By Pastor Mike

Proverbs 29:18

18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

We have a vision for 2018 for JAM. The LORD showed me things and I want to share them.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.

Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

JESUS wants us to use our gifts HE gave us. We need to use them for HIS Kingdom. So the world can see the POWER of our LORD and Saviour. We need to use them for HIS Glory and HIS Kingdom.

We will be doing more home Bible Studies. We all need to teach a Bible Study. To a family member, a neighbor, co-worker, friend. We need to teach the Truth.

We need more Boldness to tell people our testimonies. It’s great we share them on Sunday mornings but more people need to hear them. There’s a lot of people hurting out there and they need to know about JESUS. HIS Love.

JAM needs all of us to help with every aspect of HIS church. We can do it because we are the Mighty Children of the Living GOD.

These seats will be filled in 2018. Not to have a full house, but to see people get saved for HIS KINGDOM. It’s about souls for JESUS.

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2017-2018

By Pastor Jeff,

As we begin the year 2018, I want to take a moment to look back at the year 2017 which was a crazy year worldwide. We witnessed several natural disasters with the earthquake in Mexico, the Hurricanes that hit the US, and we are still watching the devastation from the fires in California. We were appalled by the shootings in Las Vegas and in the church in Texas. We are seeing what seems a greater divide in Washington and this great country than ever before.This may seem deflating, but to us at Janesville Apostolic Ministries (JAM) it’s just further proof that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is returning soon.

I would now like to look back a bit at what has occurred at JAM this past year. It was a year filled with it’s share of challenges and trials with the passing away of Pastor Mike’s mom, our dear friend Russ, and my son Jeff. It was by the power of God’s grace and the love of friends and family that allowed us to make it through these difficult times. We also of course witnessed many, many victories in answered prayers, we had four baptisms in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, and Gustav Mohns received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues.

We at JAM have always loved events where we can enjoy fellowship not just with our members but the many guest that come to them. We had movie nights, a Soup Cook-off, Valentines dinner, Golf Outing, Ice Cream Social, Harvest party, Chili mix, and singing at Huntington Senior Citizen home, to name a few and in the year 2018 we once again will be putting on these events and maybe more!

In our children’s Sunday school our dedicated teachers continued to teach on the truths of God’s creation. In the adult Sunday school we had sister Bonnie Hawley lead us through many studies on “The Veil”, the “Book of Ecclesiastes”,  “Grace” just to name a few. Hebrews 13:7 says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” Teaching is very important to us at JAM and as we have been searching deeper into the word of God we are finding that not everything we once believed or was taught is true, Colossians 2:8, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” God’s word will always stand alone at JAM!

We also are seeing our worship team becoming more cohesive, freer in leading us into the presence of God or maybe more appropriate, bringing the presence of God into our midst. Let the shekinah glory of God fall on our church in 2018 in greater measure than ever before.

Lastly I would like to share about our preaching team consisting of pastor Mike and me. We once again had several memorial messages such as “The Power in the Name of Jesus, Holy Ghost Fire, Truth or Tradition, The Heart of God” and so on.

So as we close the books on the year 2017, our prayer is for health, happiness, hope, and experiencing our Lord Jesus Christ more than you ever have before!

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The Heart of God

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By Pastor Jeff,

We hear people say that they want the mind of Christ in helping them to make decisions in their lives and yes, we should seek that.
But today I want to talk about the “Heart of God”

The heart is the key organ in the circulatory system. As a hollow, muscular pump, its main function is to propel blood throughout the body. It usually beats from 60 to 100 times per minute, but can go much faster when necessary. It beats about 100,000 times a day, more than 30 million times per year, and about 2.5 billion times in a 70-year lifetime. With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout our bodies, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell. Every day, the approximately 10 pints (5 liters) of blood in your body travel many times through about 60,000 miles (96,560 kilometers) of blood vessels that branch and cross, linking the cells of our organs and body parts.

But the heart can mean other things other than this organ that beats within our chest today, it can mean our center, character, courage, emotion empathy, essence, feeling, kindness, love, mood, etc.
In the bible the word “heart”, occurs over one thousand times, making it the most common anthropological (study of humankind) term in the Scripture. It mostly refers to the heart figuratively. Some examples:
Psalms 4:7 says. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.”
Psalms 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” The bible tells us what comes out of it Mark 7:21-23, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

Despite of trying to portray as some kind of tough guy, I always been kind of a feeler, even though I try to hide it, I often find this 230 lbs of solid muscle crying at not only movies, but commercials, or touchy quotes.                                                                                   I think that was the type of man that God wants in all of us but it really is bared out in when Israel decided it wanted a King to rule them and not just God, after Samuel anointed the first King Saul it didn’t take long for Saul to mess things up and when Saul disobeyed God at Gilgal, this is what Samuel had to tell him.
1 Samuel 13:13-14, “And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” That was the type of man that God wanted Samuel to anoint to be the next King, 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Who was that man? Acts 13:21-23, “And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:”

A man after the heart of God, what a great title to have! So, what is the Heart of God? John 3:16 makes it clear what God’s heart is, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

There are many more scriptures than I could share on how we need to seek the heart of God, but I will give you just a few,
Psalms 38:8-10, “I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.”
Psalms 111:1, “Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”
Psalms 51:15-17, “O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite (to collapse) heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” I saved the best for last for there are many benefits from seeking and having the heart of God, Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

I Long for knowing Jesus Christ in every possible way I can, I want the Heart of God, how about you?

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What About Christmas?

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By Pastor Jeff,

Matthew 1:18-25, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
How many here have heard that Christians shouldn’t celebrate Christmas?

At one time I was one who didn’t look forward to Christmas, I will give you some of the reasons that I used and others use to say why we should not celebrate this day.
Too much commercialism: Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. That’s up 3.4 percent from the $935.58 consumers said they would spend when surveyed at the same time last year. NRF expects holiday retail sales in November and December – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – to increase between 3.6 and 4 percent for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up from $655.8 billion last year.

Jesus could not have been born on December 25th: History convincingly shows that December 25 was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day but because it was already popular in pagan religious celebrating Saturnalia and the winter solstice.
They sight that the shepherd would not have been out in the fields at night that time of year because it was cold Luke 2:8-14, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
So, with that we can’t really prove that Jesus was born on December 25th, we also don’t have any proof that He didn’t. Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

The Bible forbids Christmas trees: The Bible forbids bringing trees into our homes and decorating them. The passage often cited is Jeremiah 10:2-5, “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.” This passage refers to cutting down trees, chiseling the wood to make an idol, and then decorating the idol with silver and gold for the purpose of bowing down before it to worship it. The passage in Jeremiah cannot be taken out of its context and used to make a legitimate argument against Christmas trees.

The guy in the red suit:
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6th. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.
The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas).
In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore, an Episcopal minister, wrote a long Christmas poem for his three daughters entitled “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” Moore’s poem, which he was initially hesitant to publish due to the frivolous nature of its subject, is largely responsible for our modern image of Santa Claus as a “right jolly old elf” with a portly figure and the supernatural ability to ascend a chimney with a mere nod of his head! Although some of Moore’s imagery was probably borrowed from other sources, his poem helped popularize the now-familiar image of a Santa Claus who flew from house to house on Christmas Eve–in “a miniature sleigh” led by eight flying reindeer–leaving presents for deserving children.
We at JAM, want you to know the truth about this Holiday, but also reserve the right for you as a parent to decide if you want to give credit to a Jolly old guy in a red suit or to reveal where the presents under the tree really came from!

So, what do you feel about a Christian celebrating Christmas?

I for one love this time of year and love to share the real reason and that “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!”

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Let’s Stand

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By Pastor Jeff,

Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Verse 13, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
(withstand; anthistēmi, anth-is’-tay-mee; to stand against, that is, oppose:—resist, withstand.) antihistamine; any of various compounds that counteract histamine in the body and that are used for treating allergic reactions (such as hay fever) and cold symptoms .I don’t know about you, but the dealing with satan is one allergy I would like to get rid of quickly! Verse 14, “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”

Three times Paul tells us here that it is important for us to “stand”! I don’t know about you but it seems very apparent that we are living in is not evil? So, what does the word of God say we are supposed to do about that?

I want you to notice something here, Paul does not tell us once we have the armor of God on, to go out and look for the enemy, he simply tells us to stand!
I’ve been serving our Lord Jesus Christ as best as I can for going on 35 years now, and I can tell you without a doubt that what Jesus says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Tribulation, (pressure (literally or figuratively):—afflicted, (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.) it will find you, if you are breathing, you can’t ignore it, you can’t hide from it, you can’t give it away, and you can’t pray it away. It’s part of the curse that we are all subjected to until we go home to be with Jesus. Don’t ever worry about looking for a fight with the enemy of our soul, because it will find you! The bible just tells us to be ready by putting on the whole armor of God and stand!

We also need to be aware of some key points here, Verse 10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Who’s strength? Who’s power?
As I get older, I unfortunately can relate to our friend Job a little more as we see the consequences of sin on this fallen world, Job 42:2, “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.”
I think most people have misread the Book of Job, in that most commentaries I have read say it shows that Satan is limited in what he can do to anyone. I don’t believe that’s entirely true, Job 1:10, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” It was this divine protection that was place upon Job and his family that protected him. Otherwise why would Jesus tell us that, “In the world ye shall have tribulation:” If we all when we come to Christ have this same protection! why do we need this armor that Paul tells us to put on?

James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” His strength, His power! 1Corinthians 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit (act manly) you like men, be strong.”
Exodus 14:13, “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

Listen, the devil has much power and is one not to be trifled with, mankind surrendered this world to him at the fall, it took the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to snatch the keys of death and hell away from him. Paul told the church at Ephesus to put on the armor, to stand, if you are struggling to get up, grab unto my arm and stand, if you don’t feel that you able to keep standing, stand anyways!

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Close to the Midnight Hour

 By Pastor Mike

Are you ready for the Midnight Hour? Lots of things are going on in the Midnight Hour – I’m not talking about a time clock, I’m talking about the end times. It’s on us now. Look what’s going on in the world. More people killing, more hatred, more wild weather going on. Just read about two teenagers plotting to kill students and teachers in Georgia. Less respect. People not caring about others.

Let’s stay ready for the Midnight Hour. No one knows the hour.

A parable about the midnight hour is about the 10 virgins in

Matt 25:1-13

1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

The parable of the ten virgins tells all believers to be looking to their own spiritual condition because JESUS is coming at an unknown and unexpected time. We gotta stay strong in faith so that when the day comes we will be ready. Or we meet HIM before that. We need to have a personal relationship with JESUS. The difference between the foolish and wise is the failure to realize that JESUS is coming at an unexpected time, no one knows. No one.

When things look darkest, remember who we serve and stand up victoriously and understand who we are in JESUS, we start singing praises to him. PRAISE IS WARFARE! Praise is a powerful force against the enemy. Something happens when we praise GOD, especially when we are going through a really tough time. It confuses the enemy. When we’re able to praise HIM no matter what the circumstance, HE tears down the walls of the prison built up around us. And at the right time, at the MIDNIGHT HOUR, the walls come tumbling down.

When the enemy has you oppressed at the MIDNIGHT HOUR, start lifting up the name of JESUS! HE shows up and HE frees us from any bondage. When we’re yoked up to the one that is KING of Kings and LORD of Lords, we will be set free from every bondage and every shackle of the enemy.

Do you feel you’re in a tough time, a hard time, or that you’re in bondage – START PRAISING GOD

Remember who HE IS – There’s nothing like getting into the presence of GOD to eliminate worry, doubt, fear, depression, anxiety, or any other attack from the enemy.

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The Least of These!

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By Pastor Jeff

1Corinthians 15:9, “For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”

The kingdom of God as many of us are aware of smacks right in the face of what this world searches for. This book is filled with paradoxes, for examples it tells us we must die to live, the last will be first, if we want to be the greatest we must become the least, faith of a mustard seed and the so on.

But nothing captures my imagination more than how God will take what the world would consider of none value and turn it around and make something awesome from it.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

To me, I find great confidence in that, in our generation we have seen many that the world would want us to look up to fall flat on their face, many of us remember such people as Chad Johnson (football), MC Hammer, Gary Coleman, Mike Tyson to name a few. Some you may be surprised of hearing of are the likes of Buffalo Bill, Rembrandt, and of course we are seeing many celebrities in Hollywood that are in trouble and to our surprise we see politicians falling form grace!

We should not take any satisfaction in that but Gods word is true in what it tells us in James 4:6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” The writer of James doesn’t end there, 7-10, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

I like this saying I saw posted recently, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called!” God will use who and whatever He chooses, but it’s clear that those who will surrender to His will not out own, James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

So, do you know of anyone in the bible that you would not have considered as someone that God would use in an awesome way? Moses, Rahab, David, Jeremiah, and pretty much everyone that God used for His glory mentioned in the Bible.
What about Samson, there is a new movie coming out next year and of course the actor playing Samson is 6ft 2’’ inches tall and very muscular. I wonder if that’s what the real Samson that God chose was, could it of been a ordinary looking person like you or me?

Look at the disciples that Jesus hand-picked, what a bunch of losers according to the spiritual leaders of the day and even would have been thought of likewise in our churches today. What you had stinky fishermen, tax collectors, a thief, hmmm, what every church should be full of!
But because of Jesus Christ all these men except Judas Iscariot were transformed into men of God who stood up against hatred, discrimination, torture, and eventual death to bring the gospel to the whole world!

That brings us to Paul, someone who because of the powerful message of Jesus Christ became so transformed that they even had to call him by a different name…

God today is still taking less than ordinary men and women and using them to accomplish great things for His kingdom, like Nick Vujicic, we also have those that have used tragedy and God turned it for good, Joni Erikson Tada, even after death someone’s life can affect others, Rachel Scott (Columbine-wanted to be a missionary)

“For I am the least”, I hold to that, I need to know that, I can agree with Paul when he says, for truly God has taken the weak and made them strong, the poor He has made rich…

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