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    King's Church, Phoenix, Arizona

    NEW CHURCH IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

    Next Sunday, January 18, 2009 (at 10:00 a.m.) we will have the first meeting of King's Church. I would very much value your prayers as I serve as Pastor of this new Church plant.

    Our vision: "The Gospel - Getting it Right, Living it out, Getting it out."

    Full details here.

    - Rev. John Samson

    Posted by John Samson on January 11, 2009 02:06 AM

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    Congratulations John and praise the Lord for the work he is doing through you. We will be praying for you and your ministry.

    John,

    I will try to be brief. Praise God that He continues bringing the Body of Christ to the frontlines with brand new Church plants.

    I was pondering Psalms this morning, reading a few of them before coming in here and seeing this announcement.

    I would post these verses as they seem to have as much to do with today and what you are doing as one of Christ's coworkers in launching King's Church as they had to do with the enemies of Christ the King when written many years ago. Same God, same devil, same conflict and their same "intent", the enemy, just in a new time and place:

    Psa 83:1 A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
    Psa 83:2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads.
    Psa 83:3 They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones.
    Psa 83:4 They say, "Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!"
    Psa 83:5 For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant--
    Psa 83:6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites,
    Psa 83:7 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
    Psa 83:8 Asshur also has joined them; they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah
    Psa 83:9 Do to them as you did to Midian, as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
    Psa 83:10 who were destroyed at En-dor, who became dung for the ground.

    Asaph concludes the Psalm in the same way I wish God's great blessings on this new Work of the Lord, King Jesus at this time:

    Psa 83:16 Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD.
    Psa 83:17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace,
    Psa 83:18 that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.

    Now please permit me one more posting of Psalms, Psalm 82. It is short and sweet yet very telling and revealing to the hearer the "Heart" of God for us and for all the Elect out of all nations, tribes, kindreds and tongues.

    I believe we need to increase the Presence of the Lord in the nations with new Church plants or so it seems that is what Asaph writes. Note the last verse:::>

    Psa 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph. God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
    Psa 82:2 "How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
    Psa 82:3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
    Psa 82:4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
    Psa 82:5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
    Psa 82:6 I said, "You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;
    Psa 82:7 nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince."
    Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!

    With that, I offer this prayer:

    "....Lord God Almighty, bless John and the team of Believers, Called and Elected for this new task. Arise, O God through this Church, King's Church and by their work of Faith, their good works, judge and bring to nothing the works of darkness that a clear voice of the Spirit of God is hear and many come out of darkness, turning to Christ as their Light and Hope! Amen...."

    John,
    Bless you in you and king's church. We planted in phoenix a few years ago... lifeconnectionchurch.net. Would love to get to know you and we pray God's blessing on your church.

    Dear John,
    I am now in the throws of reading your wonderful book; 'Twelve What Abouts'.
    I have one question concening your example explaining 'hermeneutics', you used the example from John 20:19; in your conclusion, you stated many have infered our Lord walked through the doors, and in making such an inference, is merely speculation.
    I beg to differ from your conclusion. When I compared your conclusion with scripture; Luke 24: 28-31; I found it quite possible that our Lord walked through an closed door without any difficulty. I find it would have been very difficult for Peter indeed, because of two distinct possibilities, (although Peter was flesh and bone) he was not God, neither was he been risen from the dead.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for reading my book. I trust it will be a blessing.

    Regarding the point you differ with me on, while I would certainly agree that it was "quite possible" for our Lord to walk through a closed door, my point was that the text in John 20 does not actually state that He did. It is a possible inference rather than a necessary one, and therefore it is indeed speculative.

    Hey Brother John,
    In one of these "Topics" you have listed here, there must be one that tells me whether or not God wants "all people saved."
    I'm sure you've had the question before, I'm just not seeing it.
    God bless you Bro.

    Hi Jim,

    I believe I answer that question here: http://www.reformationtheology.com/2009/04/understanding_1_timothy_24_by.php

    as well as in my book "Twelve What Abouts"

    Pastor Samson,
    I want to send some words of appreciation for your teaching recently on The Dividing Line. I am usually disappointed when the regular host of any of my favorite programs is not on the broadcast. You have been the exception. I am now a fan of your teaching. My heart is always enlarged by the reading and teaching of His Word that you bring to the broadcast.
    May God bless your ministry.

    David Lubbers

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