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It's eye opening that atheists are getting the most hits on the pbs.org/godinamerica/faithbook. I still encourage non-believers to read the book of John, New Testament. It can't hurt. I promise, even if there is ridicule or disdain in your heart for Christianity, you'll be touched. Please see my on-line ministry link. Pax.

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 God is beyond my imagination, but I know he is a personal God who has his finger in my heart and mind, and holds my spirit in his hand. He will never let go. 5 people liked this

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I believe in God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit as one God and I believe that through Jesus's work and death on the cross we gained salvation. Additionally, I believe the Bible is the living word of God and is the final authority on matters of belief and practice. 4 people liked this
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Powerful moments can be bewildering, surprising, and ongoing. In my greatest moments of need I sometimes think my God is turning his face from me and yet in times when I least expect consolation, encouragement, and direction He speaks directly to those heartfelt needs. This is real and not imagined. God speaks to me via a conversation with a person, an article, a song, a gift...It is so specific it is amazing. So I keep the Great King David in mind. David writes in Psalm 13, "How long O Lord? Will you forget me forever?" Yet even David continually trusts in God's unfailing love--and (though in God's own time), David always gains peace. 3 people liked this
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator In Mark 9:23 a father of a sick child asks if Jesus can help his son. "What do you mean, if I can?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." The man responds with "I do believe, but help me not to doubt" (vs. 24). I parallel myself with that man. Except I use the word "will" rather than "can". Not knowing God's will can lead to doubt. I must remind myself it is God's will not my will. 3 people liked this
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I am a sojourner here on earth, my citizenship is in heaven and my spirtual life is my tether to the kingdom. My spiritual life is primary 4 people liked this
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Perhaps hipocrasy in Christianity. But I am not sure it is a misconception--it can be real. Are we living our lives as Christians? When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus responded, "You must love your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt 22:37). Now, can you imagine the world if we all practiced that? 2 people liked this
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jesus 2 people 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 Grace of God. Knowing that as humans we can never be "good" enough to save ourselves, God sent Jesus Christ--who was and is "good" enough. He, who was without sin took the punishment for our sins! God has been satisfied that sin past, present, and future has been punished. Thus, we gain salvation through Jesus' atoning work on the cross and gain everlasting life. 3 people liked this

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Always in God, but didn't understand Jesus until much later in life. 1 person liked this
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Jaw-dropping, eye-opening, heartbreaking, joyous, confusing, complicted and simple. 1 person liked this
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Catholic, turned to non-denominational Protestism with a dash of Baptist, Pentecostal, and Calvinism.
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 Mom and Dad were Catholics. 1 person liked this

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 All the time! Everywhere! Church, working, leisure, shopping. Yee ha! 2 people 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 Difficult: Having the extra glass of wine I don't need, watching iffy TV and movies, listening to gossip, being judgemental, critical, and opinionated. Sigh, the list goes on... Easy: Going to the Lord whenever I want. Asking for forgiveness, direction and focus. Knowing his peace. 3 people liked this
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Bible. 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 The only role for religion should be in the ethical character building of our leaders. 2 people 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 If there could be an unbiased course relating to the basic tenents of the religions of the world it would be helpful to educate students to be aware of other's beliefs.
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 Believers see these books as sacred as the holy word of God or the prophets. To reduce these books to literature diminishes the intent of the sacred texts.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Interfaith dialogue is important. We need to know each other's beliefs in order to relate appropriately to issues regarding faith and culture. 2 people liked this
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My Faith as a Christian offers eternal salvation for those who believe. Sharing this with anyone who is willing to listen is important. But the one who calls is God himself. 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 Applying Biblical truths to everyday living is important. Loving my neighbor through kindness, charity, and respect is critical. 3 people liked this
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator That's a tough one. Sadly, I would say yes. Ultimately the person with a belief system will be compromised, or the person will not last long in office. Any one who is strong in their religious beliefs will be battling a populace who is desensitized for the need of God and who would be affronted to think that God had any place in the decision making process. Because subjectivity is commonplace and the country's high opinion of its capabilities, cleverness, power, and technology is the driving force behind decisions, God is intentionally left on the sidelines and never consulted.
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 I wrestle with understanding why moderate Muslims do not better educate non-Muslims about their opinion of their extremist brothers and how and if they are working to mitigate terrorism. It might be helpful if they were to explain these verses in the Qur'an: "Fight in the cause of God in those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loves not transgressors. And slay them wherever you catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter... But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful... If they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression" (2:190-193). 1 person liked this

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