WALKING SPIRITUALLY

2018 06-09

The Great Equalizer

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

We live in a time under an intense delusion of inequality. I’m not taking about the shallow front page stuff that pits one race against another or one sexual preference against another. Most of these crusades are nothing more than this group or that group wanting special privileges and recognition under the guise of trying to convince others they are being discriminated against. They are reminiscent of small children wanting their way. The reality is they are so insecure that they seek outward sources of affirmation as their identity. They are like spoiled children wanting their way or else they will behave badly until they get their way.

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2018 05-11

Enlightenment

 

By Benjamin Raven Pressley
    When using the term ‘enlightenment’ I would venture to say that most people immediately think of Buddhism or some eastern Indian religion. I would like to propose it is not exclusive to Buddhism and far eastern religions and it isn’t some mystical out of body experience as I have heard various gurus from India expound. (more…)

2018 04-02

The Cross

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

What is so important about the cross? Is it just a symbol of Christianity? Is it just a decorative ornament to hang around our neck? I think most people in this day and time cannot even relate to the significance of the cross. To most it is some vague reference to a time gone by in Roman history. Most know the story on some level of how Jesus Christ was crucified on a Roman cross. I think that probably most Christians don’t even know the deep down meaning themselves. But it is so much more significant than that…

The cross was an instrument of torture used in some form or another by different civilizations to punish and kill their enemies but without a doubt the Roman empire perfected it. Herodotus, the Greek historian tells us that the Persians used crucifixion as a form of extreme punishment. Other sources reveal the practice among the Assyrians, the Scythians, (more…)

2018 03-23

Mindfulness

 By Benjamin Raven Pressley

MINDFULNESS is a popular subject these days. On one side it sounds very progressive and modern in these days when people are searching for ways to cope with everyday life in general. On the other it sounds very esoteric and mysterious something unique to Buddhism and those who claim enlightenment. It is something that has certainly been capitalized on by many a spiritual guru out to make a dollar off the innocent and naïve. But it is really none of those things and isn’t that hard to understand and will make such a difference in our day to day lives if we understand it and incorporate it into our lives. Let me attempt to clear up the mystery. (more…)

2018 02-17

Is Jesus The Answer?

WHAT DO CHRISTIANS MEAN WHEN THEY SAY ‘JESUS IS THE ANSWER’?

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

   Don’t get mad or just dismiss when a Christian says Jesus is the answer to this culture of hate and fear. Let me try to explain to those who just blanket reject the idea that Jesus is the answer and explain why it is a viable solution or at least a step in the right direction. (more…)

2018 02-02

How Deep Are You?

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

Spirituality is something that can be as deep as you want it to be. It is a part of you that has to be intentionally explored and nurtured. Prayer, meditation, reading and pondering deeply spiritual insights…all these things will connect you to your spirit and to the Creator. It is a dimension that will help you to excel on all levels…mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. (more…)

2018 01-23

Touching God

  The Michelangelo painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of God creating man is certainly well-known, highly recognizable and iconic. The hand of Adam touching the hand of God is also, I think, very symbolic of the human need to touch God. Is it possible to ‘touch God’ in some manner? Does he even care? Is he real enough to touch, if not physically then in some spiritual connection?  (more…)

2017 12-27

Are We Making This Too Hard?

ARE WE MAKING THIS TOO HARD?

By Benjamin Raven Pressley

 

All of my life I have observed how many religious institutions have kept Christ just out of the reach of people. Preachers scream out His name from the pulpit followed by ‘Just As I Am’ and people come to the altar. Jesus gloriously saves all who come. Then the bidding for your soul begins. “Yes you are saved”, they say, “but now you gotta…” And then it begins. I have been there, done that and oh, buddy do I have the T-shirt to prove it! I remember when I got saved and filled with the Holy Spirit how free I was, indescribably free. I felt so clean, unfettered. Then it was you have to do this, you have to do that, you have to cut off this and grow out that and stop doing this. (more…)

2017 12-09

Stormy Hill

At Jesus’ crucifixion have you ever wondered what things looked like to the angels that surrounded Christ invisible to man’s eyes, from their point of view? The crucifixion was a crossroads in eternity. It was the climax of the spiritual world and the line that divided the physical world from the spiritual world. That moment in time changed EVERYTHING. You better believe angels and demon spirits were present. No man took Jesus’ life; He laid down his life willingly to satisfy judgment and to the pay the price to save humankind. This story is my imagining of what this scene looked like from an angel that was there’s point of view. (more…)

2017 10-26

The Journey

THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL: A   collection of stories and poems for the journey!

 

THE JOURNEY

By Benjamin ‘Raven’ Pressley

   In this post I wanted to just share several thoughts on this journey we all are on, this journey called life. A journey that is easier for some than others but then that is only in how one looks at one’s circumstances. It certainly is different for all of us. And this life is but a chapter, perhaps volume one, of a journey that leads us to the gates of eternity and who knows what lies beyond that gate we call death. Each and everyday I realize more and more that on this journey I only have the power to change me and that I need help from a higher power if I am going to even achieve that. I don’t have to change the world. That is God’s job. And I realize that higher power, whom I call God, can be trusted and that He is more than able to take ANY person from where THEY are to where they need to be. And that journey is different for us all. It isn’t a race we win and everybody else in the race loses. It is a race where those who arrive at the finish line hear the very same words, “Welcome. Enter in to the place I have prepared for you.” (more…)

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