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


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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