Wake up.

Recently, I had a dream that my best friend had died.  I woke up pretty upset.  This guy’s basically my brother, so I felt I should call his mom to express my condolences or maybe grieve with her.  As I contemplating dialing the number I’d dialed so many times as a kid to find out if Kyle could come over, I knew, theoretically, that since it had been a dream, he should still be alive, somewhere, and this call wasn’t logically necessary.  The response in my head was “Come on, are you going to not call a grieving mother because of some theory?”  Pretty soon, the absurdity sank in, and I began to feel better.  Turns out, Kyle was okay the whole time, unaffected by my dream, unaware of how vivid it was.  Huh.

Of course, the unreality of dreams is no mere theory or doctrine; it’s simple truth.  Believing it or not doesn’t change the truth.  But understanding reality sure can lift the shade of gloom imposed by a fleeting dream.

And if you’re familiar with this blog, you probably know where I’m going with this.  Jesus revealed that the kingdom of heaven is here and now.  And indeed,

Our Master taught no mere theory, doctrine, or belief.  It was the divine Principle of all real being which he taught and practised.  His proof of Christianity was … Science…”

Mary Baker EddyScience and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 26

Christ’s teachings are demonstrated fact.  All the things overcome by Jesus (storms, sickness, sin, death) need affect us no more than my dream, for dreams they must be, contradicting the Principle that is Love.

And Kyle’s still smiling.


So, any day is a good day for retelling the story of Jesus’ ultimate triumph, his proof of the insubstantiality of even the most vivid dreams (abandonment, scourging, and crucifixion).  Including this Sunday.

So, on Sunday we’ll be hosting a church service, including singing, prayer, and a sermon given by our pastor on Jesus’ doctrine of atonement.  We’ll start at 10:35am (EDT) @687 Centre St. in JP.  Please come by or call in via (605) 475-4000 x636128#.  We’d love to share our Sunday mornin’ with ya.

 

Abrazos grandes,

Grant and jpchurch

PS: a little ditty about the end of (the dream of) death, by a band called Gungor, having entirely too much fun:

Sunday Service: Reality. God is.

This week’s sermon is pretty unrelenting, definitive, and empowering.  Want to hear about what is?  God is.  And there is none else.  (See Isa. 45:6; 46:9.)

For more exploration of this theme, what it actually means, what it demands of us, and how understanding it enables us and rains Love upon us, come by and hear, sing, and pray with us.  Sunday mornin’, 10:35 (EDT) @ 687 Centre St. in JP and (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

 

I leave you with a promise from the same chapter…

“So turn … to Me.  I will save you, wherever you are, to the ends of the earth, For I am God.  There is none other.”

-Isa. 45:22 (VOICE)

 

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jpchurch

Sifting reality

What is real?  A while ago, there was one guy in particular who was really good at sorting out what was real from what wasn’t, and applying that understanding to great effect, healing the sick, uplifting the wretched, teaching the meek, and showing the falsity of death.  Come hear about it and spread the love!

We’ll be starting at 10:35 AM on Sunday 3/31, at our usual spot: 687 Centre St., JP.  Or call in at (605) 475-4000 x636128.

Also feel free to join us breaking bread afterwards!