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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,
    I do not know of any official document where the church lists topics and statements of a faith in short pithy statements.  I think some private catholic websites attempt to do that.   In the past the church has made some statements of faith:  In AD 325 the Council of Nicea did this.  I will put a copy of the Nicene Creed at the end of this Post.
    Other than that there is the Catechism of the Catholic church.  It can be found on-line at:
    http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm
    I would encourage you to at least read the Table of contents to get an understanding of its organization and content.  This is very thorough and is meant more as a reference rather than a book to read cover to cover.
    The American Bishops put out an Adult Catechism for American Catholics.  It is a good Read:     http://www.amazon.com/United-States-Catholic-Catechism-Adults/dp/1574554506/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-8109122-6266023?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188310317&sr=8-1
    However, the closest I know to what you are looking at is the “Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”   This is short work on the teaching of the Catholic church is question answer format.  Read through the first 20 or so questions and answers to get a feel.  Here it is on-line:
    http://www.vatican.va/archive/compendium_ccc/documents/archive_2005_compendium-ccc_en.html#Mans%20Capacity%20for%20God
    Here it is in book form:    http://www.amazon.com/Compendium-Catechism-Catholic-Church-Ratzinger/dp/1574557203/ref=sr_1_1/105-8109122-6266023?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1188310368&sr=1-1
    The Nicene Creed:We believe in one God,   the Father, the Almighty,   maker of heaven and earth,   of all that is, seen and unseen.We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,   the only Son of God,   eternally begotten of the Father,   God from God, Light from Light,   true God from true God,   begotten, not made,      one in Being with the Father.   Through him all things were made.   For us men and for our salvation      he came down from heaven: (all bow their heads during the next three lines)      by the power of the Holy Spirit      he was born of the Virgin Mary,      and became man.     For our sake he was crucified          under Pontius Pilate;      he suffered, died, and was buried.   On the third day he rose again      in fulfillment of the Scriptures;      he ascended into heaven         and is seated at the right hand of the Father.   He will come again in glory          to judge the living and the dead,      and his kingdom will have no end.We believe in the Holy Spirit,    the Lord, the giver of life,   who proceeds from the Father and the Son.   With the Father and the Son       he is worshiped and glorified.   He has spoken through the Prophets.   We believe in one holy catholic       and apostolic Church.   We acknowledge one baptism       for the forgiveness of sins.   We look for the resurrection of the dead,      and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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