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February 2, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 1 (download) / PDF

New series: "Opening to the Sun Above": our habits of the heart mostly revolve around God's invisibility, His "absence" -> living like God isn't here. Today we begin exploring new expressions and habits of the heart that revolve around God's "presence." God does a lot more than exist! He comes close and makes the difference! See Psalm 105.1-5 for a sample.

February 9, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 2 (download) / PDF

Today we note that most of the time, when we tell ourselves the truth and behave according to the truth, then our feelings eventually line up with the truth. We become real. Psalms are God's gifts of truth that we can believe and speak and sing in praise - and find ourselves becoming joyful, more real. "Sing joyfully to the LORD, you who are made righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. ... Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. ... the earth is full of his unfailing love." (from Psalm 33).

February 16, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 3 (download) / PDF

Psalms 48 and 95: Some "praise" activities are familiar and comfortable in other contexts, like cheering while raising the Vancouver Canucks Sedins' hockey jersey numbers to the rafters. Other "praise" activities are special, only for the awesome Lord who loves even us - like kneeling and bowing down. When we engage Him mentally, emotionally and physically we acknowledge Him more completely, and we create room for Him to work changes in us beyond what we can do for ourselves.

February 23, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 4 (download) / PDF

Today, Psalm 63: life in the desert, though it looks like superabundant plenty. Living out of desert emptiness we're vulnerable, constantly manipulated toward finding satisfaction that nothing in this awesome world can ever give. God's close Presence is the only thing that satisfies - and transforms us. To embody praising God by acts of worship, singing, lifting hands, etc. brings us closer to His Presence and the wholeness He brings.

March 1, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 5 (download) / PDF

Psalm 96 & 98: celebrating not only "God who is there," but "God who comes to make things right." By comparison to "the LORD," everything else humans put their trust in are mere scarecrows. God's people who know Him, the nations who don't yet know Him, and even the whole creation are all invited to rejoice in the certainty that He is here and He is coming. This joy changes us! It is written into our lives when we "embody" the praise He deserves. It is also our deepest connection to the creation, a true "nature spirituality."

March 8, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 6 (download) / PDF

Today we explore the "Amen," the awesomely joyful word of agreement, confidence, commitment, certainty. We learn to speak the "Amen" not as a way of "liturgically removing our finger from the microphone button to end transmission" - but instead as a way to open up and dial in to the flow of God with us individually, and together. With this word and the expressions like it ("Yes!" "Make it so!" This is what we want!" etc.) we agree with God and receive His blessing - we agree with each other and with God, and He brings us into His loving, powerful, joyful work to make all things new.

March 22, 2020 | Opening to the Sun Above pt. 7(download) / PDF

Good morning! Welcome to our online efforts, a work under construction. Today we'll have a few introductory announcements, and a video continuing our teaching series "Opening to the Sun Above: Responding to God's Presence." Hallelujah! This expression is a gift from God to help us acknowledge Him, to be filled in new ways with His Presence - and to be affected very deeply in all our lives. We share Hallelu Yah, "Celebrate Yahweh," as it actually is, with all of God's people from beginning to End. We share it with all creation, and it's full of joy! A technical glitch toward the end marred the sound on our embedded video of the beautiful song "Alleluia" - you can hear it better here.

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