1 Jan 2000

More personal background

Submitted by theshovel
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I grew up in a Lutheran Church in Virginia, but after moving to Florida in 1971 my sister and I couldn't stand the formality of the one near our new home. We got involved in a coffeehouse that was hosted by the First Baptist of Delray, FL and from there joined the youth choir and then the Church. We also got involved in a local youth outreach program where I went to one of their youth seminars in Asheville, NC for a long weekend. From there I decided to go to the Bible College (non-denominational). It was all about soul-winning which was pretty much how everything was judged. I graduated from the school and got ordained in the local off-shoot church near my home. I stayed involved in youth ministry.

Long story shortened: dissatisfaction drove me to pursue real meaning to Christianity which resulted in a mutually agreed upon break with the group. I continued to have studies in my home for years, got involved in small churches, had a Christian rock and roll band, etc. There's much more to the story, but you can get an idea of how things have gone. One thing is for sure: the more I have seen and proclaimed the truth of the gospel of Christ, the more I am ignored by the system. But as I am not looking to be established in the system I am learning instead to take advantage of the interaction of life that happens right in front of me ... and it is always there. It's just not what I had expected it to be. Do I still wonder if I'm missing something? Sure, but, in truth, I have everything and am missing nothing.

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“One thing is for sure: the more I have seen and proclaimed the truth of the gospel of Christ, the more I am ignored by the system. But as I am not looking to be established in the system I am learning instead to take advantage of the interaction of life that happens right in front of me … and it is always there. It’s just not what I had expected it to be. Do I still wonder if I’m missing something? Sure, but, in truth, I have everything and am missing nothing.” <-jim christ don’t neeeeed no steenkin’ systems. (ya have to say that with your teeth clinched and a cowboy hat on your head) or christ, mon … him doan need no steenkin’ system, mon. (say that with your best jamaican accent) LOL great stuff of life! :)

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Let me get very blunt. What kind of gospel leaves you in the unknown regarding the very premise of the actual good news of Christ, which is full confidence in one’s relationship to God through Christ? What kind of gospel causes you to think it’s all about what you do or don’t do, when the good news declares that it’s not about you at all but all about Christ and what he has done and is now doing? source