Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Opus 2018-275: Don’t Ask if You Don’t Want

Be careful what you ask for. 

Now and then I have people who ask me to pray for them.  I am not sure they really want that.  I might include the concern they have but only as an add-on to my basic pattern.  I had developed my way of lifting people up and did not realize where it came from until my wife was in the hospital one time.  The chaplain came and as he prayed for her I could tell what he was doing and it became clear where I got it.  It came from Jesus.
(Mark 12:30 KJV)  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And He got it from the Old Testament.
(Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV)  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
My prayers for people follow the body, soul, mind, spirit path.  I put it different ways but I cover all of them because if they were important to Jesus, they are important to me.  I always start with salvation since everything else is a dead end street without it.

So unless you want the whole package, don’t ask for the pretty wrapping.

homo unius libri


  1. I usually pray for God's perfect will for the difficult situations folks have; I'm not sure all of them want that. - lol

    1. I can guarantee it. It would involve a little thing about bending the knee.

      Grace and peace


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