How To Find God, Lesson 1

This is a “work sheet” so to speak, designed for new Christians and anyone else who feels they need to exercise their meditation muscles. Feel free to save this page to your desktop, if you wish. I also recommend printing these pages out, both for personal use and use in a discipleship setting. While I still prefer that you notify me first, you do have my full permission to share and or distribute this booklet (provided you’re not charging the recipient, that is. You don’t have to share the $, I don’t want people charging for this in the first place is all) If you really find these exercises helpful, you can use these same methods to study other passages from the bible.Instructions:

Before each lesson (there are six in all, each using a different passage from the bible), pray for God to speak to you through His word what He wants you to learn and ask him to open your heart to understanding the word. Then, read the passage. After you have read the passage, ask the Lord to reveal one particular verse to focus on. Write the verse down on a sheet of paper. Then meditate on that verse (read it over several times, prayerfully seeking the truth in the verse) for several minutes, then, with that verse in mind, reread the passage, praying for God to show you how the passage as a whole impacts this special word. Write down anything the lord shows you in the passage. Read what you have written, praying for the lord to show you anything you’ve written that is not from him. It is suggested that you then prayerfully re-read the passage, but this is optional. Some exercises include supplemental readings that you are encouraged to read that could be useful in your seeking. If you seek Him honestly in this, He will speak to you this way!

LESSON ONE:

An easy (but nonetheless important) one to start31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

33They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, “You will be made free’?”

34Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

—John 8:31-36, NKJV

Heaven’s Tears

 Seems extra appropriate after the latest school shooting.

The Lord bemoans his forsaken Lambs
Long ago a brother killed a brother
Now our children carry on his legacy
Pain, destruction, desolation, revenge
These are the things Cain gave them

A civil war takes place in our streets
Brother against brother our Children fight
For the right to destroy themselves
They mock their mother’s crying heart
And mimic forgotten fathers lost

The rain falls as tears from above
Washing Abel’s blood from the street
Yet the dark legacy lives on still
In our children’s angry hearts
Where even Heaven’s host won’t tread

Their guardian angels stand by helplessly
As the children rage on against their advice
All of Heaven cries out for our children:
When will the bloody streets be cleansed?
When will Cain’s hidden war so end?

– Andrea J. Graham

December 1998

Biblical Authority

  Commandments on:

Deuteronomy 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
Consequenses of:
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
James 1:22-25
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.
John 12:48-50
[Jesus said] 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
Defenses of:
2 Corinthians 4:2-5
2 We have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake
Luke 1:1-4
1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled [1] among us,2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.3 Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus,4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
2 Peter 1:21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2Peter 3:15-16
15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
Defining:
2 Timothy 3:14-16
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it,15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

by Andrea Graham © 2005

Annie and her little sister, Chrissie, sat on the floor as they watched Macys’ Thanksgiving Day Parade because the couch was piled high with boxes of dusty old magazines and lawn decorations. Annie only liked the last part of the parade where Santa Claus appeared, but watched the rest anyway because there was nothing else to do. Without cable, the little black-and-white TV only picked up one station.

Their mother roused the two girls before dawn that day. They slept in the car on the way, then in the bed where their mother now folded laundry as she grumbled under her breath.

Grampa sat at his workbench, a blank stare frozen on his face. His tools laid unused, as they had for months. The smelly old lady lay in the other bed. Off and on, the bed shook and squeaked, followed by some moans and groans. Annie’s father would then say, “Speak up, Mom, I can’t understand you.”

Despite his angry tone, her daddy never left the bedside. That funny look on his face had been etched there for months now

Annie could remember a time long ago when the old lady didn’t just lie in bed, but that was her real grandmother: the sweet, kind Grandma who took care of her, baked yummy goodies, and gave her candy and presents. But Grandma was gone, replaced by the smelly old lady. She knew intellectually the woman in that bed was her grandmother, but she seemed like a stranger. It’d been so long, poor Chrissie could barely remember their real Grandma.

Seeing a clear place on the bed her mother was working on, Annie got up and planted herself in it. She leaned in to hear the old lady’s weak voice. “Joe, as soon as I get better, I’m going to make you and the girls a pineapple upside-down cake.”

Annie turned to her mother. “Mom, what’s a-”

Her mother cut her off. “Go watch TV, Annie. I’ll tell you later.”

Annie got up and settled back down next to Chrissie, folding her arms in a pout.
Three days later, after dinner, Annie played in her room with Chrissie and their dolls. Off and on, muffled voices in the living room came up through the furnace vent. Chrissie looked troubled. Maybe she had a bad day at school.

After several minutes, one voice grew louder. “Joe, I am sick and tired of this! The next time your father asks for help cleaning his house, YOU do it! I’m not doing it any more. I work, too…” She lowered her voice after that. In a moment, the other voice responded, but Annie had gone back to concentrating on playing with the dolls.

Again, shouting interrupted them. “Oh, just go to bed, Joe. That’s what you always do.” This was followed by a muffled roar and pounding feet. A moment later, the door to her parent’s bedroom whipped open and slammed shut again.

With a funny look on her face, Chrissie turned back to the green doll in her hand. He had been arguing with Mrs. Gardener just a moment before, and now Chrissie took his right hand and began to beat the poor rabbit.

Annie picked up her red doll and had him casually stroll by and glance in the pretend house. She then flew the doll in, and pulled the green doll away from Mrs. Gardener, who lay motionless on the floor.

In the red doll’s voice, she said, “No, Patty, no. Don’t do it, don’t do this.” Her sister let go of the green doll and burst into tears.

A few months later, Annie’s mother put the little girls into black dresses and took them to a funny parlor. They visited old friends and family members, many people introduced as “cousin so-and-so” that she didn’t know and didn’t care to know. They also had to look at a funny-smelling old lady asleep in a brown box. She resembled neither Annie’s real grandma nor the sick one.

At least this time her mom remembered to bring a bag of their favorite storybooks and two sets of crayons and coloring books. Her sister wanted to take some of their dolls with them, but their mother refused because the last time she let them bring their dolls, they left one behind. This time, their mom only let them take quiet things. Otherwise, their Dad would spend the whole time yelling at them.

Annie’s parents took her, Chrissie, and Grampa to look at the old lady. Why was everyone so sad? It’s not like she’d done anything besides lay in bed, whimper, groan, shake, and drool.

Her father said, “Mom looks good. Don’t you think so, Dad?”

The old man began sobbing. Her father hugged him, tears streaking down his cheeks, too. Even her mother had tears in her eyes.

Annie stared at her father and grandfather.

Chrissie started sniffling. “Gramma?”

Annie pinched her sister. “Now don’t you go starting that, Chrissie.”

Chrissie sniffled again, but stopped up her tears.
The following evening, some ladies from the church brought over boxes of food and goodies. Excited, the girls rushed to look through all the boxes. Annie discovered a funny-looking golden cake. Instead of frosting, it had a honey glaze and six large pineapple rings. Gasping, she lifted the cake over her head. “Momma! Daddy! Look! Isn’t this a pineapple upside-down cake? Isn’t it? Isn’t it?”

Her mother took it from her just as her father entered the kitchen. She tried to hide it, but it was too late. He took one glance at that cake, turned ashen, and then took off down the hall. A moment later, his bedroom door slammed shut.

Shrugging, Annie gazed up at her mother. “Can I have a piece?”

Her mother frowned. “Go to your room, Annie!”

Annie pouted. “Why? What’d I say? Can’t I have a-”

Her mother pointed. “Go!”

She stomped to her room, slammed the door, and slumped down on her bed.

Chrissie whispered, “We can’t have any?”

“Apparently not.”

“Why, Sissy? Because of Gramma? I thought she was happy in Heaven, and that we’ll see her again someday. The preacher said so.”

She shrugged. “I guess. I don’t know either. I thought cake was for eating.”

Her sister nodded. “So did I.”
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them and said, “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
–Matt.18.2,3 KJV

Responding to Religious Diversity

  by Andrea J. Graham

Some days it seems the only thing we humans can agree on is that we disagree and how we respond to that disagreement is another point of disagreement! This disagreement is often colored in nice terms like “plurality” and “diversity”. Though Diversity makes for interesting dinner conversation (sometimes), and it can often be a very good thing (for instance, cultural diversity), but that isn’t a universal. Again, this is another point of disagreement among people. When it comes to religious diversity, suddenly, the fighting gloves come on—even among those who welcome Religious Diversity!

There are two main points that while making religious discussions an interesting sport (spectator or otherwise), also contributes directly to the problems that make it so interesting in the first place. First, most religions make a claim to absolute truth. This is because one of the deep-set needs that religions fill is a desire to understand the truth and the nature of reality. Even those who claim there is no absolute Truth have this need—they have come to the Absolute Truth that there IS no Absolute Truth (which is why logically these religions make no sense.)

But of course, religion, when you put away all your college text books, is merely Man’s attempt to put God in a box where he either dissects and studies him or tries to remake the Creator in the image of the Creation—or tosses Him in the incinerator and when that fails to destroy Him, hides Him under the bed or in the back of the closet.) Now, I do not consider my faith (Christianity) to be a religion, however, for convenience sake, I may use the secular terms even when referring to it from time to time.

Speaking of such, the clearest claim of Absolute Truth was made by my Lord and recorded by John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No One comes unto the Lord except by me” (quoted from memory). I, naturally, stand by this scripture wholeheartedly. The problem is there are many other religions that (falsely in my opinion) make these same claims. This is very confusing for many people, 3 million religions (unfortunately this is probably not much of an exaggeration) all claiming to be The Truth. The possibilities seem to boggle the mind: Are they all the Truth? Are any of them the Truth? If not, which one is? How could they ever pick just one?

The second point is related to the first, that is the culture of plurality and diversity in the United States, which encourages us to respect all religions equally and whole l and embrace our differences with open arms. Now this to me seems to require that either all the religions that claim to be The Truth are lying or that they are all telling the truth and some how all are the only way. But how can they all be the ONLY way? At the least you have them misguided. The two claims contradict each other and are irreconcilable.

People’s responses to diversity generally fall into one of five categories:

Firstly, some people respond that their religion is telling the truth—that it is the exclusive way and that all other religions are false. This tends to be a mostly Judeo-Christian perspective.

Being a Christian, I myself back my Lord’s claim that he is the Only Way, to even the exclusion of Jews that reject Him. I believe wholeheartedly that only Christianity is true and only Christians go to Heaven. In fact, I believe, as my Lord said, that there are many that call on his name (i.e., those who call themselves Christians) who do not truly know him and will be sent away from his presence at the final Judgment. I also believe there is a way to test the Spirit in someone claiming Christ to see if they truly have a Christian spirit—”By their fruit, you will know them” Jesus advices us.

I also believe that all other religions are authored by the Devil and that he crafted so many false religions to claim that they are the only Truth for the express purpose of confusing us and leading God’s people astray. Why do I believe this? Because I have studied the bible and found that this is what it says. And in my short years Jesus has already more than proved Himself to me. He is unlike any of the other false religions and has given me no reason to doubt His Word.

The second category people fall into is the logical end result of the juxtaposing the two earlier stated facts after rejecting Christ: No religion is exclusive and no religion can rightfully claim absolute truth—the “there is no Absolute truth” claim I mentioned earlier. They generally go in two directions: All religions are wrong and society should be secular (this would be the group that claims to be the absolute truth while holding that there is none), the second says that while some religions may misguidedly believe they are the absolute truth, they are all equally valid and that the choice is up to the individual. This sure sounds nice, but it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Thirdly, some believe that while their religion is the one true way, most other religions have some degree of the truth, but that truth has become distorted. Hindus and Muslims are prime examples of some people that believe this.

To me, this view point both makes sense and does not. It makes sense in a way. I may even partially agree, at least to the point that unconsciously most do believe in the One True God and know subconsciously what he requires, but have chosen to reject Him. Points of agreement tend to relate to that. More pertinently, the bible warns that the Devil can counterfeit anything (which would include the truth), and tradition warns that the most dangerous lie was half-true. Logically, however, the belief of the third group itself doesn’t make much sense to me, though I see how one might come to this conclusion.

Fourthly, some believe that all religions are on the same mountain climbing towards unity, towards the absolute truth. Of course, their religion is generally the fulcrum at which the religions will meet. This dangerous stand point is partially true. I tend to view this as the Devil giving his game plan away. My reading of the apocalyptic literature of the bible indicates that the religions are in fact destined to be united under the reign of the coming AntiChrist, so I generally view this group, among others, as a sign of the times.

Lastly, we have the affirmationists who try to cling to their own religion being the absolute truth while attempting to stay open to the possibility that there might be another way. They intend to hold onto their own identity while celebrating each others’ differences. With all due respect, while their intentions are very noble, either one’s religion is the absolute truth and the only way, or it is not.

I agree that, to a point, diversity is a good thing. The Body of Christ is the most diverse organism that I know of and we should by all means stop picking at one another and start celebrating our differences, but not at the sacrifice of Truth. I agree also that we have the right to choose when it comes to religion and would not dream of denying any one that right. But God retains the right to punish those who choose to rebel against Him.

I tend to try to understand other people and why they believe as they do, though I do have a moral obligation to speak the Truth to them, I seek to leave the choice of what to believe up to them. I protest the idea that exclusivists view nonbelievers as objects of conversion. I believe this is unbiblical. I see why one might think that we see people this way, and some may mistakenly do this, but that is not the gospel to which we are called.

I personally view nonbelievers as human beings who have a choice to make and understand that it is my duty to love them even as I shun any evil practices and beliefs they may hold to in my own walk.


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Today, All For Christ got blogified. Please welcome this old gal to the 21st century! It’s starting over, in a way, but also will mean dumping a lot of stuff that had broken (like my guest book, prayer requests . . .) and replacing it with blog tools.

News from 4/12/01–1/05/06

1/05/06
Happy New Year everyone. I know it’s been pretty quiet around here. Wanted to let you know my husband hired me (sorta) as a columnist on his blog (if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em), so I’ve been writing over there. One of these days, I will get around to crossposting my religious pieces (Jesus is still my subject of choice, I assure you), I swear. Hopefully a lot sooner than I got around to putting the Short Stories up. In the mean time, you can check go out my posts at Adam’s Blog I’ve also been posting Forgotten as a serial over there. It’s in MS Reader format here, so if you don’t have it and don’t want to get it, you can go check it out, that’s in the Story Blogging Category And we have gotten a few letters on our Advice Column, which has been moved to Adam’s server, so if you haven’t read Ask Andrea lately, might want to check that out, too.

5/19/05
Wrote two new articles I’ve posted in the nonfiction index, Get out of the Net and Walk the Tightrope, and, Crossing the Gorge on a Balance Beam. They’re both parables of sorts, and the latter particularly is technically fiction, but they fit best in that category, I think. Oh, yeah, I actually have two letters up over at Ask Andrea so you may want to check that out as well.

5/18/05
Added a few finishing touches to the Short Story Index and renamed the Article Index the Reading Room, but haven’t changed all the links to it yet.

5/17/05
I have a confession to make. Somewhere along the way, in this last year or two, I forgot who my audience is. Now I have an appology to make. To any editors, publishers, agents, or any other person who thinks I ought to be writing to please them, I am sorry, but I have to stop. When I began writing, it was, literally, All For Christ, but at some point the devil planted the idea that to please the Lord I had to obtain sucess as the world defines it (ie, selling a million copies of a novel, for instance,) Yesterday, though, He reminded me all He ever really wanted was me to write for Him and as far as He’s concerned, anyone else who sees it is secondary. In an effort to get back to my roots, I’m posting that short story index I once wanted to do, then procrastinated on because I viewed it as a lot of work, and then forgot about in the process of losing my focus. I’ve posted six of my shorter fiction works there, four of which are in microsoft reader format (if I can get it to work!) due to length.

2/16/05
I’m starting a new christian advice column, Ask Andrea . I’ve put it over on blogger to make my life easier, but it’s technically a ministry of this website. We need your letters, so if you need any good christian advice, please email me your questions.

1/04/05
Posted a new article on an issue that’s been weighing on my heart recently, Farming 101. It’s an examination of the “Parable of the Sower,” (mine, rather, not the one in the bible) looking at the effects of the emphasis in the church today on Sowing. If you’re introverted, trust me, you want to read this.

11/09/04
Okay, I’ve finally gotten around to writing Lesson Five of my testimony, When God Calls you, Go! yesterday and I’ve uploaded that today. I’m going to try and get to Lesson Six and possibly a Seven here soon as well.
10/29/04
Yikes. Got a kick in the rear about not updating my website in over a year. I’m gonna try to get back to y’all. Sorry about this. Today I got done weeding through a year’s worth of SPAM. Funny how I get nigerian scams from this site and I’m not even sellin’ anything here. I’m sittin’ here, having turned 23 last September, and remembering when I was sixteen 23 was OLD and how cool 23 year olds were. Why don’t I feel old and cool???? LOL. More like young and bookish. Guess when the median age at church is around 55, it’s hard not to feel like a baby still. I’m proud of them though, instead of just sitting around whining about how young families won’t come (and bring their kids to sunday school), they did something about it. Now if we can just kill that darn wolf separating the lambs from the ewes….

Okay, I updated my Bio Sheet it was way out of date–it had me still in Montana and we moved to Idaho a year ago last (gasp) September 11th. So on one september 11th I’m sitting in the computer room before my New Testament class listening (reading?) in horror as my fiance informs me on AIM terrorists just flew an air plane into the World Trade Center, then on another (2003) I’m sitting in a moving van listening to the rattle of the tamborine I got for my last birthday and insisted on taking in the cab with me while my pet fish (who died last summer) sits in the washing machine in his little bowl. Cheery, huh?
1/27/04
Happy New Year. This year I’ve been working on a separate project King Kilts , due to the fact that this new venture has potential for profit and we need the money. King Kilts, in case you’re interested, specializes in making king-sized kilts at discount prices. If you’re wondering how a nice young lady like me got mixed up in making kilts, my husband’s website can explain that.
I also corrected some dead links and loaded a new prayer board.
5/12/03
Added a new poem that I wrote recently, Breath , to the Poetry Index, if you didn’t notice, I put The Great Reversal up there a while back too, but forgot to mention that one.
2/20/03
Uploaded Will You Sing? and Giving Thanks to the Poetry Index Oh, and, by the way, Adam added a new Bible On… article awhile back, The Bible on Giving, he did that one all by himself, and of course didn’t think to put an entry in the What’s New Log, since this page has historically been my “journal” so to speak.
2/18/03
Performed general site maintence, uploaded a new poem that I wrote earlier this month, The Great Reversal And yes, I do still intend to eventually work on the Short Story Index, (Adam and I both have plenty), I just keep putting it off because I precieve that one to be a lot of work. I did finally take down the “coming soon” bit, that one was a little tacky.
2/10/03
I put together “How to Find God”, a Booklet for new christians (and anyone else who wants the exercise) to help them in learning to study the bible through prayer (also known as meditation), and to grow in the word. No easy answers here, this one will require some work on the reader’s part! Told you’d I’d add new content 🙂 If you try it, let me know what you think. And yes, you may share it with your friends, family, church, etc. I’d appreciate it if you notified me first, though, and it’d be nice if you included the source url.
2/06/03
Added a new link to the Cool Christian Websites . I’m current on all previous applications and I AM currently accepting new link exchange applications. I updated the submission guidlines on the Link Exchange Application recently as well. And yes, I intend to post new content soon 🙂 11/21/02
I’ve finally gotten started on all of link exchange applications “sitting on my desk” for “forever”, starting with those that have been there the longest, this one’s gonna take me a few days, but I do have my prilimary check of old links and one new link processed and just uploaded the updated Cool Christian Websites
11/18/02
I posted several poems I wrote, four from way back, and one I wrote in august to the Poetry Index and put them in tenative Chronological order, so, go check them out if poetry is your thing, let me know what you think if you care to drop a line.
11/15/02
Adam wrote two The Bible On… Columns: The Bible On Sex and The Bible on Grace , I just got done finishing the editing and links for him, so, go check ’em out, and enjoy!
11/14/02
Adam published his ebook at 1chapter.com, I believe it was, and said I could post the poems he included in the “free chapter” so to speak, so I’ve uploaded Choice and God’s Day , two of the poems from Adam’s e-book. If you’re curious, here’s the page where his poetry e-book is being sold ($2.99 I think)
11/12/02
redid the two email forms on the site The Survey and the Link Exhange page, they’re basically the same, only now its hosted completely here on crossspot and not through freedback anymore, their “submission sucessful” page was just awful.
11/11/02
I’ve been working on a total revision of My Testimony for some time now. Well, I finally got it up…. all FIVE pages of it! (including the contents page) whew! Don’t worry, I didn’t completely get rid of the old one, I used most of it in writing the new Testimony, in addition, the old version is till available at its old page, testimony.html, though this is the only link to it, I think. Happy reading!
Oh, yeah did you notice adam’s yellow nav-bar? Its what we settled on. In addition, Nov. 4th was our 4-month aniversary. Speaking of which, I know I haven’t done as much work here lately, but thats how the ax falls sometimes for newlyweds, don’t worry, I haven’t abanoned my pet project here for a long shot. Adam’s been too busy working on Adam’s Web to contribute much here. I’d like to get permission from him to post some of his poetry and writing, though, (I’d go ahead and post, but I need to check b/c some of it he wants to use comercially). He put his poetry in an e-book to sell, I post mine free, b/c for me its a ministry, but I guess to him its a budding career. Men.
9/5/02
wow! I can’t believe how long I let this go! Sorry, folks, I guess we were busy with life and all. Well, Yesterday I got started working on this again. I’m going to change the color scheme (its too femie for Adam’s liking) . I have a couple of schemes I’m going to pitch to him before going to all that work 🙂 I redid the info page, filing our testimonies and my old info page underneath it. Oh yeah, Adam finally wrote and I finally loaded his testimony, so be sure to check that out. Be sure to email me your congratulations, yesterday marked our second month anniversary (we were married on the fourth of july of this year, which is my excuse for taking so long). I hope to post some of our recent writing and finally get that fiction folder started soon (for real I hope this time!) Oh yeah, and now that you’re done emailing your congrats, you need to wish me a happy birthday. I’ll be 21 September 7th 🙂 BTW, I’m kidding, you don’t have to send me email. Just send money 😉
11/04/01
I think I just about got the switch to the crossspot.net server complete. I’ll have to put some notes up on the old ashland server to let people know, though I’m leaving school at the end of the semester so I don’t know how long they’ll leave my site up. I’m still switching to a server that I’ll have a easier time using once I move this December. It’ll also be easier for Adam to work on the site once I get done training him 🙂
11/03/01
I added a new section to the site today, The Academic Articles Index There are currently five new articles under that heading. I’m also going to be working on some major changes to the site as we’re aquiring a second webmaster (three guesses who I’ve tapped) and preparing to move to a different server.
10/28/01
I updated my information page (one of the few pages on this site that has personal information about me on it), there is a treat at the bottom of the page for those of you who like pictures, btw :). I also added a devotional-esque article (Just Take The Bridge) to the nonfiction index.
10/12/01
Today is my fiance’s 21st birthday, happy birthday Adam! He will be celebrating without the traditional alcoholic beverage due to our abstience. I’ve updated the webrings page and added a christian newswire to the site, located for space reasons on the Article Index page . For those of you who have heard the reports that there may be more terroist attacks this weekend, please do not be alarmed! Nothing can happen to you outside the reach of the Lord’s power, and neither blessing nor harm shall come to you unless the Lord wills it, so do not be afraid, because, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Ro:8:28, NKJV)
10/07/01
I added a new article, The Bible On Following Christ to that series, and the poem 911 to the Poetry Index. My sympathy goes (I know you’re probably getting a little tired of this but bear with me, at least I’m not doing it to try and sell you something) out to the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11th, and to their family and friends. It is my prayer that this nation will respond to this warning with godly wisdom (which we tend to be a bit lacking in), and justice and mercy.
9/02/01
I discovered that the server for the old message boards had crashed, so I had to replace that. What a Mess! LOL. Anyways, I’ll say a quick prayer for any requests I may have missed. The Lord will know you 🙂 I’m back at school now, so hopefully I’ll be getting more done around here. To make up for the long absense, I’ve added three new articles to the Nonfiction Index. On a side note, I had a very wonderful summer–I got engaged 🙂 He’s a wonderful Guy. (Adam, if you’re reading this, I love you!) Oh, and my 20th birthday is next friday (9/7), and it looks like I won’t have anyone to celebrate with, since most of my friends and family will be far away… But, at least I’ll have Jesus! 🙂
4/17/01
I added two new articles to the nonfiction article index, “Who do you say that I am?” and “Take it by Faith or Take Asprin”. I have a few things for the fiction section, but I have yet to post any of them to the site.
4/12/01
Well, Easter is this coming Sunday, so Happy Easter, everybody! Remember: There was nothing good about Good Friday on Good Friday! And you remember what they say about Christmas “Jesus is the Reason for the season”? Its true about Easter, too! Forget the Easter bunny! LOL. Anyways, as a special treat, I’m posting a new article in the Bible On series: The Bible on Fear Enjoy!

News from 2/13/00–2/02/01

2/02/01
Happy Ground Hog’s day! And here is your treat: I added two new articles to the index today, so go check them out!
1/16/01
Loaded the site today and altered the awards page
1/10/01
Finished the work on the navigation bar. Took the chatroom stuff off. Updated several pages in the nonfiction article index, loaded two new poems to the Poetry Index
12/18/00
Did a general update today. I’m working on an overhaul and will load the full update after the new year.
11/12/00
I added a new poem to the poetry index, (see the link under 10/21). Comments on this one and all my poetry is very welcome. Note: if you wish to use one of the poems featured on this site, please email me with your request.
10/21/00
Yes, it has been a while, but I’ve had a busy semester. I updated the poetry section adding three poems from class, copy edited the creed, and worked on the Bible On… Series. I edited the list and put it in alphabetical order and completed The Bible On Biblical Authority, which, yes, is a nice way of saying, “The Word on the Word.”
9/10/00
Happpy birthday to me 🙂 I turned nineteen three days ago. I also changed the color scheme (again, I know, I know, but I like this one better). I moved around the article index a bit, divided it up into different categories for your viewing ease :-). I’m also going to begin a new category soon, Short Stories, and I’m considering a new article series, “The Bible On…” I took the bookstore off, the server had crashed.
5/7/00
I added a second search box to thebible tools page, it works better for when you don’t know what you’re looking for.
4/13/00
I added a new page to the article Index today, an article, On Suffering . The idea was triggered by my misery due to a bad ear infection over the weekend.
4/2/00
I’ve uploaded All For Christ to Ashland University’s server (I’m a student), as you know since this is the server 🙂 Been mostly working out the kinks, but I’m also adding three new pages to the Article Index.
3/21/00
As you have noticed by now, I have yet again altered the color scheme ever so slightly. The Navigator is now light blue until I get tired of it and start tinkering again. At least you can read it now, though. I also finally found a soul brave enough to correct my spelling 🙂
3/16/00
I altered the link font color so that it is easier to read and added a site search box.
3/12/00
I’ve updated the Links page and moved the link exchange form to it’s own page.
2/28/00
There has been a lot of problems with the mirror’s server, so I have updated this one. There is now a chat room, more forms, a few new polls (at the chatroom), and a working side navigator. Thanks to webmasters like Kristy and Barb and nice websites like angelfire and webmonkey for teaching me how to do tables. They are very useful little gadgets. Now, if it works in netscape this time, I’ll be set. (It does, I just checked, yea!)
Oh, and thanks to my friend Angie for suggesting a name for our dog (Angelo).
2/13/00
For those of you who celebrate, Happy Valentine’s day. I’ve finished two new pages, the Creed and an article on School prayer. I’ve been up dating various other things, mostly html related, too.

News from 6/99-2/4/00

2/4/00
Happy belated Ground Hog’s day. I’ve been fussing with the navigational bar again, this time I just put this page back on it. It deserves to me there. I also took the link to the community off. It was just taking up space.
1/31/00
Checked the html on the front page using Web Site Garage. Found a few trivial things that didn’t really effect the page much. I also added another Cool Christian Website link.
1/27/00
Yeah! I thinked the boo-boo! I’m sticking with the horizontal nav. bar, but I added an article index to get the articles off the bar and keep it from getting too long. I think this will work well.
1/25/00
The overhaul had a sequel today. I did some rearranging, fixed html, made sure each page had a counter and my email address on it, and added some forms to make both our lives easier. The Christianity poll is now on the front page. I added a survey page with a form to make it easier for people to let me know how I’m doing. I’m thinking of adding the new pages to the navigation bar, which would further help, but then I have to think what’s worse, allowing the bar to go off the side of the page, or changing the html so it goes down the side like most do.
The sequal shall continue for quite some time. I am now in the middle of converting to a different navigation system. However, it has some bugs and I have put up quite a few “if this page is blank, go here” signs on the pages that have been converted because there is a bug in the new navigator bar. In the mean time, I’m updating the old one. Let me know which bar you like best, please.
1/23/00
I finished the overhaul today. I added the latest two awards we won. Which reminds me… I have to put a link to the presenter up. Oh, I also changed refer a friend services. I think this one is better. I also put counters up on all the pages today, just to see if anybody actually is visiting them.
1/22/00
I continued the over haul today. I moved the article on the front page to it’s very own page, and put in a little note in it’s place. It’s made a difference, I bet my site loads quicker now, which is always a plus.
We also recieved two more awards today.
1/21/00
We recieved our fourth award today. Actually, I don’t know how long we’ve had it, I found out because someone followed a link to me from the award page. Don’t know how I missed that one. Oh well. I also built a table around the awards so I could put some next to one another if I want.
We also have now recieved over 1200 visitors, PTL!

1/18/00
We recieved our third award last month, and I finally put it up today. 1/6/00
Happy New Millenium! (That is, if you’re celebrating. Some say it doesn’t start until next year). Cleaning up the Html a little bit, added a few hyper links and so forth.

12/27/99
Updated things a bit. Added a new page to the site, Let Your Light Shine 12/12/99
If you’ve been here before, you probably noticed a few changes. Yes, I changed the colors again. If you are not seeing a light purple background, let me know. The page said this one was browser safe, but you never know.

12/11/99 Yea! Happy Happy! Joy Joy! Thank you Jesus, Thank you surfers! I can Hardly believe my eyes! We’ve reached a thousand Viewers!

11/16/99
If you’ve visited here before you may have noticed a slight change to the format to the site, namely the brand new navigation bar at the top of everypage. This I made with the help of a friend named Kristy on Collegeclub. Thanks Kristy.

11/8/99
I didn’t want to have this conversation with you, but everything on my site except for the graphics and the links are completely original and I will not be very happy if you cut and paste what took me hours to write. Palagerism is not nice, and I have seen enough to suspect some palagerism has already occured. If you absolutely have to have something on my site other than graphics or links, then please ask me about it in an email or in the guest book. My email is at the bottom of the front page. If clicking on it doesn’t work, then cut and paste it. I don’t want to sound rude or be ungenerous, but this has really annoyed me. I don’t mind sharing, but I do mind when others take credit for something that is mine,and most importantly, is God’s.
Also, if there is anything on this site that you find questionable, please let me know because the integrity of this site is important to me. For instance, some of the bible quotations were missing references. I’ve fixed most of them I think, but if you see any more with out their reference, if you could send me a reminder to look it up, (or the ref.), I’d owe you a nice thank you, and deliver promptly.

6/99-7/99
This is when I started All For Christ. I needed something to do, and the idea sorta just popped in my head. It was actually kind of an accident, I was trying to sign up for an email address, and when I realized I had a website instead, I figured, what the hey? “Angelo” and the candle are originals to All For Christ. I discovered them in the Angelfire grafics library. I started out with about five pages, index.html (former home of home.html), Jesus’s Gift, Email, Cool Stuff (the links page, it had a bunch of other stuff on it back then, mostly trashed by now), and webrings. I ran into a print out of it from way back in Sept. ’99, it still had only those five pages.