Tools for the Awakening
- Suggested Scripture Readings
- Wisdom from the Ages and Sages
- The Weekly Eureka
- Recommended Books
- Recommended Movies
- Recommended Artists
The contents of this page are the personal suggestions of Pastor D.E. Paulk
The Weekly Eureka
A Weekly discovery of light...an awakening to life.
Tired of trying to fit into society's mold of religion? Following someone else's path to spiritual enlightenment? Efforts to do this have left most of us feeling like we are sitting alone in the dark. The Weekly Eureka invites you to flip on a light switch - ask the questions - question the answers and join others on the journey to the most important discovery of all - that of your true self. -D.E. Paulk www.weeklyeureka.org
April 11, 2012
The 26th chapter of the gospel of Matthew tells the story of Jesus and His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me." ...Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?"
Many times in scripture, sleep is used as a metaphor for mental, emotional or spiritual "lack of awareness." Jesus' directive to "stay awake with Me" was more than a command to not physically fall asleep. It was a call to consciousness. He was asking, imploring even, His disciples to be conscious, be perceptive and be objective. read more
March 20, 2012
Whether or not we must "choose" of our own free will to be saved or not has become a huge subject of controversy of late among Christians. Those who argue that we must use our free will to make a decision would say that each of us is saved by our own faith in Jesus and the work He did on the cross. read more
Bishop Carlton Pearson
What is God? Where is God? Who is the one true God? Questions such as these have driven a thousand human struggles, through war, terrorism, and oppression. Humanity has responded by branching off into multiple religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam—each one pitted against the other. But it doesn’t have to be that way. more
Bishop Carlton Pearson
Fourth-generation fundamentalist Carlton Pearson, a Christian megastar and host, takes a courageous and controversial stand on religion that proposes a hell-less Christianity and a gospel of inclusion that calls for an end to local and worldwide conflicts and divisions along religious lines. Bishop Pearson argues that the controlling dogmas of religion are the source of much of the world's ills and that we should turn our backs on proselytizing and holy wars and focus on the real good news: that we are all bound for glory, everybody is saved, and if we believe God loves all mankind, then we have no choice but to have the same attitude ourselves. The Gospel of Inclusion is the journey of one man's quest to preach a new truth. more
A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.
Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever…? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins. more
We have to test everything. I thank God for anybody anywhere who is pointing people to the mysteries of God. But those people would all tell you to think long and hard about what they are saying and doing and creating.
Test it. Probe it. Do that to this book.
Don't swallow it uncritically. Think about it. Wrestle with it. Just because I'm a Christian and I'm trying to articulate a Christian worldview doesn't mean I've got it nailed. I'm contributing to the discussion. more
Martin Luther King, Jr.
This is a collection of classic sermons preached by Martin Luther King, Jr. more
Maverick theologian Matthew Fox brings readers into the common heart of the world's great religions, illuminating a "deep ecumenism" for seekers everywhere.
Fox masterfully distills the common principles of the world's religions, and shows exactly how the different fingers of world faiths connect to a single hand. One River, Many Wells is an indispensable resource, envisioning a new and exciting way of faith that erases the lines of false distinction between religions and calls upon each of us to worship from our common heart. more
Who is Jesus Christ?
In The Third Jesus, bestselling author and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra provides an answer to this question that is both a challenge to current systems of belief and a fresh perspective on what Jesus can teach us all, regardless of our religious background. There is not one Jesus, Chopra writes, but three. more
Foundation for Inner Peace
This self-study metaphysical thought system is unique in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. more
Awakening to your Life's purpose. more
Who is Jesus Christ?
What did Jesus teach? Distilled from years of study and lecture, affirmed by nearly a million readers over the last fifty years, Emmet Fox's answer in The Sermon on the Mount is simple. The Bible is a "textbook of metaphysics" and the teachings of Jesus express --without dogma-- a practical approach for the development of the soul and for the shaping of our lives into what we really wish them to be. For Fox, Jesus was "no sentimental dreamer, no mere dealer in empty platitudes, but the unflinching realist that only a great mystic can be." more
Neal Donald Walsch
The trilogy contains the most essential truths and lessons for spiritual seekers. more
Ursula K. Le Guin
You Can AnswerWhy Open and Expand the Mind?
Christ, the Word (Logos) and Logic of God, is the origin of all life and the author of all truth, not just Christian truths. When we restrict Christ to the church and limit truth to the bible, we miss the Christ present in all of His creation.
"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." -Psalm 24:1
Suggested Scripture Readings
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU TO GIVE THE REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.”
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation...
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous... read entire passage
21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. read entire passage
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. read entire passage
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will... read entire passage
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. read entire passage
Wisdom from the Ages and Sages
"God has no Relgion."
"Where there is love there is life."
"And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd." (John 10:16 NKJV)
"I’ve learned so much of God I can no longer call myself a Christian, a Hindu, a Mulsim, a Buddhist, a Jew."
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other."
"Real religion is beyond argument."
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
(Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV)
"Truth is one; sages call it by various names. It is one sun which reflects in all ponds. It is one water that slakes the thirst of all. It is the one air which sustains all life. It is one fire which shines in all houses. Colors of the cows may be different but milk is all white. Flowers and bees may be different, but honey is the same. Systems of faith may be different, but God is one. As the rain dropping from the sky wends its way toward the ocean. So the prayers offered in all faiths reach the one God. Who is supreme."
"WHEN you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind."
"There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it."
"All God’s creatures are His family."
"If you put Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad In the same room together, they would embrace each other. If you put their followers together, they may kill each other!"
"God is not a Christian."
"No longer will we ask are you Hindu, Muslim or Christian? But, have you heard THE SOUND?"
"...that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me."
"This Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish Buddhist belief about the Ultimate Reality is summed up in this –
Love one another, for Love is of God."
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
"Seeing yourself as a spiritual being without labels is a way to transform the world and reach a sacred place for all of humanity."
"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use."
"One love, one blood, one life, you gotta do what you should. One life with each other; sisters and brothers. One life, but we’re not the same. We get to carry each other, carry each other... One, one."
"We cannot afford to lose any of the world’s religions, for each has its partial truth and its characteristic message which the perfect man must acquire."
"As a creation of God I must realize that everyone else is God’s creation."