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You Are A Committee Of One

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You Are A Committee Of One.

Webster’s Definition: Committee Of One


  1. An individual person designated to function alone as a committee.


Society teaches us that we are a committee of one and that each one of us must do the right thing.


The US Army

The Army recently scrapped its memorable advertising slogan, ”Be all you can be,” and replaced it with one intended to appeal to the individualism and independence of today’s youth: ”An Army of one.”


Smokey Bear

For many years public service announcements on the radio have showcased Smokey Bear saying, “Only You can prevent forest fires.” The meaning is clear. Everyone venturing into the forest is expected to handle fire responsibly.

Some things in life depend on just us. We are the bottom line. There is no one else to blame. We then must strive to be responsible.


“The Buck Stops Here”

Last year during a visit to President Harry Truman’s Library, I took note of his signature desktop motto. “The Buck Stops Here.” Seeing that one plaque was one of the more memorial highlights of the tour. The President made it plain, he wasn’t passing the buck, but will to stand up and face the challenge.


We Have Biblical Examples

  • Ester Was A Committee Of One When She Went Before The King.
  • Elijah On Mt. Carmel Was A Committee Of One.
  • David Was A Committee Of One Fighting Goliath’s.

 Staying In Church And Being Saved Is Up To You!

Acts 2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.


“Save Thyself,” Is Still The Message!!

  • Each one must want to be saved enough to make the effort.
  • The fact is most preachers want to see some folks saved more than they do.
  • If you are no longer saved today, you have no one to blame but yourself.

 You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Staying Saved.


Protecting Yourself From False Doctrine is Up To You.

1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Paul’s advice warned Timothy to:

  • Watch yourself
  • Be careful
  • Pay attention to your personal life
  • Pay attention to your doctrine
  • Your life depends on it
  • Others are looking at you to follow your steps
  • It’s up to you Timothy.

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Spiritual Carefulness.


Holding On To This Apostolic Message, Is Your Responsibility.

The Apostles spoke to the church warning them to protect themselves from false doctrine.

Col 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.

2 Pe 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

2 Tim 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

  • Be careful what holiness and doctrinal arguments you listen to.
  • Smooth talkers will lead you astray from truth if you let them beguile you.
  • Some try to reason the Acts 2:38 truth and holiness standards away.
  • You cannot let them lead you into delusion.
  • False doctrine is just an “amen” away.
  • If you don’t know the truth, your soul is on the line.
  • You are an army of one in protecting your soul.

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Resisting Error.


Being Ready For The Coming Of the Lord Is Up To You.

Matt. 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

  • The ‘watch ye’ is understood. It’s your job to watch.
  • Watch, Jesus is coming.
  • Watch, you have to get yourself ready, and be ready.
  • Watch, it’s up to you.
  • ‘Preppers’ prepare for potential national and end time disaster.
  • They believe survival is up to them individually.
  • Some are preparing more for government failure and stockpiling for the tribulation than they are preparing their hearts for the coming of the Lord.

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Being Ready For The Lord’s Return.


Getting Past Grudges And Hurts Is Up To You.

James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

  • How long will you let this battle go one?
  • You hold the key to the door of Peace.
  • If you don’t forgive others, God won’t forgive you.
  • It’s your call.

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Forgiving Others.


Restoration Is Your Duty.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

  • Don’t be foolish and act too holy to love and restore the fallen.
  • Restoration is your duty.

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Restoration


Worship Is Your Job

Psalms 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

  • Worship Is Everybody’s Business
  • How can anyone be so spiritual clueless as to feel comfortable letting others do the praising for them?
  • Don’t let worship leader or praise team do the worshipping for you. It’s your job to praise the Lord.
  • Worship is everybody’s business
  • Don’t let the same old six or seven lead out in worship. You do it.
  • Let everything that has breath… It’s up to you.

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Worship.


You Are A Committee Of One In The Prayer Room.

James 5:16 … The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

  • Your prayer is powerful.
  • Your prayer can flip the switch the kills the power of the enemy.
  • Your prayer is the bottom line of spiritual defense.
  • We fight the evil on our knees.
  • The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Prayer.


Being A Witness Is Your Job Too.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

You Are A Committee Of One When It Comes To Soul Winning.


Be Fervent, But Don’t Be A Pharisee.

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Be Fervent, But Don’t Be A Pharisee

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“The Pharisees were the most numerous and influential of the religious sects of Jesus’ day. The were strict legalists. They stood for the rigid observance of the letter and forms of the Law, and also for the Traditions.

 There were some good men among them, no doubt, but for the most part they were known for their covetousness, self-righteousness and hypocrisy.” –

The Pharisee

“There was probably no town or village inhabited by Jews which had not its Pharisees, although they would, of course, gather in preference about Jerusalem with its Temple, and what, perhaps would have been even dearer to the heart of a genuine Pharisee–its four hundred and eighty synagogues, its Sanhedrims (great and small), and its schools of study. There could be no difficulty in recognising such an one. Walking behind him, the chances were, he would soon halt to say his prescribed prayers. If the fixed time for them had come, he would stop short in the middle of the road, perhaps say one section of them, move on, again say another part, and so on, till, whatever else might be doubted, there could be no question of the conspicuousness of his devotions in market-place or corners of streets. There he would stand, as taught by the traditional law, would draw his feet well together, compose his body and clothes, and bend so low “that every vertebra in his back would stand out separate,” or, at least, till “the skin over his heart would fall into folds” (Ber. 28 b). The workman would drop his tools, the burden-bearer his load; if a man had already one foot in the stirrup, he would withdraw it. The hour had come, and nothing could be suffered to interrupt or disturb him. The very salutation of a king, it was said, must remain unreturned; nay, the twisting of a serpent around one’s heel must remain unheeded.” – Alfred Edersheim


The Lord Is Not Impressed With The Pharisee’s Self Righteous Attitude



Pharisee And Publican Praying


Pharisees As Portrayed By Matthew’s Gospel


Pharisees Are Called Snakes By John The Baptist

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Pharisee Righteousness Is Insufficient

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Pharisees Are Murderous

Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

Pharisees Are Placed In The “Evil And Adulterous Generation” Category

Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Pharisees Are Offended Easily

Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

Pharisees Are Not Sanctioned By God

Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

Pharisees Are Off Limits To Believers

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Pharisees Love To Argue

Matthew 19:3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Pharisees Are Politically Motivated And Violent

Matthew 21:45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

tol_081813_herzog_pharisees1-427x341Pharisees Love To Find Fault And Twist Your Words

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

Pharisees Put Themselves On The Same Level With Moses

Matthew 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Pharisees Don’t Live What They Preach

Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.


Pharisees Make Living For God Hard And Grievous

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.


Pharisees Have Much Pride

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,


Pharisees Love To Be Honored

Matthew 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

Pharisees Seek Recognition Of Men

Matthew 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.


The Seven WOES Of The Pharisees In Matthew 23


Pharisees Are Hypocrites. They Talk About God, But Do Not Love God And Keep Others From Being Saved

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Pharisees Are They Are Heartless And Money Hungry, While Acting Spiritual. They Will Be Punished In The Judgment

Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Pharisees Destroy Their Own Converts

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Pharisees Taught The Law But Didn’t Practice The Law

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Pharisees Major On Minors, And Are Spiritually Blind

Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Pharisees Wear A Mask Of Holiness But Are Full Of Filthiness

Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Matthew 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Matthew 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.


Pharisees Give False Honor And Come From A Long Line of Preacher Killers

Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

Matthew 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

Matthew 23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

Pharisees As Portrayed In Acts

Pharisees… Can They Be Saved? Absolutely, But It Might Take A Miracle!

Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Acts 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

Acts 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Acts 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.


(Paul Seems To Be The Only Recorded Converted Pharisee.)

Be Fervent But Please Don’t Be A Pharisee.

Pharisees Are Not Helping God’s Work As Much As They Think They Are.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Things You Make Yourself Do.

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Things You Make Yourself Do.

When every new recruit steps off the bus, he is met by a drill instructor that tells him immediately, that there are two words he never wants to hear, “I can’t and I won’t.” Because he says, “you can and you will.”

I often see Billboards promoting prostate cancer awareness. They proclaim in no-uncertain terms that thousands of men will die this year because of stubbornness.

The Truth Is: Stubbornness, Excuse-Making and Fear Paralyze Many Of Us. Many Times We Have To Make Ourselves Do What Needs To Be Done.


I have successfully avoided thinking about that word for most of my seventy years. I am not saying that I wasn’t packing on some pounds. I am admitting that I just hated the thought of going on a diet.

My lifestyle is such that I often find myself a guest in friend’s homes. The richest foods and the world’s best deserts are spread before me. It is hard to say no. (I sure don’t want to offend the cook.)

For years I’ve told myself that I didn’t have much control over what I ate, but that I could watch my portions. Let me tell you, the portion-watching concept doesn’t work well if the food is really good.

Then, January 2014 hit me like a cattle prod.

  • I couldn’t button my size 48-suit coat.
  • I was running out of air when I preached.
  • I enjoyed putting my own socks on and wanted to continue doing that.

With the help of my close friend, Brother Kenneth Bow, I went on a 500 calorie a day diet. I downloaded apps to monitor every thing I ate, drank and drooled over.

I lost forty-five pounds and can now breathe normally again. I realized it wasn’t that hard after I made myself get started. I Just Had To Make Myself Do It.


My Daughter Keeps A Healthy Distance From The Woods And Wooly Creatures.

My daughter Marisa was raised in a world of four brothers and no sisters. She can hold her own with the best of them. Those that know her are aware of her desire to avoid all animals with fur.

It’s not just a dislike; it’s an emotion that is almost over whelming for her. It has been known to create a moment of sheer panic in her when a raccoon, opossum or mouse is too close for comfort.

This month however, she got a tent and took her children on an all night camp-out in the woods. I was amazed at this young mother of three. She stood up and faced her worst fears. She proved to herself that it wasn’t all that bad. She even sent pictures to the family and we saw smiles on all the faces. It Only Happened Because She made Herself Do It


We Make Ourselves Do Some Things To Over Come Our Personal Fears.

  1. We make ourselves do things because they need to be done and there is no one else to do them.
  2. We make ourselves get up when we don’t feel well and go to work anyway.
  • Mommies do it.
  • Daddies do it.


We Do Other Things Because God Asks Us To.

  1. To repent.
  2. To break up our fallow ground.
  3. To deny our self.
  4. To take up the cross.
  5. To humble our self in the sight of God.
  6. To love not he world.
  7. To forgive 70×7 in one day.
  8. To love our neighbor as our self.
  9. To be Holy


There Are Times We Have To Tell Ourselves To

  1. Obey All Of God’s Word.
  2. Pray through.
  3. Worship when we don’t feel like it.
  4. Pray when we don’t feel like it.
  5. Come to church when you don’t feel like it.
  6. Fast.
  7. Say Amen.
  8. Repent to family members, to others, to God when you need to.
  9. Stay faithful.
  10. Shun the very appearance of evil.
  11. Flee fornication.
  12. Serve.
  13. Witness.
  14. Love.


Sometimes We Just Have To Make Ourselves Be Submissive And Obedient.


Some Characters In The Bible Became Our Heroes Because Of What They Made Themselves Do.


  • By faith, built an Ark while the world mocked.
  • By faith got in an ark he could not steer.


  1. Faced a lion and a bear when he was just a lad.
  2. Face Goliath the giant when he was about seventeen.
  3. Had no one to help him so, he “Encouraged himself in The Lord”

Paul and Silas

  • Sitting in Jail, chained, beaten and bloodied, they made themselves pray and sing at midnight.

The Three Hebrew Children

  • They were faced with the threat of public death.
  • They were commanded to bow and worship a heathen king.
  • They made themselves stand firm to their convictions.

Widow Woman Of Zarephath Gave Her Last Two Cakes To Elijah To Eat

  • She made herself put the man of God first even when she and her son were facing death by starvation.

The Woman With An Issue Of Blood

  • She had tried every doctor she could to no avail until she finally ran out of money.
  • She was nearly too weak to walk, but when Jesus came by, she made herself crawl through the crowd so that she could touch the hem of his garment.

Blind Bartimaus

  • He was told to shut up by those around him and keep quiet after he cried out for mercy.
  • He made himself cry out all the louder.

What Are You Willing To Make Yourself Do To Get Your Miracle?


The Day Of Pentecost

Peter was preaching to a large crowd on the Day of Pentecost. Conviction gripped the hearts of his hearers. They made themselves ask him point-blank while he was preaching what they needed to do to be saved.

Without missing a beat, Peter told them. The requirements he gave that day to be saved are still in effect today.

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

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.

Not Everyone Made Themselves Respond.

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

What Are You Willing To Make Yourself Do To Be Saved?


Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm

The Form Of A Servant

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The Form Of A Servant

washftJesus Christ could have entered into our world in whatever form or fashion He chose. What He did choose is puzzlement to our carnal thinking. He came as a servant.

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Phil 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:


Why Would He Come To Earth In That Form?

We are not entirely comfortable with this idea. We have been taught that we are Kings and Priests. We expect others to bow down and recognize our high position. The egos of God-fearing creatures suffer quiet a shock when we read that Godly and esteemed men in the New Testament did not think of themselves as someone of high degree or importance.


These Men Plainly Said They Were Servants.

  • James 1:1, James a servant
  • 2 Pet. 1:1, Simon Peter a servant
  • Jude 1, Jude a servant
  • Rev. 1:1, His servant John
  • Psa. 36:0, David the servant of the Lord
  • Job 1:8, My servant Job
  • Deut. 34:5, Moses the servant of the Lord
  • 1 Cor. 9:19, Paul – I made myself a servant


The Attitude Of A Servant Is Everything,  Don’t Serve The Master Begrudgingly, Or It Will Show.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness:


How Will We Be Remembered As A Servant?

A. In The Bible There Are Faithful Servants

  1. Elisha – Known for pouring water on Elijah’s hands
  2. Naaman’s Maid – Known for being a faithful witness in captivity.
  3. Phebe – Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

B. In The Bible There Are Also Unfaithful Servants

  1. Gehazi – The greedy servant
  2. The ‘slothful servant’

The whole idea of being a servant goes against every goal and dream of our flesh. We desire to be served and waited on, not the other way around.


There’s A Difference Between Wearing A Bib Or Wearing An Apron.

A baby wears a bib. The wearing of the bib says, serve me, I can’t serve myself. Only mature people wear aprons. An apron signifies that its wearer is ready and competent to serve. God is looking for us to mature into apron wearers, not stay a bib wearer all our life.

What Do We Have On?

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Our Servant-Hood

As servants, we are not allowed to sit on the sidelines and watch. There is ALWAYS work to do, and we must do what He asks.

Being A Servant Is All About:

  • Submission
  • Obedience
  • Service

The Language Of Servant-hood

  1. “Not my will, but thine be done.”
  2. “Yes Lord.”
  3. “I must decrease, so that He might increase.”

As Servants, We Must:

  • Never expect riches
  • Never expect to be bragged on.
  • Never expect earthly rewards
  • Work so that only the Master receives the Glory


Bible Servants Who Are Never Mentioned By Name. 

They gave themselves to the master and worked without any recognition or applause.

Building Solomon’s Temple, There Were:

Laborers And Lumberjacks

  • 70,000 that just carried burdens
  • 80,000 that chopped down trees and hauled them to Jerusalem

2 Chronicles 2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain…


They slept in the bushes will doing work for the King. They never got to eat or drink from the vessels they produced. They were servants.

1 Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.


In the lower deck or hold of the ships worked men who spent their time at sea below deck. Theirs was the worst job at sea. They were the caulkers. Their job was to stop any leak in the ship.

If water began to seep in anywhere, it was the job of the caulker to soak hemp or rope in pitch and wedge it into the crack to stop the leak. Pitch or tar is sticky and discoloring at best.

  • The caulkers didn’t have solvents to clean their hand or clothes.
  • No doubt their hands were constantly stained or sticky.
  • The caulkers didn’t know how to read a sextant and pilot the ship.
  • Their job was to keep the boat afloat while the Captain received all the praise.
  • Yet, if it wasn’t for their faithful labor, they boat might well sink.

Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.


The Master Always Has A Problem When His Servant Become…

  • Puffed Up
  • Arrogant
  • Rebellious
  • Un-teachable
  • Un-responsive
  • Unproductive


Servants Never Stop

Servants Never Retire

Servants Work Till They Die

Servants Work Where The Master Tells Them

Servants Work When The Master Tells Them

Servants Are Not Their Own

Servants Don’t Wait To Be Told Twice


Some Servants Are:

  • Kings
  • Prophets
  • Apostles
  • In Leadership – Moses
  • Pastors
  • Evangelists
  • Saints
  • Old
  • Young
  • No Exemptions From His Service Are Allowed Because Of Our ‘Importance or Position.”


Servants Are Expected To Serve Willingly

  • Jesus simply said, “Follow Me.”


The Most Wonderful Words A Servant Will Ever Hear.

Mt 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

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