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
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
Finding Faith Through ScienceRocket scientist Jim Bradford says that science has always affirmed his faith.Finding Faith Through Science1 year ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Jim sees science as the study of what God made. And he defines science in this way: Science is an endeavor to explore and understand. Scientism is a philosophy that starts by saying that nothing supernatural exists. Jim points out that this viewpoint is unable to answer the question of where the matter and energy came from that supposedly started the Big Bang, according to the theory.
With a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, among Jim’s many accomplishments is working with Boeing on space shuttles. Up until college he was too shy to do any sort of Christian leadership. But he overcame this during college by inadvertently leading a Christian student group each week. Now, along with his rocket science career he also talks to people about the relationship between science and religion.
According to Jim, this viewpoint that we were not Created is one of despair. It’s saying that you are an
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!&
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
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.
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
In Praise of Weakness (Lit.)In Praise of Weakness (Lit.)2 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
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
Be a Friend and Overcome Loneliness(12/31/2011)Be a Friend and Overcome Loneliness3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
My mind just started looking back at what I've gone through so far, and lately I've been noticing something different about me...
Loneliness doesn't bother me like it used to.
I think I've finally come to accept that I will have many moments in my life that call for being alone/standing alone and that there may be an actual reason for it.
But before I dive further into that, first I will share this story of my experience during my fall semester of college:
During my fall semester in 2011, I became reacquainted with a classmate I met about two years ago before I officially gave myself to Christ. She was an old woman who I remembered sharing a class with before but didn't talk to as much until I met her again. Her face was hard to forget and easily recognizable. Her name was Barbara. Anyway, we became more acquainted with each other in our new semester together. I also learned that she, too, belie
The Health Risks of Homosexuality HomosexualsThe Health Risks of Homosexuality3 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
-are 50% more likely to suffer from depression (study done in the UK)
-are twice as likely to commit suicide
-live on average 24 years less than heterosexuals A (published in International Journal of Epidemiology)
-have 78% of their relationships lasting less than 3 years (study published in Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity Among Men and Women)
-are ranked as less happy than heterosexuals by the American Psychiatrist Association B (study published in Sexual Survey Number 4: Current Thinking on Homosexuality, Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality)
-pursue more counseling. 75% of lesbians reported seeking counseling in a study in 2000 (published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology , National Lesbian Health Care Survey: Implications for Mental Health Care, and cited in Health Implications Associated with Homosexuality)
-are more likely to have domestic violence issues (among gay men) (publi
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
Michal: The Love is GoneThe world has lostMichal: The Love is Gone2 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.
UPDATED: My Testimony and Update!UPDATED: My Testimony and Update!3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
This is my Testimony, better said than typed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWxzPZiC2rQ
Also an Update video for the people who've been following me here on DA and added me as a friend: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK_m6RQvkjY
Hey, You!Hey, you!!Hey, You!2 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!!
Beautiful.You areBeautiful.2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
name age gender remain a secret.
I know neither your
height weight sexuality nor the color of your
eyes hair skin.
For once I had no
that distorted you into something that you
I savor my ignorance
for it carries the delightful taste of
A promise - SalazarxRowena drabbleA promise - SalazarxRowena drabble3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Salazar Slytherin x Rowena Ravenclaw
« Where are you going ? »
« Spain. I have acquaintances in Andalusia, I´m sure the rumors didn´t make it that far »
« We´ll go with you. »
« No ! That´s out of question »
« Salazar, you´re my husband ! We´re a family ! Helena and I will go wherever you go. »
« Rowena, that´s nonsense ! »
« Nonsense ? To be by my husband´s side is nonsense ? »
« You have to think of Helena. What kind of life will she have if the two of you follow me ? »
« You´re her father ! She can´t grow up away from you ! »
« It´s exactly because I´m her father that I cannot let you two come with me. Can you even imagine what will be of Helena, being the daughter
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
Say Something - 10Rose / Doctor Who FanficSay Something - 10Rose / Doctor Who Fanfic4 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
The Early Church I-1: History and MoralityThe Early Church I-1: History and Morality2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
The early Church for many Christians is something that receives little attention. Many see the early Church as a people who were persecuted by the Roman empire and eventually rose to prominence after Christianity was legalized in 313 Ad.. While these persecutions were very real and Christianity really did triumph, the early Church has a rich history while at the same time a very human history. This is not a bad thing, however, for the mission of the Church is the interaction with sinful humanity in hopes of redeeming it. The Church, the Body of Christ, is both human and divine—a great mystery, and one worth entering.
Throughout our Catholic history there are been great saints and great sinners, both sorts have been at the highest office in our Church. This should not give us reason to believe that the Church is purely man-made, however, but it rather speaks to the whole history and situation of Israel that came before us. God saw fit to use both good and wicked me
Do Not Give InDo not give in to temptation,Do Not Give In2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
For Christ has set you free!
What could be more tempting,
Than life given, eternally?
Do not give in to sorrow,
Because sorrow is a passing thing!
Draw near to God, he'll draw near to you,
And you're winter will turn to spring!
Do not give in to anger,
It is a fickle thought!
Instead, draw peace and joy from God,
And you're happiness will be wrought.
Put on the armor of God.
Put on his mind and heart.
Carry it with you always,
And you're misery will never start.
Haunted: A Snape/Hermione FictionFandom: Harry PotterHaunted: A Snape/Hermione Fiction2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Haunted: Part 1
Hermione wrapped her scarf more tightly around her. It was October but it was freezing, the chill wind nipping at the exposed tip of her nose, and her rosy cheeks. Strands of her thick and unruly hair lifted with the wind, which seemed to howl. That lonesome, eerie, howl was just fitting for Halloween night.
Hermione gave a sigh which came out from between her strawberry lips in a small puff of vapor. It was that cold as she walked across Hogwarts grounds.
In the distance was the leaning building that was now her destination. Many memoriessome of them very hard oneswere kept within the walls of The Shrieking Shack. She knew now that The Shack was not really haunted as Hogsmeade folks and Hogwarts students had been lead to believe. The screams they had once attributed to ghouls and lost souls had been the terrible yowls of pain of a werewolf transformation.
Even still it held a very real
10 Commandments or, Not a Single SinNot a Single Sin?!10 Commandments or, Not a Single Sin3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
A man went into a confessional, and waited for the priest to address him. When it was finally time, he said, "Forgive me father, its been three months since my last confession."
The priest thought for a second. "You were supposed to have said, 'for I have sinned,' before you told me how long its been, my son."
"But I haven't sinned, father," the man said with determination.
At this the priest was awestruck. "Okay, if that were true, I'm witnessing either a miracle or someone very ignorant. I suppose it's a good thing you weren't there when our Lord asked for the person without sin to toss the first stone!"
The man sighed, and rolled his eyes. "I really don't need that kind of snaky response, father."
"Sorry, but I've never physically been around someone whose been immaculately conce
The Workers and the WheatThe Workers and the Wheat3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"You are God's field" (1 Cor 3:9).
As I considered these words and the many comparisons made between the faithful and seeds, plants, and wheat I thought to myself, "How difficult it is to be the wheat!" Indeed, as the wheat we are dependant upon others and God for our own growth. But if the planter was wise and the cultivator good then the wheat flourishes. For "I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth. [Neither of us is anything], but only God, who causes the growth. [But], the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and reach will receive wages in proportion to his labor" (1 Cor 3:6-8).
Indeed, when the wheat flourishes it is kept and the laborers are honored. But if the wheat is sickly it is burned and the laborers rebuked for producing a weak crop. So too there are those who have given us our faith, those who have cultivated it, and those who safeguard it.
Children, do you not see how fickle your faith is? Yes, many of you and even me are like ch