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Author Topic: An introduction: Now that I've been outted....OR "It started with a house"  (Read 4495 times)

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NoviceBeliever

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I have been coming to Bible Truths for a short while now, but I felt that it was time to share a little about me and how I came to Bible Truths and Rayís teachings.

Lately, I have been reflecting on how it was that GOD has brought me to Him and how many different things that he did to influence my journey and the lessons I have been taught along the way. It is amazing at what clarity GOD has been showing me of late in understanding how everything in my life has fit together so succinctly to bring me to HIM.

I grew up attending a Methodist Church until my parentsí marriage fell apart when I was about 10.  At that time, I know my mom went and spoke with the minister of the church seeking guidance to help her cope with and make decisions for the future of our family.  My biological father at this point was manic-depressive, an alcoholic, and had deserted us. The advise she was given was under no circumstances was she to leave her marriage and from what she related to me, was that they made her out to be a women with a scarlet letter tattooed to her chest.  Needless to say, my mom took it upon herself to take us out of that church.  We did eventually end up attending a non-denominational Protestant Church , although sporadically, where my (step) dad and mom where married. Even back then, when I was attending church serves, I use to think to myself, why is the minister spending an hour of the 1 Ĺ hours of the service making announcements about what the church was raising money for and reading from the church bulletin and where was the guts to this sermon. It just didnít take. You know itís funny; GOD was even working through my mom back then. She had been raised in a very strict religious household but never had us water baptized, because she felt it was important for us to have our own calling towards religion.

Fast forward to my mid to late 20s.  I was dating a man for 3 years who seemed to be such a very spiritual and religious person. During this time, we where attending The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. We use to speak quite often about the beliefs of the church and doctrine. As it was explained to me, the major point of the Presbyterian religion was their belief in predestination and that if you werenít in the book, you werenít getting in to heaven and there wasnít anything that you could do about it. At some point, I starting attending the courses that the church required to become baptized. I went to a few of them and then one Sunday, I just didnít goÖand the following Sunday I didnít go.  He finally asked me why I wasnít attending, and my comment was, ďthat this has to be about me and what I believe and not about youĒ. . I wonít bore you with all the details, but I was lead to believe that I was far inferior in my knowledge and religious views and not quite up to snuff with how well studied he was, at some point being told, that he didnít know whether he could be with someone he wasnít going to see in heaven.  He went on to eventually attend Presbyterian seminary and shortly there after I was on my way.  Looking back now, I realize how important a milestone this was in eventually being brought to GOD. HE wasnít going to let me fall for some trumped up church doctrine.

The years following, was a time of searching.  On and off, I would attend various Christian Churches in an attempt to find a home and be with GOD.  I tried small churches, medium churches, and  mega-churches (we even have one here that has a Starbucks-like coffee house in the lobby). But it seemed that each place I went made me feel like a ship out of the water. Even attending a bible study group were I was made to feel inferior by the members when I would asked a question.

In December, I was introduced, by a mutual acquaintance, to someone who was in need of finding a home.  This isnít something unusual, as this is what I do for a living, but what was unusually, is the conversations that would take place over the next few months that were such a departure from a normal client relationship for me.  I think one of the first conversations that we had was about circumcision, can you imagine, itís not even a topic that I would feel comfortable talking to my dad or brother about, at least in the physical sense. This lead to a very enlightening conversation about physical vs. spiritual beliefs and how Jesus had delivered us out of the old covenant and ushered in the new covenant.  Now, how you get from house hunting to this topic, I really donít recall, but what eventually transpired was me opening up about the problem I had with the churchís explanation of predestination and freewill. He shared with me a paper that Ray had written (at the time I didnít know where the information came from), but I canít tell you what an unbelievable sense of joy and relief that I felt.  Each time we subsequently spoke, I was starved for more truth. Settlement Day arrived, and we had joked about a gift for me for all my hard work, many discussion about summer footwear ensued, (I am a girl after all), but imagine my surprise at being given ALL of Rayís teachings! I think my comment was, ďWhat are you trying to do keep me busy for the rest of my life?Ē.  Truer words had never been uttered by me.

But this is how I have come to understand it, GOD has been working on me for a very long time, in small increments.  It was amazing how many of the events in my life, brought me to where I am suppose to be and that it is all of HIM!  His Time, His Way, His Love.

NoviceBeliever  ;)
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Dave in Tenn

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Really enjoyed reading this.  Your humor shines.  I LOL'd at the circumcision part.  Yes indeed, not exactly a topic to come up in casual conversation.  ROTFL.  Thanks.
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Heb 10:32  But you must continue to remember those earlier days, how after you were enlightened you endured a hard and painful struggle.

aqrinc

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Hi NB,

The Church finding part of your journey sounds very similar to mine and several others i have chatted with. We spend a good part of our life Religiously searching for GOD in (Church) someplace or other. Then when GOD IS Ready for us, HE opens our inner eyes and ears to see HIM right where HE Has been from our birth, right next to us waiting for the right time.

Rom 10: 6-8 (GNB)
6  But what the scripture says about being put right with God through faith is this: "You are not to ask yourself, Who will go up into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down).
7  "Nor are you to ask, Who will go down into the world below?" (that is, to bring Christ up from death).
8  What it says is this: "God's message is near you, on your lips and in your heart"---that is, the message of faith that we preach.


george.

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Wendy

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I so enjoyed your testimony.  Like you; I had been to many churches searching - longing for fellowship and a right relationship with the Lord and my experiences left me wrung out and empty.  I don't regret any of it though because I learned that God really does never forsake us or leave us.  I had backslid, left the church, gone over the river and through the woods but God never left me or let me go.  His mercies do endure forever!

Wendy
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ez2u

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NB  so are you still in fellowship with that person?  That pretty neat!  peggy
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Linny

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NB, Thanks so much for sharing with us.
All the things we go through, even while blind, all lead to us being exactly where God wants us.
I try to keep that in mind when I start to feel superior to my blind family or friends. They may, or may not, ever have their blinders removed, but once upon a time, I was right there where they are.
It is wonderful seeing how God steers us through life in such an individual way!  ;D

Lin
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cjwood

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thank you for sharing the story of your journey NB. so many paths we each have taken, as our Father has lead us to this website, to ray's teachings, and to this forum. each and every step has been planned by Him. what an awesome Father we have. great is His faithfulness.

claudia
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OBrenda

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NB,

Loved your inspiring story!  I relate to your position of what a wonderful gift your friend presented you with, of Ray's teachings.  That is an eternal gift!

YSIC,
Brenda


« Last Edit: July 13, 2009, 09:38:07 AM by OBrenda »
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Roy Coates

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That is an awesome testimony NB, thanks for sharing and glad to know you ;D
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NoviceBeliever

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Thank you all for making me feel so welcomed here! I couldn't imagine myself in a more wonderful place  than to learn and fellowship with you!  I have truly been blessed! NB

3Jn 1:4 (CLV) I am having no greater joy than this, that I am hearing of my children walking in the truth."
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Ellie

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Wonderful of you to share your inspiring story of your journey to here NB.Whoever that was who gave you Rays notes is a blessing indeed.
 Peace..Ellie.....
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9440geoff

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Thank you for your testimony, NB. It's amazing how God has brought us all here through different experiences in our lives. I can now look back at the difficult and boring times in my life with excitement because I know that they were all stepping stones to where I'm at now. And what a priceless present Ray's teachings are.

Geoff
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Vangie

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Thanks for sharing with us.  It's great getting to know you better!
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