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  • True Love | The Family International
    down a flight of stairs The next thing I knew I was in an emergency room and had just undergone emergency surgery Over the next weeks besides the financial difficulties I experienced from no longer being able to work what caused me the most sadness was that those around me whom I d thought were my friends left me one by one I couldn t even use the bathroom on my own much less eat and I was tormented by feelings of despair loneliness and fear of the future I thought to myself I should ve broken my neck when I fell so that I had died Why do I have to be faced with this Then one of the few friends who had stuck by me visited and gave me reading materials from the Family International That was when I learned the meaning of true love I came across a poem in the book Obstacles are for Overcoming which moved me deeply and touched my heart I asked God for strength that I might achieve I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey I asked for health that I might do greater things I was given infirmity that I might do better things I asked for riches that I might be happy I was given poverty that I might be wise I asked for power that I might have the praise of men I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God I asked for all things that I might enjoy life I was given life that I might enjoy all things I got nothing that I asked for but everything I had hoped for Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered I am among all men most richly blessed By an

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/changed_lives/27/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Out of the Cocoon | The Family International
    good communication with friends and family and above all with God I try to act for the good of others I have found peace in knowing Jesus and I find that solutions come quicker to my problems especially when I act in love But it wasn t always so Before I couldn t care less what happened to me or others under any circumstances I am telling my story so that others may be warned and so that loved ones never give up if they encounter their teenagers in such a state but rather keep communicating with them reaffirming their unconditional love There was a point where life didn t make any sense to me So what was my attitude I was numb to everything I listened to black metal or death metal music and the more I listened the more depressed I became I didn t have friends I didn t speak to anybody I didn t go anywhere I just wanted to stay in my room listening to that music Even though most of the musical bands were from Germany and Finland and the songs were sung in English my spirit would be attacked just the same I was usually depressed and aggressive and I even started to cut myself self mutilation not with the intention of killing myself but as a release an exit I also tried drugs for some months Around this time Philippe Ivo and Marie s son and Suzy young missionaries from the Family International would come for regular visits and hang out with me talking and trying to read some Bible with me But to tell you the truth I didn t pay much attention until the day we got to talk about the book of Revelation From then on I was more

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/changed_lives/26/ (2016-02-15)
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  • "What Manner of Man Is This?" | The Family International
    no reputation and was a companion of drunks and prostitutes publicans and sinners the outcasts and downtrodden of society He even told them that they would enter the Kingdom of Heaven before the socalled good people the selfrighteous and the religious leaders who rejected Him and His simple message of love The power of His love and appeal was so great and gave such great faith to the sincere truthseekers that many didn t hesitate to leave everything they had to immediately follow Him Once while crossing a large lake with His disciples a great storm arose which threatened to sink the boat they were in He commanded the winds and the waves to cease and immediately there was a great calm His disciples astonished by such a demonstration of miraculous power exclaimed to one another What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey Him Throughout His ministry He gave sight to the blind hearing to the deaf cleansed lepers and raised the dead In fact so marvelous were His works that they prompted a leading member of the religious establishment that bitterly opposed and resented Him to exclaim We know that You are come from God for no man could do these miracles that You do unless God were with him As His message of love spread and His followers multiplied the envious leaders of the religious establishment realized what a threat this formerly unknown carpenter had become to them His simple doctrine of love was destroying their entire religious system by liberating the people from their power and control These powerful enemies ultimately had Him arrested and brought to trial on false charges of sedition and subversion And though the Roman governor found Him innocent he was pressured and persuaded by these religionists to execute Him Just prior to His arrest this Man Jesus Christ had said They couldn t even touch Me without My Father s permission If I would but raise My little finger He would send legions of angels to rescue Me But instead He chose to die to save you and me Nobody took His life from Him He laid it down He gave His life of His own free will and accord But even His death did not satisfy His jealous enemies To ensure that His followers couldn t steal His body and claim He d come back to life they placed a huge stone over the door of His tomb and posted a group of Roman soldiers there to guard it This was a scheme that proved futile as these same guards became eyewitnesses to the greatest miracle of all Three days after His lifeless body was laid to rest in that cold tomb Jesus rose from the dead the victor over death and Hell forever Death itself could not stop His work or His words He rose to lead His tiny band of followers to ultimate victory to overthrow the Roman Empire with love and

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/9/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Hallelujah for Happiness! | The Family International
    people Our religion makes us happy our work makes us happy our play makes us happy and we have very little that makes us unhappy except the fact that some other people are not happy Sometimes wondering if I made the right decision or choice or did the right thing concerns me so that for a little while I m not as happy as I should be But I always come out of the woods afterwards to find out that the Lord helped everything work out for the best and I shouldn t have worried after all Romans 8 28 And we are sometimes sick of course That may not make us feel very happy for a while but even that doesn t destroy our total happiness Our physical condition may leave a little something to be desired health and strength but it doesn t make us all that unhappy We can still be very happy in spirit and mentally When I see people who aren t happy I always figure there must be something wrong with their religion That s why we should take every opportunity we get to urge others to enjoy the same happiness that we have If they haven t got it and they see that we do they re going to wonder what the difference is and they re going to want it too and the difference of course is Jesus So hallelujah for happiness Thank God for a happy religion and a happy life Thank the Lord for being able to enjoy all the physical pleasures He gives us as well as the spiritual pleasures We ve got everything The only thing I can think of that I want is for other people to be as happy as I am That s the only

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/8/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Declaration of Love | The Family International
    to the innkeeper and said to him Take care of him and whatever more you spend when I come again I will repay you So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves And he the lawyer said He who showed mercy on him Then Jesus said to him Go and do likewise 4 If we have real love we can t face a needy situation without doing something about it We can t just pass by the poor man on the road to Jericho We must take action like the Samaritan did Many people today say of those who need help Oh I m so sorry how sad But compassion must be put into action That s the difference between pity and compassion Pity just feels sorry compassion does something about it We must demonstrate our faith by our works and love can seldom be proven without some tangible manifestation To say you love someone and yet not try to help them physically in whatever way they may need food clothing shelter and so on this is not love True the need for real love is a spiritual need but it must be manifested physically in works faith working through love 5 For whoever has this world s goods and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him how does the love of God abide in him My little children let us not love in word or in tongue but in deed and in truth 6 However we must always remember that the greatest manifestation of our love is not the mere sharing of our material things and personal possessions but the sharing of ourselves with others along with our love and our faith Jesus Himself had nothing material to share with His disciples only His love and His life which He gave for them and for us that we too might have life and love forever Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one s life for his friends 7 So we consider that the sharing of ourselves our love and our life with others is the greatest of all sharing and our ultimate goal This is why God created us to begin with to love and enjoy Him forever and to try to help others do the same It was God who created love and gave us the need to love and be loved and He alone can satisfy the deepest yearning of every human soul for total love and complete understanding Although the temporal things of this earth can satisfy our bodies only God and His eternal love can ever fill that aching spiritual void in each of our hearts which He created for Himself alone While human love is a wonderful part of God s plan and partially satisfies the heart the human spirit that intangible personality of the real you that dwells within your body can never be

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/7/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Change the World! | The Family International
    in the New Testament And let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart 1 So if you re sometimes discouraged with the world the way it is don t give up We read that great empires and governments armies and wars change the course of history and the face of the earth so sometimes we re discouraged and think Well who am I What can I do It all seems so hopeless and impossible It looks like there s nothing that one person can do to change things for the better so what s the use of trying But as proven by this humble shepherd over a period of years one man can change the world You may not be able to change the whole world but you can change your part of the world If you have changed just one life you have changed a part of the world and you have proven that there is hope that it can all be changed If one life can be changed it shows that it s possible that more lives can be changed It can start with one person maybe you Since my wife and I came to this city a few years ago many lives have been changed It has sometimes been very slow trying painstaking work with few results for all of our hard work but lives are changing as a result of the many seeds that we have planted It was only the two of us at first but now hundreds of others that we have won to Jesus are also telling others planting seeds from which more new trees will grow Everybody is talking about us and what we re doing our work our faith and beliefs We re helping to change our part of the world It seemed like an impossible situation but we just began planting the seeds of God s Word and Christ s love in the hearts of those around us We didn t try to change them all at once We couldn t We just worked slowly patiently heart by heart life by life with tender loving care day by day year by year And now everyone is beginning to see the results and talking about them and they are changing A prominent physician who was at first quite skeptical about our efforts to spiritually influence people has since admitted that we are having a tremendous impact on the city He said Our city has needed this for a long time We re rich materially but we have not had the spiritual influence that you brought here and it s very needed So we have affected this town Not everybody has come to know Jesus but nearly everyone has heard the message of God s love Many have visited us and experienced the love of God and the truth of His Word that we share with them little by

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/6/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The War of the Worlds | The Family International
    this earth but also in the world of the spirit Therefore we must not only defend our human rights but we must also fight the much greater warfare of the spirit with the far more powerful weapons of faith love and compassion as well as words and deeds of kindness We must free people from fear with faith we must free them from hatred with love we must free them from sorrow with joy we must free them from war with peace we must free them from poverty with plenty and we must free them from death with eternal heavenly happiness The pen is mightier than the sword Ours is a war of words and ideas to thrill people s minds with faith and hope We wish to fill their hearts with love and peace and joy to set their spirits free as well as perform deeds of love and kindness to free their bodies from pain We must therefore wage a war of words against the ideas of evil a war of faith against fear a war of hope against doubt We must inspire people to believe in God and His love and His plan for the glorious future of mankind in the soon to come Kingdom of God on earth run by the righteous in which there shall soon be no more sorrow nor crying nor pain nor death but all shall be light and health and happiness and peace and plenty for everyone 1 We must teach people the loving life giving Words of God the Bible that they might have His life and love and happiness forever Mighty empires of the sword have come and gone but His words of love and life endure and continue to give joy and peace and love and life and hope to billions for generations Alexander Caesar Genghis Khan Napoleon and others like them have come and gone but the words and ideas of the prophets of God live on forever The Word of God knows no boundaries no nation no race no empire Neither is it bound by time or space nor limited by people or war or force of arms It embraces all mankind and unites their minds and hearts and spirits in faith and love of God and each other for the good of all The philosophers teachers prophets and men of God have seldom ruled empires but they have won worlds of people with their words faith and ideas which captured hearts minds and spirits and set them forever free The followers of God are numbered in the billions for millenniums and God s eternal Kingdom of Love has conquered the realms of people s eternal spirits far greater and longer lasting than mere worldly empires of the sword We cannot force people to be good We cannot legislate righteousness A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still We must persuade their minds win their hearts inspire their spirits and save their

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/3/ (2016-02-15)
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  • It's What You Choose to Believe | The Family International
    of evolutionary theory is that things are gaining in complexity simple life forms giving rise to more sophisticated ones disorder giving rise to order This flies in the face of the second law of thermodynamics On this point alone the theory of evolution would have to be disallowed Evolutionists counter this argument by claiming that an energy source can reverse the second law For example an outside energy force such as a housekeeper can tidy a disorderly room They point to the sun as the outside source of energy and say over billions of years the sun s energy would be like the busy housekeeper Simple observation however would show that energy from the sun alone is not capable of creating life from something with no life or complexity from simplicity Consider the sun shining on two seedlings the one alive the other dead When equal amounts of water and nutrients are added to both the live plant flourishes but the dead one decays Energy from the sun is not enough to give rise to life And as for the dead plant it rots and disintegrates in accordance with the second law of thermodynamics Irreducibility The theory of evolution postulates that small incremental beneficial steps propel the evolutionary process forward It is much like a device where only one component of that device is modified at a time so as to improve the efficiency of the device in some way while at the same time allowing the device to remain functioning without any other modifications Once the device has settled into the fact that it now has an improved component it then sees the benefit of upgrading another one The point is that it takes these steps one at a time sees how good that step is and then takes another step The device must both continue to function and improve its functionality But what if the upgrade requires more than one improvement at a time Evolutionary theory cannot accommodate this The improvement must be one step at a time and if a component doesn t offer an advantage to an organism i e it doesn t function it will be lost or discarded Are there devices occurring in nature that therefore cannot be explained by evolution Indeed there are many but it only takes one to disprove the theory We will choose one which everyone will be familiar with the amazing human knee joint The knee joint is unique in our bodies It is quite unlike the ball and socket joints of our hips or shoulders and the pivot hinge joint of our elbows Although those are all marvels of engineering the knee is truly exceptional It consists of several elements but the critical design parts are a the two condyles of the femur bone that rotate in b the matching concave grooves of the tibia and c and d the two cruciate ligaments so called because they cross over each other that fit in the space between the

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/viewpoints/views-issues/11/ (2016-02-15)
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