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stacyolney:

Todd Friel witnesses to two lesbians in this clip, which is from The Way of the Master Radio. You can subscribe to their podcast for free. 

I LOVE this clip and I think every Christian should listen to it before they witness to someone who is gay. I used to be gay and found Todd’s sensitivity and understanding toward these women to be so encouraging. Todd says that his purpose for talking to them is to bring Christians to an understanding of who they are and why they feel the way that they do so that when Christians talk about the issue they can avoid unnecessary offence. He asks them to talk about the internal conflict they felt as they suppressed their early desires, and the joy that they felt when they “came out” as gay. Todd then witnesses to them without discussing homosexuality at all. Christians, please be kind when you witness to someone who is gay—this clip will help you understand why. 

stacyolney:

Formerly a lesbian, alcoholic, gang member, and a rage-filled person. Now she is a new person because of Jesus Christ.

stacyolney:

****** YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS *******

http://180movie.com

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Linda Wrote: You won’t like me very much after reading this, but that’s ok. You wanted my feedback, so here it is. I’ve had 2 abortions, and I am going for another one next week. If you really thought this would make me do a 180, you are sadly mistaken. Comparing what Hitler did, to abortion is absurd. It’s like trying to compare fire and water, you can’t. This movie made me very angry. Wow, Ray, wow where did you get this idea? Pull it out of some hat with ideas people gave you? It’s a horribly cruel trick, to try and change people’s minds. I am smarter than that. Using the god factor means nothing. There is no god. There is no heaven or hell, and even if there was I do not care. It’s very judgmental to say there is never a reason to abort a pregnancy. This has got to be one of the worst films I have come across. Keep your god, and your religion. Quit trying to make people do a 180. It IS a woman’s choice. ~Linda

Ray’s Response:

Linda, Thanks for writing and sharing your thoughts. I do appreciate that. Someone came to visit us yesterday who watched the movie last October (that’s one of our production crew in the picture—holding the fruit of “180”). If you live in Southern California, please come and visit. We would take you to lunch, if you wish. Thanks again. Best wishes, Ray

Linda Wrote:

I am not sure how much this will mean after the email I sent this past week, but I wanted to apologize for the insensitive and and rude email, directed towards you. Please forgive me. I get very angry easily. This movie made me extremely angry. I had no idea it was a Christian film. I am going to be completely honest here, I’ve been atheist for most of my life, and as far as I’m concerned I will die atheist. I was not expecting an email back. I am 27 years old. Someone on the street was passing out the 180 Movie last Monday. They asked me if I wanted one. I said, what is it about? They said, about the holocaust. I said, interesting. (I’ve always loved history) I brought it home, and watched it on Wednesday. I was really liking the film until you started talking about abortion; Like I said I’ve had two previous. When you got to the part about God, I became even more angry. I hate any thing that has to do with God, about God, by god…and this is another reason I was so hateful in my email. I did not tell you the truth, in my last email. I was supposed to have the abortion this past Friday. Not this week. When I opened your email, with the attached picture of the beautiful baby…I could not get her out of my head. I tried pushing her out of my mind, but couldn’t. I said to myself, why do I feel so guilty? Friday, I was driving with my boyfriend to the clinic, and the little smiling face of her, was permanently cemented in my head. I said to my boyfriend, I can’t do this. I’ve got to go home. We turned around, before we reached the clinic. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I started crying. My boyfriend thought I was nuts! I cried in bed the rest of that night. The memories of my past two abortions I had, came flooding back. I would have two girls right now, who would be both 9 & 6. I knew they were going to be girls. When you said, “It’s ok to kill a baby in the womb when…?” I couldn’t answer it. Everything I emailed you, was an attempt to make myself feel better. I really had no good reason for aborting the girls. I’ve put off the abortion for now, and I will tell you, I have never been confronted like that. I don’t think that I can go through with a 3rd abortion. I will admit this movie makes you think, in my case, it made me think too much…and I did not like it. I hated it. I hope you understand where I am coming from. I hope you’ll excuse my hot-headed email.

I am sorry. Linda.

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stacyolney:

ISN’T SIN GOD’S FAULT?

Mark Spence, from Living Waters, teaches on the subject of “Isn’t Sin God’s Fault?”

This segment is taken from The Way of the Master TV show, Episode: Milan.


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"Since God made me as I am, and I sin, isn’t sin God’s fault?"
 
Some people claim that their desire to sin is just part of who they are, so it must be natural.  They say, “God made me this way, or, I was born this way. ” Well, that’s partially correct, they were born that way. As a result of the fall of mankind, each of us were born with a sin nature and sinful desires. Because of this, it’s natural for us to be drawn into temptation and sin. In the same way, pedophiles, adulterers, alcoholics and drug addicts usually don’t make a conscious decision to choose a self-destructive lifestyle; they simply give in to their sinful desires. But that doesn’t make sin ok.
 
Although a desire for sin is natural for unbelievers, God can change that. Jesus came to save His people from their sin. God gives His children new desires and helps them withstand temptation. God’s desire is to restore fallen humanity.
 
Skeptics will often say that if a toy manufacturer creates a faulty product, he is the one who is at fault. They then go on to say that it’s God, not the sinner that is responsible for sin. However, there’s a very big difference between sinful man and a faulty toy. Man is not a manufactured inanimate object, he is a moral being, created with the ability to make decisions between right and wrong. Unlike a toy, man is morally responsible for his own actions. The good news is that his Creator can forgive his sin. But if he stubbornly or skeptically continues to violate the Law of God, He will eventually be punished for every sinful thought, word, and deed.
 
Just like you, I was born with a tendency to lie, steal, and live my life by my own selfish desires.. It’s called ‘sin’ and it’s in every one of us.  Our sin has corrupted us and made us enemies of God. That’s why we need to be born again.
 
When a person finds a place of true repentance and faith in Jesus, God will take away their unclean spirit and give them a new heart with new desires.  The Bible says, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
 
Remember, just because your car turns left, it doesn’t mean it only turns left.  If you find yourself going the wrong direction, God allows U-turns.  As it says in Acts 17, God commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
 
The pathetic attempt to blame God for making someone the way they are is like excusing someone for raping and killing just because they have the XYY genetic disorder, which makes them predisposed to violence.




Don’t blame God for your sin. Repent today, while you still have time. 

stacyolney:

What happens after we die?…what happens to Christians who die?” I’m often asked that even by Christians, in fact usually by Christians. Questions like…after we die, do we go directly to heaven? Or, what happens to our bodies? The details of those kinds of questions are very very important to us and they can be troubling if we don’t know the answer. We want to know what happens after we die and we would like to know what happens to the bodies of those we love when they go into the grave. Those are pressing issues…

James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
…17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Luke 15:2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.”
3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
5 “And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
7 “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Psalm 106:37 They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons,
38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood.

Psalm 106:37 They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons,
38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood.

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