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Here are three free books to help you pray for your wife, husband, children or anybody really.  These prayers are for spiritual blessings, which usually get pushed out in favor of physical needs. Get it free for computer as a PDF, for Kindle or Kindle App, and Nook.  Prayers are designed to change the prayer and these certain help in focusing on that.  Enjoy!

A practical prayer-book designed to help husbands intercede for their wives consistently and biblically.

“More than a guidebook, it is rather a springboard to a deepening love relationship with God and with one’s wife. A book to savor, reflect on, and then offer prayers from a pure heart and clear conscience.”
-WILLIAM R. CUTRER M.D. Gheens professor of Christian Ministry, SBTS, author of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage.

“Andrew Case has provided an ingenious and glorious tool for Christian husbands, one that has the potential of binding husbands and wives ever closer together while these prayers seek more intimate relationship between their wives and their God. By employing themes, principles, promises, and pleas from Scripture itself, Case has crafted hundreds of rich and meaningful prayers that any and every Christian husband can pray for his own wife.”
-BRUCE A. WARE Professor of Christian Theology
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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A practical prayer-book designed to help wives intercede for their husbands consistently and biblically.

“God sees when women kneel in prayer for their husbands, and Prayers of an Excellent Wife provides the reader with all the scriptural principles and language needed to cover a man with powerful intercession—prayers so effective, they’ll resonate throughout his life.”
-JONI EARECKSON TADA
Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“Prayers of An Excellent Wife provides a template that if used properly will indeed produce excellent wives who faithfully and passionately pray God’s word for their precious husbands.”
-MARY K. MOHLER
Wife of R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Director of Seminary Wives Institute,

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A practical prayer-book designed to help parents intercede for their children consistently and biblically.

This book, drawn mostly right from Holy Scripture, can be a spur to your family to get off the couch and away from the television and on your knees praying for the salvation and welfare of your children.”
-RUSSEL D. MOORE
 Author of 
Adopted for Life
Senior Vice President 

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Andrew Case has provided parents with a powerful tool: the Word of God turned to prayer–specifically for their children…. this book will encourage, inspire, and strengthen anyone who wants to learn to grow in dependence on God, or–in other words–prayer.”
-SALLY LLOYD-JONES
Bestselling author of The Jesus Storybook Bible

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Free Outstanding Books to Help Your Prayers!

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Speciality Churches?

On the day of Pentecost 3,000 souls were saved by the grace of God and added to the church.  Several days later, thousands more were added. The church had remarkable growth through faith in the work of Jesus Christ for them. But you have to wonder what kind of people were saved. I suppose some were shepherds, some farmers, some homemakers, some businessmen, some tradesmen, some artists, some teachers, and so on.  But they all went to the same church.  They went to the same church and they worshipped God together. They were in unity with each other through the blood of Jesus Christ. They came together, they worshipped together, they sang together, and they served together.  They had all things common.

This fact makes me question all those speciality churches. You know what I am talking about. Churches that are for only cowboys and for only motorcycle riders and others that focus their church on the specific needs of these groups. I wonder why that did not happen in the first church.  Certainly there were diverse groups in those saved and added to the church.

As reported in USA Today, March 11, 2003, the Cross Trails Church, Fairlie, Texas, has the following Ten Commandments: Just one God; Honor yer Ma & Pa; No telling tales or gossipin’; Git yourself to Sunday meeting; Put nothin’ before God; No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal; No killin’; Watch yer mouth; Don’t take what ain’t yers; Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff. Baptisms are performed out of a horse trough, and “Happy Trails To You” constitutes the sung benediction.

What’s next? A skateboarders’ church? A Valley Girls’ church? A Fat Peoples’ church? A Factory Workers’ church? Where is the unity of the saints and the unity of the church if we are constantly dividing into smaller and smaller divisions? Where does it all end? A man sitting in a closet with his wife? Unless I have exactly the culture, the language, the music that appeals to me, I guess I can’t worship with anyone else. And so the course we’re on is a course that will divide and subdivide the church further and further. The worship wars are raging, tearing apart churches and denominations, and giving shape to the life and piety of generations to come.

The Worship of God should not happen according to our likes, dislikes, preferences, or specific needs.  The Worship of God should happen as the Word of God demands it.  God has every right to dictate how worship of him should take place.  We must remember the words of Jesus, “Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.”  It is not where we worship or with whom we worship but who we worship.  I am afraid that we are attracted to a church not because of unity that Christ provides but a unity that I provide.

I think we miss what God has for us when we avoid diversity and differences in church.  We are all so very contrasting to each other but the one thing that brings unity to our worship together is we have been born-again by the power of God in and through the finished work of Jesus Christ. It is Christ that brings us together and not my Harley or my new horse.

People are coming to church and just hearing a bunch of talk and singing a bunch of songs. But faith comes by hearing the word of God, and if it’s not being preached, sung, read, and prayed, and if the content of our services are decreasingly Biblical, it is an ominous thing that is happening – a tragedy unfolding before us of monumental proportions.

When We Can’t See Him, WE Are In The Way!

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855):

When the prosperous man on a dark but starlit night drives comfortably in his carriage and has the lanterns lighted, aye, then he is safe, he fears no difficulty, he carries his light with him, and it is not dark close around him.

But precisely because he has the lanterns lighted, and has a strong light close to him, precisely for this reason, he cannot see the stars. For his lights obscure the stars, which the poor peasant, driving without lights, can see gloriously in the dark but starry night.

So those deceived ones live in the temporal existence: either, occupied with the necessities of life, they are too busy to avail themselves of the view, or in their prosperity and good days they have, as it were, lanterns lighted, and close about them everything is so satisfactory, so pleasant, so comfortable—but the view is lacking, the prospect, the view of the stars.

—Søren Kierkegaard, The Gospel of Suffering, trans. David F. Swenson and Lillian Marvin Swenson (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1948), 123.

Sin is a Perspiring Problem

First a science lesson on sweat and then a Bible lesson.  We all sweat! Perspiring is the way the body regulates the bodies temperature. Heat, exertion, stress, and sickness are the main contributors to sweating.  But the Bible sees sweating differently.

The word sweat is found three times in the Word. And each time sweating is connected to sin.  In each occurrence, we learn something about sin and about our persperation.

We begin in Genesis 3:19.  Adam has eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  He has disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit and not only has he fallen but he has doomed every person to be born after him.  As a result of his sin, God curses man, the woman, the ground, and the serpent.  It is in the context of judgement that we read, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Here we see Sweating and the Curse. Sweating is part of the curse that God places on all men. Before his disobedience, Adam worked in the Garden and had never sweated. But now sin brings sweat.  What was before easy now will become a struggle. Everything will now be hard and difficult.  By the sweat of his brow, Adam will eat.  The curse causes sweat.  Also, notice that there is not only a struggle but separation, as well. Adam will now die. He came from dust and he will return to dust. His body will now begin to fail him. I learned this a couple of years ago when I had a bleeding ulcer. I had lost enough blood to lower my blood pressure to 88 over 46 and I was wringing wet from sweat.  The curse brings sweat.  It shows us that life will be a struggle and we are all fragile and are dying.

Secondly, we see Sweating and Corruption. The next instance of the word sweat is found in Ezekiel 44:18. Here we have instructions for the High Priest’s attire in the performance of his priestly duties. We read here, “They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causeth sweat.”  The High Priest was to wear clothing that would prevent him from sweating. Why was it imperative that the High Priest not sweat?  Two reasons, I think. Firstly, for Purity Sake. The High Priest must be clean as he performed his duties. He has washed several times and sweating would cause him to be ceremonially unclean. Excretions of bodily fluid caused defilement. Sweating would do the same.  Then also for Performance Sake. If the High Priest were to work up a good sweat from performing his priestly duties, it might be construed that he played an essential part in the cleansing the people from their sins. It would be the sacrifice and the Priest that provided forgiveness. But of course we know that the Old Testament sacrifices pointed to the ultimate sacrifice that Christ would make at Calvary.  And that sacrifice, by itself, redeems and makes propitiation. So the High Priest, like Adam, is under the curse and is corrupted in every way. He must make effort not to sweat so that he would not be defiled and so that he would not be considered to be an important part of salvation.

Finally, we see the third occurrence of the word sweat in Luke 22:44. Luke records the Garden of Gethsemane experience of Jesus. Here we are reminded of Sweat and the Christ. The one person who is not part of the curse and not corrupt kneels and prays to the Father and sweats what seems like drops of blood. We see here that Christ sweats for the people of God. Christ sweats because of the Work He is to do.  Salvation can not be accomplished by anyone but God. The problem of sin is simply too big to deal with except by God. So Christ comes, rolls up his sleeves, puts his shoulder to the work and exerts all his strength to save the people of God and he sweats. But look again, Christ sweats because of the Wrath of God.  Jesus Christ will become the curse and He will take our sins upon himself and receive the wrath of God . Christ looks into this cup of indignation and sweats because be takes sin, becomes a curse and endures the righteous wrath of God for us. The only one who could not sweat, becomes sin, becomes accursed, and is punished in our place.  He sweats.

We often miss the significance of simple things in life. But I trust the next time you wipe sweat away from your eyes, you will remember. That you will remember that you are under a curse. The curse has made everything a struggle for you and has left you a dying person. That you will remember that you are corrupted. No matter how much you clean up the outside, you are corrupt inwardly. And no matter what you do, you can not contribute one thing to salvation–no matter how much sweating you do.  And finally, that you would remember Christ. Jesus came and took our curse and was punished and died for our sins.  He sweats for us.  What we could not do, Jesus did for us.  May we sweat and praise God for the reminders of sweat. For our salvation is no sweat for us.