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Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
2:08 pm
[mintogrubb]
From the sermon in church today:-
Phil, our minister, had some pictures on the overhead projector. and we had to say whether each one was a sheep or a goat. Spot the sheep? It sounds easy, but some sheep have horns and are very different from the domestic sheep we have in England. But the deal is that sheep have tails that hang down , whereas goats tails stick up. so, yes, the oriental shepherd would look closely and seperate sheep from goats.

In Ezekiel 34, the prophet says that God will appoint a shepherd to gather up His flock that is scattered. keeping in mind that the prophet wrote this while in Exile, and we see how the jews would recieve this word gladly.
But towards the end, he says that the fat sheep have oppressed the lean sheep and trampled them, Some in Israel had grown fat at the expense of the lowly, and god was not pleased.

Now Phil compares that passage to the parable of the Sheep and the Goats in the Gospels. Jesus himself says he will seperate people on the basis of their actions. Not their doctrines, not their social status or religious background, but simply how they treated "His brothers".

The 'sheep' in the Parable are suprised. "When did we see you hungry and thirsty, Lord?" they ask him. and he tells them.
The goats are equally shocked. but He tells them also when they left Him hungry, thirsty and cold.

The Parable is a little dificult to apply. it is clear that the sheep did it just because that is what they are naturally like. they never wanted to impress Jesus , or win brownie points wiith God. they we just doing what came natural. So, for a minister to say to his flock " go ye therefore and do likewise2 - that isn't really what the message is about.
But that is what Jesus is looks for. Not whether people have tails that stick up or down, but those with a compassionate heart for "His brothers".

Of course, we come to any passage of scripture with our own experience and knowledge - our own unquestioned assumptions even.
Who *are* Christ's broters in the Parable?
Is it our fellow Christians only?
Is it the children of Israel, those of the Jewish race among us today?
Or are all the people on Earth to be considered as brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ?

I note that jesus does not explicitly say which is the case, but I feel that if one considers the third option and goes with it, one cannot go wrong.

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Saturday, May 31st, 2008
10:21 pm
[mintogrubb]
The United Reformed Church
Hello peeps,
the name is Grubb. Minto Grubb. I went looking among my friends User info pages and found this place.

A bit about me - I am a member of the United Reformed Church, and have been since 1997.
The Church itself was founded in England in 1975, when the Presbyterians, the Congregationalist and the Churches of Christ decided to amalgamate.

Although someone who was baptised into the Anglican church as a baby, I felt more drawn to the free churches as I grew up. Although the URC is quite progressive when it comes to things like the ordination of women, I am still interested in the historical roots of Christianity and am currently reading about the Early Church Fathers.

At present, I do reading, research and I write articles for my local Church magazine. Although I'm not ordained, my church does encourage the laity to participate in many ways in the life of the church, and one day, I hope to become a qualified lay preacher.

For the present, though, I have made a fair number of friends on other forums on LJ, and I hope to make a few more here.

http://www.urc.org.uk/
click the link for the URC website.

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Saturday, August 25th, 2007
11:51 am
[quodscripsi]
Video
I am looking for a video that I think was on Youtube about a Catholic Seminary that brought in a new disciplinary 'sargent' guy who tackles people. It is a spoof of an army spoof. But I can't find it. Anyone know what I am talking about or where it is?

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Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
5:29 pm
[dammy06lkpwjgss]
Jesse tree
I decided to use a Jesse tree this year. I'm receiving e-mails about Catholicism and Saints of the day. It tells me all the symbols to use. It says "Then read the Scripture verse and explain the significance in Salvation History". It doesn't give me the scripture verse. Does anyone know what they are?

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
5:02 am
[dammy06lkpwjgss]
hi, my name is Dorothea. I'm new to this community. Currently, I am Methodist but I'm working on becoming part of the Catholic church. Hopefully I can ask many questions here b/c my mom doesn't always know the answers and hearing all of them has to get tiring. Just thought I'd introduce myself. guten nacht!

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Sunday, April 9th, 2006
5:32 pm
[nilram]
Please read the entry I made in my journal today. Thank you and God Bless.

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
8:55 am
[nilram]
Good Morning!
Just Wanted to say good morning, Two Weeks til Easter. All of you who gave up something for Lent hope you are doing well with your sacrifice. Anyway, may God's light shine down on each and every one of you.

Current Mood: indescribable

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Monday, March 27th, 2006
4:24 pm
[nilram]
Hi, I'm Nilram. I'm new to L.J. and this community. Just wanted to introduce myself, I currently have two entries in my journal, feel free to view and comment on them. thanks for the time.

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Saturday, March 25th, 2006
2:23 pm
[ethelflaed]
Baptism
I have a question. . .what is the evidence for baptism being purely symbolic vs. an actual cleansing of sin? (Forgive the awkward phrasing. I'm not sure how to put it better.) I was always taught that baptism was purely symbolic. But now I've been wondering about it, and. . .I'm just very confused. And both arguments feel convincing at the moment.

Help?

If this has already been discussed ad nauseam, just point me toward the old posts and I'll read them - or let me know and I'll look for them myself. :-)

-Ethelflaed-

Current Mood: confused

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11:36 am
[hearts_keep]
Hi...newbie here:)
Hi, my name is Laura, I'm 21, and a Roman Catholic. My dad has always been Catholic, and my mom was originally Southern Baptist...then became Presbyterian...then Methodist...and now is Catholic. I kind of lie somewhere between the traditional pre-Vatican II Catholics and the Protestant faiths of my mom. (Often when I was growing up I would go first to my mom's service, and then to Catholic mass.) I'm looking for a community which will allow me to grow closer to Christians...from all walks of life...and learn from them.

God Bless
Laura:)

Current Mood: thoughtful

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Monday, March 20th, 2006
8:17 pm
[gods_step_son]
New one!

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Friday, March 17th, 2006
12:29 pm
[gods_step_son]
New Entry! Please read it!!

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Thursday, March 16th, 2006
5:10 pm
[gods_step_son]
First Entry!
Hi everyone!!
My name Is Jeron, I'm from Iowa, which is a bad place because there is only corn and wheat out here, but what is good is that I come from a community of FAITH!! I believe that the good Lord sent me here for a reason, and that is to help the world out, and I want to!! I'm 16 years old, don't drive yet, but I have great friends that will drive me to church any time I want (which is a lot!! LOL!!!). I have struggles like everyone else does, and that's ok because the Church can heal everyone and everything, as long as they have Faith, which I knoew everyone does, but some people pretend that they don't. I live with my dad now because my mother was not a believer, in fact she is very evil.
She left me and my sister because she found out that she was a lezbian. She went through Faith Therapy, a program at my church that helps cure the gay people, but after that program she kept saying how sad she was, and how she couln't be herself. So she married my dad and made me and my sister, but even her own children that God gave her didn't make her not want to return to her evil lifestyle.
So I pray every day that my mother will learn to turn her back on her evil ways and be normal like all the other normal people that have been turned away from their evil lifestyles through Faith Therapy.

I'm sorry I had to be so serious with my first LJ entry, but I think it's a good way to tell you a little about myself. I am part of GodRox, my Church's outreach program, this year has been great so far...Ask me about it!! I'm going to try to get a REAL picture up soon, but this computer is new.

In God's Love and Holy name,

Jeron!

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Sunday, March 5th, 2006
4:30 pm
[aikitaiso]
Protestant Monasticism
Dear Friends,
I once read a little section where the late Trappist, Thomas Merton, mentions the fact that while not too widespread and indeed, vanishing out, there was some movements of monasticism in Protestanism. I was wondering if anyone here can lead me in the right direction on information on this subject? Also, can anyone cite any recent legitimate monastic movements in Protestantnism? Thanks!
Peace to all here in our Lord, Christ Jesus.

Current Mood: calm

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Saturday, February 25th, 2006
7:46 pm
[ethelflaed]
"There is only one Jesus Christ and one faith, and all the rest is a dispute over trifles."
(Well, not trifles exactly, but. . .eh.)

I'm just a Christian who was looking for a good Christian community to join, but where I wouldn't have to worry about interdenominational fights. So. . .hi? I'm Flaed, a strange little Anglican girl. (Although I'm not sure if I'm technically Anglican. . .I was baptized into the Episcopal Church, re-baptized into a Presybtarian Church, now my family is back with the Anglican Church. . . .) I am discovering an interest in Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. I like books. I write in short sentences when nervous.

Er. . .on an entirely different note. . .could anyone here possibly tell me how the Catholic-Lutheran and Catholic-Anglican talks are going? Google is not being helpful, though from what I can tell the Anglican talks are kaput. I have read that this book has some information about it, but I don't have it. . .yet.

-Ethelflaed-

Current Mood: nervous

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Friday, February 24th, 2006
1:21 pm
[gifts_of_rain]
Help?
Hey everyone.
I'm a fairly new Christian, and I've been wondering about the different denominations within the Christian faith. I got involved with the church through my school, which is Baptist, and so that's my current church. I don't really know anything about other or even my own denomination though, so I was wondering if anyone could help me out and tell me about the differences in beliefs, practices, etc. between denominations. Any info you guys could offer would be helpful. :)

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
6:12 am
[fish_pony]
Pray for them.

This article is about the church I attended while growing up in Decatur, AL.  Please pray for all of them.  They need all the help and understanding they can get. 

http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051003/assault.shtml



Current Mood: sad

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
9:51 pm
[zcatcurious]
To kill or not to kill?
Imagine, if you will, the following scenario:

You are standing in a shopping mall, when you hear a 'clunk!'
You look down.
There is an automatic pistol on the floor, beside you.
You pick it up.
It is real, it is loaded, and the safety is off.
At this point, the guy who dropped the gun takes another one from a bag which he is carrying. Standing in the middle of the mall, he proceeds to fire at shoppers. There is a large, thick concrete wall behind him. You have a clear shot.

Do you use the gun?
For those of you who might be tempted to shoot him in the arm or leg, first consider how good your aim really is.

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Friday, August 19th, 2005
8:21 pm
[zcatcurious]
"on this rock" (copied)
“Kago de soi lego hoti su ei petros, kai epi taute te petrai oikodomeso mou ten ekklesian” (“And I also say to you that you are Rock, and upon this rock I will build of me the church”) - Matthew 16:18

This short passage generates a considerable degree of contention, particularly regarding the difference between “petros” and “petra”. The problem is that they are different words. The first is a masculine noun most commonly used for small, separate pieces of stone. The second is a feminine noun most commonly used for large areas of stone.
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All of this has been a discussion of the text. Jesus, as mentioned earlier, did not speak Greek and said neither “petros” nor “petra”; he spoke Aramaic and said, “cephas”. The writer of Matthew used two words which are similar, yet different, creating a verbal relationship which would have been immediately and vividly apparent to a contemporary reader in a way that the use of either “lithos” or “pagos” would not have been. As for the motivation behind it, I will leave that up to you.

Current Mood: sick

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2005
11:42 am
[randmconstructs]
In the World, But Not of It

I didn't put up a struggle and I fell head long into sin.  And when the opportunity came, I saw a way to move out of that world. 

But God held me there and said, "Stay."

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I believe that with your prayer,  God's hands will move on the Co-Ops.  That God will start something new here and change us from the inside out.  I need your help though. 

I'm asking for prayer pledges.

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Thank you.

 

James 1:5-8

 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

x-posted everywhere

 

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Monday, August 15th, 2005
11:45 am
[zcatcurious]
Salvation

Imagine a hypothetical person. Let's call him Ahmed. Ahmed grows up in a Muslim family, in a Muslim community, in Afghanistan. He is taught Islam, which is the only view of God that he knows. One day, as a result of events in a far away place, foreign soldiers come to his land. Their leader says that they are 'Christians'. They say that they are hunting for criminals who did a terrible thing, but every around him says that these foreigners are inveterate liars. Members of Ahmed's community tell him how, many years in the past, these 'Christians' launched an unprovoked war against the Muslim people and massacred hundreds of thousands. In the course of their hunting, the foreign soldiers drop bombs. They bomb Ahmed's home.

His mother dies. His father dies. His brothers and his sisters die. Ahmed himself is crippled for life.

At first, the foreigners say that someone in the house fired at their warplanes. Later, they say that it was all just a misunderstanding.

Eventually, Ahmed grows up and, because he is a very good student, wins a scholarship to a foreign, 'Christian' country. While there, Christians tell him their message and try to convert him to their religion, saying that it is a religion of love. Every time he hears the message, Ahmed remembers the terror, the fire, the pain and the grief of those bombs. For him, Christianity is a rhetoric of love laid over a reality of violence. Ahmed never converts. Finally, he dies. Does he go straight to Hell for rejecting Christ?

Current Mood: okay

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Monday, August 8th, 2005
10:09 am
[elvenartistm]
Maybe it's just me, but...
[mood| working]
[music| Frou Frou- Let Go]


This community is usually full with very positive entries and ideas, but I think that lately it's gotten a little strange. I don't mean to offend anyone, and I'm open for disucssion, but I think it's really important to look at the big picture when it comes to Christianity, and to realize that things we feel are wrong may stem from something we don't understand.

I don't agree with Satanists, and I don't think the Star Wars movies are perfect, but Jesus taught us to love each other and treat each other as brothers and sisters. That is the big picture.

There is a general battle against sin, but I believe it's mostly against the sin inside ourselves. I mean, how do you fight a "war" against something, if you are full of it yourself? None of us can escape it, and some are more lost than others. The best way to preach God's Word is not to trick or force people into Christianity, but to live the life and educate them when they realize you have something they don't.

I'm not so good at articulating myself, lol. But, I have a great book for you all to read! It's called Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller. It's about a man and his spiritual journey, and it's very intimate and honest. No creepy, pushy stuff. I think if I wanted to explain why I believed what I did, and how I believe it, to someone who doesn't, I'd give them that book.

I hope you are all doing well! Peace ^_^

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1:16 am
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Sunday, August 7th, 2005
9:55 am
[howardtuttleman]
BEWARE: DO NOT SEE THE STAR WARS MOVIES
Hello, My name is Howard Tuttleman and I am from Detroit Michigan. I am looking for like-minded people to join my Anti Star-Wars Movement. If you are already a non-fan, you can go straight to my web page for more information. http://www.howardtuttleman.com
I am pretty mad right now. You see, when I was younger I never happened to catch The Star Wars like so many of others did. Sure, I was aware of it quite a bit, and had heard OF it a lot. As a kid there were plenty of times when bullys would punish me whith wiffle-bats that they pretended were light-sabers, and I would always get drafted to play a Speeder-biker or an Ewok when everyone else got to be main-characters. Obviously these things left a bad taste in my mouth about the Star Wars. I started getting my parents to buy me the action-figures and vehicles, and that brought plenty of kids over to my house, and people THOUGHT I had seen it because I had quite a collection.

So when I finally saw some of the novels at the library, I gave-in and picked up the first in the series. It completely captivated me and made me realize exactly what was going on, and I didn't even HAVE to see the movie. I moved on to the next 2 books shortly after, and now reading them has become a yearly tradition for me. I was enthralled by the Socio-Political struggles and the in-depth character building so much in fact that I began to realize something. That something truly this special would be significantly weakened by condensing them into 3 ridiculously short Hollywood-style movies. The concept of these movies is just laughable to me that they would even TRY something like this. I therefore established "The Anti Star-Wars Movie Movement".

You may be asking "Howard, how does this relate to me and my life?". The answer is simple. The Star Wars can be a very good, safe, family friendly read. You can picture whatever you want. You can imagine imagine ANYONE you want for ANY character in the book. Luke Skywalker could be a Jesus Christ figure (not literaly of course). There are many good moral lessons that could be like proverbs (again, not literaly) for a more modern youth. The movies are very graphic (from what I hear) and could destroy this more wholesome, meaningful approach.

You see, when I read the novels I have very vivid pictures of what certain space-ships, monsters or planets look like, and the best part is that I can imagine whatever actors I want playing the main-characters. I obviously imagine myself as Luke because I feel that I really capture the character well (especially in the 3rd book). My best picks for the other characters is how I visualize Han-Solo as being Patrick Swayze. He has that dashing charisma that the character MUST have. I imagine Darth-Vader's voice as this guy Lance I know who is a real bully-type just like the character. Another one I have is harder to explain but I will try. I chose my dog Morris to be Chewbacca, but now he is 8 feet tall and can stand on 2 legs. If an element of the story is too hard to imagine, that is the ONLY time I will accept an out-side influence and refer to my action-figures. But as you see, no matter how you imagine it, it's harmless. I did by accident see an interview on tv when Episode II came out in theaters. It had the actor that played Qui-Gon-Gin saying "I'm just glad I wasn't one of the aliens that looked like he had (female anatomy) on his fore-head. You do not know how shocked I was. I checked and made sure I wasn't watching some sort of spoof-show. No, this was a bonafide movie-interview. If things like THAT are going on in the movie, I will DEFINATELY take my cast. Yes, sir.

In conclusion, if you haven't seen the movies yet then STAY FAR AWAY from them. Keep your childeren away from them. This is a great story that we can enjoy and learn from if we keep our minds blank from the attacks of Holly-Wood on our senses. Join me in my movement.

Again, for more information please go to http://www.howardtuttleman.com

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Saturday, July 16th, 2005
3:55 pm
[mrhowell18]
Hello! My name is Mandy. I have been catholic all my life. I try to go to church every week, and i even attended a catholic high school. I never really questioned my faith. I enjoyed my close relationship with God. When i prayed, it was mostly for my family. However, something happened to me a week ago that changed everything. Let me explain.

I work in the Emergency Room at our local hospital. My job includes assiting patients to the restroom. It was an ordinary situation, I pushed her bed to the bathroom and helped her into it. She revealed her entire life story to me. She was 80 something living in retirement apartments in my town. She had been living there since 1979, when she became a widow. She spoke clearly yet with so much pain. She had no relatives near her. The closest lived in Minnesota. She was to weak to attend church. She caught my attention when she said, "Honey, i want to thank-you for your help, but i also want you to pray for me." I was speechless. I nodded and smiled. She then broke the silence with more bad news. Her doctor had decided she be better fit in a nursing home. She about broke down in tears trying to explain her discomfort in that idea. Finally getting a word out, I asked her what church did she belong too. She simply answered, St. Joseph. My jaw dropped. I was from the same church. We talked for like twenty minutes about the parish and its priest. For the first time i saw her smile. I was sent off to do other work, but i saw her again right before she was sent upstairs to the floor. I gave her a large smile and take care. I think of her, and I try to pray for her whenever i can. At my work I see suffering all the time, but for some reason this story stood out. I may only be 19, but I feel like my relationship with God and my spirituality are strong.

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Thursday, July 7th, 2005
8:26 am
[janice2001]
An Interesting Website
I have recently translated two articles for the Christian Missionary Journal Foma. The article is one priest's review of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Below is the first paragraph of my translation.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS”, A TALE FOR OUR TIME

A discussion with Fr. Maxim Pervozvanskiy

The recent movie adaptation of the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy has become a real hit. It is the first time a fantasy tale has received so many Oscars and gained such an enormous audience. The popularity of the film is of course partly due to the fact that it is based on the famous novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. How successfully does the film depict Tolkien’s world? (Tolkien himself said that the book was impossible to film, but did give his permission to adapt the movie to the screen – Ed. Note) What is the influence of “The Lord of the Rings” on its young audience and readers? Has this trilogy not become for them a new “lord of the minds”? These were the main questions we tried to discuss with Fr. Maksim Pervozvanskiy, the editor-in-chief of the Orthodox Youth Magazine. Please do not take Fr. Maxim's ideas as an official Church statement of any kind; what we have here is a private opinion of a priest, a missionary involved in working with young adults.


http://fomacenter.ru/english/index.php?issue=5§ion=53&article=1033



Foma website has another article translated by me. It is concerned with Christian family life and dealing with unbeliving relatives.

How to live with SUCH a person?


“My husband and I were married in church, and there is no way we would divorce, but how can I live with an unbeliever who lives only to satisfy whatever his body needs? Who complains about my fasting and my weekly church trips and who calls me a fanatic? Who thinks that the Bible is a set of old woman’s tales? I am sure that my family is not the only one with this problem. Please write something.”

We decided to step away from our tradition of having a priest answer the letters and use another reader’s letter as a reply.

http://fomacenter.ru/english/index.php?issue=5§ion=45&article=967

Feel free to leave your comment on the article on Foma's website.

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
12:43 pm
[randmconstructs]
New Community-- Prayer For India!


Greetings one and all,

This community is being established for those who desire to pray for India, have a heart for India, who are Indian (living anywhere), are missionaries in India, or just want to check out what God is doing in that large region. The purpose of this community will be cultural exchange between regions of India (anything from Divali to Desi food recipes to religious/cultural study to Bollywood), understanding, keeping up with news and needs of India, and correspondences between all affiliated with India in some way.

I look forwards to seeing what God will accomplish as we all gather together with one purpose.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/prayerforindia
 
--- all welcome to join ---

++will be cross-posted++

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Sunday, June 26th, 2005
11:54 pm
[findinghisway]
I'm trying to get my friends list a bit more streamlined so that I can focus more and be able to comment more, so I am removing myself from this community. It's nothing personal against any of you, you're all great, and if anyone wants to friend me please comment and I'll add you back, because I'm all for keeping the fellowship going with good Christian people via this medium.
To the moderators, please don't take this personally, you're doing a great job! Keep it up and God bless.

Current Mood: calm

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Monday, June 20th, 2005
11:12 pm
[findinghisway]
Contemporary Christian Music - x posted
So yeah, I was wondering, is rock n roll evil? And if it is, where do we draw the line? Is listening to Contemporary Christian Music, as many of us (including myself) do, wrong?

I am forming my own opinions on this, but wondered what everyone else thought on this. It's a tricky one.

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Current Mood: curious

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Saturday, June 18th, 2005
11:00 pm
[findinghisway]
WOW >awestruck
Proverbs 16:6-7 (The Message)

6Guilt is banished through love and truth;
Fear-of-GOD deflects evil.

7When GOD approves of your life,
even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.



This is AMAZING. You remember the woman I told you about at school who I was having trouble with? My only enemy at school... I took the bible's advice (promted by some lovely christians on here) and prayed for her, I blessed her. And the last couple of days she has been speaking to me! Actually making civil conversation!!! And then today I read this passage and I just thought WOW... the LORD of heaven and earth approves of ME?! Of me, a worthless sinner?

I am so unworthy.

Praise be. Praise him praise him praise him.

Current Mood: amazed

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Thursday, June 16th, 2005
7:55 pm
[findinghisway]
Praise and prayer request
God really does answer prayer!! Not that I didn't know that already of course.

Remember the lady who was really horrible to me and several of my colleagues? Well I took on board what various kind people on these message boards said (thanks guys!) The first thing I did was pray - I prayed that God would bless her, for it says in Scripture "bless those who curse you", and the second thing I did was forgive her and treat her like she'd never done anything bad to me.

Today... well, after MONTHS of leaving the classroom the moment I enter she CAME INTO the classroom I was in. I felt a little intimidated at first especially as she made a snide remark about my teaching abilities in front of the children, but I steadied myself and told myself I wasn't going to let myself be intimidated. I treated her with respect, restraint, even kindness, and she actually responded to me - she even made eye contact with me!!

Please pray for this lady, I think she must have some serious issues that make her so sad that she takes it out on other people. I believe I am seeing God working in her already - through one prayer! Imagine what regular prayer from a miriad of believers could do! Let's surround her with God's blessings so that she doesn't know what to do with herself!! :) Let's send her "spiritual hugs" that she can't explain, but that she can't explain away either.

x Posted as usual.

Current Mood: chipper

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
10:03 pm
[findinghisway]
Hatred
I was wondering today if it would be christian to ask God to exact revenge on a certian individual who hates me and has made mine and many of my colleagues' lives a misery for some time. Of course the answer is obviously no. ("It is mine to Avenge, I will repay, says the LORD")

But it left me frustrated.

And then I read this passage.

"When the world hates you, remember it hated me [Jesus] before it hated you. The world would love you if you belonged to it, but you don't. I chose you to come out of the world, and so it hates you." John 15:18-19

My one question from this is though - does that mean that the people who love us also love Jesus? Or are at least attracted to Him in us? Or does it mean we are inneffective Christians?

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Sunday, June 12th, 2005
11:31 pm
[findinghisway]
Shame?
As Jesus is a yardstick by which to live our lives, David was an inspiration in his moments of strength and weakness. David fascinates me, His exhuberance and extravagant love of the LORD are inspiring. And yet he messed up so fantastically. He gives me hope and his story teaches me so much more about God's grace and how even the mighty are fallen.

Today I read something in Samuel which might probably become one of my favourite passages from scripture!

2 Samuel 6:12-16 (The Message)

12It was reported to King David that GOD had prospered Obed-Edom and his entire household because of the Chest of God. So David thought, "I'll get that blessing for myself," and went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating 13extravagantly all the way, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. 14David, ceremonially dressed in priest's linen, danced with great abandon before GOD. 15The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of GOD with shouts and trumpet blasts. 16But as the Chest of GOD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, happened to be looking out a window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before GOD, her heart filled with scorn.

2 Samuel 6:20-23

20David returned home to bless his family. Michal, Saul's daughter, came out to greet him: "How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today--exposing himself to the eyes of the servants' maids like some burlesque street dancer!" 21David replied to Michal, "In GOD's presence I'll dance all I want! He chose me over your father and the rest of our family and made me prince over GOD's people, over Israel. Oh yes, I'll dance to GOD's glory 22-more recklessly even than this. And as far as I'm concerned . . . I'll gladly look like a fool . . . but among these maids you're so worried about, I'll be honored no end."

23Michal, Saul's daughter, was barren the rest of her life.



How many of us would be prepared to look like a fool for God? How many of us are ashamed to profess Christ? If we are ashamed of Him, what's to stop Him being ashamed of us?

There is a fab song we used to sing in Chile which also exists in England "If the Spirit of God moves in me I'll dance like David did", and let's not forget the famous Matt Redman chorus "I'll become even more undignified than this!"

We don't have to dance before the LORD to worship him, but sometimes he will call us to do things for Him that might make us feel foolish. Sometimes even admitting you're a Christian can make you feel really ashamed. DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO PROFESS CHRIST CRUCIFIED. I can assure you, and myself, that though you may get mixed reactions, you will have an impact and people may mock you but they will ultimately respect you more if you stand up for what you believe in than if you're luke warm about it. Let's Dance Like David Did!

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Sunday, June 5th, 2005
1:21 pm
[findinghisway]
God is so good. He has provided me with a teaching job - in Spain! It is better than I could ever have hoped. Christians, I have learned, that when you SUBMIT to the LORD He will give you the desires of your heart. Don't waste time - get down on your knees and submit your life to his will. I wish I'd realised it earlier. I got this job within literally DAYS of me submitting to Him. He is so amazing. I don't deserve such love.

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1:18 pm
[findinghisway]
I just want to share a great song lyric with you... it was on a Veggietales album, and it really is worth reading. If you want to hear the song, ping me on msn and I'll send it to you. It's even better when you hear it.

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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
3:09 pm
[findinghisway]
NOT IN MY NAME!
In this climate of horrible poverty next to our afluence it is time for Christians to rise up and make a stand in Jesus' name. I have already mentioned the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY project, and would urge all christians to pray for the outcome of the G8 summit in Edinborugh which is happening so soon. Pray that those politicians would see the needs of the world as their responsiblity and they would drop the debt, provide more and better aid, and introduce justice for the trade with some of the poorest nations.

Christians, this is not just a nice thing for us to do, and it is not a thing we westerners should do to apease our guilt, it is our God given duty and may I add, it should be our JOY, to insist upon justice for the world's poor.

I quote first some of Solomon's Proverbs:

Proverbs 22:2
Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.

Proverbs 22:7
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:9
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:16
He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
- Contest me on this one but I believe in this verse the poverty it refers to us "coming to" is spiritual poverty.

The rich nations of the world are guilty of this sin mentioned in verse 16 of Proverbs 22. We have increased our wealth based on oppression of the poorest nations. We get our products cheaper at the expense of those who cannot even afford to feed themselves. It is sick, it is depraved, and we are every one of us guilty of it.

We that are righteous should be the forerunners in this rally to demand justice, as Solomon goes on to state:

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.


Are you righteous? Show your concern. Don't be blind to the need all around you, or you will be being blind to helping Christ himself.

I am aware that the problem in the world is huge and even if we all sold everything we own we would not be able to abate this mess the world is in, but I believe we cannot use this as an excuse for innaction. I suggest at least two courses of action (and there are many more). Visit the Make Poverty History website and show them your support in all the ways suggested. Just think of the massive chance to witness Christ's love! Most of the organisations involved in this project are Christians, and righly so we should be at the front of this movement. Let's not let Christianity be remembered for the wars that were started supposedly in the name of God. Let's say "NOT IN GOD'S NAME" to Poverty, and fight it.

Another very practical and more individual way you could help is to sponsor a child through Compassion UK. I have linked to the UK website, but I know that there is an American version too. The idea of this organisation is that if you can help ONE child, by sponsoring them each month and praying for them, you will then help their family to be able to afford to send their other children to school, and in turn you will help the community as more children are educated so they can get better jobs and provide in turn for their families. It will have a knock on effect, unfortunately unless the trade justice and the dropping of the debt happen, these will have little impact country-wide. The other thing that needs to be prayed about is the corruption in so many of the poorest countries that means that the money is badly spent even when aid is given.

I am finished. I just want to reiterate that we are here as ambassadors to Jesus, and I know that Jesus cries out the battlecry against Poverty: NOT IN MY NAME! Let's boldly join the battle that is as much spiritual as it is physical.

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Friday, May 20th, 2005
11:03 pm
[4everchrists]
Finally done!
Yep, i finally finished it :o) It's called WHEN WE PRAY (bb luv ev)
It's basically how i've felt the past few months not being able to get any of my thoughts down on paper the way i used to....and it's still rather difficult to get back into the swing of things...but, i finally finished the song...you can view it at my website: http://home.catholicweb.com/webelieve
It should be the first song listed :o)
On an even lighter note: i can't wait for world youth day! weehee!
we have bgeun gathering at thursday masses to start preparing our hearts nad minds for the trip...i'm getting so excited! oh, and i just found out that i have to lector and EM at our baccalaureate, so pray for me! :o)
such excitement!
anyhoo...that should be all for now...toodles! *waves*

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Sunday, May 15th, 2005
5:29 pm
[findinghisway]
Happy Pentecost!

In honour of this day, and for the Glory of my God I would like to share with you all a piece of writing I was inspired to write. Please take a look and let me know how you responded. Read it here: Encounter

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9:33 am
[findinghisway]
There is a book entitled "don't just stand there, pray something!" and it came to mind as I read a comment about someone who was bound by a spirit of depression. My sister in Christ had commented that it's so difficult when our friends are self harming or depressed, because we feel powerless to help. I wanted to share with the communities my reply, because I believe it holds a challenge for all of us. I was agreeing with my sister's comment, it's hard to know how to help people who self harm, especially when it's something I can't imagine feeling myself so I don't really understand.

But the thing is we CAN do something - we can pray! And prayer isn't just a weak cop out, it's not something we do just because we can't do anything else....it's very very powerful! I've been reading this book called "Intercessory Prayer" by Dutch Sheets, and I highly recommend it. It deals with the issue of prayer and whether we should do it and what difference it makes. The thing is, we can't leave God to it you know, we, the faithful, have to intercede in situations like this, that is to bring that person before the LORD, because they might not believe or might not be strong enough to bring themselves before God. We need to stand in the gap between them and God and plead to God to protect them. We need to ask Jesus to come and meet with them, and break the power of this spirit of depression. We need to also build a barrier with prayer around our friends, so that the devil cannot harm them.

We have power in our prayers, it's just so often we don't know how to release this power. God wants to release his power, but you can see in the bible time and time again, that until the faithful ASK him too, his power cannot be released. It's the way He works. He has given us authority on earth. Jesus sends us into the world as God sent him, we are to represent him on earth - John 20:21. Think of all the times when God needed a person to enforce his will on earth - Gideon, Joshua, Moses, Jesus. God uses people.

If you doubt YOUR authority to release your friends from Satan through your prayer then have a read of Romans 16 verse 20: "And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet" and Luke 10:19: "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you."

It's also a big responsibility, because as someone once said "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing."

So I challenge everyone, to get serious about prayer, to not just stand there saying you can't do anything to help, but to get down on your knees and thank God for the responsibility he has given you, and for Jesus dying which allows us the authority to come to God in this way (Jesus intercedes - or creates a meeting -between us and God - how awesome is that?!) and then to release His power in this generation, to bind satan in this world, to build up walls of protection, to stand in the gap between our friends and their suffering, and to carry it away from them in prayer.

Praise God who allows us this priviledge.

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Monday, May 9th, 2005
9:10 am
[kyrie_eleison_7]
Your Friendely Moderator
I do apologize, dear group. After lookin' over the user info. of the group I remember thinkin' to myself, "Good God...what have I done? I feel like I've abandoned the entire group." Please forgive me.

I am thrilled at the outcome of this entire place. The response has been tremendous and we have close to 60 people who have joined. I do hope that everyone feels welcome here.

Thank you so much for support.

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