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    Spiritual practice: Feel the wind

    Sunday, May 31, 2015, 5:10 PM [General]

    Jesus said, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

    If you can sit outside, do so. Relax, listen to the sound of the air, feel the air around you, and at the same time recall the words of  Jesus.   Describe what happened to you in this experience.

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    Spiritual practice: Breathe with your problem

    Sunday, May 24, 2015, 9:37 PM [General]

    Richard Rohr writes:  “Prayer is not the avoidance of distractions, but precisely how you deal with distractions.”

    St. Paul writes:  "Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words."

    During this week as problems arise, simply breathe.  Sit with your problem without trying to solve it.  The moment you become curious and watchful, dopamine is released in the reward center of your brain and your irritability is instantly replaced by pleasure, contentment, and inner peace. Do you sense the Spirit’s intercession for you?

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    Pentecost Sunday

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 2:18 PM [General]

    On Pentecost Sunday,
    we pause to remember the coming of the Holy Spirit,
    who was with us from the time of our birth
    and before
    and who will be with us at the time of our death
    and beyond.
    The Spirit gives us life,
    The Spirit teaches us
    The Spirit prays with us,
    for us,
    and through us.
    Rejoice in the Spirit’s presence and work
    in your life.

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    A Spiritual Practice for Ascension Sunday

    Sunday, May 17, 2015, 4:43 PM [General]

    The ascension of Jesus put us into the surreal world of mythic cosmology,
    though physically unverifiable
    nonetheless awe inspiring.
    In our baptism like his,
    we were affirmed to be the children of God
    and commissioned for service.
    We were incorporated into his death
    so that we died to our old self;
    and incorporated into his resurrection
    so that we rose to new life.
    In his ascension, he is given power and authority that makes him victorious over all obstacles.
    In our identification with him,
    we have been seated with him at the right hand of victory.
    Let these bigger than life images inspire you to live
    a productive, victorious, full life.

    During this week take the story of Jesus’ ascension into your awareness and let it inspire you to live

    … from a “high” perspective. “God raised us up and seated us in the heavens with Christ Jesus.”

    … with a victorious attitude.  “In all these things we are more than conquerors through the one who loved us.”

    … with a plan to live creatively, approaching each situation with freshness.  “As Christ was raised ..., we too can walk in newness of life.”

    … with awareness that you are part of the body of Christ, displaying God’s wisdom in the world.  “God’s purpose is now to show the rulers and powers in the heavens the many different varieties of his wisdom through the church,”  “which is the fullness of Christ.


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    Spiritual practice: Expressions of God

    Sunday, May 10, 2015, 4:45 PM [General]

    Love is a verb and not a noun.

    God is love.

    Is God a verb?

    Wherever you see love, you see God.

    Some places may surprise you.

    Some lovers may surprise you.

    Whenever you see love, you see God.

    This week be on the look out for expressions of love.

    Remind yourself every time you see one that you are seeing God.

    This week, be yourself an expression of love.

    Let God be seen in you.

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