Inspired by Stevie Wonder lyrics from “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” and “Have a Talk with God”, in this sermon we explore two different healing aspects in life, human connection and solitary exploration with the divine. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson. Recorded 6-12-16.
The way we live is more important than the goal of living. Our greatest problem is not how to continue, but how to exalt our existence. Eternity is not a perpetual future, but a perpetual presence. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson. Recorded 05-22-16.
Rabbi Heschel talks about a mutual echo between ourselves and the divine: God needs us to be the actors and agents of righteousness and integrity, and we’re in need of breaking free from the motivations of personal satisfaction. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson. Recorded 05-08-16.
Rabbi Heschel says that awe is necessary for religious life, but is not sufficient to produce action. We must give ourselves over to a higher “Yes”, higher needs than our own, to feel needed by God. Authentic vs. artificial needs, happiness, and more covered within. Recorded 04-24-16. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson.
We explore more of Rabbi Heschel’s teachings this week as we explore what it means to be part of an eternal spiritual movement. Religions ask something of their followers; it is not enough to simply claim belief, you must be willing to stand for something. The most important things to stand for are Integrity, Compassion, and Inner Freedom. Recorded 4-10-16. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson.
Rabbi Heschel speaks about Radical Amazement, opening ourselves up to seeing the fullest picture possible that we can see as finite human beings. This opens us up to Reverence for the world around us. Heschel says, “What we lack is not a will to believe, but a will to wonder.” Recorded 3-27-16. Music in this podcast by Jackie Venson.
Is it more important for you to be liked, or to be significant? If you’re going to be a Free Soul, you must be a truth teller, even when others don’t like to hear it. Recorded 2-28-16.
After his trial in the wilderness, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and set out to return home and announce himself as the Messiah. His body was tired, but his soul was rested. This spirit infusion lent him authority and conviction as he preached in synagogues along the way. His trials and temptations in the wilderness, his trust and confidence in a source higher than himself, guided his conscience. He took measures to begin the revolution needed to help to free his people from the rule of the Roman Empire. The Conscience of a Free Soul is guided by the Spirit. The Conscience of a Free Soul can’t stand idly by when injustices occur. The Conscience of a Free Soul is moved to act to make change. Recorded 2-14-16.