Do you trust Me?Do you?Do you trust Me?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
-- Do you trust Me?
This could be the moment of your turning point...
When you hear God's voice and say... Yes! I trust YOU!
Life in 6 words!Don't keep them to yourself... share themLife in 6 words!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ten Quotes About Christian ApologeticsGreat Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Great Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:
• Apologetics is not simply about reaching outside the church and helping people realize why Christianity makes so much sense. There are many people inside church congregations who are wrestling with apologetic questions; who come to faith but haven’t ...had all of their questions answered. I think the pastor, the preacher, needs to realize if they want their people to be good and minister to the faith, apologists and evangelists, they’ve got to be equipped. They’ve got to be reassured about their faith. They’ve got to be helped to be able to explain it and defend it in the secular marketplace. Now maybe many pastors and preachers say, ‘You know, I couldn’t do this.’ In which case, you need to bring somebody in who can. But there’s a real need for the local church to see this kind
Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today tolerance is being redefined to mean that all views are equally valid and all lifestyles equally appropriate. As such, the notion that Jesus is the only way is vilified as the epitome of intolerance. Rather than capitulating to culture, Christians must be equipped to expose the flaws of today's tolerance, while simultaneously exemplifying true tolerance.
First, to say all views are equally valid sounds tolerant but in reality is a contradiction in terms. If indeed all views are equally valid then the Christian view must be valid. The Christian view, however, holds that not all views are equally valid. Thus, the redefinition of tolerance in our culture is a self-refuting proposition. Moreover, we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree. If all views were equally valid, there would be no need for tolerance.
Furthermore, today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments. A modern
180 Degrees - The call180 Degrees - The Call180 Degrees - The call1 year ago in Personal More Like This
WARNING: Graphic Content!!
33 minutes that can change your entire world...
The Truth About So-Called Ghosts!Do You Believe in Ghosts?The Truth About So-Called Ghosts!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
As a recurring question among Christians we have come across a lot of Christians and friends that do NOT have a Biblical understanding of "ghosts". At times, we are quite surprised that when this subject of ghosts comes up, very few Christians know what the Bible says about it. Therefore, we felt necessary to provide you learning material to equip you to give a proper answer according to 1 Peter 3:15.
Do You Believe in Ghosts?
by Rick Barry
Ghosts. What do you really think about them? If someone pushes us, most will admit a degree of love for scary stories. But what about reports of real ghosts, even by sincere Christians? Few Christians seem to know what to think. If we look to the Scriptures, however, we find solid answers, even on this murky subject.
Both children and adults alike wonder about the existence of ghosts. Some reject the notion. Others insist that ghosts exist and cite experiences—their own or friend-of-a-friend
All deviants can now write Critiques Be a giver!All deviants can now write Critiques2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Sometimes you come across a deviation that deserves special attention. It catches your eye in such a way that you're compelled to craft a response that goes above and beyond a normal comment. Or perhaps a fellow deviant is having a tough time with a particular aspect of their work, and you know just what they need to take their art to the next level. As a good Internet citizen and art enthusiast, you want to help them out, but a normal comment doesn't quite suit your purpose.
For these situations and more, we've given everyone the ability to write a Critique.
What is Critique?
DeviantART's Critique system is designed to help artists get in-depth, critical feedback and commentary on their work. Valued feedback through Critique promotes creative growth as an artist and draws special attention to work. Critiques are also a way for committed art enthusiasts, connoisseurs, and fans to publish real criticism,
The New Sta.sh CommentsToday, we've upgraded Sta.sh comments, allowing you to easily add formatting and media to comments. You can now pull in images to your comments and then draw on those images using deviantART muro! This new feature, powered by Sta.sh Writer, makes collaboration in Sta.sh even better!The New Sta.sh Comments1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Easier Collaboration and Communication
We're happy to announce the new Sta.sh comments. As you're aware, Sta.sh Writer allows rich text editing of literature and journal deviations on deviantART, and we're happy to expand this functionality to more areas of the site.
The new Sta.sh comments allows multiple features and rich text editing to be employed on these comments. Not only does it improve on functionality that already exists in comments, it also pulls in the full power of the Sta.sh Writer application into your comments, completely revolutionizing creative communication on Sta.sh.
Add Formatting and Media to Sta.sh Comments!
Add formatting to com
A Clean SlateA Clean Slate: How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt YouA Clean Slate2 years ago in Personal More Like This
A Clean Slate: How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You
by Charles R. Swindoll
Walking closely with the Lord means we must come to terms with forgiving others. Yes, must. We can’t avoid or deny the fact that relationships often bring hurt and the need to forgive. Whether we have been wronged by another or the responsibility is ours, Ephesians 4:31-32 beautifully summarizes how we can have a clear conscience and be free to love and serve God with all our heart:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)
In different stages in our life, we may be confronted with the difficult task of forgiveness. The following chart and steps help us get sta
I am more than OKAre you Content?I am more than OK2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow apace.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has s
Christians are FOOLS!!Christianity is for FOOLSChristians are FOOLS!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
How many times have you had someone here at dA say that you are a fool? As a matter of fact, if they do... say, yes I am Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!New! Post to multiple places!Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since the release of Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer, there's been one feature in particular that we've been itching to release, and we're happy to announce that it's ready! Sta.sh Writer now allows for publication to multiple outlets, including your Gallery, Journal, or Group Journals.
How does it work?
1. Head to Sta.sh Writer and begin writing your entry.
2. Choose a skin for your Group from the right hand panel.
3. When you're ready to publish, choose any combination of your Journal, the Journal Portal (browseable by all deviants), and your Groups of which you are in an administrative class.
These options are perfect for those who may want to post the same message to their personal Journal and one or more of their Groups.
Keep in mind!
Submitters, be sure that you have the appropriate privileges to post Journals and/or deviati
deviantART no longer supports older browsersThe Internet is an ever-changing place. To take advantage of all it has to offer -- in terms of applications, games, add-ons and more -- it's important to surf the Net using a modern browser. The new capabilities made available in major browser releases allow Web developers (at deviantART and otherwise) to build faster, more stable and secure, Web technology. Additionally, keeping your browser up to date is one of the best ways to ensure your computer's safety on the Net.deviantART no longer supports older browsers2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What does this mean for you?
DeviantART offers a number of features that work best, or only work, using modern browsers. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you download the latest version of your favorite browser.
We no l
Introducing the deviantART Twitter NetworkGet daily inspirational artwork delivered straight to your Twitter feed! Even when you're away from deviantART, you can stay inspired while keeping a pulse on the deviantART community. DeviantART's Twitter Network is a series of Twitter profiles that tweet recently popular deviations in specific categories.Introducing the deviantART Twitter Network2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The deviantART Twitter Network
Cartoons & Comics
Follow the categories you're most interested in or follow them all!
How it works
These accounts tweet recently popular deviations in a given categor
Random Art Health TipsEDIT: Everyone has shared amazing tips. Please read through comments for more! Stay strong everyone!Random Art Health Tips1 year ago in Personal Journal More Like This
There's no secret that being an artist is one of the most unhealthiest things in the world Sometimes we just get so lost in doing what we love to do...
Force yourself to take hour breaks. Get up and stretch, all that good stuff. Besides, the short little break might help you not think about your current project for a moment, and make you look at it again from a different light and spot some mistakes to fix
Invest in making your workspace as comfortable as can be. Get fluffy pillows for your chair, get a comfy cushion, make your desk as comfortable as you can. They're worth the money, trust me. @_@
Get one of those squishy toys for your desk. Every now and then when you're not holding your pen/pencil, just squish it a few times to keep your hands from cramping up.
Don't forget to breathe @__@ ... I know this s
Part 1: Why does God allow bad things to happen?“I had heard about You before, but now I have seen You.”Part 1: Why does God allow bad things to happen?7 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is part of a journal series examining the age old question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen?"
Part 2: http://fav.me/d6kwg5t "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
Part 3: http://fav.me/d6lobn0 "My end is my beginning."
Part 4: http://fav.me/d6mk391 "We don't know what good is."
Part 5: http://fav.me/d6nj8xh "Five points of light."
Part 6: http://fav.me/d6v2g6a "Why do bad things happen if God is good?" (audio)
The Father Who Gives You Strength
This excerpt is taken from "The Father Who Gives You Strength" by Max Lucado
It all happened in one day. One day he could choose his tee time at the nicest golf course in the country; the next he couldn’t even be the caddie. One day he could Lear jet across the country to see the heavyweight bout at the Las Vegas Mirage. The next he couldn’t afford a city bus across town.
Talk about calm becoming chaos. . .
The first thing to go is his empire.
10 Quotes of Faith & ReasonTen Quotes on Faith and Reason10 Quotes of Faith & Reason2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It is not only reasonable to question when it comes to matters of faith, but also responsible. If we are not open to questioning certain beliefs, held by ourselves or by others, whether secular or sacred, then we will be tossed about on the waves of popular opinion, or become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others. - G.S. West
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. - Blaise Pascal
I realize anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.
- Jerry Bridges
How is your Chroma?As artists we all know that color is our friend, whether full spectrum, monochromatic, or simply black and white. But knowing just how to use this very special friend can be frustrating at times or just downright confusing (trust me, I've been there plenty before!) This blog is for those of us who work traditionally (not to worry my futuristic friends, I'll be writing a blog specifically for you as well!) Here are some terms you need to become acquainted with: chroma, value, tint, shade, and intensity/saturation.How is your Chroma?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
What is Chroma?
Chroma is the Greek word for "color", it refers to the purity or intensity of a color.
What is Value?
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.
What is a Tint?
Tinting a color means lightening it by adding white.
What is a shade?
Shading a color means darkening it by adding black.
What is intensity and saturation?
This refers to the strength of
UpdateHey fellow Deviants!Update1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I've been rather quiet on here lately because I'm in the process of sorting out my life, career, spirit, etc. 2012 was also a rough year where I faced some tough battles in the mind and heart. It revealed that there were some very serious fears, bitterness, anger, rejection, depression that I needed to resolve inside and with others. I'm still on the process of resolving them as I build a new lifestyle centered around a deeper walk with Christ. No more rushing ahead on my own devices. It's not enough to read bible go to church go home--we have to have a circulating, living, breathing communication and love with God (cant stress enough how useful fasting is). I kept holding back from that because that level of vulnerability and loss of control is scary but that's where trust comes in. Jesus allowed himself to be vulnerable to us so I can fellowship with him in that because he is the living Heart of God.
I also realized even more the depth of my human wea
Is apologetics really necessary?Is apologetics really necessary?Is apologetics really necessary?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
DEFINITION: First, apologetics is the defense of the faith “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). The word “apologetics” is derived from the Greek, apologia, which means “a reasoned defense.” As such, it involves providing an answer, not an apology in the contemporary sense of the word. Just as good attorneys defend their clients in courts of law by presenting solid evidence and sound reasoning, so too apologists defend the truth of Christianity through well-reasoned answers to the questions regarding our faith.
Too often people suppose the task of apologetics to be the exclusive domain of scholars and theologians. Not so! The defense of the faith is not optional. It is basic training for every Christian. And that means you!
First, the Bible informs us that apologetics is not just a nicety; it is a necessity for every believer. Writing in a
Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not?Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not?Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
by Ken Ham, Steve Golden, Jeremy Ham, and David Chakranarayan, AiG–U.S
April 26, 2013
We live in a world that increasingly strives to (supposedly) promote the idea of tolerance, but actually becomes intolerant of Christian absolutes as it does so. Whether it involves religion, behavior, or human sexuality, there is a growing anti-Christian sentiment in America and other Western nations. Ultimately, built into this “tolerance” is the concept that truth is determined by each individual, not by God. This has led many people to conclude that making judgments on anyone (especially coming from Christians) is wrong because the Bible says ”"judge not"” (Matthew 7:1). Interestingly enough, those who reject the notion of God or the credibility of the Bible often attempt to use God’s Word (e.g., by quoting verses out of context) to excuse their actions when they are prese
ARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art ChatroomARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art Chatroom2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many people has asked me about the rationale behind my nickname - Artgerm in many occasions. To me it is more than just a nick, it is actually my mission statement in my art journey, which I would like to see people get "infected" by my works and inspire them to create art. I've been drawing for the past 20 years, in which 16 years in digital medium. Art has already been part of my life long time ago - it is my passion, my profession and my life. Although majority of my time has been devoted to the commercial projects and my family and leave me very little time to impart my art knowledge to others outside of my studio, my mission statement has never and will never change.
As a result, I've decided to setup a deviantArt chatroom recently called Artgermination for all digital art discussions, which I put in a good amount of my time daily to interact with other dA members, sharing with them my journey in art and con
Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?Religious Tolerance: Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- An Introduction
Why can’t Christians just exercise their own faith, and leave alone those people who have other beliefs? After all, isn’t it judgmental and unloving to criticize someone else’s religious beliefs?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- The Age of Tolerance
Because we live in an age of tolerance where almost anything goes, openly questioning or criticizing other people’s belief systems can quickly get you labelled as judgmental, narrow-minded, bigoted, hateful, and even ignorant. And with regard to Christianity, Matthew 7:1 is often quoted (or should I say “misquoted”) to discourage Christians from putting other religious teachings and practices to the test.
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- Do Not Judge?
This assertion, however, is simply false, as the Bible clearly speaks out not against passing judgme
Thoughts on the Triune...no, not the TriforceThoughts on the Triune1 month ago in Personal More Like This
This is my response to a thoughtful question on this lovely image illustrating the concept of the Godhead of YHWH.
It's some pretty tricky stuff and I know it can't be fully grasped but I do think it can be to some degree as you get to know God better and even study the sciences and creation.
This was my comment:
"It's similar to how he Bible says we have a body, soul, and spirit. We have 3 parts like him; yet another way we reflect his image. But what helped me understand a little better is meditating on John 1 where it describes Jesus as the "Word made flesh". Think about the nature of a word: it starts as a drive in your heart, our mind creates words to articulate it, and we manifest it vocally through the mouth.
So you could say Jesus is the manifestation of YHWH God's heart. If you want to know God's heart, look at Jesus. And the Holy Spirit will reveal the mind and thoughts of God to you as needed. The Godhead funct