How can I experience a satisfying life?

“I can’t get no, satisfaction!” the Rolling Stones famously sung. They were articulating a feeling we have probably all felt at some time. So how do we find true, lasting satisfaction in our constantly changing world? In this audio program I respond to a variety of questions from listeners about how to experience a satisfying life.

“I can’t get no, satisfaction!” the Rolling Stones famously sung. They were articulating a feeling we have probably all felt at some time. So how do we find true, lasting satisfaction in our constantly changing world? In this audio program I respond to a variety of questions from listeners about how to experience a satisfying life.

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Pastor comfort at Christmas and all year long

An audio program where I share some thoughts about experiencing the type of comfort and joy that lasts the whole year through and some of the gifts I have received from the Christian Science pastor.

An audio program where I share some thoughts about experiencing the type of comfort and joy that lasts the whole year through and some of the gifts I have received from the Christian Science pastor.

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An amazing benefit of knowing about Christian Science

I have a feeling that most of us who have been practicing Christian Science (the teachings and viewpoint of Jesus) for awhile, take for granted the freedom we have to think of ourselves as pure and holy and good and lovely, absolutely beautiful and ama…

I have a feeling that most of us who have been practicing Christian Science (the teachings and viewpoint of Jesus) for awhile, take for granted the freedom we have to think of ourselves as pure and holy and good and lovely, absolutely beautiful and amazing, talented and creative.  In truth we are all these things.  We can take a virtual shower in all Godlike qualities such as patience and perseverance, inspiration and intuition, harmony, peace, bliss, happiness and satisfaction.  In truth we express all these things, possessing and expressing all these qualities naturally as the outcome and essence of God who is Life and Mind and Love and Soul.  The world — that which we perceive with the five physical senses —would convince us of just the opposite if we allow it.

Jesus proved, and many of us are proving daily that we have the right to know ourselves this way and stick to it and live it the very best we can and let this transform us to be it.   It has made a huge difference in my life and it can in yours too.

Stop – in the name of love

This is a published article about breaking through the barriers of hurry, self centeredness and fear enough to stop and help someone in need on the street. You can listen to it or read it.

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This is a published article about breaking through the barriers of hurry, self centeredness and fear enough to stop and help someone in need on the street.  You can listen to it or read it.

http://journal.christianscience.com/shared/view/26xfr9q7od8?s=e

 

 

How do I know God loves me?

Since God is our divine and loving Parent, a similar question might be: How does one know that their mother or father loves them? A human parent who loves their child does what for them? They provide for them, help them, encourage, teach, protect, comfort, guide, and are present for them. God being our Parent does the same things—and more, I’ve found.   read more    

Since God is our divine and loving Parent, a similar question might be: How does one know that their mother or father loves them? A human parent who loves their child does what for them? They provide for them, help them, encourage, teach, protect, comfort, guide, and are present for them. God being our Parent does the same things—and more, I’ve found.   read more

Why is there only one God? timothy age 4

Why is there only one God?—Timothy, age 4 — Because God fills all space. Let’s think about what that means. If you take a jar and fill it with water up to the top, it’s full, and there’s no room for anything else. That is what God is like. God fills all the space there…

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Kids ask… – Christian Science Sentinel

Source: sentinel.christianscience.com

Why is there only one God?—Timothy, age 4 — Because God fills all space. Let’s think about what that means. If you take a jar and fill it with water up to the top, it’s full, and there’s no room for anything else. That is what God is like. God fills all the space there…

Boston Marathon 2013 – Moving beyond sadness

On the day the joy and happiness and unity and celebration of Boston Marathon 2013 was ambushed by bombs, my heart and my prayers went out to the people of my town of Boston and to all those visiting from afar for this wonderful gathering.

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On the day the joy and happiness and unity and celebration of Boston Marathon 2013 was ambushed by bombs, my heart and my prayers went out to the people of my town of Boston and to all those visiting from afar for this wonderful gathering.

It was a shocking and horrible scene.  I had to pray to find a semblance of peace for myself.  I felt good about my prayers and they gave me some sense of strength.

The next day I had to get up very early and travel into Boston to work, right near where the attack happened.  I awoke that morning only to have a great sense of sadness descend upon me.  When I was brushing my teeth, I felt like crying.  As my wife and I drove into the city the sadness became more palpable.  I felt as if I was feeling the sadness of the city, the sadness of joy turning into sorrow.

At the same time I felt that yesterday’s prayer was working in me, that deep down there was a peace.  The surface was sadness but in the depths of thought and feeling there was a peace.  It was an interesting place to be mentally and I didn’t fight it but rather just stepped back and observed my feelings a bit,  feeling I guess that the Spirit of God was going to win out without my forcing it.  The sadness gave me a deep sense of compassion that didn’t feel all bad.  I felt as though in this very meek state it was easier to feel God, to feel divine Love’s presence somehow.  I felt effortless prayer, full of love, and I mean a deep deep feeling of love going out to all, even to the perpetrators, feeling somehow that they had been used and needed comfort too.

It actually developed into a beautiful feeling, maybe just a hint of the compassion that Jesus often felt according to the scriptures.  It made my prayer stronger and yet I wasn’t trying to pray, wasn’t saying words or even trying to think spiritual thoughts in an organized way.  I was just listening and feeling what felt like divine Love working in me and through me to embrace everyone, to comfort those that mourn, including myself.   And oddly enough, when the sadness felt strongest so did the love I felt for everyone, the love I felt embraced by.  And I got clearer than I’ve ever been that I need to love so much more, in every instance — that we all do.  That is the only thing that will take away, utterly destroy the hatred, the anger, the frustration that would cause someone to do something like this.

This feeling of love and compassion and hope and comfort I’m sure was and is the Christ.  I understand the Christ to be the power of God — the godliness that works in us, the light that enlightens us.  In this experience I felt it stronger than usual.  Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and wrote about the Science of Christ defined Christ this way in one instance,

“Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (Science and Health 332:9-11)

I have to say, that is what I felt and still feel to some degree in regard to this trying time.  It is all very fresh and I’m still working my way through it but I feel there are spiritual forces at work for all of us that are stronger than the seeming forces of sadness and dread.

This Christ, our true divine nature, is not just working in me any more than it was just working in Jesus.  I know it is universal and is working in each one now and always to bring peace to our sadness, comfort to us that mourn,  binding up our broken hearts, and healing broken or damaged bodies.

I’m reminded of these two verses from a church hymn, referring to Christ the Savior.

He comes to bless thee on his wings of healing;

To banish pain, and wipe all tears away;

He comes anew, to humble hearts revealing

The mounting footsteps of the upward way.

 

He comes to give thee joy for desolation,

Beauty for ashes of the vanished years;

For every tear to bring full compensation,

To give thee confidence for all thy fears.

Boston Marathon 2013 – Is God absent?

This is a very tough question because our fleshly reality, our material sense of things would say, yes definitely — and furthermore, evil is very present and active.  There was one man who walked this earth and lived among the evils of this world and yet proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. The man I’m talking about was Christ Jesus. Think with me for a minute about what he demonstrated to prove that God is not absent and His power of good prevails in the midst of seeming evil.  Jesus healed incurable fleshly ills and diseases, stilled powerful destructive storms, fed multitudes of people when it appeared there was no place to get enough food for everyone. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils.  And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself. What was the point of all this?  I’ve asked myself that many times.  Mary Baker Eddy, a world renowned religious leader and radical Christian thinker whose works I study, help me to see that he was showing us the love of God present with us, right where it appears evil is present and powerful.  It has occurred to me that he was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what situation evil would try to throw our way.  He proved evil powerless, when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly appealed to or known. Jesus viewed things through his innate God given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual or Christly sense.  He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray.  He showed us that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence. What happened today at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God who is Love as the Bible refers to Him/Her.  I am holding even stronger to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need refreshment from the evil ways that seem apparent in this world, peace to those who might feel hate or anger, and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts.  I pray to know that a God who is everlasting Life, manifests, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:35, 37-39) Check out other comments regarding this blog published on time4thinkers.com.

This is a very tough question because our fleshly reality, our material sense of things would say, yes definitely — and furthermore, evil is very present and active.  There was one man who walked this earth and lived among the evils of this world and yet proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that evil does not have the power or presence it appears to have. The man I’m talking about was Christ Jesus.

Think with me for a minute about what he demonstrated to prove that God is not absent and His power of good prevails in the midst of seeming evil.  Jesus healed incurable fleshly ills and diseases, stilled powerful destructive storms, fed multitudes of people when it appeared there was no place to get enough food for everyone. He brought complete peace and healing to people who were possessed with devils.  And he raised the dying and dead to life, including himself.

What was the point of all this?  I’ve asked myself that many times.  Mary Baker Eddy, a world renowned religious leader and radical Christian thinker whose works I study, help me to see that he was showing us the love of God present with us, right where it appears evil is present and powerful.  It has occurred to me that he was showing us a reality – or the reality – a power, a presence always at hand, always available, no matter what situation evil would try to throw our way.  He proved evil powerless, when God’s almighty, everpresent power was understandingly appealed to or known.

Jesus viewed things through his innate God given, Christly spiritual sense and told us we could do the same, through our own innate spiritual or Christly sense.  He was the Wayshower, showing us the way to think and pray.  He showed us that there is hope and peace and good and healing right where evil appears to have power and presence.

What happened today at the Boston Marathon will not make me lose hope in God who is Love as the Bible refers to Him/Her.  I am holding even stronger to the reality through prayer that God is here and now to bring healing to anyone injured, hope to those who feel hopeless, living waters of blessing to those who need refreshment from the evil ways that seem apparent in this world, peace to those who might feel hate or anger, and transformation to those who would be used to do evil acts.  I pray to know that a God who is everlasting Life, manifests, maintains the eternal life of His creation, and is providing the balm of comfort, peace and strength to those hearts who have lost loved ones.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8:35, 37-39)

Check out other comments regarding this blog published on time4thinkers.com.