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    Denomination & Faith Movement Discussions - Thread: Who helped you along the way?

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      Who helped you along the way?

      Besides God, is there someone who helped form your Christian beliefs or guided you along your spiritual journey?
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      Excellent question, Lamm. I will have to give this some thought. Its probably not the obvious answer like Mom or a teacher.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Albion View Post
      Excellent question, Lamm. I will have to give this some thought. Its probably not the obvious answer like Mom or a teacher.
      My mom of course began my path and taught me but I have to say that a pastor I came across on some online forums many years ago opened my eyes to distinguishing properly between Law and Gospel. I was taught Law and Gospel from a young age but it really became clear as well as Objective Justification once I read that man's posts. It was so obvious that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins. It's something most people make the claim of but then remove it by saying they still need to appease God in some manner or make amends. They get it in a small way but miss out in the most important way.

      Pr. Donald Kirchner is that pastor's name. I don't see him posting as often as he used to and that makes me sad.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      Many, so many. A woman now dead called Mom Gearhart who did street ministry and owned a pizza shop. She was a large influance on me and also a pastor by the name of Marvin Cole who has more knowledge than anyone I have ever met. He walks what he preachs and is a living example of Gods love
      Isaiah 40:31

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      Numerous people including my parents and many fellow church members and youth leaders when I was a teenager

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      Quote Originally Posted by Lämmchen View Post
      Besides God, is there someone who helped form your Christian beliefs or guided you along your spiritual journey?

      YOU were one, Lamm.....

      When I came to CF, some 13 years ago or so.... I was in transition.... with lots of hurts and lots of questions..... and with an interest in Lutheranism (among other theologies) .... and not sure if perhaps I should reconnect with Catholicism. I went to the Lutheran forum at CF (among other places) and (sadly) met with a LOT of disrespect and anger (one such Lutheran ended up becoming VERY powerful at CF and hunted me from then on, like prey). YOU were one of the FEW who listened... cared.... shared important insights.

      I'll never forget that.

      There certainly were others very important in the new, blessed direction in my life, but you were among them. And you have befriended and supported me ever since.


      Thank you.


      - Josiah




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      Quote Originally Posted by Josiah View Post
      YOU were one, Lamm.....

      When I came to CF, some 13 years ago or so.... I was in transition.... with lots of hurts and lots of questions..... and with an interest in Lutheranism (among other theologies) .... and not sure if perhaps I should reconnect with Catholicism. I went to the Lutheran forum at CF (among other places) and (sadly) met with a LOT of disrespect and anger (one such Lutheran ended up becoming VERY powerful at CF and hunted me from then on, like prey). YOU were one of the FEW who listened... cared.... shared important insights.

      I'll never forget that.

      There certainly were others very important in the new, blessed direction in my life, but you were among them. And you have befriended and supported me ever since.


      Thank you.


      - Josiah




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      Aw, much love, Josiah. We've had the conversation before and I had no idea I was helping...I thought I was picking on you just like everyone else!
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      Quote Originally Posted by Josiah View Post
      YOU were one, Lamm.....

      When I came to CF, some 13 years ago or so.... I was in transition.... with lots of hurts and lots of questions..... and with an interest in Lutheranism (among other theologies) .... and not sure if perhaps I should reconnect with Catholicism. I went to the Lutheran forum at CF (among other places) and (sadly) met with a LOT of disrespect and anger (one such Lutheran ended up becoming VERY powerful at CF and hunted me from then on, like prey). YOU were one of the FEW who listened... cared.... shared important insights.

      I'll never forget that.

      There certainly were others very important in the new, blessed direction in my life, but you were among them. And you have befriended and supported me ever since.


      Thank you.


      - Josiah




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      Hi. What is CF?

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      Quote Originally Posted by craftyboss7 View Post
      Hi. What is CF?

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      It's another type of Christian Forum.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      Quote Originally Posted by craftyboss7 View Post
      Hi. What is CF?

      .... a website to avoid, lol. At one time, 15 years ago or so, it was by far the largest and most respected ecumenical Christian discussion forum... and several of us here met there (several of us were on Staff there). But all that has changed (many times, lol). THIS, beleive me, is a far, far better site.

      Lamm was one of the first people I engaged with at that site, so long ago. I don't recall if she was on staff then or not, although she (and I) were soon after we met. It was a very critical time in my spiritual life, a "kairos", and there were 3-4 there at that website way back then who listened and cared and helped me.



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