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Want to Be Free…Truly Free? Here’s How!

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The Buddha used the word “anata” to refer to “no self.” What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, “Deny thyself” (Matt. 16:24). Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean? Detachment is the word, my […]

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How Do You Grow in Christ?

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“Be no longer children,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “but grow up in Christ” (Eph. 4:15). All my spiritual life…for as long as I can remember…religious people have sincerely, but mistakenly, exhorted me to “grow up in Christ.” It sounded reasonable. […]

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Want to Be Free to Be You? Here’s how…

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Over the years, I have learned to keep some of myself hidden from others. Do you ever do this? I’ve been like a “Lazy Susan,” as Mark Nepo describes it, “offering only what others wanted or needed or felt most […]

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Is There Really a Heaven or Hell?…

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I suppose.  If you need them. But here’s another consideration. In Falling Upward, Father Richard Rohr writes… “When you do not know who you are, you push all enlightenment off into a possible future reward and punishment system, within which […]

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What Is Salvation? Enlightenment? Awakening? Learning to Let Go…

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Fr. Thomas Keating, the Trappist monk, said “Discernment is a process of letting go of what we are not. “Discernment” is yet another word, similar in meaning to enlightenment, awakening, salvation. All of these words point to the process of […]

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Sinner’s in the Hands of an Angry God!

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“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God!” Yes, that WAS the title of a sermon given by Jonathan Edwards in the 18th century. The title has changed over the years; the message has remained the same. You are a […]

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Seeing the Most Obvious…or, the Measure of Enlightenment

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Two little fish are swimming along in the ocean one morning when they meet with an older fish who casually asks them, “Hello fella’s, how’s the water today?” They responded with equal casualness, “Fine, sir” and then, they continued to […]

On the Pathway…But, to Where?

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On the Pathway…But, To Where? It’s today’s buzzword, isn’t it? Pathway…Journey…People speak quite frequently these days about being on the path…or, on the journey. But, to where? For some Christians, it is a journey to heaven. Really? Is that the […]

The Secret to Finding God Is…

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Do You Seek God?  And yet, no matter how hard you try, you do not feel as if you can quite make it with God? I understand.  Which is why I write so much and so often about this. I […]

What IS Enlightenment? Salvation? Awakening? Here’s the Short Answer…

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I find Mark Nepo thoughts so inspiring. His devotional today inspired the following insight. Enlightenment (or, salvation, or awakening, or whatever you’d like to call it) is not some lofty place of achievement reserved only to those who struggle, strive […]

Your Best Life Now!

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OK, so this is all a little weird to me. My first blog as a blogger with BeliefNet. And, it feels like I’m starting all over. Which of course I am. Which makes it all the weirder. Which of course […]

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