Christmas: Where’s The Peace?

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The celebration of Christmas comes with a promise of peace. It is something we hope and yearn for at a busy time of year and at a time where we reflect on the passing year and all its tumultuous events, both personally and globally. Sometimes as we consider the nature of our lives we wonder if the prophecy of the Lord’s birth and the ensuing peace that was promised was all a hoax: did something go wrong? Where’s the peace?

This Sunday we will look at the what true peace is, where it comes from and how to make it a living part of our lives. See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Give Thanks, Receive Blessings

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We are reminded by many stories in the Word about how important our attitude is in our spiritual life. There are many references to those who received blessings from the God because they possessed humility: people like Abel, Moses, Abraham, David, the Centurion, and a certain tax collector. Conversely, we see examples of people with hard hearts whose lives were cursed: like Cain and Pharaoh.
This Sunday we will celebrate Thanksgiving as a congregation. As we think about gratitude and thanksgiving we will look at the spiritual benefit of cultivating humility within our selves. Humility can literally turn a life that feels upside down, right side up; allowing love and insight from God to flow in and impact our lives.

Come celebrate with us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. We will enjoy a community potluck lunch and pie baking contest following the service.

Value Your Freedom And That Of Others

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We all want freedom for ourselves. Freedom is actually essential to our spiritual lives. Nothing can become truly part of our spiritual life unless it is chosen freely. And so God protects our freedom with great power.

Here is the challenge: do we value other people’s freedom in the same way recognizing how important it is to everyone else too?

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Mindful Communication Challenge, Part 5: Am I Willing?

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In this final part of the Mindful Communication Challenge we look within at our own willingness to do things differently. We have examined healthier listening, and running what we communicate through the three filters of Is It True? Is It Kind and Is It Useful? But are we really willing to do things differently? What excuses come up for us when we are confronted with living and communicating differently?

 

Mindful Communication Challenge, Part 4: Is It Useful?

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We have been working on improving our communication over the last three weeks focussing on listening, and asking whether what we are saying is true and whether it is kind? This week we add a third gate that we will try to have our words pass through: Is it useful? Is what I am about to say going to be of use, add to the situation or conversation, and be beneficial?

It is easy to not give much thought to what we say – letting our words go from our mouths without considering how they may impact those listening. Our words have the ability to hurt or heal. What do you want yours to do?

We will talk more about this on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. See you then!

Mindful Communication Challenge, Part 3: Is It Kind?

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Everything that needs to be communicated to another person can always be done kindly, no matter how difficult the subject matter. In part 2 of this series we looked at how to determine if what we are about to say is true, really true–not just our biased view of what is true. Once we can get clear on that then we have to let it pass through the gate of kindness. How can I communicate this in a kind way? What is a loving way to express this?

We invite you to look deeper into this with us Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Mindful Communication Challenge, Part 2: Is It True?

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Healthy communication can be challenging. One of the things that will help us to communicate well is if we look within ourselves to see if what we are planning to say is true. We need to get clear on what our own biases may be, what hurts or experiences may be influencing how we view things, and honestly offer our best understanding at the moment. This may require that we say things more often in a tentative manner rather than in a definitive way. Our sentences might start with words like, “It seems to me…” or “I am thinking about it this way…” or “I am not sure but this is how it appears to me…”

Is it true? Let’s find out. See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Mindful Communication Challenge , Part 1: Listening

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It is amazing how much our communication can change and grow healthier and more effective by taking the time to practice good listening habits. It is easy to get sidetracked by what we are going to say next, or how we are reacting to what someone else is saying. It takes mindful attention to listen and listen well. To really hear what someone is saying with both their words and their tone and body language.

This week we begin a five week journey towards more healthy communication. We hope you can be there with us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. You can watch our live stream on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BoulderNewChurch/