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  1. Well done! Not an easy task, stay strong brother!
  2. This seems to be my palates favorite combo!
  3. Briefly introduce yourself. Greetings, I just noticed this thread and realized I never really introduced myself, or at least I do not remember doing so (tough to get old). I come from a military family, had the privilege of living in several areas of the United States, met a lot of different people and cultures. My folks settled in New York when they retired, I was 14 at that time. I have a great appreciation of the outdoors, and love hiking. I even managed to put together a website where I typically post my adventures. I have been fortunate to have gleaned a lot from William for my site which is greatly appreciated. How and how long ago did you become a Christian? Tell us about your conversion experience (if you have one). Well, I was raised in a Catholic home, so there is that. I feel I had my awakening at a Billy Graham Crusade in Ottawa Canada in 1998 What experiences have shaped you spiritually? Time and experience has a way of sculpting us through out life. Getting that experience and learning from it and appreciating each and every moment. Death, that is to me the front row seat to an experience that has shaped me. In 1988 I was an EMT that responded to a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life or a 18 year old female. I was of the same age, and soon realized how fragile life is. What evidences do you have that you have been given life by God? My son, and grandson. What does it mean for a person to love God? In what ways do you see true biblical love toward God demonstrated in your life? To walk the walk, each day, not just on Sundays. What activities characterize your evangelistic interest? This is a good question as I don't think I do well evangelizing. I'm somewhat of a loner (introvert) and am not one to bring attention to myself. I am easily turned off by boastful people. I prefer to be meek and humble. It seems our society is in overdrive with boastful people. This I believe is clearly established in our daily lives. Case in point, social media. What are your specific and regular practices regarding the spiritual disciplines (e.g., personal prayer, Bible study, meditation, stewardship, learning, etc.)? I am very simple in this regard. But I do try to find at least one instance each day to thank God for. Who are your favorite Christian writers, commentators, theologians, etc.? Why? What books have you read in the past year? Well, the late Billy Graham was one. I enjoy the authors LaHaye and Jenkins. I found the Left Behind series rejuvenating. When you're met with opposition, has it been mostly related to your personality, your beliefs, or something else? I suspect my beliefs, not just religious but even a point of view on any given subject. Any advice for new or other members on Christforums? Prove all things, and hold fast to that which is true.
  4. I really like the winter / Christmas theme going on here! Very festive. Well done.
  5. Silas

    The Narrow Road

    Thank you, William.
  6. Silas

    The Lodge

    I originally created a blog to document my adventures. Eventually I reached out to a few friends and decided to expand on the idea of a hosted website. Open to any who wish to share their adventures of the outdoors, favorite recipes, special trips..
  7. I now have soda on my laptop screen...
  8. My comfort is in Acts 1:10-11; 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” What a glorious hope we have.
  9. I had spent the better part of my young life being led around like a sheep. Being raised Catholic there was not much room for questioning, merely following along and going with the flow. My being born again, as it were, occurred in June of 1998 at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Ont. The 90's was a roller-coaster decade for me, filled with wonder and joy. I had met my wife, we eventually married, had our son, and bought our first home. We had spent our honeymoon in Lancaster County, PA. Stayed in the area an entire week among the Amish and Mennonites. A truly inspiring time in my life. I was so intrigued by the way of life the Anabaptist lead that I read everything I could on them. I went so far as buying the book "Martyrs Mirror". I'll admit that I never could really wrap my head around the deep historical value of the book, but I was still intrigued at the simple, humble life dedicated to working and serving the Lord. Fast forward to June 1998 when my wife and I attended the Billy Graham Crusade in Ottawa, Ont. I had watched many of Mr. Grahams televised crusades. I was inspired by him as he often taught the scripture and explained what scripture meant. This was nothing that I was used to sitting in a pew in any Catholic Church where it was preached to me without much understanding. The end result, I always day dreamed when in church. While attending the Crusade in Ottawa I felt empowered, the entire Corel center was filled with followers that were also filled with love, hope, and faith. The moment came when Mr. Graham invited everyone to come forward and proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. I made a b-line to the stage. My poor wife was almost dragged with me. The experience still resonates within me. Since last Sunday, a week from today I have been on bed rest. For the first time in my life I had a bout of sciatica. It appears that during one of my hikes the previous week I had pinched a nerve or created something in my hip that irritated the area. Perhaps my backpack belt was too tight. In any event I am on the mend. During my convalescing I was able to get a lot of work done on my website. I had a lot of assistance and information shared to me from a very kind man. I won't mention his name ("Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven), but I am grateful for the help. I also had time to watch something I have been meaning to watch for quite some time, The Protestant Reformation. I believe it was this site that I had first heard of the video. What an informative lesson I learned of our religious history (it only took me 52 years). I had often heard of the Reformation (not by any Catholic) by friends and co-workers, and I was often encouraged to read it. I only wish I would have read it sooner, before watching it. I can see myself watching again. It's a wonderful feeling to be empowered and refreshed, again.
  10. The registration confirmation went to spam folder, just fyi.
  11. I was referring to the domain. A bit of tongue in cheek. 🙂 Looks like a nice site. I'll have to visit it often. I'm Sporty..
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