July 21, 2024

Parents' Day 2024

Parents' Day 2024 

Music Offerings

Messages for Parents' Day from leaders

Messages celebrate National Parents Day, recognizing the vital role parents play in shaping children and communities, as expressed through various proclamations.

Key Insights:
  • Importance of Recognition: National Parents Day serves to highlight the often-overlooked contributions of parents, allowing them to gain the recognition they deserve in society.
  • Foundational Role of Parents: Parents are children’s first teachers, shaping their values and beliefs, which have lasting impacts on their futures and society.
  • Valuable Life Lessons: The script emphasizes that through their actions, parents teach essential life skills such as kindness and resilience, guiding children in navigating life’s challenges.
  • Community Impact: Celebrating parents fosters community bonds and encourages positive change, showcasing the integral role of families in building strong societies.
  • Lifelong Learning: Parents’ support enables children to become lifelong learners, which is crucial for personal and communal growth in a rapidly changing world.
  • Challenges of Parenting: Acknowledging the challenges parents face highlights their resilience and dedication, emphasizing the demanding yet rewarding nature of the parenting journey.
  • Building Strong Families: Strong families are the backbone of strong communities; by investing in children, parents contribute to a brighter future for all.

Claire and Chloe celebrate Parents’ Day, highlighting the importance of having parents for emotional support, conflict resolution, and overall well-being.

Key Insights:
  • Importance of Family Structure: Children with two parents often have better emotional and social outcomes, underscoring the need for a supportive family unit.
  • Thriving in Life: Research indicates that children raised in dual-parent households tend to excel in various life areas, emphasizing stability and security.
  • Conflict Resolution Skills: Parents play a crucial role in teaching children how to resolve conflicts, preparing them for adult challenges in professional settings.
  • Basic Needs and Care: Parents fulfill fundamental needs like shelter and food, highlighting their vital role in children’s health and safety.
  • Value of Family Love: The emotional support and love in a family environment are essential for children’s development and happiness.
  • Role Models for Life: Parents shape children’s values and behaviors, helping them grow into kind and responsible adults.
  • Parental Guidance in Life: Parents act as guardians and providers, creating a sense of security and nurturing children’s growth while on Earth.

The speaker reflects on the journey of love through parenthood, emphasizing the importance of receiving, giving, and learning to appreciate the roles of parents and grandparents.

Key Insights:
  • Identity Formation: The process of recognizing one’s existence starts at birth, shaped by parental love and care. Understanding this foundation is crucial for personal development.
  • Evolution of Love: Love transitions from a one-sided experience of receiving to a shared exchange, teaching us vital relational skills that prepare us for future connections.
  • Romantic Relationships: The attraction to others signifies a deeper understanding of love, leading to meaningful commitments and the creation of new families.
  • The Role of Parenthood: Becoming a parent shifts one’s responsibilities, emphasizing the importance of nurturing and supporting the next generation.
  • Generational Perspective: Watching children become parents provides fresh insights into one’s own upbringing, deepening appreciation for parental sacrifices.
  • Gratitude to the Creator: Recognizing a divine design in family dynamics fosters a sense of purpose and connection to a greater existence beyond our earthly lives.
  • Eternal Existence: Life on Earth is a preparatory phase for eternal life; the love and care given during this time hold everlasting significance.

June 26, 2024

Weekly Update on June 26, 2024

Join us this Sunday, June 30 at 11:00 a.m. for our Family Room service.  Reverend Mamoru Uyama will give a brief message and Benjy and Hitoe will perform a song.  Anne Nilson is preparing icebreakers.  TFC is providing pizza and salad; please bring a side dish to share. 

On Monday, July1, participants of the 2075 couples Blessing are invited to celebrate the 42nd anniversary at the home of Mark and Carol Anne Nilson at 400 Brierridge Drive, Apex.  Arrive at 5:00 if you want to swim in the pool.  Burgers are served between 6 and 6:30.  Please bring a dish to share.  Cake and board games afterward.     

President Demien Dunkley is coming to TFC on July 13 - 14, as part of the Pure Water tour.  On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. he will meet with second gen and young members to talk about the 2025 Blessing, True Mother's role in the Providence and the initiative to find young leadership, followed by Q+A.  After lunch there will an afternoon session. On Sunday, July 14, he will join our picnic at Jordan Lake, starting at noon.  Help us to mobilize our young people and young families to welcome President Dunkley.  

We will celebrate National Parents Day on Saturday, July 20, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at TFC. There will be volleyball, games for the kids, face painting, crafts, picnic dinner and inspired musicians and speakers.  Contact Sharon Pace for more info or to volunteer to serve.  Please consider nominating a deserving family you know as Parents of the Year.  Visit this website for more info: https://parentsday.com/

Dr. Achille is looking for 50 Matching Supporters to help prepare for the 2025 Blessing in Korea.  Contact your local pastor for more information.   

Create A Life You Love is a great way to introduce your guests to Divine Principle, Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30, facilitated by Henri Schauffler.  Register here

Statewide ACLC outreach meetings are the first and third Mondays at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting is Monday, July 8 at 7:00p.m. Here is the link to join the meeting.

Please join us for Morning Devotion from Monday to Friday at 6:00 a.m.
Here is the link.

We will join Dr. Achille and Capitol Family Church on the weekend.
Here is the link.  Passcode: 2027

Please feel free at any time to use the Cheon Shim Won (Prayer Room) at TFC to pray or meditate.  

Adam And Eve - Morning Devotion on June 26, 2024

The Book of Genesis - Sun Myung Moon

Chapter Two - Adam And Eve

"Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

Genesis 1:28

After Our Own Likeness

1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."

God created all things for the sake of Adam and Eve. Flowers could be their jewels, leaves could be their spoons, too. Today we are touching the same things of nature that Adam and Eve touched in the Garden of Eden: the same grass, the same flowers, the same trees.

If I asked the flowers whether they saw Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they would reply, "No. I don't go back that far, but at least my great, great, great, great grandfather did, and I am connected to them in that way; there is a giant line linking us all the way back to Adam and Eve." And if I ask the flowers what Adam and Eve said to them, they would reply, "They told us we were so beautiful!" So even this very flower is part of Adam and Eve's legacy to us. The important thing is the heart which created those first flowers in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. That same unchanging heart has been handed down, throughout the generations, to us today

They had not a moment to be bored; there was so much to look at and explore: birds, rivers, fish, rocks, mountains, fruit, flowers, etc. Suppose they came upon a frog. "What an odd creature a frog is!" When they tried to catch it, the frog immediately jumped into the water. "Boy!" Adam thought, "I should learn some jumping, too."

I want you to understand that God gave Adam and Eve a textbook to learn from, and that textbook was nature and all its creatures. All things were created to be a manual from which Adam and Eve could learn. But today, many people forget the benefits of learning from nature. They don't care about trees and plant life; they get bored to death! They aren't concerned about their neighbors; they just stay in their houses.

We need to fulfill the ideal standard of love. The love of Adam and Eve should have set the standard of love for the entire universe. They were the core, the center.

Watching nature, Adam found out that sometimes the male goes first and the female follows him, and other times the female goes first and the male follows her. But wherever they looked, they found that male and female somehow cooperate. When the male finds good food, he signals the female to join in the meal. Did Adam and Eve invent the signals they used for each other, or did they learn them from other creatures? Each morning, birds call out to one another; the male hard sings and the female responds in harmony Actually, Adam and Eve learned from nature; nature was their best teacher.

The Day of All Things

June 21, 1982

1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Each man represents the entire masculine world; each woman represents the entire feminine world. When they come together, they represent the universe and the total image of God.

Marriage is not just the unity of one man and one woman but of the male character and the female character. In other words, by loving your spouse, you are loving the realm of masculinity or femininity. Thus the woman seeks to understand the man and the man seeks to understand the woman. The unity between the male and female world takes place in marriage. Each couple represents the harmony of the entire universe. That kind of couple is what God has been longing to see here on earth.

A loving elderly couple is beautiful to behold. They can look forward to an even greater fulfillment of their love in the spiritual world. They will be rejuvenated into the state of permanent youth when they are elevated into the next world.

As people live in this world and unite with each other horizontally, they practice becoming the objects to Gods love. Then the day of departure from this world comes, which we call death, but it is not really death. Rather, it is the point of transformation and elevation into the permanent world. That is where the love of God is complete. There you become grafted into the vertical love of God.

The Divine Principle teaches about the dual essentialities of God. When a man and woman representing the dual essentialities unite totally in love, they totally represent the dual image of God. How wonderful and dramatic that is!

When you are totally united in love, even though you grow old, you will be elevated into the realm of the love of God: then that vertical love will come into you, and you will be rejuvenated to the point of teenagers again! That is the point of vertical youth.

This is a beautiful truth. You are born as the princes and princesses of love. You can become kings and queens of love and create the kingdom of love. That is God ideal and that is the true purpose for your being born.

The Historically Highest Career

November 1, 1983

1:28 And God blessed then, and God said to them. 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth."

These are the three great blessings: to be fruitful (mature and ready to bear fruit), multiply and have dominion over the creation. Had Adam and Eve obeyed this divine mandate and built the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no doubt that God would have left the greatest joy as His sons and daughters rejoiced in the world of His ideal.

How can God's three great blessings be fulfilled?

The key to God's first blessing is the perfection of individual character. An individuals mind and body are discrete projections and object partners of Gods dual characteristics. In order for an individual to perfect his character, he must form a four position foundation within himself whereby his mind and body become one through give and take action with God as their center.

Such individuals become the temples of God, (I Cor. 3:10), achieve complete oneness with Him, (John 14:20), and acquire a divine nature. They experience the heart of God as if it were their own. Hence, they understand His will and live fully attuned to it.

God's second blessing was to be fulfilled by Adam and Eve after they had achieved individual perfection as object partners to God, each manifesting an aspect of God's dual characteristics. In order to construct the four position foundation in their family, Adam and Eve should have joined in loving oneness as husband and wife and raised children. This would have been the fulfillment of the second blessing...

The meaning of God's third blessing is the perfection of a human being's dominion over the natural world... Therefore, when human beings realize Gods third blessing, the entire universe becomes yet another good object partner giving joy to God. Had God's purpose of creation been realized in this way, an ideal world without even a trace of sin would have been established on the earth. We call this world the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. When life in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth comes to a close. people are to enter the spirit world and naturally enjoy eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven there.

Exposition of the Divine Principle

Part 1, Chapter 1, Section 4.1

1:29 And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every one with seed in its fruit: you shall have them for food.

30 And to even beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Only after the creation of a man and a woman did God call His handiwork very good. He must have been wide awake and totally thrilled that day. He must have shouted with jubilation, loud enough for the whole universe to hear: "It is very good!"

What inspired such a response? Did God say, "very good!" when He looked at Adam's face? Or was it Eve that excited Him so much? No, it was the unity and harmony of Adam and Eve that God called supreme goodness.

The content of harmony and unity is love. So the history of supreme goodness began when love entered the picture. Adam alone was not yet very good. Eve by herself did not meet the standard. But when God brought the two together and the current of love sparked between them, then He pronounced it very good.

Let us imagine two kinds of love scenes. In the first, a man and a woman are deeply in love, gazing at each other, holding one another to close embrace, not even knowing how to separate themselves.

The second scene is like the first, except that someone else enters the picture. God joins the man and the woman, and the three together unite and rejoice in love. The center of goodness is two beings in love. But the center of supreme goodness is God.

The ideal is for a man and a woman of goodness to unite with God in supreme goodness and become totally one. Once you achieve that, you are totally free for the first time in your life because you can relate to everyone and everything.

Original World and Present World

May 29, 1983

The Seventh Day

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done.

3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it. God rested from all his work which he had done in creation.

God decided upon the seventh day as the Sabbath and told man to rest. But did you know that God has not been able to rest on a Sabbath day -- even now, after 6,000 years of history?

Jesus emphasized the Word of God and came forth, inheriting the vicissitudes of 2.000 years of providential history, during which the Sabbath was upheld as most important. However, has the day of triumphant glory come when Jesus could vaunt himself to the Father and ask Him to take a rest, together with humankind? No, there has not. Since God and Jesus are not in a situation where they can rest, neither can we.

Before the time of rest comes, there will be a war, before the time of rest comes, there will be suffering and death. When we steel ourselves and pass over this, we will then enable ourselves to taste rest for the first time.

God's Possession and Our Possession

November 9, 1958

2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

5 when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up -- for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground;

6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground

7 then the Lord God formed part of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Man is made of animal essence, vegetable essence and mineral essence. Suppose you have prepared all the material necessary to build a house. It doesn't take long to build the house itself. To collect the material may take time, but once you have the materials the building itself doesn't take much time.

Likewise, the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms were all created over perhaps millions of years. All the materials were there. Out of those essences, it wouldn't take long to create a man. ...

All the creations of the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms have developed through the evolutionary process. According to the theory, there have been sudden changes at certain times to develop to a higher stage. Darwin recognized that change. He said there was motive and purpose for those changes, and some energy or power caused them. He could not see the cause, but he could see the evolutionary result.

This, of course, does not include man's creation. Evolutionary change is possible within a certain formula or plant or animal, but there is no evolutionary development from one family to another family, for instance, from rose to chrysanthemum. But within the family of chrysanthemums, change is possible.

Question: "Were Adam and Eve, then, an actual physical creation as it says in the Bible; or did their physical bodies evolve and their spirits evolve?"

Answer: Adam and Eve were produced by exactly the same process as we produce a child. By strong love and energy of father and mother, a child is conceived and grows, first within the womb, then outside of it. In the same way, God created Adam and Eve. By His love and energy, a little thing was created which grew and grew and became Adam.

It is all an evolutionary process... Through the power of God, Adam and Eve were created as a baby is created by humans today. But man was a special creation.

On the whole, the process of creation was evolutionary. It took a long time to have plants, animals and minerals on earth. There may have been animals very like man. It is probably these skeletons which have been discovered.

Master Speaks on Creation

March-April 1965

2:8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

According to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and the survival of the fittest, only the strong survive. The weak will he demolished and only strong species will continue. Purely from an external point of view, evolution describes this upward movement of life we were talking about.

Thus there is nothing really wrong with the theory of evolution on the external level. But where does the theory of evolution come to a deadlock? Darwin didn't consider the aspect of love.

God's Providential Course and the Course of Human Life

January 11, 1987

When you lie down on the grass without any blanket, you can tell yourself, "I am lying on God's blanket, in the special bedroom, adorned with His handiwork." Isn't God's green carpet more precious than any man-made blanket? Which would you prefer to sleep on?

Once the ideal world of unification becomes a reality, nobody will want to live in high-rise apartments; they will want to go back to nature, resting on God's green carpet, climbing the mountains, exploring the rivers, etc.

Animals, far more than people, recognize the original value of all things. Animals live in nature as their home. When you think this way, nature will become very intimate with you; it will become closer than your own jacket or clothes.

If you become absolutely quiet and listen to nature's music, you can hear singing going on even right now. This is truly the most beautiful, original music. God's living masterpieces, the birds, are singing.

Can anybody create that kind of music? If you sold the entire United States of America, you could not raise enough money to buy such music. Can you listen to nature's music with an angry face? You automatically find yourself relaxing and responding with joy.

When you roam the valleys, climb the mountains, and enjoy the tiny flowers, plants and animals, will God accuse you of wasting time and tell you to get back to work? No, I am sure He would be happy to see you appreciate His handiwork and say, "Bravo! I am proud of you."

Each tree has its own history. One tree might tell you, "My ancestor was in the Garden of Eden, and one night Adam and Eve climbed up in its branches and slept there. We must become men and women who can value God's living museum better than any man made museum. If you express such appreciation, wont heaven be your ultimate destiny?

You should wake up each morning with this heart of gratitude. Look around at nature and open up your spiritual eyes; you will see all nature bowing down to you, greeting you and pleading with you to caress it. It will invite you, just like a little puppy begging its master to pet it. Trees, flowers and all plants long to be touched by their true masters.

People who can appreciate this true museum as a gift from God are close to perfection. Such people are entitled to receive God's love and Gods bounty. Can you feel what I am talking about?

Some people might wonder why the omnipotent and almighty God created poisonous snakes. They think the world could do without them. Furthermore, rose bushes have lots of thorns, and when you go to cut the blossoms, you may get pricked by the thorns. Thus you wonder why God created roses with thorns.

Actually, thorns are necessary to educate people. If the roses had no protection, people would try to ruin them, and some greedy person would pick them all. But since the bush has thorns, only appreciative hands can take the flowers.

Roses have sweet fragrance as well as thorns; the two come together. Whenever there is something precious, God creates some security devices to protect it! God thought about everything.

Then what about the snakes? Poisonous snakes love sunny spots, just the kind of place where everybody would like to go for a nap. The poisonous snake says, "Well, I was here first; when you come here to take a nap, you have to be careful. You should be very courteous and humble when you ask me to relinquish the spot!"

Too much indolence is not good. When people find a spot with good water, they should be careful because there might be a snake nearby. So is the snake God's mistake, or is it acceptable as part of God's creation?

From another point of view, it has been discovered that the venom of some snakes can be used as a curative. When venom enters your bloodstream, it endangers you and may kill you; but taken through the digestive system it can become a powerful healing agent! In the Orient, snake poison is a very precious medicine. People catch poisonous snakes, extract the venom, and put it in a kind of liquor; it can be preserved for several years and used as a strong curative drink.

So all creation has a purpose and reason for existence. The overall reason is that God created the world for men and women to enjoy. Look around in all four directions. Look at the trees, plants, river, sun. For who was the sun created? For you and me.

What about the moon? God created it for you and me. When you say "me," don't just think of yourself, but think about God who created the sun and moon for all things of creation; think about God who created the mountains, rivers and plants for Adam and Eve.

That "me." is the center of all creation. All the gifts of the universe are given to "me" You are the recipient of all this bounty, but what a pity if the recipient doesn't care about accepting it, doesn't even look at it, and spends all his time preoccupied with trivial affairs! You should open your arms wide like a receiver. Practice it. You are about to welcome the entire universe between your arms. Say, "Thank you. Father." Doesn't it feel good? Just to think about it makes you feel good, but when it truly happens to you, how much more joy you will feel!

Therefore, I really love nature. The birds are my dear, good friends. I have pursued birds for many, many miles. Sometimes when a very friendly bird which has been singing to you every day flies away, you feel even sadder than when your parents leave, because your parents don't sing for you every morning like the bird does!

Look at a butterfly visiting one flower after another. Try feeling like a butterfly and join it in its tour. One time I got so caught up in that feeling that I became exhausted. Then, lying down on a flower bed, I fell asleep and went immediately to the spirit world.

In my dream, I was flying like a butterfly or honeybee, and all the other butterflies and honeybees were following me like a flock of birds. It was an incredible scene. Looking at us, God smiled and laughed with great joy and exclaimed, "My son, you really understand what I have created!"

The Day at All Things

June 21, 1982

2:9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the golden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis says there were two trees in the Garden of Eden. One was the tree of life, the other one was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What are the two trees? They symbolize the true man and the true woman that God has been seeking.

The Tribal Messiah

Chapter 2, Section 1

What was the hope of Adam during the time he was immature and growing toward perfection? He must have hoped to become a man who would realize God's ideal of creation by growing to perfection without falling. The tree of life in fact symbolizes a man who has fully realized the ideal of creation. Perfected Adam was to be this ideal man. The tree of life thus symbolizes perfected Adam.

God did not create Adam to be alone. He also created Eve to be Adam's spouse. Just as there was a tree in the Garden of Eden that symbolized a perfected man, there also should have been a tree that represented a woman who fully realized the ideal of creation. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, standing beside the tree of life, was this tree which, by fulfilling its good purpose, represents the ideal woman, perfected Eve.

Exposition of the Divine Principle

Part I, Chapter 2, Section 1.1

2:10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became font rivers.

11 the name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

12 and the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there.

13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which flows around the whole land of Cush.

14 And the name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

You probably know a lot about the original garden of creation, the Garden of Eden. Moreover, you also probably know well that before the Fall, Adam and Eve related with God freely, consulting with each other.

However, we also know that because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden of hope, which the Creator God wanted to achieve through Adam, could not be realized at all. Consequently, the original Garden of Eden that we must pursue now has nothing to do with the Fall, and that world is both our world of hope and the world of hope that God wanted and has sought since the creation of the world...

What is the purpose of the unity that God has been working toward by raising us? It is none other than building the Garden of Eden again centering on you. We need to feel this. We need to understand that God has been fighting against Satan for 6,000 years, longing not for the Garden of Eden in which only He can rejoice, but for the Garden of Eden where He can obtain joy through each of us.

Because we have lost this garden of hope due to the Fall, we are at the fateful road of having to yearn for that garden of hope and go in search of it again. This path is the fateful road of the heavenly principles and of humanity, which must be traveled... That garden is the place where both God and man can rejoice, and all things can also be glad together. So, that garden was the garden of joy.

God created Adam and Eve as the masters of all things. Adam and Eve were to have dominion over all things in God's ideal garden of creation in His place. At the same time, they could enjoy God's glory.

They were the center of glory, the center of victory and the locus of happiness, able to be in harmony before heaven and earth... That is Gods hope, humankind's hope, the hope of the people, and our hope today

The Ideal Kingdom of Heaven, Our Hope

February 22, 1959

2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Suppose (this place) were the Garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve were created was right here on the grounds. What would they enjoy? Very likely the trees; they would touch them, run around them, look at their blossoms, etc.

The trees would give Adam and Eve a lot of things to talk about For example. Adam, being a boy would probably claim all the big trees for himself and Eve would reply, "Well, you can have them, but all the cute little trees are mine."

But perhaps Adam became greedy and wanted all the trees for himself! Then Eve might claim all the grasses, plants and flowers. They might talk among themselves, arguing and joking about the things of nature.

What if one day Adam got a little nasty and told Eve, "All the trees -- pine trees and oak trees, big trees and small trees -- are mine, how can you enjoy the grass when it is so dirty?" And Eve might reply. "I have something even beyond your trees: all the birds flying over the treetops are mine!"

What I am trying to describe is that in order to enjoy life, people need some surroundings, the beauty of nature. Adam, being a little greedy and thinking on a large scale, would claim all the big things and love them, while Eve would be attracted to the tiny things, finding than so cute and fascinating.

She might say to Adam, "You don't have any pretty little things, do you?" And Adam would reply, "Where are your pretty little things? Show them to me." Then Eve would point and say: "Look at this ant, this little black dot," and Adam would have to agree that nothing like that ant existed among his big things and admit that the ant is a very wonderful creature. So the ant would bring dignity to Eve.

Then one morning Adam might abruptly announce, "Among all the birds, the mighty eagle a mine." Eve might reply, "Your eagle may be large, strong and swift, but I take the swallow, it is also fast, but more than that, it is beautiful."

This bird is a symbol of femininity and beauty. It is a unique bird; it seeks fellowship with people, arriving each spring with a beautiful song and building its nest in people's houses- This bird's appearance brightens the entire house; it's almost like being visited by a beauty queen!

Adam would marvel at the power, dignity and masculinity of the eagle, but Eve would point out that even though it looks so vigilant and powerful, it takes the qualities of love, beauty, peace and femininity. She wouldn't like the eagle as much.

So the behavior of the two children, Adam and Eve, would be different. Adam would be very masculine and impetuous, always running around doing wild things, while Eve would be very feminine, charming, kind and tender. While Adam would be out racing with the deer, Eve would lie down against a big rock and play with some little flowers!

So far, I have been describing how all things were created for men and women to enjoy. Through their give and take with nature, Adam and Eve must have found much stimulation for their thoughts, conversation and, ultimately, joy. These examples can help you visualize the purpose for the creation of all things.

The Day of All Things

June 21, 1982

2:16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "You may freely eat of every tree

of the garden;

17 but of the tie of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.

The Bible states that the Fall originated when the first human ancestors in the Garden of Eden ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This is one of many important passages that the Bible expresses in parables and symbols. It does not refer to a literal fruit. As Jesus says in Matthew 15-11, "What goes into a man's mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is that makes him 'unclean' "

The commandment given in Genesis 2:17, "You mist not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die," was a strong warning about Eve's love. Eve had to protect her sexual purity until she achieved maturity with a God-centered character and entered into a blessed marriage with God's permission. Had she succeeded, she would have multiplied God's eternal love, life and lineage...

I repeat: the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents Eve's reproductive organ, and God gave the commandment to protect her chastity. When He created us, God invested His entire heart and soul in our reproductive organs. He created them as the palace of true love, the palace of true life, and the palace of true lineage.

The story places the fruit in the context of good and evil in order to tell us that if Eve were to have a relationship with a king, she would give birth to a prince, and if she were to have a relationship with a Mafioso, she would give birth to a villain. The quality of the harvest depends upon the seed that is planted. It was called the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because it could manifest good or evil.

Gal Is Our King and True Parent

May 8.2001

2:19 So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air; and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature that was its name.

20 The man gave names to all cattle and to the birds of the air; and to every beast of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper fit for him.

In Genesis it is written that Adam named the things God had created. Actually, Adam was the instrument God was speaking through. In other words, God was naming every creature through Adam. God dwelled within Adam and in that way exercised lordship over all creation.

So far human beings have not known the true relationship between God and men. To repeat, there were two reasons that God created man: first, as the fulfillment and manifestation of His love, and second, as the visible forms of God.

This is a most amazing truth. Through perfected Adam and Eve as the nucleus of the universe. God wanted to expand His Kingdom here on earth. No matter how big man's world might become, God would still be the center of it. Clearly the culture of mankind should have been in one sphere, which we call the Adamic cultural sphere, truly God's own culture here on earth...

The whole purpose of our physical lives here on earth is to make ourselves dwelling places of God so that when we pass into the spirit world, our minds can become spirit bodies in which God can dwell. That is the preparation we are going through here on earth.

What a supreme position we have been placed in! We are all supposed to be the bodies of God. As the Bible says, we are made as the temples or dwelling places of God. If Adam and Eve had initiated perfection here on earth, becoming one with God, their children would have been the children of God. Children always resemble their father and mother. When we are born as children of God, then we would certainly resemble God and be in His image and likeness.

Now you can see realistically why we call God our Father: we are His children. We are now looking for God, but if Adam and Eve had been perfected, seeing them would have been seeing God.

Adam and Eve's position would have been God's position because they would have been the bodies of God. In spirit world God should have been dwelling within Adam and Eve. God indeed is the Creator and center of the universe, and if God had made His dwelling in Adam and Eve, then their position would have been the center of the universe as well, both physically arid spiritually.

The Dignity of God and Man

April 1, 1977

Humankind is the visible form of God, manifesting the masculine and feminine characteristics of God. Together, men and women are the total visible form of God. We read in Genesis that God told Adam to name the animals of creation. Adam had little understanding of the creation, but because God was dwelling with him he was able to name the animals.

When does the Kingdom of God start to exist? Heaven can exist only when God and man are together. God and humankind together create the Kingdom of God, and without humankind there is no heaven.

Happy Unification Church Members

May 22. 1977

One man and one woman are the substantial object of the invisible God, His son and His daughter. Man represents God's masculine nature and woman represents God's feminine nature. God -- the harmonized body of the dual characteristics -- is divided into two entities formed separately, and these separate bodies are to be united again to resemble God.

This is the principle of creation. The unity of one man and one woman represents the original unity of Gods plus nature and minus nature. This is the harmonized body resembling God. Therefore, two human beings, husband and wife, symbolize the whole of God.

Man is the Incarnation of a True Father and woman is the incarnation of a True Mother. They are also representatives of God. Therefore, when they become one in love, they are embracing the universe. They become the central point of the entire cosmos.

A husband represents all men, so he is father and older brother as well as husband: a wife represents all women, so she is mother and older sister as well as wife. That's why husband and wife should naturally respect each other.

Blessing and Ideal Family

Chapter 7, Part 1

2:21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh;

22 and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

23 Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman because she was taken out of Man."

24 Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they

become one flesh.

The Bible says God stole one rib out of man's side and molded it into a woman. What does it actually mean that God pulled a rib out of man? It means that God molded woman by His own hand, using man as the example, staking her slightly different so they would complement each other.

For example, because God gave man a beard, He made woman with smooth skin. Even their voices are different, with men's voices capable of loud volume, while women's are lighter and sort of fragile.

If a choir could only sing in one unison tone it could not make good music, but men's and women's voices together create the harmony and beauty of music, Since Adam was masculine and strong, God made Eve as beautiful as the flowers and very feminine. Imagine if God had made both men and women muscular, heavy and broad-shouldered. God knew the needs of each and made them to complement each other.

God's Day

January 1, 1978

When we talk about man and woman, love immediately comes to mind. But think about Adam and Eve, were they created in an instant? Did they suddenly experience love? Can love he savored in a moment?

According to the Principle, everything passes through a growth period in order to reach perfection. Did God create Adam and Eve as adults or as infants? [Infants] As babies, were they able to shout out, "I am in love," or did they merely coo and smile?

Well, nobody can be sure, because we weren't then in the Garden of Eden! But it is logical that God created them as babies, in the formation stage, with the destiny to grow into perfection.

So there were two babies: Adam and Eve. Imagine them growing day by day and learning to walk. However, even Adam and Eve could not experience total joy by themselves; they needed support, an appropriate environment, things to touch, look at and enjoy.

Did Adam and Eve suddenly discover that love is to be expressed by kissing and then start kissing each other, or was their discovery stimulated by the things of nature! What do you think? Did they learn it or invent it? I say that they observed the animals, that nature was their teacher.

Watching nature, Adam found out that sometimes the male goes first and the female follows him, and other times the female goes first and the male follows her. But wherever they looked, they found that male and female somehow cooperate.

When the male finds good food, he signals the female to join in the meal. Did Adam and Eve invent the signals they used for each other, or did they learn them from other creatures? Each morning, birds call out to one another; the male bird sings and the female responds in harmony.

Actually, Adam and Eve leaned from nature; nature was their best teacher.

The Day of All Things

June 21, 1982

How do we come into being in this world? The father and mother become one through their love, and bring together their lives and ideals. Their love precedes our birth. Love is the force which unites. Husband and wife become one in love.

This means the husband's love, life, and ideal become the wife's, and the wife's love, life, and ideal become the husband's. This is the way that two live as one, and two become "one flesh." Upon this foundation of oneness in love, a new life can be generated.

When a child is born, that child is the manifestation of his parents' love, life and ideal. When you look at your own child, you are actually seeing another you. You are looking at the fruit of your love, the fruit of your life, and the fruit of your ideal. You are looking at your second self -- another visible form of yourself.

God's Skill and the World

October 20, 1973

Adam and Eve are in the eternal objective love position to God. He created them that way. God used absolute love to create Adam and Eve. Adam is in the subject partner position and Eve is the object partner. They are convex and concave. What is the function of this? To look at each other? To fit each other? When do they love each other? How can we love each other? Through true love.

Man and woman alone cannot be perfect. Each is only half-perfect. Man and woman exist not just for their own generation. They are to connect to the next generation through true love activity That is why man's love and woman's love are not two different things; they are connected to one true love, and centering on that, unity comes.

So man and woman meet each other centered on God and create one blood lineage. Both sides connect to the other. Mrs. Han here has ten thousand generations connected to the cells of her body. These ancestors are related bodies. My ancestors are connected to my body, so I connect the past and future. Blood lineage never disappears, never dies. It connects to thousands of generations of ancestors.

On the Lunar New Year

January 24, 2001

Sunday Service on June 23, 2024

Triangle Family Church Sunday Service on June 23, 2024

Musical Offering


True Mother emphasizes the importance of understanding her character and essence, urging us to have courage, boldness, and wisdom in carrying out God's mission.

Key Insights

  • Emphasizing the urgency to live authentically and embrace our true character to fulfill our purpose and serve God effectively.
  • Encouraging boldness, courage, and wisdom in carrying out God's mission, despite challenges and uncertainties, to make a positive impact on society.
  • Stressing the importance of educating leaders and politicians on God's Providence to create a harmonious and spiritually guided society.
  • Highlighting the significance of prayer at Cheon Shim Won for connecting with God's desires, seeking guidance, and expressing fervent faith in our mission.
  • Encouraging believers to boldly proclaim their faith, pray fervently, and act with conviction to fulfill their mission and bring about positive change.
  • Inspiring individuals to work towards a unified and purposeful future guided by faith, love, and peace, contributing to a harmonious world.
  • Encouraging the recognition and utilization of the power within us to move forward with determination, belief, and purpose in serving God and humanity.

June 20, 2024

Great Commission - Morning Devotion on June 6, 2024

The Great Commission

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20

Even at the cost of sacrificing his Son, God wanted to save the world... And God lifted up Christianity for the same purpose -- to save the world. The Bible says in John 3:16, "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Remember, the world is God's goal. And just as Jesus willingly gave his life so that the world might live, God wants all Christians to be willing to give themselves for the salvation of the world. However, today Christians of the world are not even close to realizing this heart of God.

God seeks to build one family of man. Therefore, the family, church, and nation that God desires transcend all barriers of race and nationality. The people who are a unified blending of all colors of skin, and who transcend race and nationality are most beautiful in the sight of God and most pleasing to him.

God's Hope for America
June 1, 1976

Jesus walked a doleful, lonesome, and painful path for 33 years of his life on earth. After his ascension until today, for 2,000 years, he has also been walking a path of sorrow and loneliness. Yet Jesus has not walked this path for his own sake. He voluntarily walked the path of suffering for the sake of fallen humankind, to restore fallen human beings back to God...

Jesus voluntarily led the life of a wayfarer to find true sons and daughters of God and to establish true life and love among a people who did not welcome him. Ever since his resurrection and ascension, he has been seeking us with the same heart. To put it another way Jesus has not been living in glory or freedom with a joyful heart, but even at this moment he is in great anguish because he sympathizes with the pitiful people of this earth who are suffering hunger and thirst internally and externally. He worries about the believers who are groping to find the path of life. On behalf of the believers who are imprisoned, he is in prison. Please understand the situation of Jesus, who is not in the position to rejoice with God, even though he has left this earth and dwells in the heavenly kingdom.

The Lord Is My Good Shepherd
March 24, 1977

Father of love! I had thought that Jesus came to the earth for the sake of finding me alone, but that was not all; I had thought that he came for the sake of my family, but that was not all; I had thought that he came for the sake of the chosen people of Israel, but that was not all. Neither did he come for the sake of any one denomination. We now understand that at the same time that Jesus was the hope of the created world, he came representing its entire value.

Father, what are our minds like today compared to the mind of Jesus, who had the mission to restore everything? Let us not be people who say, "I will die clinging to my family." Let us not become people who say, "I will die clinging to my people, my nation, and my world."

We earnestly desire, beloved Father, to become people who are able to live risking our lives for the problems of life and death throughout heaven and earth. That is to say, even if I live, I represent heaven and earth, and even if I die, I die representing heaven and earth.

Today, if there remain cries of lamentation among the things of creation, we earnestly pray, Father, that you let us be able to give Jesus and you rest by eliminating them. Work together with us, Father, and allow us to go forward together with you, in order to resolve all historical enmity and to receive the comfort of that resolution.

Earnestly hoping that you will grant us the power to become true filial sons and filial daughters who can praise heaven while digesting every difficulty, we pray all these things in the name of the Lord. Amen.

March 23, 1958

June 18, 2024

Sunday Service on June 16, 2024

Triangle Family Church Sunday Service on June 16, 2024

Musical Offering


The sermon discusses the profound experience of William Shatner in space, the importance of understanding life and death, the truth about Satan's defeat, and the ultimate goal of becoming true parents. Key Insights

  • Understanding life and death is crucial for fulfilling our purpose on Earth and in the spiritual world.
  • William Shatner's space journey highlights the vastness of the universe and the fragility of Earth.
  • Defeating Satan and understanding the truth is essential for spiritual growth and fulfilling our potential.
  • Becoming true parents is the ultimate goal, reflecting God's love and creating a world of goodness.

Sunday School: Bible study - God’s Purpose For Esther

June 13, 2024

Weekly Update on June 13, 2024

Join us this Sunday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. for our weekly worship service.  John Pace is giving a message titled Understanding Life and Death.  Mr. Asada is teaching a Sunday school Bible lesson about Esther and finding God's purpose.  Please bring a dish to share for potluck lunch.

We are having a yoga class, led by Samuel, on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. for all ages.  Stay after for board games.  Bring a yoga mat if you have one. 

we will celebrate the anniversary of the 2075 couples Blessing on Monday, July 1 5pm at the home of Mark and Anne Nilson.  

President Demien Dunkley is coming to TFC on July 13 - 14, as part of the Pure Water tour.  On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. he will meet with second gen and young members to talk about the 2025 Blessing, True Mother's role in the Providence and the initiative to find young leadership, followed by Q+A.  After lunch there will an afternoon session. On Sunday, July 14, he will join our picnic at Jordan Lake, starting at noon.  Help us to mobilize our young people and young families to welcome President Dunkley.  

We will celebrate National Parents Day on Saturday, July 20, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at TFC. There will be volleyball, games for the kids, face painting, crafts, picnic dinner and inspired musicians and speakers.  Contact Sharon Pace for more info or to volunteer to serve.  Please consider nominating a deserving family you know as Parents of the Year.  Visit this website for more info: https://parentsday.com/

Dr. Achille is looking for 50 Matching Supporters to help prepare for the 2025 Blessing in Korea.  Contact your local pastor for more information.   

Hyo Jeong Internation Foundation for Environmental Peace is sponsoring an Environmental Summit, Rejuvenating Our Ecosystems, on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Register to call 410-800-3743. 

Create A Life You Love is a great way to introduce your guests to Divine Principle, Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30, facilitated by Henri Schauffler.  Register here

Statewide ACLC outreach meetings are the first and third Mondays at 7:00 p.m. The next meeting is to be decided. Here is the link to join the meeting.

Please join us for Morning Devotion from Monday to Friday at 6:00 a.m.
Here is the link.

We will join Dr. Achille and Capitol Family Church on the weekend.
Here is the link.  Passcode: 2027

Please feel free at any time to use the Cheon Shim Won (Prayer Room) at TFC to pray or meditate.  

June 12, 2024

Creation - Morning Devotion on June 12, 2024

Chapter One - Creation

"And let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the each. And it was so…"
Genesis 1:1.5

In The Beginning

Genesis 1.1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the fine of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

God created the world solely for the purpose of true love. We have to bear in our minds at all times that the first reason God created the universe was for the sake of true love itself. We observe that, whether it be animal kingdom or plant kingdom or even the mineral kingdom, everything in creation is in pairs. Everything was created centering on the idea of love.

Blessing and Resurrection
March 31. 1991

Before God created man and the universe, He was all alone, with no one to care for except Himself However, the very Instant that God initiated creation, His full concept of life emerged. God now lives for His counterpart -- not for Himself.

What is creation? Creation means nothing more than the Creator, God, projecting Himself into a substantial form. He made Himself incarnate symbolically in the universe, and He made Himself incarnate directly in man. When the spirit takes form, this is creation. God invested Himself in the creation. God's investment of energy is the creation.

God invested all of Himself in His creation. He did not reserve even one ounce of energy. Creation was His total labor, His total effort of giving all of Himself. When God put His entire heart and soul into the creation of His object, He was investing 100 percent of Himself. Only in this way could He create His second self, the visible God.

God's Hope .for Man
October 20, 1973

Genesis 1:3 And God said, "Let their be light"; and there was light.

Genesis 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.

Genesis 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

The only thing that Almighty God needs is love. In order to attain that love, He requires an object. Thus He created the object of true love. Think about how serious God was when He created man and woman. Was He just entertaining Himself by creating, like enjoying a hobby? No, God was creating people who would become equal partners with Him in true love. Would that urge of God to share His love be less than or stronger than men and women yearning for each other?

It is even stronger. In human society, men have sometimes challenged one another to duels to the death in order to obtain the love of a woman. Think about how much more serious is God's determination.

God is the root of all love; that root is therefore most dedicated and serious. In common Christian understanding, God simply said one day "Let there be light," and snap! It happened while God lay back and rested. Then He said. "Let the oceans arise," and so on, and the rest of creation happened without much ado. But God invested every ounce of His great energy -- every hit of Himself was poured into the act of creating this universe.

Children's' Day 1988 hum the Viewpoint of the Providence
November 8, 1988

Day always follows the night, and even though no one really loves the darkness of night they can still look beyond that darkness to the new day coning. Hope overcomes the darkness.

Were you born in despair and darkness, or were you born with hope, a goal and a purpose? Of course, a new baby would have no idea how and why he was born, but the family's friends and relatives surround that baby with their hope. The baby's father and mother feel hope through their child, and his whole family hopes that some day he will become a good and fulfilled person.

This is why the birth of a child is an event of joy and celebration. If people feel that way about the birth of a new child, then God would certainly feel the same When Adam and Eve were created; they were surrounded by the utmost hope and joy. All the things of creation gave their entire attention to them, including God, looking forward to the day of their accomplishment.

God is infinite in ideal and capacity, and the more broadly God thinks, the more hope He bestows upon His son and daughter. If a parent's vision is big, then certainly his expectation of his child is also big. God's hope in Adam was certainly infinite. Such hope is not fleeting; the expectation grows larger with time.

When God created Adam and Eve, this universe was filled with hope and all things of creation were celebrating in joy, knowing that their master was finally born. Adam and Eve were the focal point of hope for heaven and God and all things of creation, the very personification of hope.

After truly becoming the masters of the creation and fulfilling that goal and expectation as true children of God, what would they do? The day of their accomplishment would be the first time God could really have joy. That would be the first time He could say He was happy When God can announce that He is happy, it will not mark just His happiness but human happiness and the elation of all things of creation. If you had joy would you like to keep it just to yourself or would you like to share it with friends and relatives? Joy wants to he celebrated because joy belongs to all.

Everyone wants to have hope, but does harboring hope in itself automatically engender joy? The significant thing is this -- when you have hope and want to accomplish something, you don't feel joy first, but pain and suffering. Merely attempting to accomplish that hope is not going to bring joy to anyone. If all you had to do was sit down and wait for hope to become a reality, life would be very easy.

The greater the hope or sunshine, the greater are the obstacles or darkness to overcome. You think of sunshine as being bright because you already recognize the darkness. Because of darkness you can appreciate brightness.

All Things Depend on Us
January 8, 1978

Genesis 1:6 And God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters."

Genesis 7 And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so.

Genesis 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning,
a second day.

According to the Genesis account of the creation of the universe, amidst the primordial state of chaos, void and darkness, God created light. God next separated the waters under the firmament from the waters above the firmament. He then divided the land from the ocean; created plants, fish, birds and mammals; and finally made humankind. All of this took a period of six "days." From this account, we can surmise that the process of creating the universe took some period of time represented by six days.

The process of creation recorded in the Bible bears some resemblance to the theory of the origin and formation of the universe as described by modern science. According to modern science, the universe began as expanding plasma. Out of the chaos and void of space, the heavenly bodies formed and gave light.

As the molten earth cooled, volcanic eruptions filled the sky with a firmament of water. The land rose and the water fell as rain, creating the continents and oceans. Next, the lower plants and animals came into being. Then came fish, birds, mammals, and finally humankind, in that order. The age of the earth is calculated to be several billion years. Considering that the account of the creation of the universe recorded in the Bible thousands of years ago nearly coincides with the findings of modern scientific research, we are reassured that this biblical record must be a revelation from God.

The universe did not suddenly spring forth complete, without regard to the flow of time In fact, its origin and development took an enormous length of time. Therefore, the biblical period of six days for the completion of the universe is not to be reckoned by the number of literal sunrises and sunsets. It symbolizes six ordered periods of time in the creation process.

Exposition of the Divine Principle
Part I, Chapter 1, Section 5

Genesis 1:9 And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear" And it was so.

Genesis 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

It is awesome to see what the earth can do. The earth is the source of thousands of different miracles -- trees, flowers, fruits and all manner of infinite beauty. A seed may have the hidden potential for making red flowers, but a seed alone means nothing; it must he supported by the earth. The earth is the source of wonder and beauty, but the spectacular things which spring from this earth must have some source of Infinite energy where all the wonders and beauty of life originate. That source is certainly God.

Our Family in the Light of the Dispensation
March 6, 1977

As you know, only one third of the surface of the globe is land; two thirds are ocean. Therefore, without knowing the ocean, we can never have dominion over the entire globe. It is just incredible to think that the ocean is not dead, that it is alive and moving; not only moving by itself, but moving in conjunction with the land masses and the solar system's sun and moon. It's so amazing to comprehend the beauties and wonders that are hidden within the ocean. More than anything else in all of God's creation, the ocean is most sensitive to all the movements of the universe and the weather.

Once you understand the sensitivity of the ocean, have dialogue with it, and cope with it, you'll understand the most intricate of God's creations. By doing so, you can understand about land masses in no time. The ocean is not only sensitive, but is also very changeable. Therefore, to know how to cope with this changeable situation provides us the best understanding of ourselves and nature. In order for us to mold our God-centered character, we must know how to deal with the ocean, how to become subject over it, and how to have dominion over God-given creation.

Leaders' Conference
June 17, 1983

Genesis 1:11 And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so.

Genesis 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 13 And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.

When you eat your food, you should think, "I eat for the purpose of consummating love -- unique, absolute, unchanging, and eternal love." Those who eat with that kind of attitude will never have stomach problems or indigestion because everything they eat will cooperate with their body. But if you do not have that attitude, food will have a protest demonstration against you when it gets into your stomach!

Look at the universe from this point of view Look at the trees, the flowers, birds, the ocean and everything from the point of view of the love of God. When you go on a picnic, you can lean against a giant tree and say, "You have been waiting for me, haven't you?" The tree will giggle, "I have been waiting for you to lean against me for so long! I love you!" That tree has wanted to receive unique, absolute, unchanging and eternal love from you. As a representative of that love, you will be loved and appreciated by all the things of nature, including the mountains and the ocean.

The Ideal World of Adam
June 1, 1982

Let There Be Light

Genesis 1:14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,

Genesis 15 and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so.

We can ask whether God wanted to see a day of sorrow or day of happiness when He created heaven and earth, and the answer obviously is that God wanted to see a day of joy. As you read Genesis you will se that God finished each day's creation by saying it was good. On the final day God created man, and then He said it was very good. God's saying it was good means that it was in a realm beyond the realm of sorrow.

Creation was initiated in joy, and God created in joy. Indeed, God has been looking forward to the day of His fulfillment in joy, eager to see His creation grow in joy and be consummated in joy.

Sorrow and Tears
March I, 1978

In the Western way of life, you write horizontally from left to right, but in the Orient we write vertically, as though from heaven to earth. The two different directions must meet. Have you ever thought about why you write from left to right instead of right to left? Since the left represents darkness, it is as though you are going from the darkness on the left to the light on the right. God is the origin of light and He represents the upper portion, so the Oriental way of writing from top to bottom represents light coming down to the darkness.

Left represents the West and right represents East where the sun rises. In every way these two different ways of writing symbolize the meeting of light and darkness. Once you reach the East you return to the West, completing a circle. Also, light comes down from God to mankind, and then mankind returns the glory to God. This give and take makes a big circle.

Mainstream of the Dispensation of God
November 19, 1978

Genesis 1:20 And God said, "Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens."

Genesis 1:21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:22 And God blessed them. saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply on the earth."

The mineral, plant and animal kingdoms all have the goal of reaching their center, which is the point of human true love. They want to be involved in that. All creation is formed in the pair system for the purpose of the fulfillment of love. Each being yearns to reach a higher and higher level of true love. Since human true love is closer to God, all other creatures want to be part of the human body even willing to be eaten for that purpose.

Among the ocean creatures, the whale is the largest and closest to the human race. They are mammals, giving birth to live babies. The smallest creatures are eaten by larger fish, which in turn are eaten by larger fish, all the way up to the whale which takes everything into its gigantic mouth. Within the animal kingdom, insects and worms are consumed by little birds. Small birds are eaten by larger creatures. When those creatures are eaten by human beings, the cells of the birds are eaten, too.

In this manner, the minuscule organism on the bottom of the sea can ultimately become a part of the cells and body of a man or woman. Those creatures welcome the opportunity to become part of a human cell because they can thereby become recipients of true love. Suppose a tiny creature from the ocean bottom becomes a part of your flesh. It can say proudly, "Look at me. Now I'm a human cell!"

When you look at all the things of creation, including the trees, grasses, flowers, birds and animals, think about the fact that they yearn to come closer to the love of God by way of human beings. You must be the mediator between them and God.

Wake up America!
June 12, 1988

Genesis 1:23 And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Genesis 1:24 And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.- And it was so.

Genesis 1:25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.