Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Big Softies.

                                       Hyper-Masculine Muscle Monsters

Death-dealing devils

call you:

Monsters, Beasts, and Animals.

They make you:

Punishers, Enforcers, and Predators.

But I say you are:

Gentle Giants, Big Softies, Angels.

You have Big Hearts.

Do not be afraid of Tears.

Open your Hearts!

Give Love.

And Live!


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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Saturday, 16 June 2018

My People.


I stand upon the Holy Mountain.

Candles lit in fervent prayer.

Looking out across the plain.

To where my people suffer pain.


"Come up!"  He said.  And so I did.

And heard of His undying heart.

To live and love in life abundant.

Trusting His unceasing Love.


To give as we receive is best.

To love and hear the least of these.

To help. To care. To carry. To stay.

Will see us to a bright new day!


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Friday, 15 June 2018

Eternal Life.

                            

St. Paul called his body "this body of death".  Romans 7:24 (NRSV)

This is because the body dies but the spirit lives on.

And so he assumed that all physical pleasures were sinful and brought about death to God.  This is abstract thinking extrapolated from the material.

"For the wages of sin is death."  Romans 6: 23 (NRSV)

But death is no place, no state, so kingdom.

Eternity, however, Eternal Life, is now.

My body is alive now.

I am never separated from God.

And I experience His Life in my body which is Love.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Gay!


Up the rocky slope

to the summit.

Down into

the darkest pit.

To work and struggle

thirty years.

At last to see

the light of day.

And now we seek

God's Holy Blessing.

No longer to be

shunned and shamed.

But free

to live and love together.

Walking

His Undying Way.


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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Religion for Dummies.

                            

Satanism may seem like an answer for those who feel they can't live up to God's expectations.

"I'm no angel."

But is negativity an answer?

Guilt, shame, poison, sabotage, lies, hate, and hell are not really helpful.

Torture, torment, and pain are considered fun.

If they tell you to lie the chances are they are lying to you in the first place.

There is no Satan in reality.

So Satanism is really only religion for dummies.


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Light.


May the Light

of God

shine upon you.

And banish

the darkness

that surrounds you.


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Monday, 11 June 2018

The Dark Night.

                            

We are living in the dark night.

The world is evil and corrupt.

We have no power.

And God is dead.

But unbeknown to us this is the result of a deliberate campaign to rid the world of goodness and spread evil everywhere.

Satanists in the rock music and entertainment industries set out to destroy the Church and promote Satanism in its place.

Their work is dark, sinister, and blasphemous.

And they have largely succeeded.

Although people don't know that what they are doing is Satanism.

It is backwards and upside-down.

So throw away your C.D.s, turn off the T.V., and unplug your earphones.

We have been deceived.


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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Church Leaders.


"The shepherds also have no understanding.
they have all turned to their own way,
to their own gain, one and all."  Isaiah 56:11 (NRSV)

We may wonder why those in positions of authority in the Church teach things which seem so contradictory of Jesus and our intuitive understanding of God.

But in ancient Israel the prophets were often critical of the shepherds - i.e. the religious leaders of Israel.

They were called blind and deaf and Jesus called them hypocrites.

So we should not be surprised when the Church appears to be wrong.
It has been wrong before.

So why doesn't God tell them?

The answer is that He does.

He sends prophets and messengers to tell them.

But as Jesus said, "'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to it!  How often have I desired to gather my children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!'"  Luke 13:34 (NRSV)

This is the meaning of Jesus' saying: "'And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."'"  Luke 13:35 (NRSV) 


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

Clouds of Heaven.



What are

The Clouds of Heaven

But

Clouds of Love.


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(The image has been slightly modified)

Friday, 8 June 2018

Sunday Christians.

                            

Why do people sit in church every Sunday and nod piously during the sermon, even espouse hospitality during prayers, but you never see them during the week?

Church people only associate with others during official Church functions.  They never invite you into their homes let alone provide a meal.

We are constantly reminded that Jesus attended and spoke about meals, using this as a metaphor for God's hospitality.

Hospitality is one of the principles of Messy Church but not one of them has ever invited me into their homes for a meal.

So they sit there and the sermon goes in one ear and out the other, or over their heads completely.

No wonder the Church is dying.


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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Jar.


The Egyptian hieroglyph of a jar - ab - means the heart.


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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Open Your Eyes.


May you

Open your eyes.

And see

Through the darkness.

The love

That surrounds you.

And wash with

Your tears.

And banish

Your fears.


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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Monday, 4 June 2018

Waves.


Give love

to him

in infinite

waves.

That come from

the heart

in mysterious

ways.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

To Millennials.


A light in the darkness.

Peace and Love.

The voice of experience.

The Holy Dove.

We support your endeavors.

Your voices.  Your tears.

And pray that your actions

can counter your fears.

We will not desert you.

We will not be moved.

A light in the darkness.

The promise of Love.


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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Heart of Gold.


Christmas Night.

With the Fairies.

A Heart of Gold.


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Thursday, 31 May 2018

Temple.

                            

An Indian Yogi once told me:

"A little boy went to the temple to pray but the priests would not let him in because he was untouchable.

The boy sat down on the temple steps in tears and prayed to God.

And God answered him saying, 'Don't worry they won't let me in there either.'"


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Respect.

                                                         
I give you

Love

with all my heart.

I respect

your wishes

and your vows.

And I pray

that God

you pardon

allows.


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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Resurrection.


From the darkness

of Calvary.

And the finality

of death.

We rise

with Jesus

into

the Light of Life.


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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

False God.

                            

Those who have rejected God and turned to Satan will be exonerated because God's representatives on earth - His priesthood - told them that God was a vindictive judge and a punitive dictator.

They have rejected a false image of God.

God is neither judgemental nor punitive.

God judges no one.

God punishes no one.

These errors come from human beings projecting the traits of human authority figures - fathers and kings - onto God.

The fear of punishment has been handed down from generation to generation.

So those who have rejected this false image of God will be exonerated and their debts will be written off. 


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Monday, 28 May 2018

Light.

                            

The light that comes from God enables us to see the truth.

The illusions and lies which fill the darkness are swept away.

No longer do we believe their backwards lies: devils in heaven and saints in hell.

But we see the beauty of God:

Forgiveness. Mercy. Goodness. Love.

We experience Love.

And spontaneous Joy.

We are touched by Peace.

And glimpse Heaven.


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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Saved!


I pray.

That I may

touch

your heart.

And

turn

your head.

To

God,

Heaven,

and

Home!


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Remnant.

                                      

"But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in former days, says the Lord of hosts.  For there shall be a sowing of peace; the vine shall yield its fruit, the ground shall give its produce, and the skies shall give their dew; I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things."  Zechariah 8:11,12 (NRSV)

There is always a remnant.

Even now, as the Christian Churches of the West decline, there is still a remnant, small as it is.

Let us hope that there will be a sowing of peace and that the dove will be seen once again in the earth.


[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Power.

                            

True power, which comes from self-empowerment, is generous, gracious, constructive, and creative.

It is related to self-love - the capacity to love oneself.

Such a person does not try to dominate others, nor does he retaliate, or use power destructively.

These things are essentially the result of deep fears and insecurities - the person must prove to others that he is strong and powerful precisely because he doubts in himself that he is and fears being dominated or hurt.

In effect he fears his own vulnerability.

But an open heart is always vulnerable.
We cannot open ourselves to others without exposing our vulnerability.

This requires trust.
 
If we close our hearts and protect ourselves with ramparts and towers we can never be close to another, whether we are married or not.

Trust is an essential component of faith.

God is trustworthy.

If we open our hearts to God He will return our love.

In this way God heals our broken hearts.

Our experiences in the world cause us to defend our vulnerable selves.
But by doing so we shut ourselves in a prison of our own making.

Love can set us free.

If we overcome our fears and open ourselves to God and to others our love is liberated and we are free to love.

This is true power.


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Friday, 25 May 2018

Paradise.


I can truly say that I am saved.

Saved from what?

Saved from the earthly enemies of God.

Saved from the darkness and cruelty of Satanism in our world.

Saved from the lies and distractions placed in our way by rock stars and celebrities.

Saved from Phariseism in God's Churches.

Saved from the brutality of our corporate masters.

For God is reliable and trustworthy.

Our God is a God of Love.


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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Obligation.

                            

When we first become aware of God's work in the world we assume that helping the poor and needy is an obligation - good works enforced by rewards and punishments.

Fear grips us.
We fear that God expects this of us.
Or else.

So we banish pleasure and act against our will.

This generates resentment and anger.

But fear is no motivation.

The gift of Salvation, however, is free.
There is no obligation.

What happens is that God touches our hearts.

It is our tears that open our hearts to others.

Secure in the Love of God we lose our fear.

And act out of love.


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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Prayer.


In this solitude.

May I be

a father-figure

to all those

young bodybuilders.

Let me be

a Lamp

to them.

That they may

see

the evil

that surrounds them.

And turn to

God.

And be Saved!


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Monday, 21 May 2018

Integration.

                            

Ancient philosophical models still persist in our unconscious.

Noble reason's control of bodily passions - as symbolized by the five-pointed star - hark back to the stoics and ascetics of the ancient world.

Linear (vertical) models like animals to humans to angels to God require the subjugation of the physical.

St. Paul's dichotomy of body and spirit as death and life is destructive of healthy human sexuality.

The only answer is integration.

We should not be cut of at the neck or even at the waist.

A healthy harmony of body, mind, and spirit mediated by a loving heart is what we should aspire to.

Contrary to popular opinion the soul, or divine spark, is not in our minds it is in our hearts.

And the heart is the center of our being.

Namaste.


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Sunday, 20 May 2018

No Claim.

                            

"And the devil claimed his soul."

Thus ends the story of Faust.

But there is no devil in reality, and no hell.

So he cannot claim you.

He cannot claim gay people.

He cannot claim anyone.


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

Kindled by Love.


My hopes for you.

My hearts desires.

My fervent prayers.

My ardent words.

Are

Baptismal hymns

Kindled by love.


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No Devil.

                            

Not only is there no hell but there is no devil either.

After many long and heartfelt prayers I received the answer that the devil is an explanation for questions regarding evil in a world created by a good God.

Why do we suffer?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

One of the explanations is that there is a devil who is constantly working against the good works of God.

But there are other explanations.

I believe that evil in our world can be totally explained by the ignorant actions of people with free will, mostly out of fear.

These ideas challenge our dualistic thinking.

Progressive Christianity puts forward the concept that God is holistic - there is no duality at all.

This is new.

And it may be the next leap forward in our thinking.


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Friday, 18 May 2018

No Hell.

                            

A quick look at the history of religion will tell you that hell is not so much about the nature or the will of God as about earthly power.

Heaven and hell are the carrot and stick in our earthly religions.

And the carrot and stick approach is typical of institutionalized authority.  It is the weapon of earthly kings and dictators.

Napoleon said that if the Catholic Church had not existed he would have to have invented it.

But my experience of God has taught me that God punishes no one.  Therefore hell cannot exist.

How are we to cope with a religion that has no hell?

This is good news indeed!


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Thursday, 17 May 2018

1984.

                     

Do you ever feel as if you're living in 1984?

Doubles Speak, Black/White, New Speak, The Ministry of Truth.....

All these things come directly from the pages of the classic novel 1984.

It is not Socialism. however, which is doing these things but corporations and media moguls.

And this should not surprise anyone because all of these things are about controlling people's thinking.

Even the ever-present video cameras echo the novel.

But because the villain in the novel is EngSoc (English Socialism) the left-wing (their political opponents) get the blame.

I believe that these techniques have been deliberately appropriated by our corporate masters to control public opinion.

They employ people who deal in perceptions and conspire with evil forces in our entertainment.

And look how well it's working.


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

An Alibi.

                            

Whenever rock musicians enact one of their atrocities they always have an alibi ready.

It wasn't evil or malice it was something else.

And we swallow it whole.

When the light from God reveals the truth we look stupid.

Better to look stupid than to suffer what they prepared for us:

Death. Drugs. Damnation.

They poison our minds and curse our souls.

So don't believe their alibis.

They are agents of evil.

Turn to God.

Cry out to Him.

Call on His mercy.

And He will deliver you.


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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Open Your Hearts!


To all those

musclemen

and their admirers.

May your love

be exalted.

And crowned

with humility.

Open your Hearts!

Let love

flow like rain.


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Self-Sufficient.

                            

In our modern industrial world we are expected to be self-sufficient.

We are expected to look after ourselves financially, emotionally, and physically.

We are not supposed to be needy.
This is shameful.

But we all have needs.

We are not, however, good at expressing our needs.

Our egos imprison us.

It takes humility to admit that we have needs.

And this applies to our relationship with God.

We are too proud to admit that we need grace and forgiveness.

We imprison our minds in a contract mentality.

We must earn and deserve and merit.

But we cannot barter with God.

We must humble ourselves before God.

We must admit our needs and our pain and our inadequacy.

God will respond with Grace.

His Love is unconditional.

It is a free gift.

No strings attached.

But we cannot manipulate God.

There may be times when His silence is bewildering.

There may be times when He seems distant, even absent.

But He is always there, always available to us.

We can trust God.

His love will save us.


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Monday, 14 May 2018

Let Them Live!


We counteract

Poison.

And bless those

who curse us.

We dispel

darkness.

And challenge

Death.

But we will not

destroy

those who are evil.

A child of God

we will let them live!


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Sunday, 13 May 2018

Alive!

                            

My body is alive now!

My heart pumps life-giving blood and nutrition to all parts of my body.

My brain cannot function without life-giving blood from my heart.

The love that flows from my heart keeps me alive.

My heart is the jar that contains the water of life which is love.


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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Benedictions.


My poems.

My prayers.

My blessings.

My hopes.

Are

Heart-felt

Benedictions.


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Friday, 11 May 2018

Vineyard.

                            

"For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!"  Isaiah 5:7 (NRSV)

We may wonder how Israel, God's chosen people, could be so violent and heartless in their oppression of the people of Palestine.

But the Old Testament is full of prophesies that criticize Israel for turning away from God.

The prophets continually accuse Israel of wickedness and iniquity.

Jesus' criticism of the Pharisees is merely a continuation of this tradition.

So don't support Israel's actions merely because they are the chosen race, many a king of Israel did "evil in the sight of the Lord."  2 Kings 21:2 (NRSV)

[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Satanism.


Satanism infects rock music, sports, and popular entertainment.

It is negative and superficial.

It is backwards and upside-down.

It is violent, deadly, and blasphemous.

So if you want to retain your sanity unplug your earphones and turn off the T.V..

You are being poisoned and cursed.

You are being betrayed.

Pray to God

He will save you.


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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Peace.


We pray for

Peace

in our world.

Peace between:

Israel and Palestine.

Islam and the West.

Right and Left.

Capitalism and Communism.

Gay and Straight.

Men and Women.

Good and Evil.

May we bury the hatchet

And live together in

Peace.


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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Liberal/Conservative.

                   

The two planets that rule the astrological sign of Aquarius are Uranus and Saturn.

At first this might seem strange because Uranus governs Liberalism, all things new, and the future while Saturn governs Conservatism, all things old, and the past.

But both of these planets are social in nature and although they at first seem irreconcilable there are similarities between them.

Although Liberals and Conservatives differ in the details they are both in fact trying to do the same thing - save the world.

So if we take the positives of each planet then we may find more compatibility than we expected.

Uranus (Liberalism) governs: freedom, diversity, tolerance, scientific facts, altruism, humanitarianism, charity, equality, democracy, social justice, human rights, activism.

Saturn (Conservatism) governs: responsibility, duty, authority, selflessness, scientific laws, obedience, volunteering, morality, action, good works, honesty, charity, respect.

Both are charitable.
Both are scientific.
Both are social - activism = action.
                              humanitarianism = volunteering.
                              social justice = good works.
                              human rights = respect.
                              altruism = selflessness.

So at the very highest level they meet.

They may meet physically in missionary/humanitarian work.

Or they may meet mentally in charity work.

So, instead of thinking adversarially and stressing our differences, perhaps we should meet and discuss our agreements.

Both seek to do God's Will in our world.

And a concern for the poor marks both approaches.

Perhaps we could begin there. 


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Monday, 7 May 2018

The Spiritual Dimension.

                            

If we see Aquarius as the central sign of the 4th quadrant of the zodiac we can see that it has a spiritual dimension.

The 4th quadrant of an astrological chart relates to the last three houses of the chart.  This corresponds to the signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

The 4th quadrant represents our attempts to contribute to humanity.

If we take Aquarius as the first sign of a chart for the Age of Aquarius we see something interesting.

Capricorn then becomes the 12th house (governed by Neptune).
Neptune is exalted in Aquarius.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune.

So each of the three signs forming the 4th quadrant has a relationship to Neptune which represents the spiritual dimension.

So all the talk about spirituality and the Age of Aquarius is quite relevant.

And because Neptune is exalted in Aquarius we will see the highest manifestations of spirituality developing as the Age of Aquarius begins.

This aspect also brings the three social signs into harmony.

So pray for social and spiritual harmony as we move into the new age.


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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Elites.

                            

When I first uncovered the practise of Satanism in rock music I presumed that it was materialistic, violent, and worldly.....

As time went on, however, I began to see that there was more to it than that.  I learned that they could sell their souls for whatever they wanted. 

This included the perfection of their art or status as a member of the arts elite.  In fact this included any kind of elite - like sports elites, or even political elites.....

At least this is what they believe.

But there is no devil in reality.

Their apparent success is due to talent and hard work.

But they think Satan is rewarding them.

So beware of elites in our society.

They may be followers of Satan.


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Rock Diva.


Looks like hell to me.


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