The Intelligent Farmer (2-17-19)

Rev. Gary shows what can happen when we plant the seeds of love in our lives.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 “The Intelligent Farmer”

Affirmation: “By claiming my divine inheritance, I accept that I Am one with God.”

“Being intelligent, he plants an orange tree when he wishes to grow oranges; he knows that he will receive apples from an apple tree. He understands that mind has forms of expression and he knows that in all cases the form indicates the fruit to be borne.”
–(WHAT ARE YOU?, by Imelda Octavia Shanklin

“How can we picture God’s kingdom? What kind of story can we use? It’s like a pine nut. When it lands on the ground, it is quite small as seeds go, yet once it is planted it grows into a huge pine tree with thick branches. Eagles nest in it.”
– (The Message Bible, Mark 4:30-32)

“Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.”
– Pythagoras

“There can be no logical doubt that an all-wise and all-powerful Creator would plan perfection for His creations and also endow them with the ability to bring His plan into manifestation. That is the status of the world and its people.”
– JESUS CHRIST HEALS, by Charles Fillmore p.16).

“Humankind is created in the ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ of God; humankind is therefore a phase of God Mind, and the individual must act like the original Mind. Study your own mind and through it you will find God Mind.
– Charles Fillmore

“The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is.”
– Meister Eckhart

The Power of Love (2-10-19)

Rev. Gary describes divine love as the key that can release everything we want out of life. And he shows how we can get out of our own way to become one with that power.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 “The Power of Love”
Affirmation: “I claim the greatest power, the power of love”

The idea of universal unity…a great harmonizer and healer…rebuilding, reconstructing, and restoring everyone and his or her world.
The disciple: John
Back of the heart.

Love is the most obedient thing in the universe. It is also the greatest worker and will accomplish more for our happiness than all other faculties combined (KEEP A TRUE LENT, by Charles Fillmore 35).

If you want a servant that will work for you night and day, cultivate divine love (KEEP A TRUE LENT, by Charles Fillmore 35).

True love must be shared; it cannot be hoarded. To be blessed by love, it must be expressed not repressed (HOW TO USE THE POWER OF PRAYER, by Harold Sherman 14).

We are commanded not to be loved but to love. What flows from us returns to us increased and multiplied (ONLY BELIEVE, by Sue Sikking 42)

If we give love, we become love (NEW AGE UNDERSTANDING, by Donald Curtis 11)

“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working. In just the same way, you learn to love by loving.” (St. Francis of Sales)

“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

Love is easier than you think. You don’t need to strain at it. Think of God, seek God, love God, and your life will be a blessing to all (STEPS IN SELF-KNOWLEDGE, by Leddy & Randolph Schmelig 47).

A Celebration of Love (2-3-19)

Rev. Gary uses some footage from the 20th Anniversary YouTube video of the founders of Unity of New Braunfels, and weaves quotes and stories of what we can create by working together for our mission and purpose. This was a celebration of the love and dedication to who we are and where we are going.

Affirmation: “I join with family and friends in a heartfelt celebration of divine love.”

“Love shines through your hands as a healing touch. It shines through your eyes as understanding and faith. It shines through your smile as a wordless message saying, ‘I love you and I behold the Christ in you!'”
— Charles Roth

“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
― Denzel Washington

“We cannot love God without loving each other, for humanity is of God and God is in humanity.”
— Sue Sikking

“Today is life—the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”
– Amy Poehler

Purposeful Giving (1-27-19)

Rev. Gary challenges us to take ownership of our experience, to acknowledge what is important to us, and to choose to purposefully support it with our energy and our resources.

Affirmation: “I open myself to Divine guidance for greater love, wisdom and understanding.”

“We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” -I John 3:18

“I am wanting to presence the importance of intentionally cultivating the culture of ownership.”
-Dr. Gary Simmons

Mission-Centric Ministry
—A new ministry model: a paradigm of ownership.
—Move from to a new funding model: From a Tithing-base to an Ownership-base where we purposefully give.
—From Get more to We are more.

“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.”
-Terry Orlick

“It’s not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something.”
-Winston S. Churchill

“Giving never happens by accident. It’s always intentional.”
-Amy Grant

Getting Purposeful in Giving

  1. Begin in prayer. Center yourself.
  2. Reflect. What are you passionate about? What do you value?
  3. Using what you value, develop your plan for purposeful giving.
  4. Choose your percentage for giving.
  5. Make a commitment. Give intentionally, not from obligation
  6. Fill out the Purposeful Giving Card and return it next Sunday, Feb. 3.

A New Dimension of Love: The Wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for All People (1/20/18)

Rev. Gary shows how the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King can profoundly benefit each of our lives.

Sunday, January 20, 2019
“A New Dimension of Love: The Wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for All People”

Affirmation: I claim my power and authority to forgive and to love freely.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 
—from Strength to Love, 1963

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.” 
—from ‘Letter From Birmingham Jail,’ April 16, 1963

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” 
—from ‘Letter from Birmingham, Alabama Jail’, April 16, 1963

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
—from a speech.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
—from a speech

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” 
—from Strength to Love, 1963

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” 
—from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.

“The time is always right to do what is right.” 
—from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

“Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” 
—from speech before a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia, October 26, 1967

“We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.”
—from “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” Speech at the First Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change, December 3, 1956

The Power of Faith (01-06-2018)

In this inspiring talk, Rev. Gary shows how faith is the key to manifesting our dreams.

In this lesson …

The Twelve Powers
January: FAITH
Color: Blue
Disciple: Peter
Epiphany — Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1. The first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles by the Magi (in Matthew 2:1-12)
2. A moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.

“I walk in faith even when I cannot see.”
II Corinthians 5:7

“The Power of Faith is the power of attraction.
Whatever is happening in our lives, we must set our intentions
on what we want but do not yet realize.”
-Sandra Campbell

“The office of faith is to take abstract ideas and give them definite form in substance.
Ideas are abstract and formless to us until they become substance, the substance of faith.”
-Charles Fillmore

“As we live each day in faith, we willingly entrust our care
to the Spirit of God within to emanate, to flow, and to be.
In doing so, we are allowing God to be God—to live in us, through us, and as us.”
-Evelyn Foreman

“Faith is the price you have to pay to get right answers to prayers.
It is the one element or force which closes the gap
between your own real self and the God Presence within.”
-Harold Sherman

“Conviction is the mindset of faith.
Conviction is trust, assurance, confidence.”
-Linda Martella-Whitsett

“In trust, we do not need to perpetually recite affirmations or keep a desire afloat
like juggling pins that need our constant attention to stay above the ground.
The fruit of trust is a peaceful mind.”
-Linda Martella-Whitsett

Awakening to Joy (12-23-2018)

Rev. Gary shares his personal joy in this uplifting talk on the fourth Sunday of Advent. He shows what we can do to experience more joy in our lives.

In this lesson …

“Joy belongs to you, whether you know it or not.
It is yours now, to discover, to use, to exercise, and to bring into expression.”
-Mary L. Kupferle

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”
-C. S. Lewis

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
-Joseph Campbell

“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss, doors will open
that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
-Joseph Campbell

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”
-The Compassionate Buddha

“True happiness is an outgrowth of developing the habit of joy.”
-Mary Rowland

“When we touch the inner spring of joy, we feel the strength of it
constantly sustaining us, no matter what may seem to go wrong in the external world.”
-May Rowland

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”
-Rabindranath Tagore

“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”
-Kahlil Gibran

“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.”
-Karl Barth

“Your feeling of inner joy and your joyous attitude
make you a giver of joy, a bringer of joy to others.”
-Martha Smock

The Circle of Love (12-16-2018)

Rev. Gary explores the power of love with inspiring stories, music, and meditation.

In this lesson …

“Let me remember I am one with God.”
-A Course in Miracles

“Whatever we may be making, writing, saying, or doing, we need to do it with love.
Love allows God to express through us, and thus all things in our life
will find their perfect balance.”
-Donald Curtis

“We may be successful without love.
We might even be healthy without love for a time.
But we cannot be whole without love, and thus
we cannot be happy or peaceful or fulfilled.”
-Eric Butterworth

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
-Lao Tzu

“In love there is no Jew, Christian, Buddhist, or any other sect or difference.
We are all one race, the transparent race of God,
that fills every person with an invisible Presence.
-Rev. Dr. Sue Sikking
“Love is the greatest power on earth, and world love is easy to understand.
It is simply stated in the Golden Rule—to want the good for every human being
on the face of the earth as fervently as we want our own.”
-Rev. Dr. Sue Sikking

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person
is essential to your own.”
-Robert A. Heinlin

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
-A Course in Miracles

Tuning Into Peace (12-09-2018)

Rev. Gary celebrates the second Sunday of Advent with a humorous skit, a little music, and some practical steps to develop a peaceful mind and a peaceful heart.

In this lesson …

“One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
-Dr. Martin Luther King

“There is nothing quite as satisfying as having a peaceful heart.”
-Joan Gattuso

“If there is even one person with whom you are not at peace,
then you have a work to do, and the work begins with you—
in your thoughts and feelings, in your reactions.”
-Martha Smock

“Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.”
-Dalai Lama

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
-Philippians 4:7

“No one can teach you to pray. It is an inside job.
There is no standard formula which, once learned,
insures perfect results forever, like a mathematical formula
or a recipe for baking a cake.”
-Russell W. Lake

“True prayer is not begging or beseeching, it is right knowing.
It is not a matter of trying to make something happen,
but of becoming aware of that which already is.
It is not a time to say Please, but to say Thank you.
Elinor MacDonald

“We don’t realize that somewhere within us all,
there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat Pray Love”
“Peace begins with a smile.”
-Mother Teresa

Stepping Out in Faith (12-02-2018)

In this revealing talk, Rev. Gary demonstrates that we all have faith, and where we choose to place our faith can make all the difference.

In this lesson …

“Faith begets faith and love begets love.
We must start right where we are
with what we have and put it to work.”
-Stella Terrill Mann

“Faith is the perceiving power of the mind
linked with a power to shape substance.”
-Charles Fillmore

“Faith is the inner assurance that what we desire already exists
in the invisible realm of Spirit and can, by the exercise of our faith,
be brought into being.”
-Elizabeth Sand Turner

“To have faith is to welcome the new, to dare to get out of set ways,
out of ruts of living and thinking.
Faith is the pioneering quality of the mind.”
-Martha Smock

“Faith is the highest expression of belief or confidence.”
-Charles Fillmore

“Faith-thinking is sowing faith;
and the harvest next week, or next month, or next summer
will be like unto the faith-seeds you are sowing today.”
-Charles Roth

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
-Hebrews 11:1

“We are safe when we are surely centered in God.
We are free from fear when we are filled with faith.”
-Martha Smock