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12/22/14 8:12 A

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Ann is showing a great improvement. She is able to get out of bed now. All the praise and glory be given to Jesus the Healer.

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December 22 - - A Mothers love

Luke 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart

In this scripture we see the love of a mother for her child. It seems that our children never grow up in our heart No matter how old or big they get they will still be our little boy or little girl. My youngest is 50 but he is still our baby.

We have boxes of things that they made when they were young. We have never thrown a birthday, mother’s day or father’s day card away. Sometimes we ask ourselves why we-re saving them. I know the answer “they are just too close to our heart to throw away”

Everything that Jesus did Mary pondered in her heart. Yes Jesus was/is the Son of God but He was still Mary’s little baby.

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that the pastoral staff will remain bold in proclaiming spiritual truth, even when it is unpopular to do so.


My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
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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12/21/14 11:59 P

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I don't often hear (or say) John 3:16 and 17 together. Yet they are excellent when 17 follows 16. Romans 5:8 a wonderful verse too. While we were yet sinners...

I like the way you said this "God did not say we had to do better before he would send Jesus. God sent Jesus to us just the way we are now but God did not intend for us to remain this way. God wants to change us into the very image of His Son Jesus."

Focusing on God's love is bound to help most any situation. Thank you Herb!!!

P S I hope Anne's doing well.



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12/21/14 8:07 A

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Thank you for your prayers.

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December 21 - - Today we Light the fourth ADVENT CANDLE

The fourth Advent Candle is purple it is called THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE

The angles announced the good news of a Savior. God sent his only Son Jesus to save us from our sin!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

As we light this fourth candle we focus our attention on God’s LOVE. Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God did not say we had to do better before he would send Jesus. God sent Jesus to us just the way we are now but God did not intend for us to remain this way. God wants to change us into the very image of His Son Jesus. - - - We summit to Jesus and God does the changing.

So as we light the fourth candle let us focus our attention on God’s Love.

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that members of the congregation will convey a strong witness of the gospel to their community, through integrity, love, and godliness.



My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
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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12/20/14 10:31 P

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I'm so sorry Anne fell...and down several stairs. Although I haven't broken any bones, I know falls hurt. I have no idea how long it takes for cracked bones to heal well enough to be mobile. I will pray for speedy recovery for her.

I was wondering where the saying Merry Christmas came from and I looked it up on this computer but didn't find out...not yet anyway. I appreciate the verse Proverbs 17:22.
I just thought of another one. "Count it all joy!! "

I love that old hymn you mentioned.

I've found trusting the Lord to be so much better than worrying. When I trust Him there's no reason to worry!!! I hope and pray to continue trusting Him.

Thank you brother Herb!!








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December 19 - - Merry Christmas

I have no idea where the saying Merry Christmas came from. But I do know that it is very biblical because it tells me in ----

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Proverbs tell me that a merry heart is medicine for the soul but it is also medicine for the body. The Proverb goes on to say that “a broken spirit drieth the bones”.

How does the old hymn go?

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

So my question for today would be “Have you taken your medicine?” Do you have this merry heart? If not you will find it by placing your trust in Jesus.

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will protect the hearts of our pastor staff and families against the deception and lure of impure thoughts and deeds.

I ask prayer for my wife who is now in the hospital. She fell down several steps at church and has several cracked bones. The doctors seem to think she will be fine in time. Please pray for a fast recovery.


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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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12/19/14 12:23 A

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Elijah was born late this morning!

I can imagine how the angels told the shepherds that Jesus had been born. They must have been excited as they told them.
I've been excited about this little one so of course angels would be excited about Jesus!!!

I think it's wonderful that God the Father named His Son!!!

Thanks again brother Herb!






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12/18/14 7:01 A

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December 18 - - His name shall be Jesus

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

“And His name was called Jesus” The father was always the one who named the child. So we see it was not Mary who named the child nor was it Joseph who named the child. It was God who selected the name that was given to the child born of a virgin in the stable at Bethlehem.

“His name is to be Jesus”. This was the name given to Mary by the angel and Jesus was the name given to the angel by God the Father. So in this scripture we see God the Father who is saying “His name shall be called Jesus”.

We see in this scripture proof that Jesus truly is the Son of God.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray for wisdom and leadership for the pastoral staff in dealing with the challenges of ministry, be they physical, emotional, or spiritual.


My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
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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12/17/14 10:16 P

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His name shall be Jesus

I've e-mailed with Jewish ladies and I wondered and I think I asked why they wrote God without the o. She may have told me but if she did, I've forgotten or I didn't understand what she said. Thanks for clearing this up!! The holiness of God is something I need to remember every day! He is HOLY.

Being taught that the name of Jesus was so holy when it was spoken you were to bow your head may have served you well. As you very well said, nothing has changed, the name of Jesus is still that holy.

Thank you Herb!!


One of our grandson's wife is in the process of having their first baby. They know it's a boy and have decided his name will be Elijah.
The first baby as you probably know, takes time.
I hope to fly to Oregon to see this little one in January.



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12/17/14 6:26 A

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Thank you Darlene

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December 17 - - His name shall be Jesus

Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

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.

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us,
Blessed Redeemer, Living Word.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray for a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit upon our pastoral leadership.


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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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12/16/14 9:06 P

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Thanks for praying for me Herb, I'm already feeling much better! I'm sitting up straighter than I was. I've been writing out Christmas cards and sitting here on the computer and as a result I end up slouching and that squishes ribs!

Last week we heard a message about Mary and how important she was. People may have ridiculed her and pointed at her.

Today's message is really good!! Yes, God does provide for all our needs. He provided our needs on the ways out here. W e had no idea what we were going to do at one point. Then a truck driver walked up to us and asked if he could help. That man and the man the day before, helped when most just drove by. I hope to learn from them!!

This is excellent....

"Salvation is God delivering us from troubles, insuring our welfare, providing for all of our daily needs and victory over trials in our lives and don’t forget forgiveness of our sin and eternal life in Heaven

All of this is found in the name of Jesus our salvation.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow."


I just found another really good hymn or song, on youtube.
Here it is.

youtu.be/4Hj1Y__cYeg

Thanks brother Herb!!

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12/16/14 7:06 A

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Darlene I'll be praying for you.

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November 16 - - His name shall be Jesus

Matthew 1:21 - And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The name Jesus means salvation. The word salvation means forgiveness but is also means provision.

1 Samuel 2:1 - - - My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.

This shows salvation as providing for our needs – God provides for all our needs – not just food for the table but also the job we work the rent or house payment, the car we drive and even the clothes on our back.

Salvation is God delivering us from troubles, insuring our welfare, providing for all of our daily needs and victory over trials in our lives and don’t forget forgiveness of our sin and eternal life in Heaven

All of this is found in the name of Jesus our salvation.

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that members of the congregation will convey a strong witness of the gospel to their community, through integrity, love, and godliness.


My name is Herbert but they call me Herb
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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12/16/14 12:03 A

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I like the verses you used to show the "gift"....a gift needs to be received...or it's not ours.

I am thankful Jesus is mine...and I am His.

God bless you!!

Somehow I hurt one of my ribs recently and if it keeps hurting, I may go to a doctor.
Please pray for me.
Thanks brother Herb.



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12/15/14 6:14 A

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December 15 - - The Christmas Gift that was not received

John 1:11 and 12 “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”.

“But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God”. The gift is there today waiting to be received. Jesus was the gift and is the gift that was given on that first Christmas morning. It’s not hard to receive a gift all a person need do is to reach out and take it.

There are many that believe in Jesus. Believe that He is the Son of God. Even believe that He died on the cross for their sins. There is a big difference in believing and receiving. Believing is head knowledge receiving is heart knowledge. To receive all a person need do is to open up their heart and allow Jesus the gift of Christmas to enter in.

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Your gift is ready to be received.

Merry Christmas

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray for members of the congregation battling physical illness or emotional struggles, or facing spiritual needs. Ask God to minister to them in miraculous ways.


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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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12/14/14 10:54 P

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When I read the words...because there was no room for Him in the inn, I thought of a song I heard tonight and just posted on Facebook. Here it is..


youtu.be/crY4IFpqRdI

We went to a Christmas cantata this evening. I like the spoken word in between the songs more than the singing. The singing was good but just different. I like Christmas carols or hymns that I know and the only one I knew this evening was No room.

Thanks brother Herb. Merry Christmas to you and Anne.


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December 14 - - Lighting of the 3rd ADVENT CANDLE

The third Advent Candle is pink it is called THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY

The angels sang a message of JOY! Luke 2:7-15 “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great JOY that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

The angel said “I bring you good news of great JOY’. The birth of Jesus should bring JOY into our lives. The birth of Jesus is God’s gift of JOY.

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Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that our church services will be marked by displays of supernatural power be it in healings, spiritual gifts, and lives that are dramatically changed by Jesus Christ.


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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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12/13/14 9:05 P

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God's gift of eternal life. Just thinking of eternity is awesome.

You mentioned what do they want in return...I was thinking kinda like that at one point in my life. I wondered what God would want me to do. I talked with a Christian counselor about my concern and she said something that was very helpful;. She said she believed God's will is tailor made. To me tailor made means it fits us perfectly.
Your messages have been and still are a huge help to me!! I think this is what God's will is like. I post your messages on Facebook and many of my friends "like" them! I noticed your posting these in the other Facebook group. All these people are reading or have the opportunity to read these and consider them.

I appreciate the last sentence here. " Pray that visitors to the church will sense the love and compassion of Christ, expressed through every member of the congregation. "
Love and compassion is what Jesus had for us in the manger, at the cross and He continues to have love and compassion!

I will also pray visitors won't hear arguing and heated discussions in our churches.
I think (don't know for sure) most any problem with another needs to be talked about privately.

There's a man named Ralph who needs to know Jesus., He is 83 years old. I've asked him to come with us to a Christmas cantata tomorrow night at the church we've found lol (actually the Lord directed us too!!)
He started to say no, but I smiled and said just think about it. l do hope he will change his mind...actually I hope the Lord changes his mind.

Herb, please take care and be gentle with yourself.



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12/13/14 7:00 A

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Thanks for your prayers and I believe I am feeling better.

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December 13 - - God’s gift

Romans 6:23 - - - God’s gift of eternal life.

If you were to receive a nice gift without a signature you might be a little bit interested in knowing who sent the gift and who they are. There is something deep inside us that wants to know more about someone who might like us or even love us enough to send us a gift. Who are they and why are they being so good to us? What do they want in return?

At this time of gift giving we need to reflect on the gift that we receive from God, the gift of eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ.

Who is this God that comes bearing the gift of eternal life? Who is this God-made-man who has come to us in a manger in Bethlehem?

Jesus does not come anonymously but comes proclaiming His name and who he is. He comes bring to us the Word of the Father and bearing the gift of salvation.

John 3:16 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.

Eternal life in The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s gift to man. This is the story and meaning of Christmas. Christmas is God’s love.

If you want to see who God is and what God’s love is all about then simply look in the manger.

What do you think?

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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God's gift of LOVE!!!
It's absolutely amazing that God loves each one of us as much as He does.

Loving each other as much as He loves us isn't always easy. Actually I think the only way I can love as He does is because of His love in me.

My husband and I weren't saved when our kids were growing up and by our actions we taught them that Christmas was about gifts. It's sad but true. We used to spend everything we could on gifts, especially for our kids.
Then when the Gramma's and Grampa's came over, there were more gifts.

I guess at the time, giving them gifts was our way of showing them love.

Without God, there would be no Christmas to celebrate!

What do I think...I think you are absolutely right..it's not so much how big the gift is as much as it is how much love the gift is wrapped in.

Herb, I hope you get to feeling better every day!!


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12/12/14 5:53 A

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Thanks, Seeing the Doctor this morning. Tell me I am 98% healed but don't feel it.

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December 12 - - - - God’s Gift of love

John 15:11-12 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

What happened to the days when the focus was on love and not gifts?

Do you recall those little gifts our children made for us with the elbow macaroni and construction paper? Ann and I still have a few of them. I have often said I was going to have some of them framed because they mean that much to us.

I found out a long time ago that it’s not so much how big the gift as much as it is how much love the gift is wrapped in.

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that Jesus will be at the center of every ministry, service, and event that takes place within the church and congregation.


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"Then it happened" The verse you quoted, Luke 2:10-11 is a wonderful verse. As I read just a few words at a time, it's better for me. This is the way I would read it.

And the angel said unto them
Fear not, for behold,
I bring you
good tidings of great joy
which shall be
to all people.
For unto you
is born this day
in the city of David
a Saviour
which is Christ
the Lord.

and now a new promise that will be fulfilled just as the others were!!!

Thank much brother Herb! I hope you're feeling fine and healed well.








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December 11 - - A New Christmas

If you recall when you were a kid it seemed that Christmas would never come. We would spend hours looking in the catalog at all the gifts you were hoping to get. Week after week, day after day just waiting,

In the garden God created man and woman. He gave them everything in the garden except one tree and that was the tree of good and evil. We all know how the story goes Eve ate of the fruit of the tree and then gave it to Adam and because they ate of this tree and disobeyed God they were driven from the garden and separated from God.

But a promise was given, a promise that God would send a redeemer. Over and over in the bible God gave the promise of a redeemer. So they waited and waited and waited. Over 2,000 years they waited for that first Christmas morning when this promise of God would be fulfilled.

Then it happened.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ”. Luke 2:10-11.

The angels were saying “Christmas is here”.

But now we have a new promise. The promise of the return of Jesus. A promise of a new Christmas.

And so again we wait and again we wait. The second Christmas we will not see Jesus come as a Baby in a manger but as King of King and Lord of Lords.

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Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that the women in our church will serve as leaders and role models of strength, maturity, and ministry at the church, in their families, and in the community.

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(Wouldn't some times of silence be good? I think so! We could give some thought to what Christmas is all about.)

I typed the above over your message this morning on Facebook.

Your Christmas wish is an excellent one!! I am going to spend more time being quiet before the Lord and with others...as a result of reading this. When I'm quiet, I'm more apt to hear that still small voice guiding me.

A couple of days ago I had an opportunity to listen to a neighbor out here. I usually talk quite a bit so it was good for me to listen.

YES! Jesus is the reason for Christmas! I tried to find Christmas cards today and wasn't able to find even one box of cards that said the words, Merry Christmas or any that had anything to do with Jesus's birth. I did buy two packets of 10 cards each that said Merry Christmas from Arizona. That would not have been my choice, but since I need more cards I'll look in other stores for true Christmas cards.

Thank you Herb!

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Thanks for the song.

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December 10 - - My Christmas wish.

If I had a wish for this Christmas it would be for us to be silent.

“Zechariah 2:13 – - be silent before the LORD",

Zechariah tells us to be silent before the Lord. I think sometimes we become so busy preparing for Christmas that we miss the true meaning of Christmas.

Take time this year to stop, be silent and reflect upon Jesus after all isn’t this really what Christmas is all about,

What do you think?

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that the men in our church will have a powerful impact on its ministries, and that they will provide godly leadership in their homes, the church, and throughout the community.


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The word of God is LIGHT.

Psalm 119:105 is a super verse! Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

I'm pretty sure there's a song similar to those words. I think it says, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. This is the song..
youtu.be/uAfSvk5NM2s

Psalm 119:130 is great too!! The entrance of Thy words giveth light: it giveth understanding to the simple.

Herb, I'm so glad He included me too. I like being simple!
Since the Lord has helped me, He can enlighten anyone (as long as they are His child).

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I have been asked to compose these post into a book but I truly don't believe the world needs another devotional book.

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December 9 - - The Word of God is LIGHT

At Christmas we often ride through the neighborhood looking at all the beautiful light. Lights play a big part in celebrating Christmas.

The Bible has a lot to say about lights. In the Old Testament, it says that the Word of God is a light. - - -

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

“A lamp unto my feet” is a light shining down on our feet showing us where we are to walk so we will not stumble and fall. The Word of God has the power to keep us from stumbling into sin and falling away from God.

“The Word of God is a light unto our path” shining out in front of us so we can see where we are going. Showing us the right way to go, keeping us on the path that leads to God and eternal life.

In Psalm 119:130 it says - - -The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

“Understanding to the simple” We could say that the Word of God is like a light for our understanding. It lets us see with understanding the things of God.

So the Word of God is able to enlighten the mind of even the simple.

“The simple” I’m so glad God included me. - - - LOL

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I am thankful Jesus is the Light that can't be extinguished!
I appreciate the words you used, especially in the 2nd paragraph. Just thinking about His Light being an eternal Flame and not just a flicker is super!!
Then you wrote The Christmas story affirms that whatever happens, the Light will still shine!!

Have you considered writing a devotional book? You truly say things with meaning in the words, not just words. I hope you know what I mean.

Thank you again brother Herb.

PS I forgot to tell you something. I'm pretty sure I read or heard Isaiah 9:6 three times today!! When I hear or read something more than once, I pay attention. This was three times!!! I'm going to read it again tonight!!


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December 8 - - Christmas lights

John 1:5-9 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

The good news of Christmas is that in the midst of a great darkness there came a Light, and the darkness was not able to overcome the Light. The Light was not just a flicker. It was an eternal Flame. The Christmas story affirms that whatever happens, the Light will still shine.

Jesus is the Light that shines in the darkness, the Light that can never be extinguished. Jesus came to bring this Light to us so that we would not walk in darkness.

So the next time you light the tree at Christmas and see the majesty of its lights stop and think on what these lights are saying.

What do you think?

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We went to a church out here in Arizona many years ago. The pastor was a brother of a pastor we had in Illinois before we moved. So I looked for the church on the internet but I couldn't remember the name of the church. So we decided since we're not familiar with this area, we'd go to the closest Baptist church we could find which turned out to be Calvary Baptist Church. We got there, parked and while walking to the door we saw a man who used to be the pastor of this church. He has had several small strokes and one of his legs sometimes goes numb.
But there he was! God directed us because we sure didn't direct ourselves.
We really like this church. They sang the older hymns too!!

Thanks for this admonition to "get ready". (I think admonition is the right word)
I made hard copies of much of my story. I hope to read it and edit, while we're here. I think reading it with it on paper will be different than reading it on the monitor so I may catch more of my mistakes this way.

Thanks again Herb!!

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December 7 - - Lighting of the Second Advent Candle

The Second Advent Candle is purple it is called THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION.

Preparation means to “get ready”.

Luke 3:4-6 “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘

We do well preparing our homes for this day of celebration. We often began even before Thanksgiving. Decorating the house with lights, the Christmas tree, shopping but how much time do we spend preparing ourselves?

We light the Second Advent candle today reminding us to prepare ourselves for this special day of celebration.

What do you think?

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Yes, it truly is incredible that all mighty God would have a new name for us. And the fact that our new name is written on a white stone is awesome.
I wonder if the Lord Himself will hand us our stone. He may even refer to the name on it. I'm just wondering...

My Dad called our first daughter "princess". I often call my kids angel.

I've been reading in Genesis and this morning when I read chapter 15, the end of verse 1 it was so good I wanted to share it. The part I'm referring to is, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Thanks brother Herb!

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Thank you Darlene

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December 6 - - God’s gift of a white stone

I will also give to each one who wins the victory a white stone with a new name written on it. REVELATION 2:17

When I was a young boy I was told that if I was bad at Christmas I would receive a bag of coal. Of course we know this is not true but the Bible dose tell us that God does have a white stone for us. This is not a bad thing but a good thing.

This is where the term “blackballing a person comes from”. If you desired acceptance into a group they would vote by placing stones into a box. If a black stone was placed in the box then you would not be accepted, you would be blackballed.

A white stone is a stone of acceptance. This scripture is telling us that God has for those who believe in Him a white stone but that’s not all, on this white stone is written a new name.

Fathers and mothers often show love for their children by giving them special names, Princess, – Angel, – my Buddy - and they do this to show their children special love. . .

Isn't it incredible to think that God has a special name just for us?

What do you think?

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I've wonderred why we use a pine or fir tree to celebrate Christmas, although I do enjoy having a tree to decorate.
I have a collection of snowmen and one year I set the manger under the tree with about a dozen or more 15 to 20 inch snowmen all looking at the manger. Most of their backs were to us but the thing I wanted to get across was where they were looking. I just remembered part of a verse...looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.
It really was a beautiful site, even though these were snowmen.

So Martin Luther brought the first Christmas tree into the house. Thanks for explaining this!! I'll enjoy putting lights on Christmas trees even more!

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Thanks Darlene and thanks for the song.

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December 5 - -The Christmas tree

Why do we celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Tree?

The evergreen tree is a symbol of life in the midst of winter. Many believe that the first Christmas Trees were hung upside down from the ceiling using chains or from the chandelier.

The first person to bring a Christmas tree into the house was the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.

The first Christmas Trees were decorated with edible things, such as gingerbread and apples. Many today still decorate their tree with strung popcorn and cranberries.

It tells us in Isaiah 55:12, “all the trees of the field shall clap their hands”. Even a tree has its place in worship of the Lord Jesus Christ at this special time of the year. Just maybe that's why we call it a Christ mas tree.

What do you think?

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Hi, I was able to read the past couple of messages early in the day but then later in the day when I wanted to reply I wasn't able to get anything other than facebook on this computer.

The one you wrote yesterday reminds me of a song. He gave His life, what more could He give...is part of it. I found it
youtu.be/LmtFxnQsl6Q

About todays message...wow!! In reading this I saw the other two things God doesn't need or want from us, Jesus has already provided. Jesus was the sacrifice and He also was the offering for sin.

Herb, thank you so much!! emoticon

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December 4 - - Looking for that perfect gift for Jesus

Hosea 6:6 For I desire goodness, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

Wow would you believe this. God is telling us that if He had to choose between goodness and a sacrifice, he would take your goodness. And if God had to choose between knowledge of Him and an offering He would take your knowledge of Him.

So if you’re planning a gift for Jesus this year why not give Him what he wants. GOODNESS and KNOWLEDGE OF HIM

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December 3 - - Care enough to send the very best

"When you care enough to send the very best" has been the slogan for Hallmark greeting cards since 1944. But the meaning even goes back further than that.

When God gave His son Jesus to the world “God cared enough to give His very best”. The Son of God was indeed the most treasured gift that God had in the same way our children are our most treasured gift. Yet God chose to give Jesus to us on that very first Christmas.

John 3:16
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 cared enough to give His very best.

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December 2- -The Advent Wreath

The word Advent is Latin for “the coming”. It is a custom of the church to begin the celebration of Christmas with an Advent Wreath.

The Advent wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. Set on the branches of the wreath are four candles: three purple candles and one pink candle. In the center of the wreath sits a white candle. As a whole, these candles represent the coming of the light of Christ into the world.

One candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus.

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Both Prophecy and Hope speak of a future time....maybe that's why the first candle is the prophecy or hope candle.

I like the fact we can have hope because God truly is faithful and will keep the promises made to us.

I think it's interesting that in Romans it speaks of what it says in Isaiah. I'm going to read that later.

"May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of thee Holy Spirit."

I love the things you wrote about Jesus. He is the root of Jesse, He will rule over all nations, Jesus is the hope of the world, Jesus is our hope of glory!!

Thank you brother Herb!!!!!!!





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December 1- - The first Advent candle is lit

Yesterday we celebrated the first day of Advent by lighting the first of the four candles on the Advent Wreath. The first candle to be lit is the purple candle it is called THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God.

Romans 15:12-13 And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the Root of Jesse.
Jesus will rule over all nations.
Jesus is the Hope of the world.
Jesus is our Hope of Glory.

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will help the pastoral staff develop strong relationships with other pastors and churches in the community, as we as with community leaders.


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It took me a few minutes in re-reading this to understand how it took both love and hate in Jesus's ministry but it did.

It's sad that it did but if He hadn't been treated the way He was by those who hated Him, His ministry would still have been love but Him allowing those who hated him to nail Him to the cross, was much deeper love.

Thank you for this message. I think many Christians have those who are for them and those who are against them. It does help knowing what He went through for us. He has infinite understanding.

I'm praying for you.



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November 5 – Those that loved Jesus and those that despised Him

Matthew 12:14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

The ministry of Jesus was mixed with those that loved Him and followed Him And those that despised Him and plotted to kill Him. Both were very important in His ministry.

Jesus came to show the love of God but Jesus also came to die on the cross. It took both love and hate to complete His ministry.

Thanks be to God for His love and thanks be to God for His redemption found on the cross.

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Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that marriages and family relationships throughout the congregation will be strengthened. - - - - Pray for the healing needed in my life. Thank you.


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I am relieved yet concerned to see you are writing A word from the WORD.

Yes, Jesus does heal in many different ways! Thank you for confirming that with today's message. This helps me a lot!

I am going to post this on Facebook now.

May Jesus heal you in the way He knows you need to be healed.

Thank you so much my brother and my friend!!!!

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November 4 – Jesus heals in many ways.

13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

We see something here that we don’t see in other healings. Jesus didn’t speak the healing. Jesus didn’t say anything except “stretch forth thine hand”. Jesus did not say hand be healed. Jesus did not even touch him. Jesus simply said “stretch forth thine hand”

Do you think Jesus did this for a reason? Everything Jesus did He did for a reason.

Every time Jesus healed He did it in a different way. Once Jesus said “who touched me and the woman was healed”, another time Jesus said “Your faith has healed you”, another time Jesus placed mud in a man’s eyes and he was healed. Each time Jesus healed Jesus did it in a different way.

There is no special way that we must come to God for healing. We simply come placing our faith in Him believing that He is a God of healing.

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I would like for us to pray for the Church. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 2 Chronicles 714 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. - - - - Pray for the healing needed in my life. Thank you.


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I saw your note in the Facebook group you're in. Some things take time to heal. Several months is a long time, but better months than years.

I left a note for my friends on Facebook about the man who writes "A word from the WORD" and I told them you left a note to pray, pray, pray.

May our Lord and Savior bless you and heal that infection. Your friend, Darlene









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November 3 - Not doing very well

Back in and out of the hospital. Infection in the surgical aria May take several months to heal.

Please pray, pray and pray


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Thank you for taking the time and energy to post this note. I hope you will continue to heal and get well! I've prayed for you but if our Lord didn't answer prayer, it wouldn't matter. I am thankful He has and does answer prayer.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.

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On the tenth of this month I found out that I had colon cancer. Since then I have undergone surgery. The doctor was able to remove all the cancer making me 100% cancer free.

The recovery has been going well. I have undergone a lot of pain but each day has been better than the last. God is good and has walked with me every step of the way. The scripture “I will never leave you nor will I ever forsake you” has new meaning for me.

I have missed making my post each morning “A word from the Word” and am looking forward to posting again. I still need a few more days to recover.

Thanks for your prayers.
Herb


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For those who read Herb's daily message "a word from the WORD"...as he said his messages from the WORD won't be here for the next couple of weeks.

In the mean time, let's remember to pray for this man of God. We all need others to pray for us at times.

Jeremiah 32:17

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Rules for the Sabbath...

Jesus taught by showing those he was teaching something they could hopefully understand. He asked them a question which is something you often do!!
He asked what man is among you that shall have one sheep and it fell into a ditch on the Sabbath day...will you not lay hold on it and lift it out?
Then he asks another question..how much than is a man better than a sheep?

I am very thankful Jesus thinks the way He does. He sees us as having worth. If He didn't think we had worth He could have called ten thousand angels, to destroy this world and set Him free. The song goes on...He could have called ten thousand angels, but He died alone for you and me.

There is much wrong with the picture of a sheep being important enough to lift out of a pit, but the man who had a diseased hand is not important.

I'm so glad God doesn't think that way.
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Herb, (my brother), I will be praying for you daily!!!

God bless you abundantly!! Take time to heal and rest.

Thank you for being my friend. I'll be looking forward to your return!







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October 12 - - - Rules for the Sabbath

Matthew 12:11-12 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Jesus said, you wouldn’t think twice to rescue a sheep that had fallen into a pit on the Sabbath. There rules for the Sabbath allowed certain exceptions in regard to what could be done. Work done when there was some great need was allowed, like a man’s sheep falling into a pit. We’re talking about money now.

First of all we need to understand that this was not God’s law governing the Sabbath. You have a sheep that has fallen into a pit that is all right to take care of and we have a man whose hand is diseased who needs a healing that is not all right to take care of.

Tell me what’s wrong with this picture?

The man with the withered hand had a need and Jesus saw that need. Aren’t you glad that Jesus takes care of needs? Aren’t you glad Jesus takes care of our needs?

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A word from the Word will not be posted for the next two weeks. Pray for me.

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A time for Worship and Rest....

When I read what you said after "What does this mean?", I sorta relaxed.

"A day of rest, a day of worship and a day for man to enjoy." "The Sabbath was made to serve man!"

I'm going to write these two sentences on paper and put them here on my desk as a reminder. I know this but I don't always behave like I do, or think as though I believe this.

What you said right before those two sentences is super!! ...the Sabbath wasn't made to rule the person or to be a burden to man.

Praying for all those in our military and their families is a great idea. I have but it's been quite a while....so I will.

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Thank you so much for your prayers.

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October 11 - - - A time of Worship and Rest.

Mark 2:27 - And he (Jesus) said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

What does this mean? This simply means that the Sabbath was not made to rule the person or to be a burden to man – It was meant to be a day of rest, a day worship and a day for man to enjoy. The Sabbath was made to serve man

God created the Sabbath as a day of rest. Exodus 20:8–11 (ESV) 8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant.

The Christion Church has set aside Sunday and their Sabbath but in today’s culture where so many must work of Sunday we need to take a close look at this. Each of us needs a Sabbath in our lives. We need to set aside one day in the week to rest and give worship and praise to God. Many churches today have Saturday night Worship for this reason.

But then again shouldn’t every day of the week be a day of worship and praise to God.

“The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath”.

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As I was sending my reply to your message, I noticed this!! I can't tell you how much I care!!

I will certainly be praying for you and if it's ok with you, when I post tomorrow's message, I will ask my friends on Facebook to pray along with me. I'll just tell them your name is Herb.

Remember there is nothing, absolutely nothing too hard for our God!!!

I'll make a note on Tuesday on my calendar about this!!
Yes, I will understand if you don't send messages for awhile.

May God bless and keep you and help you get well A S A P!!!

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God's law and man's law..

This is very interesting. I hope to be more aware if or when I hear someone teaching a man made law.

Of course some man made laws are good, like speed signs and rules we need to follow to drive safely.

But those that cause others to sorta walk on eggshells aren't from God, but from man.

That's interesting that this was just something the Pharisees had created and 'called' it 'law'!!!

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Dear Friend.

Today I found out that I have cancer of the colon. The doctor tells me that it is in the early stage and will be easy to remove. I will be entering the hospital for surgery on Tuesday. I send you this note in request for prayer.

If you do not see a post in the next few weeks I hope you will understand. I will be posting until I enter the hospital. "I will see victory in this by the Word of God"

Herb Augustine.

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October 10 - - - God law and man’s law

Matthew 12:9-10 9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

Does the value of life overrule all rules and regulation? Does the value of life overrule the law? Two very good questions.

Suppose you saw someone drowning and then you saw a sign saying no swimming would you break the law and swim out and try to save the person drowning or would you obey the law and let the person drown?

That’s a real stupid question. Of course we would break the law and try to save the person who is drowning but isn’t that exactly what we are seeing here in this scripture.

We see the Pharisees demanding that Jesus keep the law of the Sabbath and let the man with the withered had remain sick. We see Jesus setting aside the law and ministering to a person who is in need.

I said setting aside the law I didn’t say breaking the law because this was not even a law. This was simply something that the Pharisee had created and called the law.

I’m so glad that we don’t have all of those man made laws in the church - - - or do we?

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October 9 - - - Here or There

Philippians 1:21 For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.

In Philippians chapter 1 verse 21 we read this powerful statement made by Paul

In living we have many things that we may rejoice in. We may rejoice in God’s love in that He sent Jesus the Christ to die for our sins. We may rejoice in God’s love in that God provides for our daily needs. We may rejoice in God’s love in that God not only hears our prayer but answers them. We may rejoice in God’s love in that he provided His Holy Word to instruct us, His church to encourage us, His Holy Spirit to teach us and friends and love ones to walk with us. Then again if one dies, we may rejoice in God’s love by being with Jesus the Christ forever in His presence.

A Sunday school teacher asked this question to the children in her class. Who wants to go to heaven? All raised their hands except one little boy Johnny. Johnny she ask, don’t you want to go to heaven. The little boy answered “oh yes. Then she asked, why didn’t you raise your hand and Johnny answered, I thought you meant right now.

Yes I can understand what the little boy was saying but I can also understand what Paul was saying.

Paul is saying that it is good to be here but it also will be good to be there.

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Thinking is as bad as doing..

What do I think? I think you're right. My thinking needs to be in line with God's word just as my doing does. There's a verse...Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight my strength and my redeemer. (That's not a quote)

Thanks Herb!


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October 8 - - - Thinking is as bad as doing

Proverbs 24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
The Living Bible says it like this 8 To plan evil is as wrong as doing it.

Wow I never saw this before. Do you mean that to think about doing it is just a bad as doing it? If that be the case I not only need to get my doing in line with the Word but I also need to get my thinking in line with the Word.

What do you think?

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I am very thankful Jesus represents us in the new covenant.

So even though we take the Lord's Supper in remembrance of Jesus, when Jesus told the apostles about the Lord's Supper, Jesus had not yet been sacrificed as atonement for our sin. So we see Jesus using the bread as His body and the wine as His blood, the body and the blood of the Lamb of the Lamb that was yet to be sacrificed.

For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Thanks again Herb! I'm glad you're my brother!

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October 7 - - - The New Covenant Meal

“26 So Jesus took the bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)

As we gather at the Lord’s Supper Table we are partaking of the New Covenant, the covenant between God and man. At the Lord’s Supper table we find God as one party of the New Covenant and Jesus who is representing us as the other party of this New Covenant. The covenant between God and man that can not and will not ever be broken.

In this Covenant Meal we call the Lord’s Supper we have Jesus giving Himself as the covenant sacrifice. A covenant meal must have a Covenant Sacrifice. But the Lamb had yet to be sacrificed. Jesus had not yet been nailed to the cross. Jesus had not yet been sacrificed as atonement for our sin. So we see Jesus using the bread as His body and the wine as His blood, the body and the blood of the Lamb of the Lamb that was yet to be sacrificed.

“26 So Jesus took the bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)

Jesus said take and eat of this sacrifice – the binding together of man and God in Covenant.

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Conditional Covenant...

I think I've been living under the conditional covenant. I know I am saved beyond a shadow of a doubt. How can one who is a child of God get themselves so messed up and end up living under the old covenant. (the word "under" is a really good descriptive word)

Thank you for all the help your messages have brought me.

Our daughter is here and in the living room with my husband and her son. I'm going to join them.

Thanks again brother Herb!!!

I forgot to tell you Donna fixed my computer!!! She's a whiz!

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October 6 - - - Conditional Covenant

Exo 19:3 and Moses went up the mountain to meet with God. The LORD called to him from the mountain and told him to say to the Israelites, Jacob's descendants: 5 Now, if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own people. The whole earth is mine, but you will be my chosen people, 6 a people dedicated to me alone, and you will serve me as priests." 8 Then all the people answered together, "We will do everything that the LORD has said," and Moses reported this to the LORD.

The word Old Testament means Old Covenant; in the Old Testament we see that the covenant between God and man was a conditional covenant. God said you keep my commandments, the Ten Commandments, and I will keep you as my people.

The only trouble was that they could not keep the commandments. They could not keep the commandments and we cannot keep the commandments. When we broke the first command we fell out of covenant with God.

But I have good news. The good news is that in the New Covenant (New Testament) Jesus has kept our part of the covenant for us. Jesus lived a life in complete obedience to God and then when He had completed his life on earth he gave it to us.

Jesus filled all the conditions of the covenant for us and then at the Lord Supper Table we together partake with Him of the covenant meal.

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October 5 - - - The New Testament Covenant

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with a garland, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

THE LORD'S TABLE IS A COVENANT MEAL. It is a covenant meal between God and man. It is the binding of the New Covenant between God and man but what makes it even greater is that Jesus keeps our part in the covenant.

In second Corinthians (5:21) it tells us we exchange garments with Jesus. “Jesus who knew no sin he (God) made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Jesus took our garment of sin and gave us His garment of righteousness.

Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with a garland, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Now if that doesn’t make you want to dance - - - - - -

See you in church

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October 4 - - - The Wedding Covenant

Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

We see a symbolic picture of this Covenant meal today as the bride and the groom feed each other from the wedding cake. This is not just something silly that the couple does even thou we often try to make it so. This is a symbolic picture of a covenant meal. The marriage covenant binding the two as one “till death do ye part”.

In this covenant the bride and the groom become one and the two families also become one – the bride’s family now becomes the groom’s family and the groom’s family now becomes the bride’s family. Then everything the groom has now becomes the bride’s and everything the bride has now becomes the groom’s.

They are no longer two but now are one by covenant with each other in marriage. The same thing takes place at the Lord’s Supper table. We become one with Jesus.

John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples at the Lord’s Supper table.

Now how good is that?

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Covenant between Jonathan and David..

When I first read verse 3 I thought it said Jonathon loved him as his own son. Bur it says he made the covenant because he loved him as he loved his own soul.

That's really interesting that the exchange of robes meant they would protect and care for the other's family.

I didn't know....there's a lot I don't know! But in this case I didn't know about this covenant between Jonathon and David was so strong that Jonathon chose to help David....when there was a dispute between David and Jonathon's father Saul.

This does show the strength of a covenant.

You don't know, but the Lord knows how good this was for me to read this. So, tonight I'll say thank you Lord and than thank you brother Herb!!

I've discovered another 'part' of my problem. I need to live from my heart and not think so much.
When I think too much I obsess and that is exhausting!! Thanks again!









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The internet service was down late yesterday! I didn't expect it to be back this morning but it seems fine!

Our daughter is visiting us from Oregon for a week. She's flying in tomorrow.

Be back later (I hope).

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October 3 - - - Covenant between Jonathan and David

1Samuial 18:3-4 Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. 4. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.

David and Jonathon entered into a binding covenant. In this scripture we see the binding of the covenant between David and Jonathon by the exchanging of robes– the exchanging of garments – the exchanging of swords and girdles.

The exchanging of robes – There robe symbolized being the head of their family – so by exchanging their robes they were saying they exchanged family’s meaning that each would protect and care for the others family.

Then we have the exchange of garments – they exchanged garments or everything they wore – that meant that everything they owned now belonged to the other.

Then they exchanged swords and bow and girdle - meaning that David’s enemies now became Jonathon’s enemies and Jonathon’s enemies now became David’s enemies. This is why when the dispute came up between David and Jonathon’s father Soul, Jonathan chose to help David. This shows us just how strong a covenant between two parties could be. – A covenant was even stronger then blood relations.

At the Lord’s Supper God entered into Covenant with man. The Covenant between David and Jonathon was a strong binding Covenant but the Covenant between God and man is even a greater binding Covenant.

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October 2 - - - The Covenant Meal

Gen 31:45 So Jacob took a stone and set it up as a monument. 46 Then he told his family members, “Gather some stones.” So they gathered stones and piled them in a heap. Then Jacob and Laban sat down beside the pile of stones to eat a covenant meal.

The covenant meal was done to seal the covenant between the two parties. A covenant was a binding contract. It was a binding agreement that could not be broken.

This was often done between two nations or tribes who felt that they needed the support of the other in regard to a threat of an aggressor. So the two of them would enter into covenant and then they would bind this covenant with a covenant meal

The Lords Supper is that Covenant meal binding the New Covenant between God and man. For the next few days I thought we might look at this Covenant meal between God and man.

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A call for help...

I've read the Psalms and never noticed these verses! I wonder if that's because I didn't need to see them at that time.

These are super verses for me right now. I'm thinking of staying in His word longer and praying these verses may help me too. I need to get back to the "quiet times" with Jesus I once had.

Thank you brother Herb!

P S I got this in an e-mail...

Daily Word of Hope
The Daily Word of Hope Devotional

Bible Fact: God used dust to form the first man (Genesis 2:7).

† The Rock of Ages †
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. Isaiah 26:3–4 AMP
How did I get caught up in this mess? Many times have I asked myself that question. It would begin with a thought, which if I dwelt on it, became a desire. Before long, what started as a "harmless" thought had matured into a full-blown reality. Where the mind goes, the body soon follows. If the mind stays in the gutter, your spirit will soon be covered in slime. It all begins in the mind and our thought life guides our future actions.

When we constantly think about the troubles of tomorrow, we become anxious, worry and soon end up in tears. It robs us of our energy, time and strength. Don't let that be you; make the most of today. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matt 6:34). Isaiah said that God would guard and keep in constant peace, the one whose mind is kept on Him. When you are focused on God, you will overcome. Nothing coming tomorrow is too difficult because nothing is impossible for God (Luke 18:27).

Focus on God today and what He has for you, His promises and His word. Stop worrying about tomorrow and fight to keep your mind out of the gutter, if it drifts there. God is unchanging, loving and all-powerful, truly the Rock of Ages. He is able to take care of you, no matter how bad the situation looks, and He will.
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October 1 - - - A call for Help

Psalm 70:1-5 (TLB) 1 Rescue me, O God! Lord, hurry to my aid! 2-3 They are after my life and delight in hurting me. Confuse them! Shame them! Stop them! Don’t let them keep on mocking me! 4 But fill the followers of God with joy. Let those who love your salvation exclaim, “What a wonderful God he is!” 5 But I am in deep trouble. Rush to my aid, for only you can help and save me. O Lord, don’t delay.

How many times have I prayed this prayer and how many times did God answer me by rushing to my aid. God is a God of His Word always doing what He said He would do.

What a mighty God we serve.

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Let's talk it over..

This verse meant a lot to me this morning when I read it plus off and on all day. I asked the Lord to show me how to reason together with Him.

Herb, I am so glad you write these messages!! They helped me me going.

Not only is His IQ infinity He has infinite understanding!! That's in either Palms or Proverbs.

Herb, this last period of time has been, as I think you know, difficult. I think I've learned something....I sure hope I have.

One thing I HOPE I've learned is to stay in His word daily!!

His word is absolutely true. He said I will never leave thee nor forsake thee and He won''t. He gave His word on that.

Also I have a new idea about my writing. I am going to write for 5 minutes or so about absolutely anything...germs, mice, anything. A friend of mine suggested this. Then after that five minutes, I will hopefully and prayerfully write my story.

My story isn't an easy story to write so I've resisted writing it even though I knew the Lord wanted me to write it. But with the five minutes to get my feelings written down or whatever I want to write about out on paper, I think I 'could be' (almost) ready to write.


We went to an apple orchard today with about 20 other seniors from our church. I met two special ladies there. One lady and I started talking as we looked at dish towels that had fun things written on them. One of those said something about families not being 'normal' because normal is a setting on a clothes dryer. During those few minutes we got close enough to hug before going out separate ways.
Later on I saw a couple of our friends who happened to be there with people from their church.
I walked up and told the people sitting with the man of this couple, that he is one of the nicest men I know. Then I said, I love his wife even more than I love him. Then I noticed the lady I had spoken to earlier was sitting at the same picnic table with our friend. We said hi. As I began to walk away the man friend of ours said, she's shy. lol He meant for me to hear him.
Then I looked back and called to the lady, "lady in pink", and she turned so I asked what her name is, she said Janet and I said I'm Darlene. That was special.

Then as I was picking up a pumpkin roll, I began to open my purse and the lady behind the counter said you pay up front. I said I knew that....I just have a lot on my mind. She said, I understand, I do to. She was serious.....so I asked her name and she told me her name is Marie. She asked my name. I told her I would pray for her and she said she would pray for me too. I said, (I guess to assure her) I mean it and she said I do too, your on my list. The look on her face was serious.

I am so thankful I met Janet and Marie!!!


Psalm 145:9

The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all
His works.

NKJ

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September 30 - - - Let’s talk it over

Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”.

This is one of the most amazing verses in the Bible! God says to me "Let's reason together”.

Imagine! God who’s I.Q. is infinity wants to "reason" with me!

All I can say about is -- WOW what a God we serve.

What do you think?

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Thank you for reminding me that you're praying for me. That means a lot.

What a God we serve...

His thoughts are "precious" and "great". As has often happened, tears fall when I read your messages. His word touches me.

I don't want my heart to harden!! I do have hope.

Reading that he thinks of me brings more tears. But maybe I need these.

I hope the Lord hasn't given up on me. That's what I'm concerned about now.

Thanks again and again and once more!

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September 29 - - - What A God We Serve

Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

The Living Bible says it like this - 17-18 How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me.[a] And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!

When things are going well God is thinking about me. When things are not going well God is thinking about me. Every place I go and in everything I do God is their thinking about me. There is never one moment, day or night that God is not thinking about me.

To think that the God that created the universe is thinking about me constantly all day and all night long, that God never turns His thoughts away from me is almost to much for this little mind of mine to comprehend.

All I can say about is -- WOW what a God we serve.

What do you think?

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Wisdom and knowledge...

In our Sunday school class I think we get both wisdom and knowledge.

I have asked and will continue to ask the Lord for wisdom concerning how I've been feeling.
This could be depression but I don't know for certain.

Thank you brother Herb.



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September 28 - - - Wisdom and Knowledge

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

I have known a few in my life that have had very little education yet were very wise. I have also known a few who were very educated yet did not know to come in out of the rain. There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Don’t get me wrong I am for an education. I feel that it is very important but what we’re talking about is the difference between wisdom and knowledge.

Knowledge comes from learning and study. Knowledge comes from schooling and books. Knowledge comes from having experience in doing but Wisdom comes from God. - - - - Big difference between Wisdom and Knowledge.

If you want knowledge then seek it out by schooling and study but if your want Wisdom James tells us we are to ask of God “that giveth to all men liberally”.

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emoticon God's Word knows just what to say and when to say it. Thanks Darlene.

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Even the darkness is not dark...

I am glad darkness isn't dark to God. I hope He will show me what to do and where to go.

Jesus is the light of the world. I am thankful I know this because I know Him.

I finished reading Philippians today and read several chapters of the Psalms. I hope the Lord will use this time in my life for good....cause it's tough!

I'm thinking journaling may help some. There was another time in my life when writing things down on paper helped me a lot. Writing down my feelings helped too.

I will continue to read God's word and I'll stay in the Psalms.

I just read this and wanted to share it with you....

Daily Meditation for 24th of September 2014 God Does Not Shame and Reject
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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29
Grief is exhausting. Physically we are fatigued. Mentally we are spent. Emotionally we are drained. Spiritually we are crushed. Weariness seems to cast a shadow over all of life. We drag through the days. We are without strength and without power.
Our bodies need to be refreshed with sleep and recreation. Our minds need to be stimulated with hopeful thoughts about our future. Our hearts need to be soothed. Our spirits need to be infused with a desire to engage in life again.
God comes to us in the weariness and weakness of grief with gifts of strength and power. God does not shame us for our weakness. God does not reject us for being too weary to function. We may be tempted to refuse God's gifts either because we want to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, or because we don't believe we are entitled to receive good gifts. But, nevertheless, God offers us good gifts in seasons of grief. God offers strength and power. When we can admit our need and are ready to be honored by the Giver of these gifts, they can be ours.
I am weary, Lord.
Sometimes I think I am suppose to stay weary.
I do not feel entitled to be strong.
And sometimes I want to manage without your help.
I don't feel that I deserve help.
Thank you for your offer of strength and power.
Give me strength today.
Give me the power I need to make it through this day.
Give me the grace to accept your gifts.
Strengthen and empower me as I grieve today.
Amen.
Copyright Dale and Juanita Ryan


Thanks brother Herbert.




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September 27 - - - Even the darkness is not dark

Psalm 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

All of us have had those times in our lives when it seemed as if we were walking in darkness. A time when we could not see or know what to do or where to go.

That is the time when we need to turn from the darkness and turn to the Light. God is Light and in God there is no darkness. To God the darkness is as light. God always know what we should do or where we should go.

Next time you find yourself in darkness simply look up and see the light of God.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


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God is able...

Ephesians 3:20-21 is wonderful.

I've heard what you said here before...when we look back, we're amazed at what God has done. Yes, it would be good if we had foresight to have the faith, understanding and vision to know God can and will do great wondrous things in our lives, if we will only allow Him.

One day at a time, I hope I will allow Him to work in my life. I've heard, I can't, He can, I'll let Him. Now I need to keep putting this to practice.

Thanks again Herb!



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Herb, thank you!!! Thank you for telling me this happens to all of us. I sure was feeling alone.
I imagine others do too, when they lose their joy, or joy is covered by other emotions.

Thanks for telling me about this happening to David. I'm going to read the Psalms next.

I have talked to the Lord about this but I will more.

You are a real good brother!! Thanks!

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Darlene, You said, "I hesitate to say this, the truth is I seem to have lost my joy. It may be because I have so much on my mind". This happens to all of us at times. David wrote several Psalms about how he had lost his joy.

I found that when this happens to me the best thing I can do is to go to my prayer alter and talk to God about it. God understands.


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September 26 - - - God is able

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

(NRSV) - Now to [God] who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine, to him be glory.

I believe too many times that we forget that it is God who is able to accomplish “those things within us”.

Sometimes when we look back we stand amazed at what God has done in our lives but don’t you think foresight might even be better than hindsight. If we could only have the vision and understanding and the faith to know that God is a God that can and will do great wondrous thing in our lives if we will only allow Him.

What do you think?

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The importance of God's word...

If it wasn't for God's word, no one could know Jesus.

Several years before Jesus saved me, one of my aunts told me the words in red in her Bible are Jesus's words. Of course knowing about Jesus didn't get me saved. The Spirit of God used the word of God to convict me of sin, convince me Jesus could help me and I was comforted when I got saved.

I've been slack in reading His word lately. I listened to a preacher a couple of days ago and his sermon was really good...but that's not the same as reading God's word. This morning I read a few verses in Philippians 4 and then talked with my husband about one of those verses. I remembered the verse I found Thy words and I did eat them and they became the joy and rejoicing of my heart.
That isn't a quote...

Herb, I hesitate to say this, the truth is I seem to have lost my joy. It may be because I have so much on my mind.

Thank you brother Herb!





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September 25 - - - The Importance of God’s Word

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Just how important is it for us to know the Word of God? I believe that in order to know the power of God it is important to know the Word of God. How can we live and move in God’s power if we do not know God’s Word?

2Ti 3:16 -17 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Jesus said, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God”.

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Every good and perfect gift is from God.

After I read this this morning I was thinking about these things you mentioned.

Those you pointed out are wonderful. He sent His angels to care for us. He sent His Spirit to dwell within every believer. His church encourages us and His word guides us. Thank you very much for these precious reminders. It's awesome that every time we speak He listens...we make a request and God responds. The next one is very assuring...God will never let us be tempted too much or stumble too far!!

The next section is wonderful too. God is there to wipe our tears from our eyes. God will hear a love sonnet. And as much as we want to see God, God wants to see us even more.
We are chosen, claimed and even more and more...

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Good morning! I want you to see that I changed your message when I posted it on my home page in Facebook. I hope you won't mind. If you'd rather I didn't change them at all, I won't.
If I wrote something I would want someone to tell me if they changed it, therefore I want to tell you.

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September 24 - - - Every good and perfect gift is from God.

JAMES 1:17
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.'

Just Look at the gifts God has given us:
God sent his angels to care for us.
God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us. God’s church to encourage us.
God’s word to guide us...
Anytime we speak, God listens.
We make a request and God responds.
God will never let us be tempted too much or stumble too far.
Let a tear appear on our cheek, and God is there to wipe it.
Let a love sonnet appear on our lips, and God is there to hear it.

As much as we want to see God, God wants to see us even more....we have been chosen by Christ.... Christ has claimed us as his beloved. - - - - And even more and more and more - - - - -
- - - Every good and perfect gift is from God. - - -
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September 24 - - - Every good and perfect gift is from God.

JAMES 1:17 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Just Look at the gifts God has given us: God sent his angels to care for us. God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us. God’s church to encourage us. God’s word to guide us... Anytime we speak. God listens. We make a request and God responds. God will never let us be tempted too much or stumble too far.

Let a tear appear on our cheek, and God is there to wipe it. Let a love sonnet appear on our lips, and God is there to hear it. As much as we want to see God, God wants to see us even more....we have been chosen by Christ.... Christ has claimed us as his beloved. - - - - And even more and more and more - - - - -

- - - Every good and perfect gift is from God. - - -

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Invitation to the thirsty...

When I read the verse about His word not returning to Him void, it reminded me of signs in front of churches.
I don't know why these signs don't have God's word on them instead of something to get people's attention or something supposedly funny. Since His word doesn't return to Him void, it makes sense to me to have a good verse about salvation on the sign. How about, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!!!
I tend to be on the serious side so it may just be me. Sometimes I'm too serious.

I need to memorize Is 55:12. Thanks Herb!

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