Pastorbob's blog listings. Feed Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob Spiritual practice: Call of the Lenten Journey Consider what Jesus calls you to at the beginning of this year’s Lenten journey.

  • Jesus invites us to a way of celebration, meeting and feasting with the humble and poor. Jesus beckons us to a way of risk, letting go of our security.
  • Jesus challenges us to listen to the voices of those who have nothing to lose.
  • Jesus points us to a way of self-giving, where power and status are overturned.
  • Jesus calls us to follow the way of the cross, where despair is transformed by the promise of new life.

Which of these calls feels most significant to you on this first Sunday of Lent?

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Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:35:58 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/22/spiritual_practice:_call_of_the_lenten_journey_ http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/22/spiritual_practice:_call_of_the_lenten_journey_ Consider what Jesus calls you to at the beginning of this year’s Lenten journey.

  • Jesus invites us to a way of celebration, meeting and feasting with the humble and poor. Jesus beckons us to a way of risk, letting go of our security.
  • Jesus challenges us to listen to the voices of those who have nothing to lose.
  • Jesus points us to a way of self-giving, where power and status are overturned.
  • Jesus calls us to follow the way of the cross, where despair is transformed by the promise of new life.

Which of these calls feels most significant to you on this first Sunday of Lent?

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Healing is not an end to achieve, but a path to walk Prayers for healing have been part of the Christian tradition since the time of the New Testament. One Sunday each month I offer special prayers for healing as part of our worship. Even though I have done this for many years and it has been a meaningful act of worship, it seems as if in the past few months, I have gained insight in a new way with regard to healing. I would like to share some key insights here.

A prayer from The United Methodist Book of Worship suggested for use at services of healing includes this line: “May the power of God’s indwelling presence heal you of all illness—of body, mind, spirit, and relationship.” This suggests to me that healing energy tenaciously moves toward health and wholeness.

It appears to me that healing is often a matter of being restored to health and wholeness that you already possess. Sometimes it is a matter of removing obstacles or accumulated conditioning and then letting nature’s healing power move through you.

Further, it appears to me that to acknowledge the life force within and to give thanks for its tenacity to bring health and wholeness in itself has healing power.

I have found it surprising that something always happens. Sometimes the seeker is aware of changes immediately, sometimes after passage of some time, sometimes never. I encourage my congregation to receive the gift; be open to receive whatever comes.

As I reflect on what happens, I can summarize under three headings the possibilities.
One, things can remain the same or two, things can get worse. In either case, we can be aware of God’s presence to walk along side. Three, things can change for the better. Of course that’s what we would like to have happen.

In this regard it is clear to me that prayers for healing are not magic, “magic” in the sense of its root meaning to bend the laws of nature to conform to our desires. In fact, we may need to change our expectations and accept what is.

Healing and cure are different things. In the end, it appears that healing is not an end to achieve. It is a path to walk. And, this very body, with its aches and its pleasures is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive.

This article was published 2/18/15 in the Newberg Graphic

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:20:50 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/18/healing_is_not_an_end_to_achieve,_but_a_path_to_walk http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/18/healing_is_not_an_end_to_achieve,_but_a_path_to_walk Prayers for healing have been part of the Christian tradition since the time of the New Testament. One Sunday each month I offer special prayers for healing as part of our worship. Even though I have done this for many years and it has been a meaningful act of worship, it seems as if in the past few months, I have gained insight in a new way with regard to healing. I would like to share some key insights here.

A prayer from The United Methodist Book of Worship suggested for use at services of healing includes this line: “May the power of God’s indwelling presence heal you of all illness—of body, mind, spirit, and relationship.” This suggests to me that healing energy tenaciously moves toward health and wholeness.

It appears to me that healing is often a matter of being restored to health and wholeness that you already possess. Sometimes it is a matter of removing obstacles or accumulated conditioning and then letting nature’s healing power move through you.

Further, it appears to me that to acknowledge the life force within and to give thanks for its tenacity to bring health and wholeness in itself has healing power.

I have found it surprising that something always happens. Sometimes the seeker is aware of changes immediately, sometimes after passage of some time, sometimes never. I encourage my congregation to receive the gift; be open to receive whatever comes.

As I reflect on what happens, I can summarize under three headings the possibilities.
One, things can remain the same or two, things can get worse. In either case, we can be aware of God’s presence to walk along side. Three, things can change for the better. Of course that’s what we would like to have happen.

In this regard it is clear to me that prayers for healing are not magic, “magic” in the sense of its root meaning to bend the laws of nature to conform to our desires. In fact, we may need to change our expectations and accept what is.

Healing and cure are different things. In the end, it appears that healing is not an end to achieve. It is a path to walk. And, this very body, with its aches and its pleasures is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, and fully alive.

This article was published 2/18/15 in the Newberg Graphic

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Spiritual practice: Be Aware of Spirit’s Movement The Holy God revealed divine glory in Jesus Christ, and has given us a share in Spirit. Light and life, spirit and divinity surround us.


Look around you this week and see beyond, above, and below the physical presence.  Are you aware of spirit even in the common things you see?  Be aware of the movement of spirit within you. Be one with God’s spirit.

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Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:39:00 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob The Holy God revealed divine glory in Jesus Christ, and has given us a share in Spirit. Light and life, spirit and divinity surround us.


Look around you this week and see beyond, above, and below the physical presence.  Are you aware of spirit even in the common things you see?  Be aware of the movement of spirit within you. Be one with God’s spirit.

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Spiritual practice: Experience your essential wholeness Healing is often a matter of being restored to health and wholeness that you already possess.  Sometimes it is a matter of removing the obstacles or accumulated conditioning and then to let nature’s healing move through you.  During this week, acknowledge the life force within and give thanks for its tenacity to bring health and wholeness.  Ask yourself, “what might be blocking the flow of life?” and “What might I do to remove obstacles obstructing the flow of life?”

Even having said that healing and wholeness are already our possession, “Realize that this very body, with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.”

 

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Sun, 08 Feb 2015 18:43:02 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/08/spiritual_practice:__experience_your_essential_wholeness http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/08/spiritual_practice:__experience_your_essential_wholeness Healing is often a matter of being restored to health and wholeness that you already possess.  Sometimes it is a matter of removing the obstacles or accumulated conditioning and then to let nature’s healing move through you.  During this week, acknowledge the life force within and give thanks for its tenacity to bring health and wholeness.  Ask yourself, “what might be blocking the flow of life?” and “What might I do to remove obstacles obstructing the flow of life?”

Even having said that healing and wholeness are already our possession, “Realize that this very body, with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.”

 

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Spiritual Practice: See Your Highest Self Jesus taught as one who had authority.  On the one hand, that incensed his opponents.  On the other, it attracted followers.  I assume that Jesus was the embodiment of characteristics that his followers held in high esteem, the ideals that described their highest self.


Here is an exercise you can try this week.  Write down five characteristics that attract you to Jesus.  These qualities really are reflections of your highest ideals.  Once you have made your list, use those characteristics to describe yourself.  I am [insert an item from your list].  Repeat this process until you have completed every item on your list. Let these Jesus qualities inspire you this week.


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Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:42:57 -0600 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/01/spiritual_practice:_see_your_highest_self http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/02/01/spiritual_practice:_see_your_highest_self Jesus taught as one who had authority.  On the one hand, that incensed his opponents.  On the other, it attracted followers.  I assume that Jesus was the embodiment of characteristics that his followers held in high esteem, the ideals that described their highest self.


Here is an exercise you can try this week.  Write down five characteristics that attract you to Jesus.  These qualities really are reflections of your highest ideals.  Once you have made your list, use those characteristics to describe yourself.  I am [insert an item from your list].  Repeat this process until you have completed every item on your list. Let these Jesus qualities inspire you this week.


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