This Sunday we will talk about what it is within churches and between religions in general that causes them to be divided rather than united around a common goal.
This also applies to our interpersonal relationships. What is it that we can do to find ourselves feeling connected with others rather than at odds with them.
If you want a preview consider the main thrust of what Jesus taught in the Gospels: Love.
Emanuel Swedenborg wrote: “A doctrinal view is united when everyone loves each other, or displays charity. Mutual love and charity bring such people together into one despite the variety among them, because it draws unity out of variety. When everyone practices charity, or loves each other, then no matter how many people there are—even if they number in the hundreds of millions—they share a single goal: the common good, the Lord’s kingdom, and the Lord Himself.” (Secrets of Heaven 1285)
p.s. Don’t forget to set your clock ahead by one hour before bed on Saturday night.
What is the first thing people are asked to do in response to Jesus’s coming on earth and His ministry? To repent. Not a word most people like the sound of or have good association with. It is from a Greek word that means “a change of mind”. Not so scary after all since we change our minds all the time. This Sunday we will talk about how to change our minds in a way that changes our life for good.
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
The weekend for love is upon us: Valentine’s Day. For many this is good news and for many others not so much.
This Sunday we will talk about something that everyone has an opinion about but is difficult describe or explain: What love is. See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
It is taught that if we begin from a false assumption then all the conclusions we come to will also be false. It is important, then, to consider the underlying ideas from which we launch our thinking.
This Sunday we will consider some of the basic assumptions that Jesus challenges in the people He is speaking to in Luke chapter 13. What do they show us about our own assumptions?
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m. or join us by live stream at http://www.ncbv.org
Come worship with us this Sunday for a message of Hope – how we can regain hope. Peter Buss will be giving the message this week.
Don’t lose hope, but if you have, it can be regained.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m.
Most of us find it pretty easy to listen to the inner dialogue of self belittling. So we show up a smaller version of ourselves – not letting our God given talents shine forth. This is not God’s hope for how we view ourselves.
“You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson)
Looking for peace of mind or happiness? Here is a clue: It is not behind you or in front of you. This Sunday we will consider the pitfalls of dwelling in the past or anticipating the future. How can we enjoy the present moment as, in truth, it is the only moment we get.
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m. or join us by live stream video.
This Sunday, January 5th we will discuss some fundamental principles of spiritual life. There are some basic attitudes and practices that can get us moving in a good direction. A spiritual practice is only a spiritual practice if we practice it.
The Holy Supper (communion) will be offered during the service. See you at 10:30 a.m.
This Sunday we will talk about what it means to really be wise. We are not talking about being smart or intelligent. Those are not the same as being wise. Wisdom has more to do with the choices you make and the way you live then what you know.
See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.