H.E.L.P. part 2

Hey there! If you are joining me for the first time, you have stepped right into the middle of a series! Don’t worry, you don’t need to clean your shoes.

The first part was last week’s post, H.E.L.P. Click here to catch up.

Alrighty! Jumping in where we left off…

The word HELP is an acronym.

H – Holy Spirit

E –

L –

P –

So now, we come to the E. I hope you like different languages because we are about to head to Greece!

The New Testament was written in Greek. It was a common language at the time of Jesus. I do not claim to be any type of scholar but I have learned some things. Let me share one thing I have learned.

The Church is a great help when it comes to living for God.

This entry is from biblehub.com. Biblehub.com is an excellent resource when digging into God’s Word. I copied it from this web page.

1577 ekklēsía(from 1537 /ek, “out from and to” and 2564 /kaléō, “to call”) – properly, people called out from the world and to God, the outcome being the Church (the mystical body of Christ) – i.e. the universal (total) body of believers whom God calls out from the world and into His eternal kingdom.”

The definition you just read comes from the word “church” used in Matthew 16:18.

Jesus said to Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church (ekklesia)”

H – Holy Spirit

E – Ekklesia

L –

P –

The second form of divine help is the church.

With that statement, there can be a myriad of ideas as to what the church is or should be.

Let’s go back to that definition. We are “people called out from the world and to God.”

When we get together for church, we celebrate this idea that God has called us out! He has purpose for us. And by worshiping Him with other believers, we can keep moving forward in our pursuit of Him!

As to which specific church building should a person attend? That is highly subjective because of so many differing reasons.

Here is my simple formula for deciding:

  1. Is the church bible-based with its teaching and doctrine?
  2. Do you feel challenged and encouraged when learning about God and His Word?
  3. Is there music that is within your range of liking?
  4. Is there a place within the church that you can help and share your talents?

If you can answer yes to these questions, then you may have just found your church home!


The reason I write about a local church is that I think that it is supremely important to be connected to a body of believers.

Through COVID and 2020, my family and I have not been to church but for a few weeks. It has been terrible.

It is really difficult to live for God as a lone ranger. The Kingdom of heaven is not for mavericks!

The Holy Spirit resides in each believer. That form of help cannot be taken away.

The church, ekklesia, is also available for anyone. Make use of that help today.

H – Holy Spirit

E – Ekklesia

L –

P –

God will help you everyday. He might just choose to a church.

Two forms of help explained. Two more to go. See you next week.

Consider the Source

So go out there and be a Christ Clone today!

Next week, come back to read more about the “help” that God gives us.


Those were the last two lines from my post last week. Click here to read it in its entirety.

All week long I have been pondering the “help” to which I was referring.

I came up with a few types of help that God is able to give us.

But before those are explained, I want to consider the source. So if you are really wanting to know more about getting help from God, hang on. It will have to wait until next week.


Have you ever been to Lake Itasca?

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Having lived in Minnesota for 18 years, I know where it is. In fact, I have been there.

Maybe this picture will help.

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Just a couple hours northwest of the Twin Cities, Lake Itasca is one of the normal 10,000+ lakes in Minnesota.

But what is note-worthy is what it contains.

The Mississippi River starts out of Lake Itasca.

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This unremarkable waterway begins the journey of thousands of miles. The Mississippi eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Such a powerful force has an average start.

I have walked across those rocks. It really doesn’t feel that special. But it is.

And it starts in an unassuming manner.

God desires to help us. If you are unsure of this, check out Psalm 23 and 121.

Again, how that help actually arrives to meet us is for another post.

Consider the source. Consider where the help actually starts.

Read John 3:16 with this author’s emphasis and edits:

For God – the greatest Person

so loved – the greatest Action

the world – the greatest Audience

that He gave – the greatest Verb

his only son – the greatest Sacrifice

and whoever – the greatest Opportunity

believes – the greatest Choice

in Him – the greatest Focus

shall not perish – the greatest Promise

but have eternal life. – the greatest Gift

God is an unending, unselfish, and overly generous source of help. Tap into Him today.

If (or when) you feel like a trickling stream that is going nowhere, consider the source.

God might just be pouring into you the makings of a raging river.


Next week, please come back to read about the first type of help God makes available for us.

Thank you.

The Letter ‘S’

I am a big fan of desserts. Chocolate…mint…cream…fruit…donuts! I like just about any thing from the dessert menu. Here is just one tasty looking morsel…

Top 20 No-Bake Desserts | i am baker

If you remove one letter from dessert, you get desert. This picture will not be as appealing,

Desert Precipitation, Plant, and Animal Life

Which one would be more to your liking?

Connection between dessert and desert? You bet there is.

While in church this past week, I had this thought:

Sometimes, you have to go through the desert before you can have the dessert.

Our society and culture is focused on the instant. The now is vastly more important than later.

Ultimately, heaven is the final dessert. For now, we are here on earth living our days.

But this principle of “Now and Not Later” has invaded everything we do. Including, I dare say, our faith.

Food – we use microwaves rather ovens (I am not anti-oven, just so you know)

Money – casinos vs hard work

Sex – instant gratification over building a loving relationship with your spouse

Knowledge – Google search is easier than research or study

Power – strength over temptation without memorizing the Word

Jesus fasted for 40 days before he started his ministry. He was often found praying before the sun came up. He knew the value of going through the “desert”. Now he sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven eating his “dessert”!

God wants our hearts. That takes time. Building an intimate relationship with our Lord can sometimes feel like the desert. Good thing that relationship is based on faith and not feelings!

But God is always worth whatever desert we have to get past to find Him.

There is no shortcut to holiness.

Be encouraged today. God sees where you are. Look to Him.

God bless! See you next week!

Science is fun!

Here we are, the third Tuesday of January. 1/19/21

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Today could have been a life-changing day, or not.

It was possibly quite boring, or not.

Most likely, this Tuesday was somewhere between those two extremes.

Well, on Tuesdays, I post on my blog. So keep reading for the best two minutes of your day!


I have mentioned in previous posts that I teach high school science.

A chemistry class, biology class, and a general science class to round it out.

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I know, science might be unattractive to you. Your idea of chemistry probably has nothing to do with beakers, moles, atoms, or elements.

Biology?!?! I am NOT dissecting that frog!

Frog Dissection- Identifying Organs and Anatomy Diagram | Quizlet

As for me, I love science. Bring on every “ology” you can think of!

Today I discussed the water cycle in Biology. Water evaporates from the ground, condenses in the sky, and then returns to earth in rain or snow. Repeat. This is how the prevents itself from drying out or flooding.

Evaporation > Condensation > Precipitation

You might have heard of this before but did not recognize it as something that is a process. It falls under the umbrella of Ecology.

Are you impressed?

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Humor aside, I know people don’t always share my enthusiasim for scientific things.

Here is the main reason why I love science: it points me to God.

Think of the water cycle. Instead of the word water, insert the word prayer.

Prayer evaporates from the ground (our prayers to God), condenses in the sky (symbolizing God hearing all we pray about) , and then returns (answers from God to us) to earth in rain or snow. Repeat.

This is one example of hundreds or even thousands of concepts, ideas, or principles that point to God.

I love my job. Today, my job loved me and gave me a reminder of my life in Christ.

So next time you participate in something sciency, let it point you to God.

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Better than a Golden Ticket

Remember Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

There were 5 Golden Tickets hidden in five random Wonka Bars. If this is not jogging your memory, the book, the movie, and the remake movie are all fairly accessible.

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I preferred the book.

Charlie, the poor little boy living on scraps with his parents and extended family, finds a Golden Ticket! He won!

That might be the shortest movie synopsis ever.

Charlie gets invited to Willy Wonka’s candy factory!

It would have been the most exhilarating and memorable occasion in Charlie’s life!

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If you were wondering about this blog turning into a modern Siskel & Ebert, no worries. I would not be very good at reviewing and rating movies.

But I can draw connections from the things we know (movies and such) to the things with which we are not as familiar (God and His Word).

This post starts a series called “Better than a Golden Ticket” It will be taken from John 2, in the New Testament.

The chapter starts with a wedding. Jesus, his mother Mary, and the disciples are all present.

And that’s all you get for now.

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For now, ponder this: If you were the one sending out golden tickets, who would you invite?