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5/25/12 11:31 P

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I'm going to make a bold statement and you can feel free to challenge me on it.
Faith unites, religion divides. Faith is God's work in our hearts, religion is man's work.
What I mean with this is that God (and yes, I am referring to the Christian God) sees the heart of a person and their desires for good and for evil. Regardless of where a person grew up, in which country and which culture, he will be worshipped by anyone who tries to draw close to him. We as human beings don't even have the language to understand all of God's ways to draw people to himself. We can only make an educated guess based on someone's actions and talk if they have a deep and loving relationship with Jesus.
Many people know quite well how to talk the talk without walking the walk and we may be very surprised when we find out who was on Jesus' side. He commanded us to love our neighbors, which even includes our enemies. This does not mean to agree with them on theological issues but it does mean to be willing to show them God's love the best we can. So continue to express your love to every human being you meet, you can't go wrong with that ever. This love is not a feeling but an action that puts the other person's need higher than one's own need emoticon

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Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 5/25/2012 (23:36)
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5/25/12 7:52 P

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I am so glad you posted this. It touches on something that I have a dilema on. My husband and I are new in our walk with Christ (vs. just believing) and most of my aunts,uncles and cousins are mormon. They have been most if not all of their life and I know that this will never change. I have debated what role, if any, I have in their lives. Tough one because I love them all so much and they are so loving, kind, and giving to me. It rips my heart out to imagine abandoning them. Better God than them I guess, but I am still praying on it.

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5/25/12 6:55 A

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I don't know what and LDS church is so my answer might not be ok.
I come from a very small community and the only church that had been there before was the catholic church,so people were afraid of our church. The church decided to have kick boxing classes (and other classes) and part of the reason was so people not from our church would not feel threatened to come in.
People that came were welcomed but not forced to join (some came to church after).
You can try it and if you feel you are being coerced into something else, you can always not go back!
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5/25/12 12:37 A

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Marie,
so glad that you shared your question and shared what happened. Maybe there was someone reading this who is going to benefit. The fact that you joined the group shows them that you were not afraid to visit with them. I think sometimes God has his own way, and if we think we don't know if God is speaking to us or our own thoughts/feelings it's simply that God is still working on something. I know that God will speak clearly to you about his will when you need to know. emoticon
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Birgit

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5/24/12 10:32 P

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Thanks for letting us know how it worked out. Pam

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine"
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5/24/12 10:09 P

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Thanks for all the responses ... I did pray about the matter but got no answer that I could clearly discern. Sometimes I don't know if what I feel inside *IS* the Holy Spirit or just my own thoughts.

I went but I won't be going again as I found out my neigbor is a Mormon & in fact, the entire group of them are even though she made it seem as if this was a class that any member of the public could participate in.

I do want to get to know her on an individual basis because you can't bring someone to Jesus unless you accept them as they are and talk to them, letting Holy Spirit take over & do the rest.

Thanks again for all your help!

Love in Christ, Marie


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5/24/12 8:32 A

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As for me I would not open that door.

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5/24/12 1:16 A

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WWJD? This is the right question to ask here. He did not hesitate to hang out with people who are of the wrong religion (Samaritans) but he was very open about what he said. Jesus cared deeply about every person around him, regardless of their history, their wrongdoings, there immorality and their false beliefs.
Birgit

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5/23/12 11:08 P

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I think you already know the answer since you are asking. You have trouble with your spirit and you are checking to make sure that what you are hearing is right. So you do have your answer. Most of all is to ask our Heavenly Father He will never lead you astray.

Dorothy

If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit.
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5/23/12 10:25 P

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Marie, I know right where you're coming from. I would have the same question. I'm not sure how to answer you, but be sure to pray about the whole thing and be open to what the Lord is telling you. I'll pray that you get the right answer. Pam

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5/23/12 10:03 P

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hi

a neighbor invited me to go to a free "walking" class featuring a Leslie Sansone video. the good news is, this class is inside an air conditioned gym (a big deal here in 100 degree Arizona).

the not so good thing is that it's held in an LDS church and altho my neighbor says this activity is independent of them, i don't know that i should be stepping into any part of their facility.

is that kind of similar to where in the Bible it says not to welcome certain people (like JW's) into your home because in doing so, you aid in their wrongdoing? yes, i know that's quite a liberal paraphrase but those of you who know your Bible, know what I'm talking about.

besides merely saying "yes" or "no" could you please provide me with the reason (s) for your response?

thank you, Marie

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