Under the Dragon Moon Ch. 19-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-:-Under the Dragon Moon Ch. 196 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
The palace air smelled of dried blood and burnt soil; seeped into the earth and stone over the decades. The looming trees outside the palace walls, gave the surrounding area an eerie atmosphere. It was as if they were there to barricade the palace; watching waiting. To Tenten, it felt as if at any moment, the forest would come to life and swallow everything into a deep, dark pit of nothingness.
Or maybe that was just her current mood. Haah. The bun-haired kunoichi sighed as she stared over the balcony railing, wondering how far down the climb would be if she decided to escape.
Tenten had run off from the room she and Himakai were sharing over an hour ago. In that time her rage, at having discovered that she had been lied to all her life, had diminished considerably. But now, with the anger gone, she was left feeling hollow and empty. Himakai had lied to her about them be
FriendshipShe had been the string that held them all together. Girls who had never even spoken a word to each other had become the greatest of friends. One day, everyone was at church and afterwards, she came up to them, a new girl, and asked whether they wanted to play a game. For some reason they agreed and found themselves in the game of their lives. Soon they would sneak out of any chores they had to go and play, spinning round in circles, laughing and talking. She insisted on everyone wearing the same dress used for Sunday church, the one they all had to look modest. It took away the differences. Suddenly it didnt matter what their parents did or how much money they had. Everyone was alike.Friendship6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
And then she died. They remembered the night. She had been sick for a while, sneezing every now and again while playing before she began to double up with every cough, blood coming up. The doctor came, her parents were rich enough to afford it. He had suggested leeches and would come back every day
Pirates vs Ninjas"Arrr!"Pirates vs Ninjas9 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Raphael rolled his eyes for the third time in ten minutes.
He clenched his teeth, attempting for the moment to keep his mouth shut.
"Mikey!" he screamed. "For the last time you are not a pirate!"
Michelangelo looked stunned at first but the expression soon faded.
"Arrr! Ye just be sayin' that to try and get on me good side!" he said, peering at his brother with one eye.
Two hours ago when Mikey had joined his brothers they knew something was up. His bandana was turned so that he could see out of only one eye and he seemed to be walking with a suspicious limp. They later learned that the limp was due to a peg leg that looked remarkably like the real thing.
"Mikey I am so gonna kick your butt," Raph growled.
"You'll have to go through me crew first!" Mikey retorted.
Raph blinked. Crew? What crew?
"Raph just let it go," Leo said flatly. "He'll get it out o
Return of Bad WolfIt was the name that inspired both awe and fear, in every corner of the universe. Every planet, every moon that held life, so too held a whisper of familiarity for the strange deity. Yet she was a mystery. To some, they knew only a name, told to children in hopes of inspiring obedience. To others, it was a prayer, spoken piously in the most difficult of times. And others knew not only the name, but possessed a physical representation, spanning across worlds. Ever different, ever changing.Return of Bad Wolf2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Catrigan Nova claimed she was born of the golden whirlpools, her eyes molten, forever shining the color of time. Shan Shen believed her to be a mysterious deity of fire, with glittering dragon scales as her headdress. And Raxacoricofallapatorius spoke of her in mysterious tones, never offering specific details, but their statue stood proudly for century after century, dressed in battle garb. Then. there was Earth. Legends passed down through the years, her name whispered, given life in so many differe
Objective Proof of GodIf I tossed a coin 2000 times and called it right every single time, what would you think?Objective Proof of God3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I can only imagine some of the things you would be thinking, but they would all stem from one rationalization: that what was happening defied logic.
To make sure we are on the same page, let me give you some quick facts about the Bible: The Bible was written over a span of about 1500 years (from 1445 BC to 95 AD) in 3 continents, in 3 languages, by 40 authors, and has 66 books. It's mostly a collection of letters written to churches. We can verify the dates of the books of the Bible through the efforts of historians, linguists, and archeologists.
" . . . a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. . . They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." Psalm 22: 17-18
What event is this verse referring to? If you have a basic knowledge of Christianity, then you know this is talking about Jesus' crucifixion. If you
Michal: The Love is GoneThe world has lostMichal: The Love is Gone3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
its rose-tinted hue.
have flown away.
What I once felt for you
I don't know where.
when I look at you
I feel only resentment,
at having been so stupid
to fall in love with you.
You were my hero,
you were my hope.
I gave everything for you.
I lied for you,
I would have died for you.
All these years
I waited for you,
I pined for you,
I wanted to stay true to you -
But what did you give to me?
that you loved me too,
as strongly and dearly
as I loved you -
was it asking too much
to expect to be
the only woman in your life?
I see you now
as you really are,
and can't believe
I ever loved
this womanising man
for whom I'm just a trophy,
something you paid for
for your collection.
You disgust me.
I look at you
and all the love is gone.
I look at you
and despise you.
CourageBeing courageous is a big risk. Speaking out your opinion is courageous.Courage2 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Especially if it goes against what many people say.
It's courage to speak it anyway. No matter what people say, or threaten.
I've decided that I'm going to take the stand.
God will back me up no matter what you will say about me, or what you believe.
Like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendigo, I will make the right choice and stand for what is right.
My mouth cannot remain silent.
My tounge cannot remain quiet.
So my mouth, my tounge, and my soul will speak the truth of God and life.
And if i'm wrong God will correct me, no shame in making mistakes.
But anyhow I make my stand
REDEEMEDREDEEMED3 years ago in Concrete Poetry More Like This
Tears like river flowed from my eyes, when I woke up, I realized
I say hello then say goodbye; it's hard when you are left behind.
When darkness comes and I'm alone, I am in fear soon I'll be gone
Someday, somehow that day would come; that dreadful day will surely come!
But when I look back in my life; what have I done in all these years?
I've sinned and I deserved to die. But death is what I feared the most.
I see but I seemed like I'm blind; I hear but I can't understand
I am weary, my heart is cold; but now I'll come to You my Lord.
Behold the lamb! The Lamb of God Who takes away sins of the world.
Though crucified and He has died; Praise be to God: He is ALIVE!
God gave His love to me, who sinned. He lived and died; rose from the grave.
He opened up my eyes to see. I heard my name, called out to me.
I saw His arms stretched out to save; He grabbed my hands and set me free
For He has saved me from the grave; the chains are gone, the darkness flees.
My God He saves! He saves indeed!&
Quote:Respecting:Unquote All FaithsHow fair is it that other faiths are accepted, yet the moment someone finds out you are Christian, you are labeled, told you are closed minded, and treated with serious disrespect? Yes, there will always be some bad apples in any faith, but I beg people to not combine all of us together. There are those who are Christian who are NOT out to condemn others and make them feel unaccepted, unloved, undeserving. It makes me sad that there are those that claim to be Christian and treat each other in such a way. Jesus doesn't want that. He wanted us to love each other like we love ourselves. We have no right to condemn anyone else, for our own hands are not clean, nor will they ever be. The only person who's hands were pure was Jesus'. And he chose to SAVE the world instead of condemn us all to hell. So, in closing, please be respectful to ALL walks of faith. Not 'all walks of faith(except Christians)'.Quote:Respecting:Unquote All Faiths2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Not Good EnoughHere I stand.Not Good Enough3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I say I'm all right.
I put on a smile
and pull down my sleeves,
hiding the scars -
you wouldn't want to see my scars.
I've made myself pretty,
hiding the grime,
hiding the ugliness I know is there -
you wouldn't want to see it.
I tell you what you'd want to hear,
create a shining, bright façade,
good enough for you.
Don't I have to be?
Here I stand -
not all right,
beneath the heavy weight of Me.
I want to be enough -
I can't I can't I can't -
lost, so lost,
staggering beneath what's expected of me.
How can I be good enough for you?
I'm not even good enough for me -
doomed to fail,
doomed to fall.
But here I stand,
naked before you -
you see through my mask
and throw it away.
You look at me,
at my sin-scarred face,
you take my hurt and grimy hands,
you pull me into your embrace -
this hopeless, weak and dirty thing -
and whisper gently to my heart:
You don't have to be perfect.
I'll be perfect for you.
10 Facts That Disprove Evolution1. We share half our DNA with bananas.10 Facts That Disprove Evolution3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
2. The fossil record has holes in it. Dinosaur and humans footprints were found side-by-side in Arizona and Turkmenistan. In Uzbekistan, 86 consecutive hoof prints of horses were found in rocks dating back to the dinosaurs. Petrified trees in Arizona's petrified forest have fossilized nests of bees and cocoons of wasps. Those forests are reputedly 220 million years old, while bees (and flowering plants which bees require) supposedly evolved almost 100 million years later.
3. No macro variations (speciation) in evolution have ever been observed. Micro evolution is species adaptations, and it's not the same as macro. Adjusting to the climate is very, very different than changing from species to another.
4. Humans have the most neurons in their brains but primates don't have even close to that amount. They aren't even in the top ten.
5. Radiometric dating does not take into account the way heat and water affect the aging of bones (it makes them appea
God has emotionsDo you ever feel frustrated because you feel like a lot of people just don't understand the concept that knowing God is about a relationship with an interactive being? I am going to reflect on a few things that I've learned that have helped me understand this.God has emotions3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
God is a real person. He is a supernatural and divine person. He is God. But He is a person. The bible says God is a Spirit. He is not just some spirit/universe energy floating around. But He is a person. He has a form and personality. "You mean God is like us?" No! YOU are like Him! God made you in His image and likeness. Not the other way around. (Genesis 1:26) God is a spirit and you are a spirit. God made man's body and breathed His spirit, put part of Himself, into you. You are His offspring.
Doing something for God-
Like you, God has emotions. He does not let Himself be controlled by them like we sometimes do. But He has them. Is it possible then, that we could do something to positively touch Gods emotions? First underst
Crippled Woman: Worth MuchWho looks twiceCrippled Woman: Worth Much3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
at a crippled woman,
except to give her crooked looks,
crooked like her crooked back?
Crooked, not friendly -
for I am not normal,
I am a mistake,
a burden, not a blessing,
to all and to myself -
not worth much.
I am "just a woman".
I am "that cripple".
I am a failure
in this world bent on success.
Not worth much.
But now I see
your love, o Lord,
which values even me -
is what you call me -
not an outcast anymore.
You look at me so differently,
you lift me up,
you make me new.
I don't need to be perfect
to be perfect for you;
you love me
just as I am,
the one the world had thrown away.
And now I know: to you
I am worth much.
Paid in Full (Poem)Paid in Full (Poem)2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Imagine it as if it was happening today
The hour was dawning in which it would be His last day
Jesus, took 3 of His disciples and went out to pray
As the death He'd prophesied was but a short time away
He began to be filled with sorrow and became deeply distressed
"My soul is exceedingly sorrowful even to death.."
So strong was his distress that blood expelled as He sweat
Three times He asked them to stay awake and pray but three times they slept.
"Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold the hour is at hand,
And the Son of Man is being betrayed into sinners' hands.
Rise, let us be going. See My betrayer is at hand"
The betrayer Judas arrives and with a kiss hands over the Son of Man
Through unjust trials He pushed right on through
Never denying who He was as King of the Jews
They mocked and jeered and their blood lust grew
Crucify Him! They shouted, though His innocence was proved
Tortured, humiliated, battered and bruised
He knew the cup He'd drink from was to save me and you
Why is Hell Necessary?1. Sin and CrimeWhy is Hell Necessary?2 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Sin is like crime. When you commit a crime, you are breaking the law. When you commit sin, you are breaking God’s Law. If a Judge let a criminal go without punishment, we would call him unjust. Thus, if God allowed sin to go unpunished, that would make God unjust.
2. How Severe is Sin?
One of the major problems I encounter when telling people about sin and hell is that they simply don’t grasp how severe sin is. While the comparison above is a good illustration, it doesn’t do justice in communicating how bad sin is. Sin is an act of evil that is against the very nature of God. God is so pure and holy that He cannot commit sin, it’s against His very nature to do so.
It’s so important you understand this. If you find yourself going back to the idea that “sin isn’t so bad” then you still don’t get it. SIN IS EVIL. Sin is of Satan. Sin is against God. Sin is severe.
3. Do you like Heaven?
COMPARISON IS A WASTE OF OUR TIMEComparison is wasteful of our time and energyCOMPARISON IS A WASTE OF OUR TIME3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Everything in life revolves around what others think and do and how it corresponds with our own lives. Everything is a competition. Everyone has to be better, faster, stronger, more athletic, more intelligent, wealthier, more powerful, more beautiful. Everyone has to be a certain way to fit in, like a clone. Individuality is the enemy and conformity is the way of the age even if it means hurting others to get there. Why is this? One word will tell it all, COMPARISON. It will make you do things you wouldn't normally do. It ruins relationships, you burn bridges. It makes you set out to please others and expect things which are both impossible. It'll make you feel inferior. Make you feel superior. It'll make you proud, filling you with a haughty outlook on life. Make you demanding, controlling and manipulative, whatever it takes to be better than. It'll fill you with greed, envy, make you power hungry. It'll make you unstable, unsatisfied, alw
:Worship::Worship:3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Do you see it?
In the face of a worshiper as she sings out
Eyes closed, reaching up to the One she loves.
The light that shines when she remembers what He has done.
I know how it feels.
A fire rising up in your very being,
Such joy and passion for God fills you up,
Builds tension in your chest,
Like a bird fluttering to be free from a cage,
The praise escapes and leaves,
And then you are lost.
Lost in the wings that protect,
A fortress that surrounds,
A love so complete,
And you aren't aware of singing anymore,
Or anyone who is around.
Your entire being caught up
In this perfect love.
And then you open your eyes,
But don't see,
Because all thought is fixated on Him.
Such wonderful peace is found,
in the most passionate worship.
Even when tears fall down your face,
Because life has brought you to your knees,
God hears more than just the words,
But every hurt you have,
And helps carry them.
A Word to the Socially Awkward(10/05/2011)A Word to the Socially Awkward4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
For some time I believe God has been meaning to open my eyes and help me realize a weakness of mine that need not be ignored but faced head-on, and He's been nudging me to get the guts to go out and share it. So here I am.
But first, allow me to explain it the slow way. I promise I'll make my point.
You know when you really want something? You ask that you can have it, right? A lot of us respond much like "I really want it. Please give it to me". When we pray, we're much like, "Dear God, I pray that I can have it. May you give it to me."
But you know what God's like? He's like this old proverb:
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~ Unknown
So, instead of simply giving you what you want just like that, He decides that a better approach is to help you learn to get it. Bear in mind that I'm talking about things or goals that are human
Say Something - 10Rose / Doctor Who FanficSay Something - 10Rose / Doctor Who Fanfic6 months ago in Romance More Like This
. . .
For once, in the entire world’s existence, everything in the whole universe – all of life – is completely and utterly silent. Not a word, not a whisper. There was not even a single breath.
The large ball of flames begins to set, working its way down below the horizon. With the sun setting, the sky gently begins to blend of pinks and purples with thick
In Praise of Weakness (Lit.)In Praise of Weakness (Lit.)3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Those who do not share in the weaknesses of the body have no share in the body itself. For what body in this life is free from corruption and limitedness? Even the great Body of Christ is subject to weakness precisely because he subjected Himself to our weakness since “he took the form of a slave” (Phil 2:7) and “was of human estate.” Even after the Resurrection His resplendent and transformed body still bore the wounds of his glorious crucifixion (cf. Jn 20:20). It should be noted even more that Jesus identifies Himself with the weak and broken for “what you have done for the least of these you have done for me” (Mt:25:40). Likewise Jesus identified Himself with those who were persecuted, ridiculed, and killed in His name. This is why He said “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (cf. Acts 9:4, 5).
Paul said that “Christ is the head of the body the church.” (Col 1:18). We have seen, albeit br
On ToleranceOn Tolerance3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
You'll have to stick with me for a bit, but I'll begin with a jarring statement to most readers: it seems to me that the Catholic Church is really the most tolerant of anyone or anything.
This is because the Catholic Church has rightfully questioned everything and accepted what it must. It is derived from the fact that we see creation as good and, as such, there is nothing that exists separated from goodnessno matter how hopeless. We are tolerant precisely because we call things evil and because we call things good. These are like the actions of a wise gardener who prunes leaves and branches, allowing the good to grow properly and the bad to fall lifelessly.
Indeed, the history and hagiographies [lives of the saints] of the Church attest to this attitude. St. Martin of Tours, though he had the mighty pine tree cut he erected an altar in its place. He removed the worship of something false with the worship of something truehe did not remove worship.
St. Catherine of S
Hey, You!Hey, you!!Hey, You!3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Why do you say that you are not worthy of my love?
My joy? My grace? My blessings?
Have I not declared that through my son Christ,
That you can do ALL things through him?
Have I not sent him down to the world,
to have your sins forgiven?
My child,I do not view you as a sinner,
I view you as my child!!
I do not think you are stupid,
or ugly, or wicked, or unacceptable!!!
I see you as a saint!
Come to me when you are hurting,
for I shall comfort you.
Stand by me in battle,
and I shall drive your enemies away.
You CAN change,
You WILL grow!
Through Christ, you SHALL conquer over your own problems,
your faults, your sins, the world!
My word to you will guide you through life's roughest storms!
Believe in me! Set your trouble and worries on my shoulders!
I shall help you with anything and everything!
Do not say to me that you are worthless,
That you cannot conquer over your obstacles.
Because, when you believe in me,
You CAN do it! Yes, you CAN!!
Are you?Are you?3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
"oh, I didn't know you were religious.."
" Oh, they are very religious too..."
"Are you studying religion in school?"
No religious rules, or people speaking to me, could have changed my heart of stone. I attacked others verbally who even mentioned God, I had a disdain for faith. His love changed me. His real, true love. I follow God as a desire to be in relationship with Him who set me free. I know He is always there. He is like gravity, I could have yelled and cursed Him all my life, it would not change the fact He is. The Lord is without beginning, and without end, infinite in every aspect, righteous, and loving.
I understand now more than ever, it is not religion, it is a relationship.
And I know some will read this, and not understand, or scoff, and that's ok... though it is hard for me to say that. For I want others to feel His love too. But a relationship with God is a choice, and some will turn away his pierced hands, saying "no
The Hypocrisy of AtheismI speak purely from my own experiences.The Hypocrisy of Atheism4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
I have atheists complain about my "How I Know God Exists" journal. They tell me they are offended by it. Yet when I do my own research on their profiles, they have journals talking about atheism being the only correct belief.
I have atheists complain about Christian signatures, stamps, and deviations. Yet they have faved or created their own in support of atheism.
I have atheists complain to me, saying they don't like me talking about God and telling them about Him. They don't want to be converted. Yet they also spend their time trying to convince me that atheism is right and I see them talking to others and trying to convert them to atheism.
I have atheists tell me that Christians are rude and mean. Yet I've only had atheists cuss me out, personally insult me, give me condescension, quite literally stalk me around DA, give me links to pornography, and bombard me with vulgar sexual comments.
I cannot count the times atheists complain that Christi