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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for March 25, 2007 

           "The mind quickly responds to teaching and discipline. You can make the mind give you back anything you want." - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, 1898-1993

         Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, born to a working class family in Ohio in 1898, became one of the most influential clergymen in the United States in the 20th Century.  His weekly radio program was aired on NBC Radio for 54 years.  "The Power of Positive Thinking" which he authored, sold millions of copies worldwide.

      Here are some of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's most famous quotes:
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."
           "Change your thoughts and you change your world."
           "Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can."
           "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination."
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."
           “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."

     Dr. Peale was a Christian, but his philosophy was not limited to Christianity.  But, still, he remained Christian, although many fundamentalists and traditional Christian ministers shunned him and his great work.  His was a positive Christianity that few of his peers had evolved to.  Dr. Peale was heavily influenced by Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Church of Religious Science (Science of Mind). The Unity School of Christianity founded by Charles Fillmore and his wife, Myrtle Fillmore, also influenced Dr. Peale. He took from Fillmore the term positive thinking and introduced it to his Christian audience.  Dr. Peale, was Dr. Robert Schuller's, (founder of the Crystal Cathedral) mentor.  He founded "Guideposts Magazine" in 1945, with his wife Ruth Stafford Peale.  The magazine continues to this day with its inspirational messages of hope and faith in prayer.

     In an article in Modern Maturity magazine, December - January 1975-76, Dr. Peale was asked if people are inherently good or bad. He said "They are inherently good. The bad reactions aren't basic. Every human being is a child of God and has more good in him than evil--but circumstances and associates can step up the bad and reduce the good. I've got great faith in the essential fairness and decency, you may say goodness, of the human being." In the same article Dr. Peale said concerning Christ, "I like to describe him as, the nearest thing to God."

      Dr. Norman Vincent Peale touched the lives of millions of people ... but no one in our current era has truly carried forth his teachings.  At one time I thought Joel Osteen would be the one to do it ... but he is too mired in limited religiosity to do it.  And even though it is clear to almost everyone that Osteen reads metaphysical books, he will not publicly talk about the books he reads.  Dr. Norman Vincent Peal wrote an endorsement for Dr. Ernest Holmes' writings ... which angered many Christian fundamentalists.  He was
not a people pleaser ... he was in tune with the Infinite.

      It does not take a great leap in understanding to evolve Dr. Peale's work ... simply realize that it is not Christian by the usual definitions.  It is a philosophy that will work for anyone ... of any religion ... or no religion at all.  It is for people of faith ... faith in a Power greater than us that works for us by working through us ... through our mind.  It is as close to the Science of Mind as any Christian philosophy has come.  I believe, that the Science of Mind, is in fact the next step for anyone who studies the work of Dr. Peale ... and Radical Religious Science is the obvious step after that.

      From Dr. Norman Vincent Peale:  "Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are all capable of greater things than we realize."


Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates
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