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Farewell.. [Mar. 28th, 2010]

gunslinger33
Recently (yesterday, actually), I had an epiphany that resulted in the dissolution of my belief in Christ. I will therefore be leaving this community, but I want to express a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who have encouraged and prayed for me over the years. Some of you - most of you, probably - will be wondering why I have left my faith behind. I can assure you it was not an easy thing to do, but I wrote a letter to Richard Dawkins formally thanking him for his inspiration and thought it might be best to let you read the letter as an explanation. I have included a short note I wrote to a Christian friend of mine as further explanation. I wish all of you the best and bid you a very fond farewell.


Caution: potentially blasphemous material under the cut.Collapse )
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JESUS -- A CANDY MAKER'S WITNESS [Jan. 6th, 2009]

marvel_mark
   A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas candy cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy: White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the church, and firmness of the promises of God. The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our savior. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd" with which He reached down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs, who, like all sheep, have gone astray. 

   Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

   Unfortunately, the candy became known as a Candy Cane -- a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who "have eyes to and ears to hear." We pray that this symbol will again be used to witness the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominate force in the universe today.  AMEN!

  
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WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES [Nov. 3rd, 2008]

marvel_mark

First - Symbolizes life
Second - Symbolizes belief in eternal life
Third - Honors Veterans
Fourth - Reminds us that humans are weak and in need of divine guidance
Fifth - Is a tribute to our country
Sixth - Represents the love for America
Seventh - Is a tribute to the armed forces
Eighth - Honors mothers
Ninth - Honors all women
Tenth - Honors fathers
Eleventh - Symbolizes the God of the old Testament
Twelfth - Represents Christian belief in the Trinity, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Thirteenth - When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "InGod We Trust"

This was e-mailed to me from a fellow member of my church, and I wanted to share it everyone on LJ.
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eternal life and the nature of man [Aug. 7th, 2008]

gunslinger33
If eternal life after death is plausible, is eternal life before birth not equally as possible?

God created Adam from the dust of the earth. We cannot say that he did the same for us. Why are we so quick to label God as our creator? Is he not referenced in Judeo-Christian writings as Our Father? We are not "created", because we were never in a state of existence or non-existence; only Adam can claim that he was created by God. We may not call ourselves "begotten" of God, for he did not produce us biologically; only Christ the Lord holds that claim. Christians claim to be the "adopted" sons and daughters of God, because as a result of Adam's sin, his intrinsic nature was obscured and separated from God; Adam became both the physical and spiritual progenitor of our race. From a physiological standpoint, the so-called "sinful nature" is simply this inherited obstruction of our equally inherited intrinsic nature: a kind of birth defect, if you will. It is only through Christ that some believe we can remove this obstruction and hence be adopted by God.

If we believe that some intrinsic part of us survives death, then what is that part and from where did it originate? I have often asked myself this question. I believe that Adam's original nature was born of God...the much interpreted scriptural "breath of life". Christian writings refer to Christ as being God in his very nature. It is my belief that this reference leads many to believe that they are wholly different from Christ on a human level. Is it not possible that the "breath of life" is merely the intrinsic nature of God present in all humans?!

There is a saying in Tibetan Buddhism, that the buddhas recognized their true nature and became enlightened, but that we did not and so became confused. Christ recognized his true nature, whether Adam did is a matter of pure speculation, but they were both sinless in the beginning of their earthly lives. We can say that we did not recognize our true nature at birth and so became confused, but that does not imply that we are born sinners...we are in a sense born at night, so we do not recognize the sun. It is through our belief in life after death and in Christ's physical demonstration of its proof by his death and resurrection that we can realize that the sun was never absent at our birth, we simply couldn't see it.
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[Mar. 26th, 2008]

marvel_mark
I sure had a busy Easter weekend.

On Good Friday we did our annual walk with the big wooden cross from Central Baptist Church to Union Congregational Church which was an estimated distance of 4.89 miles. It was rather windy and cold but everyone was prepared for it. Usually the weather is nicer it's just that Easter was early this year. We always get a good group of people from both churches and everyone gets a turn carrying both ends of the cross. We always enjoy this annual event.
When we arrived at UCC we had a nice dinner and a Good Friday service.

Saturday my mom and and I got together with some relatives who were in town and went to the Hiltop Steakhouse. We had a great time together.

Easter Sunday I went to the annual sunrise service on the beach at 6:30am. Again cold but everyone was bundled up and prepared for it. It's a service where churches combine and worship together. My minister did the benediction. The salvation army band plays the music for the hymns we sing. The first one is always CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY. Then I went to my churches regular Easter service at 10am. I was one of the deacons that helped out with communion. Every Easter the alter is full of lillies which the congregation has in memory of a loved one. The bulletin list all the names of the people who bought one and who in memory of. This year I bought 2 in memory of my dad and grandfather.

After the service people of the church volunteer to deliver some of the lillies to those in nursing homes and aren't able to come to the service. One of the deliveries I made was a special one to the current organist who is on maternity leave after having her first baby girl(third child). She and her family were very thankful for the lilly. After I did my deliveries I stopped at Burger King which I gave up for lent.

That evening my mom and I had a pizza from Papa Ginos and watched Evan Almighty and part of National Treasure. We watched the rest a couple of days later.

Well that about says it all. I hope everyone else had A HAPPY EASTER as well.
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living without fear [Jan. 17th, 2008]

gunslinger33
Now faith is being certain of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)
All things are possible with God (Mk. 10:27)

In order to have faith in God for anything, we must be certain of the realm of possibility. This realm is boundless.

There are two concepts to be examined here: certainty and possibility.
One must live with both in mind in order to have faith.
In fact, the sphere of certainty lies within that of possibility.
One can say that he is certain that his prayers will be answered, but if he is not willing to allow his mind the possibility that it will not be answered, his faith will be hindered by doubt and will fail.
This is akin to the mental conundrum: "Try not to think of a pink elephant."
The more you try, the more the elephant is transfixed within your mind.
Only by allowing the thought to move through your mind like a weed through a river will it cease.

Faith in God for anything, including salvation, requires a mind free from fear of doubt and even fear itself. But how to be free from fear?

"Perfect love casts out all fear." (1 Jn. 4:18)
"Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Mt. 5:48, 19:21)
"This is love for God: that we obey his commandments." (1 Jn. 5:2-4)
"Fear the Lord and obey his commands, for this is the whole duty of man." (Eccl. 12:13)
"In everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for this in turn sums up the Law." (Mt. 7:12)
"I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." (Phil. 4:13)
"The reason you do not receive is because you do not ask." (James 4:2)

When we are free from fear we will not hesitate to love our enemies by listening to them and doing our best to understand them, and thus being all things to all men, in the hope that some might be saved.
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-- another prayer, please -- [Jan. 6th, 2008]

sweetheaven
My best friend, Lexi, is going through a really tough time right now.  She's extremely depressed.  So if any of you would mind saying an extra prayer for her, I know it would be GREATLY appreciated!  And again, thank you and God bless each and every one of you!

In His Holy Name,
Sarah
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-- Can I get a prayer or two?? -- [Mar. 22nd, 2007]

sweetheaven
My friend, Lexi, tore her ACL last weekend.  I know she is in a GREAT deal of pain and today she is going to an orthopedic surgeon.  She is not very fond of doctors and hospitals, so please said up a small prayer for her.  I know she would VERY MUCH appreciate it!  Thank you and God bless all of you,  each and every one!!!
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I didn't forget...just...got lazy [Mar. 17th, 2007]

julsiggy
Ok, remember me? A while back (like, two months ago) I made a post asking for opinions on creating a community support group type thing for those who struggle with addictions to porn and/or masturbation.

Well, I did. impure_no_more is the result. Sort of a cheesy title, but all of the other ones I thought of were already taken.

I thank all of you who commented and thought it was a good idea. My reasons for making an LJ community and not a website or forum are semi-selfish. If you're anything like me (aka a nerd), you belong to half a million other LJ communities that DON'T talk about Jesus, and DON'T encourage good behavior. So...how nice it would be to belong to a community that DOES, so that when you're catching up on your flist, and you start to click on that link to smutty fanfic or some such other thing, you'll see a post that pretty much says DON'T DO IT! (not really, because that'd be creepy, but perhaps you'll see a post offering encouragement of some kind, convincing you that whatever you were thinking about looking at was a bad idea, giving you a verse or two, and putting you in the mood to say a prayer and ask for some help ASAP, because you know you definitely need it).

Weakness can be overcome through Jesus, with all of us supporting each other. Join away, if you're looking for this kind of place.

cross-posted to other Christian communities...I apologize if you see this more than once.
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prayer request [Mar. 15th, 2007]

gunslinger33
I have a job interview tomorrow. Please pray that if it is God's will, that I will get the position.
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prayer request [Mar. 9th, 2007]

gunslinger33
[ mood | blank ]

Please pray that I will find a new job in my field with equal or better pay soon. I have been screwed over again and it's beginning to affect my mental health.

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[Mar. 5th, 2007]

hearts_stars_xo
PLEASE pray that my sister gets a good job. she has a job right now, but it doesn't pay enough and she's under the supervision of non English speaking Mexicans. she has nothing against them, but she can't understand them so it's really hard to follow their instructions. the person who co-signed for her car came and got it with no notice and no reason [she was always on time with the payment, never late]. losing her car caused her to lose her other job and if she doesn't get a good job soon, she could lose her house too. she has 2 sons and she needs to stay in this house cause it's close to my nephew's school and he has to stay in this school cause he gets one on one attention and learns more. so just PLEASE pray that she finds something soon. her name is Joni.

thanks and God Bless.
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[Feb. 21st, 2007]

iballs2entrails
My boyfriend Nick is trying to get housing on campus at his college. He has a really bad lottery number so his only hope is that someone with a better lottery number needs a roomate.
Please pray that this occurs. He is having difficulty realising that prayer is important for every situation, not just ones that seem huge, hich is why i'm posting this and not him.
thank you

This was cross-posted to many communities so sorry if you see it multiple times.
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prayer request plz.... [Feb. 6th, 2007]

becky_91
[ mood | curious ]

i would like to throw up a prayer request for my family. my aunt started drinking again, my mom is having a real hard time because we have no car and she dont have a job, for my uncle because he is coming back from Las Vegas(work related) and finally for me to have a closer relationship w/ God through prayer and studing.

thank you very much!

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Opinions Needed [Jan. 20th, 2007]

julsiggy
[ mood | curious ]

I'm thinking of starting a community, and I need some opinions on whether or not it's a good idea.

What I'd like to do is create a community where Christians who struggle with (and want to break the addiction of) pornography (visual, written, or any other form) and masturbation can gather together with other Christians who share the same struggles. All would be welcome, regardless of age or sex. The goal would be to basically spam up the community with encouragement...discuss the times when temptation seemed too much, but Jesus pulled you through, offer Bible verses that helped you, post prayers, ask for prayer when you're going through a particularly weak moment, etc. The gory details wouldn't have to be shared, just the general ideas, and all the posts would be locked for the privacy of the members. Nobody would judge you or look down upon you, because we'd all be in the same place. Sort of a support group, but one that would work because Jesus would be the center of it. The understanding and encouragement of other Christians is a powerful thing. Together, through Jesus, we can overcome any sin.

So, what do you all think? Would people join? Would it work? Is there already a community identical to this that I just don't know about? Throw me your thoughts.


Cross-posted to every other Christian community I'm a member of. I apologize if I take over your flist.

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-- remember Lexi -- [Jan. 17th, 2007]

sweetheaven
I have a prayer request, not for me, but for a friend of mine.  Her name is Lexi.  Last May her heart was crushed when her fiance broke off their engagement less than 2 months before the wedding and, for the most part, disappeared into thin air.  Her entire being and spirit were crestfallen.  However, she did the most admirable thing anyone in her position could do: she clung to God in everything she did.  She studied His word day and night and sought Him in prayer constantly.  I thought her relationship with God beforehand was amazing, but after the breakup her relationship with God grew to incredible new heights.  She is  now closer to Him than ever before.  She still seeks Him constantly in everything she does, and she literally prays continually.  She inspires me day in and day out with her walk.  However, there is one desire she has had in her heart since, as she recalls, she was born--the desire to be a mother and a wife and to have a husband who will join with her so that together they will make an incredible team for God.  This is her GREATEST longing.  She has just graduated from college this December (a semester early) and is on the hunt for a job.  She is becoming quite discouraged because she has been praying so hard but feels she has no direction and is seeking God's guidance in respect to finding a job, choosing where to live, and having a husband to serve God with.  Please pray for Lexi. Pray that God blesses her with the longings and desires of her heart and the guidance she needs.  Thanks you kindly! 

Also, if anyone has other prayer requests, feel free to comment on this entry or in my journal.  I would be glad to pray for you ;-)
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Dream of Angels [Jan. 10th, 2007]

_melissa7


I was in Virginia celebrating Christmas with my husband's and my family. I went outside, it was cold and sunny, the sky was bright blue and the sun made the snow glisten and sparkle. I looked up into the sky, in an instant a few thin, soft clouds started forming into images of angels. They were bright soft white, they were raising their arms as to be praising God, as my body filled with joy, because I knew they were there for me and I was in the presence of God, an image started to form, it was larger than the others and more defined, it was just the head and torso, but I could see the hair was long and wavy, the shoulders were masculine and behind them were huge white wings, the arms raised a brass or gold horn to his lips and the other small angels were saying inside my head "Gabriel", he blew the horn and out of it exploded a bright white light, like a star or the sun exploded, the sound was that of a roaring fire, I was frozen with exhilaration, I knew it meant something was going to happen, that God was here and then my daughter woke me up to drive her to school. This dream was so beautiful, explaining it does it no justice, it is rare for me to feel God's presence. these pictures I posted are very similar to what was in the dream.
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HOME, WITH MY GOD..... [Nov. 15th, 2006]

_melissa7

sometimes I get tired, mad, sad and impatient, waiting for God to bring us home, knowing that heaven is so near to us and yet far away at the same time, I feel the anger trying to resurface, this world is a crippling disease to me, the ignorance, the pride, the deceit, the selfishness that is bread into us from everyday existence and from trying to cope with the way of life that is laid before us, "way of life", could that phrase be more wrong?....YES!!!...JESUS IS THE WAY, NOT THE MAN JESUS THAT WE ALL PICTURE IN OUR HEADS AS BEING NAILED TO A CROSS, BUT JESUS THE MESSAGE, SENT TO US BY OUR FATHER, THE MESSAGE THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT WHAT IS GOING ON HERE, THE MESSAGE THAT IT IS IN US TO TAKE CONTROL OF OURSELVES......

Matthew 6:19
"LAY NOT UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES UPON EARTH, WHERE MOTH AND RUST DO CORRUPT, AND WHERE THIEVES BREAK IN AND STEAL"......"BUT LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN!!!!where neither moth nor rust corrupt and where thieves do not break in nor steal.....
"FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS.....THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO!!!!!"

sometimes I feel so alone, everyone is so pre-occupied with the daily grind, bills, bills, bills......I need this and I want that.....
Show us again Lord...........
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION...BUT DELIVER US FROM ALL THIS EVIL.....
AMEN
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waiting....... [Nov. 10th, 2006]

_melissa7

to all the believers out there......keep on truck'n

God will save us....
God will help us....
God will bless us....
God will give us peace....
God will show us mercy....

He will because we need him....
He will because he wants to....
He will because he loves us....
He will because he promised....
HE WILL BECAUSE IT IS HIS WILL....AND HIS WILL BE DONE. AMEN.
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