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Non-Animated Stamp
This style is a simple non-animated stamp with colors and text of your choosing, and the price breaks down as follows.

30 points for me
+20% of 30 points for deviantART's charge, which is 6 points
+4 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 40 points
Animated Stamp
This style is an animated stamp with colors, text, and/or photos of your choosing and comes with up to 5 slides of animation with each additional slide costing 2 points extra. The price breaks down as follows:

50 points for me
+20% of 50 points for deviantART's charge, which is 10 points
TOTAL: 60 points
Facebook Cover Photos (Religious or Secular)
These are 851 x 315 pixel cover photos made especially for your Facebook profile pages. I will do religious or secular covers, but when I say secular, I do not mean I will do "I hate God" or "God is fake" graphics. I mean I will make graphics that do not have any religious content at all. I will also make fan art cover photos if you're a fan of something specific, such as the example above featuring the album covers of Garth Brooks. I am also bilingual (for the most part) in English and Spanish, so I can do your covers in different languages. The price breaks down as follows:

80 points for me
+20% of 80 points for deviantART's charge, which is 16 points
+4 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 100 points
Large Graphic With Simple Background
This is one of my large graphics and comes with one cutout of your choosing on a simple background with each additional prop (wings, roses, cross, etc.) costing 5 points each. Text and brushes are free of charge and the price breaks down as follows:

250 points for me
+20% of 80 points for deviantART's charge, which is 50 points
TOTAL: 300 points
Large Graphic With Complex Construction
These are my large graphics that take much more construction than the ones on the simple backgrounds. They come with one cutout and one prop with each additional prop (photos, raindrops, flowers, etc.) costing 5 points extra. Text and brushes are free of charge and the price breaks down as follows:

410 points for me
+20% of 410 points for deviantART's charge, which is 82 points
+8 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 500 points

Prayer Outreach

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Pray for Greece
Greece is a country in southeastern Europe in the southernmost part of the Balkan Peninsula.
It is bordered by Albania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia in the north and Turkey in the northeast.
The Aegean Sea is in the east, the Ionian Sea in the west, and the Mediterranean
in the south.
Greece includes over 1400 islands, 150 of which are inhabited.
The larger Greek islands are:
Crete
Dodecanese
Cyclades,
Ionian Islands
Athens is the capital and largest city.
The population is over 10 million.
FACTS
Greek city states were the first to practice Democracy
Greece has the largest merchant fleet in the world
DEMOGRAPHICS
94%      Greek
4%       Albanian
2%       Other
98%      Greek Orthodox
1.3%     Muslim
0.7%     Other
HISTORY
Greece’s history stretches back for thousands of years.
After the Flood the area was settled by Noah’s son Japheth.
Greece was home to the first advanced civilization
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Pray for Italy
Italy is located in south-central Europe.
It is bordered in the north by France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia along the Alps.
Rome is the capital.
The population is 60 million.
FACTS
Italy is the 5th most populated country in Europe, and the 23rd most in the world.
The islands of Sicily and Sardinia are autonomous regions of Italy.
San Marino and Vatican City are enclaves within Italy.
Vatican City is the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
DEMOGRAPHICS
92%   Italian
4%    Other European (Romanian, Albanian, Ukrainian and others)
1.5%  North African (Mostly Moroccan)
2.5%  Others
82%   Catholic
14%   Non-Religious  
2.60% Muslim
1.1%  Evangelicals  
HISTORY
Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire.
For centuries Rome was the political and religious center of Western civilization.
After the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy fragmented into different regional states.
The Duchy of Spoleto
The Kingdom of Naples
The Republic o
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Pray for Spain
Spain is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula
(Which includes Spain, Portugal and Andorra)
It is bordered by France in the north, Andorra in the northwest, Portugal and
the Atlantic in the west,and the Mediterranean in the east and the south, except
for a small land boundary with Gibraltar.
Madrid is the capital.
The population is 46 million.
FACTS
Spanish is the world's third most widely used language.
DEMOGRAPHICS
88%   Spaniish
12%   Immigrants
1,000,000 Romani/Gypsies
70%  Catholic
20%  None
10%  Other
FAMOUS SPANIARDS
Leaders
Isabella I of Castille(1451-1504)
Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516)
Philip II (1527-1598) Spanish Empire at its height.
Soldiers
Francisco Pizarro (c. 1471-1541) Led conquest of Inca Empire.
Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) Led conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Theologians
Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170-1221) Founder of the Dominican Order
Tomás de Torquemada (1420-1498)
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Pray for Germany
Germany is a country in western-central Europe.
It is bordered by Denmark  in the north, Poland and the Czech Republic in the east, Austria
and Switzerland in the south, France and Luxembourg in the southwest,
and Belgium and the Netherlands to the northwest.
The population is over 81.million.
The capital and largest city is Berlin.
Other important cities are Munich, Cologne and Hamburg,
FACTS
Germany is the 7th largest country in Europe  and most populous state
in the European Union.
The German word 'Kaiser' is derived from the Latin title Caesar.  
The word 'Reich' means ‘Kingdom’ or ‘Empire’.
During it’s history Germany was part of three Reichs.
The 1 Reich     The Holy Roman Empire (962-1806)
The 2nd Reich   The New German Empire (1871-1918.)
The 3rd Reich   The Nazi Regime (1933-1945)
Germany has been famous throughout history as a center of learning and culture.
The printing press was invented in Germany.
The Grimms
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Pray for Ireland
Ireland is an island located north west of Europe.
It’s separated from the neighboring island of Great Britain by the Irish Sea and the North Channel in the east.
To the west is the northern Atlantic Ocean and to the south is the Celtic Sea.
Politically, Ireland is split into two nations:
The Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland, (Part of the United Kingdom).
The population of the Republic of Ireland is over 4 million.
Dublin is the capital.
FACTS
Ireland is the 3rd largest island in Europe and the 20th largest island on Earth.
It is often called the Emerald Isle due to its lush vegetation.
The illuminated manuscript the Book of Kells  was made in Ireland.
The Irish Setter and Irish Wolfhound were originally bred in Ireland.
Ireland has historically been divided into four provinces:
Leinster  East
Ulster    North
Munster   South  
Connacht  West
14% of Canada’s population, are of Irish descent.
12% of Americans are of Irish descent (36 mil
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Pray for France
France is located in Western Europe.
It is bordered by Spain in the southwest, Italy in the southeast, Belgium in the northeast, Switzerland,
Luxembourg and Germany in the east, and the British Channel and Great Britain in the North.
Paris is the capital.
The population is over 65 million.
FACTS
France is the largest country in western Europe.
France is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million tourists annually.
France is known for its beautiful art and architecture.
(Etc. Eiffel Tower, The Palace at Versailles and Notre Dame Cathedral)
DEMOGRAPHICS
89% French nationals
11% Foreign immigrants.
58%  Catholic
31%   Unaffiliated
7%    Muslim (5 million)
2%     Protestant
1%     Buddhist
1%     Jews (491,000)
France has the 3rd largest Jewish population in the world.   
HISTORY
France has been inhabited for thousands of years.
In 600 BC,
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Pray for England
England is part of the United Kingdom and makes up the central/southern part of Great Britain.
It is bordered by Scotland in the north and Wales in the west, the Irish Sea
in the north west, the Celtic Sea in the south west, the North Sea in the east
and the English Channel in the south.
The country includes over 100 smaller islands including Portsea Island,
the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Sheppey.
London is the capital and largest city.
The population is over 53 million.
FACTS
The name 'England' means 'Land of the Angles'.
English is the most widely used language in the world.
London was founded by Rome in 43 A.D.
According to legend Glastonbury Abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea
during the 1st century.
Sherwood Forest is a Royal Forest in Nottinghamshire, England.
It is famous for its association with the legend of Robin Hood.
The University of Oxford (founded 1096) is the oldest university in the English-speaking world,
and the 2nd oldest surviving unive
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Pray for Mexico
Mexico is a Latin American country.
It is bordered by the United States in the north, Guatemala, Belize
and the Caribbean Sea in the southeast and by the Gulf of Mexico in the east.
The population is over 113 million.
Mexico City is the capital and has over 20 million inhabitants.
FACTS
Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America and the 13th largest nation in the world.
It has a wide range of landscapes from arid plateaus in the north, to rain forests
in the south.
Mexico is very biodiverse and home to over 200,000 different animal species.
Only 10% of the country is arable.
Mexico is made up of 31 different states.
77.8% of the population are urbanite.
Half the population is under 20.
The state of Chiapas is the location of many Mayan ruins and home to one
of the largest indigenous populations in the country.
DEMOGRAPHICS
90.6%  Mestizo
9.4%   Amerindian
83.9% Catholic
5.2%   Protestant
2.1%   Adventists, Mormons and Jeh
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Pray for Canada
Canada is located in the northern part of the North American continent
It borders the United States in the south and extends from the Atlantic Ocean
in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
Ottawa is the capital and the nation's 4th largest city.
The population is over 33 million
FACTS
The name 'Canada' comes from the Iroquoian word 'Kanata', which means 'Village' or 'Settlement'.
Other names considered were Victorialand, Norland, Superior, Transatlantia, and Tuponia.
Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area.
Canada's  common border with the United States is the world's longest land border.
Canada's largest cities are:
Toronto
Montreal
Vancouver
Ottawa
Basketball was invented by a Canadian named James Naismith.
DEMOGRAPHICS
32%       Canadian
21%       English
15.8 %    French
15.1%     Scottish
13.9%  &
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Pray for the United States
The United States of America (U.S.) (U.S.A.) is situated mostly in central North America.
It is bordered by Canada in the north, Mexico in the south, the Atlantic Ocean in
the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
The U.S. also includes the state of Alaska in the northwest area of the continent
and the island state of Hawaii in the mid-Pacific.
The population is over 313 million.
Washington D.C. is the capital.
New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are other major cities.
FACTS
The United States is made up of 50 states.
The American Revolution against the British Empire was the first successful
colonial war of independence.
The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse
and multicultural nations.
The United States is the world's third largest nation in both area and population.
DEMOGRAPHICS
73.4 %  White                                           (Over 223 million)
16.3%   Hispanic/Latnio                              (50 million)  
12.6%   Black/African American
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Random from Christian Art

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Be Tolerant! ...But What Does That Mean?
Oxford English Dictionary:
Tolerance noun
The ability or willingness to tolerate the existence of opinions or behaviour that one dislikes or disagrees with.
Modern-Day Liberals:
Tolerance noun
The act of censoring ideas that one disagrees with.
Yes, it's that time of year once again. The time when carols are sung, pageants are put on, and leftists grossly misuse words as they wage war on freedom of religion by claiming that references to God and Christ are evil. The excuses they use? Tolerance. Not everybody believes in God, so Christians must "tolerate" others' disbelief by not putting on plays of A Christmas Carol because Tiny Tim utters the word "God" on a single occasion at the end of the play. Christians must "tolerate" others' disbelief by having lawsuits filed against them for setting a cross on top of their Christmas trees.
Hold the phone, is anybody aware of the actual definition of tolerance? Tolerance is allowing Christians to put on plays
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God's Fine Tuning
God's Fine Tuning, more than meets the eye..
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The Wound of the Womb
While this message is something very personalized and perhaps inflammatory, I feel I have to share it with the folks here on deviantART. 
Now, it's no secret that there's a lot of sexually inappropriate and fetish-fueled art on here. I'm not singling anyone out in particular, there just is and it's been worsening over time. Much art has become more grotesque, twisted and desperate, like people are seeking the next level of perversion, and the next after that.
Pray for these people, because they are trapped in themselves and their desires. Be cautious when they say they draw clearly sexual or visceral art "for fun," because it may be arousing for them and that's why they're drawing it in the first place. The more they keep drawing the same debauched thing, the more likely such is the case.  
Our society says that all forms of arousal are just fine, when in fact all but the union between a husband and wife lies underneath the umbrella of sexual immorality. "You have heard it wa
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God Loves LGBT People, And So Do Christians

God loves you. And so do Christians.
It's remarkable that this would even need to be said, but a quick internet search will reveal that most people who identify as LGBT don't feel loved, especially not by Christians.
A whole swath of books have been published in the last ten years to explain why people under the age of 30 have increasingly negative views toward Christians. Along with being "hypocrites", "judgemental", and "too political", the primary way Christians are increasingly perceived is "anti-homosexual". Even among young Christians, that final label was the first criticism that came to their mind about their own faith. The simple fact is that even non-LGBT people don't think Christians love LGBT people.
While it is true that some people who identify as Christian do hate LGBT people, most Christians do not.
To understand this, first you must realize that Christians are people too, just like gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.
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Grasping for the Wind
The fall from Judeo-Christianity coincides with the fall of Western culture. (Grasping for the Wind is divided into parts; this is the first.)
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Their End Is Destruction by rhunel
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A Story Untold



"For You created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful; I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place— when I was woven together in the depths of the Earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be."

(Psalm 139:13-16 NIV)

God's Love Letter to You



You are no accident. You are wanted and loved.

The Christmas Birth of Jesus Christ



The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus Christ was born in the final years of the tyrant known as Herod the Great. He tells us that when Jesus was born, Herod panicked and had all of the baby boys in Bethlehem killed. Fortunately, the Holy Family was warned by an angel of the LORD in a dream and escaped to Egypt, remaining there until Herod had died. They didn't have to stay long, however.

Setting Aside a Common Mistake

For just over a hundred years, the question of when Herod the Great died has been dominated by a proposal by the German scholar, Emil Schurer. He suggested that Herod died in 4 BC and this view took off in scholarly circles, but in recent decades, it's been challenged and the arguments for this position are exceptionally weak. So, when did Herod actually die?

The Length of Herod's Reign

Here is how the Jewish historian Josephus describes the timing of Herod's death:

"So Herod, having survived the slaughter of his son, Antipater, five days earlier, died, having reigned thirty-four years since he had caused Antigonus to be slain and obtained his kingdom, but thirty-seven years since he had been made king by the Romans."

In this place, Josephus dates Herod's death by three events:
1) He died five days after the execution of his son, Antipater.

2)He reigned for thirty-four years after he "obtained his kingdom (conquered Jerusalem and had its Hasmonean king, Antigonus, killed)."

3) His reign lasted thirty-seven years after "he had been made king by the Romans, which means he was named king 37 years before his death and conquered the kingdom he was to rule 3 years after that.

The death of Antipater isn't a particularly helpful clue, but the two ways of reckoning the length of Herod's reign are. First, though, we need to answer one question.

How Is Josephus Counting Years?

Kings don't tend to come into office on New Year's Day, so they often serve a partial year before the next calendar year begins regardless of which calendar is used. They also don't typically die on the last day of the year, so they also serve a partial year at the end of their reigns. This creates complications for historians because ancient authors sometimes count these additional partial years (especially the one at the beginning of the reign) as a full year. Alternatively, they simply ignore the calendar year and treat the time that a king came into office as a kind of birthday and reckon his reign in years from that point. What scheme was Josephus using? Advocates of the idea that Herod died in 4 BC argue that he was named king in 40 BC. To square that with a 37-year reign ending in 4 BC, they must count the partial year at the beginning of his reign and the part year at the end of it as full years, as that's the only way the math will work out. The problem is that this is not how Josephus would have reckoned the years. Biblical chronology scholar Andrew E. Steinmann comments:

"There is no evidence for this inclusive way of reckoning the partial years and every other reign in this period, including those of the Jewish high priests, are reckoned non-inclusively by Josephus."

In other words, Josephus does not count the partial first year when dating reigns in this period. Knowing that, what would we make of Josephus's two ways of dating Herod's reign?

Herod Appointed King

Josephus gave an impossible date (one that did not exist) for Herod's appointment as king. He said that it was in the 184th Olympiad, which ended in mid-year of 40 BC and that it was in the consulship of Calvinus and Pollio, which began in late 40 and extended into 39. Those can't both be correct, but one of them could be on its own. Which one, though? The evidence points to 39 BC, because we have another source on this— the Roman historians Appian and Dio Cassius. Appian wrote a history of the Roman civil wars in which he discusses the appointment of Herod in the midst of other events. By comparing this set of events to how they are dated in Dio Cassius's Roman History, it can be shown that the events in question, including the appointment of Herod, took place in 39 BC. Given how Josephus dates reigns in this period, he would not have counted Herod's partial first year in 39 BC but would have started his count with 38 BC. Count 37 years forward from that and you have 1 BC.

Herod Conquers Jerusalem

In his writings, Josephus gives contradictory dating information for Herod's conquest of Jerusalem. Some of the dating information he provides points to 37 BC and some points to 36 BC. Josephus said Herod died 34 years after the event and bearing in mind that he wasn't counting partial first years, that would put Herod's death either in 2 BC (if he conquered Jerusalem in 37) or in 1 BC (if he conquered the city in 36). There are various ways to try to resolve which year it was, but some are rather complex. At least one, however, is quite straightforward.

Herod's Lunar Eclipse

Also in his writings, Josephus said that Herod died between a lunar eclipse and Passover. While there was a partial lunar eclipse before Passover in 4 BC, there was a total lunar eclipse before Passover in 1 BC. Further, the lunar eclipse in 1 BC better fits the situation Josephus describes. Since 4 BC is outside the range indicated above and since the 1 BC lunar eclipse fits the situation better, that lets us decide between 2 BC and 1 BC in favor of the latter. There was no lunar eclipse in 2 BC, pointing us toward 1 BC. Putting together the pieces above, we have:

● Reason to think Herod died in either 2 or 1 BC based on the amount of time he served after conquering Jerusalem.

● Reason to think Herod died in 1 BC based on the amount of time he served after being appointed king by the Romans.

● Reason to confirm that Herod died in 1 BC because of the lunar eclipse that occurred before Passover.

More specifically, he would have died between January 10, 1 BC (the date of the lunar eclipse) and April 11, 1 BC (the date of Passover) and because sources indicate that Jesus was born in 2 BC, Herod would have died in early 1 BC between January and April because the Holy Family was commanded by God to escape to Egypt before this occurred since Herod sought to murder the threat to his reign (Matthew 2:13-18), we can place the birth of our Lord in December of 2 BC with somewhat certainty.

This coincides with the date on which we celebrate Christmas despite all of the opinions otherwise.

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Christian Flag - Stamp by Starrceline
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the One for Whose Kingdom
it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life
and liberty to all who believe. Amen.


American Flag Stamp by LoveRunsRed
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the
Republic for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

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PRINTS OF THE ANGELS OF VIRTUE, FALLEN ANGELS OF SIN, AND THE HORSEMEN ARE NOW AVAILABLE. THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT ARE BEING REDONE TO CORRECT THE HEBREW.

ALSO IN PROGRESS: THE CIRCLES OF DANTE ALIGHIERI'S HELL


Regarding ExaltGod, my official statement on such preaching is here.


MAKE YOUR CHOICE. THERE IS NO GRAY.


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 6:23 KJV)

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As two of the stamps above and some of the stamps in the section lower on my profile indicate, I often preach against judging others. However, there IS such a thing as righteous judgment and it is very different from the hypocritical judgment that I preach against. Click here to read about the differences.







Read serial killer David Berkowitz (formerly known as Son of Sam)'s testimony about his salvation through Jesus Christ after his capture and incarceration and how God has changed his life here.

We should NEVER judge others based on outward appearance.

Are you familiar with Alice Cooper, who is also known as the "biggest villain in rock music?" Did you know that a great many of his songs are about faith in God/Christ?


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THAT'S HOW THE LOST GET FOUND, BUT REMEMBER:

PUT YOUR LOVE GLASSES ON!


I’m sure you have at least one person that you'd love to dismiss or defame because you disagree with them and if so, you should take a moment to recognize that this person is still someone Jesus loves just as much as He loves you and He died for them, as well. His sacrifice wasn’t for select sinners. It was for us ALL and as a Christian, your job is not to judge someone because they don't have the same beliefs as you do. If a Christian acts like a pompous jerk, they shouldn't be surprised if people aren't keen on joining the Jesus train. God loves everyone regardless of what sins they commit and Christians should reflect this image of truth and love, not judgment and pride. So, break out those love glasses and see the world through HIS eyes.


TO ALL THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN GIRLS OUT THERE:



Be done with players and nice "Christian" boys. Wait for a Godly man. Don't settle. If you're following Christ, then you're not about that life, so join hands and demand that the standard be raised across the board. You are the daughters of God and you are grown enough to know that you will get the treatment that you expect from men. Having high standards attracts men who have high standards for themselves. This applies to the single guys as well in the opposite respect.


TO THOSE ATTACHED/MARRIED CHRISTIANS:



The concept is simple. Maintain it in humble servitude to Him.



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Bible Questions Poll: Question #8

Mon Sep 11, 2017, 7:12 PM


What is the difference between Protestant Christianity and Catholicism?


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To begin this answer, I can provide some simple insight by defining the word "Protestant" for everyone. By definition, the word "protestant," when written with a lowercase P, means "someone who protests." Therefore, a Protestant (with a capital P this time) is a Christian that disagrees with or protests what is recorded in official Catholic doctrine, which the Pope has been given the authority to amend. Protestant Christianity did not always exist, as the Roman Catholic Church was for centuries considered the world's foremost authority on God's Word. All of the world's Bibles were written in either their original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) or in the language of the Romans, which was Latin. Those who would study the Word but did not speak the four languages listed were expected to take a professor or priest's word for what it said. In this way, the Vatican, which was until as late as 1870 also a political entity with its own army, could remain in control. This all changed when a man named William Tyndale arrived on the scene.

William Tyndale was born in 1494 in Gloucestershire, England, and he was a great many things, including a scholar, a theologian, a polyglot, and above all else, a devoted follower of Jesus. The story of how he would change history begins during his college years. While studying theology at Oxford, he became increasingly irate over the fact that he was not permitted to study the Bible, systematically, for himself. However, after Oxford, he moved on to Cambridge, where a Greek scholar name Erasmus had, a short time earlier, published a New Testament in Greek. Tyndale, being fluent in Greek and seven other languages, procured a copy and began to devour the texts of Scripture. Illuminated by the truths within the Word, it became clear to him that that many official doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church were, in fact, contradicting the Bible. This did not sit well with him and he began to speak up. One clergyman who was upset about Tyndale speaking against the Pope was noted to have said "We would be better without God's laws than the Pope's," to which Tyndale replied "I defy the Pope and all of his laws and if God should spare my life long enough, I will cause the boy who drives the plow  to the know the Scriptures better than you do!"

This promise would become the driving passion of Tyndale's life— to see the Word of God translated into ordinary English words so that ordinary English-speaking people could, for the first time, read it for themselves. Now, because of his outspokenness against the Pope, things began to become difficult for Tyndale in England, so he sailed across the English Channel and settled in Germany. It was there that he devoted himself entirely to translating the New Testament from Greek into English. He finished in 1525 and his brand new English-language New Testament was published in 1526. Two important things to note about Tyndale's translation are:

1) He worked directly from the Greek, not from the Roman Catholic Church's Latin translation. In striving to be as true as possible to the original text, Tyndale's translation used some words and phrases which different from the Church's accepted version and threatened its corporate social monopoly by emphasizing each person's ability and need to deal directly with God without the need for church rituals, priests, and popes acting as necessary intermediaries (the need for intermediaries is something that Catholic doctrine still dictates today).

2) It would be printed on a revolutionary new machine called the printing press, which was beginning to change the world in Tyndale's day as much as the internet changed the world of information sharing in ours. The printing press would allow God's Word to be printed at speeds and in quantities that were previously unthinkable.

Thousands and thousands of English-language Bibles were smuggled into Scotland and England, where they were outlawed under penalty of death as the Church attempted to begin damage control. Despite this great threat, however, Tyndale's English Bible was a massive bestseller and resulted in English-speaking Christians reading the whole Bible for themselves in their own language for the very first time. Then, the Catholic Church declared Tyndale a "heretic" (a Roman Catholic word for anyone who defies the Church/Pope's official doctrine) and dispatched spies after him. They were far too late, however, as the Protestant Reformation of Christianity was well underway. Tyndale then began the task of translating the Old Testament, the majority of which he completed before he, like Jesus, was betrayed by a close friend and handed over to the Church authorities. In 1536, William Tyndale was tried and condemned for heresy, brought to a public place, tied to a stake, and strangled to death. After he succumbed to the strangulation, his body was torched at the stake, but his final words before his death still ring in the halls of history today.

"LORD, open the king of England's eyes!"

These final words were a prayer that God would answer. Only two years after his execution, King Henry VIII ordered production of an English Bible called "The Great Bible," the majority of which was Tyndale's translation. It is difficult to grasp the breadth of the impact that Tyndale had on the English-speaking world. His Bible changed the entire language and many of the words and phrases we still use today came directly from him. His translation was so good that roughly 84% of the New Testament and 76% of the Old Testament in today's King James Version are his words. Many other modern translations are also heavily influenced by Tyndale's work.

Most modern Catholics believe that the aforementioned intermediaries are necessary in order to reach God, but the Bible does not dictate that. The belief that intercessors are required to get a person's prayers to God comes from a misinterpretation of 1 Timothy 2:1-4, which states:

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

Here, "intercession" means to pray for someone else. When you pray for your friend, you are interceding on their behalf. When Catholicism teaches people to pray to saints, they are, in reality, praying to human beings who were sinners in life and died sinners. Did they live great lives? Yes, they did. Were they great heroes for Christianity? Yes, they were. Did God use them in incredible, miraculous ways? Yes, He did. Were they they authors of our faith? No, they were not. Christ alone is the author and finisher of our faith. When He died on the cross, He reconciled all of humankind to God, opening the path to Heaven and making it possible for us to pray directly to God and confess our sins to Him instead of confessing them to a priest or praying to a saint. While the Bible does tell us to confess our sins to one another and to pray for each other, Protestants know that while it is good to tell others of our sins, no man on Earth has the ability or the authority to forgive or absolve us of them. Only God can do that and that is why we take our prayers directly to Him.



All information about William Tyndale is courtesy of Adam Ford at Adam4d.com.


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Bible Questions Poll: Question #7

Thu Sep 7, 2017, 6:32 PM


What do Christians mean when they say they have been "born again?"


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To begin this particular response, I think it is important that I refer to Jesus' own words when He described being born again to Nicodemus in John 3. I will then elaborate.



(JOHN 3:1-8)


     

Now there was a Pharisee— a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi (Hebrew for ‘teacher’), we know that You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with Him.”


Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”


“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”


Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit
gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

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What Jesus means when He says "born of the Spirit" or "born again" is that when a person becomes a Christian and accepts Jesus as the Lord of their life, their past offenses are covered over with His sacrifice. "Born again" is essentially a metaphor for having the innocence we possessed as infants restored to us. When we are forgiven, God actually forgets about the sin we repented of. No human will ever stop being a sinner, but thanks to Christ's sacrifice on the cross, we can be absolved of our sins through genuine repentance to God. Jesus was not guilty of our sins, but the punishment for them went to Him on our behalf. Humans are not righteous by nature, but when we accept Christ as our Lord, we accept a gift from Him. He gives us His righteousness as if it had always been on ours.  
This is called the "Great Exchange." We are "born again" when we first accept this gift from Him. I will cover more about this process and the Great Exchange in Question #9.



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Bible Questions Poll: Question #6

Fri Aug 25, 2017, 6:02 PM


What is Biblical submission (in marriage) and why do Christian women

allow themselves to be treated as lesser beings than their husbands?


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Before I begin this answer, I want to note that the format for this  question's response will be slightly different than the ones in the past. In this one, I use full Bible verses in the body of the text instead of just as footnotes. Since this is the case, you will see my superscript numbers(#) in both my writing and in the Bible verses I used. When you see a superscript number in my personal writing, it will correspond to a Bible verse in the footnotes. When you see a superscript number inside an actual Bible passage, it will correspond to my explanation of Biblical language into more modern English. That said, let's begin!

To answer this question properly, we need to begin by illustrating the etymology of the word "submit." This modern English word originated with the Latin roots of sub-, which means "under" and mittere, which means "send" or "put." When combined, we arrive at the Latin word submittere, which means "to put under." Looking at the word this way, we can see why it has a negative connotation in modern English. In our language, the word "submit" or "submission" means to be subject to the authority or power of someone else in such a way that is usually deemed mandatory or obligatory. We submit to the authorities every time we obey the speed limit. We submit to the laws of the our nations every time we file our taxes (at least honestly). If we sign a contract, we are submitting to the conditions stated in the contract and if we fail to live up to those requirements, we can do ourselves harm either criminally, in a civil lawsuit, or financially. In modern English, to submit or be submissive is to be obedient to some requirement or authority and is the very act of being under that authority or control of someone or something. Because of this definition, it is therefore generally assumed in today's feminist-rich society that in order for one spouse to submit, the other must subdue. It is widely believed that the husband in a Christian marriage is allowed to sit and do nothing while barking orders at his wife, who is of less importance than him. This is, however, not the case. Christians do not  believe and the Bible does not teach that women are lesser beings. The biblical idea of submitting or submission is quite a bit different than what was stated above. The Bible illustrates that males were the first to be created (1) and that females were created from a part of Adam (2) as lifelong companions for the males. (3) Males and females are equals in God's eyes and Adam and Eve were the first married couple. God created marriage and gave each spouse a specific job assignment in order to ensure that the marriage remains healthy. I will go into these assignments next, but before I do, please look at the example below to see society's definition of submission, which is not Biblical.


THIS IS NOT BIBLICAL SUBMISSION.

IT IS SUBSERVIENCE, SLAVERY, AND ABUSE.

This is NOT Christian Marriage by LoveRunsRed
© Adam Ford

For my illustration on the different assignments given to men and women, I first have to describe the heavenly ordained differences between them. Men and women differ in all of their ways— not just by their anatomy. Even their needs and desires and the way they are "physiologically programed," if you will, to function in day to day life are different. In fact, their minds are so different that most arguments in a marriage start because the wife cannot see or understand things from the husband's point of view and vice versa. The way men and women communicate to one another is sometimes as different as an French speaker trying to listen and understand as someone near them speaks in Italian. For the purposes of this illustration, however, let's say that men see and hear things in the color blue and women in the color pink. For example:


Bullet; Pink SHE (PINK) SAYS: "We have to dress formally tomorrow tonight and I have absolutely nothing to wear."

Bullet; Blue HE (BLUE) THINKS: "She must not have any formal clothes that are clean and she's upset.  Perhaps I can surprise her by getting them dry-cleaned for her."

Bullet; Pink SHE (PINK) REALLY MEANS: "I want to dress up differently and I don't have any clothes that are new  to wear for such a special event.


There is nothing wrong with the woman's statement and especially nothing wrong with what the husband thought the wife meant and the sweet surprise he wanted to do for her. Neither spouse's interpretation is greater than the other's. This description was meant to illustrate that men and woman simply understand the same things differently. There is a reason for this. Think of the human body as a computer that God has personally programmed according to each of the two genders. Let's say that men are run by OSX and women are run by Windows. When a male hears a female speak, he is naturally going to interpret her words the same way he interprets anything else he hears— in the male way because he is male. The same is true in the opposite respect. When a woman hears a man speak, she is going to interpret his words in a womanly way because she is a woman. It's the same thing as a Mac not being able to receive a file from Windows without it first being converted and vice versa. A lot of marital problems arise from misinterpreted words that escalate into arguments. So, God created Biblical submission to solve that issue. (4) For marriage, He set forth some commandments that were specific to each spouse. We'll go over the requirements commanded of men first so that everyone can see what a price the man pays in order to have the privilege and responsibility of being the leader of the family unit. The actual verses will cover the basics and then I will go into more depth about them in the footnotes for those who are unfamiliar with the language of the Bible. We'll start in Chapter 5 of  the book of Ephesians.


(EPHESIANS 5:25-30 NIV)


"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church (5) and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word (6) and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body just as Christ does the church— for we are members of His body." (7)


From this verse, we can determine that the husband in a marriage has a great responsibility set in front of him as he follows Biblical instructions to be the head of his household. These are for him to take care of her needs as much as he takes care of his own basic needs or, in other words, be her protector. He is also required to give himself up for her or, in other words, be ready and willing to die for her should such a situation ever arise. If he and his wife ever found themselves in a dangerous situation where they are told "it's one or the other," he is meant to volunteer to give up his life to save hers. When we look at things this way, they become much less of an assumed "doormat" situation for the woman, don't they? That brings me to the second part of Ephesians 5, which comes right before the passage I quoted above, and also to a separate verse in a different book that applies to both spouses.


(EPHESIANS 5:22-24 NIV)


"Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, His body, of which He is the Savior. Now, as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything."


(1 PETER 3:1-7)


"Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. (8) You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way, be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker (9) partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers."

     

Now, let me ask you this. If you had a man who truly only wanted what was best for you, did his best to make all of his decisions with you in mind first, and was willing to die for you, wouldn't you think that he deserved your respect and deserved to have you listen to his heartfelt advice? I know I do and this is why it is important to note that no matter what the connotation for "submit" is in modern English, it meant something so much different when the Bible was written. Current Christian marriages function in the way of the husband giving his wife unconditional love and the wife giving her husband the unconditional respect he deserves for being willing to and for being given the responsibility to die for her. While unconditional love— to know that she is loved even when she messes up— is what activates a woman's heart, unconditional respect— to know he is always respected for how hard he is trying to do right and for the man he is trying to become even though he messes up sometimes— is what activates a man's heart. Sometimes, it is hard for a wife to show respect and reverence for her husband when he is doing an action that she doesn't appreciate. To this issue, there is a simple fix. The wife would then simply ask herself if she would trust her husband to protect her or, if the couple already has children, if she would trust her husband with the kids. The answer to both of those questions is "yes" at least 95% of the time. This enables the wife to respect and revere her husband for the man she knows he is inside and to trust and obey his advice regardless of whether or not his actions are perfect all the time (and they won't be, as he is human, too).(10)



THIS IS BIBLICAL SUBMISSION.

IT IS BUILT ON MUTUAL TRUST AND REVERENCE.

This IS Christian Marriage by LoveRunsRed
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Finally, it is extremely important to note that the submission assignment given to women does not mean that they have to stay in abusive relationships and continue to try to show respect. While attempts to reconcile are always the best choice in any marriage, sometimes people become different over time and if the husband becomes verbally, mentally, sexually, or physically abusive and the wife has a reason to fear for her own safety, she can separate from her husband. The Word of God would never command a woman to stay in a place where she is being harmed. This, while rarer, also applies to husbands who are being abused by their wives.



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(1)
"Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living creature."

(Genesis 2:7 ESV)


(2)
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Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called "woman" because she was taken out of "man." Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and they shall become one flesh."

(Genesis 2:23-24 ESV)


(3)
"
The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."

(Genesis 2:18 NIV)



(4)
"
And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."

(Titus 2:4-5 ESV)



(5)
Here, the "church" that Christ gave Himself up (died) for refers to the entire collective population of those who believe in Him. Christ gave Himself over to die on the cross for ALL of us, Christians or not, but in this verse, “church” refers to Christ’s followers.

(6)
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Washing her with water through the Word" represents the way Christians are cleansed from their sin by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross and how we subsequently get baptized.

(7)
"
We are all members of His body" represents that the "church" mentioned in footnote #4 is also collectively referred to as "the Body of Christ." To make it more clear, you can think of it as "the body of people who belong to Christ."

(8)
In this verse, "lord," written in lowercase, refers to Sarah regarding Abraham as her leader.

(9)
Here, "the weaker partner" means "not as physically strong" as a man.

(10)
A more in-depth study about this Biblical concept and a model for practicing it can be found in the book entitled “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, Christian author and minister.


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Bible Questions Poll: Question #5

Thu Aug 24, 2017, 7:24 PM


If no evil can be in God's presence, then who is the devil

and why does he even exist in the first place?


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Ah... the devil, huh? You may have heard him being referred to by many names. Some of these include the prince of darkness, Satan, the evil one, the enemy, and Lucifer. The names Satan and Lucifer have become synonymous when referring to this evil being, but in actuality, the meaning of the two names are quite the opposite. Before I go into that, though, let's back up a bit.

Before the creation of the universe and the world in Genesis 1, there existed (and still exists) a realm which we all know of today as Heaven. God is eternal and He therefore existed before our world (or else He would not have been able to create it). In Heaven with God were Jesus and an abundance of angels that God had created in much the same way He created us. Like humans, angels were not created to be little robotic-like servants with no individual ability to think for themselves. If you desired love, what good would it be to create something that was already programmed to love you? You would want someone to choose to love you on their own. So, God gave the angels free will. That is how God created us(1) and the angels were no different. With our free will, we have the ability to sin if we choose and so did the angels. Now, these angels were all beautiful and lovely to behold, but there was one angel whose beauty far outweighed the others. He was a high and exalted angel. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and broad, showing a powerful intellect. His form was perfect and his bearing noble and majestic. A special light beamed in his countenance and shone around him more brighter and more beautifully than around the other angels. He was considered next in honor only to Jesus and his name was... LUCIFER.  Are you surprised? A lot of first time learners of this subject are. The name Lucifer means "bearer of light" or "morning star" and this name referred to his position as the highest ranking and most splendid angel of all. Then, everything changed.

The great Creator, our LORD God, assembled the heavenly host around the throne in order that He might in the presence of all of the angels confer special honor upon His Son. The Son was seated on the throne with the Father, and the heavenly throng of holy angels was gathered around them. The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ, His Son, should be equal with Himself so that wherever the presence of His Son was, it was as if it was His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. He had His Son invested with authority to command the heavenly host and His Son was especially to work in union with Himself in the anticipated creation of the Earth and every living thing that should exist upon the Earth. His Son would carry out His will and His purposes, but would do nothing of Himself alone.(2) The Father's will would be fulfilled in Him.(3)

Lucifer was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ. When all the angels bowed to Jesus to acknowledge His supremacy and high authority and rightful rule, Lucifer bowed with them, though his heart was filled with envy and hatred. Christ had been taken into the special counsel of God in regard to His plans while Lucifer was unacquainted with them. He did not understand and neither was he permitted to know the purposes of God, but Christ was acknowledged sovereign of Heaven His power and authority to be the same as that of God Himself. Lucifer thought that he was himself a favorite in Heaven among the angels. He had been highly exalted, but this did not call forth from him gratitude and praise to his Creator. Instead, he aspired to the height of God Himself. He gloried in his loftiness. He knew that he was honored by the angels. He had been near the great Creator and the ceaseless beams of glorious light enshrouding the eternal God had shone upon him. He thought how angels had obeyed his command with pleasurable alacrity. Were not his garments light and beautiful? Why should Christ be honored before himself?

He left the immediate presence of the Father dissatisfied, prideful, and filled with envy against Jesus Christ. Concealing his real purposes, he assembled the angelic host. He introduced his subject, which was himself. As one aggrieved, he related the preference God had given Jesus to the neglect of himself. He told them that henceforth all the sweet liberty the angels had enjoyed was at an end. For had not a ruler been appointed over them to whom they must henceforth yield servile honor? He stated to them that he had called them together to assure them that he would no longer submit to this "invasion of his rights and theirs," that never again would he bow down to Christ (a costly mistake),(4) and that he would take the honor upon himself which he believed should have been conferred upon him. He stated to the angels that he would be the commander of all who would submit to follow him and obey his voice.

Angels that were loyal and true sought to reconcile this mighty, rebellious angel to the will of his Creator. They justified the act of God in conferring honor upon Christ and with forcible reasoning, sought to convince Lucifer that no less honor was his now than before the Father had proclaimed the honor which He had conferred upon His Son. They clearly set forth that Christ was the Son of God, existing with Him before the angels were created, and that He had ever stood at the right hand of God and His mild, loving authority had not heretofore been questioned. They insisted that He had given no commands but those that were joy for the heavenly host to execute. They urged that Christ's receiving special honor from the Father, in the presence of the angels, did not detract from the honor that Lucifer had already received. The angels wept. They anxiously sought to move him to renounce his wicked design and yield submission to their Creator, for all had heretofore been peace and harmony and what reason was there for this dissenting, rebellious voice?


Lucifer refused to listen and then he turned from the loyal and true angels, denouncing them as slaves. These angels, true to God, stood in amazement as they saw that Lucifer was successful in his effort to incite rebellion. He promised them a new and better government than they then had, in which all would be freedom. Great numbers of angels signified their purpose to accept him as their leader and chief commander. As he saw his advances were met with success, he flattered himself that he should yet have all the angels on his side and that he would then be equal with God Himself and his voice of authority would be heard commanding the entire host of heaven. The loyal angels then hastened speedily to the Son of God and acquainted Him with what was taking place among the others. They found the Father in conference with His beloved Son to determine the means by which, for the best good of the loyal angels, the assumed authority of Lucifer could be forever put down. When called before God, Lucifer doubled down on his rebellion and refusal to obey Christ and was subsequently renamed SATAN, which means "adversary." Then, because God will not allow sin to enter His realm, He cast Satan from Heaven along with all of the angels who had joined his cause in what is now known as the Fall from Grace.(5) Those rebellious, fallen angels are now known as demons.

From this tale of rebellion, we can see that God did not create an evil being who was evil from the beginning. God did not create our enemy. God created a splendid and beautiful angel who chose to abuse his free will to become rebellious, envious, prideful, and evil. Since the moment he was expelled from Heaven, Satan has been bent on revenge and that is why he disguised himself as a serpent in the Garden of Eden and tempted Eve just enough to introduce sin into the world, throwing a monkey wrench in God's perfect plan for His creation. However, God cannot be defeated or worked around and so, He devised a plan to save mankind from the sins they had been infected with. Atonement from sin requires an offering, so God sent His only Son to pay a debt that He did not owe because we had a debt that we could not pay. Once we repent and accept Jesus as our only Savior, our debt for our sins is marked in bright red ink by a stamp that says "PAID IN FULL."


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(1)
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."

(Galatians 5:13 NIV)


(2)
"I can do nothing on My own. I judge as God tells Me. Therefore, My judgment is just because I carry out the will of the One who sent Me, not My own will."

(John 5:30 NLT)


(3)
"For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

(John 6:40 NASB)


(4)
"Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall."

(Proverbs 16:18 KJV)


(5)
The passage for this note is very long, so I have found it on Bible Gateway at this link.



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Those boys and coach were trapped in that cave for 18 days. Rain was expected at many points during the rescue, but it never came. For those entire 18 days, it was dry. Then, when the last person was rescued, it started to storm. God is good.
If God was fair, there would be no beautiful story of Christ dying on the cross. If God was fair, He never would have shed His blood for us. If God was fair, we would have gotten what we deserved. Thank goodness that God isn't fair.

Something has occurred to me. There is no such thing as "sexy" any more. For sexy to exist, SOMETHING must be considered risqué and nothing is these days.

Most women of today are not women and are most certainly not ladies. They are simply female at best, having shed everything that makes them special in an effort to be totally equal with men. The Bible tells us that women already have an equal inherent value to men when they are born, but today's society has prostituted itself to the ideals of "anything you can do, I can do, too," and sacrificed the idea of a man being able to say "my, you look lovely today," on the false altar of "don't be a misogynist pervert."

It is so disheartening to know that women of today cannot see that they were not created to do everything a man can do. They were created to do everything a man CAN'T do and that is what makes women so beautiful to their men in the first place. A man should be able to look at his wife and say "Man, I love her. I could never do what she does for our family," but sadly, females of today think they must purchase love with sex. It's not true. Any "love" that compromises a woman's purity and self-respect isn't love at all.

You see, younger people, long before Kim Kardashian posted nude selfies on the internet, there were classy and modest women who somehow managed to accomplish their biggest dreams, raise their children into outstanding adults, AND look absolutely smoldering in the eyes of their men WITHOUT taking their dresses off or designing said dresses to be so revealing that they might as well not be wearing anything to start with. How can one be a fashion icon if they're not wearing anything?

Venture back in time with me because before trashy, soft porn pretended to be 1950s pin-up, there was such a thing as a woman who could be powerful, influential, AND sexy. Ladies, your bodies are temples, not visitor's centers. In a world full of Kardashians, be a Lucy.

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This is Mel Gibson talking to the actor who played Jesus in the movie The Passion of the Christ. Mel was the director of that movie. I'm sure he is giving him advice on what to do in a scene or something, but it honestly makes me think something totally different. Just imagine sitting next to Jesus like this and talking to Him about how hard your life is or asking Him to take the pain away because you can't stand it. You're doing this while you look right at Him, bloody and beaten. He looks that way because He made the ultimate sacrifice— for you. Even after that, He still loves you. He wants us to talk to Him. He wants to help us. He loves us. He died on that cross for us so that we could be forgiven. When we talk to Him, we can't see Him sitting next to us like this, but He is surely there and He listens to us just like this.

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● Please kindly inform me of your intentions right away when you comment. What I mean by this is that if you have a need, a question, or a prayer request, please place that information into your first comment rather than allowing the comment to seem like idle chit-chat. For example, since I am so focused on answering vital questions, a comment saying "Hi! How are you? May I ask a question/for prayer about *insert subject here,* please?" will be answered as quickly as possible whereas a comment that tries to get a conversation going before asking the question such as "Hi! I haven’t commented to you in a while. How have you been?" may end up getting ignored or pushed aside because it does not immediately allow me to recognize that there is a need. Note that follow-up questions asked after my answering your first one are NOT idle chit-chat and I will respond to you in replies until I have addressed your need to your absolute satisfaction.

● PLEASE DO NOT TROLL. This is that icky rule that I only mention out of necessity because some people are rude. Everyone is welcome here no matter what their beliefs are, so if all you can think of to comment with is something nasty directed towards my faith and feelings and/or the faith and feelings of another commenter on my page, kindly see yourself out and don’t let the door hit you when you leave. Things that are considered trolling/disrespectful on my page are taking the LORD’s name in vain on purpose, using profanity, being in any way vulgar, praising the devil, and attacking me or other people here. I also do not appreciate spam. Each cruel trolling comment of any kind as well as actual spam will be reported as such and the commenter blocked. I will also respond by asking all of my watchers to pray for each troll by way of posting a status about their need.

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