He is Risen, Allelujah!

He is risen
Jesus died, but Christ is risen!
The Kingdom of Heaven is repeated many times in the Gospels…”The Kingdom of Heaven is like this”…, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like that”…”The Kingdom of Heaven is within you”…., “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”. Jesus talks about the Kingdom of Heaven is where he is going to be with His Father. Whatever the Kingdom of Heaven is, it’s very important to what Jesus teaches us.
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So what IS it? Biblical scholars have debated this question for as long as there have been Biblical scholars. Many Christians assume that Jesus was risen to a Kingdom of Heaven that is the place where we go when we die- if one has been “saved”.  But the problem with this interpretation is that Jesus himself specifically says, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you (that is here ) and ” it is at hand” ( that is now).  The Kingdom of Heaven is not later, but lighter- this experience is available to us right now. “You don’t die into it, your awaken into it” (R. Rohr).

Where did Christ rise to? Where will we go after we die? Author Jim Marion’s wonderfully insightful suggestion is that the Kingdom of Heaven is really a state of consciousness: It is not a place we go but a place we come from. It is a whole new way of looking at the world, it is a transformed awareness that literally turns the world into a different place.
The hallmark of this awareness is that there is not a separation between where we are now and where we were, and where we are going. No separation between Christ and God, between God and humans, not between humans and other humans.
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. This such a great mystery!

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Healthy Bodies

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Following is an excerpt from my article “Taking Care of Our Bodies” taken from my book: Faithfully Yours – A Collection of Inspiring Truths About Life, Love, Inner Peace & Joy:

Just imagine for a moment what life would be like if each individual on earth was allowed to own just one automobile per lifetime. Do you think you would be more motivated to take better care of your vehicle—getting routine tune-ups and oil changes, rotating tires, keeping it clean, and so forth? Some of us might have a very different attitude about it altogether. We might take our responsibility to care for it more seriously. And we would most likely appreciate and cherish it much more.

healthy bodiesOne Body, One Life

Fortunately, most of us are not limited to owning just one vehicle per lifetime so we don’t have to be overly concerned with proper maintenance and care. But, how about our bodies? We can’t trade them in for another model. And some parts can’t be replaced. When something goes wrong we do what we can to fix it. We own it for life. And it’s up to us to take proper care of what we have. The truth is, however, many people neglect proper nutrition and diet. They don’t exercise consistently. And they don’t make relaxation a priority. So their bodies get run down. They become more susceptible to illness. They get tired and end up having to work harder to keep themselves going.
Most would agree that they could do a better job in taking care of themselves. Oftentimes they know what needs to be done. There is a lot we can do to be our best—to look our best and to feel our best, to have healthy bodies. When we take steps to take care of ourselves physically it also affects our mental and emotional well-being. Our body and mind works together. Our energy is increased as we make positive changes in improving our health. And our attitude and self-esteem is improved as we like the changes we see and feel. So what is it that keeps people from taking better care of their bodies? ….

Excerpt taken from Faithfully Yours – A Collection of Inspiring Truths About Life, Love, Inner Peace & Joy

Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone’s major source of wealth. Without it, happiness is almost impossible. ~Author Unknown

Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

 

Today’s post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of Faithfully Yours – A Collection of Inspiring Truths About Life, Love, Inner Peace & Joy.  Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.

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