Thursday, December 31, 2009


New Years, the oldest of all celebrations, began in Babylon 4000 years ago. However, the western cultures didn’t follow suit until only 400 years ago. The early Church condemned the festivities as pagan even into the Middle Ages. Shouldn’t we, as followers of Jesus, pay attention to this? What is the history of new year celebrations?

• Recognized as the season of rebirth, the Babylonian New Year began at the spring equinox.
o Most important of all festivals; it lasted 11 days and included acts of worship such as purification, sacrifice, propitiation, penance, absolution and extravagant colorful processions.
o This magical worship was offered in order to obtain favors from the gods. The greater the appeal, the greater the sacrifice, even to the point of human sacrifice [2 Kings 3:26-27].
o Sacrifices included wine which involved drunkenness and lascivious activity.
o Resolutions were made in order to appease their gods, believing that they would be blessed if the promise was kept and cursed if it was not.
o The culmination was the sacred-marriage ceremony between the god Marduk and godess Ishtar.
• Practiced in ancient Canaan and Syria, these same festivities found their way to Greece and finally to Rome.
• For various reason, Roman emperors kept tinkering with the calender until at last, January 1 was accepted as the “New Year!”

Many of these pagan practices are perpetuated in
New Year’s festivals today!
But what if we “Christianize” them;
doesn’t that make our participation acceptable?
The unchanging Creator of this universe does not compromise.
He tells His people,
“You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.”
What pagans do and how they go about doing it
is detestable to Him [Deut. 12:31]!

God not only rebukes His people for following the festivals of paganism, He warns that He will punish those who do [Hosea 2:11, 13]. He speaks specifically about making resolutions to Him and then breaking them. He refers to these broken promises as “sacrifices of fools” [Ecc. 5:2-7].

When the Lord says to the Israelites, “… Go and serve your idols, every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name with your gifts and idols” [Ezek. 20:39], He seems to be saying, "Be pagan if you insist; but quit calling it ‘Christian!’

One of Jesus’ final orders to His disciples was, “teach all nations to observe all things I have commanded you…” [Matt 28:20]. Jesus does not command His followers to observe any religious festivals. Instead, He is to be recognized as the fulfillment of the ceremonial laws, including the celebrations of the Israelites [Col. 2:16-17].

Like the Babylonians, many people attempt to wipe their slate clean by making promises and sacrifices. However, Mattie D. Babcock speaks rightly when she says, “…Christian character [is not made] at the New Year. The workshop of character is everyday life. The uneventful and common place hour is where the battle is lost or won.”

Sin can only be abolished through Jesus, who makes all things new. In His economy, every day is a fresh start. He wipes the slate clean every morning and fills us afresh with His precious Spirit in order that we might manifest His love to a world which desperately needs it.

Why dabble in pagan practices when you can enjoy the blessings of a new year, in Jesus, one day at a time!


Thursday, December 24, 2009


Because we’ve been programmed to believe that this time of year is to somehow be more peaceful and joyous than any other, many of us become disheartened by and lost in the expectations:

• Family gatherings are less than perfect or don’t happen at all.
• Circumstances make it impossible to place or find the “perfect present under the tree”.
• Painful memories get in the way of believing that there can ever be any peace or joy.

Often the Lord uses music to express His love to those imprisoned by such emptiness. One of the greatest joys in my life is to be used by Him through this gift of ministry. If you are struggling to experience the peace and joy which is typically promised this time of year, I would be honored and blessed to have the opportunity to sing this song for you. Yet, I pray that the lyrics alone will be comforting and healing to your heart.

Although I don’t believe that our relationship with Jesus can be wrapped-up in a “season” or “holiday,” I do believe that He is the only way to a Whole-Hearted Life.

FROM BETHLEHEM TO CALVARY- adapted from Ponder, Sykes & Wright

You’ve always looked for a rhyme or a reason.
You don’t know if you believe in the season.
It’s just another holiday.
Who is this babe that we give adoration?
He is the Savior, the Lord of Salvation.
He is still the same today.

And if your heart condemns you, He is greater than your heart.
And if your life is broken, He can mend a broken heart.
From His Father’s throne in glory
To a manger filled with hay.
From Bethlehem to Calvary
Jesus Christ is still the only way.

Where do you run when you’re tryin’ to hide
From the fear and the feelin’s you’re lockin’ inside?
Must you keep it all within?
Here is a Man who already forgave you.
He has the power to conquer and save you
He’s gained victory over sin.

And if your heart condemns you, He is greater than your heart.
And if your life is broken, He can mend a broken heart.
From His Father’s throne in glory
To a manger filled with hay.
From Bethlehem to Calvary
Jesus Christ is still the only way.


Thursday, December 17, 2009


For a number of years now, the Lord has been exposing Gary’s and my true heart regarding how we celebrate Christ’s birth. Each year, it seems He reveals more and more of our activities which really have little significance to the true purpose of Christ. We’ve relinquished the desire to spend more than we should or fret over finding the perfect gift. We’ve recognized that no one on our gift list truly needs more. We’ve given up the frenzied attempts to decorate every corner of our home, bake cookies for every neighbor and prepare the picture perfect holiday meal. We no longer get anxious over our holiday greetings not being ready before the arrival of the New Year. The Lord continues to show us that celebrating Christ isn’t about all the “Christmas” activity.

After chipping away over the years on those more external things, our Lord has begun to expose an even deeper level of concern. We’re seeing that our very definition of “Christmas” has been built upon things we hold even more dear to our hearts, such as our tendency to look to others to make “the celebration” complete. We recognize thoughts such as, “It doesn’t really feel like Christmas if we can’t celebrate it with family.” It is at this level where we begin to ask, “Lord, what more can You take away. Isn’t this what Christmas is all about?”

It is here where Christ’s Spirit has begun to show us that celebrating His birth is about nothing and no one else, except Him. It is about being willing to stand alone before Him – everything stripped away. We don’t like that much. We don’t want to see ourselves as we truly are, let alone willingly “show it to God”. Yet this is what celebrating Christ is truly about. In fact, this is the only way to rightly celebrate His birth. To stand before God, the Son, with every obstacle removed, separated from every distraction and to see ourselves as we truly are.

Only then will we see how desperately we need Him, our Savior.

Only then will we truly know how to celebrate the real purpose in the coming of the Christ Child.

Only there, at His manger, will we truly come and receive His love.

Who among us will celebrate Christmas right?
Those who finally lay down all their power, honor, and prestige.
All their vanity, pride and self-will
at the manger,
those who stand by the lowly and let God alone be exalted,
those who see in the child in the manger the glory of God
precisely in this lowliness.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Mystery of Holy Night

It is my prayer that the Lord will richly bless you and those you love with a deep awareness of His love. May your hearts be turned toward the Christ Child for peace & strength in the days to come and may His Holy Spirit deliver unto you a clear understanding of His will for your lives.


Thursday, December 10, 2009


Our daughter, Julie has painfully dry and cracked hands in the winter. She has tried nearly every traditional product on the market to no avail. This isn’t surprising since most cosmetics, including lotions, contain harsh and harmful chemicals. In fact, one of their main ingredients is petroleum. Yes, skin requires lubrication. However, engine oil is not the choice for skin! Instead of helping, petroleum clogs the pores and keeps moisture out.

In the process of researching how I might help Julie, I discovered the blessings of comfrey.

Comfrey is a perennial herb with
a black turnip-like root,
large broad hairy leaves
and small white or lightly colored
bell-shaped flowers.

Although comfrey has the potential to cause liver toxicity if taken internally, it posesses effective healing properties when used externally. In fact, comfrey is often referred to as “knitbone” and scientific studies confirm that it can influence the healing of bones.

Comfrey is a cell proliferant and is effective in treating:
• respiratory problems
• sprains
• arthritis
• back pain
• ulcers
• skin conditions, including severe burns.

Loaded with this information, it seemed that comfrey might be the answer for Julie’s hands!

While researching, I discovered that comfrey can be propogated by taking root cuttings. Recalling that my neighbor had comfrey growing in her yard, I asked if I could take some starts. She brought me a spade and her three daughters watched me dig. As I worked to remove the “offsets”, the five year old questioned her older sisters, “Why is Bonnie digging up our weeds!”

With cheers from the girls at my success, I headed home with my new “weed”. I planted a portion away from my garden to give it room to spread and used the rest to make a hand balm following these simple steps from Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair by Dina Falconi:

• Slice roots into small sections. Place on paper towel to dry.

• Hang stalk with leaves in dry, dark spot with good circulation.

• When stalks are brittle, leaves crumbly and roots dry and hard, coarsley chop in pulsating blender.

• Place 1 oz. of processed herb in glass jar. Add 4 oz. olive oil. With lid in place, aggitate daily for six weeks. Strain.

• Combine:
o 2 oz. comfrey infused olive oil
o 1 oz plus 1 Tbsp. jojoba oil
o 2 oz. plus 1 Tbsp. shea butter
o 1 oz. beeswax

in glass measure and place it in pan of hot water over med.-low heat. Stir frequently until melted.

• Remove from heat.

• Continue stirring 2 minutes to keep ingredients mixed while cooling.

• Pour mixture into wide-mouth jar.

• Add ¾ tsp. lavender. Cap quickly to seal in essential oil

• Allow to sit undisturbed overnight.

The results were beautiful! Although it can be used any time, the greatest reparative action is achieved by applying the balm before bed and wearing 100% cotton white gloves. Irritated skin doesn’t need dyed synthetic fabric against it!

My friend, Ina has similar problems to Julie’s, so I asked if she’d be my guinea pig. With the problems already developing, she was delighted! After three days of use, cracked and painful areas on Ina’s hands were healed! With these results, I quickly filled a lovely blue satin bag with white cotton gloves; a pretty jar filled with comfrey hand balm, along with instructions and sent a package off to Julie. She called today and is also thrilled with the results!


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Thursday, December 3, 2009


An error was made in getting last wks article published in the newspaper. will be published this week. I don't want to get ahead of that publication online, therefore, I will not publish a new blog until Dec. 9th.

Thank you for your faithfulness!

God's Blessings,

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Thanksgiving: an expression of gratitude; a token of appreciation of God’s blessings.

I readily admit that I don’t always have the most thankful heart. I’m often more focused on what could and should be, rather than on giving God thanks and praise for what is and seeing His blessings in it. Where do I turn when I need a heart adjustment? Singing His praises. As I lift my spirit to Jesus in song, His Holy Spirit floods my heart with thankfulness for His precious gift of redemption and the multitude of daily blessings He brings into my life

The Holy Spirit has often used the hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing to rekindle a thankful spirit within me:

Come Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
Mount of God's unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I'm come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
-Psalms 100:4

If you find yourself struggling to be thankful today, it is my prayer that these lyrics will help to fix your eyes upon the only One who can create a genuinely thankful heart within you.


Thursday, November 19, 2009


With the national celebration of “Thanksgiving” right around the corner, I’ve been researching the history of America’s first harvest festival. This has rekindled questions in my mind about America being founded as a “Christian nation”. I’m pondering what I was taught and have always believed vs. that which historical records seemingly indicate.

Festivals of thanksgiving are among the oldest celebrations throughout history. Ancient tribes, Greeks, Romans and Jews all held harvest festivals to thank and seek favor from their gods and goddesses. I’m wondering which god was truly being worshipped at this “New World” event.

• In 1609, the first colony of English-speaking Europeans settled in Jamestown. They were contracted by wealthy Englishmen to seek more wealth, not religious freedom.

• In 1620, 102 passengers arrived on the Mayflower. Although we tend to refer to all of them as "Pilgrims" (religious traveler: somebody who goes on a journey to a holy place for religious reasons), the fact is America is not “holier” than any other land. Half of these travelers were part of an English Church from Holland and the other half were likely not “pilgrims” at all, coming instead, for economic reasons. Of the fifty who remained after the rigorous first winter, I’m wondering what they did that looked like Jesus.

There were similar settlements in other areas, some of which were “Christians” fleeing persecution. However, most of these religious colonial governments persecuted those of the "wrong" faith!

• The majority of the constitution’s framers often referred to “God”, yet never professed Jesus. Wanting no part of the religious intolerance developing in the “New World”, they set out to proclaim that the American government would never promote or interfere with any religious beliefs. In 1787, they established the first government in history to separate church and state.

• In 1797 America made a treaty with Tripoli declaring that "the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." Written under Washington's presidency, this reassurance to Islam was unanimously approved by the Senate under John Adams.

John Adams also pledged that every American citizen would be required to observe and fulfill the premises of this treaty which was printed in the Philadelphia Gazette and two New York papers, with no evidence of any public dissent! Citizens proclaiming America as a “Christian nation” are actually breaking a national pledge.

Yes, Protestant churches have been allowed to flourish in America. However, having nationally vowed to uphold neutrality in matters of any religion, all religions are to have the same freedom. Why does it surprise and irritate us then that people from various nations and religions come to America seeking to enjoy such freedom? Isn’t this the type of nation America’s founding fathers sought to establish without any opposition from its citizens?

While there are only two contemporary accounts of America’s first Thanksgiving, neither of them mentions Jesus. Could this nation’s religious freedom stance have been established at its first Thanksgiving? The “Christian pilgrims’” religion forbade them from breaking bread with “heathens”, yet we find them honoring “God” with a few pagan Englishmen and a number of naturalistic native friends Have we been fooling ourselves about which god was being worshipped at this festival? Do you suppose Jesus was honored as the only way to the Father (John 14:6) or could this harvest celebration have been the first assembly of religious unionism held in America?


Thursday, November 12, 2009


I’m always thrilled when I see a wild rose bush in bloom. There aren’t many things more beautiful in the heat of the summer and their fragrance is simply heavenly! It seems disappointing, though, that within a few days the blossoms fall away; leaving what appears to be nothing but an unattractive barren bush. However, around mid-October, if you look carefully you will notice that the delicate petals seem to have sacrificially made room for a beautiful display of bright red “berries” called “rose hips”.

Rose hips are considered a fruit and are related to apples. While it is said that they contain Vitamins D and E, essential fatty acids and antioxidants, the greatest value of these precious jewels is their extremly high Vitamin C content. In fact, it is recorded that during World War II, when German submarines were sinking many of the commerical ships used to import citrus fruits the people from England harvested and made syrup from wild rose hips in order to obtain adequate amounts of Vitamin C.

While there is always the option of purchasing rose hips
sometimes for a whopping $25/lb,
with the magnitude of viral colds and debilitating influenzas
going around these days,
1700-2000 mg of unadulterated Vitamin C per 100 g of dried rose hips
free for the pickin’ doesn’t sound like a bad deal.

I desired to take advantage of this precious gift; yet, I was concerned that heating the rose hips would destroy their vitamin C and that my harvesting and preserving efforts would be wasted. While rose hips do contain an enzyme which causes them to oxidize when they are broken open and left at room temperature, I discovered that this enzyme is destroyed and the antioxidant activity and levels of Vitamin C maintained when rose hips are boiled for 10 minutes!

Loaded with this information, I set out to learn how hips are harvested and how the Englishmen made this syrup. Here’s what I’ve discovered:

• Harvest rose hips just after the first frost when they are most nutritious.
• Use of metal pans or utensils when preparing the rose hips will cause loss of vitamin C. Therefore, glass pans and wooden utensils are better choices.

ROSE HIP SYRUP• Clean 4 cups fresh hips with filtered rather than chlorinated water.
• In a glass pan, boil hips in 2 cups water 20 minutes with lid on or until tender and easily mashed.
• Strain juice through fine sieve or jelly bag.
• Return pulp to pan. Add enough water to cover fruit. With lid on, boil 10 minutes.
• Strain this and add to first juices.
• Add 1 cup sugar to rosehip juice boil, 5 minutes to right consistency
• Bottle while hot.
This syrup can be taken alone, added to beverages or used on pancakes, muffins etc.

DRIED WHOLE, rose hips can also be stored in a dark cool place without losing much nutritional value.

• Bring one pint filtered water to boiling
• Add 2 tablespoons dried rose hips
• Cover and boil 10 minutes.
Some enjoy the slightly tart tasting tea with a bit of sweetener. Oh, yes! Don’t throw out the boiled berries! They are still very nutritious and can be added to soups, stews, etc.
• Grind dried hips to a fine powder.
• 1 tablespoon can be added to breads and cakes, etc. for added flavor and nutritional value. It can also be added to wild game recipes to eliminate the wild taste.

I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg on the many blessings which rose hips have to offer us. I’m anxious to learn more.



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Thursday, November 5, 2009


I’m so thankful for Nora Giese’s recent “Letter to the Editor”. She has broached at least three important topics that may be beneficial for us all to consider. I know I don’t to have all the answers and regularly pray for a teachable spirit. Therefore, please do not receive my response to be either argumentative or condescending. I’m very willing to consider other’s opinions as we address these issues:

• Is worship the reason we often find
Jesus and His apostles in synagogues?
• Was persecution the reason why
early Christians met in homes?
• Were there occasions when
members of one church community offered
guidance to those of another?

1) Most of us, including myself, have been taught that Jesus and His apostles went to synagogues to worship. However, Scripture seems to indicate [Acts 14:1; 17:1-33; 18:4 and 19], that instead of worship, they crossed the threshold of synagogues filled with non-believing Jews in order to evangelize!

Faith in the Messiah of Nazareth was not the focus of worship in the Jewish synagogue. Consequently, we don’t find Jesus or His disciples “worshiping” with non-believing Jews nor encouraging new converts to do so. Rather than holding to human traditions of worshiping at a sacred place on a sacred day with the Jews, Jesus and His apostles took advantage of the custom of inviting visiting Rabbis to teach [Acts 13:14] and spoke against such human traditions [Colossians 2:8]. Consequently, they were expelled from the synagogue!

2) I was also taught that early Christians began to meet in one another’s homes because of persecution. However, didn’t Jesus establish His church in the open air and in homes before persecution ever began? In the three years Jesus trained His apostles, they learned to carry on the work that He began [Acts 20:20] which was not worshiping in synagogues nor choosing gathering locations out of fear.

Following Jesus’ and the apostles’ teaching, early Christians continued to meet in one another’s homes even during times of peace [Acts 2:42-47 and 9:31]. When persecution did break-out, it doesn’t seem that Christians went to great pains to “hide-out.” Instead, unbelievers knew exactly where to find them [Acts 8:3; 1 Corinthians. 14:23] … in their homes.

All local Christians also gathered daily at the accommodating temple courts [Acts 2:44-46] where the non-believing Sadducees were responsible for controlling temple activity. Such public places wouldn’t be very effective hiding for those desiring to go unnoticed!

3) Although there is Scriptural evidence that Christians from one community did offer advice to those in other communities, this isn’t the subject at hand. Instead, the issue is …

The early Church
had only one local body of believers in each community
who functioned as one family.

We learn from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians for example that, while there were at least five different “house churches” in Corinth, [1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 16:19], Paul doesn’t write to the individual groups. Instead, he wrote to all believers in Corinth [1 Corinthians 1:2] because the issues affected the entire local family!

Jesus never desired that His brothers and sisters meeting in one house would have no regard for the matters of those who met in another. In fact, Paul rebuked the Corinthian believers for thinking and functioning so independently!

While I desire to honor God’s Word and not quarrel over disputable matters; He does encourage us to lovingly challenge one another to develop a clear understanding of and devotion to what Jesus and the apostles taught [Colossians 3:16].


P.S. For those who may not have had a chance to read Nora’s letter, you may read it at under “NORA’S LETTER … ”.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Dear Sister in Jesus, I am recently new to the Diagonal community so I am not wise in the ways of all its worshipping communities. You know you don't know me at all so perhaps I should share a little about myself. I have been a Christian since Dec. 1973. I have worshipped in homes, house churches, in believer's gatherings, and in "regular churches". I have been baptized in the Spirit, witnessed healings, and have experienced sufferings and some persecution due to my Christian beliefs. So it was with some perplexity that I read your editorial in the recent Diagonal Progress questioning our desire to fix or rebuild our worshipping church building. Because you utilized some scripture passages familiar to me, (because like you I seek to study God's word and worship Him in Spirit and Truth), I sought to search God's word for wisdom.
First: Proverbs 12:15 - The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Perhaps not really knowing us well, you are assuming that we don't listen to advice or God's counsel.
Second: Proverbs 1:20-33 - Out in the open, wisdom calls, she raises her voice in the public square- How long will you love your simple ways? Repent at my rebuke. Whoever listens to me will live in safety. While as a kingdom citizen and a sister in Christ, you offer us counsel: as the Thessalonian's church didn't presume to preach to the Phillipian's church, because their issues were all different, both believing bodies all sought to worship God as they were led by the Spirit. As you are my sister in Christ, I love you, but I don't presume to tell you how to parent your children, be a good wife, or even how or where to worship. Why because your worshipping body and biological family are personal to you even though we are all connected by the Spirit of Christ.
Mark 7:1-9- The Pharisees saw the disciples eating with unwashed hands and expressed displeasure that the disciples and Jesus weren't keeping to the traditions of the elders. Jesus responded: "You have let go of the commandments of God and are holding to human traditions. If human traditions mean worshipping in a church building, I wonder why Christ, Peter, and Paul, often worshipped in a synagogue. The reason many began to worship in house churches was due to the persecution by the Jews and the Romans of that day. You mentioned "that God isn't interested in providing a place for people to worship in their own way." You are wise. We must always worship him in spirit and in truth whether in a home or a church building.
John 4:24- God is Spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. You are correct that God's worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. What is perplexing to me is whether you wonder if we at United Church of Diagonal are not doing that. If I were a member of an organized church a few decades ago, I certainly would agree with you, because at times I have a questioning spirit and an abiding animosity against most system type organizations both having been a social worker for many years for the state of Iowa and involved with organized religion. However, I have been blessed through my marriage to a pastor (of many churches over the past 31 years) to have experienced the love, support, and caring of many church families which I might not have experienced if I weren't married to a church pastor. This is all the more poignant to me as I lost my parents at a young age as well a a teenage sister, if it weren't for support from church family, I am not sure I could have continued to stand. When one loses family members, one truly appreciates finding family among God's children in and out of the organized church.

However the Lord has pruned and tempered me and I recognize that I must wait and listen for His leading and not presume to judge situations with my earthly wisdom. Romans 14 1-4. Accept those whose faith is weak without quarreling over disputable matters. ..... "Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To their own master they stand or fall. And they will stand for the Lord is able to make make them stand." I believe with continued seeking of the Lord in prayer and scripture as well as godly counsel, the Lord will be able to make us stand and He himself will be the Lord of the decision about our future church building.
Thank you for being faithful to love and pray for us and we will do so for you as well.

In Christ:
Nora Giese

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I was recently asked to respond to the following concern:

“Our two teens are not attending church with us and we are not making them. I don't want to turn them off of the church, but want them to go. I thought about actually making them go every other week or once a month so that we can go as a family. My husband is hesitant to do this. What do you suggest? I am praying about it...but when we are at church all I can think of is how the kids would really enjoy it if they just would give it a try.”

Because I am a proponent of an organic community church, this is somewhat difficult for me to respond to without going into details about my opinions regarding “choosing” and “going to” church. I’ll make every effort to be sensitive to and stay focused on your concerns.

Allow me to begin my response with a caution: As parents we have a tendency to attempt to manipulate our children into doing what we want. Although this may be subconscious on our part, our children are most often able to read through our controlling efforts. Before taking any action, ask God to show you your true heart. Honestly consider if you are truly concerned for your children’s best interest or seeking to meet personal needs in this situation.

It is so important to openly and honestly communicate with your children about your concerns. Express your desire for them to go, as well as your fear of forcing them. Ask them why they aren’t interested in going. Make every effort to listen with a genuine attitude of caring about what's in their hearts. A negative response on your part will alert your children that you are seeking your desire rather than truly being concerned for them. In fact, such a negative reaction toward them is a good litmus test for you of where your heart truly is.

Ask them if it would help to have a leader from the church come to visit with your family. In fact, it may be helpful if a few teens could come along and visit with your family about their experience at that church.

Your teens need to know that you sincerely need their input regarding whether or not this is even a good church to attend. Be sincere when you ask for their input. Teens are often more aware that "something's not right here" than we adults who have been raised in the institution. In fact, teens’ lack of interest in “going to church” is often because they have been turned-off by the institutional system. Whether they realize it or not, they are looking for the organic life which Jesus desires for His people.

Sometimes it seems more helpful to teens to start them out working with a project that the youth are involved in rather than dragging them to a “church service”. For example; while helping the homeless downtown, they will become acquainted with other teens and adults from the church and get a feel for whether or not there is life-giving water flowing out of those people. This may be the best place to start.

I hope my response has been helpful. I’m honored that you've included me. I will surely be praying for your family. Keep me updated.


Thursday, October 22, 2009


As a young girl, after the Halloween celebrations at school, my siblings and I would don our costumes once again and head for town. Our goal was to cover every street of our small community, displaying our costumes and collecting our grocery-bag full of treats. It was an exciting time not only for us, but for the adults who treated us at their doors. I never gave much thought to why we did this. It was just something everyone always did.

However, my excitement toward and celebration of Halloween began to change in my early years of counseling. I recall very clearly the first person I’d counseled who had been involved in ritualistic abuse. As someone who had escaped the cult, she was trying to deal with her heinous past; much of which occurred on Halloween. Initially, I had difficulty believing that her stories were even true. However, had I known in years past what I discovered from my follow-up research and training, Halloween would have never been a day of celebration for me.

Taking a look at its origins with the pre-Christian Celts, we discover:

• Samhain, November 1, marks the end of the Pagan year. This festival of the dead can be seen in nearly every culture since Babel.
• Beginning at dusk on October 31, the Eve of Samhain was the most important time of the celebration and considered to be very holy. The thin veil thought to be between the spiritual and physical worlds on this night supposedly made it possible for the dead to return to the places where they had lived.
o The finest food and drink were set-out and doors were left unlocked giving the dead free passage into homes = the origin of "trick-or-treat."
o Because not all spirits were friendly:
 images of spirit-guardians were carved onto turnips and set at their doors to detour “unwelcome visitors” = the origin of jack-o-lanterns.
 to protect themselves from the spirits, people masqueraded as demons hoping to blend in and go unnoticed = the origin of wearing costumes of demonic creatures.
• The focus of the festivities was a great bonfire (derived from “bone fire”).
o used to aid the Celtic Priests in their fight against dark powers. Being ritually devoted to the gods, the bones of sacrificed animals and human were set ablaze. This practice of burning humans was legally stopped around 1600.

As Christianity spread to parts of Europe, Samhain was renamed “Halloween”, meaning “Hallow eve” (an evening set apart for holy use). But…., “holy” to whom? Instead of abolishing the pagan customs of Samhain, they were blended in with Christianity. Weren’t the Israelites warned against such blending when they entered the Promised Land [Deuteronomy 18:9-14]?

People today typically excuse their involvement in Halloween by declaring that it is simply “innocent fun”.
Yet, who can deny that Satan is glorified when we dabble in pagan customs
such as masquerading as evil creatures and decorating with occult symbols?
Isn’t this what defiled the ancient nations [Leviticus 18:24-30]?

Incredibly, according to Sandi Gallant, a nationally recognized expert on occult crimes investigations, although they are skilled at hiding their practices, many who oppose Christ are known to observe Samhain today, preserving the practices of the ancient Celts; not unlike the stories reported to me in counseling.

Yes, Halloween is highly celebrated. According to a national survey done in 2008, Halloween spending was estimated to reach $5.77 billion! However, as followers of Jesus we need to guard against being compromised by accommodating ourselves to the world. Although we may not be participating in the gruesome practices of the pagans, why do we want to be a part of this pagan holiday at all? Doesn’t our Lord warn us to:

"Abstain from all appearance of evil" [1Thess. 5:22]?
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." [Romans 12:2]
"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils:…” [1 Corinthians 10:21].
“have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" [Ephesians 5:11].


Thursday, October 15, 2009


I recognize that other than what I’ve shared in my articles, many of my readers know little about me, including my intentions. While it is never my purpose to be judgmental, argumentative nor disrespectful, I must be faithful in speaking in love what I believe is Truth. As a result, I’m aware that a number of my articles have created some controversy, including the one regarding the Diagonal Community Church.

If I were a member of Diagonal Community Church, only a few years ago I certainly may have responded negatively to an article such as I wrote. I would have wondered, “Who is this woman and what right does she have telling us what to do?” However, because God has recently brought me to a more clear understanding of His Kingdom and my relationship with and responsibility to all of its other citizens, my response today would be different.

Recently Mr. T, in an article published in this newspaper, offered a response to my concerns. Maybe drawing out some of his thoughts will help to explain where I was coming from in my article. Consider with me, if you would that

as a citizen of the U.S., Mr. T believes it is his right and responsibility to voice his concerns about other U.S. citizens making a decision to release a man from jail to attend a ball game. Yet, Mr. T believes that a citizen of God’s Kingdom has no place in voicing their concerns about the decisions of other Kingdom citizens.

Is it true, that as citizens of God’s Kingdom,
we have “no say in the matters” of other Kingdom citizens?
Is that the kind of Kingdom God is establishing?
Wouldn’t this be a “sad commentary” of God’s people?

Isn’t it possible that every decision made by His citizens has an effect on His entire Kingdom? Could it be that at times God uses one of His citizens to reveal His will to another? If so, don’t we have a responsibility to prayerfully consider this counsel? What if the counsel is from the Lord? [Proverbs 12:15; 1:20-33]

Although my cautions will likely have little influence upon the decisions of Diagonal Community Church, God’s Word certainly should. Mr. T describes church as: “… a place where people choose to gather and worship in their own way, to celebrate life and feel the joy of fellowship.” However, I believe that we would be hard pressed to find Mr. T’s definition in God’s Word. In fact, God isn’t interested at all in providing a place or opportunities for people to “worship in their own way.” Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for such ideas [Mark 7:1-9]. He demands that we worship according to His Word! [John 4:24]

While I’m comfortable knowing that my readers may not always agree with me, it concerns me that the people of God have often allowed “what serves them best” to hinder them from diligently seeking Him and His Word until unanimously convinced of His leading in their service to Him.

The children of God who assemble at Diagonal Community Church are my brothers and sisters in Jesus. I’m genuinely concerned for them and desire that they be in God’s will. Regardless of what decision they make, I will continue to love and pray for them.


P.S. For those who may not have had a chance to read Mr. T’s comments, you may read them at this blogspot under "MR. T'S COMMENTS.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


A few years ago, I was experiencing many disturbing health symptoms which manifested much like MS. One of the most frightening was memory loss. Although memory loss is usually considered as a “normal” aging process, it seemed as though my brain was deteriorating rapidly!

Frequently I couldn’t keep track of steps to even such a simple process as following a recipe. Unable to remember whether I had or hadn’t done something, even undemanding processes became over-whelming. I found myself unable to respond when asked uncomplicated questions. The answer was often there, but I couldn’t collect my thoughts quickly enough to articulate it. At other times I would simply draw a blank, when under normal circumstances, I could respond without much consideration. The slightest bit of stress would aggravate these symptoms.

Immediate action was necessary; yet I knew that had I sought medical advice, medication would be the “answer”. Wanting to get at the core and not simply mask the symptoms, I ventured out on an intense investigation.

The most helpful information came from a world renowned neurologist and leader in the field of complementary medicine, Dr. David Perlmutter. In his two decades of practice and research, he has discovered that

“memory loss is not a normal process of aging,”
rather it is a consequence of an unhealthy lifestyle
there are measures to
prevent and restore lost brain function!

Legal and illegal drug use, illness, poor diet and environmental toxins are all brain killers. However, none of these were even a moderate factor in my life. So what was the problem?

As a workaholic who “thrived on stress,” my brain was constantly being flooded with stress hormones which destroy the memory center. After years of functioning in this manner, my brain was showing signs of shutting down. Hoping it wasn’t too late, I committed to making the necessary life-changes.

In order to stop the deterioration and begin regenerating my brain, I embarked on several very aggressive measures:
• lightening my schedule and releasing many responsibilities
• initiating an intense detoxification process
• improving my level of exercise
• taking multiple supplements recognized for rejuvenating sluggish brain cells

Although I’m not totally “out of the dark”, I’ve noticed incredible changes in my symptoms. Consequently, I’m compelled to share what I’ve learned in hopes that it might help others.

While there are many facets of this process; today, I’d like to elaborate on my supplement regimen adapted from Dr. David Perlmutter’s, THE BETTER BRAIN BOOK:

Borage Oil (GLA)- anti-inflammatory - 300 mg.- 0mg
DHA - cell communication - 300 mg.- 300 mg.
Ubinquinol CoQH-CF - energy production -100 mg. -100 mg.
Vitamin E - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory - 400 IU - 0 mg.
Vitamin C - antioxidant - easily crosses brain-blood barrier -500 mg. - 500 mg.
Alpha lipoic acid - antioxidant, energy production - 200 mg - 0 mg
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) - raises levels of the essential antioxidant, glutathione and chelates toxic metals - 400 mg - 400 mg.
Phosphatidylserine - improves memory and cognitive performance -100 mg.-100 mg.
Acetly-L-carnitine - Neuro: transmitter, energizer, detoxifier - 400 mg. - 400 mg.
Ginkgo biloba - improves blood flow, antioxidant - 60 mg. - 60 mg.
DHEA/7-Keto - improves neurological function, immune function, stress reduction and hormonal modulation - 100 mg. - 100 mg.
Vitamin B-complex supplement - controls homocysteine which causes inflammation, blood vessel damage and cell destruction:
B 1 (thiamine) - 50 mg. - 0 mg
B 3 (niacinamide) - 50 mg. - 0 mg
B 6 (pyridoxine) - 50 mg. - 0 mg
Folic acid - 400 mcg. - 400 mcg.
B 12 (cobalamin) - protects cell covering - 500 mcg. - 500 mcg.


The author of this article does not endorse everything represented on/in suggested links, books, etc. Each of us is accountable to God weigh everything according to His Word.

All content of this article is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. The author sells no hard products and earns no money from the recommendation of products. The information herein is presented for educational and commentary purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice from any licensed practitioner. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This is best left to the Creator of the universe. In all health-related situations, “qualified healthcare professionals” should always be consulted. The author deems THE GREAT PHYSICIAN to be most qualified. The author assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


MY VIEW - By Mr. T


I have to admit that after hearing the news last week, I really felt there was no way what I heard was what was said. Sadly, I heard correctly. A man in jail was released to attend a Kansas City Royals game. I'm betting most of you heard that one. I found that one really hard to believe. What has happened to our legal system that an individual serving time in jail is allowed to leave jail to attend a ballgame? There is no justifiable reason for this one. I guess it is more important that one attends a ballgame than serving jail time. Does it really make any difference that he had this planned for a long time or that his favorite team was playing in KC? He broke the law, was sentenced to jail, but had more important things to do that stay in jail. Sure seems to be a sad commentary on those individuals involved in this decision.

Finally, I want to throw in a comment about our decision on building or renovating our church. A church is certainly more than a building, and a building is not necessary to have a church. However, a church certainly represents more than just a building. It is a place where people choose to gather and worship in their own way, to celebrate life and feel the joy of fellowship. If the congregation decides that is what serves them best, then that is their choice. Those not involved in the church really have no say in the matter.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


I was recently asked to respond to the following question:

“The girls where my sister works are making fun of her because she won't go to a sales party since her son has a football game that night. They feel that she should skip the game saying, “He has to grow up sometime.”

She told them that she was taught in church that it is always God before spouse, spouse before kids, and kids before work. They told her they wanted to know where in the Bible it said that. What do you think?”

My response: I appreciate your desire to help your sister understand and live by God’s Word.

Although I’ve also heard this prioritizing taught as a Christian principle, it is not a written standard in the Bible. Obviously, God is to be at the center of every aspect of our lives; including our marriage, parenting and work. However, rather than attempting to force God into this box; our heart needs to be open to His Spirit’s leading in every situation. When we approach life in this way, we will find that He may direct us differently in each instance for various reasons.

To make this point clearer, I’ll offer some examples of how God may direct:

• “Go to the sales party this week. Someone is going to be there to whom I want you to minister.”

• “Don’t miss this week’s ball game. Your child needs the extra support and encouragement.”

• “Stay home with your spouse tonight; he is in special need of your undivided time and attention.”

• “Stay home with Me tonight. I miss you!”

Fulfilling what God sets forth for us each day should be our priority. This may mean occasionally setting aside our children’s events. However, if our children know that our desire is to pursue a God-directed life and they see us regularly living that out, they will honor our decisions. As an example, you might explain to them; "I really feel God directing me to go to the sales party instead of coming to your game this week. I believe there is someone there He wants me to minister to. I will miss seeing you play and will be praying for you and the other players. Would you please be praying for me?"

Missing our children’s events because we are being harassed by others is not a God-directed reason. However, locking ourselves into having to be at all our children’s events is closing ourselves off to His Spirit’s leading in each situation. We must be careful, though, not to use “God’s leading” as an excuse to do our own will in a given situation when we do not regularly show an interest in being led by Him. This will only lead to confusion and anger in our children.


Thursday, September 24, 2009


The current buzz around Diagonal is “What’s going to happen to the church building? Should we renovate the old or build new?”

While I haven’t lived in these parts for long, little time is required to realize that God is mightily working in small town Diagonal. If the followers of Jesus in our community would listen carefully, I believe we would learn that He has brought us to this cross-road through which He desires to manifest the presence of Jesus.

I’m referring not only to those who assemble at Diagonal Community Church, but to every Christian residing in our community. I believe that God has set this challenge before us: “Build My Church!” However, let’s not assume that we know what this means. Determining whether or not to renovate the old or build new may not be the real challenge.

“Lord…. help us to not make decisions based upon the ways of this world, emotions, assumptions, available resources, nor traditions of man; rather fill us with a desire to seek Your Word and make decisions which will manifest Christ to this world.”

While there is certainly ample scriptural evidence that Jesus’ followers are exhorted to meet together; if we look carefully, we will find no exhortations to build special structures in which to do so. In fact, just as Jesus did away with sacrifices and priests, He countered the Jewish and pagan practice of erecting sacred places for worship.

According to what Jesus spoke to the woman at the well,
the time is now
when true worshipers are
not to seek a place at which to worship God,
but rather will worship in spirit and truth
[John 4:17-24].

Other than appointed times of prayer and community business meetings in the Jewish temple, the early Christians met in their homes. This was one of many practices which set them apart from other religions.

As His followers, we have no need for a place of worship.
Corporately, we are His temple

[1 Cor 3:16-17; 1 Co 6:16].

The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia which refers to all local believers who are recognizable as a close-knit community:

• continuing faithfully in the apostles teachings.
• living in community:
o encouraging one another toward love and good deeds.
o partnering in daily activities.
o eating and praying together.
o sharing possession.
o selling possessions and giving to each other as needed.
o praising God and enjoying favor with everyone.
• increasing in numbers.
• being one in heart and mind. [Hebrews 10:24-26; Acts 2:42-47; 4:32-35]

“That the Christians in the apostolic age erected special houses of worship is out of the question… As the Savior of the world was born in a stable, and ascended to heaven from a mountain, so his apostles and their successors down to the third century, preached in the streets, the markets, on mountains, … and in the homes of their converts. But how many thousands of costly churches … are constantly being built in all parts of the world to the honor of the crucified Redeemer, who in the days of his humiliation had no place of his own to rest his head!”
– Philip Schaff, nineteenth-century American church historian and theologian

How exciting to imagine that we could be a community of believers who choose to reject the traditions of man and follow the way of Jesus, living as His Holy Temple rather than seeking to continue in the way of Judaism and paganism, building places of worship.


Thursday, September 17, 2009


If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you may have what is called receding gums or peridontal disease.

1. Teeth tops exposed at the gum line – appears elongated
2. Red, swollen or tender gums
3. Bleeding upon brushing
4. Pain (due to nerve exposure)
5. Chronic bad breath
6. Loss of teeth

1. Genetics
2. Vigorous and/or horizontal brushing wears away the protective enamel, exposing the inner nerve. Pain is experienced when cold temperatures and sweets touch this nerve.
3. Inadequate brushing and flossing leaves bacteria between the teeth causing infection and eventually bone loss around the teeth.
About a year ago, I noticed that my gums were beginning to pull away from my teeth. I knew what the traditional treatments are and I wasn’t too excited about those options.

Examination: Painful probe screening to check for gum pockets and bone loss.

Traditional attempts to prevent further recession:
1. Holes are drilled in the teeth and then filled with a special material.
2. The smooth surface of the tooth is roughened with a dental drill followed by an adhesive - not yet approved by the American Dental Association.
3. The last resort is to graft mouth tissue to cover the exposed root and to reinforce the gums.

They don’t sound very pleasant, inexpensive or promising; do they?

Consequently, I set out on a quest to find an alternative treatment and discovered a product called, DENTIZYME. After several months of using it, I noticed that I was no longer experiencing pain from the exposed nerves and that the development of gum recession ceased!

Yes, I liked the results; yet I assumed it would be less expensive if I could make something similar. Here is a summary of the ingredients and their scientifically proven affects which I found at


SPILANTHES – anti-inflammatory and analgesic


OLIVE LEAF – antimicrobial


HOLY BASIL LEAF - anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer

THYME & SPEARMINT - inhibit fungi

CLOVE BUD - germicidal

OREGANO LEAF – antibacterial and antioxidant

GINGER ROOT - antimicrobial

ROSEMARY LEAF – antimicrobial

THYME LEAF – antibacterial

GALANGAL RHIZOME – antibacterial

MYRRH TREE – antibacterial and anti-inflammatory especially on soft tissue around the teeth.

ACACIA GUM - used in both the pharmaceutical and food industries as an emulsifier and stabilizer.
ALOE VERA LEAF - heals oral wounds

In an effort to avoid the costly and painful traditional options, I’ve been making my own adaptation of Dentizyme:

¼ cup Vegetable Glycerin
1 Tbsp. Purified Water
1/8 tsp Acacia Gum

Active Ingredients:
¼ cup Aloe
½ tsp. Olive extract
5 drops each: Clove, Myrrh, Oregano & Rosemary oils
2 drops Spearmint oil
10 drops each of Thyme and Galangal oils

I didn’t have Echinacea and spilanthes extracts or Holy Basil and ginger oils on hand and am still tweaking the ratio of ingredients for the “perfect” combination; yet I’ve been using my recipe for about a year with great results!

Do you have gum problems? You can find most all the ingredients you need for creating a treatment that just may beat the alternative at


The author of this article does not endorse everything represented on/in suggested links, books, etc. Each of us is accountable to God weigh everything according to His Word.

All content of this article is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. The author sells no hard products and earns no money from the recommendation of products. The information herein is presented for educational and commentary purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice from any licensed practitioner. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This is best left to the Creator of the universe. In all health-related situations, “qualified healthcare professionals” should always be consulted. The author deems THE GREAT PHYSICIAN to be most qualified. The author assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


During periods of emptiness, uncertainty, restlessness and hunger for closeness with Jesus, it isn’t unusual for Him to reveal buried sin as the culprit. A number of years ago, it seemed like the Lord was ignoring my prayers when finally, He clearly instructed, “Go to your father and ask for forgiveness.”

Dumb-founded, I questioned God’s direction …. “Why do I need to ask him for forgiveness? He’s the one who abandoned me!”

The Lord gently inquired,
“Bonnie, haven’t you held anger, bitterness,
and hatred toward him all these years?”
“I guess you could say that,” I mumbled.
“Is this not sin,” He continued.
Shock by the revelation,
I humbly acknowledged, “Yes, Lord, it is.”
“Then it needs to be dealt with,” He urged.

“What he did to us was not right and I’ll never say that it was,” I insisted. “I’ll never say that it was either. But, it’s My job to deal with his sin, not yours,” He countered.

“I’ve heard your prayers. I desire deeper intimacy in our relationship even more than you. Yet, your unconfessed sin is in the way,” He explained. Knowing that I was losing momentum in my defense, I continued, “But, I was just a little girl. He was supposed to be my daddy. Shouldn’t he be coming to me?”

His counter-response took me off-guard and penetrated deeply, “Aren’t you the one who professes to be Jesus’ follower?” I had been betrayed by my earthly father and it felt like my heavenly Father was now expecting an unbearable response.

With little energy left, I whispered, “Lord, do you have any idea what he did to us? This man may be my biological father but, why would you want me to be exposed to his lifestyle? How can I be buddies with that?”

With indescribable love, He responded, “My beloved daughter, I’m not asking you to be his friend.

This isn’t about your relationship with him.
We are talking about you and Me.
You have sinned against him.
Consequently, that has created a chasm between you and Me.
It boils down to this…
do you want deeper intimacy with Me or not?
If so, you must deal with your sin.”

My mind was spinning and my heart was trembling with fear. Not knowing what to expect if I yielded, I bartered, “OK! I’ll go. If he asks for forgiveness, so will I.” Through the Holy Spirit’s precious persistence, the desire for obedience to my heavenly Father finally triumphed.

With a clear mind and settled heart and without regard for my earthly father’s response, I went to the man who had abandoned momma with their six children forty years before. I was three then and hadn’t seen him since I was ten. I had no recollection of any positive memories connected to him, not even calling him, “Daddy.” Yet, looking him in the eye, I confessed with conviction, “I’ve held anger, bitterness and hatred toward you for all these years. That is sin. Would you please forgive me?”

Had I any expectations, I would have been disappointed. There was no sweet reuniting after years of separation between father and daughter. However, I rested in satisfying peace knowing I had been obedient to my heavenly Father. Despite my earthly father’s response, my intimacy with Jesus has grown just as He had promised.

“when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone,
forgive him,
so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins”
[Mark 11:25].


P.S. I am not suggesting that God requires a face-to-face dealing in every instance. I’m simply sharing how He directed me.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


The word “holiday” is derived from the Holy Days appointed by God. These chosen times were set apart for the purpose of teaching His people about Himself and His relationship to them. They were to be a blessing not only to His people, but also to God.

However, the focus of a typical American “holiday” is not God, but man and is everything but holy. Labor Day is a good illustration.

Conceived by the labor movement and celebrated since the 1880s, the form for Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the “holiday”; “a street parade to exhibit to the public ‘the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,’ followed by a festival for the workers and their families.”

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”
– United States Department of Labor

According to the foundational and ongoing celebrations of Labor Day,
it seems that America is looking to its citizens
rather than to God
for prosperity, strength and freedom.

When did America, a nation considered to have been established upon Christian principles, begin on this path? Or… was it so from the beginning?

• Beginning in Genesis, God is portrayed as constantly working. As the Master of the world, He delegates His work to His people for the purpose of glorifying Himself.

• Work was a creation ordinance which man found rewarding and enjoyable because it was done for the purpose of glorifying His Lord. [Gen 2:15].

• Because man fell into pride, God pronounced a curse on the ground causing man to labor against the hostile environment [Gen. 3:17-19] after that which offers no satisfaction [Eccles 2:18-23; 6:7].

• Jesus portrays Himself as a worker who was sent to finish the work of His Father along with His coworkers [John 4:34; 9:4; 5:17] for the purpose of glorifying His Father.

• The Holy Spirit empowers God’s coworkers to glorify their Master through their work [Acts 1:8, Eph 3:20-21].

Although it seems that America, in its pride,
hasn’t moved beyond the curse,
it is possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit,
for work to be redeemed in this fallen world.

According to Isaiah, God’s prophet, man would once again enjoy the work of their hands and not labor in vain [Is 65:21]. Not only can we anticipate this after Jesus returns, work is redeemed when:

1. we understand that God is the one who has called us to our role in life.
2. we realize that our Master has entrusted us with His possessions and we are honored regardless of how “common” our position is because we recognizes that we are serving Him rather than man [Eph 6:5-7; Col. 3:23].
3. we are aware that God not only assigns the tasks, He makes things happen. [1 Cor 3:7, 9].
4. its rewards are not only enjoyed, but accepted as gifts from God [Eccles 2:24; 5:18-19].

May God restore among us a genuine holy day in which, as His coworkers, we rejoice in the fruit of our redeemed labor while paying tribute to Him as the one who provides our securities, freedom and blessings rather than to our own achievements.

Whole-Heartedly, Bonnie

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Antidepressants are typically considered the “solution” for depression. Unfortunately, these prescriptions are often repeatedly written without addressing the underlying problem. Unless people are willing to discover and contend with the source and make the necessary adjustments in their diet and lifestyle, another prescription should not be written!

Those suffering with depression frequently have
low levels of key neurotransmitters in the brain
which are vital for maintaining proper memory and mental condition.
Yes, antidepressants can alter these levels;
however, due to the many adverse affects, the physical cost is very high! Instead, proper nutrition, rest and relaxation
can restore normal brain chemistry thus diminishing depression
with favorable physical affects as an added bonus.

Since physicians and counselors rarely address drug alternatives, let’s talk about some of these:

1. PROPER NUTRITION: The brain is made up of and requires fat to properly function. The problem is that we feed it the wrong fats.
A) Trans-fatty acids – Unless the label reads “no trans-fatty acids”, margarine and polyunsaturates contain synthetic fat which makes cell membranes rigid causing interference with the brain’s performance.
B) Saturated Fats - A diet high in animal fats can raise the amino acid, homocysteine, to toxic levels which often leads to depression.
C) Monosaturated Fats – Nut and olive oils are brain-friendly.
D) Omega 3 fatty acids – Low levels have been linked to learning disabilities, depression, irritability, visual problems and Alzheimer’s. The best fat for our brain, DHA levels can be increased by:
• consuming salmon, tuna and sardines
• 300 mg of DHA supplement twice daily.

A) B Vitamins – Homosysteine levels elevated by diet or common prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be controlled by daily B-complex supplements:
 B1 (thiamine) - 50mg
 B3 (niacin) - 50 mg
 B6 (pyridoxine) - 50 mg
 Folic acid - 800 mcg
 B12 (cobalamin) - 1000 mcg
B) DHEA – a natural occurring hormone necessary to form testosterone and estrogen which declines with age, often leading to depression and sexual dysfunction.
For those desiring to not alter hormone levels, Keto-7 may have an equal or stronger memory enhancing and stress reducing action.
• With either, begin with 5-25 mg per day and increase slowly according to residual depression. Up to 450 mg per day has been used with no significant side-affects.
C) Relora – a combination of plant extracts has the ability to reduce depression with similar effects on sleep and anxiety as tranquilizers such as Valium & Xanax.
• 600 mg per day in divided doses is recommended.
D) Geranium Essential Oil – relieves anxiety and depression.
• Uses: diffusion, inhalation, topical, baths and cosmetics

3. HYDRATION - Many common ailments, including depression, can be related to dehydration.
• 6-8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily is essential.

4. EXERCISE - 30 minutes - five days weekly can be as effective as prescription antidepressants.

5. SLEEP – sleeplessness is linked to depression, irritability, and anxiety.
• Seven-eight hours of sleep is necessary for healthy mental performance, concentration and memory.

6. RELAXATION – If we choose not to remove ourselves from our stress-filled environment for physical and mental recovery, depression serves to accomplish that for us.
• Regular involvement in uplifting activities is essential to normal mental health.

Because unforgiveness is a leading cause of the estimated 30 millions Americans suffering from depression, we’ll come back to that. Until then, look for some of the best and most reasonably priced products I have found, NOW FOODS supplements at


Thursday, August 20, 2009


The world, including our bodies is full of live microorganisms. An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms inhabit every normal bowel and imbalances lead to many health problems. This balancing act is often thrown “off kilter” by:

1. antibiotics which kill “friendly” bacteria along with “unfriendly” bacteria.
2. the presence of "unfriendly" bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and parasites.
3. using spermicides and birth control pills which alter vaginal microflora.

“Probiotics” are live bacteria similar to those naturally found in our bodies. It has been discovered that regular consumption of “probiotics” is helpful in maintaining the natural ecosystem within our bodies. Consequently, ‘Americans' spending on probiotic supplements has nearly tripled from 1994 to 2003.’
There are “probiotics” which date back to ancient times, such as fermented food - beans and vegetables, cultured dairy products - cheese, yogurt and kefir, and formented tea – Kombucha.

Rather than causing disease, if properly prepared, the “friendly bacteria” in these supplements and foods are vital to helping the following health problems:
o Circulatory
o Cholesterol
o Blood Pressure
o Dermal
o Skin infections
o Gastrointestinal
o Diarrhea and Constipation
o Colon Cancer
o Lactose intolerance
o Imbalance of organisms after antibiotic therapy.
o Digestion & nutrient absorption
o Harmful bacterial growth
o Irritable bowel syndrome (Colitis and Chron’s Diease)
o Tooth decay and periodontal disease
o Respiratory
o Infections
o Allergies
o Urogenital
o Bacterial Vaginosis
o Yeast Infection

While I’d enjoy visiting about the other options sometime, since we’ve been duped by many commercial producers, we must know what to look for when purchasing yogurt. Referring to the living organisms which convert milk to yogurt during fermentation, if the label doesn’t read, “Live and Active Cultures” return it to the shelf! BEWARE! Although many containers read, “Cultured Yogurt”, the organisms are killed during post-fermentation heating and have little to no health benefits. Not only can home-making yogurt be an effective alternative; it is simple, fun and much less expensive!

• Heat milk to 100 degrees – (Because there are concerns about the affects of processed milk on live and active cultures, I always use raw milk)
• Add 1/3 cup dry organic powdered milk
• Add 2 Tbsp. plain yogurt with active cultures (If organic yogurt is unavailable, use ACTIVA by Dannon.)
• Stir until well mixed.
• Pour into a wide-mouthed thermos (making it easier to remove yogurt after it forms)
• Wrap sealed thermos in a heavy towel and place it in a warm, draft-free spot overnight.

*Note – Flavored yogurt will not produce active yogurt!
** “Warm place” options:
1. Fire-place hearth
2. Hot air register
3. Sunshine
4. Heating pad
5. Oven pilot light (using covered dish instead of thermos)
6. Uncovered Crock-pot filled with 100 degree water set on low will usually maintain 100 degrees (use pint jars instead of thermos).
Temperatures too low or high will kill the bacteria!
*** Starter:
• Freeze store-bought yogurt in an ice cube tray. A standard ice cube is 2 Tbsp.
• When the store-bought cubes are gone, start freezing your home-made yogurt.
• While freezing yogurt kills a certain percentage of bacteria, enough survive to get a culture if used within one month.
• Over time, saved yogurt will lose its bacterial potency. Occasionally purchase new yogurt for a fresh starter.

Enjoying your fresh yogurt by:
• Adding Fruit
• Covering cereal
• Replacing Mayonnaise, Whipped Topping and Sour Cream
• Making Smoothies



All content of this article is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. The author sells no hard products and earns no money from the recommendation of products. The information herein is presented for educational and commentary purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice from any licensed practitioner. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This is best left to the Creator of the universe. In all health-related situations, “qualified healthcare professionals” should always be consulted. The author deems THE GREAT PHYSICIAN to be most qualified. The author assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


While Christians are frequently involved in “pro-life” organizations, perhaps we should appraise all forms of contraception.

While many of us point our fingers
at those who choose abortion,
have we considered
God’s view regarding other
“acceptable” forms of contraception?

These choices are frequently justified by concluding that “at least they don’t destroy life”. However, if we did our homework, we might discover otherwise.

Every chemical contraceptive preparation, as well as intrauterine device, has a “backup” mechanism should breakthrough pregnancy occur. This “Plan B” prevents the precious living embryo from attaching to the uterine wall, leading to death. Supposedly one of the most “fool-proof” contraceptives, it is estimated that the frequency of chemical abortions for a woman reliably using the pill is one in 88 menstrual cycles! Based on the millions of women using various drugs and devices to prevent pregnancy, how can we justify judgment of others, when we ourselves may be actively involved in a “Pharmaceutical Holocaust”?

Maybe some biblical responses will help reconcile the many questions I’m likely stirring-up:

Q: “Isn’t contraception acceptable when the mother’s life is endangered by pregnancy?”
A: Our decisions will not change the number of days already appointed to us. [Job 14:5, Ps. 139:16]
Q: “Isn’t abortion acceptable when the fetus faces ‘abnormalities’?”
A: Are we to conclude that any child is not worthy to be used for God’s glorious purposes? [John 9]
Q: “Does God want more children brought into this messed-up world?”
A: God’s people would have vanished from earth long ago if this were justifiable! We are commanded to multiply [Genesis 1:28]. God preserves those whom He chooses regardless of the condition of this world. [Mark 13:20]
Q: “What about those who can not financially afford or find time for more children?
A: We are not to worry about what we will eat, drink or wear. If we seek first His kingdom and righteousness, all of our needs will be met. Eliminating everything from our schedule which has no eternal significance leaves plenty of time and energy for that which God desires. [Matthew 6:31-34, Psalm 34:8-10]
Q: “Doesn’t God realize that we are too old to have more children?”
A: If God considered you too old, He would have made it impossible for you to get pregnant. [Genesis 17-18]
Q: “Our daughter has a full scholarship to Harvard. Does God want her to sacrifice that?”
A: “Lean not on your own understanding.” “Your ways are not His ways.” [Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 55:9] He is most concerned about her spiritual life.
Q: “Where do I get this kind of faith?”
A: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” [Hebrews 11:1, 6]

We have a choice. Will we diligently seek God for His wisdom or will we continue to allow our actions to tell Him, “You are not trustworthy to be Lord over conception! I will use contraception to control this area of my life”?


Thursday, August 6, 2009


I find it interesting that the word “church” is never used in the Bible as a place to go or something to do? Yet, folks frequently refer to the building that they walk into on Sunday Mornings, as well as the meeting that is held there, as “church”.

I’m often asked, “What church do you go to?” I realize this is a reasonably acceptable question for most of us. Yet, it troubles me. The question, in and of itself, develops an environment of division. I “go” here, but you “go” there. Just in the knowing of where we go, assumptions are made and separation is established. In fact, most of us condemn the person whose response is, “I don’t go to church,” for “sinfully” forsaking the assembly of God [Hebrews 10:24]

Paul wasn’t talking to a building when he said to the Church in Corinth, “You are the body of Christ.” Nor was he referring to something that they were to do at a certain time or place. Instead, he was talking to a group of people about what they are.

The Church is not only a living organism;
it is the eyes, mouth, arms and legs
of Jesus’ Body!

[1 Cor. 12:12-31].

What does this organism look like? How does it function?

Frank Viola, the author of Pagan Christianityand Reimagining Church says,

“By ‘organic church,’ I mean a non-traditional church that is born out of spiritual life instead of constructed by human institutions and held together by religious programs. Organic church life is a grass roots experience that is marked by face-to-face community, every-member functioning, open-participatory meetings (opposed to pastor-to-pew services), non-hierarchical leadership, and the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ as the functional Leader and Head of the gathering.”

“Whenever we sin-scarred mortals try to create a church the same way we would start a business corporation, we are defying the organic principle of church life. An organic church is one that is naturally produced when a group of people have encountered Jesus Christ in reality (external ecclesiastical props being unnecessary) and the DNA of the church is free to work without hindrance. In short,

‘organic church’
describes a kind of church life
that embodies the biblical teaching
that the church is a spiritual organism
and not an institutional organization.”

Yes, the exhortation made in Hebrews 10:25 still stands today. However, its intention is to remind us, especially when under persecution, that we must continue to gather in fellowship for the purpose of encouraging and edifying one another and to not revert back to or continue in the institutional system as the Jewish Christians were tempted to do.

Unless, of course, we desire to conceal our Christian faith through institutionalism like the fearful Jews, I doubt that membership of an institutionalized organization is of much concern to those who recognize and function as members of the Body of Christ through persecution.


The author of this article does not endorse everything represented on/in suggested links, books, etc. Each of us is accountable to God weigh everything according to His Word.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


As I knelt to lift the last item into our motor home, the snap in my back threw me to my knees. I immediately knew, “I’m in trouble!” Scheduled to spend a week at Virginia Beach for a reunion, and then on to Florida and Wisconsin for conferences, my husband questioned, “What are we going to do?”

Not wanting to “ruin the plans”, I responded, “Let’s go! I’ll lie on the couch, let my muscles settle and I’ll be fine.” A quick prayer and we were on the road. For 1200 miles, I had a panoramic view of tree tops and utility poles, with hours to seek God’s wisdom!

By the time we arrived in Virginia, it was fairly comfortable to sit and walk short distances. A few days later, being careful to not “over-do it”, I ventured out on a short shuffle along the ocean.

The next morning, my muscles began to tighten, the discomfort intensified and I became increasingly immobile. Bedridden for 4 ½ days, my view was roof-tops to the left and the front-door of “our” beach house to the right.

The pain would occasionally bring tears to my eyes, but I wept mostly over how my plight might affect Gary’s time with family. Knowing my agony would not be conducive to fun-filled activity and desiring not to be the center of attention, I kept a low profile.

Considering it would help if I had back-support, I spotted Jesus Among Other Gods on my nightstand. Inch-by-inch, I slid the book under me. After a short period of slight relief, I concluded, “I’d much rather be reading this book!”

I was aware of Jesus’ nearness as I sang praises, prayed, watched clouds and enjoyed unfamiliar bird songs. However, with each passing day I watched as family members headed for the beach, laughter and excitement drifting through my window and into my longing heart. I wanted to share in the fun, but most importantly, I longed to connect hearts with loved-ones.

I became frustrated and angry with myself, others and God. I struggled against the temptation to find quick relief. Yet, it seemed that my Lord had something more important in mind.

Did I want this? Was physical and mental stillness the only way that I would not miss that which is more important to me than fun, family and even relief? I prayed, “Lord, give me strength to wait upon You!” and began to read Jesus Among Other Gods.

Pg 73 - “We are His temple. The Christian does not go to the temple to worship. The Christian takes the temple with him or her. Jesus lifts us beyond the building and pays the human body the highest compliment by making it His dwelling place, the place where He meets with us. Even today He would overturn the tables of those who make it a marketplace for their own lust, greed, and wealth.”

This motionless body of pain is His temple, the place where He dwells! He suffers with me? Are suffering and worship related? Should I always assume suffering isn’t His will and attempt to “pray it away” or can it lead to deeper worship?

Will I choose to worship Him for His wisdom in this situation or seek “quick relief” in the marketplace, exchanging His presence for luxurious beach houses, seductive beach wear, extravagant meals, barrels of intoxicating beverages and worldly affairs?

Pg 128 - “..if life is born out of sacredness, neither goodness nor love alone is the goal. It is reverence, and it must be chosen even when it is hard and costly. This kind of love is a choice to let the sanctity of life dictate the commitment of the will. This kind of reverential love can look upon suffering and see it beyond the clutches of time and through the victory of eternity.”

“Glorifying You is more important to me than all that this world has to offer. Thank You for setting me apart and giving me the ability to see through the suffering to the rewards which only You can offer.”

Whole-Heartedly, Bonnie

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Has the world system lured the “church” into thinking that one must be professionally trained in order to help those with “real” problems? Have we been persuaded that the Body of Christ has no power to help? Do we truly believe that it is the “wise men” according to the world’s standard whom God uses to accomplish His work? If so, why?

Why is the church so willing to buy into the lie that the world’s knowledge is such a necessary thing when God’s Word is so clear? It was Joseph, a teenage Hebrew slave (not the wise men of Egypt) whom God used to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. It was another Hebrew slave---Daniel--- whom God used to interpret the writing on the wall--- not the wise men of Babylon. The very Word of God made flesh--- a humble Jewish carpenter Who spoke God’s Truth--- was nailed to the cross and put to death by those who thought they had an edge on knowledge. It was Peter, an impetuous fisherman who made mistakes (not the Scribes and Pharisees) upon whom God built His Church!

Is Jesus’ atoning death on the cross and resurrection victory over sin and Satan no longer powerful enough to bring healing to those whom He sends to His Church? When did the Word of God become void of everything we need to bring healing into the lives of those who come seeking truth and hope from those who claim to follow Jesus? When did the gifts of our God’s precious Holy Spirit cease to be what God intended to equip and use for the building and edification of His Church?

The Lord of lords and King of kings reigns as the most powerful “above every name that shall be named!” Christ seeks to fill His Church with His life-giving resurrection power! It is through the body of Christ operating in the power of His Holy Spirit which God has equipped with the gifts of His Spirit to reclaim hope and healing within the church. Those who choose to be obedient to His call and walk in the power of His Word and Spirit will be His vessels to heal the broken hearted, bind up wounds and set the captives free.

It is Jesus who is the very Bread of God who came down from heaven to give life to the world. (John 6:33) It is He who breaks the bread--- His body, the Church--- to be distributed to feed and nourish the hungry and needy people. Truly the loving grace of Jesus can break us and use us for His glory to bring forth His hope and healing if we ask it of Him.


Thursday, July 16, 2009


Several years ago, my husband and I attended a conference where the guest speaker was a “Christian psychologist” who spoke to the “pastors” in attendance regarding when to counsel, when to refer, necessary legal precautions, etc.

In summary the speaker concluded: “In nearly all situations when the Lord sends hurting hearts to your congregations, this is how you should respond: ‘I’m not professionally trained to help you nor do I have time. Additionally, I am afraid that you might sue me for misguiding you. However, I can give you a list of counselors from which you may select someone who has the time for you, is better equipped than I, and has a better insurance policy in the event that you should decide to sue.’” I was shocked and saddened by such a strong worldly view within the “church”.

In Matthew 14:13-21, we are told about a time when Jesus and His disciples had just slipped away to a quiet place for the purpose of spending time together and mourning the death of their friend, John the Baptist. However, a crowd of 5,000 people, hungry to hear and receive more of what Jesus had to offer, followed them.

As the hour grew late, the disciples went to Jesus and told Him that He needed to send the people away to a place where they could buy food. Listen to Jesus’ response, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

Isn’t Jesus saying to His disciples,
“Don’t send them away to some other place to have their needs met;
I have sent them to you because I want you to meet their needs?”
Does this truth from God’s Word no longer apply to His Church of today?

Yes, the disciples were bewildered; they were in a remote place with no access to food. Yet, Jesus admonished them that it was their responsibility to feed these 5000 hungry and needful people. They knew and admitted they couldn’t do it---not without Him.

Jesus then demonstrated His awesome power to multiply only a few loaves and fish to feed these 5,000 people: He took what little was available from those congregated, thanked and prayed for His Father to meet the need. Yes, He was revealing to His disciples…those He called to minister to the needs of the world---that “without Me, you can do nothing!” At the same time, Jesus was revealing His power available to them, demonstrating clearly that “through Me, you can do all things!”

Matthew tells us, “Jesus had compassion on them and healed them.” Because of His great love, it is our Lord who brings people to the end of themselves and to the realization that He is their only hope. It is the precious Holy Spirit who whispers to their hearts, “Go to My Church. Go to the body of Christ. There is hope and healing for you there.” So they come, wondering, “Is this my last resort? I’ve tried everything else and it hasn’t worked. This has to work! This is my only hope!”

How grieved Jesus must be when man teaches that the our response should be, “This isn’t the place to find what you are looking for! We aren’t equipped to help you! We don’t have enough to feed you! Go somewhere else!”

Has the “church” relinquished the responsibility
for meeting the needs of the world’s lost and hurting
that God has commissioned
His Church to supply?

To Be Continued Next Week


Friday, July 10, 2009


What a wonderful summer this has been for wild berries and they aren’t done yet! I enjoy picking them and eating them is heavenly! However, it’s often difficult to get to those beauties without reaching through poison ivy entangled brambles.

Poison ivy produces oil, Urushiol. Urushiol is so potent that one billionth of a gram can irritate sensitive skin! Although there are some who are unaffected by it, others can develop anything from a mild rash to an acute systemic reaction. When the acidic oil penetrates the skin and enters the blood and lymphatic system, the results can be fatal.

It is documented that the irritating rash doesn’t spread as a result of scratching and breaking the blisters. Instead, a rash develops wherever Urushiol makes skin contact. Sweating can “flush” the oil to other parts of the body. Urushiol can also be transferred by unwashed hands. In fact, it has been discovered that Urushiol can remain active on unwashed clothing and shoes for up to five years! Is there anything that can neutralize and flush its caustic effects from our body?

Not unlike many other health problems,
toxic or expensive drugs are usually an unnecessary response to
an allergic reaction to poison ivy.

As is often the case, our Creator has provided a quick and natural cure which isn’t far from the problem. If poison ivy is present, Jewelweed is most often near by. Helpful photos can be seen at Its identifying features are:

• Stems - Succulent, translucent, hollow, pale blue-green waxy blooms, partitioned by nodes and grows up to 5’ tall.
• Leaves - Long stalked, water-repellant, 1-4.5” with few rounded teeth. Upper leaves are alternative while lower are opposite.
• Flowers - Early summer-fall. Orange-yellow with red, yellow or white spots. Trumpet-shaped, under 1” long. One of three petals curls to form a long slipper-shaped spur.
• Seedpods - develop in late summer-fall.

Jewelweed neutralizes Urushiol
if applied immediately after exposure.
It will also minimize the effects
of an already established rash.

The goal is to release its anti-inflammatory, fungicidal properties which are also found in Preparation H! I’ll share several of many methods for accomplishing this:

1) Crush a branch and apply the poultice to the exposed area. Fresh, unused plants in a sealed container will last a week in the refrigerator.
2) Blend with just enough water to liquefy the herb. Strain through a cloth lined strainer. Gather-up the corners of the cloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Apply the liquid and toss the remainder.
3) Simmer entire plant - root and all - for 15-30 minutes. Strain and cool the orange colored solution before application.
Freeze left-overs from #2 & 3 in ice-cube trays for future applications.
4) Poison ivy soap containing Jewelweed can be purchased from The Poison Ivy Soap Company at 110 Ivy Lane Marshall, AR 72650. Their website is We have also found this product locally at the Amish Country Store on Hwy 169 in Redding, IA.

While it’s beyond me to understand why God created poison ivy, He has blessed us with a jewel of a solution!



All content of this article is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. The author sells no hard products and earns no money from the recommendation of products. The information herein is presented for educational and commentary purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice from any licensed practitioner. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This is best left to the Creator of the universe. In all health-related situations, “qualified healthcare professionals” should always be consulted. The author deems THE GREAT PHYSICIAN to be most qualified. The author assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I thought you may be interested in this health tip, especially if you are missing your favorite cookie because eggs are not on your list of “acceptable” foods. Hope can be found in a tiny little flax seed!

There are two types of flax, golden and brown. Both have somewhat of a nutty flavor and are not digestible if eaten whole. I have been using flax seed for years because of its many health benefits:

Anti-inflammatory – Flax is very high in omega 3 fatty acids which has healing anti-inflammatory properties noticeable in many diseases, including:
o Gout
o Arthritis
o Lupus
o M.S.

Cancer - The lignans in flaxseed appear to play a role in protecting against various types of cancer.

Gastro-intestinal -
o Loaded with fiber, flax absorbs water which results in softer stools and improved regulation for those experiencing constipation and in more formed bowel movements for those with diarrhea. It is not known to cause diarrhea unless over-used.
o Relieves hemorrhoids
o Relieves diverticular disease.

Heart Disease – Studies have revealed that omega 3 fatty acids:
o Slow growth of artery-hardening plaque.
o Reduce risk of heart attack by lowering potential for blood clots.
o Prevent irregular heart rates.
o Lower blood pressure.
o Promote production of natural nitroglycerin keeping the blood vessels open.

Mental Health - Low levels of Omega fatty acids are associated with:
o Depression
o Alzheimer’s
o decreased cognitive function, including learning disorders
o violent behavior.

Vision – Low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids are also associated with visual problems.

Because eggs are simply a binder in many recipes, flax “eggs” can be used as a replacement except in primarily egg based recipes, such as angel food cake.

Grind a cup or two of flax seed in a blender until a coarse powder develops. It is now ready for use when you need “egg” for a recipe or ground flax for breakfast. Store this ground seed, as well as the unground, in the freezer for maintaining freshness.


1 TBSP. ground golden flax
3 TBSP. water

Mix together and allow to rest for 5 minutes. This will develop a consistency much like a beaten egg. Being equivalent to one egg, add this according to the instructions given in your recipe.

I also sprinkle 2 TBSP. of ground flax seed on my cereal every morning. If you find that the thicker consistency in cold cereal and milk “is just too much to bear”, it works perfectly on oatmeal!

Those consuming flax seed on a regular basis
often find that their
cholesterol and blood pressure levels
return to normal.

Eliminating the potentially horrific adverse affects of most cholesterol and blood pressure drugs is a blessing all its own, not to mention the cost effectiveness. Flax seed can be purchased for under $2 per pound!

While drinking plenty of water to assist flax in doing its job, this tiny seed carries quite a powerful punch and this is only the beginning of what is being discovered about it.



All content of this article is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. The author sells no hard products and earns no money from the recommendation of products. The information herein is presented for educational and commentary purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice from any licensed practitioner. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This is best left to the Creator of the universe. In all health-related situations, “qualified healthcare professionals” should always be consulted. The author deems THE GREAT PHYSICIAN to be most qualified. The author assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material.