1998-08-23-Michael's Birthday Celebration
Topic: Michael's Birthday Celebration
Group: Pocatello TeaM, Woods Cross TeaM
Teacher: Ham, Abraham, Daniel
TR: Bill K., Nina, Calvin
HAM: [TR: Bill K.] Greetings my dear friends. This is your brother, teacher, and friend, Ham. I am overwhelmed with pleasure to be in your midst and in your joy this afternoon. I do visit often with you, and some of you have responded to my overtures. I have never lost interest, of course, in your welfare, nor of the Woods Cross Group, as you know. While I do very much enjoy my new work in this supervisory capacity that is mine, still do I also enjoy my weekly sessions through Rebecca in Nashville, and my other chances to visit in other groups.
Your words to each other contain a great deal of wisdom. You are indeed progressing most aptly, most favorably. You are pupils that we teachers are proud of. Of course, you understand that you are merely spiritual babes in terms of the universe career, and we, your older brothers and sisters, are just somewhat older than you. We are not perfected yet. We do not have all wisdom and we are not a self-governing body.
Your attempts to organize as human beings, as apostles of Michael--these gestures of cooperation that you are struggling with--are indeed useful and beneficial, for the Master never interfered with the internal problems of His apostles, but left it up to them to find their own answers, and then, He approved of their decisions. It has not changed. This is still your experience.
You do well to take these moments of fellowship and camaraderie to come apart from your routine tasks and meet with your brothers and sisters from longer distances, for surely you are experiencing the larger family, which is but a pale reflection of the true reality of the cosmic family, which is your true home.
We all do honor our Father\Brother Christ Michael of Nebadon that He voluntarily chose to do the will of His Paradise Father in perfection, and therefore, has gained the sovereignty of Nebadon through His own experience. Remember though His experience continues to expand as His Spirit of Truth lives in each of us. He knows more than He knew in the past in terms of experience, and His growth and our growth in the Supreme is going to complete the marvelous plan of eternity to express themselves in fullness of both existential reality and experiential reality within the limits of time and space.
Finally I would say, cherish each other with the deepest love and the greatest respect. When you disagree do not despise the other person. Do not put yourself in the category of wise and that one whom you disagree with in the category of foolish, neither is appropriate, for life is not a debate. It is a participation in creation and spiritual evolution. My friends, I love you all deeply. May God's peace fill you. Good afternoon.
ABRAHAM: [TR: NINA] I am ABRAHAM. Welcome. What a beautiful sight we behold here today. We are able to witness the Brotherhood in action. It is wonderful for us to see these lessons put to use through your interaction.
The friendship between you each was important enough for you to keep communicating. Beyond your faith; beyond we the teachers; beyond your spiritual knowing--there is the genuine care that you have for one another. This is the Brotherhood. Many of you, my friends, have experienced hardships that would add to your experience that would enable you to be the bearers of spiritual light. Your path has strengthened you to minister to one another and your fellows as one who speaks in authority, yes.
The apostles, having experienced debate over certain spiritual subjects, always returned to their foundation of Brotherhood and friendship. All, save one, could have freedom in speaking without worry of destroying friendship. All had the comfort of knowing that even when their unpleasant personality traits were laid out that their fellow apostles were dedicated to staying the course. The course being--the teaching of Jesus, the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man.
To the apostles, Jesus was a superhuman being and many times they had not understood Him. Therefore, the friendship between the apostles always held them in comfort knowing each was a mortal attempting to attain spirituality. You, my friends, have this spiritual cohesion where the Master is a teacher of sorts and you may not always understand Him, but certainly can you always find comfort in one another's company.
Always is there many growing ideas within your fellowship, but there is always the common bond of being mortal, sometimes struggling to attain spirituality. In this world that is not always easy. Beyond faith and beliefs, hardship or victories, there is always your friendship with one another. Your friendship enables you to be more than you could be. Your fellowship promotes faith and keeps each one in balance.
The example of Michael's sojourn here on Urantia is a beautiful example in which to study, for He has lived your life and knows you like a Father. It is well that you renew your relationship with Him, and make effort to really know and understand your Brother\Father. How excellent it is to gather in His name for fellowship and celebration of His earthly birthday! You gather in love and positive thought.
Many mortals find sad occasions to gather to remember strife and tragedy of the Master's earth life. How wonderful it is that you can gather to remember a day that changed the history of the world! We are in such gratitude to our Father for making these things possible. I would take my leave and allow you to continue with your celebration. My love is with you. Shalom.
DANIEL [TR: CALVIN] Greetings my good friends who have traveled to this beautiful location of Michael's creation. We also marvel the surrounding setting of which we gather. I, DANIEL, am pleased with your group associations, and we must confess we would be somewhat disappointed if this gathering between your two groups were to cease, yet we allow your group decision in these decisions.
Our efforts in your behalf are to teach truth as we have understood and experienced. It is your privilege and responsibility to act upon these words or to set them aside. Each mortal, has understood our words--our lessons--one a little differently than another, and this is a continuance of Father's guarantee of individualism and freewill choosing. Therefore, in this freewill setting there are possibilities for great unification of thought as well as great division in thinking. I would point out, these great divisions do challenge the somewhat lackadaisical human mind to search and search within.
It is mortals' natural tendency to want proof, and yet, the proof of which mortals think they seek is not that proof which is convincing and promotes soul growth. Only through spiritual insight and experiential understanding does truth become reality, and, it is not Father's will to force feed His children. His children must want His truth and pay the price of real intent through devotion to Father's will in receiving experiential reality. The evidence of His truth is cemented in your hearts, your souls, by the mortar of His love. Through His never-ending, ever-increasing in our assimilation of His love, is He--our Father-ever becoming more real to us.
So my fellow associates, I would ask that you exercise extreme patience in trying to realize these truths of which you seek, for it takes time and experience for a satisfactory answer, not just an intellectual understanding. When faced with confusion and doubt, you, as faith children, do seek inwardly. Through patience, forbearance and experience, you will always receive your answers from Father. Trust in this always, and trust that your fellows will receive experiential truth in the same manner.
Be patient with one another and feel free to express yourselves as you see fit. If I know you correctly, you are not afraid of making mistakes, and this evolution of your spiritual growth is very commendable. I again, express my deepest love for your faithful attendance and participation in this Mission. We now join you in your further association and fellowship with each other. My love go with you. Farewell.