Saturday, March 6, 2010

Christianity101 is all switched over to its own site! This will be my last post on this site.

The new blog address is I hope you'll sign up for free updates with the buttons you'll see because when I post there, you won't get the updates even if you're subscribed on this blog since it's a totally different web address.

Keep in mind that there are a few bugs I need to work out before I begin posting, but I'm hoping I'll hear back from someone who can help me this week. (Some links are still going back to this Blogger blog instead of redirecting to the new one.)

Thanks again for hanging with me! I've got lots of great posts I can't wait to share with you!

Monday, February 1, 2010

BIG NEWS! (You're the first to hear about it...)

God is funny.

Just when I'm wondering how I'm going to keep all these balls in the air, He puts something new on my heart. It started with some "inklings" from Him, and then He gave me this
passion for the new idea. Then, lo and behold, He gave me the time to get it going...

I think it's time I made something more out of this Christianity 101 blog.

So I'm in the beginning stages, and get this, I'm trying something new for me. I'm trying to just let God lead and NOT stress over any of it.

I do want to thank all of you, my faithful subscribers, who have hung with me even though I so rarely post here. That will be changing soon, although I'm not sure of the time-line, and while I still don't think I'll post a LOT here, I'll definitely be increasing the frequency. (I have lots of good ideas that I can't wait to tell you about!)

I've got the domain purchased, my hosting set up, and my Wordpress installed. Next I'm getting my theme set and I'll go from there. (I'll move it off Blogger eventually, to its own site.)

So keep your eyes peeled and I'll keep you posted to let you know how it's going.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

FAQ's About Christianity

"I don't get the 'Christianity' thing, and I'm too embarrassed to ask anyone, because I feel like I'm the only one who doesn't know this stuff..."

If this is how you feel, you're not alone. I hope to answer some basic questions about Christianity, things I always wondered about before I began growing closer to God. If I forgot something you still wonder about, and I'm sure I probably did, please leave a comment below and I'll try to answer your question!

Click the question to go to that post:

  1. "What makes Christianity different from ALL the other religions out there?"

  2. "What is the 'old testament' and 'new testament'?"

  3. "Sometimes I hear Christians refer to God as “Father”, other times they talk about God as Jesus, and then who or what is the Holy Spirit? And which one do you pray TO?"

  4. "What does it mean that 'Jesus died for my sins'?"

  5. "But I never said I wanted to live forever..."

  6. "I’m not such a bad person, especially compared to most, only the really rotten people have to worry about where they’re going when they die, right?"

  7. "What if I want to believe, but I just don't think I do?"

  8. "I was raised in a Christian church and have always tried to live right, I go to church on Sundays, I’ve even tried to pick up my Bible before, but just don’t get it. I see other Christians who seem so “on fire” for their faith, and for me “it” is just not there, why don’t I feel anything?"

  9. "Is there really a heaven?"

  10. "How do we know what you’re saying is the REAL Truth?"

  11. "But this is just YOUR truth, MY God wouldn't ...(fill in the blank)"

  12. "God loves me just the way I am."

  13. "I've tried the whole "church" thing before, it just doesn't work for me."

  14. "But look at (fill in the blank), HE is supposed to be a Christian, and he goes to that (fill in the blank) church, there's no way I want to be like HIM, what a hypocrite!"

  15. "If God is so good, why would He let such rotten things happen in the world?"

Have you always wondered these things but were afraid to ask whoever that Christian person is in your life that you know would know?

I'll bet I know why you don't bring it up with them:

  • Is it because you’re afraid they’d get “pushy” about you going to church or about whatever it is you’re unsure of?

  • Or were you afraid they’d judge you for not already knowing all the 'answers', or for past things you've done in your life?

  • Or do you not want to “get them going”, afraid you won't be able to shut them up?

I’m sure those are some of the reasons certain family members or friends of mine don’t bring it up, even though they must wonder about certain things.

Well, here’s what I wish they knew…and what I’ll bet that Christian friend of yours wants you to know:

  • I will NOT judge you – you have no idea what I have struggled with in my life or how I have sinned – you think you know me, but you just might not. And if I haven’t messed up in just the same ways you might have, I can guarantee you can’t shock me – I know a lot of people, and a LOT of them talk to me about things. I have very close friends who have had abortions, who struggle with sexual sins, who have committed adultery. I know people so close to the Lord, and some very far away. I love them all, and I know God loves them even so much more! I "get it" that we just never know in life where circumstances and temptation will take us, we are weak and life is sometimes very difficult. God wants to forgive us no matter what, we only have to ask with an open heart, and I would love to be the person to point you back to God or to help you find Him for the first time. I promise I'll be open and ready to listen and try to help you get over whatever obstacles are between you and Him. I remember what it's like for all this to seem very foreign!
  • This goes without saying, but of course I promise not to share with others anything personal you have shared with me.

  • I will try VERY hard to stop when I see your walls come up, when you’re ready to be done talking about it. I know that sometimes we need to chew on little bits of new information at a time before we are ready to hear more.

  • I will not push you to go to church, when you are ready, you will know.

  • The reason I will promise to do the above is because I just want you to feel comfortable coming to me and asking me anything! I know THAT is where the growing starts. If you want to ask me one question, then drop it for 6 months or even years, that's up to you. I only want you to eventually love Jesus too and realize that He is the best friend who will NEVER leave you, no matter what.