Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The name is different...

...but this is my story, too.

Grab a cup of coffee, or tea and listen to this one hour radio program on this man's conversion from Jehovah Witness, to Evangelical Baptist, to Anglican and finally to his entrance into the Roman Catholic Church in 2006. God bless you as you listen with "open hearts/minds" and with a sincere and honest desire to understand what the differences are between us. For there are some 'heavy' differences that really do need to be weighed and sorted out in our hearts/minds. That is the "bridge" to reconciliation among those in Christendom, not "spouting verses" and "verbal assaults" to "prove the other wrong." Let us 'love as we've been loved, loving one another as Christ has loved us, and begin to dialogue and come to an understanding. It's not about "you" and it's not about "me" but it is about JESUS CHRIST.

I hope as you listen, with humility, (even if you disagree and nothing he says makes sense right now) to this man's journey of faith, it will answer some questions you might have been or are currently asking God, or discussing with others in your circle. Maybe you're currently without a 'church' body, in some transition and looking for a 'church' or fellowship, like so many do, going from one place to another. Or perhaps you've become disillusioned with the whole "Christian" way of life. I've been there. But happily, by God's amazing grace, I always had a deep hunger for Truth and a love for history. That was what made my search for Truth, in 3 different fellowships , finally come to a "head." Now my husband and I, like Tom, have been led by the Holy Spirit to the (One) Church where the Fullness of Truth resides. The Church Jesus established on earth.

Remember: When we have no basic premise of honesty, but our own bias, prejudice and negative assertions as the starting point, honest debate is thwarted and arguing becomes aggravating and for the most part, is pointless.

So, "come, let us 'reason' together" as God calls us to Himself individually, and as a community. God bless you all, and may Light of Christ illumine our minds/hearts/consciences and fill us to overflowing with His love, one for another. Amen.

Proverbs 15:4 "A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach of the spirit." (KJV) "Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement." (TLB)

"A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse one crushes the spirit." NAB (St. Joseph ed.)

Hey Chewie... peace out.

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