Our thoughts, as well as our beliefs, hold enough significant energy to affect our overall good, or infest the whole of who we are (mind, body, spirit).
Live authentically with yourself. Work through thoughts that are potentially harmful, being divided within causes dis-ease.
No one can serve two masters either they will hate the one and/or love the other. ~Matthew 6:24
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I have faith that UCC will grow...in spirit, in numbers and in the consistency of Divine order. I have faith that we as a unit will reach beyond our walls of comfort, and one by one begin to feel/fill the urge to create something new and needed in this church.
I have faith that UCC will stand against the schemes of the enemy; any appearance of that which operates against truth.
I have faith that UCC will tear down gossip, resentment and activities that attempt to crush the structure/foundation of this ministry. I have the faith that as one (a unified body) we will open our mouths standing against bully sources and represent the Spirit of our God!
I have faith that UCC has an internal agreement with the Holy Spirit to sustain God ordered principles and practices in this place. This is one of the reasons why we focus each month on a particular power!
I have the faith that we as a church family will not allow toxic energy to develop in this space.
As Interim Spiritual Leaders, our faith means that We (Jim and I) are committed to demonstrating thoughts, words, teachings and beliefs that support/substantiate that expression of faith.
It means that we must be consistent in our intentions. But intentions are not enough.
A father says to his sons, go and do this or that...one son says I will not, yet later changes his mind to do. The other son says, I will, but does it not what his father asks. Which don did the will of his father? The first ~Matthew 21:29-30
We must DO...Jim and I seek to plant deeply into your soul’s soil...encouraging spiritual empowerment to every participating member.
Additionally, it means that you must be willing to do your part in the aforementioned aspects of substance. That you represent nothing less Than that we we all strive to demonstrate,
I have faith in our collaborative efforts to move forward!!
Faith- an internal agreement-
New Year’s resolutions and visions become actualized by exercising...aligning yourself with your internal agreement to do!
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The first week of 2018 brings freezing temperatures across the globe, chaotic travel conditions, and a monster bomb cyclone. According to reports, many are left without proper heating as icy waters flood multiple homes. Let’s be mindful to pray for our earth and one another.
It behooves us to acknowledge/accept how blessed we are. Thanks-living is an expression of our faith for the simple comforts that shelter us and our loved ones, a form of true worship.
The new year without question brings the hope of newness. As we seek to implement new perspectives and resolutions for living healthier and balanced lives, we’re wise to stay alert. The work that accompanies those expectations are realized by the works of our faith.
Faith is not without challenge.
The faith that we can and will, often brings the test. Welcome the test, it comes to strengthen our faith with power; thus supplying us with the needed knowledge that aids self-control, endurance and righteous thinking. ~(2 Peter 2:5-6).
Further, the test increases our awareness that priority is essential. Remaining faithful to God, ourselves and our lives is primary, nothing new here. Yet, the necessity of reminders (re-reminders) must stay intact. Possibility is readily available to us all.
Did not I say to you that if you would believe that you would see the glory of God? ~John 11:40
Jim and I speak love, life and blessings to our Unity Christian Church family, and to your families. We pray health (mind, body, spirit) and wealth as we continue our journey forward.
Let’s seize 2018 with enduring faith and expectation!
Happy New Year,
Rev. Drs., Jim and Stormie Steele ~Interim Spiritual Leaders
As we set sail for the new year, faith is our propeller. We let go, let God and live with a "can do" posture.
In some matters, the letting go will simply melt away. In others, one step at a time...one day at a time. In both cases, faith is the propeller that moves mountains!
Without faith it is impossible to please God. They that come to God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who seek Him. ~Hebrews 11:6
As I serve God...Faith is my propeller. I will love myself, my loved ones and Unity Christian Church. I am leaping forward!
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If you're blessed to cross the threshold of the new year, be mindful of what you carry with you. The past has passed, life is short. What ever needs forgiveness, release or healing - take care of it. Do the necessary work, commit to the process or risk being stuck.
Unhealthy cycles continue as long as we allow it. Unresolved issues further discord, dis-ease and resentment. An inability to change, heeding the truths that we profess to have learned...is a self-imposed prison.
It's clear, we can't change the stories that have impacted us. We can, however, change the impact of those stories over our thoughts, beliefs, words, behavior and our relationships.
It is in Him we live move and have our being, we are God's creation.
I affirm: I reclaim my life, as no one else holds that sacred charge. I honor my path, it's exclusively mine.
Live wise, live well and live whole. ~Storm
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For many, the new year brings the promise of a new day, a new way of being. Such possibilities are realized the moment we're willing to do something else, especially releasing negative impacts from the past.
Revisiting unhealthy zones of blame, unforgiveness and contention keeps us unhealthy, impacting layers of possibilities, it steals our sense of worth. The mind-set of being "owed" this or that can be a relentless unsympathetic and merciless cycle.
Letting go is often a necessity, a matter of life and death.
The practice of truth, living and ingesting all that God has revealed within frees the anguished/injured soul.
Remind yourself, and re-remind yourself as often as possible to let go, let God and live. Your mind, body and spirit will gladly comply. ~Stormie Steele
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As we begin our exodus from 2017, many are yet left with this probing question; Who do you say that I Am? Mark 8:27
When Jesus asked the question, the disciples threw out various names; “Elijah, one of the prophets or maybe John the Baptist”. Making it personal, Jesus rephrases, “Who do you say that I Am?”
The birth of Jesus evokes question and dialogue to which no scribe, scientist, teacher or other can thoroughly answer. Yet, every year millions around the globe pay homage to His birth, life, death and resurrection. It seems true that many identify with the metaphorical aspects of His life; while simultaneously denying His Sonship. Whether fable, myth or fiction; universally-a plethora of songs for the Christmas season acknowledge His birth.
2 Timothy 2:13 - If we are faithless and do not believe and are untrue to Him, He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character) He can not deny Himself.
Christ is the spiritual representation of all Divine ideas, as being the perfect spiritual example of God in man. In other words, the natural man is separate from the highest of himself. If the spiritual self is separate and/or diverse from the human self, how does an individual connect with his/her spiritual self?
In his book, New Seeds of Contemplation ~Thomas Merton says, “The secret of my identity is hidden in the love and mercy of God. I can not hope to find myself anywhere except in Him. The only One Who can teach me to find God is God, Himself alone.” Such, becomes the internal soul quest of the truth seeker. “Who do you say that I Am?” Neither the greatest theological finds, nor the prolific minister can give to us that which universally belongs to The Creator.
You shall seek Me and you shall find Me when you inquire after Me with all of your heart, and I will be found of you declares The Lord. ~Jeremiah 29:13
Jim and I began our Interim Spiritual Leadership journey at Unity Christian Church November 1st, with its power-elimination and December’s, life. As we anticipate the new year...it is with faith that we thrust forward through the unseen substance of hope.
Concluding, having been persuaded by more than flesh and blood, I too am questioned. “Who do you say that I Am? I say, You are The Christ, The Son of The living God.
We wish you and yours the fullest of all that is good this Christmas season.
Live wise, live well and live whole.
~Rev. Drs., Jim & Stormie Steele- Interim Spiritual Leaders
Life seeks to renew us (mind, body, spirit). Beginnings and endings are rituals of purposeful living. Do wisely, labors of love are internal and eternal investments.
Divine orchestration is ever present...trust.
Life honors the rhythm of breath, that of accepting and letting go. In brevity all things exist...then it is no more.
Respect the flow of life, such is the pathway of renewal and peace. ~Life Through The Storm
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Jim and I are truly thankful for the sparks of life at Unity Christian Church. A vision is unfolding as this body of believers take on ministerial activity.
Last week Patricia Snell mentioned the importance of visiting the sick. Being mindful to care for those who are not able to attend regular service is a selfless act of compassion and consideration. Jim and I are making our rounds too; yet, clearly, we all can encourage the comfort of those experiencing dis-ease by our presence and our prayers. In essence, UCC has much to do.
Jesus said, The harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37).
This past Sunday, Rev. Jim Steele’s message “The Power of Service” spoke directly to the willing heart. I’d like to highlight Robin Snell’s (twins) efforts in improving the image of our recorded Sunday Messages, thank you.
We are hopeful that the church will obtain the proper labeling equipment as we aim for excellence.
Additionally, we’re grateful for Johnny Miller’s continued stance on the gathering of non-perishable food donations for the Christmas holiday. Thanksgiving donations were a success!!
While these examples may seen small, I assure you...every step forward IS a step forward. I pray consistency envelopes every move toward UCC’s higher and greater good.
Remember- each participating member has a Divinely specialized gift (offering) to share. Our efforts of unified collaborations are a work in progress!
Let’s do this UCC!
Rev. Drs., Jim and Stormie Steele, Interim Spiritual Leaders
During my young years of parenting, I envisioned a time when I could actually celebrate the holidays with a personal sense of meaning. A holiday specifically designed, separate from the grandeur focus of materialism and stress.
It's so easy to allow oneself to get caught up in the suppose to haves during the holiday season. This is especially true when one has not yet defined their own meaning for the season. As a young mother, I entered into that overwhelming burden. I can't tell you how many times finances didn't allow for numerous purchases – not only for the children, but for the many others that must be included in the list of giving.
It's interesting to me how I longed for my own meaning for the season, yet - I was not ready to own its separation from the seeming norm. Needless to say, I danced the dance of holiday woes longer than I care to admit - surrendering my mind, body and my finances to stress! I could write a book about that alone!
Reality finally hit when a truck-load of unexpected challenges made its unpredictable arrival. Loss of income, the set-backs that it ignited was enormous! Saving were being spent on a daily living, which ultimately led me into making wiser choices regarding day to day spending. This, of course affected the holidays too. It's the unwelcomed challenge that created relief!!
As I re-evaluated my life and the environment that we called home, I also examined how I would explain to my loved ones that the holidays would be something different and creative this year. Choosing my words carefully forced me to examine my emotions when speaking, (did I believe, or connect with what I was saying?). Instinctively, I knew that this was my window of opportunity to design my personal meaning for the holiday season, I seized it.
To my amazement and surprise, my household was ready for the change. It was the year that the entire household decided to pull names from a box. Each person would be responsible for one individual. We all agreed to one specific gift – not one that the giver wanted to give, rather - one that the receiver desired to received. This, I thought was an exceptional ideal, as it gave us all the advantage of not wasting our funds on the excess of giving gifts that usually end up in storage. We each would honor and be grateful to receive the one gift that we really wanted. The family's willingness to flow into a new meaning for the season was met with joy and unexpected ease...this truly was the perfect gift! The gifts that we gave to one another that year created for us one of our most memorable holiday seasons to date.
My personal meaning for the holiday season is not separate from my philosophy for daily living. I am aware of what's practical for my life. I accept fully what's uniquely mine. I live without comparisons to others, and make the most of its meaning with gratitude. This is wealth, it is the perfect gift.
Wishing you and yours the best of all that life offers.
Live wise, live well...live whole. ~Storm
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