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Elder Sought God & Prayed In All Things.  He Prayed For Us All–Every Single Day.

WHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT


Letting God Comfort Us

On June 24, Brother Nobles preached this message.  Our faith is most strengthened in the darkest of times, but until we come out on the other side, we can turn to each other and the Word of God for comfort and healing.

Brother Nobles pointed out that our grieving process is a personal journey, but the weight of grief is lighter when shared.  He reminded us that God is there to provide the greatest comfort and gave us scriptures to sustain us in the days ahead.

KEYS TO KNOW


You’ll Need These

If we keep His sayings, we will never see death.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. -John 8:51

Jesus made us a promise.  

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.  John 14:18

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. -1 Corinthians 1:3-4

Elder kept the Lord’s sayings and moved out a live soul. 

He is now a part of the lamb’s bride.  We, also, will be written in the lamb’s Book of Life if we keep His sayings.

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel  . . .  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. –from Revelation 9

Mourn, but keep the joy in it.

Don’t get stuck.  Let out the hurt for God to heal.  Mourning allows us to cleanse ourselves to have greater joy than we ever had.

Wait on the Lord. 

While you mourn, be of good courage and wait on Him.  He will strengthen our heart.

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. –Psalm 27:14

Brother Nobles reminded us:

You are not alone.  You are never forgotten.  He is with you.

Listen To God’s Man.

When you do, suddenly, confidence will fill your heart.

Hold fast to the truth the Elder planted in our hearts.  And now, keep moving forward listening to God’s Ministry—holding fast that no man may take your crown.

GROWING REFLECTIONS


Sister Jean talked recently of watching the Elder so many times in deep thought.  When she asked what he was thinking, he’d say he was meditating on things the saints needed or on bringing the people what God wanted them to have.

Amazing Grace

God’s grace finds you where you are, but doesn’t leave you there.  It saves you again and again when you think you’ve lost.  The phone will ring, someone will text you, you’ll run into a friend at just the right time, the mail will come, a message will be preached, a loved one’s hug will be a little tighter, your family will be sitting around the table, or you’ll be lying in bed talking to your spouse.  And right then, against all odds, you get your faith back.

We Must All Pass Through The Garden Of Gethsemane.

We’re not alone in the Body of Christ.  We have the very best people surrounding us for as long as we need, and we will help each other cross over whatever awaits us.

Before we move out a live soul, we’ll face our own Garden of Gethsemane, alone.  It’s the final fight in our mind to do the will of God.  God never promised it would be easy.  Jesus himself was in agony, but knew His Father was there.  Elder LaFleur, and all those before him who moved out a live soul, fought the final battle.  We need each other to make it, but we also need our minds strengthened every single day to win the fight against our nature.

HOW WE’RE WINNING


We’re staying inside the open door in a place where the impossible becomes possible.  A place where we win battles we could never win with our own strength.

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. -Revelation 3:8

We’re trusting God.  We’re believing in Him for our salvation, our family, and to heal our wounds.  We aren’t listening to the wrong voices.  Let the evil reports—that say we can’t make it—die in the wilderness.  We know we can make it.

We’re letting God raise us up.  Our church wants to be where God wants us, nowhere else.  We’ve come face-to-face with giants in the land, and God was on our side, and we won.  We won’t stop now.

We’re giving God the praise for every trial He’s brought us through, knowing He is our hope.

We’re continuing to march.  One day when we can no longer contain it, we will shout so loud the world will hear, as the Israelites shouted and the walls of Jericho fell.  In Joshua 6, things were tense.  The residents of Jericho were in lock down mode, so no one went in or came out.  The Israelites couldn’t make it to the Promised Land without removing the obstacle standing in their way.  The Israelites marched quietly for six days and probably grew tired from marching, but when God says march, you march.  On the seventh day, when the trumpets blew and the people shouted, the walls crumbled down.  The Israelites forged ahead into the city where all partook of the victory.  As we stay on the path and trust God, victories will come, and people too numerous to count will know that the power of God is alive and real.

And remember, His power always bats last.

Jesus has never failed us, and He won’t start now.


Never Say Goodbye

Elder hated goodbyes and refused to say the word.  He would say ‘see you next time’.

June 14 was not goodbye.

Elder, we’ll see you when we get home ❤ ❤

 

 

8 thoughts on “JOY COMES IN THE MOURNING

  1. My wife and I came to the Church as a young couple in 1983. Elders preaching the word of God touched us and the spirted filled us. We continued this way following Jesus and being encouraged by Elder, always inspiring us thru the scriptures to overcome this world. He will be missed in our lives, but i know thru the scriptures that his walk is completed and he left us such a great example of living for Jesus for us to see. I am so glad for a site like this, where the spirt and truth can be shared.

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  2. This was very encouraging. I miss Elder so much, but I’m so glad that he established our church in Jesus Christ. We are still winning!

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  3. Thankful for Elder LaFleur standing firm on the foundation the Lord placed him on; teaching and leading me on the path of righteousness. GREAT was his faithfulness to the Lord therefore GREAT is the faithfulness of our Ministry continuing on with leading, teaching us what it takes to move out a live soul!
    Elder LaFleur may be gone on, but he is NOT FORGOTTEN

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  4. I am thankful for the honor of being planted in the Body of Christ. Planted by the Lord through the Elder. I miss him so much. He is an instrumental part of my spiritual life.
    I know that we are on a firm foundation and are moving forward in God’s Kingdom.

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  5. I’m so thankful for the day my brand new husband said, “There’s a minister in North Carolina who teaches like no one I’ve ever heard! Let’s go!” That was the beginning of a faith journey that started in 1974 for me and continues to this day. Truly, Elder Lafleur was a man like no other and I’m so grateful to have been under his ministry. Because he planted this church in Christ and not in himself, it will keep moving on and growing under the leadership of a Godly ministry. See you when we get home, Elder!

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  6. I’m so thankful to be apart of this beautiful way called the body of Jesus Christ, to know that as I keep pressing i can make it out alive and overcome my flesh.

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