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Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

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Cheryl Petersen engages and advances divine Science, interpreting harmony to the universe. Cheryl's book is, "21st Century Science and Health."

Movie review: The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

So, for some reason I noticed Ingrid Bergman has noticeable nose. I watched the film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, a take on the life of Gladys May Aylward, portrayed by the actress, Ingrid Bergman. Maybe her nose stuck […]

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Reducing Pain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Pain comes in many forms. It can be physical or mental. Either way, most of us don’t like pain and are thankful when it can be reduced at any level. I am a freelance writer and always am on the […]

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A Child’s Hindsight

posted by Cheryl Petersen

If I had two wishes, I know what they would be I’d wish for roots to cling to, and wings to set me free; Roots for inner values, like rings within a tree, And wings of independence to seek my […]

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Setting the Keystone

posted by Cheryl Petersen

key·stone  /ˈkēˌstōn/  A central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together. The central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends. A few young men, practicing their masonry, began constructing a rock […]

Faith and Worthiness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The other night before bedtime, I was reading the Gospel Luke and trying to make a connection between increased faith and getting our work done. From Luke 17: And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of […]

Gardens

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about gardens. It started when I was asked to write an article about National Garden Conservancy Open Days. In my research, I visited a local participating garden. I also took a more […]

What is the Science of Being?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview a digital booklet that resonates with spiritual thinkers. You can consider a view of science and religion that is compatible. This booklet discusses the query and quest of eternal Being. You can learn how to experience […]

Why the Shift?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I ponder: At what point do human beings shift from a loyalty to principle, to a loyalty to a party, or an organization? At what point does religion stop becoming a pillar of stability, and in turn become a source […]

Expanding on Peace

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Books with quick concordances in the back pages are convenient. The other evening, I wanted to look up a few verses in the Bible about the topic, Peace. Although not a complete concordance, I indeed captured a profound insight to […]

Affordable digital Science and Health, 4th edition

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion around the world, though once a pillar of stability, seems to now be a source of division. But, instead of focusing on religion’s bad reputation, we can make an about turn and  focus on God, love. We are not […]

Jumping to Conclusions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last Sunday afternoon, my husband, Doug, and I decided to pick up litter alongside the highway. We brought along garbage sacks that hold 30 gallons and parked in a parking lot. Getting out of the truck, we headed down the […]

Exploring Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview and buy new/old thoughts on Prayer. Excerpt: “Effective prayer is buoyed by an intense desire for increased grace. The desire must be combined with a genuine effort to express courage, forbearance, love, and good deeds…We are […]

Christian Healing in the 21st Century

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview, and purchase, a dialogue on spiritual healing. Excerpts from the dialogue: Whatever our profession or position in life, we can go to the sick and love much, but we must regard common sense and common humanity […]

Divine Spirit and Energy Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview and purchase a dialogue on Mysticism and energy healing. Excerpts: The mind-blowing, super-fantastic physical world and human energy distracts us away from the simplicity of Spirit’s universe, yet Spirit blesses us though we “do not know […]

Footsteps in Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Click here to preview, and buy, a discussion on what steps to take next in life. Excerpts: Spiritual power is not used to control or ignore the fleshly sensations but to become aware of Spirit, of honesty, connectedness, humility, joy, […]

Collapsing Time

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Timelines present a chronological sequence of related events along a drawn line. They aid readers to more quickly grasp information according to time. Timelines can also collapse time. Let me explain. The Bible spans millenniums. Taking the event of ascension, […]

Power of Propaganda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The human psyche is indeed an enigma, an alien of sorts. Therefore, it is no wonder I feel a draw to study spirituality. Spiritual mindedness keeps the human mind realistic, in the world, but not of the world. Human minds […]

The Show Goes On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Because Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music were two of my favorite movies, I took to reading the book: Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, by Julie Andrews. But, this is after years of preferring to know Mary […]

Healer Awareness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter explaining healing. Click here for full text. Healers can relate to silence and divine anointing rather than to mind grabbing procedures or treatments. Divine Science inspires the perception of truth. As […]

Online Bible Class

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry offers online classes and I decided to join in. The Gospel of Mark is the session I’m currently enrolled in and have to say, it is interesting and simple. I’ve never taken an […]

The Prodigal Son’s Older Brother

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The parable of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15, provides nutrient for those of us who feel lost in the world. The story is about a man who has 2 sons. The younger son, full of ambition and ardor, […]

Foresight and the Future

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” The quote was attributed to Henry David Thoreau, who died 40 years before Orville and Wilbur Wright flew the sky. Was it a prayer? Was […]

The Bible and its many meanings

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I have a few issues with the Bible, however, it is apparent that the Bible has a surplus of meaning. Therefore, I can always find something to read and think about. For example, the other night, I came across this […]

Losing Friends

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Whether we move, or just grow apart, we sometimes lose friends. I often see tweeted on twitter: We don’t lose our friends, we just find who are friends really are. But that isn’t all that heartening. Why can’t we feel […]

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Three thousand miles away, our daughters are walking around outside amongst flowers and blooming trees, while we are bundling up in Carhart® winter clothes before walking outside into the falling snow. My hope for springtime is not dashed though. I […]

Beliefs in Christian Science

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History of April Fool’s Day

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The Word of God Revisited

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“The Word of God.” I hear those words often when visiting churches. What does that mean? The Word of God? If God is Spirit—not a humanlike creature—than God has a spiritual language, not a human language. Surely, the spiritual language […]

The Best Easter Gift So Far

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Easter is an interesting time of the year. Of course, friends and neighbors have been involved in Lent for a few weeks now. I’ve covered a story on Ukrainian Egg decorating—a rather impressive and fancy process. My husband came home […]

Movie Review: The Magic of Belle Isle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Rated PG, The Magic of Belle Isle is watched with relief. A washed out celebrated author, Monte Wildhorn (played by Morgan Freeman) takes up summer residency in a house that neighbors a single mother and her three daughters. Directed by […]

Emotional Affairs Stab Happiness in the Back

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The studies are out. The statistics are alarming. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy reports that 20% of married couples have been impacted by emotional infidelity. Infidelity has been redefined in the 21st century.  Infidelity has been broadened […]

Strong Emotions Outside a Marriage

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human beings are designed to relate. We socialize, communicate, narrate, and associate. In the 21st century, we connect. And, sometimes we connect with someone we really like. The emotional juices get racing, and we can find ourselves fascinated. Emotional relationships […]

Holisitc Approach to Spirituality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spirituality is explained critically from a holistic standpoint in this century. Historically, spirituality was knit tightly to religion—only because religion was the main source of knowledge up until a few centuries ago—and involved a lot of ritualism and superstition. The […]

Christian Science for Religion Writers

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New York and Their Soda

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Living in upstate New York, surrounded by weekenders who come up from New York City, I hear about Mayor Bloomberg’s strategies against obesity. Last year, Bloomberg banned the sale of sugary beverages over sixteen ounces. However, March 11, 2013, Justice […]

New Pope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The world has a new Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who took the name Francis. I am not a follower of Catholicism, however, I still know the value of including all religions and religious leaders in a prayer. We’ve all seen […]

Avoiding Landscape Amnesia

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Spiritual lecturer and author, Marianne Williamson speaks on A Course in Miracles at The Saban Theatre, Monday evenings in Los Angeles, California. After reading her book, The Law of Divine Compensation and How it Works for You, I went to […]

Threats of Attack

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Supposedly, North Korea has threatened nuclear attack against its aggressor. We will never know the whole story unless we personally talked with leader, Kim Jong Un, which probably isn’t going to happen. But because the threat is splashed throughout the […]

Sexuality and God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Womanhood and manhood are not biological destinies. As we tap into our spirituality, we can balance the intellectual and intuitive, home and work, family and career. Many religions depict God as Father-Mother, with all the wonderful qualities embraced by man […]

Giving Clear Directions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

On my way to an interview, I called for directions and was told, “I live on Del Ave.,” then was asked, “Do you know where Del Ave is?” “No,” I answer scanning the map in my mind. “Drive over the […]

Celebrating Black History

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Black History is nearing an end. Our community newspaper has printed a series of profiles celebrating the milestones and individuals in American black history. Here are a few: James Weldon Johnson. Born 1871, the second of three children, James Weldon […]

Oat Grass for Cats in the Winter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our spiritual journeys can feel like one step forward and two steps back sometimes however quite often the one step forward is a magnanimous leap that adds to our spirituality. I’m pleasantly amazed to see how non-intrusive answers come to […]

Les Miserables in a new light

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Reviews of Director Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s book, Les Misérables are almost as entertaining as the film. The reviews exhibit barbed, bazaar, candid opinions that human beings are vulnerable to express. Last weekend, my husband and […]

Ash Wednesday and Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Ash Wednesday brought me to a Taizé church service this year. Surrounded by candlelight, the pastor welcomed us all and explained Taizé is little village in the south of Burgundy, France. In this village, over 60 years ago, Brother Roger […]

Hospitality in Religion and Healthcare

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hospitality has become big business in the travel industry and the trend is appearing in the fields of religion and healthcare. Granted, the business of hospitality exposes the fact that we are hospitable when we are getting paid money. Not […]

Addiction to Assumptions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

If there is one thing I’ve learned after being married 30 years it is that my husband and I think alike, but not really. It appears as though we can read one another’s mind which is nice because we do […]

Heroes and Heroines

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Humankind has a history marked by heroes and heroines. Confucius, Ruth, King David, Christ Jesus, Mohammad, Sojouner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Corrie Ten Boom, the list goes on ad infinitum. We observe, study, and revere our heroes and heroines. Religions have […]

Depression Did Not Originate with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

At work, in the break room, a pill box was laying next to the sink. Someone has been taking those pills. Then, Judith sprinted into the break room and with a relieved look on her face, picked up the pill […]

Is God Force Measurable?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Researcher and author, David Wilcock, produced a book heavy with evidence of an unseen force at work in the universe. The book, The Source Field Investigations, contains a cache of records and data from around the world describing what is […]

What to do with a Flop

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I made a cake from scratch the other day. It didn’t turn out because I have a habit of not following the recipe. I threw in the ripe banana lying on the counter and I added some bran flakes for […]

Heads Up on Sin

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sin is controversial to say the least but instead of debating it, I try to focus on walking the fine line between not blowing sin out of proportion and not blowing sin off. If I blow sin out of proportion, […]

Near Death Experience

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I just finished reading the book Heaven is for Real, about a kid in a Nebraska family who consciously took a trip to heaven during emergency surgery. As a parent myself, I had first to see through my anxiety while […]

Investing in Reconciliation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The universe is a heady mixture of relationships. Not only are the stars, moon, and earth connected by an invisible force, but people are also constantly dealing with relationships. Our personalities and expectations determine the quality of our relationships however […]

Selective Hearing, Selective Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Why is it that my husband can hear me think, “The cookies are done,” and yet he can’t hear me verbally repeat over and over, “Please don’t wash my blouse with the mudroom rugs”? He can be on the other […]

Mindsets No Longer Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy was a household name one hundred years ago—Christian, preacher, author—a Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer of the 19th century. However, Eddy’s main book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures made some rather bold statements for […]

Reciting Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Speech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With a poignant sonorous voice, Reginald Brunson recited Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. “Every Friday before the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Holiday, I recite the speech at South Kortright Central School,” said Brunson. “I also […]

Zen Kitty

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I am a cat. I was born potty-trained. I know how to bury my refuse and stay clean. You are a person. You were born innocent. You do know how to clear yourself of guilt. I live in upstate New […]

Divine Healing in Practice

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Review on The Pacific Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As an avid reader of the Bible, I looked forward to reviewing The Pacific Bible. Privy to the fact that almost four hundred verses—reiterating extreme human habits unacceptable in today’s society—have been removed, I reminded myself to read with an […]

Think Bigger

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The sun doesn’t come to the earth and get inside the earth in order to give it light. The sun didn’t need to become the earth in order to shine light on it. Earth is benefited indirectly, through sunshine. We […]

Footsteps of Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An excerpt from the modern abridged version of the chapter Footsteps of Truth: Where did the diseases, chaos, and crime come from? Diseases, chaos, and crime come from errors of belief held in the human mind while embracing its own […]

Improve the Healing Art

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Question: Is not all [mental]argument mind over mind? Answer by Mary Baker Eddy: The Scriptures refer to God as saying, “Come now, and let us reason together.” There is but one right Mind, and that one should and does govern […]

Are You Ordinary?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The book Twelve Ordinary Men,  by John MacArthur is keeping my attention. MacArthur details the lives of Christ Jesus’ apostles beginning with the fact that these disciples were ordinary. Fishermen, a doctor, a tax collector. Jesus chose 12 people to […]

Northeast and Southwest Weather

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From 21st Century Science and Health, “When the fear of weather is exterminated it can be proven that people can be healthy in all climates.”

Constructing the Nativity XI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a […]

Constructing the Nativity X

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male […]

Constructing the Nativity IX

posted by Cheryl Petersen

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with […]

Constructing the Nativity VIII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and […]

Constructing the Nativity VII

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own […]

Constructing the Natvity VI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the […]

Constructing the Nativity V

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. 58 And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 And on the eighth […]

Constructing the Nativity IV

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; […]

Constructing the Nativity III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby […]

Constructing the Nativity II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[b] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name […]

Constructing the Nativity I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Luke 1 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both […]

Borrowed Christmas Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Santa Claus is a jolly reminder that many of the traditions engaged in during Christmas time were borrowed, maybe never to be returned. The traditions of gift-giving, tree decorating, feasting, and honoring gods, can be traced back to ancient Scandinavia, […]

Mysticism versus Divine Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

During the 20th century, ideas from the cultures of science and religion began intermarrying at an increasing rate. Staunch opponents to the unions dug in their heels and clung to their materialist and time-honored creeds but as a whole, society […]

Who am I not

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We Can Know

posted by Cheryl Petersen

 “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.– Matthew 10:26, ESV Since the advent of Google, Wiki Leaks, and blogs, I always think of this verse… […]

Poetry of Thanksgiving

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“A grateful heart a garden is, Where there is always room For every lovely, Godlike grace To come to perfect bloom. A grateful heart a fortress is, A stanch and rugged tower, Where God’s omnipotence, revealed, Girds man with mighty […]

Prayer VI

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpts from the Abridged chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health. Christ Jesus also apparently gave this suggestion: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then […]

Prayer V

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpts from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health. The gratifications of the tactile senses and the bombardment of information require us to hone our spiritual sense and knowledge. We must become […]

Prayer IV

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health A twisted prayer comes from the human mind that is so tightly wrapped up in defending outgrown knowledge that it can’t breathe an […]

Prayer III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health Mistakes are made every day. Quite often we are sorry, especially for the mistakes that hurt other people and the living environment. The […]

Prayer II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book 21st Century Science and Health Adding words to prayers has not proven reliable. Verbose prayers take detours into unrealistic terrain and the human ego tries to take over. […]

Prayer I

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Excerpt from the Abridged version of the chapter Prayer from the book, 21st Century Science and Health Successful prayer is the faith that all things positive and good are possible to God. Nurtured by selfless love, faith expands into spiritual […]

Zen Kitty

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Thoughts on Prayer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Prayer won’t change God, because God is unchanging wisdom and Life, but prayer can adapt us to the Science of spiritual being. The premise of prayer must include the fact that God already knows what you need. We are never […]

Religion and Voting

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We have the right to practice the religion of our choice, without interference from the government. This is not to mean we have the right to use religion to influence the government or politics.

Abraham Lincoln was a Smart Dude

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was listening to the book, America: The Last Best Hope, by William Bennett, and was pricked in conscience after hearing Abraham Lincoln’s views on loyalty. When Lincoln was President of the United States and the Civil War was on […]

Creativity without Creating a Mess

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With all their faults, human beings still amaze me. People are incredibly creative, inventive, and insightful. Science and religion are tools we use sometimes to boost the innovation. Airplanes, apps, espresso machines, boot warmers… Philanthropy, purpose, wellbeing… Human beings will […]

Languages within a Language

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I meet a lot of people throughout the week as a newspaper reporter. I’ve concluded, although they all speak the English language, they have their own language within that language. And, if I don’t try really hard to understand them, […]

The Conservative versus Conservation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion became easier to understand when I learned to distinguish the difference between the conservative and conservation. The conservative believes all the problems have been solved and there is no need to do any more. The world has been created. […]

Exploring God is Like Exploring Nature

posted by Cheryl Petersen

With over 800 pages, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin is keeping my attention. History, data, and environmental consequences are discussed. Movers and shakers are quoted. I’ve been introduced to Roger Randall […]

Don’t Sit on the Same Step–Move Up

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When realizing I could feel God’s love for me more than I could feel the pain racking my jaw, the pain diminished. My jaw was messed up due to a previous accident. Prayer helped but the problem persisted. I’d asked […]

Globalized Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In rural upstate New York, the public schools are having an intense time with the budget cuts. Many community leaders are getting together to share ideas and develop workable policies apropos to the region, with the common goal of providing […]

Adapting to New Thoughts of Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Trapped by their own inertia, healers fail to give serious attention to that which allows the thought to adapt to the challenges of world development. From the book, 21st Century Science and Health, “You command the situation if you understand […]

Funny Bumper Sticker

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This bumper sticker caught my eye yesterday. I got closer and saw what it said. After chuckling, I thought, Well, they have humility to admit they might need help.                       […]

Vote to Vote

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The right to vote has evolved over the last couple centuries and we don’t want to take it for granted. Voting can seem useless, almost stupid in the midst of political promises broken and a messy society however voting is […]

Fresh Sunflower Sprouts

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our neighbor, Adam grew sunflower sprouts and gave us some. Sunflower sprouts are packed with vitamins A, D, E, and the B complex, besides having potassium and being high in calcium and protein. I am reminded of the Bible story […]

Donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters

posted by Cheryl Petersen

All proceeds generated by the sale of 21st Century Science and Health for the last quarter in year 2012 will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a former foster mother, I can vouch for the effectiveness of advancing our […]

Deformity is in the Eye of the Beholder

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As a newspaper reporter, I cover stories that not only support the fact that what we physically see and hear is a subjective state of human mind, but also that people utilize this rule to free themselves of that which […]

Smell the Flowers

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Choking on Ice-Cream

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It can be difficult to swallow new ideas or new ways of doing things, however it’s only choking on ice-cream The Christian Science Monitor Weekly’s editor poses an interesting opening paragraph in the August 13, 2012 edition, “Where does intelligence […]

Defending Reality

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As damaged as humanity is, endlessly bombarded with terribly bad news and idealistic or stupid entertainment, we can’t help but notice there is a vital core within us all that hungers for reality. We know the difference between what makes […]

The Monk and the Motorcycle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Driving slower than the speed limit through the Village of Delhi (Pop. 3087) in upstate New York, I could see ahead, two monks sporting brightly colored monastic robes and walking placidly along Main Street.  I piloted my motorcycle to the […]

Slavery and the Bible III

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mass consciousness is veering away from norms as recorded in the Bible. And, I find it is self-sabotaging to assume humanity is sliding backward into a disobedience to Bible instruction. The veering comes in the form of women gaining equality […]

Slavery and the Bible II

posted by Cheryl Petersen

A literal interpretation of the Bible is moot next to the fact that human slavery was deemed the norm throughout most of the recorded history. The world has recognized the incompatibility of slavery and societal wellbeing and legislation is passed […]

Slavery and the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Bible readers almost have to be mental contortionists to glimpse the poignancy and spiritual power of what we call Scripture. I’m not talking about the poignancy of melodrama or the power to control others, but the tenderness and might of […]

Mountains and Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The principles of Christian Science, as laid out by Mary Baker Eddy, work for me. I would not have gone to all the trouble to revise and update Eddy’s book, Science and Health if the book didn’t have formidable meaning […]

Zen Kitty and Problems

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Problems are not to be feared, but serve as a reminder that you must be stewards of your thoughts and behavior and should not wrestle them into submission. You must seek resiliency and flexibility, or what I call spiritual ascendency. […]

An Argument Disguised as Complacency

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Anytime we criticize others, we really need to zero in and see if there is any validation to the remark. I hear preachers and religious congregants say things like, “Religion is dying because the people are so materialistic.” Granted, the […]

An Argument Disguised as Self-Righteousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Have you ever caught yourself wanting to be right? Have you ever caught yourself wanting to have it your way? Never works, does it? Even if we are right, or do get our way, life inevitably moves on and we […]

An Argument Disguised as Agreement

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sipping coffee, chatting with friends, we were all in agreement that the economy is depressing. Wake up. It wasn’t the de-caffeinated coffee that woke me up but an epiphany—Christ. The agreeable conversation was really an argument against my own happiness. […]

Great Singing

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Time to Ditch Living in the Past

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Mary Baker Eddy could be viewed as the Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer of the 19th century except Eddy wrote a book, Science and Health that sold well before she started a church. Once Eddy did start a church in […]

Truth Seekers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Religion and science experts claim to know truth. Their truths often conflict therefore honest truth-seekers set out to fight the religion and science expertise attitude, not to denounce, but to retain the enormous possibilities to access a non-conflictive sensible knowing. […]

Look for Today’s New Success

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sitting—thankfully on a cushioned chair—in the local rural Village Hall, my brain was lurching and lunging as I listened to the Village Trustees and Mayor hammer out the meeting agenda. The public meeting went on for almost 4 hours as […]

Love Corrects

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When our daughters did something wrong, I didn’t punish them by making their life hard or crummy. I tried to teach them something better to do. I gave them opportunities to do something productive or useful. This tactic was extremely […]

Getting a Handle on our Mind

posted by Cheryl Petersen

From the Chapter: Power of Suggestion: Crowd Thinking as read in 4th edition of, 21st Century Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The power of suggestion has a long and capricious history. Research of the human mind and […]

The Difference Between English and Math

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Math was always one of my favorite classes.  I’m not saying math is always easy, but to learn basic math rules and come up with correct answers after following those rules, is pretty cool. English on the other hand was […]

The Invisible War: Critique

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Watching the film, The Invisible War was a bit disconcerting yet encouraging. The film won the audience award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and I have to say, Director, Kirby Dick and Producer, Amy Ziering, did an outstanding job […]

Modesty is Acoustically Profound

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Never underestimate yourself. If you have a vision that is meant to embrace the hearts of humanity, go ahead and take those tiny modest steps to fulfill the promise. It is unnecessary to have highfalutin ideals that require an institution […]

Zen Kitty Admires a Cat on a Leash

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Traditions to Pass On

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The cultural preservation of religious principles occurs through traditions however do the traditions resemble rote style learning or independent thinking and practice? Are the teachings communicative or ceremonial? Is an institution claiming authority over passing along the teachings? An effective […]

Preachers Help One Another

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Hartwick Seminary Institute of Theology was established in 1991 by a group of Lutheran congregations in counties of upstate New York for 2 primary reasons: To provide training for Deacon Candidates, and to provide continuing education and growth in […]

Definitions of Angels and Miracle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Angels. God’s thoughts passing to people; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, brute-like inclinations, and mortality. Miracle. That which is divinely natural, but must be learned humanly; a phenomenon of Science. […]

It’s a Trip and I Am on for the Ride

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Though I read in 21st Century Science and Health, that there is no birth, maturity, decay, and death in Science…there is birth, maturity, decay, and death to deal with in my current experience. To think otherwise is delusional, at least […]

Horse Escape

posted by Cheryl Petersen

As soon as apple harvest was done, we’d construct a simple solar-powered electric wire fence within our orchard. The fence was movable and capable of containing our four horses. So, once the fence was up, we’d lead the horses into […]

Dubious Disciple Posted My Letter

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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You, Me & Religion Interviews on Christian Science

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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Movie Review, I Am

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Tom Shadyac, a movie producer, went on a crusade to figure out what was wrong with our world and how we can fix it. He documented his discoveries in the film “I Am.” After meeting and talking with prominent people […]

Zen Kitty and Thunder

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We’ve been having some rather striking thunder and lightning storms here in upstate New York. They kind of scare me. I watch how people do incredible things but can only realize that God is more amazingly powerful.   Job 37:5 […]

Followers Can Be Leaders Too

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Leadership Challenge, written by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, is above-average in thoroughness. The book gives a detailed description of what an effective manager is and how to acclimate one’s self to leading into a promising future. Not everyone is […]

Investing in Profitable Spiritual Emotions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are varied and across-the-board, like cold cereals. And, I’ve learned to buy into the humdrum Crispix rather than the sugary Cocoa Puffs when it comes to emotional investment. Emotions are feelings which characterize our attitude, which in turn makes […]

The Common Person Wins the Fight with God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Speculation suggests that the first religions were a response to human fear, created to give a feeling of security. Religion however can also simply be a method of answering the many questions that stream through our heads. Why do I […]

Ingredients in the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My last post talks about how we want to read the whole Bible, not just our favorite parts. I keep digging in the Bible and find yet another story about some dude named Sheba who figures he wants to rebel […]

All the Ingredients of the Bible

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Chocolate cake rates pretty high in our household. We use a favorite recipe that includes the ingredient of sour cream. Yum. Normally, the cake gets eaten before it gets frosted. Needless to say, the recipe sometimes doesn’t turn out. I […]

Direction Other Than Big Bangs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Well, it was a bit of a bummer for thousands of people in San Diego who were prepared to watch July 4 fireworks over Glorietta Bay. Instead of seeing a distinct stream of fireworks for 20 minutes, there was a […]

Memory Expansion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

There she was, Naomi, teeny-tiny and sleeping peacefully in the baby carriage. Her parents are our friends, so of course, my husband and I went to meet Naomi. I stood there looking at the newborn and smiling. A flood of […]

Functional …holic

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Alcohol screening is used to identify potential alcohol misuse, including dependence. Alcohol dependents generally are dysfunctional in society however many are highly functional and have jobs, homes and families. Intriguing. I don’t drink alcohol but the idea of a functional […]

Revisiting God

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Realizing her personal and spiritual wellbeing was at stake, Mary Baker Eddy redefined her life experience. Like many of her 19th century contemporaries, Eddy was motivated to look past time-honored traditions and rid herself of a life submissive to religious […]

New iPhone 5

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The new iPhone 5 will be released this fall, in September or October, depending on which news release I read. Wow! The iPhone 5 will apparently be equipped with dual core A5X chip processors with speeds at 1.5 to 2.0 […]

Matt Dances with the World

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hope you like this video. Made my day. From 21st Century Science and Health, “The governor is not subject to the governed. Rhythm is not controlled by music notes, dance steps, or artistic performances. Rhythm controls the notes, and rhythm […]

Families Eating Together

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Parade Magazine had a front cover story Food, Family & Fatherhood, by Bruce Fieler, who talks with Chef, John Besh, and garners his thoughts on What’s for Dinner Dad? Good article. Honest and relatable. Although the statistics have it that […]

Zen Kitty and Father’s Day

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I hear people talking about Father’s Day, especially sharing great advice received from their dads. I also get to see a dad in action here where I live. This dad loves his children. This dad is proud of his children […]

Wrapping the Brain Around Truth

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Brain plasticity was snubbed when first introduced to society centuries ago. Even modern Neuroplasticians with solid hard-science credentials coldshouldered the idea that brains are not hard-wired for life. Undaunted however, the brain gives evidence that when a person is motivated […]

Guest Blog by Julia Wade, Singer

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Journey to Innovation by Julia Wade  As the Soloist at the international headquarters of the Christian Science church — The Mother Church — I found myself in the unique position of bringing to the services all kinds of inspiring […]

Replacing Loneliness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Internet users want to avoid being phished—or deceived into giving out personal information by a legitimate looking icon that will later cause chaos in their life. No one really wants to be phished because it makes us feel like a […]

A Gutsy Woman

posted by Cheryl Petersen

An outstanding community member died last week and I am in charge of writing a story for the local newspaper. Lois Ray grew up in this area and was a remarkable woman, I am finding. At one point, a local […]

Memories of Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the […]

Experiencing Healing in a Scientific Manner

posted by Cheryl Petersen

On June 5 and 6, it has been determined that the planet Venus will cruise between Earth and the sun, a crossing dubbed the “transit.” With proper eye wear, a viewer can see Venus in front of the back-drop of […]

Forgiveness and Forgetting the Headache

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last week, a man woke up with a terrible headache. He went to work hoping it would go away. It didn’t. In the early afternoon, he stopped what he was doing and went to find the quietest place possible in […]

Highfalutin Claims

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Before 1913—almost one hundred years ago—a few people had the ridiculous notion that once we understood the laws of physics and aerodynamics, we could fly. But back then, to be able to fly seemed idiotic to most people. Except to […]

A Parody on CRUD

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Human Beings are constantly being diagnosed with symptoms that I satirically refer to as collectively belonging to Chronic Repetitious Urging Disease (CRUD). I myself have been afflicted with these symptoms that stop me from living life to its fullest. The […]

Pivotal Point in Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Don’t tell me what to do, but tell me what I am as God’s image

Zen Kitty Not Alone

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Getting to Know Dandelion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Upstate New York is flourishing with dandelions. A magnanimous carpet of soft yellow flowers is cheering spring weather forward—to the dismay of some lawn caretakers. Dandelions, in all their brightness, are seen by some people as pesky weeds, a blot […]

Truth Seekers Journey

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Like some of my 1980’s contemporaries, as a truth seeker I discovered Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health, written in the 19th century. Eddy a Transcendental Romantic-era thinker and healer was plucked from decades of obscurity in the late […]

Latest Edition of Science and Health

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Miracles in the 21st Century

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My maternal grandma’s last name was Sheppard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. My husband’s maternal grandma’s last name was Shepard. She lived to be over one hundred years old. I was close to both grandmas. I […]

Stop Emotions from Hijacking Consciousness

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This is a terrible way to start an article, but it gets better fast. It was years ago and I had a form of Streptococcus that made my ear drain puss constantly. The doctor gave me antibiotics and told me […]

Difference Between Sleep and Rest

posted by Cheryl Petersen

How is your day? Did you sleep okay last night? When I get a good night’s sleep, I ask myself, why? What did I do differently? I search the internet for clues. This morning, I came across an mnn webpage […]

What About Punishment?

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I remember one day I was hot and tired, making dinner in the kitchen while the children were running around me playing. A daughter stopped and asked me a question—an abstract question that required genuine effort to wrap my brain […]

Zen Kitty and Our Week

posted by Cheryl Petersen

This next week is more hectic than normal. A visitor came yesterday. There is more noise in the house. So, I’m taking some time-out to reflect. The noise can’t disrupt our connection to the divine. Tips for peace: Listen. Share. […]

Dean Potter Walks the Rope

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Daredevil Dean Potter is making headline news for his slackline rope walk over an impressive canyon in China. Opinions aimed at his achievement run high and wide.  Opinions point at Potter and say he is reckless, fearless, or a showoff. […]

Choosing the Better Emotional Cereal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Emotions are as varied as cereals. Don’t buy into the sugary emotions that leave us hyper and tired, such as infatuation, greed, fear, and apathy. Buy into and eat the humdrum emotions that keep us going all day. Honesty, realism, […]

Contraceptives and Church

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The Washington Post gets a thumb up for Michelle Boorstein’s article, Young Catholic women try to give church’s position on birth control new sheen. Last weekends article cites Ashley McGuire, who is campaigning with other young, religiously conservative Catholic women […]

Looking at the Lord’s Prayer From a New Angle

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Christ Jesus taught his disciples one brief prayer, which we name after him the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer of Spirit, not of mortal perceptions. Jesus said, “Pray, therefore, like this:”[1] and he gave that prayer which […]

Birth Control and Abortion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Needless to say, when the touchy subjects of birth control or abortion make headline news, I usually bite my tongue but this time I will add my practical 2 bits. I have to agree with pragmatism over politics or religion. […]

Find Signs of Renewal in My Oft Maligned Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Every Sunday morning when I was a child, my parents would take my brothers and sisters and me to Sunday School. This ritual continued through my teen years and includes memories of learning Bible stories and hanging out with people […]

Listening to J.R. Martinez

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Veteran J. R. Martinez recently told his story at the local college here in upstate New York but only after asking everyone to listen, not just hear what he had to say. Jose Rene Martinez joined the United States Army […]

Developing a Workable Faith and Religion

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Faith and religion have been dancing for millenniums, quite often stepping on one another’s toes until they bleed. Blame for the bleeding usually gets placed on religion, so much so, that the last few decades have been chalked up as […]

Stepping out of the Tomb

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“His disciples believed Jesus was dead. Hidden in the narrow tomb however, Jesus was alive, demonstrating the power of Spirit to overrule mortal materialist perceptions.”–21st Century Science and Health

Not Hating Religion but Loving Christ and Feeling Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Christ Jesus’ story is so epic, it could be thought of as a foundational legend for research into Mind-healing. You may know the tale, but it doesn’t get old: Just over 2000 years ago, Jesus developed a skill that could […]

One of Those Days

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I am not boring, therefore I am not bored. Life is good, really good. I will accomplish everything on my long list today. So why do I wonder, What am I going to do with myself?   “You asked, ‘Who […]

New Successes

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Past successes are not the realities of today.  Reach for new successes.

Better Habits

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Somewhere along the line of my education I learned not to take everything at face value. I started asking for second opinions so to speak, or I take the time to research issues that need improvement or healing in my […]

Zen Kitty and Memory

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’ve never read scientific studies on memory, mainly because I don’t read human words. Sure, it would be great if a potent memory could be bottled and taken when needed. Only problem is, when the bottle cap is removed, the […]

Women’s History Forges Ahead

posted by Cheryl Petersen

In the United States, the innovation, bravery, courage, and determination of women are being celebrated during March’s Women’s History Month, to ensure a collective progressive attitude toward women. Circa 1792, Mary Wollstonecrafts wrote a book called, “A Vindication of the […]

Nurture Immunity

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Looking Under the Car

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last night, I got in the car and waited for Doug. Just before Doug got in the car, I asked, “Please check under the car for a cat.” Doug rolls his eyes and bends over, trying not to get dirty, […]

Telling a Story

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Our stories are our realities; however, realities change. Interestingly, our story can change before our reality changes. As a reporter, I’ve noticed that people who stop repeating stories tainted with bitterness and depression, and start telling stories infiltrated with hope […]

Crying Heart

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I just received a call from a friend who broke off a close relationship. I love them both and don’t want them to hurt. I also just read about a U.S. soldier who turned himself after killing 16 people in […]

Jargon Disease

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I admit it. I do not understand the jargon of rappers, computer coders, or lawyers. Although jargon makes communication easier within a group, it comes across otherwise to outsiders, and can pose a problem. The jargon isn’t the problem or […]

Zen Kitty Climbs

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I’d never climbed a tree before Calvin and Hobbes came to live with us. Calvin is the real climber. In a split second, she runs to the trees and hikes up into the limbs. Hobbes easily follows. I had to […]

An Exercise that Carries Out What Exists

posted by Cheryl Petersen

My exercise of healing power is more effective when: -Healing power isn’t divided or measured. -Healing power is seen as a tool to exercise. -When exercise is not seen as the cure-all, but God is seen as All-in-all. Healing power […]

What Falls From Our Lips

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The snow was nimbly falling outside when I went for a walk an hour ago. Here is upstate New York, it is common for moisture to fall from the sky. The moisture can come not only in the form of […]

Funny Bible School Bloopers

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I love to have a good laugh. Here are some Vacation Bible School Bloopers uttered by innocent children, read from the Farm Show Magazine. – Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark. -Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption. […]

The Foster Parenting Toolbox

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Doug and I were licensed foster parents for 15 years. I know fostering isn’t for everyone, it just happened to speak to me and open a world of understanding and empathy for which I am extremely  thankful. The new book […]

Zen Kitty and Baths

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Cheryl keeps mentioning that I need a bath. I prefer to defer… From Science and Health, “All things are fashioned by, and after, God’s own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness. They impart their […]

Fortunate Clash of New and Old

posted by Cheryl Petersen

We’ve all seen resistance to change. Human beings sometimes fear the new and therefore cling to the old. But, mostly, the new and old blend with a happy dynamic that makes for an interesting life. Last week in Marrakech, Morocco, […]

Drinking in Marrakech

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Eating lunch on a roof overlooking Marrakech, Morocco, my senses took in the smell of fresh spices, the sound of vendors at work, and the taste of a life seasoned pungently with the Islam faith. Colorful carpets hung on the […]

Books on iPOD and Headed to France

posted by Cheryl Petersen

It is curious to watch how my spatial and temporal observations are shifting to new realities. Space and time do not have as much power or weight as previously believed. I just downloaded onto my iPOD a stack of books […]

Zen Kitty and Gold

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Sometimes I stare at the piano, but other times I listen to Doug and Cheryl when they read books out-loud to one another in the evenings. Last night, Doug was reading The Treasure of the Superstition Mountains, by Gary Jennings. […]

Empty Nest is Okay

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I recently met Anne and John Gohorel. They have circumvented the empty nest syndrome. Even though they live in a sparsely populated area, the Gohorels discovered a market for homemade organic bread and therefore started the new business of the […]

Chocolate Bread Pudding

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Last weekend turned out to be down time, holy time. Rather than being inspired to write something riveting, I was inspired to cook and clean. And, I found a great recipe: Chocolate Bread pudding 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 […]

It’s About Innovation

posted by Cheryl Petersen

“Society, community, and family are all conserving institutions. They try to maintain stability and to prevent, or at least to slow, change. And yet we also know the theories, values, and all the artifacts of human minds do age and […]

Fostering a Better View of Rain

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I was cleaning out my files and came across this article I wrote in 2009… it happened…I don’t mind the rain now! …… Lying on the sofa, I could hear the gentle pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof of […]

Gotta Laugh

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Oh sure, my last blog post is about making marriage work and this morning my husband wakes up grumpy and not exactly nice. Doug does apologize before going to work, but I could feel my brain triggering anger. I stood […]

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posted 8:30:37am Jul. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Looking at how to be fair
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posted 8:53:22am Jun. 25, 2015 | read full post »

On the offense team
The cliché, “The best defense is a good offense,” makes sense even to non-sports people like me. It can be applied to ball games, military combat, and I believe, it can be applied to religion. Too much defense and there is a lack of vision ...

posted 8:20:21am Jun. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Finding the sacred
Some things in life, we treat as sacred: relationships, spirit, the earth, our work. We are bewildered when other people treat them irreverently. Deep down we know the truth of the matter, that we must treat our earth with respect, otherwise ...

posted 8:08:26am Jun. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Spiritual cause
From Abridged Chapter, Science of Being A terrible habit is to believe without understanding. Spiritual leaders are often misunderstood. Followers, who misinterpret their leader, will also misinterpret themselves. To understand Jesus the ...

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