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  • I want to live in a Christian/Family Values Community! Where are they?

    14 posts, 13 voices, 867 views, started Oct 22, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by Dana Hall

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    • Aquamarine
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      California is SO liberal, anything goes, and borderline Christian hating. I want to live in a Christian Community!  

      Not that we can move, hubby works for the State. But, I dream of a community that is God loving, respectful of family values and every citizen! A community that embraces and supports each family/person.

      Is there such a place?



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          Elizabeth "Libby" Day wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • Heaven?

          I’m afraid you will find people are people of diversity where ever you live, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to find such a utopia?  I live in the Bible Belt and we still have liberal politicans, homicides daily, and child abuse that would break your heart.  But, if you find such a place please let us know.  I’m sure there are many who would love living around people with which we have everything in common.

          In the meantime, perhaps you are there for a purpose.  You may be the one shining light some of your neighbors will know.  You may be the one example of family values, and a Godly lifestyle these people may see.  Ask God to show you where He wants to use you and you may be surprised to find others who are looking for the same things you are.



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          Theresa Simmons wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • libby 1944, that was one of the most heartfelt comment i have ever heard.(GOD BLESS YOU)im sure you are one of those lights girl.



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          Mary Clark wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • Dana...libby is probably right...you‘re going to find that diversity wherever you go...but I would say...where I live you probably would come pretty close to what you are looking for.  

          I like my little city.....it’s just big enough to get around without getting into all of the major traffic.  Go across the river into Georgia..you have the bigger city feel.  

          My town has always been called the “bedroom community“..because everyone sleeps here...or lives here but they work over in Georgia.  

          We have plenty of churches and lots of family events...that are good and wholesome...and have those Christian values that you are looking for.  

          Move on down......we’d love to have you.



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          Linni wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • I agree with Libby on this.. you are probably the shinning light that the Lord has there! let that little light shine girl! :)
          Just pray, and as the Lord what He wants you to do...
          God Bless
          Linni



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          Coachmombabe wrote Oct 22, 2008
        • Dana, I used to feel the same way. Although I live in the heartland, we’ve been exposed to almost every kind of evil. Our oldest son was strung out on drugs for several years. Both of our boys have been caught up in the appeal of drinking, and have fathered 3 little ones between the 2 of them. And we homeschooled!

          What I have learned is that the community you are talking about is supposed to be the church (the body of Christ, not the building or denomination). And that world we want so much to escape or protect ourselves from is the very one that needs the salt and light of our Lord.  

          It’s not an easy transformation, to go from wanting to live in a Christian “bubble” to willingly, lovingly, putting ourselves “out there” to possibly be hurt or persecuted. I believe it may be what it means to “be in the world, but not of the world“.



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          Dana Hall wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • You‘re so right, Libby, and all. We have our cross to bare, I understand that.

          I think maybe my intense feelings right now have to do with the current state of affairs in America, and what will be left behind for our children.

          I heard the advice that we should turn off the t.v., stop reading the newspaper, etc., and “you will feel better“.
          I do this sometimes and it does work.  

          But, right now, I believe we must take part in the election and make our voices count. There is a fine line where we (I) get pulled into the world. I don’t wish to live “there“.

          Mayrclark,
          Where do you live? I want to hear more...

          Thank you all!
          Blessings and Hugs to all my sisters!

          Dana



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          Elizabeth "Libby" Day wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • Dana,

          I understand where you are coming from and hope my response didn’t sound trite.  I am a parent with two grown children and I am concerned about the world my precious grandchildren will inherit.  We want to isolate them from as much of the “world” as we possibly can while also wanting well-rounded, healthy children who are ready to accept their place in society.  We want them to be aware of the worldly views without being of the world and consumed by it.

          On a practical level we cannot isolate ourselves from the world around us because we have a responsibility to contribute to our part of the world in a positive manner. Right now we are faced with a very serious decision about who will lead our nation for the next several years.  We must be informed and use this opportunity to teach values on which to base a decision to our children.  They are the future leaders and if they don’t see us model this process they will have nothing upon which to base their decision making later.  Actually, this should be the bases upon which all decisions are made.

          Rather than being discouraged by the current events in our nation, use them to impact your home life and children in a postive manner.  You will be surprised at what a difference this may make in your own outlook and perspective.

          Just know you are not alone in these feelings.  Caring mothers and fathers all over our world are faced with the same dilemma.

          Libby



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          Kimri3 wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • I agree with the others...it’s everywhere. I lived in NY state and moved to SC about 20 yrs.ago. And though I feel much more at ease about praying in public here in the Bible Belt..there were issues I faced that I didn’t realized still existed. It’s floored me and my family...still fighting the civil war in some small towns here. Even within the church. So many times, I’ve wanted to get out of here..but for some reason..God still keeps us here. We’ve loved, we’ve toiled, we’ve forgiven, ...so God teaches us sooo much through these difficult times..no matter how badly we want to escape them. His ways are higher than ours...truly.



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          Dana Arcuri wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • Dana, I understand how you feel. There are times that living in this world can bring us down as Christians with all the violence, destruction and the lack of values & morals in our society.  Yet, I believe that God commands us Christians to be just like Jesus and walk, talk, eat & drink with the non-Christians so we can share the gift of salvation to everyone.  Although, it can be difficult for us in our own flesh to love our neighbor, that is exactly what God calls each one of us to do.  Jesus called us to even love our enemies.  He said to “LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU, BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU, PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MISTREAT YOU” (Luke 6:27-28), which only we can do by the mercy, grace and power of our Heavenly Father.  

          In my bible study this morning, the topic you are mentioning is exactly what the study was on.  This morning, the bible study reminded me that God loved me, even when I was a sinner and did not deserve to be loved.  Yet, Jesus died for me, a sinner, and loves me unconditionally. God’s redeeming love has changed me forever.  This is the kind of love that we can pray for our nation, pray for our neighbors, pray for those who are unbelievers.  

          Prayer is powerful and God is faithful.  Hang in there, Dana, because God has a plan and a purpose for you right were you are.  

          Hugs,
          Dana



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          Smg wrote Oct 23, 2008
        • Naperville, Illinois  It doesn’t get any better.



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          (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 24, 2008
        • Sorry to say.  You may meant to be just there for some reasons... focus on the flowers, not the weeds... God will send you angels His Way.  Peace. +++



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 24, 2008
        • If Im wrong I digress but Im thinking the communities in Alaska are the last Christian communities.  Hobby lobby is a Christain employer that lets employees off on Sunday.  I bet there are tons more..



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