Reflexion, A Spiritual Community

Reflexion, A Spiritual Community

Christian based teaching from Chuck Smith, Jr... Show More

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August 10, 2019 50 min

We began with the word repent – a second thought, change of mind     - this means we change the organ of thought: the brain         • we change how brain cells connect with other brain cells             ◦ we rewire neurons to form new thoughts, feelings, actions         • we are re-writing the brain’s owner’s manual

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August 3, 2019 30 min

Paul describes a frustrating struggle, a losing battle with himself– suppose he wanted his readers to feel that frustration for themselves• if so, Dr. Seuss could not have done a better job of creating confusion• however, my guess is that Paul wrote it in a state of frustration– early on, he had put every effort into living a sinless life• but every time he thought he had achieved it,◦ a new sin sprouted in some area of his life• i... Read more

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August 3, 2019 30 min

Paul describes a frustrating struggle, a losing battle with himself– suppose he wanted his readers to feel that frustration for themselves• if so, Dr. Seuss could not have done a better job of creating confusion• however, my guess is that Paul wrote it in a state of frustration– early on, he had put every effort into living a sinless life• but every time he thought he had achieved it,◦ a new sin sprouted in some area of his life• i... Read more

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 I have been mulling over something this past school yearTwo days a week I drove three of my grandchildren to school– two of them attend school in what I refer to as a new suburbia• the residents are almost exclusively young families◦ everything is new – new expensive houses and condos◦ and new apartments, a few of which are low-rent properties• none of the houses, condos or apartments have much yard space– there’s an obvious ... Read more

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July 20, 2019 43 min

Imagine this . . .While you’re at work, out shopping, or on vacation– a family parks a moving in front of your home• they break into, and unload used, worthless furnishings inside• then they redecorate your home with their junk◦ and to make matters worse, they glue or nail everything in place– ridiculous, right?• but all of us have allowed others to do that with our brains• by words, actions, and attitudes, others have dumped their... Read more

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This short psalm tells a storyIt is about a person who was abused as a child– yet the child became an adult without being defined by abuse• at least, that’s how the first line reads◦ but the second line corrects our understanding,

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July 6, 2019 51 min

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the prophet’s call was an important eventEach of the three major prophets tell elaborate stories of their initiation– typical features of a prophetic call include:• a God-encounter• instructions regarding their ministry and message• a warning of what they are up against• an attempt on the prophet’s part to dodge the call◦ they argue their disqualification• God rejects their disqualification and “qualifies”... Read more

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June 22, 2019 47 min

We began two weeks ago with the first word of Jesus’ message:“Repent” – a change of mind that leads to change of everything– the Bible uses other words for change: turn, convert, transform• I’ve tried to point out, that this means changing our brains• brain activity that has become automatic and unconscious– Paul has an interesting way of illustrating this change, he says,put off your old self and put on the new self

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June 22, 2019 47 min

We began two weeks ago with the first word of Jesus’ message:“Repent” – a change of mind that leads to change of everything– the Bible uses other words for change: turn, convert, transform• I’ve tried to point out, that this means changing our brains• brain activity that has become automatic and unconscious– Paul has an interesting way of illustrating this change, he says,put off your old self and put on the new self

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Last week we learned what neuroscience has taught us about repentance– at a practical, biological level repentance means changing our brains• the brain is control center for all the activity of the mind and body • how do we repent? How are we changed, transformed?Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptabl... Read more

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June 8, 2019 42 min

50 days after the resurrection the apostles are waiting to be equipped, empowered - day of   Pentecost

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June 1, 2019 40 min

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May 25, 2019 48 min

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May 18, 2019 54 min

This one last time, I will remind you what we’ve been tracking– John wrote a gospel that’s very different from the Synoptic gospels• the other three follow the same outline, tell the same stories• John is surprising in how much he leaves out and what he puts in– during Jesus’ life the disciples did not always understand him• some times he said things that:◦ had to do with the future◦ contradicted what they had been taught◦ containe... Read more

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May 13, 2019 56 min

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May 10, 2019 6 min

Quite prayer lead by Chuck Smith Jr

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May 4, 2019 62 min

Way back at the beginning of John’s narrative of Jesus’ ministry, when John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God. who takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29)John’s source for the image of the lamb was the sacrificial worship of Israel– this symbol was embedded in Israel’s collective memory • the offering of a lamb provided atonement for Israel’s sin • “atone” means to cover – when it cam... Read more

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Last week we jumped to the end of John’s gospel, because it was Easter Sunday– today we return to night of Jesus’ arrest prior to his crucifixion• think of what we are doing this way:◦ some films include flashbacks to events that occurred prior to the current period ◦ flashbacks supply explanations or fill in important details • so this week and next, will be like flashbacks for us ◦ scenes of events leading up to Je... Read more

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April 20, 2019 40 min

Here in the last chapter of John, we find an interesting correlation– in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, at beginning of Jesus’ ministry,• he encounters four fishermen whom he calls to follow him◦ Andrew and Peter are casting their net into the water◦ James and John are in their boat mending their nets • the Gospel of Luke tells us Jesus saw two empty boats by the shore ◦ he explains that the fishermen were washing their nets Jesu... Read more

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