Rev. Gary uses the story of Palm Sunday to demonstrate how we can choose to live in a friendly or hostile universe.
Sunday, April 14, 2019 “Palm Sunday – Living in Victory”
Affirmation: “God in me is infinite wisdom; I know just what to do.”
“The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”
Affirmation: I have the power to choose.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
“Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
-The Compassionate Buddha
“Rather than straining our striving for results in the outer, set the inner self right; release fears and tensions; let go and let God’s Spirit carry you forward into life, freedom, and peace.”
-Martha Smock, Listen Beloved
Rev. Gary describes some steps we can take to find the wisdom to experience peace and joy in our lives
Sunday, April 7, 2019 “The Power of Wisdom” Affirmation: “God’s wisdom is expressing itself through me now.”
Poem: The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
-Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
WISDOM The ability to judge, evaluate, discern, be wise, appraise, to know how to… Disciple: James, son of Zebedee Location: Solar plexus Color: Yellow
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” -Aristotle
Wisdom and love are joined in God, and a perfect balance is struck in consciousness between knowing and feeling when man spiritualizes his thoughts. -(MYSTERIES OF GENESIS, by Charles Fillmore 59)
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” -Rumi
Proverbs 4:6-7, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
All wisdom is implanted in us by divine intelligence. -(ATOM-SMASHING POWER OF MIND, by Charles Fillmore 77).
True wisdom does not consist only of knowing, but of doing as well. -(HALFWAY UP THE MOUNTAIN, by Martha Smock 118)
Wisdom is not static. It engenders action. -(HALFWAY UP THE MOUNTAIN, by Martha Smock 119)
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. -Buddha
Rev. Gary offers specific steps to help us release our attachment to anything that is no longer working for us and is blocking our access to the light of our being.
Sunday, March 31, 2019 “Surrender and Know the Truth” Affirmation: “Surrendering to God, I am safe and fulfilled.”
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today.
When I am disturbed,
It is because I find some person, place, thing, situation —
Some fact of my life — unacceptable to me,
And I can find no serenity until I accept
That person, place, thing, or situation
As being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment.
Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.
Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober;
Unless I accept life completely on life’s terms,
I cannot be happy.
I need to concentrate not so much
On what needs to be changed in the world
As on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes.”
-Dr. Paul O. AA Big Book page 417 Fourth Edition
“True surrender is the ability to acknowledge the reality you are living in, and from that point of acceptance, to begin to move out of it.”
-Rev. Ken Daigle
“If we didn’t have the power to reject and renunciate unwanted, undesirable, no longer useful ideas, beliefs, and attitudes from our consciousness, we would never develop to our full potential.”
-Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla
“The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is.”
“Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life – and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
“And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today…”
-Dr. Paul Ohliger
“It does not mean to passively put up with whatever situation you find yourself in and to do nothing about it. Nor does it mean to cease making plans or initiate positive action.”
“Until there is surrender to what is, you are trapped by your own resistance, chained to your belief that you can fight reality.”
-Rev. Ken Daigle
Rev. Gary offers some practical steps to help us give up our negative thinking and find the peace and fulfillment we are looking for.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 “Make Me An Instrument of Peace” Affirmation: “I am willing to follow my heart to be an instrument of peace.
The Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
“If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peacefully with all.”
“Metaphysicians, who study the mind and its modes of action, find that when they refuse to let thoughts of worry, anxiety, or other destruction act in their minds, they gradually establish an inner quietness that finally merges into great peace. This is the “peace of God, which passeth all understanding.” When this peace is attained, the individual gets inspirations and revelations direct from infinite Mind.”
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
HeartMath Freeze Frame Technique
Shift from head to heart
When you become aware of stress, emotion, anxiety, or strain.
Breathe through your heart
Brings focus away from the brain.
Recall a positive memory
Attempt to relive the feelings from that experience.
Ask from your heart
What can I do in this situation to make it different?
What can I do to minimize stress?
Listen to the response from your heart.
~Wisdom and intuition arise
with focus and calm.
Rev. Gary shows how our spiritual strength can help us choose to be free from negative thinking for this season of Lent. This inspiring talk may offer the nudge we need to transform our experience of life.
Affirmation: “I choose positive and uplifting thoughts to create the life I desire.”
Located: Lower Back
Color: Spring Green
“The energy of God. Freedom from weakness; stability of character; power to withstand temptation; capacity to accomplish.” – Charles Fillmore, Revealing Word
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – The Compassionate Buddha
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6
“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” – Dalai Lama
“The Power of Strength is not force, manipulation or defensiveness; it is spiritual courage and confidence.” – Paul Hasselbeck, Heart-Centered Metaphysics
“If your mind becomes filled with negative thoughts that are difficult for you to eliminate even with Truth statements, you must have the mental strength to become involved in activities which you know will replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts.” – Stephen B. Stum, Beyond Inspiration
Rev. Gary shows that when we align ourselves with the spirit of God’s love, nothing can stand in our way.
Sunday, February 14, 2019 “Love Always Works” Affirmation: “I use my power of love to see good everywhere.”
“Love, in Divine Mind, is the idea of universal unity…it is the power that joins and binds together the universe and everything in it.” – Charles Fillmore, Keep a True Lent, Pg. 151
“When you see the stainless unity of God everywhere, you become established in God and rise above the constant changes of this world.” – The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 5:19
“Love is an inner quality that sees good everywhere and in everybody. It insists that all is good, and by refusing to see anything but good it causes that quality finallly to appear in the uppermost in itself, and in all things. Love is the great harmonizer and healer.” – Charles Fillmore, The Revealing Word, Pg. 125
Old English: god “having the right or desirable quality…excellent…belonging together”
From base: “to unite.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
Love sees the good
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
“Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
— Vincent Van Gogh
Love insists on the good
“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
— Maya Angelou
Love always works
“Love never fails…And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball
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
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