Category Archives: Prayer


This morning my conversation is with the Holy Spirit (yes I believe there is a two way conversation that happens and no, there’s not necessarily a voice so I don’t need therapy (see Joy Behar)). The reality is, we’ve wandered away from one of the key topics of this blog, prayer. After all, the title does state our two desires, seek and pray. We do a lot of seeking, let’s spend a few days talking about prayer.

First, let’s talk about what prayer is. The Greek word we get it from is παράκληση (prosefchi) meaning request, solicitation, prayer, entreaty, invocation, or rogation. Thank you Google Translate for this information.

It is my view that we can see an evolution of prayer in the Old Testament until we get to Jesus’ teachings. In the beginning, Adam and Eve had a one-on-one face-to-face relationship with their Creator. They had no need to ask for anything, He had already provided. They just walked and talked. Enjoyed the amazing beauty of His work. How cool would that be!!!! Then we manage, as humans do, to screw it up, and bite the wrong thing and run away and hide. We stop talking, stop telling the truth. Until it comes out, either on it’s own or because it’s uncovered some other way; and with discovery comes consequence. We know longer get to talk to God, our friend, Creator, Abba as we had. How now?

Using, I discovered the word prayer does not appear in any version of the Bible until Genesis 20:7. While I found this interesting, the behavior of prayer throughout the Old Testament (OT) was the people would take their concerns, requests, and praises to a prophet or priest and with a sacrifice to God he would present it. Conversation was not two way always. Life was legalistic. People were told do this and you will make God happy and He will keep you. Blessedly, David, even before becoming a King, showed us a better way (he’s not the only one, but a prominent one). He sang! He played instruments! He danced! He rejoiced! He wrote poems! He talked with God, seeking answers, expecting to hear Him, faithfully (usually) waiting. The Book of Psalms shares all this with as.

Wait a minute! Sing? Dance? Play music? Rejoice? Isn’t all of the just shameful? Even David’s wife Mical challenges this (2 Samuel 6:20)! David basically tells her to get over herself. The love of God and the thanksgiving of His gifts are something to be celebrated, not hidden. We should be loud about our love of God, not silenced.

I’ll finish today with my two favorite thoughts on prayer. First, there are some awesome music groups out there with great music about prayer. Some of my favorites are Renew Me and The Creed by Avalon, Listen to the Sound by Building 429, and Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood. Those are but a few that come to mind quickly. Eden’s Bridge, for KING AND COUNTRY, Mandisa, Mercy Me, and Out of Eden are other groups that have fantastic music for praying!

Psalm 16:1 says, “Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You”. what a declaration! If we can make this statement, then we need to also be able to follow 2 Chronicles 7:14 :

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

Heavenly Father, hear our cry, we reach out to you now. Let us, as we walk together, learn to talk with you consistently, learn to listen to you, learn to humbly but boldly follow you. Be with us and our loved ones, protecting us from the evils of this world, comforting us in the knowledge that you are carrying us through whatever our journey is. Thank you Father. Amen.


Where is Church?

Why this question?

In looking around the blog world the other day, I stumbled on a blog by Michelle Lesley. It is well written and thought out but definitely not in line with how I interpret  the teachings within Timothy’s. No problem, 1 John 4:1 tells us to “not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”.  I’m not saying Michelle is a false prophet. I am saying that I (we) are to test what we read and hear against God’s word. Not to challenge it or argue against it, but to ensure we are believing, following, sharing, teaching and preaching the right message.

Christ himself gave us an example of how we are to have this conversation in Acts 19:8 when he entered the Lecture Hall of Tyrannus: “Then he entered the synagogue and spoke boldly over a period of three months, engaging in discussion and trying to persuade them about the things of the kingdom of God.”

In a nutshell she was discussing the role of women in the church, which is not what we’ll talk about today. In a brief exchange between us, I asked “If you believe 100% what you have written here, then you believe 100% what you have taught, proselytized, preached (different people will apply different words to what we bloggers do) here. How does your work here not go against what you have said the Bible does? ” Her response took me back, “The instruction is that women are not to preach to, teach Scripture to, or exercise authority over men in the church. A blog is not the church.”

What is Church?

I have written about this before (Where We Gather and Here & Now – Worship) as this question as well as what is worship are ones far too many of us do not understand or experience.

A quick survey of a variety of versions of the Bible show that the word church shows up a little over 100 times in the New Testament. When God talks about the church with us, He is not talking about the man made denominations we’ve created, He’s talking about His people. In the Old Testament, church did equal the Temple and people were expected to gather there for sacrifices and teachings (the men anyway). But in the New Testament, Christ changes this format. The Bible does give references to congregations, but those are congregations of cities or communities, not a physical institution. So, what is church?

For the purist among you, the word church comes from the Greek word ekklesia meaning ‘assembly’ or ‘called out ones’.

First of all, we need to understand that the church is Christ:

“He is also the head of the body, the church;”.   Col 1:24 (HCSB)

Then we need to understand that church is a place of gathering, but it is a place where two or more gather.

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” Matt 18:20 (HCSB)

Some would argue that the Holy Spirit being present can be counted as one since He is a participant in prayer; I don’t think this supported biblically but can understand the argument when Christ gives us examples like the Garden of Gethsemane.

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matt 26:36 (HCSB) also Mk 14:32

And when we’re instructed to privately talk with Abba, one-on-one; two are present.

But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret.  Matt 6:5-6 (HCSB)

Christ first mentions the work of building a church in Matthew, but He is not talking about the confining walls of a building, but The Church (of Jesus Christ) full of people.

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the forces of Hades will not overpower it.  Matt 16:18 (HCSB)

To truly understand what the church is, we must go to the Book of Acts and recognize some major shifts in societal and physical behaviors. One of the largest is the clarity of the message that no one is excluded.

The Disciples were baptized by The Holy Spirit and received His power (Acts 1:8).
Women were included in acts and in gifts. (Acts 1:14, 2:17,18)
Pentecost brought the time of speaking in tongues so the Word of God would be heard by so many more. (Acts 2:4)
One expectation was laid out for followers, REPENT.  (Acts 2-38-40)
A picture of church is presented, people who devote themselves to learning, gathering, breaking of bread (eating) with a joyful and humble attitude, and praising. (Acts 2:42,46)

With all of this, we can now go to the question, are we on this blog, a church? Are we discussing, teaching, preaching, sharing, learning and supporting each other in the name of Christ? Are we asking questions to ensure what we learn is true? Does this technology allow us to find God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? I believe so and I believe I am responsible for each person who reads or shares this.

What I do not believe is that this makes me the head of a church or places me over any man who may be reading this. Just as women were including in the act of praying in the upper room, teaching in homes throughout Acts and receiving calls directly to guide others, they were not the head of their churches; they were answering God’s call to teach, proselytize, praise, whatever their gift was.

After Michelle and I chatted, I searched out many more blogs and websites hosted by women Christians and I was astonished at how many did not accept responsibility, most saying (in various ways), ‘I can not control who reads what I write’ and ‘if a man chooses to read my writings that is on him’. Really? How is ones accountability for what one shares with one gender any different than the other?

I stand in my conclusion that, I am a Disciple and it is my humble prayer that God uses me, through the Holy Spirit, to reach out to anyone who knows or does not know Him who saves us all, and provides either encouragement or hunger for their own walk with the Triune God. I know I am challenged when I sit down and do this blog for fear of false teachings [2 Peter 2:1]. I humbly pray if any of you ever feel I am guilty, you hold a conversation here with me so we all may grow.

FYI: Those of you that have followed me for a while know I use a multitude of versions of the Bible. I do this for two reasons; one, some versions have wording that is easier to understand and two, to help show that although the words may be in a different order, the meaning is the same. Currently I’m using The Apologetics Study Bible (Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)).


Are you a salt person or a seasoning one? Few people are both. Myself, I prefer lots of seasoning with very little salt, preferring the complexity of deep flavors of cumin, thyme, rosemary, garlic, and paprika. Salt though has it’s purpose. It’s the best preservative and has been with us since the beginning of time. Fair warning before you go farther, I am going a little geeky on this (LOL). 😛

People who BBQ will tell you that any rub worth putting on the meat before it hits the Q begins with salt; for it’s flavor enhancing ability and its preserving ability. Traditional bakers worth their dough will tell you that next to yeast, salt is the next most important ingredient as it helps enhance the flavors and triggers some of the binding action. Don’t believe me? Make a cake from scratch, leave it out and see what happens.

For people, we need salt physically for our minds. A pregnant woman deficient in salt (iodine deficient) is at risk of having a child with cognitive issues or mental retardation. (Pearce, 2008). Hyponatremia, low blood sodium, in adults, usually older, presents with altered personality, lethargy and confusion. If severe enough, it can cause seizures, coma and even death.  (“Low blood sodium in older adults: A concern?”, 2017). A simple internet search of salt deficiency in soil, water, foods, etc will just further firm this foundation that salt is essential to life.  ESSENTIAL!

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.        Matthew 5:13 (MSG)  bold italics are mine

I love the way The Message words Matthew 5:13, especially the end, “If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?”.

Do you ever lose your saltiness?

Do you ever sometimes your saltiness? Do you take time to refill your shaker?

Do I ever lose my saltiness? Maybe when I’m driving, or at work, or with a particular group of friends, or when I’m away from family, or when I’m away from my Christian family? Do I?

There are days. I lose my anger. Speak harsh words. Do less than my best work. Ignore my neighbor. Put off my spouse, kids, neighbors. Waste time on TV, social media, or video games. Drown my sorrows in alcohol or drugs. Don’t pick up my Bible for days on end. Don’t pray, admit it, the Big Guy is there, do we really have to, He knows everything. Yes, there are days my salt shaker is beyond empty and Morton’s needs to come out of the closet.

God, in His infamous, Omnipotent Wisdom, tells us how to keep our salt shaker from becoming empty. It may not always be completely full, but with this wisdom, as long as we CHOOSE to follow it, we will keep shaking.

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.  Acts 2:42 (ESV)

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Oh mud. Thick, gooey, wet, sticky, mushy mud.  Pigs and other beasts wallow in it to cool off.  People use it in a mixture to make mortar and brick for houses.  Some think of it as a beauty treatment, lathering it on their skin or hair. Some eat it, hungry for the silica in it because their diet is empty of it.  Some see it as life; plant crops, food grows, family is provided for.  Me, I see is as a mess. I vacuum it and wipe it off dogs and clean paws over and over again and right now am sincerely sick of it.  Especially as my two happy critters eagerly bounce at the door to go chase the squirrels they see; oh what a mess I see coming if I give in.

Isn’t that what life is though? Messy, sticky, mushy.  We add water and dirt and other ‘stuff’ and then we sit back at the end of the day and either crow about the great life we’ve made or whine about the horrible predicament we have found ourselves to be in. Continue reading

Why This One?

This morning, as my big dog, for the third time I might add, insisted it was time to get up and go outside just because it’s there again, it hit me, what is this things purpose?  Why did this big lummox of a creature come bounding into our (Lily and mines) life?  Whose the master here?

Oh, I know the logical rationale, I don’t believe creatures should be alone, they should have like companions, friends, so I looked for one for Lily.  But why Hershey? Almost everything I said I’d never want in a dog-puppy, male, overly energetic-but oh so cute, loving and absolutely smart and adorable!

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Natural Laws

Man can do wrong to man in so many ways I can’t find a number.  We’ve set up a legal system though to prosecute people in one of five courts -Criminal,  Civil,  Constitutional,  Administrative, and International.  If that’s not enough, crimes can be prosecuted at the Executive, Federal, State, County, or City/Township/Province level.  Or any combination there of.  Why have we made this so complicated? Better yet, why do people continue to work so hard to do so many horrible things to other people? Continue reading