ free gift came to us at the cost of Him being wounded by the scourging, the nails and the spear. The cost of our free gift was the bruising Jesus took in the beatings for our iniquities. He was bound and punished for our peace with God and last of all He was whipped, scourged with many strips to heal us of our sin sickness, “By His stripes we are healed.” This is what we need to meditate on continually that we will consider the free gift of salvation we have as holy and not lose sight of this and take our salvation as something insignificant.

September 9th, 2012 ~ John 18:28-40

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We are disciples of the LORD Jesus. Last week we assembled to worship Him and to hear what He had to say to us. Let’s try to remember what He was saying to us. First He wanted us to notice in verses 28-32 the hardened blind minds of some of the people we will be meeting as we try to take the Gospel “to our vineyard” as they once said, our Woodland Acres. He used two scriptures to show us what is happening. First, 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 we see that those that are lost are not that way because they have not known but because they are blinded by a real living devil. We forget, as we deal with people, that the LORD has endured the shame agony, pain and anguish of the cross for these. We forget that we are not in conflict with them but we are really fighting a spiritual war that is raging by a real devil that wants to take them to hell. However, the LORD shows us that there are some that care nothing for Jesus and the Gospel. Jesus showed us in Matthew 13:4 that as we go sharing the Gospel by His Sprit within us that to some, like the first seed sown in Matthew 13:4, are left being considered odious (stinking) caring nothing for being a target for the devil who does not want you to have. These Jews that Jesus was dealing with were as the scripture shows, willingly blind, carrying nothing for the truth.
Next, the LORD spoke to us from verses 33-34. Pilate asked the question of Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” To which Jesus replied, “Did someone tell you that or is this what you believe?” The LORD wanted to make the point that much of the Church is made up of people that have been told that Jesus is the Savior but they have never known Him themselves. The question we need to ask many that call themselves Christian “Who do you say Christ is?”
The LORD took us to Matthew 16:16-17 where Jesus says to Peter who has answered that question saying that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. Jesus says that Peter had heard that statement from the Father not from men. Peter had entered into a spiritual relationship with God. Jesus said upon this relationship He would build the Church of Jesus Christ. The LORD wants the congregation to be filled with people that have entered into this kind of relationship.
Next, the LORD spoke to us from verses 33-36 from the word that Jesus had spoken to Pilot who asked Jesus, “Are you the king of Jews?” To whom Jesus replied, “He was a king OF THE TRUTH of everyone that is of the truth.” Pilot replied “What is the truth?” It is true that there are many truths but there is only one truth. When a builder is laying a foundation for a building there are many truths he could use. For instance there is the truth of “as the crow flies” or the truth “my father told me” or “an inch is the distance from the first fingers knuckle to the tip.” But there are strong Crows and weak Crows and different fathers say different things and peoples fingers are different sizes. There is a standard ruler which is true. In the Scripture John 8:31-32 Jesus declares that those that continue in His teachings, His truths, will know the truth and His truth will keep us free from error and captivity to death. We are to be people of the truth living by it?

August 26th, 2012 ~ John 18:16-18,24,27

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Last week’s message of the LORD was from John 18:15-18, 24, and 27 concerning Peter’s denial of Jesus. The first point the LORD spoke of was from verse 17. He made the point that Peter had a “Reputation” that he could not hide. To this, the LORD spoke to us first that this was the LORD’s design. We were created in His image, Genesis 1:26. His image is Jesus Christ Hebrews 1:3. He is conforming us to be His image, Romans 8:29. We are to be an extension of the life and ministry of Christ Jesus. This is where the term “Christian” comes from. Christian means one who follows the teachings and life of Jesus called the Christ i.e. Christ-ans. Peter’s reputation was about the Gospel and life of Jesus. When people saw Peter they didn’t think there is Peter the fisherman the son of Jonas, they thought there is Peter the disciple, the follower of Jesus.
Peter had been sent out by Jesus being anointed to preach the Gospel, heal and cast out demons. After the Resurrection, when people knew Jesus was coming, they would bring out their sick, crippled and diseased that even his shadow would pass over them Acts 5:15. The disciples that went out into the world had a reputation of “Turning the world upside down”, Acts 17:6. The early disciples lived their lives for the name of Jesus Christ Acts 9:27, 29, 15:26 and 2 Thessalonians 1:12.
The LORD spoke to us by His Spirit that this truth is not known by most in the modern Church. This truth has been lost, covered up by the false gospel that is believed today. This false gospel is, “Just believe in Jesus, pray asking for forgiveness and you will be saved and go to heaven.” While it is true that when we pray trusting what Jesus did on the cross we will be saved and have heaven as our home in eternal life but what is left out is that we must repent of our lives, the way we live. When we truly become Christians, we no longer live for ourselves but our life is the life of the Spirit of God that comes into us in the “New Birth.” Jesus said we are to lose our lives and to take His life Matthews 10:39. Jesus gave us His life to carry out His mission of the Gospel.
The LORD reminded us of the parable He had spoken in Luke 19:11-26. I do not have the space to explain it so you will need to read it. The truth we want to understand from this parable as we consider the subject of “Reputation”, is Jesus gave us His name, His life in His Spirit to “occupy”, to bring His Kingdom to society and we should be increasing the kingdom of God by His Gospel, His name. Unfortunately, most Christians are like the servant that buried this gift of His name, His life, having not the reputation of Christ Jesus but a reputation of their own personal life. I do not know about you but this is scary to think that so many called Christian are really not and will be cast into hell because they had a reputation of themselves and not the reputation of Christ Jesus.