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The Flint Spiritual Church
 
The New Year 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

 

Preparing The Way

    
     As we approach the new year, it is a natural time to resolve to make it a better one than the year that is ending. Maybe they are not resolutions, per se, but nevertheless, something within us urges us to do better, be better and to make changes that will help us accomplish new goals and dream new dreams.
     The Spirit of God urges us ever upward, to lift our thoughts above the mundane, ordinariness of our daily lives. We aspire to a greater spiritual perspective on the challenges and issues that each one of us are dealing with. We seek to be more connected with our inner Self, with daily prayer and meditation becoming part of our daily routine. We may listen to inspiring messages with Cd's, or read books.
     Whatever means we use, it is all for the purpose of drawing closer to God and opening our minds, heart, soul and spirit to receive more and more of His blessings.
     A new slate is ours to write on, 365 blank pages to fill with new goals, new dreams and new ways to improve our lives. Endless possibilities await us to transform our lives.
     If all this sounds too good to be true, you may be right, for it can't happen without making it a priority to resolve to release the past, whether it be memories, people, situations, feelings, etc. As long as we hold onto the things that no longer serve a purpose for us, or hold negativity within us of any kind, it will be harder for us to use the new year as a springboard for greater inner and outward change. 
     We are still carrying baggage from the past, some of it for far too long. I've carried some for years and wondered why I wasn't where I wanted to be within myself. Only after releasing (and it is an ongoing process), was I able to understand why.
     Releasing is mandatory for spiritual growth, because without taking action inwardly, outer change will be much harder to detect. It's like pulling weeds out of a beautiful flower garden. Only after removing what isn't needed, can the true beauty of them be appreciated and enjoyed. Hand-in-hand with releasing is forgiveness. Forgiving isn't as hard as you would think, but it takes courage to be able to forgive that which is painful to us. The rewards are worth it, for it frees us up to experience more joy, more inner peace and well-being. There are wonderful affirmations for forgiveness and release in the Unity teachings. One of my favorites is “I let go and let God. I let go and let God fill my need.” Oftentimes, He knows far better than us what our needs may be, so you can't go wrong!
     Let go of the “coulda's. woulda's and shoulda's” and focus on the wonderful opportunities and blessings in store for us in 2010. Resolve to make it the best year ever, . . “for all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 AMP 
     In closing, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Phil 4:6 AMP 
     “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.” Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” Psalms 37: 4,5 AMP
 
Love and blessings to all,
 
Rev. Edee Root
Flint, MI

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Take Time

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Take time
to receive…
stand, sit, lie
pose doesn’t matter…
only heart’s posture
of opening her gates.
 
All thought, desire
fades
into the void,
while bare soul
remains.
 
Prepare your estuary
as incoming tide
brings life nutrients…
       new eyes to see,
              ears to hear,
                     fingers to touch,
                            toes to root.
 
Take time
       to expand
       beyond limitation
              stretch
              beyond form
                     absorb
                     the power of the wave.
 
Tide ebbs,
       carries
       enrichment
              reaches
              other shores
                     gives
                     love songs to the precious one.
 
 
Rev. Margie Kivel
13 December 2009

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Practicing The Presence

 
By Rev. Rick Root
Flint, MI
 
 
 
     Psalms 4:1-8 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. (2) O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. (3) But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. (4) Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. (5) Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. (6) There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. (7) Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. (8) I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
 
     There are many ways to practice the presence of God, and this is  a simple prayer technique taught by the spirit-world. When put into practice, it will transform your spiritual life and awareness of God. It flows from a couple of basic truths: (1) You are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells within you (1 Corinthians 3:16) and (2) the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).
     The children of Israel believed that when they prayed in the direction of the temple, they would be heard and answered. (1 Kings 8:28-30). The spirit-world teaches that when we pray in the direction of the temple in which we are, we will be heard, and the great heart center is the doorway to that temple. This doorway to the temple becomes a direct line to the Father within us so we can have confidence that we are heard. And when we have confidence that we are heard, the doors open for our answers to manifest.
     The Apostle Paul tells us to “persevere in prayer, but also be inwardly attentive while you pray.” (Colossians 4:2 Johannes Greber Translation) Being inwardly attentive when you pray becomes natural when you pray in the direction of the temple in which you are. Answers, guidance, correction and more arise as you learn to commune with your own heart (Psalm 4:4).
     When you pray to God as if He is somewhere out in the universe, separate from you, leads to the feeling of detachment or separation from Him. But when you use the great heart center as your direct line to the Father, this leads to the awareness of the oneness with Him and Christ that Jesus prayed for us all in John chapter 17. With this, the great heart center begins to unfold, for truly the Christ is enthroned therein.
     Through the practice of this technique, you will soon come to the realization that He will never leave you, nor forsake you. That in Him, you live and move and have your being. You will have no doubt that the kingdom of God is within you. And before long, you will have the full realization of the words of Tennyson, “Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet."
 
Closer Is He Than Breathing
By Alfred Tennyson
 
The sun, the moon, the stars, the seas, the hills and the plains -
Are not these, O Soul, the Vision of Him who reigns?
Is not the Vision He?  tho' He be not that which he seems?
Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
Earth, these solid stars, this weight of body and limb,
Are they not sign and symbol of thy division from Him?
Dark is the world to thee:  thyself art the reason why;
For is He not all but that which has power to feel "I am I"?
Glory about thee, without thee; and thou fulfillest thy doom
Making him broken gleams, and a stifled splendour and gloom.
Speak to Him thou for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet -
Closer is he than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet.
God is law, say the wise; O Soul, and let us rejoice,
For if he is thunder by law the thunder is yet his voice.
 
Flower in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies,
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower - but if I could understand
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is.
 
Hallowed by thy name -  Halleluiah!
Infinite ideality!
Immeasurable Reality!
Infinite Personality!
Hallowed be thy name - Halleluiah!
We feel we are nothing - for all is Thou and in Thee;
We feel we are something - that also has come from thee;
We know we are nothing - but Thou wilt help us to be.
Hallowed be thy name - Halleluiah!
 

 

Biblical Spiritualism

 
By Rev. Rick Root
 
This month's scripture reference comes from Daniel chapter 8 and shows clairvoyance, independent voice and trance vision.  It also reveals that several phases of mediumship can manifest in the same spiritual experience when in communion with God's spirit-world. I've color coded these to make it easier to see.
 
Daniel 8:15-19 KJV And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. (16) And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. (17) So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. (18) Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. (19) And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be....

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The FSC Quarterly Financial Report

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The FSC is dedicated to financial transparency and will continue to report on   a quarterly basis.
 
In 2009 we partnered with the following agencies through donation:
 
Salvation Army - Bed and Bread Fund
Salvation Army - Childrens Fund
Catholic Out Reach - Food Pantry
The Community Foundation Of Greater Flint - 
Stuff a Backpack Program
The Food Bank Of Eastern Michigan
 
4th QUARTER 09 GENERAL FUND
Balance Forward $1,227.31
Donations to the FSC $316.00
Expenses -$113.98
Donations made by FSC -$80.00


Balance $1,349.33


2009 GENERAL FUND END OF YEAR
2008 Balance Forward $673.59
Total Donations to the FSC $1,287.50
Total Expenses -$296.76
Total Donations made by the FSC -$315.00


Balance $1,349.33


4th QUARTER 09 BUILDING FUND
Balance Forward $401.18
Donations to the Building Fund $132.00
Total Expenses -$271.82


Balance $261.36

 

The New Testament By Johannes Greber

 
A New Translation
Based on the Oldest Manuscripts
 
Hardcover - blue with white cross
464 Pages
 
 
(Controversial and very Spiritualistic)
 
Your gift for a donation of $30.00 or more to our Building Fund -- US only.
 
 
 
 

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A Study Of The Word Elohim

 
By Al Lane
Grand Rapids, MI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This month we will examine the word "elohim." We don't wish to make the research and understanding of "elohim" seem to easy to understand. It isn't.
 
What we are about to undertake is a highly controversial topic. The research has led me to change of lot of my thinking and opinions and positions on the topic of the multiplicity of the Godhead.
 
We will also be examining the possibility of the Divine Feminine, and we will be referring to topics that most of our dear readers never really heard of, let alone studied.
 
We will also be trying to better understand not only the Hebraic language, but we will also be examining the esoteric Jewish mysticism.
 
We will also attempt to explain these ideas as simply as possible: not because the readers are simpletons, but because in simple terms and a simple language  mean  we will be able to be successful and our readers will better understand the results.
 
With all of this being said...we need to start! But where should we start? Let's start with the History section and then proceed from there.
 
The God of the Israelites, his name being revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the tetragrammaton. After the Exile (6th century BC), and especially from the 3rd century BC on, Jews ceased to use the name Yahweh for two reasons. As Judaism became a universal religion through its proselytizing in the Greco-Roman world, the more common noun Elohim, meaning “god,” tended to replace Yahweh to demonstrate the universal sovereignty of Israel's God over all others. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai (“My Lord”), which was translated as Kyrios (“Lord”) in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament.
 
The Masoretes, who from about the 6th to the 10th century worked to reproduce the original text of the Hebrew Bible, replaced the vowels of the name YHWH with the vowel signs of the Hebrew words Adonai or Elohim. Thus, the artificial name Jehovah (YeHoWaH) came into being. Although Christian scholars after the Renaissance and Reformation periods used the term Jehovah for YHWH, in the 19th and 20th centuries biblical scholars again began to use the form Yahweh. Early Christian writers, such as Clement of Alexandria in the 2nd century, had used a form like Yahweh, and this pronunciation of the tetragrammaton was never really lost. Other Greek transcriptions also indicated that YHWH should be pronounced Yahweh.
 
The meaning of the personal name of the Israelite God has been variously interpreted. Many scholars believe that the most proper meaning may be “He Brings Into Existence Whatever Exists” (Yahweh-Asher-Yahweh). In I Samuel, God is known by the name Yahweh Teva-Åot, or “He Brings the Hosts Into Existence,” the hosts possibly referring to the heavenly court or to Israel.
 
The personal name of God probably was known long before the time of Moses. The name of Moses' mother was Jochebed (Yokheved), a word based on the name Yahweh. Thus, the tribe of Levi, to which Moses belonged, probably knew the name Yahweh, which originally may have been (in its short form Yo, Yah, or Yahu) a religious invocation of no precise meaning evoked by the mysterious and awesome splendour of the manifestation of the holy.
 
Though Elohim is plural in form, it is understood in the singular sense. Thus, in Genesis the words, “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth,” Elohim is monotheistic in connotation, though its grammatical structure seems polytheistic. The Israelites probably borrowed the Canaanite plural noun Elohim and made it singular in meaning in their cultic practices and theological reflections.
 
Scholars have identified three literary traditions in Genesis, as in Deuteronomy, usually identified as the Yahwist, Elohist, and Priestly strains. The Yahwist strain, so called because it used the name Yahweh (Jehovah) for God, is a Judaean rendition of the sacred story, perhaps written as early as 950 BC. The Elohist strain, which designates God as Elohim, is traceable to the northern kingdom of Israel and was written 900–700 BC. The Priestly strain, so called because of its cultic interests and regulations for priests, is usually dated in the 5th century BC and is regarded as the law upon which Ezra and Nehemiah based their reform. Because each of these strains preserves materials much older than the time of their incorporation into a written work, Genesis contains extremely old oral and written traditions.
 
 
MONOTHEISM
 
We have to work hard on this, because monotheism doesn't always seem like monotheism. Just what is monotheism, and when was it invented or developed within man to follow the faith of monotheism? Way back in the darkness of mankind, way before man became fully conscious of himself, his fellow man and an exterior God, ....it is believed that man first was monotheistic.; albeit on a simple level. It is possible that man believed heavily in the religion of the natural man. He most probably worshiped the various spirits of sky gods. It was even believed by one Scottish scholar, Andrew Lang (1844–1912). Lang believed this theory. Wilhelm Schmidt (1868–1954) believed the theory that the oldest religion of mankind had been monotheistic, and that polytheism as well as magic, were later degenerations in the course of the history of a pure primeval religion. This theory, defended with great skill and an enormous mass of ethnological material by Schmidt and his collaborators, has long since been proven unsound and was abandoned even by his own students. So much for looking for any real answers from our educators. They basically just fuzzed up the whole thing, and nothing was clearly understood. You see, in most academic settings, the high god is almost usually the creator god. People as they were back in the days of the dark days of early man, almost always had some sort of type of pantheon of gods and lesser gods. It is possible for the high god to become the main god...but their god has to remain active in their daily life and not just put away on someone's shelf and sort of forgotten about.
 
Even the Old Testament God is not seen completely monotheistic, but more of a form of monolatry, this is because the lesser gods are not explicitly denied.
 
 
The deep sense of a living God who protected Israel and to Israel's rejection of "other Gods" is also found in the Sh'ma. The history of the Sh'ma Israel is basically one of the main planks of faith within Judaism. The Sh'ma can be a morning prayer...or an any-time type of prayer. Usually the Sh'ma is recited when you lie down and when you arise. Rabbi Akiba was a highly loved Rabbi who, when he was executed in the 2nd century AD, sang the Shema as he was executed. Since then, many people on their death beds recite the Sh'ma. It is recorded, that in the death camps of Auschwitz and the like, as Jews were being executed they would ring out acapella style with the Sh'ma. The Sh'ma is found in Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21; Numbers 15:37–41.
 
In Hebrew the prayer starts out:
 
שְמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל
Hear, O Israel,
 
ְהוָֹה אֱהֵינוּ יְהוָֹה אֶחָד
The Jehovah, Our Elohim, Jehovah is one.
 
Once again, we see our pesky little friend, the word "elohim" pops up.
 
The sentence does not mean, 'Jehovah is our God, Jehovah alone' (and no other God), but it means 'Jehovah, our God, Jehovah is one,' Again, pointing to the possibility of a multiplicity of the God head.
 
In any case, it is an affirmation of the unity of God, and this is made the basis of the fundamental moral precept which follows (ver. 5): 'And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.' Hence our Lord, Mark 4:29, quotes these two passages together as 'the first of all the commandments.'
 
Mark 4:29 29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
 
Similar assertions of the unity of God are found in Deut.4:35, 39 ('Jehovah is the God; there is none else beside him'); 2 Sam. 7:22; 22:32; 1 Kings 8:60; I Chron. 17:20; Psa. 18:31 ('Who is God save Jehovah? or who is a rock save our God?'); Psa. 86:10 ('Thou art God alone'); Isa. 43:10-12; 44:6, 8; 45:22; Joel 2:27; Zech. 14:9.
 
Deut 4:35, 39 Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
 
Continued next column...
 
 

 

The Affirmation For January

 
 
With hope and expectation, I am redy to receive all that God has in store for me in the new year.

Affirmation Archive

In This Issue:

Our Mission
Preparing The Way
Take Time
Practicing The Presence
Biblical Spiritualism
The FSC Quarterly Financial Report
The New Testament By Johannes Greber
A Study Of The Word Elohim
The Affirmation For January
Finding The Christ
When You Go Within, Eventually You Have to Go Without
Prayer Requests
A Study Of The Word Elohim .... continued
Laugh Of The Month
Links


Finding The Christ

    
     About this time of year, there begins to form around our planet a faint Spiritual substance; a heavenly dew, which deepens as the weeks pass toward Christmas.  One purpose of this all-pervading spiritual substance is to prepare each person individually to receive their share of this great outpouring into their soul for futher development of the Christ or Divine Spirit within oneself.
     This mystic, spiritual dew, this Divine Substance, also known as the 'Christmas Spirit', affects each inidividual in whatever degree one is able to absorb this spiritual dew into ones being.
      How does one bring to birth the Christ Child within?
     One positive procedure in attaining this Christ Child within, this exalted consciousness is to express love ---- not human love, but Divine Love.  And people are presented a most excellent opportunity to attain this spiritual height every Christmas time.   Only to the degree that  divine love permeates one's personal aura,  can the individual absorb and benefit from the down pouring spiritual dew from the great Sun God at the ancient and sacred time of year.  Whether a Christian or not, all can experience, for this divine energy is available to all of life at this sacred time.  It is ever present, but is greater now than at any other time of the year.
     It could be likened to the fetus in a mother's womb, except  it is of spiritual substance.  The love and compassion you radiate toward others acts as a magnet to attract to yourself a like portion of the heavenly substance that has now formed around our planet.
     Every event in the life of the Christed Jesus finds its parallel in the life of every one of us who wish to be such as were Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  The Bible was written in parables and symbols to help you understand it and yourself. 
   On Holy Christmas Night we reconsecrate ourselves that we may love and serve in fuller measure all those whom we meet in our daily life, for in this way we receive the Christ light within ourselves.  On this very day today, we will reconsecrate ourselves that we may love and serve in fuller measure all whom we meet. 
     Christ is born into us the moment  we give our whole hearts to God, when we make up our minds to put God first in our lives.  The one thing that should matter in our lives from our birth to our death is for us to find the Christ Child.
     The purpose of the Christmas observation, as I spoke of, is to awaken the Spirit of the Christ within, and to bring out the important truth that each and every scene connected with the Christ's incarnation represents a definite step in the process of our soul unfoldment.
     THE HEAVENLY LOVE THAT IS MARY....in the Christmas story, we meet Mary Joseph, and Jesus.  Each of these beings represents a different facet of your Divine Nature.  Mary is love in its sweetest light, the love we all feel for God.  When God calls Mary, (love) forth, her whole being vibrates with a resounding 'yes'!  When God speaks, love listens with all her heart.  Mary  is that natural, intuitive, emotional nature we all have.  This is the place in you that "knows that it knows that it knows."  Love understands the true sovereignty of the Holy Spirit.  Mary says to God: 'let it be unto me according to Your word' for she knows that the highest god is always being realized in her.  Love is the greatest calling you will ever receive in your life, and Mary is your Divine Inspiration. 
     THE EARTHLY WISDOM THAT IS JOSEPH....Joseph is the earthly counterpart of Mary's heavenly expression of love.  He represents wisdom, intelligence, and Divine Mind.  This is the part of you that understands and lives according to law and principle.  Joseph believes in the letter of the law, while Mary believes in the spirit of the law.  Joseph knows of God, while Mary knows God. 
     We often combine a Joseph (intellectual) understanding of God with a Mary (love) experience with God.  Let us remember that Joseph is your first way shower, the first light on your path, and Mary brings you home to your heart.  In the beginning, Joseph was afraid to take Mary as his wife because he didn't understand the true mystical power of the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph was truly wise, he did ultimately consent to this agreement, so that wisdom and love could live in harmony.  When Jesus spoke of being as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves, he was talking about the relationship of Joseph and Mary.
     Thus, we will have balanced our physical with our spiritual, which is our Joseph, with our Mary, which is wisdom and gentleness.  It is the beginning of the birth of the Divine Within.
     THE ETERNAL VISION THAT IS THE CHRIST....This harmonious relationship is now ready to give birth to the highest consciousness.  When wisdom and love reside together on higher ground where they went (Judea means spiritual recognition, and Bethlehem symbolizes the abiding place of substance), they can join forces in the raising of the Christ child or consciousness.  This is the highest degree of spiritual mastery in each of you.  Here you live, move, and have your being as Pure Spirit.
     FINDING THE CHRIST.... The stable symbolizes a tremendous amount of humility in His birth.  Know that Jesus represents the 'I AM' or God within you, the indwelling Christ within you.  The stable is one's present state of consciousness with it's feelings of unworthiness.  Often we feel unworthy, and that our heart is no place for the Christ.  However, if we turn to God and say, "I know that I am not worthy that you should enter my house, but because You are Divine Love, in spite of my faults and shortcomings, you can make me worthy that you should come to me," then the Christ does it.  The Christ comes into a stable, not into a palace.  The Christ sanctifies and glorifies that stable so that it becomes the temple of the living God.
     We cannot come unto the Father Which art in Heaven except through our own nature.
     This harmonious relationship has given birth to the highest consciousness.  When wisdom and love reside together on higher ground, they can join forces in the raising of the Christ child or consciousness.  This is the highest degree of spiritual mastery in each of us.
     There is a place within you that knows that it knows, and knows that it knows.  It is a place of oneness with God, for it is the same mind that was in the Christ when He proclaimed,  "My Father and I are one."  Raising your consciousness to a state of divine awareness, you give thanks to your heavenly Father.  You are transformed by the renewing of you mind.  This is when you know you have found the indwelling Christ.
     When you can walk in the world and not be lost in it, when you can rise in consciousness to see clearly, then you will know you have truly found the indwelling Christ.
     HOME BY ANOTHER WAY.... Like the Magi in this story, you can recognize the light of the Radiant Christ.  They saw it first as foretold by a star, and then they saw it in the manger;  you see it first within yourselves, and then in each other and in the world.  Once this light is acknowledged and embraced, you are free to walk a different path as the Magi did.  This inner light shows you your new path and reminds you not to go back to the old ways of living because they no longer serve you.  As the light becomes cleared, old ideas and structures fall away.  As each of you learn to trust your inner light, you will know when your old way of life is over and the dawn of a new day has come.  Then, you will know you have found the indwelling Christ.
     Jesus taught that there might be a Christ Child born in every soul.  It is your heart and the level of your consciousness that determines all.  When the inner is changed, the outer change follows in accordance with that inner change.
     We must find Him for ourselves;  find Him in a stable and let Him grow up and turn ourselves into a palace, not built with hands but the temple of the Holy Spirit.
     Let us celebrate our own star, our own radiant light this day.  Open your heart and make room for the Christ Child.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Rev. Flora Ash, Chapel of Truth, Davison, MI;
and member of the Spiritual Episcopal Church of Owosso, MI
 
 

 

When You Go Within, Eventually You Have to Go Without

 
By Rev. Phillip Falcone
Niles, MI
    
     Where do we seek God? Some go to the Bible seeking the words of God. Wherever you hear the voice of a person, often the person is close by. Where do you go when you want to hear the voice of God? You do hear the voice of God, don't you? Well, I am sure that some of you do hear the voice of God while others claim that they do not.
     The Bible is touted as being the written word of God, despite what historians claim. Therefore, I would assume that if one were to seek God, one might look where the words of God are. However, Luke tells us in chapter 17, beginning with verse 20:
 
Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say „here it is‟ because the Kingdom of God lies within.”
 
     What Jesus is supposed to be saying is, that if you are looking for the Kingdom of God, you will not find it. Reading the scripture is observing the word of God. Reading the written word of God is merely an observation, and you will not find God there. However, we are not looking for the Kingdom of God, for we know that it is within. Why do we know it is within?  Because in the Gospel of Thomas, verse 3, Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, „See, the Kingdom of God is in the sky,‟ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, „It is in the sea,‟ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the Kingdom is inside of you and it is outside of you…”
     Not only is the Kingdom of God within, but the Kingdom is outside of you also. I want you to look around right now. See where you are at and ask yourself, "is this what the Kingdom of God looks like?" Yes, this is what the Kingdom of God looks like. Do you like what you see?
     I should finish the verse,”… When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you will dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.1” When you know yourselves, you will become known. Known to whom?   Known to yourself. You will not only understand that this is God‟s kingdom, but you will know that YOU are a part of this great kingdom. You will know that you are a valuable asset, and that no one but you, can do what you do.
     Yes, I know, you already know you are a son of God, and that you are valuable in His kingdom. Ask yourself this:  did you get upset or even mad at someone this week? Did you vent any road rage? Did you rail against someone?  If you did any of these, not only did you get mad at God, but also you railed against God, perhaps even cursed him while venting your rage. Yeah, you did these things to that other person as well. If you are of the opinion that God will forgive you for what you did,  think again. Did you apologize to those you offended, because this is how God forgives. When you ask for forgiveness from others, God forgives you of your part. If the person chooses not to forgive you, or if they try to get one better on you, they are the ones who will dwell in poverty. They will dwell in poverty of the spirit, for being in spiritual poverty is not seeing that all of this is the Kingdom of God. In God‟s Kingdom, we are all stewards, and you can only be responsible for your part.
     So, we go inside to visit the inner part of God‟s Kingdom. Some may call this their special place. Often, I will hear meditation guides instructing people to take the white light and cleanse their inner being, to refresh and heal themselves. They may instruct them to prepare themselves for the week ahead, as though the coming days were to be feared. Sometimes, they tell you that when you are troubled by the outside world, to go within and seek shelter. What is it that you need shelter from? Perhaps you need shelter from others, from you supervisor, from those others driving their cars in precarious ways, from the crowded markets, from… hey, thay may be you. What if others are seeking shelter from you? Maybe they are going within because they think you were the one driving precariously. Oh, that's right, you don‟t drive. You still go to the market, though.
     What is it that you find within? Peace and rejuvenation. In the Gospel of Thomas, verse 22, Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, “These infants being suckled are like those who enter the Kingdom.”
     They said to him, “Shall we then, as children, enter the Kingdom?”
     Jesus said to them, “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion an eye in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the Kingdom.”2
     Wait a second, make the inside like the outside? Are you crazy? Yes, make the inside like the outside. Look at this way, make the outside like the inside. Bring the peace that you seek within out. Let me tell you what happens, when you bring the inside to the outside. You are bringing that peace that you carry around inside you, only you are now sharing that peace with everyone who wants to be a part of it. Slowly, all those dreams you carried around inside of you are now beginning to manifest, and those who want to be a part of them are sharing their dreams as well. You have become a smile and a blessing, and you know smiles are contagious. Not only have you become who you really are, but also you have become known.
     Before I leave you, I would like you to think about this. “The man who sees God in everything and everything within God will not be lost to God nor will God be lost to him. He who is rooted in oneness realizes that God is in every being; wherever he goes, he remains in God. When he sees all beings as equal in suffering or in joy because they are like himself, that person has become perfect in God.”3
 
                                                                     
 
 
Barnstone, W. (edt.) (1984). The other Bible. New York: Harper Collins
2 Barnstone, 1984 
3Mitchell, Stephen (trans.) (2000). Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. New York: Three Rivers Press

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Job 22:25-28  
Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver. (26) For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. (27) Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. (28) Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
 
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12/26/09  Debbie Spess' Aunt Vina -
              Stage 3 breast cancer
12/25/09  Sharon Potts for transition.
12/25/09  Mary Jane and Floyd Limbeck both 
              are in the hospital.
12/25/09  Alice Crawford has been
              hospitalized with a collapsed lung
12/25/09  Dell Campbell, lung cancer.
12/25/09  Marilyn Limbaum , leg broke, she is 
              hospitalized, (due to Cerebral
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12/25/09  Rev. Rick Root - new transportation
12/22/09  Larry Sellars 61, bronchitis.
12/22/09  Tim Cramer with brain bleed is out
              of surgery, still in I.C.U.
12/22/09  Kurt , 19 years old, O.D.
12/22/09  Rev. Pat (Hines) went with
              husband, Tom, to Florida, He is not
              doing well there.
12/22/09  Ivan Moore, older gentleman, bone
              cancer.
12/22/09  Dawn Moore diagnosed with
              paralysis from stress.
12/13/09  Rev. Fran Jankowski  - transition
12/07/09  John who has been struggling with
              all the after affects of lyme disease
              - has effected his lungs and heart.
12/07/09  Rodney has fibrosis of the lung and
              they are considering a transplant
              of lungs and heart.
12/03/09  Susan Schultz
12/02/09  Sharon Potts
12/02/09  Tieler Broman, 11 year old with
              lymphoma
12/02/09  Justin- hit by a truck and in critical
              condition
12/02/09  Laura Claus is currently in the
              hospital.
12/01/09  Transition prayers for - Aunt Celia
              and Marion's Dad.
12/01/09  Evelyn Vohwinkle, severe
              osteoporosis
12/01/09  Jaquaires Sawyers (13) burst
              appendix, had surgery
12/01/09  Patricia Garrett - thyroid removed,
              cancer, got it all
 
 
 
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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.
 

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A Study Of The Word Elohim .... continued

 
II Samuel 7:22: 22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
 
II Sam 22:32: 32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
 
1 Kings 8:60:60 That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.
 
I Chron. 17:20 20 O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
 
Psa. 18:31 For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
 
Psa. 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
 
Isa. 43:10-12 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
 
Isa 44:6: 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
 
Joel 2:27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
 
Zech. 14:9 9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
 
The New Testament confirms this doctrine repeatedly: Mark12:29; John 17:3; 1 Cor. 8:4 Gal. 3:20; 1 Tim. 2:5.
 
Mark12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
 
John 17:3 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
 
1 Cor. 8:4 4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
 
Gal 3:20 20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
 
1 Tim. 2:5 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
 
The eminent Dutch Old Testament scholar Theodorus C. Vriezen writes: “It is striking how the whole life of the people is seen as dominated by Yahweh and by Yahweh alone. Even if one cannot speak of a strictly maintained monotheistic way of thinking, it is yet clear that faith in Yahweh is the foundation of life for the Israelite.”
 
With all of this being said, the word "Elohim" is a plural noun governing a singular verb. In the context of the Gods acting collectively in plural the word "elohim" is used. A good example of this is found in the word "headquarters." Headquarters is also a plural noun and also governs a single verb. The headquarters may have many rooms or greater but they all serve one single purpose.
 
It has been suggested by some theologians that the word Elohim is the masculine plural of a feminine noun used as a singular. This suggests that there may be indeterminate number of members of the God head. It also suggests that the Godhead is made up of both masculine and female attributes.
 
We know by reading I Sam 28:13:
And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou?
And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
 
The witch of Endor tells Saul that she sees gods (translated as "elohim.") coming out of the earth. This indicates that what she saw (the Witch) were divine beings...or she perceived them to be divine beings.
 
Some theologians reject the notion of the possibility of multiplicity of Gods making up the Godhead. They based their views on certain Hebrew words which have a plural form but singular meaning. Elohim is such a word.; as are maim (pronounced as mayeem) meaning water; shamain meaning heaven, and panim meaning the face of either a person or a surface. The answer to this is that when we examine the words, they may have a singular meaning, in reality they are part of a plural or a collective. Maim may mean water, but it also means waters a composite unity, if you will. Shamim means heaven, also means The Heavens. Panim means face, but it also means faces.
 
And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness"... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him.
 
That is, man was created in the image of God (and other heavenly beings). Thus we see that God has a figure form, a head, etc. An anthropologist or a philosopher might say that man was not created in the image of God but vice versa, but this concept - not necessarily modern - is not attested to in the Bible, and even contradicts it.
 
Jews were quite willing to imagine beings who bear the divine name within them and can be referred to by one or more of God's titles (e.g., Yahoel or Melchizedek as elohim or, later, Metatron as yahweh ha-katon), beings so endowed with divine attributes as to make it difficult to distinguish them descriptively from God, beings who are very direct personal extensions of God's powers and sovereignty. About this, there is clear evidence.
 
The plurality of the Godhead is assumed to be 3...why? Jews not only concluded a plurality, but even a Trinity, from the word Elohim.  With respect to the passage in (Num. 15:16) they say “There is no judgment less than three”; and that three persons sitting in judgment, the divine Majesty is with them, they conclude from (Ps. 82:1) “he judgeth among the gods”, אלהים. Hence they further observes that the Sanhedrin, or court of judicature, is called אלהים unless it consists of three”. From whence it is manifest, that the ancient Jews believed that this name not only inferred a plurality of persons, but such a plurality which consisted of three at least.
 
Numbers 15:16 One law and one manner shall be for you, and for the stranger that sojourneth with you.
 
Psalm 82:1 A Psalm of Asaph. God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

 

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