On this page you will find Inspirations that have come to Rev. John M. Kohlenberger. As this is a complimentary, alternative and holistic ministry, one may find some of these inspirations a bit above and or beyond traditional religious teachings. We hope that you weigh these words with your heart so that they may inspire you to meet the God-Goddess within you and make that connection in your own time and place. For, The Kingdom is not out there, far away across some vast abyss or in some other strange place ... "GOD IS Alive and hiding in Each One of Us" - An Inspiration from 1972
Quantum Changes Ahead
My Journey to Abraham-Hicks
A (Christmas) Message of Love
Dying to experience the love that we are
Fathers Day 2008
Tools for Transformation
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For The Love of Christ
Latest Message from the Angels
A Timely Message from the Angels
Loving Bounty of Spirit
Still Coming from Above and Beyond the Veil
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The God Constant
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SERMON for 1 November 2009 by Rev. John M. Kohlenbereger
When Life isn't fair ... The Acts within the Circus of Life While discussing the legal system, as I sat in a philosophy class the other day, I heard one of the students claim, "life isn't fair".This immediately triggered a memory of what I used to reply to that same comment when I was 15 or so.I agreed that "Life isn't fair", in those days and then added, "Life is a Circus"! AND ... This circus goes in circles, with 3 Rings Likea circus, life always has lots of activity and is constantly moving, with changes; bringing in daring acts, balancing, lions and horses, with lots of drama.In a real circus this is part of the thrill of the experience.Thus, in our lives things must always be moving and changing to keep it interesting.If it ceased to move and chang,e we wouldlabel it "death". As the circus had an opening, a phase of activities and a closing, so life has a past, present and future - a 3 ringed circus.Through our memories we can dwell on those things that brought us truth, beauty, joy and love.However in the ever present now, we can aspire to create more of those feelings and experiences we desire in our continuing life.I say "feelings and experiences" because, you only borrow the "things" in life and thus when the circus is over and you must exit, you can only take the memories, feelings and experienceswith you, even though they still may be in 3-D. The third ring of this circus, then, is the future that we build, based on the foundations we build today.This is where our hopes and dreams come into play.Though these things live only in the energy domain of our minds, our minds work electromagnetically, and thus create situations around and within us.Made in the image of God; we are creators! Therefore, we are not pawns, we are participants, with God! Bring in the animals
Like the animals in the circus, sometimes we just need to jump through the hoops of life.Then, there are those who feel that life is mean to them, or that their life doesn't measure up to somebody else's lofty Ivory Tower standard. Some of these people will act like wild animals as they feel fears and frustrations and that the world is, or they are,not as "perfect" as the "shoulds"they have heard. Thus, these humans act like animals themselves.However, as William James (posthumously ) said, "Your beliefs are the lens of perception that you look through to view life. You then make your choices based on those perceptions, whether your lens is rosy, blue, green or even black." This is why the man Jesus talked so often about beliefs.
It is our beliefs and perceptions that determine how we further shape our thoughts and actions to create the life we want.And, like when we're at the circus, when we feel like we're in a chamber of horrors, all we need to do is step outside to discover "a whole new world", full of sunlight, beauty, love, joys and different excitements for our senses. Send in the clowns A new perception of life that I discovered when I was 30 something, that helped me deal with driving the crowded Los Angeles freeways at rush hour was to change my view of why other drivers did things that would surprise me and upset me.What I began doing was to look at them as if they were clowns in a circus, rather than some "stupid person" that "purposely" did something I didn't like.You see, clowns can be jokers.This allowed these drivers, in my mind, to do unusual or even "stupid" things - even cut me off in my lane and I could laugh it off rather than getting mad or upset. Finding Perfection in the acts of life Later on, when I became 50 something, I realized that our "perfection" is simply in being a human being ... whatever we are.I then realized that our ability to forget, not know how we affect others or even what we do to ourselves, even act "stupid" is part of the process of simply being human ... as God put us here to be!So, I realized that if the All Powerful God had wanted me or any of us to be otherwise, even a prickly pear cactus instead of a human, we would be that exactly.Thus being and becoming human is a part of the perfection that we not only seek , but have come to earth to discover.Indeed "being human" is a part of our process to discover our own divine nature, that the Christ so often talked about. He did not just talk about his divinity, but yours as well! IN CLOSING When life just isn't seeming fair, think again, reconsider, look at it in a fresh new way and maybe you can enjoy the circus that life really is. And, as my Old Chinese Sage teacher told me once upon a time, when my life was falling apart: "Sometimes when it seems that life is hard and you aren't growing at all, is when you are growing the best."
SERMON for 4 October 2009 was given by Rev. Patricia A. Murphy, PhD
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However, you can get some sense about her views on life by reading her books:
"Pets, Canines Can Communicate" - Learn more about your pets "Talking With The Angels" - Yes, you do have Guidance "The Carragan Adventures" - Journey to the 3rd dimension (A Trilogy, in recent publication)
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SERMON 6 September 2009 by Rev. Martine R. Kohlenberegr
Saturn in Virgo From September 2007 to October 2009. What then?
Saturn is an outer, slow moving planet which stays an average of 2 1/2 years in each sign of the Zodiac. Saturn entered the sign of Virgoon September 2, 2007. The recession started officiallyin December 2007. Saturn will exit Virgo and enter Libra on October 30 2009. That relationship will last to April 7 2010, then Saturn will go retrograde and revisit Virgo and stay there until July 21,2010.
Saturn represents businesses, and is the teacher or the challenger. He will give you what you earn after giving his challenges. Saturn represents a time to pass tests, and be successfulor you will do it again.
Between 2005 an 2007 Saturn has been in Leo, sign of the boss, father, leadership, authority, recognition, respect and ego. It has brought out issues around these ideas. Some of us have grown more responsible and accountable to our passion and creativity.Others have faced ego reducing challenges.
Saturn represents the hard work we are doing, and as Saturn moves into a new sign the focus of the work we are doing and the lessons we are learning shift to a new level. Virgo marks a critical evolutionary shift from the most developed relationship with the creative self (Leo) to an initial opening of individual consciousness into its communal/transpersonal responsibilities; shifting the focus away from the personal (Leo) toward the transpersonal (Virgo) is a critical part of our spiritual evolution.
Virgo rules science, medicine, health, healing,engineering, working for the common good, and aiding the poor and sick through research, development and humanitarian aid programs. Virgo revolves around a desire to clearly comprehend in order to better educate, serve, heal, and solve problems not for personal gain but for the uplifting of society. Virgo does not take information at face value, but searches ever deeper to find the truth. Virgo requires discrimination, testing and analysis to draw informed conclusions. Saturn rules fear, Virgo rules clarity.
When Saturn was in Leo we got clear on what was in our hearts, and what passion we wish to serve in our lives. Now that Saturn is in Virgo it is time to roll up our sleeves and make it happen. Saturn in Virgo challenges us to get our act together. The upside of Virgo is efficiency. We will all be looking for ways to simplify and make better use of our time. The downsides of Saturn in Virgo are criticism, worry and perfectionism. We want to get our act together, but not too much together.
Virgo rules the human body and its relationship with Earth, the planetary body we rely upon for our existence. Saturn in Virgo will be a tough taskmaster when it comes to environmentalissues. Saving our planet and its inhabitants will rank high on the agenda.
One of the most intense Saturn transits will be the opposition of Saturn in Virgo with Uranus in Pisces. This opposition will be exact during Nov 3 & 4 2008, Jan 30 to Feb 11 2009. Sep 10 to the 17 2009 and Apr 23 to 30 2010
Virgo rules the body, Pisces rules the transcendent mind and deep psyche. Virgo uses classical physics, while Pisces uses quantum physics. Virgo is healing the body with medicine, surgery, healthy lifestyle habits, and diet. Pisces is healing through energy medicine, the development of the conscious self and love. Virgo fosters engineering and technological advancement through research and development. Pisces inspires the intuitive brilliance of revelation and abstract mathematics. Bringing the Virgo/Pisces duality together and you get the mind/body connection. The periods of opposition with Uranus in Pisces will stimulate leaps in technology to deal with global warming and help strengthen the global move toward alternative energies throughout 2009 and 2010.
Saturn in Virgo can see reasons and Uranus in Pisces wants to love and heal all beings. If we allow ourselves to be serious about taking care of all other beings, then the next 2 years could bring the dawn of an age of enlightenment , where we deal with our illusions of separation with love, only.
Humanity now has a choice : Live in fear or live in love.
If we continue to live with our mind and eyes closed to new possibilities, holding on to the past as we have done when Saturn was in Leo, we will continue in ignorance and continue to act as agents of pain, trauma, drama and destruction in the name of righteous judgments that promote fear, hate , separation and greed. All this holds back our progression toward the brighter future we all hoped for as children.
The choice is ours, today and in the coming months, to use our mind to question our old assumptions about life and other people and allow ourselves to open to the awareness in our ever loving hearts.Though this is a quantum step, it is shift in consciousness that is attainable through daily relaxation and meditation, to bring compassion and love to all of our interactions as we forgo judgment, anger and hate in favor of love, understanding and forgiveness.
Open your eyes and your heart to the beauties of the natural world, spend less and give more to those in need of your energies of healing love. Be a light, a beacon, to those in the dark. Love yourself and everyone else, completely, without the old "shoulds".Life and people are what they are.Can't we accept them, just the way they are, with our love?
FEATURED SPEAKER IN AUGUST - Debby Taylor, speaking to us for the Angels.
SERMON 4 July 2009 by Rev. John M. Kohlenberegr
PYTHAGORUS the MYSTIC Bringing DEMOCRACY to allow FREEDOM and flight of the soul ...for the world
Pythagorus (569?-475? BC), was a Greek philosopher, metaphysician, mystic, musician and mathematician who strongly influenced Plato. We have no writings of Pythagoras, but we do have translations of Plato's works,brought to us by the Moores in Spain who loved wisdom, thus transcribing his works into Arabic. As a result, copies of many Greek texts were not destroyed by the Roman book and library burnings.
Pythagoras was the first person to call himself a "Philosopher" ... "A lover of wisdom".He was a world traveler, just like many other God-Like teachers and masters who were actually people.Interestingly, the Pythagorean Theorem was known to the Babylonians 1000 years earlier, but he may have been the first to prove it.
Pythagoras began to travel at age eighteen. He traveled through the Gauls and learned from the Druids. He went into India and learned from the Hindus, learned of Buddha. In India and Babylonia he saw early forms of democracy in action.He traveled into Nepal and the high mountains and learned of the energy in China. He traveled in Egypt and sat at the foot of the temples of Memphis, Isis and Osiris, asking for entrance to initiation. After sitting for six years he was allowed to learn the secrets within.
During his travels, Pythagoras also established a group called the Essenes in the area of the Red Sea. This group centered on the God Force withinand began to grow.His schools were more like a large commune, and his philosophies more like what we call a religion where families were organized much like our early Confederation of States; a community promoting the common good of all, to create quality of life for each and every one.
This Essene community provided a fertile environment where each individual was provided for and did not needto worry about where their next meal would come from - thus, even though each contributed to the whole, each could grow in body, mind and soul.This was a peaceful society, full of light.Many of the Biblical characters and families in the New Testament stories were Essenes, including those of Jesus and John the Baptist.
Thus, Edgar Cayce claimed, "the Essenes prepared 400 years for the birth of Jesus, so he could become The Christ on earth".Jesus and John both studied with the Essene Order that Pythagoras founded. They were taught to search for their own inner truths, in love and trust.They also taught Yeshuah to condition his body nutritionally so it grew strong.Spiritually, the body awoke disciplined, powerful; learning the vibrations of every living element. In his schools, Pythagoras taught to an simicircle of students from behind a curtain, so that his students would not worship him, as he was channeling much of what he taught.Pythagoras believed in goodness and justice for all with expeditious (court) solutions for disputes in political matters.In his school, rather than teaching his students "facts", he taught his students to question everything so that they might find more creative ways to live their lives as they followed their own inner truths. This is why one of his most famous student, Plato, wrote his Triestes and presented his teachings in the form of questions.
Now what does all this have to do with today's celebrations of freedom, this month, in the United States and France - also Canada in September?
Both the Greeks and the Phoenicians, traded and founded colonies all over the Mediterranean. Many of theGreek colonies were along the Aegean and Black Seas, the southern coast of Italy, eastern Sicily, Cyrenaica in Libya, and along the coast of Gaul (modern France), the Isle of Britain and northeastern Spain. Two of the largest modern cities being Marseille in France (Massilia) and London (Londes). Interestingly, there are stories about the disciples of Jesus and the Holy Family escaping to these areas after the Crucifixion and their descendants living in southern France into the AD 1100s .
Thus, France has a long history for the love of wisdom, or "philosophy". With the English Revolution of 1640, the British Empiricists were free from the bonds of feudalism long before the French Revolution (1789). So, the French bourgeoisie drew heavily on their British counterparts, John Locke and David Hume, in their struggle against the autocracy. Thus the Revolution became an attempt to impliment Rousseau's contrat social. Believe it or not, many of the French Impressionists (free thinkers in art) also supported these ideas.
So it was not by chance that Ben Franklin, who according to Edgar Cayce was reincarnated from the time of Ra (the man) who helped formate the structure of early Egypt, was also a philosopher and later our ambassador to France ... bringing us Belgium Fries and many other American favorite foods.
Our own statue of Liberty was given to this country by a French artist, with financing largely from the French people, as the symbol enlightenment in a nation of freedom and democracy (as Pythagoras envisioned) that he thought the United States was becoming and that he hoped that France would become.
As it turns out, Canada was also a benefactor of Pythagoras' channelings about a new, free and just society where each person benefits by having a voice ... to express their own inner truth and realize that we are all family, here to help each other succeed.
These were the ideals this country were founded on - helping each other in our quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, through simply loving one another.
SUNDAY June 7th 2009 SERMON
This story began when our souls saw a beautiful environment in which to grow and learn.Thus, along with Adam and Eve, we all “fell” in love with this beautiful blue planet.“And God saw that it was good.”Thus, we are here to step into higher understandings and experiences of love given and love received.For, it is through love that we were born and it is through love that we all grow.Our souls have been attracted to this physical universe as a kind on University of the Solid so that we may solidify certain elements of our spirituality as we diminish and dissolve our illusions of separation. For, in our desire to know self, we have desired to know more about our uniqueness and the unity of All-That-Is.Intuitively, or spiritually, we feel that Love links all things!Thus we are here to discover the secrets of “how” nothing is separate from another, yet unique unto itself. This is a Universal Conundrum.
So it is that we have come together in this school called earth to grow spiritually and thus to learn to step above and beyond those things that seem to hold us down and back from our growing discovery of the realities of our Larger Self so our souls evolve into more and more, forever and ever.
Thus, life is full of transitions, each one being a kind of Spiritual Graduation.
·One of the first graduations that we experience upon this earth is that of birth from the womb, as we are born into the physical experience, in shock and awe. This is one of the most feared and yet fantasized dreams of our souls.
·From birth to 3 years the child is feeling what the parents and this new world are all about, so that this little one may begin to interact with their physical existence between 4 and 7 years. Many small graduations happen in these years.
·Of course, schooling is taking place all this time and soon the child “graduates” from grade school, as they are beginning to be formed into the kind of adult they have dreamed of becoming.
·At the end of High school the personality is largely formed and so it is time to “graduate” into work and/or college. Either way, one is bound to go through what they must go through in order to learn what they have come to this lifetime to learn.
·Choosing college, one may pursue degrees of learning in any one of many fields, each time, again “graduating” to a higher degree of understanding in those fields of knowledge. Some of these students will become teachers, some workers and some both, as they use and pass on the knowledge and experiences they have gained.
·Eventually, one “graduates” and moves “up” into the energies of one’s own family or social circle, whether through relationships, marriage and even in the work environment - no matter which route took them to this point.For those who are open to opportunity, any and all of these environments provide lessons and practices in love – not just money!Though, where love is, the money is sure to follow.
Let us take a brief side trip to examine some of these particular societal organizations;
Family – Each of us is born into a family that we have chosen to get us to maturity so that we may then begin to apply ourselves to living, and by the reflections and echoes of life, learn more about our self response abilities.
Relationships – Relationships provide a medium of exchange for love and encouragement as we each give and take of Loving Allowance. According to Chung Fu,“The key is the spiritual evolution of each individual, not whether they are being together all of the time or separate” .
Marriage - The, Church’s “Until death do us part” clause means the death of the loving and learning from each other that the relationship once provided.
Divorce – This graduation event is neither a "sin" nor “wrong”, as it is a part of the spiritual evolution of all souls – though some would like to say “not me”.It comes when there is the realization this situation is not taking me toward the dreams and desires of my soul. As my Old Chinese teacher has said, “It is an individual soul saying, ‘I am now ready to step into a higher existence’”.
Work – Most people work for a “Company”.Yet, who do you invite into your home to socialize with?That, too, is “Company”.Thus psychologists have noticed relationships between the way families work and companies play.
Changes – When I was facing being “fired”, many decades ago, my neighbor told me something that I have later found to be absolutely true, “Every time I changed jobs, it was always for the better, whether better pay or conditions or people to work with.”
Lastly … Weddings and Funerals – These gatherings not only celebratethe transition or “graduation” of those that we come together to honor, but they are spiritual gatherings that draw together all those who “meant to” get together with their friends and relatives, but somehow just never got around to it.Thus, all involved step up their spiritual vibration by gathering together to celebrate and participate in these “graduation parties”. These are times to experience, "Where two or more are gathered, there AM I"
Your mission, should you accept it, is to learn to love the earth and all that is in it, beginning with self.For, you and all the rest is part and parcel of God-Goddess.Yes, God-Goddess is also alive and hiding within you and every other human being upon this planet!Accept that and you will have made one of the greatest discoveries possible, and as a result, you will also “graduate” to a new level of understanding of life, love ,joy, inspiration and truth.
Debby Talor gives Messages from The Angels. Click on image to find out more.
SUNDAY SERMON, April 5th, 2009 by Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
Awaking from a Dream the morning of 30 March 2009, I heard “And John said, ‘I shall die and I shall change’".This was the inspiration for what follows.
Some people have asked recently, “Is this change we can believe in?”
Your belief is yours and yours alone.You may believe that any change is believable or not, or you may even believe in the labels, such as “good” or “bad”, that you give to people, events and things.
God gave us Free Will to believe what ever we choose so that we may learn of our Personal Response Abilities – and change when we need to.Coming from the same source, we are all made in the image of God and are also therefore creators ourselves. Thus, your present beliefs are exhibited and experienced by how you are found to be living.(I was told this by spirit in 1956)
By your beliefs are you made whole, but your beliefs can also make you sick, or a butcher, a baker, a beggar or even the rich person who gives love and moneyto these folks.
All of Living Spirit is alive, thus exhibits growth and expansion.This is what creates change and thus evolution of all that is.If we did not change, we would be “dead”, wouldn’t we?And if we were not creators, how did this building and the chairs we sit in take shape and find their place in “reality”, here and now?
The universe is constantly changing, growing, evolving and being created and recreated – and is not separate from its creator, or God-Goddess.
And, so at Easter time we again celebrate the birth of new life, with colored eggs, symbolizing the birthing of many kinds (or colors) of life.We also use the symbols of ducks and chicks and rabbits, giving even the little animals meaning and respect. Beyond the animal kingdom, we celebrate the blooming of the flowers of spring, as we see life all around us renewing, renewed, refreshed and new and vital.
In parallel with this, in the Christian Traditions, we have a story of death.While many focus, at this glorious time of year, on the story of the death of Jesus, it is really a greater story of renewal.While they miss this greater story, many try to justify that death of a man whom they did not know or understand, with further stories of a vindictive God who created sin and forgiveness, while in fact, these concepts were invented by the leaders of the early church.Jesus never taught “sin”; only “Love thy neighbor”.
The man, Jesus taught that life is everlasting, thus here is no death.He willingly took on this role of seeming punishment by death, because he believed his teachings absolutely, in his heart.Should the body die, his soul would be released and renewed to live another day, in yet another way, for he knew that he is a part of it all. (God in me, I in Him)
Further he knew that through the process of death, life is again reborn and relived in different terms and different realities, that the evolution of the soul into greater and greater experiences would take place.He had memories and understandings of and from “past lives” that gave him a greater understanding of life lived and understood – in love, rather than in fear.
This message of love was his legacy to leave with this world – “for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear”.Living in love, with respect for all life, is an ages old message, that even our American Indians knew long before Jesus came to earth to remind us Westerners about what we already know in our hearts.
The totally loving kingdom of heaven is within each and every heart, whether the mind realizes it or not.So, as we spread love by living love, that kingdom comes as alive here upon the earth, “as it is in heaven”.
So, now, in this springtime, let your heart open up and bloom like the lotus flowers so that you and all those around you may find a new birth of love, peace and joy as well.
Let this season, too, be the season to let your heart sing “Joy to the World” as you let your Genie, the Christ consciousness within you, come out to play and love the world, people and life, just as it all is!
After all, have you not heard that God made this world and all that is in it?
A MESSAGE FROM THE SPIRIT SPONSORS, GUIDES AND ANGELS OF THIS CHURCH:
“This is a message of love, which has been given so that you might live life more abundantly.”
ANOTHER MESSAGE FROM SPIRIT:
“You know, beloved, the most important thing, the most astounding thing, is that you, as humankind, are the unlimited potential for love.” - P'taah through Jani King
SUNDAY SERMON 1 March, 2009
"My Journey to Abraham-Hicks""
NOTE: This First Sunday Inspirational Service presentation was given by Rick Schamber form Bainbridge Island, Washington. This Service, highlighted Rick's Spiritual journey, through India, to the spirit of Abraham. This spirit known as Abraham is consciously channeled by Esther Hicks; thus often called Abraham-Hicks.
Rick also spoke of many of his other teachers along his path and His Way.
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SUNDAY SERMON 1 February, 2009
A NEW BIRTH of LOVE – learning to embrace IT ALL The Adventure of reawakening to your heart and soul in this month of February!
“Where ever two or more are gathered, there am I.”What I believe this to mean is that the spirit of love is there!It is here, too!Birds of a feather flock together and so those of like heart and like mind are attracted to each other, thus we have all gathered here today.
Before anything is birthed, it must be conceived. When they happen, insight, invention and conception seem to come out of nowhere.They only happen when openness is embraced.A feeling of openness allows movement and thus creativity and birth. Only an open mind can receive new concepts and ideas.An open heart lets self out and others in, which is the beginning of a communion.
Now there are many who would claim that a child born out of wedlock or because of a rape, is not a worthy child of God and should not come into this world.Quite to the contrary, as given in the beginning, here, when two or more are gathered, rest assured that God, Living Spirit and the light of Creation are there! The movements that cause even human conception are the work of God … always!
Whether you look at this physically, as when two people see physical beauty in each other and come together; or mentally, when two people are on the same thought wave, in the same synchronous thought pattern, or emotionally as people need to feel that spark of love, even for just an instant, or even spiritually when souls are attracted by the love light generated by the love, beauty and joy of even a single moment – Life and the Living Spirit is all about love being alive or brought to life!
You are a spiritual, emotional, mental and physical manifestation of spirit, and of love – in all respects.This is the love that you represent and the love that you are.This is a love that you have been given, energetically and in physical form, to share with the world.
February is the month of love, with the heart of a Valentine at its center.That heart, depending on which story you like to believe, started beating when Pope Valentine (a very short lived pope – of only 3 months) let two lovers out of prison so they could be together … so that the spirit of love could manifest.
Certainly, there may have been times of feeling hurt by someone you love or that you thought loved you. We have all had those times. But, when you take the time to look back, with insight, you will realize that they were doing the best they could in that moment, based on their unique background of experience.In another moment, with further experience, they (and you) would have acted differently.And, so, life is a series of stepping stones, each one a little higher than the last.
And, so, today I invite you to feel the birth of love within your own heart, beginning with your love for yourself given to you through the love of others.And as you let that love-light grow and fill your heart and your life, you too may become the Light of The World!
A CLOSING QUOTE FROM A SPIRIT NAMED SETH (Channeled by Jane Roberts):
“Now, those who look upon physical life and existence as somehow inferior to some other state may be doing themselves and physical existence a great injustice.One experience is never superior or inferior to another, as all are God given and each one takes the consciousness one step higher in its understanding of its own totality and the totality of All-That-IS (or God).So physical life, as also the spiritual life, is everywhere filled with the universal energy (which I believe to be Love) that is its source.And so it is that, no existence can(ever)be inferior to its own composition.”
SUNDAY SERMON 4 January, 2009 (In Church, Cynthia Williams gave the Sermon about her work with the spirit Dolphins, Dr. Peebles and Jeshua)
The following is from Rev. John Kohlenberger (1.23.2003)
CELEBRATING THE GODDESS (Notes)
January, a time to celebrate the Goddess JANUS – DIVINE FEMININE
I believe – and some seminarys teach – Infinite God is the One Source (Law of One) of all and is all.So it is both the alpha and the omega – both the Yin and the Yang and everything in between; uniting and surrounding these “poles”. Thus, this God experiences itself through life and through individuality.And so, God-Goddess manifests in infinite ways so that He/She/It, All-That-IS is not only in all things but is all things and embraces all.This means that Love, Acceptance and Embracement exist through out all the universes.And so you may “find God” through any one or several paths, religions and or spiritual practices – or even non practice.
My Stories 1) Inspired by Playboy Magazine article … Photographer goes to England to photograph Ghosts, never found them – started my questof Psychic Development and Spiritual Development. (1969) In year 2000 I went to Englane, not expecting ghosts, but found a "Bath Master" (see spirit photos on website, in England)
2) Inspired by Playboy Magazine article (again) … Article about “God is Dead … or Alive” … followed by my Meditation Experience, where I heard and saw “GOD IS Alive and hiding in eachoneofus”. Afterward, I felt what I had heard so often in churches, but never felt; “God is Love”.(1972)
DO NOT JUDGE !
God is often seen in the little things (Small puppy “Spirit” … he is so little, yet so perfect and so loving)
My Story: 3) - I felt what seemed to br "MotherMary" while visiting Salisbury Catherdral in England. It seemed that she was telling me that she loves me, even as much as her own son. I asked, "How could you love me as much as your son?" (Thinking that He is far above me, as a human) She told me that - "DIVINE FEMININE LOVES ALL HUMANITY - EQUALLY" ... and My son was human, too!
SUNDAY SERMON 7 December, 2008
THIS IS A STORY OF LOVE
Inspired by a Dream, 6 November 2008
“And the angel said unto them, fear not for I bring good tidings of great joy and love, which shall be unto all nations”
Jesus was born with an open mind and heart thus he knew about honoring The One God, The God Within, from his mother Mary, and she learned it from her mother Anna.This family showed us, through this story of the love, that our human family is able to pass love and devotion from generation to generation.As we do this, personally, we come to know that we are sons and daughters of the most high God.We are all family!
The man, Jesus, lived love and showed us how to not only love our neighbor, but also our enemy.His was a message and an example of love shown to all peoples, races, nations and religions – not just to a certain “chosen” few!God loves all his children!
This is the story of the love that you and I not only carry in our hearts, but in our cells and our genes, even in the subatomic and quantum energies of our beings.
In this season, we may each catch that germ of love, become infected by it, and let it grow in our hearts, as Mother Mary did. That spark of light, that seed of love from creator, is planted deep within each one of us. It is our birth right and personal response ability (our ability to respond to life) to nurture it!
In this season, nature is now planting seeds deep within her bosom that will sprout and grow to feed us in many ways. So you may be like Mother earth and Mother Mary as you “ponder these things in your heart” so that you may nourish that seed of love and help it come to birth, come to earth and live in the light of these coming times of hope.
All of nature knows that this is the season for taking refuge from the cold world around us and going within to find that love and warmth that we are and then to share it with family, friends and foreigners, alike.
JOY TO THE WORLD!
Now each one of us can take this message to heart and live it – no need to proselatize – for love comes from the heart, not the head.
P.S. How do angels fly? They know how to lighten up!
Let us know that as we love, the light within turns on, so we can liven up and lighten up in the New Year.
SUNDAY SERMON 2 November, 2008
"The Loving Bounty of Spirit" by Rev. Martine R. Kohlenberger, CHT
Our native American Indians had a culture of a very high spiritual vibration. They believed that as they asked the Great Spirit of Life for food, clothing and other needs, the rocks, plants and animals volunteered their beings to their people. And they thanked the Living Spirit for their abundance!
In the first World, they were pure Intelligence and thus experienced full consciousness. Our people were not lost in form and matter. We could integrate and disconnect as we willed it so. We were of pure energy and light.We were of all colors. We broke this direct connection when we moved in greed.
We then took what was not given and felt separation. The greed destroyed our balance and harmony. We turned from honor and trust worthiness and tried to hide and move deeper into form and matter, hoping to not be discovered. We lost knowledge of who and what we were and turned further from our Source.
In the Second World we began the wheel of return. We became more and more in the state of impermanence, so things became very unbalanced. Humans became fearful and unsure. We lost understanding of the Creators patterns and fell into suffering and the illusion of separation became larger than our faith and we drifted in an ocean of tears and painful remorse for our act of greed and for breaking the trust of the Creator.
As each World ends we renew our great wheel of life, we begin the journey of return to full consciousness and direct interaction with Father Mother God. Father Mother God always extends love and guidance, offering us the path of harmony and truth.
So in the days past when our People were overcome with plight and hunger it was the duty of the Chiefs to provide for the people. The Chief was sad because his people had nothing to eat and were very hungry. He could not hunt the Bear anymore because the Bear said, “if you eat me I will give you diseases of the heart, for you have become a heartless people".
The Deer said, “if you eat me, you will get rheumatism, and your joints and bones will stiffen and swell with fire because you have lost beauty and grace". You have become embittered and crude. You abuse and rape even your children, destroying their innocence.
The Rabbit said,” if you eat me you will have weaknesses of the mind and become forgetful". You will feel chilled and the fires of your Spirit will burn you with fever. You will suffer duality and fear of everything.
The Squirrel said, ” If you eat me I will give you vertigo, and all you eat will burn your insides while your stomach bleeds".
The great animals all cursed humans with illness. Humans no longer held a place of honor in the circle of life. They were not honored in the hunt and humanity forgot the way of appreciation. Life was filled with pain for humans.
The Chief was a man of great faith, he was trusted and always honored all his relations. He was brave and had great courage. So the Chief prepared himself to hunt. He prayed and did the ceremonies of the ancients ways to honor all life. He remembered the wisdoms of his grandfathers and elders. He walked through the forest for 28 days, fasting, to find a solution to feed his people. He said, Creator, what can I do? I offer myself in complete giveaway to Creator so my people can be fed. He chanted all his holy words. I ask to have a relation that my people will feel safe to eat. The trees, knew him well and told the “Real people” must learn respect. The plants in the forest had remained the only friends of humans. They said to him “ put your heart to the Mother of all form here", Mother Earth. She has love unending and she heals all form and matter that is of her. The Chief lay upon “Earth Mother” and spoke to her of respect, and promised he would always live by the rule and measure of respect, if she would help him and his people. He cried and his tears fell upon her soil. She felt his truth and goodness.
Creator looked upon this and saw this Chief. Love was again being shown for the gift of life and the good earth.
The Chief was given a vision of a Turkey, it was the color of the Earth, and the Chief knew this was good. The feathers were also shiny and was lake a star filled sky. The Chief thought the lights of the Sky Nations were there as well. He watched as the Peace Eagle, the Turkey walked as a noble one of great dignity. He will helped the people find dignity again.
The Chief thought, how will we know it is OK to eat him? We cannot kill the sacred messengers for food, and this is a sacred one. At that moment the Turkey looked at him and spoke: "Chief, I have been given for only one purpose, to feed you. Your prayers have been pure and your deeds of valor are many. My body will give humans more energy for his muscles than any other, it will carry no curse. My feathers will dance with you Chief, you will wear my feathers as your cape, to remind all of the unending love, that surrounds all creation. In my feathered cape you will walk proud and free, my bones will give you tools to provide all other needs you have. At my breast over my heart, will be a bone that will remind you, Creator fulfilled your wishes. Keep this bone as my example to you, humans and spirit are bonded in life. Make the part of me that touches the sacred ground of the Earth Mother your offering to the Fire, so I may return as often as you need me. Keep this agreement with Creator, and you will not hunger again".
And thee turkey sain. "I also have a message for The People. The message is Love and Trust a the one that is in all things calls to the people to return to honor and harmony, to live in peace, and create beauty where ever you are. Live in respect and all shall flourish. We are one."
This is the way the turkey became the sacred bird of the people. Happy Thanksgiving
SUNDAY SERMON 5 October, 2008
THE FALL OF MAN …And The Great Invocation
Given October 19, 2008 at Mystical United Spiitualist Church in Anaheim,, CA
Christianity bases a lot of its outlook and teachings upon the writings of Plato and Aristotle, who postulated a fall of the soul from love, grace, truth, beauty and perfection 500 years before Christ and 800 years before the founding of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.Interestingly, for all the hate that many Christians cast upon Islam, it is the Moslem Scribes of Spain that transcribed the Greek texts of these philosophers which, after the burning of the World Library at Alexandria (several times) and the book and scroll burnings in Rome, even allows us to know what these men thought.How many times have we looked our Gift Horses in the mouth?
So what is this “Fall of Man”, really?And, how might this relate to THE GREAT INVOCATION?
Energetically, we can say that it was a falling or reducing of the high vibration that is known in the point of light in the mind of God that some have called “The Logos” and equated with the Light of Christ.Thus, you have the Great Invocation saying: From the point of light within the Mind of God, Let Light stream forth into the minds of human kind. Let Light descend upon Earth … and it does!
Some Spiritualist scholars would say that this was a choice by elements of the mind and heart of God, called souls, to expand and explore the boundaries of love, into materiality; in order to know all the flavors, colors, textures, touches and feelings of love, light, truth and beauty.All this was chosen in order to know what these are and what the lack of them brings; in order to know more about self and God-Goddess.Thus, we are the unknown becoming known; as spirit made flesh.
Allegorically, the story of Adam and Eve describes them living in fear and lack, having already chosen these feelings over those of good and plenty.Yet, they were still in a Garden of Paradise (an ancient image for Heaven).My spirit teachers have said that this “School of Planet Earth” is one of many schools in this UniversalUniversity, where we gain the learning, wisdom and love as steps to the complete experience of the grand unknowable God-Goddess energy that we each carry in our own hearts. These earthly conditions help create a divine marriage, wedding knowledge with innocence, and merging intellect and intuitions to form a new synthesis of consciousness that is beyond the reach of intellect or intuitions alone
Alas, we have forgotten the love, light and wisdom that are not only within the Heart of God as we say in the Great Invocation, but are also in our own hearts – even if we are hiding it under a bushel basket, as Jesus talked of.As we each let our Love-Light shine, Christ returns to earth!
In Islam, is believed in very strongly that the will of god, is always active, even if it is not known.This religion also believes in the purity of the soul – no original sin – and so Free Will is allowed by a Loving God so that you may find your way, through service and submission to that Will of God.The word “Islam” means “Will of God”.It is the will that all the masters are aware of and serve.
Thus, we might say that it is from the center where the Will of God is known, that guides the purpose of life and guides the wills of all, though each has the choice, by the loving allowance of a benevolent God-Goddess, which allows you to take the straight and narrow path or the scenic route.God knows that All roads lead in the direction of perfection, eventually sealing the door where fear and ignorance dwell.How could a loving God make it otherwise?
Regardless of the intent of any and all actions, the outcome will always serve the highest good, or Father-God, because the Dark, the great mother and teacher always gives birth to more light and actually serves the Light as it develops into its own fullness. Physical Science now sees this happening in the process we call “Black Holes”.
Thus, the plan of love and light is actually working out, and in, as it weaves its way within the group soul of humanity.
Never fear, God is near, and you shall be taken care of one way or the other, for the Truth of Life, Light, Love and Inspiration are continuing the Plan of Earth, the Multi-Universes, and multi-dimensions, all of God-Goddess, All-That-IS and ever shall be.You are always in the bosom of God, even when you don’t know it and even if you don’t believe it.You, too, are in the Garden of Eden, only you don’t know it.Because Jesus did know this, he has been called the “second Adam”.All that He did you may do also; He said so!
Light is continually radiating into the darkness.Thus, lack of belief in your own abilities (as a seed of God) inspired you to find your own light.You have chosen to grow with your own God-given strength, into the beingness of a creator.That is what put you here.This story about The Garden of Aden was not an act of “cutting us off” or “casting us humans into oblivion” as many choose to believe. Rather, it is an act of divine love, so that we shall grow in the image and likeness of the God-Goddess that we have our being from and in. We are here to discover that we are God-Goddess and All-That-IS within our hearts and thus are actually the Light of the World as The Christ was and that He told us we all are!
GOD IS Alive and hiding in each one of us!Have you felt moved in any way lately?That is an act of God-Goddess in Your Life, through your emotions, mind of body.
SUNDAY SERMON 7 September, 2008 Debbie Taylor was our guest speaker in church, giving: "A Channeled Message from the Angels"
The following is by Rev. John M. Kohlenberger, exclusively for the Internet
Soul Entry and Exit Birth, life and death of Human Beings- 3 Sept 2008 You are a soul experiencing life in the form of a human.In larger terms, souls are Gods Love manifesting as sparks or spiritual energy forms (similar to self contained and generated electromagnetic energy). Thus they/we never die, though this energy form may fade away into other forms or dimensions. Once a fetus is created, when does life begin? Life actually began long before conception, as not only was the soul “alive” (in its terms), but both sperm and ovum were "alive" too, or they could not have joined in love to create a new vehicle or “Temple" for life on earth and the opportunity for a soul to fulfill itself. However, it should also be understood that no fetus is recognizable as "human" until about the 5th month.So, when does “human life” begin?Like God, that moment is open to interpretation and thus may not be fully definable. So, when do souls come from God to incarnate or enter the body? Normally, one or many souls will hover about the new vehicle (fetus/body) being prepared for experiencing human life. One of those souls will incarnate, sometime between the 3rd month of pregnancy, up to a month after birth. One soul will be the eventual portion of the spirit of All-That-IS that will inhabit or incarnate within that body or Temple of God Incarnate. This is the true “Divine Marriage”, for this soul was attracted to this body, just as this body was attracted to this soul, for the fulfillment of both by this Holy Union which shall last "until death do us part". Now, each soul is naturally drawn to be more male or female, but when they are in too big a hurry to get married so they can have this much desired human experience in 3-D and practice their relationship to another part of their God-self, the body may be of the opposite polarity or sexual tendency for that soul. Thus, gays also fit in to the Love of God made manifest in this earth! Each of us is indeed “Love Incarnate” in this earth, thus God loves us all and is in us all, absolutely. The men known as Jesus and Zoroaster understood this and so they both gave humanity the advice to simply "Love one another"!
So it is that when the marriage of soul and body has fulfilled both, the love of God releases each so they may part their ways; allowing the elements of the body to go back to their non-human physical "life" and the soul becomung more fully aware of its life as "spirit", as a well loved unique part of All-That-IS.
This is so because the love of Father-Mother-God is larger than life or death; and even, as humaniy views it, the combination of these two. God is all of this and much, much more, loving all parts of creation that has been, is now and will be. HUMAN WORDS CANNOT CONTAIN OR DESCRIBE ALL THAT IS GOD!
Thus, we are all "dying" (through life) to experience the spark of light, creation and the love that we are!
Rev. John M. Kohlenberger - 06 Sept 08
SUNDAY SERMON 3 Aug 2008
A New (but old) Covenant … of Unity
OUR ‘COVENANT’ IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN -UNITY
“Hear oh Israel, the Lord thy God is One”… “If you will be my people I will be thy God”.
These phrases summarize the unity of all things.They were not said to create religions or divisions between peoples.
Within the infinity of the many things (All-That-Is), there is a unity of love that connects us all with all that is.But this is seemingly buried deep within life where it is well protected and preserved, not right on the surface,Thus, we often miss our opportunities to observe that unity.And so we see ourselves as separate from each other and from God. As we accept this covenant of unity of Trinity (of body, mind and soul) we will find moments of laughter, moments of sadness, and moments which beg our forgiveness. In resolving those issues you will need and find the compassion to understand self and others. And last but not least, we will discover that love is who WE are. For only by the power of love could the vital connections be made and the condition of oneness be achieved,– paraphrased from “Love Without End”, by Glenda Green
ILLUSIONS OF SEPARATION WITHIN THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF STRUCTURE
Our consensus reality of the past has promoted the views of the intellect and science which have focused not only on the physical world, but as it being random and out to get us.Other views of life have been generally discounted and thus ignored.Ignoring things leads to ignorance, which is far from the path of true science.However, within all that we now “know” today is more to discover about how our consensus reality spills over from spiritual worlds into the physical.Those spiritual worlds are full of order and love; even if we don’t yet understand them well.That is why science needs to again study, survey and investigate the worlds beyond the physical; as it did thousands of years ago.
So, in our lack of understanding, some see the world as evil, threatening, with a lack of safety, security and sanctuary. Thus, humanity tries to make connections with structure instead of making connections with the safety, security and sanctuary founs in life lived to the fullest; with our own nature and The Living God Within. Thus, our problem in our perceptions of the duality of all things has become one of trying to serve two masters, our inner love and the outer structure.Is it any wonder that we feel pulled here and pulled there; almost pulled apart?
Buried within structure. however, are some of our greatest understandings of the way life works.Our willingness to be dominated by structure and not looking within has blinded us to the ways and greater powers of love ... the love that we are - the love of God Manifest upon the earth!
STRUCTURE AND THE ENERGIES THAT IT COMES FROM
Our illusions of separation help us create and support the perceived dilemmas between physical life and spiritual life; love and structure.This very division of the Unity within all things usually costs us the clear perception of how to include love as we go through life. Structure taken by itself would deceive us into postponing love or dispensing with it altogether, often under the pretense of waiting until it can "make a difference." The wholeness of Love commands the universe and motivates everything into action. Thus, a new and powerful factor is at work when you include introspection and love in the program and process of Living Life.Witin this context, Life is Love Lived.
!t is very difficult for a storm or the world around you, to become violent and in upheaval when you are being love. However, since we often wait until we’re desperate before opening our hearts, nature uses that desperation to come to the rescue to help us find the love in our hearts for people, life and living.It is in these very moments of desperation that we find ourselves honoring the God within that is also all about us. This is one of the many "Spiritual Values" of calamities such as storms, earthquakes and other natural disasters. The Love that you are and can show is better honored this way than not at all.
“Beyond the human context, you will find that community extends forever throughout time and space. Creation unfolds as an endless web of support. What you nourish now is God’s Covenant for your future, your community and the pathway for your own return sustenance and fulfillment. To this expanded view, you may add the many ‘communities’ within yourself. Each person is an integrated whole of many microcosms. How do you nurture your physical body, your heart, your mind, your emotions and honor your being as a part of God-Goddess? There are patterns within you to be discovered and supported or evaluated and changed. Every choice you make is about community on some level, and the support in which you invest it is the basis for all you will ever have or create.” This is not only your Covenant; it is your Chosen Fulfillment.
- inspired by “The Keys of Jeshua”, pg 213, by Glenda Green.
AND OUR REDEMPTION IS: Finding ourselves, our God, guidance within, our True Value and our many response abilities! We are Divine Energy, Alive upon this earth. Let us respond to that!
GOD IS Alive and hiding in Each one of us!So let us love simply; simply love one another.
SUNDAY SERMON 6 July 2008
Freedom & Flight of Soul
A republic is a state or country that is not led by a hereditary monarch , where the people of that state or country (or at least a part of those people) have impact on its government.
Democracy is a system of government by which political sovereignty is retained by the people and either exercised directly by citizens or through their elected representatives. It is derived from the Greek δημοκρατία, meaning "popular government" which was coined from δήμος ( dēmos ), "people" and κράτος ( kratos ), "rule, strength" in the middle of the 5th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens whereby they were attempting to have "One man, one vote".
Democracy in Babylonia - 3500 BC Western Democracy is considered to have its origins in Ancient Greece. However other cultures have significantly contributed to the evolution of democracy such as Ancient Rome, the Middle East, and Europe as well as North and South America
Greeks & Etriscans – 500 BC – Phlosophy went to to Florence (Paris)
Greek Philosophors (Plato Aristotle, etc) 35 BC(One man, one vote)
Dark Ages - The Arabs (Moores) kept writing and preserved “history”
Age of Enlightenment (Rennaisance) 1400-1500 Rebirth of Western Light
French Philosophors (Victor Hugo)
Our current politican system in this country was inspired and guided largely by political philosophers, notably the French philosophers Montesquieu and Jean Jacques Rousseau, and the American statesmen Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
United StatesIndependenceDay (commonly known as the Fourth of July ) is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration ofIndependence on July 4 , 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain . IndependenceDay is commonly associated with fireworks , parades , barbecues , carnivals , picnics , baseball games, and various other public and private events intended to celebrate the history, government, and traditions of the United States, but is often also viewed as simply a summer festival.
French Independence Day is called "Bastille Day" and is celebrated on July 14. This date gained its name because it celebrates the day the citizens of Paris stormed of the Bastille, a famous prison during the French Revolution, in 1789, to free both religious and political prisoners, put there totally because of the way they thought, wrote or spoke. With the taking of this prison, the movement to replace the government Monarchies with a representative form of government began.
France, at that time was ruled by King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette. It was an absolute monarchy, meaning that whatever the king and queen wanted, they got. It didn't matter whether the people were starving in the streets, so long as the royal banquet tables were full.
Canadian Independence Day is celebrated, beginning July 1, 1867. The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, was officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act
During the 19th century, colonial dependence gave way to increasing autonomy for a growing Canada. In 1841, Upper and Lower Canada--now known as Ontario and Quebec--were made a single province by the Act of Union. In the 1860s, a movement for a greater Canadian federation grew out of the need for a common defense, the desire for a national railroad system and the necessity of finding a solution to the problem of French - British political conflicts. When the Maritime provinces, which sought union among themselves, called a conference in 1864, delegates from the other provinces of Canada attended. Later in the year, another conference was held in Quebec, and in 1866 Canadian representatives traveled to London to meet with the British government to work out a deal.
In the year 1886 France presented a colossal statue to the United States as a gift or token of camaraderie. Many of us are familiar with this being one of the most monumental and historical symbols that this world has ever seen. Also called Liberty Enlightening the World, we now popularly know her as the Statue of Liberty.
SPIRITUALLY – Bringing Heaven to Earth
This physical world is a part of heaven, God and All-That-Is.This it is not, nor ever can it be “separate” from life, love and spirit. Thus, freedom of expression is something we all seek - as portions of The Infinite Creator.
The desire and need for people and countries to seek independence comes from the awareness of and our desire for further Freedom & Flight of the soul – aided by the own Free Will that comes from the unbounded love that lives deep within every human on earth. Thus, the formation of Democracies and Republics are totally dependant on the soul’s awareness of God’s love for each individual, equally and how each contributes to the whole.“Without you, this world would not be the same”.
God blesses America and heaven is coming to earth – constantly - as each one of us opens to the light within and allows our own awareness and practice of love to grow.As we grow, so others are inspired to grow and Love. Thus, God and the universe grows in love, light and truth.
- Rev John M. Kohlenberger
SUNDAY SERMON Fathers Day 2008 Given in Anaheim CA)
BE to Live, Live to DO
Since this is Father’s Day, I want to begin by acknowledging the passing of Tim Russert, TV Host of “Meet the Press”.Tim loved his own father so much that he wrote a book about him, called “Russ”, a few years ago.Tim had a heart of love, so much so that he was heard to say, more than once, that until he had his son he never knew a father could love a son so much!
It has been said (by Seth) that as each person comes to their transition time, as Tim did this past week, they choose their time and method of moving their focus from this world to the next.Often, they leave this world so that their so-called death is an “exclamation point” to others.I believe that Tim did exactly that, by 1) publishing his book just before Father’s day a few years ago and now, by being in the public mind on this Father’s Day.And all this was done with love!
Further, by that time of transition (according to Old Chinese) each person has done, been, experienced or became aware of what they came to earth for; even if, for some, it is at the moment of passing.Clearly, the man Jesus fits this description and I believe that Tim, another teacher of Love, also did.One of Tim’s dreams was to see his son grow up and become an adult.His son graduated from college this month, as well.
What we call “death” is really a graduation from this reality to a greater one, and God is here and there with us all the way.Thus, we are given the opportunity, in death, to graduate into greater awareness, abundance and light.And, without the physical vehicle to weight us down, we also feel lighter, even able to float and fly.Thus, these are common descriptions of “heaven”.This is a grand and creative event for all.
Now, in this world, we all believe in something or we would not be living.Dreaming and believing are the seeds of being.Being, however, is dynamic and thus creates becoming and thus experiencing and doing.This is the process of living life itself, mystically and spiritually as well as physically. You are spiritual energy, recognizable electro-magnetically, and thus affect your world and cellular structure accordingly!We all dreamed this existence, even this moment, and so it is that we are here together, tuned in on a similar vibrational channel! (And, you are hearing this or reading it.)
I was told many decades ago, by a wise man (a Guide of mine), that “You can tell the way a person is believing by the way you find them to be living”.
You, I, we are first and foremost Human BE-ings not human DO-ings.Thus, our being creates our living, doing and experiences.This magic comes from our inner being, that is the flow of energy of The Living God, so that life is experienced around us.As you give, so shall you receive.What you send out reflects back.Think of that the next time you hear beautiful music, see a beautiful painting or photo, smell a wonderful fragrance or are in the beauty of nature!This is your inner nature, being reflected back into you!
Last week, I heard someone comment that instead of leaving his church of 20 years that “Barak Obama ought to fight for his church”In the coming years humanity will discover that instead of fighting for what we believe in, we simply need to BE what we believe in and live it!With this discovery, people will find a new personal honesty and closeness and wars will become a thing of the past. Love of self equal to others will abound.Believing and being needs no defense!These things are like God – they just are!No proof, No defense needed!
Souls know that they come from being before becoming, or coming into being in human form, so that they may actually do what it is they imagine and then imagine what to do next in this creative dance we call “life”.However, it often seems that fear and frustration lead one by the scenic route. However, though the logical mind doesn’t want to believe it, as this puts it out of control, one is always moving towards one’s dream.
Doing always comes from Being!It is a part of becoming.Fighting ordinarily comes from fear and frustration that ones singular utopia, disconnected from the world AS IT IS, is not coming about fast enough.And then judgment sets in!Judgment is distrust that 1) there is a God, 2) that this God knows what is happening and 3) that good will come of all this.
All of Life is birthed from the inside out.Imagination and dreams help create your reality.Every scientist had to at least imagine a new possibility before discovering the possibility, probability and discovery of that new reality.
BEILEF IN SELF
I believe that the Christ brought us great teachings and living examples of what it is to become and BE Love.Along with this message of love, belief in self is critical, as the spirit of love – called The Christ - lives within each of us.Without some belief in self you would not even be.Did He not say, “All that I do, ye may do also, and even greater things …”!Believe it and it shall be!
He believed in himself and his connection with all wisdom, power and knowledge.You may do the same, for if you were not already connected, you would be without that power and you would not move or even exist.But you Do believe that you exist, thus you are a Being made of DNA (Divine Natural Awareness) and you are Alive, just as He!
Now you may realize the possibility, probability and discovery of that new reality that even you may BE LIVING – as He was!Believe in your dreams and you shall be living them in time!Maybe not tomorrow, but it will become reality in time.Why later rather than sooner?There may be Spiritual Inertia to overcome!
As a co-creator with God, as Jesus was and he told us all that we are capable of; BELIEVING IS SEEING.Those who think that they must see to believe are followers, not believers, be-ers, live-ers or even do-ers … yet.
Dream your dreams, reach for the highest star.Come alive from the inside out and lighten up! Then, allow yourself to lift your spirits with love and joy so you may become the star that you are!
SUNDAY SERMON for 4 May, 2008 Given by Rev. John M. Kohlenberger in Prescott Valley, AZ
Those in attendance today may have noticed that we begin our services with The Great Affirmation rather than The Great Invocation. This is because we believe in the words, "Wherer you go, there an I" and Trust that Spirit is always with us, only a thought away at our beck and call. So, rather than "invoking" we "affirm" what already is. Further, you may have noticed that our Inspiration for the day, given by Debbie Taylor, was taken from "A Course In Miracles". As God is in all things, we accept this as another valid source of wisdom; with the proviso that all wisdom must resonate with your inner being or it is not yours. In her Inspiring message, Debbie mentioned the Infinite Abundance of God and Spirit. This will also be touched on below.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MYSTICAL SPIRITUALISM Dissolving some of our Illusions of Separation
We Know God as Love:Made in His/Her Image, You too are Love!Love is who we all are in our Sacred Hearts!You, too, are the light in your world. We are all here to share our light!
We are Mystical: We believe in direct experience or communion with God & angels.
We areSpiritualist: believing that spiritual energy never dies, thus life is everlasting and the “dead” are still quite alive and can be communicated with as well.
We areMetaphysical: practicing the ability to grow ones awareness beyond the earth, body and mind through Meditation, Contemplation, Chanting & other means.
Mystical Spiritualists: Believe that God and Spirits talk with everyone, all the time.The only question is, are we listening?
We areSons and Daughters of The Most High: following in the footsteps of the Teachers, Prophets, Sages and Masters that we attune with.
We areSeekers: practicing the wisdoms revealed by our Consciousness of the Universal God/Goddess energy - all that is, was and ever shall be.
We Believe: that one does not have to believe in Jesus to be “saved", though He is a good Prophet, Teacher and Example.You make your own devils or saviors and may become them.As you believe, so it is! (That was His teaching.)
The Grand Energy: of God/Goddess is everywhere fulfilled, undiminished and in every time, separate from nothing and no one; for this IS the ALL-in-all and the Sum-Total of All-That-Is, was or ever shall be.This unseen essence has no limits or bounds.
God is not: a humanoid being, as this is only one of an infinity of forms that God may be found in!
Creator is without a particualr gender, size, shape, color or any characteristics of just an individual being, for He/She/They is ALL of these and more!
The Monadthat we call God, Allah, Yhvh or (What ever) is the Source of all that is and also the Pantheon that others honor.
We are rooted in Mother Earth: to grow to the light, as we bud and bloom where we are planted!As a seed of God-Goddess, Your value begins and ends with you.
No Hierarchy:There is no one above you and there is also no one below you, for we are each on our own divine path … on a quest for unconditional love - given and received.
All People We Meet: are Students of The Divine Within; some are also friends, family, students, teachers, lovers and companions
Separation from God, Goddess and All-That-Is is an Illusion. If indeed you were separate, you would not even be!You exist, thus you are a part of God’s Creation and bask in and are nourished by the Divine Energy that made it all! (believe it or not)
You are a Spark of Divine Inspiration; even as a spirit having a human experience!And that spark has the potential of becoming a Light to the World, through you!
You are made with love as a child of love.You are the love of Creator, through the love of your parents, walking the planet earth.
Within the Diversity of Infinite Creation is Love, which is the freedom and unity within all Creation; always creating the gravity that pulls things together in new ways.
You Are Infinite Divine Energy: Your infinite eternal soul has chosen being a human for right now – as a part of its Infinite Spititual Journey. Thus, you have Infinite Possibilities, even as a human being.Abundance may be yours!
The fact that You Are: the unique portion of the everlasting energies of God-Goddess and All-That-IS; You Are Love and Worthy of love without limits!
Namaste - Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
SUNDAY SERMON Given 6 April, 2008 in Prescott VAlley AZ
April Showers of Abundance
An old teacher of mine once taught that dealing with “lack” is one of our greatest lessons in this world.
We are here in this school called Earth to learn to overcome lack and thereby to have abundance, instead.Infinite Abundance is what God-Goddess is and we are “made in His image”.Thus, we are here to learn and practice our spirituality and intuit how to move above and beyond “lack” and the fear of same, into having all of our needs met.
One way that this teacher taught to go beyond our “programming” was to use Affirmations – to affirm, in faith, that love and goodness do exist and you are allowing and even inviting them to come to you.This is why we say the Great Affirmation at the beginning of our services – trusting in faith and knowing and thus affirming what In Our Hearts Already Is.
Another way is to go to affluent places or areas of the country side or city and feel the abundance that exists there.Feeling it as a part of you, moves the emotions, electrons and enzymes through the physical vehicle – thus bringing the energy of abundance into your heart, mind and body.
Yet another major way is to feel the abundance that you are and feel the love that you are!Your spiritual essence is love, and that love comes from Infinite, Eternal, Immortal Sources. Just think; your body has Billions of cells that are way over 99.9% healthy!You already have a head start!
However, many people ask for more in their prayers.Certainlt, there is great power in affirming your joy, pleasure, and vision of an abundant and delightful life in prayers of thankfulness.This power comes from the attitude of gratitude you feel for the generosity of your Creator.Creator, just like us, likes recognition and appreciation!Further, The “Attitude of Gratitude” gets your creative juices and energies moving – in you and through all life around you!As you take these energies unto yourself—in faith—the certainty of God’s abundance, that same richness comes to life within you to manifest as God’s will in your life.This is where the “Will” stanza comes form in our Great Affirmation:
From the center where the will of God is known This Purpose guides the wills of all; This is the purpose which the Masters know and serve.
The truth is, your present life is the product of what you see possible in the future (not the past), and your future is pulling you to it like a magnet.This is the love that we call “gravity” that the sun uses to pull the earth to it and around it, even though the illusion is that the sun revolves around the earth to create patterns of light and dark.
And here is yet another exercise to help you feel and create abundance in your life:
The next time you see a sunrise, innocently watch the transition of darkness into light as the earth rolls to face the sun.Experience yourself moving towards your sun --- taking in its warmth, heat, and light.Feel the power within you as you open more and more to its ecstasy, energy and life-giving vibrations.Translate the outer sensation of returning to light into the inner sensation of clarity, pleasure, and purpose.The inner and outer light can be seen as one … for they really are!
And you may also pray to God-Goddess, ‘Let your desire be done through me in all the waves and vibrations of my life, as in all the particles of energy and form.’Then ask the God, the Angels and the universe to shape your life in accordance with its own best unfolding. This is what is meant in the fourth line of the Lords Prayer:
“Thy will be done on earth as in heaven”.
So why not let God’s pleasure will itself through you.Divine pleasure has great creativity, healing strength, physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially.Synchronicity exists at all levels.From this comes the power of harmony which is the essence of pleasure and desire, made for perfect fulfillment. Every cell in your body knows this, intuitively. These things are seeds for you to plant as descendents of love and they are your birthright – spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Now you know of some of the April Showers of Abundance that may bring Spring Flowers of Love, Peace and Joy into your lives, for ever more!
P.S. Some of the material presented here came from one of Glenda Greens books: “The Keys of Jeshua”.Glenda lives in Sedona.
SUNDAY SERMON Inspired 7 March, 2008 through Rev. John M. Kohlenberger for the New Season 21 March 2008 or later
TOOLS for Transformation
New Realities for Increased Wisdom
While humankind wishes for peace and wonders why a Loving God does not step in and make things ?right?, life goes on and God still loves us, even when we choose to fight amongst ourselves.
How do we
?Choose to fight?, you ask?Likely, then, you want to tell me that you had to go fight those ?bad? people because they weren't doing the ?right thing?.
Picking a fight, I say, is one thing, but defending your self is yet another.Picking a fight is always done out of a distrust that there is a God or that He could even settle scores. This gives rise to the fear that those ?others? might overtake you. Now, defending yourself may be done out of necessity or bravery, but never fear.
However, most wars and fights, these days, are picked and chosen by at least one of the parties engaged.Thus, they could have been avoided, if only each side had realized that those ?other people? just want to get through their day, feeling loved and appreciated and to share their love with one another ? just like us!
God gave us all the tools we need for a rich and rewarding life, and Peace on Earth:
?I gave you teachers of old and I give you new resources every day.However, it is out of my love and trust in you that I have left it up to you to build your life as you will.
It is up to you, then, to take the stones and building blocks that I have provided to throw stones at each other or make better use of those same stones to create more love and companionship in the world. Thus, you may make your paths out of stumbling stones or stepping stones. Take note, however, that the stones you build with are the same, no matter which path you choose or where it takes you.They are my stones, made with my love, as are you.
Out of those same building blocks, you may also choose to build buildings and towers to show how close you want to be to heaven.I do not care if you do this, for I love you anyway.
And then you may choose to build bridges to connect with other people, societies or religions or walls to divide, separate and keep away from your brothers and sisters, for it is through this process that you will learn which is which and why.You separate yourselves from love, not I.
So, when you stumble or feel separated from life and goodness, know that it is time to look for another way and choose another path, using your stones differently.I have provided many lights along your way and many ways back to the truth and light of you.
You are the love of truth, light, inspiration and creation; for you are made in my image.?
Thus, God is the constant we can return to while we perceive the illusion that all else is falling down around us or building up too high and making a prison.For, God, whether it be a He/She or It, is alive and hiding in each one of us.We sparks of light and love sent from God. Thus, we are Gods Seed or children as well.
Would you dare wake the sleeping God within you, today?Could you call this Goodness, Light, Inspiration and Love out of hiding and show the world that this is who you are? In fact, we all are!
This small stirring within might even bring the world that so many wish for and pray for into reality.And ?Heaven on Earth? would become more than just words.
SUNDAY SERMON Inspired for February 2008 By Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
The God Constant
How many times have you heard that God is unchanging?I have heard this more times that I would like to count from people that I see as narrow minded, who seem to feel very comfortable keeping their blinders on. All this takes place while they are alive and well within this big wide living expanding universe that is The Infinite God expressed in physical terms, who has lived for ever and ever will. What is unchanging about that?
Even the old Judaic texts, that some of these people like to refer to, speak of a Living God, who ?in the beginning? moved and spontaneously created light out of His own darkness.(Now, there is a roll model for all of us to follow!)That darkness, however, was not separate from God, for He was and is all there is.That darkness, then, was like the bosom in which the seed of light was nurtured and realized as the life, light and love that we all are today and yet aspire to at the same time.
Thus, this same God of the old and new testaments is alive and well today and is constantly moving, generating and creating anew. The definition of ?life? is what ever has being, moves and regenerates.As I see it, this IS The Living God, made manifest.
These are some of the properties of The One, yet Infinite God ? not limited to expressing in only one way or only through one person or being in only one place as we humans want to conveniently believe.This is a limited belief, which to me never fit The Infinite God that is capable of expressing every where at once. This is why some people seem to believe in The One God, while others see this very same God as being in many places and/or forms, or even as a pantheon of smaller gods.All these views are right; it is just that one sees the forest while the other sees a bunch of trees and yet others want to analyze which and what they think they see ... maybe small particles of "something" worthwhile examining.
To the limited linear and logical human mind that seems to complicate things in an effort to simplify by putting things in neat little boxes says that the Living God is ?Changeless?. That certainly is a neat little box to keep a treasure in! Yet, the unchanging nature of this Infinite God, as I see it, is that He/She/They appear in the many expressions we call us, the World and Universe, all the energies, emotions that we feel and even many we have no concept of, at the micro level and the macro levels as well as in all realities in between.Only a ?dead? God would cease to move, change or even change.
The constancy of God, then, is that He/She/They continue to exist and manifest ? and ?He? is always there for us so "She" will love us like only a parent could.
As Neale Donald Walsh has stated in his book, ?Tomorrow?s God?: ?God IS ... that which is constantly Present and Constantly Changing, suiting itself to each moment? ? so that the God that is expressed in each and every moment may be understood in that very same moment as we allow ourselves to experience and thus embrace our God - all at once.
When this comes true for you is the day when, finally, the Living God is living in you.You will then understand and experience the words of Jesus, ?I in Him, He in me?. And the beauty and wonder beyond all this is that this awakening could happen at any time and any place, for The Infinite God has no restrictions and thus loves us not only constantly, but unconditionally!
The way I see it: God is alive and hiding in each one of us as well as in what we want to believe is not us!So it is that this Universal, Infinite and Eternal God is the All-in-all.
When will humanity, or even you, wake up to this divine consistency, so that we will see God in all things? This will be the Resurrection that many seek.
PS.The God Constant also shows up in mathematics and science, as in:
E = M C2 Here, "C", the Constant, is constantly exchanging energy with matter and visa versa! This is indeed a Constant and Divine Dance!
SUNDAY SERMON Inspired for 6 January 2008 By Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
THE NEW EPIPHANY
In western Christian tradition, January 6 is celebrated as Epiphany. It goes by other names and has many traditions and stories in various church traditions.
Epiphany (Greek epiphaneia, "appearance"), feast celebrated on January 6 by the Anglican, Eastern, and Roman Catholic churches. The feast originated, and is still recognized in the Eastern Church, as the anniversary of the baptism of Christ. In the Western churches, Epiphany commemorates principally the revelation to the Gentiles of Jesus Christ as the Savior.Epiphany is also celebrated at the day (12 days after his birth) when the 3 (or 5) Kinks or Magi or wise men cane to see the baby Jesus.Thus it is celebrated as the 12th day of Christmas and tonight is the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church will hold their “12th night services”.
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Epiphany -(adj.) A realization.Theophany, darshana, any religious or spiritual apparition or vision.
Thhis is the Christian Season of Epiphany, the climax of the season of Advent and Christmas, and its place in the church year, including a reflective prayer.
In Hispanic and Latin cultures, as well as some places in Europe, Epiphany is known as Three Kings’ Day (Span: el Dia de los Tres Reyes, la Fiesta de Reyes, or el Dia de los Reyes Magos; Dutch: Driekoningendag).
Today, after the service, we will enjoy Cake of the Kings (Gallette des Rois from the French tradition) for January 6th. NOTE:A King's Cake is also part of the observance of Mardi Gras in the French Catholic culture of the Southern USA.
THE NEW EPIPHANY
The celebration of revealed wisdom!As Spiritualists we believe in messages from loved ones, from beyond the grave, and even God-Goddess and their servants.At the end of the service we will give angel messages from the billets you hold right now.
Within you is the still small voice that does or may reveal wisdoms of the heart – the heart of humanity, the heart of being and the Heart of God. Now, (I want to make it perfectly clear) God did not stop talking to people after the Bible was written! God is alive and hiding in each one of us in this room as well as those we meet each day.Thus, you may, like Jesus and Mother Teresa, see divinity in the eyes of every one you meet.
Many of us in this room are seeking some form ofLight, Love, Inspiration and Truth.We are Spiritual Seekers!So, what is the “truth” that we seek and why?
Many of you have found certain truths in the past and then found greater truths and awarenesses later.How could that be, when society is constantly seeking the “One and Only” Truth?
In my journey to my heart, I have found that Truth is a living energy – it grows and changes, just like us.Thus today’s wisdom may be tomorrow’s folly. And then sometimes two or more truths come together and create new and greater truths.This has happened in the field of science many times.
I recently took a Physics Class, facilitated by a PhD Nuclear Physicist, where we were told that as part of an energy or vibrational spectrum, not only were electricity and magnetism related, but light is a result of both of these.In the early ‘90s I worked for an Aerospace company in California and shared an office with a PhD Nuclear Physicist.When I brought up the idea of an energy or vibrational spectrum, he said “It can’t be”.My metaphysical training at the time told me otherwise – and now science has come around to this ancient belief as well.
So the NEW EPIPHANY that I would like each one of you to walk away from here with, kind of as a seed of God or in down to earth terms a seed of Johnny Apple Seed – a childhood hero of mine – is to realize that you, too, have a connection with that star of wonder that Jesus, The Master of Love, did.You too have a connection with family and friends who themselves have connections to divinity.Divinity, I say?
Yes, we all have our own connections with our friends an loved ones, past and present, along with Guardian Angels, Guides and experts on various things, as well as to God-Goddess and All-That-IS, through the All-in-all that is within each one of us.However we may connect in various ways. Some connect through the Breath of God others through the water they drink and bathe in, while yet others like to see Psychics, Seeers and Channels – these, too are all part of the infinite and eternal energy spectrum of love that some call God, that unites us and connects us all.
We all are in the midst of this love each and every day of this New Year and forever.Now is the time to open to the love and light that you are ( as a spark of Divinity) and reveal your wisdom to the World … as the man Jesus did.
SUNDAY SERMON Inspired for December 2007 For Rev. John M. Kohlenberger for 16 December 2007 or later
THE RAPTURE A New Spiritual Look at some Old Religious Concepts
The Rapture will not come when finally you jumped through the last religious hoop and the Lord Jesus Christ finally recognizes you as one of his own.The Rapture will come when finally you fall in love with the earth as a part of heaven,; loving all people, animals, minerals, plants just the way they are and honoring the air we breathe, the water we drink and the ground we walk on and dig in as the parts of God that they are.Yes, we even will love the politicians, their militaries and those who believe that they finance it all, right along with those who have no finances, for these too are a part of God-Goddess and All-That-Is, containing the All-in-all.
You, we and I chose lives in which we could enjoy the beauties of the earthly experience, along with those of heaven, for heaven is everywhere – all the time; as is God-Godess.We have chosen this earthly experience to wake up to love this rapturous adventure.
The possibility for a conscious awareness of Heaven, you see my friends, is in each and every being, thing and situation, no matter how large or small; it is even in those that we consider insignificant, inanimate or less that we are.You see, all existence has its own awareness, for it is all God and it is all connected to you, or you would not even be aware of it.
The man Jesus knew this, however you doubt it and that is the only difference between you and Him.Like you, He was born “The Son of Man” … and woman, as a human just like you.He came from heaven, just like you, to live as a human being, to walk the earth with a loving awareness so that you too might be inspired to love one another.This was His only “Saving” grace.Thus in your last days, He does not save you except as you are inspired by his loving energy and actions, and exercise them in your day to day life.
You too are connected to the Heart of God-Goddess, as was He and HE livid his life that way in his day, hoping that you may do also.
Jehovah or Joshua the son of Joseph did not come to wave a magic wand to save human kind, though He was and is a Magi, for He knew that your ever loving, everlasting soul is eternal and that there is nothing that can destroy a soul except if it shrouds itself in darkness forever.But, He also knew and knows that there is always a spark in the center of that darkness that will some day burst forth with life, as every seed of God is destined to do.This is your “Predestination”, and not anything less.Beyond that, all is “Free Will”, in love.
Thus, the “Rapture” is not His to reward, as you, too are a son or daughter of God-Goddess, able to love as He showed us and thus able to raise up your own vibrations to come in tune with the Rapture of Loving it ALL!
The Rapture will not come when finally the Armageddon has brought the entire world to shambles; it comes when we finally love, honor and respect the people and the world around us as equal partners in this heavenly experience that we call life.
SUNDAY SERMON For November 2007
Rev. John M. Kohlenberger did not speak this day. Instead, Deborah Taylor spoke, giving a special and timely channeled message from the Angels on High to those gathered that day.
NOTE: We do have guest speakers and channelers from time to time, as spirit leads us.
SUNDAY SERMON Inspired for Oct. 2007 For Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
Let's take a Broad Spectrum Approach
Does this sound like a Doctor's approach or prescription for a sick patient?Well, it could be one that many religious people might like to consider.For, there is no single book or teacher or teaching that can describe or (more importantly) contain the Infinity of God or even all of the teachings or most impotrant information.
Is humanity sick and tired of war and strife, plagues and pestilence, yet?Maybe it is time for some of the ancient wisdoms that were meant to heal us to be restated.We have had many teachers, some thought to be doctors in their day, who have given us doses of wisdom, and yet how much does human kind resist changing our ways for a healthier life and a healthier world? The old ruts are so comfortable!
Some of those teachers, you have heard of, like Adam, Moses and Abraham.More recently, so that the message could be to all people, others have come along, such as Lao Tse, Confucius, Siddh?rtha Gautama The Buddha, Jesus The Christ and Mohammed The Prophet, each with their particular messages and wisdoms for those peoples in those times and places.Others such as Bahá'u'lláh, Jalal al-Din Rumi and even Joseph Smith are also among these doctors who came help humanity to heal.
The beauty and wonder, here is that all these many messengers, prophets and teachers were God speaking to those people, right where they are and as they are ? person to person!God does not demand that you become a certain way or join a certain group to hear words of wisdom and use them to improve your life.
God and Goddess speak to us in many ways, but are we listening?Today, some people even hear the word of God in songs on their radio or in dreams as they sleep!The Living God did not die 1500 or 2000 or even 10,000 years ago.In short, God is not dead and never will be, and neither are His/Her messengers.
Thus in this church, we seek wisdom from all sources, for all sources then become the God out there communing with the God within us.This is a healthy relationship; one that the Masters and Prophets used.
Of Angels, Aliens, Science and Spirit: God, the Divine; creator, creative energy or design expresses in and through peoples lives in ways that are ideally suited to the times, places and peoples that need those particular kinds of guidance.Thus, it is not the case that one teacher is "right" and the other "wrong", for each is exactly suited for where they appear and to whom they speak ... and those peoples' hearts respond.
Thus it is that some people seeing moving lights in the sky will say that they saw angels hovering in the fields by night, while others will say that they saw alien or even military craft hovering over their city.While each has clearly seen moving lights, they then are lovingly allowed by God to interpret that experience in a military, scientific or religious framework, depending on how each chooses to perceive what they saw, so that it becomes a meaningful experience to them.However, there is a caution here in that we often create boxes ahead of time to put certain experiences in, not allowing the experience to touch our heart with its deeper wisdom, first.
Thus, not only can it be said that sometimes seeing is believing, but it is often our beliefs that force us to see things in certain ways, which may or may not be the one, only and/or single TRUTH, even when through our personal filters, it seems to be for us.
Many teachers, it takes, to bring the many kernels of wisdom that are offered to us by The Divine within and around us.And where do we make the decisions as to who, when, what, how, and where these messages come to us?Within! For it is our choices and perceptions which create further choices of perception. In this manner, we become Gods, creating our own lives as surely as that old fashioned "out there somewhere" God did.
Thus it has been said that "The Kingdom is within" and the world is only an illusory mirror of those choices and perceptions that we have made.And, this is how God comes to know self ... and change for the better.
SUNDAY SERMON for September 2007
NOTES ON: Religious Questions and Superstitions
SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE 21st CENTURY
·Where is God?Everywhere and yet nowhere! Within all that is?
·Who is God? Your friend, your neighbor, your enemy, the world and all of creation?
·Why would a Grand Creator dislike any part of what they created, for it all is a part of themselves? Artists love their creations!
·Where does God “hide”?Could it be inside us and everything else?
·Where is The Kingdom if it is not also Here and Now? It is not “Infinite”, “Eternal” and thus all inclusive?
·Why would any Parent give their off-spring “everlasting punishment”?What is the value in that when one cannot learn or even try to become better without coming out of "punnishment"?
·If God is the Supreme Being, Why Do We Worship Masters & Saviors, who are also underlings – just like us?
·Who is “higher”? Adam, Abraham, Brahman, Buddah, A Hindu Prophet, Jesus, Mohammed, Mosses, or God?Many people are confused about this.
·Why would “death” be a punishment, whether or not “everlasting life” exists?
·How can one be banished from a Kingdom that IS ALL THERE IS?
SOME COMMON RELIGIOUS SUPERSTITIONS
·You are Separated from God and nature, thus “fallen” from the “grace” of everlasting life in paradise, and so humanity disserves pain and “death” as punishments.
·The Grand Creator; God/Goddess, that is infinite and eternal does not have it all and thus needs something from humaity – even you.
·This God demands worship and sacrifice, especially because you cannot give Him what ever else it is that He needs.
·This God: has no love or compassion and will thus smite you for not giving Him what He wants.
·Since you cannot know what God wants:You must follow strict rules, codes and laws that Priests and others who say that they “know more”, tell you.
·You Must: provide this Being that is somehow separate from you with what ever “they say”!
·The Great and Mythical “They” know how you should live your life their “Right Way”.But, who are “they”?Are “they” not mythical and yet seemly all powerful?
SUNDAY SERMON for August 2007
THE OTHER SIDE? Inspired 21 August 2007 Spoken 7 October 2007 By Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
PART II - THE OTHER SIDE (14 Sept 07)
The other day, after hearing some several people talking about ?the other side?, I asked spirit what the greater truth was.
And they said:
"You see, life, light and love have many other sides, however humanity likes to think in binary terms like good and evil, male and female, heaven and earth, on and off; thus even your computers work for you this way, at their 'core'.At higher levels, however, they actually do work at multiple levels of awareness originally called octal and now raised to hexadecimal (like another representation of 12 strand DNA).
So your religions, believing in 'good and evil', also in an effort to divide and conquer, have told you that where you are upon the earth in not 'good', thus you 'should' be or strive to be in heaven and they have 'the only keys to the kingdom'.Nothing could be further from the truth of God-Goddess and all of Goodness, which is universal.
Your earthy experiences nourish your soul because these earthly sojourns are a part of your spiritual life, learning, growth, expression and expansion.Thus each life on earth is one more facet of a beautiful jewel called 'life lived'.Each experience is an opportunity for your body, mind and soul to view self and life in the light of love from yet another angle and thus learn to love yet another facet of life lived.Thus, as one progresses, all life becomes love lived.
Each facet of life, like each planet, each plant, animal or human has its own reason for being, living and doing what it does; all approved by God-Goddess (or it wouldn't even be).And like the facets of a diamond, each face may shine with brilliance, be that in the physical form, in the mind or in your heart.
Ultimately you will discover that you are the jewel you have been searching for, with all these facets and they are a part of you and the energy of God-Goddess, even though each facet of life may look or feel different.And, as you see and feel the wholeness and unity of all these facets, you will begin to know the unity and beauty of expanding life, light, truth, inspiration and love; for all these are portions of what humanity calls the God-Goddess.Thus you all seek that fulfillment of unity wherein you may finally realize that while polarities make for actions that you can feel, you are also a part of that God-Goddess and your brothers and sisters, no matter where you are or what you do or don't do.
You are a Creator, too, thus you can never be separated from God-Goddess or your many facets!
SERMON for Sunday, 1 July 2007 Inspired by religious literature left for passers by to pick up. [in Prescott, AZ]
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION
The Ultimate Question? Is there one? And what might it be?
Certainly, you have heard that you are made in the image and likeness of God. What does that mean?It does not mean that God is an old man sitting on a cloud somewhere, but it does mean that you are a seed that has come from God, with all the abilities to create and find fulfillment, add infinitum, as you take root in this earth experience, grow and become inspired to bud, blossom and bloom with all the realized potential possible as the human part of God that you came to manifest!
So it is that you, as Jesus who became the Christ, have come to this earth to discover the joy and the love of your being in creativity. You have come to discover your power, presence and poignancy; by acknowledging your fears and then going beyond them.Love is the staff with which you can do this.With love in your heart you are empowered to do anything; with your fears as the only power that can hold you back.
Your body is made of star dust, lovingly put together with the love of your soul and the loving allowance of Creator. Thus, it is the Goddess energy of loving allowance that will take your soul back to the stars. Allowance may seem to be weakness, but it is the strongest power in our universe and indeed in any other universe. Your loving allowance is simply lovingly allowing yourself to be who you really are, right along with others. This will lovingly teach you many lessons, as you become the I AM that you are.This is not an impossible dream!
So being a human is not about DOING anything.Neither is "finding your way back to God", for you have never left God or the path that the two of you laid out together at the beginning of your time.Thus, you are not required to DO anything to become more, for you are not a human doing, you are a human being. Realizing that you are in the presence and person of God and Goddess, just "being there" will "save your soul", if that is what you feel you need to accomplish. In fact, your soul has everlasting life, no matter what you do or don't do!Remember, Jesus told us so!
Now, if we were into just making rules, as many other philosophical or religious organizations do, we would say only that; The only thing that you need to do is to do what makes your heart sing.
This is really all about learning how to be a human being, as you come to realize that you are a well loved child of God. If God meant you to be anything other than the human being that you are, just being human; then by the Infinite Power of God, You Would Already Be That!So, you are exactly where you need to be to experience all that you need for now.So it is that to be a human being, we just need to be human, being in the moment; being in the joy, the love and thankfulness of all things. This is why Jesus brought, taught and lived love in this world!He came to be a great teacher and example of what is possible for you and me, for he too was born of man and woman as are you.Thus, He was called "The Son of Man" in his day! The Apostle Paul then changed that to term into "Son of God"; which we all are, too!
And, beloved fellow humans, if you are not in the joy of life, then be in the anger of it; but be IN it! It is time for you as a human to become rooted in the earth so that you may grow. It is time to be here, clear and present, right now! Because you see, as you are being present now, as you are being human, you are in allowance for all of the creativity, for all of the joy and all of the universal energies to flow through you; as the creator that you have come to discover and become.
It is being in this moment and in the joy of it that creates your next now moment because "now" is all you have or have ever had. All else is just an idea or a memory, in the domains of potential energy. The real you is kinetic energy, meant to move.
So, what is your future? You do not know. You have no idea. It could be anything. All of this could be a lot of bunk. You only have this now to be, to be all that you possibly can be, now and in future nows.
In this fashion you may build a glorious future in which you won't even have the need to wonder about "ultimate" questions.For, life is everlasting in this forever now! And it is ALL goodly and Godly, at that!
Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
SERMON for 9 JUNE, 2007
For The Love of ChristInspired 6 June, 2007 at about 9:30 AM
By Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
I was shown The Christ, as a radiant being full of love for us all.And then I was shown that many people are at His feet.Yes, Mary of Magdelena washed his feet and if the truth were to be known, she washed, cleansed and helped revify more than that.
Some have risen up to His knees (by not always kneeling on theirs).And then, some people are at His right and left hands as servants.This is fine, but then there are those who are arm in arm with Him and each other, for they have learned to “Love one another” .
And some of these still have Him head and shoulders above them, for they see Him as their loving Savior.But, few there are that allow themselves to stand with Him as their Brother, head to head and shoulder to shoulder in loving allowance, knowing that we each are brothers and sisters, all children of the same God. THese are those who know each other as a part of God-Goddess; and thus never apart from Him/Her - Just as Jesus was and still is.
Not only was your body made of the same set of elements and chemicals as His; also the same chemicals that make up Star Dust and the beauties of this universe, but that combination was chosen by the same intelligent design of; spirit acting through a human soul to manifest in and learn from a material world.And these unseen energies of spirit form the chemical basis for all genetics and formation of every kind; animal, plant and even mineral.
And, the air He breathed has circulated around the earth many times, thus you have breathed His breath and didn’t even know it.And in that process, some of his life has become yours.We all share in His love in this way. So, you may now breathe it in, feel it and then breathe out the love of God to share with the world ... especially the plants that will renew your Breath of Life.
Further, the sun that nourished His physical form is the same sun that nourishes and warms yours.Though you have heard that He walked on water, He also drank the water.The elements that made up that water are a part of everlasting life, as you are, and they did not die with his body.Even some of the molecules that He drank still exist, in the ocean, in the air or deep in wells.Water moves about the earth quite freely and thus the water He drank may be in your cup.
And the earth that He walked on has been covered by centuries of dust, yes even star dust.However He walked many more lands that just The Holy Land.He not only walked throughout Palestine and Israel, but also in what we call now India, China and England as he studied how various people lived and learned what made life better for some, while others languished.
He may have even traveled across the ocean with his Grand Uncle Joseph of Arimithea who was a world traveling metals dealer.As South America had gold, and there are stories of “Jesus walked the Americas”, he may have come to the New World by Joseph’s ship.
Thus many lands are holy.So, it is as He said, "the ground that you walk on is holy", because you, a child of the most high, walk upon it even now. As He taught, you too are a son or daughter of God.
And, likely you know someone physically related to Him, genetically!Who might this be?They are probably your next of Kin – if not yourself.For, some sources say that He had a child or two and so His genes are in the Gene Pool of all human kind.Like ripples on water they have spread to the corners of the earth.And as a result, you probably have a few genes in your body that are copies of His!
It will take 6 years for this awareness to spread across the 5 continents, but spread it will.
SERMON FOR SUNDAY, MAY 20th, 2007
YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN
An Epistle to Christians … An Inspired Writing, through Rev. John M Kohlenberger … May 17, 2007
Oh ye brethren, why does it need to be ancient to be taken as true?Why is the “traditional” taken to be truth before what is here today?Is not life as you have it, today, this second, just as valid as it was two seconds ago, or two minutes ago or two days ago?So why do you take old information from two millennia ago; words od f wisdom, certainly they were to those people, and put it upon the pedestal of “truth”, when more properly it should be put upon the pedestal of “TRADITION”?
So, today, I would have you know that first of all, there were no sins and there is no sin.The concept of doing things bad and wrong and “sinful” were old control mechanisms, implemented by politicians, many of whom were in the pulpits of churches, synagogs, temples and cathedrals.
The word I taught in days gone by are as true today as before … there is no sin.There never was a sin, except that which allows you to “shine”.For both Creator and Creation come from love.How can you offend an all loving Creator?It cannot happen!
The Loving Creator who created you created you in His/Her image, so how could you be flawed?Creator would certainly not create something bad or wrong, or even create you so that you could do “bad” or “wrong” things, would He or She?
When Paul said that you need to "follow me", he meant that you should follow my example and the freedom of our teachings, the teaching that there is no sin.Despite what mans laws say, Gods Laws will not be put asunder; they shall triumph, for they come from Infinite sources even if they may see “weak”.
You don’t need to be Christian or Muslim or associate with any world religion, for the true temple is in your head and the true alter is in your heart.And it is there that you will find the inspiration to follow my example – and not just the words of those who would have you follow them.Follow the words of your own heart.That is the key or keys to the kingdom, that you are already within.
For those who rely on ancient teachings, read your Bibles; read John 3:16 and then read John 10:17.You will see the wisdom of these words.You will see where the writers of your “modern” book inserted the word “only”, which is a distortion of the truth of you; which is that you are love, too.
Given by The Master of Love
SERMON for Sunday, 5 November 2006 from notes from a "Philosophy of Religion class"[3 NOV 06]
FREE WILLBy Rev. John M. Kohlenberger
My dear friends; because many of us do not believe that we know if there is a God or not and if there is, exactly what that might be; we are all students, seekers, searchers and researchers of The Divine; exploring life, light, truth and love to find that glimmer; that spark, that will enlighten us as to answer or solve this age old quest.And, I believe that I have finally found a sense of God everywhere, including within.
My God desires, wants and needs “Thankfulness”, Not “Worship” and no “sacrifice” – for we are One Energy experiencing this universe in many ways. And, so we see this in physical life, as one individual experiencing many facets of life in one body and one lifetime.However, because God and Creation are Infinite, it takes an infinite number of individuals and/or lifetimes to experience it ALL, in its many fascets!And, since we are One, loving self also Loves God; and thanking God brings appreciation to self; for there is no separation here … even though the “divide and conquer” folks would have us believe otherwise!
We are always a part of God; never apart from that energy; for it powers and empowers us – even physically.Thus, if we were apart from it, or God; we wouldn’t even be.So, living life AUTOMATICALLY “Devotes” you to God. As a result, you don’t need a church to worship Him/Her in or to give sacrifices in; though you may if you find joy in that.
Evil <=> Live!
These are the same word spelled two different ways, thus illustrating the point that “evil” is a part of “living”, even if one is living backwards!Life includes both good and evil, for you must have one to know the value of the other.These are a part of our chosen experience of “duality”, where we allowed ourselves to see “contrasts” in life and living ... so we may exercise our Free Will and free choice to choose what gives us a greater quality of life. (Quality leads to Quantity; not the other way around)
FREE WILL MEANS YOU CAN MAKE ANY CHOICE THAT PLEASES YOU – JOY AND LOVE ARE YOUR GUIDES!
Thus the Bible says, “Before thee are Good and evil, choose thou”. And yet, it also says “Do not judge”.How do we reconcile these in a material existence?
Judgment restricts, builds walls and bars us from a greater life, thus restricting freedom of any and all kinds.Allowing freedom without judgment, as in exercising Loving Allowance, then gives “space” to allow wisdom to creep in and grow.Wisdom is fed by love, all the time.Judgment usually comes from fear – not love - and thus restricts. This is your "Satan" or Saturn, that is our Teacher, restricting us until this lesson is learned.
Free choice of will allows all things, so indeed an Infinite God would have it no other way – or He/She could not be “infinite” as They would be limited by self-judgment.Thus, we are allowed our freedom of choice, even though it may have little or nothing to do with the expected outcome. Thus, I believe that Free Will is meant to inspire wisdom, and that wisdom comes through our experiences and how we feel about them.Choice also inspires experience.
So, if we judge ahead of time, we restrict our experience, we don’t allow new experiences, and so we actually restrict our growth in wisdom.This is how exercising our freedom of will for our “best” choice (based on love, not fear) exercises our greatest potential for growth, knowledge and wisdom.
However, the choice to experience something new or choosing to not make a choice for change and growth, is neither “good” or “bad” at the time that we exercise our options.Though, we may later decide that this or that choice seemed to get us where or what we wanted, in which case we call it “good” or it did not, then we tend to label it “bad”. This is how we gain the knowledge and eventually the wisdom to make “better” future choices that do get us more of where and what we want, when we want … specifically, more joy, love and fulfillment out of life.
So why not enjoy the journey by taking the fear, judgment, and especially the pre-judgment out of our experiences or anticipated experiences?I have found that this makes life and living so much easier!
Wisdom, then, is the result of experience; as it never precedes the learning experience that follows.And, so, we each have and are allowed to take as much freedom of choice as we desire, for this is how we direct our lives; choice upon choice and the experiences that follow those choices and mixtures of choices as we seek better experiences along the way.Learning the results of those choices is how we gain not only knowledge about how to improve our quality of life, but also this combined knowledge eventually becomes true “wisdom”.Some of this wisdom is of a general nature and some of a specific nature.And even the wisdom of realizing “which” comes from choice upon choice as well as choice within choice and experience upon and within experience. New truths grow out of old truths.
And wisdom does not teach us so much about “good” and “evil” as it really teaches us what works for us in this time and place, and what doesn’t.And, in the final analysis, it is not the morals that feed the heart and soul so much as it is finding contentment, happiness and love that feed our inner being. These are what make up the bottom line in finding a quality, happy, productive and fulfilling life; whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
“As a person is believing, thus you shall find them to be living”. The world as we know it is a network of intentions, some very self centered, some altruistic and most are a mixture of these.You see, all things relate to your emotional being-ness at the time and the beliefs that you have about yourself and about your world at that time; and the world is aware of that and wants to help you be yourself and see yourself - as you truly are, energetically.Your emotions are your helpers along your path in life; “does this feel better or not” is how they direct you.
Nothing occurs without your having a belief around it. It does not manufacture itself out of thin air. You create it all and either you can be your own detective to find out what your beliefs would draw your attention to and how you feel about that or you can dismiss it and say it was an accident and I am not responsible.And for the moment you are not responsible, beloved, you are imprisoned.You see? In that moment you become a victim, as you are not in your power.
Whether I, or you, or others believe in God or Goddess, Satan or a Devil … or not, simply doesn’t matter, because learning to love self and all the rest (including your enemies by loving them enough to forgive them “for they know not what they do” and then let them go – frees YOU and) just simply makes living life a whole lot easier.Exercising your Free Will frees you and secondarily, others.
A closing quote:
"Free will is the foundation right given by the Holy Father to all of His children.It is the right to be who you really are and to make choices in life which give evidence to that truth. Life is full of movement, with varying possibilities and options for change. Through the choices you make, you give support to your life, your love, and your truth.In and of itself, a context or environment may or may not honor or sustain the essence of who you are.The reason is that you are a child of God and not a child of circumstance.The very fact of having free will is what liberates you from the imprisonment of circumstance. You may initiate changes to make a situation compatible with your love, and you can choose not to support those situations that deny your love.Even if none of the choices available to you is ideal, the very act of making choices will give you an assertive power over external conditions and a way of moving through them.”
(from “Love Without End”, pg 224, by Glenda Green)
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