I have been thinking of a poem I learned a long time ago.  For some reason, I learned it with “She” instead of “He.”  I just found it, and I think it would be appropriate to share here.

She drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout
But love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took her in.
Edwin Markham

As someone who always felt left out, this poem always resonated with me.  I thought, how clever, to be left out and to draw a new circle of inclusion like that.  But I always felt powerless to draw the circles.  I was nothing but an outcast.  I guess that this has motivated me though, and influenced me quite a bit.  I keep trying to draw circles of inclusion.  The trick is to get those I include to accept that circle I drew.  They don’t always, and I suppose it isn’t up to me.  But my circle still includes them anyway.

Acceptance

It makes me sad when people let differences cause offense or divisions that make someone feel bad. 

I just read a post on another blog, and I want to reach out to all who hurt and feel excluded, and say that I accept you as you are.  I hope that others will do the same.  Let’s not let differences come between us.

To Join This Blog

As mentioned in earlier entries / comments, this blog is not just for me.  If you want to be able to discuss our topics with us, you are welcome to join.  When I first tried to add people, I had some trouble because the way the blogs are set up, you have to get a blog account to be added to a blog, even as a subscriber.

 DocJohn answered my question about how to get a blog account, and I will repeat his answer here.  According to this, you don’t have to actually have your own blog if you don’t want one (and I assume that you would always be able to get your own blog later if you want to then).

 Here is DocJohn’s answer:

Yes, the simple way is to ask for the users you want to add to ensure they have an account over at the PC blog site:

http://psychcentral.net/signup/

One of the options during signup is to just register a new account, or get a blog. If your users don’t want their own blog, they should choose “Just a username, please.” Once they’re registered, you can add them to your blog to create a community blog.

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If you want to be added here, leave a comment, PM me, or email me, and tell me when you have signed up.  I need to know the email address you signed up with to add you. 

Other Faith-Friendly Blogs in the Community

I have started to add other blogs to the blogroll in an attempt to make it easier to find others who like talking about faith, religion, etc.  If you spot one that I don’t have yet, or if you have one to add, please put it in the comments and I’ll add it to the blogroll too.  Or if you don’t want yours linked here, let me know if you would rather have it taken off of this list.  I’m just starting, and I’m sure there must be more.  Help me out, ok?  All faiths are welcome.

Bible Study Outline

To follow:

 1) Introduction
focus: learn about, grow in & experience the work of the Holy Spirit in our life
John 14 (Jesus explaining the Holy spirit to the disciples)

2) Foundational Truth
3) Living Beyond Yourself
4) Free at Last
Goal
History of Paul (who wrote Galatians)
Hardships
5)Pleasing God
6) Why Christ Died For Us
7) Galatians 1 summary
small discussion on being set apart at birth from Galatians & ties into other predestination reading throughout the bible
8) Christians Susceptible to False Teachings
9) God’s relationship with man

Thanks Debbie, Tomi, & Recluse1!  I’m trying to figure out how to add you all as users so that you can post directly.  If you would like, you could post the transcript in the comments.  🙂

Charity – The Pure Love of Christ

Some people simply call it love.  Charity is love.  It is the love that Christ both gives to us, and offers as an example for us to strive for.  Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians about charity is often quoted.  I thought it was very appropriate.  Here is that quote directly from the source:

THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
CORINTHIANS
CHAPTER 13
Paul extols the high status of charity—Charity, a pure love, excels and exceeds almost all else.
  1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, 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 charity, 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 charity, it profiteth me nothing.
  4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
  5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
  6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
  7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
  8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
  10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
  13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

 

http://scriptures.lds.org

Good advice for all.

Also compare: here

April 28 Bible Study

Correct me if I am mistaken.  This week’s Bible study continued the previous outline.  They discussed the question, “Why did Christ die for us?”

The 4 reasons were 1) to rescue us from evil; 2) it was the Fathers will; 3) to bring us to his Father; 4) because he loves us……

I am not sure why the transcript isn’t showing up after Tomi has attempted to post it.  I will place it in the comments for this entry.  We will attempt from here on to post an outline in advance of each chat, and the transcript in the comments for that entry for each chat.  Please read the comments for the full discussion, or to add your own comments or ask questions.

Signs of the Times

THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
TIMOTHY
CHAPTER 3
Paul describes apostasy and perilous times of the last days—The scriptures guide man to salvation.
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

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Is anyone else seeing this happening? 

This one concerns me too:

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Isaiah 5: 20

  20 ¶ Woe unto them that call aevil bgood, and good evil; that put cdarkness for dlight, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

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I could not be a part of that.  I know that we are in the last days, and that these things are happening.  But I can still speak up for what is good and right, and for what I know to be true.  I know which side is ultimately going to win.  I want to be on that side.  How about you?  Where do you stand?

Welcome!

This blog is not just for me.  I hope that other contributors will be joining me here soon.  The idea is to have a place where we can talk about spirituality, faith, religion, in a way that is meaningful to us.  If you want to participate, and can respect the spirit of this place, you are welcome here.  You don’t have to belong to any particular religion, or any at all.  We will have differences, and we need to all respect each others’ differences.  Let’s all learn from each other and share in each other’s wisdom.  If you want to get involved, leave a comment so that we will know that you want to join.  We would love to have you.  Comments and questions in the spirit of this place are welcome.