Are You The Man With The Pitcher?

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

How do you want to be known?

Saved. . .successful. . .effective steward. . .great spouse. . .visionary. . .excellent parent. . .wonderful son or daughter. . .the list could go on.

Frankly, I’d like to be known as all those things. . .but I’d also like to be known as the man with the pitcher.

The key to your success in the remaining six months of 2017 is to become: the man/woman with the pitcher.

Mark 14:12 in the Amplified Bible says:

“On the first day [of the Feast] of Unleavened Bread, when [as was customary] they killed the Passover lamb, [Jesus’] disciples said to Him, Where do You wish us to go [and] prepare the Passover [supper] for You to eat?”

This was a significant day in the life of Jesus. . .it was the last time that He would share a meal with His disciples before his arrest, persecution and crucifixion.

Mark 14:13-16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“13 And He sent two of His disciples and said to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying an [earthen] jar or pitcher of water will meet you; follow him.

7 Things That Should Matter To Every Man

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

We can’t control the global monetary system and economic policies of foreign capitals.

We can’t control the lunacy of terrorists or anyone who will randomly take the lives of innocent people.

We can’t control what happens on Wall Street but we can control what happens on our street.

We can’t control what happens in the White House but we can control what happens in our houses.

John 16:33 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]!  For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] 

In school, whether it was high school or college, I must confess I always liked multiple choice questions the best.

Door # 1. . .has perfect peace and confidence.

Door # 2. . .has tribulations, trials, distress and frustration.

Claiming Your Promised Land

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Moses is dead. . .but you’re not.

You are called to be a part of the Joshua Generation … ready to claim your Promised Land flowing with milk and honey. . .having every need met. . .with more than enough to share and bless others.

Joshua 1:1-8 fires me up and fills me with an incredible, never-ending expectation. 

I strongly encourage you to put these eight verses in your smart phone, iPad, tablet, on a note card or whatever tool is available to you.  Refer to these verses frequently. . .get them engrafted into your spirit. They will take you from just living to soaring with the Lord.

Joshua 1:1-2 in the King James Version says:

1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,

2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

A new chapter is about to unfold in the lives of the children of Israel.  The leader they knew. . .the deliverer they followed … is dead. . .but the promise, the vision is not.

Never base your pursuit of a vision on the man or woman of God who taught it but on our great God who promised it. It will mean the difference between failure or success.

The verse simply says “arise.”  According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for arise is (ko mmm) quwm (H6965) and it means:

The A - Z On Becoming Successful

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Failure is an event. . .it’s not who you are.  Failure is never final if you have the God-given desire and direction to change your destiny.

Here are the A to Z’s on how to turn failure straight into success.

A-Admit it when you mess up.  The best way to overcome failure is to face it, learn from it and move on.

Proverbs 28:13 in The Living Bible says:

“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.”

B-Boldy refuse to accept failure as final regardless of how badly you may have messed up. 

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmond Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest . . . 29,000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his efforts.

People remember his triumph but few people know that he failed in his first attempt a year earlier.

Later he was asked to speak to an audience that recognized his first attempt at greatness even though he failed. But Edmund Hillary didn’t see himself as a failure.

He walked to the edge of the platform, made a fist and pointed at a picture of Mount Everest. Then he said in a loud voice:

“Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow… but I’m still growing!”

When you and I can accept failure as a learning experience. . .we will keep growing and ultimately succeed.

C-Concentrate on what you want to accomplish.

7 Turnarounds Available. . .Today

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Do you need a turnaround specialist?

At turnaround.org they are described as:

“A turnaround specialist enters a company with a fresh eye and complete objectivity. This professional can spot problems that may not be visible to company insiders and then implement solutions.

“Turnaround managers have no political agenda or other obligations to bias the decision-making process, allowing them to take sometimes unpopular, yet necessary, steps required for a company’s survival.”

My research showed that turnaround specialists can be paid an exorbitant amount of money.

The great news is that you and I have 24/7 access to the greatest turnaround specialist EVER. . .and it’s absolutely free.

The one drawback?  We have to be open to His suggestions…if we are serious about getting better.

Here are seven turnarounds our specialist wants to make happen in our lives.

First, Sin into salvation.

Symbols For The Folds Of The American Flag

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

On Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women who gave their lives while defending our freedom and our way of life.” 

Years ago, I read in an American Legion publication about the symbols of each fold of the flag. . .that’s presented to the families of our fallen heroes.

When you read this. . .you’ll go. . .WOW.

7 Keys To Immediate Financial Success

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

I just love the unction of the Holy Spirit. . .how He corrects and directs at the same time.  I even have to smile at how He does it. . .in ways you least expect it.

Recently, I was reading a book. . .which I wouldn't recommend for everybody. . .that's why I'm not giving you the title.

This particular author listed three reasons he thinks people are unsuccessful.  He said people are:   # 1 lazy, # 2 stupid and # 3 they don't give a . . . . well you know that means something I’d never say.

As I read what he wrote. . .I thought. . .I'll write the seven reasons people are unsuccessful.  Suddenly, the Spirit of the Lord said: "No."

Instead, I was very clearly directed to write the "Seven Keys To Your Immediate Financial Success.  Now that's what I've done and here are the seven keys.

1.       You gotta have the right attitude about whatever you’re facing.

The measure of any person. . .Christian or heathen. . .is determined by how they respond to adversity.

A negative attitude and/or response will eventually result in failure.

A positive attitude and/or response situations will ultimately lead to success.

Failure is almost always a result of our attitude or response to unfavorable circumstances.

7 Reasons To Do Your Best

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Wednesday, May 17th is the 137th day of 2017.

Question?  Where are you on achieving your goals and plans for this year?

Are you where you thought you'd be?  Are you where you want to be?

As I was praying for prayer requests of our ministry. . .I felt the Lord saying to me.

"Ask my children. . .if they've done their best?"

Truthfully, God already knows whether or not you've done your best.

We can fool our spouse, parents, children, employer, best friend and even our pastor but we cannot. . .let me say that again. . .we cannot fool God.

As I meditated on the matter. . .I felt led to share. . .seven reasons to do your best.

I felt promoted to look up best at dictionary.com where it is defined as:

“Of the highest quality, excellence, or standing; something or someone that is best.”

Without question, our Heavenly Father, in His compassion for us. . .gave someone of the “highest quality, excellence and standing”. . .He gave His best. . .His only begotten Son so that you and I might have life and might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

Answers In The Midst Of A Storm

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

One of my favorite Bible stories growing up was about Jonah and the whale.

Jonah was an eighth-century prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel.

God directed Jonah to Nineveh where he was to preach repentance to the Assyrians who were meaner than a junk yard dog.  The Assyrians were evil, cruel, heartless, evil and idolatrous, and yes, I did say evil twice.

Jonah didn’t want to preach repentance to the Assyrians. . .he wanted them wiped off the face of the earth.  He wanted the people of Nineveh to have a Sodom and Gomorrah experience.

Needless to say, Jonah wasn’t too happy about them having the opportunity to miss hell.  The scripture really doesn’t say why Jonah hated the Assyrians so. . .but he did.

Jonah was a prophet. . .but he kinda missed it. . .when it came to foretelling what was in his future.

His hatred must have been intense because he refused the assignment to Nineveh and caught the first boat out of town..

Once again, what kind of prophet thinks you can refuse to do what God says or that you can run away where He won’t find you.

Jonah bought passage on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship to Tarshish.

Jonah 1:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

Tricks The Enemy Uses Against You

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

One of the favorite tactics of the enemy is to create an illusion which makes you think that the problems you encounter are unique to you. . .that no one else has to face what you face.

Not true.  First, let’s establish three facts.

First, the devil is a defeated foe.

John 12:31 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Now the judgment (crisis) of this world is coming on [sentence is now being passed on this world]. Now the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world shall be cast out (expelled).”

John 16:11 in the Amplified Bible says:

“About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.”

Second, the devil is a liar.

John 8:44 in the Amplified Bible says:

Eliminate The Negative. . .Accentuate The Positive

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Good evening and welcome to SUNDAY NITE LIVE. 

I’m Harold Herring and that’s my fine wife, Bev.

If you’re hearing our voices…chances are you’ve been the brunt of someone’s negative observations or rants in days gone by.

Perhaps you’ve even been a bit negative yourself.   No worry your secret is safe with me.  Besides you’ve probably already repented for being a nattering nabob of negativism.

I’ve been shown seven habits or behavior patterns which should not be a part of your life. . .if you want to maximize your potential and productivity for the Kingdom of God.

# 1     Stop rationalizing temper tantrums.

Have you ever heard someone justify pitching a fit (I believe that more accurately describes temper tantrum) by saying. . .

“I’ve always had a temper.  I got it from my Dad.  It’s just the way I am.”

Throwing a temper tantrum is the what you do. . .because you’ve been unwilling to change your behavior patterns and take control of your emotions.

Some folks blame their genes. . .claiming their temper tantrum is hereditary.  That excuse might have worked when you were two or three. . .but not as an adult.

Proverbs 14:17 says: