When It Seems Like There Is Nothing You Can Do: Do Something!

In the Bible there is a story in which the Israelites were facing an enormous army of Philistines. Saul, the Israelite king, did nothing. However, his son Jonathan went and began to challenge some of the Philistines.
Jonathan’s actions caused the rest of the Philistine army to be frightened and confused and it began the unraveling of their power.
What does this story tell us? When we are faced with a problem we can sit back like Saul and worry, fret, ponder, get angry, etc. Or we can take action like Jonathan did and take whatever steps we can to improve the situation. This small effort often helps us to diffuse the larger problem (“The vast army of Philistines began to melt away in every direction.” (I Samuel 14:16 )).
This week when something negative arises, rather than feeling victimized or powerless, do something–it doesn’t have to be dramatic. Take a walk, read a book, call a friend, kneel down and pray, clean the bathroom, build a puzzle with your child, etc. See if you don’t begin to see the problem lessen in magnitude in your mind.

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Love Your Neighbor As Yourself. How?

We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. In fact it is one of the two great commandments. In other words, everything else we are taught in the Bible goes back to and connects to this commandment somehow.

Well, what if I find it difficult to love people? What if I think people are annoying and irritating ? What if I don’t love myself? How can I love myself in a healthy way that doesn’t turn into self absorption?

This week we will dig into this commandment and see if we can’t find a way to love ourselves and others in a healthy and balanced way.

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No Worship Service This Sunday, July 11th

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday. May you find meaningful connection with the Lord this Sabbath day.

From True Christianity 301, Emanuel Swedenborg: “Sabbath in the language of the original means rest… When the Lord came into the world that day became a day for instruction in Divine matters, and also a day of rest from work, for meditation about matters conducive to salvation and everlasting life, and a day for love towards the neighbor.”

 

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True Freedom

Everyone wants to be and feel free. We were created to be free and to have choice over the things we think, believe and do in our lives. Yet, sometimes the choices we make compromise our freedom or even take it away.

How can we make choices that help us to experience true freedom, and not get stuck in the trap of believing that doing whatever we may want is what true freedom is? Sometimes what we want does not lead to happiness but to misery.

This week we will discuss the difference between heavenly freedom and hellish freedom. As you might imagine one is truly freeing and enjoyable and the other is more like a type of bondage with the pain that that brings.

Please join us Sunday in person at 10:30 or via live stream on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BoulderNewChurch/

 

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Forgiving Ourselves

Many of us struggle with being able to forgive ourselves for our past mistakes or habits that we have been unable to set down and walk away from, or even from things that happened to us that weren’t our fault.

This week we will talk about what we can do to move on from debilitating shame or excessive guilt and begin to see ourselves the way that God sees us–a beautiful part of this creation. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” [Jeremiah 29:11]

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Why Is There A New Church?

This church is called The New Church? Why? What’s new about it? Why do we need a new church?

If you think about all the weird, hurtful and dysfunctional things that have gone on in the name of religion over the last several centuries (for example) it is not hard to imagine that “the church” on earth needs a reboot.

The New Church is a new way of understanding the Bible, who God is (merciful, loving, wise), the reality of life after death, the nature of God’s leading (Divine Providence), the beautiful truth that this world needs the variety that is found in all the different religions and faiths – like the variety within the human body which help it to function as a whole,  and many more amazing truths.

So yes, there is a New Church. And it is needed. Perhaps you can see the need too and want to learn more about it. Why not come this Sunday and learn more about it.

It is also Father’s Day on Sunday. Wishing all who are blessed to be called “father, dad, papa, daddy and all the other possibilities” a happy Father’s Day!

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Working Towards Forgiveness

Forgiveness takes time. That is okay. The sooner we can begin the journey the sooner we will find peace, connection and a greater sense of freedom.

This week we will talk about the journey toward forgiveness. We hope you will join us for this important discussion and find support for your own journey forward.

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Are You Going To Go To The Party?

Jesus taught using parables. One time he used a parable about a great feast or party. There were many people invited to the feast, but when the time arrived for it they came up with excuses why they couldn’t make it (Luke 14). The master of house was upset and told his servants to go and invite others to come so his house would be full. He went into the streets and lanes and invited the “poor, maimed, lame and blind” to come.

Parables are stories Jesus told that have a meaning for our spirit. Do we recognize that we are invited to great happiness and joy and yet we often make up excuses why we would rather live differently? Do we see that it is in recognizing our brokenness that we have the humility to seek a life in connection with God and others–that then we are willing to give up our own brand of happiness and come and see what God is offering.

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The Way To Heaven: Easy or Difficult?

Supposing you believe in heaven, and supposing also that it is a place you would like to go some day, do you know the way there or know what is required to get there? And is the way there difficult or pretty easy? Do we have to live the life of a saint to make it or do they let all the riff raff in, regardless?

We will look into these questions on Sunday. One big hint: God created us all to go there,  and leaves it up to us to determine if we really want to go there or not. The door is open if we are open to it.

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The Path Of Our Life

People talk about being on a spiritual path, or describe life as a journey. If we are on a journey do you know where you are heading? Have you set a course that you are happy with? Will you end up where you want to be? These are important questions.

At this time there are many people either beginning new chapters of life or graduating into the next phase of life. Choosing a career path is important, but the most important question is where is our spiritual path leading us and have we given it much thought and much of our attention?

This Sunday we will talk about the path of life and examine our hoped for destination and the course that could take us there.

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