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My Highest Hope - original print from The Worship Project. 

“I believe You hear my desperate cry for help. I know You listen, so I pray to the Risen One, my highest Hope. I trust You with my life. Lord over every storm, Your love is holding me” - My Highest Hope by Darlene Zschech

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"The idea of the supernatural as being something over and above the natural is a killing idea. In the Middle Ages this was the idea that finally turned that world into something like a wasteland, a land where people were living inauthentic lives, never doing a thing they truly wanted to because the supernatural laws required them to live as directed by their clergy. In a wasteland, people are fulfilling purposes that are not properly theirs but have been put upon them as inescapable laws. This is a killer…. The spirit is really the bouquet of life. It is not something breathed into life, it comes out of life. This is one of the glorious things about the mother-goddess religions, where the world is the body of the Goddess, divine in itself, and divinity isn’t something ruling over and above a fallen nature…. Our story of the fall in the Garden sees nature as corrupt; and that myth corrupts the whole world for us. Because nature is thought of as corrupt, every spontaneous act is sinful and must not be yielded to. You get a totally different civilization and a totally different way of living according to whether your myth presents nature as fallen or whether nature is in itself a manifestation of divinity, and the spirit is the revelation of the divinity that is inherent in nature.”

― Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth
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First of all: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL WHO ARE CELEBRATING!!!!! I love you all so so much and I’m more and more grateful for you every single day. 

I AM APOLOGIZING RIGHT NOW FOR FORGETTING ANYONE!!

I’m gonna kick this off with my closest friends on here. Thank you all for always being there for me!! You are the best, I adore you. 

Alley  ❅ Angelika ❅ Anna ❅ Ashley ❅ Aubrie ❅ Brooke ❅ Daniela ❅ Elena ❅ Jordan ❅ Kavita ❅ Kelsey ❅ Kevin ❅ Kyle ❅ Lexxy ❅ Maggie ❅ Meredith ❅ Rylie ❅ Susannah 

SPECIAL MENTION TO MY MOM: taylorswift Thanks for making this year so great honey :)

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m-y:

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YOU MAKE ME BRAVE - Bethel music
I stand before You now
The greatness of Your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of You
King of Heaven in humility, I bow

As Your love
In wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You’ve made a way
For all to enter in

I have heard You call my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So, I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace, Your grace

As Your love
In wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You’ve made a way
For all to enter in

You make me brave
You make me brave
You called me out beyond the shore
Into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now
The love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You called me out beyond the shore
Into the waves

You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now
The promises You’ve made

As Your love
In wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You’ve made a way
For all to enter in

My Fire is Just about out

I need a “wild-fire” campaign!!! I’m exaclty $12,571.00 remaining for my Heart Surgery Fund.  I have till Jan, 26th, 2014 to transfer funds over, or it’s a NO GO!

Please in the name of GOD, I beg for help!  Please share, pray, and support this with the world.  I have no other options available.  A Heart Transplant is 1 in 4500 at the best!!

About 87 out of 100 people who have a heart transplant survive for at least 1 year. About 50 out of 100 survive 10 years.

Please, everyone who reads this support my call for life!!

http://www.gofundme.com/cmyl9s

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Worship, Fate and Divine Punishment

Worship began as a means of appeasing a deity. The early Gods were cruel. They brought sickness, famine and defeat in war if not properly satisfied. What satisfied them was blood. Sacrifice of humans and animals. Yahweh demanded the torture and murder of his own “son”. The priests were intermediaries between these gods and the people. They used this “fear of God” as a means of political and social control. What all powerful deity would care if the priests burned the right goat or recited the proper words of praise and submission? This wasn’t for the God. It was a way for people to feel that they had some means of control over the vagaries of fate. In reality all of these Gods were just names given to fate. Blind chance. Destiny if you will. None of us likes to acknowledge that we are powerless in the face of destiny, but, we are.

So, we see the main problem people have with a theistic God is confusing such a God with fate. If something bad happens God is punishing us and if something good happens then God is rewarding us. This quickly falls apart though as we come to realize that even the most pious believer however meek and mild still suffers misfortune. So, an infant gets cancer and dies, There is no explanation for this in a theistic sense. Likewise for prayer. If you pray for something to happen and it does then your prayers were answered. If you pray for something and it doesn’t happen then you were unworthy.

To see God as a gift giver or a punisher is to limit God. Our destiny is a combination of our past choices and the choices of others with whom we interact. You cannot control the choices of others but you can control your own choices and to this extent you have some control over your personal destiny. Prayer has a purpose but it goes way beyond this “punish/reward” vision of God, Prayers are focused consciousness. One is humble in prayer. This then is the true purpose of prayer. Right thinking means right action. Right action means harmony with the universe. Harmony with universe means a peaceful mind and an elevated spirit.

๑ Samsaran ๑

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