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Post by zoegirl » Sat Aug 04, 2007 8:37 am

Harry,

Well, as you so aptly showed... "The heavens declare the glory of God" YOur space book is akin to all of my bio books to me...

Praise God that He drew you to Him...

If you are looking for other reading materials..."Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis and "More than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell. When I was in High school and College, these two books really helped me grow in my faith. Currently it is John Piper and MAx Lucado that are on my favorite's list.

Glad to hear about how He has changed your life already :D

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Post by Canuckster1127 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:11 am

Harry,

Glad you are here and it is wonderful to see your testimony. Elements of it are similar to mine.

You're welcome and I hope you'll continue to be a part, but don't neglect finding and maintaining local contact and support.

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Post by Harry OK » Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:58 am

Canuckster1127 wrote:Harry,

Glad you are here and it is wonderful to see your testimony. Elements of it are similar to mine.

You're welcome and I hope you'll continue to be a part, but don't neglect finding and maintaining local contact and support.

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Do you mean finding a church? If so, I think I've found one to go to on Sundays. :)
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Post by Canuckster1127 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 7:26 pm

Harry OK wrote:
Canuckster1127 wrote:Harry,

Glad you are here and it is wonderful to see your testimony. Elements of it are similar to mine.

You're welcome and I hope you'll continue to be a part, but don't neglect finding and maintaining local contact and support.

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Do you mean finding a church? If so, I think I've found one to go to on Sundays. :)
That's great Harry. A Church is certainly a big part of that.
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Post by Harry OK » Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:39 am

zoegirl wrote:Harry,

Well, as you so aptly showed... "The heavens declare the glory of God"
Amen to that. Thanks also for your recommended books. :D
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Post by JCSx2 » Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:16 pm

A little about my history

I was raised in a Lutheran home (foster home) and was confirmed. I did the study I was told to do, I believed in God, but never was really in to it with my heart.

My brother was killed when I was 17, he was 21. I was with him in the hospital holding his hand when the machine was turned off and I felt his body go cold. Now I turned my back on God. It did not happen over night it took some time fo rme to turn away.

I researched many other alternate religions, and I did settle on Wicca, a pagan religion. Tree hugger love people be open-minded etc. Lots of good people follow that religion (being a good person will not get you in to Heaven), but it was not really fulfilling for me. I was restless for a long time. I was Wicca for about 20 years.

I am not sure how it actually happened but earlier this year I was born again in Christ. On Easter Morning I had a bonfire in my yard and burned all my pagan books and dedicated myself to Christ once again in prayer. I didn't want them and I saw no reason to pass on misinformation to others that's why I burned all the books..

I do not belong to a local church at this time, I do study the bible, and I like Christian eschatology very much. (Study of the last days)

I burn with a desire to learn now like I never had before.

I am still very imperfect, I do sin a lot still, but I am getting better I think. It is a one day at a time deal.

I already see God changing my life, and my family's life.

Just talking about my new life is very exciting for me, and I now sound like one of those Christian people who rubbed me the wrong way before, but I love it.
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Post by FFC » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:01 am

Amen! Thank you for sharing that. I know what God did to you that sunday morning. He opened your eyes to see the truth. Praise the Lord!
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Post by Man from the Neptune » Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:54 am

I in fact became a Christian when I was 5. I was not until nearly a decade later that I began to compare Chrisitanity and other religions.

It was when I was 14 that I first debated an agnostic, then I have to admit my faith was cult-like I mainly accepted it and didn't ever question it and whenever I did I simply decided the devil was tricking me (which come to think of it now--he might have been). Any way I debated this agnostic besides realizing that it was harder to convince agnostics then I previously realized Iit didn't have much of an effect on me. But a few months later the most bizarre thing happened.

I am not sure what it was; there are many theories and speculation but at any rate. I began to question if God existed. Then when I did not have an answer that was only the beginning. It resulted in a two month long crisis of faith. After two months it had for the most part worn off I had been redeemed from the jaws of apostasy by apologetics. Then it happened; I went to spacecamp and met a few not-exactly-christian people. At that time I was a Hovind-supporting young earth creationist so I struck them with thos arguments and they shot them all down. After spacecamp another crisis of faith began this one spanned a whole year. And to make a long story short within 10 months I was not even sure if Jesus was the son of God or that God even existed. I dod look through apologetics but for the large part it was unconvincing. I went from being astronomically strong in the faith to being catastrophically weak in the faith i was studying other religions such as Mormonism, Islam, and if it could be called a religion deism. Finally I came to old-earth creationism and it was more convincing. The crisis of faith was drawing to a close but still there. I was comming out of it. For that time my christian life had for the most part been on hold. I could not remember the last time I had read my bible and got anything out of it. The Crisis of faith was not ended but badly wounded at one christian camp after i had become a Old Earth Creationist. I rededicated my life to Christ and felt almost no doubts for a week. Then they returned, but I moved on and for the most part i have recovered from the crisis of faith. I encaurage anyone having doubts about their faith to study the defences of their fath and not to run from thinking hard.

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Post by MarkyMark7 » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:10 am

My name is Marcus Milbourn (though it will be Goble when I turn 18). I was born Feb. 11th 1991 in Charlotte, Michigan. We (My three simblings, Mom, Dad, and I) were poor, but my grandparents helped us out alot. My grandparents are and were Christians, and my direct family would have said we were Christians...but we weren't. I have a few memories from living in Michigan; piles of snow, pine cone fights, grandpa killing a dog,...just alot of random things that really aren't signifigant.
At age 5 we moved to Elizabethtown, KY. We were living in my aunts house old house(mainly b/c we couldn't afford our own house). My dad was a truck driver, and he was hardly ever around. He kept most of his earnings for himself so we (my direct family excluding my oldest brother Lucas [actually a half-brother] who stayed in Michigan with my grandparents) were usually flat broke. My mom had a few jobs here and there but couldn't keep a steady one. I remember being so hungry one time that I melted slices of cheese (the literal ONLY food in the house) and trying to eat it, but my body wouldn't let me. Lots of other random memories from E-town, and a few years later we moved Knoblick, KY. I guess I was 7.
Knoblick is in Metcalfe County KY. Never heard of it? Nobody has. It's in the middle of Redneck nowhere. My mom's plans were to start a grocery store, but within a year she realized we couldn't maintain it and were once again in hopeless poverty.
My second oldest half-brother Travis (I didn't know this until recently) was at this time a serious Satanist, and it was only by the grace of God he didn't get posessed or something. Sometime while we lived there he got off Satanism (though did not become a Christian) and moved to back to MI with my grandparents. To this day I cannot eat cheap hot-dogs or cheap sliced-meats without gagging b/c that was, when we did have stuff to eat, what there was. My Dad was cheating on my Mom and they got divorced. When my mom told me I, imitating my younger sister, leaned on her and pretended to cry. I really didn't care b/c I hardly ever saw him.
I had a friend, I think this was when I was nine, and one time when we were at his house he showed me a pornography and everything that goes with it and I was instantly hooked. My broher had left his pornography in KY and I found it and...sinned alot. Eventually, my Mom got a job at the hospital in Glasgow, KY, about 45 minutes away. After she became a full-time employee their, we moved to Glasgow, a city of about 14k people. Our house was small and dated in a very poor neighborhood, but atleast we usually had food and utilities here b/c my mom was working. I quickly made friends in 5th grade that I still have today and had some of the best times a child could have. Of course, I'm referring to unsinful things, b/c they like me had been exposed to pornography and everything that goes along with it.
In 6th grade I was called gay and fat ALL the time ( I was not either of them, but as a 6th grader it REALLY hurt). I hated every1 except myself (now, in a way I did hate myself b/c I had thoughts of suicide) and my freinds (I usually liked them, but every few months we'd have a giant falling out and be mad at each other for a while). Needless to say we were our own little clique. About this time and sometimes b4 (if i remember right this was actually while we lived in Knoblick) my mom would take us to different churches, and we found one we liked, Glasgow Bible Church, a non-denominational Protestant church. We went on Sunday morings for a while but eventually stopped.
However, when 7th grade started I was invited to go to the Youth Group there. I liked it, and my sister did too I guess. The Youth Pastors (their were 3) all eventually left for different reasons and Robert & Jody Leach took over the Youth Group. They (other than Sunday mornings, but as a "fake Christian" I wasn't paying attention) did the first few real (as far as for my Christian walk goes) things. I actually started to understand some of the Bible (not much yet). I invited my friends, and they came once in a while.
In Early 2004, the Youth Group attended Aquire the Fire in Nashville, TN. I don't remember alot of the details, but I gave my life to Christ (best thing that has ever happened to me) after one of Josh Mcdowell's sermons. Life became so much easier after that, although no where near easy, for now sanctification began. I soon realized pornography was not something a Christian does, so I gave it to a friend (I laugh at that looking back...Why didn't I throw it away!!?). However, all the other lustful things naughty boys do I continued doing, often wondering "Is this sin?" Like a year later someone in the youth group made fun of my sisters trench coat and she has yet to come back to church.
I continued to grow in Christ, and eventually started reading my Biblie (the first book I read was Revelation...silly me). Bob &Jody really helped me by praying with & for me, Bible study and several other things. I've attended Crossroads for the last however many summers, and it has also been a great ministry. I subtilly ministered to my friends (the same ones I made in 5th grade) and I got the pleasure of watching them one by one turn to Christ over the next years (I am in no way saying I lead them to Christ). Some of them are faithfully following Christ today, and I wonder if some of the others ever really turned to Christ.
In 8th grade grade I started playing bass guitar after Bob suggested that I did (I was a very slow learner) and I have served on my Youth Groups praise band ever since. It's been an awesome blessing and helped me to grow in Christ. Sometime around 8th grade or Freshman yearish Bob did the Every Young Man's Battle study with the young men of the youth group (Jody did the girl's study). That study made me realize how naive I was to think lust in all it's manifestations wasn't sin. So, it was then that I really started to battle my flesh. Lots of times of success and failure along the way. Recently, I have found that the only way for me to obstain from lust (not saying I don't make mistakes every now and then) is to fully depend on God, dive myself into his word, and seek him like a Young Man of Christ should do. I've also done other things to help me but this thread is not the place to talk about them.
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I'm still following Christ today at 16, and I am excited about the Winter Retreat my youth group is attending in about a week. I play Tuba, Bass, and I am teaching myself how to play the Piano. When I graduate High School I'd like to attend Wheaton College in Illinois and study Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Studies.
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Post by JCSx2 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:05 pm

[quote="MarkyMark7"]My name is Marcus Milbourn (though it will be Goble when I turn 18). quote]


Very nice God is in your life.

Question: Why the name change to Goble?
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Post by MarkyMark7 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:28 pm

Parents are divorced, Milbourn is my dad's last name. Goble is my mom's maiden name. I haven't seen any1 on my dad's side of the family for years.
A Quote from Prince Caspian (Aslan speaking to Caspian): "You come from of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve, and that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperors on earth. Be content."

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Post by TheFlyingChristian » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:00 pm

My path toward Christ began four years ago, when God's message was sent unto me as a cancer.
Harsh symptoms and treatments is what I endured for 8 months. But my cancer went well, the stade IV cancer I had was extremely reactive to chemio so they removed the 1 month of radiotherapy I was supposed to get after my chemio. It went very well for me, family and friends helped me a lot in passing through the disease. But during my cancer as a practical maronite I didn't pray to God, people suggested me to praying to saints that will intercede for me. It is what I've done. They did help me, but God wanted me to come to him.

So eventually after all the pain I suffered I finally cured and became a normal kid again, on all standards, just like the world. So not long after this 5 months after my last chemio, doctors saw a ganglion or something growing. Eventually we thought it would go, but no. Nothing.

Until now, even now I can feel it's presence within me and the pain that it gives me. From December 2005 till now, we have reported for later the operation because I am in extreme good health but the ganglion has duplicated, but no symptoms at all, blood test is fine and so is everything. Just sometimes muscular pain because the ganglion exerce pression on my lungs and ribs. But I keep it secret like my relation, I read the Bible and struggle with my sins. God gave me a lot of time to repent and get back to him but it took me time to understand the path. I've discovered it's way last year in the spring. It all started at school sitting in the cafeteria some guy talked about evolution and then I researched, this is what later led me to christian websites and videos that thought me more about Christ.

I now am still struggling with my life of sins and trying to get rid of the disease, I understand why God gave me it and I think of it as a blessing, because I think that without this I would never have came on the good path. It's all spiritual, I understand christianity is a spiritual bond. "And hell is the failure of your life greatest ambition." (Immortal Technique)

It will hopefully finish in the good way because I am aware of it. And God has already worked within me.

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Post by Byblos » Thu Mar 06, 2008 1:17 pm

TheFlyingChristian wrote:My path toward Christ began four years ago, when God's message was sent unto me as a cancer.
Harsh symptoms and treatments is what I endured for 8 months. But my cancer went well, the stade IV cancer I had was extremely reactive to chemio so they removed the 1 month of radiotherapy I was supposed to get after my chemio. It went very well for me, family and friends helped me a lot in passing through the disease. But during my cancer as a practical maronite I didn't pray to God, people suggested me to praying to saints that will intercede for me. It is what I've done. They did help me, but God wanted me to come to him.

So eventually after all the pain I suffered I finally cured and became a normal kid again, on all standards, just like the world. So not long after this 5 months after my last chemio, doctors saw a ganglion or something growing. Eventually we thought it would go, but no. Nothing.

Until now, even now I can feel it's presence within me and the pain that it gives me. From December 2005 till now, we have reported for later the operation because I am in extreme good health but the ganglion has duplicated, but no symptoms at all, blood test is fine and so is everything. Just sometimes muscular pain because the ganglion exerce pression on my lungs and ribs. But I keep it secret like my relation, I read the Bible and struggle with my sins. God gave me a lot of time to repent and get back to him but it took me time to understand the path. I've discovered it's way last year in the spring. It all started at school sitting in the cafeteria some guy talked about evolution and then I researched, this is what later led me to christian websites and videos that thought me more about Christ.

I now am still struggling with my life of sins and trying to get rid of the disease, I understand why God gave me it and I think of it as a blessing, because I think that without this I would never have came on the good path. It's all spiritual, I understand christianity is a spiritual bond. "And hell is the failure of your life greatest ambition." (Immortal Technique)

It will hopefully finish in the good way because I am aware of it. And God has already worked within me.
Hi FlyingChristian and welcome to the site. I'm sorry you had to endure all this pain but God is on your side and will not let you go. I'm interested to know more about you if it's ok with you. How old are you? (you seem young, sorry for the assumption if inaccurate). What does a 'practical maronite' mean? Are you from the Eastern Maronite rite and did you mean 'practicing' perhaps? Do you find my member name familiar?

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Post by TheFlyingChristian » Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:09 pm

The pain I had to endure was nothing compared to other people that suffered, I didn't lose all my hair and I kept praying for such, I even passed some exams at school which allowed me to access next grade. During my disease I was always thanking God because my pain was not as big as people around me in the hospital. I'm actually glad God messages was a cancer and not a arm loss or some bigger problems.

Yes, I am young, still at school, I'm just 15 years old.

Your member name is very familiar to me, indeed. I am lebanese, I do not know about you. But I still go to the maronite church on Sundays but my vision of the church has changed.

Thank you for your response.

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Post by jenna » Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:54 pm

TheFlyingChristian wrote:The pain I had to endure was nothing compared to other people that suffered, I didn't lose all my hair and I kept praying for such, I even passed some exams at school which allowed me to access next grade. During my disease I was always thanking God because my pain was not as big as people around me in the hospital. I'm actually glad God messages was a cancer and not a arm loss or some bigger problems.

Yes, I am young, still at school, I'm just 15 years old.

Your member name is very familiar to me, indeed. I am lebanese, I do not know about you. But I still go to the maronite church on Sundays but my vision of the church has changed.

Thank you for your response.
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