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Tuesday, April 25th 2017

4:51 PM

Stories of Faith Hope and Love: God's Amazing Call

        In 1973 it became apparent that it was time for me to move on. It  was difficult. Though I had a job at a local insurance company, my youth ministry at the Stony Brook coffeehouse was my real mission in life. It took a good friend's  heart to heart conversation with me to solidify my conviction that there truly was a new life ahead. I prayed about it and decided to leave it in God's hands - I would take the first affordable apartment anywhere within an hours drive of my place of business.

nbsp;       In May 1973 that "anywhere" became an unknown town in central Long Island, N.Y. by the name of North Babylon. Bordering to its north was the village of Deer Park. To my amazement the very first Sunday I attended the Deer Park Presbyterian Church a church elder announced that he wanted the church to support a new local coffeehouse. God had called me to leave one coffeehouse ministry behind and immediately gave me a new one in my new home. To this day I still marvel at how God calls us to our missions.

For those of you visiting this blog from the Facebook page: Friends of Mattpaul, you have seen the attached video. You will recognize that this call to youth ministry in Deer Park comes after the discussion of the beginning of the Stony Brook Coffeehouse and the thoughts beginning with "Fast forward 32 years".

See the replies of Alex and Linda under "user comments" found below on right. Your comment and/or your story of faith/hope/love which is most welcome, can also be recorded under "leave a comment". 

18 user comments.

Posted by Linda:

Having the courage to share one’s faith experiences is most appreciated. It makes me feel there are  good things in the world. I am not a talker but I am a good listener. I hope to hear of others’ faith experiences. :):):)
Monday, May 29th 2017 @ 12:04 PM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

Linda - it does take courage to share one's faith and in this day and age when there is so much intolerance to speak out. Recently an individual was writing a rant against one of our past presidents which was filled with negativity. He asked for comments and I wrote that I felt he was ignoring the facts. His response was that I was ignorant and un-American??

Hard to believe but it is the age we live in since January of this year. Nevertheless, we cannot be fearful because if we do we will be bullied into submitting to so much false information being perpetrated.

So I share news - of a faith experience which is news because, if I had not acted "in faith" so much would be different.

The young people in the Caperstan stories also act in faith. Some paid the price as Dustin did with his life. What is the ultimate outcome? Those that act in faith change the lives of those around them as we find Dustin did. You can learn more by reading the story found at http://christianteensactivities.org/NewstoryMay.php

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Wednesday, May 31st 2017 @ 4:51 AM

Posted by Alex:

Calling someone in-American for differing with their opinion is the anger that I was talking about. Sorry to hear that someone could make such a comment to someone trying to speak out against negativity. We can all do better.
Monday, June 19th 2017 @ 5:54 AM

Posted by Alex:

I meant un-American not in-American in my previous comment above. We need to stop the name calling.:-(
Monday, June 19th 2017 @ 5:57 AM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

This is in response to your request that I elaborate on this series of posts... we live in trying times. I do not recall a time when the country was so diametrically split.It is my feeling that we need someone to step forward to bring people together. The President, a member of Congress or the Senate but someone who will talk about the value of listening to both sides and the value of considering a compromise after everyone clearly has listened to each other. Who will that person be?

This post also talks about the events in Caperston. The book, "The Chest of Visions" was written in 2011 and published in 2012. It envisions a world in which there has never been a concept of a caring, involved creator, or a God.

This world has some of the challenges we have today - there are both a haves and a haves-nots community. These are based upon ethnicity - the Valley People are the Haves and the Mountain people are the Haves-Nots.

When a prophet emerges, he focuses on these two things. There is a caring creator who has created everyone equal. This message is resisted by most of the adults in the Valley community but is accepted by their young people and all of the Mountain people. The prophet also introduces the concept of prayer and it is immediately accepted, particularly by the young people.

The dynamics in Caperston have some similarities to today, particularly in light of the resistence to accept others who are different.

THe book is short and has been well received. I, as the author, read it in one sitting for the first time since I wrote the book and can imagine that the prophet of Caperston, Chi-hay-su, if he were in America at this moment in time, would call on all people of all ethnicities to prayerfully come together to find a compromise solution to any differing opinions. Prayerfully is the key. It helps open our minds to others ideas and needs.
Saturday, July 1st 2017 @ 2:09 PM

Posted by Liz:

Thank you for sharing your story, Tim. It is great to see how much passion you have for what you do and to hear how successful you've been. People who do what they love and love what they do are an inspiration to others. :-)
Sunday, July 9th 2017 @ 9:40 PM

Posted by immaculate:

God surely knows how to position us for his service. Thank you for sharing your story. God works in mysterious ways. Glory be to God.
Monday, July 17th 2017 @ 2:24 PM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

To Kathleen:
Seu site é sobre a capacidade dos animais e o mal-entendido do público em geral em suas habilidades. Estou sempre aberto a novos escritores que querem escrever no contexto das minhas postagens de blog atuais. Talvez algo em relação ao último post sobre a evolução do computador e a previsão de que ele poderia conquistar o mundo até o ano de 2045? Em caso afirmativo, onde Deus se encaixa em tal possibilidade.

English translation: Your site is about the ability of animals and the misunderstanding of the general public in their abilities. I am always open to new writers buit what would write in the context of my current blog posts. Perhaps something in regards to the last post about the computer's evolution and the prediction that it could take over the world by the year 2045? If so, where does God fit into such a possibility.
Thursday, August 24th 2017 @ 8:14 AM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

To: http://njmassage.info/: Thank you for your comments. I agree that we are all responsible for the care of our bodies and minds. God provides us a short time to "make a difference" in His world and we need to make the best of the opportunity.

The use of cell phones, in particular, was a challenge for me in youth group meetings. Eventually we collected them all in an offeriung plate at the beginning of the meeting and returned them at the end.
There was one activity, entitled "The Time Machine" when I challenged youth to use their cell phones to find information about the future. It worked quite well. Go to http://christianyouthgroup.org and follow the link for the Time Machine activity.
Thursday, August 24th 2017 @ 8:20 AM

Posted by Australian friend:

I heard a pianist laying John Lennon's "Imagine" and began thinking about these posts. I also looked into the story in Comics... Very well done. Lennon sings about a world without heaven, hell and "no religion too. He sees such a world "as one" if we could all be dreamers. His song is beautiful but so is the world of Caperston and Romas once it discovered that all worlds have a caring creator. Just a thought but I need to read more to better understand the world of Caperston.
Monday, October 9th 2017 @ 8:25 PM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

Thank you to all who have recently responded to these posts. We have been away on an extended and isolated vacation which has done much for our ability to be inspired. Many posts have referenced sensitivity to nature and that is certainly what we have experienced. We have snorkels and hiked through our beautiful natural world building a sensitivity to it beyond our past experiences including a sensitivity to the presence of God. More to come when we actually return home.
Friday, October 13th 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Posted by Tim Ferguson:

With more available time let me comment more fully on recent posts.
To "Chair message benefits": we agree that "living life in full appreciation of nature" is one of the most benefitial activities we can do. Fully appreciating nature includes appreciation for the Caring Creator who developed the rules of nature that allow us to be blessed by them.

To Sal: thank you for the complements and I look to reading your blogroll after completing this post.

To "Mountainside On-site Message Therapy":thank you for your complement that this blog is " well crafted and very well researched". Your complement motivates us to keep working to provide a useful blog for our readers.

To Australian Friend: your reference to John Lennon's "Imagine" is both interesting and accurate. The idea that a world without God could be functional if not desirable is not to be ignored. However, as you have stated - the evolving world of Caperston and Romas, once it discovered that all worlds have a caring creator, challenges the wisdom of Mr. Lennon's words. Caperston and Romas were functional without the caring creator, God, but, when the people of Caperston and Romas learned the power of prayer, life turned more positive for them. But this is a whole additional story that is too detailed for this blog.

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