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WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

I often explain to people when I rode on the faith of others because the lifestyle and results looked better than the alternatives. Thankfully, at some point, God provided my own lily pad to ride with Him on!

The summary below is the core which you may know but it is comprehensive. I find that many Christians, especially modern day churches teach only part of this rendering it confusing and uninteresting.

1) God created us. He created us to live for Him. He is very selfish! He wants us badly!

2) We choose to be enamored by what He created instead of Him! How dumb of us!

3) We broke relationship with God in a way that we cannot even understand. We messed up unity and created a gap. *God had a plan from the beginning to draw us close again.

4) God knew that we could not close the gap so He sent Jesus to close the gap for us.

5) Jesus did that by living a life where He only worshiped God, not creation. That means He was not enamored by anything other than God. He got dirt between His toes and faced struggles of every kind but He lived for God and Him alone.

6) Jesus eventually allowed Himself to be offered up as a sacrifice where He died the death that we deserve should we ever want to be reunited fully with God. He did this for all of us once and for all. He paid the price for the separation that we created by our actions. Even now, in many ways we choose creation over the creator daily but Jesus death paid the price even for that. He died on Friday. On Sunday, He arose from death. Yes, he came back to life! He was seen by hundreds of people and these accounts are well documented in history.

7) Because of what Jesus did, He created a gift for us called grace. Grace is the biggest and best present that we will ever have to look forward to in our lives. There is nothing bigger. What grace means is that we get to live in unity with God fully and even when we mess up and allow our gaze to wonder to creation instead of the creator, He immediately, without hesitation covers us fully so that we remain in unity with Him.

*The amazing part of our story is that God knew all this would happen from the beginning. Imagine what life would be like if God made us to be robots to automatically choose Him? Would He really experience our love in that situation? He would not for sure. He knew that He needed to give us an option and He knew that we would eventually make the wrong choice. This choice put us into a broken relationship with God. We would never have the ability to fix the brokenness in that relationship. God knew that we would not. He also made a path for us that is unbelievable. He made it so that we could continue in our fascination with the world (this is called "sin") and all that He created while at the same time covered, protected and fully loved in complete unity with Him. By definition, this is called grace and it is made possible by what Jesus did for us.

Now we live in a space where we can continue to sin and fall short of what God would have for us but He is still able to enjoy the love that He gets from us because a measure of Himself lives in us. It is difficult to understand until we begin to think from God's perspective. Once I get clarity on how much I have that I do not deserve (grace), I begin to soberly change my actions and my devotion to God. When you are truly loved unconditionally and that love is never ending and God promises to endure whatever we choose, it is a humbling and life changing experience. He basically says, "I am going to love you regardless of what you do, think or say. I want you to worship me and me alone but I am not going to make my love for you conditional upon those daily decisions. You are mine forever and the sooner you realize that, the more joy I know you are going to experience in your life. I love you."
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Well said bro. All other religions require that we work our way to God. Christianity is the only religion that God worked his way to us. We don't have to be good for him to want to be close to us. All we have to do is accept his pursuit of us and his forgiveness of our sins. This is what I call "Good News".
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When saying "I'm Sorry" Isn't Enough

https://youtu.be/3k2E8e3Paw0

Simply saying "I'm sorry" should be reserved for minor mistakes or accidents such as an unintentional bump into another person.

Most instances where reconciliation is necessary are not solved by saying "I'm sorry" alone. Doing so can exacerbate or escalate a situation that could have easily been defused. "I'm sorry" is inadequate in a situation where the offender has used grace from another person.

In such cases, the offended person must be made to feel that the offender cares about their feelings in such a way that they are truly remorseful about what happened.

Here is an effective and thoughtful method of reconcile where "I'm sorry" not enough.

HOW TO RECONCILE:

First: Describe it fully. Talk about what happened and name it in clear language without skirting the central theme or making excuses of any kind:
“I’m sorry that I ____.”

Second: Own it. Take full responsibility without shifting blame in whole or in part to any other person or entity. Resist the temptation to diminish the ownership in any way:
“That was wrong of me because ____. To make it right, I’m going to __.”

Third: Commitment. Make a clear commitment that what happened, to the extent you are able, will not happen again:
"I will not do that again!"

Fourth: Seek forgiveness. Ask the offended person to forgive you and give them some time to do this if they need it:
“Will you please forgive me?”

Finally: Wrap 'em up! Express your care for them on an appropriate level. This final step may look different between family members vs. in a professional setting:
"I love you." Followed by a hug and/or prayer together.

Stay reconciled and enjoy a life with much less stress. Take this model into every area of your life as a maintenance tool for relationships. Take your repentance seriously along with your commitment to not repeat the offense. If you do repeat the continue to use the process and redouble your efforts to see your offense from the eyes of the others affected.
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I was encouraged with this epiphany a couple of days ago as I sat with an associate. She described the state of a non-profit board that I sat on and helped turn around a few years early. Being a part of the board at that time was exhilarating at times because there was a lot of attention and a strong feeling of commitment and need to solve the problems. It was unusual that any of the 15 board members missed a meeting.

Then, something happened. A couple of years passed and everything was running fine. An amazing Exec. Director was in place and the organization was clicking along admirably. The time came for my seat to expire so I choose not to reenlist. Several others did over the next couple of years as well.

The current situation is that the board meetings are so lightly attended that the board is making a change in the bylaws to allow for action by the executive board members (3 members) if a quorum is not achieved at a scheduled meeting. Sure, the organization is running smooth and I honestly believe there are just as good of people on the current board as there was when I was there but what is the difference?

This is about the time I really got the major awe-ha during our conversation. I realized that we pay attention to where there is pain, problems or danger. If things are running smooth, especially in our fast paced lives, we redirect our attention to the hottest item currently.

It is election season in the US and I am more concerned about the future of this great nation than ever before. I feel strongly that if we do not stand up and begin to make some major changes in the way the country is run that we will never return to the past glory that we have enjoyed - well, that our parents enjoyed. But, when I look at it in light of this idea that where there is pain, problems and danger, we pay attention, maybe we should just drive this thing off the cliff and see what happens.

Just having that thought is helpful because I instantly begin to think of all the reasons and people that would not allow that to happen.

I also wonder what would happen if we bucked the system and started to pay attention to things that are not hot or dangerous. That would require us to get our lives in order so we actually do not have any red herrings so that we can easily look around and see what we would otherwise be missing.
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I'M SORRY ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH....

Simply saying "I'm sorry" should be reserved for minor mistakes or accidents such as an unintentional bump into another person.

Most instances where reconciliation is necessary are not solved by saying "I'm sorry" alone. Doing so can exacerbate or escalate a situation that could have easily been defused. "I'm sorry" is inadequate in a situation where the offender has used grace from another person.

In such cases, the offended person must be made to feel that the offender cares about their feelings in such a way that they are truly remorseful about what happened.

Here is an effective and thoughtful method of reconcile where "I'm sorry" not enough.

HOW TO RECONCILE:

First: Describe it fully. Talk about what happened and name it in clear language without skirting the central theme or making excuses of any kind:
“I’m sorry that I ______.”

Second: Own it. Take full responsibility without shifting blame in whole or in part to any other person or entity. Resist the temptation to diminish the ownership in any way:
“That was wrong of me because ______. To make it right, I’m going to ____.”

Third: Commitment. Make a clear commitment that what happened, to the extent you are able, will not happen again:
"I will not do that again!"

Fourth: Seek forgiveness. Ask the offended person to forgive you and give them some time to do this if they need it:
“Will you please forgive me?”

Finally: Wrap 'em up! Express your care for them on an appropriate level. This final step may look different between family members vs. in a professional setting:
"I love you." Followed by a hug and/or prayer together.

Stay reconciled and enjoy a life with much less stress. Take this model into every area of your life as a maintenance tool for relationships. Take your repentance seriously along with your commitment to not repeat the offense. If you do repeat the continue to use the process and redouble your efforts to see your offense from the eyes of the others affected.
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What @mattkenseth may have said:

“I was just trying to rattle his cage…  I do find it ironic however that I was taken out in Kansas by @joeylogano and then taken out here today by his Penske teammate @keselowski. In Kansas, Joey cost me a win and a chance at the championship due to his impatient.  At no time since has he reached out to me or publically apologized for his choices during that race.  Thanks to the shenanigans the Penske team was playing all day today, they ended up taking me out and costing me a shot to win this race.  The Dollar General Toyota Camry was set to take the lead on that restart as we had earlier in the race before a bad pit stop cost us some positions.  Brad (Keselowski) just took us out on that restart.  That aligns with the history that everyone in the garage knows about Penske.  I knew the best way that I could get back at Lagano was to win the next three races and I was on a path to do that until they took me out again.”
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Well I watched it and I did not expect that to happen but it's the most stop and go accidents I've never had seen 
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  • Hazel Valley Elementary School
    Elementary, 1975 - 1982
    Elementary Education
  • Cascade Middle School
    Middle School, 1982 - 1984
    Middle School - Pre-High School
  • Evergreen High School
    High School, 1984 - 1987
  • Highline Community College
    Manufacturing Engineering, 1989 - 1991
    Manufacturing Engineering AAS Degree
  • University of Tennessee
    Manufacturing Production Systems, 1994 - 1994
    Studied through short business course to achieve certificate in Toyota Production Systems Manufacturing Management.
  • Kennedy-Western University
    Mechanical Engineering, 1994 - 1998
    Completed remote correspondence courses to achieve BS in Mechanical Engineering.
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