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Presiding Bishop, Universal Episcopal Church

June 16, 2018 – More Higher Authorities!

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Looking at the people who have become the news lately, I cannot help but wonder whom they really answer to, and why. Most people consider themselves accountable to some person, some deity, or some group – or a combination, depending on what their life is like. But what about those who don’t seem to be accountable to anyone?

Actually, there is a simple answer, compatible with most scriptures or even a total lack of scripture! Let’s look and find it!

Blessed Be!

 

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December 23, 2017 – Happy Whatsitsday!

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It’s that time of year when some people worry if they’ll offend others with a seasonal greeting that might hint at a possible religious or ethnic affiliation, and others insist ion feeling offended if such a greeting is not their kind of greeting. And so many of the rest of us are just happy that someone wishes us well, including in their own terms.

I see this as an opportunity to learn how much we actually have in common. Once we do that, there’s no limit to what we can do!

Blessed Be!

 

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December 16, 2017 – Some Questions Should Not Have To Be Asked!

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Some questions should not have to be asked! As an example, I have ridden on many busses and have never asked the bus driver if he or she were sober! Some issues should be presumed resolved by the time you’re involved. The recent special election in Alabama is an example of questions being asked which should have never needed asking.

Standards might change. In the 12th and 14th centuries, it was not uncommon for a girl to be married at 12, but now we consider anyone at that age to be a child. The needs of society dictated the change, and it does not get changed based on some whim or temporary sentiment. Similarly, it was once not uncommon for certain people to own slaves, but no more.

We need to know what our standards are, why they are there and follow them!

Blessed Be!

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December 9, 2017 – Powerful Prayer’s Secret Ingredient!

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There is a secret ingredient to prayer, and it can often make a major difference! It not only helps you to pray, it makes it flow better. And, it helps you to know what you need to do.

Unlike the “secret ingredients” mentioned in advertising, which usually prove to be standard components which everyone uses, this one is a genuine “secret in plain sight”, often overlooked by many.

Blessed Be!

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December 2, 2017 – Who Are You Going To Call?

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I’ve spoken about prayer in the last few episodes, and that leaves us with one question. The problem is, the question is so obvious that some don’t even see it as a question. Very simply: to whom should you address your prayers? And some other questions would follow. For instance, if what works for me doesn’t work for you, or vice versa, does that mean that one should impose their faith on the other?

The answer to this and other similar questions can be found, and found clearly, even in the Christians’ Bible. People who can keep their preconceived notions from interfering with the actual content will understand.

Blessed Be!

 

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November 25, 2017 – Prayer That Can Kick Butt!

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We’ve spent a fair amount of time discussing prayer in the last couple of episodes, and not flatteringly in the case of some who seem to mis-use or actually avoid real prayer. It’s time to see how prayer can actually be made to work, and work effectively!

To begin with, understand that praying for what you need is not greed, but also know that praying for others does help them. In fact, I am aware of a very recent and well-documented case that proves that point.

And The Divine is indeed listening!

Blessed Be!

 

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November 18, 2017 – Can So-Called “Thoughts And Prayers” Do Anything?

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With every major tragedy on the news, especially storms and mass shootings, many politicians and others say that the victims have their “thoughts and prayers”. I often wonder if their “thoughts and prayers” are a euphemism for doing nothing. But, people who want to do something can transform genuine thoughts and prayers into powerful action! And, it is well within our grasp!

Not only is it within our grasp, but many of the tasks are ones you do anyway, and look forward to doing! Let’s see what can happen when we turn other people’s insincerities into genuine action!

Blessed Be!

 

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