Re-introduction; CaliBob

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calibob

Sinner saved by grace
May 29, 2018
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#1
I've been told I should have done it differently and thought about so here goes.

Hi, I'm CaliBob, I figured ther'd be plenty of Bobs' and I'm from Long Beach, but cali is faster to write.

I was born in 54 abandoned at birth, fostered in 55 and adopted in 57. I called my step mother mom, she was catholic but shunned by the church for marring a non catholic. In spite of that I was raised catholic and went through the ritual, ceremonies and entrapments that went with it. I even went to catholic school but I became skeptical and turned me back on being Catholic at 18. A few years later I got arrested for not paying a traffic ticket and wound up in the can for 3 days. The only thing to do was read and the only thing was a Good News pocket version of Mark. (I'm thankful).

I began praying to a god I didn't know and a savior I only hoped in. Through a near miracle of meeting a homeless person who introduced me to a group of what I thought were hippies but were in fact what we used to call 'Jesus freaks' sitting in a park, goofing off (I thought) but were really doing a bible study. I was invited to an auditorium to worship with them, (they couldn't afford a sanctuary), and that's how I got saved. So the next time you see a bunch of weirdos goofing off somewhere, "judge not!"

Since then I've volunteered at homeless shelters, counseling centers, (including suicide prevention) drug, alcohol and ex-convict, rehab. I had California certification as a substance abuse counselor but lost it for admitting I was afraid of gays with aids whom I worked with every day. I was more or less blackballed for being 'homophobic'. (I was afraid of aids, then).

Now I'm retired, live in Oklahoma, help support my daughter and her family. I stumbled upon this site by asking questions about Quakerism on line because 'I' don't think 'being Christian' should be a political identity in a nation that is based on the seperation of church and state and if you disagree with me you can either keep it to yourself or propose an amendment. I'm an American too.

Well, that's who I am, what I am, what I believe, and why. the short version at least so let this stand as my intro. Any questions? I remain here because I desire to intelligent discourse with other Christians of any denomination who don't feel the need to tow the party line. Thank you and good-bye for now, CaliBob
 

tourist

Senior Member
Mar 13, 2014
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#2
You wrote quite a testimony and thank you for sharing it. You have gone above and beyond in giving the gift of your time, talents, and treasure in your volunteer work. Glad to have you as a member of our community. Welcome to CC.
 

Magenta

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Jul 3, 2015
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#3
Thank you for such a thorough, informative, and interesting intro! :) Nice testimony, too :D

There are a few of us here who were raised in the RCC, and broke away for one reason or another :devilish:

I left it when I was sixteen, and did not "become" Christian until I was 49, 14 years ago ;)
 

calibob

Sinner saved by grace
May 29, 2018
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#4
Thank you for such a thorough, informative, and interesting intro! :) Nice testimony, too :D

There are a few of us here who were raised in the RCC, and broke away for one reason or another :devilish:

I left it when I was sixteen, and did not "become" Christian until I was 49, 14 years ago ;)
Thank you for such a thorough, informative, and interesting intro! :) Nice testimony, too :D

There are a few of us here who were raised in the RCC, and broke away for one reason or another :devilish:

I left it when I was sixteen, and did not "become" Christian until I was 49, 14 years ago ;)
Thank you, I was tempted to start with I'm just an old hippie (lol) but decided not to because of P.C. I got were overwhelming& the amount of rage I got over my gay bashing post amazed me, and some even said they don't know any Christians that hate gays... I even used to work with one...I felt like asking so how many go to your church?
The amount of positive responses I got but there were some haters and I wrote them back. I didn't get many but the ones I did get were really, really mad

I did make answer a post about the RCC that you may find interesting also. Well thanks for responding. CaliBob
 

Deade

Called of God
Dec 17, 2017
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#5
I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Left for Oklahoma in '74, because I married a part-Cherokee. I eventually divorced her married another part-Cherokee. Went back to San Bernardino, CA in '84. Went North to Oakland in '85 to work in a mission. I did drug rehab counselling there, also.

 

Gman

Junior Member
Nov 30, 2017
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#6
I've been told I should have done it differently and thought about so here goes.

Hi, I'm CaliBob, I figured ther'd be plenty of Bobs' and I'm from Long Beach, but cali is faster to write.

I was born in 54 abandoned at birth, fostered in 55 and adopted in 57. I called my step mother mom, she was catholic but shunned by the church for marring a non catholic. In spite of that I was raised catholic and went through the ritual, ceremonies and entrapments that went with it. I even went to catholic school but I became skeptical and turned me back on being Catholic at 18. A few years later I got arrested for not paying a traffic ticket and wound up in the can for 3 days. The only thing to do was read and the only thing was a Good News pocket version of Mark. (I'm thankful).

I began praying to a god I didn't know and a savior I only hoped in. Through a near miracle of meeting a homeless person who introduced me to a group of what I thought were hippies but were in fact what we used to call 'Jesus freaks' sitting in a park, goofing off (I thought) but were really doing a bible study. I was invited to an auditorium to worship with them, (they couldn't afford a sanctuary), and that's how I got saved. So the next time you see a bunch of weirdos goofing off somewhere, "judge not!"

Since then I've volunteered at homeless shelters, counseling centers, (including suicide prevention) drug, alcohol and ex-convict, rehab. I had California certification as a substance abuse counselor but lost it for admitting I was afraid of gays with aids whom I worked with every day. I was more or less blackballed for being 'homophobic'. (I was afraid of aids, then).

Now I'm retired, live in Oklahoma, help support my daughter and her family. I stumbled upon this site by asking questions about Quakerism on line because 'I' don't think 'being Christian' should be a political identity in a nation that is based on the seperation of church and state and if you disagree with me you can either keep it to yourself or propose an amendment. I'm an American too.

Well, that's who I am, what I am, what I believe, and why. the short version at least so let this stand as my intro. Any questions? I remain here because I desire to intelligent discourse with other Christians of any denomination who don't feel the need to tow the party line. Thank you and good-bye for now, CaliBob
Welcome to Christian Chat I'm glad you are here, God bless you!
 

Mel85

Daughter of the True King
Mar 28, 2018
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#7
Hello calibob. Welcome to CC :) hope to see you around the forums.

Also, thank you for sharing your testimony. Praise God!

Blessings ❤️