122213 – Sunday Lesson: God’s Miracle of Love
All of us are probably familiar with the beautiful words of the angel in Luke 2: 10-11: “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, › › › read more
For us to have peace in our lives and in the world, we are called to BE peace. In this lesson for the Second Sunday of Advent, Rev. Nancy explores the idea of peace and gives three peace promoting practices that will bring more peace into our lives.
One of our favorite Christmas movies is “Miracle on 34th St.” One of its most profound and memorable quotes is: “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” In this first Sunday of Advent lesson, Rev. Nancy talks about our “un-common sense” the spiritual faculty of faith. Jesus said in Matthew › › › read more
It is good to be thankful for the things that we have, and it is even better to establish our minds and hearts in gratitude as the state of our being. Professor Robert A. Emmons at UC Davis agrees: “It’s important to know that gratitude can be a chosen attitude,” Emmons added. “It’s independent of › › › read more
We all want to be appreciated. We want to know that we are valued by others, that we matter. In fact, even Fortune 500 businesses are recognizing the value of appreciation.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to feel happy when we are afraid. The Bible tells us in II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” In this lesson, Rev. Nancy gives suggestions for creating for ourselves a world › › › read more
In our quest for happiness, each of eventually discovers that happiness is a work of heart. As we learn to live from our hearts, we will not only experience more happiness, we will be creating more happiness for others. Celebrated filmmaker Tom Shadyac, after getting into a bike accident that left him with Post Concussion › › › read more
We all want to be happy. Yet, in today’s world, despite our increased consumerism, advanced technology and the ability to connect on-line through social media, the current statistics prove that we are no happier and no more connected.
Animals play an important part in our lives. They are our beloved pets, our companions, and our teachers of unconditional love. Through our intention to be kind to all animals and other forms of life we can create a culture of reverence for life that will build a “Kingdom of Kindness” in our lives and › › › read more