...to the True sheep.

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. John 10:14

God cares for us.

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God has a plan for you! A plan made especially for you. It is better than what we plan for ourselves.


God wants to bless us and us to know Him

Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

He will exceed your hopes and dreams if you will only let Him. Don't get caught up in chasing the 'stuff' of life. God will provide what is truly needed for you if you seek His will and way for your life. (read the Bible and pray to get that insight)


God desires us to have peace

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Note the clear statement above that God's peace is different from peace of the world. Interesting and thought provoking.

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Defining the words 'Belief/Faith' in the Bible.


Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

The second part of the verse refers back to the first part of the verse. I pray you see where the verse says 'believeth not', it refers back to the first part of the verse which says 'He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;'. A very clear definition of what 'belief' is for us going forward.

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Acts 16:30-33 ...Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

Here the first part of the verse says 'believe' and when they did believe they were baptized immediately. Again, linking believing and baptism thus confirming Mark 16:16.

It is always the right thing to do to search out verses that confirm other verses.

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Here we have a verse that simply says 'believe' because I wanted to make an important distinction here. The Bible doesn't always say 'believe and be baptized' throughout the New Testament. At times just 'have faith' or 'believe' are used.

Christ himself only says 'believe' in the above verse. But 'believe and be baptized' is always true as there is only one way to heaven, not multiple ways. To say to 'believe and be baptized' is not the way is blasphemy. You are contradicting Christ's own words, don't do that.

When Jesus speaks to the masses he_always_speaks in parable or veiled speech. He only elucidates, and makes clear, the gospel to the disciples privately. Hence, why he says only the word 'believe' in John 3:16. Yet, in Mark 16:16 when speaking to the disciples he says 'believe and be baptized' .

We also see this to be true in accounts of the great commission which are spoken only to disciples, quoted on the Baptism page, as well as other parts of the New Testament.


***(Remember this fact about the two types of speaking Jesus does as you read Gods Word. It helps with understanding the Bible.)

Confirming verses below.

Mark 4:34 But without a parable spake he not unto them: but when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables;

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John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The scripture says 'way', singular, not multiple ways. Part of the one and only way is water baptism by immersion. If you are not water baptized you didn't follow 'The Way' Jesus told us and modeled for us. See page, The Way.

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I would welcome the opportunity to speak with both seekers and born-again believers about faith in Christ.Email me and we can talk.Sincerely,Al

SAMARITAN'S PURSE MINISTRY