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The gospel of Mark tells us a beautiful story of Jesus baptism. Jesus emerges from the water and we read, “And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.

The image of coming out of the water for each of us can represent that release of all those things that hold us back, cause us to have feelings of defeat, or keep us in a state of constant stress. Coming out of the water represents our letting go of the old, the worn out, and the no longer relevant for us. Coming out of the water also represents a powerful affirmation to ourselves that we have a willingness to see life in a new way, live life in a new way, and share that example of new life with others. We are by virtue of that “resurrection” from the old way of life then entering into the light of a new experience. This new light exposes our old limited thinking and provides for us a marvelous opportunity to set before us a new course.

Many people do not remember their baptism for they were infants. Several of us grew up in churches that practiced believer’s baptism by immersion. Either way, we can have a new baptism through the power of our thinking. Our thoughts are powerful, our intentions are creative and when we seek Spirit God’s direction the lives we co-create with God are beautiful.

We can follow the example Jesus set before us by prayerfully answering God’s call to be a force in the world for good, peace and reconciliation. The decisions and thoughts we have today will create our tomorrow. So there is something to consider in that your present, your future, your today and your tomorrow are completely interwoven.

Rev. Jefferson Beeker


We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.

Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome. We are an open and affirming congregation.

First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org

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