Non-Dualistic approach – but not quite.

Sawadee Khrap

At AA meetings, there’s a saying “attend and listen long enough and you will hear your story.”.  So true, and it  happened to me , when another shared their story of addiction  – it was almost  exactly like me talking –  In almost all circumstances it was the same with few exceptions, but those exceptions were profound and specific to each of us.

The same thing just occurred arabiregarding my Theology or concept of life.   In this talk by Filip, of   “Let’s talk Religion”  on YouTube titled  “Ibn ‘Arabi & The Unity of Being”  On the religion and Theology of this Mystic Sufi Muslim,  I heard my thoughts and concepts presented but with an glaring exception.    The  major exception, is that I see he is also trying to justify and include together  the existence of both the UN-Real and Real  –   GOD and ILLUSION   This world and God.  

Of course my Master is Jesus’s teachings , (NOT Paul’s or the Church)  and His theology,  elucidated,  as presented in the ACIM literature.   A Non-Dualistic Theology where ONLY God Exists and anything else but an Illusion or dream, and that includes ALL OF THIS world.  FORGIVENESS is the only function here – for by removing the desire to be special and unlocking the dream,  allows Christ’s Vision to see God’s Reality or Creation as it really is.  “I AM”    Check it out.


God Blesses     Christ Blesses       I NEED ONLY FORGIVE AND BLESS

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Is the “body” the first symbol of “sin”.

Here’s a great example of that fact that the body is always the symbol if sin.  Here is is presented though the teachingsroman7 of Paul in Christianity.  The first sin is the desire to be specials and therefore this demands that we must be separate from God and ALL of His Creation, where we were created in the image and likeness of God.   Merely perceiving ourselves as a body is “sin” itself.  Missing  the mark, trying to change Creation or God’s Reality into our desire, illusion or dream, where WE are the creator..   Zac Poonen  uses Roman 7 to make the point clear.  It’s straight to the point – the flesh is prone to sin, and only through “Christ’s” Vision can we see and understand this fact.   Asking to see, is our first venture into what “Forgiveness” really means.

God Blesses        Christ blesses    

I NEED ONLY LEARN HOW TO FORGIVE AND BLESS.

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God’s Grace – Forgiveness – Opposite of Specialness !

Sawadee Khrap

ACIM Chapter 25 – God’s Justice,  Section VI – The Specials Function.

The grace of God rests gently on forgiving eyes, and everything they look on speaks of Him to the beholder.  He can see no evil; nothing in the world to fear, and no one who is different from himself.  And as he loves them, so he looks upon himself with love and gentleness.  He would no more condemn himself for his mistakes than damn another.  He is not an arbiter of vengeance, nor a punisher of sin. The kindness of his sight rests on himself with all the tenderness it offers others.  For he would only heal and only bless.  And being in accord with what God wills, he has the power to heal and bless all those he looks on with the grace of God upon his sight.


……. and continues …….


Here, where the laws of God do not prevail in perfect form, can he yet do one perfect thing and make one perfect choice.  And by this act of special faithfulness to one perceived as other than himself, he learns the gift was given to himself, and so they must be one.  Forgiveness is the only function meaningful in time.  It is the means the Holy Spirit uses to translate specialness from sin into salvation.  Forgiveness is for all.  But when it rests on all it is complete, and every function of this world completed with it.  Then is time no more.  Yet while in time, there is still much to do.  And each must do what is allotted him, for on his part does all the plan depend.  He has a special part in time for so he chose, and choosing it, he made it for himself.  His wish was not denied but changed in form, to let it serve his brother and himself, and thus become a means to save instead of lose.


…….. continues ……..


The Holy Spirit needs your special function, that His may be fulfilled. 2 Think not you lack a special value here.  You wanted it, and it is given you.  All that you made can serve salvation easily and well.  The Son of God can make no choice the Holy Spirit cannot employ on his behalf, and not against himself. Only in darkness does your specialness appear to be attack.  In light, you see it as your special function in the plan to save the Son of God from all attack, and let him understand that he is safe, as he has always been, and will remain in time and in eternity alike.  This is the function given you for your brother.  Take it gently, then, from your brother’s hand, and let salvation be perfectly fulfilled in you.  Do this one thing, that everything be given you.”


God Blesses    Christ Blesses   I Need Only Bless

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I have a function God would have me fill.

Sawadee Khrap

I asked for guidance thin morning and this is the result of the “Oracle” link on ACIM.

FORGIVENESS   forgiveness   forgiveness

ACIM Lesson 192  “I Have a  Function God would have mw fill.”

Therefore, you have a function in the world in its own terms.  For who can understand a language far beyond his simple grasp? Forgiveness represents your function here.  It is not God’s creation, for it is the means by which untruth can be undone.  And who would pardon Heaven?  Yet on earth, you need the means to let illusions go.  Creation merely waits for your return to be acknowledged, not to be complete….and continues …..

Who can be born again in Christ but him who has forgiven everyone he sees or thinks of or imagines?  Who could be set free while he imprisons anyone?  A jailer is not free, for he is bound together with his prisoner.  He must be sure that he does not escape, and so he spends his time in keeping watch on him.  The bars that limit him become the world in which his jailer lives, along with him.  And it is on his freedom that the way to liberty depends for both of them.

Therefore, hold no one prisoner.  Release instead of bind, for thus are you made free.  The way is simple.  Every time you feel a stab of anger, realize you hold a sword above your head.  And it will fall or be averted as you choose to be condemned or free.  Thus does each one who seems to tempt you to be angry represent your savior from the prison house of death.  And so you owe him thanks instead of pain.”

God Blesses         Christ Blesses         I NEED ONLY BLESS

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Healing form – yes or no

Sawadee Khrap

I think it was about 1990 when I first met Tony and attended his church in San Francisco, Calif.    I went for almost a year and also went to the first International ACIM Conference at SF.   That conference made a major impact on my attitude toward Christianity and emphasized my acceptance of the teachings of the Course.CMC sermon

Here is a great sermon by  Pastor Tony Ponticello     Titled:   “Too Focused on Form? -or- Just Practicing the Course!”

God Blesses          Christ Blesses         I Need Only Bless

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The Perfect Human

Sawadee Khrap

Socrates said “The perfect human being is all human beings put together, it is a collective, it is all of us together that make perfection.”

What a great thought !!!!  It reminds me of ACIM Lesson # 243

Today I will judge nothing that occurs.

“I will be honest with myself today.  I will not think that I already know what must remain beyond my present grasp.  I will not think I understand the whole from bits of my perception, which are all that I can see.  Today I recognize that this is so.  And so I am relieved of judgments that I cannot make.  Thus do I free myself and what I look upon, to be in peace as God created us.


Father, today I leave creation free to be itself.  I honor all its parts, in which I am included.  We are one because each part contains Your memory, and truth must shine in all of us as one.”

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Do THOUGHTS count ?

Sawadee Khrap

ABSOLUITY YES.   All thoughts have effects – but only LOVING thoughts are real and “One” with God, all Minds and brothers and the holy Spirit – all others are illusions of separation..  It’s beautifully expressed in ACIM Workbook Lesson 97:2 as:

We state again the truth about your Self, the holy Son of God Who rests in you, whose mind has been restored to sanityYou are the spirit lovingly endowed with all your Father’s Love and peace and joy.  You are the spirit which completes Himself, and shares His function as Creator.  He is with you always, as you are with Him.

Today we try to bring reality still closer to your mind.  Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved.  The minutes which you give are multiplied over and over, for the miracle makes use of time, but is not ruled by it.  Salvation is a miracle, the first and last; the first that is the last, for it is one…… (and continues)……..

The Holy Spirit will be glad to take five minutes of each hour from your hands, and carry them around this aching world where pain and misery appear to rule.  He will not overlook one open mind that will accept the healing gifts they bring, and He will lay them everywhere He knows they will be welcome.  And they will increase in healing power each time someone accepts them as his thoughts, and uses them to heal.

Thus will each gift to Him be multiplied a thousand fold and tens of thousands more.  And when it is returned to you, it will surpass in might the little gift you gave as much as does the radiance of the sun outshine the tiny gleam a firefly makes an uncertain moment and goes out.  The steady brilliance of this light remains and leads you out of darkness, nor will you be able to forget the way again.

Begin these happy exercises with the words the Holy Spirit speaks to you, and let them echo round the world through Him:

Spirit am I, a holy Son of God, free of all limits, safe and healed and whole, free to forgive, and free to save the world.”

God Blesses      Christ Blesses         I Need ONLY forgive to Bless

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FORGVENESS is the key

Sawadee Khrap

I need always remember that “Forgiveness is the  – ABSOLUTE –  key to realizing God’s Kingdom”.   It is my condemnation that separates me from my brother and therefor from God Himself.  What I JUDGE, and EVERYTHING I judge,  I set apart and special – therefore separate from the “ALL”.  

A dream of judgment came into the mind that God created perfect as Himself.  And in that dream was Heaven changed to hell, and God made enemy unto His Son.  How can God’s Son awaken from the dream?  It is a dream of judgment.  So must he judge not, and he will waken.  For the dream will seem to last while he is part of it.  Judge not, for he who judges will have need of idols, which will hold the judgment off from resting on himself.  Nor can he know the Self he has condemned.  Judge not, because you make yourself a part of evil dreams, where idols are your “true” identity, and your salvation”   (ACIM T29.IX.2.1 The Forgiving Dream)

Think you that you can bring truth to fantasy, and learn what truth means from the perspective of illusions?  Truth has no meaning in illusion.  The frame of reference for its meaning must be itself.  When you try to bring truth to illusions, you are trying to make illusions real, and keep them by justifying your belief in them.  But to give illusions to truth is to enable truth to teach that the illusions are unreal, and thus enable you to escape from them.  Reserve not one idea aside from truth, or you establish orders of reality that must imprison you.  There is no order in reality, because everything there is true.from the judgment laid in terror and in guilt upon yourself.”    (ACIM T-17.I.5. Forgiveness and the Holy relationhip – Bringing fantasy to truth)


Perception is a choice and not a fact.  But on this choice depends far more than you may realize as yet.  For on the voice you choose to hear, and on the sights you choose to see, depends entirely your whole belief in what you are.  Perception is a witness but to this, and never to reality.  Yet it can show you the conditions in which awareness of reality is possible, or those where it could never be.”   (ACIM  T-21.V.1.7 The Function of Reason)


In the “Lord’s Prayer” Jesus told US to forgive, on the “Cross”, He asked His Father to forgive them,  He now asks ME to forgive.   I NEED ALWAYS ask myself,

  • Do I really want to see my brother sinless???  or remain in Hell 
  • Do I  want to be HAPPY or right ???   and remain in Hell  
  • Do I really want to see the REAL World ???   or want to remain in Hell???

Where sin once was perceived will rise a world that will become an altar to the truth, and you will join the lights of Heaven there, and sing their song of gratitude and praise.  And as they come to you to be complete, so will you go with them.  For no one hears the song of Heaven and remains without a voice that adds its power to the song, and makes it sweeter still.  And each one joins the singing at the altar that was raised within the tiny spot that sin proclaimed to be its own.  And what was tiny then has soared into a magnitude of song in which the universe has joined with but a single voice.”  (ACIM C26– IV. Where Sin Has Left)


God Blesses        Christ Blesses        I need only Forgive and Bless

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Trying to explain rain and fog to a fish. !!!

Sawadee Khrap

What would it be like trying to explain rain and fog to a fish ???   They have gills and not lungs, breathing is different yet both  breath oxygen.  The same would be like trying to explain a non-dualistic world to anyone in the dualistic dream or illusion.  In this world, we judge everything with our five material senses and those senses were specifically established to validate the symbols of a dualistic perspective.   But what then is the”real” world?   Is this what is meant by “God IS”?

FORGIVENESS is the KEY

The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers.  Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made.  Your world is seen through eyes of fear, and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind.  The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.

The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains.  The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace.  Nothing but rest is there.  There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing there remains outside forgiveness.  And the sights are gentle.  Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.

What need has such a mind for thoughts of death, attack and murder?  What can it perceive surrounding it but safety, love and joy?  What is there it would choose to be condemned, and what is there that it would judge against?  The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself.  No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind, and only kindness does it look upon.”  

So, forgiveness should be our only goal, without judgement we will look upon the “World” as God Created it,  not as what we wished or dreamed it is.  

The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps.  His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love; the certain promise that he is redeemed.  The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless.


The Holy Spirit has no need of time when it has served His purpose.  Now He waits but that one instant more for God to take His final step, and time has disappeared, taking perception with it as it goes, and leaving but the truth to be itself.  That instant is our goal, for it contains the memory of God.
  And as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He Who calls to us and comes to take us home, reminding us of our Identity which our forgiveness has restored to us.”       (ACIM  W-pII.8.1.)

Remember the story of the Prodigal Son – the only treasure the Father valued was His Son.

God Blesses      Christ Blesses     I Need Only Forgive and Bless

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MOST Medicine and Religions are Similar

Sawadee Khrap

Most medicine and religions are similar in that they both look at, and attempt to mitigate,  ONLY the  symptoms and DO NOT determine or address their basic causes. 

  • Medicine – is a feel-good approach to disease using pharmaceutical devices to cover up or lessen the effects for the underlying causes.  Most times the side-effects from this approach are even worse than the disease itself and eventually their classified as a new disease, And so it continues, ad Infinium, never finding a real cure for the initial problem.
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  • Most Religions on the other hand.  present a feel-good approach to “salvation” or how to live in this world.  They do not attempt to uncover the root cause of the signs of disease, disaster and death.    For example, Christianity proclaims, just accept Jesus into your heart and you ae saved.   However, Jesus’s teachings clearly require that you need to treat ALL your neighbors are your brothers,  that His Kingdom was not of this world, and  He emphasizes that “forgiveness” is the key to salvation. 


“Sins are beliefs that you impose between your brother and yourself.  They limit you to time and place, and give a little space to you, another little space to him.  This separating off is symbolized, in your perception, by a body which is clearly separate and a thing apart.  Yet what this symbol represents is but your wish to be apart and separate.

Forgiveness takes away what stands between your brother and yourself.  It is the wish that you be joined with him, and not apart.  We call it “wish” because it still conceives of other choices, and has not yet reached beyond the world of choice entirely.  Yet is this wish in line with Heaven’s state, and not in opposition to God’s Will.  Although it falls far short of giving you your full inheritance, it does remove the obstacles that you have placed between the Heaven where you are, and recognition of where and what you are.”    (ACIM  T.26.VII.The Laws of Healing-8.7 )

Healing and Atonement are not related; they are identical.  There is no order of difficulty in miracles because there are no degrees of Atonement.  It is the one complete concept possible in this world, because it is the source of a wholly unified perception.  Partial Atonement is a meaningless idea, just as special areas of hell in Heaven are inconceivable.  Accept Atonement and you are healed.  Atonement is the Word of God.  Accept His Word and what remains to make sickness possible?  Accept His Word and every miracle has been accomplished.  To forgive is to heal.  The teacher of God has taken accepting the Atonement for himself as his only function.  What is there, then, he cannot heal?  What miracle can be withheld from him?….. continuing

That forgiveness is healing needs to be understood, if the teacher of God is to make progress.  The idea that a body can be sick is a central concept in the ego’s thought system.  This thought gives the body autonomy, separates it from the mind, and keeps the idea of attack inviolate.  If the body could be sick Atonement would be impossible.  A body that can order a mind to do as it sees fit could merely take the place of God and prove salvation is impossible.  What, then, is left to heal?  The body has become lord of the mind.  How could the mind be returned to the Holy Spirit unless the body is killed?  And who would want salvation at such a price?”  (ACIM Manual for Teachers-22.1.1)


.The MIRACLE and the abstract nature of ONENESS, where the “Son or Sons of God” could be One, or 144,000 elect, or legions,  is impossible to understand from within a Dualistic illusion.  Suffice it to say,  Christ will bring us into Himself.  As this is what He stated in comforting His disciples:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions [rooms]: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  (NIV John 14:1)


Let us end with a Prayer from ACIM Workbook-Review V.intro.2.1:

“Steady our feet, our Father.  Let our doubts be quiet and our holy minds be still, and speak to us.  We have no words to give to You.  We would but listen to Your Word, and make it ours.  Lead our practicing as does a father lead a little child along a way he does not understand.  Yet does he follow, sure that he is safe because his father leads the way for him.


So do we bring our practicing to You.  And if we stumble, You will raise us up.  If we forget the way, we count upon Your sure remembering.  We wander off, but You will not forget to call us back.  Quicken our footsteps now, that we may walk more certainly and quickly unto You.  And we accept the Word You offer us to unify our practicing, as we review the thoughts that You have given us.”


God Blesses     Christ Blesses       I Need AWAYS Bless

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The EGO’s Trinity 666 [man-man-man]

Sawadee Khrap

In the ego’s world the “Body” or “human” is the most important thing.   It represented the ego’s desire to be SPECIAL, thereby demanding each be separate, and unique, existing in a Dualistic world.

The ego is a wrong-minded attempt to perceive yourself as you wish to be, rather than as you are.  Yet you can know yourself only as you are, because that is all you can be sure of.  Everything else is open to question.”  (ACIM T-3.IV.2.3)

The Holy Trinity is “Father, Son or Sonship, and the Holy Spirit”  where the Holy Spirit is God’s answer to the separation and mediates between the Illusion and Creation’s Reality. We were created in the Image and Likeness of God.  This Trinity being Non-Dualistic, where all is ONE, where ONENESS IS Being and total inclusion,

ONENESS IS total Love, which can only Extend,  but is ALWYS totally Inclusive and non-judgmental..  It sees reality ONLY as reality was created.

“Right-mindedness is not to be confused with the knowing mind, because it is applicable only to right perception.  You can be right-minded or wrong-minded, and even this is subject to degrees, clearly demonstrating that knowledge is not involved.  The term “right-mindedness” is properly used as the correction for “wrong-mindedness,” and applies to the state of mind that induces accurate perception.  It is miracle-minded because it heals misperception, and this is indeed a miracle in view of how you perceive yourself.”  (ACIM  T-3.IV.4.1)

If you make the mistake of looking for the Holy Spirit in yourself alone your thoughts will frighten you because, by adopting the ego’s viewpoint, you are undertaking an ego-alien journey with the ego as guide.  This is bound to produce fear.   Delay is of the ego, because time is its concept.  Both time and delay are meaningless in eternity.”    (ACIM  T-5.III.5.6)

The ego’s illusionary specialized world,  where it and bodies reign supreme,  is a complete thought system WITHIN itself.  One cannot look to the problem or illusion to offer a way out, ONLY from the outside can Reality become apparent and  valuable so it can then be chosen by the mind.   Illusion cannot be reconciled into Truth, But the TRUTH can be brought to illusion and shine it away.  Such was God’s answer in the form of the Holy Spirit..

FORGIVENESS is the KEY.   Jesus pointed this out when He told us how to pray:  “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and deliver us from the evil one.”.  And what does it mean to forgive – DO NOT JUDGE, since this Dualistic world is a distorted perspective of God’s Kingdom, judging anything we see or witness using the body’s eyes only binds the ILLUSION in our minds..  Forgiveness will demonstrate the Miracle of Salvation. That God’s Kingdom IS NOT of this world.   Learn how to forgive and watch the world change to one of LOVE.

God Blesse          Christ Blesses              I need ONL Bless

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What does it mean “To Create”

Sawadee Khrap

Consider Genesis 1:26

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

Here is a greet section in ACIM Chapter 8-VI  “The Treasure of God”

“We are the joint will of the Sonship, whose Wholeness is for all.  We begin the journey back by setting out together, and gather in our brothers as we continue together.  Every gain in our strength is offered for all, so they too can lay aside their weakness and add their strength to us.  God’s welcome waits for us all, and He will welcome us as I am welcoming you.  Forget not the Kingdom of God for anything the world has to offer.”

And continues:

“Listen to the story of the prodigal son, and learn what God’s treasure is and yours: This son of a loving father left his home and thought he had squandered everything for nothing of any value, although he had not understood its worthlessness at the time.  He was ashamed to return to his father, because he thought he had hurt him.  Yet when he came home the father welcomed him with joy, because the son himself was his father’s treasure.  He wanted nothing else.


God wants only His Son because His Son is His only treasure.  You want your creations as He wants His.  Your creations are your gift to the Holy Trinity, created in gratitude for your creation.  They do not leave you any more than you left your Creator, but they extend your creation as God extended Himself to you.  Can the creations of God Himself take joy in what is not real?  And what is real except the creations of God and those that are created like His?  Your creations love you as you love your Father for the gift of creation.  There is no other gift that is eternal, and therefore there is no other gift that is true.  How, then, can you accept anything else or give anything else, and expect joy in return?  And what else but joy would you want?  You made neither yourself nor your function. You made only the decision to be unworthy of both.  Yet you cannot make yourself unworthy because you are the treasure of God, and what He values is valuable.  There can be no question of its worth, because its value lies in God’s sharing Himself with it and establishing its value forever”.

God Blesses     Christ Blesses     I Need ONLY Bless, NOT judge.

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“Guarding our thought life”

Here’s a great sermon by Joel Osten.  Positive and right on,  not listening to our ego thoughts that bring us down.  Many Christian denominations consider his church to joelbe New Age and on the verge of Heresy.   Not following “their” gospel of sinner be dammed and forever gravelling for salvation.  And yet, I hear nothing that is not the TRUTH and actually needed to live a healthy “Christ Vision”  existence.   This same message is taught in ACIM, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christ’s Gospel in the Bible and many more faiths.   I can’t,  for the life of me,  fathom the idea that God provided ONLY one way to salvation.  Almost all faiths teach “acceptance” and yet they don’t consider or accept each other – SAD.   Listen, Hear the MESSAGE and DO NOT condemn the messenger.

God Blesses    Christ Blesses        I Need ONLY Bless

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“Full Preterism” or two-house theology

Sawadee Khrap

It’s amazing to me the many, many differences seen in Christian Theology.  Check this out  YouTube Video.  Now we can call ourselves a “Preterist”  And yet the ACIM’s  version of “Theology” answers these questions and remains constantly on the Function of Christ in the Bible and its relationship to God and Heaven.

God blesses    Christ Blesses    I need only Bless to see the truth. 

Ciao.

Comforting words today

Sawadee Khrap

Todays ACIM NOW-Oracle reading   Workbook Lesson #317:                               I{  I just did a check on the “Oracle” page and it sometimes gives a blank page on the desktop browser but always seem to work fine on the Android phone. Not sure why !!! ]]] 

I have a special place to fill; a role for me alone. Salvation waits until I take this part as what I choose to do. Until I make this choice, I am the slave of time and human destiny.  But when I willingly and gladly go the way my Father’s plan appointed me to go, then will I recognize salvation is already here, already given all my brothers and already mine as well.


Father, Your way is what I choose today.  Where it would lead me do I choose to go; what it would have me do I choose to do.  Your way is certain, and the end secure.  The memory of You awaits me there.  And all my sorrows end in Your embrace, which You have promised to Your Son, who thought mistakenly that he had wandered from the sure protection of Your loving Arms.”

God Blesses    Christ Blesses      I Need ONLY Bless

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