Tuesday, 31 March 2015
There is no fear
in the Love of God.
No reason to reject.
No fearful future to defend.
No barrier to erect.
So turn to Him,
be healed and saved,
and know that He is near.
And learn to love
with all your heart
and live without your fear.
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Monday, 30 March 2015
From concrete walls in Palestine
to garden walls in the west.
From headless corpses in Iraq
to knives in late-night clubs.
From missing children in Africa
to detention centers off-shore.
We live amongst Citadels of Fear
in a race that's running scared.
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Saturday, 28 March 2015
"'Do not bear a grudge against anyone, but settle your differences with him, so that you will not commit a sin because of him. Do not take revenge on anyone or continue to hate him, but love your neighbor as you love yourself. I am the Lord.'" Leviticus 19:17,18 (GNB)
I have used the Good News Bible translation for this quote because it better expresses God's universal forgiveness.
If only the Israeli government followed this commandment of God the Middle East might be at peace.
I have heard political leaders in Israel say that their religion does not require them to love their enemies. But passages such as the one I have quoted above point in that direction. Certainly the eye for an eye philosophy is contradicted here and elsewhere.
But they don't believe that God will answer them.
So they attack and launch vicious reprisals.
This passage is the second commandment referred to by Jesus when asked which is the greatest commandment. The first is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
So do not say that you are not required to love your enemies.
Even the Old Testament points in that direction.
[Scriptures (marked GNB) are taken from the Good News Bible published by The Bible Society/Collins copyright American Bible Society.]
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Thursday, 26 March 2015
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
What is it that stops us loving each other?
It is fear.
Fear of being hurt, fear of ridicule, fear of rejection, fear of humiliation.....
And who is my enemy?
My enemy is afraid.
Afraid of losing, afraid of being wrong, afraid of evil, afraid of hell.....
So my enemy is not my enemy.
My enemy is fear.
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Sunday, 22 March 2015
Many Churches teach that Jesus Christ is our salvation.
This is backed up by the I am statements in the Gospel of John.
This style of teaching, however, creates a false impression of what was intended by the Gospel writers.
The reason why Jesus is our salvation is because he taught us how to love.
It is love that is our salvation.
So don't listen to those who present you with formulas for salvation based on Jesus Christ as a person, or even as God incarnate.
It is not belief that will bring salvation but Love.
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Friday, 20 March 2015
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Walter Wink describes the powers of this world as fallen.
This suggests that there was an earlier time when they were not fallen.
I would disagree.
The powers and authorities of this world are unevolved.
They live in darkness.
There was no prior time when they were enlightened.
Fear rules them.
They have no faith.
The say, "God has forsaken the earth."
They will not take a risk on charity or compassion.
Theirs is the brutal rule of the plutocrats.
The new Rome.
And they conspire with evil in the darkness.
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Friday, 13 March 2015
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Gratitude, discipline, compassion, generosity, faith, peace, harmony, hope, joy, and love.
These are the things which come from my relationship with God.
Prayer, contemplation, devotion, and love led me to the experience of God.
I experienced positivity for the first time.
My mental and emotional state improved dramatically.
I experience beauty and peace.
But most of all Love.
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Depressed, oversexed, suicidal, superficial, irresponsible, criminal, desperate, drunken, escapist, hedonistic, and hopeless.....
These words describe my condition before I discovered what rock music was doing to me.
Satanists in the rock music industry project negativity onto us.
It was only when their malevolence became more obvious in the 1980s that I put 2 and 2 together.
My negative mental and emotional state was coming from the rock music I was listening to.
Since I have returned to the Church and replaced rock music with classical and sacred music my mental and emotional state has improved dramatically.
I have experienced spiritual interventions and protection from God.
And a growing relationship with the Divine.
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Sunday, 8 March 2015
Friday, 6 March 2015
While I was travelling to church on the tram I overheard a man talking to a woman about the Bible.
He was saying that some people interpreted the Bible literally as the word of God.
But this was not the only way to interpret the Bible.
He said that the Bible was a collection of different writings from different times and different authors.
He also said that we didn't have to believe the story of Adam and Eve as literally true. He stopped short of calling it a myth but I got his drift.
It seemed to me that If I was hearing this message on the tram then the news must be spreading fast.
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Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Monday, 2 March 2015
Fundamentalist Christians say that Jesus will not return until the building of the third temple in Jerusalem.
But what of the Dome of the Rock?
The mosque that stands on Mount Zion could not be replaced without starting a world war.
So it seems that this will never happen.
But what of the New Age?
What will its temple be?
Where will it stand?
The temple of the Age of Aquarius may not be a building at all.
It may be a mental construct which spans the peoples of the earth.
This is the New Paradigm - a vision of an immanent and holistic God.
Its foundations are in modern scholarship.
And its cornerstone is unconditional love for everyone.
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