The Attitude of Gratitude

The Other Side of GriefOur meditation is based on the story of the crucifixion of Jesus as found in Luke 23:33-43.  “How does one respond to the death of one’s son?”  We will consider the response of God to the world, and the response of a young mother who loses her 14 year old son.  “You can get bitter…or you can get better”.

The meditation comes in two parts.  Click on the links below.

The End of the World But Not The Earth

New EarthScripture references for this meditation are:

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”.

Isaiah 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.

2 Peter 3:13 But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

Luke 21:18-19 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your “gaining control” (endurance) you will gain your (earthly) lives.”

The end of the world is not the end of life on the earth.  Indeed the Scriptures point toward and end to all evil (i.e. “the world”), but not to the earth that God loves.  The Hebrew view of life is not the Hellenistic view which limits the hope for redemption to an immortal soul.  Rather the Bible demands the resurrection of the body and life everlasting on God’s redeemed “new” earth.

The meditation comes in two video parts. Please click on the links below.

Virtual Reality Isn’t Real

 

 

Our Meditation is based on Ephesians 6: 12-13 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

“Is my reality (truth) being defined by those I ‘like’?”

“Is my morality based on conserving those I ‘like’ and those I ‘hate’?”  Or “Is it fluid?”

“What role do the cosmic powers of algorithms play in determining your reality and your morality?”

The meditation comes in two parts.  Please click on the links below to access them!

 

 

 

Jeremiah 31This meditation is based on Jeremiah 31:31-34

31The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt — a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

In this passage the prophet Jeremiah ((born probably after 650 BCE, Anathoth, Judah—died c. 570 BCE, Egypt), announces a new covenant that God will establish with the world.  A new path by which God will relate to the world through the message of the Gospel and the messenger of the Holy Spirit.  This new relationship is best illustrated by the baptism of an infant boy.

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Holy Scriptures: A Hammer or a Healer?

hammer or heal Our Meditation is based on 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”

“What is the ultimate goal of the study of Holy Scriptures?”  St. Timothy helps us understand that unless our study, instruction and reproof equips us for every good work, our endeavors fall short of their intended goal.

The meditation comes in two parts.  Please click on the links below.