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The September 2010 eNewsletter of The FSC

The Greatest Gift

 
If we were given a beautifully wrapped, completely unexpected gift, how would we react? Would we be over-joyed on being the recipient of such a gift, or would our first reaction be “oh, I can't accept this, it's too expensive”. Now remember, we haven't even opened the package yet. With much anticipation, we open it. Much to our disappointment, the box reveals nothing that would justify such expensive paper and ribbon, and we feel let-down in some vague way.
 
Now again, imagine being given the same gift, only this time wrapped in plain paper, no ribbon or tag of any kind. Would we react with enthusiasm on being given an unexpected gift, or be secretly dismayed at how inexpensive it looks? Our first reaction to each scenario is very telling, because it is an indication of spiritual consciousness. Do we base the value of something on what it looks like, or do we value the gift simply because it was given from the heart, and, as such, blesses both the giver and receiver.
 
Oftentimes, we are unaware of the value of a gift when we are given it. For instance, an item of jewelry may be worth a lot of money, but until it is appraised, it's true worth is unknown to us. As with the examples of the two differently wrapped packages, how valuable something is cannot always be readily seen.
 
Now let's go a little deeper into the mindset we accepted each gift with. What if we were offered an item of priceless value and told that it wouldn't cost us anything, that it was completely free, and we only had to say “yes” and it would be ours. Would we hesitate, thinking there was a hidden catch, or that it sounded too good to be true? These are all plausible reasons to hesitate on accepting such an offer; however, in doing so, missing out on a life-changing opportunity. What if the offer was accepted with gratitude, and only then the value became apparent. All that was needed was simply saying “yes”.
 
It is the same way in our spiritual life. When we put God first, accept that His promises are as true for us today as they were for the people in biblical times, when we acknowledge the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresence of God moving and working in our lives, our thinking, acting and speaking is transformed, and we know we cannot be where God is not.
 
But sometimes, we try to make things complicated. Simple doesn't work for us; it sounds too easy. Or we rationalize and use human reasoning rather than asking for Divine wisdom and understanding. It IS simple. Accept the gifts and promises of God with love and a grateful heart, mind, soul and spirit. Your life will be changed forever. ...”seek (aim at and strive after) His kingdom, and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and all these things taken together will be given you besides.” Matt. 6:33 AMP. . . .”be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind (by its new ideals and its new attitude)” . . . Romans 12:2 AMP. There are numerous promises of God found throughout the Bible, especially in the books of Isaiah and Psalms. Whatever your need may be, there is a promise for it.
 
The greatest promise and the most priceless gift of all is God's love for us. He sees us as perfect; it is the attitudes we hold towards ourselves that hold us back from expressing His love fully in our lives; hence the importance of our reactions to the gifts mentioned earlier. Accept God's love simply and gratefully, letting the reality, totality and immensity of that Love fill your cup to overflowing. The words of a well-known hymn is a testimony of this love: ...”the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul is the wonder that God loves me. . . .O, the wonder of it all, the wonder of it all! Just to think that God loves me...”.
 
Accept. Believe.
 
Love and Blessings to all.

More from Rev. Edee

 

God vs. Organizations

 
 
In biblical days the term “church” meant the communion of spirits loyal to God under the rule of Christ. The true meaning of the word “church” has nothing in common with our worldly churches and religious denominations of today.
 
Nowadays we are all divided into different denominations with each having a set of beliefs which differs from each other and everyone thinking that our particular set of beliefs is the correct one. Each so called “church” attempts to convert the adherents of the other churches to their belief. Some of these churches have wandered so far from the original church or original beliefs that were Christ to return today, he would not recognize most of us as being his followers.
 
The important thing is to believe in God and in Christ, to understand their persons and to live as believers in God and followers of Christ. Unfortunately, very few churches are much interested in God and in Christ, but are more interested in their particular organization. The rules of the organization are followed very carefully and are so important that the purpose of belonging to the organization has lost its central theme which is to be a true Christian.
 
What is in our hearts is what counts, the buildings are nothing, the leaders, the accouterments, the gatherings, the ceremonies are nothing of importance. God does not care which rituals you follow, which building you pray in, which preacher you listen to, which rule you follow. We have all become as the Pharisees of old placing emphasis on superficial rules and beliefs. We likely would not have been among the followers of Christ in his day had we followed the beliefs we hold today.
 
Received through automatic writing by Denise Freed

Denise' website: God's Grand Plan

 

The Harvest

 
When it’s 80 degrees or higher, it is usually the time to bring in the hay, pick fruit in the orchard or can. They used to have, in the old days, a small building near the house that was used for canning; basically, an outdoor kitchen so you wouldn’t heat up the house in the process. If you had an outside outlet, you could set up one of those screen tents and put a table and hotplate in there. Or, some ladies would have a canning kitchen set up in their basement, since the temperature below ground is usually a constant 65 degrees,  Helpers for any of these tasks were essential –“many hands make less work” they say.
 
Usually in August I would be out in the fields collecting wildflowers to dry, such as pearly everlasting, yarrow, butterfly weed, etc. to later put in a vase, a wreath or a potpourri once they were dry. Every rafter or shelf would have a bouquet of herbs or flowers – it was like having the outside glory inside my house.
 
Nature’s cornucopia is full, as is my gratitude bowl. Although I don’t do any of those things anymore, I always did enjoy putting up food for winter and having shelves full of foods of many colors and shapes in the basement. It gave me comfort to look at them, perhaps partly because the memory of growing, harvesting and putting food by is still in those glass jars. I love looking at what is there, seeing the incredible variety of Mother Nature’s palette. The whole process of growth, from seed to flower to fruit will never cease to amaze me.
 
It is such an amazing planet that we spin on. With age comes reflection and a larger picture. Looking over the landscape of my life tells me that I am truly blessed. There have been people who have come through my life and brought me the gift of understanding, have shown unspoken kindness, or have been a thorn in the side of my ego that thinks I know how things should be. When you see the divinity within each of us, the radiance can be breathtaking. If you can’t see that, look again, beyond past behavior and reactionary judgment.
 
It takes constant effort to be within that way of seeing and responding. But I keep working at it, because otherwise I would be stuck in the past, out of sync, outside the flow. I keep planting the seeds, tending the thoughts and admiring the harvest – like the sight of blue chicory blooming on the side of the roads – to most a weed, but to me sheer heaven.
 
When I was a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Later I wanted to be a naturalist, and then an artist. Now I am content to just be here, at peace and grateful for each moment, each season, each person and creature that crosses my path. I am still making amends for my lack of grace, my fears and panic that keep popping up at the most inopportune times. But I am feeling better about myself, so I think I am making some progress on this journey. I can see the canning jars full of gorgeous peaches and apricots so I know I have done some good things in my life.
 
Namaste,
Rev. Margie Kivel
25 August 2010

More from Rev. Margie

 

Core Values and Priorities

 
Everyday, life offers us a wide variety of choices.   Even basic choices like what to wear, can affect other things that happen during the day due to subtle things like moods and attitudes. What is important varies from person to person, and changes as time passes. Many decisions are made based on core values. These important values are derived from learned knowledge, from experience, study, and feelings. Some basic ideas about proper values come from other trusted peoples' opinions, while others require individual thought. Gathering information from many sources provides a wide range of ideas to use for comparison. Judgments are not always correct. Random, unseen, and changing elements may make even well-informed decisions come out differently than the planned results.
 
A certain amount of decision-making elements are inborn, or derived through feelings from the reaction of the senses. Determining right and wrong is subject to interpretation, which is further modified by conscience. Heart and soul are spiritually connected through shared energies and feelings that are a part of the decision-making process.
 
We learn to choose between conflicting elements of good and bad that vary through interpretation. That which is good has positive, or desirable traits. Who benefits and what benefits from words and actions, can greatly change the very characteristics of what is good and what is bad. Bad can be measured by the degree of being disagreeable, disharmonious, unpleasant, or how disturbing something is in its nature; whereas good has the opposite effects. Having a flexible standard for figuring out positive and negative views of situations requires continuous thought. Sometimes reaction time allows little time for thought, and predetermined patterns must be relied on.
 
Many decisions must be made every day. Priorities are assigned as an orderly method of setting importance, or urgency. Core values are deeply seated ideas involved in setting priorities beneficial to oneself, the surrounding world, and for spiritual ideals. A system of values sets priorities involving daily lives. Weighing their importance leaves some people going to work to maintain luxuries like a high profile vehicle, instead of settling for something more modest.  For others,  being able to raise their own children themselves without daycare. Self-esteem measured from the standard of social standing undermines itself by requiring constant approval from others. A decision and the action that follows may affect future happenings, as seen through the laws of Karma.
 
Living involves opposing forces like love and hate. Love is the charitable and benevolent concern for the good of oneself or others, while hate leads to evil, which is a greater form of being bad that can be seen in causing harm, ruin, destruction, injury, and inflecting discomfort or pain. A constant battle between values like truth and honesty vs. lies and deceit can be seen in human relationships portrayed in movies or television.
 
There are many common elements that affect most of humanity, and affect the processes of making decisions. Money is seen as a root element in modern life, being the common exchange form used for material things and services. Basing decisions on money and material possessions is often given a higher priority than spiritual growth, because of their immediacy to daily life. Living for God changes values from seeking great things for yourself to that of becoming a greater person. Living in service for the planet and all who dwell here can bring greater satisfaction than in accumulating much more than is necessary for survival and maintaining a comfortable state of existence. Those who believe that their spirit will be traveling on to another existence live better lives with greater goals than those who are just living for themselves.
 
Periodic examination of core values and setting priorities brings self-assurance. Feeding of spirits costs little, while providing great comfort and a sense of well-being.
 
Use Your Choices to Become a Greater Person,
Dennis Dunk

 

The Transfiguration

An example of the spirit communication of Jesus.

 

How To Hold A 'High' Seance (Part 1)

     (Editor's Note:  This teaching was received by Johannes Greber from a spirit sent from the highest realm in the spirit world.  It can be found in pages 126 - 130 in the book, "Communication with the Spirit World of God", or pages 127 - 131 in the free download) 
 
 
     “The training of mediums is accomplished most speedily at the so-called 'spiritistic seances'.
     “On this account and in view of the great importance of such training I shall go into great detail as to the way in which these seances should be held. At the same time I shall give you the reasons for the particulars which must be observed on such occasions. I shall also explain to you the things that happen at theses seancesin the course of a medium's training.
     “When a group of seekers after God and the Truth has decided to unite in an effort to get into communication with the good spirit-world, the first thing to be determined upon is the place at which its meetings are to be held regularly. This place should be chosen so as to ensure the greatest possible privacy. You too, when conducting the more important of your worldly affairs, are careful to provide against intrusion, and this is the more essential when the question at issue is the establishment of a purely spiritual bond, which would be much more susceptible to disturbing influences than would any worldly undertaking.
     “The best time for such meetings is in the evening after eight o'clock, when the day's work with its worldly cares and worries is over, and people can devote themselves to calm reflection.
“Generally speaking, seances should not be held oftener than twice a week.
     “Before the meeting, the premises should be thoroughly aired to rid them of all vapor, tobacco-smoke and stale air, for the odic power of the participants is greatly lowered by vitiated atmosphere, and in consequence, the odic radiation, which is so important to the spirit-world, is obstructed.
     “To keep the air pure a large bowl of fresh water is placed in the room; this absorbs a part of the air which becomes contaminated in the course of the seance.
     “Upon the table at which the participants are to be seated are placed for each a few sheets of paper and a soft pencil.
     “Immediately before the opening of the seance those present must not converse on material subjects, but must concentrate their thoughts and dismiss all purely worldly matters from their minds. Remember, it is for the purpose of serving God that they have met!
     “The place chosen by each member at the first meeting should be regularly occupied by him thereafter, because the odic radiation, which varies with each individual, must gradually be brought into a certain equilibrium. For this reason those present should seat themselves alternately according to sex, for the od of the male is preeminently positive, while that of the female is negative, and to offset one with the other is the best way of establishing a balance. However, this alternate seating arrangement is not imperative; it merely facilitates the balancing of the od for the producing an effective current. A change in the order of seating after this has been adopted should be made only in response to an order to that effect from the spirit-world, transmitted by a trained medium or by a medium undergoing training.
     “If there is a musical instrument like a piano or a harmonium (organ) in the assembly-room, it is best that the meeting be opened with a religious anthem, sung to instrumental accompaniment. For want of anything better, the phonographic record of a hymn or other solemn air may be played. The singing and playing of a beautiful song inspire the hearts of the hearers with harmony and solemnity and turn their thought to higher things. Such music is also a good safeguard against the influence of the world of evil spirits which will try to force their way into the meeting for the purpose of obstructing and disturbing its efforts, since evil is discord and does not feel at home in surroundings in which the harmony of lofty though and sentiment finds expression in song and words. That was why, as the Bible relates, the evil spirit departed from Saul whenever David played the harp before him and sang psalms to the Lord.
     “After the singing is over someone present must pronounce a simple prayer of his own composing. Should he be too bashful to deliver this without the aid of notes, he may write it down beforehand and read it aloud with due reverence. Everyone who attends these meetings should take his turn at offering prayer.
     “Following the prayer, someone must read a passage from the Old or the New Testament, which must be discussed by those present. The aggregate time given to the singing, the prayer, the reading and the discussion should be about a half an hour.
     “At the termination of the discussion, the participants join hands, the light being dimmed as much as possible, each person laying his right hand over the left of his neighbor. This is called 'forming a chain', and is necessary in order that the odic force of each individual may be united into a single current, just as separate lengths of wire must be connected whenever it is desired to pass an electric current over a line. It must always be borne in mind that the ability of the spirit-world to perform its work at a seancedepends on the strength of the odic current, and that the efficiency of the od is greatly enhanced by dimming the lights.
     “The formation of the chain has also a highly symbolic significance, for, just as those present join hands and thereby become linked outwardly into one unit, so they are held to be of one heart and one soul among each other. They must love one another, help one another, forgive each others' faults and banish from their hearts everything that might disturb the internal harmony of the group.
     “It was for the reasons I have cited that the early Christians used to join hands when they gathered together for worship. They thus sought to typify unity of mind, but primarily they strove to create a powerful odic current in order to enable the good spirit-world to deliver its messages.
     “The 'chain' should be maintained for twelve or fifteen minutes. During this time everyone must strive to keep his mind concentrated, to exclude therefrom all worldly subjects and to harbor nothing but good thoughts. To this end he may engage in introspection, review his own past life, his shortcomings, his bearing toward God and his fellow men, his sins of omission, and the like. He should give thanks to God for all blessings received, praise and exalt Him and reverently beseech Him to be allowed to converse with the good spirit-world. He may include in his prayer anything conducive to his spiritual welfare.
     “When the time allotted to the 'chain' has elapsed, the leader of the assembly causes the same to be broken. Each person now takes up the pencil before him and lays his hand lightly on the sheet of paper at his place. When doing this he must have the strength of mind not to write of his own volition, all the while keeping his hand relaxed so that it will yield to any motion which may be imparted by the spirit-world.
     “At the first few seances the available odic force is usually very small in amount and the obstacles encountered by the participants are very serious. Everything is still too new to them. They find it difficult to keep their thoughts collected and fall into a state of tense expectation. It is precisely this tensity which militates most of all against the liberation of their od, as I shall have occasion to speak of presently. As for the rest, the participants are like a new, unused magnet,which develops strength only through repeated use.
     “However, it often happens that the mediumistic development of a participant is much further advanced than he himself realizes. In such instances it may be that the workings of the spirit-world are manifested at the very first seance. He may feel a pulling at or a stiffening of the hand which holds the pencil and which then begins to move. He must not pose the slightest resistance to this impulse, but must allow the hand to yield. At the first few seancesnothing more convincing may be executed with the pencil by the spirit-world than some straight lines, curves, circles or other elementary attempts at writing, before a letter, a word, or a sentence is formed. This is because the odic force released by those present is not yet powerful enough, but primarily, because the odic power of the medium in the making is still in its initial stage. Practice in writing will progressively strengthen this power. If the workings of the spirit-world are manifested in this or in some other way. The great obstacle, originating in the tense attitude of those present will now make itself felt. They usually watch with the greatest intentness what is happening to the other person. Tense expectancy, however, always represses the odic radiation of a person, just as someone who is listening intently involuntarily holds his breath. This diminishes the odic current and adds to the difficulties of the spirit-world, for even the best engineer cannot make his engine run properly if deprived of all or of a large part of his power.
     “Fear, fright, distrust, doubt and all other forms of inward opposition exert upon the odic current an effect as unfavorable as that produced by mental tension. Whoever, harboring such feelings, takes part in a spiritistic meeting, not only fails to release any odic force himself, but interrupts the current liberated by the others. Hence mediums can tell at once when there is someone present who acts like an extraneous, obstructive body, and are justified in demanding the exclusion of such a person until he has adopted a different mental attitude.
     “Whenever, therefore, at spiritistic gatherings, there is a lack of harmony of thought and feeling, there can be no homogeneous odic current, and the successful outcome of the meeting becomes problematical, if not indeed impossible.
      “This explains why scientific committees which experiment with mediums often meet with little or no success. The mediums, who, as we know, are the sources of power for the manifestations of the spirit-beings, feel discouraged and nervous when surrounded by an atmosphere of distrust. They realize all the while that their investigators consider them capable of committing fraud and that they have no faith in the thing itself. Sensations of this kind are bound to check the release of energy on the part of the mediums, if not to prevent it altogether.
     “That is a law of Nature, and, incidentally, it is the same law that which causes the blood to forsake the cheeks of a person seized with fear, and to rush to his inner organs, making him turn pale. What happens is, that the person's od as it retreats inward, draws the blood to his heart.
     “How unjustly do your scientists therefore so often judge of a medium's failure to meet their tests! They would do better to consider the obstacles placed in the way of mediums as sources of power for the spirit-world, more particularly by the scientists themselves, who need only remove these obstacles in order to obtain a satisfactory demonstration of the ability of spirits to make themselves manifest.
     “It is true that the good spirit-world very rarely engages in communications which do not deal exclusively with the purposes of good, but which serve merely to satisfy scientific inquiry, if not, indeed sheer curiosity. The latter is the province in which the low spirit-world is especially active and in which, unfortunately it only too often causes a great deal of harm.
     “Those who attend good spiritistic conferences should constantly be reminded that it is their duty to banish all doubt and distrust from their hearts and to await what may happen with the utmost patience and composure.

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In This Issue:

The Greatest Gift
God vs. Organizations
The Harvest
Core Values and Priorities
The Transfiguration
How To Hold A 'High' Seance (Part 1)
Announcements
Our Mission
Encounters
Not Safe At Home
Biblical Spiritualism - Healing and Telepathy
Book Offer
Prayer Requests
The Affirmation for September
Plant A Seed
Laugh Of The Month
Contact Info
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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Our Prayer
 
We pray to the God of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that he may give you a spirit of wisdom and insight, and so enable you to understand His divine nature.  May He open your spiritual eyes so that you may see what hope is yours by virtue of His call, and how rich in His glory is the inheritance that you will share with His faithful, and also how vast is His Power, as manifested in us who believe in Him.  Amen.
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Rev. Rick Root - Editor
Rev. Edee Root - Co-Editor

Articles Of Faith

 

Encounters

In John 14:21, Jesus promises to reveal himself unto us.  Tell us how the Lord and Master Jesus has manifested himself unto you by whatever way you experienced it. (We know the reality of His promise)
 
We would also like you to share how contact with spirits and angels have blessed and changed your life.  Have you been saved from calamity due to their intervention?  Have you received guidance that turned your life around?  Have you received a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual healing?  Please share your experiences for possible inclusion here.  Send your submissions by email to pastor.rick@flintspiritual.com
 
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We started this section of the newsletter to allow our readership to submit their personal spiritual experiences with the spirit-world.  Although I have encounters every day, there is One who comes occasionally and has appeared at various points in my life, for which I am grateful: Jesus the Christ. It is one of these encounters that I wish to express.

It took place during the last year I lived in Grand Rapids, MI. I laid down upon my bed to meditate, and Jesus appeared unto me, standing beside my bed. He looked down at me and simply said, “You don't love me as you aught.” and the vision and my meditation ended. Please understand, there was no condemnation in His voice, only great love. But my inner response was something else. Guilt, shame, anger at myself (depression)...in this inner heaviness I went into a deep self-examination for several days. He spoke a truth to me like no one else could have spoken, I did not love him as I aught.

Unlike any other spiritual experience I have had, this one continues to affect my life. I have changed, and I am not the man I was when I had this encounter. I continue to change;  for this I am grateful. I can honestly say I love Jesus. When I wasn't even seeking Him, He chose me. To me, He is more than 'just another teacher'. He is my friend, and even more than this, He is my Master, Lord, Savior, High Priest, ideal, pattern and more. Because of Him, I strive to keep my gifts of the spirit lifted up through prayer to where they are a communion with God and Christ. And He continues to show me what a Spiritualist can be in Him.

I have been many things and carried many labels in this life, but this one thing I know, 'I am simply a Spiritualist that loves Jesus' and I am not ashamed of being a Christ follower or a Spiritualist. I am grateful for having a personal relationship with Him, and though sometimes several years may go by between His visits, the door of my heart is always open as I welcome my dear Friend.

Love and light,
Rev. Rick Root

These Three Things

 

Not Safe At Home

 
I had, at most, two homes
to retreat to for respite, but
welcomes were not assured
and comfort was not promised.
 
Being the reactor instead of actor
has its drawbacks en route
along the four paths leading
towards the four directions.
 
There is a constant process
of crumbling foundations,
floors and walls collapsing
imploding dreams and illusions.
 
Time to move on again,
to remain a moving target,
cycles of beginnings and
endings, now so familiar.
 
If nothing else you learn
to pack light, to let go
of what was precious, to
divest of any attachments.
 
Sometimes I wonder how many
ways must I try this life on,
upside down, inside out
before it seems to fit.
 
Questions like that always attract
even more variety and depth of
different ways to experience
the moon and the damp earth.
 
I have to laugh at my ennui
in the midst of this journey.
When the time frame is eternity
boredom is not an option.
 
Rev. Margie Kivel
18 July 2010

More from Rev. Margie

 

Biblical Spiritualism - Healing and Telepathy

Matthew 9:1-8 KJV
 
And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. (2) And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. (3) And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. (4) And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? (5) For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? (6) But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. (7) And he arose, and departed to his house. (8) But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

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John 15: 1-17 JGT
 
         “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. He removes every one of my branches that does not bear fruit, and He cleans every bearing branch, so that it may bear even more abundant and better fruit. You are already clean by virtue of my teachings. Remain in me, as I will remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit by itself if it is severed from the vine, so you also cannot bear fruit unless you remain united with me. For I am like the vine, and you are like the branches. If any one remains united with me, and I with him, he will bear fruit in abundance. But severed from me, you can do nothing. Whoever severs himself from me is thrown aide like a branch that is cut off, and withers; and such withered branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned. If you remain united with me and hold fast to my teachings, you may ask what you will and it will be given to you. It would redound to my Father's glory if you were to bear abundant fruit and prove yourselves my true disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Continue in our love for me. If you abide by my commands you will continue in your love for me, just as I, obedient to my Father's commands, continue in my love for Him. I have told you this in order that I might find my joy in you and that your own joy might thereby be made perfect. This is my command: that you love one another as I have loved you. He who has the greatest love is he who lays down his life for his friends; and you are my friends if you do my bidding. I no longer call you my servants, for a servant is not told what his master is doing. I have called you my friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, lasting fruit, so that the Father may grant you everything that you ask Him in my name. Above all I earnestly enjoin you, love one another!”
 

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Prayer Requests

"I myself have for twenty-nine years been waiting for an answer to prayer concerning a certain spiritual blessing. Day by day have I been enabled to continue in prayer for this blessing. At home and abroad, in this country and in foreign lands, in health and in sickness, however much occupied, I have been enabled, day by day, by God's help, to bring this matter before Him; and still I have not the full answer yet. Nevertheless, I look for it. I expect it confidently. The very fact that day after day, and year after year, for twenty-nine years, the Lord has enabled me to continue, patiently, believingly, to wait on Him for the blessing, still further encourages me to wait on; and so fully am I assured that God hears me about this matter, that I have often been enabled to praise Him beforehand for the full answer, which I shall ultimately receive to my prayers on this subject. Thus, you see, dear reader, that while I have hundreds, yes, thousands of answers, year by year, I have also, like yourself and other believers, the trial of faith concerning certain matters."  George Muller
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1 John 5:14-15 KJV  
 
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
 
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
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If you would like to become one of our prayer warriors please email pastor.rick@flintspiritual.com 
 
A Spiritualist Healing Prayer
 
I ask the great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health. I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part. I ask this great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health. I put my trust in the Love and Power of God. Amen.
 

Prayer Requests

 

The Affirmation for September

 
I greet each day with anticipation and expectation of my good. I will be given my daily bread, and I know my every need will be met in God's own wonderful way.

Affirmation Archive

 

Plant A Seed

As we move forward in the preparations for holding our church services in a building, the expenditures  to make this move a reality have significantly increased.
 
We are in need of additional funding, and would prayerfully ask you to plant a financial seed in the ministry.  "Give, and it shall be given unto you."  We feel this is a dynamic ministry that is unfolding and evolving as God and Spirit leads, and we are grateful for, and continue to pray for all our ministry contributors and partners.
 
Checks or money orders may be mailed to:
The Flint Spiritual Church
PO Box 530
Flint, MI 48501
 
Or you may donate by PayPal© by clicking the following link.
Thank you.

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Laugh Of The Month

The Christian Dog
 
A devoutly Christian couple felt it important to own an equally Christian pet. So, after careful inquiry, they went shopping at a kennel specialising in Christian dogs. They found a dog they liked quite a lot. When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it in a flash. When they instructed him to look up Psalm 23, he complied eagerly, using his paws with dexterity. They were impressed; they immediately purchased the animal, and went home (piously of course).
 
That night they had friends over. They were so proud of their new Christian dog and his religious skills - they called the dog and began showing him off. The friends were impressed, and asked whether the dog was able to do any of the usual dog tricks, as well. This stopped the couple cold, as they hadn't thought about "normal" tricks. "Well," they said, "let's find out." Once more they called the dog, and they clearly pronounced the command, "Heel!" Quick as a wink, the dog jumped up, put his paw on the guest's forehead, closed his eyes, and began to pray.
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Send your family friendly jokes and funny stories to pastor.rick@flintspiritual.com for possible inclusion here.  Regardless, we enjoy a good laugh.

 
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