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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE ... The First Day Rembert Truluck. Update for Easter 2002 Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse http://www.truluck.com Thank you
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      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE
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      The First Day
      Rembert Truluck. Update for Easter 2002

      "Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse" http://www.truluck.com
      Thank you for passing this on to others.

      "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the
      earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of
      the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
      And God said: Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw
      the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the
      darkness. And God called the light Day, and called the darkness
      Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."
      (Genesis 1:1-5)

      God gave light to make everything else possible. Without light,
      there
      can be no beauty, truth, life or love. What does the creation say to
      you?

      On the first day of the week, the disciples went to the tomb of Jesus
      and found it empty. One of the women, Mary, lingered there and met
      Jesus face to face. She did not recognize Jesus at first until Jesus
      called her name and thereby opened her vision to who was really
      standing before her. She had thought that Jesus was the gardener who
      had taken the body away. Jesus from the beginning was known only by
      those to whom Jesus revealed himself because they were receptive to
      the truth and to the radical revision of reality that Jesus
      represented.

      What does the resurrection of Jesus say to you?

      You do not encounter Jesus in paintings and statues, which are merely
      somebody's imaginary picture of Jesus. You encounter the real Jesus
      in spiritual events in which Jesus reveals the truth and opens your
      mind to your own truth and to Jesus all in the same moment. The
      Spirit of Jesus also gives you insight into why other people in your
      life are there. An encounter with Jesus truly is the first day of
      the rest of your life.

      For disciples of Jesus, every "first day of the week" (Sunday) is a
      celebration both of the creation of light and the resurrection of
      Jesus that brings the eternal inner light of love, life and hope.

      THE HIDDEN BRILLIANCE

      Life is not made up of chance happenings and vague uncertain
      coincidences. The Spirit of God is in everything that is happening
      to
      you and around you. The resurrection of Jesus as told at the
      conclusion of each of the Four Gospels draws back the veil and
      reveals the brilliance of God's living presence that lies back of
      everything all the time but is seldom recognized or even suspected.

      God is already at work in your life far beyond your wildest
      imagination. It is not just that "every common bush is afire with
      God," but that you also are afire with God's power and presence at
      this very moment!

      The resurrection of Jesus is essential to the story of Jesus, because
      the resurrection is the event that changes completely how you see
      yourself and your own significance in the universe and in the life of
      God. The meaning of the resurrection is not in the cold hard fact of
      an empty tomb but in the mystical experience of each individual who
      experiences the reality of God's presence and glory within. Through
      the resurrection of Jesus, God calls you by your name and you are
      included in the life of the Creator who made and sustains all life.
      Are you listening?

      THE COLD HARD FACTS

      The ultimate triumph of the Spirit of Jesus is not found in the cold
      hard historical facts, which we can never know anyway, but in your
      openness to the truth about yourself and about God's love and
      acceptance of you as an individual just as you are.

      God is in the creation at every moment and in every molecule, atom
      and
      electron and in the lightening and storms and in every event of human
      experience. Far more important, however, is the presence of God
      within you and at every moment of your life. You cannot exist
      without God. The fact that you do exist is evidence enough that you
      matter to God and that God has far greater plans for you than you can
      ever imagine or fulfill apart from God.

      Resurrection is far more than a single human event. It is the
      reality
      that lies behind everything that is happening in your life and that
      gives meaning even to the chaos and confusions that distract all of
      us
      from who we are and why we are here.

      RECOGNIZING THE REAL JESUS

      When Jesus called Mary by her name (John 20:16), she recognized the
      real Jesus and entered into a new realm of being that you also can
      enjoy now and forever. Debates, doctrines, demands and disasters do
      not give you the experience of Jesus calling you by your name and
      inviting you to enter into the truth about yourself and God.

      The powerful spiritual forces of love, life, healing, and hope
      already
      surround you. Stop and think on these things. Don't let traditional
      religion distract you from who you already are in God's love and plan
      for the universe. Let the resurrection of Jesus on "the first day of
      the week" be a personal experience of new beginning and fresh
      spiritual energy for you also.

      Read through the stories about the resurrection of Jesus at the end
      of
      Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Think and meditate on what these
      ancient stories are saying about you and your present life situation.
      Let the reality of resurrection draw back the dark veil and reveal
      the brilliance of God's love and power that already dwell within and
      all around you.

      You can't see your own halo. But it's there.

      With faith, hope and love,

      Rembert Truluck
      http://www.truluck.com


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