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The Flint Spiritual Church
 
The December eNewsletter of The FSC

Our Mission

The Flint Spiritual Church is an independent, progressive, non-traditional, Christian Church and is 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

 

Biblical Spiritualism

There are many references to Dream Visions in the Bible. You will also find in them the same manifestations that transpire in the visions of the clairvoyant; answers to prayer, guidance, warnings, revelations, predictions, communications from loved ones or divine messengers and much more, are received in this way.
 
Not every dream is a vision, and Dream Visions usually have a quality that will make you sit up and take notice. With them, some communications are quickly understood, but there will be many that are in the divine language of symbolism. There are many resources to help interpret the divine symbolism in your vision; books, the Internet, and the library, are just some examples to help you in the interpretation, but they should be used prayerfully while seeking God for wisdom and understanding. Many times when this type of vision has a predictive nature, you may not know the full meaning until it has come to pass. With this hind-sight, your understanding of the divine language is increased.
 
 
Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
 
Acts 2:16-18 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; (17) And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: (18) And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
 
Matthew 1:18-24 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. (19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. (20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. (21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, (23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
 
Matthew 2:12-14 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. (13) And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. (14) When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
 
1 Kings 3:5-15 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. (6) And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. (7) And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. (8) And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. (9) Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? (10) And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. (11) And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; (12) Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. (13) And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. (14) And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. (15) And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.
 
Daniel 1:17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

More Biblical Spiritualism

 

An Evolution Of Perception

Over the past several years, many authors have been writing about the Sacred (or Divine) Feminine. Most of the authors were basically highly liberal in their religious stance, and this has often caused me to steer clear of them entirely. I always thought that the Divine Feminine has more to do with Liberation theology than with reality. Over time, my views have changed.
  
It is my hope and prayer that with this brief piece, and with others that will follow it, we will more fully examine the Divine Feminine, and be able to prove what I was shown by Spirit so many years ago; that by using the scriptures and studying Hebraic language idiomatic structure we may better understand the Divine Feminine.
 
In Genesis 1:26 and 27 we read the following:
 
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
 
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
 
In both of the versus we read of a multiplicity of beings. There is no explanation offered or suggested. No further clues are forth coming. No theology, per se.
 
In the Hebrew language, there is found a clue in the original language...that clue is found in the word "us". In Hebrew, the word "us" is translated as echad. The word echad in Hebrew refers to a complex unity...as in a bunch of grapes. A single grape is referred to as a yichid. A bunch of grapes is called an echad. It its interesting to note that that word echad does not have any connotation as to how many grapes there are. We are only told that there is more than a single grape. Or a single God in this case. It is possible that there are definitely more than one...but could there be 300? Could there be more?
 
Next month understanding the term "elohim".
 
By Al Lane

 

Affirmation For December

"With my mind centered on God, I am one with His love, light and intelligence.  I am transformed by the Christ within."

Affirmation Archive

 

Laugh Of The Month

In This Issue:

Our Mission
Biblical Spiritualism
An Evolution Of Perception
Affirmation For December
Laugh Of The Month
The Many Masks Of Self
A Christmas Gift For All Seasons
Prayer Requests
Links


The Many Masks Of Self

I am presently on vacation in Maine spending time with two of my sisters. During the two weeks that I have been here, I have felt all of the difficulties of my life disappear in the atmosphere of loving acceptance. It is that energy that allows us to reconnect with who we truly are.
 
In the course of our lives we wear many masks, some of our own making, and some created by other people who have a particular viewpoint with respect to our identity. Meeting school friends from years gone by often brings the question, “do you still…” Usually I don’t remember ever doing whatever it is they are referring to, and lately it brings to mind the question “was I like that when I was in school? I don’t think I am like that now…”
 
Life review is part of the passage, and it can generate incredible levels of wisdom if you don’t get trapped in guilt. I think of it as an archaeological dig through the layers of my existence, an opportunity to uncover something forgotten. Quite often a memory includes pain, but if you meet it head on instead of stuffing it back into the box, you can transform the pain to forgiveness through love.
 
Self forgiveness creates a generosity of spirit because as we forgive, we release another part of ourselves to be shared with others. Willingness to give of yourself is worth more than gold. You are the treasure of God’s heart, created to express and give through your own divinity. Giving on a level which is less than that diminishes your own light.
 
The more you give the more you receive is a part of the law of abundance, and the greatest abundance can be found in your Christ consciousness, or your divine love consciousness. As the poet Rumi said, “There is no end to my loving now.” All restrictions, all boundaries, all separations dissolve in this new found grace.
 
Rev. Margie Towne Kivel

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A Christmas Gift For All Seasons

At this time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily living and the (seemingly) endless list of things to do to get ready for the holiday season, that we may lose sight of what is really important to us. For some, it may be following family traditions or creating new ones. For others, it may be finding that perfect gift. Still others may find it in helping people less fortunate than themselves. All of these have their rightful place, but there is still another gift that awaits us.
 
This gift cannot be held in our hands, but we can see it in the expressions of children opening presents, smiles on strangers faces that bring a smile to our own face, or in a myriad of other ways that tell us there is a more profound meaning to this time of year.
 
What is this special gift, and why does it mean so much to our lives? I believe it is what all of us are seeking, whether we are conscious of it our not. This gift is the knowing that God loves us “no matter what”. It is not easy to really grasp the scope of what God loving us, 'as is', means to our lives. That is something each one of us has to find out for ourselves. To the degree we can open our minds and hearts to His love, that is the degree to which we can express that same love to others.
 
At this time of year, it seems easier to feel God's love because it is more openly seen and felt; in people, in brightly decorated stores and homes, heard in the Christmas carols and holiday songs, and those making sure food banks and other charitable organizations can do all they can for those needing their help.
 
God's love embodies each of these activities, but His greatest gift to us is His love coming to us in His son, Jesus. Jesus teaches us that God is love, and that love is everlasting. He teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and reminds us of the importance of love. The apostle Paul tells us ...”and now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”. I Cor. 13:13. We can never be without God's love for us, but we may need to remind ourselves many times of this truth when faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Simply saying “God loves me”, can help to 'keep us keeping on'.
 
There is a caveat to realizing just how much God does love us. That is accepting and loving ourselves “no matter what”. By accepting and loving ourselves, we become more and more open and receptive to all the ways God expresses His love for us. It enables us to better express our love to others, and truly transform our lives.
 
There are beautiful lines in an old hymn that tells us the love of God is greater than tongues or pen could ever tell, how rich and pure it is, how measureless and strong and how it will forever endure. The beauty of this gift is, it is not opened on one special day, but opened over and over and over again. It is never-ending, the blessings this gift gives to us.
 
We celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas, but the meaning and purpose of His birth lives beyond one day and one season. It is timeless and everlasting. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
 
Finally, . . .”let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God”. . . I John 4:7 AMP
 
Love and Blessings from my heart to yours.
 
Rev. Edee Root

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Prayer Requests

Upon request, your prayer petitions will be held in strict confidence by our Prayer Warriors, as they continue to pray with you and for you during the next 30 days.
 
"Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Isael, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me."  Isaiah 45:11
 
REQUESTS FOR PRAYER
 
11/27/09 Mary Parry - receiving a pace 
             maker this week. 
11/27/09 Felix McNeal - transition 
11/25/09 Rev. Dawn Ware - transition 
11/25/09 Gabrielle Adamczyk - transition 
             (Steve's Daughter) 
11/24/09 Rev. Rick Root - new transportation 
11/22/09 Al Coogan - transition 
11/22/09 Gary and Cindy Hogman 
11/20/09 J.J. has been released from the
              hospital possible head injuries 
              continuing prayer requested 
11/16/09 Bishop Ed Gram's nephew J.J.
              auto accident
11/08/09 Rev. Robert Kessel - had a breathing       
              emergency in late August and 
              is currently being cared for by
              his daughters 
11/07/09 Vina - dr's have found two lumps in 
              her left breast. No insurance. 
11/07/09 Lisa Snyder - stomach problems 
11/07/09 Gail Sweet diagnosed with breast cancer.
11/07/09 Grandma Laidler moved to be with 
              the angels - transition 
11/07/09 Aunt Gwenlyn Maxson stable & 
              moving to rehab 
11/07/09 Mary Lester 
11/07/09 Alice Crawford had cancer removed 
              from back, in kemo now. 
11/07/09 Ellen Pavkovich, young lady, serious 
              back surgery. 
11/07/09 Claude Ash, very late 70’s, knee 
              replacement, doing great.
 
A Spiritualist Healing Prayer
 
I ask the great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health. I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part. I ask this great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health. I put my trust in the Love and Power of God. Amen.
 
 

Prayer Requests

 
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