Turning Points Toward Success

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Are you at a turning point in your life?

Do you need to change from living in lack to walking in abundance?

Do you need to experience the healing touch of Jehovah Rapha?

Do you need to see your long-lost family members born-again and proclaiming Jesus as the Lord of their lives?

Is your spirit ready to embrace a turning point moment?

1 Thessalonians 1:9 in The Living Bible says:

“For they keep telling us about the wonderful welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from your idols to God so that now the living and true God only is your Master.”

People who experience turning points do so for typically two reasons. They become inspired to change … or the more common, they experience a life-changing circumstance (loss of a job) or a catastrophic event (divorce, health challenge etc.) that forces them to change.

Reaching a turning point in our lives. . .normally involves three things.

First, a message we’ve heard. . .that provoked our thinking.

You're A Champion

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

For sports fans this is an exciting time of the year.

The high school, college and professional football seasons are getting underway.

Major league baseball is just a month or so away from the World Series which I hope the New York Yankees win. Of course, that’s my personal preference.

When we think of champions. . .we think of those who win sports titles. . .either as a team or through individual efforts.

It is not easy to become a champion. . .it takes determination. . .practice. . .exercise. . . discipline and, yes. . .commitment to never give up, give in, back up, back down, sit down, quit or walk away until victory is achieved.

God has given each of us the heart of a champion far beyond the field of athletic endeavor. Much like most earthly fathers who want their children to be champions in whatever they undertake. . .our Heavenly Father desires for you and I. . .His children to win in the game of life.

By the way, if you didn’t have an earthly father to root you on for whatever reason … you do have a heavenly Father who is in your corner during every bout. He wants you to come out swinging to put every obstacle in your rear view mirror and excel in life.

7 Keys To Your 100-Fold Harvest

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

The old saying that it’s darkest before the dawn is certainly true in a natural sense. It’s pitch black outside as I was led to Matthew 13:23. . .it’s not a subject that I’d planned to write about. After all, this particular scripture is quoted by every preacher/teacher who ever taught about sowing, reaping and the hundredfold.

But God gave me a different approach to the verse. . .He wanted me to write about the seven keys to a Matthew 13:23 and your hundredfold harvest.

Matthew 13:23 says:

“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

1.         Where does the seed you sow come from?

In the parable of the sower there are three verses (Matthew 13:19,22,23) where we’re told that the sower received seed.

The question is where did the sower receive seed from?

2 Corinthians 9:10 in the Amplified Bible gives us this answer:

“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [ which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity].”

God provides seed to the sower.

7 Ways To A Fresh Start

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Have you ever wondered how to get a fresh start?

Over the years. . .I’ve heard that expression so many times.

“Brother Harold, I just want a fresh start. How can I make that happen?”

Truthfully, you can have a fresh start with God’s help. . .and guess what? He’s ready to help you. . .so let’s get going.

1 Corinthians 1:26 MSG

“. . .Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. . .”

Romans 8:11 MSG

“When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's!”

Why does God want you to have a fresh start?

The Keys To Turning Instability Into Stability

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Charles Spurgeon, the English Baptist Pastor known as the Prince of Preachers, once said:

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

As I read and re-read that quote. . .I started thinking about the current political climate in this nation and around the world.  There is more instability, lies and manipulations than I’ve ever seen or read about in history.

There is also a great deal of turmoil in the lives of people, including believers, on every level.

Truthfully, I put all the personal and political acrimony out of my mind and I went into a place of rest. 

While I was reading the Word and praying. . .the following words dropped into my spirit.

“Don’t pray doubled-minded.”

Immediately, I thought about James 1:8 which says:

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the word double-minded is the Greek word dipsychos (G1374) and it means:

My Reward Is More Than A Trip To Heaven

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

“He’s gone to his eternal reward.”

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  The phrase is mentally soothing. . .emotionally comforting and spiritually authoritative.

The phrase is the religious way of saying that someone has gone to heaven.

I am not minimizing the ultimate reward we receive as a born-again Child of God. . .the privilege, honor and blessing of being able to spend eternity in His presence.  In fact, I’m blessed beyond measure to be going.

However, there are seven reasons why our reward is more than a one-way trip to heaven.

1.      If you give to or do for others. . .you will be paid for it. . .that’s your immediate reward.

Mark 9:41 says:

Making Decisions. . .God's Way

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

Sometime back I remember reading what I thought was a well-reasoned article on decision making.

After a couple of paragraphs. . .I knew the writer was either a hamburger short of a happy meal or he was having a bad day when he wrote the article.

If that seems harsh. . .consider his suggestion on how you should make a MAJOR decision.

The author suggested the readers write out all their choices, put them in a hat and draw out one. He then said … if you’re disappointed in the selection you know one of the other ones is the right choice. The author encouraged people to repeat the process until they found the right decision.

Now in fairness. . .let me say, if you’re choosing a restaurant…I don’t have a problem with that method…but not a decision that affects your family, career or life goals is a different matter.

By then, I knew I had to write “Making Decisions. . .God’s Way.” In a rapid fire order. . .God gave me the seven keys and a week later directed me to finish the teaching.

7 "I Am's" That Define And Empower You

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

On August 30, 2017 while riding in the car with her Mom, Abby. . .Sophia Lee PreJean, our most precious Grand Sugar at two years of age, was recorded saying. . .

“I am wise

I am kind

I am gracious

I am strong

I am loving”

Then with an Academy Award winning smile. . .Sophia would say it again.

Needless to say my fine wife Bev and I watched that video over and over again.

Not only was the video cute. . .but it was instilling in Sophia. . .a set of beliefs that will serve her well all the days of her life.

Overcoming What Tries To Hold You Down Or Back

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

If I had a penny for every time someone said to me. . . “the enemy is just trying to hold me down” or “my circumstances are holding me back”. . .I would be able to pay for my dream trip of two weeks in Bora Bora.

When people say that to me my usual response is. . .you know. . .you’re right. . and I don’t want to know your circumstances.

Dictionary.com defines circumstances as:

“a condition, detail, part, or attribute, with respect to time, place, manner, agent, etc., that accompanies, determines, or modifies a fact or event; a modifying or influencing factor”

Spiritually speaking. . .I define circumstance as the circle you’re standing in.

We shouldn’t be standing still. . .we should be moving from glory unto glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

In which case, we would be leaving our circumstances behind.

So for me. . .the question is why do I want to hear about what the person ought to be leaving behind.

Every time someone painstakingly reviews, renews and refreshes their circumstances they are forcing themselves to live them again.

We don’t need to revive our current dilemma . . .we need to seek answers. . .ways to rise above our circumstances. . .whatever they may be.

Happy July 4th

Written by Harold Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

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A Fresh Look At July 4th by Bev Herring

Written by Bev Herring. Posted in RichThoughts

In 2011, I preached a sermon at a Wisdom Center Women’s Meeting for Dr. Mike Murdock entitled “How to Make America Great Again.”

That was my title long before Donald Trump ran for president and made a catch phrase of Make America Great Again

It’s no myth … but a proven fact that this country was made great and would not even exist were it not for God. That may seem like a bold statement but there are volumes of historical facts to back it up.

Since we are about to celebrate our 242nd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this teaching is one part history lesson and one part call to action … so we can remain One Nation under God.

The United States of America is and has always been a country like no other.

Former Prime minister Margaret Thatcher of Great Britain once said, “Europe was created by history, America by philosophy.”

There are so many ways God was directly involved in our country but here are five strong ones.