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Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)
TITLE: Choose not to be Misled
By Deborah Sampson
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Pastor Mike just looked at the group as they were getting ready to leave. A year ago he was down to just had a handful of young adults and now any given Wednesday night he had fifteen or more.
Brothers John and Jacob had come for quite a while to the church but when the new church opened up down the road they migrated to it. They had lost several people to that church. Being as the church was new and had all the modern equipment, sound systems and even a basketball court. Many people liked what they saw and wanted to be part of the new and upcoming way to worship.
That was over a year ago and some of the people started coming back. Pastor Mike wanted to ask them why? But he didn’t of course, these precious people would tell in their own time what brought them back
“Pastor Mike?” John had come up behind him. “Do you have a minute?”
“Of course John. Let’s set down.” The Pastor motioned to the table and chairs to their right. “What can I do for you?”
“Well you see, Pastor Mike, I have run into some problems with the church I am attending now, and I don’t understand the worship and messages that they are giving. It’s more a light dusting of the truth that is in the Bible. It’s like well, like they are afraid to tell the truth about Jesus and Salvation, the pastor talks about the degree of sin, and how God didn’t mean this exactly or Jesus didn’t really mean this. Jacob and I had to get out of there.”
“I see.” Pastor Mike rubbed his chin as he often did when he was in deep thought. He knew that he had heard this through the grape vine; many people were not pleased with their teachings. But now he had heard it ‘straight from the horse’s mouth’ as one would say. “John, when you felt this way was it like the Holy Spirit was giving you discernment over what was being said and it made you feel this way?”
“Yah, right, it did feel that way to both Jacob and me. And I am sure to some of the other people that left.” Like tonight you led the discussion in Daniel and without a doubt you knew that Daniel loved his God and that nothing was going to sway him from the truth, not even the Kings that held his life in their hands, God was with Daniel.
“John you are right, In Daniel 2:21, 22a, It says God changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things.”
“I am sure that God is telling you don’t settle for half-truths; accept nothing but the truth when someone is talking about God. It sounds like, John, that you are out to search for the answers concerning your God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.” Pastor Mike smiled as he patted John on the back.
John rose to leave, but as he did he told Pastor Mike that he knew that he wasn’t settling for anything but the truth. He had enough of playing church and trying to fit into a church that didn’t have the people’s spiritual well-being upper most on their minds.
“See you Sunday, Pastor Mike. I just feel like I am home again.” It’s like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. When something is not right in your soul it needs fixed as if when there is something physically wrong, and you need to go to the Doctor when you’re not feeling well. God is there for both needs. He is amazing! Thanks, Pastor Mike.”
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