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ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD, WHO HAS RECONCILED US TO HIMSELF THRU JESUS CHRIST....GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING THE WORLD TO HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM. THEREFORE, IF ANYONE IS IN CHRIST HE IS A NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW. BE RECONCILED TO CHRIST." 2 CORINTHIANS 5: 17-20

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 I do not imagine God. We do not make up who God is according to what we want. HE IS (the great I AM)and then we find out who HE is and understand Him as we read The Word OF God - It is HIS LOVE letter to us so we can know HIM. HE LONGS FOR US TO KNOW HIM!

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONE, AND ONLY SAVIOUR AND LORD OR THE WORLD! The LAMB who was slain has become THE LION OF JUDAH!
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator when I truly heard the GOSPEL Of JESUS CHRIST through the preaching of Billy Graham and understood what JESUS did for me and the whole world through his death on the cross, burial and resurrection. Hallelujah! HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEM THAT BRING GOOD NEWS!
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Probably not too long after I received Jesus Christ into my life, as the devil comes as a thief and liar to try to steal you faith and make you doubt what has happened to you. But even after going to the priest of the Catholic church to see what they believed knowing what had happened in my life. The devil tried to undermine my faith through the priest but God gave me (a very new believer) great peace and strength and I knew God was leading me out of the Catholic Church.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator walking with Jesus each day living in me. As He said: "Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock; it anyone hears MY VOICE and OPENS the door (of your heart), I WILL COME IN TO HIM." Revelation 3:20
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that God is sending people to hell. He is not willing that any should perish. People send themselves to hell because they don't understand how much HE LOVES THEM and paid the price for their redemption. If we could go to heaven by good works or other beliefs - WHAT IS JESUS DOING ON THE CROSS???? HE PAID THE PRICE - RECEIVE HIS LOVE AND HIS SALVATION. IT WAS FREE BUT NOT WITHOUT HIM SHEDDING HIS BLOOD.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator JESUS - there is no other.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Being free to come into His presence through His precious blood (Jesus)and know He hears me. I have become His child. He took me out of the kingdom of Satan and put me into the kingdom of His Son Jesus when I asked Him to come into my life. We all were born into Satan's kingdom and Jesus is the only way out - into Life Eternal.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that Jesus was God but I was not saved nor did I fully understand the one and only TRUE GOSPEL. After all, Paul said: "If anyone preaches another gospel - let him be Anathema!
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Awesome! God was reaching down to me before I was reaching up to HIM. It says in the Bible that we cannot come to God unless He draws us. I had to come to a point in my life where I felt an emptiness and need for Him - who was missing. A great hole in my life He alone could fill. Now He fills me every day with His presence as I seek Him. He is with me always. He said: He that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Catholic. Again, I knew Jesus was God but I never heard the true Gospel in the Catholic church. It was when I began to read the Bible for myself that I saw and understood the truth. And we all know "The Truth will set your free." The Truth is The Word of God - the Bible. Jesus is the LIVING WORD - THE BIBLE THE WRITTEN WORD.
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 I was the first one in my family to receive Jesus as my Saviour, followed very shortly by my sister. My mother was still in the Catholic faith but little by little God brought her into the Word of God and she also found the truth. It is hard to leave something you were brought up in but NOT WHEN YOU FIND THE TRUTH. Others may not understand but we pray for them to find it too.
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 It made me realize that each one of us is unique and created by God for a purpose only we can find. In Psalm 139 it says:"Thou did form my inward parts; Thou did weave me in my mother's womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made." How can we abort children in the womb - God made each one of us. And believe me - they (aborted children) are in God's presence in heaven. They are His. We need to understand who we are dealing with - forbid not the children to come to Me. Jesus said that - He loves them. Repent America for abortion.

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 Every Day! We go to church on Wednesday and Sunday but Jesus is with us wherever we go. Therefore - we are ambassadors for Christ - it says in His Word. We are to be the light and let Jesus be seen in us every day - walk in Love, peace, joy, patience (which is HIM)so others may know HIM. And to not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ to be a witness and tell others about Him. I give out Gospel Tracts to people to witness to them.
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 are all christians. My husband, son and daughter and their spouses and are 5 grandchildren. All our grandchildren have received Jesus except for the two youngest 6 and 4 who have not received Him yet but do believe in Him. They have to come to the realization of their own personal need to receive Jesus in their hearts when they are ready. You can hear my two grandkids (boys) on a video singing with guitars: Everybody's got to believe in Jesus!
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It can be easy but sometimes we walk in our own flesh and become selfish and forget that our old nature has died to sin but God gives us free choice to obey His word or not. We can ask forgiveness each day for when we fail but then go on to grow in the likeness of Jesus. We need to be in the Word Of God each day and pray to abide in Jesus. The world will pull us the wrong way - so we need to seek His Face and strength and wisdom for each day.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator our love for each other. My husband and I live alone as our kids are far right now. We may get mad but then we forgive each other and say: Love me anyway? Love never fails! The devil would love to break up marriages and families who God puts together.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The song that ministered to me was: "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus." The book "Peace with God" by Billy Graham helped to understand what Jesus did for me.

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 I believe if you are a christian you must live it each day, therefore there is no separation - Jesus is in you. Walk in Him. We must not be ashamed of our faith. We do let others have the freedom to worship as they choose (freedom of America) but Jesus cannot be hidden - we long for others to know Him - see HIM IN us.
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 The Bible was taught in school when our nation was young. They are teaching evolution in school which is not a fact - nor can they prove it. Maybe there should be the choice in High school to learn about the Bible etc. if the students want to take it.
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 Why not. Give the students choices - especially in high school to hear what they want. They are old enough to make choices to choose.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is good to share with others. I do not believe in watering down my faith just to be politically correct. Jesus said: Do not add to My Word and Do not take away from My Word. I cannot compromise my faith but I will share with others but my motive is to bring them to Christ - that is Jesus Great Commission: "God into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." How can they hear without a preacher? How beautiful are the feet of them that bring GOOD NEWS - GOSPEL. If i love people I must tell them the truth so they will be saved. I am compelled by Jesus to do so. He loves them.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Obviously - as I am sharing now. I try not to argue but give them the Word of God so they can hear it for themselves. Besides there is power in the Word of God - supernaturally God can bring it to their minds and draw them through it. He is a supernatural God - nothing is impossible with Him. But, He will not force Himself on you - He will call but we have free will to receive His love or reject it.
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 As I said to preach the Gospel to all God leads me to. Also, to live a life of love and reach out to people to pray for them, give to meet their needs, and tell them God loves them. And basically do what Jesus did while he was on earth. Walk as Jesus walked. We are His hands and His feet here and his mouth. We speak the truth in LOVE.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No, our forefathers were mostly christians and God called these men to be our leaders. This is His Nation. He set it up for America to be a beacon of light for the Gospel to the world. Only in a FREE country can the gospel be preached. Just look in China, and Saudi Arabia and many Muslim or communist countries - Christians are persecuted for the faith. There is no freedom because their leaders are ruled by Satan and they are in darkness. But these christians continue to preach - sometimes at the rish of their lives. We need God Fearing people in leadership positions. We must stand for the Constitution and the freedoms we had because of God. God bless America. He shed his grace on it. AMERICA YOU NEED TO BLESS GOD!
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 a terrible tragedy, but there is a devil and he comes to steal, kill and destroy, Jesus comes to give us life and life abundantly. That is the sad thing about these men who did this - they are being used by Satan because their beliefs are you must be Muslim or be killed an an infidel. God is love - not hate or murder. It made me believe the need to pray for these people who believe in Islam - God wants them to be saved and come out of this lie of Satan (He is a liar). He tells them if they commit Jihad - they go to heaven and have many virgins. What a lie. So, I pray for the Muslims to know the only God who loves them. They have been indoctinated since birth to believe these lies and to hate others - Jews and christians. God wants to reach them. Many are finding Him and coming to the Truth.

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Published October 11, 2010

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