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A step towards deeper intimacy


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Sermon delivered on Sunday 25th March 2012

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A step towards deeper intimacy

  1. 1. A step towardsdeeper intimacy
  2. 2. You have heard that it wassaid, ‘Love your neighbourand hate your enemy.’ ButI tell you, love yourenemies and pray forthose who persecute you,that you may be childrenof your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:43-45
  3. 3. Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oilin the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faithwill make the sick person well; the Lord will raise themup. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Thereforeconfess your sins to each other and pray for each otherso that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteousperson is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16
  4. 4. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earthproduced its crops. My brothers and sisters, if one ofyou should wander from the truth and someone shouldbring that person back, remember this: Whoever turnsa sinner from the error of their way will save them fromdeath and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:13-20
  5. 5. Sitting cross-legged,They should wish that all beingsHave firm and strong roots of goodnessAnd attain the state of immovability.Cultivating concentration,They should wish that all beingsConquer their minds by concentrationUltimately, with no remainder.When practicing contemplation,They should wish that all beingsSee truth as it isAnd be forever free of opposition and contention. Garland Sutra 11
  6. 6. …you must pray. Pray deeply about therelationship between you and God,thinking about how much God lovesyou. Also, you must pray and invest inmembers, reflecting on how deep arethe relationships you have made withthem. You must pray until therelationships become smooth andround. Father Moon – 9th February 1974 Cheong Seong Gyeong Page 1036
  7. 7. pray for each other