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Your Life Is Divinely Orchestrated.

Rev. Todd Beiswenger

Friends, we know that God has plans for us, plans that are for good. But, that doesn't mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us. In scripture we see several instances where God allowed something bad to happen to one of His people, only for Him to turn it to good.

Sometimes the bad things, the enemies, are sent so that we can pass a test that moves us to the next level. In one famous story, David was a shepherd boy, and what he needed to propel him higher wasn't a friend, but an enemy. Goliath didn't hold David back, he advanced him. God will do the same for you!

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Human Perception

Last week the topic was angelic perception, but what about human perception? What do we have the ability to perceive? Why can't we perceive more now? Is there anything we can do to perceive more?

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Angelic Perception

When I think of a person who is "perceptive" it is a person who is very good at reading between the lines and reading a situation when the information is not obvious. However, "perception" also refers to our ability to take in information from our five senses, and when it comes to angels, they do take in information via their five senses that is obscure and difficult to see if we can see at all.

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What Do Angels Do?

The word "angel" comes from a Greek word meaning "messengers." But the New Church teaches that angels do a lot more than just bringing messages. Join us as we take a look at some of the different things angels do in the Scriptures while also looking at Swedenborg's teachings on angels.

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Pleasing the Lord

During the Easter season we appropriately spend time looking at what God has done for us, so it is a good time to think about ways we can repay His goodness. How can we please God for all things He's done for us?

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Practicing Forgiveness Week 5

Transformation

When you learn the skill of forgiveness, it can transform your life. Old habits, old ways of thinking, old wounds that have been inflicted on you can be released and you can become the person you want to be. Don't let others have control over you, let their stuff go and become your best self.

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Practicing Forgiveness Week 4

Forgiving Yourself

Even when you've been forgiven by others, we can look back in horror at some of the things we've done and have a hard time forgiving ourselves. At some point we have to draw a line in the sand and say, "That's not who I am anymore" and let go of those condemning thoughts.

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Practicing Forgiveness Week 3

Seeking Forgiveness

Do you wish to be forgiven for the wrong that you've done? Sure you do. But in order for that to truly happen you have to show that you've actually changed your ways. Joseph seems pretty magnanimous when he forgives, but a closer look at the story shows that he's only forgiven his brothers once they've demonstrated that they wouldn't offend again.

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Practicing Forgiveness Week 2

Forgiving Others

It isn't easy to forgive others when they have so clearly done us wrong. But we have to. To not forgive leaves us captive to them. In this week's story we hear about Joseph, who is sold off into slavery, then imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit. When given the chance to get even, he instead offers reconciliation saying, "What you intended for evil, God intended for good." Those are words to live by.

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Practicing Forgiveness Week 1

Why Forgive?

We're starting a 5 week series on "Practicing Forgiveness" with a message on why should we forgive. Sure, Jesus commands it, but beyond that it is shown to transform our lives. When we leave the bitterness, resentment and hurt behind, it frees us and opens us up to better give and receive love. Science also has shown that forgiveness is linked to better physical health too. It's a win any way you look at it.

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Working Through Weariness

When you've got plans and goals for your life, and they don't materialize in the time frame you had in mind, it can really wear you down. Whether is be you haven't been cured from a disease, or picked up a new skill you've been working on, delays along the way are wearisome. Paul writes, "Don't get weary in well doing." As you'll hear in this service, there are plenty of times success doesn't come right away, but if we keep doing the right thing we will get success in the important things.

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