Tag Archives: There Is An End

THINK GOOD HEALTH   2

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God summons us to this journey. We invite those who choose to

THINK GOOD HEALTH

Come along on this pilgrimage. We promise no material advantage. We do promise meaning and inclusion in the community of faith – think: a new liberty and a new freedom and good health.

We as pilgrims feel certain that God, the Terrific Lover, has been present in the details of our days, as we chart the course of this journey.

The Lord’s Prayer says it all: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And if that goal were characterized with a seriousness of purpose and direction, would not God respond in love to our prayers to follow His will?

Actually there is no moderate way to read the gospel and there is no middle road to follow Jesus. We must assert ourselves with our own deepest truth and at the same time reach out with great love to another. We were made for God; we were made for love.

Do what you love, but don’t do it for the money. The attachment to money is a huge temptation to deviate from love. Remember the purpose of your career: to channel God’s love, to spread joy.

When our motives are getting and not giving, our mind becomes the source of greed — it dulls our creativity and wastes our energy. Our money is God’s money. God wants us to have whatever material support contributes to our happiness. Ask God to channel His abundance through you in a way that serves the world. Continue reading THINK GOOD HEALTH   2

LIFE AFTER DEATH  2

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KINGDOM OF GOD: LIFE AFTER DEATH

There is pseudo-scientific evidence for those who still wonder or who can never comprehend anything in the spiritual realm. There are well documented personal encounters in a life after death occurrence where people died for short periods of time and came back to relate their experiences: a voyage in a long tunnel toward a light that most believed it to be God. Their whole life passed before them in seconds while in the presence of a judgment of a Supreme Being. Thereafter they are momentarily reunited with people that had died previously in an unbelievable peaceful milieu from which they did not wish to leave. Obviously in this life-after-death experience, their spirit was always forced to return to their bodies.

Conversely in a few instances the spirit was drawn into a more foreboding place. In one true story, a recovering drug addict thanked his assailant, a drug enforcer for saving his life, the life of his wife and his two children. In the hospital emergency where he died for a half hour, his spirit witnessed a foul frightening abyss. This experience scared him so much that he eventually became a born-again Christian. He was enthusiastic to recall this story to the drug enforcer who had broken his arm in many places; he wanted to tell him that he forgave him.

Stories like this appeared in the book section of the Reader’s Digest collected by a heart surgeon. This was based on a book, LIFE AFTER DEATH, written about 250 people from all over the continent who experienced similar phenomena and who did not know each other. This article attracted so much attention that the Reader’s Digest devoted the book section of a subsequent month based on all the letters they were receiving.

A recent Angus Reid poll (Feb/96) found that most Canadians are interested in almost everything spiritual-except the churches.

LIFE AFTER DEATH  

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PAIN AND STRUGGLES 2

Shaking the Blues

SHAKE THE BLUES

 With God we know that we can keep in touch with our own mind and we can get our own lives together.  Without God how else can we do it?  We meet daily stresses, pain and struggles and make difficult choices.  Only latter do we realize that all these events were God-led.  In fact, it is God that has had to grab us by the hair so that we are able to make new commitments and thereby live more wisely.

People don’t always “have it all together” all the time.  It is the wise person who can communicate their experiences of disruptions of relationships or ideas buried deep within.  Then God summons them and they respond and they become wiser.

Every time that we are forced up against the absurd, we are compelled to deal with it, to change or grow.  The problem is that the absurd is so absurd that it does not make sense. In the end we begin to focus on real problems and situations.  We begin to abandon the fantasies that we have woven concerning how things should go.

      We may have psychological wounds that take a lifetime to be healed.  We may suffer from poor self-esteem:  we feel that we have a lot to lose if another person really got to know us and perhaps they will not like what they find.  We may have scars caused by old betrayals and rejections that have not healed.  We may have cultural and ethnic backgrounds which limit our capability for warmth and openness.                                                                                                                                   
However, it seems that in times of sorrow, God is mysteriously most accessible.  In some profound sense, life is not ultimately absurd but rich with redemptive meaning, though we do not feel this nor can we explain it very well at the time.

It is the work of years that allow love to heal and forgive.  The work of becoming love, and of becoming what God is, may be accomplished in an entire lifetime.  In the end, it is upon completing these tasks of love that we will be judged. 

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MY PARTNER GOD 2

GOD ON THE SHELF

GOD IS MY PARTNER

Is our God sometimes put on a shelf to be feared and adored but safely removed from making much impact on our lives?  There are still those who think that they are loving are probably not. They often go around smiling .  They may give, but every scrap of this activity is based on their own needs.  Perhaps this God requires a more open mind and a lot of honesty.  We may still maintain our defenses where we hide from ourselves and others.  Hence we must learn whatever there is about ourselves that is shallow and in need of grace.

It seems that religion has become part of the formula for leading a socially acceptable neighborhood life.  The gospel, however, stands as a silent but powerful critic to a tamed and moderate religion:  “Go sell what you have…”

 Or does our God give life and breath and is nearer to humanity than we are to ourselves?  What does the scriptures mean when it is written that “in God we live, move and have our being”?  What kind of God do you envision?

A God above — guiding our lives benevolently or punitively

A God who is a friend and a guide— walking beside us

A God who manifests itself in beauty and goodness in people, events and nature

A God-within — that tents within us, walks through life with us, and  loves and suffers with us.  Love is what God is.  We are to become what God is.

Perhaps the God-within is a different kind of human experience from God experienced as the Thou above:

 ” May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith and may charity be the root and foundation of your life … so that you may attain to the fullness of God.”  Ephesians 3:17 Untitled-1 Continue reading MY PARTNER GOD 2