Happiness and joy take origin in the inner life. You cannot experience real joy all by yourself. [Paper 111:4.7, page 1220.06] There are two parts to this teaching, like two folds in the same cloth. The inner life vibrates to frequencies of psyche and spirit. Our bundle of spiritual attitudes (faith, self-forgetfulness, gratitude, patience, tolerance, … read more of Focus on the Father — Filling and Spilling.
“It is the motivating thought, the spiritual content, that validates the mortal supplication. Words are valueless” [Paper 7:3, p. 85.1]. Nevertheless, I would share some words with you about thoughts. To ponder the creation of thought is an intriguing mental exercise, but one leans into the realm of religious mystery when reflecting on the fact … read more of Focus on the Father – Thoughts.
(Adapted from a presentation given at the Australia and New Zealand Association Annual Conference in Tasmania, 2010) We spend a lot of time getting a good grip on the definition of worship and service. And if I’m to write about “making worship and service the center of our lives” then I’d better concentrate on exploring … read more of Making Worship and Service the Center of Our Lives.
An Important Lesson for the Urantia Movement The internet is full of articles, research, and advice concerning the serious loss of the millennial generation to the Christian church rosters around the world and in North America and Europe in particular. The exodus of young adults from churches is nothing new, but it has become increasingly … read more of Millennials and the Church.
Hey, let’s go to God’s place! That may be a figure of speech but it’s for real—there is a place (outside of time and space) we can go without traveling, without planning, and without any tickets or travel documents. It’s a place both within us and without us. Our sincere desire to go there is … read more of Focus on the Father—Going to God’s Place.
(Editor’s note: This is from a presentation given at the 2018 Urantia Association International conference in the Netherlands) Stand under the waterfall … Allow yourselves to be drenched in the beauty of Jesus’ many-sided gospel. We can know God as a loving and merciful Father, who has sent his spirit to live within us. We … read more of Living the Gospel and Proclaiming with Power in the 21st Century.
“Make Daily Deposits and Withdrawals from the Bank of God’s Infinite Love” There is simply no room for anger or vengeance in my God; there is no space for pitiful projections of human imperfections. Such a faith attitude infinitely expands the goodness I can perceive in my Creator. It unlocks the truth my Father wants … read more of Focus on the Father.
Urantia Book readers may want to know about my new book, Salvation Not Purchased: Overcoming the Ransom Idea to Rediscover the Original Gospel Teaching (Cascade Books, 2020). About thirty years ago, I noticed that The Urantia Book gets very passionate whenever it confronts the Christian atonement doctrine. The narrators of the book point out that … read more of Salvation Not Purchased.
(Transcribed and edited from an online presentation given at the 24-hour Online Urantia Event, March 21, 2020) The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is likely to go down in the history of our planet as the moment in which most of us were urged to understand that Urantia is a self-contained living ecosystem, where anything occurring … read more of A Positive Shift in Planetary Consciousness.
(Transcribed and edited from an online presentation given at the 24-hour Online Urantia Event, March 21, 2020) The name of my presentation is The Benign Virus of Love, which I thought was fitting since we are here in large part due to another type of virus. We are certainly not making light of the seriousness … read more of The Benign Virus of Love.
The phenomenon of mortal death—that transaction on the borderland of the physical and morontia realms—remains a supernal mystery to humankind. Clearly, the revelators of truth have been restricted by the celestial governing authorities of Urantia from disclosing to us its full exposition in The Urantia Book: There are many interesting details which might be presented, … read more of Soul Rebirth and Morontia (Soul) Mind.
I feel like sharing a concept heard from a Sunday school teacher about 30 years ago. Not recalling the topic, I do remember the concept—people develop a personal model of life and relationships, including religion, financial management, child rearing, jobs, free time, food, sex, well… everything. Many live according to what parents and grandparents modeled … read more of Managing Your Model.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:7] O bestow on your people Israel great peace forever, for you are King and the Lord of all peace. … Blessed are you, Yahweh, who blesses his people Israel with peace. [Paper 150:8, page … read more of Dynamic and Living Peace.
The Inevitabilities ~ Burdens to Blessings We invite and encourage all students of The Urantia Book to attend this year’s Midwest Conference in Normal, Illinois 16—18 August, 2019. The uncertainties of life and the vicissitudes of existence do not in any manner contradict the concept of the universal sovereignty of God. All evolutionary creature life … read more of Urantia Midwest Conference 2019.
A Personal Outreach I’m Alice Wood and I am the creator of the YouTube channel, Urantia Life Lessons. This is a platform designed to walk people through the teachings of The Urantia Book as they relate to our daily lives. Being a second-generation student of The Urantia Book, I became aware that children who are … read more of Urantia Life Lessons.
…Meditation in the Superconscious with the Spirit of the Infinite, Eternal, and Universal This is a comprehensive work based on the Urantia Papers that explores meditation in its ultimate form: SuperMeditation. It is based on the highest revelatory truths of the modern age. SuperMeditation links our day-to-day life with spirit influences. It is not a quick … read more of SuperMeditation.
(Adapted from a presentation given at the 2nd Latin-American Conference, São Paulo, Brazil, on November 2018) To start the analysis of this subject and to understand more clearly the function of prayer in the strengthening of our faith by making it experiential, living, and growing faith, let’s start by seeing what faith actually is. Belief … read more of The Function of Prayer to Strengthen Our Faith.
The Life Experience I write this account as a way of sharing my personal religious experience in the acquired art of worship. For me, the telling is somewhat therapeutic and, for others who may have encountered similar circumstances in their lives, I hope it can serve as a positive affirmation. Worship is simply the feeling … read more of Worship—A Son’s Experience.
(Presented at the Hobart Anzura Conference, October 2010) The Meaning of Worship The urge to worship appears naturally with the activation of the sixth adjutant mind-spirit. In humans, the urge to worship and the capacity for it are innate. Although we all experience this urge as individuals and in our own way, in its most … read more of The Meaning of Worship and Service .
Is it the Recruitment of Genuine Apostles? What is the specific purpose of the fifth epochal revelation on this planet? While this may seem obvious to very many readers of The Urantia Book, to others who are familiar with the finest concepts and teachings of Christianity as well as the best in several other of … read more of The Purpose of the Fifth Epochal Revelation.