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11-05-2011
03:04 AM ET (US)
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jameswiliams
07-26-2009
03:37 AM ET (US)
Lord Jesus (God Logos) left a Divine Inheritance that can lead to a Divine Destination that belongs to all. In the Internet address http://kainh.homestead.com/Cyprus.html you can discover this Divine Inheritance that also belongs to you by reading “Why Cyprus is called the Island of the Saints”. Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically but THERAPEUTICALLY. Read ORTHODOX-PSYCHOTHERAPY, http://www.greekorthodoxchurch.org/orthodox_psychotherapy.html
The presence of Saints in His Church for 2000 years proves that the therapy (Sainthood)is valid.

Sharing this knowledge with you has no demands or expectations, and sharing is not done for reasons of competing in knowledge. It is only done as an act of brotherly love and the duty to Christ to share the Truth. The Church as delivered by the Apostles is not black, or white, or yellow, it belongs to no person or country, and it described as a personal journey of Salvation for each and every Christ loving individual.

http://www.holylight.gr. (the presence of God!) Did you know?

Your friend and servant,
Constantinos
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Evangelist Aleechea Pitts
11-02-2006
01:36 PM ET (US)
My name is Evangelist Aleechea Pitts and I wanted to
introduce myself .

To know more about myself and ministry check out link
below:

http://hometown.aol.com/aleecheakeys/myhomepage/profile.html


Enjoy the word of the Lord by Evangelist Aleechea
Pitts:

Here is the Sermon Enjoy!

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/WCwFgkMs
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Seeking the Truth
10-10-2006
08:27 PM ET (US)
If you weren’t in the UMC of Westford this past Sunday, 8 Oct, you missed, in my opinion, one of Pastor Anne’s best sermons. If you missed it and want to read it, it is titled, Character Development. A lot of what I hear these days is that God loves us soooo much, we don’t have a worry in this world, or the next. We just have to sit back and wait for the love to rain down on us. But this sermon captures the love and power of God (“not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit”, says the Lord) while still recognizing that we have work to do too. And I think that is why I like this sermon so much; it recognizes that we have work to do. I won’t go into what it is we need to do, the sermon already does that very well. But I will just add one point. The sermon says, “It is not what you do, it is who you are.” The Bible says you are what you do (or more specifically, “You will know them by their fruits.”). But I also think you become what you do. Somewhere I heard this story about not so nice guy who fell in love with this very nice girl. So he pretended to be nice, like her, so that she would like him. And this went on for a long time. Eventually, he did get the girl. But more importantly, he spent so much time being nice, that he actually became nice. Or to steal a little bit from Forest Gump, ‘nice is as nice does’.
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SpiritSongPerson was signed in when posted
09-30-2006
08:36 PM ET (US)
Thank you, Southern Days. I agree. I've only been at this church a year, but the healthy environment you describe is my vision for this place and every place that walks in God's love. If we all saw things the same way, how would we learn and grow? Besides, it would be boring. Thanks for stopping by!
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Southern Days
09-30-2006
07:49 PM ET (US)
I stumbled upon your site with your sermons and have found it interesting about you thoughts on open minds. I have heard of many christians that shut other christians out due to the fact that they do not think 100% the same way as the pastor and the leaders of a church. Through my vast years and travels with my life I have found the riches church communities have people with many different interpretations of the Word. Each of the persons is walking in the faith with the Lord and doing their walk with the best intentions and the best ability they have. As enviroments change in churches with time, we as christians must sit back and realize that each person that has a christ commitment had their own way to walk it- neither you nor I are right and we should not condenm them from the journey. We must keep open minds and hearts to those that we have shut out, hurt or ignored along the way. We all need to go back and ask those forgivenesses to those that we spirtually injury along the way.

I hope that your church has this enviroment that you preach about, as it is very healthy and will lend itself to many styles, personalities, talents, depths of faith and only enhance the discipleship that we as christians strive for each day in our lives.
God Bless.
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Windsong
09-19-2006
09:20 AM ET (US)
Windy here....really windy...please know that I do not respond to argue
or debate, but simply to convey what I personnaly believe.
Matthew 4:17 From that time on, Jesus began to preach,"repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." Crystal clear to me on repentance. It is mentioned many times in Scripture. As I see it, hell and condemnation should not be preached to folks with a "fire- and-brimstone" attitude....BUT...people do need to be reminded gently,
(as Jesus did), that sin exists, we are all sinners. Jesus did do that.
He did speak warnings such as Matthew 5:21(the last sentence), "But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell. John 5:28
"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their
graves will hear his voice and come out..those who have done good will rise
to live and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned." Does that
mean by our own good works we earn it? No. It means to me that if we choose the right path (moving towards God) by loving God and neighbor using
the 10 commandments, (I prefer to call them the natural law of life or the best way to conquer sinful nature), we will be "doing good". We have a sinful nature. We should never be presumptive and deem ourselves worthy of
God or "good enough" for him. Long ago, in my youth, I spent five seemingly eternal years in agony of feeling "unworthy" of God, my answer
finally came from Him as clear as could be! You are not worthy of me,
nor are you good enough for me, that is why in my infinite mercy, and because I love you, that I sent my son to die for your sin debt. And a
small aside: I once heard that probably one of the worst sins we can commit, is to refuse to forgive ourselves after repentance, since God has forgiven and has promised to wipe it out of his memory. People need to learn to forgive themselves as well as others.
As for the path to God, Although I believe that each person's walk to that path has a unique journey, I believe there is only one path and it is
narrow and it is through Christ only. "No one comes to the Father except through me".(sorry I cannot quickly find Chapter and verse on the last quote).
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Seeking the Truth
09-17-2006
09:29 PM ET (US)
I don’t think we should repent because we fear Hell. We should repent because we have sinned against our creator. Is there anything wrong with that thinking? I agree that Hell-fire teaching only makes for fearful repentors who don’t love God, only fear his wrath. We want tear-filled repentors who are truly sorry for sinning against God (breaking God’s law). Teaching God’s love to a repentful person is correct, but only teaching God’s love has a dangerous result of people thinking, “God loves me and I’m not that bad so God will automatically forgive my sins when I die”. That is not what the Bible says so that is not true. As best I can tell, repenting is a necessary step toward being saved so everyone needs to know that. If most of the people coming to you feel sinful, that is great, because they are (we all are). But we can’t just say to them, “Don’t worry because God loves you and will save you”. Everyone has a part to play in receiving forgiveness and that is repentance. Is John the Baptist wrong? I think the most prevalent message out there is, “God loves you, don’t worry about anything”. That worries me. Going back to my original question, what do you think about the need for repentance?

I don’t really like that the above reads like I know the answer. But I need to throw my thoughts out there so someone can point out why they are wrong (if they are).
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SpiritSongPerson was signed in when posted
09-13-2006
10:34 PM ET (US)
Of course I can't speak for those who never make an appointment to see me, but the biggest problem I encounter in counseling with people about spiritual matters is not a lack of repentance but the feeling that they are not good enough...that they are too sinful for God's redemption. Even on Sunday, just chatting with a visitor at Rally Day, it came up. The most prevalent message out there is, "You are a sinner and going to hell unless you can appease a wrathful God." 99.9% of the people I counsel have no sense that God truly loves them, despite the fact that the Bible claims in 1 John 4:8 that love isn't just what God does, it is what God IS.

So I don't find a need to preach God's judgment and condemnation. Jesus seemed to save all of that for the religious leadership and those who refused help to the hungry and sick. I find that the message people have been missing is not God's wrath, but God's love. They seem to feel plenty condemned, but not at all loved.
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Seeking the Truth
09-13-2006
07:50 PM ET (US)
Hi Windy,
Thanks for the support. It is nice not to travel a path by one’s self and since the right path is narrow, it seems likely we would meet along the way. But as my name implies, I’m still searching and I’m not convinced I’m on the right path yet. Maybe SpiritSong is right and there is more than one path to the right end point, but I don’t think that view is supported very well by scripture. My current thoughts keep bringing me back to the need for repentance. One certainly finds plenty of support for that in scripture, but I haven’t heard much about it from the modern church. I’m guessing that most church going people who try hard to be good would find it hard to give a heart felt cry for forgiveness. Most would probably feel they aren’t that bad so why do they need to repent? Maybe that is part of the reason the way to destruction is easy and the path to salvation is hard? If I’m not careful I’m going to start rambling. I think I’ll stop for now (being pretty sure I have convinced you I’m still in need of seeking).
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SpiritSongPerson was signed in when posted
09-11-2006
01:32 PM ET (US)
And the wonderful part is that even though my steed comes from a different city and sees different sights along the way, we all arrive at the only point that matters in the end...the love of God in Jesus.
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Windsong
09-11-2006
01:09 PM ET (US)
Hello Seeking The Truth:
AMEN!
I am old, not yet set in my ways in all things, but set deeply in my values, my convictions, and my faith. These aspects have been learned from Holy Scripture. The slope is slippery indeed when we take our personal interpretations and set them out before others as truth. If we turn out to be wrong, we mislead others, and lead many astray. As for me I am riding off on my steed. It has brought me this far to a loving relationship with my God and my neighbors; I will continue to ride that steed to the end, with bible in hand, not worshipping it, but treasuring the truth, as written within. Perhaps, Seeking we will meet along the
trail somewhere and ride together.
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Seeking the Truth
09-03-2006
12:25 PM ET (US)
I debated for a while whether or not to respond to SpiritSong's last input, but since nothing has been submitted lately, I decided to respond:

I agree 100% that one can get the truth out of Genesis 3:10 that SpiritSong does; and probably many others. But why should that mean that the literal translation isn't true? I can buy Adam simply hiding his physical nakedness. Eventually, everyone's children suddenly realize they are naked and don't want mom and dad to see even though they have seen them hundreds of times (seems like thousands when I think back on diapers). Why can't Adam feel the same way once he realizes he is physically naked? Plus Genesis also states that they made clothes to cover themselves. The nakedness is not just symbolic or there would be no need to go into that detail.

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe SpiritSong once said something like, 'The writers of the New Testament taught in parables, so why not the writers of the Old Testament?'. But for me that doesn't ring true because:
• In the New Testament, they tell us when it was a parable
• Unlike New Testament parables, the Old Testament stories are about real people and a real God (that is, not a symbol of God). The Bible would lose credibility quickly if it mixed fables with history.
• Telling a story that isn't true without clarifying that point is the same as lying. I do not believe the Bible can serve its purpose if it is full of lies.

I believe it is extremely important for people to live their lives like the whole Bible is true, not just parts of it. How wrong can one go if they do that? But if people start picking and choosing what parts to believe, it is not hard for a disaster to occur. At least for me, the slope is too slippery to venture upon. And I believe the sloop is too slippery to invite others to venture upon. Hence why I've not been able to give the horse a break.
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SpiritSongPerson was signed in when posted
08-10-2006
10:47 PM ET (US)
Sorry to be so long in getting back to this. For examples of what I mean by different kind of truths, you can check out the devotions I have running on explorefaith.org for the month of August. They're at www.explorefaith.org/signposts/ and there's a new one each day.

Since you brought up Adam and Eve, here's an example (it was the devotion for August 9) for a truth besides the literal one in that story.

Genesis 3:10 “He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

Hiding from God because the anatomy God so carefully crafted is exposed doesn’t ring true. But nakedness means more than wearing no clothes. To be naked is to be vulnerable. Clothing offers various levels of protection from physical harm, as well as the opportunity to conceal things, as anyone who has been through airport security lately can tell you.

Adam is hiding because he realizes he is vulnerable. There is no concealing what he has done, and there is nothing standing between him and God for protection. He is naked before God, and he knows it. So he hides.

That rings true because I do it all the time, as do we all. We know at some level that we are naked—that God knows what we do and who we are at a fundamental level. If we’re honest, we know that’s not always a good thing. There are times when we’ve eaten from the tree and done that which God has forbidden. There are times that we simply realize our own smallness compared to the greatness of God, and we feel ashamed.

And so we hide. We hide behind hymns and prayers in church; we hide behind volunteer work and busy-ness; we hide inside of social issues and intellectual debate and think that God won’t see us there. But we’re wrong.

When Adam does meet God in his nakedness, they have some issues to work out. Adam does pay the consequences of his sin, as we all do in one way or another. But the amazing news is that despite Adam’s sin, God still wants to be in relationship with him and to care for him. God recognizes the fear of naked vulnerability and makes clothes for him. Sin has made some things more difficult, but the love and care of God never come to an end.
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Windsong
08-05-2006
03:30 PM ET (US)
I'm back. I had to "mull" over in my mind what Spiritsong was saying
in her prior input responding to my different truth statement. Okay.
Here is where I get really Windy, but I think this will at least help me gain a perspective as to where Spiritsong is coming from:

Different (?) Truths:

1) Adam and Eve: Handful of clay - woman - rib from man - real garden - real tree - real fruit (apple?) - real snake.

2) Adam and Eve: Still handful of clay and rib - still real garden -
no real tree or fruit? - some other happening within their spirits that
caused them to be disobedient and be banished from the good life intended
for them - snake (Lucifer or demon?) (actually on two feet and quite handsome and smooth-talking needed to trick woman). We still use the term snake for that kind of a man even to this day.

3) Adam and Eve: Evolution; millions of year; God intervenes. As you can
see I don't have much to say on this as biblical. Since Science
cannot seem to give us the defining link that would proove it, I think that
humans have been humans right from the beginning just as God created creatures and rearranged them, or tweaked them down to manageble sizes after the need for the dinosaurs. I digress....sorry.

I guess we could say these were three different truths...with the one truth within that says: God created us to be his children. We sinned.
Now we need Jesus to come and save us.

Stating all the above, I still choose to believe the original story, with the exception that I think the serpent was on two feet and quite handsome. Works for me. As childlike and mythological as it sounds; it is real for me and teaching me what I need to know.

Is this what you mean by different truths?

For me, there is no danger or feeling of threat to me with those kinds of
things in the bible. But when we start to question the authority of moral/immoral it is of great concern to me.

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is love, mercy and forgiveness, and as I follow Him in scripture what comes across to me is: He doesn't want us to judge others, as with the prostitute, BUT He does tell her to go and sin no more, indicating to me that we as individuals must make moral judgments regrding our OWN lives.

IMO, He isn't changing the teachings of morality, or leaving them up to interpretation, but is not passing judgment on others. Judgement is left up to the Father. He teaches, in gentleness and leaves them to make
their choices.
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SpiritSongPerson was signed in when posted
08-05-2006
10:07 AM ET (US)
Always, that women couldn't speak and have authority because they were uneducated is an interpretation from the culture of Paul's day. It is not in the Bible directly, although Paul does show that the women were causing problems because they were asking questions of their husbands during the service. Since synagogues of the day had men and women sitting on opposite sides of the room, asking questions across the aisle was distracting.

It's part of the difference in how people look at the Bible...whether you see it as something that can be interpreted in light of the culture to which and in which it was written. I believe that is appropriate and it has opened up whole new vistas for me.

Basically, I believe the Bible is the inspired (but not the literal) Word of God. I believe Jesus is the Word of God made flesh...the same Word. So I believe that Jesus shows us in the flesh what God was trying to say in language in the OT. That means I believe God behaves the way Jesus behaved...because I believe Jesus is the revelation of God's will and nature.

I also believe what Paul says in 1 Cor. 13 that now we see only "through a glass, darkly." Even the most learned, most insightful scholar can speak about God only incompletely. We know now only in part...and some of that is probably wrong. God is bigger than us and we can't ever know God fully in this life. "Your ways are not my ways, neither are your thoughts my thoughts, says the Lord." Is. 55:8.

When someone is truly seeking God in Scripture (or anywhere else for that matter) God will find them. I believe it is the sincere heart that calls to the heart of God. That can happen if someone is taking the Bible literally and I've seen it happen with those taking much of it symbolically or culturally. As the Bible says in many places, God looks on the heart.

I have worked with many people who had long ago shut their Bible and shut out God because someone insisted that a literal approach was the only one. Once they had permission to view it differently, they could return both to the Bible and to the God who loves them. One of those is in seminary, training for ministry as I write.

Now to go write another sermon we can debate. Romans 14 anyone?
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