I appreciate those who can express their belief without judgement of others. There are times that we can be so dogmatic about what we believe that we will not allow others to be themselves without judgement. Gale C Adams writes for being40plus on a weekly basis about her belief, and what Christianity means to her.
I am convinced that if/when we have intelligent conversations about Religion/Spirituality without judgement or condemnation everyone involved will grow and gain a better understanding of “truth”.
A Christian Life…What is It?
There are many who refuse to take on titles because they fail to see or understand the necessity or significance in it. Some refuse to claim a denomination title for the same reason so they simply say that they are religious. Well if that really suits you, but I believe that once you come to discover who Jesus is and what He truly means in your life you just may take on a different perspective.
There are some with a preconceived notion that Christians or some who claim to be, walk around with a since of pride that indicates that they are better than anyone else on this earth. I accepted Christ in my life many, many years ago. So my personal belief for me as a Christian is to be the best person, not perfect mind you, but the best person I can be based on my bible teachings, my moral instincts and convictions and what Jesus has taught and set before us to follow. He taught us to love and to help one another and others, especially those less fortunate. Anything less than an act of genuine love is not of God because His love is infinite for all of mankind no matter who you are. After all, He created us all.
Once we have personally accepted Christ we’re taught in the book of Matthew Chapter 5:16 to, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Also the book of Titus 2:7 says, “Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity.” You should be proud as Christians but not arrogant. Why is it that so many, even some Christians struggle with Christianity? Simply going to church because it’s something that your family and friends may do does not make you a Christian. Going for no other reason than it seems like the cool thing to do, yet you aren’t really hearing or doing the word of God does not make you a Christian either. You personally have to do as God has commanded and accept Christ, God’s Son as Lord and Savior of your life. I John 3:9 says that, ‘Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin or disbelieve the revealed Word for the faith remains in him and he cannot unbelieve because he is born of God’.
Some are afraid of turning to Christ or accepting Him because they simply aren’t ready to let go of the sinful life they are living; but what they are unaware of is, without God, you really haven’t begun to live. Satan doesn’t want you to know God and he will do all in his inexhaustible power to keep you from God’s Word and the promises He has for your life. Life in itself is not necessarily easy but a Christian life doesn’t make it harder or worse. That belief is sin trying to keep you captive and away from God. I John 3:5-6 say,” But only our soul is regenerated, the nature of the world is still in our spirit and body because they’re of the world and desire the things of the world. Once we’re born again, we bring them subject to the Word.”
It is true that at times it appears that the closer we draw to God the worse we seem to come under attack but that’s because and remember now that Satan does not want you to know God. But during times of hardship and struggle you must stay focused on God by exercising faith and believing that He has everything under control even if you can’t see it or feel it. James 4:7 tells us to, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” So stand strong and do not fear Satan or his many antics. Ephesians 6:10-11 tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” A Christian life is a good life; at least it is as good as you allow it to be! Remember, God Loves You…
Abundant Blessings Always (ABA)
Gale C Adams
Greetings Richmond’ers. Xavier and Octavia (X&O) are gearing up for the weekend. We’re a little under the weather but hopefully the thoughts of predicted beautiful weekend weather and an extensive list of things to do will be all the prescription we need to keep it moving. We have our top picks for the weekend…too many to choose from! Whew…we are exhausted already.
The 2nd Annual LMI International Film Festival (Real excited about this): October 17-19, 2014, Petersburg, VA. Tim Reid’s Legacy Media Institute, in partnership with the City of Petersburg, will present LMI’s second annual International Film Festival Oct. 17, 18 and 19. The International Film Festival will feature film, film discussions, musical events, spoken word at various locations in Petersburg and Fort Lee, VA.. Saturday night will feature a block party featuring Plunky and Oneness. International Film Festival
Richmond Center Stage Spotlight: Friday, October 17, 7pm and October 18, 2 & 7 pm. Richmond soprano and former ‘Richmond Magazine’ Outstanding Vocalist of the Year Lisa Edwards-Burrs will take to the stage to bring to life the voices of America, recounting the human experience through the words of authors and poets such as Maya Angelou as well as songs of spirituals, jazz and musical theatre. Richmond Center Stage
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (One of my favorite places). Oct 18-Jan 11, 2015. The eagerly anticipated Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Bejing opens this weekend. It’s the biggest thing to happen at the VMFA since the Picasso exhibit. – and the most important international exhibit to come to the VMFA ever. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. VMFA
Virginia Hops and Harvest Fest, Saturday, October 18. Pocahontas State Park year, Gates open at noon, music through 9 p.m. and it’s free! Virginia Hops & Harvest is a day-long celebration of Virginia craft brew, food and outdoor adventure. The Virginia Hops and Harvest Festival
Max’s Positive Vibe Café Soup Festival: Saturday, October 18, Stratford Hills Shopping Center in front of Positive Vibe Café, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Max’s Positive Vibe Cafe .is throwing their first ever soup festival and they’re bringing Larry Thomas from the infamous “Seinfeld” episode (“No soup for you!”) to be a judge.. Wine and beer will also be available.”Souper Bowl I” Richmond.com
1708 Gallery is hosting a free Family Fun Day, Saturday, October 18, 1-4 pm, free. This event is for all ages in conjunction with their current exhibition, Exquisite Corpse.. Come make your own exquisite corpse with artists featured in the exhibition. There will also be lantern making, sidewalk chalk, balloons, and a bake sale by the VCU Photo & Film department. Gallery
27th Annual Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Nor folk VA, Saturday and Sunday: October 18-19, 11am-6pm. Fest Events
Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest, Sunday, October 19, 17th Street Farmer’s Market, Free entry. First time fest will be celebrating all things chicken wings. Expect to find them hot, mild, sweet, spicy, teriyaki, buffalo, Asian, Thai and more. Plus live music, beer and wing contests. Richmond.com
Richmond Restaurant Week starts 20 October – 26.. This is an 12-year-old week-long dining event when some of the hottest restaurants in town put together a three-course prix fixe menu for $25.14 per person.
For your young ones, teenagers or just young at heart find out where all the pumpkin patches, hay rides, mazes, hauntings and more by checking out the area’s Pumpkin Patch Guide. Pumpkin Patch Guide
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