Isaiah 26: This chapter includes scriptures most church goers have heard over and over, V. 3, 7, 9. However, I have never heard Verse 18 commented on, “We were with child; we writhed in pain, but we gave birth to the wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth; we have not given birth to people of the world.”

Two possible scenarios. I have befriended two people for quite some time. Finally each goes to church with me.

Church Y: Person A is with me. We have a roaring good time with praise and worship. My friend stands respectfully, tries to look pleasant, and decides we have a mighty nice bunch of people. We seem to love God and to not have oodles of problems. The preacher acknowledges that we have problems but we are “one-in-love” working them out. Person A holds up her hand that she would like to be a Christian, have her sins forgiven and be back next week.

Church Z: Person B is with me. We sing I Love to Tell the Story, The Way of the Cross Leads Home, Such Love, and Grace Greater Than Our Sin. Preacher preaches that you become a new creature upon accepting Jesus, old things have passed away and all things become new. A church friend gives her a hug and asks her to come back. She goes away, saying she needs more time. Time to decide if she really wants old things to pass away…


I have a feeling Person A has no idea of what being a Christian means. Is she only being deceived? I really feel for Person B, but I don’t know how to “close the sale?”  I don’t know how to bring her to birth.

Too many churches are giving birth to the wind.  We know the truth but do not know how to seal the deal.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. pranabaxom says:

    “do not know how to seal the deal.” – learn the art of the deal from your hero in the white house 😀

    • oneta hayes says:

      He does that! I can hardly believe the good deals he has made for our country. Even getting other countries to divvy up for some world needs. And that is not nearly as important as souls. We Christians hardly hold a candle to the influence entertainment and sinful “pleasure” has on folks. I pray “Oh, God, keep my babies!” Okay, back to my hero. Who in that bunch last night would you choose a better president than President Trump? What a Democratic slate! And what would they do to the Constitution! On the world stage, we will quietly withdraw back into our rat hole and watch the CATS come in. Again, I cry for my babies. Good Morning, Pranab. 😀

      • pranabaxom says:

        The silence of the lambs as they are being led to the slaughterhouse in the name of make American goat again is really astounding😀.
        But to answer your question honestly, none in the slate excites me but as God fearing people hold their nose to elect the crotch grabbing con man , may be I shall just follow the lead of those good people and hold my nose🙏

  2. Faye says:

    Oh some of the stuff I read even in folk who comment. From a distance and not being blind to what is happening in the middle-east I believe the time to ‘seal the deal’. Speak the TRUTH in Love/ There is only One saviour. POLITICS makes fools of even the wise. Time to carefully assess what do we BELIEVE in our life. What we believe does intrinsically matter.

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