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Jonitus

1. Briefly introduce yourself.

I'm Jon.  40-something guy living in Iowa.  Originally from Wyoming.  Two-time divorcee, no children.  Spent the last 6 and a half years taking care of my Dad - gave up my career to do it, got my PhD for 'something to do'.  Dad passed away at the end of August so I'm now trying to sort through the mess of an estate as it's executor, trying to find a job and explain my huge employment gap.

 

2. How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

Too difficult to answer succinctly. 

 

3. What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

This also is hard to answer succinctly.

 

4.  What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

Existence is far too perfect to be the result of random chance.  As something that also exists, I also had to be created.

 

5. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

I speak to God as I wished I could have spoken to my own Father.  There is a tenderness and reverence in our conversation that I've never had before with any person.  My relationship with God is the first relationship I've ever made effort to maintain.

 

6. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

I'm not sure how to answer this.

 

7. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

Regular daily prayer, daily Bible study, reading commentaries/extra-Biblical texts for thought provocation.

 

8. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

My reading this calendar year has been school-based books.

 

9. When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

Personality.  I'm a loner.  I'm an introvert.  I'm a quiet guy.  Most people assume I am always angry or that there is something bothering me all the time.  I've been told I am unapproachable.  I'm actually a really nice guy, but you gotta earn the right to get to know that.

 

10. Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Nope.  I'm brand-new, so I'm figuring it all out.

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Malta Dan

Hey everybody my name is Dan, I'm 41 yrs. old. I have been married since 1999 and have two sons. I've known the Lord since I was very young but didn't grow up in the Church. I was baptized with my wife when I was 21 yrs. old. I'm a member of a Lutheran Church (LCMS) but am reformed in my beliefs. Currently my evangelism consists of sharing Gospel tracts and Gospels of John (from pocket testament league) and also online (quora, Yahoo answers, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  I enjoy listening to a wide variety of preachers online while at work  (John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Paul Washer, Sinclair Ferguson, D.A. Carson, Jeff Durbin, Ray Comfort, Matt Slick etc.). I Love the Word and can't get enough of it! I commute two hrs. a day which gives me lots of extra prayer time. I've read several books this year including The Intolerance of Tolerance and The Son of God by D.A. Carson, The Message of the Prophets by J. Daniel Hays, Discipline of Grace and Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, Parables by John MacArthur, A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent, Sexual Detox by Tim Challies, Strategies of Satan by Warren Weirsbe, A Theology of Luke and Acts by Darrel L. Bock and probably a few more I can't remember. I love spending any free time with my wife and kids, they are the greatest blessing the Lord has given me to date. I really look forward to having some great discussions with yet unknown brothers in Christ in this forum. PRAISE BE TO HIS HOLY NAME! 

 

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10 hours ago, Malta Dan said:

Hey everybody my name is Dan, I'm 41 yrs. old. I have been married since 1999 and have two sons. I've known the Lord since I was very young but didn't grow up in the Church. I was baptized with my wife when I was 21 yrs. old. I'm a member of a Lutheran Church (LCMS) but am reformed in my beliefs. Currently my evangelism consists of sharing Gospel tracts and Gospels of John (from pocket testament league) and also online (quora, Yahoo answers, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  I enjoy listening to a wide variety of preachers online while at work  (John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Paul Washer, Sinclair Ferguson, D.A. Carson, Jeff Durbin, Ray Comfort, Matt Slick etc.). I Love the Word and can't get enough of it! I commute two hrs. a day which gives me lots of extra prayer time. I've read several books this year including The Intolerance of Tolerance and The Son of God by D.A. Carson, The Message of the Prophets by J. Daniel Hays, Discipline of Grace and Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges, Parables by John MacArthur, A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent, Sexual Detox by Tim Challies, Strategies of Satan by Warren Weirsbe, A Theology of Luke and Acts by Darrel L. Bock and probably a few more I can't remember. I love spending any free time with my wife and kids, they are the greatest blessing the Lord has given me to date. I really look forward to having some great discussions with yet unknown brothers in Christ in this forum. PRAISE BE TO HIS HOLY NAME! 

 

Welcome Malta Dan. You are perhaps one of the first to do the propper way of introducing yourself, congratulation!! I think you are a blessing right off the bat! Welcome!!

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On ‎3‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 11:19 AM, ConfessionalLutheran said:

I am an alumnus from George Mason University and my degree is in English.

Small world again!  I also have a BA English from George Mason University.  Given our closeness in age, we likely had some of the same professors.

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Discipulus

Briefly introduce yourself.

 

27M from Canada. Currently studying engineering, writing as a side business.

 

How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

 

After 23 years of hard-line Atheism, I progressively became anxious and depressed. My life, having been fairly comfortable, was beginning to crumble and I had no explanation for what felt like a growing poison inside me. I progressed to riskier behavior, all kinds of drugs, extra-marital relations and a pure dependence on the flesh. Had a child out of wedlock. Hit rock bottom, opened my heart to God not knowing what other choice I had, and by His grace he pulled me up and gave me the strength to kick my habits, and begin pursuing a Bible-centered life. Let me tell you, nothing could have convinced me to stop pursuing fulfillment of the flesh. I was in a completely fallen state, and I knew in that moment that it was His intervention that saved me. 

 

What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

 

Periods of homelessness, the power of prayer, the power of helping people in need, the opening of my eyes and ears to the truth.

 

What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

 

Before God intervened in my life, although I didn't realize it at the time, I was spiritually dead. Much like an estranged son returning to his Father, once I was saved I understood the meaning of being re-born, and felt a sense of belonging. It was clear to me that there is no life without God, and that my life is only thanks to God 

 

What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

 

I have found that for me, to love God means to place Him at the center of every task, decision and action that I take. This aligns me with God, by living a Bible-centered life, I am demonstrating my love for God. I also believe we must demonstrate our love for God's creation by performing missions and helping our neighbors find the truth, so Ministry and adherence to the Bible would be the two aspects that help me love God. 

 

What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

 

Youth and street ministry, apologetics, giving assistance to those in need

 

What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

 

In order of importance: 

1. Bible study - I don't treat it so much as an academic practice, but try to let the HS interpret the Word for me

2. Personal Prayer - This is how I reconcile my feelings with God, and ask him to point me in the right direction so I can do best by Him

3. Meditation - Another form of prayer for me, I meditated prior to being Saved and continue to connect with God silently

4. Learning & Fellowship - There is so much I don't understand, and I always try to learn from those who may know more than me.

 

Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

 

I haven't explored too many writers or commentators, but I particularly enjoy Voddie Baucham (out of Texas, now seeding churches in Africa) who has served as a role model in my search to better know God. Part of the reason I'm joining the forum is to have the chance to talk to more like-minded individuals.

 

When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

It has been related to my choices in life, as well as my personal beliefs.

 

Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Far be it from me to give any advice to anyone, except for have fun and always do your best 🙂

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3 minutes ago, Discipulus said:

Briefly introduce yourself.

 

27M from Canada. Currently studying engineering, writing as a side business.

 

How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

 

After 23 years of hard-line Atheism, I progressively became anxious and depressed. My life, having been fairly comfortable, was beginning to crumble and I had no explanation for what felt like a growing poison inside me. I progressed to riskier behavior, all kinds of drugs, extra-marital relations and a pure dependence on the flesh. Had a child out of wedlock. Hit rock bottom, opened my heart to God not knowing what other choice I had, and by His grace he pulled me up and gave me the strength to kick my habits, and begin pursuing a Bible-centered life. Let me tell you, nothing could have convinced me to stop pursuing fulfillment of the flesh. I was in a completely fallen state, and I knew in that moment that it was His intervention that saved me. 

 

What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

 

Periods of homelessness, the power of prayer, the power of helping people in need, the opening of my eyes and ears to the truth.

 

What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

 

Before God intervened in my life, although I didn't realize it at the time, I was spiritually dead. Much like an estranged son returning to his Father, once I was saved I understood the meaning of being re-born, and felt a sense of belonging. It was clear to me that there is no life without God, and that my life is only thanks to God 

 

What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

 

I have found that for me, to love God means to place Him at the center of every task, decision and action that I take. This aligns me with God, by living a Bible-centered life, I am demonstrating my love for God. I also believe we must demonstrate our love for God's creation by performing missions and helping our neighbors find the truth, so Ministry and adherence to the Bible would be the two aspects that help me love God. 

 

What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

 

Youth and street ministry, apologetics, giving assistance to those in need

 

What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

 

In order of importance: 

1. Bible study - I don't treat it so much as an academic practice, but try to let the HS interpret the Word for me

2. Personal Prayer - This is how I reconcile my feelings with God, and ask him to point me in the right direction so I can do best by Him

3. Meditation - Another form of prayer for me, I meditated prior to being Saved and continue to connect with God silently

4. Learning & Fellowship - There is so much I don't understand, and I always try to learn from those who may know more than me.

 

Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

 

I haven't explored too many writers or commentators, but I particularly enjoy Voddie Baucham (out of Texas, now seeding churches in Africa) who has served as a role model in my search to better know God. Part of the reason I'm joining the forum is to have the chance to talk to more like-minded individuals.

 

When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

It has been related to my choices in life, as well as my personal beliefs.

 

Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Far be it from me to give any advice to anyone, except for have fun and always do your best 🙂

 

Welcome Discipulus! Glad to meet you and hope your engagements here are fruitful.

 

God bless,

William

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Hello Discipulus, welcome to Christforums. I hope you'll enjoy you stay here.

 

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Trevor

1. Briefly introduce yourself.

My name is Trevor and I am 35 years old. I am married and have a young son.

 

2. How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

I have been a professing Christian ever since I can remember. I said the believers prayer when I was very young, but God has used many other other circumstances in my life to draw me closer to Him, so I can't say exactly at what point, I became a Christian. But throughout my life God has always been there when I needed Him, not bowing down to me, of course, but when I was most hungry and open to hear what He wanted me too. For example, when I first went to college and took a philosophy class taught by an atheist, what was taught in one class really challenged my faith, so I prayed God to show me the truth and I opened up my Bible shortly after that prayer directly to Colossians 2 verse 8 which was quite coincidental and then shortly thereafter I read what Jesus said in John 7:17, "Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own." So, those were both a clear answer to prayer there and a clear circumstance that drew me closer to Him.

 

3. What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

The experiences that have most shaped my spiritual walk with God is all the love He has shown me throughout my life, especially the during the time I had cancer and He gave me the "perfect peace" Isaiah 26 talks about. It was that whether I lived or died, I would be okay and I had peace either way. That was almost 20 years ago, so God decided to keep me alive. Also, what I mentioned as an answer to the last question, every time I have a good witnessing encounter with someone, things I have learned about God and his creation, and mainly when I realized what Christ did for sinners and his example.

 

4. What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

I think the evidence would be that I try to love to others like myself, although I fall very short, but thankfully Christ covers me with his imputed righteousness as the perfect sacrifice.

 

5. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

I think that question is answered best by Jesus when he said, "If you love me, you will obey me" (John 14:15). The way I see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in my own life is when I look at my past and see how my heart's desires have changed and how I don't want to sin anymore, although unfortunately I still do.

 

6. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

I enjoy going out on the streets and handing out tracts from time to time, also some online witnessing.

 

7. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

I have grown up in the Protestant Church my whole life, but still I feel like I have so much left to learn which is why I joined this forum, so that I could ask questions and read others thoughts about certain subjects. I have always attended a Baptist church, but some of my favorite preachers in the faith are Presbyterians. 

 

8. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

Really anyone that teaches God's Word. I like to listen to David Platt, James White, R.C. Sproul, Francis Chan.

 

9. When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

I think the opposition comes from mainly from my beliefs, although sometimes I engage in debating to much when I am out on the streets, so some of it sadly has to do with my personality, but I am trying to work on that.

 

10. Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Not that I can think of right now.

 

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Faber

Trevor,

 

 I am glad you are here. 

 

Faber

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On ‎3‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 2:36 PM, William said:

Please feel free to share a little about yourself. We'd like to get to know our members better. Take your time and answer each question as best as you can, and don't feel obligated to answer all questions!

  1. Briefly introduce yourself.
  2. How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).
  3. What experiences have shaped you spiritually?
  4. What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?
  5. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?
  6. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?
  7. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?
  8. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?
  9. When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?
  10. Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

God bless,

William

I meant to follow this up a few months ago when I first saw the invitation to give a personal testimony . But somehow the whole thing "disappeared" and I eventually lost tract of the whole subject. I am going to provide my testimony in a few days , still reeling in from the holidays . So give me time to unwind form all the holiday activity first .      M

 

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Guest Becky

Briefly introduce yourself. 

My given name Rebecca 72 years old now

 

How and how long ago did you become a Christian?

One of those folks who has always been a Christian it seems. Blessed to be born into a Christian family despite some teen rebellion.

 

Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

Sorta a conversion :  Being raised in a Christian i knew the value Bible teaching . Having 2 kids i was toying with the idea of church Sunday School for them. The popular Christian book at the time was Cross and the Switchblade. I am kicked back on the couch reading, kids are playing, John is bowling. As Wilkerson is introducing Nicky Cruz .. Billy Graham was doing the same on the TV !  OK OK God if you care enough about this dumb kid to time this like this i will take care of business. 

 

What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

The above statements have their part.. Through some learning i asked God refresh my spirit to His Word. To help me unlearn a lot of Pentecostal despsationalism churchy stuff and see the Word for what He wants me too.

 

What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

In a physical way I can look back and See His hand moving the chess peaces of my life. From bad guys breaking into our house with guns to the peace of knowing Him. From a Biblical view His Word tells me my life is in Him.

 

What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

 

A few one liners come to mind, follow His Word. Honor what I know He has done, The willingness to share with others what He has done . The perseverance of my 54+ years of marriage. 

 

What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

At this time in my life mostly  the internet. 

 

What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

Not so much of a disciplined person. When a memory crosses my mind maybe as simple as some cute thing the kids did years ago I will pray about them. A short sound bit of news i will pray for this country .  Stewardship .. I respect what god has given us. which also means i respect the years John worked in construction . I am not frivolous and i joyfully give of mine where i am fed. 

 

Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

Hopefully my vision will improve and i will read the Scriptures as a book  . I was over 40 before i know Calvin was a person. 

 

When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

They kinda run together... i do tend to shoot first then ask questions 

 

Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Be ready to have a tough skin often our brother and sisters hurt us and they have no idea they have done so. 

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1 hour ago, Matthew Duvall said:

I meant to follow this up a few months ago when I first saw the invitation to give a personal testimony . But somehow the whole thing "disappeared" and I eventually lost tract of the whole subject. I am going to provide my testimony in a few days , still reeling in from the holidays . So give me time to unwind form all the holiday activity first .      M

 

This topic is now "pinned" in the Welcome Mat. Someone pulled the tack out at some time :classic_ninja:

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Silas

Briefly introduce yourself.

Greetings,

I just noticed this thread and realized I never really introduced myself, or at least I do not remember doing so (tough to get old). I come from a military family, had the privilege of living in several areas of the United States, met a lot of different people and cultures. My folks settled in New York when they retired, I was 14 at that time. I have a great appreciation of the outdoors, and love hiking. I even managed to put together a website where I typically post my adventures. I have been fortunate to have gleaned a lot from William for my site which is greatly appreciated.

 

How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

Well, I was raised in a Catholic home, so there is that. I feel I had my awakening at a Billy Graham Crusade in Ottawa Canada in 1998

 

What experiences have shaped you spiritually?

Time and experience has a way of sculpting us through out life. Getting that experience and learning from it and appreciating each and every moment. Death, that is to me the front row seat to an experience that has shaped me. In 1988 I was an EMT that responded to a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life or a 18 year old female. I was of the same age, and soon realized how fragile life is.

 

What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

My son, and grandson.

 

What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

To walk the walk, each day, not just on Sundays.

 

What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

This is a good question as I don't think I do well evangelizing. I'm somewhat of a loner (introvert) and am not one to bring attention to myself. I am easily turned off by boastful people. I prefer to be meek and humble. It seems our society is in overdrive with boastful people. This I believe is clearly established in our daily lives. Case in point, social media.

 

What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

I am very simple in this regard. But I do try to find at least one instance each day to thank God for.

 

Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

Well, the late Billy Graham was one. I enjoy the authors LaHaye and Jenkins. I found the Left Behind series rejuvenating.

 

When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

I suspect my beliefs, not just religious but even a point of view on any given subject.

 

Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Prove all things, and hold fast to that which is true.

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41 minutes ago, Silas said:

Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

Prove all things, and hold fast to that which is true.

Nice application of 1 Thessalonians 5:21. One of the things that I struggle with as a site owner, and not just me but staff is how much do we allow our web platform to be used in order to promote false information etc. There's nothing worse than seeing someone teetering on false information and truth only to observe mis-informers trying to convince someone of what is false. So many things at that point run through my head, should we try to convince the person? If they are convinced because of popular or majority opinion is that a good reason? And what about reason? Is reason in or of itself a good swayer? If so what if when another reason is deemed more better tomorrow for the teeter totter?

 

So many people abuse the name of Christ in order to serve error.

 

1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
 

God bless,

William

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On 3/23/2018 at 3:36 PM, William said:

Please feel free to share a little about yourself. We'd like to get to know our members better. Take your time and answer each question as best as you can, and don't feel obligated to answer all questions!

  1. Briefly introduce yourself.
  2. How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).
  3. What experiences have shaped you spiritually?
  4. What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?
  5. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?
  6. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?
  7. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?
  8. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?
  9. When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?
  10. Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

God bless,

William

1: My name is Andrew. I'm 45 years old and I was born and raised in Northern Virginia.

2: I would say that my lifelong commitment to Christianity began on February 23, 2013, when I was received by a reaffirmation of faith into Hope Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, FL. I just knew that the Lord heard my vows and He holds me accountable for them. His grace has been a constant in my life ever since.

3: Lots of Bible Study and retreats. I was raised as a moderate Southern Baptist ( well before the fundamentalists took power in the Southern Baptist Convention), but in 1995 I went through the RCIA program of the Roman Catholic Church and was confirmed. I attended Catholic mass and Confession regularly until 2002, when a scandal broke out about the affair that the priest who confirmed me had. I was an ELCA " Lutheran" for two years and my newborn daughter in 2004, was christened in that faith. Then, I studied all kinds of different religions and wound up marrying somebody who was involved in Wicca in 2008. Around 2009, I had my marriage convalidated by the RCC and began going to Mass again. When we moved down to Florida, I started noticing ( again) certain problems in Catholic theology. I studied Lutheranism in depth and realized that while I require liturgy in my own worship, the RCC wasn't the place for me to go any more.

4: God has saved my life more times than I can count and He's given me a renewed sense of hope during some of the bleakest days of my life.

5: God's grace enables one to have the faith s/ he needs to put God at the center of his/ her life. I see God's love demonstrated in my life through the love shown to me and the love I feel for others. Acts of generosity, sound, Biblically based advice and basic fellowship are all for me demonstrations of God's love.

6: Personal daily devotions, attendance at Divine Service, faith- based conversation and theological study all characterize my evangelic interest.

7: In the morning, I do my personal devotions which include daily prayers from the Lutheran Book of Prayers, Bible Study, my own personal prayers which are structured by praise, confession and intercessory prayers. I finish with studying a few articles from the LCMS's Concordia: The Book of Lutheran Confessions.

8: My favorite Christian writers include St. Augustine, Dr. Martin Luther, Phillip Melanchthon, Martin Chemnitz and CFW Walther. I also like reading works by the theologians Daniel Preus, Edward A. Engelbrecht and President Matthew Harrison.

9: When I'm met with opposition, it usually involves my beliefs, although I suppose my personality can be rather abrasive at times.

10: Follow the rules, stay with the program and enjoy the conversations would be my advice to those who've recently joined up.

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On 3/23/2018 at 12:36 PM, William said:

Please feel free to share a little about yourself. We'd like to get to know our members better. Take your time and answer each question as best as you can, and don't feel obligated to answer all questions!

  1. Briefly introduce yourself.
  2. How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).
  3. What experiences have shaped you spiritually?
  4. What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?
  5. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?
  6. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?
  7. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?
  8. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?
  9. When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?
  10. Any advice for new or other members on Christforums?

God bless,

William

 

  Hello, 

1) Briefly introduce yourself.

   My name is Roger Guran. I'm married (have been for 37 years), have three fantastic daughters and an equally fantastic grand daughter

  I spent six years in the Marine Corps (four of them active, two reserve), with two tours in Viet Nam

  I am a licensed private pilot but haven't had much opportunity to utilize it recently

2) How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one).

   I became a  Christian exclusively through, and by,  the grace and mercy of God. My faith grew incrementally over time by the 

   reading, hearing and understanding of the  gospel which is contained within the  Bible.

 3) What experiences have shaped you spiritually? 

     Again the Bible has been, and continues to be,  the largest single factor to have shaped me spiritually.

 4) What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God?

      My faith in Christ as the one and only Savior sent from God and as is illuminated exclusively by the Bible. Also, I believe the understanding I have been given of

      things spiritual also attests to that

5  What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life?

    We love God because He first loved us, that is, His love was first manifested to us individually, and is the cause of our love of Him.

    Said another way (and as it  is with all other spiritual blessings), our love of Him is because He first loved  us

6) What activities characterize your evangelistic interest?

    The sharing of God's gospel as circumscribed by the Bible, is one of the greatest true, pure joys of my life

7) What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)?

    Prayer and Bible study

8 )Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year?

    God and the Bible - that's all that are necessary

9)When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else?

   My beliefs. I think that people by their human nature don't like to hear there is no other option to Christ -- He is truly the only Savior.

   He saves only those whom He chooses to save -- it is completely a gift

 

 

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