Ponder. . .  What is a Church?

“Dynamic” is one response.

This may seem an elementary question, but the views people carry about the cares in their life, in no particular order — faith, family, jobs, friends, hobbies — matter.  We invest in the things we care about with our time, efforts, and money.  We bring energy and ideas to projects.

Obviously, there is more than one answer to this question, “What is a Church . . .?.”  Feel free to elaborate if you desire.  I thoroughly believe Christians should share their ideas and beliefs with one another.  Through my eyes this is what fellowship is mainly about:  Spiritual enlightenment.  Sharing with the faithful creates an environment for exchanging the concepts of our faith that help us to learn new views about our faith and, in so doing, sharpen our ability to share the faith to those who need to know more of God.  What better way to expand your own knowledge of God than to share with those made in God’s own image.  In Genesis, God makes humans in, “Our own image,” — which means you and each of those you worship with are somehow an “image of (the plurality of) God.”

“…this is what fellowship is mainly about: Spiritual enlightenment.”

We receive back in measure to how much we give, or in New Testament terms, “Reap what we sow.”  And as our knowledge increases about a subject we understand it better and tend to be more supportive towards it.  In this instance we are talking about ‘church’ and any of its aspects.  If the question seems awkward, rethink it a little.  Maybe “At church we…”  or “What I like is …”  So write us something…



submit, humble, anxiety connect

How does submission, humility, and anxiety relate to each other?

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While discussing 1 Peter 5:7, a question was raised: “What is the connection between submissiveness, humility and anxiety?”  Look at 5 – 7:

5 Young men, in the same way, submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, so that in due time He may exalt you.
7 Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  (Berean Study Bible)

So, how does submission, humility, and anxiety relate to each other?  Each are a conscious action —  deliberately chosen, then initiated as a believer.

When this question came up I said I had never associated these 3 particular concepts.  Before  I knew it I was asked for my thoughts.  My reply was to ruminate over a cup of coffee.  Well, I had my cup of coffee so here goes:

“Submit” is defined in the context of verse 5, “humility” from verse 6, “anxiety” from verse 7.

In verse 5, we need to Submit to Elders the way Peter, in the previous verses, grounds Elders to temper their conduct.  I see 8 characteristics but let’s recall only these: 1. it is God’s will, 2. not out of greed, 3. be eager, 4. not bossy, and 5. (this answers “WHY”) be an example — these behaviors are what our “Chief Shepherd” wants in His leaders and emulated by their protégés.

Humility is taking-stalk-in-yourself in relationship with God, directly connecting you and God.  It is not, as so many times portrayed, a destructive process tearing yourself down.  Rather, we seek God’s guidance within from the Spirit that is Holy.  It is in relating oneself to Christ we see what matters the most.

Anxiety seems to arise through a touch of doubt or fear; not from complete unbelief.  Remember Peter has, in the last few verses, given us insights into submission and humbleness.  AND if you have (most of us have, no doubt) mastered these by now, then, the anxiety has vanished!  But, should a smallish smidgeon of sweat surround you . . . Fling it God’s way!  (An extra way to deepen your relationship with Him.)

Another tidbit: God is mentioned 3-times; once in each verse.
Verse 5, submission: God gives Grace.  
Verse 6, humble: under God’s mighty hand.
Verse 7, anxiety: He cares.

In Him,

The Head of the Church

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“And He is the head of the body, the church: . . .”
Colossians 1:18a

True Children of the True God,

The leading element for believers — the body of Christ — is Christ.

Paul uses the human body to frame Jesus’ operation within the church.

The body consists of the true believers in Jesus — those who have given their lives to Jesus, and CONTINUE to hear and follow His voice live a life that is “in keeping with repentance” (John the Baptist, Luke 3:8).  Simply sitting in a church pew does not pass as a Christian.

Members of this body have a place and function determined by Christ since He made us, and the entire body is linked to Christ, our Head.

Ponder: “Christ is above all powers and Earthly authority . . .” and, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being”.  (Ephesians 1:18-23 & Acts 17:28)
His Love,

Knowing God @ 1Pursuit

My fellow blogger at “1Pursuit” gives insights to the walk we should have with God. I invite you to let this post deepen your Faith. Chew the cud over this quote:

“Jesus stated that He is the way, the truth, and the life.  He did not state that He knew the way or would tell us the way.  Neither did He state that He came to teach truth to us so we can teach others. He did not state that He came to show us how to live life.  

He is the way, the truth, and the life.” . . .

Duck Desire

the Desire to meet with God
in prayer
allowing Him to speak
is natural
like a duck’s attraction to water 
it should be instinct 
Desire fulfilling itself 
whether or not to enter the water
is of no concern
but deciding how to get to the water
and jump in

Want to go for a swim?

Listen to God

Listen to God

Learn to listen for God.

Imbue this listening from your prayer life.

Hard the harvest from seeds never planted.





With Patience.

Pull weeds.

And Wonder at the process.

The harvest will be realized and eaten.

Wisdom in the Fruit is nourishing and is cherished.

American Redstarts Leave Nest

I did not realize their nest was less than 10 feet from the backdoor! until yesterday. Although I knew their nest was nearby I did not attempt to locate it. The inside of the nest was hardly big enough to hold the three chicks. Their flight feathers were developing nicely. It would not be long until their first flight. It is happening now. On of the three nestlings has left, one is sitting on a branch just upwards and left of the nest (see picture, and the third was seen just awhile ago in the nest, but could be out in the greater world by now; if not, it is hunkered down out of sight. The female has yellow feathers distinguishing it from the orange of the male. -Jeff

Feeding Time

a path alongside

there is a path of a higher nature
a path alongside

joins the meadows
and valleys of our daily life

like chocolate milk brimming with chocolate
with just the right sweetness

life more abundant
at your side,your God

proclaim Christ for who He is
He is what He claimed

Son of God
a bridge from God to us

Son of Man
a path from us to God

a life re-purposed
a redeemed soul

an honest heart
Jesus – fill me and guide me

Remember How Much God Cares for You

Stay aware of God’s Love

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Remember How Much Jesus Loves You
Stay aware of God’s Love for you.
God’s Love is unconditional.
You can mess up and God is still there.  Jesus continues to love.  The Spirit speaks.
You can live at a Spiritual Level of 10% — God loves and supports you.  30 or 40% — God cares for you.  60%, 80%, 90% — God is there.  God cares for you.

Thankful in the Moment

Keep with you the things you are thankful for.

Thankful in the Moment
     Friends, be present in your things you a thankful for.  During this pandemic we have lost a lot, and I am not saying to give thanks for the loss and hurt, but as the pang is upon you, mindfully carry what you are thankful for.  Have it at the ready.
     For whether you hurt (or not) you will find comfort and strength.
     For God gives good things, encouraging and strengthening us in many ways.
     My prayers are with you.  -Jeff

Money: 1 Timothy 6:10

Money: 1 Timothy 6:10
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 NIV
     A verse often altered 3-ways: first, money is framed as the cause of all evil.  Certainly evil and money are often yolked together for reasons of power, greed, and control.  But money, a system of exchange for goods, knowledge, or services, is a tool to manage trade — and is not the foundation of all evil.  
     Secondly, the covetous nature of loving money is simply overlooked, omitted, passed over.  Loving money, or rather “craving” money becomes a means without God’s eternal plan in mind, placing money above allegiance to and fondness for God.
     Also, the trailing sentence is left out, imperceptibly, negating its ability to change people who need to grasp its warning.
     God wants us to be conscious of, in communication with, and dependent upon Him at all times.  Beloved, I combine 1 Timothy 6:10 with Chapter 6 of Matthew, especially verses 31-33.
     You are cared for!   -Jeff