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Pearls And Pigs

  • This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn't know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you. John 15:12 WEB

    Once while having dinner at a friend's house, there was a lady there that we met for the first time who was an in-law to an in-law. She was extremely nosey and began prying into everyone's business and giving them 'life tips.'

    After being thoroughly questioned about our relationship and family, I began to feel like I was being interrogated. She was apparently farming gossip to be used against us later. I politely ended the conversation because this stranger was not a friend, they had no stake in my life, and I had no reason to answer their questions.

    So does the Lord with His truths. He will not cast His pearls before pigs (Matt 7:6). He does not share His precious, life giving truths with unbelievers or mockers. When they read the Bible, they will find exactly what they expect to find. That is why so many people just don't get the Bible. The servant does not know what the Master is doing, but the friend does. Jesus said that we are His friends, if we follow His commandments.

    It begins with a relationship with Jesus. As you focus on drawing close to God and talking to Him everyday, your understanding will grow. You can read the same verse seventy times and not understand it, then suddenly one day it will click and make perfect sense. Grow in your prayer life and relationship, and you will also grow in your understanding of His word.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for sharing Your wisdom and knowledge with me. I look to You Lord, my help comes from You. Grow my understanding of Your word. Guide my steps and help me make the right decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you... I need to remember this. I often continue those conversations being too polite and then they have their ammunition for later sometimes from things you would never expect to be used as ammunition in the first place. How some people can take a loving statement and twist it to something bad is beyond me but it can happen. Thankfully God has the grace I need ;) Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for sharing Your wisdom and knowledge with me. I look to You Lord, my help comes from You. Grow my understanding of Your word. Guide my steps and help me make the right decisions, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
April 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Dianna, we have been there!
April 21, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, I know it has happened to me and I was like, where did that come from, but that's okay, they talked about Jesus and said untruths, so if they're talking about me, I'm with the best company my Savior, Jesus, whom I love from the depths of my heart and soul and all that is within me. Praise His Holy Name. 
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I am a sinner forgive of what I do and say this day for I know you live in me amen
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Tavii Martin
Tavii Martin Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is so good. He loves us so much. 
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Tavii Martin
Tavii Martin Amen!! Hello me make the right decisions Lord!!
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Deleted Member Amen 
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Sherry Robbins
Sherry Robbins AMEN! Thank you Pastor Todd!!!
April 21, 2016
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Nicole Summers
Nicole Summers Amen.
April 21, 2016
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Amen. Once you truly let God in your life, he will do amazing things for you. Thank you Pastor Todd for this great reminder.
April 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd So true, Laura!
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Deleted Member Amen 
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Deleted Member Amen, He sure will, He is an amazing and loving Father. 
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Rosemary Freitas
Rosemary Freitas Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for the encouraging words. All the praise and glory to God.
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Deleted Member Amen, Praise His Holy Name. 
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Dear Lord please guide my steps .
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Deleted Member Amen 
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
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Jay Jerisek
Jay Jerisekedited: April 21, 2016 Ty Pastor Don for sharing your insight. Sometimes I donot feel "part of the Flock" but today's devotional reassures me that i truly am.  All day today I'll have the song "What a friend We have in Jesus running through my head with gratitude, knowing that I am a friend of Jesus because of my wanting to understand more of Scripture instilled in me through the Holy Spirit.
April 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, brother, you are indeed!
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Deleted Member Amen 
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I have been there. But that warm chill that you get when a Bible scripture clicks in your mind is the Holy Spirit comforting you. Just fyi...  :)
April 21, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd There is sometimes a fine line between treating people with love and keeping them from stepping on you. I'll admit, I fail at this more than I would like. The other day, there was a person obnoxiously making inappropriate demands on us, that were entirely not her business to even talk about. I just seethed and later pondered amazing things to say, haha, neither of which is probably the correct thing to do. Lord, I repent and will try to do better next time!
April 21, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Thank you pastor!
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Amen ♡ 
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Deleted Member Awesome as always, thank you for helping us know how to better know God and His Precious Word. 
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: April 21, 2016 AMEN!!!  There have been times I would read a verse and go, "oh, that's what that means."  If we live like Jesus lived and obey God we live a good life.
April 21, 2016
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Joseph Krell
Joseph Krell Preach it Pastor Dion preach it!
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katrina harrell
katrina harrell Amen
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion. :-)
April 21, 2016
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Eileen Garcia
Eileen Garcia Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you.  I totally love the prayer, that is the exact prayer I needed since I now pray daily for Wisdom and Knowledge of his Word.
April 21, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you Pastor Dion. Amen.
April 21, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler Love the story.  Good insight to realize when sharing is or is not needed.  Sad for that lady & others like that.  Many around...bless them Lord to hear you somehow.
April 21, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
April 21, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
April 21, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Jesus, amen. 
April 21, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, Help to stick close to you, and to be of maximum service.
April 22, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, unto thee O Lord do I lift up mine eyes . Thank you pastor Todd, God bless 
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Frances Felix
Frances Felix AMEN AND AMEN.    
April 22, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Pastor,for sharing Gods word.,and the up lifting prayer.Father thank you for leading me and giving me guideance through your word.Lord help me to do your will and walk in The Spirit each day,with a joyful heart,Giving Glory back to you.In Jesus name I pray.
April 24, 2016