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  • Adam Smith and Jesus?

    "I if I be lifted up will draw all men unto me." - Jesus

    Would it be blasphemy to consider this alongside Adam Smith's analysis:

    "By pursing his own interest he frequently promotes that of society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it."

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  • Beatitudes and fulfilling the law

    Some of you have encouraged me to record more of the Bible, so I am presently working on the Sermon on the Mount.

    The Beatitudes are in line with the keynote of this website: "Truth comes when it is needed." Similarly, the Beatitudes describe conditions of thought that are receptive to blessing. It is as if Jesus were setting the prerequisite - if any of these Beatitudes apply to you, you will benefit from my teaching.

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  • Can universal love and intolerance co-exist?

    The following earth-shaking chapter in the Bible presents a challenge to any thinking person. On the one hand, it declares, for the first time anywhere, that God IS love. Nothing could be more universal! On the other hand, it makes a statement that has given rise to the worst intolerance among Christians! 

    I John 4  

    "Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist." What gives? Here is my take:

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  • Differentiate Jerusalem and New Jerusalem

    TEXTS:

    "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" (Matt)

    "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."(Rev)

    DISCUSSION:

    Using the Glossary definitions in S&H (among any other references), be ready to differentiate between Jerusalem and New Jerusalem. Consider their origin, etc., and how states and stages of consciousness fit in.

    Hi-lites of session on Diffentiate Jerusalem and New Jerusalem  

     

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  • Does God answer prayer or is it will-worship?

    A while ago, I was encouraged to write down a list of things that I really wanted from the depths of my heart and to earnestly pray to God for them. I was promised that when I returned to the list later, I would be amazed at the results. Apparently, I did not do it right, because it was not my experience.

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  • Ezekiel's prophecy for our time?

    Today, the Prince of Tyrus, as described in Ezekiel, is alive and prospering, it would seem. In technology, medicine, politics, commerce, religion, etc. very ofter the inference is "I am God." These readings address the issue, and explain why the prophecy is inevitable.

    Ezekiel's Judgement of the Prince of Tyrus - the inspired Word  

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  • Fresh look at a tiresome subject!

    Sin is an unpopular subject these days - "old" Christian theology has beaten it to death, and people are tired of regularly asking for forgiveness. It does not make a lot of sense, because there is no end in sight - just more sin.

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  • Gethsemane glorified

    In addition to a hymn, and some readings to establish the atmosphere, we will welcome a testimony or two.

    TEXT:

    Gethsemane glorified

    During his night of gloom and glory in the garden, Jesus realized the utter error of a belief in any possible material intelligence. The pangs of neglect and the staves of bigoted ignorance smote him sorely. His students slept. He said unto them: "Could Ye not watch with me one hour?" Could they not watch with him who, waiting and struggling in voiceless agony, held uncomplaining guard over a world?  There was no response to that human yearning, and so Jesus turned forever away from earth to heaven, from sense to Soul. Remembering the sweat of agony which fell in holy benediction on the grass of Gethsemane, shall the humblest or mightiest disciple murmur when he drinks from the same cup, and think, or even wish, to escape the exalting ordeal of sin's revenge on its destroyer? Truth and Love bestow few palms until the consummation of a life-work. (S&H)

    DISCUSSION:

    1. What strikes you most in this paragraph, and explain why, and how you can use it in your experience?

    2. "Sin's revenge on its destroyer." What that all about? "Exalting ordeal?"

    3. "Few palms until the consummation of a life-work?" Why bother, then?

     

    Hi-lites of session on Gethsemane  

     

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  • Has your concept of God ever changed?

    We are taught that there is only one God. What we have not been taught is that we all have a different conception of God!! What blasphemy, they say. We have one, and only one Lord. But since we are all in different states and stages of consciousness... And since God is generally considered infinite, that is a rather large concept for each and every mortal to grasp uniformly!

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  • How can God deny a good person?

    In our final recorded section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares that, to everyone who thinks they are doing good in the name of his Father, but who are not doing the will of his Father, he will give thumbs down! "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." YIKES!

    Matthew 7 - Building upon a rock  

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  • How did Jesus' sabbath differ from the mainstream?

    TEXT: "Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy." (Ex.)

    DISCUSSION: 

    Bring references from the Gospels that illustrate the conflict Jesus had with the mainstream re keeping the sabbath.

    Be ready to resolve the issue!

    Hi-lites of session on How did Jesus' sabbath differ from the mainstream?   

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  • How to gain purity

    "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Well then, purity has got to be a thing to aim for! HOWEVER, it has been my experience that those who talk about it most, are most likely to cover their impurity, and end up at the short end of the stick.

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  • I did not choose to be here. Now what?

    The petulant child may justify himself with “I did not choose to be here.” Truer words could not be spoken. None of us chose to be here! But here we are. Now what? 

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  • Intangible less real is back-assward

    An idea or thought is intangible is it not? And yet it precedes an invention, an action, etc. 

    Our soul, our spirit, our love, clearly intangible - noone has ever found physical evidence for them, maybe for their effect, but not for them. We could go on and on about the very essence of our being...

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  • Is food really the problem?

    Is it not worth noticing that the more attention society gives to the food we eat, the more unhealthy society becomes? The statistics are staggering regarding increasing obesity and its effects.

    Why has the wisdom of Jesus' teaching been totally ignored? "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile a man."

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  • Jesus at Gethsemane

    When Jesus was preparing for what was his certain crucifixion, he asked "if Thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but Thine be done." Here is the clearest example of personal sense vs Principle, that personal sentiment that wanted to avoid the painful ordeal, and then the turning to Principle in complete submission, trusting Him with "the bigger picture." As we know, "the bigger picture" turned out to be the most profound influence of one individual on all mankind ever.

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  • Jesus knew what was in man - so should we!

    According to the Gospel of John, Jesus did not trust “man” at all - "because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.” He knew the nature of the human condition. He, the spiritual man, did not need the material thought testifying on his behalf, because he knew the fickle nature of this man - a self-centered perception, lacking moral depth.

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  • Jesus vs united front

    Just think of it. The priest crowd (Caiaphas and company), Herod the Jewish king, and Pilate the Roman governor, all united in crucifying Jesus. See article on this website. Did anybody  push back, question? Even Peter, the disciple, lied three times, denying that he knew Jesus!! - all to avoid confrontation. Ah yes, unity can be a foul thing.

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  • Joy and gratitude, now or never

    When I get settled, have financial security, then I will be happy. When I am healed, then I will have something to be grateful for. When I find a compatible partner, then I won't feel lonely anymore. When I win the lottery... When I have gained a greater spiritual understanding, then I will be at peace. These are examples of vain expectations which lead people to live unsatisfying lives. 

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  • Living it instead of believing in it

    This morning I opened to Paul's letter to the Colossians chapter 2. If this is not a warning of church organization, I don't know what is! This is what I get:

    "As you have received the Christ, Truth, use it.

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