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Onederchic
06-07-2010, 01:09 AM
Hi. Though I have believed in God most of my life, I just recently (in the past week) asked God to save me and am in the process of changing my life. I am wondering if anyone has any links that can help me in this process and that has some learning tools or the such? Thanks in advance.


ohlove
06-07-2010, 03:07 AM
Hi Onederchic,

I'm not sure that this is what you would be looking for, but here is a link to some online sermons. I've recently been saved too, and these have been tremendously helpful to me. The pastor makes the messages accessible, and it's kind of a laidback/new age service. Sometimes there's a bit of stuff to get through at first since she records them as she's giving the sermon, but worth it. The link is http://www.grandislandfamilychurch.com/ and you just have to click on "Sermons Online." Other than that, I've just been reading the Bible. I'm sure if you do a Google search for something like Bible study, some results might be helpful. Hope this helps.

Onederchic
06-07-2010, 04:03 AM
Thank you very much :hug:


Rochester
06-07-2010, 06:51 AM
:cheer2: :dancer: :cheer3:

That's FANTASTIC news! :)

It can be very difficult to find info online because there are so many doctrines and denominations and they all interpret everything differently. Are you hooked up with a church and/or other believers? That's really a good first step, to surround yourself with those who can teach you, support you, and hold you accountable.

If you have any specific questions, please ask and I'll try to help. :hug:

bargoo
06-07-2010, 10:06 AM
Rochester has good advice. A good pastor in a local church is a good source for information as well as church members. There are also many TV Pastors, some better than thers.

Onederchic
06-07-2010, 02:57 PM
I have been communicating with a pastor from a Calvary Chapel in Aurora, so not locally. I know everyone here is not aware of my issues and situation but there are things in my life that make it....difficult for me to get out around people a lot though I am working to change it too, it doesn't happen overnight unfortunately.

Thanks for the advice :)

WarMaiden
06-07-2010, 03:16 PM
:high:

When I became a Christian, my husband (who is a former youth pastor) advised me that the two things he'd recommend any new Christian to read are the Gospel of John and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I've read both, more than once now, and I think those are great recommendations. Additional books that I think are really good are The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel.

Congratulations on your new life.

bargoo
06-07-2010, 04:18 PM
I have been communicating with a pastor from a Calvary Chapel in Aurora, so not locally. I know everyone here is not aware of my issues and situation but there are things in my life that make it....difficult for me to get out around people a lot though I am working to change it too, it doesn't happen overnight unfortunately.

Thanks for the advice :) I think that is good that you have a pastor you can talk to. He might suggest some good tapes for you, too. I have seen some of your other posts and it looks like you have made a lot of progress, going shopping with your boyfriends Mom for instance. I remember that just meeting his parents for the first time was a major step.

Onederchic
06-07-2010, 04:26 PM
Thanks bargoo :) Yes, I have made some improvements and still working on it everyday :D I've even had both his parents come over and visit me (just once thus far but still) without my bf being home and I didn't even panic :D :hug:

bargoo
06-07-2010, 05:22 PM
Thanks bargoo :) Yes, I have made some improvements and still working on it everyday :D I've even had both his parents come over and visit me (just once thus far but still) without my bf being home and I didn't even panic :D :hug:

You are doing great ,congratulations !

Justwant2Bhealthy
06-07-2010, 09:21 PM
:congrat: on asking the LORD to save you, Michelle -- the Angels in heaven are rejoicing ... (that's what the bible says) ... :D

I have a few recommendations that you will find very uplifting and positive --

1) The Daily Bread Devotionals @ RBC.org -- you can get them sent to your home or in yours case, you can just go to their site and read them each day. I had them sent to my home before I was able to come online and I do them each morning. They only take a few minutes to do but are chocked full of good teaching each day ... I just love 'em.

2) Crystal Cathedral Ministries @hourofpower.com -- their "Positive Minutes" Devotionals and weekly sermons can be sent to your email; I get them sent to me -- they are the most positive sermons and devotionals in the world. They also broadcast their church services called THE HOUR OF POWER on TV and online. You will definitely find them uplifting and rewarding. I think they are the best ... (OK, I love them, so I guess I am a little biased ... :lol:)

3) I have always found KENNETH COPELAND -- @kcm.com to be a wonderful bible teacher and his wife joins him on his site with lots of good stuff too, like daily devotionals, etc.

4) BIBLE.COM -- is a great online site that you can get devotionals, teaching tools, and a great Bible search tool; and I think you will find it very useful too.

5) The BIBLE -- getting yourself a good bible at a bookstore -- ie a Kings James Version is a good place to start (there is a newer revised one too). I agree with others, that the book of JOHN is a great place to start; and then the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the rest of the letters written by Paul to the churches. I find the PSALMS greatly comforting (and read one Psalm every day); and the book of Proverbs is full of Wisdom.

6) eventually, when you feel up to it -- you could look for a good local pastor for guidance and a church group to join. That does take some trial and error on our parts. I went to different ones over the years to see which ones I felt coincided with the Bible the best and that I enjoyed going to as well.

I am glad that you have already found someone that you can get some advice and counsel from; all of it helps. Of course, we have our Christian Encouragers here at 3FC's and we would be glad to help you in any way we can ... :hug:

Lanniedo
06-07-2010, 11:15 PM
Wow. :carrot: That is awesome news. I think that you should immerse yourself in the Bible and ask God to give you direction. We grow as Christians when we are planted in the soil God ordains for us. I do not know what it is exactly that you are dealing with, but I sense it has to do with an anxiety issue. I know myself that I have dealt with that for several years, even to the point that I was agoraphobic (could not leave my home.) But through prayer and relying on God I am able to live my life normally now. It was a very dark, and scary road but I did make it. Wishing you all the best!

Lanniedo (Sabrina) :hug:

Onederchic
06-08-2010, 12:11 AM
:congrat: on asking the LORD to save you, Michelle -- the Angels in heaven are rejoicing ... (that's what the bible says) ... :D

I have a few recommendations that you will find very uplifting and positive --

1) The Daily Bread Devotionals @ RBC.org -- you can get them sent to your home or in yours case, you can just go to their site and read them each day. I had them sent to my home before I was able to come online and I do them each morning. They only take a few minutes to do but are chocked full of good teaching each day ... I just love 'em.

2) Crystal Cathedral Ministries @hourofpower.com -- their "Positive Minutes" Devotionals and weekly sermons can be sent to your email; I get them sent to me -- they are the most positive sermons and devotionals in the world. They also broadcast their church services called THE HOUR OF POWER on TV and online. You will definitely find them uplifting and rewarding. I think they are the best ... (OK, I love them, so I guess I am a little biased ... :lol:)

3) I have always found KENNETH COPELAND -- @kcm.com to be a wonderful bible teacher and his wife joins him on his site with lots of good stuff too, like daily devotionals, etc.

4) BIBLE.COM -- is a great online site that you can get devotionals, teaching tools, and a great Bible search tool; and I think you will find it very useful too.

5) The BIBLE -- getting yourself a good bible at a bookstore -- ie a Kings James Version is a good place to start (there is a newer revised one too). I agree with others, that the book of JOHN is a great place to start; and then the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the rest of the letters written by Paul to the churches. I find the PSALMS greatly comforting (and read one Psalm every day); and the book of Proverbs is full of Wisdom.

6) eventually, when you feel up to it -- you could look for a good local pastor for guidance and a church group to join. That does take some trial and error on our parts. I went to different ones over the years to see which ones I felt coincided with the Bible the best and that I enjoyed going to as well.

I am glad that you have already found someone that you can get some advice and counsel from; all of it helps. Of course, we have our Christian Encouragers here at 3FC's and we would be glad to help you in any way we can ... :hug:


Thank you so very much!! This is awesome :D :hug:

Onederchic
06-08-2010, 12:15 AM
Wow. :carrot: That is awesome news. I think that you should immerse yourself in the Bible and ask God to give you direction. We grow as Christians when we are planted in the soil God ordains for us. I do not know what it is exactly that you are dealing with, but I sense it has to do with an anxiety issue. I know myself that I have dealt with that for several years, even to the point that I was agoraphobic (could not leave my home.) But through prayer and relying on God I am able to live my life normally now. It was a very dark, and scary road but I did make it. Wishing you all the best!

Lanniedo (Sabrina) :hug:


Thank you very much. A few years back, I was diagnosed with mild agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar so I do have some emotional, mental and social issues though I am trying hard to work through them and overcome them :hug:

EZMONEY
06-08-2010, 12:35 AM
MEESH those are outstanding books recommended by WARMAIDEN...

great advice already...

here is the link to the affiliation of my church....

http://www.lhm.org/

Onederchic
06-08-2010, 12:37 AM
:high:

When I became a Christian, my husband (who is a former youth pastor) advised me that the two things he'd recommend any new Christian to read are the Gospel of John and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I've read both, more than once now, and I think those are great recommendations. Additional books that I think are really good are The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel.

Congratulations on your new life.

Thank you so much! :hug:

Onederchic
06-08-2010, 12:42 AM
MEESH those are outstanding books recommended by WARMAIDEN...

great advice already...

here is the link to the affiliation of my church....

http://www.lhm.org/

Thank you so much, Gary :hug:

Bootsie
06-08-2010, 10:29 AM
How awesome Michelle! Thanks for sharing!

Onederchic
06-08-2010, 01:40 PM
:hug:

Onederchic
06-08-2010, 02:52 PM
I received a resource package for new believers today from the pastor I have been in communications with :D

love2b150
06-30-2010, 11:07 PM
When you do decide to purchase your Bible, I would recommend a parallel Bible. The King James Version is often hard for the new believer/new babe/rededicater to understand. I rededicated my life to Christ in 2004 after some serious hardships and I bought a KJV Bible after many studies I still found some scriptures hard to understand. I now have several different versions of the Bible. You can also start with Proverbs and read one each day there are 31. There's also Proverbs 31 ministries, you can google and get words of inspiration daily. Just my 2 cents. Be Blessed and Remember to always be a Blessing :) .

Bootsie
06-30-2010, 11:20 PM
Thanks Love to be 150 for the info!

Justwant2Bhealthy
07-02-2010, 02:58 PM
LOVE2B150 ~ I totally agree with you too -- the bible I liked to read the most when I was a newly dedicated Christian is called "THE GOOD NEWS BIBLE" ... and it is very easy to understand with lots of headings and helps. I would recommend that version to all new and renewed believers. I bought one for my husband to read, as my old one fell apart with so much use.

As I got older and more matour ;) I really enjoyed the "AMERICAN STANDARD VERSION" best (and there is a newer Revised American Standard Version as well). Honestly, I have probably a dozen different versions in my home and many more on my computer bible programs available to me also.

What I now like about the way the original King James Bible and the Authorized 1611 versions is the style they were written in. They are so poetic (and I am a poet and songwriter myself) and they even sound like William Shakespeare himself had a hand in there somewhere. I was not surprised to find out recently that indeed William was alive and well and living/working in England during the time the King commissioned that bible version. There is also a newer revised version of the King James Bible available today too. :D

Onederchic
07-05-2010, 06:07 PM
Is there a certain parallel Bible I should look into getting or..?

EZMONEY
07-05-2010, 06:35 PM
MEESH ~

There are many out there that are good.

My church uses the New International Version text so the one parallel Bible I use the most at home has The Living Way text opposite of it. These happen to be the text that I understand and enjoy the most.

I used to have one that had both those versions AND also The New King James and American Revised Standard...it was huge!

I imagine you can google passages from these online to check out then see which text you like better.

The Living Way bible is a great Bible to start reading in if you have not done so yet.

Justwant2Bhealthy
07-05-2010, 06:40 PM
My Comparative Bible Study (or parallel bible) was published by ZONDERVAN of Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49530; and I bought it through a book club.

It has four bible versions: The King James; the new American Standard; new International; and Amplified version.

I suppose there are some others out there. Try Amazon or their half.com or even eBay.com for a good price (as they can be expensive). :D

Onederchic
07-05-2010, 06:47 PM
Thanks :)

EZMONEY
07-05-2010, 06:48 PM
I have been lucky enough to find some very good and hardly used Bibles at used book stores too.

Onederchic
07-05-2010, 06:50 PM
MEESH ~

There are many out there that are good.

My church uses the New International Version text so the one parallel Bible I use the most at home has The Living Way text opposite of it. These happen to be the text that I understand and enjoy the most.

I used to have one that had both those versions AND also The New King James and American Revised Standard...it was huge!

I imagine you can google passages from these online to check out then see which text you like better.

The Living Way bible is a great Bible to start reading in if you have not done so yet.

Is this the one you speak of or no?

http://www.amazon.com/Way-Living-Bible-Illustrated/dp/0842322205

EZMONEY
07-05-2010, 07:19 PM
It is MEESH...

A very nice easy to read Bible. As you grow you will want to add more of a study Bible to your library but I really recommend this one for those just beginning their study.