♦ Prayer Requests

Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Given the number of prayer requests that we receive, we thought it would be helpful to consolidate into one place, and have prayer requests as a header for this site.

313 responses to “♦ Prayer Requests

  1. Phil, I missed what was wrong with your sister, but the Lord knows, so praying for His help, comfort and peace.

    Marcel, continuing to pray for the Lord to help you all, and to move you all closer to Him (Ps 84).

  2. Brad, praying for you to keep your mind stayed on Him.

  3. I have quit smoking tobacco. Please pray for me to never go back to smoking ever again. Thank you.

  4. Thanks John, Marcel, William and everyone for your prayers for my sister.
    Marcus, I pray for you and your wife to reunite.

  5. PhilR, Praying for your sister.

  6. Marcus, Praying for you and your wife that there be reconciliation and harmony.

  7. Marcus, I have prayed for you, your wife, and your marriage.

  8. Please pray for my marriage with my wife Ann. We are separated for the past year. May God heal our hearts and minds and reconcile our marriage and family back together.

  9. Prayed for your sister Phil.

  10. Where was this woman with the website mentioned in the previous comments?

  11. Phil, praying for your sister.

  12. My sister told me that she has had 2 TIA attacks, that she is doing pretty good now, but she cannot tolerate Statin. Pray that they can use a treatment that her system will tolerate, and for her salvation.

  13. Holly, no update yet.

    Thanks. John

  14. Sharjeel – praying for God’s will for your family and for your trust to be on Him.

    JohnAny news on your friend’s father? Praying for them.

    An update on the woman you prayed for with the website, she had a ‘dream’ and in this dream God told her when He was coming. I saw it on my newsfeed, and so I tried to let her know how we could check to see if that was His voice. Many of her friends were excited to hear this seeming revelation. I finished with the fact that God could come on that day, but it didn’t seem likely to me as all that had been said was against Scripture. Sadly she was pretending to hear, as she posted her false gospel shortly thereafter. And the prophesied day has come and gone.

  15. Marcel, thanks for your prayers.

  16. Johninnc, i prayed for your friends father, your friend and his familiy

  17. My fiend’s father has leukemia, and is not responding properly to his medication. They are starting him on a new medicine. They expect to know within a few days if it will work. If not, he is not expected to get better and will be in a hospice situation either at the hospital or maybe at home.

    Please pray for my friend, his father, and their entire family.

  18. You are in my thoughts and prayers as well.

  19. My prayers for you and your family arrive safely in the USA or Canada.

  20. Sharjeel, welcome.

    I have prayed for you and your family, that you will have safe travels and that your Visa interview process will go well.

  21. Sharjeel Shakeel

    Dear All.
    Greetings in Jesus name,
    We are a Christian Pakistani family living in Nigeria since 2010.Now we want to relocate to USA Or Canada. We have applied US visitor Visa today.
    Our interview date is 30 Oct 2018, Please keep remaber us in prayer.
    We trust on Lord Jesus Christ we will get USA visitor visa and visit USA this year. We need your prayers .
    We believe our Lord and God will never regret us. We trust that God hear his people ,Please remember our family in your prayers.God bless all of you in Jesus name.
    Thank you very much.
    In Christ Jesus
    Sharjeel Shakeel & family.
    Mrs. Surriya Sharjeel
    Sharoon Sharjeel
    Arnold Shamzain Sharjeel
    Ofuaz Oliver Sharjeel
    Miss Amelia Sharjeel.

  22. Jason, I know Clear Gospel was active in Pakistan, and believe that “The Gospel” booklet is available in some of the languages spoken in Pakistan.

  23. I rejoice that I have recently gotten to know several friends in Africa who are clear on the gospel. Some of them are a family of refugees from Pakistan. They know of Ron Shea. They are residing in Nigeria and hope to move to the US. I wish them success.

  24. jason, I have prayed for pastor Weringa as well.

  25. Pastor Paul Weringa is on my mind again. This time, I pray that his hearing at court goes well. False Prophet Owuor is using the political machine to censor criticism of his false teaching.

  26. C.B., praying with Johninnc for you and in agreement about the internet roulette, very dangerous as there are ‘many’ deceived and ‘many’ deceivers as the Word tells us. I did write an article on Eternal Security God’s Promise. I’d like to share it because it contains a lot of passages that you can just use as a Bible study. The Word of God is our armor, as far as it is truth (Jn 17:17), it is the good news, the gospel. It is our sword, and when we read the Word we know faith comes by hearing it. So we can build up our shield of faith that way. Spend time on the verses that speak on eternal life, and get yourself very solid there, and remember the other verses that seem to contradict it are few and far between and in context can be explained in light of other Scriptures too. Here is the link if you’d like to glean it for the Bible verses. It is long, but make a few days of study out of it.

    In Christ, Holly

    https://www.redeemingmoments.com/2014/04/25/1610/

  27. c.b., I have prayed for you.

    My counsel regarding doubts would be to keep your focus on Jesus. Anytime we focus on ourselves, whether it is the quality of our faith, our faithfulness, etc., it can feed doubts.

    Aside from that, I would avoid playing “internet roulette,” (which is searching on terms for spiritual help and reading the results that come up, most of which will falsly insinuate works into how to receive eternal life, often in a very subtle way) which can open us up to all sorts of false doctrine.

  28. asking for prayers. Having a lot of trouble with doubts. Could use some guidance..

  29. Daniel, praying. I hope you don’t mind my thoughts, but stay in the Word and in prayer, it’s the best way to go through any hardship or difficulties.

  30. Daniel, my prayer too for your housing situation for your and your family.

  31. Daniel, I am also autistic and without a job. Thank God I live with family.

  32. Daniel, I have prayed for you and your family regarding your housing situation.

  33. Please pray for us. We might get kicked out.
    Ugh. Heard from my sister that some Amish people are going to buy this apartment. And if they do (God forbid) WE will get kicked out because they want to start it fresh. Like take it down and make it into just a house. I Do NOT know what to do. I’m autistic and I don’t have a job. I just don’t know what to do. Tch.
    Us Ending up on the streets because of some deluded selfish nutjobs.
    I’m speaking my mind. That is the Lowest of the low. Straight up pathetic. I’m just so furious right now. -_-

  34. my prayers too Brian for your concerns about your mom’s care; it’s in God’s hands. And that God will give you true insights thru His word at the conference

  35. Brian, praying for it to all work out and for you to learn much while you are there. Keep being a Berean! Wonderful that you help with your mother, God bless you.

  36. Brian, I have prayed for both you and your mother.

  37. Prayer request: I would like to attend the Grace Conference in Chicago next week. I have my plane ticket, but I need to make sure my mom will be taken care of while I am gone. Please pray for me to have good workers arranged for her the entire time and for her health and well being while I am gone.

    Thank you so much!
    Brian

  38. I tried to post but my internet errored out on this page a couple of times.

    That is an all too common happening John on FB (regarding your wife and deleting of comments). Praying her friend might seek the Lord in His Word instead of men’s comments and opinions. Praying the same for Francis Chan.

  39. Kate – just saw your note about your family, praying for you all.

    Daniel, praying for your nephew, may the Lord send more laborers in the harvest. Pray for that.

  40. My wife’s friend Beth posted a Francis Chan video on her Facebook page, along with an affirmation that she agreed with it.

    My wife let Beth know that Francis Chan was a Lordship “salvationist,” and explained what that meant, and how it deviated from the gospel.

    Beth initially posted a response that she believed the same thing as my wife, but later removed my wife’s comments and her earlier responses to them. My guess is that one of Beth’s LS friends “uncorrected” her.

    Please pray that Beth would understand the difference between the gospel and the LS perversions of Chan and his ilk.

  41. Daniel, I have prayed for your nephew.

  42. It’s Been a while since I came here.

    I have a 17 yr old nephew who used to believe that God Was Real (not the gospel) but now he doesn’t believe there to be a God. He wants proof. It’ll be a long while before he can visit again. I want him to believe the gospel. That there IS A God! I want to see him at the pearly gates, not him thrown to hell because of his foolish decision to disregard Gods existence. I fear that so much. Please pray for him.

  43. Kate, my prayers too. I know what its like to go through hardships.. But God is there too and he want us to depend on him in prayer.

  44. Kate, I have prayed for you and your family – that God would deliver you through the hardships and trials that you are going through.

  45. Katmazdobelieve

    Please pray for my family. We are facing a storm of hardships all at once.
    Thanks.
    Kate

  46. Thank you John and Phil, I’m happy to report she says she agrees and this was her prior error. Hopefully she’s corrected it by now.

  47. My prayers too holly, Sometimes it takes a while for someone who has always been in a LS background to just see the gospel as a free gift with no add on’s.

  48. Holly, I have prayed for the woman with whom you are interacting and sharing blogs – that she would see the difference between the gospel and her false gospel substitutes.

  49. Please also pray for a woman, not sure her age, who has been friendly towards me and my blogs. She shared her blog with me, and the gospel is not the gospel. Confessing, being sorry, turning from your sin, etc. are a part of it. I asked her if she’d prayerfully read my article on subtle ways we corrupt the gospel. Please pray that she’ll be open to read and hear.

  50. Thank you all for praying for them. Praying for you and your family Marcus.

  51. Marcus, praying for you, your wife, and your family.

  52. Marcus Compton

    Good morning. Please continue to pray for my wife Ann and my 2 kids Jolie and Marcus Jr. Ann and I are separated and Ann has filed for divorce. I do not want a divorce. I am trusting God for reconciliation to God’s glory. Thank you all.

  53. i also prayed for Cory, Tina and the nursing facility.

  54. My prayers too for Cory, Tina and the nurses, that God will bring comfort and hope.

  55. Holly, so glad that the Lord by his grace provides people like yourself who take interest in others and attempts to convey the wonderful eternal hope we have in our Saviour, to them. They are blessed to have you there.

  56. Holy, I have prayed for you, Cory, Tina, and the nursing facility.

  57. Praying for the needs here. Please pray for Cory (a gunshot victim) and Tina (an older woman), both semi-paralyzed, Cory has more loss which includes his hands too. He’s probably around 30. I was able to talk to them quite some time about who Jesus was (Cory didn’t think he believed in His Deity) and Tina wasn’t ‘quite’ sure all she believed, but was hungry to hear. Cory was open too, and at the end I asked them if they had a Bible, then if they would like one. Please pray for them, for the skilled nursing facility, and for strength for me. I am pretty worn, but His grace is sufficient. God bless you all.

  58. John and Marcel, I am thankful for your prayers.

  59. I prayed for you Jason, for Paul and his church.

  60. UA i also prayed for your recovery.

  61. Jason, I have prayed for Paul and his church.

  62. I recently met a friend named Paul Weringa who pastors a church in Kenya. He recently left Pentecostalism. He struggled with Lordship Salvation as I have. He and I have grown closer to each other as we share testimonies. His church could use prayer. They have experienced vandalism this past week. He tells me that they are in a poor area. He tells me that Kenya is teeming with false prophets and that he cannot find any other sound church. I pray for him and also that he and his people grow in grace.

  63. My prayers also for you UA.

  64. Holly, I have prayed for the people in the brain injury support group, for comfort and encouragement, and for their understanding the gospel message.

  65. UA – so sorry, praying for encouragement from His Word (Ps 119:25,28; Rom 15:4).

    Also everyone I was able to share the gospel with the Traumatic Brain Injury support group I am in. Please pray for the harvest. So many hurting there.

  66. UA, I have prayed for your recovery, and for strength and encouragement.

  67. I have been sick to a disabling degree for almost 14 years. Please pray for my recovery.

  68. Marcus, I too have prayed for your wife Ann and to preserve your marriage.

  69. Marcus, that is good news!

    I have prayed again for you and your family.

  70. Marcus Compton

    Your prayers are working!

    Please continue pray for my wife Ann not to go through with divorcing me.

    She has stopped pursuing the divorce for now and says she needs more time which I am okay with as I do not want a divorce.

    May God heal her heart and mind about divorcing me and restore our family back together to God’s glory.

  71. Marcel Andree

    Thank you so much all! Please tell me, if and what i should pray for you too!

    God bless you all!

  72. Marcel, I too pray for you and your mother, that she will take the liquids she needs.

  73. Thank you all, and Marcel, I am agreeing with you too in asking the Lord to give her a desire to drink more water and maybe get some fluids in other ways, juices, soups, etc. God bless you both.

  74. Marcel, I have prayed for you and your mother – for God’s continued healing for her, and for her to stay properly hydrated and be able to sense the need for water and to respond.

  75. Marcel Andree

    Hello,

    3 years ago my mother had a very strong stroke. She was near death, thanks to Jesus Christ she survived. Now she can not really speak, just some words sometimes and she has a wheel chair. Now since some time she rejects to drink very often and drinks only very little. In my childhood i had lots of fear because she had psyhosis to loose her. I want, that she thinks about to drink enough and had a natural own motivation to drink and can feel that she should be thirsty. Please help us / her with prayer that she understands that drinking is important and that she will have the natural feeling of beeing thirsty more often. That maybe the holy spirit motivates her to drink more again!

    Thank you brothers and sisters!

    In Jesus Christ
    Marcel Andree

    Keep up this real grace oasis website,
    which we really need in this difficult times!
    Thank you a lot for doing this so far.

  76. I’m praying for strength for you, Holly, as well as wisdom and peace. You have quite a load to carry right now.

  77. I too pray for Jason and you. That God will continue to bring peace and answer your prayers.

  78. Holly, thanks for the update. I am continuing to pray for Jason and for you.

  79. Thank you all for your continued prayers for Jason. We had his infectious disease doctor, although he has a very serious case of Cocci or valley fever, he is getting better thanks to being off of Humira (for his psoriatic arthritis) and being on antifungals and other things. He has a lot of issues, so when the cancer possibility was thrown on top, it was just a bit much. I don’t know if you read my post yesterday, but stepped on a baby rattler, my gardener saw me step on it, but I was quick and kept going thankfully. Reminded me no matter what we see, He is with us, and no bite of the serpent is fatal to us anymore. He is with us and will never leave or forsake us.

  80. Marcus, praying for you both to draw closer to the Lord in His Word and that He will work there.

  81. Coming from a home ravaged by divorce and legalism myself, I understand. Reconciliation and healing is my desire as well. And what Jim said. Calvary covers it all.

    One of the things that affected me was the exchange of fruit inspection between family members, each questioning the salvation of the other. I could never figure it out. And then a Calvinist offered some insight. It was poison.

  82. Marcus,

    I will pray for you and your family. Love covers a multitude of sins and at Calvary Christ’s blood covers it all. I know that alone does not fix all problems in practice but it is the great foundation on which we can stand through all hard times. Trust the Lord and see his solutions day by day.

    Have a blessed weekend.

  83. Marcus, I am sorry that you have separated, and that your wife has filed for divorce.

    I have prayed for comfort and healing for you, your wife, and your family.

  84. Marcus Compton

    Good morning.

    Please continue to pray for my wife Ann. We are separated and she has filed for divorce.

    She is confused she says.

    I ask for God’s grace on our marriage and family.

    Thank you all for your love, support and prayers.

    Happy Resurrection everyone!

  85. Marcus, I have prayed for you, your wife, your children, and your marriage.

    I pray that you and your wife will be reconciled to one another and that your marriage will be healed.

  86. Marcus Compton

    Please pray for me and my wife Ann not to go through with divorcing me. She has filed and I am not in agreement but here in Florida there is nothing legally I can do. I do not want a divorce. It is affecting my kids. I am praying Ann will change her heart and mind.

  87. Bryan, I am thankful for your mother’s progress. I have prayed for her continued healing, for you in caring for your mother, and for navigating the difficult process of finding the right card for her in addition to what you have been providing.

    Also praying for your friend in Portland and for her husband.

  88. Hello folks,
    Sorry I haven’t been on her much. I would like continued prayer for my mom and I. She has made some progress on her stroke recovery and is now in a house with myself. We are waiting to try to have home and community based attendant care services. Until then I am taking care of my mom with some hired and friend assistance.

    Also I have a dear friend who is very sick in Portland. I have prayed for her for years and have been able to witness to her some. She has been agnostic.
    She is quite ill and believes she is on her death bed. I’m not sure all the details. I can’t go help her because of my moms situation. She is married to an atheist.

    Thank you
    Brian

  89. Prayers sent. God bless.

  90. Lise, praying for you, your daughter and son. The Lord knows our needs, may our children desire to abide in His Word and want His will. We can pray for that together knowing it is in His will for these things. Love in Christ.

  91. Praying for you, Holly, and Bryan and his son (I have a daughter with autism as well) and for Brad.

  92. Thanks John. Today we are home. Just barely around 5 pm. Went shopping and tried to get scripts, it’s a lot confusing but worked for awhile on the spreadsheet and questions for doctors, and before 5 made some calls while we waiting for the RX that never was ready until we continued home and coming up our street it was ready $500 later. Anyways, this all will be fine, but pray for clarity and rest and organization. Thank you for everything John, you and everyone else who has been praying. In Him.

  93. Holly, I have prayed for Bryan and his son.

  94. I was thinking yesterday, marveling on how the Lord gives us opportunities in bad times and good.

    We signed up for a pool, Jason loves swimming and really wanted one. Me? I like them but they are a lot of work, so I was pretty apprehensive, but he wanted it so we put down deposits a couple of times. We purchased some material at quite a discounted rate (glass tile) so that too was invested in.

    When the time came for the pool to be dug, I wanted to just cancel it and lose the deposits. Jason was in no condition to even know what I was talking about. The pool guy put his crew off for different jobs, and then came the day where they had to start. I was so tired, I wasn’t looking forward to a 7 am loud noise of digging etc. Turned out worse, it was a hard dig. We live on the side of a mountain so the caliche is a hard sedimentary rock that requires jackhammering at times. So of course that added to my cost by thousands. I began to feel we had made the wrong decision, and guilt of spending money for a pool. I just prayed for the little things as they went along. He’s been working out the small details, directing me (I believe) to some products I like that are even less than we had originally chosen, and I have to meet with the pool guy quite frequently. I don’t like spending top dollar for something if I can find a better buy so I frequently will do searches.

    I found some pavers that were on sale for 1.25 a square foot, and someone to install them with all the materials, less than what we would have paid for concrete. And so I met my pool guy there and he was happy for the resource. I had given him a copy of Tom’s booklet but he had no comment. I try to pray as we’re speaking and just interject things sincerely if I am able.

    Yesterday, he told me of a friend who was dying of breast cancer. He asked why did I think God would allow such a young woman to be on life support. As I started to answer, he wondered aloud if it might be what we’ve done. That gave me perfect opportunity to discuss how God intended things to be, yet He gave us a free will to obey in just one thing, and we would not. He peppered me with questions and I reminisced on my friend Harry who had done the same one night (he is now with the Lord). Anyways, he asked me of his autistic son (severe). He is angry about that because he was a normal infant, and it was one of his series of shots when he was an older baby and he started screaming a day or so later, and crying, and then was never the same. He said he was a happy baby, and cheerful and interactive, and now he is severely handicapped. Please pray for Bryan and his son. He is really inquisitive right now and I was honest and direct with him. Pray he might come to believe on the Lord as his Savior.

  95. We need it, so we thank you very much.

  96. Holly, thanks for the update.

    We are continuing to pray for all of you.

  97. Holly, I am very thankful that Jason is doing better.

    Also, I have joined you in praying for those who preach/teach the gospel faithfully, and for those who read Tom’s booklets.

  98. My one dog we had to put down. And the other has valley fever but seems to be doing o.k.

    Jason is doing better, the best part is that we have been able to share so many of Tom Cucuzza’s gospel booklets in the hospital, and so we know that the gospel is powerful. We don’t know now who is impacted, but keep praying. I pray for the ministries of the few who are faithful with the gospel, we need to keep them in our prayers always. None of us get everything perfectly right, but we know we want to do right by God’s Word so we need to uphold each other in prayer.

  99. Belief that our pets are in heaven is common in mainstream evangelicalism, and I don’t see anything seriously wrong with it, merely that the Bible is silent. And I am a cat person.

  100. Thanks for the prayers everyone. I have been taking probiotic foods (kefir and sauerkraut) and that seems to be helping.

    Holly, I hope your dog is doing well. I lost my pet cat of 20 years recently and have been wondering if I will see him again in heaven. I know the bible is fairly silent on the matter so I don’t know.

    I just try to remember that he had a better life than even a lot of humans do on this planet (unfortunately). We rescued him off the side of the road during a thunderstorm, Christmas day 1997.

    Animals are without sin of course, and there’s plenty of room in heaven I am sure 🙂

  101. Holly, I am glad you are receiving some help from your mom and daughter. I have prayed for them as well.

    I am hopeful that your article will be a blessing and encouragement to those who read it.

  102. Thank you John, my mom and daughter went in this morning to help out and give me some time before I went down. Tierney said she saw an older gentleman reading the gospel. I printed out some more of the bi-fold brochure I wrote and posted it on my website. Hope that it’s o.k. and that if they won’t read that, they might read something from one family member to another.

    Jason had a better day today. We did some more walking (Along with my mom and daughter Tierney who did several laps with him). I took him outside for a bit of sun, and all in all, was a busy day, tiring, got home just a little bit ago, and ready for bed 🙂

    https://www.redeemingmoments.com/2018/01/27/one-family-member-another/

  103. Holly, I have prayed that the gospel booklets would be read by those who need to hear the message.

  104. Thanks John, no matter what we go through, I am certain of God’s faithfulness, and the truth of His Word. This will work together for good. I speculate that his friends and the ones I have been praying for in his family and my family, that the Lord will use this to continue to draw them to Him. May I be proclaiming Christ and Him crucified for them. May the Lord draw the right people to the gospel booklets, and may I do what He wishes, and may the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in His sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer…

  105. Holly, I’m continuing to pray for Jason and you and both of your families.

    Thanks for sharing about Jason’s dog. I know that must have been very difficult for you.

  106. Day 29, I came home and the dog wasn’t doing well, she seemed weak and tired. I prayed and asked the Lord to make a real clear path on what to do. I wanted Jason to be able to come home to her, she was his dog before we married, and yet I had talked him into taking her when we were just friends, she was 8. Yesterday morning I woke, she was tired, barely lifted her head. She normally follows me when I make my coffee. I came back and petted her and thought maybe I was up a little earlier and she’d get up soon, but she still wouldn’t. I petted her some more, brought her food and water to her. She did eat some, but still, just seemed to enjoy it as if a last meal. After that, she had no interest in a bone or a treat. So I just knew. She couldn’t get up at all, and barely lift her head. So my son and I carried her outside so she could lay in the sun on the warm pavers. I sat down next to her and cried. I talked to her and made my calls. We had to take her in and I wasn’t sure we could lift her up into the truck. I had some workers at the house, so I went to ask them, lost my voice and cried again as I explained what I needed. They were very kind and helped us load her for the ride to the vet. My son and I both cried, then later we talked about what heaven would be like, and how although we don’t know what happens to our animals, there are animals up there, so who knows? Anyways, we know God is so good. I didn’t tell Jason until he asked how she was tonight. I was hoping to let it wait. He’s having a rough night tonight, so appreciate continued prayers. We’ve crossed day 31 now. Love in Him.

  107. Holly, I am praying that the anti fungal will be effective, and that Jason will be able to be home soon.

  108. I’m reminded about God’s timing and just praying for all things. He helps us as we lean on Him. Just leaning on Him and praying to make the right decisions. Today they talked about sending him to a SNF. I told him no, I don’t believe he can take much more. Pray for the antifungal to do the right amount of work and time and so that we can get out of there for his peace of mind. I know it will be difficult, but the Lord will help us there too.

    Brad, praying your cramping settles. Magnesium is something most of us are deficient in often in our lives. You might read up on it and see if it looks like something you might consider. Helps me with charlie horses. 🙂 Praying for wisdom on whether it’s a certain food or lack of a supplement.

  109. Holly and Brad,
    Praying for both of you.
    ~Lise

  110. Brad, I also empathize, and I am thankful that at least it is healing. I feel really sorry for the other Jason and wish his and Holly’s troubles would end soon. I enjoy your fellowship very much. My mother’s recent husband Tony also has periodic troubles.

  111. Brad, I am sorry to hear of your abdominal cramping and pain. I have prayed that you would get relief from it and be healed.

  112. I have been having some health issues the last month or so. Just like abdominal cramping (quite painful at times) and it is really hindering my quality of life and my sleep and the doctors can’t seem to find any issues. It is slowly getting better but I would appreciate a prayer for it.

  113. My prayers too holly. I like to read the lyrics to “What a friend we have in Jesus.”

  114. Holly, thanks for the update. I have prayed for the woman you mentioned. Also, continuing to pray for Jason, you, Adam, your mother, and the rest of your family.

  115. Late last night I got a call from the nurse. Jason wasnot knowing where he was, unhappy, and refusing to wear his bipap or O2. He refused to do anything until they called me. So the nurse put me on the phone with him and we chatted. He stayed out in the hall, pretty much until about 4 am. I had stayed later, and was happy I had arranged for one of his friends to come late morning.

    I decided to print out a bunch of random pictures of all the kids, grandkids, recent moments, wedding picture, Bible verses etc., and last night in the middle of the night and this morning, I was taping together a large mural for him hoping that would help. I also brought my youngest son with me so we could hopefully take him downstairs (it takes two or three to wheel for he has I.V.’s in both arms and also O2 tank, then wheel chair. They wouldn’t let us go downstairs, so we went out to waiting room. But his friend visited first, and was there when I got there. He was refusing to eat lunch, so I told him we’d get something else because he hasn’t been eating.

    On the way up in the elevator there was a woman with a gray mini-schnauzer and I asked her if she was bringing her therapy dog our way. When the dog got there, he petted it a little, he wasn’t much interested oddly. Then she saw the pictures and Bible verses on the wall. She was marveling at what a ‘good’ person I was and how ‘lucky’ he was. I told her anything good was due to the Lord’s love towards me. We chatted a bit and I pointed out some of the kids, the grandkids, the dogs, and each one of his family. She liked this verse especially that was in the collage:

    Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks;
    for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
    1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

    I needed the reminder myself. She said she had to get going, she and the dog were tired after 6 floors of visits, and I told her I had a booklet for her and left her one of Tom Cucuzza’s booklets for which she thanked me for. Pray for her, I have a feeling she needed it.

    We got out to the waiting room, and I read my letter to him, and saw there were still some out there (some of my letters were out in the waiting area along with Tom’s gospel bookets). A man across the way and over a few chairs was reading Tom’s gospel booklet. I read through my letter to Jason (the one I had written about us TO other patients) and I think he was listening. I was pleased to notice several of the booklets were in different places, so happy that maybe some had been read.

    I needed to get Jason to eat, so I acted like we were conspiratorial in ordering him a Philly Cheesesteak from the cafeteria. Koby went to go get it for us. He said he wouldn’t eat unless I did which was fine with me because I was hungry so we split it. Actually it was quite good. Then he blabbed when the girl came to order dinner. 🙂 It was fine, I had already told the nurse the carbs, he needed them and it sent his sugar up a bit, but manageable. He didn’t want dinner, but at least I got some protein in. He was happy to be out of the room, and right before I left a little bit ago, the night nurse told me she thinks she’s going to move him to an empty room by the window!

    Thank you Lord, he’s been without light for so long, praying it all works out. Fortunately our roommate has allowed some opening of the curtain, so grateful for that much. Pray we can get the items we need installed, the grab bars, the taller toilets and such so that he will be able to be safe at home. And a good outpatient rehab. Also of course we have remodeling going on in his house, so much to do…but the Lord will help with the details.

    My mom decided to come into town, so praying I can get some time with her too, so much going on, Adam needs me too and of course my other kids.

    Your prayers have mattered greatly, the Lord is holding me up through it all. Thank you so much.

  116. Lise – I am praying for you and your son. Try to get some time with him in the Word, just a little discussion even. Draw him out, don’t let him spend too much time behind closed doors. Get some time with him if you are able doing something outside in the light, we all need light to combat depression. Ask people to faithfully pray for him that you trust, and you and your husband pray together for him faithfully. You have a strong bond if your husband is a believe and you can agree together for him.

    Maybe post some encouraging verses on the mirror for when he gets up. A handwritten post it note telling him something you like about him (that’s an attribute you like about his personality). Our kids are exposed to so much wickedness, they need the Word. T.v., movies, video games, social media, too, too much. I am praying with you as a mom.

  117. Lise, I am praying for your son also. You are not the only one. My son had suicidal thoughts before when he was in middle school where his teacher called my work to inform me and I was very traumatized by that.

  118. Thank you.

  119. Lise, I have prayed for your son, you, and your entire family.

    Thanks for letting us know.

  120. I’m reaching out to this community this morning with a prayer request for my son. He is 15 years old and last night his theater director called me with concerns about some social media he posted in which he expressed suicidal thoughts. I’ve known for a long time that something isn’t right, but this news has just devastated me. He won’t confide in me or my husband.
    I know he’s very lonely and it’s hard for him to connect to other kids.
    But my heart is broken. I’ve been up crying and praying all night. Please pray for us– for guidance and help and for the mercy of Jesus to reveal itself to him.
    Bless you all and thank you,
    Lise

  121. Jason, me too! I am praying for Jason’s continued improvement, and for peace and rest for both of them.

  122. I am so thankful to hear good news about Holly’s husband’s case.

  123. Holly sent the following update today. She is thankful for all of your prayers. Please continue to keep Holly, Jason, and each of their families in your prayers.

    Yesterday they pulled him off the ventilator. They a swallow evaluation this morning. So he was able to eat lunch today. He is still very weak of course and has a long road ahead, but we really appreciate the prayers. Thank everyone for me. Holly and Jason Held

  124. Holly, I have prayed that God would keep Jason safe through the night, and that He would give you peace and rest tonight.

  125. Thank you very much. Today he spiked almost 104 and no matter what I did it wiping him down, I couldn’t bring it down and he had already been given tylenol. The nurse seemed to not really notice, I asked her what we were going to do about it, finally we wet down a towel and put it on his whole body which wreaked havoc with the electrodes. Still wouldn’t go, so I wet socks and wrung them out and put them on and he started to go down, one celsius at a time (they register in celsius) which is around 3 points.
    They gave him a heavy duty anti fungal which caused him to shiver (one of the side effects). Then they gave him demerol on top of everything and caused his blood pressure to plunge into the 70s over 30s. I told her we needed to do something and she was very, very slow again just saying it was the medicine, so I asked her to please turn down the fentanyl and then she had to turn it off all the way because it was keeping it too low. Thankfully the doctor d/c-ed and said only PRN. He got the same night nurse though who knows his case thankfully and I believe will take care of him so I’m home. Thank you all ❤

  126. My prayers too for both of you.

  127. I just received an update from Holly, some of which I will post below.

    Please continue to pray for Jason and Holly.

    i crashed hard finally last night and woke up in and out of Prayer. I woke up this morning and got ready to go, moving very slowly but praying for the Lord’s timing and a safe trip.

    I asked Northland Bible Church (emailed pastor Tom) to quickly send me some Bible booklets as I have passed out all that I had here. They’re taking care of that today.

    When I got to the hospital, I waited for the valet for a while and prayed about it and then I looked and I saw someone going to their car so I pulled around to what would be the only parking space and it seemed they were just getting cigarettes out of their car to walk to the street to go smoke.

    So I went back to the valet and realized they must not be working.

    I pulled around the back of the building to park because I didn’t know if his truck would fit through the parking garage. I wondered if I could walk because my legs were so tight and I am so stiff.

    Anyways as I walked around the corner there was Dr. Grace standing there in the parking lot with a couple. I was wanting to talk to him but instead he told the couple he wanted to talk to me anyway we over and walked in with me.

    He told me that the Humira that Jason has been taking is like pouring gasoline on valley fever. He talked to the Infectious Disease doctor early this morning and told her she needed to do something quickly because his fever is up. He also told her she needed to take aggressive treatment to get rid of the nodules in his lungs. Pray that he will not have an adverse reaction to it, some have had allergic reactions.

    He also joked and said he was right in hindsight. I hugged him and thanked him.

    I had the fan and wet rags on him to lower his fever because his Tylenol had not gotten here yet.

    They just gave him Tylenol and Benadryl and a couple other things in anticipation of giving him a stronger antibiotic just in case it’s prophylactic. love u thank u all.

  128. Holly, we are continuing to pray for both of you.

  129. I have prayed for Jason and you.

  130. Jason is in icu since late this morning. On a ventilator. Blood in lung from lung biopsy. They aren’t very positive. He is stable. I know the Lord can help so appreciate your prayers.

  131. Thanks everyone. He is out of the biopsy, results will be in a couple of days. Appreciate all of you.

  132. Holly, praying for healing and strength for Jason, you, and your son.

  133. Thank you all, I appreciate it. A little harder when you are physically sick too. His pneumonia was contagious, my son and I are both sick. As I mentioned to whoever might read it my personal note I left at the hospital, we never know when our time may come, and we don’t know we also have been or will be spared. My husband who died far too young, diagnosed at the time of the birth of our youngest, and my good friends, my dad’s stroke and years of in and out of the hospital, my mom’s cancer, my son Adam and his accident, and now Jason. I have been asked what I’ve done. I guess at times for a moment I’ve even asked the same question. I remember a man asking Gilbert what he ‘did’ to get scleroderma (the worst form) and then pulmonary hypertension, he asked him if he smoked and when he said no, he concluded it must be something else.

    A Pentecostal woman (when we had the elders pray) and he passed away, said I needed to have gone to the healing rooms. Funny, but these sorrows and difficulties are blessings in that we don’t know where He is going to take us, and although I’m not brave enough to be carried somewhere like Peter, I still know in each thing He helps us through it. And I pray somehow, some little thing can be a way to answer somebody, or minister to someone somehow? Sometimes it seems like maybe not, but then there was some encouragement to see many of Tom’s booklet’s gone, but one in plain sight, so I’m guessing they hadn’t been tossed, that was a little blessing for me to see. I know, we walk by faith, not by sight. I don’t like these times much but on the other hand, there He is with us, close to us, comforting us.

    Thank you all for your prayers, they do the biopsy tomorrow, so much appreciated.

  134. Holly, praying for you and Jason and his family.

  135. Holly, Praying for you and Jason. I know it’s hard.

  136. My prayers also for both of you, holly.

  137. Holly, I am praying for both of you. Also, that the gospel tracts have been/will be picked up by someone who will read them.

    Thanks for letting us know how Jason is doing.

  138. He has a mass in his right lower lung. They are going to keep him. I looked at the CT scan results today with the doctor. They want to do a lung biopsy but because of his blood thinner they need to get his blood clotting. They gave him a Vitamin K shot to start the blood thickening up a bit. They’ll do the procedure Monday and will likely keep him until at least Wednesday. He is very tired, so I am glad they’re not letting him out, they said trying for outpatient is too dangerous in his condition and that if they let him out they’re afraid he’d be right back. I concur.

    Just pray that I can keep him moving myself, as he needs to not sit around too much or you can make it worse too, it’s a balance as we’re both wobbly. Oh, I was able to leave a few gospel tracts (personal ones I made more like a letter patient’s wife to ? explaining the gospel), pray that they might get into the right hands. I did notice that only one of Tom’s booklets was left. If there were none I’d be worried that they were thrown out by staff, but there was one, so I believe some have been read. I’ll leave more when I go tomorrow.
    Jason is doing better with his spirits, so thank you for the prayers.

  139. Holly, thanks for the update. I am praying for Jason, his family, for you and your family, and that the gospel booklets would be read by people who need the gospel message.

  140. Brief update, they have increased the strength of one of his antibiotics as he still is not improving as quickly as they hope for. They are lowering his blood thinner and if not better by tomorrow have planned a bronchoscopy. Pray for the Lord’s will in this. I was able yesterday to leave some of Tom’s gospel booklets in the waiting room in several places and prayed that somehow the right people might get them. Pray for that too please and for Jason’s family, those who don’t know Him will be open to hearing the gospel.

  141. Johninnc, one thing I know, that whatever I feel, or whatever Jason feels, God’s Word is to be believed. I am looking to His Word for strength and guidance, and praying for each thing (as I remember) and if not, I know He ever liveth to make intercession for me. 🙂

    Today, Jason has a fever still, the nurse this morning said 101.5. They’ve switched antibiotics several times, he is getting two. They do say his chest X-ray looks better, and they are considering some other tests if he doesn’t get better soon.

    I appreciate the prayers, and although sad, I am comforted. I know Who it is that I belong to, and I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me. I am weak, but we know what He can do in our infirmities. I am just praying for His will in this and all things concerning us. Thank you all 🙂

  142. Holly, I know it is difficult for both of you. I have prayed that Jason will be encouraged and not be despondent, that you will be with him soon, and that you would both be healed.

  143. No lumbar puncture yet because of his INR level (he takes a blood thinner and radiologist refuses). They did an abdominal scan today and also some other tests. Me not being able to be down there is really hard. Pray that soon it may be different. He has a contagious form of pneumonia which is likely what I have knowing the signs and symptoms. Pray for his encouragement, he is very despondent. The Lord knows, appreciate your continued prayers.

    And praying for comfort for your cousin John…

  144. John and Holly, my prayers also for your families.

  145. Holly, thank you for letting us know. It sounds like quite an ordeal. We will be thinking of you, and continuing to pray for both of you.

  146. Thank you John. They are going to do a lumbar puncture, looking for meningitis. Checking again for valley fever. Whatever it is has caused pneumonia and CHF, fevers and confusion.

  147. Holly, I have prayed for both Jason and you.

  148. Appreciate the prayers of my brothers and sisters here for my husband Jason who is in the hospital for the past three days.

  149. John, very sorry to hear that, praying for peace and comfort for his family.

  150. Thanks Keith and Brian.

  151. I will be praying for them John

  152. John, praying for your cousin and his family and for you as you minister to them.

  153. Please pray for my cousin, who lost his wife unexpectedly yesterday. Also for both his family, her family, their grown children and their families.

  154. Brian, I am thankful for the progress your mother has made, and the care that she has received thus far. I have prayed for your mother, and for you, as you enter into the next phase of her care, and for her receptiveness to the gospel.

  155. That’s great William!

    Thanks to everyone for praying for my mom. The 16th of this month is the Medicare discharge date for my mom from impatient therapy. (I guess it’s hard to get more than 2 or 3 weeks from them.) My mom still needs 24/7 care and therapy. I’m pretty exhausted. I’m hoping for a decent skilled nursing facility as long as possible. I think my mom can use up to 100 days total. Please pray for the next strep. I’ve been sharing some verses with her. Pray for understanding and openness. Also for me to get focused and maybe rested.
    I’m so thankful that my mom is alive and that she has begun even speaking some!

  156. William, that’s great news! You know what I’ve found has helped relieve any anxiety is going to the doctor with the knowledge that the Lord has a reason for directing our steps, and so I think on Pro 3:5-6 and try to pray and ask for prayer and acknowledge Him in these things (as you did) and then pray for opportunity. We’re in waiting rooms where others are sick. Granted, usually no one wants to talk but we can leave Gospel booklets. I find they look more ‘official’ (like Tom Cucuzza’s booklet) and so if I have those, I’ll put them where the magazines are on the tables. If I only have the tracts, I’ll pray and disperse them through several pages of different magazines, I’ll try to look for beginning of articles. Writing on them (take it free) in my own handwriting too kind of personalizes it a bit. Doing that and praying for others in the waiting room seems to relieve my anxiety. Been to so many in my lifetime it helps tremendously, God is so gracious…

  157. William, thanks for letting us know. I am very thankful, and happy for you both.

  158. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

    A big THANK YOU to all of you who prayed for me. My doctor just called me this morning to tell me that my prostate biopsy came back NEGATIVE for cancer. Praise God! My wife also had a retake of her mammogram done yesterday and that came back NEGATIVE for cancer. Praise God! Her 1st mammogram a week ago revealed a discrepancy which we all initially thought was cancer, but the retake confirmed that it was negative. Thank you all once again. God bless!

  159. William, happy to hear that it wasn’t as bad as you had feared. My husband too was fearful, who wouldn’t be? It is good to tell your doctor if you are experiencing anxiety over these types of procedures, especially if it’s waking you up. Don’t be afraid to tell them in advance. It’s normal to fear something that may be painful 🙂 God bless you and your mom.

  160. William, I am thankful that your procedure is done and that it went well. I am praying that your test results will show that you are cancer free.

  161. Brian JH Thanks for your prayers and glad to hear of your mom’s improvement. I will continue to pray for her and hope she gets stronger and stronger in her health.

  162. A big THANK YOU to everyone who prayed for me. I just got home from the prostate biopsy procedure which went very well and smoothly. It was not as painful or traumatic as I initially feared it would be. I was having unnecessary panic anxiety attacks for one whole week prior to the procedure, but I’m glad I had it done and over with.

    I still have to wait another week for the results to come back from the pathologist to determine whether I’m positive or negative for cancer.

  163. William will be praying for God’s grace and mercy during your procedure.

    Update on my mom. She is making daily improvement in the acute rehab. We are seeing it daily. We still have as long way to go but it’s a blessing to see the gains she is making. I’m so glad we are getting the care and therapy. Have a very positive nursing and therapy staff. Nurse says “I don’t care what any doctor says I have a big God”

  164. My prayer also William. My mother went through cancer in 2004.
    It is routine for the patient to be sedated during colonoscopy. I’ve had it twice and only vaguely remember anything in 2002,and in 2012 it was like I was totally asleep.

  165. Perhaps you should tell the doctor or whoever will be performing the procedure if sedation is possible? Tell them basically everything you just told us in your post otherwise they may just conclude it to not be necessary.

  166. Holly, Thanks. My biggest fear is that it will be a painful procedure. I went up on YouTube and saw several videos done by patients where some say it was painful and traumatic, but some say it was not. I’m very traumatized by the fact that years ago I had a sigmoidoscopy procedure where the doctor did not give me any sedation and it was painful. I requested for sedation, but he said that it “was not necessary”. Since then I developed a phobia for these types of procedures. I had a colonoscopy done about 2 years ago and that was a pleasant procedure as the anesthesiologist gave me sedation and I was totally out and didn’t feel a thing.

    I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night last night in a panic stricken state sweating all over. It’s very difficult for me since I am an obsessive compulsive personality. It was so bad that I had trouble falling back asleep and I went to my son’s room and asked my son to pray for me. Getting old is no fun especially when we are told to have these procedures done when we reach a certain age. These procedures to me are like medieval torture methods. Ugh!

    How did your husband tolerate it?? I feel like a coward.

  167. William, I will pray for you. My husband went through that, and I know he’d be happy to share with you what he had to choose for the levels he had. He is doing well, and John can get us in touch if you’d like to know more. God bless you with perfect peace in this.

  168. William, praying for a good result on your biopsy and peace for you as you face the procedure.

  169. I hope all goes well for you William. Prayed for you.

  170. William, I have prayed for you to have peace of mind, strength, courage, and a good medical report coming out of your tests.

  171. Brian, I’m praying for you and your mother too and hope she gets better and better.

  172. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

    Please pray for me as I will be going through a biopsy procedure next Thursday (11/2) to determine whether or not I have prostate cancer. Please pray that the procedure will go smoothly as I am feeling very nervous and scared right now. I have to admit that I’m a coward when it comes to things like this. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  173. Brian, that is good news. When Adam was in the accident, I first knew that he had a lot less of a chance in their eyes because the other guy who seemed worse off, they accepted in the acute rehab, whereas they sent Adam to a skilled nursing facility. I will tell you it made all the difference for the other person, thankful to the Lord, and praying for your mom’s recovery and your encouragement and strength in this.

  174. Brian, that’s great news. I am very thankful.

  175. They accepted her into the acute inpatient rehab unit at the same hospital. This is excellent. She made steady improvement and the physical therapist talked to the director. You have to be able to participate to get into the unit .She will get the best care and therapy hopefully for the next few weeks . This was a huge relief to me!

  176. Bryan, praying for wisdom in your finding a rehab facility for your mother and for you as you look after her physical and spiritual needs,

  177. I have prayed for your mother to make a good recovery and that her heart is softened to Christ’s gospel message.

  178. Brian, I have prayed for you and your mother – specifically for guidance in finding the right rehab facility.

  179. Thank you John and others.
    My mom continues to make progress. She is awake more and much more attentive at times. I’m happy with the progress over the last week especially given the situation.

    I have to find a rehab facility now. One turned us down, but maybe that is for the best. Please pray for guidance on this.

    Thank you. It’s nice to have somewhere to post things like this where people who take a stand on grace will read and pray.

  180. Brian, thanks for the update. I will pray for both of you.

  181. Thank you folks all.
    My mom is resting a lot. She opens her eyes and looks around.
    Thank you for remembering us.

  182. Brian, praying for your mother – her physical and spirtitual well-being, as well as for you.

  183. Thank you all so much.

    I love my mom greatly and am concerned about her spiritual well being in addition to her physical. She is about the same , which is good since we are waiting for the brain swelling to go down. The stroke was not in the memory area of the brain, but in the speech and right side.
    Psalm 46 has been a verse that God has given me through this, so I was comforted by it being given to me here.

    Brian

  184. Sorry to hear this Brian, I will pray for you and your mom.

  185. Praying for you and your mother. May these verses give your soul rest

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

    Be strong and cling to His Word in this disheartening time and may you find peace.

  186. So sorry to hear that Brian, praying for you both. May the Lord comfort you.

  187. Praying for you and your mother Brian.

  188. Brian, I am continuing to pray for you and your mom.

    Jim Floyd

  189. Praying Brian

  190. Brian, praying for both of you.

  191. My mom is back in the ER. She was with me and got sick at 6:15pm. Has a significant brain bleed type stroke. She is getting good care, and is awake but unable to speak. Please pray for the both of us.
    Thank you folks here.
    Brian

  192. Brian, thanks for the update.

    I am thankful that your mother’s surgery went well. I have prayed for her comfort and recovery, that she will see the need to change her living situation, and that she will understand the gospel message.

  193. Thank you. The surgery went well. The surgeon said that it “could not have gone any better!” . So that’s great. My sister did not come which I am glad. So there was no trouble there.
    Pray that my mom now sees the need for a change of living situation (to live closer to me).
    And if course for her salvation.
    I’ve given some tracts out to people during this at the hospitals, etc. So I pray for results there too.
    Thank you all so much. May the gospel be proclaimed boldly and clearly.

    Brian

  194. Bian, I have prayed for you, your mother, and your sister.

  195. Thank you Brad and everyone for your prayers. My mom is improved considerably cognitive wise. Tomorrow she has surgery on her left caroited artery which is 99 percent blocked. Pray for everything to go well and for her to be receptive to the gospel before and after. Also pray for my sister who was cruel to me and my mother tonight, and for wisdom in that situation.
    For my mom to not be upset following the cruelty.
    Finally for the Lords will to be done in all things involving my mother.
    And for me to keep my focus.
    Thank you my friends.
    Brian

  196. Thanks Curtis, Thomas has credibility with her now so I’ll definitiely show her that video.

  197. Here is a way to share the gospel with someone as well.

  198. Brad, praying for your mother that God would continue to draw and convict her concerning the simplicity of the gospel message and for you as you witness to her.

  199. Praying Brad
    to receive Christ and Grow in Grace

  200. Brad, I have prayed for your mother – that if she knows Jesus as Savior, that she’ll grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and if not, that she will understand the gospel message.

  201. My mother (Catholic) has just finished reading the Secure Forever! book and is visibly understanding the true gospel message. But she still gets very defensive when the Catholic church is critized. I am going to start doing a bible study with her soon. I am just concerned she is still holding onto the sacraments of the Catholic church to get to heaven. Please pray for her to see God’s true gospel and to believe it. Thanks.

    I prayed for your mother, Brian.

  202. Thank you all.
    That’s very good advise Holly. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the medical and life choices stuff, but need to focus on the important thing. I’m so glad my mom is alive and able to comprehend things. Shared Romans 5:8 today.
    She is mak

  203. Brian, praying in this circumstance your mom’s heart might be softened by your love and care for her and also the realization of how short life is. I pray the Lord will give you wisdom for when and how to share, and that her heart might be opened to take heed to what you are sharing with her. In having dealt with many sick family members, my greatest regrets would be lecturing about any health issues, vs. just being there and always putting His Word first. The Word has power, nothing else does, they need the Word and our prayer and love. Not saying you did that, with my husband and dad, it was hard not to press or push on certain issues they should or shouldn’t do, in the long run, the really important thing was their final destination. For that I am grateful they both believed upon Him, in fact many did because of their lives and deaths. Praying for a miracle for your mom.

  204. Thank you all so much.

  205. Brian, I am also praying for your mother and you. I am thankful that God is already helping you.

  206. Brian, praying for your mother’s openness to the gospel as well as wisdom and strength for you in addressing her physical and spiritual needs.

  207. Brian, thanks for the update. I have prayed that your mother would be receptive to God’s Word.

  208. Thank you all so much.
    Her stroke affected her speech and word cognition. She has improved a very decent amount since yesterday. She knows what is going on and is able to remember and carry on increasing conversations, so I’m greatly encouraged on that front.
    She is a heavy smoker and unfortunately has severely blocked arteries.
    Also her living situation is very poor. She lives an hour from me (her only help). She really needs to move into my house which I am working on.

    I’ve been able to share a few verses with her today, but she gets irritated on it.
    Pray for grace in many areas particularly openness to the gospel.

    I’ve seen God’s protection here with this as well as other times in her life.

    She had her stroke going in to a store and they called 911 and prevented her from driving away. The store employees found a card and sent her to the right hospital, they also charged an old cell phone of hers in her vehicle and called me hoping it would be a family member.
    So God is really helping me !

  209. Praying Brian

  210. Brian, praying for your mother and for you.

  211. Please pray for my mother. She suffered a stroke this morning which has effected her speech. She is confused too on several things. I’m at the hospital with her. They are running tests. I glad that it wasn’t as bad as what it could have been. I’m glad that she still comprehends a lot. She is always very stubborn and it has been difficult to try to witness to her in the past.

    Thanks,

    Brian

  212. Frank, I pray for the family and the woman you ask prayer for too. That is a good thing. (1 Tim 2:1-6)

  213. Frank, welcome and thanks for your comment. We are thrilled that you are no longer bound by false Lordship “salvation” thinking.

    I am pleased to honor your prayer request in praying for the woman to whom you are witnessing, as well as her family. Specifically, that if any of them do not know Jesus as Savior, that they would hear and understand the gospel that they might believe and be saved.

  214. Dear Believers from Expreacherman.com,

    Im writing to You from Poland, to say, that this website really helped me to get out from “lordship salvation” thinking. I would like to thank everyone who made this website, which helped me. Please forgive me for asking immediately in my first comment here, without much testimony and longer writing, but I also would like to ask You for a prayer for a Woman which I was witnessing to, and for her family to be saved.

    Kind regards.

    Frank

  215. I am praying that those of us who are clear on the gospel would heed the following warning from Ron Shea:

    We all seek approval and validation. And it is a stark warning to each of us. Each of us is torn by a myriad of emotions. And to us, many of these emotions are invisible and unseen by us . . . because we are in the middle of them. They can taint our view of reality. Whether it is the pain of recognizing that someone we loved is probably in Hell, or the need for validation, or any other emotional motive, Satan stands ready to seduce each of us from the purity of the gospel, one inch at a time.

    Throughout our lives, each of us will be targeted by the enemy. And he will seek to sift each of us like wheat in a moment when we are weak.

  216. praying Adam

  217. Daniel (I had previously typed Adam by mistake), praying for your mother’s sister in PR.

  218. Please pray for my mothers sister as she is in Puerto Rico. you know, that hurricane that’s going to threaten my people there.

  219. Kate, praying for you. Wouldn’t it be nice to also have access to radio and share the gospel with those listening?

  220. Marc, praying for you and Ann. Best advice I can give you is draw as near to the Lord as possible, spend as much time as you can with him and doing the things you need to do also of course. May the Lord help.

  221. Kate, I too pray for you, your family, and others affected by the hurricane.

  222. Kate Prayed for you and families affected by the Hurricane Harvey

  223. Kate, praying for you, your family and others in the devestated areas.

  224. katmazdobelieve

    Hey everyone,
    Please pray for my family and all those of us affected here in Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Our house has flooded along with thousands of others who are south of Houston.
    Thanks,
    Kate

  225. prayed for you Marc and Wife

  226. Marc, I have prayed for you, your wife, and your marriage.

  227. My wife and I are separated and headed towards divorce. I do not want a divorce.

    Please pray for me and my wife Ann.

    Thank you.

  228. Phil, I join you in praying for the people in Houston and surrounding areas.

  229. Father, I pray for the people of the Houston area that your help will be with them. And any help financial or otherwise we can give.

  230. Grace Global Radio. This is a new internet radio ministry spearheaded by Brad O from Midland, MI. At first he plans to have 12 hours of programming that is repeated twice a day Some radio teachers will be on 5x a week, while others will be less or on weekends. Grace Global Radio which will be a listener supported radio ministry.

  231. Praying William. I understand not being able to sleep so I end up just getting into the Word, staying off the live sites like FB, although I might come and read here. I pray for others. At least I’m resting in Him and I do end up getting sleepy, but that’s not my end goal as I get on. Praying for your son and you too.

    Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:7-8

  232. William, I’m also praying for you and your son.

  233. Praying for you William.. I do know what that is like not being able to sleep…

    Praying for all involved with divorce

  234. William, I am praying for you and your son.

  235. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    Please pray for me as I’m suffering from a severe case of insomnia where it is not responding to sleep medication. I lie in bed where minutes seem like hours and it is a very frustrating experience. I don’t know what is causing it. Years ago I had a similar bout of insomnia which lasted for a couple of years. I ended up going to a sleep clinic, but the doctors could not figure out the cause. I had to take much time off from work as I was so drained from my lack of sleep.

    Also, please pray for my son, Kurt who is going through a tough divorce right now which has been lagging on for quite some time. Please pray for us. Thank you.

  236. Emerald, praying with you for both things. That your daughter might be a good and noble Berean.

  237. Hello what is your ministry ..what is the college your daughter is going to ..my church in Massachusetts will pray for you!
    mike

  238. Emerald, I have prayed for you and your family in these matters – that God would use each of you in advancing the gospel and that your daughter would be safe and grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus.

  239. emeraldleafministries

    We’re praying for opportunity and direction regarding a possible move to another state to be a part of a good Church and ministry. Our options have unfortunately dried up where we live now. Also, praying for our daughter who’s going off to Bible college this summer far from home. If anyone might be willing to join us in prayer, that would be greatly appreciated. God bless.

  240. John, that has been done to me before too, and it is heartbreaking. A friend’s friend was dying of mesotheliomia and she asked me to go with her to see her. We went, brought a Bible and Tom’s booklet, her sister and another friend were there, and her atheist husband. They also did not allow it, but my friend was persistent and we prayed for opportunity and because of my husband and friend’s recent death I was able to share just a little before being way laid.

    The next time it was the same thing and we had come quite a distance but seemingly to no avail. Then came the time for hospice and she was taken home. That was a really long trip, for someone who lived ‘in town’ (they were on one far side of the valley, we were on the other). Neighboring cities, but it was quite a trek.

    The husband took us out the to back patio and was showing his yard, and what they had done. I honestly do not know what happened from him telling us he did not want us upsetting his wife with talks of God, and wasn’t sure we could see her, to incidental conversations of what was going on in and outside of his house, to saying we could see her, and just to ‘take it easy on her’.

    He took me through a tour while my friend was alone with her friend, then I told her I would stay with Nancy while she went on a tour. I stroked her arm, she had been sleeping but her eyes were opened. I asked if that felt nice and just started to explain (with her smiling) how all good things are from Him. I sure hope I gave her the complete gospel, in those types of moments you are acutely aware it is highly likely you will not see them again and with such resistance to the truth from those around her, not likely another would get it. She smiled as I shared the gospel and did look into my eyes. I pray she understood and believed. Mostly I pray I gave it in full knowing the power of the gospel.

    I didn’t know that I would see so much death in my lifetime, starting it seemed younger than most. But every one faces it, and has these moments, so we pray for opportunity and pray for boldness, and pray for all men, since He was a ransom for all and He wills that all should come to a knowledge of the truth.

  241. jason, we are glad that you are here, and also pray that those who find their ways to ExPreacherman will understand the gospel in its purity.

  242. And then I think of Vicki. I pray that people that come confused become unconfused by the clear teaching presented here. Such was I.

  243. Holly, my wife and I visited the family today.

    We did not have much time alone with them, as there was a steady stream of visitors.

    We had been told, prior to our arriving, that he was not interested in hearing any gospel presentations. As we were leaving, he asked if we would like to pray with him. We did, both thanking God for the kindness shown by the visitors and thanking God for His free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus. My wife also asked them to call us with any questions they may have.

  244. Johninnc, I pray that all that come in with a false gospel will be confounded. That the words they use that are false will fall on deaf ears. I pray for there to be true laborers in his life and that the gospel might be ‘heard’ by him.

  245. My son’s girlfriend went through “The Gospel” booklet with her father. There have been a lot of people dropping by teaching him competing doctrine, including faith healing, etc. He is very confused and very sick.

    Please continue to pray for him

  246. Praying for some other laborers in the harvest, and for his daughter to be bold to share.

  247. Still praying for My son’s girlfriend, her father, mother, and the rest of her family.

  248. praying for the daughter and or someone would share The Clear Gospel of Grace with this daughter’s father not only for her father but for her as well not to have to live with not knowing were her father will spend eternity..

  249. I recently mentioned that my son has a girlfriend whose father has lung cancer and appears to be in quickly declining health.

    My wife has sent “The Gospel” booklet to the young lady and has offered to answer any questions. Please pray that the daughter will pursue every opportunity to share the gospel with her father, and that he will be receptive to hearing it.

  250. have prayed for this gentleman..

  251. My son has a girlfriend whose father is suffering from lung cancer. We do not know whether her father knows Jesus as his Savior.

    Please pray for this gentlemen, that he will have an opportunity to hear the Gospel in its clarity in the next few days.

  252. I pray for you too John and others here. Anyone delivering a clear gospel will suffer in some way (not always) but they need prayer.

  253. Holly, thanks for the reminder to pray for Ron and for Clear Gospel.

  254. I had a nice conversation today with Ron Shea. Some of you know him from Cleargospel.org. His gospel can be found there or also booklets on Duluth Bible’s site. Please pray for court cases he needs to litigate, for wisdom and peace as he presents things, for the truth to be exposed to the light. For fair and honest judges. Pray that the Lord will strengthen and encourage him in the faith as Ron has done much to strengthen and guide others in His truth. This is a spiritual battle, and we all need each other’s prayers.

  255. Brad, Please feel free to ask us questions and to make comments here. We’re here for you. Yes, false doctrine is everywhere and you have to be very careful who you listen to especially as a young babe in Christ.

    Ephesians 4:14-15 – 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

    15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

  256. Yeh predestination was one that really got me. I found myself wondering at times “what if I am not one of the elect and I am doomed no matter what?”. Truly a horrific thought process to be in to say the least. Thanks for your input on the subject.

    I will always be very careful around any preacher these days. Just as I am typing this all these different preachers and “Christian” websites I have read over the last six months are flashing through my head! Calvinists and Arminians (or whatever they are called) everywhere!

    Originally I believed in the true gospel. Faith alone in Christ’s sacrifice alone. But then (being fairly ignorant) was eased away from the truth into lies. I was going to mention websites that did this but I know johninnc would not want those websites to be listed (and I agree) they don’t even deserve a mention.

    I will press forward in Christ! I am eternally grateful to God for bringing me back to the simplicity of His gospel.

    I don’t mean to turn this comments section into a theological discussion lol. God bless you all.

  257. Brad, Since you are a new believer and a babe in Christ of several months, I also highly recommend that you have the correct Biblical interpretation of predestination which is another Biblical teaching that is utterly perverted by Calvinism/Lordship Salvation. There is a world of difference between true Biblical predestination versus Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s perversion of it. For centuries, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s perverse definition of predestination has been imposed into all the seminaries, theological dictionaries, and textbooks. Even many non-Calvinists have Calvinist presuppositions built into their minds because the Calvinist lingo especially in regards to predestination has permeated mainstream Christianity.

    Again, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation’s definition of predestination does not come from the Bible, but originated from Augustine of Hippo whom Calvin emulated and idolized.

    True Biblical predestination takes place AFTER a person comes to faith in Christ. The Christian is predestinated for 3 things which takes place in the future. True Biblical predestination ONLY applies to those that are saved.

    1) They are predestinated to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST – Romans 8:29-30. All saved people will be like Christ. We shall be like Him – 1 John 3:2. This is a future aspect at the Rapture.

    2) They are predestinated to have an INHERITANCE in heaven – Ephesians 1:11, John 14:2-4. Again, this is a future aspect.

    3) They are predestinated to have GLORIFIED ETERNAL BODIES OF FLESH AND BONE just like Jesus resurrected body described in Luke 24:39. Christ’s newly resurrected ETERNAL glorified body is the prototype of what is to come for all saved Christians at the RAPTURE – 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17. This will be a body that will NEVER decay.

    Luke 24:39 – Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not FLESH AND BONES, as ye see me have.

    God bless!

  258. Brad, I would be careful with Robert Breaker. One of our readers sent his statement of faith, and it doesn’t seem clear on how one receives eternal life.

  259. Thanks Johninnc and William. I have read the Gospel Booklet. I was actually watching a lot of Paul Washer, John MacArthur, John Piper, RC Sproul before I realized their errors. It is amazing how many false teachers are out there. They like to say that faith IS works. A very cunning deception indeed. The Bible clearly separates the two from eachother, but the wolves don’t. It really is a blessing I have found this website.

    I have found a guy called Robert Breaker on youtube. He in my opinion does a fantastic job describing biblical doctrines. Here is a video I am currently watching:

    (Link removed by administrator. Note: we are not familiar with this pastor, and therefore cannot recommend him.)

    I have been going through youtube comments (my idea of being “out in the wilderness” lol) on certain Christian related videos and it is incredible how many people are looking at their own righteousness to get to heaven: “You can’t just have faith you have to show your faith!” things to that effect. Several months ago right after I was saved, I was speaking with a Catholic priest who told me about a concept he called “anonymous Christian”. His description of this was a person that spends their whole lives doing good works but never knows Christ and will be saved. Literally a works WITHOUT faith doctrine.

    The Pharisees never died, they just changed their names!

    God bless you all.

  260. There is also links to Pastor Tom’s Stack here on expreacherman
    https://expreacherman.com/2-free-booklets-dr-cucuzza/

    Also sermons from Northland Baptist were Pastor Tom Preaches
    Note it is baptist church only in name not baptist doctrine
    http://northlandchurch.com/content.cfm?page_content=404_include.cfm

  261. Brad, I also recommend that you read Dr. Cucuzza’s expositional article on James 2:14-26 which we all know is a passage that has been utterly perverted by Lordship Salvation preachers. It’s best that you get the correct Biblical exegesis on this passage. Also, please check out Dr. Cucuzza’s article on true Biblical repentance which is another Biblical teaching that has been utterly perverted by Lordship proponents. God bless!

  262. Brad, I’m praying for you. Pages 25 and 25 of “The Gospel” booklet may also help you.

  263. Brad, I am praying for you as well. I was once deceived by Calvinism/Lordship Salvation decades ago as a young babe in Christ who didn’t know any better. Lordship Salvation spawned from Calvinism and Calvinism was originated by Augustine of Hippo (“St. Augustine”) who is also the founding father of Roman Catholicism. The 5 points of Calvinism can be found in the false teachings of Augustine in his heretical writings called, “City of God”. John Calvin idolized Augustine and refined his teachings in his own writings called “institutes of the christian religion”.

    The Bible says that Roman Catholicism is the great mother of all whores – Revelation 17:5, and Calvinism/Lordship Salvation are her whore daughters. Brad, it’s best to stay away from local churches for now since the majority of all churches teach false doctrine that is all works based. You can learn a lot from us here at expreacherman.com and I also recommend that you stick with true preachers/teachers of God’s Word like Ralph Yankee Arnold, Hank Lindstrom, Thomas Cucuzza, and on YouTube there’s also Doug Hamp, Kevin Thompson, and John Ricci.

    Stay as far away as possible from the following wolves in sheep’s clothing:

    John MacArthur
    John Piper
    RC Sproul
    J.I. Packer
    Paul Washer
    James White
    Kirk Cameron
    Ray Comfort
    Steve Lawson
    Francis Chan
    Billy Graham
    C.H. Spurgeon
    Martin Luther

    Matthew 7:15-20 – 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

    “Fruit” in the context of Matthew 7:15-20 is their doctrinal beliefs and teachings that does not line up with God’s Word.

    Hope this helps, God bless!

  264. I have bought the Secure Forever! book am just waiting for it to arrive. I hope it will help me out. Thanks for all your prayers and help. God bless you all.

  265. Praying for you Brad

    Please take heed to what we have been admonishing you..
    not only is LS our enemy but to often when comming out of Lordship salvation we swing over to other extreme of licenes the trail of the gnostics. wich is just as treacherous as lordship.
    myself to keep things in perspective its all works for salvation or works because of salvation we are saved by Grace apart from works by non meritorious Faith. We must expose ourselves through the word of God by prayer asking for wisdom and understanding to know and walk according to The Truth of The Gospel.
    We also need to be listening to sound biblical Teaching from a pastor with a congregation and elders.

    that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
    4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

  266. Brad,I will pray for you. Please take heed to stay away from LS teaching.

    You might want to read “The Gospel” booklet to help you dispel any of the false doctrine that you may encounter, or may have encountered. See below.

    http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

  267. I have been deceived by Satan in the last few months by lordship salvation. God is bringing me out of it, but I keep at times falling back into legalistic thinking. Please pray for me to come out of this soon and in peace. God bless you all.

  268. Thanks Holly, that definitely looks like something I can use. After our initial discussion I talked to him again yesterday. I was able to show him some verses about how turning from sins is a work and God repenting I could tell that he was questioning what his church was teaching him about salvation. He believed that one could lose his salvation and regain it because that is what he says happened to him. Then I said if one could lose it, they cannot regain it, to show the flawed logic behind what they were teaching. I told him what Hebrews 6:4-6 would mean if that was the case, and he asked do these verses mean that when one falls away are they still saved.I did say that those verses preach eternal security. I can tell he is really contemplating what it truly means to be saved. I am just hoping that when we keep discussing this it can keep going deeper into what the Bible says the gospel is.

  269. William, I am praying with John in agreement for your wife, praying for His help.

    Ryan, I just shared this link with a friend who used to believe you could lose your salvation. It contains a lot of Bible verses, but asks them in question format. See if it might give you some more verses to share.

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2014/04/25/1610/

  270. Ryan, I have prayed for you in your conversations with your friend and the others that you mentioned.

  271. At college, I met another “Christian” (quotes because I am not sure if he is saved) who is turning into one of my best friends, however he believes that one can lose their salvation. Today, I shared with him some things about what I believe, and shared with him a documentary (Another Gospel by Mark Sennett) which we are then going to discuss sometime. Just prayers for that conversation, and that God can speak through me. Also next week, with a group of professing Christians that both of us are in, we are going to discuss salvation, and whether one can lose their salvation depending upon their life after they get saved. There are four people, two who I know believe that one can lose their salvation, one guy who might believe in perseverance of the saints, and then me, believing in OSAS and not perseverance of the saints, just need prayers that that discussion can go well.

  272. William R Adams, I have prayed for your wife – and you. I have prayed that God would comfort and heal your wife and ease her burden, and that He will provide you strength in caring for her.

  273. William R Adams

    Please pray for my wife. She had an operation to remove a large tumor. Thankfully it was benign, but she was left crippled. She was legally blind before but is having more difficulty with this challenge.

  274. Oh no John… I am so sorry for them… I pray the Lord will give them much comfort in knowing where he is right now. My mom lost my younger brother (15 mos. younger) when I was 3 years old to a tragic accident. As young as I was, I will never forget that day. May the Lord be very near to them.

  275. Please pray for our young sisters in Christ, Libby and Bailey – that they would grow in grace and be bold in sharing the gospel.

    Also, please pray for my colleague Alan and his wife, who lost their 10 month old infant son today.

  276. Lynette , Praying for you and Husband

    below is a positional statement from a sound doctrine sound truth of the Gospel bible church . this is not a statement from expreacherman
    in the light of the trial you are in below is a statement on marriage/divorce/remarriage

    “The POSITION STATEMENTS are not meant to prohibit honest and healthy discussions concerning what the Bible teaches about these issues; however, we believe that such discussions must be conducted under the guiding principle that believers are to strive to maintain unity.

    These POSITION STATEMENTS are subject to modification, deletion, or addition at the sole discretion of the Board of Elders. However, the Elders must issue a draft copy of each Position Statement in order to receive comments from the members. Thirty days will be allowed for comments before a final version is published.”

    “MARRIAGE/DIVORCE/REMARRIAGE – We believe that the Bible teaches a very high view of marriage. It was designed by God to be an honorable, holy and permanent union. Unfortunately sin has affected this relationship and, as a result, divorce has become an option to some people. We believe that in a marriage composed of two believers, divorce is definitely discouraged but is allowed only in the case of adultery. In this situation the innocent spouse has the option to remarry. A Christian who acquires a divorce for reasons other than adultery is not free to remarry. In the case of a mixed marriage (a believer married to a non-believer), the Christian partner is not to seek a divorce but is to grant it should the unbelieving spouse desire it. In such a case the person would have the option to remarry. Above all, it should be noted that we strongly discourage divorce for it is our desire that couples make every effort to stay together. However, we also believe that it is incumbent upon all believers to show mercy and compassion to those who have been divorced. (February 1985. Reinstated October 2013).”

  277. Well put Keith: I completely agree with you that justification cannot be lost but rewards can be. I think the author of Hebrews uses the term “salvation” concerning kingdom rewards that’s why I use the term justification for what cannot be lost. I’ve never done a thorough study of the term “books” in the Bible. Someday I will get around to it Lord willing (although He could catch us up today and I wouldn’t complain). I’m not sure that the OT uses the term “book of life” in the same way as the NT (Ps 69:28): Anyway very interesting and well written Keith, thanks.

    I completely agree with you Phil— 1Cor 3 speaks of a different judgment (Bema) than Rev 20 (GWT). I believe John 5:24-30 is a good passage to use when trying to show the works salvation crowd that the two judgments are not one and the same. Jesus clearly states that those presently (v25) who hear His word and believe have passed from death to life and shall not come into judgment (v24). He then speaks of a future judgment when ALL the in the grave will hear His voice (v28) and be judged according to their works – (v29). ALL in the grave do not come forward at the rapture (1Thes 4:16-17) or at His coming (Rev 19:11-20:6) there is an order to the resurrections (1Cor 15:22-26).

    I think 1Cor 3:5-15 pairs up with Rev 4 and John 5:28-29 with Rev 20:11-15.

  278. I think the Judgement Seat or bema seat is a picture of those who have been raised in Christ to eternal life (us). It is a picture of awards to those who have competed worthily in an ancient athletic contest. And, likewise, we will receive rewards (gold, silver…) for what we have done in the Spirit. But what is not of the Spirit will be burned up and won’t count. (wood, hay, stubble). 1 Cor. 3:5-15. And there are different crowns for different kinds of worthy service. But even the least faithful saved person will receive something.

    Although there may be differing opinions on the Book of Life, I think the Great White Throne judgement for the condemned.

  279. I agree with John, salvation (speaking on eternal life) has always been by grace through faith. A believer will not take the mark, I do not believe they can worship the beast, and the dragon (Satan) would know if it was worship.

    Here is an article on John MacArthur and his famed thoughts on the mark of the beast.

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2013/11/04/john-macarthur-and-the-mark-of-the-beast/

  280. I think to have one’s name blotted from the Book of Life may be to forfeit one’s eternal rewards because of faithlessness, not to lose or forfeit eternal life. The promise of eternal rewards is made to both Old Testament saints and New Testament saints. In the Old Testament, Daniel was promised that he would receive an eternal reward at the resurrection of the righteous:

    “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days” (Dan. 12:13).

    In Rev. 3:5, Christ promised those who remain faithful (he that overcometh) in the Church at Sardis that “I will not blot out his name out of the book of life”.

    The New Testament writers promised that those who remain faithful will be co-heirs with Christ in His earthly kingdom (Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 2:12), which will begin at the Millennium (Matt. 25:34) and extend throughout the eternal age (Rev. 22:3). Notice that in Rom. 8:17, the first part of the verse states that all who believe on Christ for eternal life are “heirs of God”, or indwelt by the Holy Spirit, without any other conditions. The second part of the verse states that being a co-heir with Christ in His kingdom is conditioned on suffering with Christ by contending for the faith (2 Tim. 2:12).

    The Letter to the Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who were tempted to forsake Christ and return to the Mosaic Law. These believers were eternally secure in Christ but risked forfeiting their eternal reward or inheritance in the kingdom by returning to the curse of the law, and hence, the power of sin (1 Cor. 15:56). The writer of Hebrews exhorted them to continue to remain faithful to Christ so that they could look forward to “a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Rev. 11:10, 16).

    Rev. 22:12 and 14 seem to indicate that entering the New Jerusalem is a privilege only for those who have been counted worthy to inherit the kingdom of God by producing the fruits of righteousness which can only be done by walking in the Spirit:

    “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work will be…Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city”.

    Rev. 22:24 states that “the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it”. The “kings of the earth” are those who have been counted worthy to be a co-heir with Christ to rule and reign in His Kingdom.

    Thus, those who remain faithful to Christ (he that overcometh) will “inherit all things”, including not only eternal life but also the privilege of entering the New Jerusalem and ruling and reigning with Christ as a co-heir in the Kingdom of God (Rev. 21:7).

    I also take that to mean that those who make up “the nations” in the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:24, 22:2) are composed those who will be spared from the lake of fire because they have eternal life but will forfeit the reward of ruling and reigning with Christ. The nations will “walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem (v. 24) under the direction of the kings of the earth who reign with Christ. It may be that each of the kings of the earth is given charge over a geographical area which includes several cities, as Christ states in the parable of the minas in Luke 19: 17, 19.

    It seems that those in both the Old Testament era and the New Testament era who are lost and destined for the lake of fire never had their names written in the Book of Life to begin with (Rev. 20:12,15). Those who have their names blotted from the Book of Life escape the lake of fire because their names were written in the Book, but then forfeit the eternal reward of inheriting the Kingdom of God because of faithlessness.

    Calvinism and LS misapply the doctrine of perseverance to eternal life, whereas scripture applies it to eternal rewards.

  281. John, Thanks for the links. I totally forgot that we had this conversation last year. I think I’m getting old and starting to show signs of SENILITY. My memory is not as good as it used to be. I agree with you that what is stated in Exodus 32:35 gives the answer to what is being said in Exodus 32:33.

    Exodus 32:35 – 35 And the Lord PLAGUED the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.

    I believe that “blot out” in the context of Exodus 32:33 means to “wipe out” the Israelites with a plague resulting in PHYSICAL DEATH. This is consistent with 1 Corinthians 11:29-30 where the sinning Corinthian Christians who were indulging in gluttony and getting drunk at the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:21 were stricken with illness and some with physical death. We also have Ananias and Sapphira whose physical lives were “blotted out” because of their sin of lying to the Holy Spirit in the presence of Simon Peter.

    Then we have the Israelite men of Numbers 25:1-3 who indulged in sexual immorality with Moabite women and also worshiped their false gods resulting in God “wiping out” or “blotting out” 24,000 physical lives in Numbers 25:9. Then we have King David who sinned against God by taking an unlawful census of all the fighting men of Israel and as a result God “wiped out” or “blotted out” 70,000 physical lives in 1 Chronicles 21:14.

    In conclusion, “blot out” is a symbolic phrase of God terminating the physical lives of those who grievously sin against Him. In the instances involving UNSAVED people, “blot out” definitely means eternal condemnation in the Lake of Fire.

    1) For the SAVED, “blot out” = termination of physical life for grievous sin, BUT are still eternally saved – 1 John 5:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:29-30, Numbers 25:9, Acts 5:1-11, 1 Chronicles 21:14.

    2) For the UNSAVED, “blot out” = Eternal condemnation – Psalm 69:27-28, Revelation 13:8, Revelation 17:8.

  282. William, I don’t think this passage can be construed to mean that believers can be written out of the Lamb’s book of life. We discussed this last year, and I don’t have any new insights since then.

    Please find links below to our previous discussions of this passage:

    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65795
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65798
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65801
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65807
    https://expreacherman.com/wiki-heresies/#comment-65808

  283. John, good comment. Can you give me your thoughts on Exodus 32:31-33?

    31 And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.

    32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

    33 And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

    Verses 32 and 33 has been confusing for me for quite some time. I believe the account of the Israelites who became impatient because of Moses delay in coming down from the mountain and then made a golden calf to worship consisted of saved Israelites as well as unsaved Israelites.

    I know verse 33 will no doubt be used by Arminian/Lordship Salvationists as well as other false doctrinists to falsely teach that saved people can have their names blotted out, which would mean “loss of salvation” in their minds.

  284. William, I had a couple of follow up thoughts.

    If believers were at risk of taking the mark, that would put the responsibility for keeping themselves saved in their own hands, rather than in God’s hands. We know from scripture that we are not responsible for keeping ourselves saved.

    John 6:39: And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

    John 10:28-29:[28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

    Also, this verse sounds like only non-believers will take the mark:

    Revelation 13:8: And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

  285. William, I don’t think any tribulation age believers will take the mark.

    If they did, then you would have believers who were not eternally secure and who ended up in hell. In other words, people who had eternal life that isn’t eternal.

    If believers had to keep from taking the mark to get into heaven, and only some believers succeeded in accomplishing this feat, then there would be cause for boasting in heaven. “I am here because Jesus died for me and was raised from the dead, and because I succeeded in avoiding the mark.”

  286. John, What if Tribulational age Christians are forced to take the mark? What about those who cave in to the pressure?

    I believe that those who teach that Tribulation age Christians are saved by grace through faith “plus perseverance” are teaching a false gospel of works, that is, Calvinism/Lordship Salvation.

  287. William, I don’t think that any believer will ever take the mark.

    My rationale is this: all believers are eternally secure. No one who takes the mark goes to heaven. Therefore, no believer will take the mark.

    I know there are some who hold that tribulation age believers will be saved by grace through faith plus perseverance.

    However, that concept is entirely antithetical to grace, which is the only way anyone has ever been, or will ever be saved.

    Accordingly, we will not entertain any comments that teach a different plan of salvation for tribulation age believers.

  288. John or anyone, I’m very confused regarding the imminent future reality of the mark of the beast. I know that according to Scripture all church age Christians will have been raptured by then – 1 Cor 15:51-52, 1 Thess 4:16-17. My question is regarding the Tribulational age Christians. What if Tribulational age Christians are forced to take the mark of the beast and what if some Christians get scared and cave in to the pressure of taking the mark??

    I know that the flaming heretic MacArthur is falsely teaching that those who take the mark of the beast during the Tribulation period can still be saved which is a blatant lie.

  289. Lynette, So sorry to hear that. I’m praying too. God takes adultery seriously and will not let it go unpunished.

  290. My prayers too for you Lynette and your husband.

  291. sad to hear this Lynette..

    Praying for you and Husband

    Curtis

  292. Lynette, I am so sorry that your husband is having an affair. I have prayed for your comfort and encouragement. I have also prayed for your husband.

  293. Compliments of the New year all. Thank you for your prayers and responses. It seems it was too little too late for my husband. He’s been having an affair with a woman from the church he attends. I don’t know what to do. Please pray for me. And anything you have for encouragement….

  294. Lynette – NAR is very pervasive and seductive. I have a good friend who was ‘higher up’ in the echelon of the well known lead ‘prophets’. Jeremiah 23 tells us that these lying prophets speak of vision from their own heart, it didn’t come from Him, He hasn’t sent them, He hasn’t spoken to them but they prophesy lies. If a man prophesies and it does not come true, he is a false prophet, it is the standard of the Word of God. They want to add to it. The will be rebuked and found liars (Prov 30:6). I’m praying with you, but please do take some of these resources, and listen to them. And definitely start with the gospel for him. Typically NAR is way off on the gospel. Love in Christ. BTW, I did an article on NAR prophet Bill Johnson of Bethel. To date it is still one of the most visited articles on my site. That shocked me truthfully, I wrote it for a specific reason, but I had no idea the people who would read it, nor his follower’s responses (many I just could not post they were so bad).

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2013/08/22/bill-johnson-jesus-culture-and-bethel-church/

  295. Lynette Welcome
    below are links to sermons that praying you find helpful.
    I myself came out from among false gospel of works . God used expreacherman and others on this blog roll with sound biblical doctrine .
    also used and is using the ministry of Duluth Bible Church teaching me The Faith Rest Life centered around our Perfect Postion in Christ Jesus as believer souls in His Finished Work ,
    Duluth Bible Church has live webcasting service’s

    11 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 1
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8316139313

    12 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 2
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8171697551

    13 – Seven Key Questions About Speaking In Tongues Pt. 3
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=81816143470

    09 – Is God Still Giving Prophecy And Revelation Today? Pt. 1
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=726161318362

    10 – Is God Still Giving Prophecy And Revelation Today? Pt. 2
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72916121616

  296. Lynette, I have prayed that your husband would be delivered from any false teaching under which he is sitting. I have also prayed for you to provide clarity to your husband regarding the gospel message.

  297. Please pray for my husband, he believes in the new apostolic reformation and I really don’t know how to help him. I have been trying to show him through Scripture but he doesn’t understand. He says show me that believing in the fivefold ministry will make me miss heaven then I will leave that church. Please help. My marriage is falling apart. He believes in tongues and prophets and apostolic gifts being present in the church today. I’m so torn I’m even thinking of divorcing him…

  298. Pereira, praying, and also that you may be sure she is hearing the pure gospel, which is the only power of God unto salvation. Make sure she hasn’t been told it’s by works, such as stopping doing something, turning from sin, confessing sin, etc. Remember the Word has power, have verses for her to hear. His Word draws people, so did Christ when He was lifted up on the cross (Jn 12:32), so praying you will have opportunity and that the Lord might bring other laborers into her life.

  299. Pereira, welcome!

    I have prayed for your mother – that if she doesn’t know Jesus as her Savior, that He would draw her to Him, and that she would hear the gospel and understand,that she might believe and be saved.

  300. Pereira from Brazil

    Please pray for my mother to be saved …

    Her name is Graça (Which means Grace in english) !

  301. Preston, wonderful story and great for us to seize the opportunity like that. I have a RC friend who for years I’ve continued to weave His Word into as many conversations as possible. Before my husband died, there was a night we were having dinner with her and a sort of loose, liberal, anything goes (except Christianity) French friend. A couple things came up and the French friend got very hostile, she railed on me and I prayed. My husband and son Adam went to speak up a couple times to try to defend, I nudged the under the table, I was afraid they might somehow offend in defending me. My other friend (the Roman Catholic) also got offensive. I said very little. My husband spoke and asked them that question; “If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?” He repeated it as they were kind of dumbstruck knowing he was dying. They gave the same stumbling answers, and he was able to tell them why he knew where he would go when he died. This particular French friend didn’t speak to me for months, and it was funny, I never said one unkind or forceful thing. But then my husband died. And I was able to share the gospel at his funeral. She shared shortly thereafter in tears how Gilbert’s question had really gotten to her. She still stubbornly resists the gospel. My other friend I believe is listening. I continue to pray for the both and for opportunity to share the good news. What a great way to do it Preston. I like to do it at Christmas too when I share about the Tree and what it symbolizes to us.

  302. Preston, what a great story, and a wonderful idea.

    It is good to hear from you

  303. Hey John,

    its been a while. Wasnt sure i would post this, but decided to do so.

    About family at the holidays…..

    My niece is/was RC. A couple of years ago, I had the chance (10 minutes) to talk bible with her. I asked her the 2 questions.
    1. where are you going when you die
    2. how do you know.

    Her response – i hope so. Because i am a good person. been baptized, confirmed, I do good things. I am not as bad as others. I go to church. etc NOTHING about Christ and him crucified.

    So i only had a little time, to tell her about the “free gift” of salvation and a couple of verses—She had to go, but her eyes got REAL big. So after, i prayed to God for another chance.

    Two years later. She is a freshmen in college. And wouldnt you know the college she chose is near my home. To save money, she decided to stay with us for a year or two. (coincidence???).

    Anyway, i got my chance. So i asked her the two questions again. Do you know the SHE DID mention the cross this time. So we went over some passages to “sure” things up for her.

    So whats my point for this post?

    I asked her “that was much different then the last time i asked you; what changed”?

    She replied “because i have been listening to what you were saying”.

    Problem – i cant remember ever talking bible with her after the first conversation. I cant remember talking bible with another while she was around.

    I can only come up with ONE conclusion. A couple of years ago, i asked my wife, who is involved with ALL the holiday meals, if I could pray before the meal (usually a child would pray), she of course said “ok”. Why? So I could share the gospel within the prayer. Every holiday, i would pray and include the clear gospel in that prayer”. THIS is what I believe my niece was listening too.

    to plant a seed can be done in many ways. Including a simple prayer before a meal.

    Of course i will pray for you and others who have posted on this blog.

    Happy holidays to all.

  304. Katmazdobelieve

    Hello,
    Thanks. I am going to re-read all the post including the link Holly shared.
    Kate.

  305. John, praying for your family, and for opportunities to humbly share the gospel.

    Kate, also praying for your mom. Here is an article I did on eternal security, maybe some of the verses will help. Just remember there is power in the gospel. They just haven’t heard it correctly presented, don’t give up!

    https://redeemingmoments.com/2014/04/25/1610/

    Michael, praying for wisdom to overcome with the truth ❤

  306. There is something that boarders true faith saved by Grace but they are unaware how unattractive they make the Lord out to be

  307. Kate, I have prayed for both you and your mother.

  308. Katmazdobelieve

    Hello all,
    Please pray for my mother. It is becoming increasingly difficult to stay in a relationship with her. She is older and she is an arminian lordship salvation is. Her Pharisee style law keeping is getting worse and worse and worse and worse and worse and worse….
    I dread having to tell her that I REJECT all the teachings about the “gospel” I ingested as a young and younger person.
    I know she is going to stand against just accepting the gospel. She is going to bring up all the verses that are used to bolster her point. I hope she isn’t so hardened in her piety that she will soften.
    Thanks
    Kate

  309. Michael, I will pray for you and your church, and for those who are clear on the gospel to have the discernment to recognize those things that undermine the gospel message.

  310. Hello thank you ..

    I love your site for the gospel truth it preaches.
    My church does have challenges with lordship Salvation …a faction of those who are not members but they want to be with us even the leader of those wants to become pastor.
    There is spiritual warfare but God is good! Please pray for us As we deal on a day to day basis ..

    Lord bless
    Michael

  311. We are going to be hosting a number of family guests over Thanksgiving, some of whom have contrasting/conflicting beliefs.

    Please pray for familial harmony, and that we will be attentive to opportunities to share the gospel.

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