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All Souls Miami will have a Christmas Service Dec 14.
If you are in the area you are invited to attend.
My name is Bill and I am a new member of this group. I would like to share a couple of references which I think show that times are changing. Christians are waking up to realize that their too long held tradition of exclusivism is faulty.
First I would like to share a quote from a Church of Christ minister and elder in New Mexico that opens a door to the teaching that God will save all. I am also sharing the link to the entire article. Other shared links also include aritcles that also support the notion that all men will be saved in accordance whith what ever theology they practice. men,http://www.zianet.com/maxey/reflx549.htm "God in His infinite mercy has chosen to offer His Son to ALL men everywhere as the remedy for sin. It is a free gift to all who would receive it. But, God does not impose this remedy against a person's knowledge or free will. The remedy is there, and it is effective, and it is given as a covering for sin to all who genuinely seek Him according to whatever level of light has been given to them. Yes, that means that the covering of Christ's shed blood, which takes away sin (and continues to take away sin), will be bestowed as a gift to some who seek Him, according to the level of light available to them, even though they may never have heard the name Jesus, and may live and die never knowing what He accomplished on their behalf. Such men show forth their faith in God by their embracing of the light available to them, and in so doing receive the gift (even though they may never have heard of the gift). "Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him" (Heb. 11:6). Paul, in Rom. 1:19-20, makes it clear that God has made Himself known to ALL men, although that revelatory light may be less for some than others. Nevertheless, all men have some light, and thus they are amenable to that light (to either receive it or to reject it). For those who seek to walk in/by the light available to them, God, who judges their hearts (Rom. 2:14-16), will reward them. That reward is that their sin has been covered by the blood of Christ, and they are thus counted as holy and pure and welcomed into His presence, both now and in the new heavens and earth. This in no way suggests that salvation is "works-based." It merely states that those who seek Him will find Him, those who chose not to seek Him, or who chose to reject His revelatory light, will not receive the free gift of the covering of our Lord's blood. I have dealt with this doctrine of available light in far more detail in my following study: Reflections #158 (www.zianet.com/maxey/reflx158.htm ) -- Grace and the Caveman: Pondering the Parameters of Divine Acceptance of Human Response to available light
I am working on a project for my journalism class at school about Chalica. The idea is to describe what it is, and how it's celebrated. How many of you plan to celebrate this year, and how will you do so?
I'm looking for someone that would be interested in helping me learn more about this religion. Anyone who is interested in contacting me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org no spam please. I'm genuinely interested in this religion. Please help.
Good luck with your book.
Maybe you can share some of your views with the members of this group.
One of the great mysteries of the New Testament is what was Jesus doing during the majority of his life that we know nothing about. Leaving aside the story of his birth, the only information we have about the younger years of Jesus comes from the Gospel of Luke who describes an occasion when a precocious twelve-year-old Jesus speaks in the temple, impressing his elders. The Bible is then silent about the following twenty year period of Jesus’ life until he reappears on the scene around the age of thirty when he is baptized by John and begins his ministry.
What happened during these missing years of Jesus’ life? What experiences might have shaped Jesus into the man he became? Why do we find so many parallels between the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism and the teachings of Jesus, who was considered a subversive in his Roman and Jewish community? Why do the contemplative practices of Jesus, which seem to confuse his disciples, seem so similar to Eastern meditative techniques? Could a clue to these missing years come from a controversial discovery over a century ago by a Russian journalist?
In my new novel, THE BREATH OF GOD, I example the implications of this journalist’s historical discovery through a fictional story of suspense, mystery, and mysticism.
If you are interested in learning more about the book Library Journal has called "Visionary Fiction" and RT Reviews has called "A thought provoking masterpiece," please visit my site:
Each moment is precious. Sharing thoughts helps us to grow. All your thoughts and views are appreciated. Friends are very important. I often forget to show that I care. I thank each of you for your friendship and send to you my love.
GOD'S LOVE: It flows and fills the entire creation.Here on earth, it manifests through the availability of all conditions necessary for a joyful living. All we need to do is, using the creative attributes bestowed upon us by God, recreate suitable conditions that would make this Love permanently active in us.
God loves those who will face the fire, to stand for Him. His love forgives. His Soul offers a place for all, who wish to live without fear.
Your constant commitment to His truth, is a testament to your love of God
Thank you Rev Dorris for your call for our inclusiveness
Any UUs from the Richmond, VA area?
I used to attend UUCA in Arlington, VA, but life events disrupted that. I now live near Richmond, and I know there are 2 UU churches - one in Richmond, one in Glen Allen - and wondered if anyone here was familiar with either one?