Ten Quotes About Christian ApologeticsGreat Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics3 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
Do you trust Me?Do you?Do you trust Me?3 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!
Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?4 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
A Clean SlateA Clean Slate: How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt YouA Clean Slate4 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
Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not?Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not?Does the Bible Tell Christians to Judge Not?2 years 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
All deviants can now write Critiques Be a giver!All deviants can now write Critiques3 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,
Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!New! Post to multiple places!Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!4 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
Project Educate: 3-Dimensional Art Week 2011Project Educate: 3-Dimensional Art Week 20114 years ago in Personal More Like This
3D Week Day 7 Features Added!
And that's a wrap! Our event list is complete
November 28 to December 4 is Project Educate: 3D Week!
Monday, November 28: 3D Printing!
3D Printing: An Overview and Interview with Professor Olaf Diegel
3D Modeling Contest
Tuesday, November 29: Resources for 3D Artists
Introducing the 3D Library!
Check out the new 3D Library!
Wednesday, November 30: Scavenger Hunt!
Types and Aspects of 3D & Scavenger hunt Contest!
3D Gallery Scavenger Hunt has ended!
Thursday, December 1: Improve your 3D Renders!
Why your Renders Suck and What you can Do About it! (Part 1)
Why your Renders Suck an
I am more than OKAre you Content?I am more than OK3 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
ARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art ChatroomARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art Chatroom3 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?4 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
The Truth About So-Called Ghosts!Do You Believe in Ghosts?The Truth About So-Called Ghosts!2 years 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
Random Art Health TipsEDIT: Everyone has shared amazing tips. Please read through comments for more! Stay strong everyone!Random Art Health Tips3 years 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
Christians - Public StatementWho are we and what do we stand for?Christians - Public Statement4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Due to an evident attack to the integrity of our group and its members, it has become necessary to address false allegations made against our group. Contrary to the allegations, christians as a group and/or any of its leaders, do not hate LGBT, and certainly we do not make them a “target of harassment, or personal insults” as some individuals have chosen to do with our group and against established etiquette policy at dA. As we are taught, our group of 3,531 Members
6,042 Watchers has remained relatively silent in midst of the constant attack.
We can assure you that you have never read, and will never read, any responsible party at our group say that God doesn’t love ALL men and women, thus, making sexual orientation irrelevant as it relates to God’s love. What God does not love is SIN. As a Christian group abiding by the Biblical tenants we stand firm to God’s standard, not o
So You Want to Work in Animation/Vfx?Watch this: http://youtu.be/9lcB9u-9mVESo You Want to Work in Animation/Vfx?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The documentary is about vfx more so than feature animation, but the reality is if you want to work in the film side of this indutry you will be doing vfx at some point since there are only a handful of studios which produce feature animation. So thinking "I'll be safe by just working in animation" is unrealistic. Everyone who is considering entering this industry needs to be aware of the things that are going on. I love my job and can't see myself doing anything else, but it's very important to realize that it's definitely not all sunshine and rainbows. The stress and hardship of having to move (often across states, provinces, and/or countries) is real. On one hand, its an adventure to get to travel so much. But on the other, it's very expensive and is quite counter productive to having a life of your own outside of work as far as having a house, finding a partner, etc goes. Hopefully some kind of change for the better will happen in the not too
Poem Pays Tribute To Connecticut VictimsWritten by Cameo SmithPoem Pays Tribute To Connecticut Victims3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This poem has been circling the internet after the recent Connecticut shooting. I hope it encourages you.
Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
Those children all flew into the arms
Our MissionOur MissionOur Mission2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"May the Lamb that was slain, receive the reward of His suffering ..." A must see untill the end by anyone called to ministry and anyone who loves God.
Site Update: Improved Twitter IntegrationIn our continuous effort to improve the deviantART experience, we're publishing weekly Site Updates to keep members informed and to gather feedback. Below is a list of recent changes to the site, bug fixes, and feedback that was brought up by members in the last Site Update.Site Update: Improved Twitter Integration3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Improved deviantART Integration on Twitter and Facebook
We're excited to announce that we just implemented enhancements to the way deviantART links display on Twitter, giving you and your artwork more prominence and exposure! Not only do these changes give artists a bigger presence across Twitter by allowing them to reach a bigger audience, but they also encourage proper attribution.
Is apologetics really necessary?Is apologetics really necessary?Is apologetics really necessary?4 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
Life in 6 words!Don't keep them to yourself... share themLife in 6 words!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Don't Drink the Turpentine!Hello folks! I've been meaning to discuss this topic here for a while, but I always forget! Well, this blog's topic is about dunDUNDUUUUN studio safety! Now I know, I know, the majority of you, myself included, don't have a private studio to work out of. Your studio may be you livingroom, bedroom, basement, or garage, but there are definitely precautions to be aware of while you're madly creating art. Note: none of this information is here to scare you or deter you from making whatever art you like, it's simply here to help you develop safe studio practices.So let's get started shall we?Don't Drink the Turpentine!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This part is specific to those of you who use traditional materials to make your artwork. The supplies we use today are much MUCH safer than those the old master's used, but there are still chemicals and materials you need to be aware of for your own health and well being (as well as those around you). I'll list the materials by
Turn a Deaf Ear/A StrongholdTurn a Deaf Ear/A StrongholdTurn a Deaf Ear/A Stronghold2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Turn a Deaf Ear
by Max Lucado • August 29
Two kinds of voices vie for our attention. One says, “God will help you.” The other says, “God has left you!”
And here’s the great news: you select the voices you hear. Why give ear to pea-brains and scoffers when you can, with the same ear, listen to the voice of God? I had a friend who battled alcohol. He tried a fresh tactic. He gave me and a few others permission to slug him in the nose if we ever saw him drinking. If the wall is too tall, try the tunnel! Try something different… God will help you!
Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “God’s power is very great for those who believe. That power is the same as the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead and put Him at His right side in the heavenly world.”
Turn to God and he will give you what you need. Turn a deaf ear to the old voices.
10 Quotes of Faith and ReasonTen Quotes on Faith and Reason10 Quotes of Faith and Reason3 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
6 Misconceptions in 3DCymae's been doing 3D for a long while, and she spends a lot of time critiquing people's work. It's easy to get caught up in misconceptions and ideas about 3D which might hinder your ability to make your art even better!6 Misconceptions in 3D2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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1. Post-work is not a dirty word
A lot of people have this idea in their heads that editing an image in Photoshop after you render it, or combining different things you've rendered separately together is somehow deceitful and wrong, but it's not.
Post-work just makes your 3D even better! It's a lot faster to fix a small lighting bug in Photoshop than edit it painstakingly in your 3D program, and often the results are just as good!
2. Pre-made models are not cheating (and cheating is OK)
There seems to be this rift between people that create their own models, and people that use premade stock, such as Daz, Poser, etc, and this idea th