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You visualized his terrible pain and his great love for you. Website design By BotEap.comWe do not know the exact details of what Jesus went through. Someone had to visualize the scenes from that movie to bring it to life. Website design By BotEap.comI agree that there are different types of visualization. I absolutely do not agree with summoning the spirit world, chanting or anything like that. The only spirit I will ever invoke is the Holy Spirit. Website design By BotEap.comI think we would all agree that Dr. Charles Stanley is one of the most knowledgeable theologians of our time. He is not a preacher who would have you believe that nothing bad ever happens in the life of a Christian. He understands God’s discipline as well as God’s blessings. Website design By BotEap.comI know that Dr. Stanley believes in setting goals. I looked at his website this morning and he has a CD series called “Set Your Goals and Live by Faith.” I found it interesting that you used the word “visualize” in your promotion of the series. It said the following: Website design By BotEap.com“Dr. Stanley helps you visualize and focus on the specific things God wants to do in your life, no matter how big or small.” Website design By BotEap.comWe all know that Dr. Charles Stanley is not talking about invoking your spirit guide, chanting, or anything remotely like the occult world. neither do I Website design By BotEap.comGod encourages us to go to him in prayer for everything. We must bring him our joys, our sorrows, our thanks and our praise. Yes, even our requests. Website design By BotEap.comPhilippians 4:6 (New International Version) Website design By BotEap.com6 Do not be anxious about anything; rather, in all prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your petitions to God. 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