The reverse side of the Patriot Crucifix

A crucifix designed for patriotic prayers of Catholic faith

Last week, our neighborhood lost a grandmother who recently moved here from the northern Midwest just to be with local family members who might help her with transitioning to her eternal resting place. When I met her, wife and I were told basically her long bout with cancer was winding down. Her grandson is another neighbor across the street, a short walk away; I was able to friend him online with LinkedIn.

The neighborly relationship we were given, was short-lived because of her poor health, but it made us both think, what a positive attitude she had. She, Mary is her name, wanted nothing more than to get ready to depart. There was nothing for us to do, really. The sister, friend, and grandchildren, (their parent(s)), were all there to help the process along.

Mary was Catholic, while her children were faithful to a local inter-denominational fellowship, not unlike our own. We are inactive members of the large and growing Family Worship Center, here in North Alabama. We find God’s Christian Faith capturing our attention with the online church. The quality of television viewing, like sports, far exceeds attending.


I realize that the Lord has prepared us to be a neighbor here, but it has taken years to get to know our neighbors. It is sad but understandable, as we are leasing the property, while the larger lots are occupied by families that have been here forever. We old folks are transitioning, [dying off] and this is the normal way of life: To do this with grace — mercifully.

We lost the patriarch next door over ten years ago. His sons live next door, and in his wife’s house. The gentleman who transitioned next was the owner of the next house. I did meet them both briefly. The owner of our house is easily ten years older than me. He should be transitioning next. Why do I keep saying this? It is a big event and takes a lifetime to get ready.

The word transition was mentioned to me by none other than Mother Mary Angelica of the Eternal Word Telivision Network (EWTN) out of Birmingham, Alabama. She was highly educated in the Catholic University and earned her doctorate of Sacred Theology. The Lord led her to develop EWTN. I did hear her explain that Christians don’t die, they transition.


“Mary Immaculate was officially declared the patroness of the United States in 1847. For more than 150 years, Catholics throughout the land have placed themselves and all their hopes, dreams and concerns under the special patronage of the holy Mother of God, whose Immaculate Conception is venerated by the piety of the faithful.”(

“With the new USA Rosary, we hope Americans far and wide will be strengthened in their resolve to be ever more faithful followers of Jesus, while praying a rosary for the United States of America… Antique silver finish with red and blue enamel on the front of the Crucifix, with a portion of the Pledge Of Allegiance, “One Nation Under God”, inscribed on the reverse side.

” The Centerpiece, also in antique silver finish, presents an image of Our Lady, with a map of the U.S. behind Her. The reverse side presents an inscription of Psalm 33:12. The Hail Mary beads are heavy antique copper-finished medals, with an image of the Immaculate Conception on one side and each state’s individual abbreviation on the other side. The Our Father bead medals present the Miraculous Medal in antique finish.”

At $40.00, that item of religious faith sells like breakfast specials!


Legalized suicide is on the rise. Here is a graph to show how its popularity has grown.

Human beings have choices for exiting their cruel world: 1) Become Catholic [Christian] live to a ripe old age and leave in a civilized manner, or 2) move to Oregon and pay less to take the death pill [legalized euthanasia], or 3) go to the Philippines where they will nail you to your own cross and make you be more understanding of what your life cost Christ. . .let’s see the last first. . .



“If we think of the gospel as applying only to our eternal destiny, we are short-changing the death of Christ in a dramatic way. According to St. Paul, the gospel isn’t only for the lost; the gospel is also for the saved. It’s not only for when you die but also for every day of your life. In fact, the only way someone can truly live the kind of life Jesus intended is to understand that the gospel is for your past, present, and future. It’s the means by which you are saved, are made holy, and are preserved until the end.” (Romans 15:19) [From Matt Chandler, The Explicit Gospel]

Reviewing last week’s post, which has had a great rave response, (thanks Mom) I would like to openly admit this blog is not mine, but (Father) Frank’s. If you have seen his book, A Worthy Rock, you may have a feel for his insight. I only write what I hear from him. The worldview tweek was about converting a Muslim to become a Catholic Christian, which IS miraculous!

Today, after a long ride over the Appalachian foothills, here in Huntsville, Alabama, I have given up on writing you about prayer. This is something totally different, better. “This is Christian Mysticism” Said Lisa Garr, interviewing David Frenette. “‘It’s about deepening your experience with God.’ Says Fr. David Steindl-Rast, OSB, a Catholic Benedictine monk.”


picture credit:

“Father Thomas Keating, Trappist monk, [MA, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology] entered the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, OCSO, in Valley Falls, Rhode Island, in January, 1944. He was appointed Superior of St. Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, in 1958, and was elected abbot of St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1961. He returned to Snowmass after retiring as abbot of Spencer in 1981, where he established a program of ten-day intensive retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a contemporary form of the Christian contemplative tradition.” She said.

“In 1984, Fr. Thomas Keating along with Gustave Reininger and Edward Bednar, co-founded Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., an international, ecumenical spiritual network that teaches the practice of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, a method of prayer drawn from the Christian contemplative tradition. Contemplative Outreach provides a support system for those on the contemplative path through a wide variety of resources, workshops, and retreats.”


“The Lord called them away from fishing and pointed them to their future . . . to a deeper love.” The above peaceful photo comes from Bishop Charles Pope, and his Community in Mission, ‘Creating a culture of encounter’. Also, Matt Chandler’s The Explicit Gospel, includes, “personal and cosmic levels of meditation.” (

So I just took a nap, laying down in the warm fall sunshine with cool breezes and turned on my favorite sacred music stream. The Latin chant was playing and instantly brought tears to my eyes. It is so beautiful to me. Let me try to post YouTube here. Have you heard this? O Nata lux de lumine, O Light born of Light, ‘Jesus redeemer of the world . . .’


Now, this morning, dressed and resting before church, the beautiful Ubi caritas et amor is being played. Wow. I just had an   idea-vision. What if our government believed in washing each other’s feet while in session–so everyone would have to be there? How humbling is that? God would be present at congressional sessions. Strife would leave, as the choir sings . . .

CHURCH TODAY IS DIFFERENT – About Trump in prophecy!

I just followed a more positive path today listening to a dramatic documentary called, Trump: Coming Landslide Ancient Prophecy 2016 narrated by a conspiracy rockstar named Trey Smith. I have linked it here with his strong conclusion of the prayers that are taken out of context, that of 2 Chronicles 7:14, and 14:7, that many think can apply to our present . . .

‘2 Chronicles 14:7 “Now is the time to do it, while the Lord is blessing us with peace because of our obedience to him,” he told his people. “Let us build and fortify cities now, with walls, towers, gates, and bars.” So they went ahead with these projects very successfully.’ [credit: YouTube, Casper McCloud, for editing-in several actual live, prophetic events: Trump is a Cyrus type.]

I agree about prophecy, that it is a spiritual gift, that is to be most desired and sought after, and that “the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. God is not the author of confusion.” (1Corinthians 14:30-33) But, I cannot agree how prophecy is used so dramatically with sound effects and hyper-emphatic, hand gestures. This is just not in God’s power.


The use of bible texts in conspiracy theory is consistent with the trend of the Donald Trump following. If you willingly hear this prophecy presentation, consider how such an edited video is designed to make a certain effective political point. Does your spirit discern God in this? Or can a sense of grave truth be missing. [God speaks from his timeless eternal word.]

After some thought and periods of meditation, oh, and that debate last night, I am feeling somewhat confident that our loving Heavenly Father knows his will is already in place for our nation. Only a few more weeks to go . . . Trust God!

A landslide isn’t necessary. But the gentle giant compared to a little happy woman is a no-brainer to me. [Please see the below linked article, ‘How to pray for America.’]

May the Lord bless and keep you dear friend.



[Pray for America]


Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, king of Jordan, was interviewed Sunday on 60 Minutes, Wikipedia


Understanding differences in philosophical humanity is knowledge worth knowing; especially, when a national election hangs in the balance. Can anyone tell how many worldviews exist in the world? The thought came to me Sunday night during 60 Minutes interview with the king of Jordan, a sovereign country in the Middle East. Then yesterday, when the conversion from Muslim to Christian caught my attention. That is called a worldview tweek we can apply here..

King Abdulah appeared to be a man who understands his worldview as a monarch of an Islamic state. “There are around 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, comprising over 23% of the world’s population. But, the radical, Jihadist  movement is only 2% of Islam. [Islam, ‘submission’, is the religion, while Muslim, ‘believer in Allah’, is the person following Islam.](

“Jihad is a worldwide movement against unbelievers — in Muhammad, who began the Islamic religion — or radical intolerance of any other worldview.” King Abdullah said, confident that he is safe in his worldview. The Islamic worldview is his worldview, but the worldviews of the world are not the same. . .as we can define here as Theism.

I managed to do some research to find the best answer — this is not difficult. I learned they are as few as fingers on your hand [– although a division may exist whether right or left]. The king of Jordan represents the same worldview as does Israel, and the Vatican, and every Christian because all are theists — although worship different gods, but agree one — single supreme being exists. The worldviews: Naturalism, Pantheism, Theism, Spiritism, and Pluralism — simple. (Dennis McCallum, Tyndale,


Professor Carol Hill says, “By ‘worldview’ I mean the basic way of interpreting things and events that pervades a culture so thoroughly that it becomes a culture’s concept of reality — what is good, what is important, what is sacred, what is real. Worldview is more than culture, even though the distinction between the two can sometimes be subtle. It extends to perceptions of time and space, of happiness and well-being. The beliefs, values, and behaviors of a culture stem directly from its worldview.” (University of Glasgow, Scotland,

A good definition is worth a thousand words. According to the Dr. Hill’s definition, each of the five worldviews are further broken into categories in common that help complete the comparison of concepts: i.e. God plus truth equals reality, etc..


We are not electing a king, or a queen, but probably greater — the top leader of the free world. King Abdullah was appointed by his dying father, since he was the crown prince. In just a few weeks we citizens will elect one of the two candidates that have earned their place. They are vastly different, and the consequences of choosing wrongly is huge. One represents theism, while the other represents atheism, naturalism (modernism) or pluralism (postmodernism). 

So, with this little research, how can our country be changed for the better? My conclusion is prayer. Only God can enable a person to wakeup to revealed knowledge and understanding — to see the error of his way — and stop, turn around, and begin their new and improved direction . . . And not just prayer with words, but prayer of the heart, even ecstatic prayer.

“The dialogical character of prayer is most fully realized in the so-called passive or mystical prayer, in which the divine motion is in the foreground of consciousness and divine love stirs the heart, and the loving majesty of God manifests itself in infused contemplation. Though the prayer is called passive, man is not purely passive in it. On the contrary, one is never so completely and utterly active as when God moves him by the graces of mystical prayer. But in this mystical experience the “divine partner in the dialogue” is in the foreground rather than the human response. In mystical prayer, the soul experiences the life in grace and from grace as a gift of divine love. It is the experience of faith in its most exalted realization.” (Bernard Haring, Christian contemplation, Wikipedia)


To begin with, I thought a logical conclusion might be made from learning the complexity of worldviews, but no longer. Now we hear of dialogical character of prayer is a level above what we are doing. Most worldviews, or half, have prayers; the theists, and the pantheists. But the naturalists (modernist) and the pluralists (postmodernist) don’t — and cannot pray.

The reality of Christian prayer is that it changes things. 

“Don’t allow discouragement over unanswered prayer to cause you to doubt that God has heard you. If you have received Jesus, and pray in his name, then God hears you and something is happening whether you see it or not. In fact, every time you pray, you are advancing God’s purposes for you. Without prayer, the full purpose God has for you can’t happen.” [Stormie Omartian, 7 Prayers that will change your life forever, (confession, salvation, release, submission, praise, promise, and blessing.)]


All the worldview issues of our nation can be humbly placed in the Father’s hands. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are kings and priests by faith in his word and his will. We live to please the Father, and to grow closer to him and his church. If it is his will that our nation is led into an atheistic government, then, so be it. The end will just come sooner.

When King Abdullah was asked his opinion of the progress of his nation, he said. “We have 160,000 children in school, unemployment under 50%, over 9 million unemployed, the world has a stake in the Jordanian economy. We call the Jihadists outlaws — a sect that splintered from Islam in the first century. Only 2% of Islam are jihadist.

“Refugees are stranded. Jordan endures because the price of failure is much too high. We understand worldview differences. We pride ourselves with confidence, of who we are in our reality, and our struggle keeps us united to thrive.” (He was in military uniform as a major general, while the troops yelled, “Long live the king!” “Long live the king!“)


“Glancing at life’s rear-view mirror, there is always a temptation to impose more cohesion on one’s thoughts than they possessed at the time. I’m no doubt doing that now. But if I were to boil down my worldview as a young man, before I came to the faith, to a single idea, it would be this: man’s place in the world is unsettled; we are homeless.” -Solrab Ahmari, My Journey from Tehran to Rome

There is hope for Muslims to see the light. A young secular Muslim from Iran, Sohrab Ahmari, a Wall Street Journal editor, is reported, by the Catholic Herald this week, to have become a Christian. You can read the testimonial here, which explains his Philosophy college major, understanding his worldview needed tweeking, and why Catholicism was his choice.

An atheist is like my father was, he lived a long rewarding, moral life as an atheist. He learned it from his father, who learned from his father. So, when he died, he went to be with his fathers. I was unable to influence him otherwise. Our federal government is set in it’s atheisic worldview too. When God changes our government, through a miraculous election of a conservative theist, he will get all the glory for it.

The king of Jordan is in the perfect time and place for his own powerful revelation from Elohim God (not Allah). We can pray for him just like we are praying for Israel and Jerusalem. Peace! King Abdulah is well educated and very close to realizing that his reality needs a tweek. Just as editor Ahmari discovered Jesus is King of kings, so can king Abdulah.

May Adonai bless and keep you,



Please consider former posts about prayer:




“Introit and Kyrie” by YouTube and chant


A quality music video linked here

The lyrics of this beautiful video describe  an ancient mass or Requiem (Missa pro defunctis) of which is a long 13th century hymn Dies Irae (by Thomas of Celano) interpreted. A requiem mass, the words are fixed and are set to the Gregorian chant but instead of Miserere nobis, ‘Have mercy on us’, Give them rest is used,  [“Dona eis requiem“]. (Sung beautifully in Latin.)

Text: Psalm 37:7-9 Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for him to act. Don’t be envious of evil men who prosper. Stop your anger! Turn off your wrath. Don’t fret and worry—it only leads to harm. For the wicked shall be destroyed, but those who trust the Lord shall be given every blessing. (

[You may ask, Charles, why is this so significant to you now? And I have to admit, that following last week’s study of the great mysteries of the church–which we all need to know, to receive the Gospel properly–my graceful wakeup was only to share the beauty. Heaven is calling! Can we even imagine heavenly beauty? And don’t we want everyone to .be there?]

Requiem Aeturnum

“Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon them

A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Zion

And a vow shall be paid to thee in Jerusalem

Hear my prayer

All flesh shall come before you

Eternal rest give unto the dead, O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon them

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

Short choral requiem mass,

Kylie Eleison

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Dies Irae

[Today, talking over coffee, Viv (wife) shared with me about her friends’ husbands passed away so differently. One called her as usual to catch up, usually monthly, and said as an aside, ‘Oh, Charles is dead.’ Viv asked, ‘When?’ And her friend told her that ‘It was two weeks ago.’ ‘Why didn’t you tell me sooner?’ Viv asked.  ‘I didn’t feel I needed to.’ . . . Another friend called her in the very hour of her husband’s death, and Viv said she was sitting there looking at his still warm body. In both instances, the deaths were expected and planned for, but the friend known longest, was not the closest.]

This day, this day of wrath

shall consume the world in ashes,

as foretold by David and the Sibyl.

What trembling there will be

When the judge shall come

to weigh everything strictly!

The trumpet, scattering its awful sound

Across the graves of all lands

Summons all before the throne.

Death and nature shall be stunned

When mankind arises

To render account before the judge.

The written book shall be brought

In which all is contained

Whereby the world shall be judged

When the judge takes his seat

all that is hidden shall appear

Nothing will remain unavenged.

What shall I, a wretch, say then?

To which protector shall I appeal

When even the just man is barely safe?

[This summer, I read in a newspaper that both parents of six children were killed in a tragic accident locally. My heart was stopped to make note of their names even to lift up to God, who is the Author and Finisher of all life. I am concerned enough to understand something about such an event. With Him there are no accidents. Both parents are in heaven.]

King of awful majesty

You freely save those worthy of salvation

Save me, found of pity

Remember, gentle Jesus

that I am the reason for your time on earth,

do not cast me out on that day

Seeking me, you sank down wearily,

you saved me by enduring the cross,

such travail must not be in vain.

Righteous judge of vengeance,

award the gift of forgiveness

before the day of reckoning.

I groan as one guilty,

my face blushes with guilt;

spare the suppliant, O God.

Thou who didst absolve Mary [Magdalen]

and heard the prayer of the thief

hast given me hope, too.


INTERMISSION (View of the throne here)


My prayers are not worthy,

but Thou, O good one, show mercy,

lest I burn in everlasting fire,

Give me a place among the sheep,

and separate me from the goats,

placing me on Thy right hand.

When the damned are confounded

and consigned to keen flames,

call me with the blessed.

I pray, suppliant and kneeling,

a heart as contrite as ashes;

take Thou my ending into Thy care.

That day is one of weeping,

on which shall rise again from the ashes

the guilty man, to be judged.

Therefore spare this one, O God,

merciful Lord Jesus:

Give them rest. Amen.


Domine Jesu (Offertorium)

Lord Jesus Christ, king of glory,

deliver the souls of all the faithful departed

from the pains of Hell

and the bottomless pit.

Deliver them from the jaws of the lion,

lest hell engulf them,

lest they be plunged into darkness;

but let the holy standard-bearer Michael

lead them into the holy light,

as once you promised to Abraham

and to his seed.

Lord, in praise we offer you

Sacrifices and prayers,

accept them on behalf of those

who we remember this day:

Lord, make them pass

from death to life,

as once you promised to Abraham

and to his seed.



Holy, holy, holy

Lord God of hosts!

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!



Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest!


Angus Dei

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

Grant them rest.

O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

Grant them eternal rest.

[Another summer event involved the drowning death of a high school dancing team member. She participated in a recreational activity where the team launched a number of individual boats, kaiaks, for an expedition along a local river. Somehow the young woman was lost, was capsized and drowned. A prayer vigil was made for the family and friends.]

Lux aeterna

Let everlasting light shine on them, O Lord

with your saints for ever:

for you art merciful.

Eternal rest grant them, O Lord;

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

With your saints for ever

for Thou art merciful.

Libera Me (Responsory)

Deliver me, O Lord, from eternal death

on that awful day

when the heavens and earth shall be shaken

and you shall come to judge the world by fire.

I am seized with fear and trembling

until the trial is at hand and the wrath to come:

when the heavens and earth shall be shaken.”

(credit: Requiem Web, Google)


[I heard this prayer chanted by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir listening to their streaming app when napping, I instantly sat up and began to research the meaning of the prayer. Wow, I heard a friend’s blog about death and felt I might comment. . .but there were no words.

Do we really know what we face in death? Here is a clearer picture. I can pray this and share this.

The last post of our theology401 blog, was also inspired by last things. Called, The Four Forces of Eternal Nature, it became the hub of all 59 posts preceding it. And dated a year ago, 9-22-15, it will be featured by my Facebook wall this week.] (Hub indexes were completed.)

The value of this material is a great deal more than than casual social blogs-stuff. But because my days are getting short, When you hear that I have passed, you can know I have been processed up. And this may well not be our last prayer.]

May Adonai bless and keep you. (In the spirit of this prayer)


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[Photo credit Wikipedia, Sergei Frolov]

(How much prayer can a prayer team pray if a prayer team could be team prayers?)


This week is unique, God has given me a job through my devoted wife that has turned out to be a treasure. Our day’s inspirations seemed to collide. She with her restoring of our home’s wall hangings, and my leading to research ‘dimensions of prayer’.

So she came into my coffee hour all smiles and showing me the frame of Martin Wiscombe’s flower-poster renderings that has begun to peel up.

“I have a project for you!” She said.

And I thought at first, oh-oh, what has she done now — but because of her light attitude, I was accepting and open to helping her. The pair of prints are something we found in one of the many Sample House stores in Dallas Ft. Worth, when we had the resources to invest in such things. (Pastor Rick Warren, recently touched on marriage relationship-concerns to fix.)

 Martin Wiscombe still life that matches the two we have only frames differ

These pictures have hung significantly in the dining room corner over a chest of drawers used for serving and storage of plates and pots — for the entire 15 years we’ve been here in Alabama — everything else seemed to get moved around.

I had heard from God what I thought was original. ‘Look up dimension of prayer‘ which is what I was reading about, and got the point of it well enough that I might take the frame and go to my workbench in the shed, thinking, ‘There are seven dimensions of prayer, according to James 5:13-16.‘ (

I was all set to meditate on God’s Word, while working a restoration of a valuable frame. [If I think like a monk and work like a monk, then I must learn to pray like a monk.]

Last week’s post was an effort to chrystalize pastor Rick Warren’s sermon because God spoke to me about prayer, powerfully. ‘Find 4 people who are available to pray with you.’ (In the sense that I don’t have them yet.)

So I selected them and did message them, but got only two to respond. My thoughts were thankful for the one of the four as I entered the shed, opening both doors. Then, I turned to the frame rework. (one plus one out of four is not bad. It is a start.)

I tried Goo gone, carborator solvent, and gasoline on the glued covering, and nothing worked like I had hoped this might be easy. Then I wipped out my trusty Leatherneck Wave (knife-tool) and started scraping. It was slow but it worked. Then I began to meditate on the prayer ‘dimensions’. [This knife-tool blade is surgical steel and I am alert to maintaining its sharpness.]

The first dimension is praise.‘ I thought as I scraped. By the time I thought through all seven, I had scraped off the paper on the back of the frame. Well, okay, this was going to take all day. But I noticed something unusual . . .

Scraping through the paper, and scraping off the adhesive, there remained an ebony black wood that was not phased by my scraping. My knife was sharp and it took an under-scraping to clear up the character of the base wood. It is hard enough to resist any scratching. And the grain is very faint. So I looked it up on Google with my phone . . . and learned, it is an African Blackwood: Rare and very hard.

I felt instantly this project was well worth the effort to rework-restoration. Only my hands are tender for the excessive use of elbow grease (Scraping with a vertical sharp edge, back and forth, at a pace quick enough to produce a reasonable rate of progress. Also my thoughts of dimensional prayer were easily reviewed again and again.


This version of my text is the easiest reading from what I think is the best paraphrased translation. Let me explain how my mind came to thinking of this. Personally, I have a weak left eye. It was a birth defect that was corrected somewhat when I was six. This makes me unable to have depth perception. So I see everything in only two dimensions not three.

Applying spacial concept into a spiritual concept is not perfect, but helps understanding somewhat. A third dimension of prayer cannot exist without the first two. Two dimensional prayer is thanksgiving and praise (verse 13) with authority (verse 14a) , this gets us into the gate and into God’s court. (Psalms 100:4) [Authority is Scripture plus Church tradition, and is the source of the next dimension.]


Notice the text explains, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders (ordained leaders) of the church, and let them pray over him, ANOINTING him with oil in the name (Authority) of the Lord.” [verse 14]

Dimensions of praise . . . authority . . .  and anointing, all three are foundational to the church ministry.

And this is only three dimensional! God and his church are involved here . . . so far. What is missing is explained as stepping into the “Twilight zone” — as the fourth and fifth dimensions.  Healing requires these: Faith and confession.


And the prayer of FAITH shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins they will be forgiven him.” [verse 15] and, “CONFESS your faults one to another and pray for one another, that you may be healed . . .“[verse 16a]

This text tells us how the depth perception of three dimensions of prayer is focusing on provisions needed. The purpose of our spiritual life is able to become clearer, we are called to do something. Prayer is focused powerfully, like a beam of cleansing. Like a surgeon’s scalpel, to cut out the bad and show forth the good . . . to refinish and reveal quality.


The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (verse 16b NAS)

We can conclude with this. The last two dimensions we are talking about is work and righteousness. Since we already understand how this is God’s work — the ‘finished work of the cross’, getting ourselves right with God always includes dealing with sin. Jesus prayed using minimum words of command and sin or evil departed. Jesus’ Church is the same.

My greatest sins have occurred with family relationships. My wife sees me differently than I see myself. I write what I believe God the Holy Spirit is saying. Being obedient to God is key here. It is not the same for everyone. My pride has to step back for a while. But my wife has her own opinions, she is not always in agreement. [Is this not uncommon?]

“Where there is love there is no labor.” (Benedictine Sisters, novena to the Holy Spirit, day 3)


“One reason [that someone’s husband is flawed and his wife seeks his transformation] is the function of prayer in the relationship between Christ and his Church. A wife relates to her husband the way the church should relate to Christ. The church prays to Christ–or to God the Father through Christ.” Said John Piper, author of This Momentary Marriage.

“When the church prays to her Husband, she asks him to do things a certain way. If we are sick, we ask him for healing. If we are hungry, we ask for our daily bread. If we are lost we ask for directions. And so on. Since we believe in the absolute sovereignty of Christ, to govern all things, this means we look at the present situation that he has ordained, and we ask him to change it.

“I am only drawing out an analogy here, not an exact comparison. The church never confronts Jesus with his imperfections. He has no imperfections. But we do seek from him changes in the situation he has brought about. That is what petitionary prayer is. So wives on this analogy, will ask their husbands to change some ways he is doing things.”  (US Copyright fair use credit

My marriage is not yet a prayer team, as you may assume; but with professor Piper’s contribution here, there is hope we each can learn team prayer principles. I needed to understand the analogy, because I don’t have to feel threatened. And, my wife can know her prayers are church sanctioned. She is praying for me to become more considerate and loving.


The work of prayer happens because of faith and confession. Do you desire to pray? I recommend for you to commit to praying up to a tithe (tenth) of your day. But that may not work for you. It is no sacrifice if it doesn’t cost you something. I have asked for the Lord to show me how to do it, an hour at waking, an hour before nap, and half-hour at bedtime.

As I became open to learn the Rosary, and associated Novenas (Latin for nine, prayer for nine days). The next development was to seek who is the patron saint for those I learn needs focused prayer. This has built an extensive prayerlist which includes family, relatives (younger ones), friends, followers, pastors, priests, sisters, government leaders, and journalists.

[“No person is greater than his prayer life.” Leonard Ravenhill]

Bottom line: a team prayer describes a work within a person’s heart. To be able to humbly kneel and consistently say the words God shows you to pray for those he shows you to pray for. To begin this, requires a simple commitment. As St. Ignatius of Loyola, patron saint of prayer warriors, prayed, Suscipe (Latin, Receive); thankfully trusting for the best:

“Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve You as You deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward save that of knowing I am doing your will.” (

Until next time, may the Lord bless and keep you,


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(Portrait of 90 year old Daniel writing memories of when he was 16. From H.W. Armstrong, Plain Truth, 1973)

Have you ever been given an impossible assignment where the deadline meant you must get this done or it will cost you your job or sacrifice team members or your very life? What can you do to find the solution? When you know only God knows the answer, the prophet Daniel tells us the solution. At 16, he had been prepared as a Jewish youth by Torah study.


When given a choice Sunday morning, to go to church in Alabama or California, I was shown the latter, and the online service timing went directly to live message, that is a good indication that God is leading. This made me sit up, grab my notebook, and get ready to hear from God. Even today, Humpday, I am filled up with personal help-thoughts he shared.

Generally we are familiar with the prophetic content of the book. However, I have learned the unique part is twofold. Written in two languages, Hebrew and Aramaic (Chaldean), the names are peculiar for the foreign country; but the level of sovereign royalty is something not fully appreciated — the king of Babylon was ruler of the entire known world.

The lives of all royal advisors — magicians, diviners, sorcerers, astrologers, and conjurers — were threatened if they were unable to tell the king what he dreamed. Of course they could not. The text emphasizes that a sovereign king can call for their lives on the line. They can be replaced by a more gifted and capable court — so their death as Gentiles was justified.


Somehow Daniel (‘God is judge’) got wind of their pending execution as they were being prepared to join the King’s service. (Dan. 1:19) “So they looked for Daniel and his friends to kill them.” (2:13b)

Pastor Rick said Daniel knew to do eight (8) things to learn the solution to the king’s demand. In the telling of these insightful points, he said three things that spoke to my heart. [ If God is in this pastor’s anointing, I have to share this for my weekly post. Our conscience can catch God’s personal message, so when thinking about it, our heart knows to obey willingly.]

First, 1) he didn’t panic. The next verse says Daniel was ‘cool’ when replying with ‘discretion and discernment’ to Arioch (‘Lion face’) who was captain of the executioners . . .(verse 14)

Then 2) he asked why:

“Please tell us sir, what is the reason behind this decree being so urgent? And Lion-face told him. (verse 15)

Then, without hesitation, Daniel went to see the king,

“Please, your highness, 3) appoint some time for us to research your dream and then declare the interpretation?” (verse 16)

[Helpful Note: This is the point when pastor asked, “What’s wrong in your marriage that you have been putting up with?“] (Now, this is close to meddling! But a realistic prayer concern. Thanks Lord, we need to address this.)

So Daniel went home and told his associates, Hananiah (‘God’s been gracious’); Mishael (‘Who’s like God’); and Azariah (‘God has helped’) the fix they are in. (verse 17) This is his plan: That all four of them should pray (beg) God’s compassion; for revelation of the mystery (secret) dream to prevent their execution and all the court; 4) let’s pray for mercy! (verse 18)

[Helpful Note: This is where pastor asked, “Who is on your prayer list, who is in close agreement in your faith? You need 4 or 5 trustworthy people whom you can call — or they can call you for prayer.“] (Thank’s Father, I can do this.)


“God is able to give wisdom (supernatural help) when we ask for it, and we ask in faith:

“Any of you who lacks wisdom, must ask God, who gives to all generously and without scolding . . . But the prayer must be made with faith, and no trace of doubt . . .” (James 1:5,6a NJB) “You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” (James 4:2c,3 NASV)

“Also Jeremiah (‘God establishes’) a contemporary with Daniel, [who’s not a bull frog] (laughter) tells us if you need to know something you are ignorant of, to ‘Call to me, and I will answer you and tell you great (and mighty) secrets of which you know nothing.’ (Jer.33:3 NJB)


“Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven: (verse 20-23) []

A. Praise God for who he is . . . for his Name . . . for his Character! [The name of God IS his character.]

B. Honor God for what he does. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1:5)

C. Thank God for helping me, today and tomorrow. (verse 23)


“God has never made a person he didn’t love.” Pastor Rick said.

“So Daniel rushed to Lion-face, ‘STOP! Take me to the king! I can tell the king his true answer!’ (verse 24)

[Future Note: Pastor Rick shared about Saddleback growth called the church peace plan to begin a witness in San Diego this week, and then witness by Christmas in San Francisco . . . to save others.] (verse 25,26)


So Daniel went in to the king. He answered first that this information is not accessible to your average wise men, conjurers, magicians, nor diviners — they miss the mark here and cannot declare this to the king. (verse 27)

Pastor said, “My most favored verse in the bible, ‘There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.’ (verse 28)

“And God has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar (‘Nebo’s border’) what will take place in the latter days. This was your dream and visions in your mind while on your bed.” Daniel said to explain what God showed him . . . “Your thoughts were about what would happen in the future, and He who reveals mysteries, has made known to you what will happen.” (vs 29)

“But this is for our understanding, It’s not about me — it’s about God! . . . Evangelism means Good news!

[Key to success here: The more you point people to God, the more he will increase your platform.]

The pastor summarized Daniel’s telling the dream and interpretation to the king, conversationally. It was gratifying to hear every detail that Daniel was shown, and to hear the king confirm every word. The interpretation details explained future world empires to follow: The Medo-Persian, the Greek, the Roman, and the Everlasting Kingdom. (verse 31-45)


Pastor Rick emphasized that Daniel claimed not to be a special person, as any godly man can do this, given the place he was placed into. (verse 30). But knowing the story is true, it begs the question, when were you ever in such dire straits that you had to pray all night long, to just ask God to show you how to fix some threatening situation?

(Okay, this was the bottom line for me. I can honestly confess there was only one time in my life that made me feel so threatened, but happened quickly, when I learned a medical claim was disapproved, and that really upset me. Alone, at home, I screamed, What can I do now!?   And immediately I heard, What do you want to do?  And that got me thinking.

That experience showed me, God is ever-present and all knowing to help us in times of need. But that didn’t take all night. This message was less teaching and more preaching. I need to be sharing this and requesting friends to be available for prayer. And, personally, my part in our marriage can use some tweaking. (Thank you Father, for your help here.)

May God bless and keep you,




Saint John the Evangelist by Donatello in 1411, sculpture in Rome, from


Question:”How many here believe Jesus is the Son of God? (All raise hands) Answer: God is here and wants you to know this.” Pastor said to begin.

Sunday August 14th, Daphne, Alabama//

Pastor John Kilpatrick, preached a unique sermon Sunday that he said he preached in 1974 about John the Baptist’s diciples. (Watching the service broadcast from Church of His Presence, I viewed this live online.) The text is,

JOHN 20:30,31.

“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and believing, you might have life through his name.” (KJV)


Clarifying this text, Pastor reviewed about how the gospel of John differs from all the other gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke are similar to each other, but John is not synoptic like they are.

“John is revelatory and deeper.” He said. “In the first chapter he makes eight statements about Jesus that no one else makes:

“He was in the beginning, he was ‘the Word’ who was with God, he was ‘the Word’ who was God (verse 1). He was ‘the Word’ that was made flesh, he dwelt among us (verse 14); he was invisible, he declared the Father (verse 18); and, yet we beheld him (verse 34).

“John the Apostle, called ‘the Evangelist’, was the brother of James ‘the greater’ (because he was taller than James ‘the less’), sons of Zebedee and Salome. His gospel account was more interesting because John limited it to what he felt was most focused upon Jesus’ divine ability, for the singular purpose — that we believe, ‘He is the Son of God’. (Jn 20:31)


The seven miracles that were recorded proofs so we might believe, are so he might demonstrate to us, his teaching about himself: ‘I am the vine’, ‘I am the way’, ‘I am the door’, ‘I am the bread’, ‘I am the light’, ‘I am the Good Shepherd’, and ‘I am the Resurrection’. [We may not associate each title with miracle event, because we associate each event differently.]


For example, “John chapter 15 tells us, ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman . . .’ But the miracle is chapter 2:3-10 at the wonderful wedding at Cana of Galilee. Jesus made wine from water. Verse 11, ‘This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested his glory; and the disciples believed on him.’

“In Matthew 9:17, it is said that ‘new wine cannot be put in old wine skins’. This is describing this miracle as the transitional sign of how the disciples of John the Baptist, who believed and followed John, now must believe Jesus and follow him, as their Rabbi, (teacher, mentor) and Master. [I did not know this. But it makes sense because of his gentle character.


John 4:46-54 words of text were put up on the screen for all to see, and Pastor read each verse. Telling of the certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.

“So he chased Jesus down in Cana, and humbly asked him to ‘Please come and heal my son who is dying.'” (verse 47)

“Jesus replied,

“Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” (verse 48)

[But the nobleman was not computing that he was an object of his teaching,]

“But Sir, if you don’t come, my child will die.” He said. (verse 49)

“Go on home, for your son is alive.” Jesus said [calmly but assertively looking eye to eye].

“And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken, and he [quietly acknowledged him, and] departed for home. And as he was going,  his servants met him, and exclaimed,

“Your son is revived!” They said.(verse 50,51)

“Then the man asked,

“When did it happen?”

“Yesterday at the 7th hour the fever left!” (verse 52)

“And the man realized Jesus did do this by saying only the words, Your son lives! And he believed along with his whole household.” (verse 53)

“This miracle was the second one that Jesus did, when he came out of Judea and into Galilee.” (verse 54)

The pastor looked up from reading this paraphrased edition with a glint in his eye.

“Jesus knew where the man’s house was! There were no detailed directions given, no map opened, nothing given to Jesus to reach that sick and dying son. Only God Almighty could know where the boy was and what to do for him! What this means for us is that Jesus knows where we are!” Pastor said.

GOD KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE TOO! ” Pastor screamed.

Everybody began to worship. The large room was filled with standing praise and worshippers. That noise moved me. I truly felt Holy Spirit presence. (Despite being located at the opposite end of Alabama, online live reception was great!)

[I have studied and heard this miracle many times, but never applied it quite this way before. This brought a tear to my eyes. Then Pastor told a {true} story that he’s told before, but it’s worth telling here again he said.]

“Once there was a man and wife who were called to the mission field. They obediently served the Lord in the third world, The Lord rewarded them with children, and His presence grew the mission into a warm, fulfilling fellowship. Eventually they had to take a Sabatical (to raise support funds). They returned home to America with their older children.

The oldest child, a daughter, became friends with secular, wilder, even rebellious children, trying to win them to Christ, but unsuccessfully. When this family returned to the mission field, they were welcomed, felt refreshed, and could begin again to teaching and ministering . . . except for the older child, who chose to run away from their blessed home.

The loss devastated the family. They prayed to their Father God very emotionally, crying out-loud to him together, for several days.

Lord God! We are your servants! Please tell us what we can do?”

Then they heard God’s voice audibly,

“Call this number,” The voice said.

They hurriedly got a pen and listened quietly. They heard an international phone number, and wrote it down.

Then obediently the call was made. It was to a MacDonald’s Restaurant in Spain that was hundreds of miles away.

The store manager answered, and asked, “How can I help you?” in English.

“Will you please call on your P.A. system this name?” The missionary asked.

“Sir, we don’t do that here.” The manager said.

“Please try it this time, this is a long-distance, emergency call!”

So the girl’s name was called out-loud over the P.A. system, just as the girl was walking in front of the store. She heard her name, ran into the restaurant, answered the call to hear her Daddy’s voice.


The pastor’s voice cracked with emotion, as the congregation began to praise God loudly.


Everybody was loudly praising God for the emotional feelings of thanksgiving God’s presence brings powerfully. Pastor began praying loudly in his prayer language, and then prophesied.


I heard that, and wrote my youngest daughter’s name on it, and taped it to our refrigerator. (I believe how prophecy operates — it is by faith, both the one making the utterance, and the one hearing the utterance.) The Spirit gave me the ability to obey this direction . . .


In John chapter 5 is the description of the next Miracle. Pastor John began reading the text that was brought up on the large screen for all to see. His reading told of a crippled man at the edge of the pool of Bethesda that was crowded at many levels of needs. The healing process was restrictive, and Jesus focused on a man who was crippled 38-years.

“Jesus said to the man, ‘Do you want to be healed?’ To which the man explained his dilemma, he was helpless.

“Rise. Take up your bed and walk.” Jesus said purposefully. (verse 8)

“And immediately the man was healed, took up his bed, and walked.” (verse 9)

Then Pastor recalled the titled Jesus referred to himself, ‘I am the Door’.

“Here The text is telling us, Jesus is the door for us to trust him to open for each of us to go through to where we desire to go and do what we desire to do. Do you need healing? He is opening for you. Do you need a job? He is able to open an opportunity for you. We can trust him for our every need!” [Even for your daughter whom you left 38 years ago].


John chapter 6, verses 5 and 6, Jesus asked Philip, “Where can we find bread to feed all these people?”

Philip replied negatively thinking how much such a task might cost and knowing they can’t afford it. (verse 7)

Then Andrew, Peter’s brother, suggested something worth considering. (verse 8 and 9)

“Andrew’s idea was for the Master to multiply some food that was brought to his attention. And sure enough, with Jesus’ blessing of the small portions of bread and fish (from a boy’s lunch), and his personal distributing of each portion to each disciple, they did their distributing to each person — OVER FIVE THOUSAND TIMES!” (verse 10 and 11).

Pastor Kilpatrick summed-up this Miracle message as the disciples were caught up in the detailed administration of helping their Master get food to the hungry mouths . . . “Jesus was introducing himself as the One who makes more than enough out of not enough! His disciples were suddenly stuck with giving 12 basketsful of leftovers to the boy as his return.”

Pastor also mentioned how when Jesus was sharing each piece out from the loaf, that the loaf kept replacing the piece taken by growing out, again and again and again. My concern was the time it took to do this — like, lunch actually took all afternoon to serve. And when supper-time came along, everyone was completely satisfied because the loaves and fishes were still growing from the holy hands they came through.(My thought is heaven’s logistics flows through Jesus Christ.)


John chapter 9 Tells about the healing of a blind man who was born without eyes ar all. Pastor read the texts as projected on the overhead. “Teacher, what caused this man to be born this way, did he or his parents sin?” (verse 2)

“No, neither this man nor his parents had sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed in him.” Jesus said. (verse 3) “I must work the work of him who sent me while it is day. The night is coming when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world. (verse 4 and 5)

“The process of the Lord to restore missing eyes required some constructive assembly details that scriptural text tell only about spitting on the ground and making (balls) of clay. Then Jesus anointed (applied) the eyes (sockets)  with the clay.” (verse 6) Pastor described how his creative touch made perfect eyes fully able to focus, connected to optic nerves, etc..

Verse 7 tells us of Jesus’ instruction to the man to wash himself, his new eyes, cleansing them of the unused clay-residuals, and he was to do this in the pool of Siloam — which means ‘sent’. [The blind man was sent blind, to wash his new eyes obediently, and came back seeing with perfectly functioning eyes.]

Psalms 103:14, “For he (the Lord) knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” That the disciples could see how precise details were made, even examining the eyes as they operated perfectly, made the believing that their teacher was indeed the Son of God, the Anointed One, a true revelation his sovereign ability.


“I am the good shepherd.” (Jn 10:11-16) Pastor showed the proof verse in context . . . but the proof Miracle is in John 6:21:

“Just as soon as Jesus was in the boat, he being willingly received by all, they were immediately delivered to their destination (across the lake).” As Good Shepherd, Jesus knew his disciples had been up all night, struggling with the storm in the dark, and going nowhere with a headwind. They were dead tired and got some rest when they escaped the crowds.

[Can you just visualize this? The twelve disciples rowed and rowed in the dark, till, let’s say, midnight; then Jesus came aboard. The sea suddenly calmed, all the disciples with Jesus fell asleep, and the boat gently made its own way to the harbor, so that all the sleeping people could awake in daylight — fully rested, and it seemed like supernatural transport.]

Pastor John put it this way. “The Lord sees you, and he is moving toward you right now. You are experiencing a storm. Your circumstances are changing for the worse. You are losing your hope — you need a miracle: How does Jesus do what he does for you? The Lord is going to help you — you are fooling around with God Almighty.”


“Mary stayed in the house, and Martha ran to meet Jesus, when they heard Jesus is here! [Even at the gate, with people]

“Lord, we are so disappointed that you could not have been here to heal our brother, so that now he is dead — but, of course, we know whatever you ask our Father to do for us, he will do.” Martha said in greeting. (verse 21,22)

“Oh Martha, your brother will rise again.” Jesus said compassionately [Entering the gate to greet her.] (verse 23)

“Yes, we know we will see him again in the last day.” (verse 24)

“But, you see . . . I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me — though he were already dead, He will live. And, whoever lives and believes in me, shall never die. Don’t you believe this?” Jesus said authoritatively. (verse 25,26)

“Yes Lord, I believe you are the Anointed One, the Son of God, who is prophesied to come.” She said passionately, and excused herself in tears. She went back to the house where she found Mary entertaining guests, and told her softly, Jesus asked for her. (verse 27,28)

“As soon as she heard that, Mary ran to greet him. And Jesus was at the gate where Matha left him. (verse 29,30)

“And all the family, friends, neighbors and mourners who were with Mary also had to see her weep [and run]. (verse 31)

“When Mary reached the gate where Jesus waited, she fell headlong at his feet, crying out just what her sister said.

“Lord! If you had only been here, our brother would not have died!” She said sobbing. (verse32)

“When Jesus saw her, and the mourners coming behind her, he was moved, he groaned in the Spirit, and was troubled (greatly distressed). (verse 33)

“Where have you laid him?” He asked with a pronounced sigh.

“Come and see.” The mourning relatives and friends said. (verse 34)

Jesus wept as they went, and there was many noticing and commenting,

“See how much he loved our friend and faithful neighbor.” (verse 35,36)

“Other’s said reasoning what Martha and Mary had said, ‘Couldn’t this man who we know has healed the blind, come sooner to heal our friend and neighbor?’

“Then Jesus groaned in himself, when coming to the covered tomb.” (verse 37,38)

“Take the stone away!” Jesus commanded.

“Lord, by now he will smell when we open his tomb! It’s been four days since he died.” Martha said objecting.(verse 39)

“Have I not told you, if you only believe, you will see the glory of God?” Jesus said calmly and considerately.(verse 40)

So the stone was taken away. All eyes were on Jesus who began to offer a public prayer.

“Father, thankyou for hearing my prayer. (verse 41)

“I know that you hear me always, but I speak for these who are witnessing this event — so that they may believe you sent me . . . ” (verse 42)

LAZARUS COME OUT!” Jesus said loudly [enough so that an echo was heard from across the valley]. (verse 43)

(Lazarus come out!) And before the echo faded, a mummy appeared, and every person was aghast. Lazarus had been bound with strips of cloth and a towel covered his face. 

“Unbind him and let him go free!” Jesus said. (verse 44)

“Many of the women’s family, friends and neighbors believed what they witnessed and gave God the glory for sending them his Son. But the Pharisees and Jewish rulers were severely offended, and determined to arrest him, try him, and execute Jesus because he blasphemed himself claiming to be God.” (verse 45-57)


Pastor Kilpatrick concluded by saying, “Jesus wept because of his close friend’s unbelief.” (Where my notes end.) But we are now witnesses of the Father’s compassion for all mankind — the event of Jesus’ execution, was precisely planned. So this not only, proved his sovereignty, but also, started the end-play of the Father’s divine redemption masterpiece.

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Charles Bundschu