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A difficult time in life [07 Aug 2006|09:35pm]

I"m surprised they updated the site so fast.  Must have been because I caught them and said something to my boss (me being an assistant manger to my boss who's upper management).

Crossposted to ahamoments, wtl, and freak4jesus

A difficult time in life

By KATHY GRESEY, kgresey@nwnewsgroup.com
Monday, August 7, 2006 1:55 AM CDT

Two nights before Lake Villa resident Kristen Anderson tried to commit suicide, she went to a New Year’s Eve gathering and did not come home.

Before she left for the gathering on that night in 1999, Kristen asked her parents to extend her curfew to 3 a.m. They wanted her to return 30 minutes after midnight.

“We just said ‘no,’” her mother, Jan, said. “That wouldn’t be a good idea.[Kristen] pretty much knew she wasn’t going to come home that night.”

And Kristen didn’t.

A 17-year-old senior attending Antioch Community High School at the time, the friendly and popular girl had become rebellious after a series of people in her life had died, and older boys began giving her trouble.

Kristen said she remained silent about a rape that occurred because she had a hard time accepting it. She didn't know how to talk to friends or family about her problems.

“I walked around, and I was like, ‘Life sucks,’” the now 24-year-old said. “I had a bitter, negative attitude.”

When she finally returned home around 10 a.m. New Year’s Day, Kristen's parents decided to punish her by taking away her Christmas presents and car privileges. They grounded her until “further notice.”

The material and social punishments hit the teenager hard. She slept the rest of the day.

Jan. 2, 2000

After waking the next morning, the Andersons went to church in Antioch.

That afternoon, Kristen’s father, Bill, went shopping for appliances, and her mother started to un-trim the Christmas tree.

Later, while Jan took a short nap, Kristen went for a walk.

When Jan awoke, she saw a note on the washer: Mom, went for a walk, need some time to think. See you later, love always, Kristen.

Hours passed, but Kristen did not return home. Jan walked to nearby Lehmann Park to try and find her daughter. She also tried to reach her by pager.

What the worried mother did not know at the time was that her daughter was near the park, sitting on the edge of a freight car, contemplating whether she should take her life.

“I was right there by her,” Jan said, “but I couldn’t see her. I tried calling her name.”


After picking up a paycheck and buying a pack of cigarettes, Kristen went to Lehmann Park. But she left because it was dark, and she didn’t want the police to take her home.

She walked toward the train tracks and hopped onto the edge of a freight car, something she had never done.

“I started thinking about why I wasn’t going home, and I really thought things weren’t going to get better,” she said. “I didn’t want to kill myself, but I wanted [my life] to be over. There was a real battle in my mind.”

Part of that battle was spiritual, Kristen added. Having grown up in the church, she realized that God wanted her on this planet. But she did not know what she was meant to do on earth.

For roughly half an hour in the freezing cold, Kristen contemplated whether her life was worth living. Then, she heard a train coming and compulsively laid her body on the tracks.

“I didn’t want it to have time to stop,” she said. “I laid down right before the train.”

Fifty-five freight cars passed over Kristen's body; both of her legs were severed.

Kristen said that as the train passed over her, it felt like a powerful wind was pushing her body down. When the train stopped, she didn’t know whether she was dead or alive.

“I really didn’t know what to think,” she said.

Conductors on the train saw Kristen before impact. They called 911.

Bill Chebny, a volunteer Lake Villa firefighter, was nearby at the time and heard the train sound its horn.

“I just got this funny feeling in my stomach when I heard that train horn,” he said. “And then my pager went off.”

While Chebny and others headed toward the accident site, a still-conscious Kristen was coming to grips with what had happened.

After realizing her legs were detached from her body, the injured teen became frightened.

“I started freaking out,” she said. “And then I got really peaceful.”

Kristen said she didn’t know whether she was dying, but when others arrived on the scene, she began to get angry inside. She didn’t want help, and she didn’t want to be alive.

“I remember all this like it was yesterday,” she said.

Chebny recalls examining Kristen, asking her where she felt pain.

“In the calmest voice ever, she said, ‘I know my legs are gone, but I don’t have pain anywhere else,’” he said. “I was taken aback.”

The Kristen Anderson story

Kristen Anderson's story will be told in the Weekly Journals over five weeks.

Part one: Meet Kristen and learn how a typical girl began to lose hope about life.

Part two: Read how Kristen came to the conclusion that her life was not worth living on a cold night in January 2000.

Part three: Enter the world of a recovering amputee and discover how she found Jesus Christ.

Part four: Learn about an event that aims to help Kristen finish school and begin ministry work.

Part five: Discover how the community comes out in support of a 24-year-old woman

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A truely inspiring story... [05 Aug 2006|02:22pm]

Crossposted to ahamoments and freaks4jesus

I know this girl, she goes to my church and before I stopped going to the group, I was in the same church group as her.  I've heard the readers digest verson of this but after seeing it at work last week (I work for this paper) I read the article as I was working.  I thought I'd share it here, thought some of you might find it insperational.  It starts off dark because it's a 5 part article chronicaling her life before and after the suicide attempt.  She actually spoke at church the same weekend Zuzu (from It's a Wonderful Life) spoke right before Christmas a couple years ago. 

So far they've only printed 2 parts.  I was going to wait until it was done to post the entire thing back to back, but after finding this on the web just now, I decided to post what's up and keep updating.

An incredible journey

By KATHY GRESEY, kgresey@nwnewsgroup.com
Monday, July 31, 2006 5:48 PM CDT

Annie Christie - achristie@nwnewsgroup.com Kristen Anderson reflects on the positive changes in her life beside the Lake Villa train tracks where she lost her legs at in a suicide attempt six years ago. Anderson's life-changing story has affected many.

On the first floor of a sand-colored brick home in downtown Lake Villa lives a 24-year-old woman who no longer has her legs.

Though Kristen Anderson cannot walk, she is able to go places where no one has been.

Recently, she obtained an associate’s degree, and now she intends to earn a bachelor’s degree. She has a positive outlook on life and likes to help others. She is bursting with a desire to spread hope and joy around the world.

What makes Kristen’s story unusual is that she was not always so happy.

Six years ago, at age 17, she tried to take her life by lying on train tracks. Seconds later, 55 freight cars rolled over her body.

She lost her legs, but she found a new life in the process.

This five-part series will take you on Kristen’s journey. It will include information on how you can meet her and help her finish school.

It will explain how a typical little girl with everything she ever needed nearly became another teen suicide statistic and, in the process, found Jesus Christ.

Growing up

The youngest of three children, Kristen Anderson grew up in a family that provided her with all of life’s necessities.

She had a roof over her head and plenty of clothes. She got good grades and regularly attended church.

Kristen admits she had few worries.

“As a kid, my life was really typical,” she said. “It wasn’t plagued with problems. But as I got older, I started to search for what my life was supposed to be about.”

In 1995, the Lake Villa resident began her freshman year at Antioch Community High School. She started playing soccer and picked up a part-time job at a pizza place. She began dating the would-be prom king and hanging with a different crowd.

Her circle of "popular" friends grew. But bad things started happening as well.

Within two years, three of Kristen’s friends died; another committed suicide. Her grandmother passed away and two older boys began pursuing her to the point of harassment.

Kristen found it difficult to talk about her problems and she started feeling guilty about what was happening.

“I didn’t know how to handle it,” she said. “I was just super stressed out, and I started getting sick, physically.”

Kristen’s mother, Jan, said she realized her daughter was under a lot of strain. But she never realized that the physical sickness was related. She said Kristen rarely looked to others for help during that time.

“She was the kind of person [who] was always there for her friends,“ Kristen's mother said. “But she never really leaned on her friends for help.”

Kristen's grades began to slip; she started getting rebellious.

“I started losing a lot of hope about life,” she said. “And then I was raped.”

A breaking point

It wasn’t until five years after her suicide attempt that Kristen spoke out about the rape.

That happened before her senior year, she said, and was committed by a man whom Kristen described as an acquaintance whose family had a prominent place in the community.

“I knew who he was, and I trusted him,” she said. But she didn’t tell anybody and never filed a police report because she had a hard time accepting it. At the time, she felt it was her fault.

Partying, drinking and smoking enveloped more of Kristen’s life. Because she was still getting physically sick, she began taking prescription drugs.

She started skipping classes and lying to her parents, but Kristen still found it important to please everybody.

“I blamed myself for all of these things that were happening to me and all of the world’s problems,” she said. “But I always had a smile on my face.”

Two days after New Year’s Eve of 2000, Kristen decided to take her life.

“Basically, I was just living in the day,” she said. “It was almost like I had died inside, and I was just walking through life. I just didn’t feel like I had anything left.”

The Kristen Anderson story

Kristen Anderson's story will be told in the Weekly Journals over the next five weeks.

Part one: Meet Kristen and learn how a typical girl began to lose hope about life.

Part two: Read how Kristen came to the conclusion that her life was not worth living on a cold night in January 2000.

Part three: Enter the world of a recovering amputee and discover how she found Jesus Christ.

Part four: Learn about an event that aims to help Kristen finish school and begin ministry work.

Part five: Discover how the community comes out in support of a 24-year-old woman

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New Community-- Prayer For India! [05 Jul 2005|01:38pm]


Greetings one and all,

This community is being established for those who desire to pray for India, have a heart for India, who are Indian (living anywhere), are missionaries in India, or just want to check out what God is doing in that large region. The purpose of this community will be cultural exchange between regions of India (anything from Divali to Desi food recipes to religious/cultural study to Bollywood), understanding, keeping up with news and needs of India, and correspondences between all affiliated with India in some way.

I look forwards to seeing what God will accomplish as we all gather together with one purpose.
--- all welcome to join ---

++will be cross-posted++
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Spiritual Gifts... [28 May 2005|10:29pm]

It took me long enough, but I finally have this list on my laptop.  The story behind it is this, I got this back in the days when I used to go to Willow Creek.  I remeber it was a Sunday morning in the singles group's class and as I sat in the small(ish) group after the teaching, we were talking about our spiritual gifts.  They turned to me and asked what mine were and I said I didn't know.  They asked if I had gone to the class there and I again said no.  I felt like I was the only one that had never done that in that singles group.  So one of them handed me this sheet that had them all listed and I sat there trying to figure out what mine were.  It's not something you can easily do if you've never really served before.  You know what you're good at (at work) and have always wanted to serve (both in general and more), but never really had the time due to work and school.  So when you're sitting there with all eyes on you waiting for you to speak up, you're not going to figure it out.

It was only over time, and mainly through serving at my current church that I figured them out.  It's funny how many times the girls in my small group would say I have a servant's heart.  Thought you guys might find this useful.  :)

So here' the list, in no particular order, mainly due to the way they were listed on the sheet and how they then scanned in. 


Literal Meaning: To pilot or steer a ship

Description: The gift of Administration is the divine enablement to understand

what makes an organization function; and the special ability to plan and execute

procedures that accomplish the goals of the ministry.

References: 1 Cor. 12:28, Acts 6:1-7, Ex. 18:13-26



Literal Meaning: To craft, design, build

Description: The gift of Craftsmanship is the divine enablement to creatively

design and/or construct items to be used ministry.

References: Ex. 31:3, 35:31-35, Acts. 9:36-39, 2 Kings 22:5-6



Literal Meaning: To separate or make a distinction, differentiate

Description: The gift of Discernment is the divine enablement to distinguish

Between truth and error. It is able to discern spirits, differentiating between good and

evil, right and evil.

References: 1 Cor. 12:10, Acts 5:1-4, Matt. 16:21-23



Literal Meaning: To bring good news

Description: The gift of Evangelism is the divine enablement to effectively

communicate the Gospel to unbelievers so they respond in faith and move toward


References: Eph. 4:11, Acts 8:26-40, Luke 19:1-10



Literal Meaning: To give part of, share

Description: The gift of Giving is the divine enablement to contribute

money and resources to the work of the Lord with cheerfulness and liberality. People

with this gift do not ask "How much money do I need to give to God?" but, "How

much money do I need to live on?"

References: Rom. 12:8,2 Cor. 6:8, Luke 21:1-4



Literal Meaning: To take the place of someone

Description: The gift of Helps is the divine enablement to accomplish practical

and necessary tasks which free-up, support and meet the needs of others.

References: 1 Cor. 12:28, Rom. 12:7, Acts 6:1-4, Rom. 16:1-2



Literal Meaning: To be sent with a message

Description: The gift of Apostleship is the divine ability to start and oversee the

development of new churches or ministry structures.

References: 1 Cor. 12:28-29, Eph. 4:11-12, Rom. 1:5, Acts 13:2-3



Literal Meaning: To communicate artistically

Description: The gift of Creative Communication is the divine enablement to

communicate God's truth through a variety of art forms.

References: Ps. 150:3-5,2 Sam. 6:14-15, Mark 4:2,33



Literal Meaning: To come along side of

Description: The gift of Encouragement is the divine enablement to present truth so

as to strengthen, comfort, or urge to action those who are discouraged or wavering in

their faith.

References: Rom. 12:8, Acts 11:22-24, Acts 15:30-32



Literal Meaning: To trust, have confidence, believe

Description: The gift of Faith is the divine enablement to act on God's promises

with confidence and unwavering belief in God's ability to fulfill His purposes.

References: 1 Cor. 12:9, 13:2, Heb. 11:1, Rom. 4:18-21



Literal Meaning: To restore instantaneously

Description: The gift of Healing is the divine enablement to be God's means for

restoring people to wholeness.

References: 1 Cor. 12:9,28,30, Acts 3:1-16, Mark 2:1-12



Literal Meaning: To love strangers

Description: The gift of Hospitality is the divine enablement to care for people by

providing fellowship, food, and shelter.

References: 1Peter 4:9-10, Rom. 12:13, Heb. 13:1-2



Literal Meaning: To plead on behalf of someone, intercede

Description: The gift of Intercession is the divine enablement to consistently pray

on behalf of and for others, seeing frequent and specific results.

References: Rom. 8:26-27, John 17:9-26, 1Tim. 2:1-2, Col1:9-12, 4:12-13



Literal Meaning: To know

Description: The gift of Knowledge is the divine enablement to bring truth to the

Body through a revelation or biblical insight.

References: 1Cor. 12:8,Mark2:6-8,John 1:45-50



Literal Meaning: To have compassion

Description: The gift of Mercy is the divine enablement to cheerfully and

practically help those who are suffering or are in need, compassion moved to action.

References: Rom. 12:8, Matt. 5:7, Mark 10:46-52,Luke 10:25-37



Literal Meaning: To speak before

Description: The gift of Prophecy is the divine enablement to reveal truth and

proclaim it in a timely and relevant manner for understanding, correction, repentance,

or edification. There may be immediate or future implications.

References: Rom 12:6, 1Cor. 12:10,28,13:2,2 Peter 1:19-21



Literal Meaning: To instruct

Description: The gift of Teaching is the divine enablement to understand, clearly

explain, and apply the word of God causing greater Christ-likeness in the lives of


References: Rom. 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28-29, Acts 18:24-28,2 Tim. 2:2



Literal Meaning: To apply truth practically

Description: The gift of Wisdom is the divine enablement to apply spiritual truth

effectively to meet a need in a specific situation.

References: 1Cor. 12:8, James 3:13-18, 1Cor. 2:3-14. Jer. 9:23-24



Literal Meaning: To translate, interpret

Description: The gift of Interpretation is the divine enablement to make known to

the body of Christ the message of one who is speaking in tongues.

References: 1 Cor. 12:10, 14:5, 14:26-28



Literal Meaning: To stand before

Description: The gift of Leadership is the divine enablement to cast vision,

motivate, and direct people to harmoniously accomplish the purposes of God.

References: Rom. 12:8, Heb. 13:17, Luke 22:25-26



Literal Meaning: To do powerful deeds

Description: The gift of Miracles is the divine enablement to authenticate the

ministry and message of God through supernatural interventions which glorify him

References: 1 Cor. 12:10.28-29, John 2:1-11, Luke 5:1-11



Literal Meaning: To shepherd a flock

Description: The gift of Shepherding is the divine enablement to nurture, care for,

and guide people toward on-going spiritual maturity and becoming like Christ.

References: Eph. 4:11-12,1 Peter 5:1-4, John 10:1-18



Literal Meaning: Tongue, language

Description: The gift of Tongues is the divine enablement to speak, worship, or

pray in a language unknown to the speaker. People with the gift may receive a

spontaneous message from God which is made known to his body through the gift of


References: 1Cor. 12:10,28-30,13:1,14:1-33, Acts 2:1-11


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[05 Mar 2005|07:31pm]

I recently wrote a bunch of entries you all might be intereted in! Check my "memories"...and feel free to comment!
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[02 Aug 2004|03:43pm]
hello i just created a community called
a community for thanking Jesus on a daily basis for everything he has done for you during the day.
i welcome all of you to join if you are interested, i want to fill it up with people who love to praise, and i want it to be fairly active :)
God bless,
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Prayer Request for Tonight at 9pm [09 Jan 2004|11:32am]


I am a member of the seekinghisface community and tonight is the big election night for a new head leader. God has given us a very dynamic leadership staff and an annointed ministry. Day to day we face spiritual attacks on all sides, but that does not throw off the plans of God. Hallelujah!

This is to be the first night that almost all the leadership have met together. Tonight at 9pm we seek more than God's chosen for leadership, we seek the Spirit's pouring upon our ministry. We seek a unified one accord Body of Leaders. We seek God's will.

I am praying for God to act upon our ministry like He did in Acts 2.

The Fellowship of the Believers

42They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

We need prayer for spiritual protection by the Blood of Jesus, the Spirit's annointing power, and for discernment. Anything God places on your heart to pray for, please do. You will be serving more than just our leadership Body and the Lord. You'll be serving the entire Body of Seeking His Face Ministries and everyone they interact with.

If you are led, fast on our behalf.

God Bless you and may you seek his face daily.

Love in Christ,

P.S. If you are the moderator and you aren't a member of christianmods, contact me for an invite to the closed community.
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LJ COMMUNITY INVITE... Seeking His Face [20 Oct 2003|07:43am]


I have created this community primarily for those who wish to seek God with all their heart, mind, and soul together in one accord. The exact aim of this community varies with the vast array of unique children of God that will be brought here. Prayer requests shared. Godly insight passed. A poem of exhortation lifted up-- devoid of pride and selfishness.

We come here to jointly commit to giving God our all and decide to strive to do so together by whatever means He calls us to.

Thinking outside the box of the temporal led by the direction of He who knows the eternal.
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prolems wit LJ [27 Apr 2003|08:13pm]

[ mood | confused ]

ok so i have been looking to get pluged into some communities on LJ to get deeper n my faith with those all around me. A wonderul paster once told me that we all must get luged in because lone ranger christians get picked off but the body stands as a whole. Anyways i was looking for communities on Lj and i have come across some that my spirit and god tell me are totally against him and his way. I do not know what to do about it. One of these communities is homos4jesus ( think) obviously it is a sight about people who are proclaiming to be non-sining christians while living in complete sin. Another community is christianity. Some of the people on here are talking about the world and relationships as if they were heathens and god had nothing to do with how we did either of these. I am having a hard time dealing with people who proclaim god's name and then act in total opposition to their proclamation. I am not say i am perfect i know i am perfect but i feel as though i know when i sin and am wrong and i ask for forgiveness and i follow jesus with my whole heart. I read my "directions" and know his word intimately. This jsut feels so wrong to me. I was just wondering what you guys thought

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Prayer Request [02 Mar 2003|04:36pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Early this morning, Alex Corder chose to take his life by shooting himself in the head with a .22 as he was getting ready for church. Shortly after, he was declared braindead and his spirit left this world.

As he was only 19, please pray for his mother and father, Debbie and Max Corder, and his brother Rush, who is 23 and alone in California.

Dear Father in Heaven,
Please strengthen and comfort Debbie, Max, and Rush right now. I pray for you to bless them through their family and friends right now who are grieving with them. Help them to stay strong with your presence, Lord. Show them your love for them. I thank you for Alex's short presence in our lives Lord. He was a temple of your love who lived to praise your name. Bring comfort and peace to his surviving family. Bring them all together safely during this trying time and show them your abounding love through your son's peace. Amen.

May we all grieve for the Corder's loss together as children of God. God Bless you and your family today.

"Live every day as if it were your last because one of these days it will be."

A Coolism... [07 Nov 2002|12:13am]

[ mood | good ]

sorry about the double post, just posting this in a another community for those of you that are memebers of both.

We're still in the Angels series at church, and something that was said tonight made me realize this, I've never thought about that before. But it's a cool thing when you do think about it. :)

Satan can't attack us directly because God has taken direct assault off the table.

If you want to look that up, just check out the book of Job. That's what we looked at tonight in talking about "Understanding the protection of God."

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I'm posting this in several communities because I like it so much. [25 Sep 2002|04:13pm]


by C. McNair Wilson

True faith separates the sheep from the goats, Jesus said. In church,
though, the goats are invited. Not everyone who goes to church is a true
believer. Some may be seeking or thinking about seeking a personal faith.
Many churches have taken to calling these folks "seekers."

Many just come to take a peek at what goes on in church. These are
called "peekers." Both seekers and peekers are met at the church door by
greeters who turn them over to seaters. But neither seekers nor peekers are
followers yet. Jesus called His followers "sheep." Seekers and peekers are
still in their pre-sheep phase. For now, they are goats.

If you ever go to a church where there are no goats or they don't
allow goats, it is not a real church....


You've just read an excerpt from the Fall 2002 issue of FIRST PRIORITY, a
Web journal featuring the best writing on evangelism today. To read the rest of this article, visit http://www.palau.org/firstpriority . This article excerpt is copyright © 2002 C. McNair Wilson from his book "Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven, But..." (PageMill Press). You may forward this excerpt via e-mail. All other rights reserved.
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Hello! My name is... [23 Aug 2002|01:47pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Hello. I am new to the group. Let me introduce myself.

My name is Josie. I am 18 years old and from Raleigh, North Carolina. I have been a Christian since I was in 9th grade. I admit to not being a perfect Christian but who is? I am currently in my senior year of high school. I was supposed to graduate last year.
This past Easter my boyfriend of 2 1/2 years proposed. I am happy to call him my fiance now. He is currently in community college taking a 1 year course to be an automobile engineer. Next year I hope to also take courses at the same community college for Photography...hopefully. Even though I had my heart set on going to the University of Tennessee but they don't have courses I want to take. It's a big struggle right now.

Well I just wanted to say hello and tell a little about myself. I will look forward to having future conversation with you all.

Have a nice day. :)

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Hello! My name is... [23 Aug 2002|01:47pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Hello. I am new to the group. Let me introduce myself.

My name is Josie. I am 18 years old and from Raleigh, North Carolina. I have been a Christian since I was in 9th grade. I admit to not being a perfect Christian but who is? I am currently in my senior year of high school. I was supposed to graduate last year.
This past Easter my boyfriend of 2 1/2 years proposed. I am happy to call him my fiance now. He is currently in community college taking a 1 year course to be an automobile engineer. Next year I hope to also take courses at the same community college for Photography...hopefully. Even though I had my heart set on going to the University of Tennessee but they don't have courses I want to take. It's a big struggle right now.

Well I just wanted to say hello and tell a little about myself. I will look forward to having future conversation with you all.

Have a nice day. :)

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new who [15 Aug 2002|11:53am]

[ mood | scared ]

I'm new to this group and want to post here because the big topic in my life this week is CONNECTING.

I'm saved but struggling with being a Bible counselor to pornography and masturbation addicts. Besides lust, Jesus liberated me from alcoholism, cocaine addiction, chronic debt, agnosticism, ignorance and mendacity.

I still need to find a way into a successful Christian fellowship.

We are all members of the body ...

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Prayer request... [07 Aug 2002|12:40am]

[ mood | relaxed ]

A friend of mine is getting married on the 17t, a wedding I had planned on going to since she announced her engagement back in '98. But due to my current unemployment/finacail situation, I wont be able to make it. Last week, she sent me an email telling me her Grandmother Mary had a stroke and wont be able to make the wedding either. She has been upset about this since they heard the news last week. Upset not only about the fact that she wont be able to come, but also because of the stroke. So she has asked me to not only pray for her, but to pass the word along and ask others to do so as well, and so I am.

Thanks from both of us. and sorry if anyone gets this as a multiple post to their friends lists, I'm going to post it to a couple places.

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Watch this space.... [05 Jul 2002|12:52am]

Something happening here soon, LORD willing. Stay tuned.
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taken from atf.com [06 Jun 2002|09:08am]

A Real Man by Mike Donati

Proverbs 16:32 It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

Can you think of the toughest guy in your school? The one everyone doesn’t dare get in a fight with, because they know he’ll beat the snot out of them. You may see that person and think to yourself, “Man, he’s so tough, no one can take him, no one will even mess with him.” You might give that person more respect; because you know he’s stronger than you. You may look up to him, and even model your life after him in some ways. Girls, you might think he’s the hottest guy around because he’s respected by all the other guys, and he’s so strong and buff.

He may be powerful, but is he strong enough to control himself? If he’s so tough, why can’t he keep himself from hurting innocent people? Why can’t he use his strength to serve and help people, and protect people… if he’s so tough? Jesus was a real man because He had self-control; you can look to Him as an example to follow.

Proverbs 16:32 It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

I heard this quote once: “Before you conquer the world, you must first conquer yourself.” In other words, before you seek to be respected, why don’t you seek to be someone worth respecting? Guys, if you can’t walk past a girl without looking her up and down, how are you ever going to be great and change the world. If you can’t respect her enough to look at her as a human being and not a play-thing or an object, why do you think others should respect you? Don’t think you’re tough if you can’t even control yourself. Girls, if you can’t stop flirting with guys to get their attention or use different subtle tactics to manipulate them, how will you ever be a woman worth the life and sacrifice of your prince charming, the man of your dreams?

This may be a tough message for you, but remember that God has already given you the ability to be the man or woman He desires you to be. I know that deep down inside you want to be someone who is worth the respect of people and as you follow closely and obey God, this is who you will become. Not only will people respect you, but God Himself will recognize and applaud you! And of course He will get all the glory!
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Because I was stupid enough not to think of this sooner... [04 Jun 2002|02:29pm]

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I orignially posted this on another community and didn't think to share this here so now I am. :)

A couple weeks ago one of the church pastor's gave the message to my group and one of the things he said was cool and I just had to share it. He said:

God is the coolest of the cool.

:) Never thought about that before. :) and on that note, I need to run and to finish my jello mold thing for my group's picnic. :)

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Prayer Tree Request Answered [03 May 2002|12:11pm]

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Thank you to all who have kept me and my friend in your prayers. I called her the other night when I got back from college. She by the grace of God is not pregnant.


Thank you for keeping us in your prayers

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