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Matthew 5:16 -- "In the same way, let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness." --Psalm 86:15

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." --John 3:16
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." --Philippians 4:8
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." --Hebrews 12:2-3
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." --Hebrews 13:8

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." --Jeremiah 1:5
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." --2 Corinthians 12:7-10
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." --Proverbs 22:6

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 "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice." --Philippians 4:4
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 "Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand." --Matthew 12:25
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body." --2 Corinthians 4:8-10

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 "Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him." --Daniel 7:27
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 "What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs." --Matthew 10:27
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”" --Romans 1:16-17
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 "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." --1 Peter 5:10

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Published October 11, 2010

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