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PLEASE… Trust me on this one. Please read it over and over and over and when your done reading keep repeating it to yourself and at some point today or tomorrow you will understand. You can even hum it to a made up tune. You can sing it out loud. Get the idea or better yet the attitude of “i will” into your body, soul and spirit. To the degree that you put into this you will receive.

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“Words” The two shall be one!

Posted: September 18, 2010 in Mellifluous, Words

i find it almost impossible to select a favorite song but if i take the word favorite and make it favorites, well that’s doable. my love of music requires me to look at words and their message by adding music to them. Today, i have selected four songs made up from words. Words put to music. Words and music are a winning combination for me. It’s not that one is better… i guess the best way for me to describe it is, the two become one. Often if there is no music i find myself creating the music and if there are no words i create the words.

i am listening to four songs today. The first is a four year favorite. It is the song that introduced me to IHOP (International House of Pray) in Kansas city. i have worn out 3 cds just listening to this one song. It is long… and flows beautifully… but more importantly for me at least is that, it ministers to my entire being every time i hear it. It awakens my spiritual man and takes me to heavenly places where my hope of living a God filled life are renewed and strengthened. It changes me, if only for a time. I have not included the printed words for this song as they are many.

The other three are new to me but speak much and all three for different reasons.

Song of Solomon –  IHOP – Dwayne Roberts & Worship Team

12 – Loving A Person – Sara Groves

Loving a person just the way they are, it’s no small thing
It takes some time to see things through
Sometimes things change, sometimes we’re waiting
We need grace either way

Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

There’s a lot of pain in reaching out and trying
It’s a vulnerable place to be
Love and pride can’t occupy the same spaces baby
Only one makes you free

Hold on to me
I’ll hold on to you
Let’s find out the beauty of seeing things through

If we go looking for offense
We’re going to find it
If we go looking for real love
We’re going to find it

06 – I Belong(2) – Kathryn Scott

Not angels, nor demons, no power on earth or heaven
Not distance, nor danger, no trouble now or ever

Nothing can take me from your great love
Forever this truth remains

I belong, I belong to you

Not hardship, nor hunger, no pain or depth of sorrow
Not weakness, nor failure, no broken dream or promise

02 – Favorite One – Misty Edwards

Here I am your favorite one
What are You thinking, what are You feeling?
I have to know

For I, I’m after Your heart
I’m after Your heart
I am after You

And I’ll crown You with my love.

Here I am your favorite one
What are You thinking, what are You feeling?
I have to know

For I, I’m after Your heart
I’m after Your heart
I am after You

You know that I,
Than I’m after Your heart
I’m after Your heart
I am after You

“Words” Like my neighbors…

Posted: September 17, 2010 in Words

Better late than never??? i actually thought i was going to be wrapping up my look at words… not to worry my use of words will continue to consume much time and effort. Instead, today is a recap versus a closing. i am using the words from some others to recap what i have observed thus far about words. i say observed rather than learned because my learning is a journey. i never view a 6 week or even a year study as the destination.

My words are not as satisfactory as i should like them to be, but, like my neighbours, i have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them. Samuel Butler

i am to be careful of my thoughts; they may become words at any moment. –Ira Gassen

English is such a deliciously complex and undisciplined language, i can bend, fuse, distort words to all my purposes. i give old words new meanings, and i borrow new words from any language that intrudes into my intellectual environment. Willard Gaylin

i am not to use words too big for the subject. i’m not to say “infinitely” when i mean “very”; otherwise i’ll have no word left when i want to talk about something really infinite. C. S. Lewis

Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use. Ernest Hemingway

The trouble with talking too fast is, i may say something i haven’t thought of yet. –Ann Landers

Half my world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. –Robert Frost

my conversation is largely an endless attempt to convince others that i am more assertive or clever or generous or successful than they might think if i did not carefully educate them. –John Ortberg

My language has three important uses–it expresses thought, conceals thought, and takes the place of thought. –Unknown

i have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. –Abigail Adams

If it takes a lot of words to say what i have in mind – i must give it more thought. –Dennis Roth

My wisdom will be the reward for a lifetime of listening … when i’d have preferred to talk. –D.J. Kaufman

i am to speak clearly, if i speak at all; i must carve every word before i let it fall. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

If i think little of a person, i ought to say as little as i think. –Benjamin Franklin

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less. Lewis Carroll

Proverbs 6:2 i am snared with the words of my lips, i am caught by the speech of my mouth.

Proverbs 10:19 In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but if i restrains my lips i am prudent.

Proverbs 17:27 If i have knowledge i spare my words, and if i am a man of understanding i have a cool spirit.

Proverbs 29:20 If you see me as a man who is hasty in my words? There is more hope for a [self-confident] fool than for me.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 i am not to be rash with my mouth, and i am not to let my heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and i am on earth; therefore let my words be few.

Blessings and have a great WORD day!

“Words” Pay Attention?

Posted: September 15, 2010 in Words

Listen – give attention with the ear; attend closely for the purpose of hearing; give ear, pay attention, heed, obey, wait attentively for sound.

Hear – perceive by the ear, learn by the ear or by being told, informed of, listen to; give or pay attention to, give a formal, official, or judicial hearing to (something); consider officially, as a judge, sovereign, teacher, or assembly.

Speak – utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice, talk, communicate vocally, converse.

my mother was great at conversing. She could use all three of these words within the same sentence. She’d say, “listen to me young man…, I’m talking to you…, you better start doing this or that…, did you hear me?” She left no doubt as to how i was to respond. i often wondered why she was allowed to use so many words but my answer had better be just one… “yes.”

The bible is full of verses that direct me on the use of all three words yet i seem to miss the point all to often.

A few days ago i received an email. i saw who the sender was and recognized them and went on to read the subject. Honestly i had no clue about it so… click, delete, gone. Not another thought until the same person sent another email asking me what i thought of the first. “Sorry, i didn’t recognize the subject so i deleted it but i can get it and look at it.” In my defense, i get numerous emails from this individual regarding numerous things and when added to all the others, i must have some system for dealing with them. But… i admit that not recognizing the subject was only a part of the reason for the deletion. The other part was perception. By the way i noticed that the definition of the word hearing was, to perceive by ear. Nice job changing the subject right?

i went back and pulled the deleted email and actually opened it. The subject was this, Watch “Mario Batali on Scorpacciata” on YouTube. First i don’t do Youtube, facebook, myspace, etc.. And this person knows that. But, feeling somewhat (i mean ever so slightly) guilty i did as asked. But what is a Scorpacciata? Do i really want to know? Is this going to be a waste of my time? Is this… let me leave it there. Scorpacciata! Scorp a cciata! Here’s the short. It is an Italian word that means whenever something comes into season, regardless whether it’s strawberries, apples, oranges, or whatever, and you know that it has a limited time span, you go after that thing with a vengeance. So you eat as many strawberries as you can in the limited time frame. Then you move on to eat as many apples as you can in that limited time frame. This is a very brief summary of the minute forty seven second video. Turns out that this is excellent! Who knew? i didn’t hear or listen so i certainly didn’t.

The significance fits my current thoughts and actions for the past couple weeks and the near future. Onething Prayer Center will, be four years old on the 24th of this month. A new Fall season begins on the 25th of this month. Many changes taking place and a sense that the churches, the ministries and the Intercessory Team as well as Ann Marie and i are all heading into a “Scorpacciata!”

my point in all this is that i did not hear or listen. i did speak, yet never made a sound. i almost missed out on this fun and significant word, which by the way is so appropriate for me at this time. It melts like butter as it rolls off the tongue. When people ask me how i am i can reply, “Scorpacciata!”

In closing the entire video is worth watching and that says a lot from a non Youtube person. The meaning is better defined that what i have done hear. Just fool the link below.

“Words” Upon this rock…

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Words

Upon this rock. Upon this rock. Upon this rock! i have no idea how many times those words ran thru my mind upon waking up this morning. Upon this rock! i had no clue as to what that meant. i recognized the words as those that Jesus spoke about Peter but nothing beyond that. Upon this rock! All the way in to the center over and over with still no clue. Then suddenly my eyes filled with tears as i recalled the rock that had been thrown though the Onething back door. We put that rock on the prayer table as a reminder to intercede for the person who appears so desperate. In a few moments i’ll share somethings about that rock but first i need to look at Jesus and Peter.

Matthew 16 Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.

And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros–a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.

That being said, is this person destined to be that same type of rock? Are they a Peter in the making? Peter had a nak for getting into trouble. Is it God’s plan to give this person the keys to the kingdom of heaven? Will they bind on earth what is already bound in heaven? Will they loose on earth what is already loosed in heaven? i have no clue! But what i do know is God does not have me interceding for this person BECAUSE of whom they may become, but rather, who they are, as one of God’s children. At first thought is would be so much easier and more urgent if God would just come out and say that this person is the rock upon which His church would be rebuilt or at least revolutionized. But that’s not what i am hearing in the words “upon this rock.”

As i said the rock that was hurled through the window now sits on the Prayer room table along with many other requests. Yesterday i was speaking to someone about the incident but more specifically recalling the beauty of the rock that was used. This was and is no ordinary rock. It sparkles. That’s the first thing that caught my attention. It sparkles like a jewel. When held to the light you can really see it, but in the dark not so much. Well actually it still sparkles but i have to look closer and with more intent to see it. This rock has layers. Yes layers. One side shows off the layers far more that the rest. If i leave the rock to rest in a natural state it rests with three distinct layers exposed. The top layer and the bottom are dark in color and sandwich a much lighter area in between. On a different side of the rock you can see the mixture of the dark, the light and the sparkle. But i am noticing that at the top ridge or this view is again three layers but in the reverse order of the other side. The light is on the top and the bottom with the dark sandwiched between them.

i will make no intent to make this out to be anything other than a rock for anyone but me. Therefore i will not share my detailed thoughts but… just leave the description to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I can tell you this. This rock is special. It is not ordinary in any way regardless of the way it is looked at. Every side reveals something. And this is what i am very sure of… this rock is why i am to fast and pray for the next ten days.

Ann Marie told me that the word listen is mentioned 400 times in the bible. To me that makes it an important matter. Speaking words and listening to words. i am listening to the rock but also speaking words of life over the rock. And no i do not expect it to come to life but the lost soul… that’s in his hands!!

“Words” Absent or not heard?

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Words

If a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody there to hear it does it make a sound?

This age old question came to me this weekend because of some circumstances that took place. Someone broke into the Onething Campus. In looking for the significance of this, and what may be learned by it, i had some thoughts as follows.

First i though why me? Then why us? i know that it would not be better for anyone to have to go through this but really God why us? Is this just a trial or tribulation for us to count with all joy? i continued in this vain as i worked at cleaning up and securing the facility. i had originally no need to be on campus that day. Ann Marie did and so i decided to keep her company and expected that we would catch lunch together at one of our favorite stops. Now i am there by necessity… again!

i had some helpers but at one point the place where i was at was completely quiet and thus came the question about the tree. As i thought on it i asked myself if any words were spoken. i know it’s kind of odd, but, if there was nobody here when they threw this rock through the window was there any sound? More directly were there any words? my thoughts were overtaken with this question. “What words do you hear ed?” ” i don’t hear any words was my reply.” Again came “what words do you hear?” i paused before answering this time. Again i said, “i do not hear any words. There is nobody hear so nobody is speaking.” “Nobody is speaking?” “Yes, nobody is speaking.” Then as this thought and that thought began to come together either i or my inner man thought… just because nobody is speaking does it mean there are no words to hear?

All of this going through my mind, and my spirit on alert, i began to get calls from people hearing about it. i realized within the first call that i felt sorry for whomever did this and it was no longer about what had been done to me or us as a campus. Suddenly i began to hear! Yes hear, words. As i looked at the stone that was thrown through the door glass i heard the crys of someone who was in desperation, and in more ways than just what this rock and broken door glass were speaking. i heard the word needs. So much need. So much desperation. Those two words were screaming through the air waves. DESPERATION, NEED!  i continued to listen as i looked at the rest of the results of this event.

They took the cash register which was empty except for a small amount of coins.  i heard two more words, disappointment and frustration. To be so desperate and end up so frustrated. i saw the door they kicked in and tha cabinets they went through. i heard nothing but then i saw the tip jar sitting on the counter. in it was fifteen to twenty dollars still sitting there within inches of where the cash register had been sitting. As i walked the building i saw that nothing else was missing. Computers, instruments, my Martin Guitar all still in place which was within a few feet of the cash register. I listened as people made some assumptions as to whom our villan could be. Then heard some general statements about the ability and even the intelligence of this individual. I wondered, was it this persons inability or lack of intelligence or was this a God thing? Did God send angels of protection to watch over His resting place? If so why allow it to happen at all? Possibly to allow this person to get his desperation out. Is it God’s way of calling this person to Him. Did this person get inside and think that he only needed money and so just took the register. Or was this someone we knew and they didn’t take anything else because of some relationship to the campus? But all that gets lost in the fact that the tip jar filled with money was left behind.

If i was to hear the words of this desperate person then i have done so. Even sitting at home this weekend i could still hear DESPERATION, NEED, DISAPPOINTMENT, FRUSTRATION. How humiliating to become a wanted criminal for nothing! Yes the cost of his desperation will be over $600.00 in repairs and replacement but, for us it’s just money. For this person the cost is much higher and for sure much deeper.

my conclusion is that even though i was not there, there were plenty of words spoken and meant to be heard from within the remains of this persons actions. As we enter ten days of prayer and fasting i sense that this person needs some prayer and God has gotten my attention to be this persons intercessory for the next ten days. This site is not for recruiting but for this one time, will you join me as we pray for one of God’s lost and misguided children.

“Words” Perceptions and Inflections!

Posted: September 10, 2010 in Words

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
Maya Angelou

It takes the human voice… to infuse them… with deeper meaning.

Perception: become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses:

i have spoken to thousands of people in my life time and have often found myself at the mercy of someones perception of what words i spoke. i remember that at one time of my life i was so conscious of this that i would start my words with, “here what i am saying, not what i’m not saying.” Either i say it wrong or people don’t get it right way to often. i think of myself as being very forth right. i tell people all the time if i have something to say i will say it so don’t think other wise. Don’t perceive that i have an issue with you. Don’t perceive that i have a hidden agenda. Are we past the time in this world where words are just what they are? Did Bill Clinton change words or the perception of words for all eternity?

Identify by means of the senses! You mean the things we see, hear, taste, touch and smell? Those things which are subject to change in the blink of an eye? That’s the means by which my words are judged? Okay judged is a little harsh but come on! If every word i speak, even if they are according to the Word, is going to be subject to someones senses, then what chance do i have? Can i or we take anything at face value? my perception here is that i will be constantly walking on egg shells. And as for being a good listener… well do i hear what i hear or should i perceive something within what i am hearing? Am i to be a good perceiver? Do people want me to listen or perceive?

Then you have inflections! Modulation of the voice; change in pitch or tone of voice.

So just for instance if i type the word now is there a difference in it if i type it NOW? How about now, NOW, NOW? And just for good measure now, NOW, NOW, NOW? Are bolds and underlines inflections? i’d have to say yes.

It seems as though there is no getting past inflections. They make words enjoyable and tolerable in many cases. But i sure would like to at least experiment with a group of people if only for a day what it would be like to use my words without anyone’s perceptions being attached to them.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. That’s all well and good but how about just letting my yea be yea and my nay be nay? Matthew 5:37

“Words” Social Media Puzzels?

Posted: September 9, 2010 in Words

So the new phrase for words is social media? Is it the politically correct way to talk about words? If i had any doubt as to the importance of words this email i received would end it. There is now a law firm that wants to help me with my social media. Isn’t that special? What did i say that would cause a law firm to email me? Are they reading me and I Am?

In a video David Middlebrook covers some of the tips to solving your ministry’s social media puzzle.

i knew i didn’t always speak the right words but i wasn’t aware that i needed legal representation to make them right? my social media at least has a description. It’s a puzzle! After doing weeks of blogs on words i am already aware that words are often a puzzle. According to these lawyers this is what social media is, and what are my risks and issues.  “Surely you jest.” No… because according to these guys jesting could lead to big trouble… legally! Wait till you read the one about the risk regarding inconsistent messages and then misuse of time! Am i to believe that people now want to take someone to court if their message is inconsistent? Misuse of time? To again quote one of my favorite pastors, my, my, my, my, my! Perhaps i should give her due credit or she’ll call on these guys to solve some social media puzzle that i have just created.

Inconsistent: lacking agreement, as one thing with another or two or more things in relation to each other; at variance, inconsistent with the previously stated facts., not consistent in principles, conduct, etc.,acting at variance with professed principles.

i am pretty sure i’d be guilty of any of those definitions but i might be better off taking the 5th amendment?  

What Is Social Media?

  • Any situation that allows you to interact with, communicate with, and express opinions with other individuals or organizations in an internet, telephonic, video or other media format.

What Are The Risks And Issues?

  • Assumption that you are speaking on behalf of the Church
  • Breach of Confidentiality
  • Defamation
  • Use of Copyrighted Material
  • Inconsistent Messages
  • Misuse of Time 

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it is not my intent to promote or advertise for this group. i only make the case that our use of words is becoming big business and not to be taken lightly. This is all real and it has allowed me to cover one word that i have not mentioned in all these word blogs. sarcasm! i have used plenty of it through out this blog and yes i am quite aware of the fact that sarcasm is not supported in the word. Although… there are a few times where i could swear that Jesus was a little sarcastic? Anyway right after i post this blog i’ll deal with my sarcasm along with all my other words or should i say social media puzzles! Oh… and that’s right after i put a lawyer on retainer? “Just kidding” some last minute sarcasm.

“Words” Taste and See!

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Words

If i’m going to look at words i suppose i should give some consideration to the flip side… listen. 

Job 34:3? For the ear tries words as the palate tastes food.

i am continuing to read through the 505 verses using the word, word in them. i was captivated or distracted, by the above verse and here’s why.

As for my palate tasting food it’s true. But before it ever get’s to my palate it must get past my eyes. i admit i am a very picky eater and if it doesn’t look good to me, it will not cross my lips. i have some distress when people ask us to come to dinner at their house. i have no idea what they will cook and what i may have to eat out of courtesy. If the food color is green, the palate most likely… well, will never get a chance. The same for orange, except for oranges and sweet potato’s. P E R C E P T I O N S! i have a whole set of rules or should i say perceptions, so that my palate is not offended.

 i am aware that i do the same thing with my ears. i look at where the sound is coming from or more specifically who’s speaking the words and decide if i am likely to like what they will say or not. If i deem the person to be of interest then i am all ears and listen with care. If not, then their words fall on deaf ears. i don’t say this with pride but with honesty. i can tell you that i am far more particular with my palette than with my hearing. That is not always good as my ears are often offended by words allowed to enter my hearing. Ears and hearing are about relationships and in the interest of building relationships i work to listen more. That being said, i am still sometimes selective about what my ears hear. My rules or perceptions rarely work when it comes to what i hear. i find that even the instructions from the word regarding what i am to listen to are difficult for me at times. Relationships? There seems to be a fine line somewhere in all this? Love, listening, obedience, thoughts, captive, words.

Nobody is going to come up to me and shove any type of food into my mouth and insist that my palate taste it. On the other hand most everybody speaks words to me and my ears have no choice but to hear them. PLEASE… don’t anyone perceive that i am saying i don’t want you to speak to me. This is my problem or my task to resolve and the right answer is not to live in silence. If silence were the answer then seclusion would be next and then my new problem or task would be to figure out what to do with the words, “Love the Lord your God and love OTHERS as yourself. Relationships set the perimeters for everything.

So am i to conclude that my eyes really control, direct my ears and palette? Does this make the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words truth? i think not! A picture may or may not be worth a thousand words? 

 Job 34:3? For the ear tries words as the palate tastes food. That is if i’m not to busy figuring out what i’m going to say?

Words or Pictures – Which came first?

Posted: September 7, 2010 in Words

Mark Twain said, “clothes make a man.” Then can i say, “words make the picture?”

The entire quote by Mark Twain says, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Pictures stir emotions. They can cause us to laugh or sob uncontrollably. Yes, pictures are powerful… but… it seems to me that a picture without words is like naked people have little or no influence on society.

I look at this picture and words fill my mind. If i were looking at it with someone i would be speaking words about it. Even though i may have no clue as to who i’m looking at i can not help but imagine.

This picture can be speaking words of family? Possibly a proud father and a contented son. As i listen to the picture i hear that he, the possible dad is unshaven and somewhat relaxed from an otherwise formal day. The crisp white shirt and undone tie tell me that. I then hear that dad loves this child dearly. The way he has his arms firmly wrapped around the child only adds to the possibility that this picture is of father and son. If i were to guess i’ have to say that dad is in his late twenties. Determining the age of the child is allusive. Based on size i’d say nine months to a year? What else might this picture say? How about location? Seems like it would have to be in a kitchen or a bathroom, based on the counter top, but most likely a kitchen due to the cabinet hanging on the wall. As for the time of day… well the child is dressed and as i said dad’s tie is undone. Also there is a light on overhead, so i’m guessing it’s toward the end of the day. Okay so are these just perceptions or facts? Does this picture really speak a thousand words?

What if this picture is a reminder? A memory of a day and time? Maybe this picture rests carefully in someones wallet or purse to keep the two in the picture in front of them. Maybe it’s a memory of a time when the picture taker spent time with the two? Maybe there has been a tragedy and his picture is a memory of a better time when these two were alive and well? Perhaps this picture was sent to a grandparent who has never seen the child and it’s been many, many years since they had seen the dad?

A picture is MAY BE worth a thousand words. This picture is not a mystery to me because i know of it personally. It’s of my son and my grandson. It is actually taking place in Reno Nv..  As i look at this picture i hear it saying that there is one person missing from the picture and that’s the wife and mom. She is the one capturing the moment by taking the picture. She is also the one who sent it to me. The picture didn’t directly reveal that but spoke it out of the corner of its mouth, so to speak.

Right now i am at 448 words regarding this picture. There are many unspoken words that are not revealed within this picture. Are the parents of this child happily married? One might think how could they not be with that little cuttie. Do they struggle from week to week to make ends meet? Hows their health?

For me a picture seems to make a great substitute, but that’s it, a substitute. It is no where close to being face to face with my son and grandson and speaking words back and forth to one another and i realize not all words in all relationships are enjoyable. Words, create  pictures for me to remember, for times when we cannot be together. i would rather hear the word papa from one of my grandchildren than look at a single picture of them. That being said, once i hear papa, bring on the pictures!