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Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke
Flowing Faith Writer with a Doctorate in Theology
Location: Ulvila, Finland
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Mari-Anna Frangén Stålnacke has been shared in 12 public circles
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|Jessica Clark-McDowell||11,942||I haven't shared a circle in a while so I'm going to share my 2 favorite (this one is my Christian one) circles for my friend +John Stinnett who is new to G+... And, all of you should add him too :)||2013-05-25 14:07:01||327||4||0||5||CC G+|
|Diane Barnett||1,964||I shared my circle of bloggers earlier today and have been asked to add +Ludovic Moreeuw, which I am happy to do. I couldn't figure out how to put him in the circle on a post that already exists, so I've added him to my blogger circle and am reposting. So, here again is a fine circle of all sorts of blogs. :>}||2013-02-26 01:27:58||145||2||2||4||CC G+|
|Diane Barnett||1,956||One more circle to share today. I met +Prodigal Me on here this morning. She is new to Google Plus and she's writing a blog. This is a circle of bloggers that I'm sharing to help everyone meet. If I have included you in this circle by mistake, please let me know.||2013-02-25 17:51:41||140||7||0||2||CC G+|
|Midas Gordon-Farleigh||0||A public circle of Christians on G+. Share and encourage each other! #Christian #sharedcircles ||2012-12-06 18:48:34||501||2||1||1||CC G+|
|Mark Smith (Marcus T)||4,213||#Christian Christian Group 1 of 2Good morning everyone! I hope you already have all of these wonderful folks in your circles... but just in case you don't... here you go!Please reshare if you like it!||2012-08-04 13:37:57||401||6||4||3||CC G+|
|Tim Young||1,428||Wanted to share a circle of G+'ers who share commentary about being a follow of #Jesus Christ. Enjoy ;)||2012-05-30 16:17:21||453||5||0||4||CC G+|
|Mark Spencer||435||Made some updates to my circle and thought I would share it with all of you. If you would like to be added to the circle, let me know.||2012-05-19 14:11:39||500||4||0||1||CC G+|
|Mark Smith (Marcus T)||2,765||Yay! Here is circle one of the Christians I know of here on G+. I have a second one I'll post in just a minute. If you are reading this, are Christian, and are not in this OR the second circle that I'm about to share... then my apologies. Please reply and let me know and I'll get you added right away. I'll be sharing both of these circles a couple more times over the next couple of days!||2012-05-04 14:38:02||401||6||1||6||CC G+|
|Aadel Bussinger||1,795||Christians||2012-05-02 00:10:51||500||2||1||3||CC G+|
|Tim Young||1,042||This is my circle of folks who follow Jesus Christ, it includes people of all backgrounds, geography and denomination, etc. Pass it along and expand the community ;)If you wish to be removed from the circle please let me know.#add #share #reshare #follow #circle #circles #follower #followers||2012-03-23 19:25:42||426||1||4||5||CC G+|
|Jessica Clark-McDowell||4,517||It's been a while since I've shared a circle so I wanted to share this one for those who are new to my page and would like to get connected with other Christians on G+||2012-02-26 03:43:39||378||5||3||7||CC G+|
|Ryan Bitters||0||Here is my favorite circle "Christians" that I felt needed to be shared with everyone who is looking for some more believers to add to their own circles.||2011-12-12 13:32:52||500||6||0||3||CC G+|
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2014-04-23 11:31:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Do you know what is the purpose of Easter? The purpose of the resurrection of Jesus is to set you free. God arranged this for you. Christ died and was resurrected for you. So you could be truly free from your transgressions and live in God's grace. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/the-purpose-of-easter.html
2014-04-22 10:25:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
I do admit it right away: The resurrection of Jesus Christ sounds crazy. It's absolutely foolish for our rational minds. It is hard to fathom that God the Father raised God the Son from the dead. But God the Spirit awakens us to believe
Read more athttp://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/04/awakening-to-the-resurrection-reality.html
2014-04-21 11:05:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Haven't you heard? Christ is risen! And that changes everything. If Jesus had not risen, we would be still dead in our sin. If Jesus had not risen, we would still be without a chance for reconciliation with God. If Jesus had not risen, we would be without living hope. But because Jesus is risen, we have a living hope. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/living-hope.html
2014-04-20 13:50:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Yes, alleluia! But what does it mean, right? What does it mean to you when you are struggling to make ends meet? What does it mean to you who is just beginning to understand God's love for you? What does it mean when God seems to be silent? What does it mean here and now? What does it really mean? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/04/what-does-it-mean-that-jesus-is-risen.html
2014-04-18 11:24:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Good Friday holds a deep meaning in the life of a Christian. It is a passover from death to life. This came through Jesus' death on the cross. But how could this event have such a huge impact on the lives of Christians? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/a-passover-from-death-to-life.html
2014-04-17 10:48:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Jesus lived his life sacrificially and we are called to do the same. Also our lives need to be taken, blessed, broken, and given to others. What could this mean? How can these words of Jesus help us to understand what sacrificial living really is all about? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/04/the-words-of-sacrifice.html
2014-04-16 11:34:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Have you accepted the reality of your sinfulness? Are you willing to admit that because of you Jesus died on the cross? We would like to think we are not sinners. We would like to think it's not our fault that Jesus died on the cross. But we could not be further from the truth. If we do not accept this fact, we are living in a lie. Then we either live in denial or despair. But we do have another option. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/accepting-need-christ.html
2014-04-15 10:25:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
What is sacrificial living anyway? Why should we live that way? And what's in it for me? Let's find out. Suffering and sacrificial living are not very appealing at the first glimpse. But could there be something deeper in it? Could there be some hidden blessings somewhere? http://buff.ly/Q8TyGe
2014-04-14 11:39:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)
On Monday of Holy week Christians traditionally read and contemplate on Jesus praying in Gethsemane. Luke concentrates on Jesus' prayer and not on the failings of the disciples. Let's see if there are any blessings hidden in the story. Let see what we can learn from Jesus' agony in Gethsemane. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/what-can-we-learn-from-jesus-agony-in-gethsemane.html
2014-04-13 11:23:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
We are entering into the Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday by remembering the day Jesus rode to Jerusalem to fulfill his destiny. While doing so Jesus fulfilled also the prophecies of the Old Testament.
Where are you in this picture? Why do you wave palms? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/04/why-do-you-wave-palms.html
2014-04-12 10:48:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Don't you ever wish there would be a refresh button for your life? That by only pushing the button everything would just miraculously sort out just fine? But, yeah, I guess that's not how life works. But we have not been left alone to deal with the mess we've made. Help is available. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/04/how-to-refresh-your-life.html
2014-04-11 10:53:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Have you been through a lot? Are you tired of bad news? So overwhelmed with the sorrows that you don't know how to go on. Or are you tired of faking that everything is all right when it's not?
Listen. No matter what: Don't paint over your brokenness. Bring it to Jesus. Don't hide your pain. Bring it to Jesus. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/do-not-paint-over-your-brokenness.html
2014-04-10 10:43:21 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)
Are you a friend of grace or a stranger to grace? I don't know anything more liberating, more exhilarating and more exuberant than God's abundant grace. In grace the whole salvation story comes together and starts to bloom. Grace is so wonderful, amazing, powerful, wild but gentle that it tames me over and over again. It embraces me and woes me for God time after time. There just isn't substitutes for grace. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/03/dont-accept-substitutes-for-grace.html
2014-04-08 11:08:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
What can we learn from the temptations of Jesus? Or are they inapplicable in today's world? But it is not just about big temptations, it's about our daily choices. It's about putting God first in everything. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/03/following-jesus-putting-god-first.html
2014-04-07 11:26:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
How do you start your day? Do you have some routines that are always the same? How long do you go until you greet God each day? You answer dictates the robustness of your faith. Really.
Either you lean on God or on your own strength.
It is your choice. But if you choose not to communicate with God in the morning, don't wonder why you feel frazzled later on the day. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/good-morning-god.html
2014-04-04 10:52:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
I want everyone to soak in God's abundant grace. I want each and everyone of us to be fully motivated to keep on surrendering to God.
Because it is what ultimately makes us happy.
Because it is what ultimately is best for us.
Because it is what brings life and more life forever more.
Don't take my word on it, the Bible tells us so. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/04/blessed-beyond-belief.html
2014-04-03 10:16:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
How are you doing? Where are you on your pilgrimage? Are you on a valley or climbing up the hill? Are you taking a break along the journey? Or are you on the top of the mountain taking in the majestic views? Have you fallen off the path or are you catching your breath somewhere? Or are you at some crossroads thinking which way to go? Read some winsome words while you're waiting:
2014-04-02 11:19:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
How is your prayer life? Do you know you are called to pray? You know, Martin Luther has said "As is the business of tailors to make clothes and cobblers to make shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray."
It is our business to pray.
It is our duty to pray.
It is our calling to pray.
2014-03-31 11:13:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Today I want to talk about something we very easily want to forget or, at least, downplay its importance in a life of a Christian. But the Bible does not want us to forget. If we want to mature in our faith, we need to be done with every trace of wickedness. The Word of God wants us to keep on growing to full maturity. Getting rid of all ill will is part of growing in faith. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/getting-rid-of-all-ill-will.html
2014-03-28 12:18:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
o you know why we try so hard to hide our wounds? It almost feels like being vulnerable and real would be the end of the world. Like the real life would be only deserved for beautiful, perfect and unbroken. But that's so, so wrong. First of all, there's beauty in brokenness. Second of all, blessings come through wounds. Not by avoiding or hiding them. But by embracing them. Really. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/blessings-come-through-wounds.html
2014-03-27 12:01:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
We are halfway through Lent already! The first half is over and now it's time to evaluate how we are doing. How are we doing with our resolutions? Has anything changed? What has God been teaching us? Have we learned something? Have a seat! I will share how my journey has been going and I would love to hear about your experiences! http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/04/halfway-checkpoint-on-lent-what-ive-learned-so-far.html
2014-03-26 11:47:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Do you know that you convey a message of eternal life or death without saying a word? I know, quite a responsibility. But our part is just to cling to Jesus. He takes care of the rest. How does that happen? Let's find out. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/the-aroma-of-christ.html
2014-03-25 12:55:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
One of the important decisions in life is to choose how we frame our life. Because our focus leads us to choose the elements that will define and refine us. Do we frame the troubles and disastrous elements of our lives? Or do we frame the grace of God and joys of the Lord? The choice is ours. Do we want the troubles and hardships to define us? Or do we let God define us? Read more at http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/03/framing-your-life-god-goals-guidance.html
2014-03-24 12:52:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
What do you think is the goal of spiritual growth? Is it mastering spiritual practices? Or something much simpler? Your answer to this question tells the health of your spiritual life. Sometimes we do get carried away with our own plans. Hopefully this post can remind you of what matters most and direct you back to the very center of Christian faith. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/the-goal-of-spiritual-growth.html
2014-03-22 12:48:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
Lent is a wonderful time to really examine where we are in our walk with God. Not to condemn ourselves but to help ourselves to be where we could be. Because it is our own loss if we are not enjoying a truly intimate relationship with God. It is our loss if we are not close to Jesus. It is our loss if we are not filled with the Holy Spirit. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2013/03/following-christ-without-excuses.html
2014-03-21 12:08:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Do you know how to keep joy? How to be always joyful? Happiness seems to come and go. In order to be happy we want more of things that used to make us happy. More stuff, more experiences, more fun. Always more. But that thrill-seeking leads us astray. Happiness-hunting gets us into trouble. More is never enough. It is a cycle to unhappiness. But happiness is not joy. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/how-to-keep-joy.html
2014-03-20 11:49:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Many of us claim that we want to do God's will in our lives. We aim to listen to God's voice and seek his guidance. But do we really hear God? Do we put his wisdom in practice? Do we let God's message transform us? Or do we edit God? Do we select what we hear?
Do we embrace God as he is? Or do we strip down God from attributes that disturb us? Do we dishonor God by deleting some parts of his message in our minds? Do we try to make God an idol we can manipulate? http://buff.ly/1dfcnlT
2014-03-19 11:42:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
It seems like this same old problem has been around since forever: people want to be like everybody else. The root cause for disobedience is the desire to be accepted and admired by others. Just like the Israelites were hoping to be like the other nations. But it's not just the Israelites who want to be like the other nations. It is us today, right this minute, wanting to be like everybody else, wanting to worship gods we can control. http://ow.ly/uK32k
2014-03-18 11:34:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Have you experienced Jesus firsthand? Or have you settled with second hand Jesus?
Do you personally know Jesus? Or do you trust other people’s opinion on Jesus?
Please, don’t be satisfied with second hand Jesus. Many talk about Jesus as a great teacher or a sage prophet. Some even pass on the saving knowledge of Jesus as Messiah. But they miss the amazing opportunity to have a personal relationship with Jesus. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/03
2014-03-17 12:14:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
I've always loved the Finnish flag - a blue cross on white - because it so boldly states our faith in the risen Christ. But I also love the Irish shamrock. According to St. Patrick's Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How wonderful to embrace the central part of Christian faith as your very own. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/the-shamrock-and-the-holy-trinity.html
2014-03-14 13:16:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Do you try to gain the esteem of the world? Are you concerned what others think of you? Would you like to please crowds? I think we all would like to be well liked. But how far are you willing to go to gain acceptance?
These questions rose as I combined two very different writing prompts I received today: ‘remember’ and ‘crowd’. Not a very likely pair. But they got me thinking. What do we need to remember? Crowd pleasing is not a worthy goal for Jesus followers? Gaining the world is so not worth it? http://buff.ly/1iJlg50
2014-03-13 11:22:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Impatience seems to be the beginning of anxiety, right? Waiting for God's guidance and timing is not easy, especially when we have all kinds of wild thoughts racing through our mind. What are the next steps God wants me to take? Should I wait or proceed? How can I be sure I am not missing God's guidance? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2013/03/waiting-for-gods-guidance-and-timing.html
2014-03-12 11:41:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Isn't it amazing how God blesses us for merely following his guidance? You see, I felt God nudging me to do this random "Message in a Bottle" giveaway so I put it in the motion awhile back. Little did I know that this little giveaway would bless me so much. And I hope you will be blessed too. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/god-is-good-all-the-time.html
2014-03-11 11:42:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Hidden sins, anyone? Are your sins under the radar?
I have been praying that God would open my eyes to see my hidden sins. Those things that are not pleasing to God but I am unable to see myself. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/03/hidden-sins-anyone.html
2014-03-10 12:28:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Life does not have to be same old, same old over and over again. Your past can be buried and you can start anew and stop repeating same old, same old over and over again. Your future does not depend on your past but on the choices you make in the present. You can choose same old, same old over and over again. Or you can turn to God and follow his ways. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/turn-to-god-and-live.html
2014-03-07 12:09:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
One of the really great things about Christianity is that God does not force us to do anything. God invites us and waits for willing hearts to follow his leading. How is your heart doing? Are you willinghearted?
I'd like to say yes. I desire to say yes. But when I read these words of Jesus I am left wondering. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/willinghearted.html
2014-03-06 12:12:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Even though the world around us is full of marks of death and dying we try deny our own mortality. We like to live in La-La Land and pretend we are not aging and our life will go on forever. But the sooner we face the reality: we are dust and we will return to dust, the better we can embrace living fully. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/02/you-are-dust.html
2014-03-05 12:18:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Time for spiritual renewal is here: Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (today). Lent is an opportunity to imitate Jesus as he fasted forty days in the desert. Lent is an opportunity to make room for God in our lives and get closer to him. Even Jesus did not say if you fast, he said when you fast.
2014-03-04 12:03:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Don't let the fear of religious rituals keep you away from experiencing the blessings of Lent! The fear is needed to keep us on toes when it comes to practicing piety. There are great dangers in empty religious rituals. But the solution is not to keep away. We are not to throw away the baby with the bath water! The solution is to embrace them with God. The solution is to be a friend of grace! http://www.flowingfaith.com/2011/03/how-to-keep-works-out-of-lent.html
2014-03-03 11:56:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Spiritual exercise is necessary for robust spiritual health. There is no way around it. Any muscle that goes unused becomes weak. Any faith that does not get exercised becomes weak. So what are you waiting for? You even have your own spiritual trainer, the Holy Spirit, available 24/7. Let's continue our journey towards a strong spiritual immune system. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/03/the-spiritual-immune-system-part-4.html
2014-03-01 12:07:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Faith is not an abstract idea. Nor it is a passive acceptance of certain set of beliefs. Faith is not merely a matter of eternity, either. Faith is God in action within us now. Faith is God changing us inside out. And then we are sent to live out our faith in our communities. Because faith needs to be lived and shared. That way it becomes visible.
2014-02-28 12:30:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Do you avoid choosing? Do you push decision-making as far as possible? Or do you like everything settled, clear and precise? I've learned of myself that I want to keep my options open until I am 100% sure that my decision is the right one. But rarely do we have that kind of certainty in life, do we? We have to choose even when we don't have all the information in whether we like it or not. What to do then? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/02/the-sacred-art-of-decision-making.html
2014-02-27 13:29:33 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)
What's your goal in life?
Mine is to become a woman after God's own heart.
I can't do it.
But God can.
Ready to join me in the quest?
2014-02-26 12:22:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
You know that faith is a gift from God. You can't earn it, you can just receive it. Just as spiritual gifts in general, also faith is inspired and brought to pass by one and the same Holy Spirit. If you have had the pleasure to receive the gift of faith....what are you doing with it? Does it brighten your days? Do you glow for Christ? Is it time to rekindle your faith? http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/02/rekindle-your-faith.html
2014-02-25 11:27:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Did you know that the word for “priest” in Latin is pontifex which means “bridge builder”? Jesus is the bridge builder from humans to God. If we want to get to God, we must cross over the bridge Jesus has built. http://buff.ly/1bImyhH
2014-02-24 12:10:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Do you have a strong spiritual immune system? Are you robust in spiritual health? How do you maintain it? How can you boost your own spiritual immune system? Let's continue our journey towards healthy spiritual immune system. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/02/the-spiritual-immune-system-part-3.html
2014-02-22 12:34:56 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)
Somehow we humans want to be better than we are. We'd like to be perfect. But we are not. There's no one without fault. "There's not one totally good person on earth, Not one who is truly pure and sinless." (Ecc. 7:20, MSG) God knows this. That's why he sent Christ to the world. So we would have a way back to him. Because we could never make it on our own. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2012/02/no-need-to-fake-it.html
2014-02-21 11:45:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
We need courage to dare to be all the God called us to be. God has given certain gifts so we could shine for him. We need to put them in good use. We are not to hide our light or our voice from the world. And we are not to play small either, that does not serve anyone. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2014/02/pointers-for-finding-your-voice.html
2014-02-20 11:50:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Disappointments are part of life. There will always be some sort of disappointments along the way. If we expect no hardships we will always be disappointed and might even become bitter. The trick here is to learn what to do with disappointments. http://www.flowingfaith.com/2013/02/how-to-handle-disappointments.html
2014-02-18 12:33:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Anytime you start doubting, go back to your Bible. Anytime your feelings tell you that there is no way out, take your Bible out. Anytime you want to be assured by God’s amazing love check out some of the Bible verses that include these two little words “but God”. They’re small words but they declare God’s powerful ways to operate in this world in a big way! http://www.flowingfaith.com/2013/02/but-god-can.html
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