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Grandpa White Feather / 12-13-18

20181102_114913 I can’t believe its been 2 months since my last entry already, and during that time many good things and much progress has been made. The purpose of this blog site is now two-fold. 1.) It is historical information concerning church history and how we left a “Table relationship” which Christ established, and returned to more of a “Temple relationship”, a relationship I decided I would do my best to leave, and thus was created “Fellowship of the White Path”, a church different. This site is a record of my personal journey to this discovery if you are industrious enough to study it for yourself. The articles are already written, plenty of them, and I do not need to write more. One must simply be willing to dig deeper into this site. But the journey with the Teepee continues, and I will occasionally give updates.

2.) Since the history is already written, and those who want to really know the truth about “Temple or Table” will be willing to search, I have recently been inspired to simply share short excerpts from my journals. I constantly journal. These will simply be spiritual and philosophical type thoughts that I feel worth sharing.

So…perhaps it is “3” fold. 1.) Historical records and personal journey already written. 2.) Quick updates as to the progress of Teepee and spiritual retreat. 3.) Thoughts from the journals of Grandpa White Feather.

And since “thoughts from my journals is the new thing, I will start with that, written just today, and I will leave you with some pictures and a few quick update comments. Assuming anyone is interested in these things I do, we will continue to do this, probably on a very irregular basis, as the Spirit inspires. Here’s my journal for today:

What is the least amount we can be the most happy with? (This question, this thought occurred to me today, worded in just this way.) That amount is worth fighting for. But there is the “Law of Diminishing Return”, and most people fail to heed the wisdom of that Law.

What is the least amount that makes me the most happy? Where is my level of contentment? Am I ever simply content? 

With God, less becomes more. Poverty becomes rich. Jesus told a rich church they were actually poor, and ready to be spewed out of his mouth. He also told a poor church they were actually rich.

God’s Word says godliness with contentment is great gain.

Journal Ends

I spent 2 weeks actually living in the Teepee as very bad November weather rushed in. We even had fifty mile an hour winds one day! But we now have a working wood stove. The bedroom chamber has made progress with floor laid and a swinging hatch door on inside wall to enter it, but I did fail to get it ready soon enough. It’s still not able to be used. And without a nice warm sleeping place, two weeks in the Teepee was enough for now.

I came home to the city house and cut it in half! It’s not a big house to begin with, but with a little innovation, I saw I could save on our utility bills by creating a Murphy bed in our living room. This was an interesting challenge. It’s been very successful. And now I can slowly turn the back half of house into a studio apartment. Completion of this project is way down the road, but for now, just saving on utilities is a big blessing, and I’m actually really enjoying the new set-up.

I end with pictures of teepee and house;  and yes, the pictures will fall off the shelves if I don’t remove them before lowering bed, but it only takes like one minute, and since I’m retired now, it’s certainly not a problem.

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Inner Circle – continued.

20181007_154219 God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity = God Balance / Peace.

The Grand Opening with our Teepee was a “HUGE” hit! This picture shows 3 of the grandkids having a great time on the rope swing inside Teepee. There were 17 of us all together, including my mom and dad, great grand parents. Four Generations!

 

In the Church early days, people used their homes for gatherings. Was that of necessity or intentional? Many feared something would be lost when large buildings began to be used. I see a common challenge in our Churches today, as many are waking up to the need to be more than a gathering, but to be “family”.

I believe the strong “discipleship format” of the early Church created close relationships and family. I also believe “homes” were best suited for that. The Church today is wrestling with trying to get back that “spiritual family” relationship while in very expensive modern buildings that do not feel like home or family.

The most successful youth ministry I ever had was in my home! It was amazing the kids who were being attracted to it. Many of them had single parents and broken homes. They were actually drawn to the family/home atmosphere we had. But I think it is even bigger and deeper than that. I think that is why Jesus did it the way he did, and he was showing us that true religion is more about a “Table” than a “Temple”.

It was a hot day, so we had the inside table and an outside. My truck tailgate was part of that. Chicken was roasting on outside grill, while others roasted a hotdog in the indoor chiminea. Cold lemonade was the main drink. The fellowship was awesome. We had a perfect atmosphere for fellowship. We had Table Ministry, plus food, rope swing, a secret fort for the kids, and archery for the adults. And what would all that be without the opportunity to chop wood? Here’s some various pictures >

 

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There are many more pictures that could be shown, but the point is: Family/Fellowship. Real relationships. Table Ministry, like the Lord’s Supper, not short form Temple programs.

Do you have an Inner Circle in which you are involved in Table Ministry and real discipleship? This is real Church Jesus way. 

Our next article will move on from the Inner Circle element of our Formula, but I hope you don’t forget the importance of this element. Table Ministry/ Discipleship is near and dear to the heart of God. Modern Churches are struggling to make this work. Some are trying to force something that should come naturally. I heard a preacher preach the other day that he was “forcing” his people into the streets. They had a program they hoped would accomplish this. I’m sorry, I’m glad they got the big picture now, but I still think they are misguided on the “how”. Just my opinion. Many religions force their people into the streets. God looks on the heart. He looks for the cheerful giver, and so on.

So… here is one last picture of the names growing on our “Signing Wall”. To sign the wall a person must have done something benefiting the Teepee, or visit three times. On third visit you can sign the wall. I’ve painted short messages on outside Teepee also, so I’ll leave you with 3 pictures. Grandpa White Feather saying, until the next time, happy trails to you.

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White Feather Neighborhood

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It looks so calm on this side of Teepee. Everything was happening on the other side. LOL.

Inner Circle

20180929_124343 As we continue looking at the “Personal Formula” I live by, in seeking to maintain a God Balance, lets continue our subject of “Inner Circle”. As we have said, Jesus set the example, having his 70, his 12, and his 3. The Great Commission and also Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians confirm what Jesus set the example for. We are expected to follow Christ as teachers of the Kingdom of God.

“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others.” (Heb. 5:12a)

Our Formula: God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity = God Balance.

Who are the ones in your life, your priesthood, whom you influence in a way that Jesus DID? In the above picture I have a grandson in there somewhere. This is his first year of playing soccer, or any sports. Am I a fan of soccer? Not really, but I am a fan of my grandson, and he needs to know that. I want him to know that. I want all my kids, my family, to be a part of the Inner Circle I influence towards God.

And think about it… sometimes those we are the closest, are the hardest to be that light to because they know us best! They see us at our worst and best. They know what we really do, our true actions, our consistency, or lack there of. They know our flaws and imperfections. But we should all want to be that spiritual priest to our family. And that means you too , DADS.

Yes…in that rumble tumble of childhood, all those kids trying to kick that ball, I have a grandson, and hopefully he’s not the one being kicked. I have another grandson, whom I have given the name “Sky Hawk”, who also plays soccer, but he lives in Georgia. I’m still naming this grandson. I think “Story Teller” may be his name. He has such an imagination and loves creating stories. It flows out of him. But he must also learn to never be a liar, but a creator of good stories imparting wisdom and joy. There is a big difference between an honorable Story Teller, and a liar. Grandpa White Feather can help him understand such things.

But there is still much more to say on this subject. I’m afraid the Apostle Paul was not giving the Corinthians words of praise when he wrote the letter. He told them what they “OUGHT” to be doing. And he shared his desire to teach them deeper and more powerful things, but he could not! He desired to do so, but could not!

“There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. INSTEAD, you need someone to teach you again the BASIC things about God’s word.” 

Wow…how sad. How would you feel if the Apostle Paul, or the Lord himself, said you were spiritually dull and do not listen? Wow. Not a good spiritual report card.

So…are we the teachers we ought to be? Do you see how adding this to the Formula is a very important part, of which Jesus set the example? All I’ve done is tried to analyze “what Jesus actually DID”. And then put those elements into a Formula that helps us follow what Jesus DID. There are many things, of course, that could be added. But it is my hope that these four basic elements produces those other things like a tree bearing fruit. As we try to reduce our Godwalking to the MOST SIMPLE elements, as part of the Formula is simplicity, a life flowing, a yoke not hard, a burden not heavy.

No one can say it better than Jesus, of course. He said it’s all about a life of godly LOVE.  He said that would produce every fruit a Christian should be bearing. No one can be more simple and deep at the same time, as the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Master.

We continue our study of “The Formula”, and much is happening at Teepee in this fall season. More pictures coming soon. Continue meditating on your ministry to YOUR Inner Circle. Rise to the challenge! Add your God Task and Inner Circle together and see what you get? Do you have a godly balance of soaring and not flapping? Until the next time, this is Grandpa White Feather signing off. Continue the “Fight of No Fight”, and be blessed!

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The Formula – Part 3

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God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity = God Balance

“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others.” (Heb. 5:12a) Apostle Paul.

There are many ways of teaching.

It’s been a very busy week at “White Feather Neighborhood”! We have a new look! I’m afraid the color “white” was just too difficult to keep clean. Try as I did, it simply wasn’t working. And that is a message for our need of Christ! He is coming back for a people who’s garments are without spot or blemish in a very dirty world! What a challenging thought! Good luck trying to accomplish that on your own! Only the grace of God in response to the blood of his Son is going to keep us clean unto that day! Make sure we do not take that for granted! Appreciate!!! Lift up your praise and thanksgiving unto Him, or you’re nothing more than a spiritually spoiled brat! (Nuff said, I hope.)

But today’s message is about the second part of our formula, our “Inner Circle”. As you can see, my “God Task” kept me pretty busy and on track this week, as it normally does. Painting that whole Teepee is no small job. But in the midst of all that, what about people? That building is not a person. It has no soul. It has no eternity, but will burn up or rot away one day. Jesus is all about people! So if my God Task does not also include influencing people towards the Kingdom of God, then it is probably not a true God Task. It’s a me, mine, and I task.

Paul said we ought to reach a point of teaching others. Jesus gave the Great Commission of making “disciples” in all nations. None of us are excluded from these expectations, and it is part of God’s great design for keeping us on track! We all need to examine our personal Inner Circle, and I’m not talking about your circle of friends who “influence you”, I’m talking about those “YOU INFLUENCE”.

To narrow it down even further, only those you influence towards Christ! You may have those you are a bad influence on, and you may be pushing them away from Christ, not towards. If so, you need to correct this immediately! Blood on your hands! Do you believe?

So…take a little time here. Make some list of your Inner Circles. Jesus had his 70, his 12, and even his 3. He plainly set the example. This is what Jesus DID. Your numbers may be different. That part doesn’t matter. But as you examine your personal Inner Circles, isolate the ones you are actually influencing into the Kingdom of God. We teach in many ways, but whatever your method is, it should be very plain you are a disciple of Christ, and you disciple others in Christ. This is what Jesus calls “Church”! It’s not about a building. It’s about us walking in unity with our Lord. If you’re not discipling in some form, you’re not having Church according to the way Jesus DID.

I hope to say more on this before we move to the next part of the Formula. But for now, in order for this Formula to work, you must take time to meditate, study, examine your performance in this area. We are all called to minister in some way to some one, and probably several someones. Who are those you can honestly say before God, I am a teacher unto them. I am a disciple who disciples.

Once you realize the magnitude of being a spiritual father or mother to someone, you will also realize the godly balance it will influence in your own living. So work on those lists! This is not a short article. It includes an assignment. I’m keeping the words short so you will hopefully do the assignment. The devil will try to keep you from it. Don’t let him win. It’s not just about YOU. The souls of others hang in the balance. Think about the people who are attached to the names you write down. I do hope there are at least a few names, but if not, then your life is definitely out of balance and mostly about YOU. YOU can change that! Let the only blood on your hands that day be the blood of Jesus! Selah.

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The Formula – Part 2

100_3284 The Teepee has come so far from this place, as you shall see, but let’s talk more about our personal God Task, one very important part of our Formula. This Teepee has been a God Task to me, and not a small one at that. That’s a very large tree you see through the Teepee frame, and I have built this by myself. I had help only one day, when raising the first three legs.

The Formula is meant to bring “Balance” to our living, so we can enjoy peace, simplicity, depth, things of true value, and not be the slave of this world’s rat race. Let the rats run the race, not those who believe in a higher way. What do you want your life to teach? Do we speak of a higher way, but run with the rats? What kind of teaching is that? You do realize we’re all teaching someone, right? That’s the next part of “The Formula”, that Inner Circle of Influence.

How can we find OUR God Task? And what does it say of us? What does it preach? How can we be certain of what it is? And how does finding that bring peace to my life, rather than just more chaos, guilt, and stress? Well… for one thing… your God Task COMPLETES you.

Without it you’re not satisfied inside, and that dissatisfaction causes you to chase MANY things instead of being able to FOCUS on the FEW things that truly give MEANING to who God created you to be. Chasing these MANY things that do not satisfy is the reason you’re so unbalanced, stressed, and near exhaustion. Not to mention how much this is likely ageing you. It’s a very unhealthy lifestyle. But many people care more about what others think of them, than their own health, or even what God thinks. (Sad to say, but true.) As a result, their life ends up teaching what the world pressures them to teach, and not what they really wish they could.

Trust me, you don’t want to find yourself at the end of your life having pleased the world, but never found yourself. Your “God creation – God design”, is a DNA you cannot get away from. You will never feel completed as long as you ignore who you were designed to be, your God design. Therefore, your God Task is connected to who you really are, and the things of this world, ARE NOT. So don’t be fooled any longer. It is the truth that sets us free. God truth.

The Teepee came to me as I left the modern American Church, because I was finally convinced it wasn’t me who was messed up, but it was up to me to finally pursue what I believe to be scripturally true, in spite of what the so-called experts may be saying. I was hungry for more of God, but didn’t know where to go. My experience has been, that if you truly desire God, you will begin to get the vision for your life. In a very short time, God began revealing to me, that I had a place I could begin to develop into something special he had in mind, and my heart began seeing a large Teepee, of all things.

God had been setting me up for this for a while. My wife and I got interested in “Tiny Houses”, but after some study of the situation, decided it was not for us. Still, a certain seed, a certain interest had been planted. And then there was a desire to connect more to my Grandkids. But how?

Admittedly, there are many ways to connect, but we had this “place”, and what was I supposed to do with it? One thing kept leading to another. Then came the idea of Grandpa White Feather. I was hungry for more of God, and God was leading me to a divine task. I talked to my parents about building the Teepee behind the barn. They thought it was a great idea. This was a green light, and I started the huge project with great interest and delight.

A few months after I started building, someone spoke to me about early retirement, and I felt led to do so. One day at a time I have been on the journey of “one” of my God Task, for no life is simply one thing, but we must control how many things. I started this blog so I could share this journey and preach this message in a different way. God put the writer/teacher design in me. It has been a natural flow. I love it. But let me show you a few newer pictures of the Teepee. It’s still a work in progress, and every month brings considerable changes. I’m about to go multi-colored with outside of Teepee, but hasn’t quite happened yet.

 

There are now three windows in the Teepee. You can also see air vents I added at bottom. That tarp flap at the top can be opened and closed by ropes I ran up and over tree limbs. But let’s go inside.

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That’s a wall I recently installed. It’s attached to 700 pounds of concrete in the ground. Very solid wall. It’s also our “White Feather Signing Wall”. Anyone who has benefited the Teepee in some way, gets to sign the wall. The wall is new and we have a few people not yet signed, but coming soon to do so. (We had people signing a beam before, but we are transferring them to this wall, and keeping the original dates of 2017, or whatever their date was.)

20180926_161740 When I first started the Teepee, I wasn’t sure how God was going to use this. It’s not in a big city. It’s isolated. I couldn’t help but wonder if I was putting a lot of time and effort into something that would only have very small impact? However, I have been amazed at the people who have been touched and affected by this Teepee, not to mention people reading this blog site, of which I have no way to know, in most cases, who really reads and who does not? You can sort of tell, and there are a few of you who really read. I thank you so much, and I hope this helps you find a path of simplicity and depth in Christ as well. Here is a workbench I just installed, in which I hope to use wood to create works that teach our message. Like wood plaques and so on.

20180927_163057 In next article we look at the “Inner Circle” of the Formula. Jesus had his Inner Circle. He had the 70, the 12, and the 3. We all have an Inner Circle of Influence, but what are we doing with it? Does it bring value, meaning, purpose, and balance to our life? Or have we not really developed our Inner Circle in a way like Jesus DID? WDJD. This too, can bring balance or chaos to our daily living. Let us truly follow Christ.

Again, begin to hunger after God if you do not know who and what he created you to be and do. You will only be half a person without knowledge of your God Task, and you will chase many things trying to satisfy that hunger, only to no avail. And you will teach that same sad life to others as well. The “Herd Mentality” is a path well trodden by the masses. It takes a truly wise person to leave the herd, and hear the voice of God.

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The Formula

2711 Eventually the truth comes out. Sometimes it may seem to come out too late, but when it does, the “fakers” are revealed, the liars are shamed, and the faithful are grateful they hung on to TRUTH!

If you’re familiar with the show “Singing in the Rain”, you know a very untalented lady was getting away with fooling everyone until… until… until silent movies were no longer silent! At that point her lack of true talent became more and more difficult to hide, and the person who should have been getting the credit, eventually became a true star. Until then, the “faker” was stealing from her! She grew more and more bold in her shameful pride, taking advantage of an honest and good hearted person, and seeming to feel no guilt about it. I wonder how often this happens? I don’t know, but I know it happens too much.

Sad to say, politics seems to be the devil’s playground for this very thing. But I don’t write about politics, unless it’s the government of the Kingdom of God, and today I want to begin getting into my personal formula for finding God Balance and staying God Centered. You see, the truth eventually comes out, and all those Churches who have twisted what Jesus was about, won’t be able to hide it for long. More is being revealed every day.

So we must look at WDJD. (What Jesus actually did.) The example he gave us. When I did this, I came up with a few things I have put into my own personal formula for spiritual balance, and perhaps it can help you too? You might even have something to add. Please feel free to share.

So…my formula goes something like this:

God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity = Balance and Flow… i.e. True Surrender. (The Fight of “No Fight”).

Please note, this may look like a “do list” of “7” things, but it’s really only “4”.

God Task + Inner Circle + Prayer + Simplicity =.

Remember, we’re talking about how to find and maintain a God pleasing “Balance”. Tonight we take a quick look at the first item in the formula, your “God Task”. Do you even know what it is? Can you hear the voice of God to know your personal task? Do you care? Consider how if you know what your personal “Task / Vision” is, how that begins to bring focus and order to your life, if you do it correctly! If you simply add it to an already overly busy list of events and chores, it can bring more chaos and stress!

There are several things to consider here. First of all, can you hear that voice? If we were talking face to face, would you be able to tell me the personal “priority” God has been laying on your heart? And I don’t mean something like I need to pray more. This is about your “function” in the body of Christ. This is about the “thumb” being about doing the work of the thumb. If you say “pray more”, then that means you are called to be a Prayer Warrior and should have a prayer ministry. We’re talking this is your ministry from God. It is the ministry of the thumb to be the thumb, and it’s not the same as what the neck does. The body of Christ has an assignment. Are we performing our “specific” part?

When I was considering how I find balance in my own life, and comparing it to Jesus, I know I’m very much a “vision” sort of guy. Give me the big picture, Lord, and let me go for it! Let it set me on fire and consume me! Let it force everything else in my life to orbit around it, not the other way around. I want everything to orbit around my “God Task”, not try to fit my God Task into an already over crowded agenda. And I see the same in what Jesus DID. He knew his God-given task, and it centered Him.

I’d like to spend a little time on this first element of the Formula. I’d like to share a few things about the “Teepee” in my life. In the meantime, think about what your personal God Task is? That one thing that stands out above everything else. If you’re honest with yourself, do you know what it is? If so, does your life orbit around your assignment from God? If you don’t know what it is…why not? Too busy? A sure sign of an out-of-balance life. Why continue in shallowness and complexity when you can have simplicity and depth? A good first step in the right direction is honestly asking God…“Lord, is there something special you want me to do?” Is there a VISION I am failing?

If done correctly, your God Task will bring peace, joy, serenity, and satisfaction to your daily living. It will give you a fire-burning reason to get out of bed every day, even when you don’t feel like it. Especially when you don’t feel like it. So says Grandpa White Feather. More soon. Hope you enjoy.

Peace we have; and peace we teach.

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“Nothing Changes for Me”

20180829_171204 I mentioned in the previous article that nothing changes for me. And by that I don’t mean there is not constant change going on all around me every day. So what do I mean?

I never knew what a blessing being able to make such a statement would be. If there is one thing I dislike, it’s boredom. So you would think, “nothing changing”, would be boring, but it’s totally not! It’s totally exciting because I wake every day knowing that no matter what may happen today, I still have the same vision! The same way of living. The me I have grown to be continues on no matter what! A worthy vision is like our guiding star! We don’t get lost in the night.

I’ve always been a person of VISION. As long as I have a vision, I know where I’m going, what I’m doing, and what life is about for me. In my Bible, in Jesus, I found a vision that never fails and never ends! What more could I want? And so…when I say: “Nothing changes for me”, what I mean is > “I have trained myself to live in spirit, not flesh.”

T-H-E-R-E-F-O-R-E, “physical” things do not devastate me, change my plans, change who I am, change what my life is about. SO…even though a hurricane may be blowing over head, the lake within me remains calm, the waters unrippled, because I still get to live the life I want to live, a life in spirit. It’s a matter of the inner and outer principal. What happens outside me does not have to affect the vision inside me.

I use different terminology when I refer to this at various times. I may speak of Godwalking, or God Balance, or God Task, and so on; but it all connects to the same inner vision which I got from Jesus, the Son of God: Live in the Spirit, not the flesh. Spirit is my life foundation.

Physical things do not devastate me because my life is spirit. I do not dread even death, because only the flesh actually dies, my spirit will be released to pass through the next door of the supernatural. I sincerely believe we have a Creator who has prepared a place for those who do not reject their Creator, but honor Him through His will through Christ Jesus.

So no matter what each day brings, by faith I seek Holy Spirit, and together we Godwalk, maintaining a God Balance. But again, this is not the formula we will soon share. This is still the product of the formula.

If you have followed this site, you know that over a year ago I became very disappointed in what America seems to call “Church”. So I went on a nine day Godseek. My wife and I went to the Black Hills of South Dakota. We came back from there with a developing vision. I’ve been getting out of bed every day and walking that direction ever since that trip. This led to building the Teepee I’m still working on. There have been MANY challenges along the way, but did that change anything? No. The challenges have “affected” the path to the vision, but not the vision itself, especially since not even the Teepee is really the vision! The vision is: “Living in Spirit, not flesh!”

To do this I became a Priest through Christ Jesus, the High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek. I don’t mean I wear a white collar or anything, but salvation in Christ brings us into a Priesthood, and our focus becomes “Spirit”, more than flesh.

There are many thing in this physical world I get to enjoy. As a matter of fact, living in spirit seems to enhance the flesh, because by the wisdom of God we avoid many painful mistakes. My wife and I are still very much in love. We have been married 41 years and have 5 great kids who love coming together as a family. And now dad is building a Teepee in his old age, of all things, for the 7 Grandkids, and the family to come together for great times. Also many ministry opportunities have been happening at this special place, even though it is far from completed.

God has proven he don’t need a finished product to use it. The Teepee stands as a direct challenge to many people’s way of life. It’s a picture of simplicity, serenity, peace, the beauty of nature, the joy of an early morning song bird, it causes people to consider a different way of living and just maybe realize all this world’s “stuff” and “fun” are not the answer. They will never satisfy your SOUL! And your soul is the real YOU, not the thing you see in the mirror. We see spirit, not flesh.

Soul Peace is only found one way, a life in spirit. By that I mean your spirit, and God’s Spirit, joined together, walking together, Godwalking in a godly balance. This is what we’re teaching in these articles. We have peace, and we teach peace.

Soon we will begin examining what I’m calling “The Formula”, what Jesus did to have a vibrant Spirit life with the Father. We think about these things and write about these things because our life is not shallow and complicated, but deep and simple. So says Grandpa White Feather. More to come soon. Hope you enjoy.

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