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“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”-Ephesians 2:1-2

I am so glad that I have found new life in Christ.  Yet, I often find myself still struggling with disobeidance to God.  Sometimes I give into lust, sometimes I don’t listen to what he has told me to do or I fail to honor my parents.  This is why confession and repentance are important and must be an ongoing part of a Christians life.  In the grace we get from God we find new stregnth to overcome our disobidient sinful nature and live by the Spirit. I thank God today that he is ever merciful and still faithful when we are faithless. 

Peace,

Spencer

About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. Greetings,
    Here is a response to your comments on atonement.  By the way, do you celebrate lent or holy week in your church?
    You seem to be describing the Satisfaction theory of atonement more than the substituion theory.   In the satisfaction theory our sins have separated us infinitely and ony christ can make an infinite atonement because he is both human and divine.   Jesus is able to make the sacrifice of Love which we are not able to make.  In this sense the sacrifice of Jesus is the fulfullment of all the OT sacrifices and this can be seen in some of your quotes.
    The Substitution theory or often called the penal substitution theory understands the universe as a courtroom, and we are guilty and Jesus is taking ourpunishment.  If this is what you mean by substitution theory, then I would disagree for a couple of reasons.  First it sees the universe in courtroom terms rather than covenental or liturgical terms which are more scriptural.   Secondly, if God is going to punish us because of our sins, but rather punishes his Son in our place this is a very contorted understanding of God:  Will punish the innocent and a God who would punish and kill his own Son.  It is clear that it is the power of darkness that brings about the death of Christ, not punishment from the father.
    If I were you I would explore he Satisfaction theory(from which he substitution theory was derived.)   There are also some postive elements in the Ransom theory(this is what CS Lewis uses in the Lion the witch and the wardrobe).
    peace
    Posted 4/4/2007 4

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