Guest Speaker Kathy Baldock
Sunday, May 18, 2013
It was great to have Kathy Baldock return to ODM as our guest speaker this past Sunday. After service, she lead a group of ODM’ers in our Long Beach Pride outreach as we offered “#str8apology” to the LGBTQ community for any harm inflicted on them by the conservative Christian church and to let them know there is a safe and welcoming place to draw closer to God.
This Sunday, Pastor Dan will begin a new series on “Discovering Our True Identity ~ A Journey from Ego to the True Self”
God created us and respects the unique creation that we are. We are also designed to be inherently in union with God. The process of us being conformed into the image of God and all that means involves our individual journey from who we “think” we are to who we “truly”are in God; the “False Self” vs “True Self”. This is a vast subject matter and is partly inspired by the book, “Immortal Diamond” by Richard Rhor who states the “False Self” is our “starter kit” life, having been formed by our childhood experiences, society, and all we have come to think life is about and is ego-driven. The “True Self” is our absolute identity, who we are in God, “the branch connected to the vine.”
The goal of this series is to bring to our consciousness, to our awareness the life in God we are privileged and empowered to live, here, now; to walk away from the egocentric “False Self” that is inherently needy and fragile into who you are in God & who God is in you!
Hope to see you all Sunday!