The Bridge to Faith
(A Faith YOU Can Believe In!)

The Bridge to Faith: Do you know a Loving God?
What has stopped you from crossing the
Bridge to Faith?
Were there judgmental, hypocritical,
condemning Christians in your way?
What is coming between you and God right now?





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Angel of God,
my Guardian dear.
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side
To light and guard,
rule and guide.
Amen


For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.

Psalm 91:11


Catholic Online for much more information
and Bible Concordance about Angels.





Bridge to Faith

Hard Questions:

· Does the Bible seem irrelevant to your life?
· Does the Bible seem foreign to you; ancient history that has no meaning in your life?
· Are you looking for something greater than yourself?
· Are you looking for a Faith you can Believe in?
· Are you looking for a Loving God?
· A Loving God that Loves You Unconditionally?
· A Loving God that Loves You… Just as you are?
· Are you looking, seeking, searching for a closer relationship with God?
· Are YOU ready to take the first step?


Well then welcome to the Bridge to Faith! Please, let me tell you about the Loving God that I know and encounter everyday. The God I know is kind, loving, and forgiving. The God I know is filled with abundant love, overflowing love, and grace. God’s Grace are Gifts from God. Gifts that we did nothing to deserve, nothing to earn, and nothing to merit these wonderful gracious Gifts from God.

Unfortunately for some people God is an angry, vengeful god full of rules and regulations, which are impossible to achieve, a stern god that is just waiting for us to fail so this god can be a strict legalistic judge and jury handing out punishment, retribution, condemnation; your basic “hellfire and brimstone” to all of us sinners!

I ask you – Who wants to be a Christian if this is the case? How could anyone have a loving relationship with an angry punishing god like that?

Some people think that all Salvation is only about getting into heaven; following all of the rules so you can get there! They believe that it’s only about punishments and rewards! Some people think that there is only one way to get to heaven - Their Way! This means that there has to be a wrong way to get to heaven - probably the way you do it! Some people believe that their tradition, denomination, etc. is the only exclusive way to be a Christian. Some people like to define what is a “legitimate – authentic” Christian? (There is no such thing!) All these do is lead to selfrighteousness and divisiveness.

“Do not be confident of your own righteousness
and look down on other people.”

Luke 18:9


If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us.

1 John 1:8-9


Bridge to Faith

Many people who believe in this judgmental god are most often judgmental and condemning themselves. Who wants to join a church filled with a judgmental, hypocritical, and condemning congregation like that? No One!

Who wants to be a part of a church, which places preconditions and obstacles to become a member? A church where self-righteousness is more prevalent than God’s Restorative Justice?

Well to tell you the truth – if that is Christianity I wouldn’t want to be a part of it either! But what I want to tell you is that there are good, loving, kind, (yet imperfect) Christians and loving ALL INCLUSIVE (not exclusive) congregations and churches out there!

God Loves You!
And there is Nothing
You can do about it!

God really loves YOU and cares about YOU! God wants dearly to be a part of your life; a part of your joys – the best of times and at the darkest worst most painful times of your life!

God is telling you to give your worries, your burdens, your problems, your doubts, and your fears to Him and God will lighten your burdens. God will comfort your soul and give you a peace that is beyond understanding!

6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Come as you are; just as you are! No preconditions – No hoops to jump through! HOW?

Just start talking to God! Start a dialog with God; this is the beginning of a beautiful loving relationship with God.
· If things are bad – Tell God!
· If you are mad at God – Tell God! God is big enough to take it! Tell God exactly how you feel.
· If you are hurting – Tell God! God will comfort and help you.
· If you are suffering from addictions: sex, drugs, alcohol…
God will give you the strength (and the people) you need to overcome addictions!

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear….

Psalm 46:1-2


· If you are hurting yourself and everyone you love, if you suffer from depression, separation, divorce, estrangement from loved ones, death of a loved one, a loved one serving in the military in harm’s way, a single parent, deep in debt, lost your job, lost your home, if you face temptation, if you despise yourself – GOD WILL HELP YOU!




Moments

If God brings you to it;

He will bring your through it.

Happy Moments; Praise God.

Difficult Moments; Seek God.

Quiet Moments; Worship God.

Painful Moments; Trust God.

Every Moment; Thank God.

-Unknown





God Loves YOU!

God is always calling YOU! God is always reaching out to YOU! God loves you and truly God’s people, God’s church loves you, welcomes you, will encourage you, listen, and help you to find your way! The church needs you! You are a part of the puzzle! Please don’t be a missing piece!

There is only one thing that you and only you can do; no one can make you or force it upon you…. YOU must make a choice, You must make the decision, the commitment to go to church. God loves you and we love you just as you are! But please be patient and try yourself not to be too judgmental (have you already made up your mind about us without giving us a chance?) for we are all a work in progress – Trying but Imperfect Christians Come join us this Sunday. Go to a church near you. And if you don’t find a “Loving” Church keep searching until you find one! God will be with you every step of the way.

God Bless




Rebirth

God will transform your life! You will lose your old-self and you will become a new creation. This is what is meant by “Reborn!”

I almost hate to use the word “Reborn” for too often it is used in a self-righteous context. “Reborn” does NOT mean you’re perfect!
It just means that you have changed your attitude, your heart, and your mind to God.
You have chosen to turn from your old ways, your old destructive habits and to turn toward God. Turning toward God is a long relationship with God; not an overnight success story on your part. To be “Reborn” you are allowing God (God gives you the freedom of choice), working with God, participating with God in changing your life into a better life! This does not mean that all of your problems will disappear! But it does mean that God will be with you in your darkest of times as well as in the best of times!

As your relationship with God grows, you begin more and more to trust God in your life! And this is a love, a peace, that is beyond understanding!

6Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7



The Unchurched!

Why are there so many Unchurched people today; people that do not go to church? Many of these people are seeking a relationship with God.

Many of these people know that there is something lacking in their life… something is missing. They want to reach-out to God and again they want a relationship or a closer relationship with God but they refuse to go to a church! WHY?

Somehow the fact that God is a loving forgiving God filled with grace seems to be a well-kept secret! God gives us Gifts that we do not deserve, earn, or merit. God gives us such abundant love that it is overflowing!

Why do people often do not want to go to church? Because Christians are imperfect and sometimes we do not have the same loving, forgiving, grace-filled attributes of God.

What keeps people away from church?
· Judgmental Condemning Attitudes
· Self-Righteousness
· Hypocrisy, Insincerity, Dishonesty
· Legalistic and Exclusive Attitudes
· People who talk a good talk but their actions deny them!



Unfortunately as much as we abhor these attitudes and traits, there are times when I/we/us/you/me may display these unchristian traits! We are all a work in progress. We are Imperfect Christians, regular normal people just like you! When we fail and make mistakes, we ask for your patience, understanding, and forgiveness. Please do not hold Christians to an impossibly high standard; for we are only imperfect human beings – again just like you! If you had to be perfect to be in church all of the pews, all of the churches would be empty!





Why Do People Not Go To Church?
Why Do People Leave Church?

Many people have been refusing to go to church and many have left the church because of some Christian dogma, discrimination, and bigotry:

· Discrimination and Hate of people of other religions other than Christianity.

· Discrimination, bigotry, and Hate against Homosexuals; Gays & Lesbians.

· Discrimination, bigotry, oppression, and Hate against minorities; people of color.

· Subjugation and subservience of Women and Minorities. Self-Righteousness at the expense of others; subjugation.

· Refusal to recognize science and facts. Science that counters Fundamentalist beliefs.



What are some of the Stumbling Blocks to Faith?

· Is God a harsh judge and jury sorting out punishment for our sins?
NO!

"For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17

· Is God a rule and lawmaker keeping score of our infractions?
NO!

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions,
for my own sake,
and remembers your sins no more.

Isaiah 43:25

· Is God a god of fear and punishments? A god of just penalties and rewards?
NO!

There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18


· Is Jesus Christ the only way to God?
NO! The Way to God is written on your heart.

(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)
Romans 2:14

28A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from God.
Romans 2:28-29
Romans 2

Jesus answered,
"I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14:6

but we preach Christ crucified:
a stumbling block to Jews
and foolishness to Gentiles….

1 Corinthians 1:23

· Is God a legalistic god or a God of Justice?
A God of Justice

· Is it all about obediently performing correctly rules and regulations to get into heaven?
NO! Salvation is being in a right relationship with God - Right NOW!!!
Salvation is NOW!



The Bible is True...
and some of it actually happened!

· Is the Bible literal? NO!

Does the Bible have to be literally true to be factual and true?

Some Christians feel like their Faith is under attack if it is suggested that parts of the Bible are metaphors and not actual literal events. Some believe that if the Bible is not literally true then the whole Bible falls apart like a house of cards. I know that the Bible, the Word of God, these truths will endure forever!

Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24:35
Mark 13:31
Luke 21:33

In my opinion their fears are groundless.

There they were, overwhelmed with dread,
where there was nothing to dread.

Psalm 63:5

When I first came to Christ I was so filled with God’s Love, Forgiveness, and Grace that I was never preoccupied with details of “did it actually happen?" I never asked myself, "Did it literally happen like that?" To me it didn’t matter, I just Believed. I never felt like I had to know how God does every thing; I figured it would be over my head anyway!

I was never worried about how God made the earth and all Creation in just 7 days. I was never concerned about how Noah got all of the animals on the Ark. I never tried to figure out how Jonah lived for three days in the belly of a big fish! I don’t understand how Fundamentalist take the Bible literally! (Please, don’t get mad; it’s just my opinion!)

In no way is this to be taken as criticism of Fundamentalism. Fundamentalist hold to their beliefs with sincerity, devotion, and faith.
My difference of belief/opinion is a respectful: “Let us agree to disagree.”
We are ALL God’s Children and God wants us to always play nice with each other! Again, I am NOT trying to tell you what to think but I am trying to make you think!


It is not all about what you believe, but also about how you lead your life.

We please God by what we do
and not only what we believe.

James 2:24 CEV





“More Like Falling in Love” By Jason Gray


What captured my heart were God’s Love, Forgiveness, and Grace. My Faith is based on God’s Love; not on proof or evidence. But at the same time I don’t believe that the Bible and that science are at odds with one another even though science is something that can only be proven by repeated experiments and Faith is based on what is invisible and unseen.

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Is a Biblical metaphor less true, less important, less value, or less Holy and Sacred than a Biblical story that actually really happened?
NO! Let’s explore this!
· God is always with me.
· God walks with me and is always by my side.
· God carries me through the hardest of times.
· I am in God’s Hands.
· Jesus Christ is in my heart.

THESE WORDS ARE ABSOLUTLY TRUE…
But are they “Literally True?” God is always with me, walks with me, carries me through the worst of times, I am in God’s Hands, and Jesus Christ is in my heart… But could I take a photograph with a camera with God by my side. No! Would I be able to show you a picture of God actually carrying me, or a picture of me standing in God’s Hands? No! Would I be able to produce an X-Ray to prove to you that Jesus is in my heart? No! These are all metaphors of God. But just because they are metaphors it doesn’t make them any less true!




Creation from Genesis 1:1-31 and Genesis 2:1-3
Artwork: The Sun by Edvard Munch 1863 – 1944
Music: "Morning Mood" by Edvard Grieg June 1843 September 1907
Reflective and Medatative Video Presentation by Bible Basics


Lessons from the Book of Genesis

Let’s take the Creation Story in Genesis 1 the first Book of the Bible.

1. On the first Day of Creation, God said, “Let there be light.” God called the light – day and the darkness – night.

2. On the second Day of Creation, God separated the water from water and created the sky and the heavens.

3. On the third Day of Creation, God named the land - Earth and called the water – Ocean. God created all seed bearing plants and trees.

4. On the fourth Day of Creation, God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate day from the night” to mark the seasons, days, and years. God created the sun and the moon.

5. On the fifth Day of Creation, God created fish and the birds to fill the sky and the oceans.

6. On the sixth Day of Creation, God created all of the animals and created human beings both male and female to reign over the earth. And God looked over everything he had made; it was good, very good!

7. And on the seventh day God had finished his work and rested from all of his work and made it a Holy Day.

For example on the third Day of Creation made the Earth and on the fourth Day of Creation made the sun, the moon, and the stars. In this sequence of events the Earth was created before the sun, the moon, and the stars. We know from scientific study that this was not the “order” that the universe was made.

But the Bible is NOT a science book, and the Bible is NOT a history book (even though there are many historic events recorded in the Bible.) The Bible is a book about God’s Love, God’s Nature, God’s restorative Grace, and Faith! Again, at the same time I don’t believe that the Bible and that science are at odds with one another even though science is something that can only be proven by repeated experiments and Faith is based on what is invisible and unseen.

Well then what is Genesis about?
In Exodus 20 The First Commandment of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses:

"You shall have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:3


In this time in history most people and nations were polytheistic
and pantheistic, they believed in many gods. There were gods of the different nations and peoples. There were sun gods, moon gods, rain gods, gods of the oceans, lakes, and rivers. There were gods in the mountains, trees, harvest gods, wine gods, fertility gods, gods of rain, thunder and lightening, family gods, animals were images worshipped as gods, and man made gods out of clay from the earth shaped by the hands of man.

Genesis 1, The Creation Story was telling the Jewish people that they shall have no other gods before the God of Israel.

The Second Commandment:

"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below….
Exodus 20:4

This was to counter people making idols with their own hands to worship; worshiping idols and images.

Now they sin more and more;
they make idols for themselves from their silver,
cleverly fashioned images,
all of them the work of craftsmen.
It is said of these people,
"They offer human sacrifice
and kiss the calf-idols."

Hosea 13:2

That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and held a celebration in honor of what their hands had made.
Acts 7:41

One of the meanings of Genesis 1 is to tell the people of Israel that there are no gods of the sun, moon, and stars for God had created them. There were no gods of oceans, lakes, rivers, and mountains for God had created them. There were no gods of fertility, death, harvest, rain, and war; Israel was to put its TRUST in the LORD.

Genesis 2 tells us how God made man from the dust of the ground;
NOT man making gods from the earth. God breathed life into man; man does NOT make life. The Earth and everything in it belong to God:

To the LORD your God belong the heavens,
even the highest heavens,
the earth and everything in it.

Deuteronomy 10:13-15



Genesis… In the Beginning by Bible Basics
Creation from Genesis 1:1-31 and Genesis 2:1-3
Artwork: "The Sun" by Edvard Munch
Music: "Morning Mood" by Edvard Grieg




In Biblical times the world was Polytheistic – worshipped many gods. Monotheism - Belief in One True God God was unique to the Jewish people.

Monotheism

There is only one God!

Monotheism adapted definitions are reprinted from:
Theological Diversity in the Bible by Lindsey P. Pherigo

· Originally people were: Polytheistic – worshipped many gods.

· Henotheism - “Heno” comes from the Greek word “one” but Henotheism is not the belief that there is only one god. It means that one worships only one’s own god or gods. Other peoples have their gods, but one should not worship them.

· The Jewish prophets forbade the worship any other gods, other than
“Yahvey” / “Yahweh” the Jewish word for God.

MONOTHEISM IS THE BELIEF IN ONLY ONE TRUE GOD.

· Yahweh will be the God for all of the other nations.

Yahweh is God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

· Since there is only one God, then all of the peoples of the world will eventually acknowledge and worship the one and only God.

· Orthodox Christianity, in all three of its major forms (Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant), has acknowledged that monotheism means there is only one God. When Moslems call on their God, "Allah" that is the one "God" by another name.



The Bible is NOT an old antiquated book filled with unbelievable impossible stories fairy stories that are irrelevant to us and our times!

If you look, you will find that the Bible is filled with God’s abundant love, deep true meanings, and lessons on how to live a good life filled with blessings. You will find Divine Truth, and Holiness in the Scriptures. You will find Forgiveness and God’s Restorative Grace, and Salvation through a right-relationship with God. You will find freedom from bondage, Hope Eternal, encouragement, a true purpose in life; a blueprint on how to live life to the fullest. It is right before your eyes! An open Bible is an open door, a conduit to God.

The Biblical writers wrote for the people of their time! The Biblical writers did not write the Bible for us, but their words still speak to us today! God did not give the Biblical writer dictation on what to say and write. But indeed the Biblical writers were filled with the love and deep devotion to God, filled with the Holy Spirit, and were inspired to write in their words how the Triune God has entered into their life.

Each Biblical writer wrote a thread of what would become our Holy Scriptures, the Bible. But God is the one who wove all of these threads together!



I believe that one of the best introductions to the Bible
and one of the best-paraphrased versions of the Bible is The Message
by Eugene H. Peterson.

Introduction to the New Testament

By Eugene H. Peterson

The arrival of Jesus signaled the beginning of a new era. God entered history in a personal way, and made it unmistakably clear that he is on our side, doing everything possible to save us. It was all presented and worked out in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It was, and is hard to believe – seemingly too good to be true.

But one by one, men and women did believe it, believed Jesus was God living among them and for them. To their great surprise they found themselves living in a world where God called all of the shots – had the first word on everything; had the last word on everything. That meant that everything, quite literally everything had to be re-centered, re-imagined, and re-thought.

They went at it with immense gusto. They told stories of Jesus and arranged his teachings in memorable form. They wrote letters. They sang songs. They prayed. One of them wrote an extraordinary poem based on holy visions. There was no apparent organization to any of this; it was all more or less spontaneous, and, to the eye of the casual observer, haphazard. Over the course of about fifty years, these writings added up to what would later be compiled by the followers of Jesus and designated “The New Testament.”

Three kinds of writing – eyewitness stories, personal letters, and a visionary poem.

In the course of this writing and reading, collecting and arranging, with no one apparently in charge, the early Christians, whose lives were changed and shaped by what they were reading, arrived at the conviction that there was in fact, someone in charge – God’s Holy Spirit was behind and in it all. In retrospect, they could see that it was not at all random or haphazard, that every word worked with every other word, and that all the separate documents worked in intricate harmony. There was nothing accidental in any of this, nothing merely circumstantial. They were bold to call what had been written “God’s Word,” and trusted their lives to it. They accepted its authority over their lives. Most of its readers since have been similarly convinced.

A striking feature in all of this writing is that it was done in the street language of the day, the idiom of the playground and marketplace. In the Greek-speaking world of that day, there were two levels of language: formal and informal. Formal language was used to write philosophy and history, government decrees and epic poetry. If someone were to sit down and consciously write for posterity, it would be written in this formal language with its learned vocabulary, and precise diction. But if the writing was routine – it was written in the common, informal idiom of everyday speech and language.

And this is the language used throughout the New Testament. Some are taken aback by this, supposing that language dealing with a holy God and holy things should be elevated – stately and ceremonial. But one look at Jesus – his preference for down-to-earth stories and easy association with common people – gets rid of that supposition. For Jesus is the decent of God to our lives, just as they are, not the ascent of our lives to God, hoping he might approve when he sees how hard we try….

The Introduction continues by Eugene H. Peterson



· Is the Bible inerrant? NO!

“The Bible is the word of God,
but it is quite definitely in the words of men.”
William Barclay, Introducing the Bible.

In the story of how the disciples plucked the ears of corn in the cornfield and broke the Sabbath Law, in the Gospel of Mark Jesus reminds the Pharisees of what David did in the days of Abiathar. The priest in question was not Abiathar it was Ahimelech (1 Samuel 21-1-6) Ahimelech was Abiathar’s son (2 Samuel 8:17). This is a very small mistake. To err is human but how possibly could God giving the Scripture writer dictation make such a mistake. The Books of the Bible were written by human hands. Imperfect human beings translated the Books of the Bible. And all of the early manuscripts were copied and written by hand by imperfect human beings. There are differences in spellings or a difference in the order of words.

It is really no surprise that there are man-made mistakes. But at the same time it is amazing (a miracle) that there weren’t many more. Can you imagine translating and writing (copying by hand) the Bible without a computer and “spell check?”

In the Cleansing of the Temple comes at the end of the life of Jesus (Matthew 21:12-13, Mark 11:15-17, Luke 19:45-47); in the Gospel of John (John 2:12-17) the Cleansing of the Temple comes at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.

When we have different versions of the same saying, and if God were just giving dictation, if the Gospel writers were literally the pen of God, the writers would be writing verbatim the words from God. Why? and How? would it be possible to have different versions of the same saying or event?

Verily I say unto you,
There be some standing here,
which shall not taste of death,
till they see the Son of man
coming in his kingdom.

Matthew 16:28 King James Version


And he said unto them,
Verily I say unto you,
That there be some of them that stand here,
which shall not taste of death,
till they have seen the kingdom of God
come with power.

Mark 9:1 King James Version


But I tell you of a truth,
there be some standing here,
which shall not taste of death,
till they see the kingdom of God.

Luke 9:27 King James Version


One striking variation are the different versions in the narratives of Jesus’ crucifixion. In the first three Gospels the Last Supper is the Passover Feast (Matthew 26:17-20; Mark 14:12-17; Luke 22:7-14), and that Jesus was crucified AFTER the Passover.

In the fourth Gospel the Gospel of John, (John 18:28; 19:31, 19:42) Jesus is crucified BEFORE the Passover Feast. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is crucified at 9 am, while in the Gospel of John the decision to crucify Jesus was at the sixth hour; 12 noon.

If the Bible is the word of God, it must mean that in some way in the Bible a special connection is established between God and man. In some way in the Bible - God and man meet. Man who is characteristically the seeker, and God who is characteristically the revealer, come together in the book. The Bible is uniquely the meeting place of the Spirit of God and the spirit of man. That is the essential basis of any doctrine of revelation and inspiration.
William Barclay, Introducing the Bible

Do small minute mistakes made by man make the Bible less HOLY? Absolutely of course not!

Reference: William Barclay, Introducing the Bible



The Heart of Christianity

By Marcus J. Borg

This is just a small section from the Heart of Christianity by Marcus J. Borg. This is a very revealing book!

So different are these two views of Christianity that they almost produce two different religions, both using the same Bible and language. Our time of two paradigms is virtually a tale of two Christianities. To summarize the differences:


The two ways of being a Christian are often suspicious of, even hostile toward each other. From the earliest paradigm’s point of view, the emerging paradigm looks like a reduction of Christianity, a subtraction. Letting go of the notion that the Bible is a divine product seems to call its authority into question. Being relatively indifferent to whether the virgin birth and empty tomb are historical facts seems to call the divinity of Jesus and the wonder-working power of God into question. Letting go of the uniqueness of Jesus and the necessity of believing in him as the only way of salvation seems to call Christianity itself into question. Can one let go of any or all of this and still be Christians?

From the emerging paradigm’s point of view, the earlier paradigm seems anti-intellectual and rigidly (but selectively) moralistic. Its insistence on biblical literalism makes little sense, as does its rejection of science whenever it conflicts with literalism. Advocates of the emerging paradigm are particularly perplexed and often impatient with earlier paradigm’s subordination of women, its negative attitude toward gays and lesbians, and its preoccupation with conservative political issues rather than issues of justice. It seems to emphasize personal righteousness more that compassion and justice. And its exclusivism, its rejection of other religions, as inadequate or worse, is unacceptable. How can it be that God is known in only one religion – and then perhaps only in the “right” form of that religion?



What is God Like?

To Know Jesus is to Know God!

What is the Nature of God?
The Nature of God is found in Jesus Christ!
Who is our role model, our Teacher?
Jesus Christ.

We are made in God’s image; (not our physical appearance but our spiritual likeness) God’s Character, God’s Nature. We are called to be Christ-like.

Explore The Nature of God





Open Hearts * Open Minds * Open Doors





That if you confess with your mouth,
“Jesus is Lord,”
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For it is with your heart
that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved.

Romans 10:9-10


Please, Come, step forward right now!

Sinner's Prayer

To accept this great gift of salvation, to be Saved, all you have to do is believe with all your heart and confess with your mouth this short prayer:

Dear God,
I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sins.
Please forgive me.
I believe that Jesus Christ is your Son.
I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins.
I want to invite Him into my life.
I want to trust Him as my Savior
and follow Him as my Lord,
from this day forward and forevermore.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen




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New Paradigm for God’s Justice

This "New Paradigm for God's Justice" BLOG is not a soft cozy place to be comfortable! This "New Paradigm for God's Justice" BLOG is to purposely make us uncomfortable; to challenge our Faith, to challenge our thinking, to encourage us to walk into deeper waters, to get out of our cozy "comfort zone," and "to do something!"

We are NOT called to be complacent, lethargic, luke-warm Christians! We are called to go out into the world, to "tell the 'Good News' of Jesus Christ," to make a difference! God does NOT place people in our paths for us to ignore and to walk-around like they do not exist. God puts people in our lives for a purpose!

This "New Paradigm for God's Justice" BLOG is NOT going to be politically correct! In many respects you may disagree with what I am saying (no problem)... I am NOT trying to tell you what to think... but I am trying to make you think... to challenge your thinking. Sometimes we need to be able to defend our beliefs, (even if we only need to defend our beliefs to ourselves), to review, renew, and to reaffirm our beliefs.