do you have time to talk about our lord and savior jesus christ

Aftershocks Part 2

Pairings: None yet, but eventual Bucky x Reader 

Characters: Reader, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, Phil Coulson  

Warnings: Medical setting, tubes/wires etc

Word Count: 1282

Summary: After being rescued from hydra, you awake in the Avenger’s medical facility to a sarcastic and quippy Tony Stark 

Authors Note: Hello Darlins, this is my second crack at Fanfic and I am starting to get into it. This bit just sets the stage a bit and gives us an interaction with the lovable asshole that is Tony Stark. Hope you all like it. Bucky will be making his first interaction debute in Part 3 which is hella fluff. 

Aftershocks: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 8b, Part 9, Part 10, Part 10b, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Post Credit Scene


Beep…. Beep…. Beep….

Your ears twitch at the familiar sound of a heart monitor.

Beep… Beep…. Beep….

You wake, confused and disorientated, feeling a soft mattress beneath you and a warm blanket stretched over your lower half. You open your eyes, slowly glancing around a plain room with white walls. 

You hear the beep of the heart monitor quicken slightly as you become distressed, your eyes falling on the IV and wires running from your body to various machines surrounding you. You move your head slightly feeling the pull of a tube leading into your nose, your hand immediately jumps up to pick at the tape holding the tube down. 

“Bit of advice,” a male voice interjects, making you jump, “you might want to wait to get that removed, it’s a bit of a nasty thing to pull out yourself. Trust me,” he smiles gently, “I know from personal experience.” “Thanks for the advice” you croak, hearing the strain in your voice, hoarse from lack of use. 

You adjust slightly in the bed, trying to sit up, gasping as you feel pain shoot through your chest with the stiff movement. “You might want to take it easy Sparky,” he says, eyes full of concern, “you’re still pretty banged up. We need to keep you here for a few more days.” “And where,” you breath, gritting your teeth as another wave of pain crash’s through you, “exactly is here?” 

The man smiles, sauntering into the room a smirk pulling at the corners of his goatee, “You’re at the Avenger’s Compound, sooo upstate New York. More specifically you are in the west wing, on the third floor, room 307 of the medical ward.” He recites, “Exact enough for you?” He finishes, a smirk playing across his face.  You stare at him for a moment, thinking, 

“Captain America,” you question slowly, thinking back to the man that rescued you. You glance up at the black haired man with the glowing chest standing in front of you, searching his face for a confirmation of the validity of your memory. 

He nods, you think for another moment eyes scrolling up and down on the man standing in front of you, “And you’re, you’re Tony Stark, Iron Man?” “I AM?” he exclaims, with fiend excitement, “well aren’t I lucky!” “If that’s what you call it” you shoot back, rolling your eyes slightly at his exhausting sense of humor, “so when can I get out of here?” 

“In a few day’s, we still need to run a few more tests on you, just to make sure hydra didn’t mess you up too bad” you nod, knowing that arguing would be pointless. “Can you contact director Coulson? I would like him to know that I am alright”

Stark stares at you with a look of confusion flashing across his face to be replaced with dark concern as he moves forward to shine a spotlight into your eyes. “Y/N, how is your head feeling?” he asks, watching the way your eyes dilate as the light passes across them, searching for signs of concussion. 

“Fine, a little sore and very achy but over all, I feel fine” you respond, confused by his worried reaction. He ceases his tests with the flashlight, retracting slightly to sit on the foot of your bed, you wince with pain as you rapidly withdraw your knees from their outstretched position under the blanket, bending them up to your chest, deflating behind them as if they have become some kind of shield. 

Stark continues to stare at you, unaware of your retreating action, the same look of concern plaguing his face, he takes a deep breath before proceeding slowly, “Y/N,” he begins, his voice far more delicate and kind than you had heard so far, “Coulson… Coulson is dead.” 

“What?” you respond, gaping at him in shock, vaguely aware of the increasing speed of the beeps beside you “When!? How?” Stark looks confused as to how to answer your question, his face screws up slightly as he tries to remember the exact timeline “About four years ago… “ He responds slowly “right before the battle of New York.” 

You breath easy, knowing now that Stark was wrong, you smile with relief, Stark looks at your smile, his concern rapidly rising. “I know this is probably a new experience for you Stark, but you’re wrong. Coulson is very much alive, I just saw him before I was taken.” 

Stark stares… blinking rapidly… trying to sort out the validity of this new information, unable to decide whether or not you are telling the truth or hydra has done such a number on you that they have altered your grip on reality. 

Suddenly a knock at the door alerts you to the presence of a beautiful red head standing in the doorway. Her face is pale, distress and bewilderment distorting her delicate features as she makes eye contact with Tony “Um… Stark… sorry to… sorry to interrupt, but there is, there’s someone here to see you” she reports, clearly confused by the truth of her own words. 

Tony raises an eyebrow at her briefly, before dismissing her report entirely “Not now Romanoff, I’m trying to sort something out with time jumper here,” he quips, motioning to you, “I really don’t have the time for another person” 

“How about a ghost?” Phil Coulson questions, appearing suddenly at Natasha’s shoulder, “Good to see you alive and awake Agent Y/L/N” “Thank you sir,” you respond nervously, your eyes now fixed on Tony as he stares, dumfounded, at the man in front of him 

“Holy Mary,” he finally breaths, his head flipping to you, cocking a thumb towards Coulson, “He’s Jesus!  He was dead and now he’s risen. We are in the presence of our lord and savior Coulson Christ!” He laughs nervously trying to process the situation at hand. 

“Mr. Stark, we have a lot to discuss” Coulson continues, an amused grin pulling at the corners of his lips, “perhaps you could contact Captain Rogers and the rest of the team and we could talk somewhere privately. I believe Agent Y/L/N is probably in need of more rest.” He finishes, moving his gaze to you, raising an eyebrow slightly, “Yes sir, thank you” you respond, grateful for the opportunity to relax and sleep more. 

Stark rises from your bed “F.R.I.D.A.Y.?” he asks into the air, eyes raised to the ceiling “Yes, Mr. Stark?” an automated voice filters into the room, making you jump slightly at the unexpected sound, “Can you please make contact with the Captain and the rest of the team and have them meet in conference room A?” “Yes, Mr. Stark.” 

His eyes return to you, “I’ll send a doctor over to check on you and remove your feeding tube, try to get some rest, I’ll stop in later to see how you’re doing.” he finishes, beginning to move forward to stand straight in front of Coulson before slowly raising a finger to definitively poke him in the chest. “Huh,” Stark huffs, “you are real” The two men begin to exit the room. 

“How do you feel about a séance or a Ouija board?” He asks Coulson, getting more animated with every word, “We could pretend to bring you back from the dead, I think that would really scare the crap out of Banner!” You listen as the two voices fade down the hall, Stark continuing to form elaborate plans to terrify his fellow superheroes with the return of the dead Phil Coulson. 

You chuckle quietly to yourself as you lean back into your pillows, feeling the groan of your muscles as your body uncoils, relaxing into the soft mattress beneath you.

Revelation‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—”
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“We preach to men as if they were conscious of being dying sinners, but they are not. They are having a good time, and all our talk about the need to be born again is from a domain they know nothing about; because some men try to drown unhappiness in worldly pleasures it does not follow all are like that. There is nothing attractive about the Gospel to the natural man; the only man who finds the Gospel attractive is the man who is convicted of sin.”
– Biblical Ethics ~ Oswald Chambers

Where I grew up, everyone seemed to be into religion. I thought maybe I would find my answers in being religious, so I started attending church… morning, afternoon, and evening. But I guess I got into the wrong one, because I felt worse inside the church than I did outside…
My dad, who was a farmer, taught me, ‘If something doesn’t work, chuck it.’ So I chucked religion…
[At university], I was sitting around a table in the student union talking with some members of this group. Soon the conversation got around to the topic of God. I was pretty insecure about this subject, so I put on a big front to cover it up… Down deep, I really wanted what they had. But with my pride and position in the university, I didn’t want them to know that I wanted what they had. Then I turned to one of the girls in the group and said, ‘Tell me, what changed your lives? Why are you so different from the other students and faculty?’
She looked me straight in the eye and said two words I had never expected to hear in an intelligent discussion on a university campus: ‘Jesus Christ.’
‘Jesus Christ?’ I snapped. ‘Don’t give me that kind of garbage. I’m fed up with religion, the Bible and the church.’
She quickly shot back, ‘Mister, I didn’t say religion; I said Jesus Christ.’
Taken aback by the girl’s courage and conviction, I apologized for my attitude. ‘But I’m sick and tired of religion and religious people,’ I added. ‘I don’t want anything to do with it.’
Then my new friends issued me a challenge I couldn’t believe. They challenged me, a pre-law student, to examine intellectually the claim that Jesus Christ is God’s Son. I thought this was a joke. These Christians were so dumb. How could something as flimsy as Christianity stand up to an intellectual examination? I scoffed at their challenge.
But they didn’t let up. They continued to challenge me day after day, and finally they backed me into the corner. I became so irritated at their insistence that I finally accepted their challenge, not to prove anything but to refute them. I decided to write a book that would make an intellectual joke of Christianity. I left the university and traveled throughout the United States and Europe to gather evidence to prove that Christianity is a sham.
One day while I was sitting in a library in London, England, I sensed a voice within me saying, ‘Josh, you don’t have a leg to stand on.’ I immediately suppressed it. But just about every day after that I heard the same inner voice. The more I researched, the more I heard this voice. I returned to the United States and to the university, but I couldn’t sleep at night. I would go to bed at ten o’clock and lie awake until four in the morning, trying to refute the overwhelming evidence I was accumulating that Jesus Christ was God’s Son.
I began to realize that I was being intellectually dishonest. My mind told me that the claims of Christ were indeed true, but my will was being pulled another direction. I had placed so much emphasis on finding the truth, but I wasn’t willing to follow it once I saw it. I began to sense Christ’s personal challenge to  me in Revelation 3:20: ‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in an eat with him, and he with me’ (NIV). But becoming a Christian seemed so ego-shattering to me. I couldn’t think of a faster way to ruin all my good times.
I knew I had to resolve this inner conflict because it was driving me crazy. I had always considered myself an open-minded person, so I decided to put Christ’s claims to the supreme test. One night at my home in Union City, Michigan, at the end of my second year at the university, I became a Christian…
I realized that if I were the only person on earth, Christ would still have died for me. You may thnk it was the irrefutable intellectual evidence that brought me to Christ. No, the evidence was only God’s way of getting His foot in the door of my life. What brought me to Christ was the realization that He loved me enough to die for me… The Bible says, ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’ (I John 1:9). So I said, ‘Lord, forgive me.’
… After I prayed, nothing happened. There was no bolt of lightning. I didn’t sprout angel wings. If anything, I actually felt worse after I prayed, almost physically sick. I was afraid I had made an emotional decision that I would later regret intellectually. But more than that, I was afraid of what my friends would say when they found out…
But over the next eighteen months my entire life was changed… Perhaps the most significant change has been in the area of hatred and bitterness. I grew up filled with hatred, primarily aimed at one man whom I hated more than anyone else on the face of this earth… This man was my father.
While I was growing up, my father was the town drunk. I hardly ever saw him sober… I would sometimes find my mother in the barn, lying in the manure behind the cows where my dad had beaten her with a hose until she couldn’t get up. My hatred seethed as I vowed to myself, ‘When I am strong enough, I’m going to kill him…’
But after I made a decision to place my trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord, the love of God inundated my life. He took my hatred for my father and turned it upside-down. Five months after becoming a Christian, I found myself looking my dad right in the eye and saying, ‘Dad, I love you.’ I did not want to love that man, but I did. God’s love had changed my heart.
After I transferred to Wheaton University, I was in a serious car accident, the victim of a drunk driver. I was moved home from the hospital to recover, and my father came to see me. Remarkably, he was sober that day. He seemed uneasy, pacing back and forth in my room. Then he blurted out, ‘How can you love a father like me?’
I said, ‘Dad, six months ago I hated you, I despised you. But I have put my trust in Jesus Christ, received God’s forgiveness, and He has changed my life. I can’t explain it all, Dad. But God has taken away my hatred for you and replaced it with love.’
We talked for nearly an hour, then he said, ‘Son, if God can do in my life what I’ve seen Him do in yours, then I want to give Him the opportunity.’ … Fourteen months later, he died … But in that fourteen-month period over a hundred people in the area around my tiny hometown committed their lives to Jesus Christ because of the change in my dad.
You can laugh at Christianity. You can mock and ridicule it. But it works. If you trust Christ, start watching your attitudes and actions – Jesus Christ is in the business of changing lives.
Christianity is not something to be shoved down your throat or forced on you. You have your life to live and I have mine. All I can do is tell you what I have learned and experienced. After that, what you do with Christ is your decision.
—  Josh McDowell

- MC is sleeping and they feel someone or something climb on top of them.
- They sleepily open their eyes to find Luciel sitting on top of them with a bright look in his eye.
- “Do you have the time to talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?”
- MC hits Luciel with a pillow and goes back to sleep.
- Later, MC is getting ready to go to the store, grabbing the list of things they need, etc.
- Suddenly, Luciel pins them against the wall, their noses touching and an undistinguishable look in his eye
- MC turns to jello
- Luciel leans closer to their ear and whispers “Do you have the time to talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?” before letting go
- MC punches him in the gut before going shopping, still flustered.
- About a week later, MC and Luciel are getting frisky af
- Luciel deepens their kiss before pulling away, getting ready to insert himself.
- Suddenly, to MC’s confusion, he stops, a wide grin on his face
- “Do you have the time to talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?”
- Luciel slept on the couch that night.

  • 707: *pulls curtain back while jumin is in the shower*
  • 707: do you- stop screaming it’s just me- do you have time to talk about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?

Welcome back to Meta Station! Join us (OR DIE!) for a new installment of “Pike Apologism With Claire,” our Luna speculation, Jesus Kane Superstar (wait or is “Jesus Christ SuperKane” better, I’VE SPENT LIKE 5 FULL MINUTES ON THIS), Erin screaming about that Bellarke scene, a timely reminder that Jaha has ALWAYS been a garbage person, a veritable Kentucky Derby’s worth of Trojan Horses, Claire screaming about that Kabby scene, our thoughts about vengeance and atonement, and a higher-than-usual amount of giggling.  PLEASE ENJOY.


0:00 – Love Means Never Having to Call Shotgun
0:03 – Octavia and Bellamy Finally Make Some Progress, THANK GOD
0:07 – Okay but We Call Bullshit On Octavia Making That Fire with Wet Wood
0:16 – This Is the Part Where Erin Screams About Bellarke, SORRY NOT SORRY
0:21 – Wanheda, Vera Kane, Atonement and Forgiveness
0:35 – Bible Study With Claire, Part 1: “Jus Drein Jus Daun” vs. ”An Eye For an Eye”
0:42 – Seriously Can Someone Explain Why Bellamy and Lexa Aren’t Allowed to Be Important to Clarke at the Same Time Because We Think It’s Garbage
0:48 – THE HUG!
0:53 – DELINQUENT FLASHBACKS!
1:00 – Welcome Back to Pike Apologism with Claire, Today We’ll Be Discussing How JAHA IS THE FUCKING WORST
1:07 – Unity vs. Division, Enemies Within, and the Pike/Indra/Murphy Rebel Squad of Our Dreams
1:13 – Bible Study with Claire, Part 2: Excuse Me, Do You Have a Moment for Our Lord and Savior Marcus Kane?
1:16 – Unity Day Was Bullshit and Also Erin Hilariously Can’t Pronounce It, I Left In One But She Seriously Fumbled It Like 3 Times
1:19 – Has Jaha Fucked Up ALIE Way More Than ALIE Has Fucked Up Jaha? TALK AMONGST YOURSELVES
1:25 – A Veritable Kentucky Derby’s Worth of Trojan Horses
1:27 – Strong Minds, ALIE’s 3% Rejection Rate, and Kabby (Hopefully) Rebelling in the City of Light
1:33 – This Is the Part Where Claire Screams About Kabby, SORRY NOT SORRY
1:43 – Here’s a Story About How Claire Has No Chill
1:44 – Luna kom Floukru: The Hero Gotham Needs and Deserves
1:54 – We’re Shipping Luntavia and We’re Not Apologizing (Also, R.I.P. Bartender Mechanic)

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As our party’s Paladin, I take my righteous duties very seriously, especially since I am the only lawful good in a party of chaotic neutrals.

Last session we came across a very large, very evil door.  While our Cleric tried to listen at the door, I decided the best course of action would be to knock loudly on the door and yell: “EXCUSE ME DO YOU HAVE TIME TO TALK ABOUT OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST?”

GM: “The door swings open from you knocking.”

Inside, we found a demon trapped in a pit, and a long, hard to pronounce word written on the wall, which we figured might be the demon’s true name, which we could use to command him. To test this theory, our Cleric tried to command the demon to do a few simple things, and was successful, but

Cleric: “I don’t know. We should tell it to do something it wouldn’t normally do.”

Paladin: *crudely pronounces demon’s supposed name* “CONFESS YOUR SINS!”

Three in game hours later…

Demon: “…and then I killed the puppy. I wasn’t even hungry, I just wanted to kill the puppy.”

Paladin: “… Okay, you’re going to have to say, like, A THOUSAND ‘Hail Mary’s.”

Cleric: “Could he just say 666 ‘Hail Mary’s?”

(Shortly after, the demon got tired of us, escaped, and tried to kill us)

anonymous asked:

excuse me, sir, do you have time to talk about our lord and savior jesus christ?

Look if this is to get me into heaven I’m already fucking an angel I think I got this

I don’t want to live in fear or perpetuate it, but with all the tragedies that have been happening lately, there’s something I need to say.

We live in a dangerous world, uncertain about our safety and our future. But I wish with all my heart and soul that you all would have the same hope, comfort, and security that I have in these dark times. It’s why although these events rock me to my core, they don’t take away my inner peace. It’s why I’m not afraid of dying or what awaits me after death.

Why? Because I have unshakable hope in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Not only do I believe that He has power to keep safe from physical harm, but, God forbid, if something did happen to me, I’d go straight to Heaven to live with Him forever in a perfect eternity. With no pain, no death, and no sorrow forever.

I’m not here to shove my faith down your throat, but I know what I believe. I know what’s true and what’s real because of my faith in Jesus Christ. So if any of you have questions about Him, the God who means more to me than anything in this world, or about what awaits us after we die, don’t hesitate to pop into my inbox or to send me an IM. I’m ready to answer your questions or to just talk to you about my faith anytime

Lots of people, young people in their vast majority, use Tumblr and other social sites to talk about their favorite TV shows, cartoons, movies, etc. That’s fine to have one but I’ve been noticing a horrifying trend among Christians that have such kind of blogs.

I’ve been noticing a lot of people what have their blogs dedicated to such things end up posting indecent photos and photos with dirty language in the caption. Pornography is a sin, homosexuality is a sin, getting drunk is a sin, cursing is a sin and so on. I noticed that lots of people are basically spending their time praising the work of the devil and trying to follow God at the same time and that will never work.

We all know that famous passage in Matthew 6:24 that tells us that “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” right? The word “money” in the English translation comes from mammon, the Aramaic term for wealth or possessions. The point is not that money is inherently evil, but that it is often misused so that it is a means of evil. God must be first, not money or possessions. Same goes for most of everything in life, they might not be inherently evil but people misuse it and make it evil.

How many people watch movies with scenes of violence, sex, gay, adulterous, alcoholic consumption and all sorts of sin in them and end up leaving the theater pleased with the movie even though it had all sorts of things the Bible condemns, only because that movie had a plot which we sympathized with or had lots of action scenes? Gotta give credit to the devil, he’s good at masquerading his deception, but then again as the Bible tells us, “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” He’s the king of deception and people are being desensitized little by little to the wickedness of this world. Little by little people are drifting further away from the God of Israel.

I see so many people with blogs dedicated to things that honestly don’t deserve any kind of praise whatsoever. For instance, Supernatural fandom blogs have no problem portraying angels of heaven as “bad” guys. The show makes it seem as if there’s a hierarchy in Hell, when in fact the Bible tells us every single soul in Hell will be in torture, even the devil and his demons. The show portrays an absent God. Not to mention that show portrays casual sex, violence, killing, and everything that is wicked as normal events. And what’s worst is that it starts to plant the seed on people’s mind that just being a “good person” is enough to go to Heaven if they die without accepting Jesus as their savior. Will Jesus allow entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven for those who say they had “cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” or will He say, “I never knew you. Get away from Me, you who break God’s laws” as we are told in Matthew 7? Good works without faith mean absolutely nothing at all (Romans)! Just as faith without works means nothing (James)! Works are a byproduct of your faith. Do not be fooled, there’s no such thing as a “good person” in this world and no matter how hard you try, you can never get to Heaven by your own deeds.

We also have fandoms dedicated to Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time, and many other shows like them even though we know the Lord tells us not to have anything to do with witchcraft and sorcery whatsoever. Books/movies which shows things which the Bible strictly prohibit isn’t “fun” but rather it’s an ingenious deceptive way to desensitize us to the truth of the Bible.

One of the biggest fandoms come from the longest running TV show, Doctor Who. A man/god who time travels, changes forms, capable to doing ungodly things, but all very well-masked in a sci-fi setting. A show that showed the Earth being formed and being destroyed not as the Bible tells us of its origins and its future end. For decades this show has captivated the hearts of countless people. Countless people throughout decades just being fascinated by aliens, time travel and all this non-sense. As always, the devil finds “fun” ways for us to spend our time away from the only One who can truly save us, Jesus Christ.

So many other shows such as 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, Modern Family, and all these other shows which show it’s perfectly normal to have sex as often as you’d like with strangers, being drunk, following a homosexual lifestyle and even going as far as showing 2 underage boys kissing each other just to be the one to show the “youngest underage gay kiss ever” as if that’s something to be proud of.

How about cartoons such as The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, SpongeBob and so many others that make fun of Christianity and our core values at every chance they get? How can you possibly even want to watch something that mocks Jesus and our faith in Him and not have a problem with it all? And what’s more worrisome, how can you laugh at those jokes and still consider yourself a Christian? Is the Holy Spirit not dwelling within you to convict you of sin and show you God’s righteousness as Jesus talked about in John 16?

There’s also blogs dedicated to certain singers and/or bands. These bands play secular music and their everyday actions and beliefs show little to no regard for Christ whatsoever, so one must wonder why is anyone following/listening to such people to begin with? Why admire someone for their music/works if there’s no faith in them? Why admire anyone who doesn’t thank their Father in Heaven for their lives here on earth, especially if they’ve been blessed so much? Why worship, and that is a form of worship, anyone who won’t bring glory to Yahweh’s name?

Or even something as “innocent” as yoga is a terrible way to mislead people. Yoga’s movements are meant to connect you with the “divine” and even the way people greet and say good bye to each other by putting their hands together and bowing and saying Namaste is a horrible offense, because that action means “I bow to the divine in you.” A Christian should NEVER practice yoga. A healthy alternative to yoga is Pilates, which doesn’t have all the Indian false religious nonsense.

I beg you, read your Bibles and learn about our Lord and praise Him rather than praise the things of this world. As the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, in these last days people “will love fun instead of loving God” and sadly enough we’ve fallen to the trap of thinking it’s okay to have a little fun which isn’t Biblically approved every now and then. The only One that is worthy of your praises and your time is the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t be one of those people who Paul talks about who love to have worldly fun rather than rejoice in loving God.

People end up basically worshiping their TV shows and characters, celebrities, cartoons or whatever their fandom blog is about. It’s fine to have some entertainment as long as we don’t go out of your way to make it into something it’s not, and especially we shouldn’t be praising it instead of praising the Lord. The only One that deserves all our praises is God. We should follow His Word wholeheartedly and stay in the path of righteousness.

We should dedicate our time to God. We can still have fun and enjoy TV and listen to music and everything, but don’t divide your time between God and the world because the world is a sinful place and God is sinless. God demands obedience and devotion and we can’t obey or be devoted to Him if all we do in our spare time is to praise things of this world rather than praise the Lord for His sacrifice so you could be saved. Remember that He died for ALL OF US to be saved, all we have to do is accept Him as our Lord and repent from sin.

We are in this world but let us not be of this world. As Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

We should stop with our idolatry of the things of this world which the Bible tells are wicked and please turn to God. Let us not be a Sunday-only type of Christian. We can’t hold hands with the devil 6 days of the week and expect to be saved only because we go to Church on Sundays. As pastor Paul Washer said, if that’s your idea of Christianity, you have no Christianity.

anonymous asked:

Hi! This is the initial anon, not the one that said "hun". I'm glad that you studied the Bible in great detail. One of my majors was in was in religious studies, and I focused on the time period before and after Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross. I would love to talk the Bible with you, as it seems you are greatly informed! Spreading the gospel is very important to me, and I love to learn more about Jesus:)

Uhh thanks for commending me on my knowledge of the bible, but I’m afraid I do not wish to talk about it with you even a little bit. 

This was the initial message that I know you sent to at least three other blogs:

“Jesus died for all of our sins! He hates when his children sin. We are all sinners, but we need to take active steps to correct our sins. Your same sex attraction is not a sin!!! I repeat: it is NOT. Acting on it is however, and I would hope you have enough respect for our lord and savior who died on the cross to abide by the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The only reason I replied in the first place is because I’m sure somewhere out there some closeted kids have to listen to this kind of bullshit from their friends, family, community, etc… And I wanted to provide another point of view. I do not want to engage in any kind of discussion with you since I do not think you are capable of rational discussion when you say things like “have enough respect for our lord and saviour to abide by the gospel.” No, gracias. I am not religious and I read the Bible purely for academic reasons in order to study the way in which its translations were manipulated throughout history to force an agenda. Whether it was for the British Empire, to knock women down a peg, or for homophobic reasons, the Bible is not a literal translation from the words that came out of Jesus’ face and I’m sure JC would be rolling in his grave to know that his death has resulted in his gospel being twisted and used to oppress others. 

You should really take a step back and consider how your words affect people. What you’ve said is tantamount to a man coming up to me and saying, “I hate women, but let’s talk about feminism.” My replies aren’t for you, like I said, it’s to let other people know that there is little academic weight to the accusations and homophobia you’re spreading. 

Please never message me again. 

anonymous asked:

How can I start a relationship with God?

Having a personal relationship with God begins the moment we realize our need for Him, admit we are sinners, and in faith receive Jesus Christ as Savior. God, our heavenly Father, has always desired to be close to us, to have a relationship with us. Before Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3), both he and Eve knew God on an intimate, personal level. They walked with Him in the garden and talked directly to Him. Due to the sin of man, we became separated and disconnected from God.

What many people do not know, realize, or care about, is that Jesus gave us the most amazing gift—the opportunity to spend eternity with God if we trust in Him. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ to take on our sin, be killed, and then be raised to life again, proving His victory over sin and death. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). If we accept this gift, we have become acceptable to God and can have a relationship with Him.

Having a personal relationship with God means we should include God in our daily lives. We should pray to Him, read His word, and meditate on verses in an effort to get to know Him better. We should pray for wisdom (James 1:5), which is the most valuable asset we could ever have. We should take our requests to Him, asking in Jesus’ name (John 15:16). Jesus is the one who loves us enough to give His life for us (Romans 5:8), and He is the one who bridged the gap between us and God.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us as our Counselor. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17). Jesus said this before He died, and after He died, the Holy Spirit became available to all who earnestly seek to receive Him. He is the one who lives in the hearts of believers and never leaves. He counsels us, teaches us truths, and changes our hearts. Without this divine Holy Spirit, we would not have the ability to fight against evil and temptations. But since we do have Him, we begin to produce the fruit that comes from allowing the Spirit to control us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

This personal relationship with God is not as hard to find as we might think, and there is no mysterious formula for getting it. As soon as we become children of God, we receive the Holy Spirit, who will begin to work on our hearts. We should pray without ceasing, read the Bible, and join a Bible-believing church; all these things will help us to grow spiritually. Trusting in God to get us through each day and believing that He is our sustainer is the way to have a relationship with Him. Although we may not see changes immediately, we will begin to see them over time, and all the truths will become clear.

omg okay so just now I was walking on campus and someone came up to me like “hey! would u like some free italian ice?” and since it’s like a million degrees out I was like hell yea i would

but then when i went to get it they were like “now before we give you this italian ice, do you have time to talk about our lord and savior Jesus Christ?” and i was like arghhh they tricked me it’s one of those sneaky Bible study groups that lures you in and then hits you with Jesus when you’re not expecting it

then one of them saw the rainbow pin on my backpack and begin to tell me how Jesus could forgive me, and save me from my life of sin and my perverted ways.

now, normally, in situations like this, i just walk away, but today it’s literally 100 degrees out and I’d been trudging up endless stairs with a bag full of books, and I really wanted that italian ice

so i put on my best earnest face and went “really? you mean Jesus would accept me after all of my sins?”

and they looked so pleased with themselves and they were like “yeah!! he would! :D now just give us your contact info so we can tell you more, and you can have whatever flavor of italian ice you’d like”

so I was like “yeah of course! oh I’m Janet, by the way. Janet Snakehole. it’s so nice to meet you guys! :)” and i wrote down jsnakehole@xxxx.edu on a piece of paper and gave it to them and was like “thank you so much. I’ve been trapped in this sinful lifestyle for so long.” and walked off with my free italian ice

I feel kind of bad, but it’s really delicious…

anonymous asked:

Help me go to heaven. What do I do? I'm a sinner and not worthy at all. I feel like a fake Christian because I feel I could be doing more.

Well only Jesus can help you make it into Heaven. The best I can do is point you towards him. If you want to make it to Heaven all you have to do is surrender your life to Jesus Christ… Pray to him and tell him that you accept him as your personal Lord and Savior. Then ask him to build a covenant with you and put you on the path to salvation. Get baptized in his name and ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that once you accept him your life will be smooth sailing from there on out. Your life will most likely become harder once you accept Jesus because Satan will be trying HARD to bring you down. The only way Satan will be victorious over you is if you don’t maintain a prayer life or walk according to the will of God (we learn about the will of God by reading his word). Even though Jesus Christ is the all powerful, sovereign God who can do anything… he still permits trails and hardships in our lives as a way of shaping our souls. The trails and hardships that we face now will give us a greater appreciation for the Kingdom of God when we make it there. The greater the trails we face is the greater weight of glory we will have when we make it into His kingdom.

Try to keep these two verses in your mind at all times…“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23) and “if you love me keep my commandments”(John 14:15). These verses touch on an essential component to the Christian life that’s too often overlooked. We have to be repentant. We shouldn’t just confess our sins to Jesus without being repentant.  God want’s our repentant heart’s. Never forget that Jesus want’s us to give him our broken heart’s more than anything else.

NEVER forget that standing your ground against sin and doing what’s right does NOT go unnoticed by God. Whether resisting a particular sin is a challenge for you or not, it makes our Lord really happy when we simply stand and hold our ground. Never forget that! All of us are sinners who have fallen short of glory and none of us are worthy. We don’t deserve the grace God granted us through Jesus. What makes grace; grace is that it’s undeserved. He just love’s us that much. No matter how down and depressed you may feel, no sin is too great for the grace of God. Keep in mind that wherever sin abounds, grace super abounds it (Romans 5:20). No one is too bad for Jesus, Jesus loves bad people. Especially when they put their lives in his hands so he can mold it into something spectacular. 

We need to give Jesus constant praise and adoration daily no matter what. Even simply talking to him in your mind is a form of praise. Try to keep him in your mind as often as possible throughout your days. Even if all you have to say to him is “hallelujah” or “I love you” it doesn’t go unnoticed in the eyes of God.

Clean out all sin from your life and ask God for help while doing this. Constantly ask him to reveal any unrepentant sins in your life and the Holy Spirit will bring sins to your attention in due time. The more sin you clean out from your life is the more God can use you. A lack of holiness in our lives blocks the flow of the Holy Spirit and prevents our spiritual gifts from developing to their full potential (Read 1 Corinthians 12 to learn more about spiritual gifts). Ask God to cleanse your body, soul and spirit then do your part to keep them clean by not going back to the same sin over and over again. We need to have self-control if we hope to be the sons of God. If we are without chastisement, then we are not sons, but bastards (Hebrews 12:8). If you do fall back into a sin your struggling with just get up, dust yourself off and keep moving. If it becomes a problem that you feel like you can’t control, go on a fast because it helps us deny ourselves. 

You should also read this book: Becoming A Vessel of Honor by Rebecca Brown. It gives great Biblical advice on how to develop a close personal relationship with God and how to hear his voice in your innermost being. 

anonymous asked:

What does it mean to have a relationship with God

Having a personal relationship with God begins the moment we realize our need for Him, admit we are sinners, and in faith receive Jesus Christ as Savior. God, our heavenly Father, has always desired to be close to us, to have a relationship with us. Before Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3), both he and Eve knew God on an intimate, personal level. They walked with Him in the garden and talked directly to Him. Due to the sin of man, we became separated and disconnected from God.

What many people do not know, realize, or care about, is that Jesus gave us the most amazing gift—the opportunity to spend eternity with God if we trust in Him. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). God became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ to take on our sin, be killed, and then be raised to life again, proving His victory over sin and death. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). If we accept this gift, we have become acceptable to God and can have a relationship with Him.

Having a personal relationship with God means we should include God in our daily lives. We should pray to Him, read His word, and meditate on verses in an effort to get to know Him better. We should pray for wisdom (James 1:5), which is the most valuable asset we could ever have. We should take our requests to Him, asking in Jesus’ name (John 15:16). Jesus is the one who loves us enough to give His life for us (Romans 5:8), and He is the one who bridged the gap between us and God.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us as our Counselor. “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17). Jesus said this before He died, and after He died, the Holy Spirit became available to all who earnestly seek to receive Him. He is the one who lives in the hearts of believers and never leaves. He counsels us, teaches us truths, and changes our hearts. Without this divine Holy Spirit, we would not have the ability to fight against evil and temptations. But since we do have Him, we begin to produce the fruit that comes from allowing the Spirit to control us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

This personal relationship with God is not as hard to find as we might think, and there is no mysterious formula for getting it. As soon as we become children of God, we receive the Holy Spirit, who will begin to work on our hearts. We should pray without ceasing, read the Bible, and join a Bible-believing church; all these things will help us to grow spiritually. Trusting in God to get us through each day and believing that He is our sustainer is the way to have a relationship with Him. Although we may not see changes immediately, we will begin to see them over time, and all the truths will become clear.