Sunday Worship Experience – November 27, 2022

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Sermon Series: Adventure In Faith 2022 – It’s Your Move

Sermon Title: Checkmate! Your Winning Move: Give and Forgive

Winning Move #1

Forgive it.

Winning Move #2

Forget it.

Winning Move #3

Let God love you.

Key Scripture: Luke 6:38-39

Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

Scripture: Romans 6:12-14

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal bodies, so that you obey their desires. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.


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Sunday Worship Experience – November 20, 2022

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Sermon Series: Adventure In Faith 2022 – It’s Your Move

SERMON TITLE: Move #7: Step Out on Faith

CHESS PIECE: Pawn

KEY SCRIPTURE: I Chronicles 4:10

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

RULE #1:

Prepare for victory!

RULE #2: 

Acknowledge the fear!

RULE #3:

Work toward your desired end.

RULE #4:

Never give up on God!


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Sunday Worship Experience – November 13, 2022

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Sermon Series: Adventure In Faith 2022 – It’s Your Move

Move #6: Practice Active Faith

CHESS PIECE: Knight

Thesis

Make daily preparation for the thing you desire and you shall have it.

Key Scripture: Revelation 21:1,4

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Rule #1:

Cast the burden.

Rule #2:

Learn to see in the dark.

Rule #3:

Get ready for the thing you desire.


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Nov. 28, 2022 – HIS LAW IS WRITTEN IN MY HEART AND I DELIGHT TO DO HIS WILL  

NOVEMBER 28   

HIS LAW IS WRITTEN IN MY HEART AND I DELIGHT TO DO HIS WILL   

That in which he findeth the supreme delight which the Reason can grasp beyond the sense, wherein established he moveth not from the reality; Which having been obtained, he thinketh there is no greater gain beyond it; wherein established, he is not shaken even by heavy sorrow.

The Bhagavad-Gita            

I know that the Perfect Life of the Spirit is my life, and I now permit It to radiate through my world of thought and action – to express in my physical form.  As I relax my body, consciously and definitely – which I am able to do by mentally relaxing and dropping all strain – I feel flowing through me a vital energy, a dynamic force, a great surge of living power.  I feel immersed in and saturated by a vital Essence of Perfection, which brings me into tune with life.

Today I let God’s Life live itself through me.  I permit it to flow through me to others that heaven shall be joined with earth, that the Divine shall blend with the human, that love shall conquer fear, and a little child shall lead them.

Because my whole being is this perfect God-Life, I have nothing to fear. Every person that I meet recognizes the love and peace and wisdom and courage within me.  Each person I meet feels our common bond, knows that we are a part of the perfect Whole, harmonious centers in the great Unity of Life, and so has faith in me.  No one could wish to harm or hurt me in any way.  I, too, can know only love and understanding for my fellow beings.  I know, because I am God-like, God in expression, that every circumstance I find myself in, is right for me.  Through my consciousness of Love, which is the very Essence of God-Life, I transform any seeming imperfection into the perfect idea of my True Self.  God knows me only as a Perfect Idea, and that Perfection I now manifest.  His Law is written in my heart and I delight to do His will.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 27, 2022 – I WILL FEAR NO EVIL

NOVEMBER 27   

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL

Are not the friends of God, those on whom no fear shall come, nor shall they be put to grief?

The Koran

Today my heart is without fear, for I have implicit confidence in the good, the enduring and the true. Fear is the only thing of which to be afraid.  It is not the host encamped against us, nor the confusion around us, that we need to fear; it is the lack of confidence in the good alone which should concern us. Through inner spiritual vision, we know that evil is transitory, but good is permanent.  We know that right finally dissolves everything opposed to it.  The power of Spirit is supreme over every antagonist.  Therefore, we should cherish no fear, and when we neither fear nor hate, we come to understand the unity of life.

I put my whole trust in God.  I know that the Spirit will gently lead me and wisely counsel me. I know that the love which envelops everything flows through me to everyone, and with it there goes a confidence, a sense of joy and freedom, a buoyant enthusiasm for living, a zest for life. “For all thy ways are ways of pleasantness, and all thy paths are peace.”

I realize that fear is not Godlike, since it contradicts the Divine Presence, repudiates limitless Love and denies infinite Good.  Therefore, I know that fear is a lie, a fraud.  It is neither person, place nor thing; it is merely an impostor that I have believed in.  I have entertained it so long that it seems as if it really were something, and it attempts to make me believe that two and two are seven, that the earth is flat and that God is limited.  Today I repudiate all fear.  I renounce the belief in evil.  I enter into conscious union with the Spirit.  I accept the good as supreme, positive and absolute.  With joy I enter into the activities of the day, without regret I remember the events of yesterday, and with confidence I look forward to tomorrow, for today my heart is without fear.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 26, 2022 – LIFE SINGS THROUGH ME IN RADIANT ECSTASY

NOVEMBER 26   

LIFE SINGS THROUGH ME IN RADIANT ECSTASY

The footsteps of those who dwell with the god of light are set free.

Book of the Dead

Now and always I recognize that I live, move and have my being in God.  I am part of Universal Mind.  I am one with Universal Substance.  All the qualities and all the wealth of good and desirable things that exist in Universal mind are mine now.  I perceive, accept and experience them.  I know that that Presence which manifests in my heart and mind is God expressing Himself within me.  As I feel this Presence more and more I hear the Song of Joy deep within.  Always when I am still I hear the Song of Life pouring through my consciousness.  I have only to listen for it is always there.

The Father and I are one.  This I know to be the truth of my being.  I open my mind and my heart to the inflow of the Divine Spirit and know that the presence of God flows through my being with perfect action and in perfect unity with good.

With this knowledge, this assurance that the loving Presence is always here – “closer to me than breathing, nearer than hands and feet” – I have nothing to fear.  I feel this loving protection around me, and I know that it is not only a Song of Joy, but a Song of Love and Protection.  I tune out all dull, negative ideas, and tune in with the sunshine of life, with brightness and laughter, with the joyous Presence that is Life itself.  I now lay aside all anxiety, all striving, and let the Law bring my good to me.  I joyfully anticipate greater abundance, more success and more joy.  Joy wells up within my heart and Life sings through me in radiant ecstasy.  

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 25, 2022 – THE LIFE OF THE FATHER IS MY LIFE

NOVEMBER 25   

THE LIFE OF THE FATHER IS MY LIFE

When Heaven and Man exert their powers in concert, all transformations have their commencements determined.

The Texts of Taoism 

God could not withhold Himself from me.  That which is He has given fully unto me to enjoy. The life of God is perfect, it is eternal, it is the essence of all things.  That life is God’s gift to me.  Therefore, this fullness is within me, ready to manifest through me as I partake of it.  Since I am self-choosing, even though Divinely endowed, I partake of my Divinity only as I let it through; I am always in the midst of plenty everywhere.  I know that I live in a changeless Reality. I am not disturbed by the passage of time, the movement around me, or the variations of experience through which I go.  Something within me remains immovable and says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

There is no here and there to the Spirit, for both are included within Itself, even as yesterday, today and tomorrow are but passing events in Its unitary wholeness, even as big and little are but outlines.  The manifest universe is an expression of that which transcends time, overshadows eternity, encompasses all form, and remains stable within that which forever flows.

I now consciously draw upon the life which is mine.  I now reeducate myself definitely, by whatever steps I may, to a belief that there is given unto me a fullness of life which is Divine in its origin, eternal in its presence, and always fully available. The life of the Father is my life.  The infinite richness of the Father is mine.  All things which proceed from Him may be mine.  I now claim them.  The act of taking is my right and privilege.  I exercise it now intelligently and in full faith.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 24, 2022 – I ACCEPT MY OWN SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PERFECTION

NOVEMBER 24   

I ACCEPT MY OWN SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL PERFECTION

He is a rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Deuteronomy 32:4

My body is the temple of the Living God.  It is Spiritual Substance.  I have perfect confidence in my heart that God’s lifegiving Spirit is my life. Since God is my life and God is eternal, my life is eternal.  Therefore I cannot be separated from God, from Good, from Perfection.  If I would renew body, mind and affairs, I must first cause my imagination to rise above them. The supreme Ruler, omnipresent, therefore existing at the very center of my thought, the Christ within me, really has the power to make all things new.

The perfect Life of God now expresses its innate perfection and wholeness.  As the sun dissolves the mist, so does my knowledge of Truth dissolve all pain and discord.  I know the Truth about myself as a child of God and that Truth makes me free.  I am free because the Power of the Living Spirit is my power and it remolds and re-creates my body after the likeness of the perfect pattern of God.  I open wide the doorway of my consciousness to a greater influx from the Divine.  I know that the all-conquering power of Spirit is with me.  I accept my privilege, as a Son, of manifesting the Life, Love, Peace, Strength, Harmony and Joy of God – the Father Almighty who indwells me and incarnates Himself in me, as me.

Therefore, I rest in peace and in the quiet confidence I know that all is well.  It is my sincere desire that the Life and the Love which God is shall flow through me to the whole world.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 23, 2022 – MY WORD DOES ACCOMPLISH

NOVEMBER 23   

MY WORD DOES ACCOMPLISH

The first step that the soul of the faithful man made, placed him in the Good Thought Paradise;  The second step that the soul of the faithful man made, placed him in the Good Word Paradise; The third step that the soul of the faithful man made; placed him in the Good Deed Paradise.

The Zend-Avesta

Since thought is a definite, dynamic, creative, consciously directed and intelligent energy, then I know that a thought of Truth will definitely neutralize a negative argument.  I am on guard to protect my own word by knowing that it is the activity of Spirit through me and as such cannot be denied.  In effective prayer, I realize that a Power greater than I am consciously acts with creative intelligence upon my word.  In this way, I free myself from a sense of personal responsibility, while, at the same time, remaining aware that even spiritual laws must be definitely used, if they are to provide tangible results in my experience.

Believing that there is one Divine Intelligence that governs everything, I affirm that this Intelligence is acting in my mind, causing me to know what is best and to do what is best. I open my mind to new thoughts, new ideas.  And I know that as I do this new experience shall come to me.

I seek to believe with absolute conviction that my word will not return unto me void, and I do this when I realize that spiritual laws execute themselves, just as do others laws of nature.  I know that my word penetrates every unbelief in my mind, casts out all fear, removes all doubt, clears away every obstacle, and permits that which is enduring, perfect and true to be perceived by my mind.

I provide faith, acceptance, and a joyous expectancy that all the statements that I make in my prayers or treatments are not only true but that they will be carried out as I have spoken.  As my work is done with this sense of reliance upon the Law of Good, I know that my word shall not return unto me void but shall accomplish that whereunto it is sent.”

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 22, 2022 – TODAY I BESTOW THE ESSENCE OF LOVE UPON EVERYTHING

NOVEMBER 22   

TODAY I BESTOW THE ESSENCE OF LOVE UPON EVERYTHING

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 13:10

“The Law of the Lord is perfect” and the Law of the Lord is Love.  We are made perfect in the Law when we enter into the communion of love with one another and with the invisible essence of Life.  Love is the fulfillment of the Law, that is, we never can make the most perfect use of the Law unless that use is motivated by love, by a sincere desire to express unity, harmony and peace.  As the true artist weds himself to the essence of beauty, imbibing her spirit that it may be transmitted to the canvas, or awaken a living form from cold marble, so we must wed ourselves to the essence of Love that we may imbibe its spirit, and, transmitting it, give loveliness to all events.

I desire that everything I think shall be from the heart as well as from the head.  I wish to release kindness and love, sympathy and understanding, peace and joy.  No condemnation, judgment or fear shall go from me to anyone or anything.

Today I bestow the essence of love upon everything.  Everyone shall be lovely to me.  My soul meets the soul of the universe in everyone.  Nothing is ugly; everything is beautiful, everything is meaningful.  This love is a healing power touching everything into wholeness, healing the wounds of experience with its divine balm.  I know that this Love Essence, the very Substance of Life, the creative Principle back of everything, flows through my whole being, spiritual, emotional, mental and physical.  It flows in transcendent loveliness into my world of thought and form, ever renewing, vitalizing, bringing joy and harmony and blessing to everything and everyone it touches. 

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Nov. 25, 2022 – THE LIFE OF THE FATHER IS MY LIFE

NOVEMBER 25   

THE LIFE OF THE FATHER IS MY LIFE

When Heaven and Man exert their powers in concert, all transformations have their commencements determined.

The Texts of Taoism 

God could not withhold Himself from me.  That which is He has given fully unto me to enjoy. The life of God is perfect, it is eternal, it is the essence of all things.  That life is God’s gift to me.  Therefore, this fullness is within me, ready to manifest through me as I partake of it.  Since I am self-choosing, even though Divinely endowed, I partake of my Divinity only as I let it through; I am always in the midst of plenty everywhere.  I know that I live in a changeless Reality. I am not disturbed by the passage of time, the movement around me, or the variations of experience through which I go.  Something within me remains immovable and says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

There is no here and there to the Spirit, for both are included within Itself, even as yesterday, today and tomorrow are but passing events in Its unitary wholeness, even as big and little are but outlines.  The manifest universe is an expression of that which transcends time, overshadows eternity, encompasses all form, and remains stable within that which forever flows.

I now consciously draw upon the life which is mine.  I now reeducate myself definitely, by whatever steps I may, to a belief that there is given unto me a fullness of life which is Divine in its origin, eternal in its presence, and always fully available. The life of the Father is my life.  The infinite richness of the Father is mine.  All things which proceed from Him may be mine.  I now claim them.  The act of taking is my right and privilege.  I exercise it now intelligently and in full faith.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker