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  • Mom 2013/12/18 16:27:38
    Mom
    Hello new friend!
  • ANGEL 2013/08/16 13:51:04
    ANGEL
    What a beautiful message from "Cat". (below) For the short time you and I have corresponded, it certainly appears to accurately reflect who you are. Have a peaceful weekend. reflections
  • Cat 2013/05/16 04:30:09
    Cat
    My sweet friend, I like you so much; I love your personality and your beautiful spirit. ♥ I think once in a while it is good to hear or read that you are a fantastic person who makes a real difference in this world.You are important to people you love and care for, though maybe not always aware that you are so very dear to many others and appreciated... Please, paste this message on the wall of nine women or men who you consider fantastic! Hugs & kisses to you & I hope you get a lot back! You should send this message to nine friends, includin​​g​​ me, (if you think I deserve it & if not you still deserve it) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Have a Blessed Day
  • Sissy 2012/11/29 12:01:48
    Sissy
    Hi Elijah,

    I just wanted to pop in and tell you what an incredibly awesome job you are doing on that "Secession" thread you're "embroled" in. I have been following it and will get back to it as its a big one.

    Good Job.

    You re awesome
  • Sissy 2012/11/22 11:06:40
  • Cat 2012/08/17 03:15:53
    Cat
    You say that you lost your faith. Does that mean that you once had faith in God through Jesus’ sacrifice? Or did you always struggle with it and one day just decide to give up and put it on God to prove Himself to you? It would seem that your loss of faith, although endangering your soul, has turned out to be a real blessing to humanity in general. There’s a moral in that somewhere and some gallows humor as well.
    Regarding Methodism, it was started by two English brothers, John and Charles Wesley, who were studying to be Anglican priests. John had serious doubts about certain biblical concepts. He told his brothers and his close friends about his dilemma. Charles suggested more prayer and searching the word of God. John then began spending a minimum of four hours a day after classes and dinner, devoting himself to prayer and Bible study; Charles followed his lead but to a lesser extreme. Some of his classmates mocked him saying “John thinks that study and prayer will give him faith. Faith is something you either have or you don’t”. But soon some of John’s classmates began to emulate his practice. The scoffers called them followers of “Wesley’s method”; the name gradually got shortened to “the methodists”.
    Wesley went through the Bible numerous times making notes to himself abou...








    You say that you lost your faith. Does that mean that you once had faith in God through Jesus’ sacrifice? Or did you always struggle with it and one day just decide to give up and put it on God to prove Himself to you? It would seem that your loss of faith, although endangering your soul, has turned out to be a real blessing to humanity in general. There’s a moral in that somewhere and some gallows humor as well.
    Regarding Methodism, it was started by two English brothers, John and Charles Wesley, who were studying to be Anglican priests. John had serious doubts about certain biblical concepts. He told his brothers and his close friends about his dilemma. Charles suggested more prayer and searching the word of God. John then began spending a minimum of four hours a day after classes and dinner, devoting himself to prayer and Bible study; Charles followed his lead but to a lesser extreme. Some of his classmates mocked him saying “John thinks that study and prayer will give him faith. Faith is something you either have or you don’t”. But soon some of John’s classmates began to emulate his practice. The scoffers called them followers of “Wesley’s method”; the name gradually got shortened to “the methodists”.
    Wesley went through the Bible numerous times making notes to himself about how he interpreted many of the more arcane verses. (Those notes have been useful to many Bible students ever since. Even I use them). Wesley’s “method” worked well, he became one of the greatest campaigners for Christ in the eighteenth century, and he never again doubted. After setting up rescue missions in the smoke clogged slums of England John moved to the colonies of America planting new churches wherever he went, He started the system of circuit riding ministers as there weren’t enough pastors for all the new churches. Wesley never gave up his habit of spending hours in devotions each day.
    My pastor, here in PA, spends at least two hours a day in her devotions and her level of faith is amazing. She was like a rock for me last fall when my husband passed away. There is a lot to be said for “the method”. My pastor described it this way, “If you have a crisis of faith, you just go through the motions of life as though nothing is wrong. Meanwhile praying fervently every chance you get; sooner or later the Holy Spirit of God will restore you. Even if you doubt that your prayers are being heard, don’t stop praying. They are being heard and eventually you will come to know that.”
    After my husband’s death I spent more time in prayer and study than I now do. Between prayer study and meditating on the Word I probably average about 80 minutes a day. Not counting moderating a Bible study, because then I’m helping others with their comprehension; it’s all about them, not me.
    The Salvation Army is one of the more famous offshoots of Methodism. The Church of the Nazarene and the Wesleyan Church are both offshoots of Methodism that have different criteria for baptism, and tend to be more literal about the interpretation of the book of Genesis. I belonged to a Nazarene church long ago. And we fostered a child through the Wesleyan Church. I go to special services and events at the Wesleyan Church, twenty miles from here at the county seat. Their sanctuary converts into a great movie theater. Our county sheriff is a Wesleyan, and he’s battling cancer. He’s listed on our church’s prayer list as well. All the churches around here except for RC, Orthodox, Kingdom Hall, and Bible Baptist participate in the local ecumenical clothing and food bank program. Those three other denominations have their own food bank systems.
    Most atheists on sodahead make it sound like Christian denominations have nothing in common with one another. Yet we all ascribe to the Nicene Creed. Except for Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, (no Mormon temples where I live) a small minority that some do not consider Christians. (I think close enough.)
    Did I mention that in my twenties I lived with a Jewish family and attend Synagogue every Friday night or Saturday morning? It was suggested that I convert, but that little bit of faith I still had in Jesus prevented me from renouncing Him.
    I’d love to meet your friend Sam. I wish I had gone to seminary when I was younger and earned a degree in philosophy. I love discussing the scriptures and theology. But then I never really felt the call to pastor, to lead a flock. I feel strongly that I’m called to teach and to evangelize, and recently I’m being moved to learn to speak Spanish. Don’t ask me why. The few Latino kinfolk that I have are all fluent in English. But I feel the calling. I finished the first four Pimsleur CDs and now I’m switching over to Rosetta Stone. The package just arrived today. Who knows, maybe someday I may do and evangelism show on local cable, in Spanish or bilingual. You never can tell :-) .
    I guess that’s enough chit-chat for today. Have a nice weekend, and touch base with Sam.
    Your new friend,
    Cat
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  • Cat 2012/08/16 17:56:31
    Cat
    My Native American relatives would agree that your guardian angel appears as a wolf. The idea of angels being able to take on various shapes is not unbiblical.
    In my vision quest I saw mine change from a tall human in a white toga into a snowy owl. It flew straight at me and I was not afraid. It actually flew straight through me. It felt like a cool wind and it strengthened me. It had been almost fours days since I had eaten, I only had a jug of water with me. I had hiked a mile in from the trailhead to the overlook where I was camped waiting for my vision. I don’t think that I could have hiked back out on my own without that recharge, but my cousin, a really big guy, was checking on me, but remaining inconspicuous, several times a day. He would have carried me out if necessary.
    I’ve mentioned this to several Christian pastors, some were uncomfortable with it while others believe it was an angel giving me needed strength, probably a guardian angel. I still collect owl decorations when I can find them, especially snowy owls.
    My late husband’s best buddy is a Wiccan, It works for him but it makes him a Green Party supporter, and his politics drive me nuts.
    I can’t, of course recommend any other religion than Christianity for you, especially because you’ve already heard “The Good N...


    My Native American relatives would agree that your guardian angel appears as a wolf. The idea of angels being able to take on various shapes is not unbiblical.
    In my vision quest I saw mine change from a tall human in a white toga into a snowy owl. It flew straight at me and I was not afraid. It actually flew straight through me. It felt like a cool wind and it strengthened me. It had been almost fours days since I had eaten, I only had a jug of water with me. I had hiked a mile in from the trailhead to the overlook where I was camped waiting for my vision. I don’t think that I could have hiked back out on my own without that recharge, but my cousin, a really big guy, was checking on me, but remaining inconspicuous, several times a day. He would have carried me out if necessary.
    I’ve mentioned this to several Christian pastors, some were uncomfortable with it while others believe it was an angel giving me needed strength, probably a guardian angel. I still collect owl decorations when I can find them, especially snowy owls.
    My late husband’s best buddy is a Wiccan, It works for him but it makes him a Green Party supporter, and his politics drive me nuts.
    I can’t, of course recommend any other religion than Christianity for you, especially because you’ve already heard “The Good News”. I’m a Methodist but most denominations adhere to the Nicene Creed. Meaning they all agree on the basic beliefs. I’d stay away from Baptists because they never heard of the word allegory, and from Pentecostals because they work themselves into a frenzy until they start babbling and sometimes playing with rattlesnakes. That’s definitely not for me.
    This link will review the Gospel if you ever want a review. http://peacewithgod.jesus.net/? It’s a site affiliated with Billy Graham Ministries, Just incase you feel like looking at it.
    If you want to email me, I’m at pocbikr@gmail.com.
    Have a nice weekend, my friend. And don’t be a stranger.
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  • Cat 2012/08/16 13:21:05
    Cat
    Thank you for befriending me. HelloKitty3
  • ϟM̈ öp̈ëdërϟ 2012/06/27 18:53:58
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  • elijahin24 2012/03/16 16:26:13
    elijahin24
    That's crazy. I was born in Bloomington. Most of my family still lives there!
  • Michelle Pfeiff 2012/03/16 16:21:22
    Michelle Pfeiff
    Oh, really? I went to college at IU - Bloomington! I have in-laws in IN, too. After college I lived in Richmond Heights (right across from the Galleria) before moving East.
  • Michelle Pfeiff 2012/03/16 16:01:15
    Michelle Pfeiff
    I saw in your comments on the Doonesbury comic debate that you live in St. Louis (or at least nearby since you said you drove past billboards in St. Louis). I'm originally from St. Louis (NoCo) and transplanted to New England. I miss STL, tho!
  • ϟM̈ öp̈ëdërϟ 2012/02/19 17:23:49
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  • oldlady 2012/01/07 00:50:54
    oldlady
    Thank you for the friendship add. I look forward to your posts ;-)

    friendship add posts
  • Aes Sedai 2011/11/22 23:15:22
    Aes Sedai
    thanks for your service!
  • Jana ♥ ♥ ♥ 2011/11/21 20:55:20
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    SatansMexicanGardener
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