I am born again...: What does that really mean?

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However, along with specific ministries that might be labeled “discipleship,” there needs to be a general consciousness that everything in the church should be viewed through the lens of making disciples. 4. Revelation 6:15-16 says that the people who see Him will cry for the rocks and the mountains to fall on them to hide them from His face. To "fight the good fight" of the Christian life we need the proper ammunition in our hearts: the truth of God's Word held fast by faith. No matter how much serving, praying, and studying the Bible you do thereafter, you can never become more justified than you were when you first repented of your sins, and believed on Christ.

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Finding the Peace God Promises

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Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household... Both Catholics and Protestants have the same 27-book New Testament Canon. This is an aspect of worship, expressing to God and others how they have benefited our lives by showing their support and benevolence. (1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Thess. 5: 18) � Responsibility is to know and do what God and others expect. (Romans 14:12) � Contentment is the attitude of accepting whatever God provides for us, and being happy with it.

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Who Are the Joneses Anyway?: Stop Living Someone Else's Life

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You may need to sacrifice something in your life, whether blog time, a TV show, or even attending every church and community function. This new paradigm is presented as a restoration of the church to amore Biblical NT form; current church organization is presented as carnal, ineffective and even offensive to the Holy Spirit. Ralph Neighbor Jr. says in chapter 11 (WDWG) that every Christian must have a Listening Room where they can hear God speak.

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The Spirit of Wisdom

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The question I ponder the most these days is �why?�� Why are we here?� What game are we playing?� Why this universe?� It is the unfathomable question.� All the same, many sources hint at it, although I wonder if they really know, either.� Virtually every mystical source agrees that beyond the physical plane, time and space largely do not exist.� They are artificial constructs used to create this dimension, which is ultimately illusory.� There is also plenty of firsthand human testimony regarding that phenomenon.� People who clinically die and are revived report reviewing their entire lives, in greater detail than is seemingly possible, in mere instants of Earth time. [29] � The further that physical beings �progress� on �the other side,� the less their existence has time-like and space-like attributes, to eventually be abandoned, much as a child bicyclist eventually abandons training wheels.� With that limitation acknowledged, I will write in time and space terms, as I live in a dimension where it defines our existence.� In the begin ning, the Creator gave birth to an immense number of beings, somewhere on the order of the number of stars in the observable universe (200 billion multiplied by one trillion), and perhaps a truly infinite number.� They were the Creator�s playmates, in a sense fashioned from the Creator�s rib.� There was no physical reality as we know it.� All beings had free will, and creation was one big celebration, and everyone laughed and played.� All were equal to the Creator, as everybody was made from the same �stuff.�� One day, a being played a game of creating a hierarchy, and said to his pals: �Give your will to me.� Free will can be burdensome, and I have a special ability to handle it.� If you give your will to me, I will take care of it, making your decisions for you, and making your existence easier.�� Some say that the being made his pitch at the Creator�s request. [30] � Others say that the being was an outside agent, seeming to come from outside creation.� That being�s sales pitch was well done, but about 99% of the Creator�s playmates replied with something like: �Thank you for your offer, but I think that my will is something I am supposed to manage by myself.� Yes, some decisions seem difficult, but if I do not make them, I think I will diminish myself (and hence creation) in some way.� Your offer is generous and noble, but I think that I am better off making my own decisions.� After eons of recruiting effort, that being welcomed about 1% of the creator�s playmates to his new program.� The new recruits gave their free will to that being.� A hierarchy was created, and that being managed the free will of that 1%, and other beings helped him.� It developed into a hierarchy, with that recruiter at the top, the helping levels below him, and those giving away their free will at the bottom.� Eventually, those at the bottom gave away virtually all of their free will to the hierarchy.� Free will was an essential component of the Creator, and when those beings gave away their free will, they also lost other given attributes, particularly their awareness.� In Judeo-Christian circles, that loss of awareness is known as �The Fall.�� That being who invented and recruited others to his hierarchy is known as Lucifer in those circles, and that time of carefree play is known as the Garden of Eden.� The tale has been greatly distorted in Genesis, with women being blamed for The Fall, the sin was seeking knowledge, the Garden of Eden was in today�s Middle East, and that tempter was in the form of a snake, as the serpent was the symbol of women thousands of years ago .� The Fall took a long time.� As everybody has free will, the Creator could not infringe upon what transpired, even if his playmates gave their will away.� Even though he cautioned that 1%, he had to watch them abdicate their will and gradually lose their awareness.� They devolved to a state that had not been seen before.� Whether Lucifer did it at the Creator�s bidding or not does not alter today�s situation.� If Lucifer did the Creator�s bidding, however, I am not currently happy about it, because I am a member of that fallen 1%. [31] � Was it a test that God invented?� Did we ask to take the test?� Did we think we could become creators, and God replied, �So, you think you want to be a creator?� I have a little test, to determine if you are ready.�� If it happened somewhat like that, at this time I question my wisdom.� Life on Earth is not my idea of a good time, having lost awareness and a seeming lack of free will, not continually bathing in the love that is a natural part of the �other side� and being at the mercy of forces seemingly beyond my control.

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Experience the Power

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Learn more about the global learning community of Spiritual Directors International. Nevertheless, the Spiritual Formation Movement offers long lists of disciplines that are essential for spiritual development. New Age thinkers are acutely aware of this; some of them are convinced that the coming change is inevitable, while others are actively committed to assisting its arrival. This is one of many examples that could be given which call for proper role models in all things, including growth.

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With: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God

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The word of God commands us to grow in the knowledge of his word. Rev. 1:9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” “…Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths…” May these give the religious support on their path.

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Designed to Be Like Him: Understanding God's Plan for

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I do not feel afraid, I feel ill equipped to know what to do. Effective discipline is not drudgery, it is delightful! Certainly time is a factor in spiritual growth in some cases (those who continue to grow over a long period of time will be more mature than one who has grown over a shorter period). Are you not acting like mere men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3). A Women's Retreat would be perfect for you! Leave to they God to order and provide, To guide the future, as He has the past.

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The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God

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It’s a special opportunity to work one-on-one with me for a deep-dive into your heart and soul to discover your highest calling and life purpose – your beautiful, unique expression in the world – the reason you were born! The law is that as it ripens towards heaven it loosens towards earth. In the past ten years, I’ve written thirty books in varying degrees with several publishers (and some self pubbed). This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world?

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Can Christianity Survive In America?

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They never gave God the glory He deserved. Fowler’s psychosocial stage development, Kohlberg’s moral development and Stevenson’s stages of life have incorporated our life events into spiritual formation (Fowler 1995). Nevertheless, it is helpful to have a conceptual understanding of them. Everyone doing his part (Eph. 4: 11- 12) Even though the distinction between pastor and layman is often drawn, they are both entrusted by God to do their parts in church growth.

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Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God's

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Genuine dialogue, on the other hand, will always respect diversity from the outset, and will never seek to blur distinctions in a fusion of all religious traditions. *Some local New Age groups refer to their meetings as �prayer groups�. I was there in the darkness when the tears slipped down your face and your heart broke within you... 29. Pumpkin is not your average spiritual film. In the divine plan of salvation, human beings have been saved by Jesus Christ who, as God and man, is the one mediator of redemption.

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