Christian Life-Peace, Joy, Love, Faith, Forgiveness, Persecution-Suffering, etc...

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What is a Christian? People from all faiths come up with different definitions. For me-Christianity is more than just a religion , but a personal intimate relationship with God through Jesus-Yeshua after acceping Him as "Lord-Savior" (see Salvation-Testimony) as you grow and put your "sin-ful" past away... .

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ (Colossians 3)

" 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. "

When was this "term" first used in the Bible?

"...and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."-Acts 11:26

It's a lifestyle, which isn't perfect (yes, we are all hypocrites, which is why we chose Jesus to be our "Lord"-we need Him to direct our lives and we cannot live life by our selves)with daily temptations and/or life challenges. This is why I made the links down below to show what I feel is part of being a Christian....

*Note: I'm no expert on these life lessons, but I just want to direct or point people the one who God-Elohim through His Son Jesus!

  • Accidents, personal stories from Morris!
  • Adoption, orphans are God's children

  • Accuser, cults, occult, and other demonic strongholds
  • Backslidden, drifting away from our Heavenly Father?
  • Bible, a "love letter" from our Heavenly Father
  • Blessings, "when the praises go-up, the blessings come down"
  • Boldness

  • Christian Portfolio, Sal's resume as a Christian

  • *ever heard of this? Well, I first heard of this when a missionary (former UMM alumn) came to share at the local church I curently attend. She encouraged us to do this to show others how you've been serving God and for other mission groups to know more about you when applying for a mission trip.
  • Discipling, mentoring one and one
  • Death, part of life!
  • Dreams
  • Eternity, commonly asked questions about Heaven
  • Evangelism, sharing the "good news"
  • Faith
  • Family, balancing ministry and family life
  • Fellowship, surrounded and encouraged by the Family in Christ
  • Financial, "wisdom" from the Lord on tips on budgeting and other daily life spending from a personal experience
  • Forgiveness
  • Friendship, lovely e-mail forwards
  • Giving, symbol from Christmas, which should be an all-around season tradition
  • Good Works, how much "good" we need to do?
  • Hope, keep hope alive from stories of life challenges
  • Humility

  • Hypocrites, the church is filled with them!
  • Joy, get some laughter!
  • Love
  • Marriage
  • Ministry, getting equipped!
  • Missions, reaching the nations from UMMAlpha!
  • Obedience, submit
  • Patience
  • Peace
  • Persecution
  • Persevere
  • Positive, optimistic!

  • Prayer communicating with God
  • Prophecy
  • Purpose
  • Rest, for the soul
  • Single Life
  • Sex
  • Sin-Less
  • Sufferings
  • Time, for God, family, close ones, friends, or to help people
  • Worship and Praise, in spirit and truth (lifestyle and singing)

  • *" and you'll find"-Matthew 7:7

    Romans 5

    Peace and Joy

    " 1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. "

    Galatians 5-Life by the Spirit

    " 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other...

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  • Calvary Road, by Dr. Roy Hession

  • *an awesome book my "Workplace" Bible-Study is currently (Jan 2007) going through. It's about being "broken" (humble) and the recent chapter I just read is about ministering to our very own homes first.
    Table of Contents

    Recommended Resources




  • I can Help Twin Cities
  • Nation-GoodnewsUSA


  • Why Would Anyone Want To Be A Christian? By Allen Stark Special to ASSIST News Service Sunday, October 31, 2010

  • "ATLANTIC, IOWA (ANS) -- Most people don't want to be a Christian and shouldn't unless they are willing to take a radical stand, which requires a strong unshakable faith, generous spirit and a mission-oriented mind driven by agape love. Hopefully, by using the above title I have got both the Christian and non-Christian to read my opening paragraph.
    In saying what I have, I am not referring to the type of religion that today perpetuates the brand of religious broadcasting that attempts to get into your pocketbooks and wallets, or the often too boring irrelevant church services that many times promote judgmentalism based on ingrained doctrines and churchisms.
    Some of the things which initially kept me from wanting to associate with a church, are those within the church walls that are judgmental, arrogant, narrow-minded, bigoted, hypocritical, and brainwashed. And for quite some time I didn't want to deal with the political baggage most churches seem to deal with.


  • Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller

  • Born-again rebel Don Miller reveals 'best sermon I ever heard' By John Blake, CNN July 19th 2010

  • "...Miller had inspired many with his words. His Christian memoir, "Blue like Jazz," sold a million copies. He was a sought-after speaker. He had been dubbed the voice of a new generation of evangelicals.
    Before that, though, Miller was an angry teenager and petty thief who blamed himself for his father's absence. Then one day he met an unusual man....
    "Sunday morning church service is not an enormous priority; spending time with other believers is," he says. "Some people associate Sunday morning with God. One of the things I associate with God is a sunrise. How many sunrises have you missed over the years, and God created that?"...
    Miller appeals to evangelicals because there is a "profound starvation for honesty," says Brian McLaren, author of "A New Kind of Christianity."...
    "What sells radio and television time is sentimentality and promises of easy answers," McLaren says. "He is honest about his pain and his doubts and his life being messy. But he's also honest about his hope and faith."...
    my new book is about," he writes in "Father Fiction," his latest book. "But in so many ways, I'm still that kid, not sure exactly how to be emotionally intimate with a girl without feeling weak, not sure my work is good enough, not sure if the people who are clapping would really like me if they got to know me."
    Some people associate Sunday morning with God. One of the things I associate with God is a sunrise. How many sunrises have you missed over the years, and God created that? --Donald Miller. author "Blue like Jazz"
    Miller is not content to write about that void, though. He created "The Mentoring Project," a program that offers mentors to kids without fathers. He contends that men who grow up without fathers are more predisposed to prison and brutalizing women.
    The Mentoring Project has attracted so much attention that Miller was asked by the White House to join a presidential task force on fatherhood.
    Miller accepted that invitation -- and another that was far more personal. He met his biological father.
    Miller says his mother and father divorced when he was a kid and his mother never talked about his father. He blamed himself for his father's disappearance.
    "I was afraid he'd rejected me for a reason, that he somehow knew I'd grown up and become fat."
    He had his father's number for two months before he finally called him. When he drove to his house, a big man opened the door and hugged Miller.
    "I'm sorry," he said as a tear rolled down his cheek. "Do you forgive me?" Miller said he did....
    He left a Southern Baptist church and ultimately joined the Journey IFC (Imperfect Faith Community) church in Austin, Texas, where people sat on sofas instead of pews and the only church mission statement was love Jesus and love your neighbor as yourself....

    Deep Thought

    Persecution: He Wasn't Kidding

    "When you have a bad day and you feel persecuted, think of the Apostle Paul. Your life is a picnic compared to his."



  • *I just saw this last weekend (Saturday, November 9th of 2008), which I thought was very interesting.
    Friends of God - 004/006

    "Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi "
    *see GoodnewsUSA and GoodnewsEverybody: Issues-Homosexuality


    The Nativity Story Trailer

    "The original trailer for New Line Cinema's "The Nativity Story". "
    *see Holidays: Christmas, Giving, "more-like" Christ, etc...
    Jesus of Nazareth - best scenes - "Blessed are they..."

    "This is one of the most touching scenes I have ever witnessed in my entire life. Taken from Zefirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" (1977)
    We are blessed - never forget that! Do not let others discourage you or bring you down, for it is written:
    "If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they have kept my sayings they will keep yours also.""

    A lesson, from
    "You have heard it said you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. For if you love only those who love you, what reward is there in that? "
    *see Movies: The Passion

    Personal Review:
    Just saw the very interesting documentary on "Friends of God", which I feel you could do another one. Do you have plans to do so? I would like to see one that goes from region to region. As a Christian from the midwest, the "Christian experience" various throughout our "diverse" nation. This particular documentary seems to focus more on the "South" (a.k.a. "Bible belt"). It would be cool to see one in the "Midwest" or on different cultures (e.g. African American). Or even around the world (continent to continent)!
    Christian since college 96',


    Petra - You Are My Rock


  • History Maker, from Delirious

  • " I'm gonna be a history maker in this land
    I'm gonna be a speaker of truth to all mankind
    I'm gonna stand, I'm gonna run
    Into your arms, into your arms again
    Into your arms, into your arms again

    Well it's true today that when people stand
    With the fire of God, and the truth in hand
    We'll see miracles, we'll see angels sing
    We'll see broken hearts making history
    Yes it's true and I believe it
    We're living for you"

  • In Christ Alone, from Newsboys (
  • -Worship

    Everything - Tim Hughes

    "God in my living
    There in my breathing
    God in my waking
    God in my sleeping

    God in my resting
    There in my working
    God in my thinking
    God in my speaking

    Be my everything
    Be my everything
    Be my everything
    Be my everything

    God in my hoping
    There in my dreaming
    God in my watching
    God in my waiting

    God in my laughing
    There in my weeping
    God in my hurting
    God in my healingv

    Christ in me
    Christ in me
    Christ in me the hope of glory
    You are everything

    Christ in me
    Christ in me
    Christ in me the hope of glory
    Be my everything"


    *many of the book below were refered during a sermon by Nate Rooney, pastor of Harvest Community Church (Fargo, ND), a UMM Alumn-on Sunday, April 22nd of 2007 at Morris Community Church

  • A Case for Christ, from Lee Strobel

  • Reviews:
    AllAboutJesus Christ
    "(1998) is book by Christian apologist and former journalist Lee Strobel supporting the thesis that Jesus of Nazareth was the unique son of God. In it, he conducts a series of investigative interviews of Christian scholars and experts, whose replies refute many of the typical objections to Christianity"
  • New Evidence That Demands a Verdict Book, by Josh McDowell from

  • Reviews:
    Facing the Challenge
    "'Evidence That Demands a Verdict' volumes 1 & 2 were classics. 'The New Evidence...' is fully updated in one volume to answer questions challenging followers of Christ in the 21st Century. This revised edition contains some helpful new material on apologetics in the light of postmodernism and the 'death of truth'."
  • Letters from a Sceptic, from Greg Boyd

  • Reviews:
  • More than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell of

  • Reviews:
    Campus Crusade
    "Josh McDowell thought Christians must be "out of their minds." He put them down. He argued against their faith.
    But eventually he saw that his arguments wouldn't stand up. Jesus Christ really was God in human Flesh. Josh became a speaker on college and university campuses, challenging those who were just as skeptical as he had been.
    In More Than a Carpenter Josh focuses upon the person who changed his life--Jesus Christ. It is a hard-headed book for people who are skeptical about Jesus' deity, his resurrection and his claims on their lives."


    Hell's Best Kept Secret - Part 2 of 4

    "Hell's Best Kept Secret - Part 2 of 4 "
    *see Issues-Accuser, Satan, Hell, etc.. & Liberal Arts: Law, Justice, etc..


    *see Bible

    5 Minutes Bible Study - Why Dont We Read The Bible?

    "By Dr. Harold Sala
    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
    When China opened its doors to foreigners in the late 1970s, I was among those who quickly applied for a visa to see the land described as a sleeping giant. For decades Chinese friends had been denied what we take for granted--freedom of expression and, certainly, freedom of religion. The group was international, with people from all over the world. At dinner a man from Britain told of a strange encounter with a youth on the street seeking a Bible.
    Do you have a Bible? asked the young man.
    Taken by surprise the tourist replied, Yes, but not with me. Its part of my library.
    Somewhat disappointed the youth asked, Do you read it often?
    No, came the somewhat embarrassing reply.
    Then puzzled the lad asked, If you have a Bible, why dont you read it?
    Good question! Not only for the British tourist who was not a practicing Christian, but for us who believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ but allow dust to cover our Bibles day after day, week after week.
    Yes, we intend to read them at the end of the day, or we say to ourselves, Ill get up early tomorrow and take some time to get into the Word. But some way our intentions fade in light of the press of getting to the office, or scanning the newspaper for a few moments, or having the toast burn or the kids wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Bottom line--why dont we, when we believe this is Gods Word and is so very valuable?
    In times of crisis, we dust off the old Book. Sure enough, the doctor says things arent going well, and we start searching for Psalm 23, or something which brings comfort. When bombs begin to fall or soldiers go into battle, they arent concerned with computers but they are with Bibles.
    Helen Keller, that remarkable woman who challenged the lives of many in spite of her blindness, once said, I have often thought that it would be a blessing if human beings were stricken blind and deaf for a few days at some time during their adult lives. Darkness would make them more appreciative of sight; silence would teach them the joys of sound.
    God didnt give us this book to grace the coffee table, or have it in our home as though its very presence would give us good luck and chase away the little devils that plague us with trouble. He gave it to us so that we might know how to live, how order our lives, how to relate to each other in a family, how to run our business, and how to make sure that we get to heaven when we die.
    For years the Bible has been and still is the best selling book in all the world, but I wonder if the Bible is the best read book in all the world. Researcher George Barna says that 93 percent of us own a Bible, but less than half of those who own them ever read them. George Gallup Jr. agrees with him. As the result of his research, which confirms what I just quoted, he says, People revere the Bible, but they dont read it--thats what it comes down to.
    The question of that young man in China seeking to find a Bible for himself still rings in my ears, If you have a Bible why dont you read it? How would you answer that? Could it be that the real answer is the same problem as plagued the Ephesians a generation after they first heard the Word? I hold this against you, said the Almighty, You have forsaken your first love (Revelation 2:4). Some way, somehow, we still have time for what we consider to be important. May God help us to get our priorities straightened out.
    Resource reading: Revelation 2:1-7. "


  • Duty/Obedience Cartoon, from Donghaeng
  • History

  • Wikipedia
  • E-mail Forwards

    From: "Poniman and Linda"
    Subject: When I say... "I am a Christian"
    Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 20:16:49 +0700

    "When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
    I'm whispering "I was lost,
    Now I'm found and forgiven."

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I don't speak of this with pride.
    I'm confessing that I stumble
    and need Christ to be my guide.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not trying to be strong.
    I'm professing that I'm weak
    And need His strength to carry on.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not bragging of success.
    I'm admitting I have failed
    And need God to clean my mess.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not claiming to be perfect,
    My flaws are far too visible
    But, God believes I am worth it.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I still feel the sting of pain.
    I have my share of heartaches
    So I call upon His name.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not holier than thou,
    I'm just a simple sinner
    Who received God's good grace, somehow! *

    From: Joe G.
    Date: Wednesday, April 7th 2010

    "In the happy moments...Praise God
    In the difficult moments..Seek God
    In the quiet moments...Worship God
    In the painful moments..Trust God
    In every moment..Thank God"


  • The Passion for Christ, my perspective and reflections
  • Music

    Hillsong United 'One Way'

    'One Way Jesus off the more than life DVD"
    Breathe On Me (Shout to The Lord, Hillsongs 2000)

    "Breathe on Me by Darlene Zschech in Shout To The Lord 2000 Live. "

    Names of God

  • Names of God Reveal Him, from all about God

  • "Elohim (GOD) is combined with other words to describe certain characteristics of God. Some examples: Elohay Kedem - God of the Beginning: (Deuteronomy 33:27). Elohay Mishpat - God Of Justice: (Isaiah 30:18). Elohay Selichot - God Of Forgiveness: (Nehemiah 9:17). Elohay Marom - God Of Heights: (Micah 6:6). Elohay Mikarov - God Who Is Near: (Jeremiah 23:23). Elohay Mauzi - God Of My Strength: (Psalm 43:2). Elohay Tehilati - God Of My Praise: (Psalm 109:1). Elohay Yishi - God Of My Salvation: (Psalm 18:47, 25:5). Elohim Kedoshim - Holy God: (Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19). Elohim Chaiyim - Living God: (Jeremiah 10:10). Elohay Elohim - God Of Gods: (Deuteronomy 10:17)."

    "Here are some examples of YHVH (LORD) used in scripture: YHVH Elohim - LORD God: (Genesis 2:4). YHVH M'kadesh - The LORD Who Makes Holy: (Ezekiel 37:28). YHVH Yireh - The LORD Who Sees/provides: (Genesis 22:14). YHVH Nissi - The LORD My Banner: (Exodus 17:15). YHVH Shalom - The LORD Of Peace: (Judges 6:24). YHVH Tzidkaynu - The LORD Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 33:16). YHVH O'saynu - The LORD our Maker: (Psalm 95:6).

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