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:

“You won’t experience evil any more.”

Zephaniah 3:15

Happy weekend.  We invite you to join us Sunday morning for a church service. Our sermon will address “unreality.”  One line from it that’s really speaking to me today is from Mary Baker Eddy‘s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 300), discussing Jesus’ parable of the tares and the wheat:

“The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. … The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent.”

Our first hymn will begin at 10:35 (EDT), and we’ll physically be in the community room at 687 Centre St. in JP, and you can join us there or at (605) 475-4000 x636128#.

Much love,

jpchurch

Look deep

look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.

Mary Baker Eddy

or, as the Master put it,

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Jesus

Cold?  Lonely?  Struggling?  Come explore with us and our pastor how to look deeper and judge righteously.  Or, as Elihu put it, “let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.”  As we look deeper, we’ll find the warmth, the love, and the help we need.

Also, there will be a bit of singing.

Come join us Sunday morning at 10:35 in the park bank!  (Or call in: (605) 475-4000 x636128.)

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!