Saint Teresa of Avila

February 22, 2006
by Linda Douty
explorefaith.org

I never expected a sixteenth century saint to enter my twentieth century spiritual journey. After all, my United Methodist background contained no exposure to historical Catholic figures like St. Teresa of Avila. Yet it seemed that every time I turned around, there she was again, with an unexpected word to expand my idea of God or chart the next step of spiritual growth for me.

One of my mentors pointed out that St. Teresa seemed to “expose my spiritual growing edge.� I suppose she spoke a timeless sacred language that had a way of jolting me into the growing awareness that God and I were not separate. Though I had been brought up to say my prayers to God, the Divine Other…to “lift up� my prayers, as if to some far off heavenly realm, St. Teresa spoke of God in ways that exploded those concepts. >>More

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THIS Is Christianity

February 12, 2006
Author: Joshua Goodling
Inspiritnews.com

Mark Twain is quoted as saying; “If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be – a Christian.” The sad truth is the way many people who claim to be Christians today live their lives, Mr. Twain would be correct. A Christian by definition is a person who believes in and strives to live as Jesus Christ would live. Christianity is not an organized religion, it is not a certain denomination, it is a way of life.

Recently in the news, I’ve seen way too many news stories of child abuse, cruelty to children, and other disgusting actions. These acts are terrible in themselves, but what also really frustrates me is when the story goes on to state that the person committing the acts claims to be a Christian, or is a member of some church that lists Christianity as its foundation. Some of these people use Christianity as an excuse for their actions. Equally exasperating is when someone commits murder or other crimes, and then says something like; “God told me to do it!”

I see a major dilemma in America and the world, of people claiming to be of the Christian faith, but not acting in a manner that backs up their claims. People such as these ruin and destroy the name of God, and devastate the impression that the world has of true Christianity.

The problem is there are many people who know about God from what they’ve heard at church, things their parents have told them, and programs they’ve seen on television. However, just knowing about God doesn’t change lives. In order for someone to truly be a Christian, they must have a personal relationship with God. [more]

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The Spiritual Olympiads

February 11, 2006

LONGWOOD, FL (PRWEB) February 4, 2006 -— As the world gears up for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, a new book in the religion/spirituality market informs readers about the most enormous and longest competition the world has ever seen, the Christian Olympics, otherwise known as the “Christian race� that the apostle Paul wrote about nearly 2,000 years ago.

In The Christian Olympics: Going for the Gold Crowns ($12.99, 1-5978-1530-6, $20.99, 1-5978-1531-4)) author S.E. Gregg unveils the Bible’s comparison of the Christian race to the Olympic Games. Paul wrote to a Hellenistic culture—one steeped in Greek philosophy, culture, and athletics—and so for the Christians of his day, marathon foot races run by Greek Olympians provided the perfect metaphor for the endurance, longevity, and persistence needed to successfully finish the race of faith. Those who do, Gregg reminds us, will receive crowns of gold from the Lord Himself. A new understanding and exhilaration for the Christian life, pursued with the vigor of a spiritual athlete, will help readers to endure their problems and suffering. As a result, Gregg hopes to stoke the fires of passionate living for God and encourage readers to look forward to what is ahead.

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Religion – Solo or Group?

February 10, 2006
by Joseph Wolpert

Historic Christian Faith has always placed a great deal of emphasis upon the “body of Christ” – the corporate aspect of faith.

In fact, Christian theology – is always “corporate” – it is always concerned with the faith of the “group”.

The essential idea goes back to the Old Testament.

Israel, as a group was called or chosen by God – to receive and transmit God’s revelations.

The “church” in the New Testament became a “New Israel” where this was to continue.

Consequently, Christian faith, historically, always contains a “corporate” aspect.

Mainstream, traditional, and evangelical groups today maintain this understanding and concept.

But, there are many people, particularly in the New Thought and New Age movements (and those who share the same mindset) who find this notion quite unusual if not strange.

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Sir Knight’s ‘Revelation WWW is 666’ Shows why Both 666 and 616 are Correct Marks of the Beast

January 30, 2006
Sir Knight Daryl Breese was bestowed with title
by the Roman Catholic Church November 5, 2005
in a closed ceremony in Visalia, California.
Bishop Steinbock celebrated mass.
The new book provides firm, objective evidence
for multiple W’s in the Language of God to be 616 or 666.

(PRWEB) January 27, 2006 — The upcoming date June 6th, 2006 can be written 6/6/6, I guess, but that is a simple example of the passion and desire people have for the “truthâ€? about the mark and it’s Beast. Numbers repeat everywhere. That simple “truthâ€? of the mark can be found in any Hebrew/Aramaic Concordance. Go to page twenty four in my book, “Revelation, WWW. Is 666â€? (616), or pick up a New American Exhaustive Concordance of The Bible Hebrew/Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries by Holman of Nashville Tennessee, 1981. Flip to page 1612, look in the top right corner, 8337A – multiple W’s are pronounced shesh, shishshah, with definitions including six, sixth, sixteen, sixty-six, and 666. Simple truth. 616 and 666 are correct translations of www.

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Christian Career Seminar Offers Hope for Those Impacted by Ford Layoffs

January 26, 2006

2006-01-24 — [WDC Newswire] — (January 24th, 2006) Major job cuts just announced by Ford Motor Company to trim up to 30 thosuand from its workforce and additional layoffs recently announced by other major car makers are causing many in the automotive industry and related fields to worry and wonder about their future. Employees are not only facing lay-offs but increased competition in finding new work in a job market that is so greatly impacted by the major car companies.
Career Counselor Nick Synko, Principal Partner of Synko Associates, LLC says job setbacks are really opportunities for career comebacks or transitions that can lead to more fulfilling and meaningful work. Synko is the founder of “Careers through Faith�, a faith based career-transition program that can help those seeking guidance concerning their professional future. Synko says many find that a job loss forces them to re-evaluate and take stock of what they really what to accomplish the rest of their life.

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The Truth of Myth

January 24, 2006
by The Rev. Mark Beckwith
explorefaith.org

In her book Amazing Grace, Kathleen Norris has written that a myth may not be true on the outside, but is true on the inside.

Perhaps the best example of this is the Garden of Eden story in Genesis. It is a myth. The story did not happen in human history, yet it is still true.

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