These are some sermons that I shared in www.secondlife.com. My avatar’s name is Pet Karu

Church of Tombstone Second Life

October 16th, 2011

Preacher Pet Karu

Sermon title: The Inward Journey Part 1

Our memory verses for reflecting this upcoming week are:

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen

Psalm 139:23–24

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way of everlasting.

2 Cor. 13:5

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

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Opening prayer

Father we join our faith with Your Beloved Son in saying there is nothing we can do of own accord. So, help me this day to say what is pleasing to you and my these words add a blessing to all who hear them. Thank you Lord. AMEN.

Announcements

1) Eventually as I get my footing here in Tombstone, I’d like to include bible study discussion and even hold socials for the community to fellowship. Soon we will hold a baptism for those desiring such.

2) As I see more of your shining faces, I will be tapping a few of you to help me minister grace to the citizens of Tombstone.

3) If anyone wants prayer or counseling, there are request forms under the picture in the back of the church.

4) Please feel free to dance, sing, clap your hand and even shout, “Hallelujah’s and Amen’s, during the service.”

Today’s message

In my travels I have met some interesting people; some good, some not good. Many have blessed me and I’ve had opportunity to bless others. Today’s message is a reflective examination. I’ve had many chances to judge another. Have you? We sometimes others whose heart seems to be so blackened with sorrows and griefs that we cast an ugly eye upon them, even condemn them to the outer reaches of hell. But is this the way of our Lord? Are we to judge? Have we been given this right? When Yeshua walked the earth, whom did he judge? Whom did he condemn? He, was a fruit inspector.

Scripture tells us that we are to know those who are of like-spirit by their fruit, yes? Matthew 7:15–20 our Lord tells us thus:

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

You might ask me, how will I know or recognize such a one? Yeshua answers, “You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Now we read that and assume that we are talking about some man, woman or child we encounter in passing thru this earth-walk. Consider this Beloved and be blessed, That man is you! That woman is you! That child is you!

It is always easy to point the finger at another and say “They did it. Look how horrible they are. Surely they will even burn in hell’s fire for what they have done.” I come to tell you now that the Lord, our God is not looking at you and saying, “Wow, you’re right. I will not judge your faults, sins, transgressions, because that person was mean to you.” No, most assuredly, when God looks at you, He sees you. He is capable of looking deep within each heart to judge ever intent and motive.

So Beloved, what is in your hearts today? Bitterness? Envy? Pride? Unforgiveness? Fears? Sorrow? Are any of these things of God?

2 Cor. 13:5 nails it right on the head. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

To be reprobate means reprobate |ˈreprəˌbāt|

noun

an unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately).

• archaic Christian Theology (esp. in Calvinism) a sinner who is not of the elect and is predestined to damnation.

adjective

unprincipled (often used as a humorous or affectionate reproach) : a long-missed old reprobate drinking comrade.

• Christian Theology, archaic (in Calvinism) predestined to damnation.

verb [ trans. ] archaic

express or feel disapproval of : his neighbors reprobated his method of proceeding.

DERIVATIVES

reprobation |ˌreprəˈbā sh ən| noun

ORIGIN late Middle English (as a verb): from Latin reprobat- ‘disapproved,’ from the verb reprobare, from re- (expressing reversal) + probare ‘approve.’

Does that sound like one having godly character to you? It certainly doesn’t to me. So, in reflection today, give yourselves over to be examined; by whom? As Paul said, “examine yourselves”. When you have finished your inspection, then ask The Father of Lights to shine His torch into your heart. David asked this way in Psalm 139:23–24, Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way of everlasting.

At this point you might be asking, and how will I know I’m being lead in the way of ever lasting? Peter tells us in his second epistle, chapter 3 and verse 18, “But grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen”.

By growing into His grace for our mistakes, we start to recognize forgiveness. By growing into His grace we become more and more like him. By growing in the knowledge of Him gives you compassion for your fellow man, we become a blessing and not a burden for each other.

Benediction

Father God, Lover of our souls. What is man that you are mindful of him? You hold wisdom beyond our understanding. So we turn to you as the source of all truth, grace and peace. Now I ask for each man, woman and child within the sound of my voice, that you would bless them and keep them. That you would make your face to shine upon them and be gracious unto them: that you Lord would lift up your countenance upon them and give them peace. In our rememberance of your unfailing love toward us, write your name on each one here Father, that name of Your Son. As you look upon us, see us thru his sacrifice, labor and glorious love. It is in that very name I pray, AMEN & AMEN

Are there any prayer request?

Church of Tombstone Second Life

October 30th, 2011

Preacher Pet Karu

Sermon title: The Inward Journey, Part 2

Opening prayer

Father we join our faith with Your Beloved Son in saying there is nothing we can do of own accord.

So, help me this day to say what is pleasing to you and my these words add a blessing to all who hear them. Thank you Lord. AMEN.

Welcome and I see you have survived another week in Tombstone! (chuckles)

We have a special treat for you today. Last week we had volunteers come and celebrate in dance.

Well, they have been practicing hard and will be presenting to you their works.

I sure hope you will be moved in your spirit as much as I know it pleases our Creator.

Now on to business.

Announcements

1) I’ve put a classified in the local paper, so keep an eye out for activities here at this church. Let’s put some life back into this here building.

2) If anyone is interested in serving in the House of God, just give me a shout and I’ll be more than happy to help you find ways to help.

3) It harvest season and I would only ask that you remember those in Tombstone who are in need. Widows, orphans, and the like. Nothing says, “I’m here for you” better than a fresh plucked vegetables left on the front porch.

4) As always, if anyone wants prayer or counseling, there are request forms under the picture in the back of the church.

5) Be reminded, to feel free to dance, sing clap your hands and even shout, “Hallelujah’s and Amen’s” during the service so I know you’re awake.

Today’s message

As we start walking down memory lane, we will remember times of great joys and great sorrows.

While our emotions may swing like a pendulum as we imagine ourselves in “happier times” and revisit the places of hurt or shame or even guilt.

But have you ever looked at a pendulum? The swinging part of a beautiful Grandfather clock.

Take a look one day and you’ll notice one thing… there is a point where the swinger, doesn’t move, its fixed.

Now I don’t know the fancy name for such a instrument, but its there and it is the object and subject of our talk this morning.

This piece that doesn’t move, is free from the turbulence of the pendulum. It neither ebbs nor flows. It’s stationary.

In a way, we are very much like that swinger and its fixed part. It’s like this, our emotions are like that swinger and our decision or choices is the fixed part.

Now this is not to say that we can’t change out mind once we made a choice, but the interesting part is this, we can also choose our emotions.

We can chose to swing into anger, fear, doubts and guilt.

We can choose to remain distance and unfeeling or to be personal with our neighbor.

<chuckles> I used to tell my cousin when she would get upset at herself, think about what you’re thinking about that is making you upset.

And, “take your own mind with you when you make a choice”.

It’s like this, our thoughts are like seeds. These seeds become saplings once they are planted in our hearts.

The crops they yield, those are our emotions. So, based on this analogy,

“If we are thinking about what we are thinking about, we are able to make choices which will yeild a bountiful crop of goodness, tenderness, gentleness,

instead of meanness, having a gritty spirit or the soggy blanket.

So, how are you doing with your thoughts, emotions and choices?

Are you swinging wildly into and out of extremes? Are are you fix, after giving good thought and decided to yield a good harvest?

Is this something we can do alone? Hecky no!

We need God, we need good friends and family to help us along the way.

We need examples to follow. All these are given to us, if we but choose to look.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite holidays is fast approaching; Thanksgiving!

Having a grateful heart is the first step to choosing what emotion you will linger in.

And if you need help, God is faithful, He’ll give you plenty of opportunity to get it right!

Pondering verses:

Proverb 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee.

1 Cor. 10:12–13 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].

Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest,

whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure,

whatsoever things [are] lovely,

whatsoever things [are] of good report;

if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.

Benediction

Father God, Lover of our souls. What is man that you are mindful of him? You hold wisdom beyond our understanding.

So we turn to you as the source of all truth, grace and peace.

Now I ask for each man, woman and child within the sound of my voice, that you would bless them and keep them.

That you would make your face to shine upon them and be gracious unto them: that you Lord would lift up your countenance upon them and give them peace.

In our rememberance of your unfailing love toward us, write your name on each one here Father, that name of Your Son.

As you look upon us, see us thru his sacrifice, labor and glorious love. It is in that very name I pray, AMEN & AMEN

Church of Tombstone Second Life,

November 7th, 2011

Preacher Pet Karu

Sermon title: When is enough, enough?

Opening prayer

Father we join our faith with Your Beloved Son in saying there is nothing we can do of own accord.

So, help me this day to say what is pleasing to you and my these words add a blessing to all who hear them. Thank you Lord. AMEN

Now on to business.

Announcements

1) We celebrated All Saint’s — Soul’s Day with a parade thru the streets of Tombstone.

2) I’ve put a classified in the local paper, so keep an eye out for activities here at this church. Let’s put some life back into this here building.

3) If anyone is interested in serving in the House of God, just give me a shout and I’ll be more than happy to help you find ways to help.

4) It harvest season and I would only ask that you remember those in Tombstone who are in need. Widows, orphans, and the like. Nothing says, “I’m here for you” better than a fresh plucked vegetables left on the front porch.

5) As always, if anyone wants prayer or counseling, there are request forms under the picture in the back of the church.

6) Be reminded, to feel free to dance, sing clap your hands and even shout, “Hallelujah’s and Amen’s” during the service so I know you’re awake.

Today’s message

When is enough, enough? Clothing, land, children, horses, friends, drink, money, hats, shoes, pies, etc. You name it and we want it, we think we need it, we crave it, we clutter our lives with IT? So, when is enough, enough? When do we pause and take an assessment of what we already have?

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We can read about how we can respond to the need within us in this passage:

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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That is a strong saying to hear. Where our treasure is, is where our heart is. So the big question this week is when is our heart satisfied?

We know from day to day that it can be fickle. Yesterday we wanted content with what we have. Today we might find contempt for the same things. Tomorrow we may go seeking for something new again.

The things we treasure while in these earth suits, we play with like little children until the luster falls off and we become bored and start to seek something to shine like a new coin again.

This same passage of verses concludes with a very powerful saying. It says this,

Mat 6:30 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?

Mat 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

Mat 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof.

I like the part that says, “your heavenly Father knows tht you need these things” and “by seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, all these things shall be added to us”.

That strengthens my hope. It also increases my faith. It also makes me take a look at the things that I say I treasure.

Am I only giving lip service when I say, “I love the Lord”? Is my heavenly Father, His Son, their righteousness, enough for me?

Aye, they are more than enough. Should my life become as Job and everything be removed from me. Should I lose it all, my family, my health, houses and lands, I can say as Job,

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him (job 13:15); and I can echo Paul’s heartcry, Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:

for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ, “(Phil. 3:8).

Did you see that? “for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord”…

So many times God comes to visit us in this place, in our situations, let us go up at once to visit His kingdom! Let us enjoy and be satisfied with a holy visitation!

For I can testify, He is more than enough! War to enter and remain and walk in the Spirit! Declare war with our minds, hearts, to become contented by the knowing that the Great Creator of lover of man, is concerned about us and is for us!

War, Beloved War! Let us set our affections on Him who loves us with an ever lasting loves.

The love God has for us burns as a vehement flame that many waters cannot quench!

Benediction

Father God, Lover of our souls. What is man that you are mindful of him? You hold wisdom beyond our understanding.

So we turn to you as the source of all truth, grace and peace.

Now I ask for each man, woman and child within the sound of my voice, that you would bless them and keep them.

That you would make your face to shine upon them and be gracious unto them: that you Lord would lift up your countenance upon them

and give them peace. In our rememberance of your unfailing love toward us, write your name on each one here Father, that name of Your Son.

As you look upon us, see us thru his sacrifice, labor and glorious love. It is in that very name I pray, AMEN & AMEN

Church of Tombstone Second Life,

November 27th, 2011

Preacher Pet Karu

Sermon title: Perfect Peace

Good morning and welcome to All Peoples Church of Tombstone Second Life.

Opening prayer

Holy Father, we come today with our hearts open and our minds clear to receive that which You have prepared for our learning. Help us to not just be hearers but doers. Let these words be a blessing to all those who hear them and be blessed with our efforts. In the name above all names. Amen

Announcements

1) A big “thank you” for those who participated in the Church Dinner last week. It was a wonderful time. Again, thank you.

2) With Christmas and Channaka swiftly approaching, we will have events planned.

(I am open to suggestions, leave me a message in the mail box out front of the church).

3) All Peoples Church will be joining St. Jude’s and the Orphanage to sing Christmas Carols around the town.

I will keep you posted via the church group of the dates. (as for membership)

4) As always, there is prayer twice a day (even if I am not here, this building is open).

5) Hug someone today before you leave, even if you must leave early. It will not disturb the service.

It may be the only hug they receive this week.

Today’s Message

Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,

Hag 1:4 [Is it] time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house [lie] waste?

Hag 1:5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

Hag 1:6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages [to put it] into a bag with holes.

Hag 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

That is a hard beginning, isn’t it?

A warning from God, acknowledging those things which we have placed our confidence in that will bring us peace.

How clearly, this passage tells us that our peace is definitely associated to our “ways”.

We have read that, “he who lives by the sword will die by it.”

However, there are many types of swords in creation, some not as obvious as others.

One sword comes to mind. It is the little muscle we have in our mouths: the tongue!

It can spew curses or give blessings.

It can exhort, encourage or even excavate a human heart.

It can be the source of confusion and it can usher peace.

Considering our ways, we must consider the things we do, say and think.

I once met a man who said, “Whatever was on his mind, came out his lips.”

He basically was saying he had no control over his mouth, which further implied he had no control over his thoughts.

What this spoke to me was that he didn’t want to.

He enjoyed the discord that he sowed, however, he was also confused by the fruit it produced.

In the case of this man, his greatest enemy was within him.

Now I’m not talking about some demon or devil.

But I’m talking about the “strong man” of himself whom he had not chastened.

That side of him which cared little for others and dismissed his own disharmony.

Another verse which comes to mind that should this man ever explore the depths of it, might have helped him to be more at rest within himself.

That verse is found in Proverbs 16:7 and reads, “When a mans ways please God, even his enemies are at peace with him.”

That’s quite powerful when we look at it from the vantage point of the inward enemy of “self” as opposed to the external enemy.

One thing I know for sure and this for certain, that when we abuse anyone born and made in the image of God (that being all of humanity),

then we come face to face with the Great Creator of All. (pity the soul who is confronted by the Terrible Wonder of The Almighty).

When we live such lives which are lower than glorious, peace-full, love-agents, we offend others and deface ourselves.

Those lives will be full of torment, full of fear and sorrow within.

Therefore Beloved of God, fight the good fight of faith, placing your confidence in the Master Craftsman, who formed you.

Allow that grand light to shine brightly in your hearts, whereby you may then, be led from darkness into the folds of that LIGHT from the Father of Lights.

Leaving behind the world of ignorance and become knowledgable of that which hinders.

I speak not to you without including myself.

We are learning to love while we are in these earth-suits.

I conclude with a small passage from Isaiah. Each one will be saved from his or her own drawbacks.

Isa 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will [God] appoint [for] walls and bulwarks.

Isa 26:2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

Isa 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH [is] everlasting strength:

This keeping peace guards the mind, it shield for the heart, it manufactures joy and generator of love. We have that as a promise!

Benediction

We are thank you for the care that you give to us. We can thank you enough for even You offer of peace. We will endeavor to hold onto this peace.

Father, may we come to know this love of yours that passes all knowledge, so we can love one another as you have commanded.

Father bless the needs of those present. Make our hearts gratiful for what you have done thru your sons’ sacrifice for us.

We thank you and bless you, and today as your sons, we call you Abba. AMEN

HUGS SOMEONE BEFORE YOU LEAVE TODAY — IT MAY BE THE ONLY HUG THEY RECEIVE THIS WEEK. Thank you.

Church of Tombstone Second Life,

November 13th, 2011

Preacher Pet Karu

Sermon title: What is love?

Welcome friends!

Opening prayer: Father bless each one today within the sound of my voice. Meet each need according to your word, will and way. May the words of my mouth be pleasing and acceptable to you, Gracious Father. May they also be a blessing to those who hear them. It is in your sons name I pray. AMEN.

Announcement -

1) Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and if anyone is interested in assisting me with a feast from the church to the good citizens of Tombstone, let me know after service. Thank you!

2) Also, Christmas is approaching and I’d like to give outfits to the children at the orphanage. Festive ones. So, if you are a dress-maker, contact me also. Thank you.

3) Finally, thank you for your giving to All People’s Church of Tombstone Second Life. In your generosity, you have become partners with this church to the fine town of Tombstone and to the orphanage. Each receive a percentage of what you put in the plate. So donations, great and small, I say, thank you.

Today’s message

I read a book last year written by a Russian man, Tolstoy.

That book was banned by our President Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. Postal Service was not allowed to mail it within the borders of the “the land of the free and home of the brave”.

The name of that book was “The Krautzer Sonata”.

Why would the president of our nation go to such lengths to deny the citizens of the land such a document?

Well, in a newspaper article his reasonings were because it was written by a sexual and moral pervert. Hmm, does that raise your eyebrow?

Does that make you wonder “how would he draw such a conclusion unless he read the book?

This motif of the book is that, during a train ride, Pozdnyshev overhears a conversation concerning marriage, divorce and love.

When a woman argues that marriage should not be arranged but based on true love, he asks “what is love?” and points out that, if understood as an exclusive preference for one person, it often passes quickly.

Convention dictates that two married people stay together, and initial love can quickly turn into hatred.

He then relates how he used to visit prostitutes when he was young, and complains that women’s dresses are designed to arouse men’s desires.

He further states that women will never enjoy equal rights to men as long as men view them as objects of desire, but yet describes their situation as a form of power over men,

mentioning how much of society is geared towards their pleasure and well-being and how much sway they have over men’s actions.

After meeting and marrying his wife, periods of passionate love and vicious fights alternate.

She bears several children, and then receives contraceptives: “The last excuse for our swinish life — children — was then taken away, and life became viler than ever.”

His wife takes a liking to a violinist, and the two perform Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (Sonata No. 9 in A Major for piano and violin, Op. 47) together.

Pozdnyshev complains that some music is powerful enough to change one’s internal state to a foreign one. He hides his raging jealousy and goes on a trip, returns early, finds the two together and kills his wife with a dagger.

The violinist escapes: “I wanted to run after him, but remembered that it is ridiculous to run after one’s wife’s lover in one’s socks; and I did not wish to be ridiculous but terrible.”

Later acquitted of murder in light of his wife’s apparent adultery, Pozdnyshev rides the trains seeking forgiveness from fellow passengers.

In the Epilogue To The Kreutzer Sonata, published in 1890, Tolstoy clarifies the intended message of the novella, writing:

[Let us stop believing that carnal love is high and noble and understand that any end worth our pursuit — in service of humanity, our homeland, science, art, let alone God — any end, so long as we may count it worth our pursuit, is not attained by joining ourselves to the objects of our carnal love in marriage or outside it;

that, in fact, infatuation and conjunction with the object of our carnal love (whatever the authors of romances and love poems claim to the contrary) will never help our worthwhile pursuits but only hinder them.]

Countering the argument that widespread abstinence would lead to a cessation of the human race, he describes chastity as an ideal that provides guidance and direction, not as a firm rule.

Writing from a position of deep religiosity (that he had explained in his Confession in 1882), he points out that not Christ, but the Church (which he despises) instituted marriage.

“The Christian’s ideal is love of God and his neighbor, self-renunciation in order to serve God and his neighbour; carnal love, marriage, means serving oneself, and therefore is, in any case, a hindrance in the service of God and men”.

During the international celebration of Tolstoy’s 80th birthday in 1908, G. K. Chesterton would criticize this aspect of Tolstoy’s thought in an article in the September 19th issue of Illustrated London News, writing:

“Tolstoy is not content with pitying humanity for its pains: such as poverty and prisons. He also pities humanity for its pleasures, such as music and patriotism.

He weeps at the thought of hatred; but in The Kreutzer Sonata he weeps almost as much at the thought of love. He and all the humanitarians pity the joys of men.”

He went on to address Tolstoy directly: “What you dislike is being a man. You are at least next door to hating humanity, for you pity for being human:

Those are a lot of words, aren’t they? I mention that, for the same reason I’m dressed this way.

When we forget the past, we are doomed to repeat it. My life was just as Tolstoy had described.

What looked like a possible good girl gone tragelicly wrong. I found myself working in an establishment just like Ductch Annie’s, selling my body for money. To hide my shame and to make it easy to do what I had to do, I drank way too much.

I knew what was right. My parents saw to that. However, I followed a man, a salesman, drunk in my lust, to St. Louis. Where I became a featured attraction, just not the type of attraction he wanted his family to see.

How could I face my family again?

More drink!

How could I return home?

More drink!

Most of my earnings went to the dance hall owner, so I had no money to return home.

More drink!

Have you ever lived so low you felt you could sit on a dime and still be able to swing your legs?

I have.

But I can also tell you, when you are down, there is only one way to go, that’s up!

Not necessarily in position, status, or even in intellect.

But the upward call!

There is a being who created this whole universe.

That being is called Love!

Some say God, I say Love!

I’ll tell you why. It is only thru an encounter with a real lover that one starts to see their lives differently.

So, when Tolstoy asks the question in his book, “What is love”? I pondered.

Isn’t that what we all seek? Isn’t that our life’s pursuit?

Isn’t that one of the driving questions to our relationship?

There are so many ways to answer the question, are they correct?

If we say that God is true and all TRUTH, then how does God describe love?

Scripture tells us directly what love is and is not.

Proverbs 15:17 Better is dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Song of Songs 1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

Song of Songs 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Points to meditate on this week:

So how is your faith-walk Beloved? How is your grace-walk? Or better said, how is your love-walk?

Are you living below that which you know to be right? Are you loving your neighbor?

Are you learning to love yourself?

Do you consider yourself to still be a sinner? If so, allow me to share this delicious morsel with you from the book of 1 John, chapter 3.

Verse 1, Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Vs. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Vs 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Vs 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Vs 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Vs 6 whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him.

Vs 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.

Vs 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Vs 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Benediction

Father, may we come to know this love of yours that passes all knowledge, so we can love one another as you have commanded.

Father bless the needs of those present. Make our hearts grateful for what you have done thru your sons’ sacrifice for us.

We thank you and bless you, and today as your sons, we call you Abba. AMEN

Church of Tombstone Second Life Second Life

December 25th, 2011

Preacher Pet Karu

Sermon title: What is the meaning of Christmas?

Welcome family, friends and folks!

Opening prayer: Father bless each one today within the sound of my voice. Meet each need according to your word, will and way.

May the words of my mouth be pleasing and acceptable to you, Gracious Father. May they also be a blessing to those who hear them.

It is in your sons name I pray. AMEN.

Beloved today, I want to share a message with you that was shared with me, “the meaning of Christmas”.

I couldn’t sleep last night.

I was up from 2 until 6, having another one of my Conversations with God.

“Tell me about Christmas,” I said. “What is it really all about?”

And I heard, “What do you mean, what is it really all about? I’ve told you a million times what it’s all about.”

So I said, “Tell me again. I think I may have missed it.”

And suddenly my head was filled with a Christmas Carol — one of the happiest and most triumphant of all the melodies of Christmas.

“Joy to the world,” the song began, “the Lord has come.”

But I couldn’t get into it. I kept wondering, what is joyful about the coming of someone who is going to be a lord over us?

God! I said…I don’t understand this!

And God replied, “You’re right. You don’t.”

Then God said, “But at least you’re asking a question. And that’s good.

It’s really hard to understand something if you think there are no more questions to ask.

You can’t be given an answer if you think you already have the only answer there is.”

“Well, I don’t have the answer,” I admitted.

“So what’s the answer?”

And God said, “The answer is that the Lord…who has come…is not a lord over you, but in you.”

These words came to me at 2:57 this morning, and I pondered them in my heart.

“Then,” I ventured, “The Christmas season is not just a remembering of the birth of a Babe.

We’ll sing about that Babe on Christmas Eve, and honor his arrival, for he brought a new telling of a great truth — and a true living of it — to the world.

And these truly were tidings of comfort, and joy. But this is also a celebration of the birth of the Christed one in all of us.”

And God answered softly, “yes.”

And then I wondered what all the songs, and all the messages, and all the feelings of Christmas would mean if I accepted this truth.

If I really understood that the message of this season is not about one blessed being, but about all beings, being blessed.

Not about someone else, but about us.

About me.

But oh, my gosh, did that sound bad. I mean, it actually sounded like blasphemy.

How could Christmas be about me?

Of all the self-centered, ego-maniacal thoughts!

This is about the coming of the Lord! This is about the Gift of the Magi!

But, my heart insisted, what if the gift was me? And what if the Lord HAS come to be in me, not over me?

I know that I can find a place for him over me, but can I find a place for him within me?

And what would it mean for me to do that?

What would it mean for me to be not only a person who has been blessed, but a person who is blessed?

And for me to think of you in the same way?

What if I saw you as blessed?

Would I act differently toward you?

I’d like to think I would.

I’d like to think that I would be more kind to you.

More gentle with my words, more caring with my actions, more compassionate in my thoughts,

more honest in my dealings, more patient and generous and…and more aware of the wonder of you.

And if I thought that I was a blessed person, would I act differently toward me?

I think I would. I think I’d be more kind to myself.

More gentle with my words, more caring with my actions.

I think I’d be more compassionate with myself, more patient and generous and…and more aware of the wonder of Me.

But is it possible that we are all blessed?

This I asked in he middle of he night, and he answer came back, stunningly, simply:

“Yes.”

SOOO, I mused… this is the meaning of Christmas.

That… that which is Christ is born in all of us.

Lives in all of us. IS all of us.

We simply do not remember this.

And so, Christmas was created to remind us.

Christmas, it turns out, is not about a particular religion, but about all religions. It is not about a particular person, but about all persons.

It does not matter tonight whether you are Christian or Muslim, Hindu or Jew, Baptist or Buddhist.

Or none of the above.

When you give birth to the lord within you, you give life to a wonder and a majesty and a wisdom and a love that can flow from you to all the world, and change the world forever.

Isn’t this the Christmas Story?

And when we live this story as our story, are our lives not renewed, our separated selves made whole?

Indeed.

Our souls are stirred, our hearts are filled.

And then it is we who to the world.

The gift of Christmas is us, fully expressed and fully realized. It is us — completely willing and totally ready — to love without condition,

to give without restriction, to share without limitation, to create without fear,

to celebrate ourselves without shame or embarrassment.

It is us, choosing to forgive without hesitation, to help without being asked, to rush in where angels fear to tread. Indeed, to lead the way for angels.

Ah, to lead the way for angels.

That’s why we’re here.

That’s why we’ve come to the Earth.

To be a herald!

Hark! The herald, angels sing. Glory to the newborn king.

At this moment we can give birth to the royalty within us…

the royalty that we are in God’s eyes.

You know, someone once said…

if you saw you as God sees you, you would smile a lot. Well, this is a season for smiles.

For at this time, if we really try, we can almost see ourselves as God see us.

We can feel it.

That feeling is called love.

Your love for life, and all those you love in this life.

And God’s love for you.

Now, the Magic of Christmas is that it gives us permission to take that feeling, to take that love, and share it with all those whose lives we touch.

With friend, and with stranger.

With those who agree with us, and with those who disagree.

With those who look and act like us, and with those who do not.

We are invited during this season to feel this love, and to give it permanent place within our heart.

To be the source of peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men and women everywhere.

We are invited to walk the Earth not only as one who is BLESSED, but as one who is blesséd.

Not only as the Lord of the manner, but in the manner of the Lord.

For that is what we are.

We are the lord of our inner kingdom, and thus, of the outer one as well.

And when we understand that, everything changes.

We begin to experience the world, and to affect the world, in a new way.

That is the Christmas invitation.

We are invited to begin that experience as we approach Christmas Eve…

a wonderful silent night.

And if we do, we will make it a holy night.

And we will begin to create a world in which all is calm. All is bright.

Joy to the world! The Lord has come.

Let Earth receive her King. Let every heart…prepare him room.

And heaven, and nature, sing!

Altar Call

Hug someone before you leave today, it may be the only hug they receive this year.

Is there anyone here who would like prayer?

Is there anyone who would like “this love” to be made manifested in your heart today?

Benediction

Father, may we come to know this love of yours that passes all knowledge, so we can love one another as you have commanded.

Father bless the needs of those present. Make our hearts gratiful for what you have done thru your sons’ sacrifice for us.

We thank you and bless you, and today as your sons, we call you Abba. AMEN

Hug someone before you leave today, it may be the only hug they receive this year.

Is there anyone here who would like prayer?

Is there anyone who would like “this love” to be made manifested in your heart today?

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© 2011 ReCreation Foundation — http://www.cwg.org — Neale Donald Walsch is a modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. His With God series of books has been translated into 27 languages, touching millions of lives and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives.