Our Spiritual Journey

Much of this information has been written by and comes from Stephen and to a lesser from Emmy, who is still to a larger degree somewhat a traditional Christian. This website has been written by Stephen and most describes his own spiritual awareness and journey.
  1. 16 Oct 2015

    The Laws of Life.

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    Many of our problems in this life happen because events and ... happen according what we told ... to do. The problem is often that we don't know what we told .. to do.

    This life is set up to operate by specific guidelines and proceedures (often called laws). When we violate those laws, then we cause problems both to ourselves and to others.For example, some of the principles of life are:

  2. 26 Sep 2015

    Dee Duke

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    I was listening to the radio and, as part of his sermon, i heard this today:

    "When I say I love you, my commitment to you is, "I will not get upset or irritated (not even a little bit) by anything that you do or say."
    You can't control your initial emotions.
    It begins with self talk, "It's OK, It's OK, It won't matter, I won't remember this next year."
    Dee Duke, Jefferson Baptist"

     

     

     

  3. 23 Sep 2015

    The Customer Experience

    Submitted by Stephen Winters

    In traditional experience much emphasis has been place on getting people to believe "correct doctrine". In other words, the church leaders, both from the past and the present, have determined and written what they believe to be the "right set of beliefs" to "get you to heaven, etc." That whole premise is based upon the idea that everyone has a wrong set of beliefs and need to be sold a "correct" set of beliefs. It puts the church members and leaders in an uneven relationship with the "unbelievers" or the "unsaved".

  4. 18 Sep 2015

    The Modern Church Model

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    In Ancient times very few people could read or write. To share information people could talk to others one by one. While that is often the best way, it takes a long time to tell anyone about the news or message. The other way to share information or messages more quickly was to get everyone together and have a speaker get up in front and tell everyone what needed to be told. That was the best method during that time in history. But, since the advent of the printing press, then later newspapers, radio, television, and now the Internet, the methods of sharing information has exploded.

  5. 10 Sep 2015

    God Told Me...

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    M. Feazell, God Told Me... [Online]. Available: https://www.gci.org/god/toldme.

    God Told Me...

    “God told me to move my family to Saudi Arabia.”

    Alex stared at his friend, wondering if he was just joking or had gone mad. Alex had known Tom for more than 10 years. He’d been best man at Tom’s wedding, and godfather to Tom’s and Alicia’s twin girls. Alex knew that Tom and Alicia were as suited for missionary life in Saudi Arabia as toads are for an omelet.

    “That’s, well, a pretty big decision, Tom. How do you know it’s really God’s will for you?”

  6. 6 Sep 2015

    To Glorify God?

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    Ask not how you can serve God. Rather, learn how to live life, how to serve mankind, how to work in such a way as to bless those around you.

    "Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen." 1 John 4:20

  7. 4 Sep 2015

    Relationship with the Lord

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    Spending time with Jesus
    A Relationship with Jesus
    Well, we are told that the (the people in) the church are the body of Christ. We are also told that we can't love God if we don't love people (1 john) When we want a relationship with... the Lord, we do it by developing a relationship with the people in the body.

    Victor Frankl, his relationshiop with his wife.

    I presume that you can convince yourself of anything, if you tell yourself over and over again.

  8. 3 Sep 2015

    Bible Guilt

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    How often have you heard someone say (or have you said it yourself)? "Well, umm, I know that I should be reading my Bible every day. I really want to, really I do! Really, I mean it." There is the guilt plainly laid out. However, feeling guilty about not reading the Bible doesn't make that person actually read the Bible.

  9. 2 Sep 2015

    The Call to Go Deeper, In a Small Group

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    Deep calls to deep. By going deep we are not referring to knowledge. Rather, we are talking about going deeper in our relationshipw with one another. Developing deeper relationships with other men. "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."  It is only as we learn to openly and confidently bare  our souls and open our lives fully to our brothers that we can learn to go deeper.

  10. 2 Aug 2015

    "The Bible Clearly Says"

    Submitted by Stephen Winters

    Time and again I've heard various preachers and other Christians say "the Bible clearly says....." Now stop, think a minute. What are they really saying. When someone says the words "the Bible clearly says..." it is usually in the middle of a discussion or speach where they want to prove that he (the speaker) is right. For example one might say, "the Bible clearly says that women are to submit to their husbands" OR, on the other side, another might say, "No, the Bible clearly says that  both are to submit to one another."

  11. 11 Jul 2015

    Do You Believe The "Correct" Doctrine??

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
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    I've gone to various churches for countlelss years. I've heard many sermons. The focus of each message seems to boil down to a few specific things. Although it is very subtly worded, it basically says, "In order to be saved, you have to believe some very specific things (the correct doctrine). God is a great and  wonderful loving God. If you believe these things, and say this specific prayer, then You can go to heaven when you die. (and it just so happens that this "correct doctrine" so happens to be the same as "we" (the church) believe.

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