Today is a tough day for my sister, Linda Kamoji. She is a site member, and I know she would appreciate your prayers. Today would have been hers and Dan’s 46th anniversary. This is her first anniversary as a widow, and it is hard. Linda is the one who led me to Christ, for which I am (literally) eternally grateful. 

She and Dan had a strong faith, both individually and as a couple. They had a scripture verse they said together every morning: “Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!” – (Ps. 34:3) That was their verse together, and it is Linda’s verse and prayer now, to magnify Jesus, and exalt (lift high) His name. 

Grief is hard under any circumstances, but may be especially hard if you lose a spouse. This is something Linda pointed out to me, and shared this link to Grief in Common http://www.griefincommon.com

I would like to ask readers to check out this site and use it to pray with understanding, or maybe to help you deal with this kind of grief. I want everybody here to be ministered to and to grow closer to Jesus. I hope this post does just that.

I have four great sisters (no brothers). Pray for them, as I am praying for you and your family. (You may hold me accountable for this.)

Until next time,
Pastor John

Hands and feet pierced

The Gospel

The gospel is about Jesus Christ, and what he did for each of us on the cross. It is the good news that he died for our sins, so that we can believe in Him and receive him. I know as Christians, we throw those terms around a lot, so let me break it down for us all. The gospel is about a relationship with Jesus Christ through faith.

The Background

Since the fall of man in Genesis, our relationship with God has been broken. What Adam and Eve did in the garden has its consequences passed down to us. Sin is now a part of our nature, our core, our heart. How do we know this? Because we keep messing up, keep hurting people, keep running our mouth when we should be quiet, keep seeking self first. We have a choice not to do or not do these things, but our natural tendency is to just go with what’s easy and live for ourselves, regardless of the consequences to others. You don’t have to teach a child to lie.

What Jesus Did

With that brokenness in mind, God sent Jesus to die for our sins, to pay the penalty for all the wrong we have ever done, to take our punishment, so that we could have a right relationship with God through Him. The long and short of it is this: We messed up. That separated us from God. God didn’t want that separation, so He sent His son Jesus to take our place. He did that on the cross, and now we can know God through faith in what Jesus did for us, through realizing that we need that forgiveness, and through surrendering our lives to Him.

My Story

At the age of 15, I gave my life to Christ. I asked God to forgive me of my sins, to come into my life, and to take over my life, since I realized it was falling apart and I needed him. When I asked him to come into my heart, he did, and he promised that we would never leave me or forsake me. He is in my heart forever. He is with me now, and I will be with him in eternity. That’s what Jesus did for me.

That is my story. What is yours? Just click “leave a reply”  below this post and tell me your story. Do you know Him? Would you like to? What has he done for you? I would love to hear from you. I have heard from one already. I would love to hear from you, and I would be most grateful if you would share this post so others could hear the truth of what Jesus did for them. To share, just copy and paste the short link below:

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I have just updated the products page to include pictures of the four C.D.’s that I am selling at this time. These are all recorded at home, either in Kentucky or here in Mississippi. Each one reflects something unique – job loss, patriotism, praise and worship, fun for kids of all ages. Each C.D. is priced at $13.00, which includes shipping! Please check out the page “Products”, accessible from any page.

Thank you to all for your financial and prayer support, especially prayers for this website. God is growing it, and me, an amazed at all He is doing in our midst. 

Blessings,
Pastor John