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Belief systems of ASpies...

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Belief systems of ASpies...

  1. 1. The TRINITY is a person (3-in-1; omnipotent – omniscient) I RELATE BETTER TO ‘JESUS’ than to the ‘HOLY SPIRIT’ or ‘FATHER GOD’ JESUS EXISTED & STILL EXISTS -- he knew me before I even was The HOLY SPIRIT indwells us JESUS LOVES ME, irrespective of how ‘sinful’ I behave HE OFTEN USES PAIN / SUFFERING to get my attention
  2. 2.  I’M NOT SO SURE GOD IS INTERESTED IN MY DAILY LIFE  HE REALLY DOESN’T CARE ABOUT MY HAPPINESS… PER SE  HE CARES MORE ABOUT MY SANCTIFICATION – LEADING TO A NET INCREASE IN THE SHALOM (PEACE, JOY, FORGIVENESS) IN THIS WORLD  I’M NOT SURE IF THERE’S A ‘HEAVEN’ AS I’VE HEARD IT EXPLAINED BY MOST  FOR ME, JESUS ‘COMMUNICATES’ BEST THROUGH CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER -- CP is a progressive movement toward greater interpersonal involvement with God in Jesus.  “I once prayed for God to bless my life in all that I am doing, now I pray ‘Lord put me in the places that you are blessing, this is the sacred place in which I will experience and know Gods shalom and love and my souls place of real and sustainable nourishment’.” (P Young, The Shack)
  3. 3. • THE ENTIRE WORLD SEEMS TO BE GOING TO • • • • ‘HELL IN A HAND BASKET’ -- just as the Book of Revelations says it will THE WORLD IS A CRUEL, FEARFUL PLACE, mostly… LIFE ISN’T FAIR (i.e. LIFE IS HARD) HUMANITY LIVES A ‘STORIED’ LIFE PEOPLE’S STORIES INTRIGUE ME
  4. 4. • I’M NOT THAT SIGNIFICANT (I’m just 1 in 6.5B souls on this planet) • LIFE ISN’T ABOUT ME, IT’S ABOUT CHRIST’S WORK IN/THROUGH ME • WE ALL DIE – BUT LOVE IS STRONGER THAN DEATH • THE WORLD CAN BE A MYSTERIOUS PLACE • IN THE END, IT'S NOT GOING TO MATTER HOW MANY BREATHS I TOOK, BUT HOW MANY MOMENTS THAT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY • THIS WORLD WILL END (SOMEDAY) AND THEN WILL BE RENEWED (i.e. THE NEW JERUSALEM) • IT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO US THAT MATTERS MOST -- IT’S WHAT WE DO WITH WHAT HAPPENS TO US, THAT MATTERS MOST
  5. 5. • NO ONE IN MY CLOSE FAMILY KNOWS THE ‘REAL ME’ • JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE FAMILY, DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN ALWAYS BE TRUSTED • WE OFTEN HURT THE ONES WE LOVE THE MOST, i.e. FAMILY/FRIENDS • I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MY WIFE’S CORE BELIEFS & VALUES ARE…
  6. 6. • I NEVER LEARNT HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS, SO I ‘SECONDED’ THEM… • EVERYTIME I’VE TRIED TO LOVE OTHERS IN MY FAMILY, I’VE ALWAYS FAILED AT MY ATTEMPTS… • I WISH I UNDERSTOOD HOW TO LOVE MORE AND WHAT TRUE FRIENDSHIP REALLY LOOKS LIKE • LOVING BEGINS WITH A SMILE, GROWS WITH A KISS, ENDS WITH A TEAR. WHEN I WAS BORN, I WAS CRYING AND EVERYONE AROUND ME WAS SMILING. I WISH I COULD LIVE MY LIFE SO THAT WHEN I FINALLY DIE, I’M THE ONE SMILING AND EVERYONE ELSE AROUND ME IS CRYING. • I believe PAUL ‘s words in 1COR13 Verses 1-3: 1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not LOVE, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not LOVE, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not LOVE, it profit me nothing.
  7. 7. I'VE LEARNED THAT I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHO I AM ANYMORE (MAYBE I NEVER DID) I’VE LEARNED THAT SOMETHING THAT I MIGHT DO IN AN INSTANT, CAN GIVE ME HEARTACHE FOR LIFE. I'VE LEARNED THAT IT TAKES YEARS TO BUILD UP TRUST, AND JUST SECONDS TO DESTROY IT. SOMEHOW I’VE COME TO BELIEVE LOVE IS A CHOICE TRUST IS GIVEN AWAY; NOT EARNED FEAR IS OFTEN MY DRIVER
  8. 8.  I'VE LEARNED THAT SOMETIMES WHEN I’M ANGRY I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ANGRY, BUT THAT DOESN'T GIVE ME THE RIGHT TO BE ABUSIVE.  I'VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE ARGUE, DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T LOVE EACH OTHER.  I'VE LEARNED THAT I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I DO, NO MATTER HOW I FELT WHEN I DID IT.  I'VE LEARNED THAT SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE I EXPECT TO KICK ME WHEN I’M DOWN, WILL BE THE ONES WHO HELP ME UP INSTEAD.  I'VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN'T LOVE ME THE WAY I WANT THEM TOO, DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T LOVE ME WITH ALL THEY HAVE.  I'VE LEARNED THAT IT ISN'T ALWAYS ENOUGH TO BE FORGIVEN BY OTHERS, BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE TO LEARN TO FORGIVE MYSELF FIRST.  I'VE LEARNED THAT I CAN'T MAKE SOMEONE LOVE ME. ALL I CAN DO IS BE SOMEONE WHO CAN BE LOVED, AND THE REST IS UP TO THEM.
  9. 9.  I'VE LEARNED THAT SOMETIMES WHEN I’M ANGRY I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ANGRY, BUT THAT DOESN'T GIVE ME THE RIGHT TO BE ABUSIVE.  I'VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE TWO PEOPLE ARGUE, DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T LOVE EACH OTHER.  I'VE LEARNED THAT I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I DO, NO MATTER HOW I FELT WHEN I DID IT.  I'VE LEARNED THAT SOMETIMES THE PEOPLE I EXPECT TO KICK ME WHEN I’M DOWN, WILL BE THE ONES WHO HELP ME UP INSTEAD.  I'VE LEARNED THAT JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE DOESN'T LOVE ME THE WAY I WANT THEM TOO, DOESN'T MEAN THEY DON'T LOVE ME WITH ALL THEY HAVE.  I'VE LEARNED THAT IT ISN'T ALWAYS ENOUGH TO BE FORGIVEN BY OTHERS, BUT SOMETIMES I HAVE TO LEARN TO FORGIVE MYSELF FIRST.  I'VE LEARNED THAT I CAN'T MAKE SOMEONE LOVE ME. ALL I CAN DO IS BE SOMEONE WHO CAN BE LOVED, AND THE REST IS UP TO THEM.

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