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As someone who hated “Into Darkness,” I saw “Star Trek Beyond” today

(Side note: I had to sit through almost 20 minutes of trailers, none of which were new and almost all of which were terrible or dull; still saying the Nerd Prayer for Suicide Squad)

When you take the reins of Star Trek away from J.J. Abrams, Robert Orci, and Alex Kurtzman and give it to Justin Lin, Simon Pegg, and Doug Jung you get:

  • Every character having a plot-purpose and a highlighted moment where they shine
  • Prominent casting of non-white actors
  • Women who kick ass, fix spaceships, and don’t have a camera leer at them
  • No sexist jokes
  • A deeply touching send off to Leonard Nimoy
  • Hikaru Sulu taking charge of the bridge
  • Hikaru Sulu having a husband
  • Nobody making a big deal of Sulu having a husband
  • James T. Kirk, infamous lady’s man, looking at Sulu with his husband and daughter and clearly wishing he had that kind of close family to come home to because heteronormativity is dead in the future
  • Cast being listed in alphabetic order in the end credits so that John Cho goes first
  • I guess what I’m saying is that with both the director and one of the writers being Asian-American, there was clearly a push for Sulu to get the honor he deserves in this
  • So many possible couple pairings from all the scenes together, and I ship them, all of them, just a big free love multishipping orgy onboard the Enterprise
  • Creative fight scenes that incorporate futuristic sci-fi tech and zero gravity
  • New plot instead of recycling the end of Wrath of Khan
  • Kirk riding a motorcycle, but in a completely plot-justified and clever diversionary tactic
  • Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” being used in one of the best scenes in the movie, I kid you not, it actually makes sense in context
  • Lots of humor and witty banter
  • Trek’s traditional shining optimism about unity in diversity and human potential for good
  • Continuity references
  • The best Rihanna song in a long time for the end credits

So yeah, I really liked it. In fact, I think I liked it better than the first in the reboot.

A Christian’s Spellwork: Advanced Prayer

Alright, alright, alright.

So, typically, a witch uses their own will to push out into the universe with, right? That’s usually how it’s done? So what’s going on with Christian witches?

Christian witches (typically) set up spellwork to operate more like “advanced prayer”. We can put all our will into it, but if God doesn’t sign the permission slip, it isn’t happening. That’s the jist of it.

Imagine that you want to do this Thing™. The way advanced prayer works, it’s like setting up a GoFundMe and knocking on God’s door. God is a mega bajillion million trillion billion-illion-aire. He could literally fund ever single damn GoFundMe you could ever fuckin make, no joke.

When you do regular prayer, you’re kind of just asking for donations. When you do ADVANCED prayer (i.e spellwork), you’re essentially asking for donations and also saying “here’s what I can contribute to this cause”. Of course, compared to God’s power, which is infinite, ours is like… not even 2 pennies and a ball of lint, but that’s a lot for us lil humans.

I think this about sums it up for me. How do you guys see your spellwork? How do you define “advanced prayer”?

“Well, let me tell you, when I was an Evangelical, I lived for years in the most media-packed, multicultural society on earth. Yet my knowledge of Catholics was just road-kill on the information superhighway. I didn’t know diddly. That was because I thought I knew all that was worth knowing about them already. Catholics, you see, worship Mary. They also add to the Bible, say meaningless repetitive prayers to statues, and trust in human wisdom and tradition instead of the Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, I thought I had the reality of the Spirit while Catholics had the shadow called Religion.

One day however, the Spirit opened my eyes to some actual Catholics. And I saw to my surprise that these people (particularly the woman I married)–in addition to being remarkably loveable human beings–had a lot on the ball spiritually and theologically. So much so, in fact, that I had to repent of the stereotypes and bogus “facts” I had embraced about them and resolve to listen to them in order to find out what they actually loved and believed rather than listen to my ignorant prejudice. And when I did so, this Protestant (who could no longer find anything in Catholic dogma to protest) became a Catholic.”

- Mark Shea

My Risale-i Nur reflections Part 3

I tend to be a forgetful person . For this reason, I will be posting my notes here, so that I can access them easily , anytime I feel I’m losing the essence of what I have previously studied. Insha’Allah you will find it helpful and imaan boosting too .

The Third Word notes :

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim (In the name of God, the Merciful the Compassionate )

O you people, worship…

   There is an apparent burden in worship , but there is ease and lightness in its meaning that defies description . For in the prescribed prayers the worshipper declares ‘ I bear witness that there is no God but God .’ That is to say , since he is believing and saying ‘ There is no Creator and Provider other than Him. Harm and benefit are in His hands ; He is both All-Wise; He does nothing in vain and he is All Compassionate; His bounty and Mercy are abundant.’ He finds the door of a treasury of Mercy in everyrhing. ‘And he knocks on it with his supplication. Moreover , he sees that everything is subjugated to the command of his own Sustainer , so he takes refuge in Him. He places his trust in Him and relies on Him , and is fortified against every disaster; his belief gives him complete confidence ‘ ( RISALE-I NUR- Bediuzzaman Said Nursi) 

   What we can conclude from this passage is that the ultimate source of courage stands undoubtedly in belief in God and worship. Similarly, misguidance leads to cowardice. So the path to happiness in this world and the other is worship. 

   Islam is submission to the will of our Creator , the Most Merciful. His entire creation glorifies Him constantly by their means. Everything we have around ourselves, everything we are able to enjoy is from Him , and from no one else , and everything comes from his infinite Mercy. As his slaves , followers and soldiers we should show respect and be grateful for all the blessings He is offering us by His Power . 

   Acknowledging his power and love we are introduced to a world full of his Mercy. Thinking and appreciating all these bounties , that are in fact real miracles of His , will make you realize how dependent on His commands and guidance we are. You will realize how little you and I are, and how blessed we are to be part of His creation. Look around yourself and see how every living being is a joyful and honest worshipper , glorifying their Lord however they can. Our only purpose is to worship Allah. Even though praying might seem a burden at a first glance, you will find peace , rest and love through every single rakat you pray . 

   Dedicating ourselves to Him is our goal . Even though worshiping seems difficult , FULFILLMENT comes with it .Maybe the most important point I was able to extract was that worshiping is not done to ask for bounties but it is done to thank for the bounties we were given without even asking.

   This being said , we should glorify His name even when we are facing a calamity. We should be able to see his power . We should be grateful for everything we have and experience, good or bad at a first glance, knowing that we are under the protection of the All-Knowing.

   The extent of man’s capital and power is merely as far as his hand can reach. However, his hopes, desires, pains, and tribulations reach as far as the eye and the imagination can stretch. ‘ Anyone who is not totally blind can see and understand then what a great profit, happiness, and bounty for the human spirit, which is thus impotent and weak, and needy and wanting, are worship, affirmation of God’s Unity, and reliance on God and submission to Him.’ ( RISALE-INUR- Bediuzzaman Said Nursi)

   The seven heavens and the earth, and whoever is therein, glorify Him. There is nothing that does not glorify Him with His praise (proclaiming that He alone is God, without peer or partner, and all praise belongs to Him exclusively), but you cannot comprehend their glorification. Surely He is (despite what His servants have deserved from Him) All-Clement, All-Forgiving. (AL-ISRA 44)

   Since happiness in this world and Hereafter too, lies in worship and being a soldier for Almighty God , prayer is indeed a blessing.

   So let’s constantly say “Praise be to God for obedience and success” and be grateful that we are muslims.

russianspacegeckosexparty  asked:

Evansharie serial killer movie: Never Tear Us Apart by Paloma Faith playing during a montage of Chris and Nicole evading authorities, committing crimes and being all sweet + romantic.

The Evansharie serial killer movie opening with a mundane morning montage of Nicole waking up, doing her make up, etc while Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin plays and maybe she sees a news report on tv about Chris’ latest murder and this is where we find out they’re together 

I want flashbacks of Nicole’s first murder with Chris and them covered in blood and him looking at her with the most tenderness and saying, “You’ve never looked more beautiful.” Followed by the weirdest love scene set to “Sanctified” by Nine Inch Nails

I want lead detective Steven Yeun sleeping at his desk, slaving away to find them with a wall covered in evidence and false leads, and he thinks he’s losing hope until That One Lead comes in.

I want Nicole and Chris getting surrounded by police and linking hands one last time while Mother Nina Simone sings “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and they get rained on by bullets.

I have no clue who could direct this.

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The RNC Is Over, but Can We Talk About Pastor Mark Burns?
Look, I’m a simple black man. I only have a few rules in life. If you call it “stuffing” instead of “dressing,” like all right thinking black folks, don’t bother friending me on Facebook. You eithe…

“Let’s just say that I’m pretty sure that before he went on stage, Pastor Burns sent a very special prayer to his personal white Jesus. How can I be inspired to sell out as many black people as possible? When he got to the microphone, his message was simple… With a thunderous, raspy voice, Pastor Burns proclaimed to the world that all of the things that black folks love, he was against. You go out in the streets and say that Black Lives Matter, then Pastor Burns is gonna put his dirty boots on your couch and tell the world, forget that, “All Lives Matter!” He declared that Donald Trump would get everyone jobs. How? Because he was not a ‘race baiter’ like those dastardly Democrats who have the nerve of being concerned with the lives of black and brown people! Sweating like Justin Timberlake at a Janet Jackson fan convention, Pastor Burns glistened as he gestured and shouted and pointed and then shouted some more. “

But Pastor Burns is the reason why the GOP is polling at around zero percent with black folks in multiple states.

You can’t take a guy like Pastor Burns, give him a red, white and blue tie, a pat on the head and a microphone, and think that black folks are gonna take you seriously. We’ve always had the Pastor Burnses of the world, and we’ll always have more.


Oh, Pastor Burns.

The “good” Pastor Burns is from South Carolina, and is an Evangelical Christian televangelist for something called The Harvest Praise and Worship Center. Personally, I’ve never been there, but I’ll bet that The Harvest Praise and Worship Center is housed in an old defunct Circuit City … but that’s just me.

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Tips for Writing Spell Incantations

Keep it simple. I like to memorize my incantations. It just keeps the spell moving smoothly. So keep it simple, keep it short.

Rhyme. Rhyming helps me get in the witchy mindset. It just feels more like magic to me. It also helps with memorization. Some paths (Wicca, mostly) believe that rhyming binds a spell and increases its chances for a desirable result.

One word can be an incantation. Words can help focus a spell and direct its energy, but the magic itself comes from within you. Repeating one word or phrase over and over again is definitely a good way to approach spell work. For example, my general curse spell simply requires the repetition of the phrase, “Pain, Panic, Dread.”

Find a multi-purpose ending. I was raised Catholic, and while I’m no longer part of the faith, I definitely got into the mental habit of saying ‘Amen’ after a prayer, which to me signaled the end of my Important Communication with Higher Power. So when I started practicing witchcraft, I wanted something that would signal the end of a spell. While I don’t do this for every spell, I tend to end most of them with either, “Let it be done” or “So mote it be.” Note that the latter is a Wiccan phrase, not a general witchcraft phrase.

Find inspiration. Lyrics, poems, and lines from plays or book are all great places to look for words for spells. So if you’re not much of writer, don’t sweat it.

Incantations don’t need to be spoken. If you don’t want to speak, or if you can’t, you can think it or mouth the words. Or, if neither of those work for you, you can also write it down, or go a step further and turn your incantation into a sigil (though I don’t recommend this if you’re using other sigils in your spell).

BUT, if you do speak your incantation, play with your voice. I whisper or hiss for curses, I speak normally for other spells, I sing for glamours and love spells. The way you speak can influence your spell as a whole.

Be confident and comfortable. Whatever you end up saying during a spell, make sure that it is true to you and your craft and that you are comfortable saying it. This is your spell, and you should be proud of it :)

Very personal (and difficult to share) prayer request

I was essentially cheated on by my boyfriend six months ago and he only told me last month. We’re trying to work through it together and rebuild our relationship but it’s aggravating the effects of sexual abuse I suffered as a child as well as mental health and self harm issues I’ve dealt with, so I could really use some prayers.

#TaeyongEarnedOurLove

Hey,
Okay as we all know, our leader and sunshine Taeyong finally opened up on his thoughts and heart. He thinks loving him was hard for us fans, when it was probably the easiest thing ever.
So I think we should do something for him which is not like usual hashtags. Let us trend a hashtag on Twitter at KST 1 PM on 160718 saying #taeyongearnedourlove which will come with making a small prayer for him.

Remember, Twitter, KST 1 PM on 160718 

(which is tomorrow btw)

Example:
“‘I hope Taeyong gets all the cake he wants.’”
#TaeyongEarnedOurLove ”

Just in case you’d like to, cute collages and photos with it would be perfect. Like it can be any prayer. Let’s make in innovative and thoughtful. NCT fans and TY-stans are almost always judged by people for liking Taeyong only because he’s handsome lol. Let’s let people know we don’t love him for his face, but his heart; and he worked hard to earn it.

The world says: “You have needs – satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don’t hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more.” This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder. Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet only through them lies the way to real true freedom. I cut off my superfluous and unnecessary desires, I subdue my proud and wanton will and chastise it with obedience, and with God’s help I attain freedom of spirit and with it spiritual joy.
—  The Karamazov Brothers, Dostoevsky

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” — Acts 1:8
Is this promise only for the early Christians? What do the scriptures say? “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:39). Jesus said, “If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). Acts 2:17 In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
This promise is yours for the asking. Ask and you will receive so that your joy may be full.
Prayer
Lord , fill us with Your Holy Spirit and with Your power so that we can bring Your good news everywhere. In Jesus’ Name we ask, Amen

I WANT TO SCREAM, THERE ARE PEOPLE DYING A FEW KILOMETERS FROM ME AND TUMBLR IS ITS USUAL SELF

I ALWAYS SEE REACTION POSTS MOMENTS AFTER SOMETHING HAPPENED IN THE US - WHERE ARE YOU NOW? 

I AM SAD AND ANGRY AND JUST VERY SCARED!

TERROR NEWS MIGHT BE COMMON NOW, BUT PLEASE DO KEEP ALL THE VICTIMS IN YOUR PRAYERS.

I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD EVER SAY THIS, BUT PLEASE PRAY FOR MUNICH, PRAY FOR US!

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oh an undead army of the women you’ve fridged
are gonna come for you
all the wives and the girlfriends, the sisters and kids,
they’re gonna come for you

bar your door, say your prayers,
cross your fingers someone up there cares

for your lazy ass writing that you thought was so deep,
they’re gonna come for you
just a legion of ladies with a promise to keep,
they’re gonna come for you

they’ll avenge all your crimes,
if you’re lucky your death will advance a plot line

when fictional women whose lives you destroyed
come for you
for that shocking finale, well you’ll be shocked boy,
when they come for you

hear their growls, hear their laughter,
well i thought dark and edgy was what you were after…

I want to say, how can we as white people live with ourselves right now? I just saw a picture of that sweet little girl who had to sit and watch her dad get murdered by cops and I want to tell her how sorry I am that we haven’t done better by her, that we let this system that can destroy her life and the lives of our black brothers and sisters.

But white people, we don’t get to just “be sorry” right now. We don’t get to just feel sad. And we definitely goddamn don’t get to say “our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

We HAVE to end white supremacy now. This is our fault and our doing, we benefit and WE should be rioting–those are our cops carrying out what we have historically wanted them to do–what police were created for, and for white people with a conscience this should be intolerable. This is not something we can live with anymore. This is on US and we have, MUST, end it. It’s not enough to go to protests, to post links, if this is going to end we have to actively dismantle it. And we have to do it now.

anonymous asked:

Do you mind saying an extra prayer for me tonight? Both my dad and my husband are police officers in Dallas and are on call tonight. I am so scared not knowing if I'll get that phone call. I just want both of them to quit their job. I don't care if we will have to file for bankruptcy or living in a homeless shelter. I can't live like this anymore not knowing if two of the people I'm closest with working as officers.

Heavenly Father, please protect Anon’s father and husband as they protect the citizens of their city. Be with all our police officers throughout the nation, Lord. Strengthen and shield the thin blue line. For those who were killed, we ask Your grace; for those were hurt, we ask Your healing; for their families, we ask Your courage in the times ahead. This nation is divided and hurting, Lord. Please show those who are widening the divide their error, and encourage everyone to look at everyone else with Your understanding.

In Jesus’ most precious name, Amen.

anonymous asked:

GOSH STOP THAT SHIT. DUDE this isn't a joke!!! What's wrong with you??? DON'T SHARE THAT SHIT if you NOT HAVE A SINGLE CLUE ABOUT WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON. Don't act like you know because you clearly DON'T

I HAVE NO CLUE??!! DUDE I AM LIVING IN TURKEY. I KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON BELIEVE ME. I KNOW MY PRIME MINISTER, I KNOW MY GOVERNMENT, I KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON BEHIND THE CURTAINS. RIGHT NOW INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE DYING BECAUSE OF A BADLY WRITTEN, HORRIBLY ACTED SENERIO. BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY TAYYIP ERDOGAN IS A DANGEROUS AND CUNNING MAN, HE’S DONE WORSE. HE WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKE HIM MORE POWERFUL.

TURKEY HAS A HISTORY WITH COUPS. WE KNOW WHEN WE SAW ONE AND BELIEVE ME IT IS MUCH MORE BLOODIER THAN THAT. YOU KNOW THERE HAS BEEN EZAN (CALL TO PRAYER) FROM ALL AROUND TURKEYJUST TO MANUPULATE PEOPLE? LIKE WE ARE THE SOLDIERS OF ERDOGAN AND HE IS GOD SO WE NEED TO FOLLOW HIM. THIS IS NOT RIGHT. BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY THIS, ERDOGAN USED THE CHAOS VERY CLEVERLY. HE MADE HIMSELF THE HERO IN SOME PEOPLE’S EYES. YOU KNOW WHATS GONNA HAPPEN NEXT? hE WILL GAIN MORE POWER THAT’S WHATS GONNA HAPPEN.

AND DONT TELL ME I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN IM LIVING UNDER THIS AWFUL GOVERNMENTS RULES.