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To all who live in or near southern California, please come out to the 2011 One God Seminar in Pasadena this weekend (May 28-29, 2011). The location is the Embassy Suites Hotel (211 East Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91006). The conference runs through Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. I hope to meet up with some of you there. If you would like to attend please email Ken Westby (westby@Godward.org). Here is the official announcement from Ken:

You are cordially invited to attend our 10th annual One God Seminar exploring the wondrous and phenomenal nature of God. It promises to be our best yet! The Memorial Day weekend should make it easier for most to attend: arrive Friday, fly home Monday.

Schedule & Location:

May 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, seminars all day: 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Just for our group: A special in-hotel get acquainted social hour with Hors D’oeuvres and drinks follows Saturday’s seminars. Meetings will be held in the El Monte/Baldwin meeting rooms at:

The Embassy Suites Hotel, Arcadia-Pasadena
211 East Huntington Drive
Arcadia, California 91006
626-445-8525

If you will be flying or driving to the Pasadena area please stay at the Embassy Suites as we’ve arranged reduced rates for our attendees. We have reserved a block of rooms and for reservations by phone call 1-800-362-2779 and ask for The One God Seminars group rate. To make reservations on-line the hotel has created a personalized group website link for us. Click hereto book your room just like any reservation over the internet. Reservations need to be made by 5/16/11 — after that date any reservation request will be offered best available rate. My friend Bob Ellsworth, who lives in Pasadena, has assisted in making these fine arrangements.

As you know, the Embassy Suites proves to be a good bargain since a full breakfast and evening drinks and snacks are included in the price of your suite. The room rate for the king bedded suite is $109 a night–very good for this part of Southern California.

Speakers:

We have scheduled some of our best speakers from previous seminars and have added some new ones. All the topics will be new. You will hear from Sir Anthony Buzzard, famous author and trailblazer leading a return to biblical monotheism; Sean Finnegan of Boston whose websites and debating skills have helped many to reexamine the Trinity tradition; Kermit Zarley, author of The Restitution of Jesus Christ, Evangelical leader, and professional athlete; Noel Rude, linguist and scholar who is not afraid to challenge orthodoxy; and several other speakers presenting carefully researched topics guaranteed to make us think fresh thoughts.

One of the new speakers presenting this year is Nehemia Gordon, a Torah teacher from Jerusalem. He will be touring the USA at the time and has scheduled a stop to visit with us and present a seminar or two. He is fluent in Hebrew, of the Karaite Jewish tradition, and has done extraordinary work in the field of our seminar focus. He is co-author of the book, A Prayer to Our Father–the Hebrew origins to the Lord’s Prayer. I’ve heard Nehemia speak, answer questions, and have had him to our home for dinner and discussions. You will thoroughly enjoy and profit from his learning and energetic presentations.

Scope:

This seminar series is dedicated to learning all that can be known about Yahweh, our Great God, and his glorious Son, Jesus Christ. We seek to know Who God Is and What He is Like, with the purpose of moving Godward and becoming more like him in character, wisdom, love, and in Godly actions of kindness toward others.

The truth about God has been hidden and largely buried under centuries of tradition and stained glass. God has been presented as an impossible-to-comprehend three- or two-headed “Godhead.” He has been presented as the pagan Greeks understood their deities, not how Abraham or Moses or Jesus understood God as a personal being–a heavenly Father. Orthodoxy has removed God from the understandable and made him a “divine mystery.” Similar damage has been done to the true Jesus of the Gospels. Tradition presents him as not fully human and not like one of us but rather a preexistent God who entered the womb of Mary. What has mankind in common with such a mythical “superman”?

Scripture tells a different story from the orthodox creeds of Christendom which in the 4th and 5th centuries set these errors in stone. It is time to discover the full truth of the One God and the Real Jesus, who was and is a man and now rules from heaven at his Father’s side. Jesus has shown how a human, transformed by God, can enter the eternal presence of His Majesty. We must follow him and learn to think about God as Jesus thought about God; to learn to become one with God as Jesus became one with God. How does Jesus describe himself and his God? Strikingly different from what you learned in Sunday School, church, or in theological seminary.

Bring your challenges and questions. Let us reason together to learn all we can about God, who after all is the foundation of truth and faith. What could be more important? Our religion is based upon our concept of God. If that God-understanding is corrupted or skewed, so will be our worship and faith. We must get our God-concept as pure and right as possible and as true to Scripture as possible. These two days will be the most intellectually and spiritually stimulating days you will have experienced in years…maybe ever. Scores of previous attendees can enthusiastically testify that it was for them.

I will once again be your host and MC the program. JoAn and I are looking forward to seeing all of you again and maybe bumping into some old friends from the days we were college students in Pasadena. Almost everyone has a friend or relative living in California so why not invite one of yours to join you in attending this 10th annual seminar?

Please let me know if you are planning to attend.

Your friend,

–Ken Westby

Association for Christian Development
27013 Pacific Ave S #400
Des Moines, WA 98198
www.Godward.org
westby@Godward.org

  

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