Pastorbob's blog listings. Feed Zend_Feed_Writer 1.10.8 (http://framework.zend.com) http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob Consider your ancestors I've been pondering this little mathematical statistic about ancestry. When we think of our ancestors, we most often think of our parents and grandparents. We might be able to go back in our thoughts to great grandparents. If we go back 20 generations, we have more than 2 million ancestors.

You can work out the math for yourself. You have 2 parents, who each had two parents, that’s 4 more ancestors, or together 6. Your 4 grandparents each had 2 parents (8). Add that to your 6 ancestors and in just three generations you have 14 direct ancestors in your gene pool.

Now think of the worst think you have ever done or the thing you are most ashamed of. Once you have it in mind ask this question: Do you really think you are the first one in your gene pool ever to have done that?

I get interesting reactions when I share this. One person immediately said, "You mean we don't have to feel guilty!" (That's true, but our cultural DNA has an influence on us, too. So, we might continue to feel guilt.) One father put his hands over the ears of his 6 year old son, "Don't pay attention to that!"

When we consider that each of us has a 20 year line of ancestors of more than two million, it’s hard to imagine that each one of us doesn’t have someone in that gene pool that has not done just about anything a human being is capable of doing. We all likely have murderers, thieves, addicts, abusers, pedophiles in our history.

The figure of two million ancestors assumes that each parent had two distinct parents. Of course, human nature being what it is, it is likely that somewhere along the line there was some incestuous breeding which would say that one or more person was involved more than once in the number, cutting the total.

We also all have some pretty incredible ancestors in our past who have done amazing things making amazing contributions to the world.

Despite all the positives and negatives in our history, the incredible tenacity of life moved forward and now manifests in you. Like a seed planted in a garden, life continues to grow, push forward, and produce.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:05:10 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/07/03/consider_your_ancestors http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/07/03/consider_your_ancestors I've been pondering this little mathematical statistic about ancestry. When we think of our ancestors, we most often think of our parents and grandparents. We might be able to go back in our thoughts to great grandparents. If we go back 20 generations, we have more than 2 million ancestors.

You can work out the math for yourself. You have 2 parents, who each had two parents, that’s 4 more ancestors, or together 6. Your 4 grandparents each had 2 parents (8). Add that to your 6 ancestors and in just three generations you have 14 direct ancestors in your gene pool.

Now think of the worst think you have ever done or the thing you are most ashamed of. Once you have it in mind ask this question: Do you really think you are the first one in your gene pool ever to have done that?

I get interesting reactions when I share this. One person immediately said, "You mean we don't have to feel guilty!" (That's true, but our cultural DNA has an influence on us, too. So, we might continue to feel guilt.) One father put his hands over the ears of his 6 year old son, "Don't pay attention to that!"

When we consider that each of us has a 20 year line of ancestors of more than two million, it’s hard to imagine that each one of us doesn’t have someone in that gene pool that has not done just about anything a human being is capable of doing. We all likely have murderers, thieves, addicts, abusers, pedophiles in our history.

The figure of two million ancestors assumes that each parent had two distinct parents. Of course, human nature being what it is, it is likely that somewhere along the line there was some incestuous breeding which would say that one or more person was involved more than once in the number, cutting the total.

We also all have some pretty incredible ancestors in our past who have done amazing things making amazing contributions to the world.

Despite all the positives and negatives in our history, the incredible tenacity of life moved forward and now manifests in you. Like a seed planted in a garden, life continues to grow, push forward, and produce.

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Spiritual practice: Say “Thank You” I structured the worship service for my final Sunday around giving thanks. I used the sermon time to say thanks to a wonderful group of people. As part of the sermon, I included this spiritual practice: Say “Thank You”

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart

During this week, pay attention to every time you say “Thank you.” Remind yourself each time that you are saying a prayer. You may be surprised that the number of times you say “Thank you” might increase.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:53:47 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob I structured the worship service for my final Sunday around giving thanks. I used the sermon time to say thanks to a wonderful group of people. As part of the sermon, I included this spiritual practice: Say “Thank You”

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart

During this week, pay attention to every time you say “Thank you.” Remind yourself each time that you are saying a prayer. You may be surprised that the number of times you say “Thank you” might increase.

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spiritual practice: significant events; steppingstones Today I reflected on 34 years of ordained ministry int he United Methodist Church. In connection with my reflections, I suggested this spiritual practice: significant events; steppingstones

What you are right now is the result of your life experiences. The places you have been, the people you have known, the work you have done, the challenges and successes you have experienced all have contributed to your life at this present moment. From time to time it can be helpful to look back over these events.

One day this week make a list of “stepping stones.” On a sheet of paper make a column of numbers 1-10. Quiet yourself for a few minutes, then write one thing beside each number that has shaped your life. Reflect on each of these items silently, with a friend or in your journal. What has your reflection revealed to you?

I have published a collection of 52 spiritual practices. You can get a copy by following the link.https://www.createspace.com/5524218?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:30:46 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/06/21/spiritual_practice:_significant_events;_steppingstones http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/06/21/spiritual_practice:_significant_events;_steppingstones Today I reflected on 34 years of ordained ministry int he United Methodist Church. In connection with my reflections, I suggested this spiritual practice: significant events; steppingstones

What you are right now is the result of your life experiences. The places you have been, the people you have known, the work you have done, the challenges and successes you have experienced all have contributed to your life at this present moment. From time to time it can be helpful to look back over these events.

One day this week make a list of “stepping stones.” On a sheet of paper make a column of numbers 1-10. Quiet yourself for a few minutes, then write one thing beside each number that has shaped your life. Reflect on each of these items silently, with a friend or in your journal. What has your reflection revealed to you?

I have published a collection of 52 spiritual practices. You can get a copy by following the link.https://www.createspace.com/5524218?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

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Spiritual practice: Let go; Let God The seed sprouts and grows,
but the farmer doesn’t know how.
The earth produces crops all by itself.  
~Jesus


Each morning brings a newness that we need only step into.
Let the God of hopes and dreams,
wash you,
lift you,
heal you,
hold you.

Take a few moments each day this week to simply let go and let God work the healing and renewing work of life in you.

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Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:23:21 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/06/14/spiritual_practice:__let_go;_let_god http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/06/14/spiritual_practice:__let_go;_let_god The seed sprouts and grows,
but the farmer doesn’t know how.
The earth produces crops all by itself.  
~Jesus


Each morning brings a newness that we need only step into.
Let the God of hopes and dreams,
wash you,
lift you,
heal you,
hold you.

Take a few moments each day this week to simply let go and let God work the healing and renewing work of life in you.

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Spiritual Practice: Be Yourself

Jesus demonstrated personal authority

It came out his own authenticity.

As our model he show us how to live out of our own authenticity,

with confidence in who we are.

This week as you practice,

“Be yourself today.

Just be.

Without explanations or definitions.

Take notice of the person you are.”

— Terry Bookman, The Busy Soul

 

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 16:33:10 -0500 http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/06/07/spiritual_practice:__be_yourself http://community.beliefnet.com/pastorbob/blog/2015/06/07/spiritual_practice:__be_yourself

Jesus demonstrated personal authority

It came out his own authenticity.

As our model he show us how to live out of our own authenticity,

with confidence in who we are.

This week as you practice,

“Be yourself today.

Just be.

Without explanations or definitions.

Take notice of the person you are.”

— Terry Bookman, The Busy Soul

 

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