Don't Get Hung UpDon't get hung upMore Like This
On the word
On His power, His might, or His majesty
Don't praise idly
Remember we worship His personality
Be proud of His power
Be in awe of His grace
Feel special for you have been saved!
Don't think 'cause you are chosen
You're now wholly
To force others to enjoy the same;
To judge others in behalf of His name;
Or limit freedoms in order to remain;
Righteous and true come what may.
As we must not forget
God is love, so respect
How He nurtures and loves us
We're not forced to be Christian
Nor judged in our sinning
'Twas our own decision to
Who we are
What we want
As we strive to become
Wholly righteous and pleasing to
The WHO behind the WHATWhy does Twelve Gates exist?More Like This
Why do we do what we do?
It's not really a matter of what we do. It's the who behind the what.
We do this…
…because someone in this world will read NARUTO but won't go to church.
…because someone in this world will read ONE PIECE but won't talk about God.
…because someone in this world will read BLEACH but won't pick up the Bible.
…because someone in this world may really need this right now.
We do this because of a person.
We do this because of a life.
This might be the most creative, incredible, powerful, awesome, and rockin' way to speak life into someone's world who really needs a word of encouragement today. In a world where everyone and everything is trying to tear us down and break us apart, this might be the only way someone is getting built up.
You have been gifted (1 Peter 4:10).
You have been made passionate about and able to do what God has c
Your Preparation PeriodI shamelessly stole this from SareSai, who recently posted this in her own journal. Check it out.More Like This
We want greenhouses but do not get them. - John Acuff
A few things that I have been working on for 6 years are finally starting to happen.
Things I pushed on are picking up speed.
Things I didn’t even think could ever happen are starting to come together bit by bit.
But the truth is, if you told me 6 years ago that it would take me 6 years to do these things, I would have told you, “I hate you.”
Maybe I wouldn’t have been that direct or blunt. I would have just said, “Thank you for your advice.” I would have shaken your hand and calmly walked away. But all the while, I would have been thinking you are mistaken. I would have thought I could go faster. That things would pick up speed sooner.
I wanted my career and dream to be a greenhouse. I didn’t want a long, slow hustle,
LightRed light, Blue light, Green lightMore Like This
Sun light, Moon light, star lights
Beautiful lights, Artificial lights
Light that makes people see
Lights that makes people blind
* * *
I see lights bright as the Sun and pretty as the Dawn
They're calling me "come, come, I'm the One, the Light you are looking for."
I ran I chased I stumbled
lights are fading away
I stopped and looked
They're still there
Far above, bright as the Sun, cold as stone
They are calling
I closed my eyes
And darkness consumed me
* * *
The light found me when I fell
It's small, bright and warm
I touched it
It sparks out the thousand colors of the rainbow
it runs around me
Dances and sings
The darkness was chased away
The light found me
* * *
The light asks me to hold it high
to let it shine, to let it heal, to let it dance
I said I can't
I'm too short and my arm is too weak
The light says it's all right
Just hold on to me
and I will give you strength and might
Don't hide me under other l
When You Want to QuitSometimes, this is just not easy.More Like This
I won't be the last to admit that this whole manga business for Jesus is pretty tough.
In fact, I might be the first to admit it. And often.
I admit it:
Sometimes, I get wore out.
Sometimes, I doubt my abilities.
Sometimes, I think this is worthless.
Sometimes, I think I am worthless.
Sometimes, I feel defeated.
Sometimes, I want to give up.
Lately, particularly due to certain circumstances surrounding me, I've felt even more strongly that it would be best to just give up. I heard in my mind again and again to just let go. To just quit. To stop making manga. To forget about TG. To stop trying to start something or accomplish anything or hope for greater things.
And then, because God shows up perfectly on time every time, I heard a message that reminded me of something very important:
We are vulnerable because we are valuable.
We are surrounded by forces telling u
How to Glorify GodHey everyone! Just dropping by to remind everyone that the Challenge #36 deadline (August 18th) is coming up fast, and the submission deadline for the September 2013 issue (August 21st) is right behind it! Make sure you're dominating the task(s) given to you with all you've got!More Like This
Speaking of dominating for God's glory, here's a short message [I underhandedly swiped] from Pastor Steven Furtick!
I hope it encourages you to keep living beautifully by doing whatever it is you've been given to do at this moment in time!
How to Glorify God| Pastor Steven Furtick
By this is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit.
The glory of God is the single most important thing in the world to God. And therefore you glorifying God is the single most important thing you can do with your life.
But if we were honest, most of us have little to
Little Known Point of ViewRainbows marching onward kill me inside.More Like This
To avoid all the hatred, I go and hide.
They claim that this is all about rights,
But it just seems to me they're hiding the light.
When I go out to explore the world,
I try to bear the chaos that has unfurled.
Paranoia starts to set in.
It seems that every face I make becomes sin.
Do you hate me now?
They glare at me and expect me to celebrate.
If I stay silent they will write it off as hate.
Are they to condemn me for simply walking away.
It matters not to them that I truly care.
Of my own mourning they refuse to be aware.
I still pray: "Give them another day."
I must admit that I'm afraid to speak out
But will I be heard while they always shout?
Haven't I seen this behavior before?
It feels like Brave New World or 1984.
Ready to accuse all who dare oppose
As if their ideals are much better than those.
The truth is that pleasure has become their god.
I'm quite surprised that they do not find it odd!
What does tha
A little taste of logic from a Christian"BAAAAWWWW! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!"More Like This
Well, suck your thumb and get ready for a logic lesson because clearly we aren't getting it from the "rational" side. Today, I shall discuss what I think may have been a factor in why people keep thinking the Bible promotes atrocities as seen in the Old Testament.
Before I begin, I'll say this: context and literary analysis are logical. This is so obvious, and yet our "logical" folks just shrug it off. Too smart for context and literary analysis, eh? Pfft! Have fun reading Shakespeare's works, 1984, Brave New World, or even To Kill a Mockingbird without context and literary analysis! What? They're hard to understand without literary analysis and context? Guess what! It's hard to understand the Bible without them as well. Don't shrug it off then!
Ramble over, gave a healthy dosing of the wonders of using basic skills, and it is time to begin.
I'm mildly surprised that misotheists still keep thinking
What would Jesus do?This question seems used as a tactic against Christians, strangely enough, by people who only know of Christ as loving and accepting and nothing else. Never mind that He was, and still is, righteous. While this is a good tactic against the hateful, it is ridiculous when used against the non-hateful Christians.More Like This
What would Jesus do? He would lovingly rebuke. He would say "Go and sin no more." He would hang out with the lowest of the low, but because they need His help the most. He welcomes everyone who wants healing. Everyone, including and especially LGBT+.
Why do some people think Jesus would say: "Don't worry about it, keep doing what you're doing"? There is hardly any righteousness in such a reasoning. No, instead, Jesus would say "Don't worry about how bad you've been. I got it covered and I'll help you change." That sounds more like the Jesus we should know. He's not just the Cleaner, but a Doctor who continuously checks up on us.
Disagreement does not equ
Blah blah blah delusion blahI lost count of how many times Christians such as myself are accused of being "delusional". Using literary analysis, I can safely say the word is often used in a statement dripping with snootiness and snobbishness. Anyone who can detect the snootiness (keep your literary analysis skills) probably wouldn't take those who use the statement seriously. People of logic, I'm sure, should have enough sense to keep such snootiness out if anyone is to take them seriously. With the snootiness, I don't see an educated person, but a version of those snobbish rich-kid TV characters that people tend to hate because of how superior they think they are.More Like This
I do not wonder why they think we're delusional, really, but I sometimes have to shake my head in pity in how stereotypically delusional these people of logik (mispelled for obvious purposes) do sound.
This is sort of what I see when I read the following:
"Haha! You're so delusional for believing a magical sky wizard!" --> "I am automatically superi
Abuse of PathosAs I surf through the internet, I notice that a lot of advocates for controversial issues such as homosexuality and abortion often use the same tactic over and over again: pathos appeal.More Like This
Pathos is often used to affect emotions, particularly invoking sympathy and sadness. With the whole "feelings make right" mentality growing in these days, pathos seems to be the main tactic and often becomes the stand-in for ethos and logos, which is a fatal mistake, though I myself do not know how to remedy it.
Basically, pathos is a really cheap move, but effective.
In many arguments, one side is forced to shut up when the other says: "How would you feel if this happened to you?" invoking pity and guilt. The controversies above are no exception.
In the case of abortion, the pathos appeal comes from mentioning cases of rape, incest, terminal disease in the child, or mother's life in danger or just mentioning women's rights. Being emotional creatures as we are, many of us humans tend to fall for the pa
Lord, you know I love you"Simon, son of Jonah -More Like This
do you love me?"
I can't look at you.
It breaks my heart.
You know I love you.
(I hope you do.)
But oh - I'm such a sinner!
"Feed my lambs."
"Simon, son of Jonah -
do you love me?"
Do you doubt me
as much as I doubt myself?
I said I didn't -
you know I never meant it.
I love you - but I'm a sinner.
"Tend my sheep."
"Simon, son of Jonah -
do you love me?"
Why must you hurt me so?
Have I not torn myself apart
asking the exact same thing?
Lord, you know all things -
you know that I love you,
that, even as I said
I knew you not,
I never stopped loving you.
Save me, Lord!
"Feed my sheep -
And follow me."