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The 1st Anniversary eNewsletter of The FSC


To all of you who have participated in the growth of this eNewsletter and ministry we are truly grateful.  We are grateful for the work the participating writers have put forth.  We are grateful for those of you who have forwarded our eNewsletter to your friends and family.  We are grateful for your constant prayer.  We are grateful for the lessons learned and our personal growth.  It has been wonderful journey and we look forward to continuing our service to God, spirit and the spiritual progression of mankind.
The Flint Spiritual Church is now on Facebook.  Facebook has recently replaced the "fan" of to "like", so look us up and "like" us as we continue to expand our ministry onto this social networking website. 
This last year has also been an interesting one with the Church's website.  We went from having no page ranking with Google to being ranked, then losing that ranking and then regaining it.  It has been a roller coaster ride.  Please be patient and pray for us as we make major changes to the website that are needed to move us to a higher ranking.  Anything you may like to see and other suggestions are most welcome.
We sent Rev. Rick Root to the Church Management and Tax Conference held in Romulus, MI on April 20th.  There were many "oh no!" moments in the course of the day but there were also things we were grateful to God for bringing to our attention.  There are many changes to the laws that affect non-profit organizations and churches that came into effect on 01/01/09, and made Rick feel like he was 20 years behind in knowing how to properly run a church.  But this has stregthened our commitment to do it right.
We have been notified that our friends in the Independent Spiritualist Associationare holding their annual Convention at the Best Western Hotel, 2755 S Lapeer Rd., Lake Orion, MI on June 11, 12 and 13.  Hopefully we will have more information for you in the next eNewsletter.
The ISA Banquet will be held on Saturday evening and tickets are $30.00 each, (due before June 1st.)  If you want to attend this event and don't know who to contact, please email and he'll put you in contact with someone who can make it happen.
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How Do We Get To Heaven?

     Most people expect to go to heaven when they die, but there are many beliefs about how to get there. In my early years, I accepted the teachings of the Christian churches, but they didn’t seem to be quite enough. After exploring a number of different churches, I finally found a group which believed in Christ, but also taught that Christ sends celestial spirits (also referred to as angels) to guide us in all we need to know, in order to live good lives, and to enter the kingdom of God when we die.
     This is in fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send “the Holy Spirit” who will teach us all things. The original Greek scriptures used the singular, “a holy spirit”, but it was mistranslated to “the Holy Spirit“, and accepted through the years into our present day Bibles. Remnants of the original scriptures remain, however, in some translations. One example is I John 4:1-3 (RSV), “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are of God. Another example is l Cor.14:32 (RSV) “---and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.” So rather than sending a vague inspirational being who influences all people, Christ promised to send multiple spirits from his kingdom, at least one for each individual, who have come to help all people who are willing to listen, with our individual spiritual needs. God is a spirit, Christ is a spirit and all the angels are spirits. Therefore, references to the spirit world can include all of them. Since God is the ultimate authority, His messages, delegated to Christ and delivered by the celestial spirits are often referred to as God’s messages, even if we don’t receive them directly from Him. Hence the Biblical translations often use the phrase, “God says”, no matter who from His kingdom delivered it.
     When I first attended the group referred to above, I had a wonderful positive feeling and also personal intellectual evidence that it was what I had been looking for all my life. I began to have many of my spiritual questions answered by the spirits who manifested, and over time, I received visual images and was able to hear certain spirits who spoke to me. The things I saw and heard were not about ordinary earthly matters, but were about God and Christ and how to live and to help others in very specific, practical ways.
     One of my questions was, “What is required for us to enter Christ’s kingdom when we die?” There are so many people of diverse backgrounds, many of whom know nothing of Christ, that it doesn’t make sense for a loving God, to send them to Hell, or at least prevent them from entering Heaven, as most of the churches teach. Following is a summary of the understanding that I was given.
     There are certain standards that a person must meet to be admitted to heaven. This is partly because those people who do not live up to the standards would not fit in to such an advanced society. In general, the necessary standards can be summarized as standing for what is good and shunning evil.
     There are many ways of understanding what is good. In most cases, it includes recognition and respect for a Supreme Being and adhering to certain ethical standards. Shunning evil means elimination of characteristics such as cruelty, greed, arrogance, deceit, selfishness and intemperance.
     Standards for entering heaven are not based on belief, because there is so much mixture of truth and error on this earth, that mankind cannot sort it out on their own. People who live by high enough standards to enter Christ’s kingdom (Heaven), can receive God’s real truths from the celestial spirits after they arrive. People can even begin to receive these truths from the angelic spirits while they are still on earth, but they have to learn to discern the difference between the information given by the spirits sent from Christ’s kingdom and that given by spirits still at the earth level. These lower spirits as well as mortals give their theories and opinions, but do not know any more than we do.
     God is the ultimate judge as to when we’re ready to enter the heavenly realm, but His spirits evaluate our progress all through life and they arrange circumstances for us to learn what we need to progress higher. For example, a person might be good at management, science, construction or entertainment, but be very arrogant, not realizing that without God, he or she could do nothing. Such a person might be led into a situation in which other people do give God the credit and/or in which he or she tends to fail when doing things on his or her own.
     God does not require perfection, because it is not possible to be perfect on this earth where there is so much negativity. So the standards of Christ are those which are realistic for our environment and are still high enough for us to live in the heavenly realm. It is hard to get through the earth level because of the evil forces that oppose us, but God’s spirits give us credit for effort.
     So how do God’s spirits measure our progress? They measure on a scale from 1 to100, divided into 10 major stages. These angels don’t use this scale, however, until a person reaches a point of consciously wanting to be closer to God, in whatever way he or she understands Him. Few people are ever aware that their progress is even being measured.
Each stage and its focus are as follows:
Stage 1 (1 -9 points) People at this stage have a beginning desire for something better than the way that they are living. There isn’t much interest in spiritual matters, but there is a belief in some kind of Higher Power. It seems very remote from their lives but there is occasional curiosity or desire to get to know more about it.
Stage 2 (10 – 19 points) People at this stage have a general desire for avoidance of evil, and harmony with “the good”. They consciously or subconsciously adhere to certain ethical standards of society, like not killing innocent people. They develop a more specific perception of a Higher Power, but it still seems remote from them and their interests are mostly mundane.
Stage 3 (20 – 29 points) At this stage people have more curiosity or interest in spiritual matters but their interests remain largely mundane. They may become involved with some kind of self improvement such as a health club or a self help group. They might also seek professional advice.
Stage 4 ( 30 - 39 points) At this stage, people are actively interested, questioning and searching spiritually, but they may not yet be committed to a particular spiritual method. Their exploration could lead them in positive or negative directions. They may or may not begin to pray, to meditate or to try other kinds of spiritual practices.
Stage 5 (40 – 49 points) People in this stage become spiritually committed, often to a particular spiritual orientation. They read or meditate for spiritual inspiration or guidance. If they are going in a positive direction, there may be some beginning development of spiritual gifts such as inspired feelings, dreams or visual images. Many people’s growth becomes arrested at this stage. They may become complacent or choose a negative direction and stay at this stage until they question their position and want to explore further. For some people, this takes a lifetime.
Stage 6 ( 50 -59 points) At this stage, people expand their horizons. They explore other points of view and practices and begin to learn more than obvious differences between positive and negative spirit manifestations. They often share some of their spiritual experiences with others and may bring other people to their own spiritual gatherings. This stage is fairly long because there are so many things to explore. It can last for years.
Stage 7 ( 60 – 69 points) At this stage, there is focus on communication with God and Christ and depending on a person’s belief, with the heavenly spirits. If a person is willing, one or more of the spiritual gifts are developed, or more fully developed during this period. These are gifts which enable a person to communicate with God, Christ and the spirit world through feeling, seeing, hearing, taste and smell. Some people develop the gift of knowing, such as knowing the future, and some develop the gift of healing and/or automatic writing. There must be an increase in discernment between the manifestations from God’s spirit world and those from the lower spirit world. There must also be a beginning elimination of personal flaws for a person to consistently continue in a positive direction and grow beyond this stage.
     It usually takes a long time, often several years, to get through this period, because there are so many aspects to it. Those who do grow beyond it, continue their development and use of the spiritual gifts.
Stage 8 ( 70 – 79 points ) As people progress into this stage, they have already learned a great deal from God and Christ via the spirit world and from their own experiences. During this stage, they learn to think more for themselves. They must become somewhat more self directed, but make their decisions consistent with what they have previously learned. They must continue to reduce their personal flaws.
Stage 9 ( 80 – 89 points ) During this stage, the focus is on rising above mundane matters and the influence of the low spirit world. People are encouraged by the heavenly spirits, to focus more on God and matters pertaining to God. Even when involved with mundane tasks, these people are encouraged to maintain awareness of God’s presence in their lives and resist efforts by the lower spirit forces to preoccupy their minds, influence their activities and/or to make them give in to lower impulses.
Stage 10 ( 90- 99 points ) This is a very difficult but rewarding stage. It is the stage of mystics and of mediums for God’s celestial spirits. The focus is on almost continual awareness of God, Christ and the spirits loyal to Christ, as individuals go about their activities. There is awareness of the intense battle between high and low spiritual forces and their daily and hourly affect on each person. There are difficult tests, but an increase of God’s protection and spiritual gifts as people pass the tests.
Freedom (100 points ) This stage is one of almost complete protection from negative forces and almost complete freedom in the service of God. As stated earlier, perfection is impossible as a mortal, so 100% means living by Christ’s realistic standards. As people go through the stages, they have periods of 100% protection, but when they live by Christ’s standards on an almost continual basis, they have 100% freedom on an almost continual basis.
     There are certain lessons people need to learn as they progress. Christ’s spirits help people with this learning process. These celestial spirits also test people periodically to see how they’re doing. When they consistently pass tests in a particular area over a period of usually 3 or 6 months, they gain more freedom in that area, and periodically, an increase of spiritual gifts. Then they go on to other lessons.
     People do not necessarily progress through the stages in exact sequence. For example, persons may have learned to communicate with spirits, but may still be focusing largely on mundane matters and need to learn more lessons of the 3rd and 4th stages. If they don’t learn these lessons, their communication is likely to be with mundane (earthbound) spirits, rather than the high celestial spirits of Christ’s kingdom.
     At what stage do people pass enough tests to enter Christ’s kingdom? Christ is reported to have said that some produce 30%, some 60% and some 100%. It is hard to say at what point people are ready to enter heaven, because individuals’ personal characteristics may hold them back or move them upward, regardless of their stage. People may know many high spiritual truths and even have certain spiritual gifts, but be held back by arrogance or resentment. On the other hand, Christ is reported to have referred to the woman who anointed his feet, saying, “---her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much”(Luke 7:47 ).
    So in general, if we keep our focus on God, and try to live according to Christ’s virtuous principles in love and harmony, God the Father and Christ will welcome us into the heavenly kingdom.
     I would suggest reading "Communication with the Spirit World of God" by Johannes Greber.
Sharol Cannon
M.S. psychiatric nurse
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When God Heals, by Sharol Cannon


Paradigms In A Holographic Universe

"Dare not wish to change even the slightest thing about a loved one without first understanding how it might change the rest of them."
Mike Doyle
I received this in an email two days ago, and it is lodged like a sprouted seed in my consciousness. It has jarred my complacency, my concept of the world, cause and effect, infinity, etc. by opening my vision's screen to panorama instead of closeup. When you consider the web of life that unites us, the effect of a butterfly wing beating in Japan being felt in Oklahoma, a holographic universe, the above statement resonates. But it also adds another dimension. We all have our paradigms of how things should go, and the place where we tend to apply them most is in our relationships. We each have strengths and weaknesses, and with loved ones we see them both but view them as separate categories. If our mate, child, parent could only overcome "such and such" they would be a stronger person and life would be easier for all of us. Then we proceed to make that happen, to help them see the error of their ways.
Now, there certainly are behaviors which we all participate in that are not in our best interest. However, when you look at the whole person, strengths and weaknesses etc., you will see connections between the two. Perhaps that which irritates you the most is a facet of that which makes them unique and wonderful. If that facet is chipped off, how does it affect the whole? It's like pruning a tree. If I cut off this branch how will the tree react? What kind of result will be produced later on if I change the form of the tree now? .
This is a very subtle contemplation, but it can have huge ramifications. My relationship with my step-son Brian certainly brought this to my attention. My husband Dan said that if you try to stop a certain autistic behaviour you may get something worse in its place. But when I looked more closely at what was happening when Brian became angry, I realized that if I gave him an alternative outlet for that anger through humor he could release it. He wouldn't have to go through the whole anger paradigm, which didn't help him or anyone else. Subtle and yet profound.
Every time I think my perspective is open, I realize that there is so much more that I have not considered. That realization is one of the things that keeps life interesting, keeps me on the earth plane. We have a seed of understanding in our hands and think that that is all there is. Then we realize that it has produced a plant that flowers. The form has changed. We find the seeds again from the flowers and we have made a circle. Aha, this changes things. When you look at the environment within which this seed grows and reproduces, we find interactions that we haven't considered. The viewpoint gets larger and larger, and in the process our understanding, wisdom and compassion pushes the boundaries of what we thought God was, what we were, and what the universe was.
I love the process, the lessons and the gems along the path. Life is good. No matter how empty or dark things may seem to be, there is always a gift. Sometimes it comes months or even years later, but when it does the past is transformed. There is such an opportunity for us to bloom in what seems to be a desert if we only realize it, open to it. And that opportunity is through compassion and love. Allow that to flourish in your life and your paradigms, your frame of reference for how life should be will be expanded to include the concept of no limitation, and that is what life is.
Rev. Margie Kivel
Bontnewydd, Wales

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Important Questions #1 - Who Am I?

Everyone has learned a lot of useful things since they arrived on this planet that we call Earth.  When your spirit arrived it was innocent.  Everything was new and for a moment we were all equal, needing help with everything just to survive to see the next day.  Almost everything must be learned when you start with almost nothing.  Everyone is unique.  Humans are all individuals that must wake up with the same person every day of their life.  We quickly learn to take care of ourselves, get what we need, and how to interact with  others.  Self-awareness is essential to functioning well within society.  Discovering who you are and developing that person is a difficult undertaking.  Humans do not come with an instruction manual or a specified purpose, leaving us to wonder why we are here and what we are supposed to do.  Developing a basic plan makes it easier to deal with the uncertainty that is a part of life.  Trying to figure out our own personal plan for life is easier if it is done, like a book, by being divided into chapters.  If we are doing things right, we are all learning and trying to grow.  Our personal book of life is written a moment at a time and comes without a specified ending.
Finding the true spirit that lives within you and what brings happiness is important to being comfortable.  Self is the core of who you are and that which makes everyone an individual.  Living requires a basis to compare important occurrences to when making judgments and decisions.  An internal reference point that uses a persons own spirit instead of being based from an ego or objects is important for sustained well-being.  Ego places excessive importance on a single person, requiring continuous support.   An object or power basis lasts only as long as the referenced thing is there to provide superiority and security.  Self-reference provides self-powered references that are based on self-knowledge and potential.  Enjoying living is easier with the knowledge and application of being spirituality aware of oneself.  Spirituality provides for a connection to other spirits, which leads to cooperation, compassion, and happiness.
Nature is a guide to our world.  Nature is more than just the animals and plants that live outside of our buildings.  It encompasses all of the material world and its phenomena, as well as forces and processes that make things happen in specific ways.  Natural forces and energies are very powerful.  Nature has laws and rules that control everything with allowance for adaptation.  There are too many very precise laws governing the physical world to have been derived from chance.  This leaves one to wonder where all of that which we see and study originated from.  Spirituality has the answers, but to gain understanding of the mysteries of life requires careful examination and thought.  An open and inquiring mind is needed to learn the intricacies of the workings of life.  Spirituality has it's own set of laws dealing with feelings, emotions, values, motivation, thought, and many other important parts of living.  Following the laws of nature and spirituality leads to a comfortable path for living.
Only a few species have a conscience, which is a moral or ethical guide that provides a sense of right and wrong.  Each person develops their own set of morals based on the knowledge that they have learned.  Priorities and goals will change as we grow older.  From the beginning to the end of our journey of life our brain will always be our most valuable asset.  It is one of the main places where happiness comes from and resides.  A mind contains spiritual elements like spirit, heart and soul that are not easily recognized and must be discovered by careful mental examination.  Listening to the quiet voice within your mind that guides your actions is a part of finding your true spirit.  Physical elements of life are continually changing, and require frequent adaptations that are best accomplished with an open and flexible mind.
So, what is the answer to the important question of who am I?  Well, that depends on the decisions that you make every day.  It's up to you.  You have the choice to be constructive or destructive, it's obvious which is easier.  It is quicker and easier to destroy than build.  Being constructive takes more thought and effort for long term results, but sometimes it's required to destroy something to replace it with something better.  Life is about making plans and attempting to complete them.  Success is in the attempt, as well as the results.  There is comfort in being the person that is correct for yourself and doing things that support happiness that comes from within.  Who am I is more than a just here and now question; it's also how others are affected by what you say and do.  History will view what you did and provide part of the answer.  Who you are is more than an egotistical view.  How you affect the world around you and the far-reaching effects of what you do are important too.  Life is too complex to provide a simple answer to the question of who am I.  The answers are continuously being provided.
People live moment by moment, while making plans for the future.  It is unknown how long anyone will be on Earth.  Do the best you can with what you have to work with and try to be satisfied with the results as being good enough.  Be aware how you affect others.  Give away smiles, they cost nothing and grow freely.
Be Good to Each Other,
Dennis Dunk
Flint, MI

In This Issue:

How Do We Get To Heaven?
Paradigms In A Holographic Universe
Important Questions #1 - Who Am I?
Our Mission
The Essential Ingredient
Biblical Spiritualism
Prayer Requests
This Month's Affirmation
Book Offer
Laugh Of The Month

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


The Essential Ingredient

When we come into a dark room and turn on the lights, we know there will be light. When it rains, we know there will be sunshine later. When we sit in a chair, we know it will support us. We take these things for granted, because it has been proven to be so. They illustrate tangible results and makes having faith seem very easy.
The struggles with faith comes when we can't see any results. We may be praying for a long time about something, and still see nothing changing. We get discouraged and are tempted to give up. We see only the appearances, and they often can be deceiving. We may wonder, at our lowest point, if God even hears us, and are tempted to take matters into our own hands to resolve the situation or condition.
And then, out of nowhere, something happens that makes us realize God really is “working behind the scenes on our behalf”, as one of my favorite ministers likes to say. Just such a thing happened to me recently. I had just left my credit union, when a total stranger came up to me and said, “God told me to give this $10 to you.” This has never happened to me before, and just that morning I was thanking God for the abundance that was mine for that day. So you see, God is always at work, and that completely unexpected blessing told me, in effect, not to worry. God “has my back”, and wonderful things happen when we realize we never have to use only our own strength when things challenge us.
We may think we don't have enough of this important ingredient, but Jesus said. . .”If you have faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.” Luke 17:6 AMP.
There are so many scriptures about faith in the bible. It is a prerequisite for new doors to open, new experiences, handling changes in our lives, and being able to take life in stride. God is with us, guiding and ordering our footsteps and setting us on the right path. It is living with invisible means of support.
It takes the three P's to develop faith: Patience, practice and perseverance. It's a lot like physical exercise. The more we exercise, the stronger and more fit we become. It is the same with faith. The more we use our faith muscles, the more easily we feel the Presence of God with us and helping us. More and more, we are able to let go and trust that whatever lies ahead of us we can handle and know good will come. God has infinite ways to bless us, and the key to realizing those blessings is being grateful for the knowledge that God has taken care of us before, He is taking care of us now, and He will take care of us in the future. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see. . .Heb 11:1 AMP.
In closing, do not worry about tomorrow, for God is already there. “And whatsoever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive”. Matt 21:22 AMP.
Love and Blessings to all,
Rev. Edee Root
Flint, MI

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Biblical Spiritualism

Jacob's Ladder - A Dream Vision
Genesis 28:10-22 KJV  And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. (11) And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. (12) And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. (13) And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; (14) And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (15) And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. (16) And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. (17) And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. (18) And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. (19) And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. (20) And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, (21) So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: (22) And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
Picture "Jacob's Ladder" used with permission from the La Vista Church of Christ,

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Prayer Requests

"Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them." John Calvin
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This Month's Affirmation

Submitted by Rev. Edee Root
"With joy and thanksgiving I return to the basics of life:  Forgiveness, courage, gratitude, love and laughter."


Book Offer

Hardcover - 444 Pages
Originally Published 1932
This book covers how to communicate with the spirit world of God, its laws and purpose.
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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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