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How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Christ is the beginning and the end of ALL things....He's the Alpha and Omega. His love is incomprehensible, unconditional and beyond what the natural heart can perceive. It is only through the Holy Spirit who reveals all truth to us, that we can grasp the revelation of the great mystery of the godhead; three persons within the confines of one awesome deity. The Son of God, Jesus Christ was sent by our great Abba Father to die on a tree for all of humanity. A perfect, holy god-man shed His blood for you and for me, so that we may know Him and experience freedom from sin, shame, fear, condemnation, and ultimatley death. It is for freedom that Christ set us free! Galatians 5:1. This freedom is only found in a personal, intimate relationship with Christ. God is love. There is a terrifying beauty in the cross.... 6 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is one Lord and Savior of the world and His name is Jesus Christ. Many find it hard to believe in Jesus. I don't understand what is so hard to believe about His life. It takes just as much faith to believe that He is not Lord and Savior and believe that either there is NO God or that there are many other Gods. When you read through the Bible, you see how it beautifully unfolds page after page with incredible congruency and consistency. The Old Testament is full of prophecies pointing to a Messiah coming into the world thousands of years before Jesus came onto the scene. And every detail of every prophecy was fulfilled ONLY in and through the life of Jesus Christ. Read it with an open mind before you make your final judgment! It is truly a matter of life and death, both spiritually and some day physically. 5 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was laying in a hammock in my parents backyard one afternoon reading through the gospels. All of a sudden, something inside of me just clicked, the light bulb went off and for the first time, as I read, I had this deep awareness and conviction that this was not just some story I had been told since childhood, but it was actually the truth. Jesus was a real man and yet fully God at the same time, who really walked the earth, and really died for me, and is now sitting at the right hand of God in heaven ruling and reigning over all creation in love, compassion, mercy, justice, power, and ALL authority! It just hit me so hard and I just started weeping and rejoicing at the same time. I felt like my heart was literally going to explode with excitement, anticipation, and relief. 5 people liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When a friend of mine in ministry committed suicide. I began to doubt God's goodness. How could he allow that to happen? Why didn't he stop that young man from doing it? He could have sent down 10,000 angels to prevent the tragedy, but He didn't do that. My faith was shattered to pieces. I felt so anxious and fearful because I no longer knew if I could really trust God. I went through three years of the darkest time of my life. I felt so insecure about my faith and wondered if God was really good, really faithful, really trustworthy? Could I really depend on Him to help me, save me, deliver me, or would he leave me and forsake me? Well after many years of wrestling, I have found that God is more faithful and so much better than I ever thought or realized He was. He brought me through the darkest time of my life and now I am more full of faith, courage, and trust in Him than I ever would have had, had I not gone through that at all. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts! Who can fathom the mind and heart of God? 5 people liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I was once was lost, but now I'm found, I once was blind, but now I see. The highest goal in my spiritual life is to encounter the Lord's presence daily. To intimately know (experience) Him in every facet of His being. He is the Lion and the Lamb. He is both just and merciful. He is closer than the air that I breathe. He is my closest friend, companion and mentor, and is always near to me, yet He is unmatched in power and authority and is enthroned in glory and majesty surrounded by myriads and myriads of angels. He is so much better than we think!! He is almost too good to be true, but He is not only true, but He is ALIVE, REAL, and AWESOME! 2 people liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is more to Jesus than meets the eye! Religion has reduced Him to rules and regulations, but He came that we may have life and have it in abundance. You cannot trust someone you do not know. How can you trust Jesus when you do not know Him? You can know A LOT of "things" about Jesus and not really know Him (the actual person of Christ) at all. You may know a lot of "things" about Obama, Oprah, Bono, etc. but I would bet that you don't know any of them personally at all. Before you toss out the possibility that Jesus is not only the Savior of the world, but the one, true, living God, get to know Him....really know Him. That takes time, you don't get to know someone in a day or even a week or month, it takes time. You can't read one scripture and decide that He is or is not anything. Open your heart and mind to the possibility and reality of Jeus! 5 people liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have many. Billy Graham, Beth Moore, Mother Teresa, Rick Warren, Aimee Semple-McPhersom, Kathryn Kuhlman, Corrie Ten Boom, Amy Carmichael, Joan of Arc. 1 person liked this
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our aniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:8-12 3 people liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That Jesus Christ was Lord. I just always believed that. I would share about him at school with other kids. I would talk with him at school when I was lonely, afraid, or hurt and I could feel His Spirit comfort and guide me in numerous situations. I have always had a deep awareness of His presence. He is more real to me than this computer I am typing on.... 2 people liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Long, hard, exciting, painful, dark at times, healing, joyous, revelatory, life changing, the most fulfilling journey ever. I wouldn't trade it for the world. All the pain, all the questions, all the hardships, suffering, and trials, have all been worth it, even if just to get a glimpse of His face for one minute. I am desperate for and depend on His presence daily. Nothing compares with the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ as Lord. 4 people liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I was raised Christian. But I walked away from my faith in High School and College and lived a very wild lifestyle. Lots of drugs, alcohol, parties, etc. I always knew that God was real, I just tried not to think about Him as much as possible, so I could do what I wanted to do and not feel any conviction about it. It worked for about seven years, as I lived my life completely void of a relationship with Him. I got into some very bad situations. He had tremendous mercy on me. I literally could have died numerous times from the stupid things I did. After living that way for some time and realizing that I constantly felt empty and miserable without Him in my life, I returned to my first love, my Lord and King. 2 people liked this
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My parents are Christians and believe the same basic tenets of the Christian faith that I do. But the way that we walk out our relationship with God looks different for each of us. 1 person liked this
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I do not have any children yet. But I'm sure that when I do, I will experience new and different revelations about the Father heart of God. When you become a parent and experience the kind of unconditional love for your child that only a parent can experience, I believe that it can radically enrich your understanding of God as the great Abba Father that He is.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Everywhere, all the time. I have a constant conversation with God all throughout my day. I do not limit my time with God to a specific place and time within a day. I sing, worship, and pray while exercising, going on walks, and driving in my car. While at work I silently pray when I need to, both for myself and others. I journal daily and record voice memos of my thoughts and reflections on a regular basis. I record my dreams, since God speaks to me in my dreams a lot. So whether day or night, in consciousness or asleep, I am always communing with God. 3 people liked this
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, we all believe that Jesus is the only way, only truth, and the only life! 1 person liked this
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No matter what faith you believe in, you will experience opposition of some kind and at times persecution. I will say though, that these days, it seems that Christians seem to be the butt of a lot of jokes, criticism and persecution. But then again, Jesus was not only persecuted, but crucified not only for what He believed in but for who He was. That same religous, Anti-Christ spirit operates today in the world we live in and does whatever it can to shut down the advancement and proclamation of the gospel.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is nothing in my house that represents my faith more than myself. The way that I live my life is the full representation of my faith. Second to that would be my Bible, praise and worship music, pictures of the cross, books, journals, etc.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The songs that represent my faith the most, would be "Alabaster Box" and "The more I seek you, the more I find you." The Books would be the Bible and the C.S. Lewis series. The film would be hands down, "The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson. 1 person liked this

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is no higher government than the government of heaven. God's government supersedes any earthly goverment. With that being said, I realize that is not a sufficient answer for this question. Let me say this.....this country was founded on Biblical statutes. Our forefathers founded our nation with God not only in mind but with God in charge of all matters of state, as they yielded to the fear of the Lord in all their decision making. I believe this nation has experienced extraordinary prosperity for the past couple hundred years due to our godly foundations. On our monies....our greatest symbol of capitalism....it says, "In God We Trust" in our anthem, it says, "One Nation Under God." As a nation, we MUST recognize our history and foundation in the God of the Bible! When you rely on the wisdom of man you get the results of man. When you rely on the wisdom of God, you get godly results. Our nation desperately needs the guidance and assistance of God. 1 person liked this
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe so. I believe that every student should have an opportunity to hear about the different faiths out there, but I believe that those classes should be taught not by neutral school teachers, but that someone of each faith should be brought in to teach about their own faith. This allows for the students to hear someone with deep conviction and passion about their faith share their faith instead of having someone who only knows textbook facts about a particular faith share without any conviction, passion, or enthusiasm.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Sure why not? I think you should allow for those books to be taught on some level and let students decide for themselves what they think about them, just as they would with Shakespear or anything else. All three of those books play a significant role in the history of our world. Whether we like it or not, religion is playing a bigger and bigger role in our society than ever before. Whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, etc, peole are getting more and more vocal about their beliefs and it bleeds over into the school systems daily.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely!!!! We need to talk and share with one another about what we believe. I think it helps bring love instead of hate for one another through having a better understanding of each other. And though many may disagree with this statement. The reality is, there is only ONE truth. Someday many will find out that what they believed all along was a lie. Something will be found to be right and many things will be found to be wrong. There are not many ways to God. If I am right, then all those other ways lead to nothing. If I am wrong, which I do not believe I am, then someone else is right, but they are NOT all right. It's impossible for them all to be right! Talking with one another will help to bring the truth out! Only one truth will be found to be right in the end.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes yes yes! I live to share my faith. I am confident and convinced of what I believe, because what I believe is not just something I've read, I've experienced Christ in tangible ways. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21 2 people liked this
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Absolutely. Without works our faith is dead. I give to the poor. I reach out to the lonely and hurting. I love orphans. I pray for the sick and oppressed, I sit with those in pain and weep with them. I laugh and rejoice with others. I share my faith with strangers when God prompts me to. I pray for the Church at large. I am merciful and gracious with those who hurt or offend me. I am not saying I am perfect, but I strive to be as much like Christ as possible. I consider myeslf a bond servant and ambassador for Christ. 1 person liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't think they have to be. It all comes down to integrity and the fear of the Lord. You should not waver on what you believe no matter what political games get thrown your way. Compromise is a choice. You do not have to succumb to compromise. Daniel of the Bible was involved in high level government in Babylon (and eventually became Prime Minister of Babylon), but he did not compromise his faith at all. In fact, he was thrown into the lions den because of his uncompromising, resolute, religious convictions. So is it possible to not compromise your beliefs and engage in politics?....yes it is! It's all up to you....
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 9/11 was definitely an eye opener for me. It took place during my years of living apart from a relationship with God, so when it happened, it definitely made me think about God a lot. I feel extremely comfortable expressing my faith to anyone, anytime. I have no problem learning about other religions and actually desire to do so. I am not threatened by other religions nor am I afraid of changing what I believe. I think it is wise to learn about other religions so that you can profess with greater conviction and authority why you believe what you believe. My belief is not just head knowledge or textbook facts, although that is a part of my faith. My faith is primarily a real, experiential reality with an all-consuming, all-sufficient, extravagantly loving God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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