Three phases of a Life of a Christian

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06 May 2020, 12:51
Not everyone finds God as a result of being in crisis. I dedicated my life to God as a child and I grew up in a Christian home. I have never faced any of the horrible situations that the people in this book faced. I have had my ups and downs in life, but my life has never been in ruins. When I was growing up and people would come to our church with flaming testimonies, I always felt like my testimony somehow wasn't as powerful. But as an adult, I think living a life close to God with a grateful heart demonstrates God's grace as powerfully as finding God in a crisis. I am grateful for the life God has given me.
This is such a beautiful and uplifting comment. While it is true that many people have had their faith catalyzed by hardships, I agree that a crisis is not a prerequisite for becoming a Christian. I think that if the author substituted “an awareness of one’s spiritual need” for the word “crisis”, I would agree with this evaluation more.

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There is a quote that says, "For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” I believe that, yes, we suffer a crisis, we receive grace, but hardly do we return grace to others. We should adopt that last phase, and lets not forget, Grace is sovereign favor to the ill-deserving

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sonya01 wrote:
10 Jun 2020, 04:06
Twylla wrote:
06 May 2020, 12:51
Not everyone finds God as a result of being in crisis. I dedicated my life to God as a child and I grew up in a Christian home. I have never faced any of the horrible situations that the people in this book faced. I have had my ups and downs in life, but my life has never been in ruins. When I was growing up and people would come to our church with flaming testimonies, I always felt like my testimony somehow wasn't as powerful. But as an adult, I think living a life close to God with a grateful heart demonstrates God's grace as powerfully as finding God in a crisis. I am grateful for the life God has given me.
This is such a beautiful and uplifting comment. While it is true that many people have had their faith catalyzed by hardships, I agree that a crisis is not a prerequisite for becoming a Christian. I think that if the author substituted “an awareness of one’s spiritual need” for the word “crisis”, I would agree with this evaluation more.
That term is more appropriate, since a crisis is not mandatory to one to reach for the God
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Laurakish wrote:
10 Jun 2020, 04:21
There is a quote that says, "For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them.” I believe that, yes, we suffer a crisis, we receive grace, but hardly do we return grace to others. We should adopt that last phase, and lets not forget, Grace is sovereign favor to the ill-deserving
Returning grace is important, otherwise how the God will spread His grace through human beings
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In my life as a Christian, I see these phases as the truth. I grew up in a Christian home and did not know the value of Christ until I encountered my first crisis. Until then, I had just been fulfilling my duties as a good daughter.

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Twylla wrote:
06 May 2020, 12:51
Not everyone finds God as a result of being in crisis. I dedicated my life to God as a child and I grew up in a Christian home. I have never faced any of the horrible situations that the people in this book faced. I have had my ups and downs in life, but my life has never been in ruins. When I was growing up and people would come to our church with flaming testimonies, I always felt like my testimony somehow wasn't as powerful. But as an adult, I think living a life close to God with a grateful heart demonstrates God's grace as powerfully as finding God in a crisis. I am grateful for the life God has given me.
Interesting point. I agree that a crisis is not a prerequisite to finding God. But when faced with a crisis, we should remember the three phases that the author talks about. Your story resonates with me, though I'm not a Christian, which only goes to show that God's grace is the same, no matter what guise it takes.
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Gift Nwagu wrote:
10 Jun 2020, 13:00
In my life as a Christian, I see these phases as the truth. I grew up in a Christian home and did not know the value of Christ until I encountered my first crisis. Until then, I had just been fulfilling my duties as a good daughter.
That is nice to here. Everything, even crisis, happens for good
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MirageP wrote:
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Twylla wrote:
06 May 2020, 12:51
Not everyone finds God as a result of being in crisis. I dedicated my life to God as a child and I grew up in a Christian home. I have never faced any of the horrible situations that the people in this book faced. I have had my ups and downs in life, but my life has never been in ruins. When I was growing up and people would come to our church with flaming testimonies, I always felt like my testimony somehow wasn't as powerful. But as an adult, I think living a life close to God with a grateful heart demonstrates God's grace as powerfully as finding God in a crisis. I am grateful for the life God has given me.
Interesting point. I agree that a crisis is not a prerequisite to finding God. But when faced with a crisis, we should remember the three phases that the author talks about. Your story resonates with me, though I'm not a Christian, which only goes to show that God's grace is the same, no matter what guise it takes.
Definitely. You don't have to be a Christian to feel the grace, and to return it as well
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The three phases of life as a Christian helped me in growing as a person in spirituality and health. That is: Experiencing crisis, Receiving grace, and returning grace to others. When I shared my experience and returned God’s grace to others, I felt much more close to him. Everyone should follow the three phases, irrespective of their religion. It is noble.

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This is almost the typical life cycle of every human on earth if we have to be frank with ourselves. Truly, we all face obstacles in life and desire to overcome it anyway anyhow. Speaking from the Christian perspective, the only saving tower we always explore is God's grace which remains ever sufficient for everyone who believes. Speaking from experience, there has been lots of times, i needed to overcome several hindrances and to achieve that, I called on and explored the grace f Christ and voila, I was an overcome. So, yes, it is practicable ad achievable if only we believe.

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glossy cherry wrote:
12 Jun 2020, 01:41
The three phases of life as a Christian helped me in growing as a person in spirituality and health. That is: Experiencing crisis, Receiving grace, and returning grace to others. When I shared my experience and returned God’s grace to others, I felt much more close to him. Everyone should follow the three phases, irrespective of their religion. It is noble.
Yes, it is a noble practice, irrespective of your religion
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Nedbrian wrote:
12 Jun 2020, 09:02
This is almost the typical life cycle of every human on earth if we have to be frank with ourselves. Truly, we all face obstacles in life and desire to overcome it anyway anyhow. Speaking from the Christian perspective, the only saving tower we always explore is God's grace which remains ever sufficient for everyone who believes. Speaking from experience, there has been lots of times, i needed to overcome several hindrances and to achieve that, I called on and explored the grace f Christ and voila, I was an overcome. So, yes, it is practicable ad achievable if only we believe.
You have to be faithful as well as believe in yourself to this process to be successful
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Sushan wrote:
02 May 2020, 22:36
According to the author, there are three phases in the life of a Christian; Facing a crisis, Receiving grace, and returning grace to others.

What is your opinion about this? Have you ever done it? Is it practical?
I don’t think it’s just a Christian thing. I think even non-Christians get help in crisis and then pay it forward. I know I have. I think it is practical in the sense that people will help each other out of situations when they need to whether it’s from someone paying it forward helping or someone professional dishing out the help.

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Jocelyn Eastman wrote:
13 Jun 2020, 20:34
Sushan wrote:
02 May 2020, 22:36
According to the author, there are three phases in the life of a Christian; Facing a crisis, Receiving grace, and returning grace to others.

What is your opinion about this? Have you ever done it? Is it practical?
I don’t think it’s just a Christian thing. I think even non-Christians get help in crisis and then pay it forward. I know I have. I think it is practical in the sense that people will help each other out of situations when they need to whether it’s from someone paying it forward helping or someone professional dishing out the help.
Yes, these three phases are universally applicable
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I think the stages in life vary from person to person.
Although I think these are very common and can be followed up for most people.

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