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  2. It’s Monday morning after Easter Sunday. The first task on your task list is “Start preparing next Sunday’s message.” But hold on a minute. This particular Monday morning brings a collision of dynamics to your heart (good and bad), a psychological soup… Delight in the energy and life of Easter Sunday. Exhaustion from the adrenaline-crash of Monday morning. Regret over how you would change your message, in retrospect. Possibly comparison (hopefully not) as you scroll social media. Hopefully joy in seeing how God worked in so many places. Celebration over those who trusted Christ. A new weight of responsibility as you hope to disciple those new believers. The questions of “what really happened and did it make a difference?” The Monday morning after Easter, for spiritual leaders, is a mental gumbo of complex joy and questions. It’s a bit like a friendly hurricane flew through your head. At some point we have to process it, though, for the moment it’s easier just to sit and stare. It’s a good “sitting and staring” though—a joyful, tired kind of coma. As I sort out my Monday morning, mental gumbo, here’s how I’m landing… 1. I’m grateful to many people—Our pastoral staff led so well. Our ministry staff labored so faithfully and diligently. Our volunteers arrived early, served in the rain, and simply lit up the whole place with joy and energy. Hundreds of people served hundreds of other people. I’m thankful to be a member of this team with these amazing people. 2. I’m honored to have the privilege to preach Jesus—God’s word is “good news” and it’s numbing to think, “I have to opportunity to share the greatest good news ever with people, every week!” It’s a blessing to rest in the reality that God blesses His word, and His word never returns void. There will be a harvest! 3. I’m cherishing the memory of seeing people enjoy their church—Call me strange, but I find huge joy in seeing our church family enjoy Jesus, enjoy each other, enjoy church. Hearing them worship Jesus, seeing them love serving, knowing they are “flourishing in the courts of our God” is such an awesome delight! 4. I’m leaving the results in God’s hands—Numbers play games with our heads, so I try to avoid them. What I most want to know is that someone was pointed to Jesus, someone was strengthened, someone heard the gospel, someone was served or helped. Each week, I ask God so show me “someone” who was changed. Just one is enough for me to give it another week, another message, another go. And guess what? He usually does! Almost every week (almost) God gives me a glimpse of His work—a person I meet in the lobby, a text message, an email, a story that someone shares. God is good to poke pin-holes through the veil of faith, to assure us He is at work. He knows me. If He shows me much more, I am tempted in all the wrong ways toward satisfaction and self-focus. So the safe route is to leave the results to Him and rest to know He’s at work behind the scenes. 5. I’m going to celebrate His goodness again today—Jesus is still alive, and someone who heard the gospel yesterday woke up again today thinking, “I’m a new person! I’m heading to Heaven! No more fear. No more struggle to be good enough. Jesus is in me!” How do I know this? After I trusted Jesus, my first conscious thought the next morning was “Jesus is in me!” It was if He was reminding me, “Hey, I’m in your life now!” That happened this morning to someone who was in church yesterday! Beyond that, while my task list is calling me to start “next Sunday’s message” my heart and my Savior are saying, “Catch your breath. Celebrate God’s goodness. Soak in it for a while. Enjoy it!” I get the sense that God just did something to “blow my mind” and He wants to see me drop my jaw with wonder for a while before I open my project list and start plowing again. 6. I’m going to cherish this moment—This was my 30th Easter with Dana. Mind blown. God’s sustaining grace has been real and remarkable. Church family, family, friends, and grandkids all make this moment so irreplaceable and so joyfully explosive. The great joy of Easter is not in the numbers or church “achievement.” It’s in the life of Jesus overflowing in the relationships around us! What I most cherish about ministry is who we get to serve with! I’m surrounded by the greatest people on the planet, and I live every day with the strong sense that “God put us together, for this needy moment, in New England!” Every where I looked yesterday I saw someone I wanted to hug, thank, bless, and cherish! I saw friends I wanted to encourage and say “GREAT JOB! ISN’T THIS FUN?!” I’m sure you did too. These moments pass quickly, and I don’t want (even good) ambition, busyness, or a “quest for more” to over-run them. That I get to serve Jesus with these people is the greatest joy and privilege of life! 7. I’m going to rest and restore—this might involve a donut or a steak or a pizza—or all three. It might involve taking a walk with Dana. It will likely involve listening to The Lord is My Salvation or Psalm 34 at an unhealthy volume. It’s probably going to mean hugging some grandkids, making vacation plans, reading something renewing, and moving slowly through this week. It will be a long, slow inhale—like one of those gratifying, full sighs that makes your lungs feel “ahead of the oxygen game.” In other words, I’m choosing not to regret or critique. I’m choosing not to compare to compete. I’m choosing not to mindlessly plow forward, breathless, fatigued, and depleted. I’m choosing not to psycho-analyze my message or the results. I’m going to sigh—slow inhale, slow exhale—and rest in whatever God does with my feeble offering of service. Most of all, I’m going to smile! He really is alive, and He proved it again yesterday. How can that NOT make you smile, even on the Monday morning after Easter! View the full article
  3. I don’t know where that is, but this church directory should help. https://www.wayoflife.org/directory/usdirectory.php
  4. Hello. I have to travel to Johnson City, Tn tomorrow for a few days. I was wondering it anyone could suggest a solid old fashioned KJV church to attend on Wednesday. Doesn't have to be right in Johnson City. Any help appreciated. Thank you.
  5. Totoo, May the Lord bless you and your family. Alan
  6. Revelation 1:7, “Godly Sorrow” Revelation 1:7. “Behold, he cometh with clouds and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” The coming of the Lord Jesus in the clouds when every eye shall see Him is a description of the Lord Jesus coming as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS as written in Revelation 19:11-21. The destruction of the nations that come against Jerusalem occurs in Revelation 19:11-21 “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Revelation 19:15 “… that with it he should smite the nations: …” is the fulfillment of Zechariah 12:9, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” In verse 17 & 18 we read of the loud voice of the angel for the fowls of the air to eat the slain bodies. The is the fulfillment of Ezekiel 39:1-7, 17-29, Isaiah 34:1-8 and Zechariah 14:1-3. “…KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” The Lord Jesus is coming back to the earth as King. This is in fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah 14:9, “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.” “… and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” Zechariah 12:9-14, “Godly Sorrow” Verse 9-14, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; The family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” The Apostle Paul stated, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” The Jewish remnant will have the godly sorrow of repentance unto salvation. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” Romans 11:26 & 27 While the Lord Jesus was on the cross, this prophecy of the Jews seeing Christ pierced by Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled. “And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:37 What was not fulfilled at the cross of Christ was the rest of Zechariah 12:9-14. The rest of Zechariah 12:9-14 will be fulfilled in Israel after the events of Revelation 19:11-21 Zechariah 12:10 was not fully fulfilled at the cross. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” Zechariah 12:11-14 was not fulfilled at the cross, “In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart, the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.” Zechariah 13:6, “The Wounds of Christ” Zechariah 13:6, “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” The Lord Jesus plainly states that He, “... was wounded in the house of my friends.” After the return of Christ as depicted in Revelation 19:11-21, the remnant of the Jews will see the visible wounds of Christ. The Jews will see the wounds in His hands and the Lord Jesus will say, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Lost or saved, the Lord Jesus does not consider the Jews His enemies. Lost or saved, the Lord Jesus does not consider the Jew ‘anti-Christ.’ Lost or saved, the Lord Jesus considers the Jews His friends. “And it shall come to pass in that day …” In Zechariah chapter 12 and 13, the phrase, “that day,” occurs eight times in reference to the fulfillment of the prophecies of these chapters; 12:3, 4, 6, 8 and 11; 13:1, 2 and 4 “that day,” is a reference to the end times when God stops the captivity of the nation of Israel from the Gentile nations of the world and restores the Kingdom to Israel forever henceforth. “For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations, and I will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” Joel 3:1 and 2 Pastor Steven Anderson Among his other heresies in prophecy, Pastor Steven Anderson is a Preterist. Anderson teaches that the prophecies of Zechariah 12:9-14 were fulfilled in the days of Zechariah and Zechariah 12:10 was fulfilled at the cross. In his commentary on Revelation 1:7 Anderson will not even mention Zechariah 12:9-14 nor will he mention Zechariah 13:6. Steven Anderson ignores biblical truth in order to deceive the saints. Like the Preterist, Pastor Anderson believes that the prophecies of Zechariah have already been fulfilled, historic, or is symbolic. As a classic Preterist, Anderson teaches that, as a nation, the Jews will not mourn, nor have godly sorrow, nor repent of their unbelief, nor be saved. Concerning Zechariah 12:3-9, Pastor Anderson states, “The day we are talking about here is the day that Zechariah lives in.”i So, according to Anderson, and almost all Preterists, the events in Zechariah 12:3-9 are ‘historical.’ Anderson stated that Zechariah was just “encouraging” the Jews. “But, when we read in verse 6, “In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited in her own place, even in Jerusalem.” What’s he saying? This is before they are secure in the promised land. Zechariah is preaching and giving them encouragement, and assurance, saying, ‘You are going to be re-established in the promised land. Jerusalem gonna’ [sic] be blessed by God once again and chosen by God once again. And chosen by God once again [sic].’ This already happened, hundreds of years before Jesus walked on the earth it happened. So, don’t try and put this in the New Testament.”ii So, Anderson, like most Preterists, believe that this is also historical and not prophetical. When it comes to prophecy, Pastor Anderson will not recognize that God is going to use the time of “Jacob’s Trouble,” commonly called, the “7-Year Tribulation Period,” to bring about the godly repentance of the remnant Jewish nation according to the prophecies of the prophets. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: …” At the time of mourning of the nation of Israel the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:1-9 will come to pass. “They shall come with weeping and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.” Jeremiah 31:9 “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” The prophet Zechariah is clearly referring to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus was pierced in His side while on the Cross of Calvary for the sins of mankind and His wounds will still be visible to the Jews when He returns in Revelation 19:11-21. So, the Jews in that era will also look on the pierced hands of the Lord Jesus. The Apostle John quotes Zechariah 12:10, “And again another scripture saith, they shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:37 The prophet Zechariah gives us further information of what would happen when the Lord reveals Himself to the nation of Israel. “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” Zechariah 13:6 In Amos 8:8 and 9 we read of the prophecy of the latter half of the Tribulation Period. In Amos 8:10 we read these words, “And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.” The prophecy of Amos in Amos 8:10 is a clear reference to the mourning of the Israel and the appearance of the Lord Jesus as revealed to Zechariah in 12:9-14. A Time of Mourning for the Nation of Israel The prophet Zechariah is very clear in his prophecy. The various tribes of Israel will mourn for their sins, the sins of their fathers, and have a national heart of repentance and godly sorrow. The words of Paul the Apostle will be fulfilled to the nation of Israel when he wrote these words, “For godly sorrow worketh repenteth to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 iAnderson, Steven Zechariah 12 copied on April 20, 2019 < iiAnderson, Steven Zechariah 12 copied on April 20, 2019 <
  7. I know that some branches of Amish don't believe one is saved while here on earth, but if one lives the Amish lifestyle faithfully enough, he/she MIGHT be saved by Jesus after death. I'm wondering if there are any actual Amish who believe the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus? (I know some Mennonites do.) Also, there's NO Scriptural support for living primitively. After all, God said that in the end times, knowledge shall increase. So, evidently, the Amish don't believe a lot of the Bibles they use, generally the German Martin Luther version, or the KJV and NIV in English. All those versions have the TRUE Gospel in them.
  8. Yesterday
  9. Dear Jerry, Thanks so much for your kind reply. The question, however, is still there. as mentioned before, i am a brand new believer in Christ, and i am so full of questions. thanks again and have a great time, bless your heart. Totoo
  10. A Christian needs to study and rightly divide the Old Testament. Part of rightly dividing is determining what are moral laws (still applicable), what are ceremonial laws (passed away but still teach us spiritual lessons), what was specifically given to the Jewish nation (such as the sabbath), and so on. Too many go to one extreme or the other without studying out the matter. So on one hand you find cultists trying to put their followers under the OT food laws, and on the other you find worldly “believers” with Jesus tattoos, wearing clothing that pertains to the other sex, fellowshipping with any religious group they come across (rather than separating from idolatry, etc.).
  11. Of course, the fact that Jesus arose is of primary importance - but whether Jesus was in the tomb for 3 literal 24 hour days or not is pretty important as well. It comes down to whether people take the Bible and Bible prophecy literal or not. In a few other threads on these boards, we see interpretation problems arising when people take end time prophecy in a non-literal way.
  12. Greetings, all, Happy Easter, and hope you are all having a great time. As a new Christian, i was wondering how far and to what extent does a Christian need to follow and set in action the guidelines of the Old Testament. For instance, i believe Christians do not feel the need to circumcise nor do they stop eating pork, for instance. What else? You might like to put it more broadly and think: how important is the Old Testament, apart from the fact that it foretells the coming of Jesus Christ? Do Christians have anything more to do with the Old Testament than that? Thank you for your time and may the Lord bless your hearts and Grace us all, Totoo
  13. The only thing that can be said for certain is that the tomb was empty when the ladies arrived at the tomb before dawn. The actual time of the resurrection is not precisely defined, only the time that the tomb was found open. I might suggest though that Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for the burial, is not as important as the fact that the tomb is indeed empty.
  14. Apologies - it is confusing the way it is laid out.
  15. Greetings, i'd like to wish everyone a very happy Easter Sunday and may the Lord bless us with His Grace and Love. Totoo
  16. Dear John, As always, many thanks and your kind reply is much appreciated. Makes much sense now, and you already replied my next question about the shift between Israel and Jacob, thanks for that, too. i eagerly await your follow up discussion, it is a tough topic to digest and i cannot have enough help, cheers and bless your heart. Totoo
  17. Are you saying that Jesus' resurrection was on Friday before dark? The Jewish sabbath starts on our Friday night at dusk.
  18. We don't but that's what the Passover week is called in scripture. Luke 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. 2 Chronicles 35:17 And the children of Israel that were present kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days. Ezekiel 45:21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. Matthew 26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? Mark 14:1 After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. Mark 14:12 And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?
  19. In the quote his words are in black and mine are in red. Scripture that I reposted is in green. I didn't accuse him of anything.
  20. John, I am no friend to invicta, but you cannot accuse him of a misquote when he has not done so: John 20 1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. It was yet dark and the stone was taken away - the implications of that I will not comment on, but his quote is correct. And by the way, Christians do not have a "Passover week of unleavened bread". Catholics do something like it when they eat pancakes........ But not Christians.
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  22. That sounds wonderful Invicta. I have not had fish cakes since I was a child. My mother used to make them quite often. I have lost her recipe. Do you have a recipe you would care to share?
  23. This evening I made fishcakes accompanied with Asparagus.
  24. Easter is still not passover. The resurection was in the evening as the Sabbath was approaching. Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. The women got to the tomb when it was dark. John 20:1The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. So your resurrection morning quote is not correct.
  25. Israel means "God's Prince" which meant that God gave him power and authority and protection, both in heaven and in Earth, to rule over God's nation of Covenanted people. When Jacob ruled in faith the Bible would call him Israel but when he was fearful or in doubt of God's promises and protection he would be called Jacob in the Bible. Many times His name would alternate from Jacob to Israel in joining chapters. The "Nation of Israel" is more properly called "the Children of Israel" and is in reference to all of those who exited Egypt with Moses (including the mixed multitude that did not come physically from Jacob) and partook of the Israelite Covenant at Mount Sinai. Often when God promises to do something for the the nation of Israel, even when they do not have faith in His promises, then He will refer to the nation as Jacob. The "Israel of God" is in reference to those in the covenant of Israel and are also believers in Christ. The "Israel of God" does not include all believers but only the believers who are also in the "covenant of Israel". Those who do not believe in Christ but were born in the covenant of Israel will be "cut off in Righteousness" when Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. I can give a verse study later that shows these things, when I have more time.
  26. Thank you Jerry, and thank you No Nicolaitans for your kind replies. i humbly believe the Bible is by far more complicated than that. Of course, there is always a face value, but i am seeking the underlying meanings. Have a great time and bless your hearts. Totoo
  27. Hi! You've broached a very broad topic that isn't easily answered. As to your last question regarding Romans 11:26... My understanding; is that, in light of the book of Zechariah, it does indeed mean that all Israel (those Israelis) who survive until the end of the great tribulation period...shall be saved. Take care!
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