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  • Religion Means Nothing if You're Still a Jerk

    03/28/2014 5:22:50 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 12 replies
    YouTube (3:23) ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | offTheLeftEye
    "A life of religious devotion without kindness is not a spiritual life." -Emanuel Swedenborg This video expands on Swedenborg's assertions about what's at the root of organized religion's problems. Lyrics: Peace, please believe, that there's a lot of human need And a lot of hungry bellies that could do without human greed And a lot of people packing churches looking for a seed hoping for a higher love to patch up where we all bleed they're there to learn, it's a perfect opportunity to say hey we're all God's children and pump love and aid into the community but what...
  • Who Needs Works?

    03/15/2014 5:31:38 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 240 replies
    What The Bible Says About ^ | Rev John Odhner
    It seems to be a matter of common sense to say that good people will go to heaven and evil people will go to hell. Something would be terribly wrong if God could send an innocent, sincere, charitable, helpful person to hell. Yet sometimes people suggest that a person's salvation depends upon his faith alone, and not upon the good things he does, or how he lives, or whether he obeys the Ten Commandments. The Bible never mentions "faith alone" (except in one passage which says faith alone is dead--James 2:24) The concept first came into existence during the Reformation,...
  • Repentance: The Nouns

    03/13/2014 6:05:19 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study (UStream) ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    It is all about the What of repenting--what are we looking for and working on? Next week: The Verbs.Includes Paul's list of 95...From my notes: sinned, wrong, wickedness, bad, evil deeds, evil way, weight, wicked ways, wicked works, abominations, dead works, sexual immorality, adultery, blasphemy, works of our hands, idolatry, murder, sorcery, theft, filthiness, naughtiness, uncleanness, fornication, lewdness, vileness...
  • Every Tree is Known by Its Fruit

    03/10/2014 7:56:30 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 6 replies
    How are we guided by the Lord from the mis-impressions and tainted motives of our natural heredity to the wisdom and love of a genuinely good life? One key answer is that we need to learn what the Lord teaches in His Word. We need to learn and we need to consciously work to make different choices from many that come naturally to us. We need to ask the Lord’s help in this work. We need to pray that the light of heaven shine upon our minds. We also need to pay attention to the fruits of our present motives...
  • Becoming Human [Sermon on Genesis 1]

    03/10/2014 4:40:58 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith
    Patheos ^ | March 10, 2014 | Coleman Glenn
    [...] There’s still the seventh day to come, but that was a day of rest, and so on the sixth day we’re talking about the ultimate goal, the end, of the Lord’s creation. In the literal sense this is the creation of man, male and female. In the internal sense, it’s something similar. We’ve been talking about the way that the days of creation tell us about the way that a person is regenerated, made a new person, made a heavenly person. And on the sixth day, at the end of the whole process, the goal of all of this,...
  • "You Are the Man": The Bible Is about Us

    12/27/2012 10:32:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 26, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Here is a link to the December 26, 2012, Bible study. Unlike many books in our world about God, the Bible has stories about a long list of the worst human failings, yet it does not glamorize or sensationalize those things. We look at Nathan's parable about David's adultery, and see that the whole Word is like that parable--it is ultimately far more personal and direct than we might at first like to think. Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • Marriage Moats-New and Known (Christmas Message)

    12/24/2012 4:36:18 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Caring for Marriage ^ | Dec 21, 2012 | Lori Odhner
    Marriage Moats-New and Known Sent Friday, December 21, 2012 View as plaintext Marriage Moats Caring for Marriage My twins and I hauled up nine tins of ornaments from the basement, while my six foot son and his father let loose with a chain saw on the trunk of a tree. The grinding pain of a severed log blasted over the lilting soprano of the Hallelujah Chorus. Together the girls and I hung glass angels and woolly lambs, most of which are older than they are. There's the flannel snowmen we made in Brownies, and the pewter JOY from a friend...
  • The Lord's Kind Invitation [New Church, Ecumenical]

    12/20/2012 4:10:30 AM PST · by DaveMSmith
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 19, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    This Bible Study offers thoughts about how to move away from violence and mayhem, where the Lord is in all this, and what His life on earth did (and did not) do for us.I can field questions or comments here or feel free to use Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • On the three person Trinity at Christmastime [New Church, Open]

    12/14/2012 8:28:31 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 133 replies
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 | Self
    I'd like to pose a question to the defenders of the three 'person' Trinity:Matt 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:34 Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" 35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will...
  • Crossing the Jordan into the Inner Meaning [New Church, Open]

    11/29/2012 2:55:12 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 520 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed Nov 28, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Everything in the Old Testament history leads up to the crossing of the Jordan, and yet the way the story is told in Joshua 3 and 4 has major inconsistencies and problems. Is there another way to read it? Can the Bible be taken literally?
  • "Give Me This Mountain": Finding Hidden Meaning in Scripture [New Church, Open]

    11/22/2012 11:55:39 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 180 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed Nov 21, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Many people read the Bible literally and feel very strongly that there's nothing more to it than that, and yet Jesus Himself says the whole Old Testament is about Him. How could that be?!? We ponder this through a bizarre story in which Caleb pleads with Joshua to be given a mountain inhabited by enemy giants in fortified cities (Joshua 14). Also see: Spirit And Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • Why God Can't Get Angry (Video)

    11/20/2012 12:48:25 PM PST · by DaveMSmith · 65 replies
    YouTube ^ | Tues Nov 20, 2012 | offTheLeftEye
    If we generally agree that loosing our temper at someone means that we have some more growing up to do, why would we think that God does it?
  • How Do You Read? (Luke 10:26) [New Church, Open]

    11/15/2012 8:27:56 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 132 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Thu Nov 14, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    The core topic is whether we are expected to understand Scripture or not, and how each of us is affected by the particular lens through which we view Scripture.
  • Election 2012: Who Came From Love? (video)

    11/15/2012 4:10:29 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | Thu Nov 14, 2012 | offTheLeftEye
    What's the difference between attacking from a zeal for the public good, and just being nasty? The primary concept behind this video was borrowed from Emanuel Swedenborg.
  • The Heart of Jesus' Message (His blood = Divine Truth)

    06/08/2012 8:42:45 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 2 replies
    New Church Connection Magazine ^ | Issue 3, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Scripture uses wonderfully tangible language to help explain abstract spiritual concepts with examples we know with our senses to demonstrate some very complex ideas. Blood is referenced quite often in the Bible because it is something with which we all have experience. We each live, breath, and have blood flowing through our veins, and so blood is something we recognize and understand. It is likewise with water. When someone describes something as fluid like water, we know what they mean because we visualize the properties of water. This type of scriptural imagery works to make the invisible become visible. A...
  • The Arm of Jehovah (Isaiah 53) - Trinity series

    01/05/2012 5:10:45 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 94 replies · 1+ views
    Nunc Licet Bible Study: UStream ^ | 1/4/12 | Rev. Dr. Johnathon Rose
    An exploration of Isaiah 53, John 1; 16:26, and 17:5, 24 from a Swedenborgian perspective. The key to it all is to see that Jesus is not a separate person; He IS "the arm of Jehovah." -- 90 minute study of Scripture
  • Last Judgement #28 [Invitation to the New Church]

    05/22/2011 10:02:42 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 336 replies
    e-mail ^ | 1758 | Emmanuel Swedenborg
    Last Judgment 28 V. THE LAST JUDGMENT IS TO BE WHERE ALL ARE TOGETHER, AND SO IN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD, NOT ON EARTH The general belief about the Last Judgment is that the Lord accompanied by angels will appear in glory in the clouds of heaven, and He will then raise up from their graves all who have ever lived from the beginning of creation, clothe their souls with a body, and, when they have been summoned to meet, judge them, sending those who have lived good lives to everlasting life or heaven, and those who lived wicked lives...
  • The Faith of the New Church

    09/20/2009 11:24:55 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 5 replies · 510+ views
    New Church Audio Resources ^ | 30 August, 2009 | Bishop Thomas Kline
    So the Lord said, "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you. Following are my reflections on Bishops Kline's Sermon. Please consider listening to his address before posting negative comments to my words. I just wish to convey how his sermon moved me to find my path. It is an open thread. Bishop Kline uses a ladder to symbolize the path to the Lord's Heavenly Kingdom. I posted on other threads some significance to that in...
  • Johnny Appleseed: Swedenborgian Evangelist in America

    09/18/2009 5:47:53 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 7 replies · 770+ views
    Johnny Appleseed (born John Chapman) was a direct descendent of Edward Chapman, who came from Yorkshire, England, to Boston in the 1640s and became a prosperous farmer and miller in Ipswich. John was of the sixth generation from Edward. He was the second child of Elizabeth Simonds and Nathaniel Chapman, who were married at Leominster, Massachusetts on February 8, 1770. John was born in Leominster on September 26, 1774, and was baptized with his sister Elizabeth in the Congregational Church on June 25, 1775, the day his father and mother were received into that church. John's father, Nathaniel, was a...
  • Swedenborgs still pursuing building

    08/24/2006 5:53:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies · 245+ views
    Concord Journal ^ | August 24, 2006 | Casey Lyons
    Though lagging a bit through negotiations, representatives from the Swedenborgian church say they are still actively pursuing the former Our Lady Help of Christians Church and plan to move to West Concord in the fall. In April, negotiations between the town, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston and the Swedenborgians seemed to be reaching their conclusion. Conservation and preservation restrictions were being ironed out and all parties seemed primed to complete talks by the beginning of summer. Interviewed in March, Huard Smith, chairman of the Swedenborgian church Building Committee, anticipated a late-May move in date. Now, six months later, talks...
  • A Matter of Justice

    10/15/2002 7:25:27 AM PDT · by ultima ratio · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Catholic Insight ^ | 2002 | Mario Derksen
    ) A Matter of Justice A Truly Catholic Look at Capital Punishment MARIO DERKSEN One of the positive characteristics of our present Supreme Pontiff is his firm stand against abortion. He has, thank God, completely retained the perennial Catholic teaching that killing the unborn intentionally is always mortally sinful. In fact, automatic excommunication (latae sententiae) applies to anyone who takes part in an abortion. In the post-conciliar era, excommunication for people other than traditionalists is something virtually absent, and so this firm stand of Pope John Paul II against abortion and in favor of automatic excommunication for anyone participating in...