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A New Perspective

     To free your mind you must be able to see yourself and the people and world around you without any ego, desires, or attachments.  It requires a new perspective on old ideas.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 14)

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Two Boats and a Chopper

     A traveling preacher finds himself in a tremendous rainstorm. Within a few hours the hotel he is staying in is flooded. As the water rises, the preacher climbs to the roof and starts praying. “Lord, save me so I can continue on my mission of preaching your gospel.”

          Just then, a coast guard rescue party floats by in a rowboat. “Let’s go mister, into the boat!”

     “I’ll stay here,” says the preacher. “The Lord will save me.”

     An hour later a second boat reaches the scene and the water is close to the roof of the hotel. “Sir, you better get in the water is still rising.”

     “No thanks. The Lord will be my salvation.”

     Toward evening, the hotel is almost completely under water and the preacher is clinging to the satellite dish on the roof. A helicopter is spotted and on a loudspeaker is heard: “Sir, grab on to the line and we will pull you up. This is your last chance.”

     “I’m all right,’ says the preacher, “I know the Lord will provide sanctuary.”

     As the helicopter departs, the satellite dish is hit by lightning and the preacher is killed.

     When he arrives at the Pearly Gates he is furious. “What happened?” he shouts. “I thought the Lord would provide!?”

     Moments later a thunderous voice is heard: “Give me a break. I sent you two boats and a chopper!”

Author: Unknown

I searched and found this story on many internet sites, but never found a source.  Here’s a link to one site that had it posted:

Source: https://khamneithang.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/lessons-from-the-traveling-preacher/

What We I-dentify With

     So what do you identify with?  It’s time to question everything!  For many of us, we identify with our ego, a certain element of the mind that always wants more for itself—more attention, more possessions, more control over others … more, more, more, more, more; and it doesn’t usually care who it hurts in the process as long as it gets what it wants.

     Otherwise known as selfishness, this desire for more separates and alienates us from the people and world around us.  Once we’ve acquired what we want, it becomes a possession.  And from there it becomes an attachment.  We no longer believe that we can be happy without whatever it is that we’re attached to.  It has become part of our identity.  When our ego, desires, and attachments become part of our identity, it becomes part of the “I,” the individual.  They have become extensions of our very selves.

     If anything were to happen to that which we I-dentify with, we feel threatened, insecure, depressed, hurt, devastated… The more we I-dentify with, the greater the chance of our being hurt, disappointed, and unhappy.

     The key, then, is to identify with things which bring you happiness, security, peace, love, and harmony with the people and world around you (in other words, positive energy), and to dis-I-dentify with anything that causes negative energy.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 13-14)

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The Harder It is to Let Go

     Over time, we come to identify with the thoughts, trees, and flowers in our garden (mind).  One tree may be called ego.  Another is desire.  Another is called attachment … and so the garden grows.  The stronger we identify with each tree, the harder it is to let go.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 13)

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Church Bulletins

     Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences, with their typos or slips of tongue, actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

     The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”

     Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget to bring your husbands.

     The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

     Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.

     For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

     Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

     Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s sermons.

     The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: “Break Forth Into Joy.”

     A rice-and-bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

     At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

     The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

     Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM–prayer and medication to follow.

     The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

     This evening at 7 PM there will be hymn-singing in the park across from the Church. So bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

     Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

     Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

     The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this great tragedy.

     The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belzer.

     This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

     Tuesday at 4 p.m. there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early.

     Wednesday, the Ladies Liturgy Society will meet. Mrs. Jones will sing “Put Me In My Little Bed” accompanied by the pastor.

     Thursday at 5:00 p.m. there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become little mothers, please see the minister in his study.

     This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

     The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge–Up Yours”

     Don’t let worries kill you. Let the Church help.

Source: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Spiritual_Humor.html

The Very Core of Your Being

     The task of gardening your mind, though easy to explain, is extremely difficult.  Some seeds have grown into large trees with roots that penetrate to the very core of your being.  These roots have wrapped themselves around you so completely that it would seem impossible to cut or kill them without cutting or killing yourself.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 13)

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