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This world is one big game of "Go"-- Black against White, Light against Darkness --and we all have a choice to make: Do we war FOR the Light?

...or against it?




Why Am I Special?

Because God loves me. Regardless of what anyone else thinks or says to the contrary, I know I am special. How do I know He loves me? He told me in a letter... Called The Holy Bible


My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad.

Almighty God


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Everyone is special. Even me.


posted by ELAshley @ 8:23 PM,

9 Comments:

On January 28, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Anonymous BenT - the Unbeliever said...

And then there's the verses where your god creates evil, and where he says to beat women, and keep slaves, and he says to pray for the destruction of most of humanity. Those are all great commandments and promises too. Almost 8000 verses and less than 100 have anything worthwhile to say?

 
On January 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Why so hostile, Ben? Do I daily mock you at your forum? That's right, you don't have one. At work then? What? What is it about my faith that you find so threatening? Why do you feel the need to denigrate? Who do you hope to save from the 'evils of Christianity'?

 
On January 28, 2008 at 3:34 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I agree, Eric. Bent is so hostile at this point, it seems he protests too much. I think Bent is reacting exactly the way I did shortly before my conversion. He is fighting conviction. Continue to pray for him.

 
On January 28, 2008 at 11:35 PM, Anonymous BenT - the Unbeliever said...

I don't have a website, but soon I may. Be sure that I will let you know forthwith. Though there will be very little spiritual discussion at the Digital Dodo.

Mark you are very wrong. My discussions here have alienated me further from Christianity. It was the debate recently between Dan and EL, comparing the Jubilee Laws with modern US tax policy that have shown me what a burden being a Christian is. To think that the perfect society was 2,000+ years ago. To live not for today, but some misty apocalypse. To strive not to improve the here, but simply to judge and purify oneself for a eternity of adulation. I can only see such a mindset a wearying.

I don't have to evangelize to you. My beliefs don't call for me to convert you to agnosticism/atheism. But I do have to live with you. I have to believe that you fanatic christians won't form into bands and wear silly hats while you burn and hang those who don't believe like you. So I am here to get angry when you start talking about idolators, and revolution, and sanctions against those you've chosen to hate. If you are truly members of the religion of peace, then behave as such. From my survey of religious sites so far the closest one I have seen to a true religion of peace is Buddhism.

"Ye shall know them by their fruits." Matthew 7:16

 
On January 29, 2008 at 12:27 AM, Blogger ELAshley said...

I have no desire to burn or hang anyone. Least of all you. Nor do I desire sanctions against "those [I] hate"... I don't hate anyone.

Islam is the religion of Peace. Christianity is a 'religion' of Separation. Islam recognizes that Peace will only be achieved when ALL people bow to Allah. Christianity accepts that there will NEVER be peace until Christ returns.

I also have no desire to wear silly hats. But I understand the allusion. The Klan, in the day, were overwhelmingly Democrat by the way. The "Party of Hate" today is still Democrat.

And you assume wrongly that Christians do not "strive ... to improve the here." This is the very reason you and others are so vicious toward Christians-- because we want to strive and desire to improve the here and now. It's just that our solutions do not appeal to you. But that's not our failing... striving. Our failing is in not striving hard enough.

You'd really hate us if we were doing what, and to the extent that, God expects of us.

 
On January 29, 2008 at 5:46 AM, Blogger Dan Trabue said...

To think that the perfect society was 2,000+ years ago. To live not for today, but some misty apocalypse.

Ah, but to be fair, Ben, no one here has stated that the perfect society was 2,000 + years ago (actually, 4,000+, to reach back to the jubilee laws...)

Eric, for his part, rejected the Jubilee Laws as a valid solution. And I, for my part, was just looking at that for what it can teach us, certainly not that they were a perfect society.

I AM of the mind, though, that we can learn from ancient peoples. From ancient wisdom AND from ancient failures. One of those failures that I was pointing to was exactly the same as what you were referencing, the repeated failure to "To strive to improve the here."

As you note Buddhism as advocates of peace, then I can see that you too, may find some wisdom in ancient thinking.

Just a note for fairness sake.

 
On January 29, 2008 at 11:05 AM, Blogger Mark said...

By the way, Eric. I am impressed by your post. It is so inspiring, I copied and pasted it to my documents, and then printed it out and shared it with some friends. I hope you don't mind. Is it an original work or did you get it from somewhere else?

 
On January 29, 2008 at 12:20 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Mark-- No, I did not write it. I heard it on TBN and went looking online to find the text... if it was to be found. It was written in 1999 by one Barry Adams. It was he who was inspired by God to put together this lovely testament of God's love toward us all...

 
On January 29, 2008 at 12:21 PM, Blogger ELAshley said...

Thank you, Dan.

 

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