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Old 02-02-2020, 8:58 PM
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Default What Does it Mean to be a Christian?

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed.

Perplexed but not driven to despair.

Persecuted, but not forsaken.

Struck down, but not destroyed.

Always carrying in the body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our lives.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

When we turn to the Lord the vail is removed.

We are the “Chosen Instrument” of HIM

We are sinners saved by grace.
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Old 02-03-2020, 9:34 AM
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Momentary, light affliction! (2 Cor. 4:17).

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. 20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
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Old 02-13-2020, 10:06 PM
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Keep in mind; If your faith hasn’t changed you, it hasn’t Saved you
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It means that you must be still and know God

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I admit that I am a sinner deserving of Hell. I am guilty for breaking your holy commandments. I believe that you died on the cross to pay for my sins, were buried, and bodily resurrected three days later. Please forgive me of my sins and take me to Heaven when I die. I now believe upon You alone, apart from all self-righteous works and religion, as my personal Savior. Thank you. Amen.
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I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
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It means nothing.... if all you think about is you
May I dare to say that most of christianity follows that path

Someone once said these two things were pretty important, enough so that He mentioned that all the law and all the prophets hang on these two simple things.

Love God with all your heart soul mind and strength
Love your neighbor as yourself


That same Guy had this to say when He came back by again whilst speaking to all the nations that are, at this time, gathered before Him

For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat
I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink
I was a stranger and you took Me in
I was naked and you clothed Me
I was sick and you looked after Me
I was in prison and you visited Me


Then the so called righteous, revered, honored, leaders and followers of man made religion replied

Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?

And the King will reply,

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.

Then He will say to those on His left,

Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.…


Just my two cents for whats its worth, you are free to flame away.
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In a nutshell, it means that you believe Jesus was/is the Son of God, consubstantial with the Father, and one with the Holy Spirit. You believe that he is the Messiah who was born of the Virgin Mary, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. Pretty straightforward I’d say.
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# 9, a good expression of scripture Bro

Psalm 1
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I also use the apostles creed for specific points, but if I were to say by my own words, basically a Christian is one who follows what Christ wanted us to do and applies it to life.

Jesus didn’t suffer, getting ripped to shreds by scourging , and getting tortured and killed for nothing...he suffered for the sins of the people of the world past present and future...(for God exists at all time, and knows all things).

He suffered in retribution for sins that we could never repay and so it was he who became the lamb of sacrifice.

The Christian knows this, and knows that this was the ultimate show of love...laying his own life down for us lowly people. Therefore what we do for him, is what he asks of us in return, and the reason we should do it is because we Love God in return, and in our knowledge how much he loves us.....

We deny our selfishness and put others before us, for the reward we do not expect in this life. In this life, when you follow God you suffer some...but always knowing that nobody understands better than the lord, about suffering....we suffer silently, we do good silently, and not to show off, and get our reward now as recognition from others, but patiently know our reward comes after this life, for the one who sees our merits is the One who dies for our shortcomings.

And it is our job to help others to God, and get to heaven ultimately, especially those with whom we are close, like our spouses and children and friends

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This may sound weird, but I've been praying on some things lately (somewhat relevant to the initial question) and I've been getting a torrent of messages telling me to consider the importance of love.
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This may sound weird, but I've been praying on some things lately (somewhat relevant to the initial question) and I've been getting a torrent of messages telling me to consider the importance of love.
God is literally love....


We have to love our neighbor (we aren’t asked to LIKE any one since we cannot always control our feeling), but we can control our actions.


This is the agape love....it is a higher love than the emotion like, This is the willingand working for the good for others....


If you find you have a hate or dislike toward a group of people, practice this and you will find your emotions will change..... this teaching of Christ surpasses any psychological recommendations, or may be confirmed by science at some point t....happens all the time.....god knows best
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It means nothing.... if all you think about is you

May I dare to say that most of christianity follows that path



Someone once said these two things were pretty important, enough so that He mentioned that all the law and all the prophets hang on these two simple things.



Love God with all your heart soul mind and strength

Love your neighbor as yourself




That same Guy had this to say when He came back by again whilst speaking to all the nations that are, at this time, gathered before Him



For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat

I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink

I was a stranger and you took Me in

I was naked and you clothed Me

I was sick and you looked after Me

I was in prison and you visited Me




Then the so called righteous, revered, honored, leaders and followers of man made religion replied



Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?



And the King will reply,



Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.



Then He will say to those on His left,



Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.…





Just my two cents for whats its worth, you are free to flame away.


worth repeating.


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And then our Creator loved us so much He gave of His own substance through his only begotten Son as a sacrifice for what we were to allow us to be with Him.
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That means true conviction to your own personal set of morals. Sometimes putting others before yourself. Most of all serviced others in the community.

Just because you don't get caught doing something wrong, doesn't mean that it's right. God always knows.
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Christ is not a behaviorist. He is a heart surgeon. He replaces your heart of stone with a living heart so that you can do what He asks. The only thing you bring to your salvation is the sin that He removes. Be careful about making demands on what it is to be a Christian. We may be saved but we are still miserable sinners who can do nothing to save ourselves.
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Be the thief on the right, not the one on the left...

Admit your sin(s), believe in Jesus and accept His sacrifice, choose grace.

Of course if you are not facing imminent death, live showing others the grace that God has shown you...
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Christian: one who accepted Jesus as lord and savior.

John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only son. Whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
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