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I am 'coming out'

Discussion in 'Member Announcements' started by michel, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    I am feeling somewhat embarassed. When I first joined the forum, I felt that I could not call myself a follower of any one religion.

    Due to unfortunate events that occurred in my youth, I decided to sit down, and work out, logically what my beliefs were. I thought, at the time, that my decisions were 'comforting', but that was not the motive behind my choice of belief..... or so I thought. In retrospect, of course they were........

    During my time here, I 'settled' for U.U - because that seemed broad enough to encompass all of what I believed in, whilst not comitting myself to one 'narrow' belief. I came and called myself a U.U; now, I call myself a Christian. I don't think I am being fickle - I am just slow to learn!

    As some of you whom know me have already noticed, I have been slowly drawn to my original Christian roots. Through what I have learned here, I have realized that I do not have to agree 100% with all of what Christianity dictates; I have also learned the invaluable lesson of 'hate the sin, not the sinner' - perhaps that was the most important revelation; that, and some other points have made me realize thay I am Indeed still aChristian - I have never lost my Love of Christ, and I feel that I must 'come out' - and make a stand for what I do believe in. I would like to thank several members who have helped me - maybe without realizing it; I am sure that this would never have happened had I not joined this forum, and I thank the hand that led me to this site.

    I obviously still need to learn; I 'know' little - any help and support from other Christians on the forum would be welcome - suggested readings, anything that you think might help me...:)
     
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  2. blueman

    blueman God's Warrior

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    Michel, we are all learning and maturing in Christ. It is a lifelong journey and it takes time for God to reveal Himself to you and what His purpose is for your life. I want to encourage you to not be discouraged about what you believe in, but to continue to seek guidance through God's Word as a resource to strenghthen your faith and to grow spiritually. You are not alone. God and the body of Christ (the church body of believers) are with you all the way. :)
     
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  3. jeffrey

    jeffrey †ßig Dog†

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    Glad you 'Came Out!' Michel, You are a good man. And to me, what I call a true Christian. God Bless You, and your family.
     
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  4. Ezzedean

    Ezzedean Active Member

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    Michel, good for you!!! I am a muslim, but it still makes me feel good to see people get closer to God. It seems like God has guided you towards a straight path, and I pray that you stay on it.

    Peace and Blessings
    Ezzedean
     
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  5. The Black Whirlwind

    The Black Whirlwind Well-Known Member

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    God manifests itself in many ways, i am happy that you found one.
     
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  6. fromthe heart

    fromthe heart Well-Known Member

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    LOL...Mich...Honey...it's ok we all have times in our lives where we have to decide so we try things out for a while...when you first posted here you listed as Christian and then changed to UU...My heart told me you were searching your soul...you weren't ever far from the hearts of those of us who love you. and God never lost sight of you nor you of Him. It's as clear as can be in a lot of your posts...so for coming back (you prodigal child) welcome back to the love you never lost!:jiggy:


    God's care for you and your family will be there no matter where any of us roam...hugs.:)
     
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  7. Scott1

    Scott1 Well-Known Member

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    Thank God.

    Thank God.

    Thank God.

    Thank God.

    Bless you my friend... may the Mother of God guide you on your journey of faith.

    Peace in Christ,
    Scott
     
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  8. Mr Spinkles

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    Good for you, michel!
     
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  9. Linus

    Linus Well-Known Member

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    Halelujah! God bless you for never losing your sight of the ultimate goal. We can all praise and thank God for the choice you have made.
     
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  10. QTpi

    QTpi Mischevious One

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    Michel, that's wonderful! I'm so happy for you, my friend! :jiggy:
     
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  11. Jaymes

    Jaymes The cake is a lie

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    I'm very glad you've found your path, Michel. :) May it be smooth sailing from here on out, spiritually! :D
     
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  12. Master Vigil

    Master Vigil Well-Known Member

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    Oh goodness, what have you done?? :rolleyes: :bonk: :biglaugh:

    On a serious note. I am glad you have found where you belong. May the spirits be with you always, and may your constant journey always lead you in the direction meant for you. :D
     
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  13. Scuba Pete

    Scuba Pete Le plongeur avec attitude...

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    Oh the Frubalations! :D

    Ephesians 1:15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. NIV

    You know, I try to highlight only the really pertinent parts. So I did! :D When you read this passage Michel, may it always remind you of my hope and faith in you, and the love that I have for you even before your decision. :D
     
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  14. Stick of Joseph

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    Thats great michel, I am glad you are listening to what the spirit of God is telling you. :)
     
  15. Pah

    Pah Uber all member

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    Michel, I just knew that your often shown kindness and concern for others had to have had a deeper root. I couldn't be more pleased that you can "put a label on it".
     
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  16. Ori

    Ori Angel slayer

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    Congratulations Michel, as long as you are happy in your faith, we're all happy.
     
  17. CaptainXeroid

    CaptainXeroid Following Christ

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    I know the expression 'What Would Jesus Do' was cheapened a bit by people printing it on purses and keychains and boxer shorts, but it still contains a powerful message. A lot of people get caught up in the social aspects of church and denominations of organized religion that they lose sight of Jesus' teachings: 'Love thy neighbor as thy self', 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you', and 'Let the little children come to me.' Striving to do would Jesus would do...isn't that what Christianity should really dictate? :)
     
  18. Original Freak

    Original Freak I am the ORIGINAL Freak

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    Congrates. I could only wish more Christians took the time and effort you have and coming to the conclusions you have. Remember "Hate is not a family value", I think a lot of Christians *cough*Viva*cough* could learn something from you.
     
  19. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    Congratulations Michel.
    You must feel wonderful.

    Terry
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  20. EnhancedSpirit

    EnhancedSpirit High Priestess

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    My heart is jumping up and down for you.:woohoo:

    I can feel your excitement of revalation all the way over here. Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us. You should be feeling an incredible sense of peace. Like you have just come home from a long journey.

    Enjoy the feeling as long as you can. Unfortunately it going to fade, the real world gets in the way of the frequency. But just remember, that place can be revisited when you set your heart on it. And when you feel like your loosing the connection, we will all be here to help you stay 'tuned in'.
     
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