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年度之门

     

原作者: Rev. Emily Jane Lemole (机器翻译成: 中文)

年度之门
艾米丽·简·莱莫雷牧师的讲道

读物:
以赛亚书26:1-442:5-8
马太福音7:7-14
启示录22:14
天堂的秘密2851

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我对那年的大门的那位男子说:“给我一盏灯,让我可以安全地踏入未知之地。”

他回答说:“进到黑暗中,把手伸到上帝的手中。那将比光明和安全比已知的方法对您更好。”

于是我走了出去,找到了上帝的手,高兴地走进了深夜。他带领我走向山丘,在孤独的东方度过了新的一天。

由Minnie Louise Haskins
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我们站在年度之门,从许多方面来说都是通往未知世界的门槛。 “给我一点光,我可以安全地踏入未知之地。”

我们从《圣经》和有关门的著作中读了许多段落。闸门在内部和外部之间建立了联系。他们提出了一个选择-是打开还是关闭它-进入还是离开。

封闭的大门使我们犹豫不决。在这个苏菲语中,大门为我们所说的话提供了沉思和反思:

在您讲话之前,让您的话语通过三个门。
在第一道门问自己,“是真的吗?”
在第二个询问中,“有必要吗?”
在第三道门问:“好吗?”

如何最好地度过这个新年?有通常的解决方案–减肥,变得更健康,更有条理,并与亲人在一起花费更多的时间。但是,更深层次的决议或意图正在呼唤新的起点,新的起点。第一-将上帝置于我们生活的中心-将主耶稣基督视为我们这一天的开始,中间和结束。一个好习惯是每天数次祈祷-提高我们的观点-优先事项。即使是抬头和暂停的身体动作,也可以将烦恼,不满的情绪转变为矫正的时刻–这是我们大惊小怪的大部分事情的转折。

亚种鉴定是一个很好的提醒。在永恒的主持下-重要的是什么?不是大多数让我们担心和困扰的事情。从长远来看,以上帝为中心,真正重要的事情显而易见,而没有减少的事情。

那么,我们如何将自己的手放在上帝的手中?我们如何向所有善良,真实,明智,善良与和平的人敞开心??我们如何关闭自私,不友善,怨恨,感恩和暴力的大门?

通过我们每天所做的事情。

Fr说:“我们做任何事情的方式就是我们做一切的方式。”方济各会牧师理查德·罗尔(Richard Rohr)。

我们要注意什么并给我们时间?我们爱什么?

新年似乎是盘点的好时机,这是对去年的反思,与其说我们已经成为成就者,不如说是我们取得的成就。对我们来说最重要的是什么?我们的重点是什么?或就像瑞典堡会问的那样,我们爱什么?因为我们就是我们所爱的!

我们了解到我们每个人都有两个大门。通往天堂的大门被天使包围,通往美好与真实。

地狱之门被恶魔包围,导致了邪恶和虚假。

这些门在我们里面。我们可以选择,什么决定我们的选择?我们爱什么!

每年,每周,每天,每时每刻,我们都可以自由选择自己是谁,给我们带来快乐的地方,如何度过宝贵的时间–我们所爱和所爱。

而且请记住,如果我们不诚实地喜欢我们在库存中看到的东西,我们可以悔改!回转!改变我们的方向!改变主意!改变我们的爱!

瑞典堡描述了我们所看不见的东西-我们的精神同伴-我们所保留的公司,并且在很大程度上没有意识到。像客人一样,他们也应邀而来。

我们被精神上的客人包围,受到我们的精神状态的邀请:天使和善良的灵魂通过天门而来;邪恶或邪恶的灵魂从地狱之门传来。我的高中拉丁语老师曾经称这些人为“地下室男孩”。

今天谈论邪恶,内gui,悔改或地狱已经过时了。这些术语已经过时,令人不舒服,我们真的不想提醒他们。但是从瑞典堡的一切教导来看,这些都是精神现实。

邪恶在我们的世界(如果人们阅读报纸和看电视)中还活得很好,并且在我们每个人中,都有一定的内省!当我们诚实地意识到自己的意图和情感时,我们就会知道这一点!

邪恶与双胞胎一样,是与上帝对立的一切,自私,不诚实,贪婪,卑鄙和残忍。但是邪恶也会以欺骗性的面容出现-我们可以证明我们的怨恨,我们的无情和我们的宽容立场是合理的。罪意味着失去印记,印记就是上帝。所有使我们远离上帝的事物都使我们怀念那个标记!

内–一种非常必要的情绪,它使我们想要悔改–而不是沉迷,而是要我们悔改–说服我们改变方向!

恶魔–这些是我们被告知要与之斗争的最真实的精神伴侣,最终是为我们的精神生活而战。我们处于平衡状态。我们在两个大门之间。

一句古老的佛教谚语说:每个人都被赋予通往天门的钥匙;相同的钥匙打开了地狱之门。”钥匙就是我们所爱。

我们做出的每一个决定要么喂食我们的粪便(我们永生的意志),要么喂食我们的“遗体”-那是珍贵的宝藏,是我们自出生前所经历的所有美好事物的仓库。遗留权是我们与生俱来的权利,我们从中汲取灵感,并以真诚的思想和良好的行为将其永久添加。

由于大多数新年决议的首要重点是减肥(如果需要的话,我也不反对),让我们尝试使用该概念进行精神减肥–减轻负面情绪的负担,批评的不良习惯,投诉,八卦,刺激,烦恼,容易冒犯,愤怒–我们知道的清单还在不断增加。减肥的饮食是良好的思想,诚实的行为,真实的意图。关闭坏消息,打开好消息。支持鼓励他人的充满希望的乐观主义;寻求无回报的善举。

保罗在给腓立比人的信中写道,想想这些事情。

“无论什么是真实的,无论什么东西都是高尚的,无论什么东西都是正义的,无论什么东西都是纯正的,无论什么东西都是可爱的,或者什么东西值得报道,如果有什么美德,或者有什么值得称赞的冥想的话。” 腓立比书4:8

灵魂健康的这种转变所需要的锻炼是属灵的锻炼,这种锻炼使抽象成为现实,实现了我们所说的信念。也许今年我们可以接受精神锻炼:

- 冥想
-祷告
-Lectio Devina –缓慢而有目的地阅读圣经和其他圣书。

我的一位亲爱的朋友习惯于思考哪种精神影响她,然后要求上帝在那儿散发有害的影响。而且,她已经发展了一种在一切美好事物发生时感谢主的习惯。

我们可以打开天堂之门。天使可以随时冲进来,只要我们爱上善良,真善美,主与彼此之间,就可以使大门摆动开。这些选择打开了这些大门。

我们每个人都需要提醒,以帮助我们做出正确的选择。我们忘记得如此之快,而被我们时代的喧嚣分心。我们将电视,广播,计算机,电话和i-pads连接到一起-一种世俗文化,沉浸在自然而非灵性的环境中。但是,让我们转向神和天堂之门,这是不自然的。这是不自然的。这是精神上的。以下是一些对我有所帮助的提醒。

安排时间与耶和华约见:每天早晨和上床睡觉之前,都是为耶和华预留的两个常用时间。感到生气时,抬起您的思想和视野,并在门口向天使寻求帮助。尝试从我们女儿的一位朋友那里学到的一句话:祝福并释放!要努力在每个人和万物中看到上帝。

让丑陋的状态过去吧-祝福你的敌人,记住那些不同意或不喜欢我们的人可能是我们最好的属灵老师。我们可以看到我们对他们的反应,通常是反映出使我们恼火的行为的反应。有人告诉我们,爱我们的敌人以及我们的邻居。

我们需要注意我们的想法。

从古代吠陀经:

“注意你的想法,它们变成了文字。
留心您的话语,它们成为行动。
看着你的动作,它们成为习惯。
注意你的习惯,他们会成为角色。
看着你的角色,这就是你的命运。”

最重要的是检测我们喜欢的东西,因为这将确定我们徘徊的那扇门,然后进入。

进入新年时,我们有了圣餐是多么吉祥。有什么更好的开始方式,首先寻求天国-将最重要的事情放在首位?

这是乔伊斯·鲁普姐妹的美丽祈祷:

神秘的奥秘
等待门槛
在这个新的一年里
你打开大门
向我招手:

(你说)“来吧!来!
不要警惕等待着你的事情
当您进入未知地形时,
不要怀疑你的能力
从喜悦和悲伤中成长。

因为我和你在一起
我将成为您的向导。
我将成为您的保护者
您将永远不会孤单。”

新年的守护者
我抛开了我的恐惧,担忧,担忧,
我向神秘,美丽向我敞开心life,
好客的问题,
到无尽的机会
在我的关系中发现你
以及所有无声的奇迹
那会吸引我到你的心。

我欢迎您的光临
并带着希望走进新的一年。

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“走进黑暗,把手伸向上帝的手中。”

当我们站在新年之门时,我们将握着他的手–我们将遵循谁的灵感,谁的影响力将决定我们成为谁,这确实很重要。

诗篇118:19-20
“向我敞开义门。
我会通过他们,
我会赞美主。
这是主的门,
义人必借此进入。”

阿们!

圣经文本

 

马太福音第7章:7-14

研究内在含义

              

7 祈求就必得着(路11:9-13,13:24)“你们祈求,就给你们;寻找,就寻见;叩门,就给你们开门。

8 因为凡祈求的就得着,寻找的就寻见,叩门的就给他开门。

9 你们中间哪一个人,儿子向他要饼,反给他石头;

10 ,反给他呢?

11 你们虽然邪恶,尚且知道把好东西给儿女,何况你们在上的父,难道不更把好东西赐给求他的人吗?

12 你们愿意人怎样待你们,你们也要怎样待人,这是律法和先知的总纲。

13 “你们当进窄门,因为引到灭亡的门是宽的,是大的,进去的人也多;

14 但引到生命的门是窄的,是小的,找着的人也少。

     

   研究内在含义

Exploring the Meaning of Matthew 7      

原作者: Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman

Chapter 7.

Examining our Motives

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1. “Judge not, that you be not judged.

2. For in what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and in what measure you measure, it shall be measured back to you.

3. And why dost thou look at the bit of straw in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam in thine own eye?

4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Permit [me] to cast out the bit of straw from thine eye, and behold, the beam [is] in thine own eye?

5. Hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt look carefully to cast out the bit of straw out of thy brother’s eye.

6. Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls in front of swine, lest they trample them by their feet, and turning, tear you.

7. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.

8. For everyone that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened.

9. Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask [for] bread, will give him a stone?

10. And if he ask [for] a fish, will he give [him] a serpent?

11. If you then, being wicked, know [how] to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father that [is] in the heavens give good [things] to those that ask Him?

12. Therefore all things whatsoever you will that men should do unto you, do ye even so unto them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.

13. Enter ye in through the tight gate, for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leads away into destruction, and there are many who come in through it,

14. Because tight [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way that leads into life, and there are few who find it.

15. And beware ye of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s raiment, but inside they are rapacious wolves.

16. From their fruits you shall know them. Do [men] collect grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

17. So every good tree makes good fruits; but a rotten tree makes bad fruits.

18. A good tree cannot make bad fruits; neither [can] a rotten tree make good fruits.

19. Every tree not making good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.

20. Therefore from their fruits you shall know them.”
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The previous episode ended with the words, “sufficient unto the day is its own evil.” These words remind us that there is nothing more important than examining the hidden evils in our own lives, investigating our own motives, and determining to what extent we are putting God first. This is absolutely essential if we ever hope to do good towards the neighbor that truly is good. In other words, in order to do good we must first examine our deeper motives and ask God to remove any evil, selfish inclinations that might still be in our heart. This is a daily process, even moment to moment, identifying and removing one selfish inclination at a time.

If, for example, we have been highly critical of others, we are taught to examine this aspect of our nature: “Judge not, that you be not judged,” says Jesus. “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged” (7:1-2). This does not mean that we are never to make any judgments at all, for in order for society to survive, civil and moral judgments must be made. Personnel managers must decide whether a particular individual is more or less qualified for a job; physicians must decide whether or not to perform a life threatening operation; referees must make decisions about the games at which they officiate; judges must make decisions that are consistent with the law. Judgments of this nature must be made continually in order for society to properly function.

What then does Jesus mean when He says, “Judge not, that you be not judged”? He means that we should not make spiritual judgments about people. We should be most cautious when it comes to assessing the motives and intentions of others. We really cannot see into another person’s soul; therefore we do not know what drives a person, what anyone’s motivations are, or what reasons lurk behind a person’s external words and actions. Because all of this is in the realm of the spirit, we are forbidden to make judgments about anyone’s deeper motivations or essential character. 1

We are, however, strongly encouraged to judge our own motives and intentions. This is why Jesus says, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye? . . . Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (7:3, 5). Self-examination, as we shall see, is the key to spiritual growth. To the extent that we examine and remove evils from ourselves, we open the way for good to flow in from God.

But the process of examining ourselves, identifying evils and overcoming them, requires prayer to God for the light and the will to do so: “Ask, and it will be given you,” says Jesus. “Seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened” (7:7). Jesus’ words are filled with assurance: “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (7:8).

As the sermon continues, Jesus offers several keys for how we can go about examining our motives and intentions. Perhaps the most famous and the most widely practiced of all is the golden rule: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (7:12). This universal principle of self-examination applies to all people, in all faiths, at all times. It calls us to ask ourselves, “Would you want someone to do to you what you are about to do to them?” If the answer is “no,” we should not do it. If the answer is “yes,” we should do it.

But even though the golden rule is a universal principle, it can also be a “narrow path” if we rarely walk it. If we choose instead to walk the pathway of self-indulgence and harsh judgment of others, the more we walk that pathway, the broader it becomes.

Therefore, Jesus says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (7:13-14). Jesus knows that the pathway of careful self-examination and consideration of others is a narrow one. It is not well-trodden, simply because people have not walked it very often. Even so, it is the way that leads to the fullest life.

As the process of self-examination deepens, we must be especially aware of our tendency to use scripture to promote our own selfish ends. Jesus therefore warns us to “beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (7:15). “False prophets” are our own tendencies to use sacred scripture (“sheep’s clothing”) as a way of achieving selfish ambitions (“inwardly they are ravenous wolves”). As long as we have self-serving ulterior motives, nothing truly good can be produced. Bushes that produce “thistles” and “thorns” symbolize the barrenness of actions that have self-interest within them — the empty, fruitless efforts to appear righteous in the eyes of others, while inwardly there is no righteousness at all. As Jesus says, “You will know them by their fruits; do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” (7:16).

None of us, no matter how often we read or quote scripture, is on the path that leads to life until we begin to serve others from a truly spiritual motive. Service to others and faith in God must not be separated. For example, there are many contemplative paths that focus on prayer, meditation, study, and reflection. While these faith-oriented disciplines are vitally important, they must also include useful service. If not, they are incomplete.

Similarly, there are many paths that emphasize charity and good will. These service-oriented disciplines focus on saving the environment, establishing schools, providing homeless shelters, feeding the hungry, helping the handicapped, and caring for the poor and needy around the world. These works of outward compassion are vitally important, but if they are not motivated by a genuine love for the neighbor, they have little actual good in them. In fact, they can become another form in which the ravenous wolf (desire to be appreciated, rewarded, and esteemed) disguises itself in sheep’s clothing (doing external good works for others).

Whether we tend towards the path of contemplation or the path of service, the narrow path should not be neglected, for it is at the heart of both approaches. It reminds us to stay spiritually awake and to be conscious of what is arising in our inner world. It calls us to first of all look to God in His Word, shunning evils as sins against Him (faith-oriented disciplines), and then looks outward towards the neighbor, striving to see and serve God in everyone (service-oriented disciplines). If our works are to be truly good and our service efforts are to bear noble fruit, they must flow from our highest intentions. These are the finer instincts and nobler promptings of a heart that is being cleansed through self-examination in the light of God’s commandments. 2

Whenever we carefully and honestly examine our motives, praying to God to help us remove every selfish desire and false thought, we open a way for God to work in and through us. It is at this point that our “good” works become truly good: “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit . . . a good tree cannot bear bad fruit” (7:17-18). But if we avoid the hard work of self-examination (the narrow path) we never get around to rooting out the selfish desires that will contaminate every good work that we do. In that case, the fruit of our outwardly good works will not be good, since the root of the tree is corrupt: “A bad tree bears bad fruit” (7:19).

Unless we choose the narrow path, continually rooting out and eliminating all forms of selfish concern, we will not be able to produce good fruit. As a result, we will be increasingly consumed by the flames of selfish desire: “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (7:19).

In the end, the only thing that counts is our sincere desire to rise above selfish concerns so that our motives may be as pure as possible. That is why this section begins with an exhortation to first remove the plank from our own eye. When the plank of self-interest is removed, we see clearly how we can help others in the most useful and loving ways — ways that are devoid of ego concerns. Whenever this happens, we produce fruit that is truly good. This, then, is what Jesus means when He says, “By their fruits you will know them” (7:20).

Doing the Will of the Father

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21. “Not everyone that says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he that does the will of My Father that [is] in the heavens.

22. Many shall say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out demons, and in Thy name done many [works of] power?

23. And then I will profess to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you that work iniquity.

24. Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a prudent man, who built his house on the rock.

25. And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew, and they fell upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

26. And everyone that hears these words of Mine, and does them not, shall be likened to a foolish man, who built his house on the sand.

27. And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell, and the fall of it was great.

28. And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these words, the crowds wondered at His teaching.

29. For He was teaching them as [One] having authority, and not as the scribes.”
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As mentioned in the previous section, a contemplative life, however prayerful and pious, without good works, is useless. Similarly an active life, filled with external good works, without first identifying and shunning our evils, is also useless. Both the extremely pious and the strenuously service-oriented may believe they are serving God and doing their best. But Jesus says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (7:21).

To do the will of the Father is to keep the commandments; it is the foundation and basis of everything else. 3 Without first keeping the commandments, nothing else really matters. Even if we cast out demons and do wonders, it will not help. As Jesus says “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’” (7:22). In other words, each of us is called to do the deeper work of self-examination. This involves identifying evils within ourselves and shunning them as sins against God. But if we do not obey the fundamental laws of spiritual life, which include shunning the evils of murder, adultery, theft, false witness, and coveting, we cannot claim to be followers of God. Therefore Jesus will say to us, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (7:23).

The spiritual teaching given throughout this chapter is quite clear: just to the extent that we shun evils in ourselves as sins against God, the good that we do is truly good. This is what it means to do the will of God. It is not complicated. Just keep the commandments, and pray for the power to do so.

Whoever does this is like “a wise man who built his house upon a rock.” And who ever does not do this is like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. When the storms came, the house of the foolish man, built on the shifting sands of human opinion, did not stand. But the house which was built upon the rock — faith in the Lord and a life according to His teachings — was able to withstand the most violent storms of life. As Jesus says, “The rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” (7:25).

In the stormy setbacks of life — represented by the rain, the floods, and the wind beating upon the house — our true motives are exposed. During these moments we can freely choose to turn to God, asking Him to help us cleanse our heart from every self-serving desire. And when we do so, the rains cease, the floods subside, and the winds die down.

As the storm clouds pass, and the sun begins to shine, peace returns and joy arises. It is then that we realize that God has been with us all along, helping us to remove evil and inspiring us to do good. In these “after-the-storm” states, we understand, more and more deeply, that God is always there, calmly leading and instructing, offering the truth that will keep us rock-solid, even in the midst of the most turbulent emotional storms.

This awareness does not come merely by hearing the truth; rather, it is a result of living the truth. Therefore Jesus concludes the Sermon on the Mount with a wonderful promise and a firm warning. First the promise: “Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken to a wise man who built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon the house, and it did not fall, for it was founded upon a rock” (7:24). And then comes the warning: “Everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them, I will liken to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon the house, and it fell. And great was its fall” (7:27).

This was the powerful ending of what has come to be known as “the Sermon on the Mount.” It is significant that Jesus gave this sermon on a “rock” (a mountain), the most enduring symbol on earth of an immoveable, unshakeable faith.

As Jesus concluded the sermon, “the crowds wondered at His words” (7:28). That’s because “He taught them as one having authority, not like the scribes” (7:29). Jesus’ words were filled with power. He spoke with a kind of authority that was unlike anything they had heard before; it was certainly unlike anything they had heard from other religious leaders. It’s easy to imagine them thinking, Who is this man? Where did he come from? And where did he get this knowledge?

This will become the leading question throughout the rest of this gospel. Who is Jesus?

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Footnotes:

1. Conjugial Love 523: “The Lord says, ‘Judge not, that you be not condemned.’ This cannot in the least mean judging of someone's moral and civil life in the world, but judging of someone's spiritual and heavenly life. Who does not see that if people were not allowed to judge of the moral life of those dwelling with them in the world, society would collapse? What would become of society if there were no public courts of law, and if no one was permitted to have his judgment of another? But to judge what the inner mind or soul is like within, thus what a person's spiritual state is and so his fate after death — of this one is not permitted to judge, because it is known to the Lord alone.”

2. Charity 21: “All good that in itself is good proceeds from the interior will. Evil is removed from this will by repentance. See also True Christian Religion 654: “The works of charity done by a Christian and those done by a heathen appear in outward form to be alike, for one like the other practices the good deeds of civility and morality toward his fellow, which in part resemble the deeds of love to the neighbor. Both, even, may give to the poor, aid the needy and attend preaching in churches, and yet who can thereby determine whether or not these external good deeds are alike in their internal form, that is, whether these natural good deeds are also spiritual? This can be concluded only from the faith; for the faith is what determines their quality, since faith causes God to be in them and conjoins them with itself in the internal man; and thus natural good works become interiorly spiritual…. The Lord, charity, and faith make one, like life, will, and understanding, but when separated they all perish like a pearl reduced to powder.”

3. Apocalypse Explained 981: “Love to the Lord means the love or affection of doing His commandments, thus the love of keeping the commandments of the Decalogue. For so far as a person from love or from affection keeps and does these, so far a person loves the Lord. This is because these commandments are the Lord’s presence with everyone.”

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斯威登堡著作参考

从斯威登堡的著作的解释和参考:

属天的奥秘 922, 1011, 1017, 2851, 3463, 3477, 5890, ...

揭秘启示录 376, 762, 951

天意 250, 330

Doctrine of the Lord 9

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 51

Doctrine of Life 73

天堂与地狱 534

真实的基督教 226, 411, 444, 459


来自斯威登堡未发表著作的参考:

Apocalypse Explained 186, 254, 411, 556, 785

Scriptural Confirmations 14, 87

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 Answers to Prayers
We need to learn about the Lord's way of answering prayers.
Article | Ages over 15

 Build a House on the Rock
Use blocks or small cardboard boxes to build a house on sand and sprinkle with water to see what happens. Then build the house on a rock.
Activity | Ages 4 - 10

 Build on the Rock
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 By Their Fruits
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Choosing Heaven or Hell
A lesson and activities exploring how our choices lead us towards heaven or hell, day by day.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15

 Correspondences of Mineral Kingdom
Illustrations of places in the Word that mention minerals.
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Doing Is Living
Article | Ages 15 - 17

 Dramatize Giving Good Things to Those Who Ask
Dramatize and discuss the examples given by the Lord of a parent giving good gifts to a child. The Lord gives these examples to reassure us that He also will give us what will help us most. 
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Entering the Narrow Way
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 First Remove the Plank
Activity | Ages over 15

 Foundations for My Life
Reflect on beliefs or attitudes that are like “foundations” for your life. These are the constants that help you weather the storms of life.
Activity | Ages over 13

 Fruit of the Vine
Talk about grapes and other fruit that grows on a vine. Consider making "a grape vine" of good deeds with "grape" beads to put on a green cord.
Activity | Ages 4 - 10

 Golden Rule
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Golden Rule and Prayer Crossword Puzzle
Crossword puzzle about the Golden Rule and the Lord's Prayer.
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Hear and Do
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Hearing and Doing
It is important to do what the Lord teaches as well as listen to Him.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Helping Out
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 House Built on the Rock and Sand
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 House Built on the Rock Demonstration
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 House Built on the Rock Diorama
Color the pieces of the diorama, then cut them out and assemble it. 
Project | Ages 7 - 14

 House Built on the Rock Rebus
Younger children will enjoy "reading" the pictures with help from an older child or adult. 
Activity | Ages 4 - 10

 House Built on the Rock (sheet music with hand motions)
Song | Ages up to 10

 How the Word Enlightens
The Lord wants to help everyone see spiritual things more clearly but the quality and extent of an individual’s enlightenment depends on his or her own spiritual development. Enlightenment is affected by the questions we ask the Lord and the reasons we are seeking answers.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Illustrate the Parable of the House Built on the Rock
Illustrate the parable by picturing both the house built on the rock and the house built on the sand.
Project | Ages 4 - 10

 Judgment
When the Lord says “judge not,” the meaning is that we are not to judge falsely, or from a selfish motive, or based only on external appearances. And instead of looking for faults in others, we should concentrate on removing the evils and falsities within ourselves. 
Worship Talk | Ages over 15

 Memory Verse: I Will Build My Church
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Memory Verse: Looking for the Good in Others
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Memory Verse: Praying to the Lord
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Pathways to Heaven and Hell
Contrast the paths to heaven and to hell by picturing some of things that might be seen along these paths by someone who can see clearly in the spiritual world.
Project | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Adults: Dealing with Other People with True Charity
Activity | Ages over 18

 Prayers for Adults: Praying to the Lord
Activity | Ages over 18

 Prayers for Children: Being Kind to Other People
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Children: King of Kings
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Children: Praying to the Lord
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Teens: Friendship and Judgment
Activity | Ages 15 - 17

 Prayers for Teens: Keeping the Sabbath
Activity | Ages 15 - 17

 Prayers for Teens: Praying to the Lord
Activity | Ages 15 - 17

 Quotes: I Will Build My Church
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Quotes: The Way to Heaven
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Song: The House Built on a Rock (3-5, 6-8 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Stormy Weather
Identify and write about some of the false ideas that may distort our thinking and challenge our commitment to the Lord.
Activity | Ages over 15

 The Golden Rule
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 The House Built on a Rock
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 The House Built on the Rock (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 The House on the Rock
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The House on the Rock with Quote
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Lord's First Parable
The sermon on the mount ended with the parable of the house built on the rock and the house built on the sand.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Sermon on Mount--The House Built on the Rock
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Sermon on the Mount
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Sermon on the Mount (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 Tolerance and Judgment
Loving the neighbor is intending and doing good to all, but wisely loving others takes a variety of forms depending on others' actions.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Two Houses
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Wings of Truth
Lesson and activities exploring how truth can uplift, protect, and free us.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15

 You Are the Man!
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14


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