Despite our sin
Despite the fact that we don’t love Him back
Despite the fact that we are wretched creatures
He still loves us

God’s love isn’t a glamorous display of emotion
It’s actually this desperation to be in a relationship with His creation


- Mike Steinkamp (Love)
watch it at https://youtu.be/QCLyZeOGer4

How merciful He is, to still call me His child every time I stray. 
Time and time again, I find myself in the arms of someone He wouldn’t be pleased with, someone I want to have space from but find myself drawn to.
These actions that we partake in, these sins that we partake in, they make my heart heavy with guilt.
Prayers taste sour, like my flesh knows I don’t deserve to say them, or almost as if it simply doesn’t want to.
Yet even so, he still loves me despite these things I do.
With arms open and palpable love, despite His anger, despite His sadness, He calls out to me.
‘Come back to Me. Come back.’
—  Maxwell Diawuoh, Request: How God feels about your ungodly relationship, and how you want to have boundaries with this person, but you realize that every time you are with them you do something you regret yet again. And how guilty you feel afterwards?

anonymous asked:

hang on one person fucks up and god punishes everyone for all eternity? nice guy. honestly this is why im an atheist, even if god was real he sounds far more evil than anything else in the bible, egotistical and just plain crazy. im assuming most Christians have a different version which is fine, i dont have a problem if belief makes them happy. but personally reading that stuff freaks me out

The original sin of Adam and Eve threw the world into the sin-filled mess that it is. That decision made by man had a chain reaction that trickled down into humanity.

Because of their decision to embrace sin, everyone rightfully deserves eternal punishment. However, I think you may not have read my entire response or maybe I didn’t make some aspects clear enough, so I will repeat some points I made again because it’s extremely important you understand this.

You mock God and call Him a “nice guy” sarcastically, deeming Him malicious and egotistical for the consequences of man’s decision. It didn’t just end with Adam and Eve. None of us are innocent. In the days of Noah, people embraced sin - which is what triggered the flood. In the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, the rampant immorality and atrocious behavior is what lead to God’s destruction of these cities. And nothing much has changed because people still continually use their freewill to embrace sin and defy the Lord. Each and everyone of us has freewill and none of us are innocent victims. Adam and Eve initiated the fall of man, but we still each have freewill and as the Word tells us, we all fall short of God’s glory.

Yet even in all of this, even when man still continually spits in His face, God made a way for us. You are failing to realize the fact that He offers each and every one of us a free gift of mercy to be spared of this punishment and washed clean of our sin - to become a new creation white as snow. God took on flesh like us and became man in the form of Jesus Christ to die so that our sins may be forgiven. Jesus became the second Adam. Adam introduced sin, but Jesus came to take it upon Himself and die as a perfect atoning sacrifice so that we may have eternal life. Salvation through Christ is the only way and it is received through faith in Him. What egotistical, evil, or crazy God would do this? He is the complete opposite of the way you describe Him because this is a type of sacrificial love no human being could ever come close to.

I’m not sure what you mean by “most Christians have a different version”. If you wish to elaborate on that, please feel free to do so. With the exception of false sects claiming to be “Christianity” but have corrupted the Word with their own doctrine (e.g.: Mormonism), all Christians follow Biblical scripture also known as the Word. Everything I’ve said can be found in the Word. There are different translations of the Bible, but the meaning and doctrine is still the same.

I’m sorry to hear that you are an atheist because you’re missing out on so much. A relationship with Jesus Christ is like nothing else you could experience. I’m not sure what exactly freaks you out, but I would be happy to help clarify anything for you that is troubling you. I truly hope and pray that the Holy Spirit convicts your heart and draws you to the Lord.

Finally got my MRI and results...

My PCP called me(I had a report of my MRI sent to her and my orthopedist) and the report says I have a high-grade partial tear of my medial patellofemoral ligament. That ligament basically is responsible for keeping the inside portion of kneecap centered… She said if I wait too long for treatment than that ligament can die off and could cause me more problems.

Between this and the roughness of my fiancé’s and I’s relationship recently; I could really use your prayers…

osiris · god of the dead and ruler of the underworld 

A god of the earth and vegetation, Osiris symbolized in his death the yearly drought and in his miraculous rebirth the periodic flooding of the Nile and the growth of grain. He was a god-king who was believed to have given Egypt civilization. Osiris was the first child of Nut and Geb, and therefore the brother of Seth, Nephthys, and Isis. He was married to his sister, Isis. He was also the father of Horus and Anubis. These traditions state that Nephthys (mother of Anubis) assumed the form of Isis, seduced him (perhaps with wine) and she became pregnant with Anubis.

Praying For You Today

September 28, 2016

Read: Romans 8:22–34

The Spirit himself intercedes for us … . [Christ Jesus] is also interceding for us. Romans 8:26, 34

When we face a perplexing situation or a tough problem, we often ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to pray for us. It’s a great encouragement to know that others who care are holding us up to God in prayer. But what if you don’t have close Christian friends? Perhaps you live where the gospel of Christ is opposed. Who will pray for you?

Romans 8, one of the great, triumphant chapters of the Bible, declares, “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans… . The Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God” (Rom. 8:26–27). The Holy Spirit is praying for you today.

The Holy Spirit and Jesus are always praying for you.
In addition, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (v. 34). The living Lord Jesus Christ is praying for you today.

Think of it! The Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ mention your name and your needs to God the Father, who hears and acts on your behalf.

No matter where you are or how confusing your situation, you do not face life alone. The Spirit and the Son are praying for you today!

Dear God, I bow in humble thanks for the prayers spoken by the Holy Spirit and by Your Son today—for me. What an amazing truth!

The Holy Spirit and Jesus are always praying for you.

By David McCasland