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
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
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
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 God4 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
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
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
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.
I Hope You Have a Good Teacher (On Morality)I Hope you Have a Good TeacherI Hope You Have a Good Teacher (On Morality)3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Imagine a classroom setting where a teacher requests this of her students, "I want everyone to explain planetary motion to me."
The students all look blankly at the teacher and respond, "We don't know how."
The teacher looks at them, perturbed, and asks, "Why don't you?"
"You never taught us," they responded.
"Everything is right here in the books. All the equations, methods, and considerations are easily accessible ."
Now, the problem happens to be that these kids are in the 2nd grade and are still learning multiplication and division.
Despite the severity of the metaphor this is what the moral life and human landscape is for us. Life moves forward and expects us to 'do or die' and we often don't know how. The very human thing to do in life is to question "What should I do with my life?" and "why am I here?" Other questions eventually emerge: "How do I tell right from wrong?" and "How do I do what's best for my family, country, and others?"
My TestimonyThis is something I wrote to indicate how I felt 6 years ago. I wasn't a very happy person and life didn't have any pleasure for me at all. I wasn't depressed, I just didn't see the point in life - you're born, you grow up, you have children and then you die - Whoopidoo. It just seemed a bit futile to me I guess, having no real purpose and having a meaningless existence. I wanted to really live a meaningful life and it didn't matter to me if I became the most successful and richest person in the world - that still wouldn't give me meaning, that still wouldn't satisfy me.My Testimony3 years ago in Letters More Like This
So I wasn't happy. And then my mom decided she wanted us all to start going to church. I wasn't too happy about this either, knowing that I'll be dragged out of bed early every Sunday morning, but she didn't give me much of a choice so I went.
It was dull and boring - and it was almost like torture sitting there every Sunday - but still some of the words the Pastor spoke sunk in ... I had always wondered about Go
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
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?
Better togetherOur prayer time together is precious to me. When you set aside everything and turn your heart to me, I rejoice. Daniel made prayer a priority even as the world pressed in-and he saw how I empowered and equippied him. Without that time together, he could not have done what I needed him to do in the face of so much opposition.Better together3 years ago in Letters More Like This
You can't do it alone either, child. These are times when you need not just my encouragement but the fellowship and encouragement of other believers. Asking for help is no sign of weakness. Instead, it is primary source of strength.
Seek me out, and bring your friends along.Carve out sometimes so you can share your needs and concerns. I can't wait to hear-and answer-your prayers. It is my delight to spend time with you.
Mary Most Holy (Literature)Mary Most Holy (Literature)3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
When I debate with others about the Genesis narratives of creation (Gen 1 and 2) one comment that emerges is how similar both of those narratives are to other creation narratives, most notably the Enuma Elish in Babylonian mythology. This similarity for some is proof enough that the Biblical account is merely 'one among many' or that the author(s) simply stole from their captors but made minor changes (n.b., the Enuma Elish predates the written Biblical account).
Many Christian and non-Christian scholars now believe that the similarity in construction is intentional and that the Genesis account is structured close to the Babylonian myth in order to act as a theological polemic. When one puts both accounts side by side it seems as if the syntax is nearly identical—for the undiscerning mind. The slight changes of both tone and process reveals a delicate construction on the part of both authors, Babylonian and Hebrew. Contained in simple mythological language are commen
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.
Wise choicesDear one, I created you with an amazing mind. Your brain controls so much involuntarily-your heartbeat and your breathing, for example. Yet an array of actions and thoughts are completely voluntary: you choose what you say and do. How much better it is to choose wisely and to do right.Wise choices3 years ago in Drama More Like This
David asked for something reasonable; Nabal responded with rudeness; David sough vengeance. This would have not have ended well for anyone. Nabal's wife, Abigail, recognized the foolishness of her husband's decision and set about making things right. Her quick thinking kept David from actions he would have later regretted and, incidentally, saved the lives of her husband and his servants.
When my children think fast, act wisely, and seek peace, I am pleased. I long to give you wisdom in every situation. Just ask.
Error in Reading the BibleWhere do errors arise in biblical interpretation?Error in Reading the Bible4 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
The first is misreading the text, the second is misunderstanding the context, and the third is not reading that section in light of the whole of that section.
The fourth is forgetting who it addresses--that is to say (allegorically) people of a certain heart or disposition.
The fifth is seeing these words distinct from a life that has been lived.
The sixth is to see the Old Testament without considering and making it separate from Wisdom, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and to see the New as separate from Christ's example.
The seventh is to see the Old Testament radically distinct from the New--what does Christ cast aside, what does He fulfill, and what does He do in His life?
We, first of all, are so easily lead into error. Furthermore, the impious, atheistic, agnostic, lukewarm, and indifferent will never read the Scriptures accurately. This does not mean the words are inaccessible; it is q
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
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.
You are mineLet me remind you of who you are and help you embrace your identity as my child. Everything changed between us when you asked my Son to be your Savior and Lord. I sought you out, wanting to adopt you into my family, and you responded to my invitation. In that moment you became not only my child but a priest-someone with the privilege of calling on me directly at any time. You were appointed to do my work and show the world what it means to be chosen.You are mine3 years ago in Letters More Like This
You are royalty, a child of the King. You are holy, for my Son died to take away your sin. And you, precious one, are mine.
LadiesLadies3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Ladies are suppose to dress
In flattering skirts
And non-revealing shirts.
Wear their makeup so neat,
A ring on their hand,
And heels on their feet.
To have good manners,
And to be polite,
But also to show great might.
Ladies are suppose to think before they speak;
Selecting only the best of words,
So a waste will not leak.
As should they have great wisdom,
And be caring and unique.
Beautiful as a crystal or as an exquisite antique.
Ladies deserve a gentleman,
As opposites do not attract.
One that completes her,
And takes her on the right track.
All women are suppose to be ladies;
To cherish life as they please,
But the select few is decreasing,
And the women who are ladies are soon none to be.