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03 Nov Why You Should Stop Believing in God (Real Talk)

 

Here’s an honest, straight-from-the-heart vlog.

 

Questions to consider:

 

• Why do you believe in God?

• Why do you not believe in God?

• Do you believe God is good?

• Is your belief in God making your life better? Worse?

• Is atheism the only alternative to rejecting a fundamentalist version of God?

• It’s one thing to believe in God, but do you even LIKE the God you believe in?

• Does what you were taught about God contradict what you believe in your hear about love?

• What’s the problem with believing in an angry and violent God?

 

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19 Oct 12 Questions for Joshua Tongol – Ready…Go!!

 

Hey folks, not too long ago I was interviewed in Santa Barbara by a ministry called The Golden Lampstand.

 

I hope it gives food for thought and encouragement to those who can relate with what I share.

 

The Golden Lampstand Production presents: “The Truth Revealed” Series

 

Date: October 8, 2014
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

 

An honest, straight-from-the-heart interview with Joshua Tongol.
(author “So You Thought You Knew” and international speaker)

 

1) What is the gospel?
2) How important is questioning?
3) What’s the problem with religion in general?
4) What are your thoughts about church?
5) What would you say to those struggling with their faith?
6) What’s a big division in the church?
7) How can unity come back into the church?
8) What would you like people to remember you and your wife for?
9) You say/use the quote gesture often when you speak. Why?
10) What helped you get out of the fear-based relationship with God?
11) Why did you start writing? And tell us about your projects.
12) Final thoughts?

 

Edited by: Ricardo Perez
Background music: “Without Limits” by Ross Bugden
Golden Lampstand channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClplvYbMZYEiPJh-NO3duXg

 

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16 Oct Santa Barbara – Questions, Challenges, and Being Stretched

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Remy and I had an awesome time in Santa Barbara over the past few days. I was able to share and answer questions, spend time with a community, and even do an interview for an online ministry called The Golden Lampstand.

 

As for my speaking engagement, the audience/community was a pretty mixed group when it came to the people’s theological backgrounds. So, of course, there were different reactions to what I shared. But overall, it was a great experience for me.

 

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On our last night, before Remy and left to go home, one of the guys who heard me speak thanked me and said, “Usually when we have a guest speaker we don’t ever get together [as a community] and talk about it. But after you spoke we did. It stirred something up.” Those words meant a lot to me.

 

Folks, my heart is for people to discuss important religious doctrines which have definitely affected people’s lives–especially the ones which have seemed to hurt people more than help them. I encourage people to respect others with where they’re at on their journey, but to also be honest with where they’re at as well.

 

Can we openly share our hearts, questions, and doubts?

 

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Anyway, we appreciate the hours and hours of conversations we had over the past few days–especially the ones when people openly shared their struggles. Thanks for trusting us.

 

And thanks to Melissa and Ricardo Perez for hosting us. But most of all, we cherish your guys’ friendship. You two are awesome!

 

Let’s keep the conversations going.

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12 Oct A Message to All Christians – Don’t Be Afraid to Do This (MUST WATCH!!)

 

My name is Joshua Tongol.

 

I was raised a Christian.

 

For years I believed whatever I was taught by pastors, preachers and teachers. I was told what to believe, how to think, and how to live.

 

Honestly, I constantly struggled with my faith because, on the one hand, I believed in a God who supposedly “loved” me unconditionally, but, on the other hand, I also believed in a God who was hateful, exclusive, judgmental, and violent.

 

God, to me, seemed somewhat schizophrenic.

 

I had no security in God’s love whatsoever. His love and acceptance of me was based on what I believed and how “good” I was.

 

Thankfully, my life and views of God began to change (for the better) once I started to do what I’ll be sharing in this video.

 

Here are some things for you to think about:

 

*What if everything you were taught about Christianity (and religion) is wrong?

 

*Learn to think for yourself and don’t allow others to think for you

 

*Always be honest and true to yourself

 

*Are your religious beliefs creating a better you and helping make this world a better place?

 

*Do you have questions about your faith but are too afraid to ask them?

 

*Can you still be spiritual without having to be a Christian?

 

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06 Oct Update + Santa Barbara + Forthcoming Book = Here ya go!

For those in the area, Remy and I will be in Santa Barbara October 7-8. We’d love to meet you! Here’s the information below:

 

LOCATION:
The School of Jesus Community House
720 Bath St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

 

TIME:

6-7:30 (book signing will follow at the end)

 

On October 7, I’ll be speaking to a class of around 40 students (which is open to the public). I’ll be sharing a bit of my journey and answering questions. (This should be fun!).

 

On October 8, I’ll be at SBHOP (House of Prayer) being recorded, and answering questions for “The Golden Lampstand,” which is an upcoming magazine and website designed to provide a unifying platform for various pioneering voices.

 

Oh, and before I forget to mention, the “God Outside the Box” conference in Minnesota was amazing!  For one whole week, we had hours and hours of conversations everyday. We opened up our hearts, encouraged one another, shared our questions/doubts, but loved and accepted one another without any judgement. (For this reason, I decided not to record any of the sessions to respect people’s privacy.)

 

(LEFT PHOTO: Remy with our beautiful hosts, Sue Beach and Jacqui Grant of “The Wilderness Lodge”)

(RIGHT PHOTO: Some folks who attended. I swear, the dog went in between my legs out of nowhere lol!)

 

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Also, last week we announced on Facebook that we plan on moving overseas possibly next year. Being in the USofA has been such a great experience so far, but we never had any plans of settling here for too long. So if you wanna connect and hook up with us in the following months before we leave, then let us know.

 

Last but not least, many have been asking if I’ll be writing another book and, well, I just finished the first draft of my second book a few days ago! Yipee!

 

As for the subject of the book, let’s just say it’s gonna be pretty different than the first one. And let’s also say that you’re gonna have to have a pretty open mind to digest some of the things I say in it as well–that is, if you come from a traditional Christian background. But hey, being stretched is all part of the journey, right?

 

I’ll be sharing more about the book as it goes through the publishing process. So be on the lookout!

 

Much love,

Josh and Remy

 

 

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05 Sep REMINDER: Last Chance to Register for “God Outside the Box” 6 Day Event

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YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!

 
Join Joshua Tongol, Jeff Turner and Rafael Garcia for a 6 day event.

 

From September 8-13, journey together into a deeper understanding of God, the puzzle we call life, and how we fit into this puzzle.

 

LOCATION:

Historic Wilderness Lodge Retreat & Inn (www.thewildernesslodge.com)

Bigfork, Minnesota
 
Expand your thinking through thought-provoking teachings, discussions, prayer, meditation, fellowship and family time.

 

Topics include: God, creation, imagination, intimacy, love, possibilities, creating, faith, reality, quantum physics, identity, inclusion, etc.

 

Register here: http://www.thewildernesslodge.com/events/
Call to reserve your spot: 218-743-3458

 

CHECK-IN: Sunday, Sept. 7, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CHECK-OUT: Sunday, Sept. 14, 9:00 a.m.

 

TUITION:

$777 per person SPACE IS LIMITED TO 22
Includes: Shared accommodations in a luxury log cabin or Lodge room at historic Wilderness Lodge (max 6 per cabin/room), continental breakfast and delicious home cooked lunches and dinners, all teachings and event supplies, airport shuttle, lake tours, bonfires, activities, and 10% off any spa treatment at the Lake Escape Spa.
 
If you wish to attend one day, there is a daily fee of $75 that includes lunch and dinner.
 
DEPOSIT/CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $350 deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due upon arrival. Deposits are NOT refundable but may be transferred to another person. Save $50 when you pay the tuition in full at time of registration.
 
AIRPORTS:

Minneapolis/St Paul MSP (4 hrs. away) Duluth Int. DLH (2 hrs. away) We provide a FREE shuttle to/from Duluth Int. Airport. You must book your flights according to the shuttle schedule: Pick up Time – 5:00 p.m. Drop off Time – 1:00 p.m.
 
ACTIVITIES:

Boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bonfires, lake tours, sight seeing, shopping, music, cook outs, FUN, fellowship, onsite spa, private contemplation/prayer, rest, relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation

 

Register here: http://www.thewildernesslodge.com/events/

 

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01 Sep 89% Off “So You Thought You Knew”! Get it While You Can!!

I have some awesome news.
 
For a LIMITED TIME, the kindle version of So You Thought You Knew will be discounted at 89% OFF the original price!!

 

Starting from August 31, the kindle book will be priced at only $0.99.

 

Then the countdown begins.

 

After a few days the book will go back to its original price of $8.62.

 

So if you want to take advantage of this great deal, you need to act fast! Remember, it’s only for a few days.

 

Now, if you already have the kindle version of the book, why not buy it for someone else? If you know someone whom you think might need (or want) it, Amazon gives you the option to give it as a gift (it’s near the purchasing button).

 

So there you go! Please help us get this book into the hands of as many people as possible during the next few days. Just SHARE, TWEET, LIKE, and all that other shhhtuff to help get the word out.

 

Also, let us know how the book has touched your life in any way by writing a review on Amazon. It only takes a few minutes. My wife and I love to hear your stories! Oh, it brings us joy!

 

And last, but not least, don’t forget that the book is now in 3 formats:
 

Paperback

Kindle

Audio

 

Much love to you all.
 
-Josh and Remy

 

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09 Aug Fear is an illusion (ALL IN YOUR MIND)

 

Did we enter this world with fear, separation, and shame? Or is all this “darkness” between our ears?

 

Unfortunately, many parents, educators and ministers have negatively affected the subconscious minds of people all over the world.

 

It’s time to remember our innocence.

 

Listen in as Joshua shares his heart and answers questions on important subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.
 

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03 Aug “God Outside the Box” 6 Day Event

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YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!

 
Join Joshua Tongol, Jeff Turner and Rafael Garcia for a 6 day event.

 

From September 8-13,  journey together into a deeper understanding of God, the puzzle we call life, and how we fit into this puzzle.

 

LOCATION:

Historic Wilderness Lodge Retreat & Inn (www.thewildernesslodge.com)

Bigfork, Minnesota
 
Expand your thinking through thought-provoking teachings, discussions, prayer, meditation, fellowship and family time.

 

Topics include: God, creation, imagination, intimacy, love, possibilities, creating, faith, reality, quantum physics, identity, inclusion, etc.

 

Register here: http://www.thewildernesslodge.com/events/
Call to reserve your spot: 218-743-3458

 

CHECK-IN: Sunday, Sept. 7, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CHECK-OUT: Sunday, Sept. 14, 9:00 a.m.

 

TUITION:

$777 per person SPACE IS LIMITED TO 22
Includes: Shared accommodations in a luxury log cabin or Lodge room at historic Wilderness Lodge (max 6 per cabin/room), continental breakfast and delicious home cooked lunches and dinners, all teachings and event supplies, airport shuttle, lake tours, bonfires, activities, and 10% off any spa treatment at the Lake Escape Spa.
 
If you wish to attend one day, there is a daily fee of $75 that includes lunch and dinner.
 
DEPOSIT/CANCELLATION POLICY:

A $350 deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due upon arrival. Deposits are NOT refundable but may be transferred to another person. Save $50 when you pay the tuition in full at time of registration.
 
AIRPORTS:

Minneapolis/St Paul MSP (4 hrs. away) Duluth Int. DLH (2 hrs. away) We provide a FREE shuttle to/from Duluth Int. Airport. You must book your flights according to the shuttle schedule: Pick up Time – 5:00 p.m. Drop off Time – 1:00 p.m.
 
ACTIVITIES:

Boating, swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking, bonfires, lake tours, sight seeing, shopping, music, cook outs, FUN, fellowship, onsite spa, private contemplation/prayer, rest, relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation

 

Register here: http://www.thewildernesslodge.com/events/

 

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