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Topic: I could use a little help before I join.
Message: Posted by: Steven True (Aug 18, 2013 09:18PM)
I want to join the FCM but I am in a place right now that I am having a struggle with my faith. Satan is using everything he has to derail any joy in Christ that I may obtain. I am not sure if this is the place to post this but thought I would see what happened. Guess I am in that, not really sure place. Anyone that would like to talk I would really appreciate it.

Thank you

Steven
Message: Posted by: Theodore Lawton (Aug 18, 2013 09:24PM)
Do you want to talk here or in private?
Message: Posted by: Mike Maturen (Aug 18, 2013 09:49PM)
Steven,

Mother Teresa, one of the greatest examples of Christian love and devotion in all of human history, frequently spoke of living in a "dark place", unsure of God's love for her. If a woman as devoted to Christ as St. Mother Teresa can have dark spots in their lives, then certainly we are not immune to them either.

http://www.americancatholic.org/Newsletters/CU/preview.aspx?id=253

Just endure the suffering, add them to the sufferings of Christ, and count them as a blessing that you can suffer for the Lord as well.

It ain't easy...but Jesus never promised us it would be!

Be Blessed,

Mike
Message: Posted by: Doug Follett (Aug 19, 2013 11:23AM)
I would say to join!
Message: Posted by: harris (Aug 19, 2013 12:21PM)
The road isn't always a pleasant one.

Sometimes it seems as Christian's want to portray themselves as always even keeled, and doing the right thing.

I know I fall short every day, and am tempted.

Currently reading First Hand: ditching 2nd hand religion by Shook.

It is an easy read.

For more indepth stuff, I read Cost of Discipleship by Bonhoeffer.

Love and prayers your way.

Harris
still 2 old to know it all
aka dr. laugh 4u
Message: Posted by: plink (Aug 19, 2013 01:25PM)
Have always seen persecution from Satan as a good sign. You're bothering him. He doesn't have to waste his effort on those that do nothing, just those that oppose him. Keep up the good work. Remember, God gave up a lot so you can be eternally happy, that started when you made Him #1 in your life. Joining the FCM will probably tick off Satan even more-do it. PM me if I can be of any help, can you feel the prayers???
Message: Posted by: Russo (Aug 20, 2013 10:58AM)
Christ gave us a helper - the Holy Spirit- he prays for us -when we don't know what to pray/how to pray. Several time when I'm thinking about a gospel effect Idea - on my left shoulder is an Angel who says "that's a good idea' then on my right shoulder is a demon who says "
"you just want to be a BIG YOU"- my good
Angel then crosses my shoulder and KNOCKS the Demon down and off - usually the 1st. thought is a good thought or the demon wouldnt try to blast you. I'm not crazy (ha ha ) just imagnitive(sp??) the HOLY SPIRIT WILL HELP _ Just Beleive. Pray for confidence(not- irrogance - I'm a lousy speller and typest-) and pray for PATIENCE - you'll get it. I usually name the demon/devil "stupid" because it/he IS. Ralph (russo)Rousseau
Message: Posted by: harris (Aug 20, 2013 12:23PM)
May the Holy Spirit continue to lead you to use your gifts and talents.

See Romans 7 & 8.

love brother Harris aka dr. laugh 4u
Message: Posted by: MagicBus (Aug 20, 2013 05:34PM)
This is a side issue, but I thought I'd share it anyway. An excellent 220 page paperback book published by Bethany House in 2009 is "Leading On Empty- Refilling Your Tank And Renewing Your Passion" by Wayne Cordeiro. It is available at Barnes and Noble. This book deals with burnout and depression by pastors and those in ministry leadership. Well known examples include: Mother Teresa, William Cowper, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Henri Nouwen and many others. "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope"- Martin Luther King Jr.
Message: Posted by: Steven True (Sep 15, 2013 05:12PM)
First I do want to apologize for taking so long to get back here. I have been going through a tough medical situation but am feeling better now. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and uplifting words of encouragement. All have helped me through a pretty tough time. I know I am not the first or last to go through the things I have gone through lately, but I will continue to pray that God will keep me safe and help me to stay healthy through all of my days. I guess I was having, along with the medical problems, a crisis of faith. I wanted to join the FCM but felt very spiritually inadequate. I did not want to join and just say the words that Christians want to hear. I wanted to feel a deep love and devotion to Christ and His Ministry, not just a fake walk. Through your pm's and kind words you have helped me get back on track with Christ. I will be joining this week but won't be able to attend meetings as there are no clubs close to me. I will enjoy the fellowship of others on the Café' and hope to meet many in the coming months and years. Thank you again for all of your posts and you will see me around more often then I have been in the past. I don't know what God has in store for me in the way of ministry, if any, but I look forward to some great fellowship and great things.

Thank you All

Steven True
Message: Posted by: Steven True (Sep 15, 2013 05:12PM)
First I do want to apologize for taking so long to get back here. I have been going through a tough medical situation but am feeling better now. I want to thank all of you for your prayers and uplifting words of encouragement. All have helped me through a pretty tough time. I know I am not the first or last to go through the things I have gone through lately, but I will continue to pray that God will keep me safe and help me to stay healthy through all of my days. I guess I was having, along with the medical problems, a crisis of faith. I wanted to join the FCM but felt very spiritually inadequate. I did not want to join and just say the words that Christians want to hear. I wanted to feel a deep love and devotion to Christ and His Ministry, not just a fake walk. Through your pm's and kind words you have helped me get back on track with Christ. I will be joining this week but won't be able to attend meetings as there are no clubs close to me. I will enjoy the fellowship of others on the Café' and hope to meet many in the coming months and years. Thank you again for all of your posts and you will see me around more often then I have been in the past. I don't know what God has in store for me in the way of ministry, if any, but I look forward to some great fellowship and great things.

Thank you All

Steven True
Message: Posted by: MSaber (May 17, 2018 06:31PM)
Look into Orthodox Christianity my friend. The truth lies there.