God Giver Of All Good Gifts Speech

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God Giver Of All Good Gifts Speech

  1. 1. WELCOME<br />"God: Source of AllGoodGifts"<br />St. Mary of the Lake<br />White Bear Lake, MN<br />Speaker:<br />Dr. Steve McSwain<br />Author, Interfaith Activist and Spiritual Teacher<br />www.stevemcswain.com<br />
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  3. 3. God: Source of All Good Gifts<br /> 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.   13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.--Matthew 7:7-15<br />
  4. 4. Must You Agree<br />with<br />Everything<br />You hear?<br />“In any relationship where two people agree on everything, one of them isn’t necessary.” - Anonymous<br />
  5. 5. God: Source of All Good Gifts<br /> 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.   13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.--Matthew 7:7-15<br />
  6. 6. Introduction:<br />"...how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"<br />So, For What Good Gifts Would You Ask?<br />
  7. 7. CONFUSION…<br />Older, Wiser Fish asked by<br />Younger, Inexperienced Fish,<br />“Where’s this place they call the Ocean?”<br />Pleasure…<br />People…<br />Possessions…<br />Position…<br />“You Never Get Enough<br />of What You Don’t Need!”<br /> --Unknown<br />
  8. 8. Rumi, Sufi Poet, "I have lived<br />on the lip of insanity..."<br />What Is the<br />Kingdom of God?<br />Where is the<br />Kingdom of God?<br />(1)JOY<br />Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God<br />Is within you.” (Luke 17:21)<br />Insight into the Real Place of Happiness?<br />Father Thomas Merton,<br />"As soon as a person is disposed<br />to being along with God..."<br />
  9. 9. "Without knowing what<br />I am or why I'm here, life<br />is impossible."<br />--Leo Tolstoy<br />"Tomorrow, and tomorrow<br />and tomorrow..."<br />Shakespeare, MacBeth<br />(2)PURPOSE<br />The Capacity to Know Why You Showed Up?<br />“You were born to walk with God,<br />So why would you walk alone?”<br />Quotation taken from<br />The Enoch Factor<br />
  10. 10. (3)REASON<br />PERMISSION TO QUESTION EVERYTHING?<br />"Question Everything...Learn Something...Answer Nothing!"<br />--Euripides<br />“The unexamined life<br />Isn’t worth living.”<br />--Socrates<br />
  11. 11. ”Silence is the Voice of God” – Mother Teresa<br />“Silence is the Voice of God in the Corridors of a Noisy Mind<br />"Where there is silence, one finds<br />the anchor to the universe."<br />--Lao Tzu<br />(4)SILENCE<br />The Capacity to Know Solitude, Silence and Stillness?<br />"Be still, and know<br />that I am God."<br />Ps. 46:10<br />"Pray without ceasing."<br />1 Thess. 5:17<br />
  12. 12. "What could you not accept,<br />if you but knew, that everything<br />that happens is planned by One<br />who has your best interests at heart."<br />--A Course in Miracles<br />(5)ACCEPTANCE<br />The Capacity to Accept What Is?<br />To Even Accept the Unacceptable?<br />Romans 8:28<br />"When you've learned the lesson that<br />life's difficult times are designed to teach you<br />you'll stop having those particular difficulties."<br />--Unknown<br />
  13. 13. "Do unto yourself<br />what you'd have your self do to you."<br />--Slightly Different Rendition of Matt. 7:12<br />(6)COMPASSION<br />The Power to Love Yourself, Others, and to Even Love Your Enemies<br /><ul><li>You do to others what you</li></ul>do to yourself<br />“What you fight survives;<br />what you resist persists.”<br />--E. Tolle<br /><ul><li>You do to yourself what you</li></ul>do to others<br />
  14. 14. (7) PRESENCE<br />The Capacity to Live in the Present?<br />Typically, THOUGHTS move in<br />one of two directions.<br />Do you know what those<br />two directions are?<br /><ul><li>Toward the Past = memory, regrets, guilt, and shame
  15. 15. Toward the Future = worry; see Matt. 6:19-20; 25-34</li></ul>Byron Katie and “THE WORK”<br />PRESENT = PRESENCE<br />
  16. 16. “Synchronicity”<br />“Meaningful Coincidence”<br />Carl Jung<br />(8)DIVINE-CIDENTS<br />The Ability to See the “Conspiracy of Improbabilities”?<br />"A COINCIDENCE is...<br />God behaving incognito."<br />--Unknown<br />“You cannot but be at the<br />right place @ right time."<br />-A Course in Miracles<br />
  17. 17. (9)DEATH<br />The Capacity to Die Before You Die<br />“There’s only one thing worse than death…”<br />"I'd like to achieve immortality by not dying!"<br />--Woody Allen<br />“Just do the dance<br />that you’ve been shown;<br /> By everyone you’ve ever known.<br />Until the dance becomes your own.<br /> In the end, there is one dance<br />You’ll do alone.<br />--Jackson Browne<br />“Today is a good day to die.”<br />--Native Americans<br />
  18. 18. The Ability to Be FOR-GIVING<br />“To carry a grievance<br />in your heart,” said<br />Nelson Mandela,<br />“is like drinking poison<br />and believing<br />it’s going to kill your enemy.”<br />The Spiritual Law of Giving<br />and Receiving<br />(10)GENEROSITY<br />I Give<br />Exhale<br />I Receive<br />Inhale<br /><ul><li>The capacity to FORGIVE</li></ul>“Forgiveness: The fragrance<br />a violet shed on the heel<br />that crushed it”<br />– M. Twain<br /><ul><li>The capacity to GIVE</li></ul>“If there’s a deficit in giving,<br />There’s deficiency in grace.”<br />Luke 7:36-46<br />
  19. 19. THE END<br />"God: Source of AllGoodGifts"<br />St. Mary of the Lake<br />White Bear Lake, MN<br />Speaker:<br />Dr. Steve McSwain<br />Author, Interfaith Activist and Spiritual Teacher<br />www.stevemcswain.com<br />

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