Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/14/14 11:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The return of the prodigal son...

Romans 6:23 was used by the Spirit of God shortly before I asked the Father to send Jesus into my life.

I 'heard' three verses, or parts of three verses. "In the beginning God" was the first part of a verse I 'heard'. Then I 'heard' "the wages of sin is death" and than "the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". Each part was spoken twice.

I just realized there might be a connection between me hearing God's word spoken twice and something I do these days. When Jesus shows me something in His word or I hear something more than once and it's Biblical, I usually take note of that and hopefully listen.

Thanks brother Herb!!














PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/14/14 7:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 14 - - - The Return of The Prodigal Son

Luke 15:13-14 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

It says that when the younger son squandered all his money on wild living a famine came. Wild living and sin will bring famine into a person’s life, spiritual famine but often also a physical famine. It has the power to destroy marriages, families and friendships. It has the power to destroy jobs and bank accounts but most of all it destroys our relationship with God.

Romans 6:23 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sin destroys but Jesus restores. Sin separates us from God but the blood of Jesus brings us back into fellowship with Him.

See you in church

---------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/13/14 7:19 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


So he divided his property among them...

The older son here reminds me of one of our daughters. She respects me and cares! She is exceptional. I can't even say how much she means to me.....but we have another daughter who hasn't spoken to us for months. She means no less to me than her sister.

It's hard when one child leaves...whether they leave town or our life. I haven't cried here for awhile but here come the tears! I've found tears helpful more times than not.

The daughter that treats us with respect and cares about both of us isn't prayed for any more than the daughter who isn't speaking to us. At times it may be the opposite.

One is going to visit us the beginning of October and we are going to have a small get together while she's here.

I would love to see our other daughter drive up in our driveway! I would hug her so tight!!
Like the father waited for his to return, we believe we need to wait.

Thank you Herb!!!






PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/13/14 7:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 13 - - - So He Divided His Property Between Them.

Luke 15: 11 – 12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

It says that the father “divided his property between them” The younger son had his shear and the older son also had his shear. It was not unusual for this to be done. This was often done when a father became very old and was no longer able to take care of the estate. When this was done it became the reasonability of the sons to take care of the father and the family business.

So the younger son left but the older son stayed and took upon himself the reusability of taking care of the father.

In this Jesus shows that there are those who run from God and those who run to God seeking after the things of God, trying to do what is right, trying to live a good life that is pleasing to God.

The younger son ran from the father the older son ran to the father.

--------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/13/14 1:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The father granted his son's request..

Hi, my computer is acting up so I'm making this short. It's been acting up for awhile and lately it's been more often. It was frozen a little while ago.
If I don't reply to a message, it's because of this computer.

So then the Pharisees were listening to Jesus tell these parables. You probably said that before but I forgot. But in spite of the shame this brought on the father, he allowed his son to have his way. That probably hurt him very deep.

I love the verses in John you quoted. I would like to memorize those two verses. I may already have them memorized. I knew both of them I just wasn't sure how verse 17 began. I need to remember that last part too...but that the world through Him might be saved.

Thanks Herb!!



.


PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/12/14 7:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 12 - - - The Father Granted His Son’s Request.

Luke 15: 11 – 12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

So the Pharisees are waiting with anticipation to hear the response of the father. Waiting for the father to respond to the sons asking for his part of the estate.

How would the father react would it be with anger, would he refuse the sons request. We have already seen that such a request was the same as wishing his father dead.

In order to grant the sons request the father would have to sell a great deal of his property because most of his wealth was held in land, not in a bank. There would also be shame because of the statement such a request would make to those who were his friends and neighbors. However, the father’s response was to grant his son’s request. The father allows his son to have his way.

God gives us a freewill allowing us to make our own decisions. We can choose to love God or we can choose not to love God.

God gives each of us a freewill to choose because that is the only way love can become real. We enter into God’s love and God’s salvation by choice. God provided salvation for all of us in the Lord Jesus Christ but we must choose to receive it.

John 3:16-17 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God provided everything needed for salvation - - - “whosoever believeth in him (Jesus) should not perish” - - - The choice is our

--------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/12/14 7:07 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Thank you Darlene and you are welcome. I find it great joy in praying for you.

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/11/14 11:06 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply

A son's inheritance...

That's interesting that the word inheritance isn't used. Now I understand that's because he didn't want the responsibility that would be his is he received the inheritance.

I just got this in an e-mail...

Luke 11:11
"If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
NKJ

I wonder what I'd say (or think) if one of our kids asked for their share of what we have. That would be tough!! I hope I'd say I'm going to pray about that, and than wait for an answer.
Saying no to one of our kids isn't easy but sometimes it's necessary.

I have been dragging my heels concerning a responsibility for many years. I know my heavenly Father understands because He has infinite understanding, but I don't want to drag my heels any longer!!

I have my story written now but it's not complete and it's not fully edited.

We bought a used motor home a few weeks ago and we're planning (Lord willing we'll be going) to Arizona the end of November for three months. I'm going to make copies of the pages I've already written and if I haven't read them before we leave, I'll read them on the trip.
I hope to see the mistakes and places where I want to add something easier with it on paper, than I do on the computer screen.

The motor home is a 1995 Southwind Storm by Fleetwood.

I just now got this in an e-mail and since I didn't send this yet, I'm adding it. It's from Gracethrufaith.com.

The Conviction Of The Holy Spirit
jack, 2014-09-11 00:00

Q. I have a question from a friend of mine. He asked me if He is Saved if he sometimes feels no remorse what so ever for sinning even when he knows its wrong. He says the only thing he gets is a “maybe I shouldn’t do this” feeling and that it often goes away. Please help me answer him!!

A. I’ll answer this assuming that your friend really is saved. The feeling of remorse we get after sinning is called the conviction of the Holy Spirit. If we ignore it long enough, this conviction will grow weaker until we no longer feel it. This means we will have frustrated God’s effort to help us live lives pleasing to Him. It’s called living a defeated life. It doesn’t mean we’re no longer saved, but it does mean we may have caused our fellowship with Him to be interrupted.

One of the points in the Parable of the Prodigal Son was when he withdrew from his father and went off on his own, he didn’t stop being his father’s son, but he lost the blessings that had been part of the relationship. As soon as he came to his senses and turned back to his father the blessings were restored and it was like he had never been away (Luke 15:11-32).

It’s the same with us. If we stop listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit we will become unable to hear Him, and we’ll be on our own. We won’t lose our salvation but we will lose many of the other benefits of the relationship. A simple act of confession it all it takes to restore us (1 John 1:9). As long as it’s sincere we’ll be restored and it will be like it never happened.


Thank you Herb and thank you also for your prayers.











Edited by: IAMDARLENE at: 9/11/2014 (23:07)
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/11/14 7:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 11 - - - A Son’s Inheritance

Luke 15: 11 – 12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

If a son were to ask his father for his inheritance before the father’s death, the son would be the same as wishing his father dead.

If we look carefully at the scripture the word inheritance is not used. It says “give me my share of the estate”. Accepting the inheritance meant accepting the responsibility of providing for the family. The son is not looking for responsibility but for the money and the good time that he might have with it.

Sin does not carry with it responsibility. Sin is all about one’s self. That was the sin of Lucifer that brought about his fall. “13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”. Isaiah 14:13-14

Sin is all about I, my, and me.

--------

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


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/11/14 7:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Thank you Darlene

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/10/14 11:28 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The prodigal son...

I didn't realize all three parables were Jesus's answer to the Pharisee's question about why He receives and eats with sinners.

It's interesting that all three parables had to do with Jesus coming to seek and save that which was lost. The lost sheep...the shepherd left the 99 sheep and looked for the 1 until he found it. The lost coin...the woman swept her house and searched till she found it. She wanted her friends and neighbors to celebrate with her. The lost son..the father kept looking until he saw him and he went to him and then had a party to celebrate his son being back home.

I think placing blame on another started in the garden of Eden. The woman You gave me...etc, ...the serpent....etc.
Taking responsibility for our actions is tough!!! (notice those 3 exclamation marks)

There have been times (actually just recently (AGAIN) when I wished I could have blamed someone, but I knew my own actions or lack of action was the problem, not another. It took me quite awhile to face the truth about this particular thing.

Thanks brother!!!

PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/10/14 7:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 10 - - - The Prodigal Son

Luke 15: 11 – 12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

This is the third in the trio of parables given to us in the 15th chapter of Luke. The lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son, three lost things all with the same message, For the Son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)

In all three parables, Jesus is answering the Pharisees’ question about why Jesus “receiveth sinners, and eateth with them”. (Luke 15:2)

Jesus does not dwell on why the son wanted to leave. The “why” of his leaving is not important to the story, but rather the way he decided to leave.

I suppose we can learn from this. We are always ready to give reason why we do what we do. We are always ready to place the blame on someone else or something else when the blame really belongs to us.

How does the old saying go “the devil made me do it” will don’t you believe it the devil didn’t make you do anything you were the one who decided to do it. The why is not important what is important is that we “have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” and we stand in need of God salvation found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God is a God of salvation and forgiveness. Jesus is God’s salvation. Jesus came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

--------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/10/14 1:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels..

I think it's good that you mentioned the following.."There is a celebration for every person who saved by the blood of Jesus. The salvation of Jesus is a one-by-one, person-by-person, name-by-name salvation."

I think many people understand Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but they need to see salvation as a personal relationship with Jesus. As you said, one by one, person by person, and name by name.

I need to pray daily for those I'm fairly sure are lost sheep. I will write a list of people who are probably lost and need to be found!! I'll do this tonight or I may forget.

Thanks brother Herb!





PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/9/14 7:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 9 - - - There Is Rejoicing In The Presence Of the Angels

Luke15:8-10 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

These parables reveal God as a Searching Father, looking for the lost and rejoicing when they are found. God's character is mercy. That is the message of the cross, the message of a searching love.

The Bible says that there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels when a sinner repents. There is a celebration for every person who saved by the blood of Jesus. The salvation of Jesus is a one-by-one, person-by-person, name-by-name salvation.

We have been called to search for the lost. We are to have the same passion as Jesus for those who have never been saved. "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke19:10).

Jesus tells us we are to be scouring for the lost sheep, sweeping the house for the lost coin and upon finding them we are to celebrate with joy. The joy of a shepherd over his found sheep, the joy of a woman over a found coin.

--------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/9/14 7:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon Darlene

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/8/14 10:56 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm glad you liked the song. Here's another good one. youtu.be/AHe_qmo3gX4

This is It is well with my soul. I like the pictures in this one!

Light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully..

This message speaks to me!! I need to talk with the lady next door. We've talked several times since they moved in but I need to pray and then go there...and hopefully tell her about Jesus or maybe it would be better to ask her if she knows Jesus personally. .
I'll ask the Lord to guide my words as I speak to her.
I also need to call a lady who goes to our church! I'm going to write down those two things on paper, and hopefully follow through! My follow through isn't so good!! I need lots of improvement in my follow through!
I remember one time years ago when I was going somewhere and I was very nervous about going there. A lady suggested that I ask the Lord to be with my words and my actions on this trip. I did and I didn't end up nervous t all.

Thank you brother Herb! I like calling you that...

PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/8/14 7:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 8 - - - Light a Lamp, Sweep the House and Search Carefully

Luke15:8-10 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Palestinian homes often didn't have any windows. So to search diligently the woman needed to light a lamp. She swept the house thinking that maybe the coin was covered in the dust of the dirt floor. She searched high and low. Finally she spotted the shine of the coin in the flickering light. She reached for it and held it between her fingers. She was so excited that she rushes out and calls to her friends and neighbors. Come and celebrate with me for I have found the coin that was lost.

We do not know if it was a dowry or a wedding gift but we do know the importance of the coin.

I believe that this parable is a picture of what the church should be. Yes it is our job to take care of the needs of its members but what about the lost who seldom or never attend church? What about the husband who doesn’t come to church with his family? What about the people who live in the community? What about them? What about their spiritual welfare? What about those in our churches who have stop attending? Are we to go and search for them?

------------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will bless the children of the church, protecting them from harm and helping them to grow strong in the Lord as they prepare for a lifetime of serving Christ.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/8/14 7:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Thanks I love the hymn you added.

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/7/14 10:35 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Thank you for your kind words brother Herb!

Parable of the Lost Coin...

It's interesting that after Jesus mentions what the lady told her neighbors..."Rejoice with me. I have found my lost coin" then Jesus says "in the same way, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Just as the lady who found her coin and wanted her friends and neighbors to rejoice with her.

I think Jesus may be rejoicing too over that one sinner that repents, and the angels of God are rejoicing with Jesus.

I'd probably stop searching earlier than this lady did because the coin she lost was one tenth of all she had.

Thank you again for being so kind.

youtu.be/yXAqoZuYvyA

Edited by: IAMDARLENE at: 9/7/2014 (22:36)
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/7/14 6:05 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 7 - - - Parable of the Lost Coin

Luke15:8-10 "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Jesus tells a parable of a woman who has ten silver coins and loses one. Now it is believed that the value of this coin to be a day’s wages. The ten silver coins might represent the woman's dowry. Now if the coin was valued at a day’s wage then in today’s money that would be most likely between $80 and $100. Now if she had ten coins that would be a dowry of about $1000. This would be given to the man whom she married. Now if she lost her dowry then the chances of her getting married would be very slim. So you can see the importance of finding this coin.

Others say it may have been a gift from her husband. It could have been a wedding gift compared to a wedding ring today. Can you picture the panic of a woman losing her wedding ring?

So with this in mind we can see the value of this coin. This was much more than some dollar store charm. Jesus uses the lost coin to show the value of one soul that is lost.

So my question would be, how long do you search for a lost wedding ring before you give us and stop searching?

See you in church

------------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/6/14 10:30 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon I love shearing the Word but what I love even more is hearing you shear the Word. You don't know the joy in my heart hearing you each day as you add to "A word from the Word". It blesses my heart knowing you are being blessed and when your being blessed I'm being blessed. - - - .- - I know I don't tell you enough how much I enjoy your comments - - - - Your brother in Jesus, Herb

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/6/14 9:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply

Rejoicing over sinners repenting...

Now I can understand a little bit more why the father of the prodigal son had a party for him. For a long time I felt kinda sorry for the other son. He had been faithful. But his brother had seen the error of his ways and was coming home in a repentant manner.

I know another lady at our church who feels sorry for the son who stayed faithful to his father.

But just now see the son who was home was under his father's care all the time his brother was getting deeper and deeper in trouble.

That is wonderful that the saints in heaven celebrate when a sinner repents!!

It's sad the prodigal son's brother couldn't bring himself to celebrate with his father.

After reading "pray for our churches". I prayed for a lady I know at church who I have been thinking about visiting (phoning first), for much too long. Thanks Herb!!!

youtu.be/3GKhDCsLrUg

Edited by: IAMDARLENE at: 9/6/2014 (21:47)
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/6/14 7:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 6 - - - Rejoicing over Sinners Repenting

Luke 15:6-7 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

A time of celebration, the shepherd found his sheep. The shepherd calls his friends to celebrate.

In this parable the lost sheep is the sinner. This is in responses to the Pharisees grumbling about Jesus who was welcoming and fellowshipping with tax collectors whom the Pharisees considered to be sinners. What they failed to see was that they also were sinners and that Jesus also came in search of them.

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth”,

Every time someone comes to Christ by faith the saints in heaven celebrate. - - - How great is this? Heavens eyes are always on the altar of salvation.

------------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/6/14 1:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The one sheep that was lost....

Unless I'm mistaken which I sure could be, I think Able was a keeper of sheep. So if he was, than it makes it more interesting that the Jewish people have always been shepherds.

One of our daughters got lost in a zoo and I was frantic! I had told the kids beforehand, if you get lost, find a family and tell them you're lost. She remembered to do that and they took her to a zoo official....who gave her ice cream! She has pleasant memories of this experience!!

I love the fact no blame was put on the lost sheep!!

I'm sure there are many people who visit our church who are hurting and seeking for help,

I hope to notice those that visit and tell them sincerely that it's truly nice meeting them.

Jesus would notice them. He may have led them there. I hope to keep that in mind.

Thank you so much!!!! emoticon







PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/5/14 6:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 5 - - - The one sheep that was lost.

Luke 15:3-5 3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

So with this Jesus begins to teach them using parables, the first being the Lost Sheep

The Jewish people have always been shepherds. Shepherding has always been a great part of their economy. The number of sheep a person owned determined a person’s wealth. So we see in this parable a person with one hundred sheep. A hundred sheep would be a fairly normal size flock for a small farmer. In this parable it speaks of one of the sheep being lost.

This does not seem to be much of a loss. After all he still has ninety-nine. But what did the shepherd do, “The shepherd leaves the ninety-nine to search for the one that is lost.”

Once when my children were very young one of them became separated from us in a store where my wife and I were shopping. Those few minutes that the child was lost we almost panicked. You can’t believe the joy when we found the child. Yes we scolded the child for straying away but we see in this parable no blame is placed on the lost sheep. The emphasis Jesus makes is in the seeking, the finding and in the celebration of joy.

Jesus is showing the Pharisees in this parable that the tax collectors and sinners are the lost sheep and He is showing them the importance of seeking and finding them.

When I look at this I think about those who wonder in and out of our church unnoticed. The single mother, the troubled child, the broken man. I can’t help but think that Jesus would never allow them to be unnoticed.

What do you think?

------------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that believers throughout the church will grow in rela¬tionship with Christ as they follow the path of discipleship.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/4/14 10:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


This man welcomes sinners....

The first thing that comes to mind is, who else could Jesus welcome!

Thank you for letting me know that you understood what I said. I have a history of not saying or doing something when I wish so bad I would have. But that's past and I have prayed the Lord would help me know what to say if this type of thing happens again. So now I'm letting it go. As I've heard, let go and let God.

I like where you point out there's nothing passive about Jesus!!!! I'm pretty sure you've said that before!! That is encouraging. Since Jesus wasn't passive, I don't have to be. Maybe this will wake me up to saying what I need to say...

If anyone tells you that older people are stuck in their ways and won't listen to the gospel, don't listen to them. My uncle Joe asked Jesus to save him when he was in his 80's. next door neighbor was in her 80's when she asked Jesus into her heart and life. I think there's one more but I don't recall who!

Thank you again Herb!! I appreciate you leaving these messages!!!
I found this interesting.
www.blueletterbible.org/audio_video/
an
yabwile_thabiti/misc/Spiritual_FelloR>wship_in_the_Local_Church.cfm


PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/4/14 7:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 4 - - - This man welcomes sinners

Luke 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying , This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.,

Whenever we set in judgment on a person we are using ourselves as the measuring stick. The Pharisees were upset because Jesus was having fellowship with sinners. In Romans 3:23 it says that we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. You see when we use God as the measuring stick we all fall short.

Jesus not only attracted those who were religious, but also the downcast of Israel. A new crowd altogether, those that were looked down upon by the religious sect. So here we have two different groups of people rubbing shoulders together. The Pharisees considered the tax collectors sinners and unclean, and to associate with them would bring this uncleanness upon them.

Jesus is not only with this group of outcast men but He is fellowshipping with them by sharing a meal. There's nothing passive about what Jesus' was doing. Not only does Jesus go out of His way to receive those whom no one else would receive but Jesus sets down and eats and fellowship with them.

We see a picture of this in Revelation 3:20 were it says, “I stand at the door and knock. If ANYONE hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."

I would like for us together to look at the word ANY0NE in Revelation 3:20 The Rich and the poor, the old and the young, the learned and the unlearned, the word ANYONE means ANYONE.

------------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/4/14 7:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon DARLENE I fully understand what your saying. I recall the old saying "if you can't say something good about a person then say nothing". A good rule to live by.

Thanks for your comments and your prayers.

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/3/14 9:07 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The pot calling the kettle black...

Thanks for telling us what the Greek word for murmuring means. Just yesterday I was talking with a lady who was at the D.M.V. when my husband and I were there. I like this lady so she and I ended up talking for awhile. She said something about another lady we both know...and it was negative. This was the first time I had seen this lady is 6 or more years. I just sat there and listened.
I wish I had said something such as, it's possible___ had a reason for doing what she did or saying what she said. Or I could have said, I like ___ so let's not talk about her. But I didn't. I think I said that's too bad or that's sad, but whatever I said didn't stop her from continuing.
Murmuring. Not only the one murmuring is responsible but those listening to the murmuring.
I hope to be prepared next time, if this kind of thing happens again. Maybe I will be after reading this and telling you about it.
I'll pray for both ladies!!

I can learn not to listen to murmuring. I'll ask the Lord for words to say if it happens again.

Thanks Herb!!


PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/3/14 7:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 3 - - - 'THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK'

Luke 15:1-3 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying,

It all began with a muttering. The Pharisees and the teachers were murmuring about Jesus' and His choice of friends. The Greek word for murmuring here means to "complain and to grumble aloud."

They were judging Jesus on the basis of the company he was keeping. It says that the tax collectors and sinners were gathered around Jesus. Jesus was not only in their company but it says that he was having fellowship with them by sharing a meal.

Now a Tax collector was considered to be a traitor because they were Jewish men that worked for the hated Roman oppressors. Tax collectors often collected more than they were required to collect. They became very wealthy and the one from whom they collected the taxes became very poor.

I can understand to a point what the Pharisee’s were saying. They were saying you can tell a person by the company he keeps. But what they didn’t understand was the men they were complaining about, as being undesirable were no worse than they. It says in the book of Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. So the tax collectors, sinners, and the Pharisees were also in need of salvation.

This was a simple case of 'THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK'- - - What can we learn from this?

------------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that strained or broken relationships, among families and friends as well as acquaintances, will be restored.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/3/14 7:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon So true -- emoticon emoticon

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/3/14 1:29 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The parable of the lost coin..

I just noticed, the publicans and sinners drew near to Jesus. I can almost picture the Pharisees and scribes standing back murmuring with their arms crossed about their chest, as if waiting and looking for something bad to say about Jesus.
And all they were able to say is this man receives sinners and eats with them. Actually so did they!!

There's an Aesop's tale that goes something like this...

An old man was walking down a dirt road and he led a donkey with a young boy on the donkey's back. Just ahead of them was a small group of people who were mumbling as they walked by them. He overheard one say, will you look at that? How awful. The boy should be walking and the old man should be on the donkey.

The old man figured that was a good idea so he led the donkey to the side of the road and helped the young boy get off, gave him the lead rope and the old man got on the donkey.

They walked awhile and then the old man saw another group of people ahead. One of them said louder than the last, this is terrible! That man is on the donkey and the young boy is walking. They both should be riding the donkey!!

So the old man asked the young boy to pull over to the side of the road and he helped the young boy get up on the donkey with him. They traveled a little further and a man yelled, that is horrible!!! That donkey is much to fragile to carry both of you!!

The last scene shows the old man and the young boy carrying the donkey!!
______________

That's not exactly how the story goes, but it's something like that.

I think it's a super example of someone letting others decide for them. We cannot please everyone,. The old man sure tried.

Thanks Herb!!! emoticon This is probably how the old man felt after trying so hard to please many different people with different ideas of what he should do!



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/2/14 7:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 2 - - - The Parable of the Lost Coin

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

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

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

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

-------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/2/14 7:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Yes I words do make difference

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
9/1/14 11:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Binding and loosing...

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

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

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

Thanks Herb!!!






PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
9/1/14 6:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

September 1 - - - Binding and loosing

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

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

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

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will grant the pastoral leadership a strong sense of vision for the church and congregation.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/31/14 10:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Listen carefully to my words...

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

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

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

Thanks Herb!!






PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/31/14 7:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 31 - - - Listen carefully to my words.

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

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

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

All I can say is WOW!

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

--------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will grant the pastoral leadership a strong sense of vision for the church and congregation.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/31/14 7:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/30/14 9:11 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Man does not live by bread alone...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Herb! emoticon









PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/30/14 6:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 30 - - Man does not live by Bread alone

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

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

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

What do you think?

--------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 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 gift to the fullness of their potential.



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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/29/14 11:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.

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

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

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

Thank you Herb.

PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/29/14 6:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

----------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that the pastoral leadership will be blessed with the guidance and anointing of the Holy Spirit.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/28/14 11:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Thou shalt have no other Gods before me...

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

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

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

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







PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/28/14 6:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what was the rich man’s sin?

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will grant the pastoral staff strong health, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/27/14 11:13 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The rich man calls out to Lazarus..

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

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

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

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

Thank you again Herb!!!



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/27/14 7:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

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

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that God will strengthen and bless family relationships among our pastoral staff.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/26/14 10:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


It is appointed unto men once to die...

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


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

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

Thanks Herb!



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/26/14 7:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that the lives of our pastoral staff will be marked by integrity 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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/25/14 11:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Herb! emoticon





PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/25/14 6:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

Now how great is that?

-------

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/25/14 12:05 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


The rich man and Lazarus...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Herb!!





PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/24/14 7:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 24- - - The Rich man and Lazarus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just a thought - - - See you in church

-------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/23/14 11:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply



Rich man and Lazarus..

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

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

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

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

Thanks again Herb! Have a terrific Sunday.






PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/23/14 7:41 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 23- - - Rich Man and Lazarus

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/22/14 10:45 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Prayer of thanksgiving..

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

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

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

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

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









PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/22/14 7:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 22- - - Prayer of thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think?

-------

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.



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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/21/14 10:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply



How can this be?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Herb!!



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/21/14 6:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 21- - - How can this be?

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

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

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

If there ever was one verse of scripture that tells the whole salvation story it would be John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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

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

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

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

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

-------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/21/14 12:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply

Salvation is a free gift...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

youtu.be/8-lIZJcxc18 Lots of good songs!

PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/20/14 7:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 20- - - Salvation is a free gift.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that believers throughout the church will grow in rela¬tionship with Christ as they follow the path of discipleship.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/19/14 7:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A do over..

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Herb!!! emoticon



Edited by: IAMDARLENE at: 8/19/2014 (20:14)
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/19/14 7:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 19- - - A do over

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

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

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

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

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

Now great is that.

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


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/19/14 7:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon emoticon

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/18/14 10:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


How can a man be born again?...

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

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

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

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

Thanks Herb! emoticon


PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/18/14 7:11 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/18/14 7:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Thank you Darlene

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/17/14 11:47 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Except a man be born again...

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Herb!!!! emoticon



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/17/14 6:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 17- - - Except a man be born again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/16/14 10:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


You must be born again..

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

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

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

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

Thank you again Herb.








PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/16/14 7:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 16- - - You must be born again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-------

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.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/16/14 7:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Very good I had never thought of that before. Thank you.

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/15/14 11:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/15/14 7:18 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think?

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. 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.



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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/15/14 7:18 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
emoticon Darlene what a great testimony thanks for shearing it..

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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/14/14 10:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


Nicodemus came to Jesus...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Herb!!!!!



PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/14/14 7:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 14- - - Nicodemus came to Jesus

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

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

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

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

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

-------

Pray for our Churches. If revival is going to come it will come through the believer. Pray that strained or broken relationships, among families and friends as well as acquaintances, will be restored.


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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
IAMDARLENE's Photo IAMDARLENE Posts: 6,906
8/13/14 10:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply


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


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

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

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

Thanks again Herb!

PAPAW402161's Photo PAPAW402161 Posts: 4,466
8/13/14 7:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A word from the Word

August 13- - - You must be born again

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

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

The third chapter of John holds the most quoted verse of scripture in the Bible. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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

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

-------

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.




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



 Pounds lost: 7.0 
 
0
7.5
15
22.5
30
Page: 1 of (16)   1 2 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Innappropriate Post

Other The simplicity Of Faith General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
NEW Blog Post: Collecting Rewards Options 7/17/2013 9:11:10 PM
He keep blessing me 8/4/2013 6:04:31 PM
How often are your prayers full with Thankfulness 9/7/2013 9:57:32 PM
Do You Use Holy Emotions? 1/31/2014 10:07:46 PM
Names in the Bible A-Z 7/22/2013 1:44:26 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x30159x54542922

Review our Community Guidelines