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The mystery of the beautiful exterior of UBF and my hope and vision for discipleship

Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá Accessed online on 2018 February 15

Note:  Although some of the images are the same as in other articles I wrote this is a different article

The original article below explains my vision for doing authentic voluntary non hierarchical discipleship and my hope for University Bible Fellowship.

Title:  The mystery of the beautiful exterior of UBF

The purpose of this article is to show how there are wonderful things taught and done by the real lay-missionaries in UBF composing it’s beautiful and wonderful (but less  than perfect) outside.

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Five Things That Helped My Journey out of UBF

**was originally submitted on UBF: Ur Being Flat on 9/30/16**

Leaving an organization like UBF is often a messy, complicated process. The level of emotional and spiritual manipulation that one has experienced by the time they are compelled to leave can lead to stress, anxiety, fear and confusion. Cult dogma that has been grafted in and emotionally hardened over the course of years is not easily tossed aside, and it is not simple to sort out the truth from the twisting. Am I really leaving God’s will? Does this mean that I’ve compromised in my faith? But what about all the good things that have happened in the ministry?

Therefore, when the time comes that the Spirit prompts one to leave an unhealthy church, it is the start of a long, bumpy process. Here are some things that helped me along the way.

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Captive Set Free

l1My name is Susan, and this is my true story…

I was introduced to the Toledo Chapter of UBF around ’93/’94 by a guy named Jeff.  He introduced me to his Korean bible teacher, Hannah.  She was excessively persistent in calling me, showing up at my dorm, and offering me all kinds of “help” through 1:1 bible study. I finally gave in and agreed to study with her. Little did I know that this would lead to a long, harrowing 2 years of spiritual abuse and hell.

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A Thankful Heart

tHere are the things I am so very thankful for this year…in no particular order. As one of my favorite bands, Tesla, wrote once:

It’s not whatcha got, it’s a-what you give.
It ain’t the life you choose, it’s the life you live.
It’s only what you give, only what you give, only what you give,
It’s not whatcha got, a-but the life you live.
It’s the life you live.
What you give

Or as the ancient Aesop wrote sometime during his life around 600 BC: Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
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