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by joe
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
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Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

I started my search many years ago, just as you, by going to an Evangelical Christian Church for a while. It didn't last long because they would simply try to 'teach' it out of me whenever I brought subjects that threatened their doctrinal beliefs. There was never any honest consideration of my int...
by joe
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

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Onceler wrote:I admire your ability to stay with this group and find meaning while maintaining the ability to see things from another perspective.
Thanks Onceler.
by joe
Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
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Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Beautifully stated! I am also trying to understand how people in the group are thinking. I would guess that a judging God is something they just assume. I wonder if they would take issue with me if I suggested that there is no judgment from God. Which brings me to another matter I've been pondering....
by joe
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

First I want to tell you guys how helpful you have been. You have really helped clarify things for me. I have been attending the Life Group at our new church and it has been enriching. One thing I wanted to share which I found interesting the other evening. The subject of forgiveness came up. People...
by joe
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
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Webwanderer wrote:1. A church is a building where religious ceremonies are conducted.
1a. A church is a religion or denomination of a religion.
That's one definition, but I am looking for a deeper interpretation, such as looking at the church as a body of spiritual practitioners.
by joe
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
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Webwanderer wrote:If my daughter asked me that question, I would say something like: I believe there is something much greater than us, that gave us life, and loves us unconditionally.
Excellent. I'd like to use that!
by joe
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
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turiya wrote:Hmm... If my teenage niece asked me, "Do you believe in God?".... The simplest, most honest answer I can think of would be to say, "Yes... only I spell it L.O.V.E." :D
I love this one (no pun intended)!
by joe
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

How about these?

1. How would you define the word “church”?
2. Why is God’s church important to you?
3. What does it mean to you to be part of God’s family?
by joe
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
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The question, "Do you believe in God?" has come from my adolescent daughter on occasion. Handling my wife asking the question, which is always in an accusatory way, is tricky, but when my daughter asks I think she's trying to figure out if she and I are on the same page.
by joe
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
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Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Two new questions:
1. What about prayer? In prayer we are talking to someone, out loud or silently. Who are we talking to? How is this related (or not) to meditation?
2. When asked "Do you believe in God?" How do we respond?
by joe
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
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Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Yes, you are interpreting in the same way, but simplifying, which is always helpful. :) When I read your lines against the ones I included, it again becomes striking to me what a jump Christian scripture is from basic spiritual principles with the replacement of a simple term like presence with some...
by joe
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Well stated. Thanks!
by joe
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Brilliant translations/interpretations. Thank you! But I am still fuzzy on what the word "obedience" really means, as it is phrased as following the rules of a father figure, like a child must.
by joe
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
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Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Thank you for responding. I have been to my first Life Group meeting and I have a few quotes I would like to contextualize through what we have been discussing here. It will help me to now have specific things to analyze. 1. What do you think it means to love God? 2. We put Him first, and our love i...