and ill in this world, Cast out demons of separation and sin through prayer and fasting. And remember most of all… we’ve receive this grace without paying, so give grace without pay.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, remember that our Lord told his first followers, that the person who acknowledges him in this world, he will acknowledge before his Father who is in heaven. Also know that whoever denies him, he will deny before his Father who is in heaven. He said…

 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.

“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

                                (Matthew 10:34-42)

 Consequently, I say to you… “You have now been measured and you have been warned.”  So as a pastor of the Church, I call you to ask for forgiveness, be forgiven in Christ and restored in the Spirit, and go… be worthy apprentices as his disciples. As to those persons who have family and friends who reject your message, be reminded that your example before them shall rest in their minds by the power of the Holy Spirit. Do not impair the Spirits’ work by remaining silent concerning your faith! Our Lord’s final instructions to his measured Church were…

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make

disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

                            (Matthew 28:18-20)

 

Now… may the peace of God which surpasses all human understanding, keep your heart and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen

 

 

 

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