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Last Sunday I preached a full sermon (about 35 minutes) to my church family on John – the Apostle – the Elder.

Here’s an excerpt from that sermon:

John continues – on why the truth and love is so important to him, and why it must be important to us as well:

I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

Sounds like a lot of people today in this world and of this world. There are false teachers everywhere. They deny that Christ came in a real body. This mislead believers. They distract believers. They try to pull them away from God and His Kingdom.

There are even false teachers inside church buildings today. You must verify what you hear from a teacher – from a preacher – from a pastor – from a televangelist. You must verify what you hear with God’s Truth. If it doesn’t sound right to you – then verify it with God’s Truth. God’s Truth is flawless. God’s Truth is the Word.

In the latter portion of the Gospel Of Matthew Jesus predicts future events. In red letters:

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in My name – claiming – ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. (24:4-5)

Don’t be deceived by the imposters who pretend to know Christ – when they don’t. Or if they do know Him they intentionally say things that aren’t the Truth.

In the next few verses of Matthew – in red letters – Christ speaks of wars and threats of wars and famines and earthquakes. Sounds like 2020. Don’t be overwhelmed by these events. They will come and go. This is not the end, but the end is near.

Don’t follow the false prophets and the miracle workers who claim they are the Messiah. Jesus Christ is the One and Only Messiah !

I’m teaching out of John’s 2ND Letter, but in John’s 1ST Letter he writes about the false prophets that were in the new church at the time – as well as out in the world. He writes that we need to test them. In 2020 we should “fact-check” them. We must determine whether or not someone talking to us about God – actually has the Spirit that comes from God. Or – is their “Spirit” manmade ?

You know I watch a lot of TBN these days. Billy Graham’s classic crusades are on there each week. That’s what got me watching TBN in the first place several years ago. They’re a few other preachers and shows I watch on a regular basis. I’m always looking for new preachers and new shows. Sometimes I stumble across a new one, and I watch it for an episode or two or more, and I think to myself, “No – no – there’s something that’s not quite right with that. That goes against my learning. That goes against my Bible studying. I need to verify or refute that.”

They’re some preachers on TV who are in it for the entertainment value. They are putting on a show. They wanna be stars. They wanna be rock stars. I’ve visited a few churches like that – in-person – here in South Florida and over in Southwest Florida. It seems to me that they are elevating themselves above the people that they are speaking to. I’m turned-off by those types of preachers. When it comes to God – I don’t want to be entertained. I want to be educated. On Sundays I want to walk out of here smarter – and closer to God – than I was when I walked in here, and I do.

So John knows a thing or two about Jesus. He was with Jesus. He was one of the first to follow Jesus. John is called “the one whom Jesus loved”. He was 1 of the 12 disciples. He was a close personal friend of Jesus. He was there !

And so John writes to us in his letter that if a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body – that person has the Spirit of God. But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus – that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist – which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here. (1 John 4:2b-3)

Jesus Christ came in a real body. God became flesh in Christ. He is both fully man and He is fully God. He is the Christ. He is the Son of God.

That’s the Truth then. That’s the Truth now. That’s the Truth forever. See when you have the Spirit of God within you – the Spirit teaches you the Truth – so that you can go and tell the Truth to others – so that you can spread the Gospel – so that you can evangelize. We are commanded to be messengers for the messages of the Holy Spirit.

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Sunday Scripture

Last Sunday just before our service began my Pastor asked myself and our Praise & Worship Leader who was going to preach next Sunday because he wanted to take a break. I pointed at our Praise & Worship Leader, and he pointed back at me. Our Praise & Worship Leader works as a Manager at a big casualty insurance company, and as a result of Hurricane Delta in Louisiana and Texas he’s quite busy right now. My thoughts and prayers go out to my brothers and sisters on the upper Gulf Coast. I pray for comfort, resources, and restoration for the region.

I’ll be preaching a full sermon this morning to my church family at Living Waters here in Homestead Florida. It’s a sermon that I just finished writing earlier this week, so it’s fresh on my mind. I’ll be leading a verse-by-verse teaching of the shortest book in the Bible – the 2ND Letter of John.

Here are the first 3 verses:

This letter is from John – the elder. I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children – whom I love in the truth – as does everyone else who knows the truth – because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever. Grace, mercy, and peace – which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ – the Son of the Father – will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.

This sermon marks the start of my 5TH year of preaching at my current church. I am humbled and grateful for the weekly opportunities that I am blessed with to share my testimony and proclaim God’s greatness in front of my church family, and also preach about the God I know and love.

I am also thankful that this blog was recently selected as 1 of the “Top 60 Pastor Blogs & Web Sites For Christians In 2020“. Look for me at # 45. Thank You Feedspot !

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Sunday Scripture

It’s Sunday October 11TH 2020, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us praise and worship and celebrate Christ our Savior on this day – and on every day that He blesses us with.

It’s Pastor Appreciation Month, and on this 2ND Sunday of October it’s specifically Pastor Appreciation Day. Church families all around the world will honor their Pastor(s) today. We will do so at my church – Living Waters Full Gospel Church. I love my Pastor of the past 5½ years, and he has led me well with knowledge and understanding of God’s Truth. He has allowed me to minister and preach to our church family every week, and he has encouraged me to spread the Gospel and evangelize to the world.

I’ve been blessed as a Minister for almost 11 years now. I was given the opportunity to start hosting and leading Sunday morning services 11 years ago this month at my previous church, and I seized the opportunity. I enjoyed my time on stage there, and I was surrounded by some great leaders including my former Lead Pastor and his Mom and Dad. I grew exponentially during that time from a baby Christian to a church leader.

You have to stay humble when you lead a church, and never get comfortable. If you’re too comfortable then you’re not trying hard enough. It’s all about God first – and then it’s about your brothers and sisters of your church family. You must care for them. You must lead them well. You must guide and direct them towards Christ.

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work, and build up the church – the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord – measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

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Sunday Scripture

Greetings family and friends. It’s Sunday October 04TH 2020, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this new day – this new season !

This is the U.S. Autumn Season Premiere of my blog. It will last for 6½ weeks, so that’s 26 blog posts in a row every Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday – starting today !

I’m back home from my annual late-September trip to North Texas to visit family. It was a fun week with good food, lots of laughs, sharing old memories, creating new memories, and visiting new places. I’ll share a little bit more of that over the next few Thursday blog posts.

My Scripture for this Sunday is a good one for travel. Whether you’re driving to church, or driving to work, or taking a flight out to another part of the country or the world – remember this:

Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path.
I’ve promised it once, and I’ll promise it again: I will obey Your righteous regulations.
I have suffered much – O LORD. Restore my life again as You promised.
LORD – accept my offering of praise, and teach me Your regulations.

(Psalm 119:105-108 NLT)

God’s Word is our light forward, and His light shows us the way – the only way – towards eternal life with Him. Let His light shine forth in your life for guidance and direction. Let His light eradicate the darkness along your path.

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