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Testimony Sabbath Day Warning.


The events that occurred before the Sabbath Day warning, involved me going to West Memphis, Ar. to pickup a clean tractor/trailer tank at the company’s wash station. Then I got loaded in Memphis, Tn. just behind another of our company’s tractor/trailers, which was going to the same location in Dallas, Tx.


I got to Dallas on time of the appointment which was 1 pm, the next day and the driver that loaded before me was waiting there to be unloaded, and he had a much earlier appointment than me.

My manager instructed me, that I should give my empty tank to another company driver who lives in Dallas, and needed to get home, and take his loaded tank to deliver in Rosenburg, Tx. by 8 am next day.


The customer that we were suppling these loads to, said that they did not have the room to take on these loads, so we should wait on the road in front of their building until they call us in to unload the shipments. 


We waited long hours, until about 8 pm I decided to go into the sleeper for a nap, and I was awaken by the driver which was in front of me, at about 9 pm, and he told me that the driver that lives in Dallas dropped his tank for me, and went to dinner with family members, and we would not be unloading until sometime next day.


I then dropped my tank, and picked up his loaded tank and went to sleep at the side of the road, just outside the entrance of the customer at about 10 pm. In the morning at about 1 am I left Dallas for Rosenburg, which is about 40 miles south of Houston. 


The load that I took to Rosenburg was on time, and it was unloaded by the customer in about 3 hours. Then I got a new work order to pickup a loaded tank at our company’s wash station in Laredo, Tx., going to Indiana by Monday 5/12/14, which was about 1600 miles all together, and I headed for Laredo immediately.


The lack of sleep was getting to me, so I stopped at a Truck Stop about 200 miles to Laredo,  

and went to sleep in the afternoon for about 3 hours, and got up and did my paperwork, ate some snacks and went back to sleep about 10 pm.


On the Sabbath Day at 4 am I woke up planning to do my usual routine of getting a shower and eating breakfast, but the Spirit of the Lord told me it was the Sabbath Day, and I should go back to sleep. This I did, and when I woke up it was about 7 am, so now thinking I would be late, to deliver in Indiana, I skipped the shower and breakfast, headed to Laredo at 60 MPH, to try and makeup time, since I normally drive at 55 MPH to reduce my Carbon Footprint and save about $100 a day on fuel. 


Reaching Laredo at about 10 am, I went to the gate of our wash station which was locked with a combination padlock, so I parked the tractor/trailer on the road, and walked up to the gate and tried to open the lock, but it would not open after many attempts with the correct combination.

The thought that was coming to me, was that the combination maybe changed, so I called dispatch at my company, and asked them, and they said no, but call the local manager’s cell phone. At this time I returned to the tractor, but the doors were locked although I did not lock them, and I had the key in my hand which also had a remote.



The remote did not work, I tried the key in the driver side door, but it did not work, so I tried the passenger door, but it could not be opened, then I realized that God was stopping me from working on the Sabbath Day, and this was only a warning, because the passenger door did open, after awhile. The manager came later and could not open the gate for awhile, then I was going to get my hacksaw, when he got it opened. 


The conclusion I got from these incidents, is that God want me to keep the Sabbath Day holy, and not to work, so I resigned my job on Monday two days after the incidents.


My Resignation letter


Hi Keith, I resign my job as OTR driver, effective 5/12/14, due to fact that I will not work on the Sabbath Day any more, which is Friday sundown until Saturday sundown.

Thank you for being an outstanding manager, with a good company to work for, but God comes first in my life, and I will keep the Sabbath Day as I did before. 


God bless you,


Michael


Testimony why I left the Living Church of God


The Body of Christ Ministry

 

 October 20th 2017

 

 

 Mr. John Strain

 Living Church of God

 

Dear Sir,

 

I give God thanks for leading me to your ministry and for you baptizing me. I am very disappointed in hearing some preachers in your ministry saying that “Satan is the God of this world” which is not true. There is no scripture that state this fact, and the scriptures clearly state in several places, that “there is one God, and none other but He.”

 

Satan is not the God of this world nor the God of the earth, but “the prince of this world”, and it is heresy to make Satan equal with God.

 

God has sent me to inform you and your ministry of this grave error, and for you and the ministry to make the correction.

 

Yours truly,

 

Michael Payton Stewart apostle of Jesus Christ.



Pastor John Strain reply 10/20/2017


Good morning, Mr. Stewart.  I must say that I am saddened and disappointed to receive your email.  Mr. Thomas and I discussed this matter during your baptism counseling, and as I recall, you said that you understood and accepted our explanation.  The Living Church of God in no way elevates Satan, who is a spirit being created by God, to the God-plane level.  2 Corinthians 4:4 in the KJV references Satan as the “god  of this world” - please note that the “g” is not capitalized.  The NKJV states this as “god of this age”.  The Greek is “theos” of this “aion”, which means “god of this age”.  As you note, in John 12:31 and elsewhere Satan is called the prince of this world (Greek is “kosmos” which means government or society), which in the NKJV is translated as the ruler of this world.  We do not teach or believe that Satan is God or equivalent to God, but the Bible clearly references Satan as the god or ruler of this present age or society, which simply points out that his is the prevailing influence in our current age, such that the vast majority of mankind is blinded to God’s truth and way, resulting in a world that is deceived, immoral, violent, and evil.  There are multiple places in the New Testament  where the Greek word “theos” is translated as “god”  or “gods” with the lower case “g”, clearly denoting something far less than God, often referring to idols or even human beings (Christ’s own words in John 10:34-35).  Again, we do not teach that Satan is God.  There is only one God, currently a family of two beings, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Nonetheless, the Bible does refer to Satan as the god and prince of this world – which we understand to be the ruler or leader of this age or society.  God in His wisdom and as part of His plan has allowed this to be so until Jesus Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God.  Jesus has qualified to displace Satan as the ruler of this world, which He will do in due time, hopefully very soon.  God reigns supreme over this whole universe, and Satan and all his demons together don’t approach the power of God.  Our teaching of Satan’s position does not in any way equate him to God.

 

I would like to speak with you personally about this, and I hope that you are willing to meet with Dr. Pierre and me to discuss this further.  I baptized you in good faith that you understood our teaching and recognized us as the Church of God and the ministers of Jesus Christ.  Please let me know if we can come to visit you at your convenience.

 

Cordially,

 

John Strain

Area Pastor, South Florida

Living Church of God.



Michael Payton Stewart reply 10/20/2017


“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

Romans 10:17 KJV


When we hear the Word of God, we do not know that “God” is spelled with “g” or “G”, but the name “God” only applies to one and only Creator.


“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV


You say that “Satan is the god of this world”, and is Satan also the God of the earth?

If your answer is no, because this is “G” then this is confusion, and there are two Gods, one of this world and the other of the earth.

The translator made the error in 2 Thessalonians 4:4 by using “g” and the correction is “G”


“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”

Romans 11:25 KJV


“Blindness in part is happened to Israel” by who?


“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

2 Thessalonians 2:11 KJV


Satan can NOT get the title of God!


I would like to meet with Mr. Weston thank you.


Pastor John Strain reply 11/13/2017


Good afternoon, Mr. Stewart.  I have waited to reply to your note to see if you might reconsider you  opinion on this matter.  Your reference to Roman 10 omitted the verse about a minister being sent so that we can be taught the Word of God.  As ministers of Christ we are to explain/teach the context and meaning of scripture, which of course would include 2 Cor. 4:4.  Certainly, Satan is also characterized as the prince of this world.

 

Please understand that we do not accept your explanation of this verse, nor do we accept that you have been sent to correct the Church on the meaning of this verse.  I remain hopeful that you will reconsider your decision to no longer be a part of the Church, also hoping that you will recognize us as the ordained teachers and appointed ministers of Christ from whom you can receive the teaching of God’s Word.

 

Please inform me accordingly of your decision.  I request that you not just choose to begin attending once more, but rather that we discuss the situation in person if you desire to be a member of the Living Church of God.

 

Cordially,

 

John Strain

Area Pastor, South Florida

Living Church of God




Driver Tips for Tractor/trailers

Fuel

Save lots of energy by driving slower than 65 MPH, and reduce your carbon footprint!

Driving a tractor/trailer at 60 MPH on the highways will save you about 20% to 25% in fuel, about $25.00 a day, and driving at 55 MPH will save even more than 35%, about $100.00 a day.


I was driving at 60 MPH for the last years with another company, and my fuel mileage was about 6.8 MPG, and now I am driving at 55 MPH and my fuel mileage is about 8.2 MPG with this new company.


When I fuel up my tractor, I put only 50 gallons of fuel at a time, so that the tractor will be lighter with the load at half tank of fuel. I will get more free showers per day, because most Truck Stops give you a free shower credit with 50 gallons or more fuel purchased.

This allows me the option of buying much more fuel, when I see the price much lower than the very high prices that are in CA and FL. This I did in Ruther Glen VA, when the price at the pump was only $3.599, I was able to take on 135.32 gallons of diesel.


Note: In the winter when the temperature is below 20 degrees F, keep your fuel at full as much as possible, so that the fuel will not freeze in your tanks.

If your bunker heater is not working, or you do not have one, you can save on fuel by buying a campers table top two burner gas range, and use one burner at the lowest setting, placed on your table. The temperate inside the sleeper with the curtains closed will be about 65 degrees F, on the top bunker, with outside temperate being 0 degree F. Please remember to open your vent slightly on one side of the sleeper, so that fresh air will come in. 
The 1.02 lbs. propane cylinder which the range uses, last about 8 to 9 hours and cost about $3 each.
Idling your tractor for heat is very costly, about $4.00 worth of fuel every couple of hours.


The air pressure in the tires will affect your MPG.

Check your tires daily with a Tire Thumper and a pressure gauge.

You should check the tires with a thumper before you start driving, to make sure all tires have 100 p.s.i. pressure, or not less than 90 p.s.i., because if the pressure is lower than 90 p.s.i. your MPG will be less than optimum, and you could ruin both tires and the rims, with a blowout, if the load is heavy.


Conclusion 


When you drive at 55 MPH you have very little stress about getting a speeding ticket, or having to tailgate anyone. The view

a head is always clear, and you have the option of speeding up to get out of traffic clusters.


When you purchase fuel, get 2 copies of the receipt, so that you will keep one and add up the gallons of fuel purchased for the month, in order to calculate the MPG of the tractor every month.


You can check your MPG daily, if your tractor does not have fuel data display, or if you want to check the accuracy of it.

The most accurate way to check your MPG, is topping off with fuel, and writing down the milage and the gallons, and drive about 500 miles, and topping off again. Then divide the number of miles you drove from the first top off, by the number of gallons of fuel you add to top off the second time.


After driving from Miami, Florida to Las Vegas Christmas week at 55 MPH, I am pleased with the great result in fuel saving. The average MPG was 9.1, and driving about 580 miles in 11 hours each day, which is about 45 to 55 minutes later at the end of the day, than driving at 65 MPH. This is changing from 6.1 MPG driving at 65 MPH, to 9.1 MPG, which is equivalent to saving about $100 a day on fuel. 


The gallons of diesel purchased in the month of December 2013 was 1,355.08, and the miles traveled was 10,045, which equals 7.41 MPG for that month.

The carrier paid me an energy saving bonus of about 25% of the savings, which was $450 for one month.


Logs


Paper logs must be accurate, do not lie on your logs, or it could cost you $2,750.00 per violation and the carrier $11,000.00,  effective July 1, 2013.


Limitations on minimum “34 hour restarts”


Updated Rule: (1) Must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., home terminal time.


(2) May only be used once per week, 168 hours, measured from the beginning of the previous restart.


Electronic Logs are good for Over-The-Road trucking, and I rather using them than paper logs.


In an emergency, to drive more than 11 hours, and beyond 14 hours, in one day, you must NOT be under a load. Pull off the road and stop driving before the clock runs out, say 2 to 5 minutes before going into violation, and then select Offduty Driving.

This will give you about 55 to 58 minutes more to drive.


"I am a trucker that trust in God, please do not ask me to lie on my logs, God is my manager!!!" 



GPS and Mapping


Route planning

 

The GPS is the greatest tool to use in todays OTR trucking, that said, there are some drawbacks when using GPS alone, and not other mapping devices along with it.

Plan your route using freeways as much as possible, because your fuel savings will be much greater, if you do not have to stop at traffic lights.

Cross check your truck GPS with another, which do not need to be for trucks, to make sure the mileage is about the the same, and location is spot on.


The truck GPS that you use, should give you the option to drop a pin, at any area that you wish to travel through, and make it possible for you to travel a longer route, to utilize the freeways as much as possible. Most GPS are geared to give you the shortes distance, but it may be longer in time and cost more in fuel.

Your GPS should allow you to choose no-toll roads and also for Hazmat loads.


When driving to Canada, I do not use my GPS there, because it cost too much money using the roaming data on my cell phones.

I write down my route and turns before crossing the border.