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10/18/16 10:37 P

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Problems using a computer have often frustrated me. One problem I have often had with Sparkpeople is, I don't get a notice when someone has left a message in a group I'm in.

Herb, I am glad I'll continue to see your posts on Facebook!!

May God bless you for all the messages you have written and for those you'll continue to write on Facebook!!

Thanks again and again brother Herb!!

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10/18/16 2:17 A

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Thanks for your service to helping others, prompting folks to see if the Scriptures actually do say that... just like Bereans.

I'm sorry your experience here was no distracting for you. Peace in your continued walk, and if we do not connect in this world, we shall on the other side of the grand mystery of Eternity.

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10/17/16 8:23 A

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I am leaving SP. It is so frustrating trying to use it. Adds popovers and very slow to respond. I have used it for about 20 years and have met a lot of good friends but I will not be posting “A word from the Word”. If you would still like to follow “A word from the Word” send me an email and I will give you my Facebook page. I will remain open receiving emails for a few month.

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10/17/16 7:32 A

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A word from the Word
October 18 - - More Useful then Silver, Gold and Precious Jewels
Proverbs 3:13-15 - Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her.

So what this is saying is that wisdom and understanding is more beneficial and useful to a man then silver, gold and precious jewels.

Jesus had a lot to say about this. Mark 8:36 - 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Matthew 6:19-21 - 19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Silver, Gold and Precious Stones are for now but Wisdom of God and His plan for us in Christ Jesus is forever.

Just a thought

Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers. We will be making a very important decisions in the next few weeks as to who we will select as the next President of this great country. We need to weight the facts but we also need to be in prayer asking God to direct us in our choosing.
“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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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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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10/14/16 6:38 A

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October 14 - - Fear the Lord and turn from evil
Proverbs 3:7 - Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Next it says that we should “fear the Lord”. This is a righteous fear. What is righteous fear? Example - - I have a righteous fear of Dixie highway. I have a righteous fear to look both way several times before I try to cruse Dixie. In other words I have respect for it. Righteous fear is having a respect for a person other than being afraid of them. It is a placing yourself under the authority of a person because of the power that person has or the power that is behind who they are. You might say we have a fear of a police officer.

This is the fear we should have for God, a righteous fear. A fear because we have respect for God and who God is. We need not only to have respect for God but we need to be obedient to Him. It says we are to “turn away from evil”. We call this repenting. Repenting is changing directions. We are walking in the ways of evil, we meet Jesus and we turn away from evil and now walk after the things of God.

Just a thought

You may be wondering why I am posting the same thing at the close of this post for the past few days. It is because I believe it is very important that we turn to prayer for this country and far the world. So Church I believe the time has come for us to get serious about our praying.
“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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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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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10/13/16 7:40 A

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A word from the Word
October 13 - - Don’t consider yourself wise.
Proverbs 3:7 - Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

There is a big difference between “wisdom” and knowledge. Wisdom comes as a gift from God. 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.” Wisdom comes from God Knowledge comes from book study learning and experience.

“Don’t consider yourself wise”. How much wisdom would we have if we were to lay our wisdom next to God’s wisdom?

Just a thought

Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers. Let us continue to pray about the upcoming Presidential election.
“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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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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10/12/16 7:36 A

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October 12 - - God will direct our paths
Proverbs 3:6 - In all your ways acknowledge Him (God) and he shall direct your paths.

What does it mean “acknowledge God in all ways”? Recall a few years back when it seemed everyone was wearing those bracelets saying “what would Jesus do”? I believe that this may be what this is saying. Acknowledge or think about God in everything we do before we do it.

Ann and I used to do a lot of church visiting. We still love to visit but our age does not allow us this blessing a lot anymore. But when we did this visiting we bought this thing call a GPS. We no longer had to find a map and search for the address now all we did was put the address in and push the button and zap there was the direction guiding us in the path that we needed to take. So we place our trust in this thing, this GPS and it directed our path.

I am not saying God is in any way like a GPS. I am simply saying that if we can trust a GPS that is only a part of what God has provided for us they why can’t we trust in the one who provided it. “In all things acknowledge God and this God whom we acknowledge will direct our path.

Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness. - - - - Let me say it one more time - - - He leads me in the path of righteous.

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

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Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers. We will be making a very important decisions in the next 30 days as to who we will select as the next President of this great country. We need to weight the facts but we also need to be in prayer asking God to direct us in our choosing.
“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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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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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10/11/16 9:08 P

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Herb, you've been pegging that relationship link, first to God and then towards His Creation, 'spot-on' as I and some others like to say. Humanity began in right relationship with God and His Creation, then Eve decided she wanted to be "the decider", and Adam tried to escape his accountability as well as his culpability for going along with the rebellion. So we fell into spiritual death and then next major thing we hear about it is that Cain has not only hated his brother but killed him. Eve said like Flip Wilson, "the Devil made me do it". Adam blamed Eve, and then God Himself. God was not amused.

And God cursed the rest of Creation so that we could live in this world. Imperfect folks in a perfect world otherwise would've been a recipe for disaster. Think about it.

I am convinced, for almost 20 years now, that "Relationship" is the "Rosetta Stone" if I may say so, to understanding God's Word to us. But that means we understand Jesus came to reconcile us to God and towards each other.

We Christians have been so busy separating ourselves from each other that we've blended with the world in so much of the rest of our lives (including the practice, devotion and worship of God).

So yes, Herb and others, I'm convinced our relationships to physical creation, other people, other citizens of the Kingdom, show the condition of our relationship with God. And primarily we cannot have a good relationship with God and be hateful of other people or spiteful regarding Nature.

Thanks for doing what you are to spread the word from the WORD.
your fellow suffering-servant,
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10/11/16 7:45 A

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A word from the Word
October 11 - - Trust in God
Proverbs 3:5 -Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;

I like that “Trust in the Lord - - do not rely on our own understanding. You do not need to understand God in order to trust in Him. In fact we relay do not understand a lot about a lot of things but this does not keep us from trusting in them. For example I do not understand a lot about electricity but I don’t sit around in the dark.

Even though I do not understand all the ways of God I can still put all my trust in Him because God not only understands all things but he made all things. So who would know more about something then the person who made it?

Proverbs 3:5-6 – 5Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him and he shall direct your paths.

Let go and let God

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Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers “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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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10/10/16 8:04 A

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October 10 - - Our relationship With God Impacts All Relationships
Romans 5:1-2 -- 1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our relationship with God impacts all relationships it also impacts the way we love others. I never know what love was until I asked Jesus into my life and I found a love for Him. I thought I loved my wife but after I found Jesus I found a love for my wife that I had never known before.

Jesus changes relationships and Jesus changes our love for others.

Just a thought

Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers “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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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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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10/7/16 10:09 P

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We're going to be leaving for a trip west in a couple of days and I probably won't be able to use a computer while we're on the road. When we get to Arizona, it may take us a couple of days to get the computer hooked up.
I hope to be back here on Sparks and Facebook within two weeks...Lord willing.
Thank you VERY much for your prayers!
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Thank you Herb!







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10/7/16 5:35 A

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October 07 - - - Getting My Most Important Relationship Right
Romans 5:1-2 -- 1 Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Getting My Most Important Relationship Right. We cannot talk about relationship with each other without first talking about our relationship with God. Our relationship with Him (God) impacts all our others relationships

“Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. We have been declared righteous by faith. The word righteous means to be right with God, and in fellowship with Him, We have been brought into relationship with God by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will grant the pastoral leadership a strong sense of vision for the church and congregation.


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10/6/16 8:52 P

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I like this verse!!! (Phil 4:8)

Genesis 6:5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”.

Our world is getting to be more and more as it was in the days of Noah.

I appreciate that you said "it's as simple as that"....after you said Feed the spirit man and starve the carnal man. Keeping things simple helps me!!

Thanks much Herb!!!!

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10/6/16 6:32 P

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E.Stanley Jones wrote a devotional book entitled 'The Way'. It is a classic devotional, I believe written about 70 years ago.

I'll have to look at 'Site, Walk, Stand'.



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10/6/16 7:21 A

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October 06 - - - Feed the Spiritual Man
Philippians 4:8 -- Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:9 is “Food for the Spirit Man”. You feed the spirit man the Word of God “thinking on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Then you look for those things that are of virtue and praise”.

You are what you think. Recall what happen in Genesis when God called upon Noah to build the Ark. It tells us in Genesis 6:5 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. Because their thoughts were evil they were evil and God destroyed them by a flood.

What they were thinking was just the opposite as to what God has instructed us to think. God tells us “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”.

Feed the spirit man and starve the cornal man. It’s as simple as that.

Just a thought


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10/5/16 11:37 P

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I came across a super helpful verse today!! It's John 5:24. (I hope this is the one!!)

Feeding the Spiritual man reminds me of something I heard many moons ago.
As I recall (and I could recall wrong)...a boy Indian was talking with his grand father. His grand father told him it's as though each one of us has two dogs inside. One grows and the other doesn't. The boy asked, which one grows? The grand father said, the one we feed.

Thank you Herb!!!



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Gralan, I wanted to mention the author, but I couldn't remember his name. Yes, Watchman Nee is it.
A friend of mine loaned me another one of his books. It's called "Sit, Walk, Stand". It was good!!
I read "The normal Christian Life", many years ago but after reading "Sit, Walk, Stand" I wanted to read it again.
Was "The Way" a book?


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October 05 - - - Feeding the Spiritual Man
Romans 12:2 - - do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

“Do not be conformed to the world or controlled by the world but be transformed or changed into that which is good and acceptable and perfect”. How is this done? This is done by the renewing of the mind, changing our way of thinking. Every action is first a thought. Before we do we first think about doing . Ephesians 5:26 That He (Jesus) might sanctify and cleanse (our thinking) by the washing (of our mind) by the water the Word.

The renewing of the mind is done by the Word of God. The Word of God will sanctify our mind. Make it holy by filling it with God's holiness found in His Word. Then it will cleanse our mind by taking those things out that are not of God. It is A filling of holiness and a cleansing of unholiness.


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Hey you two. I'm responding about the word from the WORD and about Watchman Nee. I find that book very challenging, and have read it a couple times. I have it on audio mp3 as well; it was offered through ChristianAudio as one of their Free offer for the month.

You might like checking that out. If you are interested in that feel free to email me about other resources like that. I might even be willing to part with my copy of it, or loan it by email attachment or dropbox.

I also do like the format of daily readings such as Thought and Prayers. E.Stanley Jones wrote one entitled The Way, and we studied it for a year at a Men's breakfast group I was involved with in Oregon.

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I'm very tired so I'm going to bed and read. I found a book I've been wanting to read. It's The Normal Christian Life.

I copied this from a Facebook post our daughter posted. I like this!!
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Verse of the Day:
Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. -Romans 10:4

Thoughts on Today's Verse...
Christ is both the fulfillment of the Law (the goal and destination of the Law) and also the end of the Law. We are no longer judged on the basis of law-keeping. True, the standard used for us is the righteousness of God, but this is a standard that Jesus meets in us and for us by being the sin offering for us and sending the Spirit to empower us. This means that God can declare us righteous while at the same time transforming us to strive toward being righteous in the way we live. The Law's goal is fulfilled and finds its completion in Christ as his salvation transforms us.

My Prayer...
Dear Father, I do believe that Jesus is your dear Son, sent to be my Savior, crucified for my sins, and raised from the dead for my victory. I trust my salvation to him and thank you for your incredible gift of grace. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

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October 04 - - - The Carnal Man and the Spiritual Man
1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

The problem is within ourselves. We are made of two men, the Carnal man and the Spiritual man. We find these two men at war with each other.

The Carnal man is the old man that I was before I was saved. This is the man that loves the things of the world. This is the man that walks after the things of the flesh. Then we have the Spiritual man. That is the new man that delights in the Word of God. That desires to follow after God and His truth.

If we are to put Jesus first then we must put to death that Carnal man, the worldly man that man that seeks after the things of the world. And then we are to build up, or bring to life, that spiritual man, that man that desires to walk after the ways of God.

We do this by feeding the man that we want to live and starving the one you want to die. We need to spot doing and start doing. If you stop feeding the Carnal man then he will die. If we start feed the spiritual man then he will live

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will help the pastoral staff develop strong relationships with other pastors and churches in the community, as well as with community leaders.


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Herb, thanks for the reminder that as disciples looking to Christ we will reflect His glory, from glory to glory, like mirrors pointing at the sun. This is what God tells us. So let us seek truly to be with Jesus whether alone or with our fellow disciples. For He lives in them too.

As far as I know, Darlene, repentance is the act of turning from sin. To repent means you reject the sin and expect you will not do it ever again. If you consider you can or will do it again then how can one say one has repented? If someone hits me, and then repents only to hit me the next day, I may have to forgive him but that is between me and God. That hitter has certainly not repented of hitting me if they continue.Yet not one of us mere human disciples, albeit forgiven and born of God, remain sinless. At least not in this life. There are sins of omission, and sins of commission, that which we know we should do and didn't, and even those things we forgot we were suppose to do.

Repentance is not a one time occurance, unless you live a sinless life. It is not enough to feel shame or to repent, and to be baptized can be done whether one is a Christian or not (the physical act of the water, that is). However, Being born again is the beginning of our spiritual life, not a place where we can rest on our laurels and expect God's forgiveness to cover everything. Why? Because that is not what God is going to allow to happen. He disciplines his children, He leads us in the way, God feeds us spiritually, amen to that and more. It is all God's work, but that doesn't let us off the hook to obey.

You are right in that Jesus is our only perfection, because if we have been born of God then our old nature is crucified with Christ Jesus. Our walk of faith in God through the person, life and work of Jesus our Master requires that we have faith. It also means that we must be intentional in prayer and seeking to be obedient to what we know and what we are led to do by God.

Hence, we learn to love God more, and our neighbor more. And we know it is God's job to conform us into the image of The Son, our Beloved. We cannot perform this on ourselves, because Christianity is not a self-improvement program, nor is it about self-actualization. Every day, in every way Jesus be magnified forever; rather than the world which says "every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better". That latter is a complete lie... as you know.

I find it exciting to have this conversation with you about our life in faith of God because of our Messiah. I certainly do not know it all, nor do I mean to come across that way.
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Gralan, I've always heard repentance is turning from sin to Him! He is the only one who can save us. Repent and be baptized.

When Jesus is Lord of my life, then I believe when I am wrong, I need to promptly admit it. He keeps me! I can't keep myself.
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Herb, as I recall the word "perfect" means complete. I know I can't be perfect. There was only One who was a perfect human being. He was 100% man and 100% God.

I want Him to have the first place in my life. I agree, thanks be to God for it is all His work!!


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October 03 - - - A Disciple is to be like Jesus
Luke 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

Have you ever noticed that people that spend a lot of time together began to look and behave alike? A group of men that spend a lot of time together will begin to be like each other. What do you suppose would happen if we really began to hang out with Jesus? If we really started spending time with Jesus, if we really started following Jesus, if we began to be learners by spending time in the Word of God and putting Jesus first in our lives? I wouldn't be surprised that, after a time, we would begin to talk like Jesus, began to walk like Jesus and even look like Jesus. And I wouldn't be surprised if the world didn’t begin calling us Disciples

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, by your love

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Today let us pray that God will grant the pastoral leadership vision and guidance regarding the ministry gifts and callings of each member of the congregation, that they might use those gifts to the fullness of their potential.


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I wonder, Herb, if one could say that spending devotion in such a piecemeal way would show that the person's intentions was not "worth a plugged nickel?"

Of course, we all have trouble with this but as disciples this is why we use confession to God and each other, looking for both to help us with the amendment of our ways. In this I mean Holy Spirit working directly on us, and then through those disciples around us, to bring about that work the Father knows needs to occur to shape us further into the image of His glorious Son.

Surely repentance and shame is not enough, for to not find amendment of ways we would keep sinning over and again in the same way. For we all have our particular bent in the old nature, which must remain crucified with Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God for it is all His work.

What do you think?

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Thanks Gralan.

I'll read the Sermon on the Mount this evening!! Yes, it is good to go to the Source!





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And here is the real kicker, that as Paul says "For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I have not been justified by this; but the One judging me is the Lord." We are accountable ever moment for whether we seek to obey Jesus and please God the Father, or do we go by our own judgement. That's a tough one, since as we grow in seeking for Jesus to live through us we begin sharing the mind of Christ.

It has been described by Eugene Peterson as a long obedience in the same direction. This is why we do not look for rewards from our obedience past or present. Rather as Jesus told us, the disciple of Jesus/ child of God, says 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.' (Luke17). It is our pleasure to be found intentionally obeying Him.

The Kingdom obedience is fairly well defined by what is called "Sermon on the Mount". It is good to go to the source, eh?


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Herb, I don't think enough preaching is done about following Jesus and why we follow him.

I could be wrong. The Lord knows I've been wrong many times before.

If I'm not wrong than it's possible some Christians are so tired from doing what they either think they should do or are told to do....then what would be left for Jesus?

I've been the kind of Christian you described. That's a hard road. I needed lots of help and I still need help at times.

Thanks again!!

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September 29 - - - There is a cost at being a Diciple
Matthew 19:16,21-22 16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

What is the cost of being a disciple? The cost of being a decuple is your all. There is no such thing as a fifty percent Christion. When I was a child my parents on occasion would give me a nickel. I would go to the corner market and spend about a half of an hour looking at and choosing how I wanted to spend that nickel. I would buy a penny's worth of one kind of candy and a penny's worth of another until the nickel was spent.

This is how it often is with most Christians today. They don't want to give their whole life to Jesus. They want a little of the world and a little of Jesus. Most Christians only want a penny's worth of Jesus, just enough Jesus to get them into heaven but not enough to change their life. They want to keep the world and still be a disciple.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that the lives of our pastoral staff will be marked by integrity and godliness.


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When I read this earlier I thought of something Paul said. He said, this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching on to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I thought it was interesting that he had said this ONE THING I do. Then I remembered that Paul when he was Saul, either had Christians killed or captured them. I've forgotten. It could be that living with what he had done had been on his mind too much. I don't know, but I've wondered if what he had done had been the reason he wrote..this one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching on to the high call of God in Christ Jesus....

Thanks Herb!
Thanks for joining us Gralan!

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29 A word from the Word
September 29 - - - A Disciple is to be a follower.
To be a follower we must first be a leaver. In order to follow something we need to leave something. When we walk toward something we are also walking away from something. When the Disciples became followers of Jesus they also became a leaver of what and who they were.

Matthew 4:18 “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Peter and Andrew was fisherman of fish, but when they became followers of Jesus they left being fisherman of fish and became fisherman of men.
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Mark 2:14 “And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.” Matthew was collector of taxes but when he became a follower of Jesus he left being a collector of taxes.

When we become disciples of Jesus we all must leave something. It may or may not be our jobs as did Peter, Andrew and Matthew. It may be our old way of life. It may be old friends or places. To each of us it is something different but there is something we need have to leave.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that the pastoral staff will remain bold in proclaiming spiritual truth, even when it is unpopular to do so.


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Interesting discussion. It was at Antioch where disciples of Jesus were called "little-Christs"; hence Christians (Acts11). Discipleship is interesting because most often Folks in His Name have not made disciples, but rather focused on adding to the Heavenly Roll Call. The Gospel has been marketed as if it were fire insurance. Being born of God the Father, however, is just the beginning.

As Jesus is the Master of His Disciples, than if one is not intentionally seeking to obey the Master what kind of Disciple is that one? This cannot be judged by other disciples, per se. God knows whom are His. But the crowds delighted in Jesus, and there were more disciples than the 12 who became Apostles. Yet the crowds were fickle, and at one point many disciples abandoned and left because Jesus told them several hard things to bend their hearts and minds around.

May we continue by prayer, study, behavior and intent to be the love of God through Jesus our Master to those we come in contact with, both in the congregation and in the world. For as Jesus says, if salt has lost its saltiness how can it be restored? Let us encourage others in their walking in His footsteps.

Thanks Herb, and Darlene.

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This is interesting. I didn't know a disciple is a Christian. I guess I thought disciples were almost as special as apostles.

I had the tendency to think a Christian worked to be a disciple as you mentioned. That could easily lead to legalism, especially with people like me.

Thanks brother Herb!!



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September 28 - - - A Disciple, first of all is a Christian.
Acts 11:26 - - And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

Disciples were not called Christians until Acts 11. They were called Disciples first and then later they were called Christians. We have a tendency to believe that a person becomes a Christian and then work at being a disciple. If you are a Christian then you are a Disciple of Jesus. It is because of the fact that you are a disciple that you are a Christian.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will protect the hearts of our pastor staff and families against the deception and lure of impure thoughts and deeds.


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Hi, it's very late and I am more than tired. I am sorry but I need to go to sleep.

Thank you for every message you leave about Jesus. I think He's coming back very soon.

You're a good brother!

The wedding was outside and there was nothing awful that happened. Thank the Lord.

Thanks again Herb.

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It's always good to see you are back!!

I'm going to a Goodwill second hand store this morning which is one of my favorite things to do. I'm going with my best friend and one of our daughters. We'll probably have lunch out. Sounds like a good plan to me!!! lol
I'll be back later to respond to this message. Bye for now!

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Sorry - I have not been able to get on FB.

A word from the Word
September 27 - - - A Disciple of Jesus
When we use the term disciple we tend to think of those spiritual giants who followed Jesus. Or we think of those great men of God within the Church of the yesterdays and today. As we look at the scripture selected for the next few days we will see how I as a Christian can be a Disciple of Jesus. How I can be a disciple of Jesus Christ and still live in the world of today.

What or who is a Disciple? The word Disciple means to be a learner. It comes from the Greek word meaning to learn or follow. The word Disciple implies Devotion, commitment and submission.

A person living at the time of Christ, who was seeking after knowledge would find a learned man and follow him. Sitting under his teachings. Most often they would even live with this person. These men would have Devotion, commitment, and submission to this person.

I thought for the next couple of day we could talk about what the bible tells us about being a disciple of Jesus.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for wisdom and leadership for the pastoral staff in dealing with the challenges of ministry, be they physical, emotional, or spiritual.


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September 24 - - I AM the Light of the World
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. John 8:12

Light of the World - Without light we cannot see. The sun provides physical light, so that we can see physical things. Christ provides spiritual light, so that we can see spiritual things. When Christ, "the Light," comes into our lives our spiritual eyes are open and we can see the spiritual thing of God.

During the forty years of Wilderness the Israelites had “a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night" to light the way, to guide them through the wilderness. (Exo 13:21) Without this light provided by God they would have been lost. Jesus is “the light of the world” providing the light needed to lead us and guide us from condemnation into salvation and without “Jesus the light” we would be lost and separated from God forever.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that the pastoral staff will remain bold in proclaiming spiritual truth, even when it is unpopular to do so.



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Before I forget to mention this, the wedding is tomorrow and we're not coming home tomorrow evening. So I won't be here till Monday.
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I read this when I pasted this on Facebook this morning. I didn't realize Jesus (the Son of God) had said "I am" as many times as He did.

God (the Father) had said "I am that I am". He also said, "I am hath sent me unto you".

Thank you Herb!






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September 23 - - Jesus the “I am”
And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:13-14

Jesus is the eternal "I AM" found in Exodus 3:13-14. Jesus is also our sufficiency by proclaiming that He is the seven “I AM’S found in the gospel of John.

"I AM," the Bread (John 6:35) to give life and to sustain life. “I AM” the Light (John 8:12) to give knowledge and understanding. “I AM” the Door (John 10:9) to open the way to abundant life. “I AM” the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) to care and protect. “I AM” the Resurrection (John 11:25) the promise of life hereafter. “I AM” the Way (John 14:6) to lead us to God. “I AM” the Vine (John 15:1) so we could enjoy a personal and productive relationship with God.

God told Moses, “tell them I AM the I AM has sent you”, Jesus said I AM.
Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will protect the hearts of our pastor staff and families against the deception and lure of impure thoughts and deeds.


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This verse reminded me of a song.

https://youtu.be/oJy1yd4f_jg

I hope this link works!! Yes, He is worthy of all those things and more.

How can I give Jesus power and blessing? I understand I can give Him riches, wisdom, honor and glory.

Thanks Herb!!



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September 20 - - The Lamb is Worthy

Revelation 5 verse 12 is powerful: "And they sang in a mighty chorus: "The Lamb is worthy--the Lamb who was killed. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing."

Do you believe that Jesus is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, honor, glory and blessing? Do we give power, riches, wisdom, honor, glory and blessing to Jesus in our daily walk with Him?

Just a thought

Today let us pray that members of the congregation will convey a strong witness of the gospel to their community, through integrity, love, and godliness.


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Herb, when I read this this morning I was so thankful...thankful that you would not only pray for me about this but you pray for me and my family daily!! Thank you VERY much!!!!!

On those days when things are going smoothly, I can find people and things to be thankful for. I remember one time when I was trying to think of something to be thankful for and I had a rough time. Then I happened to look out the window.....I could see!!! That's a huge thing to be thankful for. Not everyone is able to see. I once knew a blind man at the place I volunteer. We walked outside when the weather was nice and inside when it wasn't. One day while we were walking outside he said he could tell me Psalm 100 and he asked if I wanted to hear it. I said yes, and sure enough he knew it all by heart.
I just now thought of those two words I typed "by heart".
I'm not sure why but I like those two words!

You said God answers prayer. Yes, He sure does. I want to always remember to say thank you for those answers. Even when we need to wait for an answer, that may be best answer for us!

Thank you so much Herb!!




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I pray you and your family daily

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September 19 - -
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Some days I wake up praying and go to sleep praying. Other days I think, I don’t really have very much to pray about but it only takes a few moments for me to realize that if everything is going smoothly or falling apart, now is the right time to pray, there is always something to pray about.

Days when things are going smoothly is a great time to pray for others who are in need of prayer. I can pray asking God what I can do this day to help a friend or neighbor. Maybe today is my day to be the answer to someone prayer.

God answers prayers. Be it an answer to my prayers or me being an answer to someone else’s prayers, I need to pray. Prayer changes everything!

Just a thought

Today let us 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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It's vitally important that all people know their Lord and the only way to find out more about Jesus is through His word.

Our son is getting married a week from today, on the 24th of September. Please pray for our entire family.

Thank you Herb!!



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Thank you Darlene

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September 17 - -
Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or 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.

Just a thought

Today let us 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've noticed the last part of this verse far more than I have the first part.
I thought it read something like this. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to give you a hope and a future.

I think there's a verse that says, with Godliness and contentment come great gain. (or similar to this)
I think and hope the word "gain" means a closer walk with Jesus. I hope this doesn't mean financial gain. Many people who have won lots of money one way or the other, end up with friends they didn't even know they had. I don't want those kind of friends.

Thank you Herb!!



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September 16 - -God’s promise of Prosperity
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I believe God does have a plan for our lives. It tells us here that the plan includes prosperity. How do we measure prosperity? Do we measure it by the amount of money we have or how successful we are or do we measure it by the peace, happiness and contentment we have in our lives.

Just a thought

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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I came here earlier but I must have X ed out of Sparkpeople!!

Earlier today I read this and was singing ( not out loud lol )

God said, I believe it and that settles it for me!!

It's so wonderful that He always says what He means!!

I like what you said here....

"If there is one thing we can be sure of is that everything God speaks in His Holy Word is true. So why is it that when we have a need we fret when all the time we know that God said that He will provide for all our need according to his riches in Glory."

Thanks Herb!!!

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September 15 - -God said it and I believe it
Numbers 23:19 - God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

You have heard it said that God can do everything. Well that is not true, it tells me right here in this verse. God cannot tell a lie nor can the Son of Man, who is Jesus, change His mind.

If there is one thing we can be sure of is that everything God speaks in His Holy Word is true. So why is it that when we have a need we fret when all the time we know that God said that He will provide for all our need according to his riches in Glory.

I love it where it says “Dose He (God) speak and not act”. God dose not speak empty words. I love the little song we use to sing as a child.

God said it
I believe it
And that’s good enough for me.

Just a thought

Today let us 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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I like what you read about the little girl praying and not saying amen yet. I was thinking that's a good idea! I could begin the day in an attitude of prayer and right before I fall asleep at night I could say amen. I have been praying more than I was for awhile there. I wonder if it matters how much I pray. I don't think that's near as important as having (like you said) an attitude of prayer and being ready to praise the Lord.
I think I told you about a nun I met at a Catholic nursing home. When we met she asked me (very quietly) if I was a Christian. I told her yes and she was thrilled. She had gone to a church in the area for a Bible study. She learned about Jesus dying for her sins and that day Sister Leocadia got saved. She was 82 at the time. We became very good friends.
One day she took me into one of the rooms there. She opened a huge drawer and in it were piles of sparking robes that the priests wore. She opened the drawer under that one and there was a HUGE bowl of rosaries!! She said, will you look at this?? She knew they meant nothing....because she knew her Savior!!!
I am so grateful for the friendship we had. My mother invited her and I to lunch one day. Sister Leocadia was a precious lady. I'll see her again someday!!!!

Amen means 'so be it', doesn't it? I heard that somewhere.
Thank you Herb!!!

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Thank you Darlene

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September 14 - -Never say Amen
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

I have read this many times in the Bible and each time I read it I picture a person on their knees all day praying. I don’t believe this is what the verse is really telling us. I believe that it is telling us that we are to be in an attitude of prayer. In constant contact with the throne of grace all day.

I read once in the devotional “Upper Room” of a little girl telling her grandmother "I'm praying for you and I haven't said amen yet.” I believe that “praying without ceasing is never saying amen”.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that the women in our church will serve as leaders and role models of strength in the church, in their families, and in the community.



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This is so good!! No, God didn't promise a rose garden! Jesus didn't live an easy life or death.

In His death He took every person's sin upon Himself.

I just remembered a verse...the rain falls on the just and the unjust. I am not "just" of myself.
It's His righteousness, not mine! Without Him I am nothing!!

Yet I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Amazing grace how can it be that Thou my God should care for me.

Thank you Herb!




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Well said Darlene

A word from the Word
September 13 - -God didn’t promise a rose garden
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 He would "deliver us from them all".

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

Just a thought

Today let us 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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I wasn't able to get here Saturday evening. I think the problem is Spark people because I was able to use this computer to get other places.

II liked the message you left Saturday. I remember asking someone, why me? The lady said, why not you? I don't recall what this was about....but I think it's good to remember.

Zechariah 4:6 was (and still is) a very important verse to me! Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit saith the Lord of hosts. That's the way I remember it.

I can't make a plant grow, but God can. If I'm outside tugging at the roots of a plant to try to make it grow, it will not grow. But if I water it and feed it, it may end up growing huge!!
I need to be sure I'm fed with the water of God's word.

Thanks Herb!!






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September 12 - - Let me do it
Zechariah 4:6 - So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.

We like to do it ourselves. Even as a child we often said “let me do it”. This is especially true with men. We will drive in circles for hours before we would ever ask for help. But this verse tells me we need to “let go and let God”

It says not by your might nor by your power but by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is as simple as “letting go and letting God”. God stands ready to meet all our need if we can learn this one principle.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will bless our children and the children in the church, protecting them from harm and helping them to grow strong in the Lord as they prepare for a lifetime of serving Christ.


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Thank you Darlene

A word from the Word
September 10 - -You can do it
Exodus 4:10 - But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

Do you ever feel inadequate in the things God has called you to do? Will I know I have. I sometimes feel that if I try to do something that God is calling me to do, I will make a mess of it.

Well Moses felt the same way. I like what God said to Moses “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord”?

Who would know more about you and what you are able to do then God the one who made you. So if God has called you to do something do you not think that God would know if you are able to do it?

Just a thought

Today let us pray that the youth in our church will stand strong for Christ in their schools and with their friends. Ask God to help each young person to follow His plan for their lives, both now and in the years to come.


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I'll mark this verse and look at it often on our way back to Arizona. Is 40:11

Because there are roads in the mountains, if we stay on the right road, even if the mountain is huge, we'll get beyond that mountain.....and we may go into another mountain. Or we may go into a valley. Valleys can be lush with green. Being aware of the different types of trees and the different leaves He has created, can make a valley a wonderful place to be. Remembering He created those mountains and valleys for a purpose helps.

I realize I was looking at this in a different way. I hope that's ok.

I have been in some mountains when I felt like I'd be ok if I could just stay there...so I tried as hard as I could. I've also been in some valleys that were very difficult...very dark. God is making roads in the mountains; and the valleys, though they can be tough, I have His word to give me light for my path.

I agree with your prayer.

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September 09 - - Mountains in our Lives
Isaiah 40:11 I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.

We all have mountains and valleys in our lives. Mountains that we have no idea how we are going to get over. And those valleys, those place where there seems to be nothing but darkness.

Well I have good news for you. God will make level all those mountains. It tells me in this verse that he will make them into a highway. And those valleys, well it tells me that God will raise them up, He will make them level, bring you right out of the valleys onto level ground. Well it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for the shut-ins in our church, as well as those who are widowed and living alone. Ask God to bless and encourage them, anointing their lives with power for ministry as well as help for the needs they face daily.


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I've been super tired the last couple of days. Maybe I just need to rest more.
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I've heard even if we have our teeth clenched and our hands in fists when we first begin praying for an enemy, keep on praying because you and your enemy need your prayers and it won't be long until our teeth are no longer clenched and our hands won't be in fists.

I like your words.."Problem solved".

Thank you so much Herb!!

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Thank you Darlene

A word from the Word
September 08 - - Our Love
Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Prayer brings about change in the one we are praying for but it also brings about change in the one who is praying.

It is very hard to be bitter or angry with a person that you are truly praying for and if we are faithful in our praying it just might be that our enemy might stop being our enemy and become our friend. Problem solved

Just a thought

Today let pray that believers throughout the church will grow in rela-tionship with Jesus as they follow the path of discipleship.


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I wasn't able to open this page in Spark-people last night. I tried to open a page in another group and couldn't do that either. GGGrrrrr

The positive thing is I was able to get here now!!!! It helps to look at the positives. Thank the Lord for positives!!

I just remembered part of a verse....every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

Another one about His keeping us..He will keep to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him.
(Jesus will keep to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him...by Jesus)

I think it's wonderful knowing that God loves us enough to give us His Son and He keeps us! He will never leave us nor forsake us. Nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All this and heaven too!!

Thank you Herb!!!!!






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September 07 - -God’s Love
Malachi 12 “I have loved you,” says the LORD. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’

Many times when things happen in our loves that we don’t understand like a death or a sickness we fail to see Gods love. There are even times when we want to blame God and this is when we ask the question, “How have You love us?” What we most often fail to see is that the trauma did not come from God.

We know from the Word that death and sickness both come from sin, the sin of Adam in the garden. Romans 6:23 say’s “the wages of sin is death”. Had there been no sin there would have been no sickness or death.

So we say, “God how have you love us?” God has loved us by giving us life and then by giving us a new life in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ but not only did God give us life but He also provides for that life by giving us our daily needs.

So God loves us by giving but He also loves us by keeping.

What do you think?

Today let us pray that our church family will be united in our worship of God, fellowship with one another, and ministry to the community. Ask God to help believers confront and remove issues and problems that threaten this unity.


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September 06 - -What seems right may be wrong
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 but if we follow after this way often we may find that it 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 had not found the truth 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.

Just a thought

Pray that strained or broken relationships, among families and friends as well as acquaintances, will be restored.


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I found a Baptist church in Mesa that seems good....so far.
Here's the link..

eastmesabaptist.com/media.html
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It seems as though those "what if's?" build up!! Almost like they build on top of the one before it. If someone is fearful of losing their job, then it follows they would or could be fearful of not paying their rent. After that comes more what if's. What if we can't find somewhere to live. Fear is an awful thing!! I've heard fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. We can cast all our care upon Jesus, because He cares for us!!!!!!!

Thank you so much Herb!!!




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September 05 - - We Are Not to Fear Mortal Man
Isaiah 51:12-1 - I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, - - - -?

We often live in fear, fear of losing our job, fear of getting sick. Then we have fear of not paying the rent or the electric bill. We live in a state of “what if”.

Will I have good news for you. God tells us here that we are not to fear man or even the ways of man. It tells us that most often the reason for our fear is the fact that we have forgotten God or Maker, the One who not only created the world but also sustains the world. “IF God be for us who can be against us”

Just a thought

I would like for us to pray for our Churches. 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.


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I've been slowly reading Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee. A good friend of mine loaned her book to me. I'm a slow reader but I am glad I'm reading it.
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I just opened an e-mail that had this inside.. The difference is the initials for Jesus Christ were fancy. I can't do that here.

Jesus, Son of God Eternal
Everlasting Lord is He,
Savior of a world of sinners,
Universal King to be,
Sought us, brought us victory.


Christ is due all adoration,
Humbly born to save our race,
Ruler of the whole creation
Intercedes and gives us grace,
Saves us from sin's condemnation,
Truly worthy of all praise!
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I am thankful God hasn't given me what I deserve. He gave His Son who took all my sin to the cross.

Thank you Herb!!!!!


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Thank you Darlene

A word from the Word
September 03 - - Justice or Grace
Psalm 17:1 - LORD, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help.

That word justice frightens the dickens out of me. I know I’m a sinner and a cry for justice would only bring death. Romans 6:23 tells me that the wages of sin is death.

So my cry is not for justice but for mercy and forgiveness. Romans 6:23 goes on to speak of the grace of God when it tells me “the gift of God is eternal life in the Lord Jesus Christ”. The word grace means a gift. If you have to work for it then it is no longer grace but it becomes a wage and a wage always calls for justice and justice always calls for death.

So my cry is not for justice but for mercy

Just a thought

Today let us pray for Freedom of religion. The freedom to worship God in our churches but not on in our churches but also in our schools, homes, neighborhoods and in state and federal gatherings. - - - - "Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice." Psalms 55:19


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This message speaks to me. I am praying for help in doing whatever the Lord wants me to do. Thank you Herb!!

In going from one page to another on this computer, I came across this. This is just a few sentences so I'll attach the link....and hope it works!

"If inferiority has gripped your soul, you can say this prayer now: "Lord, You are more powerful than any label that has ever been put on me. I renounce the lies that I have believed about myself. I am not weak; I am strong in You. I am not stupid; I have Your wisdom. I am not worthless; You died on the cross to redeem me. Thank You that because I am in Christ, I am a new creation. I am not bound by my old identity—I have a new identity in Jesus. Help me to see myself the way You see me—as Your beloved child and as a powerful, anointed, gifted disciple. Amen."

This reminded me that I am God's daughter.

www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my
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Thank you Darlene -- very good post and well received.

A word from the Word
September 01 - - Be Reconciled To Your Brother
Mat 5:23-24 - Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

God is a God of forgiveness. He stands ready to forgive us of our sins but He also expects us to do the same. He tells us in the Lord’s Prayer that we are to pray “forgive us our sin as we forgive those that sin against us”.

Here in this verse God tells us that He doesn’t even want our offering or gifts until we have taken care of un-forgiveness. It does not say if we have something against our brother what is does say is if your brother has something against us. It is a situation in which we have done something to offend our brother. We are the one at fault. God tells us leave your gift and go to your brother and ask forgiveness.

God calls for us to have a life of forgiveness and shows us the example by His giving to us a life a life of His forgiveness.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for members of the U. S. Congress and Senate asking God to provide for them the help they need in leading this country. Pray that they will look to God for direction and guidance.


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You're very welcome!!!

I just looked up Redeemer and this is just a bit of what I found in Wikipedia. .

"The English word redemption means 'repurchase' or 'buy back', and in the Old Testament referred to the ransom of slaves (Exodus 21:8).[2] In the New Testament the redemption word group is used to refer both to deliverance from sin and freedom from captivity.[3]

The concept of the redeemer is used in the Book of Ruth to refer to the kinsman-redeemer, and in the Book of Isaiah to refer to God, the "Redeemer of Israel"."

I also found this.

"the New Testament gives the title "Saviour" only to God (eight times) and to Christ (sixteen times)."

Yes, He does know what's best for us. He knows what will happen tomorrow. We sure don't. I want to trust Him more. Sometimes it seems the harder I try to trust Him the more I'm not. I don't think I'm really trusting Him at those times. I'm TRYING instead of simply trusting.

When I read this this morning I remembered my mother used to give me Castor Oil. I guess it was good for us. I'm pretty sure my cousins had Castor Oil too!!
One big difference between parents and God. Parents make mistakes. God doesn't.

Thank you Herb!!


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Thank you so very much Darlene

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August 31 - -God Knows What is Best for Us
Isaiah 48:17 - This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.

No one likes to be told what is best for them. I recall when I was growing up my mother use to tell me, “she would say now this is for your own good” and I know when she said this that I wouldn’t like what she was about to say. Even though I know I would not like what she was about to say I know that she had my best interest at heart. I could put my trust in her because I know she loved me.

God is telling us that He knows what is best for us. He tells us in this scripture “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you”. Isn’t it great that we can put our trust in God knowing that He will direct us in the way that is right. Isn’t it even better knowing that God loves us and that God always has our best interest at heart.

Just a thought

Today let us pray for the governors of our states, as well as the state senate and congressional members and leaders. That they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom as they perform their duties.


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I needed this today. It's an encouragement to continue doing what I know I need to do.

Your question is a good one. "How many times have we tried to help a person only to feel they didn’t appreciate it or we feel they have taken advantage of us?"

That happened recently. I need to keep on caring about this particular lady, pray for her and not hold a grudge. It was me that misunderstood her.

I've mentioned this to at least 3 or 4 people. I can't make a plant grow. I could try but as I'm trying to make it grow the roots could come up out of the dirt. I need to water it and make sure it gets enough sunshine. But even there, I can't provide the sunshine!!!!

Only God can make a plant grow....that reminds me of "Trees".

I found the words to Trees...

BY JOYCE KILMER

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Thanks Herb!!!

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I pray that Jesus dose. Darlene


A word from the Word
August 30 - - Keep on Planting Seeds
Galatians 6:9 - Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.

How many times have we tried to help a person only to feel they didn’t appreciate it or we feel they have taken advantage of us?

Well this scripture tells us to keep on keeping on. Keep doing what is right. It is like planting seeds. When we plant seed we expect a harvest. The same is true when we help a person we expect them to be grateful and a thank you would be nice but harvest never comes at the same time you plant the seed we must wait for the harvest.

So keep on keeping on planting seed of good will helping those that need help because we have the promise that the harvest will come.

Just a thought
Today let us pray for our mayor, city council, and all other city leaders. That they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom as they perform their duties.


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I like that you say, "Just a thought". I wonder if that helps others and myself to think more about what you've said.

I think I know a Simeon. You!

Thank you Herb!

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29 A word from the Word
August 29 - - God is Looking For More Simeons
Luke 2:25 - “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.”

Did you know that God has placed Simeons all over the world? Men and woman who are devout and righteous Christians who are in love with Jesus. Men and woman who are ready to shear the love of Jesus to a lost world.

Did you know that God is looking for more men and woman who are welling and have a desire to become a Simeon? Did you know God want you and I to become a Simeon?

Just a thought

Today let us pray for county, city and state leaders that they will look to God for guidance, for help, and for wisdom as they perform their duties.


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We went to a wedding today that was 2 hours away. Neither of us had our usual nap so needless to say we are both very tired.

Thanks Herb!!

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A word from the Word
August 27 - - Take Off and Put ON
Hebrews 12:1-2 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

When you run a race you have to dress for it. You would not run a race dress in your Sunday go to meeting suit you would put on your running shorts and track shoes.

Same is true in our daily walk with the Lord. We need to take some things off and we need to put some things on. We need to take off sin and those things that so easily entangle us and then we are to put on “perseverance” and the love of “Jesus who is the author and perfector of our faith”.

Just a thought

Today let us pray that God will bless the economic conditions of our country and that employment will be strong.


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I saw a video today and Les Feldick spoke of God's love never leaving us, even when we are under pressure. His love is the same!!!! The Thessalonians were under pressure.
2nd Thessalonians 3:5

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
verse 5 Hope maketh not ashamed.
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I like that God is unchanging and pure light and He has no shadows. That's good to know!!

Thank you Herb!!!!

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Thank you Darlene

A word from the Word
August 26 - - God is Pure Light
James 1:17 "Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven's lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows."

Think about this - God is a God of no shadows. Pure light. Unchanging. No shadows. I like the thought of God having no shadows... Of course, this also means we can't hide from God in His shadow! He knows and sees everything we do. Praise God for his unchanging, un-shadowed & pure Light! The light that shows us the things of God and the way of eternal life.

Just a thought
Today let us pray for our teachers. Let us pray that they will look to God for wisdom as they feed the minds of our young people.. Then let us pray that God will provide, help, and protection for them as they teach.


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You're welcome Herb.

This is truly amazing!! That God had a plan before the foundation of the world. He knew we would sin and He had a wonderful plan for our sin. His Son would be born of a woman and end up dying on a cruel cross for our sin. But that wasn't the last of Jesus. He rose again!!!

When I began reading what you wrote about God having everything planned...even the shepherds to the angels and the star that led the wise men...all of this was planned. All I can think of writing is WOW!!!

Thank you brother Herb!!!!



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Thank you Darlene

A word from the Word
August 25 - -God’s Perfect Plan
1 Peter 1:20 "He [Christ] was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God."

"Before the foundation of the world". The Bible tells us that even before God created the world and people in the world. Even before the first sin was committed God had already planned to send His son Jesus to redeem us.

Everything had to be in place. Nothing was done by chance. God had everything planed from the Shepherds in the field, to the angles, the star that led the wise men. From the decree that moved Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, even the inn keeper placing them in the stable. Every prophecy being fulfilled everything being in its place. After all this was planned right down to the smallest detail by God and it was all done before God created the world.

I don’t think we truly understand how awesome God truly is.

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Today let us pray for our court system, locally as well as the state courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. Ask God’s blessing and guidance upon judges, that they would look to Him for help and direction.


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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I joined a new group. It's a yahoo group called Christian-Fun-and-Fellowship. I figured I'd tell you about it in case you want to join.

This is one of the things that was sent out.

" A Wholehearted Worship

Scripture Reading — Malachi 1:6-9; Romans 12:1-2

“If I am a father, where is the honor due me?”
Malachi 1:6 —

Comfort often breeds complacency. When the church is persecuted and threatened, it often grows in strength and number. But when believers are safe and secure, the result is often lukewarm Christianity. In North America, a majority of people claim to be spiritual. But a shrinking number of people are connected with a church, and fewer hold to their convictions.

Israel had become complacent. A generation after returning to the promised land, Israel had fallen into old habits. Their cities had been repaired and the temple rebuilt, but now Israel ’s hearts were growing hard again. They were satisfied with going through the motions of religion. They brought defiled and diseased animals to the altar— offerings that they would not even consider bringing to human dignitaries!

Israel was complacent because they had lost sight of God’s character. They believed that a holy God could be satisfied with half-hearted devotion. Malachi warned the people that God was not pleased with lukewarm devotion and imperfect sacrifices.

Thankfully we have a priest who offers the perfect sacrifice on our behalf! Jesus offers himself as the complete, full sacrifice as payment for our sins. And in response we offer ourselves as offerings of gratitude to him. How are you offering your life in thanks for what God has done?

Prayer

Father, forgive us when our devotion to you is lukewarm. Kindle a burning desire in our hearts to serve you with every part of our being! Amen."

Herb, thank you for telling us the word "son" also includes ladies. I thought it might but I wasn't sure. Now I am!

Thanks again!

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A word from the Word
August 24 - - His Name Shall Be Jesus. John 1:12
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:

Wow what a verse. Receive Jesus and “become sons of God”. The word son also includes you ladies also.

That means that I am accepted into the family of God. I have the rights of a child in the family. I have all the rights that are given to a son or a daughter. I have the right to use the family name. The family name becomes part of my mane. I have the right to live in the family house with the Father. I have the right to eat at the same table with the Father. I have the right to approach the father anytime I choose even if it the middle of the night. I have the right to expect the father to take care of me. I also have a right to the family inheritance.

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:

“To them that believe on his name”

WOW! The power that is in the name of Jesus

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Church the time has come for us to get serious about our praying. The world is calling out in need of our prayers “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”. 2 Chronicles 7:14


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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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I've wondered about this for quite a long time. Thanks for helping me to understand why we pray in Jesus's name.

That's a good prayer!! With the police brutality these days and all the fires, praying for all the police men (or women) and fire fighters is important.

Thanks Herb!

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