I Remember Now with Pastor Tim Tengblad

Eight years ago at one of our Aurapalooza’s, I was in the kitchen putting out more food for our guests and a very tall, nice looking gentlemen walked towards me with a gentle smile and extended his hand. He introduced himself, Tim Tengblad, a Lutheran Pastor. He said he had read one of my books and wanted to learn more about spirituality so that he could bring it to his congregation. I was speechless for a second while I gathered my wits about me. A Lutheran Pastor? Here at my teaching Center? He wants what? My head was spinning with questions. Is he serious? Is this a joke?

He didn’t look like he was joking. He looked quite authentic. I have no idea what I said back to him, I was so nervous. This was the second time in my life that a Lutheran pastor had approached me about spirituality and that relationship turned out to be wonderful so I told myself to relax. He asked if we could meet for coffee and I said of course, even though the thought of it scared the heck out of me. I walked around in a daze for the rest of the day. I knew something important was happening here and I couldn’t imagine what it could be.

About a week later we had our first coffee date and I was on pins and needles. I was raised to revere the clergy. They were honorable men who were close to God and we need to be respectful of their station in life. In a way, I felt like I was tripping over myself for fear of saying something wrong or being inappropriate in some way. There had to be some old beliefs inside because I’m not usually inappropriate with people. I definitely needed him to take the lead because I didn’t know how to start out the conversation with a Pastor. One by one, all these mis-conceptions were addressed and I started to think of him as a person rather than God’s first Sergeant . A psychic and a pastor having coffee seemed like a very odd twosome to me, but I soon found out it was exactly what both of us needed.

We began meeting every couple of weeks and slowly I brought up different topics. Reincarnation was a big one that Tim was interested in. He was also interested in healing, different levels of our souls and life after death. Before I knew it, we were chatting like two old, very old souls catching up with each other. We jumped from topic to topic, so excited to hear what each other believed. I met his spirit guides and started channeling information to him. We had so much fun sharing our thoughts and beliefs.

I think it was on our third coffee date that Jesus appeared to me and asked if I would give “Paul” a message for him. Turns out, he and Jesus went to school together and were very close friends. Tim’s name in that life was Paul and mine was Ruth. Jesus channeled such a wonderful message to him and it left both of us in awe of what we had learned about ourselves that day.

Tim and I have met several times over the last several years and it’s been incredibly healing and inspiring for both of us. He’s been a great source of information for me regarding Christianity and the Bible and I’ve been a source of information for him about spiritual matters. About two weeks ago in meditation, I heard that it’s time for Pastor Tim, who is now retired, to have a column in my website where he can share his thoughts on spirituality and religion and also answer questions that you have about them. My hope is to bring them live through a podcast someday.

There is a series of books that Tim and I both love written by author Gina Lake. Her books are channelings that she has with Jesus. They really resonate with my soul. We particularly love What Jesus Wants You to Know Today.

I’m going to start it out with the first question I asked him eight years ago. What makes you interested in spirituality coming from a strong religious background?



I Remember Now ~ Acorns and Oak Trees ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad ~ Post 78

By Tim / May 5, 2024

Readers of this column sometimes share with me: “You’re always saying that we are love, but looking at what’s happening in the world, it’s hard to believe.” I get it. Sometimes I want to say the same thing to myself! This is what I tell myself: We are to love as an acorn is to an oak tree. It’s all there within us. We all just have a whole lot of growing to do.  When we watch the news, we’re often seeing acorns. But I’m convinced that when the Divine looks at us, it sees oak trees. It knows what it…


I Remember Now ~ Totality ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 77

By Tim / April 12, 2024

I watched with amazement at the recent solar eclipse. For me, it was not so much the eclipse itself, but the human response to it. You may have heard that one Congress member said the eclipse was God calling us to repent as a nation. According to this belief, God is going to be calling us to repent again on August 12, 2045, when this next natural phenomenon will again occur. I wonder what we’ll be doing at that point to bring about such a celestial call to get our act together? I don’t know. Maybe there’s a certain comfort…


I Remember Now ~ The Love We Came From ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 76

By Tim / April 6, 2024

Even though I’m retired from my many years as a Lutheran Pastor, I still officiate at an occasional memorial service. The local funeral home calls me when they know they’re working with a family that describes themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” I’m most comfortable with the spiritual but not religious space these days. There isn’t the pressure or the expectations to do it “right.” I don’t feel like I have to say certain things and use the “right” language. I don’t have to talk about believing the right things about Jesus so the deceased or everyone there can get…


I Remember Now ~ A Troubling Question ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 75

By Tim / January 17, 2024

Have you ever been asked this question? “Have you accepted Christ as your personal Savior?” The question troubles me. It is one that has been held over people’s heads as a requirement for eternal salvation. This is interesting, because that phrase or question is not in the New Testament. It is actually quite new to the religious scene. The idea of ‘accepting a personal Savior’ originated in American revivalism in the mid-1800s. How does the question make you feel? If you’re like me, it brings up feelings of fear, and pulls me into myself. The question tells me there is…


I Remember Now ~ Mission ’24 ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 73

By Tim / December 30, 2023

Mission for 2024   Smile And Be Kind See what it brings Help yourself remember Help those around you remember You Are Love         Pastor Tim Tengblad  timtengblad@comcast.net If you’d like to receive notifications of a recent post, send me an email.  


I Remember Now ~ Being. Not Agreeing. ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 72

By Tim / December 14, 2023

You’re busy. I’ll get right to it. The healing of all our divisiveness comes from Being. Not Agreeing. We seem to only be able to see unity when we agree with one another. This points immediately to where almost all of us live- in our heads. Every day we’re saying to each other, “if you think like me, I will know a connection with you.”  So we are tribal people. We associate with those who think like us and share our opinions or viewpoints. But a viewpoint is only a view from a point. That point is our very limited…


I Remember Now ~ Failing Our Children ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad ~ Post 71

By Tim / November 1, 2023

As I write this, it’s Halloween, and trick or treaters are coming to our door…. As I write this, we are failing the children of the world. From innocent children being traumatized, wounded, and killed by warring adults. To gun violence now being the number one cause of death in the U.S. for children. From  “Pro-Life” movements being more like “Pro-Birth” movements; trying to make  sure the baby is born, but then after that you’re on your own. The lack of support for affordable child care, health insurance, and early childhood education come to mind. We see the true essence…


I Remember Now ~ Life is Knowing. Forgetting. Remembering ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 70

By Tim / October 22, 2023

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, Hath had elsewhere its setting And cometh from afar. Not in entire forgetfulness do we come From God who is our home. Heaven lies about us in our infancy. William Wordsworth “Ode on Initiations: Recollections of Early Childhood”   In my 71 trips around the sun, I have observed that Wordsworth had it right in his lovely poem. This life is a kind of knowing, forgetting, and (hopefully) a remembering.   Life is knowing. Life on earth begins with a certain kind…


I Remember Now ~ Quantum Love ~ Pastor Tim Tengblad Post 69

By Tim / October 19, 2023

We understand or are aware of the tiniest fraction of the reality we live in. In a world where everything seems so separate, there is in the world of Science/Physics the study of Quantum. The quantum state is the smallest measurable unit of any particle. In the reality we cannot see or understand, yet live in, the smallest measurable unit of each particle cannot be described independently of the state of others. They remain connected, and continue to affect each other, even when separated by vast distances. Full disclosure: I don’t understand what the heck I just wrote. I recently…


I Remember Now ~ The Zig Zag Way~ Pastor Tim Tengblad – Post 68

By Tim / September 17, 2023

When I was in elementary school, I walked the same way, every day to Garfield Elementary, in St. Cloud, MN. I walked to the end of our alley, and took a left a 1/2 block to Martini’s neighborhood store. Right one block. Left one block. Right one block. Left one block to Garfield Elementary. I loved it there. The route I traveled came to be affectionately called, “the Zig Zag Way” by my family. I loved the Zig Zag Way. Along the way, I would create different adventures. One day I was a cowboy riding my horse, Flicka, to some…