Always aim at what is best for each other and for everyone. Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things, give thanks. 1 Thessalonians: 3:15-18

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Not infrequently, when we’re on our feet or knees in ministry, the answer we’ve been seeking in prayer comes to us – from our own lips. Often, the best ministry arises from that point of struggle in our own lives. Too often nowadays there is no one else who offers the encouragement that existed in the old days. Indeed, the initial openings in worship can be pretty frightening – one can even fear he or she is going crazy – until being reassured by those who have already experienced similar trial by fire. The depth of thy spiritual journey will take thee in that direction. Fear not!

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For this Principle of which I write, ’tis the Unction which we have received from the Holy One, whereby we know all Things; that is, this doth instruct us in all Things that are necessary to be known by us. For ’tis that spiritual Anointing that the Apostle John speaks of, which those who have received it, and in whom it abides, needs not that any Man teach them, but as the same Anointing teacheth them all Things, and is Truth, and is no Lie, even as it hath taught them, they should abide in him, that is, in Christ Jesus, from whom this Anointing doth come. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)

 

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