This Week’s Inspiration

From Sister To Wife – Sunday, September 17th, 2017

This week we look at a story where Abram and Sarai are sojourning in Egypt during a severe famine. While in Egypt, Abram tells Sarai to tell the Egyptians that she is his sister. For a time this plan works and Abram’s wealth increases. However, eventually Jehovah plagues Pharaoh for acting inappropriately with another man’s wife. When Pharaoh realizes that Sarai is Abram’s wife, Pharaoh does the right thing. He says to Abram, “Now therefore, here is your wife. Take her and go your way.” (Genesis 12:19)

On a literal level, this story may not seem to have much meaning in our own lives. But when understood on a spiritual level, this story takes on a new beauty and relevance. Spiritually this story is about an important process we all go through on our journey towards heaven. Here are some of the basic correspondences involved with this story:

  • Sojourning In Egypt: Being instructed and collecting knowledge from the Lord’s Word.
  • Sarai as a Sister: Intellectual truth. Early on in our life we have a simple love of knowing.  We enjoy learning and coming to perceive that what we know is true.
  • Sarai as a Wife: Truth that comes from a celestial origin. Eventually we must take our love of knowing and conjoin or marry it to a genuine love of being useful.

This week reflect on what it means to move from seeing Sarai as a “sister” to seeing her as a “wife.” Are we taking our love of knowing or our affection for mere intellectual truth (Sarai as a sister) and marrying it to a heavenly love of being useful (Sarai as a wife). Read or listen to this week’s sermon for a more detailed explanation of this story and the important process in represents!

Read a text of this week’s sermon: From Sister To Wife – Text Sermon

Listen to an audio of this week’s sermon: From Sister To Wife – Audio Sermon

 

Building Your House On The Rock – Sunday, September 10th, 2017

 

The Lord’s Sermon on the Mount fills three chapters in the Gospel of Matthew. In it He teaches us many wonderful things about the life that leads to heaven. At the very end of this Sermon on the Mount the Lord provides us with a powerful reminder: If we hear and do His words we will be like a prudent man, who built his house upon the rock; however, if we hear His words but do NOT do them, we will be like a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand.

This week we are reminded of our need to build a spiritual character for ourselves that is based on the Lord and His Word. To help us appreciate just how important this is, our focus is on the image of the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. “Sand” represents two things in this story:

  1. Sand represents ideas in the lower levels of our mind that do not come from the Lord’s Word. Instead these ideas come from input we receive through our physical senses. These ideas are filled with false concepts about what is good and true.
  2. Sand also represents ideas or truths that have not yet been conjoined with love and a life of charity. Truth without love is disjointed and is easily dispersed.

This week focus on choosing to build a life for yourself that is founded on the Lord and the teachings of His Word. Are you building your house on the sand or on the rock? If we make the choice to HEAR and DO the things that the Lord commands, the Lord will give us the courage and strength to overcome any temptations that we may face.

Read a text of this week’s sermon: Build-Your-House-Upon-The-Rock-MLG-Sermon

Listen to an audio of this week’s sermon: Building Your House On The Rock – Audio Sermon

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