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Leastamongmany

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Who is our teacher? God.

15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point
you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.
Phil 3

23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our home with him.
24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not
my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
John 14
Amen!🙏
 

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Morning devotions: Thankfulness is the best way to draw near to God, Hold my Hand and trust, God looks for persistence rather than perfection in our walk with Him, our main focus should be staying close to God, and give up your striving.
 

Leastamongmany

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Morning devotions: Thankfulness is the best way to draw near to God, Hold my Hand and trust, God looks for persistence rather than perfection in our walk with Him, our main focus should be staying close to God, and give up your striving.
Blessings and amen!🙏
 

theanointedwinner

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VCO had a small collection of bible verses, and VCO did not even spend a single second putting it together into a sermon, yet it was all God who just flow through VCO with whatever favorite bible verses that VCO had at the time

is that what happened?
 

dcontroversal

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Well...morning/evening haha posting from Westfield Plaza in Penrith AU.....flew down last night from St. Louis to San Francisco and landed in Sydney 6:05 Am Tuesday here.....how are all the peeps doing?
 

cv5

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Well...morning/evening haha posting from Westfield Plaza in Penrith AU.....flew down last night from St. Louis to San Francisco and landed in Sydney 6:05 Am Tuesday here.....how are all the peeps doing?
Thank God for your safe journey.
All good here just picked up my wife after 20 hr flight from philippines and had delicious dinner. Cured calamari with vinegar and garlic and squash soup.
 

dcontroversal

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Thank God for your safe journey.
All good here just picked up my wife after 20 hr flight from philippines and had delicious dinner. Cured calamari with vinegar and garlic and squash soup.
Hahahha Awesome.....small world hey.....get on a plane and in like 15 to 20 hours be on the opposite side of the world and or a different hemisphere.....wonder what the Wright Brothers would think hey.....
 

VCO

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VCO had a small collection of bible verses, and VCO did not even spend a single second putting it together into a sermon, yet it was all God who just flow through VCO with whatever favorite bible verses that VCO had at the time

is that what happened?
Hear is the secret to that. I listened to a collection of over 500 one hour Bible Sermons by Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Chuck Swindoll, over almost a decade, and at least 4 times each on those tapes. At work, while I sorted mail. That was before I moved to California. Even Dr. MacArthur said in a sermon, "I never really understood what FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT meant, until one Sunday I stepped into the Pulpit, opened my Bible, and my Sermon notes were GONE! I had to DEPEND on the HOLY SPIRIT to Give me what HE wanted to say. That is definitely want FILLED with the Spirit meant at that moment." I took that message and went a step further than John did. That First Sermon of mine was Totally Dependent on the HOLY SPIRIT. So like my Grandfather taught me, "I it works, DON'T FIX IT." I just applied that to my sermon notes. So my sermon notes was a dozen or more of Verses, with a nice border, and a couple of appropriate Pen and Ink Pictures. Mostly because inmates usually do not know enough to find the Books of the Bible quickly, so it was for their convenience to follow alone easily. BUT as I stepped into the Pulpit I always opened with a Dr. Ed Young Prayer.

"Lord, I thank you for your Holy Word, that You gave threw the Prophets of Old, and threw the Apostle. Father, let me get out of the way, and You speak, that this message will be as pure and true as you originally gave it. In Jesus Name I pray."

I meant that PRAYER with all my heart and being, and then proceeded to TRUST HIM TOTALLY to give me the Words HE wanted me to speak, on the verses I had prepared. I also let HIM pick the SUBJECT each week. I Trust that He would bring an event, IN MY PATH, that would trigger my Mind, "THAT IS WHAT THE LORD WANTS ME TO TEACH THIS WEEK. Like I said, "IF IT WORKS, DON'T FIX IT." Yes some of it came from Dr. MacArthur or Dr. Swindoll sermons, but a lot of it was insight that the Holy Spirit brought into my mind. BUT IT JUST FLOWED. There was NO STAMMERING OR SHUDDERING. Some how I believe that is HOW the Apostles prepared their sermons,
JUST TRUSTING THE LORD.

I Taught sermons like that for almost 12 years, and never wrote out a single SERMON. I just pulled together verses on a specific subject, and printed them for the inmates.
 

theanointedwinner

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Hear is the secret to that. I listened to a collection of over 500 one hour Bible Sermons by Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Chuck Swindoll, over almost a decade, and at least 4 times each on those tapes. At work, while I sorted mail. That was before I moved to California. Even Dr. MacArthur said in a sermon, "I never really understood what FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT meant, until one Sunday I stepped into the Pulpit, opened my Bible, and my Sermon notes were GONE! I had to DEPEND on the HOLY SPIRIT to Give me what HE wanted to say. That is definitely want FILLED with the Spirit meant at that moment." I took that message and went a step further than John did. That First Sermon of mine was Totally Dependent on the HOLY SPIRIT. So like my Grandfather taught me, "I it works, DON'T FIX IT." I just applied that to my sermon notes. So my sermon notes was a dozen or more of Verses, with a nice border, and a couple of appropriate Pen and Ink Pictures. Mostly because inmates usually do not know enough to find the Books of the Bible quickly, so it was for their convenience to follow alone easily. BUT as I stepped into the Pulpit I always opened with a Dr. Ed Young Prayer.

"Lord, I thank you for your Holy Word, that You gave threw the Prophets of Old, and threw the Apostle. Father, let me get out of the way, and You speak, that this message will be as pure and true as you originally gave it. In Jesus Name I pray."

I meant that PRAYER with all my heart and being, and then proceeded to TRUST HIM TOTALLY to give me the Words HE wanted me to speak, on the verses I had prepared. I also let HIM pick the SUBJECT each week. I Trust that He would bring an event, IN MY PATH, that would trigger my Mind, "THAT IS WHAT THE LORD WANTS ME TO TEACH THIS WEEK. Like I said, "IF IT WORKS, DON'T FIX IT." Yes some of it came from Dr. MacArthur or Dr. Swindoll sermons, but a lot of it was insight that the Holy Spirit brought into my mind. BUT IT JUST FLOWED. There was NO STAMMERING OR SHUDDERING. Some how I believe that is HOW the Apostles prepared their sermons,
JUST TRUSTING THE LORD.

I Taught sermons like that for almost 12 years, and never wrote out a single SERMON. I just pulled together verses on a specific subject, and printed them for the inmates.
I have no idea why the verse that I collected fascinates me, or what ministry God is calling me for, or what is the theme of all my verses combined

how will I know?
 

VCO

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Hear is the secret to that. I listened to a collection of over 500 one hour Bible Sermons by Dr. John MacArthur and Dr. Chuck Swindoll, over almost a decade, and at least 4 times each on those tapes. At work, while I sorted mail. That was before I moved to California. Even Dr. MacArthur said in a sermon, "I never really understood what FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT meant, until one Sunday I stepped into the Pulpit, opened my Bible, and my Sermon notes were GONE! I had to DEPEND on the HOLY SPIRIT to Give me what HE wanted to say. That is definitely want FILLED with the Spirit meant at that moment." I took that message and went a step further than John did. That First Sermon of mine was Totally Dependent on the HOLY SPIRIT. So like my Grandfather taught me, "I it works, DON'T FIX IT." I just applied that to my sermon notes. So my sermon notes was a dozen or more of Verses, with a nice border, and a couple of appropriate Pen and Ink Pictures. Mostly because inmates usually do not know enough to find the Books of the Bible quickly, so it was for their convenience to follow alone easily. BUT as I stepped into the Pulpit I always opened with a Dr. Ed Young Prayer.

"Lord, I thank you for your Holy Word, that You gave threw the Prophets of Old, and threw the Apostle. Father, let me get out of the way, and You speak, that this message will be as pure and true as you originally gave it. In Jesus Name I pray."

I meant that PRAYER with all my heart and being, and then proceeded to TRUST HIM TOTALLY to give me the Words HE wanted me to speak, on the verses I had prepared. I also let HIM pick the SUBJECT each week. I Trust that He would bring an event, IN MY PATH, that would trigger my Mind, "THAT IS WHAT THE LORD WANTS ME TO TEACH THIS WEEK. Like I said, "IF IT WORKS, DON'T FIX IT." Yes some of it came from Dr. MacArthur or Dr. Swindoll sermons, but a lot of it was insight that the Holy Spirit brought into my mind. BUT IT JUST FLOWED. There was NO STAMMERING OR SHUDDERING. Some how I believe that is HOW the Apostles prepared their sermons,
JUST TRUSTING THE LORD.

I Taught sermons like that for almost 12 years, and never wrote out a single SERMON. I just pulled together verses on a specific subject, and printed them for the inmates.

In the last line of a quote from Dr. John MacArthur, it should be That is definitely what FILLED with the Spirit meant at that moment."

And in the Prayer that comes from Dr. Ed Young, on the First Line the word Apostle should be Plural.
 

VCO

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Well...morning/evening haha posting from Westfield Plaza in Penrith AU.....flew down last night from St. Louis to San Francisco and landed in Sydney 6:05 Am Tuesday here.....how are all the peeps doing?
Glad you are young enough to still to take it. My old BONES could not even take it at half the distance. Is that where your Mom is at?
 

star

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Well...morning/evening haha posting from Westfield Plaza in Penrith AU.....flew down last night from St. Louis to San Francisco and landed in Sydney 6:05 Am Tuesday here.....how are all the peeps doing?

Doing great. Had a lot going on but on the upward bound.
 

dcontroversal

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Glad you are young enough to still to take it. My old BONES could not even take it at half the distance. Is that where your Mom is at?
No...my brother and I found my mom dead about 3 weeks ago in Missouri....I came down for a break and to visit friends and personal reasons. ;)