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#94 Welcome To Faithfreaks 2.0

Posted by Nick on 04 April 2014 - 02:47 PM

Hi guys, I wanted to welcome you to Faith Freaks 2.0 .


It’s been a long time in process, but we are up and running. and the best part is we will continue to improve upon what we have.


We have some neat things in mind, I’m so glad you joined us (again).

If you have any questions feel free to reply to this thread and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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#1187 Remembering Nick, Founder Of Faith Freaks

Posted by Tomm on 10 July 2014 - 12:39 AM

This is what I wrote on my Facebook that day...


Every once in a while someone comes into your life that really makes a difference

My friend Nick  passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.
Nick was the founder of Faithfreaks.com. A website that offered an escape for so many teens and young adults from all the garbage that is on the internet. Nick and his family sacrificed a lot for this, which became an incredible ministry. Even in his last days Nick was a living example of how God calls us to love others. In his passing he leaves a faithful legacy, and some special memories in the hearts of so many.

Nick was a father, a loving husband and a friend to many.

Our prayers go out for Nicks family. We love you Dearly

Thank you Nick, for loving all of us so deeply

You will be missed


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#334 Share Your Favorite Bible Verse

Posted by Nick on 14 April 2014 - 09:23 PM

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6&7

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#1192 Remembering Nick, Founder Of Faith Freaks

Posted by araphaxdeep on 11 July 2014 - 07:12 AM

My friendship with Nick was both unexpected, and life changing. I met Nick the first day I was on FaithFreaks. I replied to a post he had made in the forums on hockey, and from there our conversations never stopped. I didn't know who he was at the time, I just liked his DP (he had a bird sitting on his shoulder) but I would come to find out later that he was the founder of FaithFreaks. We talked everyday after that for months. In that time, I helped him out with a few things around the site until he asked me to be a mod, and eventually an admin. I didn't know it then, but that would be the beginning of an adventure. From that point on, Nick (or Snick as I came to call him. His AIM name was Faithfreaksnick and if you glance at it, it looks like faithfreak snick. So he was, and will always be, Snick to me) and I swam through a sea of learning, growing, hard times, tough choices, incredible moments, laughs, tears, and celebration as we worked side-by-side on Faithfreaks.com. It wasn't just a website, it was a family and a community. I fully believe that God brought us into each others lives (along with the other staff members) to help out these kids, and to create something new in us as well.


Nick taught me a lot about leadership, prayer, and never giving up on what God places in front of you. Many times over the years, I saw Nick stand against adversity with full confidence that God was working things out. Clear up to his last moments on this earth, he never lost faith. Snick was my friend, and I miss him dearly. But, like all Christian brothers and sisters, it is never really goodbye, but simply a see you soon.  

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#756 My Past

Posted by dermasse on 28 May 2014 - 09:04 PM

Started smoking weed at 14 when my parents divorced to numb the pain. Began trying quaaludes, acid, speed, and whatever I could get my hands on. Didn't care for beer so I drank whiskey. It was fairly easy to maintain a semblance of control with these substances. I existed like this for several years. However, once I started trying cocaine, I really got hooked. Worse yet was crack. On crack, life was all about smoking that next rock. Nothing mattered, period. I lived with a crack dealer and would literally remain awake for 7 straight days. Life consisted of sitting at the kitchen table playing cards while smoking crack, smoking cigarettes, and drinking Coke as the customers came in and out 24/7. Every once in a while we'd run out. I never really understood what the term "jones" meant until I couldn't get more crack. But there was always more to be had.


My friend, who was also my dealer, finally broke me free for a period and I moved out. I'd still smoke on the weekends, but finally even that stopped. I still got high and drunk because after 14 years, that was the norm. I tried breaking free from the need to get high and get drunk, but I was unable. I cared for no one and didn't care what I did to them. I used people for my pleasure and moved on. Some people might ask me to go to church, but I believed the lie that church was for good people, and I knew that I was not a good person. I was always able to slip through the law, employers, and anyone who tried helping.


Then one day, God put me into a place from which I could not escape. I had a choice to go all the way down into a true life of crime and destitution or reach up to Him. I chose God, and life has never been the same. I went to church on a Sunday morning and heard for the first time that, yes, I was a sinner, but it didn't matter what I'd done in my life, because God loves me and wants me to be with Him forever. If I would just believe in Him, He would forgive me, forgive EVERYTHING I'd ever done to others and myself. And He'd make me into a new person. He did. When I walked out of that church building on Sunday morning, I no longer needed or even wanted to get high or get drunk. I immediately stopped cussing. And I had an insatiable desire to know God.


I'm still far from perfect. Drinking, smoking, and cussing were surface sins. There remained many deeper ones, and God has been using those closest to me to reveal those to me over the years. I have fallen away from time to time, seeking worldly pursuits instead of Him, but when I realized where my path was taking me and repented, He was right there waiting for me.


So, no matter who you are, no matter what you've done, no matter what you believe about yourself or anyone else, God loves you and wants a real relationship with you. Jesus truly loves you!

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#393 Jars Of Clay Frontman In Support Of Gay Marriage

Posted by ForTheKing on 24 April 2014 - 08:38 PM

I think as follower of Christ, gay marriage is sin. 1 Timothy 1:9-11: "This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave-traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me." Our faith is NOT just in how we treat people, it's what is sin in GODS EYES. Romans 1:26-27: "For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error." There are so many more verses I could post, as I'm sure many others have different opinions about gays, but that doesn't matter. What matters is what the Bible says, and in my bible it says that people who commit such acts will not enter into heaven. Simple as that. Yeah it sucks that peolpe who die in that sin wont make it to heaven, but that is their choice, just like we have a choice to follow our Savior or not. Thats my conviction :)

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#366 Dare To Be Different

Posted by Apostolicgirl=squeaky on 21 April 2014 - 10:01 PM

Dare to be different we are not all the same like this one red flower in the yellow ones! floweeerr.jpg

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#36 So Close, But So Far Away

Posted by araphaxdeep on 01 April 2014 - 07:42 PM

I've been reading in the book of Numbers for my personal bible study lately and something kind of crazy happens at the end of chapter 14. The Israelites have been traveling with Moses and Aaron through the desert on their way to the Promised Land, which the Lord had promised to give them. But all the way there all they do is complain. Most often they say things like, "We should go back to Egypt! Even as slaves we had more than this!" or "It would be better to die in this desert than to keep going!" -those are both paraphrased, but that's the basic idea.


Low and behold they get to the edge of the Promised Land and the 12 spies are sent to check out the land, the people, and the vegetation and bring back a report. When they come back, the report is bad. The spies (Joshua and Caleb excluded) tell the people that the land is impossible to take, that the people are huge and the cities are well guarded and again, the people grumble.


So God gives them what they want. He tells them to turn their whining butts around and that they're going to march around in circles for the next 40 years and that everyone who's over the age of 20 (other than Caleb and Joshua) will get their wish to die in the desert.


Now this is what got me. After God tells them this they do the most logically human thing possible. They say, "But we're right here on the edge of the Promised Land. We might have been unwilling to go before, but let's go now! We're all ready to follow you now, Lord!"


Isn't that what we'd all do? I would. I'm sure.


Moses, of course, steps in and tells them not to. He warns them that they shouldn't go against what the Lord had said and that even if they do try and go into the land, God isn't with them anymore -they'll fail.


With a roll of their eyes they did it anyway and that's exactly what happened. They failed.


It got me thinking about how often I grumble and whine when things aren't going just my way and how I really need to be careful about that and if God's not with me on something, then it's destained to fail no matter how bad I want it. 



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#1213 Remembering Nick, Founder Of Faith Freaks

Posted by JesseG on 22 July 2014 - 10:35 PM

When God has a great mission for you to do, satan will come and try to destroy everything. The cancer may have gotten to him but Faith freaks is still alive. He has saved many through this website mission. His body may have died of cancer but he did not die in vain.   

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#1183 Remembering Nick, Founder Of Faith Freaks

Posted by ThankfulHeart Gael on 09 July 2014 - 09:29 PM

It is with great sadness that I share with you that Nick, the founder of faithfreaks.com,  passed away last month. He had cancer. He fought valiantly.  And through it all, his faith grew stronger and his hope for healing never waivered.


Nick started the website in April 2007. A few years earlier, he had set up a MySpace account so that he could connect with teens and family members from the church where he was leading a youth ministry group. But he became quite troubled by the content on that site. God prompted him to start a Christian social networking website that would offer a more wholesome environment...and Faith Freaks was born.


What started as a safe, well-moderated Christian MySpace alternative quickly grew to a genuine ministry. Members would turn to one another for support in their Christian walk. Moderators were trained to offer guidance for all types of issues affecting young people. Praying for others was encouraged. Ministry teams were started. Many lives were touched.


I miss Nick every day. It's even sad to share this news. But I've done so because I want to give others an opportunity to share how God has helped them through Faith Freaks. Do you have a special memory of Nick? How about the site in general? Did you make special friendships or grow closer to the Lord because of this site? Please reply below and share the special ways God has touched you because of Faith Freaks.



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#898 After Church Camp

Posted by Bethany on 06 June 2014 - 08:06 PM

This afternoon I came back home from church camp. This was the third year I went to a church camp, and this year has been the best yet. I think that not only my age and being mature are factors, but this year, my desire for following God and reaching out to people has been greater than ever before. I was blessed enough to meet a few people who are great influences and are truly Christ-seeking in their lives, which inspires me. I can see the hunger for godliness and God in their speech and actions. We went through the book of James, covering a chapter each day for the five days I was there. Every evening, there was a worship service, complete with amazing Christian music that truly inspires, and teaching direct from the Bible and the personal testimony/experiences of the speaker. After leaving camp, I felt both filled and hungry. Filled because of the wonderful teaching, but hungry to do something about it. Hungry to change my life so that everyone around me can tell that I'm different from the world. Hungry to fashion my life after Jesus and to be humble because of Christ, and powerful through Christ. I pray that you all receive this spiritual hunger as well!

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#76 Share Your Favorite Bible Verse

Posted by StormsCease//Shae on 03 April 2014 - 07:33 PM

Isaiah 41:10

"Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you;
Yes I will help you.
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

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#53 Praise

Posted by Linda Rexroad on 02 April 2014 - 11:25 AM

God has been healing me from this bug I have .

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#50 Share Your Favorite Bible Verse

Posted by ThankfulHeart Gael on 02 April 2014 - 01:02 AM

I can't think of a better way to encourage one another than to share Bible verses. What are some of your favorites? Post them as a reply to this topic.

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#356 Tetelestai

Posted by Nick on 18 April 2014 - 08:45 AM

A criminal or debtor in first century Israel, was required by law to repay their debt to society or the loaner. The debtor was issued a document that listed the crimes they had committed and/or the debt they had to repay either financially, by jail time or often times selling themselves into slavery. Once the debt was paid the document was not destroyed but instead the Greek word "Tetelestai" was written on the top. This word basically transaltes "Paid in full" or "completed" or "finished"... so if someone accused the debtor, they could pull out the document and show them that their debt has been paid.

Somewhere around 33 A.D. on a Friday afternoon at around 3pm. A man hung a cross, and as he was breathed o his last breath he spoke the word.... "Tetelestai".

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#318 Stormscease

Posted by StormsCease///Tesslynn on 13 April 2014 - 06:27 PM




“The only way to see a rainbow is to put up with the rain. The only way to get true love is to put up with the pain.” ~Unknown



The Storms Cease Project is a group of friends and fellow prayer warriors banding together to help others get through the storms in their lives.



The Passage we are based from:  Jesus Calms a Storm - Luke 8:22-25



22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger.24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” (Take away: Storms will happen, but trusting God will get you through. He wants our faith to grow. There is hope: storms cease.)



Our Basis and Story: Nearing the middle to end of 2012, Tesslynn decided to post a blog

about the pain in the world encouraging others to raise awareness about the pain in theirs. Then to show support to her friend Shae, she changed her name to "StormsCease//..." Shae had at one point been "StormsNeverCease" but had recently found hope and became "StormsCease//Shae". In order to honor and support her friend, Tesslynn started the movement, hoping that by raising awareness to the pain, others would feel they could come forward about theirs. Now Storms Cease is going FaithFreaks viral as it reaches and touches many lives.


Who we are: We are your friends, your fellow FaithFreaks members and anyone who has "StormsCease//" in front of

their names. We aren't anything special. We only put the title in front of our names so that you can find us and we can show our support. We are not counselors. We are teens and young people just like you, here to give you a

little boost.


What we do: We are loving people who are willing to listen to your prayer requests and pray with you and for you. We are also open to talk too. Please, see us as your friends, trusted peers and prayer buddies.


How to join: Most of the time, people just switch their names and put "StormsCease//" in front of their first name. However in near months Nick is planning on adding badges and titles and StormsCease will have their own. Because the StormsCease Project wants to make sure only serious prayer warriors and compassionate people join, we are asking that you contact "StormsCease///Tesslynn" with requests to join. (You can also ask "StormsCease//Shae")


Need help? Someone to talk to or pray with? You know who we are <3



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#309 Tenth Avenue North

Posted by ThankfulHeart Gael on 12 April 2014 - 06:42 PM

Tenth Avenue North - Worn


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#1342 Remembering Nick, Founder Of Faith Freaks

Posted by Onefinefeller on 25 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

I am deeply grieved to have lost my dear and close friend Nick. We go back a long way. Before Nick was married. Nick and I used to work together. And we would ride around in my car; he really liked listening to Metallica. We had talks about God. We shared our problems. And we prayed together. I started going to the Vineyard. I encouraged Nick to come with me. Later I met his wife Jessica back in 1993.


But then due to a family emergency; I had moved to California. I lost contact with Nick. I moved back here in 96. Years went by. I searched for Nick and could not find him. I was fortunate to have located him on Facebook. Last summer we found the opportunity to catch up at his place of work. I was so happy to see him. And then I learned he was the father of three children. They look just like him!


A few months later I was shocked to learn of his stage 4 cancer. He was so young! I tried to encourage him through Facebook and through a website he contacted me from. I can not believe he is gone. I just can't believe it.


This has got to be incredibly difficult for his family. Please pray for them... pray that they will be financially taken care of.



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#1184 Remembering Nick, Founder Of Faith Freaks

Posted by ThankfulHeart Gael on 09 July 2014 - 10:18 PM

I'll never forget my first encounter with Nick. It was in the Chat room on the original faithfreaks.com. At that point, I had been active on the site for about 8 months primarily in the forums section. I had joined because I was helping lead the youth group at church and I wanted a place to connect with the kids.The funny thing is that most of the youth group members who signed up didn't stay for long, but I did. I saw the site as a way to minister to many young people who just needed someone to listen to the many struggles they were faced with. Nick often called Faith Freaks the world's biggest youth group :)


By the time I met Nick, I had started to come regularly into the Chat room. I loved the interaction with kids and the chance to minister to them. Becky (araphaxdeep) who was in charge of the chat room, encouraged me to fill out an application to become a moderator, so I did so. Many weeks went by and I hadn't heard anything as far as if I had been approved or not. But it didn't bother me much because I still enjoyed myself whether or not I had 'a badge'. 


A moderator came into the Chat room that I hadn't met yet. He sent me a private message and mentioned that he heard I had applied to become a moderator. He said that the application had gotten lost and I replied that that didn't bode well.lol. The entire conversation was brief yet enjoyable, full of humor and fun. It wasn't until much later (and after I had become a mod) that I found out that the unknown moderator was actually Nick using a different account. I must have passed the informal interview because I became a moderator and eventually an administrator on Faith Freaks.


The first time I met Nick in person was at the 1st Freakathon fundraiser in Indiana. What a kick that was. Quite a few moderators were there and we enjoyed ourselves just as much in person as we did online. Our friendships grew even deeper and our commitment to this ministry solidified. I loved our monthly leaders' meetings...Nick called us leaders, not moderators :) I loved learning from him. I loved seeing what God was doing through Faith Freaks.


Nick led by example. His faith was genuine. He had a passion for helping others and a special heart for ministering to young people. The impact he had on my life is huge and I am forever grateful.

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#114 Church Bloopers - Wrong Words

Posted by Bethany on 04 April 2014 - 10:46 PM

1) Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. 
      2) The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church. 
      4) Evening massage - 6 p.m. 
      5) The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning. 
      6) The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession. 
      7) Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door. 
      8) Ushers will eat latecomers. 
      9) The third verse of Blessed Assurance will be sung without musical accomplishment. 
      10) For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 
      11) The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience. 
      12) The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, "Break Forth Into Joy." 
      13) During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit. 
      14) Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on "It's a Terrible Experience." 
      15) Due to the Rector's illness, Wednesday's healing services will be discontinued until further notice.

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