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The February 2010 eNewsletter of The FSC

I Remember Dan

 
When Dan passed on Jan. 21, 2009 I was in a state of shock. Then my friend Darlene reminded me of the readings Dan and I had before we got married. When Dan left the room after his reading, the medium told me that she picked up a massive stroke with him which would take him into spirit within 3 years. She did not tell him, nor did I. But how could I not marry this man who loved me as much as I loved him, who made me aware of how empty my life had been? Dan made me laugh when I had almost forgotten how. Oh how I loved those edge of the universe conversations. We would laugh and laugh, then Dan would say, “Who can we tell about this?” “No one,” I would say. My husband brought to the table of our marriage a banquet that touched so many parts of my own spiritual quest. How could I walk away from this, no matter how short the time? Months after we married we were both at a Fred Payne Phoenix Vibrational Healing seminar, and I told Amy, Fred’s associate, about the reading. After a moment she said “that agreement has been cancelled, do not worry.” Well, from the time of the reading we had almost 5 years together. In retrospect I believe that Dan’s contract, his agreement, had been amended to give us a little more time.
 
During the last 6 months of our marriage Dan put up a wall and separated from me emotionally. After his death he said that he wanted to spare me the pain, but apparently that wasn’t part of my agreement because I wasn’t spared – it came over me like a steam roller. I discovered that I was dealing with not only grief, but abandonment and betrayal. It was quite a journey, but even in Dan’s death there was a lesson. He was human, doing the best he could at the time. I found some journals he had kept in the late 70’s and early 80’s and started reading them. What I discovered opened my heart and mind to soul growth on a higher level. Dan’s life was not working for him and had not worked even when he was younger. Talk about challenge – he placed himself in circumstances that would give no support to his growth as an individual, yet demand his constant presence in the life game – no escape. Thus began his spiritual search. My own life pattern was so similar that what I read resonated within my own experiences – the illusion of isolation magnified!
 
While reading his journals I could hear his thought patterns as he worked his way through each self discovery that he made. I am not sure of the time span, but I know that when he was studying for a degree in social work at Wayne State, he had a psychology class that included the teachings of Gurdjieff. It is the work of that class plus the revelations that he came across as he “cooked” the lessons, which were contained in the pages of his journal.
 
All of my judgments and condemnations dissolved in the full presence of this man, Daniel M Kivel, who graced my life. I realized the lessons for both of us in that relationship and was filled with gratitude instead of loss, compassion instead of condemnation, and love instead of rage. And Brian was in both of our lives to teach us, in the midst of his obsessions and constrictions as well as our own, to lighten up – laugh! It was with humor that I was able to breech the wall of Brian’s autism. Anger gets you nowhere, delicious laughter transcends.
 
Yes, Dan was a man of contradictions living the life of polarity, while on the soul level knowing that separation is an illusion – there is only God, and God is love. But the intensity of his quest burned through the mist and in that process he touched so many different people from all walks of life. Despite all of the trials and tribulations of his life he still cared about people, still took time to listen and heal. He had a mission and he persevered where many would have given up. As it is with most people, our passions can also be our obstacles as we try to juggle our way through life’s circuitous pathways, and Dan was one of the best jugglers I knew – he tossed from a mixed bowl and created some amazing designs. Our time together was short by some standards, but we packed into those days and months a lot of experience working with spirit, and it is that sharing and expressing that I will miss most of all. Our guides talked to each other as they worked through us – that was a real spiritual high!
 
People slide through our lives like passing dreams, but some take hold and root in our hearts. It is the Don Quixote’s of life who reminds us of our humanity, and the Mother Theresa’s who reflect our divinity. In the course of our lives most of us fall somewhere between the two. But within each of us is that unlimited potential to push the boundaries of our expectations and bloom - we are the gift at the table. Each meeting is an opportunity to share the grace of God – don’t let it slip by.
 
Rev. Margie Kivel
21 January 2010

Rev. Dan Kivel Memorial Page

 

Take Time To Listen

    
     Here we are, on the cusp of another month of 2010, and many of us are struggling to keep our New Year's resolutions, whatever they may be. Are we pleased with our progress, or do we have a tendency to be so hard on ourselves that even a little progress is overlooked. What is our inner voice telling us.
 
     If we listen closely to our thoughts, we can see the direction our lives are heading, because what we focus our attention on, so it becomes reality in our lives.
 
     It takes patience, soul-searching and determination to change our inner dialogs. The world around us would have us believe what is contrary to our belief systems, that . . .”for with God, nothing is ever impossible”. . .Luke 1:37 AMP. On all sides we are bombarded with negativity; from the media, from world events, even from people whose vision seems to be that the glass is always half-empty, so to speak.
 
     There is another side to this coin also. When we take the time to really examine our thoughts, do we find we are unconsciously trying to “help” God with finding the solutions or answers to our concerns and problems? Are we “outlining” how we think things should happen or even when they should? Are we sabotaging our best intentions without realizing it? Let's be honest with ourselves. All of us, I believe, do this, because, although we are Spirit in a human body, we are using our freedom of choice and don't stop to think of the consequences. Only with the most disciplined effort to implement new thought patterns, can we begin to glimpse the “promised land” of fulfillment of hopes and dreams, see an end to our struggles and realize the truth that we really are set free. We have been free along, if we only could recognize that truth not only with our minds, but with our hearts and in our spirit.
 
     Another hindrance in making the inner changes in our thoughts is how we perceive ourselves. Is it most always in a positive light, or do we see only the things we don't like that need changing, and fail to give ourselves the love and acceptance we give to others. But we have the key, the master key, in our hands. That key is knowing we are never alone, that we can cast our burdens on the Lord, and with trust and faith, leave them there. “Casting the whole of your care [all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for he cares for you affectionally and cares about you watchfully”. First Peter 5:7 AMP.
 
     When we can honestly say to ourselves “I love you, I accept you, and I see the Christ in you”, change is inevitable, for we have opened the windows of our mind and heart, soul and spirit for the light and love of God to shine in and through us. When that light within is acknowledged, miracles can happen. We can soar with the eagles as our thoughts take flight with the promises of God alive within us. We are lifted out of the realm of “can it really happen?” into the realm of infinite possibilities before us.
 
     Take the time, all the time it may require, to look within and see where your current thoughts may be taking you. Listen closely for that “still, small voice” to tell you “. . .This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right and when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 AMP. If we should stumble, never fear, for we shall never fall. Underneath are His everlasting arms to hold us, shelter us, and set our feet gently and firmly back on the path He has chosen for us.
 
      Nothing that we face is bigger than God. Every day can be a new beginning when we let the light and love of God guide us and direct us. Putting ourselves in His care and keeping assures us we not meant to do things by our own effort. We have our part, yes, but God is our Source of all we need. If doubts start to creep in, remember these words of reassurance: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and over-burdened, and I will cause you to rest [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls]”. Matt 11:28 AMP.
 
Love and Blessings to all,
Rev. Edee Root
Flint, MI

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The Hebrew Word "Rauch"

 
By Al Lane
Grand Rapids, MI
 
Last month we took a long, hard look at the word “Elohim.” We learned that there are real reasons why the word “Elohim” is a feminine noun. We gave many examples both in biblical thinking, as well as in theology that the word is a feminine noun.
 
This month we will be examining another word which is also another feminine noun...and that word is “ruach.” We hope to more fully explain the reasoning why it is legitimate to believe that there is a logic in believing in not only the multiplicity of the Godhead, but also that at least one member is feminine; not only feminine...but that this info was known and later rejected by the many church fathers.
 
As always we must start at square one...with the Hebrew language and the scripture: 
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2).
 
Spirit of God, in the original Hebrew, is ruah Elohim. Ruah, the word meaning “Spirit”, is a feminine noun. Elohim is a grammatical feminine plural form of God. Nothing is said about a bearded old man in flowing white robes. What is said is that Spirit, denoted by a feminine word and a feminine plural word, is Creator and moves. The notion of a bearded old man with a long white beard is solely a human invention.
 
As we read the Bible, we should not forget that all life springs from Spirit. There is no fearsome Father to run from, no overbearing Mother, no absent parent to search for. Remind yourself: The Creator is not a large man. The God of the Bible is described as feminine Spirit.
 
To begin with the idea that God is solely male and not as the text clearly says, feminine-plural creative force is to force the reading of the text under a dark sinister shadow of negativity.
 
In the original third day, dry land appears and the seas are gathered. The same ruah Elohim says:
 
“Let the earth sprout vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, seed-bearing plants of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that this was good. And there was evening and morning, a third day.”  Genesis 1:11-13
 
We need to set the framework for our understanding. Right at this point in Genesis' account of creation there is no creation of; or division of male and female. All is one in the universe. One sex...not an androgynous sex...an absence of sex. It is not until later in the creation when sex and gender are brought into focus. It is then that the woman is attacked. Not only the woman is attacked, so is her offspring. Why? Are these attacks aimed solely at the woman? Or are these attacks aimed at the Spirit of God and creation?
 
If we trace the word seed in our concordances, as well as the lives of women in Scripture through the Bible, the answer becomes clear: the woman is the surrogate for the attack on the Creation of ruah Elohim. Woman is the scapegoat, not merely for men or society, but for attacks on the Creation revealed in the first chapter of Genesis.
 
There is another word that also indicates the feminine in Hebrew...and that word is fourth.
 
Genesis 1:14 we read “Let there be two great lights.” These lights separate the day from the night. In verse six we read that the firmament divides the “waters from the waters.” The lights are “set in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness.” The light has already been divided on the second day. If these two great lights are to mean the sun and moon, their appearance indicates a feminine context. The lights appear for “signs and seasons” as well as for days and years. The two lights are to rule over “the day and night,” and the Hebrew word for “rule over” is also a feminine gender word Memshalah indicating the rule of God. And the stars also appear, as they will throughout the Bible, as a sign of fertility and birth.
 
In all of creation, the female is the very last thing that God creates.
 
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.......
 
So God created man in his own image. (Genesis 1:26-27)”
 
Robert Alter wrote in his tome, The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary, that the feminine -plural ruach elohim says: “Let us make a human in our image, by our likeness, to hold sway over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the heavens and the cattle and the wild beasts and all the crawling things that crawl upon the earth.”
 
In his copious notes, Alter adds that “The term 'adam (a human) is a generic term for human beings, not a proper noun (suggesting a person's name). It does not automatically suggest maleness......and so the traditional rendering 'man' is misleading, and an exclusively male 'adam would make nonsense of the last clause of verse 27.”
 
The creation that has been outlined in Genesis one, it matters not if one reads male and female to mean two separate genders or one image, including both genders as a compound idea; the female is the highest idea in the revelation of Spirits in the unfolding of Creation.
 
The popular perception of several thousands of years has always assumed the male God is the center of the Creation account. Not so fast! The Creator is Spirit, a feminine-gendered word. This feminine word becomes overturned in Genesis chapter two when another account is introduced and life soon becomes more complicated under a male-gendered word for God.
 
In Genesis chapter two, where is the ruah elohim in the story of Adam and Eve? It is totally missing in this revised, redacted version of our beloved Bible! Suddenly, the Spirit of God is no longer the name of God. A totally new, different name appears as if by magic.
 
Not only is the name of God a new name, but there are other changes as well. A totally different version of the Creation is laid out for us. There is a larger problem, if you will, in this revised, redacted version of the Creation story, evil is introduced.
 
In chapter one, no evil. Chapter two, evil is introduced. Why?
 
Genesis 2:4-3:24:
 
Such is the story of heaven and earth as they were created. When the LORD God made earth and heaven—no shrub of the field being yet in the earth and no grains having yet sprouted, because the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the soil, but a flow would well up from the ground and water the whole surface of the earth---the LORD God formed man from the dust of the earth, and He blew into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
 
The LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and placed there the man whom He had formed. And from the ground the LORD God caused to grow a tree that was pleasing to the sight and good for food, with the tree of life in the middle of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and bad. A river issues from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides and becomes four branches. The name of the first is Pishon, the one that winds through the whole land of Havilah, where the gold is. The gold of that land is good; bdellium is there, and lapis lazuli. The name of the second river is Gihon, the one that winds through the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Tigris, the one that flows east of Asshur; and the fourth river is the Euphrates.
 
The LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden, to till it and tend it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you are free to eat; but as for the tree of knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat of it; for as soon as you eat of it, you shall be doomed to die.”
 
The LORD God said, “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him.” And the LORD God formed out of the earth all the wild beasts and all the birds of the sky, and brought them to see the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that would be its name. And the man gave names to all the cattle and to the birds of the sky and to all the wild beasts; but for Adam no fitting helper was found. So the LORD God cast a deep sleep upon the man and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that spot. And the LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib that He had taken from the man, and He brought her to the man. Then the man said,“This one at last Is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh, This one shall be called Woman, for from man was she taken.”
 
Hence a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, so that they become one flesh.
 
The two of them were naked, the man and his wife, yet they felt no shame. Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild beasts that the LORD God had made. He said to the women, “Did God really say: you shall not eat of any tree of the garden?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the other trees of the garden. It is only about fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden that God said: You shall not eat of it or touch it, lest you die.” And the serpent said to the woman, “You are not going to die. God, who knows good and bad.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for eating and a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was good for eating and a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable as a source of wisdom, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some to her husband also, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were open and they perceived that they were naked; and they sewed together fig leaves and made themselves loin cloths.
 
They heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the garden at the breezy time of day; and the man and his wife hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. The Lord God called out to the man and said, “Where are you?” He replied “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid. Then He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat of the tree from which I had forbidden you to eat?” The man said, “The woman You put at my side---she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” and the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done!” The woman replied, “The serpent duped me, and I ate.” And the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you did this, Banned shall you be from all cattle And all wild beasts; On your belly shall you crawl And dirt shall you eat All the days of your life. I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your offspring and hers; They shall strike at your head, And you shall strike at their heel.”
 
And to the woman He said, “I will make most severe Your pangs in childbearing; In pain shall you bear children.  Yet your urge shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” To Adam He said, “Because you heeded your wife and ate of the tree about which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it,' Cursed be the ground because of you; In anguish shall you eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, and you shall feed on the grains of the field. By sweat of your brow shall you get bread to eat, until you return to the ground, for from it you were taken:  For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
 
The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. And the LORD God made for Adam and his wife garments of skins, and He clothed them.
 
And the LORD God said, “Now that the man has become like one of us, knowing good and bad, what if he should stretch out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever!” So the LORD God banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the soil from which he was taken. He drove the man out, and stationed east of the garden of Eden the cherubim and the fiery ever-turning sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.*
 
*Taken from The Torah, The Five Books of Moses, published by the Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia Pa, printed 1962.
 
With all of this being said, let's put Genesis chapter two into some type of perspective even if it is somewhat paraphrased. God created the earth and everything that was in it and God says, “It is good...” Then God creates man (Adam...remember a title and not a pronoun). Adam asks for a wife. Now where did Adam learn about needing a wife? This really bugs me. Adam was living in this plush, rich, verdant greenery all about him when he decides to ask God for a wife. Where did he learn that he needed a wife? This is answered in the study of Kabbalah. According to the traditions and teachings of Kabbalah Adam and Eve weren't alone. Yes, I know that the Bible is basically silent on this issue, but what so of it? With them were two other members of Creation...which totally reduces the sin of Eve, not one of actually eating of the Tree of Good and Evil; but rather a sexual sin of both Adam and Eve. With that being said we must continue...the word “married” in the Bible holds many different meanings.
 
I will include them for analysis..but please, don't expect me to break down the Hebrew grammatical tenses. That aspect tis still being debated some three thousand years since the Old Testament times.
 
The Hebrew root word for marriage is לָקַח. Transliterated the word is laqach. It is a primitive word meaning a lot of different things. Such as: 
 
1) to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, receive, acquire, buy, bring, marry, take a wife, snatch, take away
 
a) (Qal) 
1) to take, take in the hand 
2) to take and carry along 
3) to take from, take out of, take, carry away, take away 
4) to take to or for a person, procure, get, take possession of, select, choose, take in marriage, receive, accept 
5) to take up or upon, put upon 
6) to fetch 
7) to take, lead, conduct 
8) to take, capture, seize 
9) to take, carry off 
10) to take (vengeance)
 
b) (Niphal) 
1) to be captured 
2) to be taken away, be removed 
3) to be taken, brought unto
 
c) (Pual) 
1) to be taken from or out of 
2) to be stolen from 
3) to be taken captive 
4) to be taken away, be removed
 
d) (Hophal) 
1) to be taken unto, be brought unto 
2) to be taken out of 
3) to be taken away
 
e) (Hithpael) 
1) to take hold of oneself 
2) to flash about (of lightning) (see footnote). 
 
Just take a look at some of the terms and what they mean. All of them are active. These words deal with anything but love.
 
Imagine this, there is this groomer named Adam living in his garden and he asks God for a wife. I hate to say this, but Adam and Eve were never formally married. They were never introduced to one another. All Adam knew was that he woke up and there was Eve. Imagine being Eve! She totally had nothing to say in the matter. She was brought into this world not because she was chosen. Not because Eve had any choice in the matter. Instead, she was because she was a female. This practically reduces the tale of Adam and Eve into more of a history of rape.
 
This really bugs the daylights out of me because it reduces God to some Spirit that roves around the multiverses, making life and then dumping that life on earth. In a way, it compares God to a young child who enters a pet store, sees a hamster,whines until the child receives the hamster, the child brings the hamster to its room where the child then dumps the hamster into an old aquarium. Eve must have felt the same way!
 
So, who was the first woman? And what happened to her? There is a lot of intrigue ahead!
 
Next month, we will continue more research into the word “ruach” (I promise that I will not allow get side tracked as I did in this months column.)
 
Footnote:
 
 
 

 

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In This Issue:

I Remember Dan
Take Time To Listen
The Hebrew Word "Rauch"
Announcements
Our Mission
Book Offer
Prayer Requests
Biblical Spiritualism
The Affirmation For February
The 91st Psalm
Why Go To Church
Laugh Of The Month
Links


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.

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COMMUNICATION
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ITS LAWS AND PURPOSE
 
BY JOHANNES GREBER 
 
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Originally Published 1932
 
This book covers how to communicate with the spirit world of God, its laws and purpose.
 
Some of the other subjects covered:
 
The creation of the first man and woman, was it evolution or permanent materialization? 
 
God's plan of salvation as taught by the spirit world.
 
This book also corrects many doctrines of the Christian Church.
 
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Prayer Requests

 
“There is no power like that of prevailing prayer, of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the breach, Hannah intoxicated with sorrow, David heartbroken with remorse and grief, Jesus in sweat of blood. Such prayer prevails. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God.” Samuel Chadwick
 
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.
 
Send your prayer requests to prayerwarriors@flintspiritual.com
 
If you would like to become one of our prayer warriors please email pastor.rick@flintspiritual.com
 
Special Prayer Requests:
 
Rev. Ellen Thoune requests healing prayer for her grand daughter Mary Sue Fox who is being checked for possible brain cancer. 
 
She also requests healing prayer for her grand son Ricky Thoune who is being checked for possible lung and throat cancer.
 
She als requests prayer for her daughter Tammy who is currently experiencing severe abdominal and back pain (Ricky's mother).
 
It has been brought to our attention that Rev. Barbara Lewis fell late last year and broke her hip.  She is currently convalescing in a nursing home in Fenton, MI.  Healing prayer is requested.
 
Special prayers are requested for the people of Haiti, those that survived and those that have made their transition through the effects of the earthquake.  Prayers are requested for all those who answered the call to aid in the relief and rescue efforts in whatever capacity they were able.

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Biblical Spiritualism

 
This month's scripture reference is on healing through faith in action. We will begin this lesson with a quote from a wonderful healer.
 
Faith is something you must put into action. It is not a stationary thing. There is no neutral in faith. You are either going up or you are going down. Your faith will never stay on the same level. You get into the Word of God every day, and what happens to your faith? It begins to go “up, and up, and up!” You stay out of the Word of God and what happens to your faith? It begins to go “down, and down, and down!” That is why you must put your faith into action. You must read your Bible! Did you know that Bible reading is an “act of action?” It takes stamina, and it takes discipline to get into the Word of God and read the Bible, so we need to keep our faith in action at all times. If you never went out and put your faith in action, and you never went out and put this teaching in action, do you know how much you would accomplish? NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! What will happen when you do? EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING!” Frances Hunter
 
Acts 3:1-16 KJV Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; (3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. (4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. (5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. (6) Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God: (10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (11) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering. (12) And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? (13) The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. (14) But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; (15) And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. (16) And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

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The Affirmation For February

 
This month we have an affirmative prayer of gratitude adapted from the popular Prayer of Jabez.
 
1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
 
Thank you Father for blessing me this day and for expanding my material territory and spiritual bounderies, I am thankful for the assurance that Your hand* is with me continuously and You are teaching and correcting me so that I am continuously led away from error and that this day and every day I am at peace. For these things I am grateful. Amen.
 
* God's hand has always included His Spirit and spirit-world.

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The 91st Psalm

 
Personalized by Rev. Rick Root
 
The 91st Psalm is a wonderful affirmative prayer of protection that many believe was written by Moses during the 40 year sojourn in the desert.
 
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High
And abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I declare of the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress;
My God, I trust in You.
Truly You deliver me from secret traps,
And from deadly diseases.
 
You cover me with Your Feathers,
And under Your wings will I trust:
Your truth is my shield and buckler.
I will not be afraid of the terror by night;
Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the diseases that manifest in darkness;
Nor for any disaster that strikes during the day.
 
A thousand may fall at my side,
And ten thousand at my right hand;
But it will not come near me.
Only with my eyes will I behold
and see the reward of the wicked.
 
Because I have made the Lord, Who is my refuge,
Even the most High, my habitation;
No evil will befall me,
No sickness will come near my dwelling,
For You have given Your angels charge over me,
To keep me in all my ways.
They bear me up in their hands,
Lest I dash my foot against a stone.
I tread upon the lion and adder;
The young lion and the dragon I trample under foot.
 
Because I have set my love upon You,
You deliver me: You set me on high.
Because I have known Your name.
You are with me in trouble;
And You deliver and honor me.
With long life You satisfy me,
And You show me the effects of Your blessing, (salvation).
In Jesus’ name, amen!

More on the 91st Psalm

 

Why Go To Church

Received from Rev. Jeffrey Nank
Why Go To Church
 
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.   'I've gone for 30 years now,' he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons.   But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them.   So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.'
 
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column, much to the delight of the editor.   It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
 
'I've been married for 30 years now.   In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.   But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals.   But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.   If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.   Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!'   When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!   Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
 
Oh and P.S.
 
'When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, 'Jesus, could you get that for me?

 

Laugh Of The Month

 
SOMETHING TO PONDER
Author Unknown
 
I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its décor.
 
But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp—
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.
 
There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.
 
Herb, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.
 
I nudge Jesus, “What’s the deal?
I would love to hear your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.
 
“And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber – give me a clue.”
“Hush, child,” He said, “they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.”
 
(Thanks to Marilyn Claire, Grand Rapids, MI)
 
Send your family friendly jokes and funny stories to pastor.rick@flintspiritual.com for possible inclusion here.

 
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