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You Were Born For A Purpose

Posted by admin on January 20, 2014 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , ,

Do you think much about your life and what you were meant to do? Well, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson believes that all of us have a specific purpose and a given plan to fulfill, to fulfill the purpose of God given to us in this day and age.

God will take what passion you have about something and will help you build on that passion as a means to serve a purpose or a people.

I hope you will be prompted to seek what your purpose in life is, if you do not already know what it is. Perhaps by watching the video series you may discover what you are to do to serve mankind.

God wants to do a miracle in you, me, all of his children that love Him and listen to His counsel.

God Wants To Do A Miracle Through You

The Protocol of Heaven is an order that all of us need to learn. It is if the Universe has its on language and vibration, through thought mostly, Being intuitive is definitely a plus because it takes us to be in tune with the Spirit of God speaking to us and through us.

The Protocol of Heaven Part 1

The Protocol of Heaven Part 2

Protocol of Heaven Part 3

Five Signals That Guide A Miracle Delivery

Just suppose you were born to teach others as part of your purpose in life? I have included an irresistible module on teaching that I believe to be quite compelling to how a student learns and the responsibility of a teacher to teach.  This module is profound and I hope you enjoy what you learn.

7 Laws of the Learner

Teaching With Style

 

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Terrance W. Norton

Humanitarian Mentor/Orator/Writer

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Islam And Christianity In America

Posted by admin on May 18, 2013 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , ,

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It is my hope that we will find commonality in the way we believe rather than the differences that makes us be at odds with each other, and with good reason.

Recently I befriended a young man that is Muslim. At our first meeting I felt a sense of fear as well as excitement. I questioned why I felt excited because both of those emotions are, or shall I say, totally contrary to each other as being a weird combination.

While in deep conversation with this young man, and we will name him Tom, I began to see that we had a lot in common. I had this inner stirring in me and the peace-maker in me was being challenged because if I claim to be a “Truth Seeker” I need to be open to wisdom and knowledge based on other religions.

Did you know that Muslims believe in Jesus and in the Quran Jesus is mentioned twenty-five times. The disconnect to many Christians is that Jesus never tasted death. They believe that the Father took Him up unto Himself.

The purpose of writing this piece is not meant to persuade anyone into conversion. It is however, a way to bridge the two different cultures with some understanding. I still have no clue to how and why Islam has become so tainted by extremism. It certainly is not like a Christian fanatic in any sense of the word.

Let us begin in part to examine what Wikipedia says about Islam.

Isa ( Arabic: عيسى, Transliteration: ʿĪsā ), known as Jesus in the New Testament, is considered to be a Messenger of God and the Masih (Messiah) in Islam[1] who was sent to guide the Children of Israel (banī isrā’īl) with a new scripture, the Injīl or Gospel.[2] The belief in Jesus (and all other messengers of God) is required in Islam, and a requirement of being a Muslim. The Quran mentions Jesus by name twenty-five times, while it only mentions Muhammad by name four times as Muhammad and once as Ahmad; making it a total of five times.[3][4] It states that Jesus was born to Mary (Arabic: Maryam) as the result of virginal conception, a miraculous event which occurred by the decree of God (Arabic: Allah). To aid in his ministry to the Jewish people, Jesus was given the ability to perform miracles (such as healing the blind, bringing dead people back to life, etc.), all by the permission of God rather than of his own power. According to the Quran, Jesus, although appearing to have been crucified, was not killed by crucifixion or by any other means, instead, “God raised him unto Himself”. Like all prophets in Islam, Jesus is considered a Muslim (i.e., one who submits to the will of God), as he preached that his followers should adopt the “straight path” as commanded by God. Islam rejects the Trinitarian Christian view that Jesus was God incarnate or the son of God, that he was ever crucified or resurrected, or that he ever atoned for the sins of mankind. The Quran says that Jesus himself never claimed any of these things, and it furthermore indicates that Jesus will deny having ever claimed divinity at the Last Judgment, and God will vindicate him.[5] The Quran emphasizes that Jesus was a mortal human being who, like all other prophets, had been divinely chosen to spread God’s message. Islamic texts forbid the association of partners with God (shirk), emphasizing a strict notion of monotheism (tawhīd).

Numerous titles are given to Jesus in the Quran and in Islamic literature, the most common being al-Masīḥ (“the messiah”). Jesus is also, at times, called “Seal of the Israelite Prophets”, because, in general Muslim belief, Jesus was the last prophet sent by God to guide the Children of Israel. Jesus is seen in Islam as a precursor to Muhammad, and is believed by Muslims to have foretold the latter’s coming.[6][7]

Muslims believe that Jesus will return to earth near the Day of Judgment to restore justice and to defeat Masih ad-Dajjal (“the false messiah”, also known as the Antichrist).[6][8]

So as you can see, there are some similarities between Islam and Christianity, but very stark differences too. What I find to be interesting is the difference between Muhammad and Jesus’ proselyting. One would ask, why is it that Muhammad did not have any apostles like Jesus did? Jesus needed to have apostles to spread the good news to the Jews so that they would be updated, if you will, about superseding the Law of Moses.

Personally I think it is dangerous for anyone to follow one particular person and treat them like they are the Messiah without a following of followers. Perhaps that is exactly why Jesus had His apostles so that His teachings would not become corrupt. What do you think about this point?

I may take some heat for bringing this topic up because on one hand it is safe for people to keep Muslims in a box without taking the time to understand their beliefs. On the other hand we need to distance ourselves from fanatical extreme thinking that would cause harm to anyone.

We do need to look at similarities rather than differences because of arrogance and self righteousness that comes with being narrow minded as well as being self preserved. We are in dire need to work through these cultural differences seeing that we have terrorism on the rise.

I am sure that many people want to have one of the most important question answered. WHY? Why the absence of Muslims denounce the behavior of their follow believers? Why do they take their beliefs to the next level and become so fanatical that they bring in death to Americans or anyone that does not believe in the way they do? Why Sharia Law?

I can say this, the media has not reported the truth about Muslims and have managed to instil fear into the hearts of many Americans. For instance, the word Imam verses Iman. Imam is a religious leader like a Minister. Iman is the Arabic word for faith. They sound alike but have totally different meaning. Even the media is uneducated about the Muslims or they are mis-using their power to influence for the good by using Muslims to cause contention and division among people.

Whatever the case, we need to educate ourselves and we need to know how to resolve social problems for our own well being and safety. We need to have a major paradigm shift in the way we communicate with Mormons, Jews, Muslims, and other religions and beliefs including Atheists if we want to live more peacefully with each other. If we do not do our part to have peaceful solutions for complex problems we could very well become uncivilized to the point of no return.

We need to look at commonality and not differences between each other. I do have to make this point. sometimes we have to use violent means to establish peace like how war can defuse aggressive dictators that abuse their people.

In closing I want to express a sense of hope for all inhabitants of the earth in that we can hope for a better tomorrow, even if it seems like there is not a solution to the indifferences we have over religion and our beliefs. Muslims around the world have to do their part to hold extremist accountable for their aggressive behaviors. Remember that “terrorism” means bringing terror to those that do not understand. When we understand we are not as intimidated and so we are able to keep our own personal peace.

With Warm Regards,

Terrance W. Norton,

Humanitarian Mentor/Orator/ Writer

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What Is Christmas To You?

Posted by admin on December 9, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Let us redirect our thinking to be sensitive to those that do not believe the way we do. And to those that want to demean the importance of Christmas to a child or to a person that stands in need, PLEASE BE QUIET AND RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS ESPECIALLY A CHILD THAT IS INNOCENT AND DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE ANYONE TAKE AWAY THEIR JOY FOR CHRISTMAS!

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Standing Firm

Posted by admin on December 5, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Standing Firm means that standing by what we believe and not letting anyone rock us from our foundation through Christ. We can pray for them and we can hope that some day they will receive enlightenment and that they will stop their abrasive behavior.

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The Purpose of Life

Posted by admin on December 3, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I believe that we evolve lesson by lessons so that we can experience life more rounded. There is a problem with that however, we have to go through the pains of life so that we can learn what the purpose of life really means to us on a personal level.

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Leading By Example

Posted by admin on December 1, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Why not YOU, why not you to rise to the demand of leadership even if it means to lift up your loved ones and as far as that goes, lifting up others as a way to lead by example? Yes, why not YOU?

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Christian Politics

Posted by admin on November 5, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Does it matter what beliefs we have by how we vote? Yes, it most certainly matters because when we vote we also have a consensus of setting a standard for living.

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Smile For Me

Posted by admin on October 30, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , ,

Today we live in such a complex and stressful life and we have forgotten how to bring joy into our lives.

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Life Is Very Fragile

Posted by admin on October 29, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , ,

Why do we need a catastrophe to remind us that we can go “in the blink of an eye”. Why is it that we can get so caught up in life and making money so that we can make ends meet, that we find out how small and insignificant we are to go up against Mother Nature.

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The Final Judgment

Posted by admin on October 27, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , ,

I read this posting our friend Brandon posted on Facebook and I felt that it was a very good topic to talk about. Thank you Brandon for inspiring me to write this post. The “Final Judgment” what does that mean? We know that we will be judged someday and we have to think about where […]

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What Is Bondage?

Posted by admin on April 12, 2011 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Calamity and chaos will be world wide and so we need to learn peaceful solutions as well as communities world- wide taking part in the global effort to fight hunger and poverty, which is also a type of bondage.

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Who Am I ?

Posted by admin on April 7, 2011 with No Comments

We too are falsely imprisoned in the shell of a body that has its physical, mental, and intuitive aspects to who we think we are now, but there is the quest for man to know his Divine Nature that keeps him humble enough to continue on in his journey of his existence.

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I Cried Out

Posted by admin on April 5, 2011 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I had been on and off the streets and was fighting relapse for nearly two years. I have seen my good friend die on an overdose on a heroin mixed with cocaine shot ( speed ball ). It was a wake up call to me and that I knew I had to stay straight or I too could end up dead like him.

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The Pathway To Freedom Through Forgiveness

Posted by admin on April 2, 2011 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I will continue to give man the benefit of the doubt that man will find the solutions to the complex problems of today and I hope you too will be with the many of people that seeks peace.

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God Is A Just God Part 2

Posted by admin on March 31, 2011 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , ,

The redistributing of wealth that President Obama wants to do is bad for our country and it does not build character nor does it inspire people to be entrepreneurs.

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God Is A Just God Part 1

Posted by admin on March 31, 2011 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The point to be made is that all of us have to believe in a ” Higher Source ” of some sort. So why is religion such a problem to man, and why can we not live together in peace?

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