Consent to God’s ACTION in You

Silence Teaches Us Who We Are.


During the time of prayer we consent to God’s presence and action within.
– Thomas Keating

What does it mean to consent to Gods presence and action within?

As I practice centering prayer and detach from my thoughts and emotions, I realize that it only takes a mere second or less for God to take ACTION within me. (I am detached when I am in the spaces between my thoughts and emotions.)

What ACTION is God taking?

Truthfully, I do not know. I only know my job is to be patient. My job is to let it be revealed by God when God is ready.

During centering prayer my job is to DETACH. When I detach, I let more and more of God in. What is coming in? I will leave that to God. God knows what I need. God also knows when it needs to come out as ACTION…

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Sixth Month 30

As Light Is Sown

…  I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. – Galatians 1:6-9 and 11-12 (NIV)

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Look, Paul is speaking of an individual spiritual experience. Direct experience. Life-changing experience.

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We, too, must be careful to voice only Spirit-induced utterances or to perform only that service the Holy One directs us to fulfill. All of our ministry must be grounded in this same solemn place, which is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Any other message or service is only a shadow of Truth.

Those who testify to possessing the Holy Spirit risk blasphemy if they deliver an uninspired, reflective message. Nothing less than prophecy is demanded.

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So that this Light, with which…

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Welcome in Love (Sermon June 29, 2014)

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Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42

The church is one very interesting group. Often we get this idea that in a church everyone agrees all the time, and that the people inside are perfect lives with no problems at all. Those of us here realize that at times life in the church is as dysfunctional as congress during a budget debate. Although these ideas are imagined fantasies, they tend to weigh heavily on many.

These ideas were similar to the ideas that Jesus spoke of in the passage we discussed last week. Man against father, daughter against mother and all. We endure all this strife on a daily basis, and then we have a community of faithful just as messed up as the rest of the world. It is mind boggling that we would want to put up with it at all. We have enough problems the way it is.

Someone comes in…

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Epistle from the Second Annual Gathering of Friendly Mystics

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Greetings to Friends everywhere from the Participants in “Naming Our Spiritual Condition: The Second Annual Gathering of Friendly Mystics,” organized by What Canst Thou Say (WCTS) which is a Quaker journal, a meeting for worship in print.

During our first annual gathering in June of 2013, a leading arose to “Name the Spiritual Condition of the World.” Over the course of the year by blog and email, we discerned that before we could name the spiritual condition of the world, we had to name our own spiritual condition.

Just as at the first gathering, we met at Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. We were housed in student housing and the College furnished meals and meeting rooms. It was a homecoming for some participants, who had attended Earlham College in earlier years. The first two days repeated the structure of the first gathering sharing our stories. Each included worship, small group worship-sharing…

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Sixth Month 26

As Light Is Sown

… We love because he first loved us. … – 1 John 4:13-19 (NIV)

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Some translations, like the King James, turn the love back toward Jesus, “We love him, because he first loved us.” But I like the awareness that our ability to love others originates in our own being loved and embraced. Let Jesus be the source, then, but let’s fill the whole world.

The New Jerusalem Bible takes this one step further, as an affirmative command:

Let us love, then,
because he first loved us.

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Where we shall receive the End of our Faith, even the final Salvation of our immortal Souls, which shall eternally live to sing and set forth Praises and Hallelujahs in the highest to him that sits on the Throne, and to the Lamb, Christ Jesus, who hath redeemed us from the Earth, unto whom the Praise doth…

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Jesus and the Third Way

Through the Flaming Sword

In my previous post, I argued that Liberal Friends have abandoned the traditional prophetic voice, steeped in biblical ideas and the righteous emotions of judgment, testimony, and witness (though we hold onto some of the words, which for me prompts queries about integrity), without developing a new, effective voice. We can’t invoke the wrath of a judgmental God we no longer believe in, and we don’t know how to articulate the consequences of wrongdoing or the “mechanics” of the impending consequences—how and why those consequences will occur—in alternative religious language. 

Most of the time, we explain our testimonies and back up our witness work by invoking our belief that there is that of God in everyone, especially in the case of the peace testimony. However, that belief is NOT the source of any of our testimonies. Furthermore, it misrepresents what the phrase originally meant to George Fox and I believe…

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Sixth Month 25

As Light Is Sown

…  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love. … – 1 John 4:13-19 (NIV)

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Jesus repeatedly counseled, “Fear not,” with the sole exception of fearing the Lord – that is, being vigilant to keep that relationship first in our lives. The matter of fear, in fact, offers us a long, long range of investigation and confession.

This epistle, however, is keeping its focus on Holy Love and urging each of us to live and walk more fully with that.

When I argue for a faith that is expressed in metaphor, in contrast to one that sees Scripture along the lines of law, I advocate a relationship that is its own reward. Punishment, on the other hand, is a consequence of failing some detail of the…

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