If my Sunday school teacher had asked me to tell them the gospel as a 6 yr old, I probably could have done it- and that would’ve been great… expect that for a long time I pretty much stayed right there. I could tell you the gospel, but if you asked me why Christ had to die, why it was essential that he rose again, or where the gospel really began all the way back in Genesis, I was stumped. It’s great to have Bible studies that go deeply into specific topics or certain books, those types of studies are essential to discipleship and spiritual growth, but if you don’t have a strong foundation in your understanding of the gospel, you are hopelessly lost.
The gospel is the cornerstone of our faith; Without it all the religion in the world means nothing. Yet, do we even understand what we believe when we recite the gospel to each other?
What about every other part of Christianity that follows? Do we understand why we go to church read the Bible, pray, go on mission trips, help the poor, or anything else we are called to do as Christians? When Christianity becomes cultural, it can be easy for us to go through the motions of doing all the outward signs of Christianity that everyone else expects, without understanding their significance, or experiencing these things in their fullness.
When we try to build on our faith without a solid foundation in the Lord and His Word, we are easily broken down by the attacks of our enemy and the distractions of the world. As soon as we face hardship, we begin to think that religion is fake, petty, and naive. Look at the parable that Jesus told in Matthew 13 of a farmer (that is God) sowing seeds (the gospel) into different types of soil (our response to God’s words). Jesus said, “Some [seed] fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” That is what happens when we don’t take time to create a foundation in why we believe what we do. We are beat down by troubles that come. Yet, hope is not lost. “But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” We can truly grow in our faith and our relationship with God when we have a foundation to build on, that means hearing AND understanding.
So we’re starting a series on the wait, why? moments of Christianity- starting with the gospel, because we’ve gotta have a foundation.
Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror still haunts my reality.
So, tonight is the début of the second series of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’. Series one of Black Mirror was absolutely outstanding, the imagery captivated audiences and the writing astounded us simpletons who like to think they can analyse good. But above all, the themes shocked, entertained and downright petrified us all by shoving the sheer reality of our so-called 'developed’ society in the nations faces and made us realise just how scary the combination of humanity and technology can be.
As a mere fan of the show, I am ridiculously excited to see it back on my television screen, I am (I think) prepared for the complete emotional overload which will fill every orifice of my being and leave me questioning whether or not I am morally sound.. I do have a supply of chocolate and wine at the ready for this moment.
Well, that’s enough of me rambling from myself… I’m not sure whether that was even interesting, but I just really needed to express my complete awe for Charlie Brooker and his big ol’ Black Mirror.
PS. I hope you watch it and can understand where I’m coming from. Thanks.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Nurse Mary Phinney in PBS’ MERCY
STREET. She is a feisty New England abolitionist looking for a new purpose in
her life, which leads her to volunteer at Mansion House Hospital. Witness her
journey beginning Jan. 17 on PBS.
Now as you all know we have ATLA and LOK by our wonderful creators Bryke, but whose to say that we don’t want them to finish there.
I say that we should get a Series of The Gaang when they are older and see what happen when they grew up and what trials and tribulations they face as well as their happy lives they have :) I mean we have 70 year difference between the two series….so much is to question and be answered.
Now for all fans of Avatar and Korra…….please help me by reblogging this post and/or liking it and see how far we can spread it because who knows Nickelodeon may receive word and might get Bryke to do something like this……that’s how Korra came about anyways :D
SO ALL FANS HELP ME OUT HERE PLEASE IF U WOULD LOVE FOR NICKELODEON AND BRYKE TO MAKE A SERIES IN BETWEEN ATLA AND KORRA SO WE GET TO SEE THE GAANG IN ACTION AND ETC AS ADULTS.
What do you want to see if this happens? Do you want this kind of series?
First entry in a series featuring myself and tribecalledflex
I have everything I could ever ask for
Yet, is this it?
I’m numb to it all
But why is this?
It fills this throne room
I’m numb to it all
My kingdom is slipping out of my fingertips
Everything I worked for: Gone
I can’t let it happen
Yet the motivation to move just isn’t there
Like a moth to the flame
I creep closer to my end
The end of my reign?
The end of my life?
I’m numb to it all….
Do I wear this crown or does this crown wear me?
What have I become in my ascent into royalty?
The descent into destruction
Creation of obstruction
I guess I’m just fiddling your strings playing with the percussion
Do the jesters entertain me or am I the one at center stage?
Who’s really the fool?
I’m numb to it all