How to Become Spiritual Resilient?

How Can We Become Spiritual Resilient?


This Week

One common theme I hear from friends, fellow ministers, and experts in the health field is that anxiety levels are spiking. People are stressed about war, politics, financial stress, and the general uncertainty in the world.

 

Maybe you’ve never heard of it. This Sunday I will be discussing how to develop spiritual resilience for troubled times.

 

I’m defining spiritual resilience as the ability to sustain one's sense of self and purpose through a set of beliefs, principles, or values while encountering anxiety and adversity. Through trials spiritual resilience allows you to bounce back from life’s daily challenges that lead to new wisdom as you advance to a new level of spiritual evolution in your relationship with God.

 

I hope you can make it on Sunday for our worship and discussion.

Peace,

Rich

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Last Week


Thanks to the very engaging discussion about money and how much is enough. I particularly remember Cheryl’s insight that fear is the root of most people’s relationship with money.


If you missed that sermon, you can listen to it HERE.


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CHC Launches a Spiritual Resilience Podcast

We're excited to announce the launch of our "Spiritual Resilience Podcast", now available on Spotify!


Together we are repurposing some of Rich's sermons to publish podcasts on various topics related to building your spiritual resilience, finding your inner life compass, and solving the challenges we face in the world.


Episodes are published on an ongoing basis. Help spread the word!

Check Out the Spiritual Resilience Podcast

In Loving Memory of Helen Rose Sioris


Last year on May 14th, Helen Sioris transitioned to the spiritual world.


At the time of her death, Ms. Helen had served for the President of the Church of the Holy City, which she attended for over 35 years. She gave generously in many ways to her church and to the wider community, with a special interest in animal welfare, having cared for a series of beloved cats.

 

Until the last day of her life, she continued to participate actively in offering her advice and counsel on church matters. To the end, she smiled through her pain and delighted in the visits of her brother Jim and members of her church. She touched many with her kindnesses and will be greatly missed.


Please take a minute Saturday to remember her with a prayer.


We also invite you to hear Helen Sioris' last interview with Annabel Park, sharing what she learned from the Church and what she would like for us to do going forward here:

https://www.facebook.com/churchholycity/videos/499366138021792

Sunday Readings


Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

John 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”



Swedenborg Insights


Heavenly Secrets

1692. What temptations, or the conflicts that constitute temptations, accomplish, few people understand.


Conflicts are the means by which evils and falsities are broken up and dispersed. They are also the means by which resilience of these is produced, and a conscience is not only given but also strengthened, and man is accordingly regenerated.


This is the reason why those who are going through periods of spiritual growth are led into conflicts and undergo temptations and why those who do not experience them during their earthly life do so in the next life, provided they are such as can be regenerated. And it is for these reasons also that the Lord's Church is called 'militant'. Jesus alone however underwent from His own strength or power the most cruel conflicts that constitute temptations, for He was beset by all the hells and constantly overcame them.


What the Pastor's Reading

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/09/us/arkansas-pastor-evangelical-churches.html


https://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2004/01/16/january-16-2004-john-lewis-extended-interview/2897/


How Civil Wars Start: and How to Stop Them by Barbara Walter


Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid.It’s Not just a Phase by Jonathan Haidt


https://www.theartofassociation.org/blog/a-liminal-space-for-christianity-and-democracy


https://americanaffairsjournal.org/2022/02/victory-is-not-possible-a-theory-of-the-culture-war/#.Yjxe7osfOQc.twitter


Some People Turn Suffering Into Wisdom by David Brooks


How to Make Change, Slowly by Gal Beckerman


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