Yearly Archives: 2019

Angry God

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Forgiveness is God’s command. ~ Martin Luther

I grew up in an oppressive religious environment, as I know many of you did. I can think of stronger words. But “oppressive” will do for now.

One of my church’s most prominent teachings painted an image of God as a fierce and vengeful old white man. If you didn’t do as he said (really, what the church said he said), you were headed for hell and eternal damnation.

Sound familiar?

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Forgiveness

You have undoubtedly heard much about forgiveness, especially if you travel in spiritual circles.Read more

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This is a true story. You might call it a Christmas story. But we’ve changed the names, identities, and other details to protect the privacy of the people involved.

One winter morning long ago, Ann sent a strange email to her close friend Joan. Joan’s Uncle Joe, who’d passed over years earlier, had visited Ann the night before.

Joan’s brother Tony was on a work assignment in a war zone on the other side of the world. Recently, there had been a surge in the violence and bloodshed there.Read more

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The True Spirit of Christmas Is Love

This week we’re featuring an article by my dear friend and brother, Ted Murray. Ted’s an accomplished writer and spiritual teacher. He’s also a great tennis coach.

In Ted’s message, he asks a timely question: “What does the Christmas spirit mean to you?”

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Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas, as it may not be a part of your culture or upbringing. However, the essence of Christmas as a way of life is universal, and it would be wonderful if it wasn’t limited to one season of the year or to one particular religion.Read more

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One of our readers asked us about this issue:
I understand that the rule in the animal world is: eat or be eaten. But I can’t understand why a cat “plays” for fun with a mouse before he kills the mouse. That seems so (unnecessarily) cruel.

We’ve written about animals a few times in the past. This post is a bit different from those earlier ones.

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You’re imposing upon animals human characteristics. Animals, wild or domestic, never hold cruel intentions.Read more

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On the one hand you take life too seriously, and on the other, you do not take playful existence seriously enough. ~ Seth, channeled by Jane Roberts

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My spirit guides have often said life should be joyful, every part of it—even the end part, which we call death.

I come from a large Sicilian immigrant family. So we’ve had many funerals over the years. There was one funeral I’ll never forget—my mother’s.Read more