Bryan and I visited Niagara Falls yesterday. While it was snowing. There were a few other tourists just as determined to see the Falls as us. We tread over slippery ice and bucked a cold wind, but soon were in awe as we watched a fountain of water pour over the American Falls, from an observatory. Ice covered the water below. The scene was impressive.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “The infinite Source calls out, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.”
For the lack of better words, religions generally refer to shepherds and sheep. Church leaders are the shepherds and church members are the sheep. As with any union, there will be disagreements.
Problems in religious unions arise, not because of the disagreements but because the disagreements aren’t resolved. Unresolved differences lead to anger and resentment over time, which leads to behavior that dissolves the union.
The old-time roles associated with shepherds and sheep are evolving. Shepherds are learning they need to be more than just a provider of instruction. Sheep are learning to speak up when they disagree with what the shepherd is expecting.
This is happening—only it is after anger and resentment got the upper hand and shepherd and sheep hurt one another by looking elsewhere to evolve.
Pew Research studies show that “More than one-quarter of American adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion – or no religion at all.”
But, can the original religion or union be saved?
Yes, and probably the union will be stronger than a new union.
The demand for shepherd and sheep will be heftier because both will need to go back and correct mistakes made. Whereas moving on to a new relationship tempts avoidance of these corrections.
Shepherd and sheep can rise to the occasion and learn to recognize frustrations and deal with them constructively, rather than destructively. A religion will never ultimately be ruined by human beings who can’t get along, however, the religion that first tied shepherd and sheep together can be more promising in the world as shepherd and sheep work through the struggles and overcome them faithfully.
It’s tempting to take a long hot shower when sub-zero weather lingers outside the door. But, hot water and soap wash your natural oils down the drain.
A warm quick shower is moderate. It washes away self-destructive behavior and allows our skin to keep its natural oils, while also saving water and electricity.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “Reformation and moderation are results of mental healing, which cut down ‘every tree that does not produce good fruit.’”
A ladder is a series of steps within vertical frames. The purpose of a ladder is to reach high places.
It is believed that the idea of a ladder was used over 10,000 years ago. The ladder is also mentioned in the Bible. Jacob had a dream and in the dream he saw a ladder reaching from Heaven to earth. (Gen 28:12)
The word ladder is used once in the King James Version whereas the word “stairway” is used in other Bible versions. But they are the same in that they assist us to move between different levels.
We learn there is a difference between the material and spiritual levels.
Ladders are also used for multiple reasons, even in the closet. We can tie our scarves around the rungs of a ladder, or stack our shoes on a ladder, or hang our kitchen pots on a ladder, to save room and make items more accessible.
The infamous “cooperate ladder” can be climbed, however we need to remember it is everyone on the lower rungs that allowed for the rise. All ladders have to be propped up by something from the bottom reminding us to seek equality, balance.
From 21st Century Science and Health, “Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove our self from biased personal perceptions.”
Congregations still vital
Despite the ongoing decline in Churches of Christ, Scientist, the rise in people who claim to study Christian Science, but not adhere to a religious organization, should be seen positively, especially by religious people.
To accept this as good news, however, requires listening to what these spir
posted 9:33:50am Mar. 08, 2014 |
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Zen Kitty's evening muse
English Standard Version (ESV)
Jesus Appears to the Disciples
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
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Mom insisted I take piano lessons when I was a kid. I'm glad now, although it was a struggle for me to practice back then. As an adult, it relaxes me to sit down and play. I teach myself harder pieces, but will pull out easier books that I can sight-read, such as The Joy of Piano, arranged music Den
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Facebook vacuum is okay
Hi, my name is Cheryl Petersen, and I used to be a Facebook user. I’ve been free of the social media site, Facebook, for almost a year now, during which 99.9% of the time, I’ve never looked back.
I was a Facebook user for about 5 years, first signed up by Trafford Publishing, publisher of my
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Niagara Falls pours
Bryan and I visited Niagara Falls yesterday. While it was snowing. There were a few other tourists just as determined to see the Falls as us. We tread over slippery ice and bucked a cold wind, but soon were in awe as we watched a fountain of water pour over the American Falls, from an observatory. I
posted 9:14:31am Feb. 23, 2014 |
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