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Do You Have a Relationship or Follow a Religion? September 21 Inspiration

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Relationship or religion?  My beloved Dad used to talk about the difference all the time. People would mention being religious or following some specific religion, and ask him about his religion. Dad always said it’s all about a relationship, not a religion – as in having a personal relationship with God, not merely fulfilling religious duties as part of  an organized religion or denomination. Another of my Dad’s relevant sayings on living a true Christian life: Walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk!

 

 

Here’s today’s inspiration…

 

“When the Bible says we must be born again –

it doesn’t say that we must be religious.

The greatest hindrance to hearing from God

is trying to get to Him through works

instead of a personal relationship with Him

by being born again

and fellowshipping with Him regularly.

People can go to church for years

and do religious things all their lives

without ever knowing Jesus

as the Lord of their lives.

As I often say, ‘Sitting in church

won’t make a person a Christian

any more than sitting in a garage

will make him a car.'”

~~Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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Bonus Quotes!

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By reading the scriptures, I am so renewed

that all nature seems renewed

around me and with me. 

The sky seems to be a pure, cooler blue,

the trees a deeper green. 

The whole world is charged

with the glory of God

and I feel fire and music under my feet.”

~Thomas Merton

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Not all religion

is to be found in the church,

any more than all knowledge

is found in the classroom.

~Author Unknown

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Organized Christianity has probably done more

to retard the ideals that were its founders’

than any other agency in the world.”

~Richard Le Gallienne

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People who want to share

their religious views with you

almost never want you to share yours with them.”

~Dave Barry, “Things That It Took Me 50 Years to Learn

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My reflections:

I was raised to believe in and have a personal relationship with God as my heavenly Father, and have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In spite of the persecution and genocide taking place in many parts of the world, I’m not ashamed to say I’m a Christian.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

If you care to share, do you follow any particular religion’s teaching?

Likewise, only if you care to share, do you have that personal relationship with God or any higher power?

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One of my favorite fall displays every year–the “calico” tree with variegated colors.

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Donna

    I have a relationship! I interact with God on a daily basis. If I had to follow a religion by doing what I am told, I fear I would fail regularly as most of us would. Being a Christian to me is striving to be Christ-like. I strive to give more than I take and to be a light in the dark. Thanks for sharing and putting this so simply that all can understand. If we would all focus more on having this relationship, our world would be better for it.

    21 . Sep . 2016

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