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by paul-s-
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Spiritual Teaching
Replies: 1
Views: 3169

Re: Spiritual Teaching

I just wanted to give an update on where I am with my latest venture into spiritual learning. I've been so drawn towards Dr. Wayne Dyer's teaching, that I've been downloading as much of it as I can. There's something about Wayne Dyer's words that resonate with me. I find it brings me a sense of peac...
by paul-s-
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Spiritual Teaching
Replies: 1
Views: 3169

Spiritual Teaching

It's been just over a year since I last posted something! So hear goes... I'm enjoying everyday life. But I still feel that God-shaped-hole a lot of the time. I find myself revisiting things from the past sometimes: a worship album or self-help book. I recalled a FBN podcast with Stacey Robbins, whe...
by paul-s-
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: God Has an Amazing Plan for Your Life
Replies: 1
Views: 1599

God Has an Amazing Plan for Your Life

We've all heard promises like this bandied about in Charismatic Christian circles. At one time, such sayings gave me hope. But now I believe that it gave me visions of grandeur. It caused me to despise my current life, with the idea that God really wanted me to have, be and do something so much more...
by paul-s-
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: What I Miss About Church
Replies: 2
Views: 1834

What I Miss About Church

I've been thinking recently about what I miss about church. I've found it's not much really. I considered what worked and what didn't. Most of the charismatic churches I went to were either whacky or subtly abusive. Some of the people were good, but I don't miss the people at all. Most of the relati...
by paul-s-
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Free Believers Central
Topic: Reigning in Life
Replies: 23
Views: 4191

Re: Reigning in Life

I think this is one of the biggest mysteries facing Christians today. I believe that God only gave the Gospel message, of what happened after Christ was risen, to Paul. It is only through his writings that we can know who we are in Christ. As for living our day-to-day lives and generally knowing God...
by paul-s-
Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Free Believers Central
Topic: A God Thought
Replies: 11
Views: 2130

Re: A God Thought

If you are a Christian, the understanding of who you really are is contingent upon your understanding of the Scriptures. If your understanding of the Scriptures is based on something other than the epistles of Paul, then you will miss the secret as to who you really are which is found in the Script...
by paul-s-
Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Free Believers Central
Topic: The Kingdom of God
Replies: 3
Views: 989

The Kingdom of God

Jesus says, in John 3:3, that we must be born again if we are to ”see the kingdom of God.” Like many spiritual terms in the Bible, there is some confusion and differences of opinion, when it comes to what “the kingdom of God” really is. In Luke 17:21, Jesus declared that “the kingdom of God is withi...
by paul-s-
Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy

Hi Paul-s. Exactly what do you mean by it being "neurosis"and "desire for approval". I wonder if desire for approval can up to a point even be a good thing because we are not made to exist in our own little bubble without caring at all for the approval of others. We often praise...
by paul-s-
Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy

I was commenting on how I agree that our temperaments and life experiences make us susceptible to control by religion. A friend and I have talked a lot about this and we believe we were "sitting ducks". I think most of us long for a family where we feel some sense of acceptance, belonging...
by paul-s-
Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:24 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy

I just wrote a reply that took a while and when I went to save it I must have pressed the wrong button or something. I got a message saying I needed to sign in and my message was gone. It's called "time out" - many applications will force a sign-out after a set period of time. It's a secu...
by paul-s-
Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Confessions of a bitter x-fundy

I have seen now that I have wasted vast energy on the desire of getting people to understand me or " get " me. I would find brilliance floating through the ethos of cosmic awareness coming to me and then owning it and hoping I would be rewarded as the origin with the flimsy cardboard awar...
by paul-s-
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:32 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Preaching
Replies: 4
Views: 1155

Re: Preaching

I used to be really into Word of Faith from the late nineties a la Kenneth E. Hagin. I believe Hagin was ahead of his time and challenged the religious status quo of his generation: things like not believing you needed to be baptised in water, not following the Ten Commandments, etc. However, Hagin’...
by paul-s-
Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:31 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Preaching
Replies: 4
Views: 1155

Preaching

I’ve been thinking about the effect of preaching on my life: what really worked, what I remember, am I missing preaching, what was my favourite sermon, etc. I’m drawn to the conclusion that I can’t vouch for the vast majority of it. I honestly can’t say that much of it really changed my life for the...
by paul-s-
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:20 am
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Re-learning to pray
Replies: 13
Views: 2437

Re: Re-learning to pray

To be totally honest though, in times of personal crisis, it is sometimes comforting for me to say the rosary. Not daily, and not as a routine. Just when I feel that I don't have energy to think for myself or the courage to trust. I talk to God all day, or maybe think about him and laugh at things ...
by paul-s-
Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Discussing The Journey
Topic: Wisdom, favour and confidence
Replies: 4
Views: 1170

Re: Wisdom, favour and confidence

I can relate to what you’re saying Eagle. In my workplace, years ago, some of the guys I worked with were drinking buddies with a senior manager. They seemed to get promoted with ease – no doubt with the help of this manager. I’ll admit though that they were good at their job and had good personalit...