Posted in New World, non-violence, world changes

Become an Agent of Non-Violent Social Change

Love Warriors Basic Training Course

The Love Warriors Basic Training Course provides you with the basic knowledge and skills needed for being an agent of non-violent social change.  Gathering from the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the field of social psychology and human development, you will be empowered to enter into the full use of your gifts as an agent of Peace and  Love in the world.

With the proper foundation of non-violent philosophy, along with the tools for non-violence and peaceful conflict resolution, we can take our first steps in waging a “war” for peace.  A war, not fought with guns or bombs, but a war won through deep listening with the purpose of understanding, with an eye toward the greater good of the all.  Here compassion and union are our guides while ignorance and separation fall away.

Make the small investment of $25.00 toward your commitment to non-violence and then if after this course you want to do more, please consider joining our “Beloved Community.

Enroll in the Love Warrior’s Basic Training HERE.

 

In the Love Warriors Basic Training Course, your studies will include:

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Gandhi’s principles of non-violence
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of non-violent action
  • Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision of the Beloved Community
  • The Triple Evils as identified by MLK
  • Dr. King’s principles of non-violence
  • The Six Steps of Non-Violent Social Change
  • The Non-Violent Pledge
  • Practices for Harmonious Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • The Importance of Personal and Spiritual Development
  • Historical Models of Non-Violent Social Action
  • Rules for Engagement within a Beloved Community
  • Invitation to join our Beloved Community

Enroll in the Love Warrior’s Basic Training HERE.

 

Love Warriors is the fulfillment of the mission of Authentic Freedom Academy.  Love Warriors empowers you in fulfilling your personal mission of being a vessel of peace and love  in our world through your unique giftedness, specifically by being an agent of positive, non-violent social change.

 

Love Warriors know:

Who they are.

Their place in the world.

What their gifts are and how they are being called to use these gifts for the sake of their own fulfillment and in service to the betterment of our world.

 

Love Warriors Provides Support through:

Love Warriors Basic Training

With the option of becoming a part of our Beloved Community – a membership which includes:

  • Ongoing inspiration and support through our Authentic Freedom Weekly newsletter.
  • Ongoing education through our online courses.
  • One-on-one mentoring/spiritual counseling
  • A private, safe and secure social network.
  • Monthly “Teacher’s Circle”

 

Love Warriors is made up of:

Women and Men from all educational and spiritually formative backgrounds who are committed to working for love and peace in our world using civil, non-violent means.

Young people who are looking for a place to explore their own calling, share their voice,  and who may be looking for support in their own desire to work for positive change.

 

Enroll HERE. 

Posted in Death, mental illness, New Kids, New World

Our Kids Are STILL Not Alright

Sunday morning, another classmate of one of my children died by apparent suicide. Between my two children, this is 15 children who they know who died by their own hand.  To say this is tragic would be an understatement.  Our kids are not alright!  What follows is an excerpt from a previously published article.  Here I will no longer make excuses for who is “not at fault.”  Because as our children keep dying….WE ARE ALL TO BLAME.  Here’s why:

 

The single most problem, and the reason our kids are not alright is:       Our world.

 

Our world is a mess. Our world is a mess for all of us – and for some of us, it is just too much to bear.  Let’s look at the facts:

  1. For as long as our children have been alive, THE WORLD HAS BEEN AT WAR.

If it’s not a conflict or a war with a name, (Desert Storm, Iraqi, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, etc. etc. etc.) it is “the war on terrorism.” And the worst of all the terrorist attacks have been accomplished right here on our own soil by our own U.S. citizens.  The media does not help in this regard by triggering our fears through sensationalism.  As my son said, “Hundreds of people a year are shot in Chicago and no one cares, but as soon as one guy gets shot in Oshkosh, the whole world is in a state of panic.”  (This also points to media and racial bias which is a topic for another blog another day.)

For our children – the world does not feel safe.

  1. In the U.S. success is determined by external measurements like money, status, power and fame. And some of these measurements are literal – how much money you make, how many time you are Tweeted or your Facebook post gets “liked,” if you have your own reality show or not, and do you measure up to the current standards of “beauty.” For those who do not know their true selves and who have no way of knowing themselves except in comparison to others, success feels like an impossible goal – especially when they look at the TRUTH of our economic situation – which brings me to #2
  2. Education does not mean what it used to. In the old days, a high school education was enough to prepare you for a regular job with a decent rate of pay. Then, college became the necessary gateway to a career, a paycheck and economic security. Then, a master’s degree became the gateway, then a PhD. Now….none of this really matters – and our children know this. A college degree guarantees you nothing, or as a friend of mine told her daughter, “Do what you love because there won’t be any jobs for you after college anyway.” Bleak, but true. As much as politicians are touting the economic recovery and that the “recession is over,” this is not the truth.
  3. The world as we know it is dying. Our children know this and they know that they will be the ones who will be creating the new world. For some, this is just too overwhelming a task. Imagine, for a moment, that you are a player in the Hunger Games and the entire world (as you have known it) crumbles at your feet and you are left with the task of building the new world. While the endless possibilities and the excitement of building something new is enticing for some, for others, it is overwhelming and feels impossible and they shut down under the burden of the task.
  4. And finally…..our children are empaths. What this means is that not only are they feeling their own anxiety in the face of a world that is a mess, they are feeling EVERYONE ELSE’S anxiety. They feel the anxiety of their parents, their siblings, their classmates, their teachers, and the entire world around them. When there is a terrorist attack on the other side of the world, they feel it – maybe not consciously, but they feel it. When a weather system is moving through that will cause people anxiety, they know it – again, maybe not consciously, but they feel it. For those that don’t understand the gift of empathy and who don’t have tools for managing this gift, the emotions come out sideways – temper tantrums, disproportionate negative behavior, anxiety, depression – and you guessed it, suicide.

Today (8/19/19) as I write this, I don’t know what caused that young man to jump off the bridge to his death.  What I do know is that his death should not be in vain (my original post was in January of 2016….and literally nothing has changed to help our kids!.)  His death should be another wake up call for us as parents, teachers, and other adults.

Our children are not alright!

Photo credit: Hans Kretzmann @ Pixabay

 

Our children need our help. While we cannot change the outside world, there are things we can do to help our children, and in helping them, find help for ourselves in a messy and broken down world:

  1. Lead them to resources to help them manage anxiety. Resources that have been proven to help manage anxiety include: meditation, mindfulness, regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate and deep sleep, creativity exercises, being in nature, being with others in healthy community interactions.
  2. Here’s a new one:  SUPPORT THEM IN GETTING THEIR BASIC NEEDS MET:  food, clothing, shelter, transportation and safety.  (Thank you Oshkosh Kids Foundation for taking the lead in doing this much needed work!!!!!)  
  3. Another new one:  TRAUMA INFORMED CARE.  Too many of our children are growing up in trauma….not only from the world in general, but in their immediate environment.  Unless treated, this trauma will come out sideways in anxiety, depression, panic attacks, inappropriate and often dangerous behaviors.  Beyond their basic needs, these kids need TRAUMA INTERVENTION and support.  A little mental-health care please!  PLEASE!  School advisers and counselors are not enough.  We need full-blown mental health clinics in our schools so our kids can have some support.  PLEASE!
  4. Support them in knowing their TRUE selves. Self-knowledge increases self-esteem, confidence, and the ability to be ok with our differences in a world of great diversity, and to weather the storm of other people’s judgements.
  5. Help them develop a different set of values. This starts with us. We need to stop valuing ourselves in terms of money, fame, status, power, and physical characteristics. What we are wearing, whose bag we are carrying and what car we are driving DOES NOT MATTER. These external measurements of “success” or “popularity” do not give us happiness. In fact, all they do is create more ANXIETY. If we want our children to be comfortable in a world that will NOT have the resources in which everyone can be a Kardashian, we have to help them find value in the internals – peace, contentment, joy, and fulfillment in knowing and exercising their gifts. We then need to give them tools for finding this inner peace which leads us back to items 1 and 2.
  6. Support them in their dreams. Our children see and know the new world. They see a world that is free from the separation with which we have defined the world. Instead of separation, they see only oneness. They do not comprehend the separation we keep placing between ourselves and others we view as different from us and they definitely do not comprehend the violence that arises out of these perceived separations. Our children do not see race, religion, sexual orientation, or even gender as barriers, they only see this as the miraculous and amazing diversity among human beings and they seek to know more and to honor these differences. Let’s get out of the way and let them do this, shall we!?
  7. Teach them what to do with Empathy.  Empaths are healers and those with this gift (all of our children) possess this gift because they are here to heal our dying world so that a healthier and happy world can emerge. Our children need to know what to do with these feelings and how to stop taking responsibility for everyone else’s pain. Interestingly, this also brings us back to items 1 and 2.

While we cannot change the world, we can change the world in which we are living and the journey starts within. Let us join together to help our children, and in helping our children, helping ourselves so that we can survive in a world in the midst of change and through our children’s dreams, help to support the birth of a new and better world. Then perhaps these children would not have died in vain.

 

Posted in Weekly Lesson

Surviving the End Times

Jesus said to his disciples:
"I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but...

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, world changes

Surviving the End Times

When I was seven years old, I had a dream that the world was ending.  I asked in the dream how we could prevent this from happening.  I was told to gather my friends, go in search of “Lincoln’s authentic bones” and “restore them to their rightful place.”  Even at the age of seven I understood the symbolic meaning of this dream and have been preparing ever since.  Well, it seems that the end times are now here.  Not the apocalyptic destruction of the world as some have interpreted the prophet’s words.  Instead, it is the end of the world as we have known it – a world built on fear, power and control, ruled by a rich and powerful few.

I am certain the end times are upon us as I gaze out into the increasing polarization and insanity of our world.  I know it more intimately by the SOS calls I am getting from family, friends, clients and students of their own world seemingly falling apart.  I also see it in the many conversations with my Magdalene sisters and brothers of the chaos they are witnessing in the lives of people they love and care for.  As the patriarchy (the system built on fear, power and control) approaches its final days, the death throes will only become louder.  As those currently in power, those who benefit from their power, and those who have been indoctrinated by their power cling to survival, chaos will rise.

It is not for us to become distracted by this chaos, however, or get drawn into it.  Instead, we are invited to tend to ourselves so that we might not only survive the end times, but thrive upon the ashes of what will remain after the patriarchy has burned itself to the ground. Now more than ever we must tend to ourselves, because:

We are not here to save the dying world.  We are here to witness its destruction while supporting ourselves in building something new.

Self Care.  Self Care.  Self Care.

Surviving the end times while supporting ourselves in building something new starts and ends with SELF CARE.  This is the greatest irony in a world ruled by those who care for no one but themselves, while conditioning us to think of everyone but ourselves.  (what!?)   Yep…you heard that right.  To survive the dying world, we have to turn the tables on our conditioning.  Instead of “me last,” we have to start thinking “ME FIRST.”  In order to do this we have to look deep within ourselves for the answer to this question:

WHAT DO I NEED?

Seems simple right?  Not so much.  What we actually need to feel peaceful, whole, content, joyful and fulfilled has been buried under a lifetime of conditioning.  Who you truly are and what you truly need is buried under a mountain of “shoulds” and “should nots.”  Just pause for a moment and think of all the “shoulds” that currently govern your life.  Some may be obvious, others more subtle.  Here’s a simple one:  “You should pay your bills on time.”  Says who?  And Why?  Who is harmed if you pay your bill a day late, or two weeks late?  As long as it gets paid, who cares?  Speaking of paying your bills…another should:  “You should pay off all your debts. Only bad and irresponsible people file bankruptcy.”  Again….says who?  In a world where money is literally based in debt and where banks are getting rich on the backs of the poor and where the system is set up to keep us imprisoned by debt…then what is wrong with saying “NO” to the system that imprisons us?  Speaking of imprisonment – here’s a more subtle one – “You should be nice to others.”  Again, why?  If “being nice” is an obstacle to us getting our needs met, setting boundaries in our life, or keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, then we can most certainly dispense with “being nice.”

Ultimately, surviving the end times is about extracting ourselves from that which has imprisoned us – those things set forth by the ruling (and dying) culture which have kept us from truly being free.  Free people know their truth, live from that truth and refuse to be hindered by a culture or a system that would prevent them from being that truth. 

First Aid for the End Times

  • If we want to survive the end times, there are a few critical things that support our self-care:
  • DO NOT get drawn into or distracted by the chaos of the dying world.  LET IT DIE.
  • Refrain from trying to fix or save a world that cannot be saved!
  • Tend to your triggers.  WHEN the death rattle of the dying world triggers your fears, anxieties or unhealed wounds – TEND to those wounds.
  • BE 100% accountable for your own shit!  Anxious?  Afraid?  Insecure?  Threatened?  Worried?  Obsessed?  NAME IT.  CLAIM IT.  Do something about it!
  • CHECK YOURSELF!  Don’t take your wounds out on others or try to make them someone else’s responsibility.  HEAL YOURSELF.

If you need help with any of the above, that is my area of expertise!  Get instruction and support through my online courses, one-on-one mentoring, read my book Authentic Freedom, subscribe to my Authentic Freedom Weekly lesson, become part of our social network, join our Teacher’s Circle.  I am here for the sole/soul purpose of supporting you in unraveling from the dying world while creating the world in which you truly want to live.

 

Bonus Material for Empaths

If you are an empath, what I said above about self-care is of infinite importance.  As empaths, we are not only experiencing our own emotions related to the simultaneously dying and birthing worlds, we are feeling the emotions of everyone else.  With this, self-care becomes even more critical.  Self-care that is radical in the face of our action-oriented culture.  As empaths we MUST:

  • Carve out time for the energies we are feeling to be transmuted and released.  (this is the job we are doing for the sake of our world….and no, we don’t get “paid” (not in any material way anyway) to do this work).
  • Honor whatever is happening in our bodies and emotions. NO JUDGMENT.
  • Remember that what we are feeling may not be our own.
  • Don’t react or try to “fix” how we are feeling.  BE WITH IT and it will move.  What we resist will persist.
  • REST!  REST!  REST!  NAP!  NAP!  NAP!  Our bodies are processing deep and powerful energies and it is taxing to our fragile human systems.  Give yourself a break for Goddess’ sake!
  • Nurture yourself.  Take time to do what you love.  Read.  Relax.  Create. Spend time in nature.  Spend time in nature!  (I need this reminder! )
  • If you don’t have one already, cultivate a regular spiritual practice.
  • Surround yourself with loving and caring people.  Dump the energy suckers!  You have enough work to do without being a host for parasites too!
  • Without being a fanatic – eat well.  Your body will tell you what you need.  No need to embrace any radical (more shoulds) diet.  Just eat what feels right to your body.  Also, be gentle on any body-shaming you might be tempted to engage in.  Sometimes we need a little extra weight to nourish the world that is trying to be born through us.
  • Professor Lupin was right – a small piece of chocolate does wonders in restoring our bodies from the ravages of Dementors!
  • Reach out for support when you need it!  Not if you need it.  WHEN you need it.
  • Remember you are not in this alone.

NOTE:  This is an excerpt from this week’s Authentic Freedom Weekly Lesson.  The full lesson is available by subscription and includes practices for applying this each lesson. Learn more HERE.

 

 

Posted in Being Human

It Isn’t Death We Fear – It’s Love.

In the current state of our world this sharing my come as no surprise.  In writing a deeply, intimate piece about love, I came to the realization that my greatest fear may in fact be humanity’s greatest fear.  With all the needless violence and death in our world, it seems death is not what we fear.  Instead, it is love. 

My Greatest Fear is Love

This morning I awoke to the grim realization that I’m afraid of love.

I’m not afraid to die.

In fact, when the time comes, I will welcome death’s reprieve.

Instead, I’m afraid to love.

At one time I did love – truly, madly, deeply.

I gave everything I had for love.

In countless measure I gave for love.

I believed in love.

I hoped for love.

I forgave for love.

I fought for love.

And by love I was betrayed.

Abandoned

Rejected

Abused

My body.  My Soul.  My Spirit –

Torn into a thousand pieces

Then placed on the pyre to be burned.

After love had its way with me,

There was nothing left of Me.

Nothing.

Nothing but the me that arose in defense:

“I’ll show them!”

Then life showed me.

Until again, there was none of me left.

Exactly as it was meant to be?

Ordained by my Soul?

A personality built, torn down, built up again…

Only to once again be destroyed.

Brought down to nothing.

No-Thing.

What the Kabbalists call “Ain-Sof”

Returned to the primordial Void.

Where there lives nothing but potential.

Pure and Infinite Potential.

Truth.

That which remains after the Angel of Death has had his way:

Is TRUTH.

And what can stand in the stark, dark reality of Truth?

Love.  Only Love.

Copyright Lauri Ann Lumby

 

 

Posted in Being Human

I Am Who I Am

I Am Who I Am

I AM who I AM

I Am who I Am

The mantra I return to as my mind grasps after fantasies…what-ifs…and hows.

When all I have is this moment now –

But with possibilities and imaginings raging in my mind –

the anxiety of the unknown rising.

I AM who I AM.

I Am who I Am.

Pen gripped between my fingers, dancing across the page.

Prince blaring through my speakers.

Feeling the sensation of ink kissing paper

and paper returning ink’s affection.

The perfect balance of giving and receiving,

Creating and allowing.

A match…rather a coming together made in heaven.

I AM who I AM

I Am who I Am.

Can we escape the anxious imaginings of a possible new creation?

Should we?

I remember the doctoral candidate’s bold proclamation that

“falling in love is a mental illness.”

Or an irrational preoccupation if nothing else.

Doesn’t every new creation involve a kind of falling in love?

Preoccupation

Infatuation

Excitement

Anticipation

Twitterpation

Until that new love betrays us:

A novel’s false start

Frozen at 50,000 words

The face turned out lopsided

The stray splash of paint

Damn, that’s the wrong color brown!

The critique that plunges a dagger into our heart

The betrayal that eviscerates our Soul.

I AM who I AM

I Am who I Am

The only think I truly know

(if we can ever truly know anything)

is what is before me in this present moment.

Now.  Only Now.

But when “now” becomes too familiar,

or we long for something more –

The heart becomes anxious.

Is that a bad thing?

Isn’t new life born out of restlessness, boredom and impatience?

Don’t we have to outgrow what is now

so that new life might come into form?

Isn’t growth a journey of perpetual motion

coming forth out of THE VOID –

Something coming forth out of Nothing?

I Am who I Am

And what I shall be remains to be seen.

Copyright:  Lauri Ann Lumby

I call her Joy
Posted in Weekly Lesson

Like a Thief in the Night

If we are paying attention to the events of our world – the Thief has come!  All that has been hiding in the shadows is coming into the light.  The rug under which our culture has swept the sins of the patriarchy and the price of unbridled capitalism has blown wide open and now the dust and debris a...

Posted in Healing, Inspiration

Cease from Blaming. Look to the Cause.

“It’s Donald Trump.”  “It’s guns.”  “It’s video games.”  It’s mental illness.”

Here we go, pointing the finger of blame at all those things outside of us that must be the reason a young white man killed 26 and wounded 20 in a shooting spree in El Paso.  Here we are, entering into the human knee-jerk reaction to violence – “it must be someone or something’s fault.”  Pointing the finger of blame does one of two things:

  • Places the burden of blame “out there” on someone else’s shoulder.
  • Gives us the illusion of innocence which allows us to go about our day.
  • Allows us to mask our grief and fear with self-righteousness.
  • Allows us to turn away from the event because if it is someone else’s fault, then someone else is responsible for fixing it.

Pointing the finger of blame does nothing to heal the problem.  Neither does it do the critical work of identifying the TRUE CAUSE of violence in our world.  The true cause has nothing to do with Donald Trump or any other politicians. It has nothing to do with guns or the NRA.  It certainly has nothing to do with video games.  And while mental illness has been a contributing factor in some of our nation’s mass shootings, when someone drives 9 hours and walks into a Wal-Mart wearing noise cancelling headphones and carrying an AK-47, he knows exactly what he is about to do and why.  Hatred is not a mental illness.

The truth is that WE ARE ALL TO BLAME for the hatred and violence that now seem to rule our nation.  As scripture says, “We reap what we sow,” – what do we think will happen when we have done everything to create separation in our world and nothing to bring us together?  But even then, we need to cease from blaming and instead look deep within ourselves for the cause and then work toward its cure.

As long as we are looking outside of ourselves or pointing the finger of blame, the violence in our world will continue.  The cause of violence is not outside of us, it is within. It is within us in our unacknowledged fears, unhealed wounds, unresolved traumas and in every single place within where we have forgotten that we are love.

The true cause of the violence and hatred in our world, and the cause of every other “sin” is the false perception of separation.  This false perception of separation is the core wound of humanity.  It is the primal fear that we first experienced when we were expelled from our mothers’ wombs and it is the fear that grows every single time we feel rejected, betrayed, unheard or unseen.  When our needs are not being met or when we are not supported in getting those needs met, we feel this fear.  When we suffer our first loss, we feel this fear.  When we experience trauma or abuse, we feel this fear.  This is the nature of the human condition.  Some have the tools for moving through and healing this fear.  Most do not.  We become resilient in the face of this core wound of humanity when we grow up in an environment where we feel safe and loved.  Many in our world do not have the benefit of experiencing this kind of love.  As a result, many (most) of humanity are the walking wounded – trying to make it through this life while burdened by the ongoing feeling of separation and fear. This is what breeds the violence in our world.  People.  Guns.  Video Games, etc. are merely vehicles through which these unhealed fears find their expression.  If we want to end violence, we first have to heal our fears.

Authentic Freedom Academy is here to support us in learning how to choose love in a world conditioned by fear.  We do this by providing education and training in identifying and then healing the fears that might otherwise cause us to act in non-loving ways toward our world, toward others and toward ourselves.  Learn more HERE.

 

Posted in grief, world changes

Mass Shootings – Today I’m Just Tired

Yesterday we heard news of our 251st, 252nd and 253rd mass shootings.  I don’t need to rehash the details here…..we all know – angry, hateful men with automatic weapons unloading their hatred on crowds of innocent people. People who are innocent in our minds, but guilty in the minds of the murderers for simply being born a certain race, religion, sexual orientation – or whatever other reason these domestic terrorists choose them as their victims.

And terrorists are exactly who and what they are.  As our nation claims to be fighting terrorism worldwide, the real terrorism is right here within our own borders, and the terrorists are U.S. citizens – the vast majority of them White. Men.

I could get into the politics of all this, or bring up questions about the second amendment.  I could go on and on about the socio-political, psychological roots of domestic terrorism.  I could talk about toxic masculinity.  I could bring up the fear, hatred, ignorance, etc. that causes one man to hate another.  I could discuss the stresses of our culture and the fear and anxiety that cause young men to kill others.  I could pull out the millions of threads that are at the heart of violence and hatred in America…

But quite frankly, I’m too f’ing tired.

 

Yesterday afternoon, I sat on my patio and cried.  I wept for every single thing that is wrong with our country and every single thing that has created the environment where 253 mass shootings can take place within a 215 day period.  I wept for the victims and their families.  I wept for the universal feeling of helplessness where literally the best we can come up with is “thoughts and prayers.”

What are we to do in the face of such a deep, pervasive, systemic issue?  Gun control isn’t the only answer.  And quite frankly, it might not be the answer.  If someone in this country wants to get ahold of a killing weapon, whether they are legal or not, they will find a way to get one.  (“The Troubles” in Ireland are a not too distant memory to remind us of how easy it is to get killing machines in a nation where guns are illegal.)

Even more pointedly, shooting people with guns has really nothing to do with guns.  It has to do with everything else that creates so much fear or hatred in another human being that they want to kill.  It has to do with everything that creates an environment that supports murder as the appropriate outlet.  It has to do with everything that deprives human beings of the ability to be formed into healthy, whole individuals with effective tools for managing their anxiety….and everything to do with a culture that supports separation over compassion and love.

In my heart and in my mind, it is our culture that is to blame – a narcissistic, self-centered, materialistic, consumeristic, individualistic, racist, sexist culture where “every man is for himself.” 

We have done this to ourselves.  We have created the culture and the environment in which it is possible to have 253 mass shootings in 215 days.  Seriously……WTF?

I’m tired.  Just tired.   And if you are reading this, I bet you are too.

Like many I know, I’m at a loss for what to do or how to respond.  The best I can do is pray (I do believe in the power of AUTHENTIC prayer) and choose NOT to live in that world.  I can make the choice for love, but until those who are part of the pervasive American culture choose otherwise, we will only have more of the same.

Today I’m tired and I’m sad for a world that continues to choose hatred over love, separation over connection, ignorance over understanding and fear over compassion.

I’m just tired.

 

 

 

Posted in Weekly Lesson

Following Jesus’ Example is Hard

Anyone can call themselves a Christian.  In fact, 2.3 billion people do (Pew Research 2015). Calling oneself a Christian, or proclaiming “Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior,” however, has absolutely nothing to do with our ability to follow Jesus’ example.  Following Jesus is easy.  Followi...