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September eNewsletter

OUR MISSION

We are an independent, progressive, non-traditional, Christian Church and are founded upon the sacred teachings of the Holy Bible; to bring mankind the understanding of spirituality according to the fundamentals of Spiritualism.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

 

PASSING

By Rev. Margie Kivel

     I received a card from my niece after my husband Dan died, and with it was a quote by Dorothy Thompson: “Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life, with all its sorrows, is good, that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow.”
     It wasn’t until I was in the doctor’s office a month after Dan’s passing, that I realized the full impact of the loss of Dan’s physical presence. When I told the doctor what had happened, he said “losing one’s spouse is huge.” I couldn’t understand, up to that point, why I was having such difficulty functioning. Why was I riding such an emotional roller coaster every day? Several things were needed, and among them was self nurturing. I have always held myself to a pretty rigid yardstick and have not been very forgiving towards myself. Part of that is from being in a dysfunctional family that involved an alcoholic mother. As a child you think that if you don’t make any mistakes, if you don’t draw attention to yourself, your parent won’t verbally abuse you because they are drunk, and maybe, if you play your cards right, they won’t even get drunk. This is all illusion, but children don’t see it that way. They are the center of their universe, and if the planets are whirling out of alignment it is because they have done something; they are responsible. We lay such heavy burdens upon ourselves, and long after the danger has passed, we continue to carry that load along with the dysfunctional thinking patterns that go with it.
     I spent the next four months processing my fears, my angers, my regrets. I am still processing. But what has changed during that span of time is that I have moved into forgiveness with regards to Dan and myself. Once I could let go of all that pain, I could open my heart to God’s love which had been there all along, but I could not see or feel it. The same forgiveness applied to my physical condition. I had to forgive the doctors and nurses, the therapist, all of those who were part of my medical drama. I had open to the understanding that God is in control and therefore life is good. It is like jumping from one small lily pad to another which is huge and closer than I had realized. That transition in perception and understanding expands your world to one which is ripe with potential. Life truly is good and within each tragic as well as joyful experience another veil lifts. The curtain rises to a new set and script, self written through God’s grace. “Within in me all things are possible.”
     In adversity one finally comes to the realization that they really don’t know anything, that same realization that Job came to at the end of his trials. There are so many layers to our existence on the earth plane, so many possibilities for growth and expansion. All that happens within the dimensions we operate in is part of a larger whole, significant and meaningful. As we open to each tomorrow with a new heart, in our own eyes life becomes more wondrous. In God’s eyes we have been a source of wonder all along…the precious lotus.

Namaste,
Margie Kivel

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BIBLICAL SPIRITUALISM

     This month's scripture, Acts Chapter 10 KJV,  is a reference to the clairvoyance (spiritual sight) and clairaudience (spiritual hearing), of Cornelius and we also see a message of God, in answer to a prayer, being delivered by an angel. An angel is a spirit. Psalm 104: 4, Hebrews 1:7
     With Peter we see a reference to trance visions. This word trance comes from the Greek word: ekstasis ek'-stas-is, which means: a displacement of the mind, that is, bewilderment, “ecstasy”: - + be amazed, amazement, astonishment, trance. 
      Trance is a dislodgement of the spirit from the body, either partially or completely. With the manifestation of trance visions, the spirit is dislodged enough to completely suspend the physical senses. In this state the physical senses are replaced with the corresponding senses of your spirit. It is this spiritual state that Paul refers to when he said “(whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) II Corinthians 12: 2-3 This is the way it is with almost everyone who experiences a trance vision; you don't know if you were in the body or out of it. In this state, the spiritual experience and vision is total. Everywhere you look and everything you sense is this experience, and when a high and holy spirit is involved, states of ecstasy may manifest.
     We also see a reference to the manifestation of clairaudience of Peter, which manifested after he came out of the trance vision.
     Peter later uses both the spiritual experience of Cornelius and his own trance vision and manifestation of clairaudience as part of his justification given to the Jewish converts pertaining to his going in unto the Gentiles and preaching unto and eating with them, Acts 11.

Act 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
Act 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
Act 10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
Act 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
Act 10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
Act 10:6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
Act 10:7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
Act 10:8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
Act 10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
Act 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,
Act 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:
Act 10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.
Act 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
Act 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
Act 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Act 10:16 This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
Act 10:17 Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate,
Act 10:18 And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there.
Act 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Act 10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
Act 10:21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
Act 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Act 10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Act 10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
Act 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
Act 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Act 10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
Act 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Act 10:29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?
Act 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
Act 10:31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
Act 10:32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
Act 10:33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
Act 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Act 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)
Act 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Act 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
Act 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;
Act 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
Act 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Act 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Act 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Act 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Act 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.


MORE LESSONS

 

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

Soon it will be the holiday weekend and summer's unofficial ending.  For all those who may be traveling to near and distant places and those staying home, we wish all of you a safe, happy and thoroughly enjoyable weekend.  God's protection encompasses us all, and is eternally and everlastingly sustained.

 

THE FSC FINANCIAL REPORT

The FSC is dedicated to maintaining financial transparency.  Any contributor that would like to receive a detailed report please contact Rev. Rick Root.  After the October eNewsletter we will be going to a quarterly reporting through both the church website and here in this newsletter.



AUGUST 09 GENERAL FUND
Balance Forward $1,142.26
Donations to the FSC $55.00
Expenses -$49.95
Donations made by FSC


Balance $1,147.31


GENERAL FUND YEAR TO DATE
2008 Balance Forward $673.59
Total Donations to the FSC $831.50
Total Expenses -$172.78
Total Donations made by the FSC -$185.00


Balance $1,147.31


BUILDING FUND
Balance Forward $341.18
Donations to the Building Fund $60.00


Balance $401.18



Donations to the F.S.C. can be made online at FlintSpiritual.com or through the mail.  Please make your checks payable to:  The Flint Spiritual Church, PO Box 530, Flint, MI 48501  We appreciate your continued support.

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THE FSC WEBSITE

We regret to say the new web site for the Flint Spiritual Church  is not yet completed.   This is due in part to previously used programs that are not compatable with the new computer's operating system, and new programs had to be found.  Progress is being made, although the new completion date is still uncertain.  Bear with us, and please continue to visit our website.  We will keep you informed.  Thank you. 

In This Issue:

OUR MISSION
PASSING
BIBLICAL SPIRITUALISM
HOLIDAY GREETINGS
THE FSC FINANCIAL REPORT
THE FSC WEBSITE
A WAY OF LIFE
SEPTEMBER AFFIRMATION
PRAYER REQUESTS
LAUGH OF THE MONTH
MEDIUMSHIP 101 - CHOICES
Links


A WAY OF LIFE

By Mary 6/14/09

A Way Of Life

Kind and gentle spirit

Loving and divine

Keep us in His graces

As we are so sublime.

 

SEPTEMBER AFFIRMATION

The 23rd Psalm is a wonderful affirmative prayer and while praying it in the Spirit the following affirmation has come forth from that Spirit.  Adapted from the 23rd Psalm verse 1

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  I shall not be in want.  I shall not want for  any good thing.

LESSON ON AFFIRMATIONS

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Your prayer request will be held in strict confidence by our Prayer Warriors as they continue to pray with and for you during the next 30 days.

"Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Phillipians 4: 6-7


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LAUGH OF THE MONTH

 

MEDIUMSHIP 101 - CHOICES

By Rev. Rick Root
 
     I have a great affinity for the peoples of this world that communicate with the spirit-world. Belief in and the practice of spirit communication is found in most of the world's religions including the Bible.
     You can ask many of those who read cards or practice one of the many divination arts and they say they've learned it from the spirit-world. The practitioners of Hoodoo and Voodoo say they've learned it from the spirit-world. The followers of Wicca and other Pagans proclaim that they've learned it from the spirit-world. Many of the practices and philosophies of the New Age movement are attributed to a spirit or to having been received through spirit communication. The Law of Moses was given by angels. Witchcraft, divination, wizardry, sorcery, spell casting, healing arts and even some very high spiritual philosophies and religions are attributed to spirit communication. And we can go on from there.
     You can study the spirit communicators of the past and present and find that the laws of spirit communication are the same regardless of the beliefs of the people who practice it. Even when we look at the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Christianity we see the same laws of spirit communication in operation. In those places in the Bible where it is recorded that God spoke directly to His people, we see the same laws in operation. God is a spirit and has established order and obeys the laws He set in motion.
      There are truths in all the various philosophies, religions and practices that have arisen the world over through spirit communication or they wouldn't abide. But the seeker of truth has to conclude that you can learn what ever you desire from the spirit-world and just because we are in communion with it does not make us connected to the source of all truth. If this were the case we would all be teaching the same truth. And this is far from the case.
     I've been in communion with a great many different spirits over the years. Some very low and some very high and holy and all the levels in between. I've also experienced their effects upon a person's life and the inner attitudes inspired by the different levels of spirits or “fruits”. This has been part of my learning process that has enabled me to know what kind of spirit is in manifestation and from what sphere in the spirit-world he or she inhabits.
     There is a big difference between the type of communications given by those that come from the lower realms and from those that inhabit the highest realms.
     When the communications come from those in the lower realms it manifests as earthy or materialistic in nature because they may have progressed but little, their concerns are still materialistic because their attachments are still on this plane of existence. Little of a true spiritual nature is given or it is watered down. You may even find encouragement to continue down the paths that you have embarked down that you know inwardly are not conducive to your spiritual progression. Nothing is a sin, it's all good. You may be flattered by their communications which may cause you to become puffed up, or on a spiritual level “high minded”, which is ego in manifestation. Or you may even be lied to. Lower plane spirits have a tendency to tell you what they think you really want to hear, whether it is the truth or not. They can even be quite entertaining at times with their jokes and funny stories that in reality have little or no real spiritual value. Some have even pretended to be someone else. Materialistic, or what the Apostle Paul called carnally minded people seek this kind of communion.
     Spirits that come from the highest planes are concerned about your spiritual progression while you are still on this earth, since this is the plane where progression can be the most rapid. When asked a question of a purely materialistic nature they will usually ignore it, except in those instances where they can bring about some kind of spiritual growth or realization through their guidance. They are loving and kind and bring correction with an eye not to embarrass, but to build up, strengthen and encourage. Unlike lower plane spirits they cannot be called up when you will it, but only come when it is God's will and in His time. They come to those who seek God and truth. They work to bring you closer to God. And they work to free you from false doctrines and traditions but never forcefully, but lovingly, and they lead you into a realization of truth. They don't want any misinterpretations on what they teach, so they work to clear these up. The Master Jesus did promise, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”.
     They will not manifest to those that seek to be entertained or thrilled by the spirit-world.
     They will not manifest with a person or groups that do not give praise to God. True praise of God, along with true worship, moves the residents of the astral plane away from the spiritual atmosphere of the person or group that has entered into it.
     With a high and holy spirit you could proclaim like the Prophets of old, “Thus saith the Lord God,” in all good conscience for they are His ambassadors.
     Many mediums teach that like attracts like where spirit communication is concerned. It is also taught that your guides are only a little more progressed then you are. These statements are true if you are only seeking the spirit-world. But when you honestly and sincerely seek God, He will give you a high and holy spirit in reward. This spirit will draw you into a realization of Him and the truth.
     There are many voices on this plane and in the spirit-world that proclaim this is the truth. For the seeker of truth, the way to receive a high and holy spirit is to seek to be taught by God. To hold Him to His promise to teach you. When you throw your heart and mind open to be taught with a willingness to let go of that which is not true or only half true, then you will be given a holy spirit as a reward. A wonderful prayer along this line is the 25th Psalm.
     When you make yourself unteachable, you close the door on God's spirit-world.
     If you are bound up by the premise that like attracts like, then the way to receive communication with the highest plane is to purify your life. Through prayer , meditation and love, you will come into communion with this spirit-world as you grow into it.
     The other way to come into communion with high and holy spirits is to enter into covenant with Jesus the Christ. His covenant (or spiritual contract) has made provision for it. In it, this spirit-world takes you as you are as a gift of grace. But I will have to admit, that you will change through contact with it. Sometimes that change can be rapid, or maybe it will be slow, but you will begin to grow into your full spiritual potential. This type of communion leads you into a very deep personal relationship with our Master Jesus and you will receive his true teachings, free from the doctrines of man.
     With those of us who are in communion with the spirit-world, or those who are seeking it, we have choices laid before us. So we have to ask ourselves just what do we really want from the spirit-world? Where do we want to go with it? Do we stay with the status quo? Or do we reach out for the dawning of a new era of Spiritualism where we work together with holy spirits to spiritually progress, not only ourselves, but all planes of existence God-ward?
 
“Lord,” said Phillip, “show us the Father, and we shall be content.” Jesus answered him, “After all this time that I have been with you, do you not yet recognize me, Phillip? He who has seen me has also seen the Father. Then how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in communion with the Father, and the Father with me? The words that I spoke to you I did not speak of my own accord; the Father Himself, Who is in constant communication with me, speaks and works through me. Yes, you may believe that there is a close communion between me and the Father, and between the Father and me; and if you are not willing to believe my words, at least believe because of the deeds themselves. I assure you that whoever believes in me will have the power to do the same deeds that I do, and even greater deeds; for I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will grant, so that the Father may be honored in the Son. If you love me, abide by my commands. Then I will ask the Father, and He will give you another helper to be with you in the future. That helper is the spirit-world of truth. The world cannot receive it, because it neither sees nor knows the spirit-world. But you will know it, for it will remain with you and enter into communion with you. I shall not leave you fatherless, but I shall come back to you. A little while longer and the world will see me no more. But you will see me; for I shall be living, and you will obtain life too. When that day comes you will see that I live in close communion with the Father, and that you live in a a like communion with me, and I with you. He who knows my commands and abides by them is he who loves me; and he who loves me will likewise be loved by my Father. And I also will love him and will so manifest myself to him that he may be aware of my presence.” Judas (not the one from Cariot) now asked him, “Lord, why will you show yourself only to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered, “If any one loves me he will live according to my teachings, and my Father will show His love for him. I myself will come and take up my abode with him. He who does not love me does not hold fast to my teachings. True, the doctrine that you hear from me is not my own, but that of the Father Who sent me, as I have always told you ever since I have been with you..
     “After me will come the helper, the holy spirit-world which the Father will send in my name, to teach you everything else and to recall to you all that I have said. I leave you peace; I give you my own peace. It is not what the world knows as peace that I give you. Do not be discouraged and despondent. You have heard me tell you that I am going away but that I am coming back to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.” John 14: 8-29 Johannes Greber Translation

 
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