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Ladies- I'm a single, straight, virgo/boar INTJ (age 45) who enjoys books, getting out into nature, music, and daily exercise.

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Here's a quote from Fyodor Dostoevsky to start things off right: Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pastoral recessionary soothing

8 Nuggets from today's christian science monitor article.

1) T-shirt that proclaims: “My Savior Is Tougher Than Nails.”

2) Scripture is full of adversity. Even when the economy crumbles, God is in control. A triumph of God's sustaining spirit.
-There’s no ‘I told you so’ or ‘You’re getting what you deserve’ [from Old Testament prophets during tragedies]. God is with these people, God is aware of their plight, and God will see them through.”

3) Time to readjust focus.
-Courage; Be not afraid. “What I worry about most is that people who feel powerless … will find somebody else to blame,” All kinds of things happen from when you start to blame people..
-Repentance: “When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.”

4) hundreds of archived sermons: http://www.workingpreacher.com/

5) crisis-induced window – maybe three or four months – when attentive people are ready to experience a life change, much as they were right after 9/11.

6) Pleas for church-money by preachers: "Don't put faith and church at bottom of your list. That is not faith. That is the empty religion of a fair-weather Christian who offers occasional lip service to a God who is brought in at convenient times.”

7) Isaiah on the costs of greed: “Many houses shall be desolate, large and beautiful houses, without inhabitant.”

8) Talking about mission focus and the true spiritual life as a life of humility or poverty – there’s more listening to that.

I left a comment that God wants the MDG's met, basic needs for all met, and -the most basic need and the purpose for money- love and happiness- for all, which does not necessarily entail living in large and expensive homes (as college dorms are fun, for example).

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