Stairway To Heaven

We are going to be looking at a story in the Bible about Jacob. Jacob was leaving all that was familiar to him and going to a place he had never been. On the way he had a dream of a ladder or stairway to heaven. There were angels going up and coming down on it. He also received a message of comfort, that he would be blessed, not be alone, be kept safe and would return to his home some day.

Translating this to our lives? We all are on a journey. It may seem scary and worrisome to make new changes. This story shows us that if we go forward with a few simple goals in mind we will be led toward higher states of happiness and peace.

You are invited to worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you then!

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Healthy Boundaries

What are healthy boundaries? How do we protect ourselves and feel safe and confident in what we believe and hold important, and how do we identify and respect the boundaries that others have set for themselves?  Do we unknowingly put up walls that keep us disconnected from others? What walls can come down and what walls might need to go up in our personal lives?

Let’s talk more about this on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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No Thought Of Reward

There is a parable in the New Testament about a landowner who went out at 6 am, 9 am, noon, 3pm and 5 pm to find workers for his vineyard.  They all agreed to work for the same wage.  At the end of the day those hired first expected more and grumbled at what they received.

This parable illustrates a progression from an attitude of “what’s in it for me?” to one of helping with no thought of reward. We are taught that this latter attitude brings with it one of the greatest kinds of happiness we can experience.

This week when you do nice or kind things for others if thoughts of reward show up recognize them and ask for help in letting them go.  Refocus your attention on the joy your efforts might give to others and see how your heart begins to change.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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No Worship Services on Sunday, July 15th and 22nd

The church is “on holiday” for two weeks so there will be no services of worship or classes or other events until Sunday, July 29th.

We pray you can use this time for connecting with family or the beautiful nature scapes of Colorado or just general refreshment and rejuvenation.

We look forward to gathering together for worship with you on the 29th.

Peace and love

USA, Colorado, Aspen, Maroon Bells in morning

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The Bible’s Inner/Deeper Meaning

The Bible on the literal level can be pretty weird and confusing and can be and has been used in lots of hurtful ways. There are places where it is made clear that there is a deeper meaning to the stories and words. Jesus Himself taught many parables and it is said of Him that, “He did not say anything to them without using a parable.” (Mark 4:34)

One of the unique teachings of New Church is that there is an internal sense or meaning to the Word and that it is showing us all about our inner life and journey. In its essence it is all about love to God and love to the neighbor. It is comforting and exciting to know that when we go to the Word of God the message is all about how to love one another.

“These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language.” (John 16)

Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part 6: Pure In Heart

The Sermon on the Mount begins by the Lord outlining what the true blessings of our life are.  This coming Sunday we will discuss the sixth one: “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

One of the keys to our happiness is to work with the Lord to clean up our heart – that is, the desires and loves of our will or heart.  When we resist the bad behaviors, attitudes, thoughts and speech that we are inclined to indulge in as if from our own strength the Lord can remove them off to the side so they become quiescent and their influence lessened. When hellish influences are removed the Lord can then be present and we can be united to Him–this is what it means to “see God”: it means to be with Him (and that makes us feel pretty darn happy!)

Join us or worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part 5: Compassion and Mercy

The Sermon on the Mount begins by Jesus outlining what the true blessings of our life are.  This week we will discuss the fifth one: “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”

The fifth key to happiness is to recognize your need for the Lord’s mercy in your life by examining your own life and seeing your own shortcomings.  When we do this then the Lord’s mercy and compassion is welcomed in and felt for the first time and it can spread from our lives to the lives of others. In other words when we see how imperfect we are it helps us to accept the imperfections we see in others and even see them from a place of love and compassion.

We are a lot happier when we can let go of judgment of others.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part 4: A Passion For What Is Good And True

The Sermon on the Mount begins by Jesus outlining what the true blessings of our life are.  This week we will discuss the fourth one: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” These words are a reminder to us to cultivate a desire and a passion for things that are good and right.  In other words, to care that what is truly good prevails and that the truth really does matter, and also to bring this to life by being of service to one another. When we desire these things we will be filled with happiness and delight. It is easy to be distracted by a lot of other things that we think will fill us and make us feel happy, but that later leaves us feeling empty or hollow inside. Find out how to generate a passion for what is good and right and find lasting happiness: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

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Finding Spirituality That Sets Us Free

We can seek for the answers to life’s problems through study and learning, imagining that if we dig deeply enough and learn enough knowledge about spirituality we will find our way. Yes, learning is important. However, the way to peace and contentment opens up to us when we can open our hearts and see others with compassion. This takes courage. Interestingly, the root of the word courage is cor—the Latin word for heart. Try opening your heart and see if the way forward doesn’t become clear.

We will have a guest preacher this weekend. David Lindrooth (http://www.newchurchweblog.org) will be leading the service. Please join us at 10:30 a.m.

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Keys To A Happy Life, Part Three

The third key to happiness is recognizing that true strength and power are found in gentleness and kindness. It comes when we see that our happiness is not found by stepping on or over anyone else to get what we want but by lifting others up. It is when we think and desire the good of others without any thought of what we might gain as repayment. As Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

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