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Terrifying Words

  By Pastor Mike

Luke 16:19-31

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

These words could be what it would be like for the death of an unbeliever.  He would want to scream out to his loved ones at his funeral “get your life right with GOD, because you don’t want to come here — a place of agony and torment!”

We can’t let this happen.  We can’t let people die without us telling them about JESUS. What they do with it is on them. That’s why we gotta stay faithful to JESUS and stay away from sin.  If we die without the LORD, then we will be in a place of torment and agony forever. We need to take our spiritual lives very seriously and prepare ourselves for heaven.

Revelation 14:11

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Matthew 25:46

“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

More terrifying words:

Matthew 7:21-23

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Once a person gets to Hell, there will be nothing anyone can do to help him. “During your life” is all the time you get. If you blow it, it will be too late after that to change the result. You gotta have that relationship with JESUS and live according to HIS Word. Don’t risk an eternity of torment for a few years of pleasure. Get close to HIM today.

WE MUST BE BORN OF THE WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT OR YOU WON’T ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM  ( John 3:5 )

We can’t let our family members, our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, go any further in their lives without telling them about JESUS and HIS plan of salvation.

WE need to keep building our Faith in JESUS and not be afraid of what happens to us.

Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Their faith got them through a fiery furnace. Didn’t even smell like smoke.

Noah, preached for 120 years and still had the Faith to keep it up to maybe reach someone to be saved.

Daniel had the Faith to keep praying in the lion’s den.

Peter had enough faith to walk on water when JESUS told him to come to HIM.

Peter and John walking to the temple to pray had tons of Faith to tell that crippled man to rise in the NAME of JESUS and walk. The man jumped up immediately praising GOD.

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Standing Strong

men_Stand-Firm-Logo1[1]  By Pastor Mike

We know and believe that JAM (Janesville Apostolic Ministries) is GOD’S church and it is led by JESUS in all we do. We will stand strong in our beliefs that JESUS is GOD ALMIGHTY. We will always believe in the plan HE gave us for salvation. It’s in the book of Acts chapter 2 verse 38-39. It says:

Acts 2:38-39

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

We take having a very strong and personal relationship with JESUS very important in all of our lives. HE wants to know us on a very intimate level.

We need our special personal time with JESUS but there is something very powerful about praying as a body of believers. It’s necessary so we can stand strong together against the enemy in this city and all the surrounding cities.

We need to ask ourselves how our relationship with JESUS is. Is it strong and getting stronger? There are really no excuses for not building a strong relationship with HIM. Nobody wants to see JESUS and HE turns to you and says:

Matthew 7:21-23

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Everyone is called to reach the lost. We have to let the people know and see the miracles that are happening here and the miracles that are gonna be happening.

Mark 16:15

 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Luke 4:18

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”

Let’s be ready, willing, and able to reach the lost in 2016.

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Keep Your Focus!

young-child-boy-looking-telescope-1455925  By Pastor Jeff

We are living in a day in which it is very easy to lose our focus after all we have to worry about terrorist attacks, information breaches, legalizing of gay marriage debate, riots against our police, and the list goes on and on. To keep our focus on what God and what He wants for His church can become easily overshadowed which is just what our enemy the devil wants. 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”.

Recently I had a dream concerning this, I saw Satan with a smile as He watched, accused, confused the church of Jesus Christ. Satan is a liar as Jesus tells us in the gospel of John in fact he is called the “father of lies”.  In this dream I was raptured into heaven where praise God I recognized many a familiar face which brought a huge smile to my face. But as it continued I found myself in a room with others and our Lord Jesus Christ, we were being allowed to ask questions and immediately I raised my hand and asked if there was anyone in heaven that had been baptized in the titles the “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?” as our Lord shook His head no, I found myself weeping as the thought of millions and even billions that have not been baptized in the precious name of Jesus Christ as the word declares in Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

I woke up shortly after and found myself still shedding tears, after pondering this in my mind and heart have purposed to be more focused on telling others of the need to be born again of the “Water and the Spirit” and the need to be baptized in immersion in the name of Jesus Christ which is the only example of baptism given to us in the scriptures. (see Acts 10:44-48, Acts 19:1-6)

I was also reminded of what the book of Jude 20-23, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” We need to resist being caught up in all the things around us that prevent us from doing what God’s purpose for the church is, to reach the lost. We will never win the debate with those that have a worldly view of things unless their hearts and minds are transformed by the power of God. We need to keep our focus and with compassion and maybe a little fear tells others of the eternal life they can have through Jesus Christ!

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