On My Way From Misery To Happiness

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This Sunday we will look at the Bible story of Elijah being kept alive by the food that ravens brought to him when the rest of the land he was in was in severe famine. We will explore how this story shows us in its deeper meaning how we are led by God from states of apparent happiness to states of true and lasting happiness. It has a lot to do with our motives. This story shows us how we can start to move from motives that are mixed – partly selfish and partly noble – to ones that are more noble and good.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Do Not Covet: Why Not?

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We are considering the final commandments in our series on the Ten Commandments. These final two commandments demand that we do not covet.  These commandments force us to look at our thoughts, motives and desires and not just our actions. These are very important things to think about because it is the negative thoughts we dwell on and the hurtful desires, like lust, anger, contempt, and so on, that can drive us to act out and break the other commandments. There is no outward behavior to observe in relation to the commandments about coveting, but there is plenty of stuff to examine within. As Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”

Please join us on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Rise Above It, Part 6: Do Not Commit Adultery

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This commandment asks us to be faithful in word, act, thought and intention, and to avoid lustful thoughts, desires and actions. Adultery means to “make different”. This is a clue to what goes on in our mind that can lead us to hurtful behaviors. When we let a lie or what is false become true in our mind, or when we let a selfish desire become attractive and good in our heart then we have adulterated what is true and good. When we let this happen in our mind and heart we have allowed things to be “made different” than they should be. We made them okay when the weren’t. When it seems okay then it must be okay and is therefore okay to act on it (at least in our mind). This commandment can help keep us out of these traps.

We hope you can join us for church on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Rise Above It, Part 5: Do Not Take Life, Give Life

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We are in series of talks called Rise Above It, Spiritual Development Through The Ten Commandments. This topic this week is based on the command to not kill or murder. That may seem relatively easy but there is a lot more that this commandment is calling us to work on. Besides the obvious point, to not to take human life or physically wound others either fatally or otherwise, we are also not to wound another’s reputation; to put away feelings of enmity, hatred and revenge; to not use words in a hurtful way, to not hurt the life of another’s soul by turning them away from God and religion or making religious thing scandalous or hateful. A lot to think about.

Come join us for worship on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and get some useful tools that will help to keep anger and other negative emotions that lead to hurtful behaviors at bay.

Rise Above It, Part 4

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We are in series of talks called Rise Above It, Spiritual Growth Through The Ten Commandments. This week we are on the commandment to honor our father and our mother. This commandment can, for many, be a real challenge in its literal meaning–for many have been hurt deeply by their parents. However we are still to keep this commandment literally by looking for the good in our parents and honoring that.
The real meaning of this commandment is that we honor God, our Father, and His church, our Mother–our real spiritual parents. Here is a nice way that the church is described in the writings of Swedenborg. “All who are in truths and goods of whatever doctrine or religion (are in the Lord’s church); for the Lord’s church is universal, since it exists with all who are in the good of life, and who from their doctrine look to heaven, and thereby conjoin themselves to the Lord.”
How do you see this commandment?
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God Commands That We Take A Day Off

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Feeling busy? Many of us complain of being too busy. Sometimes though, we consider it a badge of honor that we are so busy. Is it good for us to be so busy? Do we make time to rest, relax, reflect, redirect our energies? One of the ten commandments is about taking a day off every week. It is commanded by God that we take a break. Smart Creator. What would it be like if we kept this commandment? Why not begin this coming Sabbath day. Make it a day of rest; make it a holy day. See you Sunday at 10:30?

Rise Above It, Part 2

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RISE ABOVE IT, Part 2
This week we will look at the second commandment and how we can apply it to how we live. Here is an aspect of keeping this commandment that we may not have reflected on: if we recognize how much power there is in a name, especially the name of God, how can we call upon God in times of need in a way where God can enter in with that power?
Please join us on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.