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September 2 - - - The Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke 15:1-3 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

Have you ever been criticized for something you’ve done? Yes we all have. You can never escape criticism. Anyone who stands up for what they believe will be criticized. You'll be criticized fairly and unfairly. Even if you take no stand at all you'll be criticized for doing nothing. You can't escape criticism.

Criticism will bring out the best or the worst in a person. When Jesus was criticized, he responded with the most wonderful trio of parables in the Bible -- the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the lost son. In these parables we see the glorious salvation nature of God. I thought for the next few days we might look at the parable of the lost sheep.

I thought we might look at the glorious salvation nature of God. A God who is constantly seeking and searching for those whom are lost.

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Binding and loosing...

Before I forget, this morning after I read my Bible, I remembered what you had written yesterday about letting it deep in our heart...or something like that. So, I wasn't sure if I had let what I read really go deep in my heart, so I read it again.

I'm not sure I understand binding and loosing. I understand our words do make a difference....but I don't understand the words binding and loosing.

You said we bind things from happening and we release things to happen simply by the words we speak. Does the word binding mean we can keep things from happening? And on the other hand does loosing mean we can loose or release something to happen? That's kinda scary. That's an awesome responsibility not to use lightly...if I'm understanding this right.

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9/1/14 6:59 A

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September 1 - - - Binding and loosing

Matthew 16:19New International Version - I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

Binding and loosing. Our words do have the power to bind or loose. We bind things from happening and we release thing to happen simply by the words that we speak. Heaven dose honor the words that we speak.

It says that we hold the keys to heaven and heaven will honor the words that we speak. “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

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Listen carefully to my words...

Generally I read Proverbs or the Psalms when I have a lot on my mind, simply because they seemed easier to read. But I can see now, Proverbs has more to say than I thought it did.

I like the way you teach. You explain this proverb is telling us to do four things.
Pay attention to God's word.
Listen carefully to His word.
Don't lose sight of His word.
Let God's word penetrate deep into our heart.

And His promise...if we do these things, than God's word will bring life and healing to the whole body.

Thanks Herb!!






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8/31/14 7:11 A

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August 31 - - - Listen carefully to my words.

Proverbs 4:20-22 - New Living Translation 20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

This proverb is referring to the Word of God. It tells us to do four things. It says for us to pay attention to God’s Word. Then it tells us to listen carefully to it. It goes on to say don’t lose sight of it. Then last it tells us to let it penetrate deep into our heart.

Now this verse also comes with a promise. If we do this then the Word of God will bring life and healing to the whole body.

All I can say is WOW!

What do you think? - - - - See you in church

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I live in Louisville Kentucky the home of KFC. I think this may be why I am on SP now. LOL



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8/30/14 9:11 P

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Man does not live by bread alone...

If it wasn't for the word of God I don't know where I'd be or if I'd be. I remember feeling hopeless and thought I was helpless too. My feelings were numb. I thought I was too hard for even God to fix.

Then one day I was leafing through my Bible and I came across Jeremiah 32:17.

Lo God Behold. Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, there is nothing too hard for Thee. (This isn't a quote)

After I read this verse, I thought "even me". I held on to the truth of this verse for a long time and sometimes I still need to remind myself there is nothing too hard for God.

Jeremiah 32:17 is just as true today as when I read it in 1989.

I may be repeating myself. I may have said most of this before.

The word of God spoken in that still small voice is what led me to the Lord when I got saved in 1974. The word of God is what helped me in 1989...when I thought I was too hard for God to fix. "There is nothing too hard for Thee"
I am so thankful the Lord helped me back then and He has so many times since!!!

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August 30 - - Man does not live by Bread alone

Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Love that scripture. It tells us that in the same way bread feeds the body the Word of God feeds the spirit. Next to drinking water eating is the most important thing we can do for our body but a great number of us (present company excluded I hope) will often go days without feeding the spirit.

So my question would be “what is more important, feeding the body that is going to die or feeding the spirit that is going to live forever”?

What do you think?

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8/29/14 11:13 P

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Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.

I don't think the rich man spoke about his brothers until he was in hell.

Abraham knew they wouldn't believe even if one rose from the dead if they didn't believe what was taught by Moses and the prophets.

I am very concerned about my sister spiritually. I only have one sibling, my sister Barbara.

Thank you Herb.

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August 29- - - Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.

Luke 16:27-28 27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Jesus concludes the parable in a very strange way. The rich man wants Lazarus to warn his brothers of the dangers of hell. But Abraham says that if they won't believe what they have been taught by Moses and the prophets then they wouldn't believe even if someone rose from the dead.

What is the message that we take to the world. That Jesus died for our sins and that he rose from the dead. God did send someone back from the dead and there are those who still will not believe.

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:15)

It’s as simple as that. If you believe then you go to heaven if you refuse to believe then you go to hell. - - - And hell is not a very good place

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Thou shalt have no other Gods before me...

Abraham spoke to the rich man!!
I think the reason so much of this is new to me is due to the fact (even though I've read this before), I've never studied it or heard someone teach this portion of scripture. It's possible someone preached about Lazarus and the rich man but studying this is more than hearing it preached...or maybe I should say it's different.

Yes, I can imagine the rich man complaining! It's so easy to complain about things we don't like. That is not good!! Plus it really doesn't help anyone, especially the one complaining!!

Lazarus was full of sores and begged. If the rich man complained, I hope Lazarus didn't hear him.

The rich man's sin was his love of money. Thanks again and again Herb!!! emoticon







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August 28- - - Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Luke 16;25 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

First glance at this scripture you could easily get the impression that if you have a good life with an abundance of money here you will not be reworded in glory.

This is not true there is nothing wrong with having a good life here and nothing wrong with having money. I would even say that this would be great and I wish this for each of you. Having money is not the problem it is your relationship with the money that Jesus is talking about.

The rich man would pass Lazarus every time he entered his home. Not only did he pass Lazarus more than likely he complained because of Lazarus being there. Can’t you just hear him complaining? What’s this neighborhood coming to? This makes the whole neighborhood look bad.

It says that Lazarus sat at the gate and begged. This rich man made no effort to help this man even though he was sick and hungry.

This rich man thought more of his money then did for Lazarus. The rich man’s money became his god. God spoke these words in Exodus 20:2-3 “I am the Lord thy God.... Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

So what was the rich man’s sin?

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The rich man calls out to Lazarus..

I just left a message in another group about this. I sure hope we won't be able to see people suffering in hell.

Now the rich man is begging. Pleading for just one drop of water.

It's important for me to remember the rich man wasn't in hell because He was rich. I think he didn't believe God and was there because of his unbelief. And I don't think Lazarus was in heaven because he was a beggar but because he believed God.

I'm going to pray more often for people that don't know the Lord Jesus. People have to get saved! This is life eternal....in heaven or hell.

Thank you again Herb!!!



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August 27- - - The rich man calls out to Lazarus

Luke 16;23-223 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

This is one of the few places in the bible were it allows us to actually look into hell. It says that in hell the rich man is being tormented, undergoing severe pain from the fire.

The rich man calls out to Lazarus in his agony from the flame. The rich man is pleading for just one drop of water.

It says that the rich man looked up and saw Lazarus. From this we can assume that you can look from hell into paradise. So not only does the rich man feel the punishment that he is suffering in hell but he sees the rewords that he is messing in paradise. - - - Hell is not a very nice place.

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It is appointed unto men once to die...

the angels carried Lazarus....the rich man was buried. Yet God loved both of these men. How sad for the rich man!!


Yes, we all are going to die. I've been hearing and reading a lot about dying and death the last few days and not on purpose. I'm wondering if this means someone I love is going to pass on. I'm concerned but not worried.

I'm going to trust the Lord that whatever happens is part of His plan. It helps me a lot when I decide what I'm going to do!
Living with Jesus is wonderful so being with Him after I die, will be even better!!!!!

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August 26- - - It is appointed unto men once to die

Luke16:22"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried,"

Both men died. One thing that we can be sure of and that is we are all going to die. Hebrews 9:27 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

You have herd the old saying “You'll never get out of the world alive”. Well this is somewhat true. The only exception to this is for those who will be alive at the coming of Christ. It tell me in the book of Thessalonian 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Both men, the rich man and Lazarus are dead. We see Lazarus being carried to paradise to the bosom of Abraham by angels while the rich man was buried.

We all wonder what death is going to be like. Will Jesus gives us a picture of death for those who are alive in Christ Jesus. It says that Lazarus is carried to paradise by angels.

Death for the Christian is to be “carried to paradise by angels”

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8/25/14 11:52 P

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Lazarus ate what fell from the rich man's table..

Not only was Lazarus begging for food, but he was covered with sores!! This is the first time I really saw this. I have read it many times and I don't doubt I've heard it preached about.

Lazarus was covered with sores....and on top of that he was longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.

That's interesting people used bread to dry their hands. I haven't heard that before either.

And I didn't know Lazarus ate out of the rich man's garbage can. I guess I figured he ate what fell off the table. But how would he get into the rich man's house and then sit under the table?

Today Lazarus knows what it was like being covered with sores and he also knows what it was like begging for food...and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.

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August 25- - - Lazarus ate what fell from the Rich man’s table.

16:20-21"At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table

When it speaks of that which fell from the rich man's table it is not speaking of small crumbs but pieces of bread which the guests of the rich man used to dry their hands after cleaning their hand in a dish of water provided at the table before eating. After they cleaned their hands they would take this bread and threw it under the table then after the meal the floor would be swept and the bread would be thrown in the garbage can. In other words Lazarus lived out of the rich man’s garbage can.

Lazarus in life ate what fell from the banquet table but in death Lazarus is eating from the banquet table.

Now how great is that?

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The rich man and Lazarus...

The rich man didn't know it but he wasn't rich as he thought he was. He lived in luxury wanting for nothing....he didn't want more because he had everything he *wanted*.
But he had a *need* that he evidently wasn't aware of.

I forgot to read this section of scripture last night or this morning!

That is so neat that Lazarus means "He whom God helps".

I am thankful God doesn't have one child he loves more than another.

I love the verse you quoted at the bottom (John 3:17) and what you said after the verse...

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. - - If you don’t make it to heaven it’s not God’s fault."

Thank you Herb!!





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August 24- - - The Rich man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day."

We have a rich man with an abundance of wealth Jesus describes him as being dressed in purple. Now a garment of purple at the time of Jesus was a very expensive because of what it took to make the dye. It says that “he lived in luxury wanting for nothing”

16:20-21"At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores."

Lazarus is short for Eleazar, which means “He whom God helps”. Lazarus is pictured as a sickly person who is covered with sores who lays at the rich man’s gate begging for his needs. It says that he longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table.

We see two men that could not be any more different. One rich who had need for nothing and the other who, was poor and sick, having need of everything. Jesus is showing the two as the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor.

So my question would be, witch of the two did God love? That’s easy to answer, God loved both of them. The big question is which of the two loved God? It’s not God’s love that condemns man it’s the lack of man’s love for God that condemns him.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. - - If you don’t make it to heaven it’s not God’s fault.

Just a thought - - - See you in church

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Rich man and Lazarus..

Since Jesus taught this, it's true. That's how I've always thought of this. As a song says, God said it, and I believe it and that's good enough for me.

I think I've heard that Jesus speaks of hell more than any other subject. I don't personally know that is true. If this is true, how can ]people believe there is no hell? Jesus came to seek and to save those who were lost.

As I understand it, hell wasn't made for people but for the devil and his angels. It's extremely sad, people who don't receive Jesus as their Savior will be going there. I don't remember the name of this song but in it it says, He gave His life, what more could He give?

I'm going to read this section of the Bible about the rich man and Lazarus. I may read it this evening.

Thanks again Herb! Have a terrific Sunday.






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August 23- - - Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-21 19"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

Some believe that this is only a parable and as such it cannot be taken literary. They believe that the picture of one looking from hell into heaven is not true. They also believe that other accounts of hell in the Bible are not true. In fact they just believe that there is no such place as hell.

Then you have those that believe that this is not a parable but fact. They base this on the fact that Jesus uses a name for one of the persons. This was the only time that Jesus ever used the name of a person in a parable. And sense it is not a parable but fact then everything that is mentioned is true.

Then you have the question of why Jesus addresses only one of the characters by name? Some believe that because the rich man had no personal relationship with God that God didn't know him or his name.

So if it is something that actually took place or only a parable that Jesus is using to teach, it still remains to be the Word of God taught to us by Jesus Himself. So let us look at what the Word of God has to say about the rich man and Lazarus.

For the next few days I thought we might look together at the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

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Prayer of thanksgiving..

I had never thought of giving thanks this way. I guess I thought we were to be thankful FOR everything. There are some tough storms in life where it would be very hard to be thankful FOR the storm. Like you said it's hard to give thanks when things are not going good.

"IN everything give thanks". I can see one could be thankful God is with them IN the storm. They could also be thankful they can still pray IN the storm. God is above any storm! And like you said, we can be thankful IN the storm because we know we are never alone.. God is always with us.

I hope I will always remember to give thanks IN everything is so different from giving thanks FOR everything. There sure is a big difference and actually that is what His Word says!!!

I hope the Lord will impress this in my memory because it makes such good sense and it's VERY helpful. I've read this wrong all these years. emoticon

What do I think? I think you are a REALLY good teacher!!!!! Thank you VERY much!!!









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August 22- - - Prayer of thanksgiving

1 Thessalonian s 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

It says in everything we are to give thanks. When things are going good but also when things are not going good. It's hard to give thinks when thing are not going good.

Notice it said that in everything not for everything, big difference. It doesn't say we are to be thankful for the storm but we are to be thankful in the storm.

We can be thankful in the storm because we know that in the storm we are never alone God is always with us. It was in the storm that Jesus walked on the water.

In our storm is where we find Jesus walking on the water.

What do you think?

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How can this be?

This message is super! You've made it clear by scripture and your words that people must be born again.

I appreciate the way you described certain things in paremphasis too!

Because I'm busy on Thursdays, I haven't been on Facebook as much as I usually am but I hope all my friends and family read this today including my cousin!

Also you asked, have you been born again? Thank you so much!!!

In answer to your question, I have definitely been born again.

I have another prayer request. I think my friend Erica is about 45 and she had a very important operation almost a year ago. She was just recently told the operation didn't work. Then she found out a friend of hers who had this same operation, died. The operation didn't work for her friend either. I am not certain if Erica knows the Lord as her Savior. I'm going to pray that the Lord will work in her life to bring her to Him or closer to Him.

Thank you Herb!!



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August 21- - - How can this be?

John 3:9 "How can this be?" asked Nicodemus.

We are still asking this question. How can this be? New birth comes by faith. Trusting and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 3:14 (Jesus said) as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

If there ever was one verse of scripture that tells the whole salvation story it would be 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.

God love the world, (you and me, so much) that he gave his only begotten son, (Jesus, to die on the cross in our place). That whom so ever believeth in Him, (believed that he is the Son of God, that he died on the cross for our sins that he rose from the dead), shall not die (that if we believe we will not parish, or die,) but we will have everlasting life (in heaven with Jesus forever).

Yes Nicodemus accepted the new birth; we see evidence of this in John 19:39-40.

John 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Nicodemus was the one that took Jesus from the cross and prepared Jesus for burial.

Yes Nicodemus had been “born again”. - - - Have you been born again?

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Salvation is a free gift...

I think this is the first time I've heard or read that because of sin the spirit of a man is dead.

I pasted your message later today than usual because I didn't have internet service. It was an area problem. When I copy this I usually read it but I don't read it more thoroughly till evening.

I'm going to put that part about it being because of sin that the spirit of man is dead, on Facebook again!

I know there are verses that say the almost the same thing..I think there's a verse that says something like....death came by sin and life came through Jesus Christ.

I'm thinking one of my cousins might understand something like; because of sin, the spirit of man is dead. That spirit has to be born again!

I want very much to see my cousin in heaven (in the kingdom of God) Maybe I'll instant message him and tell him that. I'll keep it simple and yet to the point.

Another thing I've heard through the years is, if a job is worth doing it's worth doing well. While there is truth to that, it can also be taken like you'd better do a job well!!!

I like that you compare your physical birth to your spiritual birth! Both were actually given to you! I'll write something on Facebook about that too!!!

Eternal life, the New Birth is a "gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord".

I am so glad salvation is free!!!!! I like what you said..."You must be born again" is free---no charge---simply put your faith in Jesus Christ.

I hope my cousin read this today!!!! By the way lots of people do read your messages and "like" them. Some share your messages with their friends.
Thanks so much Herb!!

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August 20- - - Salvation is a free gift.

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Man is a threefold creation: body soul and spirit but because of sin the spirit of man is dead. It has to be born again.

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; - - - To become spiritually alive you need to be born again. You must be born of the Spirit.

Spiritual birth is a gift from God the same way physical birth is a gift from God. I had nothing to do with my physical birth it was given to me. The same with my spiritual birth, it is a free Gift from God.

We have a hard time with free gifts, getting something for nothing. One reason may be because we have been told from birth that no one gives you anything for nothing. - - - Beware of bearers of gifts. - - - If it's not worth working for it’s not worth having.

But this is not true when it comes to salvation, our spiritual birth, being born again, it is a free gift. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin (one sin or any sin) is death (separation from God forever); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let me say that again “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Eternal life, the New Birth is a “gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.

“Ye must be born again” is free - - no charge - - - simply put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“You must be born again” die to the old self and become alive in the new self, found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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A do over..

I had never heard of the words "do over" until a few months ago. Sometimes I would like to do over things I say or even the entire day.

I just did something I think will be good for me. I ordered a book called "Spiritual White Spaces". I've been thinking about getting this book for quite awhile. It should be here in about four days.

This is wonderful. Thanks for adding it...."But what is so great about this “do over” is that God does this “do over” for us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we need for our salvation has been done for us in Jesus."

Jesus has given me many do overs. Isn't every day a chance to do over? I hope so!

The love expressed and shown in a church is very important. That's one of the main things that drew us to the church we go to now.

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August 19- - - A do over

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

The second birth is a brand new start. The old has passed away and everything becomes new.

When you are “born again” you get a “do over”. You do know what a “do over” is? A “do over” is when you get another chance to do it over. When I was a kid playing a game if I didn’t do very well when it was my turn I would ask for a “do over”. A chance to try again. When we are born again God gives us a “do over”. Everything that has been done in the past has been put to death on the cross and we are given a new life in Jesus.

But what is so great about this “do over” is that God does this “do over” for us in the Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we need for our salvation has been done for us in Jesus.

Jesus is our “do over”. - - - Jesus is our New Birth.

Now great is that.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that visitors to the church will sense the love and compassion of Christ, expressed through every member of the congregation.


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How can a man be born again?...

Nicodemus' words seem rather bold when he asked Jesus how can a man be born when he is old? I'm thinking it seems like he was doubting what Jesus said. It's as though he was saying, how could it be possible for a man to be born the second time, from his mother's womb? Especially since he said, (referring to a man) to be born when he is old?

Oh, I see, Nicodemus had no idea what Jesus was talking about.

I love that Jesus answered Nicodemus's question!! And He answered it by first saying verily, verily...I don't know what the word "verily" means bur Jesus says it twice. I think this means something special! Then Jesus tells him that HE is saying this to him.

I think the word "SEE" was mentioned a couple of messages ago in referring to seeing the kingdom of God. Now Jesus says, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot ENTER the kingdom of God.

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August 18- - - How can a man be born again?

John 3:4 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Nicodemus had no idea what Jesus was talking about. Man cannot understand the things of the spirit unless he is born of the spirit. Without the Holy Spirit living in you, you cannot understand the thing of God.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Man must be born twice. Once which is our natural birth and the second which is our spiritual birth.

If you are born once then you will die twice but if you are born twice then you will only die once.

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Except a man be born again...

Your experience with the housekeeper reminded me of a man my husband was friends with. They went fishing together and one day when this man was at our house someone mentioned something about being sure we're going to heaven when we die. This man, who went to the same church we went to, said I hope I am.

Trusting in Jesus for our salvation is more than hope. That man is gone now. I sure hope he knew the Lord Jesus!! At the time I didn't know what to say but even so I wish I had said, if you don't know for sure, why don't you talk with pastor about it?

Many, many years ago when another lady and I went knocking on doors, a lady invited us in and when we asked her if she knew she was going to heaven when she died, she said yes as she pointed to a picture and told us the man in the picture was her son and he would get her in heaven. Her son was a priest. I don't remember anything else that was said.

Her son wasn't going to get her into heaven.

Only God's Son's blood shed on the cross was payment high enough to pay for all our sins.

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August 17- - - Except a man be born again

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

I recall once when I was in church, not the church that I attend now, I ran into the housekeeper. I stopped and talk to her and asked her if she know for sure if when she died she would go to heaven.

Now she was in in church every day from 9 to 5, she attended church on Sunday morning and Sunday evening, she was part of Wednesday prayer time, she was also a part of the ladies Sunday School class and this is the answer she gave me. She said that she hoped so that she tried to live a good life and that she belonged to the church.

This is the answer that you get from most people when you ask them this question but this is not the right answer. The right answer is “YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN”.

So how are you born again? This is the question Nicodemus asked Jesus in the next verse.

John 3:4 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

When Jesus said “you must be born again” Jesus was speaking of a spiritual birth.

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You must be born again..

There's no choice in those words, that is if someone wants to go to heaven. You MUST be born again.
I quote what you wrote and quoted..."He said to Nicodemus “you must be born again if you’re going to see the kingdom of God”. " So, Jesus told him ...if you're going to see the kingdom of God. He didn't just say if you're going to heaven. "But Jesus said, if you're going to "SEE" the kingdom of God. I can't begin to imagine actually seeing the kingdom of God.

There is no law good enough that could get us into the kingdom of God and even if the law was "good enough", we couldn't keep it or do what it called for. There is one way and only one. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me. And as He told Nicodemus, You MUST be born again.

I like using the words.."the kingdom of God" rather than the word 'heaven'.

I like what you said here about sin (one sin or any sin)....."Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin (one sin or any sin) is death (separation from God forever); - - - - ."

Thank you again Herb.








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August 16- - - You must be born again

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Nicodemus said to Jesus, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher sent by God. No one could perform the miracles you are doing unless God were with him."

Jesus answered by going straight to the point. He didn't talk about the weather or how nice it was to see Nicodemus. He said to Nicodemus “you must be born again if you’re going to see the kingdom of God”.

I think we can learn from this. Notice, Jesus did not say you must keep the law in order to go the heaven, Nicodemus was already doing this or at least he thought he was. Being a Pharisee they were known for keeping the law. They wore the Tefillin (also called phylacteries), which is a small leather boxes that contain verses from the Torah the books of the law, on their head or on their arm. Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to have a “born again experience with God”.

You would be surprised how many people believe that the way to heaven is by being good and keeping the law. Now I do believe that we should keep the Law as given to us in the Ten Commandments but keeping the Law will not take you to heaven because the first time you break the law your forfeit you rights to heaven. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin (one sin or any sin) is death (separation from God forever); - - - - .

Nicodemus was a keeper of the law but Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed a have a “BORN AGAIN EXPERENCE WITH GOD”.

“Ye must be born Again” - - - What do you think?

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emoticon Very good I had never thought of that before. Thank you.

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Many believed when they saw the miracles Jesus did...

As I was typing that, I realized they weren't believing because they had heard about the miracles Jesus had done, but because they saw those miracles He did.

I just read something interesting. Here's the link. Below that I'll paste what I think is interesting. biblesforamerica.org/born-again/

"In the natural world, a particular kingdom consists of a certain kind of life. For instance, the plant kingdom consists of organisms with the plant life. Just as the plant kingdom consists of the plant life and the animal kingdom consists of the animal life, so also the human kingdom consists of the human life.

The only way to participate in a particular kingdom is to possess the life of that kingdom. A rose can’t participate in the animal kingdom because it doesn't have the animal life. And a monkey can’t participate in the human kingdom because it doesn't have the human life. Even if the monkey is an excellent monkey, can walk on two legs, and dress and behave like a human, it still isn't part of the human kingdom. It simply doesn't have the human life.

Similarly, trying to look or behave like God cannot make us part of the kingdom of God. Our excellent behavior at most makes us prime examples of the human kingdom.

We can enter God’s kingdom only if we have the divine life of God. And we can have the divine life of God only by believing in Christ and being born again."

(I figured since this has to do with being born again, I'd paste it here.)

Thank you Herb for your kind words about my testimony!!!



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August 15- - - Many believed when they saw the miracles Jesus did.

To fully understand what was going on we need to go back to the last part of chapter two.

John 2:23 Now when he (Jesus) was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

In John two we see Jesus at the marriage feast where He turned the water into wine. This took place in Cana and now from Cana Jesus has traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. This is the first Passover that Jesus celebrated since he entered His public ministry.

We see in this scripture that many believed in Jesus because of the miracles which Jesus did. Since the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine Jesus had performed many miracles and many have now began to believe. It was the miracles that brought men to believe.

Nicodemus makes the statement “for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him”.

“Many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did”. At the time of Jesus men believed because they saw the miracles today we see the miracles because we believe.

What do you think?

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emoticon Darlene what a great testimony thanks for shearing it..

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Nicodemus came to Jesus...

I appreciate what you've said about Nicodemus! I always got the idea that Nicodemus didn't come to know the Lord, but I can see now, it's VERY likely he did. He had already begun to believe when he came to Jesus. Then it's possible when he heard Jesus's words, Ye must be born again....he may have been born again!!!

How did I come to Jesus. I had gone to church now and then and one day a lady came to visit me who was a member of the same church. I was telling her some problems I had and she said I needed Jesus in my life. I knew I needed help and I knew Jesus could help me, so I followed her words, in a prayer asking Jesus to come into my life.

The problem (as I saw later) was, I didn't understand that I was a sinner and needed Jesus to save me.
Five years after I said that prayer with that lady, I was alone in our house, and I heard that "still small voice" saying, In the beginning God, and those words were said again. Then I heard, the wages of sin is death and those words were repeated. After that I heard, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. These words were repeated too.
By this time I knew I was a sinner and after I 'heard;' His word, I knew Jesus could help me, so I went into our room, laid on the bed, closed my eyes and said, "Father, please send Jesus into my life to help me with it"

I knew something had happened and I knew Jesus was with me. I walked into our oldest daughter's room and found a tiny book called The Reason Why. I'm not sure if I read this on the 2nd page or next to last page, but there were words similar to these. I am part of this world yet part of another and I long for my family and friends salvation.

Right after I read that, I realized what had happened was called "salvation". I had been saved.

First I told my sister and my husband about Jesus coming into my life. My sister and I went to our parents house and told my Mother. She cried while we were telling her. The following Sunday, my Mother and Sister went forward in church and asked Jesus into their lives.

My husband came to know the Lord about a year and a half after I did.

I had thought my Dad would come to Jesus easily because my Dad was a very sweet and a really nice man. But after I had told him a few times, he said, don't push me. I was so surprised. I think that was the most assertive thing my Dad ever told me. He was serious. So I prayed.
My Dad did end up getting saved. One day while we were sitting at their table he was quietly singing He touched me. And then he said, where it says he made me whole, that doesn't mean we will never be sick. It means we have someone with us whose on our side. Dad had told me he was saved before this, but that day when he said we have someone with us, who's on our side, than I knew!!!!

Thanks Herb!!!!!



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August 14- - - Nicodemus came to Jesus

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Now in chapter three of the book of John we see Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night under the cover of darkness. Nicodemus had seen the miracles of Jesus and had begun to believe.

Let us stop and first look at who Nicodemus was. Nicodemus was a Pharisee a ruler and a leader of the Jews. As a leader of the Jews Nicodemus held a standing in the community and as such even speaking to Jesus could cause problem for him. Knowing this we might understand why he came to Jesus by night.

I heard it once said that it didn't matter when he came to Jesus what mattered is that he did come to Jesus. I think that this also hold true for us. Some of us have been a follower of Jesus all our lives while others have just come to know Jesus but the important thing is that we did come to Jesus.

Nicodemus came to Jesus by night. - - - How did you come to Jesus?

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I'm beginning to see the light! Yeah! I think (I don't know for sure) one of the things that threw me was I decided I didn't want to be a moderator of a group I'm in. Making that decision wasn't easy. That's just one of the things. It seemed as though many things happened about the same time.
One other thing is I do need to get the writing put together I've done. I am committed to getting that done...unless the rapture happens first.


Now for today's message....You must be born again.

Evidently Nicodemus didn't want to be seen since he came to see Jesus at night. He was a ruler of the Jews but he still wanted his visit to Jesus to be private. Yet, he must have really wanted to talk with Jesus or he would not have taken the chance to be seen even at night. So his wanting to see Jesus and talk with Him was more important to him than the possibility he could have been seen. All he knew was Jesus was a teacher who had come from God and he knew God was with Him....because of the miracles Jesus did.

Jesus didn't really respond to what Nicodemus had said but instead told him about being born again. I've heard where it says verily, verily that means truly, truly. So what Jesus was going to say after this was (and is) very important. "Except a man be born again He cannot see the kingdom of God"

Thanks again Herb!

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August 13- - - You must be born again

John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

For the next few days I thought we might look at the third chapter of the book of John where it speaks of being born again. What a great Gospel, the Gospel of John.

The third chapter of John holds the most quoted verse of scripture in the Bible. 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.”

The theme of the third chapter is “Ye must be born again”. It teaches us the importance of the New Birth found only in Jesus.

The next few days we will be looking at what Jesus meant when He said “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."

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God will deliver us.

Thank you. I remembered another verse a pastor in Arizona told me. After the service while shaking hands he asked how I was doing and I told him the truth, not so good. He said read Phil 1:6 when you get in the car. This is what it says, but it isn't a quote...He who has begun a good work in you will continue till the day of Christ Jesus.

I just now asked the Lord for more faith in Him. I said, it's not deserved. I hope He will answer this prayer.

I know He's with me, simply because He said he would never leave nor forsake us. Us is me too.

There's another verse similar to the one in the Psalms. I don't know chapter or verse but this is what it says (not a quote) Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delvers them out of them all.

I am very thankful I can read your messages and reply. Thank you Herb.

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August 12- - - God will deliver us.

Psalm 34:19 - - - A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.

God didn’t promise us a life that would be a bed of roses. Christians deal with pain and suffering the same as the rest of the world but what God did promise us was that “the Lord delivers him from them all”.

I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have God to run to.

What do you think?

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Thank you VERY much! I've been listening to this message bu Pastor J D Farag.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la3B
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I need to cast everything on the Lord. This is just one of the things I got from his message.
He talks about concerns about the past, worries about the future or problems in the present. Not in those words....those are mine.

Thanks again for your prayers.

I like this verse!!! By grace are ye saved through faith and that not of ourselves. It's the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.



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August 11- - - There is a way that seemeth right.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

What this is saying is that our reasoning may tell us that we need to go a certain way or do a certain thing but if we follow after this way we may find that it is wrong and leads to death.

For example, for years I believed that if I was good I would go to Heaven and if I was bad I would go to hell so I tried as hard as I could to be good. Now this sure seemed right but if I followed after that way and had not found the truth that salvation is found only in Jesus, this would have led to death.

Salvation comes only by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not earned it is a gift. This is called God's GRACE.

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Hi, I think I've been burning the candle at both ends the last few days. I've been more tired than I usually am but I'm not sick. I just thought of a reason why I'm so tired. I'm trying too hard. I have done this same thing before. When I'm trying...I'm not simply trusting.

The name of this group is the simplicity of faith. I need to remember faith isn't trying hard to be someone I can''t be...it's trusting the Lord in and with my life.

This morning after the service, I asked a special friend to pray for me. I told her I want to continue loving Jesus. Her answer surprised me. She said that's simple. I said what, how? She said just talk to Him. I told her I would so I will.

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August 10- - - Praying for the sick

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

The Word of God is exact when it tells us what to do in times of trouble. It tells us here in James what to do when sickness comes upon us. It tells us to call for the elders of the church and have them pray over us in the name of the Lord. Then it tells us that we are to have them anoint us with oil. That’s what we are to do if we are sick.

Then it goes on to tell us what God will do. God will hear our prayer and the faith of those praying will save the sick and the Lord will raise them up. The one who is sick will be healed and if the sickness is the result of sin the sin will also be forgiven.

So my question would be why don’t we do this? Why don’t we call for the elders and have them anoint us with oil as the Word tells us to do? Is it because we don’t believe all the Word and if we don’t believe all the Word then how do we know what part of the Word to believe?

Just a thought - - See you in church.

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I think your prayer is a really good prayer to pray for children and grandchildren.

We have great grandchildren too. I am sorry to say, I often forget about praying for our great grandchildren. I hope (and pray) to remember to pray for them every day!!

At the end of this man's talk, he says, "what do you think?, so I wanted to pass this on to you.

Thanks Herb!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63dy
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August 9- - - Pray for our Children and Grandchildren

Deuteronomy 28:12-13 12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.

This is the prayer that I pray for my children and grandchildren. That the Lord will open His storehouse and send his bounty of blessing, that they will be the lender and not the borrower and that they will be the head which is the leader and not the tail which is the follower

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I love this scripture passage...about Moses!! It shows me that even Moses needed other's help! But Moses only needed help so he could hold the staff up that was in his hand.

And because of the help Moses was given, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle!!!

I think most of us do need help sometime during our lives. I know I did and still do!

I really appreciated reading this, this morning!

Thanks Herb!!!

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August 8- - -- Pray for our Pastors

Exodus 17:10-13 10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

This is the reasonability that we have to our pastor. We need to lift his arms up in prayer. Not only standing with him but also supporting him. We need to pray for our pastor and his family.

What do you think?

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I love that woman who prayed and also the robber who was touched by her prayer, even to tears and wanted all the woman's things brought back in the house. I'm glad they prayed together.

I hope I would pray for help and for the thief. I don't know if I would but I hope I would. With God's help, I would.

Leaving his gun behind speaks volumes! He had no need for it anymore.

Thank you for telling me you have a prayer partner! That is really good. I can see where sometimes I would meet with a prayer partner for hours!!

I'm kinda tired so I'm going to bed a bit earlier than usual.

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August 7- - -- Power of prayer

Matthew 17:20 He (Jesus) told them, - - - - if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.

A few years back it was reported that a woman, who was alone in her house, was confronted by a burglar who was emptying her home of her possessions. She walked in were the burglar was to answer the phone. He ripped the card from the wall and ordered her into the closet. She was obviously afraid for her life, but did not panic.

To the shock of the gunman, Cindy fell to her knees and began to pray for God’s help. Even more stunned was he when she began to pray for him. She proceeded to tell him about Jesus and his love for him and the told him that she forgave him for what he was doing to her.

Apparently this was more than the robber could take. He began to breakdown in tears as he knelt and prayed together with her. To her relief, the man went to the window and told the woman that was with him that they needed to bring all that they had taken back into the house. He told her that this was a Christian woman and we can’t do this to her.

Mrs. Hartman remained on her knees in prayer as they returned her furniture and belongings. The man then used his shirt to wipe off his fingerprints, apologized and departed, leaving his gun behind.

“The power of prayer” - - - What do you think?

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emoticon Thanks for the great testimony. I have had the same prayer partner since 1975. Bill and I meet now on Friday morning at Wendy's. Often we will be their for several hours talking about what is going on in each of our lives and discussing bible scriptures that we may not understand. Then of course we pray. We both agree that it is the best time of the week.

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Sometime when I get here in the evening, I copy your message!! lol I do that in the morning to put it on Facebook. There's no reason to copy it again! I goof sometimes. More than sometimes!

After reading this earlier today, I told a lady in Facebook (who had "liked" this), if she and I were neighbors, I'd like her for a prayer partner. She wrote back that she was thinking the same thing! She's very nice. Her first name is Gloria. We did decide if we ever want the other to pray about something in particular, we will IM the other. But I wouldn't want to put personal things on the internet.

Yes, a prayer partner would have to be someone I can trust.

I guess I didn't read all of this this morning because it says it may take time to find this right person so be patient. I will pray about this and wait. Thanks Herb.

This is awesome." “anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven”. Notice it didn't say some of the things or a few of the things it said anything but there must be an agreement between the two who are praying together."

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August 6- - -- A prayer partner

Mat 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Let’s talk about finding a prayer partner. That person that we can “agree with as touching anything”. That someone we can pray together with for our needs

Now when you chose a prayer partner be careful that you find someone who you can trust. You will be praying for each other’s needs and some of them may be very personal, confidential and privet. You will need someone with a tight lip that will not turn your prayer into gossip

It may take some time to find this right person so be patent. Pray that God will send this person to you.

Now there is a promise attached to this scripture - - “anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven”. Notice it didn’t say some of the things or a few of the things it said anything but there must be an agreement between the two who are praying together.

What do you think?

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Quite awhile ago I heard when we have resentment toward someone, we need to pray for that person, even if our teeth are clenched and our hands are in fists. As we continue to pray for that person, our hands will unfold and our teeth won't be clenched. It's not easy to love an enemy or do good to someone who hates you. But with God, all things are possible. I think praying for someone who has cursed you would be a blessing for the person.

Yes, prayer does change more than just the person we pray for. I think I'd rather have a friend than an enemy too!!!

Thank you VERY MUCH for your prayers!!!!!

Herb, I've been praying more since reading your messages. I appreciate you!



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August 5- - -- Pray for them which despitefully use you.

Luke 6:27-27 27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Loving those that don’t love you, blessing those that curse you and praying for those that despitefully use you might be just a little hard to do.

It says to love them but also says to pray for them. Prayer has the power to change things. It changes the one were praying for but also changes the one who is praying. So if we pray for our enemy our enemy might just stop being our enemy and might become our friend.

I would much rather have a person as a friend then to have them as an enemy. - - - What do you think?

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Your loss is heavens gain.

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Kingdom, power and glory forever...

When I read and then wrote that last word "forever" it hit me! Forever!!! FOREVER!!

I never even thought I'd be around for the year 2000 and now I think I might still be here for the rapture!!

Ok, back to the lesson!!
Only God could lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. Why? Because His is the kingdom, power and glory....and it's forever! There's that word again.

I wonder why the doxology isn't in other Bibles.

I think you've done a good job at helping us understand more about what we commonly call the Lord's prayer. Thank you Herb.

You may have seen in the other group we're in, our oldest daughter's husband died yesterday. He had a sudden heart attack. I am almost certain he is in heaven!!

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August 4- - -- -Kingdom, power and glory forever - - (doxology)

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Matthew ends the prayer with a doxology. This is found in the King James translation only. A doxology is a short hymn of praises to God

The Lord’s Prayer consists of an opening, a time of praise, six requests and ends with a doxology.

Here in this prayer Jesus gives us a picture of how we are to pray. This was not intended to be a recitation, not saying that it is wrong to recite this prayer. I believe that it gives, both God and ourselves, great joy when we pray this prayer but as we have just seen this was given to us, by Jesus, to instruct us in the proper way to pray

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.- - - What do you think?

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Deliver us from evil...

These are huge requests but God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think!!!

I just thought of another verse that sorta goes with this...Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

This is where I goofed for quite awhile.."Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might." In the power of His might...not mine. I have no power except what He gives me and I certainly don't have might. Yet I tried...oh how hard I tried. I didn't need to try....The work was finished at the cross. Jesus paid it all.

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August 3- - - - Deliver us from evil - - (Request 6)

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Deliver us from evil or I could say the evil one. We don’t talk much about the evil one anymore. It’s like were saying “if I close my eyes he will go away”. Will I have news for you, when we close our eyes is when he grows stronger.

Right here in this Lord’s Prayer Jesus tells us to pray that we will be delivered from this evil or evil one. We are told in Ephesians that we are to guard ourselves from this evil one by putting on the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-12 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Oh by the way Jesus is the amour of God so it’s as simple as putting on Jesus. I heard it once said that when the devil sees us wearing the righteousness of Jesus that he won’t be able to tell if it’s Jesus or if it’s us and he will leave us alone because the devils not about to mess around with Jesus.

“Deliver us from the evil one” - - - See you in church

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Lead us not into temptation..

There are a lot of requests in this prayer! I never realized there were so many!

What do I think? I'm thinking about the next part of this prayer, 'but deliver us from evil'.
I know I'm getting ahead of myself but that's what I was thinking about.

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August 2- - - - Lead us not into temptation - - (REQUEST 5)

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Lead us not into temptation -Temptation is not sin but it leads to sin. Sin is always preceded by temptation. So the best way to deal with sin is to avoid temptation.

So we are not to only pray that our sin be forgiven but we should pray that we not be confronted with the temptation to sin.

James 1:13-15 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

“Lead us not into temptation” - - - What do you think?

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Forgiving others...

I've heard a couple of things about forgiving others that has helped me. "forgiving isn't forgetting, it's letting go of the hurt". Another thing was when we don't forgive someone, we harbor this in our heart. This can grow into resentment and even bitterness. The person we aren't forgiving doesn't know anything about it. It hurts us far worse than it hurts the one we aren't forgiving.

There have been several times when I've said the Lord's prayer with a group. that I realized I needed to forgive...because it said, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.

Not too terribly long ago I realized I didn't have to wait until I wanted to forgive someone or felt like forgiving someone in order to forgive them. I could make a decision that I was forgiving the person...period.

There have also been times when I've thought it necessary to talk about my feelings if I was really upset. Once I got my feelings spoken I could forgive.
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There's storms around us and I can see the lightening so I'm getting off this computer.

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August 1- - - - Forgiving others - - (Requests 4)

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

I always get a little nervous when I pray this part of the Lord’s Prayer. Does that mean that my forgiveness from God depends on my forgiving others?

I do not believe that it means that I will be kicked out of heaven no more than it means that I will stop being God child. When I sin against my earthly father it destroys my relationship with him but I am still his son. Our forgiveness from God is unconditional it was taken care of by the blood of Jesus. Jesus took the punishment for our sin, sins I have already committed but sins I have not yet committed, therefor the debt has been paid.

I do believe that forgiving others does have a great bearing on our relationship with God. One thing I know is that my un-forgiveness hinders my prayers from beaning heard.

(Psalms 66: 18) If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me

What do you think?

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Forgive us our debts.

Somewhere along the way, I got the idea that we need to confess known sin before speaking to God. But when we got saved, we didn't confess sin first. I understand we turn from sin, to Jesus.

Praise, than requests and confession. Sometimes when I write things I remember them easier than when I don't.

I see now... We may need to pray two prayers.
You wrote...
"So before we pray a prayer we need to pray a prayer. Before we pray a prayer of request we must first pray a prayer askin forgiveness."

My cousin and his wife were here earlier and I after they left I thought how I wish I had spoken to them about salvation!!! I thought of one thing I could have said but didn't....Now I wonder if I had said that, it's possible our conversation could have gone in a wonderful way.

I will call my cousin an a week or so and tell him what was on my mind to say. Then I'll leave the results up to God.

Thanks Herb!! I like what you said about praying for the pastoral staff that they will remain bold in proclaiming spiritual truth, even when it's unpopular to do so!






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July 31- - - - Forgive us our debts, - - (REQUEST 3)

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Forgive us our debt – A time of confession. If you notice this comes right after a time of praise and at the time request. The reason for this is that unconfessed sin is the fastest way to have your prayers not heard. Over and over in the bible it tells us God will turn a deaf ear to those who have inequity in their hearts.

Psalm 66:18 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

So before we pray a prayer we need to pray a prayer. Before we pray a prayer of request we must first pray a prayer askin forgiveness.

“Forgive us our debts” - - What do you think?

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Give us this day our daily bread...

Thanks for explaining this!! It's really good!! I never saw this as two requests.

As I was thinking about this I thought since Jesus is the bread of life, it makes sense that when we pray 'give us this day our daily bread', it would mean more than food, which is what I thought it meant.

I doubt if I'll ever pray this prayer or even think about it, the way I used to.
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I can't even tell you how much it means to me that you pray for me and my family. Thank you soooooooo much!!!

Within seconds after I woke up the thought, "Thy will be done" was in my mind and heart.
I hope this continues.

Thank you Herb!! I pray for you often. I will everyday now. God bless you!!

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July 30- - - - Give us this day our daily bread - - (Request 1 and 2)

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Praying for our daily bread is more than just praying for our daily food. This would include all the necessities for daily living. This would be food, our health, clothing, and a place to live etc.

This would also be Gods watch care over our families, our church, our pastor and our government. And it goes on to include all the needs for our daily living.

Give us this day (and) our daily bread - - What do you think?

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emoticon DARLENE I pray for you and your family daily.

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Thy will be done...

Every morning, I hope to pray this part of this prayer....Thy will to be done.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.....there again it's clear His love reaches to everyone, all around the world. Because of His great love, He gave us His Son.
That verse (John 3:16) goes on...that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

It's very sad that people won't receive Jesus!
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I'm doing ok, but ok isn't good enough. I feel a little bit pressed to do what I know God wants me to do. He's the most gentle teacher there ever could be.

Will you please pray that I have more persistence and commitment with writing my story?
I want to get this finished before He calls us home.

I know His will is good. One lady put it to me this way. She said, God's will is tailor made!!

Thanks again Herb!! I like the new picture of you and Anne.




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July 29- - - - Thy will be done - - (PRAISE)

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

How can we know God’s will? -- We can know Gods will by knowing the Word of God. This is done by reading the Word of God, by studying the Word of God, by memorizing the Word of God and by meditating in the Word of God. Knowing the Word of God, is knowing the will of God.

For example the Word tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Therefor according to the Word of God it is God’s will that none should parish. It is God’s will for everyone to enter into eternal life

Salvation is for all men. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were YET SINNERS, Christ died for us”. Even though this gift of salvation is for everyone not everyone will receive it simply because they will not RECEIVE Jesus and His teachings.

John 1:12 12 But as many as RECEIVE HIM (JESUS), to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

“Thy will be done” - - What do you think?

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Thy kingdom come.

In thinking about entering His kingdom by faith I remembered a verse I like a lot. 'In Him we live and breathe and have our being.'

I think there's a verse that talks about being delivered from darkness into His marvelous light.

I found this verse...
The kingdom of God does not come with outward signs to be observed. Nor will anyone say, 'Look here!' or 'Look over there!' For the Kingdom of God is within you and around you. Luke 17:20-21.


Many years ago I heard a man give a simple testimony before he and a group of men played guitars and other instruments while they sang this song. I'm pretty sure it was just a few days after I heard them sing this song, I found three rusty nails. Those rusty nails are setting in a white plate in our dining room. I know they used huge pegs (or something like) that when they nailed Jesus to the cross, but these three rusty nails remind me of the song and the song reminds me of Jesus.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWq9grgfM5k
Thanks Herb!!

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July 28- - - - Thy kingdom come (PRAISE)

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

(Colossians 1:13-14) "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the KINGDOM of the Son of His love...."

Jesus and the teachings of Jesus is the kingdom. John the Baptist preached “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” referring to Jesus. Jesus established Gods kingdom when he died upon the cross for our sins. We enter into this kingdom by faith, believing in Jesus and the cross.

When we pray “thy kingdom come” we are pray that the gospel of salvation be preached and be received.

“Thy kingdom come” - - What do you think?

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Hallowed be Thy name.

I was going through this prayer awhile back and when I came to the word hallowed I thought it meant honored. I often forget that I can look things up on the computer. I could have looked up the word hallowed.

I had never heard of this before now.

"In the Old Testament the name of God was considered to be so holy that they would not speak it or write it. For 1500 years, from Moses to Jesus, the name of GOD was never spoken throughout Ancient Israel except on Yom Kippur by the High Priest when he was alone in the innermost part of the Holy Temple."

I was e-mailing with a lady who wrote G-d. Now I understand why. I think I asked her about this at the time, but if I did, I've forgotten what she said.

Thank you for telling us you were taught to bow your head when the name Jesus was spoken.

One practice I think is good is the congregation standing while God's Word is read.
Of course if a pastor is going to go to one chapter and than another, it might get to be a bit much especially for older folks....but if a section of Scripture is read before a sermon, I think it's a good idea to stand while it's read.

It would be good if we did honor His name more than we do!! He is holy!

Thank you Herb!!
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July 27- - - - Hallowed be thy name (praise)

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

When we pray “Hollowed be thy name” we enter into a time of praise. In the Old Testament the name of God was considered to be so holy that they would not speak it or write it. For 1500 years, from Moses to Jesus, the name of GOD was never spoken throughout Ancient Israel except on Yom Kippur by the High Priest when he was alone in the innermost part of the Holy Temple.

When spoken it was referred to as "A-don-ai," meaning "Lord." When written a space was left open where the name was to be placed. Even today when a Jewish person writes the name of God the vowel is left out and is written "G-d"

I recall when I was a young boy I was taught that the name of Jesus was so holy that when it was spoken I was to bow my head. Nothing has changed the name of Jesus is still that holy.

“Hallowed be thy name” - - What do you think?

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Our Father in Heaven...

When I think of heaven I think of a place of wonder and joy. I think of Jesus sitting on the right hand of the Father, but I won't know until I get there. I am awed even typing this..that I will be there, but I know I will but not by anything I have done or could do. Jesus Christ paid the price for me.

To be standing in the presence of God.....will be absolutely amazing!!! No, it will be more than amazing!

All the Lord has done in my life even here on earth has been amazing!!

I think...you are a super good teacher and I thank you so much!!!!






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July 26- - - - Our Father in Heaven (Opening)

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Which art in Heaven – What do you think of when you think of heaven?

1 Corinthians 2:9 - But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

There is no way we can even comprehend what heaven will be like but one thing I know is that I will stand in the very presence of God.

I heard it once said, a lot of false God’s are worshiped in this world but we worship and pray to the one true God, the God “which art in heaven”.

What do you think?

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Our Father...
This part of the Lord's prayer makes it clear Jesus is telling us to pray to "our Father"....not to Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I've heard some talk about this and this makes it clear.

Jesus's death on the cross was vital. Without Him dying for our sins, there would be no forgiveness of sin and without our sin being forgiven we could not be children of God, and we wouldn't have the hope we do of going to heaven after this life is over.

We couldn't know Him as our Father.

Jesus's death on the cross made the difference. There is forgiveness of sin. Because our sin is forgiven we are the children of God. And we do have hope of heaven when this life is over!!

We can know Him as our Father.

Thank you Herb!!!


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July 25- - “Our Father”. (Opening)

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

“Our Father” We are to pray to the Father. We cannot enter into a father-son relationship with God apart from the cross of Jesus.

John 1:12 “But as many as received him (Jesus), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. So looking at this verse we see apart from salvation it is impossible to call God, Our Father.

The term Father shows a Fathers relationship to his child, A Fathers love, A Fathers correction, A Fathers provision And a Fathers protection.

The term father also shows a child’s relationship to his father, a child’s submission, a child’s obedience and a child’s dependence upon the father for his needs.

So we pray “Our Father”

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I, along with others, pray the Lord's prayer at the end of a meeting. Praying this while holding hands with others is special. The part of this that has been a help even though it seemed kinda tough is/was forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. That makes one think!! That's GOOD but not always easy.

A time or two I've thought about this prayer in sections, chunks or pieces. "Our Father".......that fact is awesome....God is our Father. "Which art in heaven".....He is in heaven yet He hears me.
"Hallowed be Thy name"...I want Your name to be honored.

I was glad to see that you wrote there is nothing wrong with calling this model prayer The Lord's Prayer.
I never realized there were six requests in this prayer.

Thanks again Herb!!`








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July 24 - -The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

We call this the Lord’s Prayer but this is really the model prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is found in John 17. In John 17 Jesus is praying for the Church. In Matthew 6 Jesus is teaching the Church how to pray. We call the model prayer the Lord’s Prayer and there in nothing wrong with this.

The Lord’s Prayer consists of
An opening
A time of praise
6 requests
A doxology

I suppose along with John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm this is the most quoted scripture in the bible.

What do you think?

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I love the subject of this message! It's encouraging. "God knows our prayer before we pray it."
I sure am glad God doesn't require me to pray exact or lengthy prayers.

You asked two questions...if God already knows what we need before we pray they why do we need to pray? Your other question is, Why doesn't God just give it to us?"
Another question I just thought of is, why should He just give us whatever we want without our asking? He is God almighty! If He just gave us 'stuff', many of us (me too) probably wouldn't appreciate it Many would take Him for granted. That would be terribly sad

He knows what's best for us.

I appreciate your illustrations! They really do make things easier to understand.

I tend to complicate things so reading this..."It's as simple as asking in prayer", was good for me!

I found this song. I hope you like it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtcBURtm5Aw

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July 23 - -God knows our prayer before we pray it

Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

We don’t need to pray a lot of words explaining everything to God. You see God already knows what we want before we pray.

If God already know what we need before we pray they why do we need to pray? Why doesn’t God just give it to us?

Now that is a very good question and I suppose it has been asked many times. Let me give you a little illustration that might make it easier to understand.

You see when I was a young boy I would use Dads’ car on Saturday night. I would always ask him for it. Even though he knew I wanted to use the car, never once did he give me the car unless I asked. In the Book of James it tells us that we have not because we ask not.

Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

It’s as simple as asking in prayer.

What do you think?

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