Ground of Faith

*Science without religion is lame: religion without science is blind."

Albert Einstein

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This Life, Next Life, An Overview
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Debunking Common Skeptical Arguments against Paranormal and Psychic Phenomena; 
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debunking Sceptics
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Note: Contributions to this journal need not reflect the views of the Editors or of the Panel



All shall be well..  November  2017

Editor: The Rev. Michael Cocks

Advisory Editor:  Michael Tymn

"To prescribe the conclusions is to preclude the research"

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NOTE !  We invite theological and meditational contributions, for possible publication in  THE GROUND OF FAITH.  It is the hope of those producing this journal that preachers and teachers should have in mind the ever widening understanding of Spirit in their thoughts and communications
Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, Discovering Your Life Plan with Robert Schwartz, author of 'Your Life's Plan and Your Souls' Gift : NZ Workshops in February 2018

Articles by the Editor, Michael Cocks

All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

Posted on 19 July 2017, 14:20

Julian of Norwich wrote: “In my folly, before this time I often wondered why, by the great foreseeing wisdom of God, the onset of sin was not prevented: for then, I thought, all should have been well. This impulse [of thought] was much to be avoided, but nevertheless I mourned and sorrowed because…

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Do we experience Jesus Christ more when we die?

Posted on 05 August 2017, 18:51

Molly:  I wanted to ask about Jesus Christ, whether we are with him all the time and whether we experience him more when we die.

Stephen the Martyr. Hear the words that you have spoken!

Are we nearer to him when we die?

Look at the things…

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Stephen the Martyr on the Second Coming of our Lord.

Posted on 24 August 2017, 15:24

According to Stephen the Martyr, in thinking of the “Second Coming” of Christ we are not to expect some apparition of Jesus, looking like a man in the sky. We should rather look forward to a general awareness that we are truly participants in an In all, through all, above all God. Almost everything…

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The ego mind is like “Hanging on to the tail of a wild horse”

Posted on 21 September 2017, 16:58

During our conversations with the spirit of Stephen the Martyr, he often used picturesque language. Here he sees our clinging to our egotistic minds, swept by currents of emotion and unreason, as clinging to the tail of a wild horse, and afraid to let go.

One can see this in what follows Read more

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Stephen the Martyr’s Prayer the key to enlightenment

Posted on 10 October 2017, 10:22

If we search our hearts, we may find Stephen’s prayer, simple as it is, the key to “enlightnment”, “being born again”, “bodhi” ….

“Lord, let me forget that I am me,
Let me know that I am with thee,
Let me not separate myself from thee,
Because…  Read more

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  Some articles by Michael Tymn

    Editor-in-chief of The Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies

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Professor works to develop Soul Phone

Posted on 09 October 2017, 12:37

Because the flying machine developed by Wilbur and Orville Wright remained in the air for only 59 seconds and covered a distance of only 852 feet on that first day of machine-powered human flight in 1903, the idea of commercial air travel must have seemed very
far-fetched or impractical at the time. …Read more

New ‘Number One’ Book on the Afterlife.

Posted on 11 September 2017, 8:52

In my blog post of December 5, 2016, I listed my “Top 30” old books – those published before 1950.  At the time, I thought that I’d read every significant book before 1950. …Read more


Communication: The Book Tests - Some of the Best Evidence

Posted on 14 August 2017, 8:37

Anyone relying on popular Internet references for information on various renowned mediums from the past will likely conclude that they were all a bunch of fakes.  The debunkers have taken control of many of the popular encyclopedic sites and have obviously made it their mission to discredit,… Read more

NDE researcher sees progress in overcoming adversity

Posted on 31 July 2017, 8:02

In her latest book, A Manual for Developing Humans, P. M. H. Atwater, one of the pioneering researchers of the near-death experience, points out that life is “inherently paradoxical.”  She defines paradox as “parallel principles that have crossed over.” For example, “the only way you can keep love is to give it away.”  The one in her book that particularly jumped out at me is “the smarter we get, the dumber we are becoming.”

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Other articles of interest

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Believing is Not Seeing

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Quantum Physics, The Teachings of Jesus, Understanding Reality

Alastair Bruce Scott-Hill  Author of prize-winning THE PARANORMAL IS NORMAL writes:

“Why we are on Earth”

The above is the title of Chapter 1 of the Rev. Michael Cocks' book,  Afterlife Teachings from Stephen the Martyr.

I must confess when first commencing reading this book, with regard to content, l soon encountered surprise after surprise, a few of which I feel is now worth sharing with you.  continue reading

 Four Must-view videos by Keith Parsons: [two more top left column]

Objective, clear, persuasive:

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1."The Flying Dutchman"

About Gerard Croiset, the Dutch psychic who psychic abilities extended into the past, present and future. Studied by Tennhaeff. Another great video on ESP

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2.Spirit Possession, Spirit Release

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3.Can Spirits materialise?

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4. Medium and  the  Airship

Letter to the Editor, by Lodewijk Langeweg,  Artist, Mystic..from Amsterdam

Dear Michael Cocks,

it is a pleasure reading Afterlife Teaching from Stephen the Martyr.....   From a series of experiences I was turned from being an atheist to someone who knows not only that God exists, but that He loves us so much that He is willing to even experience being each and every one of us.

 continue reading

Note from the Editor:  Lodewijk' ("Lode's" ) essay arrived synchronistically, when I needed it for personal reasons. It is longish, profound, and may speak to many readers

Mathematical Secrets of Ancient Tablet Unlocked After Nearly a Century of Study

Dating 1,000 years before Pythagoras's Theorem, the Babylonian Clay Tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today   Read about it

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

The flurry of findings started last year with a paper that reported the first traversable wormhole that doesn’t require the insertion of exotic material to stay open. Instead, according to Ping Gao and Daniel Jafferis of Harvard University and Aron Wall of Stanford University, the repulsive negative energy in the wormhole’s throat can be generated from the outside by a special quantum connection between the pair of black holes that form the wormhole’s two mouths.

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Congratulations on the new NZ version of CHRISTIAN TODAY

 Launched 27 March, 2017

We are very happy to present articles by young writers in Christian Today

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In the storm: the danger of compartmental Christianity In the storm: the danger of compartmental Christianity
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Big fish, small pond Big fish, small pond
Work together for NZ’s mental health Work together for NZ’s mental health

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the Carnyx.
the Celtic war trumpet
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" if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?" 1 Cor, 14,8
On one occasion, in the kind of Greek spoken by Celts in Thrace  and in Galatia, the Martyr Stephen called himself a Celtic War Trumpet, i.e. a Celt.

He said he was born across the river from  Ancyra (modern Ankara) in a small village called Seletar. He said that the name meant the Fourth Landing Place. (That is a possible translation.)

His words make good sense, if we accept his statement, that they were spoken to Joseph the parent of Jesus who  was a leader of a camp of the Nazarene sect of Essenes in Galilee. 

It looks as if Stephen had completed two years as a novice, and was about to be admitted as a full member through participation in the Messianic Communion service.
The former Bishop of Christchurch N.Z., the Rt. Rev. Dr David Coles writes:

"Michael is a retired priest in this diocese and has for many years explored alternative religious experiences.

The book is certainly not mainstream but for those who wish to explore "other- dimensional" spiritual experience through the eyes of an Anglican priest focusing on the Communion of Saints, it will be of considerable interest.
The Rt Rev. Edward Holland, formerly Asst Bishop of Europe, and then Bishop of Colchester writes:

"– I have been very affected by it.   What comes to mind immediately is:  

1. the sense of life after death being very close, very normal and not very intimidating;

 2. Stephen’s experience of being at first after his death very tied up with his identity as Stephen but later leaving that behind and only picking it up again in order to communicate with Thomas and the others;  

3. the way in which individuality becomes much less important but that nevertheless the ‘ego’ is not something to be avoided but something which contributes to this experience of being part of the whole."

 . . . . .

"It has to be said that most people do not really believe in God at a rational level, though probably most do at an emotional level.   This is why almost everyone fumbles over the resurrection of Jesus.   For most it's an impossible

 What Stephen confirms for me is that it is an entirely natural event, which if only they believed should surprise no one.   As Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, the great Russian Orthodox leader in this country who died a year or so ago said -  I paraphrase him:

 'How strange to believe that life can die and not believe that life can live!' "

Prof. Emerit. Mary Carman Rose:

“A wondrous book!  St Stephen is a fine spiritual director. I am grateful for the gaining of new insights into some centrally important Christian beliefs. My own gift of faith in eternal life has been given wonderful support in this volume.”
[She was Catholic, formerly professor of philosophy at Goucher College, Towson Md., and taught in a seminary for priests. She was  former editor of The Journal of the Academy of Religion and Psychic Research]