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Brace Yourself, Jeremiah! Answering God's Call With Our Lives

Brace Yourself, Jeremiah! Answering God's Call With Our Lives

Reprinted from the January 1994 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Being called to go on a God-journey can be an upsetting experience. When God called Jeremiah to become a "prophet to the nations," Jeremiah cried: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth." God replied: "For to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you" (Jeremiah 1:5-8). God showed Jeremiah two visions, giving him authority as a prophet and transferring to him the power to do the job. ''Brace yourself, Jeremiah; stand up and speak to them" (Jeremiah 1:17 NEB).

Home for the Bewildered

Home for the Bewildered

Reprinted from the January 1997 issue of Unity Magazine ® .

“See my new table, Audylane?" my mother asked, addressing me with the diminutive she used for me as a small child. I had just entered her room at the care center that she now calls home. "I just finished it last night!" She was most pleased with her accomplishment.

This moment she remembers who I am—I think. You see, my tiny 89-year-oId mother has senile dementia. The table, a beautiful, creative work of art showing polished cuts of rock embedded in a resinous substance, had indeed been designed and crafted by her, but many years before.

Thank You, God!

Thank You, God!

Some time ago when I was experiencing a distressing mental, emotional, and physical challenge, the affirming of “Thank You, God!” brought me through—bridging the gap between doubt and inner knowing, discouragement and upliftment, fear and faith. During this period of months spent in seeking, listening, and following guidance from within as I could best understand it, thankfulness helped more than any other method of prayer. I found it to be a miracle-working process of thought and feeling that first brought about inner transformation, then outer healing.

Work as Living Service

Work as Living Service

Work, of whatever nature, is to render living service, in obedience to the law of giving and receiving. For you, it is for the purpose of expressing your God-given faculties and powers, to the end that you may manifest the divine ideas God has implanted, the perfect pattern of His Son.

Our work is our means of expressing what God is unfolding through us ... God is ever with us, taking care of our needs, while we are making adjustments. God momently provides what is needed. Our part is to recognize that we are getting what we need and to rest in the assurance that when we are ready for something different, it will come.

Speak To Me, Holy Spirit

Speak To Me, Holy Spirit

Reprinted from Atom-Smashing Power of Mind

We may take it for granted on the basis of many Scripture passages that all of us who accept God as an associate in life are consciously in intimate contact with the Holy Spirit. However it will strengthen our faith and greatly add to the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit in its work with us if we understand its character and the law under which it cooperates with us in the development of mind, body, and affairs.

God, Is That You Calling?

God, Is That You Calling?

Reprinted  from the March 1997 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Imagine your spouse walks into the kitchen one day and says: "Honey, I'm going to the lumber store. God told me to build an ark."

Imagine the day Zipporah was cooking over the campfire, and her husband Moses ambled in from the wilderness. "Listen, I was out with the sheep today when I saw this burning bush," he begins, "So pack up the kids. We're heading to Egypt so I can lead the Hebrews out of slavery."

Sure, Moses! Get washed up for supper.

Creative Risk Taking

Creative Risk Taking

Have you ever noticed how at times you want to feel secure and settled, but at other times you long for a great adventure? From time to time even the most conservative of us have that restless feeling of the unknown calling us, enticing us with the possibility of having a great adventure.

Adventure has to do with uncertain outcomes. And inherent in any adventure is a risk. And, of course, the perceived risk involved is what keeps many of us from embarking on an adventure. Security can pull on us so heavily that, although we may think about the adventure, sometimes even long for it, we do not take the risk.

Calling It Good!

Excerpted from the past Unity Magazine® column "Metaphysically Speaking."

One person's junk is another person's treasure. Anyone who has ever been to a garage sale or flea market knows that. My wife Chris likes to have garage sales. We never sell everything, so I guess it's also true sometimes that one person's junk is just ... junk!

Almost everybody thinks they know what good is and what is good. One thing I learned from studying philosophy is that almost everybody is mistaken on this point. There are a lot of opinions and beliefs about what is good, but no definitive proof that is persuasive to everyone.

The Little-Used Power of Praise

The Little-Used Power of Praise

Native Americans daily recognized and kept closely attuned throughout the day with the Unseen, the Eternal. Ohiyesa, the Santee Dakota physician and author once said that in the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty—the duty of prayer.

In describing the manner in which his people worshiped, Ohiyesa told how each morning the Indian would bathe in a stream and, after getting out of the water, would face the sun to offer unspoken praise.

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