Thought For The Day 07/28/14

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The Simple Math Of  Evangelism

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interfaith

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Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.

Albert Einstein

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/understanding.html

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For reasons I can not fully understand, the word EVANGELISM has become synonymous with Christians. In fact, look up the definition in “Webster’s, and this is what you will find:

Evangelist

(noun)

1. A preacher of the Christian gospel.2. (when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.3. A bringer of the glad tidings of Church and his doctrines. Specially: (a) A missionary preacher sent forth to prepare the way for a resident pastor; an itinerant missionary preacher. (b) A writer of one of the four Gospels (With the definite article); as, the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (c) A traveling preacher whose efforts are chiefly directed to arouse to immediate repentance.

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However, that may have been true when people of differing faiths generally lived and worshiped in a setting within a defined country or community. But in today’s world, it is likely that you live next door to someone whose core tenets of faith differ from yours. And the result is often less “love thy neighbor” than is ideal to foster mutual respect and understanding of these differences! And it is this which makes the definition of Evangelist penned by Ambrose Bierce in his “Devil’s Dictionary”, newspaper weekly written in the early 20th century, more true, 107 years later, than we might like to believe.

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Evangelist

(noun)

1. A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbors.

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Today’s faith leaders are all too eager to impress upon us why the beliefs of their particular religion are the only ones that meet with the approval of the Almighty. They delight in pointing out why they are right and all the rest are wrong, and they will spend the next hour sermonizing so that you know exactly why! How sad this is, when we all are given an opportunity in our blended societies, to share our beliefs in a way that seeks to enlighten and enrich instead of passing judgement and condemning. And whether we see this approach as a revolutionary concept, it is a peaceful revolution that we all can live with, grow in and become better for!

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Interfaith is such an incredible and powerful force, for gentleness, for respect, for growth and for peace, and if this makes it a revolutionary idea…well, so be it! It meets with my God’s approval! Look at Romans 12:18 NIV, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” You see, from my perspective, and God’s, it’s a peaceful revolution that makes us each a better person! We can live together. We can treat each other with respect. I can affirm who I am … without putting down who you are. Which is what I try to do each and every day that I share my thoughts with you via this wonder of wonders….the internet. And does it work? Well, you can decide, by looking at my stats for a past post! No, I don’t reach millions every day. I don’t even reach thousands. But I do what I can to be part of this peaceful revolution and the simple math of evangelism!

Interfaith

+ Internet

Evangelism

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United States Flag
United States 118 views
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Canada Flag
Canada 30 views

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United Kingdom Flag
United Kingdom 12 views

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Germany Flag
Germany 9 views

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India Flag
India 9 views

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Australia Flag

Australia 8 views

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Romania Flag
Romania 6 views

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South Africa Flag

South Africa 4 views

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Lebanon Flag
Lebanon 4 views

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United Arab Emirates Flag

United Arab Emirates 4 views

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Netherlands, Israel, Malaysia 3 views

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Ethiopia, Guatemala, Republic of Korea, Mozambique, Finland, Philippines 2 views

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Singapore, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Serbia, New Zealand 1 view

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Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”

Revelation 14: 14-19 ESV

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Mandy 2014

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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