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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (August 22, 2004)         

         LOVE - (Genesis 22:2) - He said, "Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Mori'ah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." ... Bible, Old Testament

        LOVE -
(Matthew 22:37,39) - And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself ... Bible, New Testament

LOVE - Thus are we put in training for a love which knows not sex, nor person, nor partiality, but which seeks virtue and wisdom everywhere, to the end of increasing virtue and wisdom. We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state. But we are often made to feel that our affections are but tents of a night. Though slowly and with pain, the objects of the affections change, as the objects of thought do. There are moments when the affections rule and absorb the man, and make his happiness dependent on a person or persons. But in health the mind is presently seen again, -- its overarching vault, bright with galaxies of immutable lights, and the warm loves and fears that swept over us as clouds, must lose their finite character and blend with God, to attain their own perfection. But we need not fear that we can lose any thing by the progress of the soul. The soul may be trusted to the end. That which is so beautiful and attractive as these relations must be succeeded and supplanted only by what is more beautiful, and so on for ever ... Emerson

LOVE (John 13:34,35)  - Love is the central flame of the universe, nay, the very fire itself.  It is written that God is Love, and that we are His expressed likeness, the image of the Eternal Being.  Love is self-givingness through creation, the impartation of the Divine through the human.

        Love is an essence, an atmosphere, which defies analysis, as does LIFE Itself.  It is that which IS and cannot be explained:  it is common to all people, to all animal life, and evident in the response of plants to those who love them.  Love reigns supreme over all.

        The essence of love, while elusive, pervades everything, fires the heart, stimulates the emotions, renews the soul and proclaims the Spirit.  Only love knows love, and love knows only love.  Words cannot express its depths or meaning.  A universal sense alone bears witness to the divine fact:  God is Love and Love is God ...  Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
        Every day we all get to choose how we want to live, from the understanding of Love as presented in the Old Testament of the Bible or the understanding of Love as taught by the Master Mind Jesus, Emerson and Dr. Ernest Holmes.  Love is a choice ... we can choose it or we can deny it.  Each time we "judge" someone ... anyone ... in an un-loving way we have denied Love ... and therefore denied God.  Let's not do that ... as we continue to study the philosophy of Religious Science, we understand that it is truly the philosophy of the Rabbi Jesus ... and our studies will bring us into a greater understanding of Life, Love and the Universe in which we live.  God is Love .... and as we gain a greater "realization" of this Truth we begin to live our life from Love.

And So It Is!           
Maximum Love
Rev. Hank Bates

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