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Roads to Avoid on the Spiritual Journey – “Easy Street”

posted by smcswain

“So many roads. So many detours. So many choices. So many mistakes,” says the actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Yes, and on the spiritual journey, there are four roads, mistakes, and detours to avoid. But what are they? They are the […]

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Bliss Beyond Belief: An Interview with Noelle Amendola

posted by smcswain

She lives in a travel home, along with her husband. They sold their real house, left their jobs, and took to the road. Now, they travel from city to country to city, bearing a message of freedom, joy, bliss. Her […]

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Sunday Morning Spirituality

posted by smcswain

For two decades, I have crisscrossed this country giving my best effort at counseling and guiding churches representing every denominational persuasion, Evangelical, Protestant and Roman Catholic. I have sought to serve churches with one pastoral leader and as small as […]

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What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?

posted by smcswain

The first thing God said to Moses was, “Take off your shoes” (Exodus 3:5). Why? Freshly laid carpet? Hardly, although sometimes I think that Hank, our newest dachshund family member could show a little more respect for his new home […]

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Is Everything that Happens God’s Will?

posted by smcswain

I often hear people say…heck, the truth is, I have said these things before myself… “Everything happens for a reason” “There are no mistakes” “God never puts more on you than you can handle…” It comes in many sizes and […]

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Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion – What I’ve Learned about Spirituality

posted by smcswain

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion. That’s the title to Sam Harris’ new book. Now, this should be interesting. For those curious, as I am, about spirituality but who have abandoned organized religion (and, according to the 2012 Pew […]

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

posted by smcswain

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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What is TRUE Spirituality?

posted by smcswain

For much of my Christian life, I confessed Jesus and so pursued some kind of spiritual life. It was not because I was all that interested in overcoming the self-centeredness that WAS my life…my up and down emotional states…my negative […]

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I read a story today shared by one of my Facebook friends whom I'll simply refer to as Joe. It is a powerful, illustrative story shared by the Lutheran Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton about money and our weird relationship to it. [caption ...

posted 8:39:49am Jul. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Hell? Are You Going There?
"Hell? Are You Going There?" "Heaven or Hell...Which?" "Are You Saved? Only the Saved Go to Heaven!" "Have You Heard of the 4 Spiritual Laws?" Those were the cliches' I often heard...heck, I even used them...when, at one time in my young ...

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