All posts by Andrew Michael

Understanding the Atonement:
“I am always dying for you.”

Understanding the Atonement

Although I often refer to Scripture and trust its wisdom, the larger part of my learning comes through heavenly sources. That is what I asked for in 2011 and try to put into words here at Freely Receive. Still, with regard to understanding the Atonement (“Christ died for our sins”) the vast number of Christian beliefs and doctrines fazed me. So I asked Master to help me learn, from his point of view, the events that took place during those three dark days and nights.

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“I am always dying for you.”

If Christ had Lived Would You Still Believe?

I wish to share an Easter commentary by Father Donald Senior, President Emeritus, Chancellor, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Chicago Catholic Theological Union.  Saturday morning I phoned a friend to read to her some of Father Senior’s wise comments. In response, my friend challenged me with a thought I’d never considered: “If Christ had lived, would you still believe in him?” Continue reading If Christ had Lived Would You Still Believe?

Beatitudes Meaning and Structure

Beatitudes meaning and structure makes use of extraordinary geometry that can provide students and seekers with additional insight. Matthew’s Beatitudes and Luke’s Sermon on the Plain contain some of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament. When we diagram the pattern of Yeshua’s words and phrases, however, the Beatitudes reveal even more information. We are blessed to glimpse the pure genius of Christ, and the mind of the Son of God.

Beatitudes Meaning and Structure: Matthew vs. Luke
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You Have Five Trees in Paradise (Thomas 19)

Yeshua says: Blest is he who was before he came into being. If you become disciples to me and heed my sayings, these stones shall be made to serve you. For you have five trees in Paradise, which in summer are unmoved and in winter their leaves do not fall—whoever shall know them shall not taste death.

Thomas 19  |  Job 5:23  |  Psalm 1:3  |  Thomas 1  |  Thomas 18  |  Philip 61

Thomas 19 reveals five of the keys to the kingdom. Each “tree” is a holistic aspect of the godhead. So, without wishing to cause a fuss, it can be said that the Five Trees logion, which predates the Holy Trinity, may in fact be its fulfillment. Despite a lack of scholarly commentary, one point shines above the rest. The meaning of Thomas 19, or what I term the Quintinity, has the means to draw us near to God, ourselves, and our place in paradise.

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My Journey to Mother Holy Spirit

My journey to Mother began one afternoon when I asked Abigalé, my soul, if we could travel. Can you take us somewhere? My eyes were shut against the daylight that filled our room. All at once the darkness behind my eyelids turned black—then blacker still. I was not afraid, but excited. I had seen this strange phenomenon more than once. “The black,” I had learned, is the gate to Mother, the Holy Spirit.

While I lounged in my bed, eyes still closed, Abbey’s high-pitched tone chimed my left ear. I felt a subtle lurch. It seemed as though we were moving.

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What is a Christian Mystic?

What is a Christian Mystic? “Mysticism” is a much abused word. The practice itself is likened to New Age spoon-bending and mind-reading on the one hand, or arrant superstition on the other. In the Christian tradition, however, mysticism is a direct, ecstatic, and noetic experience of God. Fr. Kerry offers us a brief overview of these three characteristics, and distinguishes between apophatic and cataphatic mysticism. Last Fr. Kerry provides some advice on how to view reports of Christian mystical experiences.

Another “Holy Spirit Moment” from Fr. Kerry Walters!


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Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Jesus

During this time of the year I always wonder what kinds of gifts Master would like for his birthday. Here I share my three best Christmas gift ideas for Jesus to help us disciples honor the Lord on his special day. Each gift relies on the power of the Holy Spirit  to unite and heal us (God willing).

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Practical Oneness (Meaning of Thomas 22)

Oneness is the meaning of Thomas 22. Here Christ urges the seeker to “make the two one” and prepare to enter the kingdom of God.

Oddly, this logion [saying of Christ] is the lone instance in which Thomas the Apostle, or Jesus himself, makes use of ancient yogic practices. This commentary examines the meaning of Thomas 22 and provides a mind-body approach to the practical oneness meditation.

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Let God Give You Everything

Let God Give You EverythingI wish to invite willing readers to explore a radical new prayer idea. Scrap all of your self-imposed limitations on what you think God will or won’t do for you. From this day forth I ask you to forget about what seems “possible,” or “reasonable,” or what you think you don’t deserve—and let God give you everything that your dreams never dreamed of.

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