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Are you Christian? Do you know what it means to be Christian? Do you like to talk to and meet other Christians? Do you read the Bible? Do you understand the Bible? Do you believe in Jesus as an integral connected part of the Holy Trinity (the Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Spirit AS ONE) - the Son of God (by Holy virgin birth) who came to earth to experience mortal life and die for man's sins, along with God (the all in all and only one true God who created the Universe and everything in it), and along with the Holy Ghost or Spirit that works within and around all of us? Do you "hear" when God "talks" to you, sending you messages? Do you believe in miracles (and not just "coincidences")? Do you pray? Can you see how things seemingly change a little at a time so we don't really notice "the big picture"? (Like the amount of pornography that has come to inundate our lives and the Internet - it began with a little, then a little more, and now so much...) This page has some thoughts and insights that will hopefully get you thinking and understanding a little more. I love to share when I learn something significant or profound. And I love to share miracle stories.

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Remember Saul in the Bible (New Testament in Acts and on)? He persecuted Christians for years and then Jesus confronted him on a journey and struck him blind - telling him he was chosen to bring God's message to people at that time. God forgives and allows up to repent for our sins. However - realize that while sins are fogiven, consequences remain - some sins are "worse" than others so the consequences are greater, but sin is sin in God's eyes and the difference in sin isn't greater between any other - all can be forgiven in God's eyes due to the sacrifice of His Son Jesus who died for our sins. But we need to repent and believe.
See and hear one testament from someone who made mistakes but came back to God: "Live For Me".

I have been reading the Bible daily in the Bible in 90 Days program at church - what an eye-opening experience to go through it and see its continuity and flow. To see what was set up in the past as law and requirements which were necessary (even God's wrath) and then all coming toward Jesus dying for us for our sins. It can be done if one commits - I know I wil understand the Bible so much better when I am through it. I am in 2 Corinthians and well on my way to being done by December 16 - 90 days!

Having trouble reading the Bible?
If you have tried to read the Bible and get all discouraged when you get to the books of law (for example Leviticus, Numbers), don't worry. You can skip over them and read further, then revisit a chapter here & there - not reading the entire book in a sitting. The old laws were important and many still are. Remember, Jesus came to make a new covenant with mankind. The old covenant is not totally gone - there are laws and expectations of us within the old testament laws. But Jesus did help show that the laws of unclean food, sacrifice, and others are perhaps no longer needed as long as we live our lives glorifying God in other ways.

Read the Bible with Bible guides - they can help you understand what you are reading. And be open to the fact that certain readings in the Bible speak to you differently in some part of your life than in another. It's meant to be taken personally, to come to you in life when you need or want to understand more. Parts will connect to you differently than in the past. Just read it - and talk about it to others (perhaps your church friends - get into a small group discussion - that helps push you to read your part so you can productively discuss). Take a class - have a pastor teach you what is speaking to you in the Bible. It can mean so much more if you understand the circumstances of the times it was written, and to whom sections were writtin, and why. It can shed so much more light on your reading if you know more about its historical significance.

If you can't connect with one version of the Bible (for example, you are trying to read King James version), try out another version that connects to you. There are several good and true translations that you can try. For a more easy read, try "The Story": Read the Bible as One Seamless Story from Beginning to End or "The Message": The Bible In Contemporary Language, Burgundy Bonded Leather - these are written more like in story form and help when you need this type of connection.

Just start reading the Bible and keep committed to it. No need to read a book a day or any specific amount - just dive into it. You might want to use a guide to help you organize your reading to get through the Bible in one year. See "The Devotional Daily Bible: Read Through the Complete Bible in One Year". If you do, commit to it. And just stick with it once you find the best connective way to read it.

Christians Beware of "The Golden Compass" - this movie was released in December 2007, starring Nicole Kidman. It is based on an atheist author's book (Philip Pullman) - he hates C.S. Lewis and "Narnia" and has written books targeted at children to show the "other side." In a 2003 interview he stated "my books are about killing God." Be wary about buying the DVD or books - if your child sees or reads it, keep a healthy discussion so they are not confused by the God-negative messages in the story. Read more about it at Snopes.com

We Just Lost a Saint

Last week, we lost a dear person, one of our pastors at our church. He was a kind, gentle soul, who was so devout and knowledgeable - he taught me about Revelation, the last book of the Bible. He taught so much to so many of us. His battle with cancer took him home, to Heaven.

Here is what his wife said after he passed: "Last week David greeted a hospice nurse who is a Christian with these words: "So, when does the party begin?" She didn't miss a beat and said, "You mean your transformation?" David answered, "Yes, the party in the Kingdom of God!"

He was at peace and ready. It doesn't make it easy for those of use who lost and loved him - a big void has been left, but we can go on by repeating his words and teachings. And ever true to the faith in our Lord, his wife also said that his battle with cancer is over - and cancer lost.

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What it is to be truly Christian? There are people who "claim" to be Christian, but they don't really know what a true Christian is. Among Lutherans, Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Protestants - the various original Christian churches - all are in agreement that we all look to the same God, the same Jesus, the same Holy Trinity. The trouble with other cults that claim to be Christian - they are putting their faith into someone they call Jesus, but is NOT the same Christ as the above Christian churches have faith in. These are not "Christians" in the sense of Jesus' church - they are trying to say they are "Christian" in order to be accepted in the mainstream, but watch out! What I am calling a "true Christian" is one who believes in and has faith in the Jesus of the Bible - not from any other book. Yes - they will say their Jesus is the same one from the New Testament stories, having done the same miracles and taught the same lessons - they put their other Jesus into our Jesus' life for the purpose of connecting their Jesus to our Jesus - but it's still not the same person.

Jesus to a true Christian is God, being the Son of God, coming to earth as a man to live among men and granting salvation by dying for man's sins. Jesus was born of Holy birth, of virgin birth (not of natural action by sex). He did not exist prior to birth as a spirit waiting to be born, and is not the brother or spirit-brother of Lucifer, the devil. God does not have a goddess-wife - God is God alone, integrally of the Holy Trinity - God, Son Jesus and Holy Spirit AS ONE. God is, will be, and always was God, and God ALONE - always existed, will always exist and be the same ONE and ONLY God, with no other gods. God was never a man who became a god. To a true Christian, Jesus was born in Bethlehem (and being of the Father God, did not have a "beginning" but always existed - within the Trinity), descended from the line of David (via his relationship with Joseph), and the kingly line of Judah (NOT from the line of the Tribe of Benjamin, not born in Jerusalem). Jesus is not believed to have been married - there is no mention in the Bible, and He was constantly healing and preaching and traveling (primarily with his Apostles, all men) - how could He have had time for a wife? To believe He had a wife or more than one, or had children, is inconsistent with true Christian belief - the Bible does not support any of this. Jesus said there is no eternal marriage, no wife in resurrection - "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven" (Matthew 22:30). A true Christian believes that Jesus is the truth, the way, the life - the only way to reach salvation is to believe in Him, to have FAITH in Him, and live by His Word. There is much more that makes a true Christian - and there are more inconsistencies with those who incorrectly tell us they are "Christian" - because their definition of Jesus is NOT the same person as a true Christian believes, as told in the Bible. The Bible is the truth, the Word - to rearrange the words (or keep some and discount other parts of the Bible) and meanings is blasphemous. The Bible is not gray - it is black and white, and true in its entirety - in studying at church, I understand more of how these words were written and how they work today - there really are no inconsistencies within the Bible if you can look at it from the eyes of the audience it was told to - and being told to us today. The Old and New Testments are intertwined and connected - to be a true Christian you believe it all, have faith in it all.

What is a cult? These are groups that deviate from historical, orthodox Chritianity, but still "claim" to be Christian. They do not believe in, and even deny, the basic and core truths of the Christian faith. They claim the Bible to be wrong, or faulty, or out-dated for today, or incomplete, so they write their own books, and/or block out choice passages from the Bible. They may have secret rituals - and the Bible does now support this (Matthew 10:26-27; Ephesians 5:11-12, and Jesus said He had no secret teachings, in John 18:20). They deny the Holy Trinity, and worship some other god which is not the Christian or Biblical God. They also may not believe in Jesus's divinity and regard him as only a man or prophet. They also feel that "good works" justify salvation, where Christians believe that FAITH is what allows salvation, and from faith we naturally do good works.

The Garden of Eden is described in the Bible as a garden in the East (Genesis 2:8). Eden had a river that flowed from it (Genesis 2:10), which separated into 4 headwaters, or other rivers. The first was Pishon flowing through the land of Havilah, second was Gihon winding through the land of Cush. The third river is Tigris, running along the east side of Asshur. The fourth river is the Euphrates. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers are still existing and easily found - so the area is in that area of the earth (not as certain false "Christians" say is near Independence, Missouri - where are these rivers?).

Be careful when people from cults try to tell you they are the "same as us" - as fellow "Christians." They are "Christian" as named by their own definition, not the definition of the same church Jesus began so long ago, that will last forever. Find out more before you let them talk you into joining their cult. There are countless people who have been pulled into these cults, and live to regret it once they find out what the cult beliefs are, which oddly aren't taught to members until much further into the cult's "religion". Most people don't even know or understand what their cult is about - and once the fallacy sinks in it's too hard to leave. The turmoils are great. Don't get caught up in these cults. Live your life the way of a Christian, but don't follow a cult to get there. Join a true Christian church - you can find spiritual satisfaction within a real church, and if you don't connect - try another Christian church. Just stay away from the cults. If you encounter the other type of "christians", try to talk to them about how it isn't the same Christianity or Jesus. Try to show compassion and let it go if they don't accept what you say. You may only be able to plant a seed, but perhaps down the line it will grow and take hold.

"Beware of false prophets" (Matthew 7:15) - people who rearrage the Bible and make new books should be questioned. Once the Bible isn't accepted as fact, the Christian aspect loses its meaning. "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:11). I see it's happening. Be aware and be compassionate, pray for guidance, and don't join into a cult just because they accept you lovingly - love is found in our own true Christian churches. Remember cults who've had people follow their leaders to their deaths? Cults can be dangerous. Just be aware and find out more before you decide to join. Not every self-proclaimed "Christian" is a true Christian.

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The Bible is real history!

When reading the Bible, you are reading true history - much of the Bible can be found to be true - the times, the references, the peoples, the types of coins of the time, the customs of the people in those times - all can be found to be consistent in the writings of the Bible. We know about the land and its use, the foods and plants that grew back then, the kings that ruled and more - and this material is taught in our schools as truth in history. Much of it comes straight from the Bible. There are other works from other religions which cannot be as well proven. But the Bible is consistent through-out.

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Are You Christian?

To be a Christian is to believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and an integral part of the Holy Trinity - Father, Son & Holy Ghost. You believe that Jesus was put on earth, by a virgin birth, to teach us, and to save us from our sins. He started a new covenant with us over the old - we need not any longer do the old ways of sacrifice and rituals so foreign to us now. We are taught to love one another. And to repent from our sins - turn back to God. Jesus died for us - so we can be saved from our sins - He took them to the grave with Him. We now have the promise of resurrection, of everlasting life after death. But we must walk the way of Jesus in order to get there. Try to do our best to be faithful and walk the right path.

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The Word for the Season of Lent (Matthew 25:31-46):

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blesed by my Father, inherit the kingdon prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are of my family, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

How can you help others in this season of Lent? Take on some mission work to serve, as above.

During Lent, the time representing Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness, people taken to fasting (as Jesus did), or giving up something. Sometimes this actually ends up missing the point. What do you learn from giving up chocolate for 40 days?

Why don't you try something new - add a volunteer or service project to help others. Or vow to pray more, or read the Bible, or study the Bible, or read devotions daily. You can add something of great inner spiritual value to your Lent season, rather than giving up something that will teach you nothing.

My daughter decided to keep a journal and write in it the various creeds, prayers that we pray in church, as well as important passages that she can perhaps one day use as her confirmation verse, and any thoughts that she feels compelled to write about. She feels this means so much more to her than what her friends are doing in giving up soda. I agree!

Another plus - if you repeat something daily for a time, it can become a habit. If your Lent addition is also worthwhile for you, keep it going all year long! Perhaps if you figure out how to juggle your time to include study of the Bible, it can continue well beyond Lent.

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Revelation - a Book of Hope

Have you tried reading Revelation, the last Book of the Bible? It is full of imagery and symbolism - it's a wild ride to read. It's also very confusing, very difficult to understand unless you understand the times back then, and know how to refer to the previous Books of the Bible for more understanding.

The Book of Revelation is actually a book full of hope for the world. There is the same story told three different times, three different times. The imagery in each of different and so is the purpose. They tell of worldly problems and curses, of things that will happen and have happened and are happening.

The main purpose of the "bad" things that will happen is to drive people to repent, drive people toward God. They are to be taken as a serious message to try to get people to listen and repent. Those that die with Christ in their hearts and in the name of Christ will prevail, in Heaven. These who will be in Heaven are those who repent and turn to God. God gives us so many chances to repent, so many warnings to heed. God loves His people enough to give us a chance to do His will.

The earth will become new, not the same one we live in now. It will not be "destroyed" but become new with peace and goodness. It is a message of hope - for those who believe and repent.

Do you understand the Book to Revelations? It is truly a powerful book of the Bible, somewhat difficult to understand, and much that we are not privy to understand. The pieces which connect to us are both comforting, and eye-opening. It should not scare us so much as push us to action, and reflect on our own lives. One of our pastors is giving us a class on Revelations and it's easier to put things together, but it also reflects on me to look inward to be accountable in my Christian life. Eveyone should read it with guidance (much refers back into the Old Testament to make sense of it) and do a lot of soul searching. One wonderful exercise we were given is to search from within to be guided by the Holy Spirit to write a letter, as John wrote, to the church we go to, as if God were orchestrating the writing. When you look at it from this perspective, it's a powerful reflection, and puts us in our proper place. I am so humbled and amazed at the messages, and it makes us know we must do more to be a testament to our Christianity.

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When singing hymns in church or at Christmas, don't just sing without reflecting on the words and what they mean - they are written with wonderful messages for us and to give glory to God - if you sing without thinking about what you are singing, you are missing out on a wealth of meaning. Did you know that more Lutheran hymns (may be other Christian religions as well) are written from the Book of Revelation than any other book of the Bible?

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What do you know about the origin of Christmas celebrating?

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What can we learn from Hurricane Katrina and other disasters? For such a disaster, there has to be some good to learn from it, some blessing that we may take awhile to figure out. The disaster brings out the best, and regretably the worst, in people. We all know what the bad in this situation was, but I offer you some thoughts of the good that came of it.

Many of the poor people will be given a chance now, to make a fresh life for themselves. They may get new job opportunities, new homes, new friends, new experiences, and see places they have only heard about. People will give their families more hugs and appreciation, to know their families are not lost, and to hold loved ones more dear. New Orleans and other places, such as the Netherlands (partly under the sea level) will re-examine their safety procedures, their flood control, their levy integrity, and come up with better plans. Nothing man makes can stand up to the power of these storms and water, but there can be more and better preparation when danger visits again. Another good that has come of this - more of the world has rallied together to offer aid and money - whether the U.S. accepts the offers or not - there is love and concern coming from so much of the world. Perhaps some tense relationships can be fixed. In the same vein, perhaps some broken families can come together now - and appreciate each other. Send me more thoughts you have on this - it might be too painful for many people to even think there is any good, and that is ok. One day healing will come. But there has to be good coming from this that we can all learn from. Pray for all the victims, those who lost families, friends, homes, pets - ask for peace and comfort.

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We need to pray more than ever, for our country, for our safety, for our children and families, for the turning around of evil souls and thoughts, for exposing the truth about false "gods" and "prophets," for the grace and forgiveness of God, for the troops fighting for our freedoms, for getting our lives back in the way we knew before. There is power in prayer. Have faith, and know if we are taken away to God, there is no more need to fear - He will take care of us forever. Just tell your family daily how much you love them all. Never take a day for granted again. And believe in miracles - God grants them to us.

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I am getting increasing disturbed by people who feel there are multiple "gods" - that our one true God is not the only one, and that man can elevate himself to godhood! This is not in line with either Christian thinking or even with the Bible - this is not a Biblical based type of thinking. Read Genesis 1:16 "And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also." This means God made it all - God is one the one and only, who made everything, not just our one planet. God is never described - He is a bright light or a voice, not in any human form - because God is not human - God is God - and "God created man in his own image" - it does not say God made man to "look" like Him - God made man in the way he imagined - with a mind, and free will - more so than the other creatures of earth - more able to reason and think as God does, but never reaching God status. He made man "in His image" in a way that allows us to have a personal relationship with God - we can talk to God. If you read through the Bible - you will see that the ancient prophesies declare the saviour coming in just the fashion as was written. Luke 1:26 tells of the virgin Mary, who was visited by the Holy Spirit, and was made pregnant in a truly holy and virgin way. Isaiah 7:14 says "a young virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." To reject a holy virgin birth is to reject Jesus as the saviour - His birth was foretold, and as told it came to be. And the gift of resurrection is a promise for us to follow Jesus in death - not rule over anything else.

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We have been concerned for years that people are straying from God's direction, since there are so many examples in our world today (9-11, Columbine, mailbox pipe bombs, sniper shootings and more). As I drove past Columbine High School months ago, it really hit me that we need to reach out and offer our testimonies about our Christian beliefs, to help people see there is a God, there is a salvation for our sins, and there is hope.

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We can all make a difference if we spread the word a little more each day, and pray. Help another person understand something about The Word, the Bible, its messages, and maybe we can make a bit more difference. I can testify to a communication instance from God, and it shows me an definite example of how He talks to us in our lives - but most of us don't know it, and don't listen. Just be more aware of messages, and they'll reach you, too. It's not just coincidence - there are messages meant to get through to you. You just need to listen, and accept, and believe. The message may be a miracle or a direction to take - coming from our one and true God.

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Have you seen "The Passion of the Christ"? It's very moving for a Christian to see, to understand the amount of suffering Christ went through for us. It's not for everyone - prepare yourself before seeing it. If you are not Christian, you won't be likely to come out of the movie with an understanding of what it means. For a Christian with Christ in his or her heart - it will mean something. Understand that it's not all "from the Bible" accounts - there is a lot based on old, traditional passion plays. It is not an exact account from the Bible. We don't know how badly Christ was made to suffer prior to the cross - but this movie makes you feel that He suffered greatly - and perhaps he did. Also recommended is to see "Luther" - you can see what faith can do, and how strongly you must pursue your faith in being a good witness.

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If God "talks" to you (sends you messages), do you know how to hear it and listen? Do you believe in MIRACLES? Do you listen for messages from God? It is said "Coincidences are the miracles man doesn't give God credit for." This is a real truth. For a real life, true example of this, Click here. Feel free to send in your story and we can post it on the site. For a pet story, which shows the Hand of God, Click here

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Here is a book which is well written, and I totally agree with it. I see satan making little progresses in our lives, which are adding up to a big problem, of which I am sure he is happy about. By pushing and taking a little at a time, people tend not to notice the daily growth of corruptions, but the changes are very dramatic when you look at the whole picture. We need to acknowledge and accept more of God's presence and wishes, and stop this perversion of our society. Try reading C.S. Lewis' book on the Screwtape LettersScrewtape Letters - very enlightening on this very subject - a real eye-opener.

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I am convinced that there is purposely little or no physical evidence (other than the history written in the Bible) of stories in the Bible - in order to test our faith. There is a tremendous amount of archeological proof of the history of those times of the Bible, and of what is described in the Bible. We must believe on the Word alone (in the Bible) without the other physical proof we want. In getting the messages from God and the actions as described in the testament pages, it is clear to me that God is here for all of us. We don't all need to be "doubting Thomas's" - Thomas was fortunate Jesus showed him the "proof" he needed, but Jesus also told him that those who believe without seeing are more blessed. If you are in tune with messages and miracles from God, you will cement your belief. Pray for belief and faith.

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Prayer works. Pray any time - all day long, whenever you need a shoulder or feel grateful. Pray for peace, for forgiveness, for direction, for guidance, for others who need prayer. All you need to do is talk to God. That's it. Your prayers are heard, but may not be answered as you wish. There is a plan for you in some way - a reason for you to perhaps struggle or conquer something, or perhaps to teach others through your experience.

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Do you like Christmas or Easter better? I always loved Christmas, but it had become so commercialized, that often the meaning of Christmas is overshadowed. As I matured, I felt Easter was the better holiday over Christmas - it's not so commercialized, and it signifies the most important event and miracle of Jesus' being. The Easter Rising of Jesus is the most significant and sobering event there is. Easter is a sign of new life - in all of nature. Easter is the start of spring, Easter is when plants bloom and seeds grow. Easter is a miracle. Easter is the message and hope God gave us - that we will be forgiven and share in eternal life - on some other plane we do not yet understand or comprehend.

What is God's Plan For Us? We need to think of what God wants us to use our gifts and talents to do. God gave us talents - how do we serve Him in using them? Think about your talents. Try to pick up on messages from God trying to direct you. Pray for guidance.

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What a great church community and family we have in the Littleton/Centennial/Greenwood Village area of Colorado. Great fellowship, learning, and awesome youth programs. Also constantly updated tours of the Holy lands and its meaning - you can see the photos of tours taken, and understand more by reading the insights. Come to Easter and Christmas services, if you are in the area, and pray with us.

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Just for your information - I am a Lutheran Christian, and was baptised as one when an infant. I have prayed daily ever since I can remember, but I used to think that I can get by with my beliefs and prayers, without needing to go to church (I think most teens go through a disconnection at some point - some more so than others). I went intermittently during college and beyond, never really "connecting" with a church or pastor. I began going regularly later on, and can see how important it is. I CANNOT read the Bible and still get all the information and points that are in it - I NEED the extra Bible classes as offered to TRULY get a real understanding of what the Bible tells us. Much of it has to do with the times in which it was written, and has certain meanings that we can twist up if we don't know those nuances of the times. You cannot read the Bible without more guidance and teachings, and really understand. And there are wonderful books out which give us deep insights. Try reading some books, or some Bible guides, or King James or NIV, etc. versions of the Bible, to get more into your experience. Go to church, and be involved. And pray every day - talk to God in prayer. I always pray - talking to God in my thoughts.

By the way, do you know how many people think that to believe in God makes them a "Christian"? They do not understand that it is the faith and belief in Jesus as God's son and our savior is what makes a Christian. Truly - some people don't understand this. I think we need to help enlighten people on this. Also - there is only one true God, one true Jesus - read the Bible and you will know - . If you are in a dilemma with your beliefs and would like to talk to someone, send me an email and we figure out how to start, and remain anonymous. Do you know that nothing is so bad that God can't help you get through it? Faith and prayer, and truth to the Bible, will help you find a way to get out of your bad situation. Watch out for false "prophets" or "gods" - they are out there and not of God's direction. Don't get swept in by charismatic forces - pray on your own to see the truth.

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Lent - Give Up Something or Try Something New?

During Lent, the time representing Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness, people taken to fasting (as Jesus did), or giving up something. Sometimes this actually ends up missing the point. What do you learn from giving up chocolate for 40 days?

Why don't you try something new - add a volunteer or service project to help others. Or vow to pray more, or read the Bible, or study the Bible, or read devotions daily. You can add something of great inner spiritual value to your Lent season, rather than giving up something that will teach you nothing.

My daughter decided to keep a journal and write in it the various creeds, prayers that we pray in church, as well as important passages that she can perhaps one day use as her confirmation verse, and any thoughts that she feels compelled to write about. She feels this means so much more to her than what her friends are doing in giving up soda. I agree!

Another plus - if you repeat something daily for a time, it can become a habit. If your Lent addition is also worthwhile for you, keep it going all year long! Perhaps if you figure out how to juggle your time to include study of the Bible, it can continue well beyond Lent.

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