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Why did they have Rosita and Sasha nod at each other in the mid season finale like they were at peace with each other just to write Rosita as being super bitchy to everyone these past two episodes….

Originally posted by n-wordbelike

anonymous asked:

Is it bad that I'm not really into those "God Movies" (like Gods Not Dead)? I mean, I agree with the fundamentals of it I guess but i always felt that my beliefs were being marketed to me and it never really appealed to me much. I'm afraid to sound like some heretic for not liking it, and that goes for some Christian music too (i.e the pop rocky kind of stuff I always hear) sorrynits not really LGBT+ related, but I'd yet to hear another opinion of this.

Hey there! Honestly, I have never liked these movies either! The vast majority of them are poorly written and poorly executed with overly simplistic plots and characters. On an artistic level alone I find them to be hollow and made solely so that churches can take buses full of young people to the movies. And yes, many people around me were ardent fans of these films and took my disinterest and ultimately opposition to them as an indication of a ~ spiritual problem ~.

Apart from their quality, I also find them to be theologically flawed as well, often depicting a world in which those who are “saved” are immediately freed from their central problem or struggle, whatever that may be. They dishonestly depict the reality of the real world both theologically and in the characters: all atheists are bad, all Christians are good, and every institution outside of the church is out to destroy Christianity. These movies tend to paint Christians in the USA as a persecuted group when we are very much the privileged religion here, and thus these movies often also perpetuate harmful theologies that lead to prejudice, islamophobia, and oppression. 

The same goes for a lot of contemporary Christian music. From what I have heard, they seem shallow and insincere and contrived, built from a place of “God fixes everything if you just do your due diligence and pray.”

There are some outliers in both movies and music. Woodlawn is by far the best “Christian movie” I have ever seen, in part because it is based on historical events surrounding desegregation and does not shy away from the ugliness in people’s hearts.

A good “Christian” movie or musical group would allow space for doubt, for anger, for humanness rather than being “whitewashed tombs” of generalization, misinformation, and intolerance.

Here is a link that further breaks down why these movies are often just a no-go.

The Wedding Ceremony

[Suggested listening!]

A hushed silence fell over the crowd as the Arceist minister stepped up to the altar. Cassie walked over to the altar next, projecting an air of confidence. Projecting was the key word. Behind her followed…a very, very tall…Pokemon - were they a Pokemon? - in a large dress. Their long, black appendages swung freely, nearly knocking over a couple guests as they skipped to the altar with Cassie.

The bridesmaids and ushers followed - not that there were many. Just behind them was the maid of honor. She grinned as she ran over to the altar and turned towards the crowd. Heads turned to see the ring bearer, only to be met by an interesting sight - a little Goomy making their way across the carpet, bouncing happily along with the two rings resting on its antennae. The rings were both golden, with a little yellow sapphire to represent the sun and a diamond to represent the moon. The flower girl, Dana, followed just after them, tossing petals behind her. She was wearing an adorable purple dress.

Then the crowd’s attention turned to the back again. There, wearing a beautiful floral white dress, was Lillie herself. She was walking down the aisle with Branden, her left arm linked in his right. Lillie was beaming at Cassie, who was grinning right back at her. Branden looked down at his daughter with pride as they approached the altar. When they reached it, Branden turned fully to her and pulled her into a hug, gently kissing her forehead. Taking her hand in his, Branden gently gave her hand to Cassie. Reluctantly, he let go, gave Lillie another forehead kiss, and walked back to his seat.

With that, the ceremony officially began. Lillie said her vows first, followed by Cassie. And then, the part everyone was waiting for.

“Do you, Cassie, take Lillie to be your wife?” the minister said.

Hai,” Cassie said. “I hana.”

“And do you, Lillie, take Cassie to be your wife?” the minister said.

Hai, I hana,” Lillie whispered quietly, then leaned over to Cassie and gave her a delicate kiss on the lips.

Lillie and Cassie each reached down to Goomy, grabbing the rings from their antennas. Smiling at each other, they slipped the rings onto each other’s fingers. This had clearly been planned, and they slid the rings onto each others’ fingers with grace. The two embraced and gave each other another gentle kiss. They pulled back, and Cassie turned to the crowd, grinning at everyone.

She then waved to Dosh’te, who was sitting behind a DJ booth. Dosh’te nodded over at Cassie, turned to the crowd, and…dabbed. He then immediately started up the music. The reception had begun!

anonymous asked:

How many followers do you have?

Hi friend,

After a little over half a year of running this blog (or online ministry, as I like to call it), I’m at almost 6,000 followers (5,966 as I type this). I’m so blessed and thank God often for this opportunity to be able to share His Word and love and grace with all of you, and I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing now if I only had a handful of followers (like when I began over the summer of 2016). 

All my love,

S. 

Our society is so self driven that people are conditioned to only love when it benefits them. As a Christian, I am called to love, even if it doesn’t benefit me. God is working through me, and Gods love flows from me. Every time. Make the choice to not act in love, I am blocking the blessing for someone else.
This is why love is above all where we are called. The way we love others is directly how we place God into this world.

I remember some time ago, years maybe, when I read an article about a so-called Christian woman yelling at a street preacher because she said that nowhere in the Bible we’re commanded to “shove” our faith down other people’s throats. Every now and then I get to read comments on social media, including Tumblr, from other people who believe Christ but are disgusted by those who try to bring people to the faith. So, how important is evangelism exactly?

Our Lord tells us in Isaiah 43 that He “chose you so that you would help people believe Me.” Paul said in Acts 20 our lives are worth nothing other than to spread the Gospel. Jesus Christ gave us a Great Commission in Matthew 28, which is “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

If we are saved, we want others to be saved too. We know the consequences of unrepentful sinful behavior. Going to Hell is no joke so why would we possibly want any of God’s marvelous creations to go to Hell? Every single person on this planet that lives and have ever lived, besides our perfect Lord Jesus Christ, deserves nothing else other than to burn in Hell for all eternity for all our sins. Yet, God so loves us He allows Jesus to die in our place and be made right with Him if we just believe and follow His commandment. As Jesus said, “you are my friends IF you do what I command you.” We are His servants and He is our good Master. He told us to spread His Gospel and that’s what we do.

In the Gospels we learn that Jesus said to the apostles to “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” and how can you fish for people without casting the net? The net to catch people is the Good News.

And how can you hope people will accept the Good News if they’ve never even heard the Good News? Romans 10:14 tells us the importance of having someone preaching the Good News: “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

Remember Ezekiel 3:18-21 which tells us the importance of warning others of their sins: “If I say to the wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but you do not warn him—you don’t speak out to warn him about his wicked way in order to save his life—that wicked person will die for his iniquity. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn a wicked person and he does not turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life. Now if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, and I put a stumbling block in front of him, he will die. If you did not warn him, he will die because of his sin and the righteous acts he did will not be remembered. Yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn the righteous person that he should not sin, and he does not sin, he will indeed live because he listened to your warning, and you will have saved your life.

Sometimes we can end up being a bit overzealous on our approach when dealing with the lost and end up being seen as if we are “pushing” our beliefs down one’s throat. One of the biggest and most convincing ways a Christian can possibly evangelize family and friends who are disbelievers is by living their lives in a godly way, showing what true Christians looks like (no cursing, no premarital sex, no drinking, no gossip, no lying, no anger, being forgiving and so on). Our friends and family need to see how God has changed us and made us different from the rest of the world (1 Peter 3:1-2) and they’ll be wondering what happened to us and question us about it and that would be a perfect time to share the Gospel with them which will then hopefully lead them to live faithful and righteous lives too according to His Word.

Christians must pray that God would change the mind and hearts of the lost and open their eyes to what they are about to hear (2 Corinthians 4:4). The person we’re talking to can only be convinced by God when you talk about His love for them. We must pray that the Holy Spirit will show them that the only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ alone (John 3:16). We must pray that God will give us the words the lost need to hear (James 1:5) so they too can be found and lost no more.

The Bible is clear that we should indeed be that city on top of the hill which cannot be hidden, that lamp on a stand rather than under a basket, so that the whole world can see Him through us (Matthew 5).

Personally, the greatest verses to tell me that I should indeed evangelize are the verses in Matthew 25:14-30. The parable of the talents tells us the story of 3 servants which all have been given talents. A talent isn’t an ability, but a monetary value. The English use of ‘talent’ for a natural (or supernatural) aptitude derives from this parable, but the Greek talanton is simply a sum of money. A talent in ancient times was 6,000 denarii, which would take a normal worker 20 years to earn a single talent. It was quite valuable.

Two of those servants in the parable of the talents did the work and invested and got more for the master, while the third didn’t do anything and was just full of excuses. The sovereignty of the master never excused the laziness of the servant. It condemned that laziness all the more. Those who don’t work for the Lord because God is sovereign condemn themselves by their laziness. By their actions (or lack of action) they show that they are like the wicked servant in the parable. They do not know their Master’s heart at all.

The charge against the third servant who merely buried his talent was that he was wicked and lazy. We rarely see laziness as a real sin, something that must be repented of before the Lord. The third servant did not have a proper fear of his master, but an unfitting fear of risk and failure.

It’s true that you can’t save everyone, but you can always help save someone. Oh how true the words of Charles Spurgeon sound in moments like these: “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself!”

The funniest thing to me is anti-lgbtq christians treating a sexual orientation or gender identity as a religion. “You can’t be practicing both homosexuality AND Christianity!!!” What are the fucking tenets of homosexuality and why do they negate Christianity holy shit. Is this the gay agenda you keep raving about. I’m beyond the practicing stage of homosexuality anyway, I’m full blown ordained in this shit.

anonymous asked:

How do I relate to things in the Bible? I'm so scared to take anything as it's written. I'm reading Psalms, but what am I supposed to take from it? I don't have people trying to kill me like David, I don't write songs for God like David--and by that logic, the care and love God gives to David cannot equal what He gives to me--and I don't even know what that is! (PS I'm just starting the Bible with Psalms)

Hi friend,

While some parts of the Bible are harder for us to relate to, Psalms is wonderful because we can relate to the emotion portrayed. There’s so much of it. We’ve all been lonely or afraid or scared or angry or confused or joyous etc. etc. I think the trick is looking at individual pieces of the puzzle that are the Psalms, and relating that way. So, like, yes, we don’t have people trying to kill us, but if you look at, for example, Psalm 147:3 with me:

He heals the brokenhearted 
and binds up their wounds.

I have this verse underlined and have a little note next to it that says, “BB, 12/19/16.” I had read this Psalm months before I made that note, but I came back to this Psalm after my husband and I lost our baby on December 19th of last year. I was brokenhearted. I was devastated. This verse was one of the ones that got me through. 

So, even if you’re having trouble relating to all of them now, what I’m saying is this: maybe one day you’ll come back to something you’re reading now, something that you didn’t or couldn’t relate to, and it will be just what you need in that moment. 

The Bible is vast and there are so many things for us to take from it. Some of the main things I took from Psalms are: do not be afraid, God is with me, God is my rock, He will save me, Trust Him, praise Him, glorify Him, I am never alone, “the righteous will never be moved,” do not be afraid to talk to Him and ask Him for help/what I need, walk in His ways, He calms and quiets my soul, I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and so much more, honestly. 

I’m not sure if this helped at all. If not, feel free to write me again with specific verses that you are having trouble relating to and I’ll try to help out. <3

All my love,

S. 

anonymous asked:

I know that God teaches in the bible to "spread the good news of the word" but I want to respect others faiths. Like, I don't want to be that person that goes "Oh your an atheist, that's bad! You should turn to God? Have you heard of what he's done?" When they've probably heard this speech a million times. I want to be like (and I am) "Oh your an atheist? Cool, I'm a Christan but I respect what you believe." But is that nessasarlly bad? I just want to respect and accept others.

Hi there! Sorry for the delay in answering and that my response now is just going to be to link you to some other posts on this subject, but I don’t have a ton of energy lately and I want to give you something! See the posts in the evangelism tag for thoughts on how to be faithful to sharing the Good News without being pushy about it or even continuing the harm of white colonialism (with which evangelism has been historically entangled). 

vivaldis-prodigy  asked:

Also to the bisexual Mormon: hello from a fellow bisexual Christian! I suppose you could say I'm 'half out' my mother and her side of the family are very accepting of me and my sexuality, my father however (they're divorced) is a large baptist and I don't feel comfortable coming out to him. I personally had to stew for a while and study my beliefs to find a balance between who I will love and my faith.

(2/2) My point is that it might take a while for you to come to a conclusion on the convergence with your faith and sexuality. I personally would wait until you are independent of your parents to discuss this with them like I am with my father. Just know that it doesn’t make you a better or worse Christian for being bisexual and I hope one day you are in a situation that you can talk about these things freely, and without fear

A+ example if you’re concerned about how your parents will react I would probably recommend waiting until you’re not dependent on them. Most parents will be supportive of you no matter what, even if relations are rocky for a while, but if you think your parents may react badly to coming out you are under no obligation to do so until you feel safe. Make sure you have a plan for if something goes wrong, make sure you’re not staying in an abusive household and have somewhere to go if you need it

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm a bit of a new follower so I apologize if you've answered this question, but how do you feel about homosexuality?

Do what makes you happy. That’s my opinion. I have no idea how else to answer this question. I think this question is about you trying to figure out if just because I’m Christian do I hate gay people. I don’t. I not hate gay people. God doesn’t hate gay people. Period.

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Why?

Do you know why you are here? 

Do you ever wonder, what the point to life is at all… you just eat, sleep, talk, and waste time until what, your life is gone? 

I am a Christian, I find purpose in loving, encouraging, guiding, and giving assurance to others that this life has great things coming, and that there is much more than just surviving until death, but really living with a purpose, reason, and REAL love. I have fun, and laugh and enjoy my time… but that is not what my life is about, that is not what life’s about, if it was there would not be morals, there would not be a heart crying out for something more than what… you have now. Something Real. 

Don’t survive to just be here, and try to have fun…

Live with a purpose, love and have the greatest, lasting joy that can ever be in a person. 

If you have a question, if you ever, ever, want someone to talk to, not just about Christianity, but maybe the world is a bit much and you need a friend…someone who will listen and love you for who you are. I am here, I will be here for you. And… yes… even you. Don’t give up hope, K?

Even if you don’t care to much for my style, Christians, it would help so much to reblog this, and share it, someone somewhere may need it. Thank you ~God Bless.

shelikesyourshirt  asked:

Hi!! I really love your blog!! Do you know any good worship songs that don't gender God? Maybe something in the style of needtobreathe?

I’m sorry, I don’t! If you find any, let me know because I’d love to hear them. The only thing I can think of is music by The Oh Hellos though that’s mainly because they’re less specifically religious – they’re Christian-based songs, but not specifically labeled “worship music.”

Followers, do you have any suggestions for songs that don’t gender God?

bythegraceof  asked:

Hi! I was raised Catholic & forced by my parents to go to Sunday school. I hated it. Catholicism just isn't my thing. I still considered myself a Christian. Throughout the years I grew apart from prayer, from any connection to Jesus. I have been suffering with major depression for about 6 years now. I recently found your blog through one of your poems someone I follow reblogged. And somehow through your blog I discovered shereadstruth. Which I now love. (pt 1/2).

“(pt/ 2/2) Anyways, thanks to you, that night that I found your blog, I prayed. Out loud (for the first time ever, I always only prayed in my head). Since then, I’ve felt different. Whatever happened between the time that I reached out to Jesus & when I woke up was miracle, for me. I actually feel alive. I feel hope & purpose in my life for the first time since I can remember. I’m making an effort to keep Jesus in my life. I just wanted to say THANK YOU. SO. MUCH!!!! (feel free to post publicly!)”


Hi friend,

I’ve read your messages numerous times today and you. are. so. welcome. All the glory to God. It’s stories like this one–like yours–that keep me going and help remind me why I started this online ministry. I’m so glad that you stumbled across my blog, and I’m so glad you prayed the night you did, and I’m so glad you found She Reads Truth, and I’m so glad you feel alive and hope and purpose and are making an effort to keep Jesus in your life. 

Thank you so much for your message, and praise Jesus

All my love,

S. 

anonymous asked:

When u said Christian are persecuted in certain country in curious as to why you mentioned Afghanistan exactly?You realize there aren't any people there trying to be Christian Right? That country doesn't no any religion except for Islam it's completely different from your Arab Countries you guys have a minority of Christians but Afghanistan? Nobody there wants to be one or even knows what Christianity is and you'll never in you're life meet a western afghan Christian I can promise you that lmao.

oh my god… that post is so cursed people will not leave me alone about it… here I go again i guess…

listen, I did not pull this info out of my ass.  If you click the word “source” it will take you to a reputable website that compiles this information.  If you have an issue, email them! Leave me alone! LOL 

I don’t really like your tone “nobody there even wants to be Christian” like what? that is so condesceding and rude.  Give my religion the respect it deserves, if you want me to respect yours.  Also, here’s some sources about christians in Afghanistan you can read up on:

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/world/asia/afghanistan-a-christian-convert-on-the-run.html

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/afghanistan-growing-number-christians-unease-muslim.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/mar/20/afghanistan.islam

In conclusion, do your own research! Leave me alone! lol