Patterns That Drive Our Actions, and How To Change Them

The following is a Sunday Message given at the Family Church of Connecticut, on March 5, 2017 – Pastors Mika & Abe Deshotel  It’s Spring, so let’s explore the idea of growth through self-reflection and re-commitment. In considering this topic, the hope is that each of you can walk away truly having connected with something […]

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How Many Times Did You Laugh Today?

The search for happiness is basic to human life. The greatest tragedy that befalls people is when they give up on that search. Maybe you know someone who has given up on being happy, or perhaps you feel that way yourself. The irony is that we are created for happiness, so life can’t really work […]

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Would You Have Believed In Jesus 2000 Years Ago?

Everyone has heard the phrase that hindsight is 20/20. How many times have you thought “I wish I’d known then, what I know now.” I know I have said that! The Turning Point of History This week’s video of the Lasting Imprint series “The Turning Point of History” begs that exact question. What if people […]

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Family Communication – Expressing Heart Even When You’re Stressed

The most important yet often neglected part of a relationship is communication. As a parent or partner you can easily get into the habit of giving directions and commands, expressing your expectations but not your heart. This can create friction and misunderstanding, even when you’re trying to make your point very clear and simple. Putting […]

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Validate Yourself In God’s Unconditional Love

Everyone longs for true love, but we often don’t recognise how much we are loved already. Does a child feel how much their parents love them? Children don’t have the capacity to fully comprehend their parents hearts, and can often misunderstand their parents actions. We are like this in relation to God, not fully comprehending […]

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Life Without Hope Is Like A Garden Without Spring

“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”- Percy Bysshe Shelley “When Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” – Harriet Ann Jacobs “The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it […]

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The Power of One Changes History

All of us have something we have been blessed with to contribute to this world. When we use our gifts, we find personal fulfillment. Our life takes on greater meaning and we naturally experience our value and place in the universe. Lasting Imprint, session 8 This episode of Lasting Imprint looks at the difference one […]

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Threats In The World We Live In

When I was growing up I would wake up every morning to graphic news reports of the war in Vietnam. In elementary school, during the Cuban missile crisis, we did practice drills of hiding under our desks in case of bomb attacks. I lived in south Florida, so the threat was close. Parents Want to […]

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Scripture Leads Us Into Relationship With God and Each Other

We can gain many insights from the Bible and other sacred texts. The Bible and Divine Principle are books that describe the totality of all relationships: our relationship with God, God’s relationship with us, our relationship with each other. They also contain discussion of what relationships are like in an ideal sense, why relationships don’t […]

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conflict & contradiction

The Origin of Conflict – Lasting Imprint, Session 7

“We find a great contradiction in every person. Within the self-same individual are two opposing inclinations: the original mind that desires goodness and the evil mind that desires wickedness. They are engaged in a fierce battle, striving to accomplish two conflicting purposes. Any being possessing such a contradiction within itself is doomed to perish. Human […]

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