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WELCOME"God: Source of AllGoodGifts"St. Mary of the LakeWhite Bear Lake, MNSpeaker:Dr. Steve McSwainAuthor,  Interfaith Activist and Spiritual Teacherwww.stevemcswain.com
God Giver Of All Good Gifts   Speech
God: Source of All Good Gifts 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
Must You AgreewithEverythingYou hear?“In any relationship where two people agree on everything, one of them isn’t necessary.”						- Anonymous
God: Source of All Good Gifts 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
Introduction:"...how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"So, For What Good Gifts Would You Ask?
CONFUSION…Older, Wiser Fish asked byYounger, Inexperienced Fish,“Where’s this place they call the Ocean?”Pleasure…People…Possessions…Position…“You Never Get Enoughof What You Don’t Need!”		--Unknown
Rumi, Sufi Poet, "I have livedon the lip of insanity..."What Is theKingdom of God?Where is theKingdom of God?(1)JOYJesus said, “The Kingdom of GodIs within you.” (Luke  17:21)Insight into the Real Place of Happiness?Father Thomas Merton,"As soon as a person is disposedto being along with God..."
"Without knowing whatI am or why I'm here, lifeis impossible."--Leo Tolstoy"Tomorrow, and tomorrowand tomorrow..."Shakespeare, MacBeth(2)PURPOSEThe Capacity to Know Why You Showed Up?“You were born to walk with God,So why would you walk alone?”Quotation taken fromThe Enoch Factor
(3)REASONPERMISSION TO QUESTION EVERYTHING?"Question Everything...Learn Something...Answer Nothing!"--Euripides“The unexamined lifeIsn’t worth living.”--Socrates
”Silence is the Voice of God” – Mother Teresa“Silence is the Voice of God in the Corridors of a Noisy Mind"Where there is silence, one findsthe anchor to the universe."--Lao Tzu(4)SILENCEThe Capacity to Know Solitude, Silence and Stillness?"Be still, and knowthat I am God."Ps. 46:10"Pray without ceasing."1 Thess. 5:17
"What could you not accept,if you but knew, that everythingthat happens is planned by Onewho has your best interests at heart."--A Course in Miracles(5)ACCEPTANCEThe Capacity to Accept What Is?To Even Accept the Unacceptable?Romans 8:28"When you've learned the lesson thatlife's difficult times are designed to teach youyou'll stop having those particular difficulties."--Unknown
"Do unto yourselfwhat you'd have your self do to you."--Slightly Different Rendition of Matt. 7:12(6)COMPASSIONThe Power to Love Yourself, Others, and to Even Love Your EnemiesYou do to others what youdo to yourself“What you fight survives;what you resist persists.”--E. TolleYou do to yourself what youdo to others
(7) PRESENCEThe Capacity to Live in the Present?Typically, THOUGHTS move inone of two directions.Do you know what thosetwo directions are?Toward the Past = memory, regrets, guilt, and shame
Toward the Future = worry;  see Matt. 6:19-20; 25-34Byron Katie and “THE WORK”PRESENT = PRESENCE
“Synchronicity”“Meaningful Coincidence”Carl Jung(8)DIVINE-CIDENTSThe Ability to See the “Conspiracy of Improbabilities”?"A COINCIDENCE is...God behaving incognito."--Unknown“You cannot but be at theright place @ right time."-A Course in Miracles
(9)DEATHThe Capacity to Die Before You Die“There’s only one thing worse than death…”"I'd like to achieve immortality by not dying!"--Woody Allen“Just do the dancethat you’ve been shown;	By everyone you’ve ever known.Until the dance becomes your own.	In the end, there is one danceYou’ll do alone.--Jackson Browne“Today is a good day to die.”--Native Americans
The Ability to Be FOR-GIVING“To carry a grievancein your heart,” saidNelson Mandela,“is like drinking poisonand believingit’s going to kill your enemy.”The Spiritual Law of Givingand Receiving(10)GENEROSITYI GiveExhaleI ReceiveInhaleThe capacity to FORGIVE“Forgiveness: The fragrancea violet shed on the heelthat crushed it”– M. TwainThe capacity to GIVE“If there’s a deficit in giving,There’s deficiency in grace.”Luke 7:36-46

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God Giver Of All Good Gifts Speech

  • 1. WELCOME"God: Source of AllGoodGifts"St. Mary of the LakeWhite Bear Lake, MNSpeaker:Dr. Steve McSwainAuthor, Interfaith Activist and Spiritual Teacherwww.stevemcswain.com
  • 3. God: Source of All Good Gifts 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
  • 4. Must You AgreewithEverythingYou hear?“In any relationship where two people agree on everything, one of them isn’t necessary.” - Anonymous
  • 5. God: Source of All Good Gifts 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
  • 6. Introduction:"...how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!"So, For What Good Gifts Would You Ask?
  • 7. CONFUSION…Older, Wiser Fish asked byYounger, Inexperienced Fish,“Where’s this place they call the Ocean?”Pleasure…People…Possessions…Position…“You Never Get Enoughof What You Don’t Need!” --Unknown
  • 8. Rumi, Sufi Poet, "I have livedon the lip of insanity..."What Is theKingdom of God?Where is theKingdom of God?(1)JOYJesus said, “The Kingdom of GodIs within you.” (Luke 17:21)Insight into the Real Place of Happiness?Father Thomas Merton,"As soon as a person is disposedto being along with God..."
  • 9. "Without knowing whatI am or why I'm here, lifeis impossible."--Leo Tolstoy"Tomorrow, and tomorrowand tomorrow..."Shakespeare, MacBeth(2)PURPOSEThe Capacity to Know Why You Showed Up?“You were born to walk with God,So why would you walk alone?”Quotation taken fromThe Enoch Factor
  • 10. (3)REASONPERMISSION TO QUESTION EVERYTHING?"Question Everything...Learn Something...Answer Nothing!"--Euripides“The unexamined lifeIsn’t worth living.”--Socrates
  • 11. ”Silence is the Voice of God” – Mother Teresa“Silence is the Voice of God in the Corridors of a Noisy Mind"Where there is silence, one findsthe anchor to the universe."--Lao Tzu(4)SILENCEThe Capacity to Know Solitude, Silence and Stillness?"Be still, and knowthat I am God."Ps. 46:10"Pray without ceasing."1 Thess. 5:17
  • 12. "What could you not accept,if you but knew, that everythingthat happens is planned by Onewho has your best interests at heart."--A Course in Miracles(5)ACCEPTANCEThe Capacity to Accept What Is?To Even Accept the Unacceptable?Romans 8:28"When you've learned the lesson thatlife's difficult times are designed to teach youyou'll stop having those particular difficulties."--Unknown
  • 13. "Do unto yourselfwhat you'd have your self do to you."--Slightly Different Rendition of Matt. 7:12(6)COMPASSIONThe Power to Love Yourself, Others, and to Even Love Your EnemiesYou do to others what youdo to yourself“What you fight survives;what you resist persists.”--E. TolleYou do to yourself what youdo to others
  • 14. (7) PRESENCEThe Capacity to Live in the Present?Typically, THOUGHTS move inone of two directions.Do you know what thosetwo directions are?Toward the Past = memory, regrets, guilt, and shame
  • 15. Toward the Future = worry; see Matt. 6:19-20; 25-34Byron Katie and “THE WORK”PRESENT = PRESENCE
  • 16. “Synchronicity”“Meaningful Coincidence”Carl Jung(8)DIVINE-CIDENTSThe Ability to See the “Conspiracy of Improbabilities”?"A COINCIDENCE is...God behaving incognito."--Unknown“You cannot but be at theright place @ right time."-A Course in Miracles
  • 17. (9)DEATHThe Capacity to Die Before You Die“There’s only one thing worse than death…”"I'd like to achieve immortality by not dying!"--Woody Allen“Just do the dancethat you’ve been shown; By everyone you’ve ever known.Until the dance becomes your own. In the end, there is one danceYou’ll do alone.--Jackson Browne“Today is a good day to die.”--Native Americans
  • 18. The Ability to Be FOR-GIVING“To carry a grievancein your heart,” saidNelson Mandela,“is like drinking poisonand believingit’s going to kill your enemy.”The Spiritual Law of Givingand Receiving(10)GENEROSITYI GiveExhaleI ReceiveInhaleThe capacity to FORGIVE“Forgiveness: The fragrancea violet shed on the heelthat crushed it”– M. TwainThe capacity to GIVE“If there’s a deficit in giving,There’s deficiency in grace.”Luke 7:36-46
  • 19. THE END"God: Source of AllGoodGifts"St. Mary of the LakeWhite Bear Lake, MNSpeaker:Dr. Steve McSwainAuthor, Interfaith Activist and Spiritual Teacherwww.stevemcswain.com