Sunday School

Tearing Down Social Walls

“God, the Eternal Creator, weeps for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world because of their unnecessary suffering. Such conditions are not God’s will. Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare.” —Community of Christ Doctrine and Covenants 163:4a Dr. Martin Luther King’s message was one of social and…

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The Five Levels of Pardes

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV In  rabbinic Judaism there are four types or levels of study called pardes. In Mormon Kabbalah, we add a fifth. These are: P’shat (פְּשָׁט‬) – “surface” is the literal or direct interpretation, taking the words at their most basic and literal meaning. Remez (רֶמֶז‬) – “hints” the allegoric. the hidden or symbolic meaning when we…

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Holy Sabbaths, Holy Days

”They observed to keep the law of Moses and the Sabbath day holy unto the Lord.” —Jarom 1:5b OPV, 1:11 RAV The Sabbath is a holy day of rest for all of the Abrahamic religions. The most well know, weekly Sabbath is based on the creation story in the Torah, in the second chapter of Genesis. In Teshuvah, the Sabbath is a day of rest from a week of recreation, growth in Christ’s Grace. The Law of Moses and Christian Sabbath…

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Tithes and Offerings

“And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.” -Leviticus 27:30 We do not own anything we have. This is a hard reality for many to comprehend. When we reject Ego we begin to understand that everything we have is a gift. We borrow everything from the earth, and as good stewards we must give back. Please follow and like…

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The Everlasting Covenant

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” -Genesis 17:7 When the Lord makes a covenant with is, he makes eternal covenants. For this reason, they are called an “everlasting covenant.” When God made a covenant with Noah that  he wouldn’t flood the earth ever again, he made and everlasting covenant (Genesis 9:16). This…

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Fasting with Purpose and Power

“I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth.” -Doctrine and Covenants 85:21a CoC, 88:76 LdS The meditation of prayer and listening to communicate with God is a key foundational practice of Mormon Kabbalah. Fasting has been a sacred practice carried out since time immemorial in nearly all cultures. Today, science tells us that fasting also has a number of benefits to our physical health, body and mind. Fasting can help detoxify…

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