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  • Christmas Angels Part 1: Zacharias

    Worship Service: Sermon only - 27 Nov, 2011

    | By Glenn (Mac) Frazier, Austin, TX

  • Language of Angels

    Worship Service: Informal Family - 1 May, 2011

    This service focuses on how the Lord gives His spirit to those who follow Him. Our goal is to transcend misunderstandings and learn to speak with each other from love. | By John Odhner, Bryn Athyn Heilman Hall

  • I Have Many Things To Say To You...

    Worship Service: Children & Adult - 30 Jan, 2011

    The Lord communicates with us on all levels. | By Thomas Rose, Ivyland New Church, PA

  • Fortune

    Worship Service: Children & Adult - 9 Jan, 2011

    [T]he Lord governs all things, even the most specific, through the truth that goes forth from Himself, not in the way a king governs in the world, but in the way God does so in heaven and over all creation. A king in the world takes only overall care of a country, while his chief ministers and officials take care of matters in particular. It is otherwise with God. God sees all things, knows all things from eternity, provides all things into eternity, and from Himself maintains all things in their order; from which it is clear that the Lord takes not only overall care but also particular and individual care of all things, unlike a king in the world. His regulation of things is achieved directly by means of God's truth that is going forth from Himself and also indirectly by means of heaven. Yet the indirect regulation by means of heaven is also tantamount to direct regulation by Him; for what comes from heaven comes by way of heaven from Him. This the angels in heaven not merely know to be so; they also perceive it within themselves. Arcana Coelestia 8717:2 | By Andrew M.T. Dibb, Ivyland New Church, PA

  • The Joy of the Angels at the Lord's Birth

    Worship Service: Adult (full service with music) - 12 Dec, 2010

    The Rev. Jeremy Simons also on the chancel. Why were the angels so joyful? They did not need the Lord's birth for their salvation. What did the birth of the Lord on earth mean to them? | By Eric Carswell, Bryn Athyn Cathedral

  • Forgiveness

    Worship Service: Children & Adult - 14 Nov, 2010

    Being loving, even in the presence of evil Luke 6:27-36; Arcana Coelestia 1079, 986 Peter said unto Jesus, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times? Jesus said to him,"I say not until seven times, but until seventy times seven." (Matt. 18:21, 22) When anything most holy or sacred was to be expressed [in the Word], it was said "seventy-sevenfold" as when the Lord said that a man should forgive his brother not until seven times, but until seventy times seven (Matt. 18:22), by which is meant that they should forgive as many times as he sins, so that the forgiving should be without end, or should be eternal, which is holy. (AC 433) Those who are true members of the Church are so far removed from guile that they utterly abhor it; and those among them who are like angels are willing, if at all possible, to have their minds laid open so that anyone may see plainly what they are thinking. For they intend nothing but good towards their neighbor; and if they notice anything bad in someone they make allowances for it. (AC 6655) | By Ryan Sandstrom, Ivyland New Church, PA

  • Glorification and Redemption

    Worship Service: Children & Adult - 31 Oct, 2010

    Jacob's Ladder and how the Lord changed everything (Arcana Coelestia 4075; John 14:27; True Christian Religion 418, 610, 599; Genesis 28:10-17) "When the Lord made the Human within Himself Divine, He too had communities of spirits and angels around Him; for it was His will that everything should be accomplished in keeping with order. But He chose for Himself the kind of communities that would be of service, and changed them as seemed good to Him. Yet He did not take any good or truth at all from them and apply it to Himself, but only from the Divine. And by acting in this way He also restored to order both heaven and hell; He restored them step by step until He had glorified Himself completely." (Secrets of Heaven 4075) "In the conflicts or temptations of men the Lord works a particular redemption; as He wrought a total redemption when in the world. By conflicts and temptations in the world the Lord glorified His Human, that is, made it Divine; in like manner now with man individually, when he is in temptations, the Lord fights for him, conquers the evil spirits who are infesting him, and after temptation glorifies him, that is, renders him spiritual. After His universal redemption the Lord reduced to order all things in heaven and in hell; with man after temptation He does in like manner, that is, He reduces to order all the things of heaven and the world that are in him. After redemption the Lord established a new church; in like manner He also establishes what pertains to the church in man, and makes him to be a church in particular. After redemption the Lord bestowed peace upon those who believed on Him, for He said: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you (John 14:27). Likewise He gives to man after temptation a sense of peace, that is, gladness of mind and consolation. From all this it is clear that the Lord is the Redeemer forever." (True Christian Religion 599) | By John Odhner, Ivyland New Church, PA

  • Our Communication with Spirits and Angels

    Doctrinal Class - 18 Aug, 2010

    | By Jeremy Simons, Bryn Athyn Cairnwood Village

  • Bringing Good Out of Evil

    Worship Service: Children & Adult - 8 Aug, 2010

    The Lord allows the hells in the next life to lead the good into temptation, consequently to introduce falsities and evils. But at that time the Lord Himself is present directly - and by means of angels indirectly - with those undergoing temptation and is offering resistance by refuting the falsities of the spirits from hell and dispersing their evil. From this come renewal, hope, and victory. In this way the truths of faith and forms of the good of charity present with those who are governed by the truths of good are implanted more deeply and strengthened more firmly. The spirits who bring about temptations intend nothing but evil. But the Divine turns that evil into good, in accord with order existing from eternity; and life is thereby imparted to those governed by the truths of good. For it should be recognized that the spirits from hell who are allowed to attack the good in that way intend nothing but evil. They wish with all their might to drag them down from heaven and cast them into hell; for to destroy anyone's soul, thus to destroy him forever, is the sheer delight of their life. But they are not allowed by the Lord to do anything at all except for the sake of the end that good may come out of it, that is to say, so that truth and good may be made firmer and stronger with those who undergo temptation. In the entire spiritual world there reigns the end in view, emanating from the Lord, that nothing whatever should take place, not even the smallest thing, except in order that good may come out of it. This is why the Lord's kingdom is called a kingdom of ends and useful purposes. (Heavenly Secrets #6574) | By Brian Keith, Ivyland New Church, PA

  • Be Still & Go Forward

    Worship Service: Children & Adult - 25 Jul, 2010

    What to do at the edge of the sea, spiritually (Exodus 14:13-15; Joshua 1:9; Arcana Coelestia 8184, 10416) The meaning of 'dividing that sea' is dispersing the falsities arising from evil that are present in hell; for the falsities there are seen as waters. When the pillar of angels in which the Lord is present passes through that hell the falsities depart, and as a consequence the waters there, which are the falsities, are parted asunder. From this it is evident that 'dividing the sea' means dispersing the falsities belonging to the hell that is represented by 'the Sea Suph' (the Red Sea). (Heavenly Secrets #8184) The desire to celebrate resides inwardly in a person's feeling of freedom, and all feeling of freedom comes as a result of love, when nothing exists to frustrate it. Since outward things are used in the Word to describe inward ones, times of play and dancing are used to describe those of joy and gladness present in a person inwardly. Because of this, Miriam and the women went out with timbrels after the Egyptians had been drowned in the Sea Suph (the Red Sea) and started dancing. (Heavenly Secrets #10416) | By Thomas Rose, Ivyland New Church, PA