It was my birthday and my mom sent me upstairs to an empty room. There was nothing in there, except a clock and a picture of a Grinch on the wall with seven tallies next to it . Then the clock turned to seven and suddenly the Grinch burst into the room and then tried to make me eat the picture of him and that’s when I woke up.

anonymous asked:

Do you still disagree with the physical act of homosexual sex?

It’s not what I think, but what God thinks.

God created sexual intimacy as a gift. That gift is intended to be used within a marital union between one man and one woman. Any use of sex outside of that specific situation (premarital sex, adultery, homosexual sex) is sinful.

Now, we are ALL sinful, and human beings sin every day. For that, none of us deserve heaven. None of us can get there by tallying up good works to balance out our sins. It doesn’t work that way. Even a single sin is enough to separate us from God.

Thankfully, Jesus died for every single sinner. His death perfectly pays for every single sin we have ever or will ever commit. His resurrection gives us new life in Him and eternal life in heaven after we die.

When we are united with Him in His death and resurrection, our sins are paid for and eternal life is ours.

How do we get there? Trick question, WE can’t do anything to get there. We can’t even decide to trust God. In Martin Luther’s small catechism it says:

“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way, He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”

So how does the Holy Spirit call us? Through what Lutherans call “means of Grace.” These are things instituted and ordained by Jesus to give us forgiveness. They include hearing God’s Word, Baptism, confession and absolution, and Holy Communion. While some of these might be misunderstood as good works, they have no power to forgive our sins except that which God has given. Splashing water on our heads is meaningless unless God works through that water united with His Word.

As I said above, WE can’t decide to follow Jesus. The Holy Spirit has to be in us in order for us to be able to follow Him. If you want to be saved, it means the Holy Spirit is already working within you to give you that desire. If you were baptized, either in your memory or as an infant, the Holy Spirit is in you working to keep you in the faith, even if you have since wandered away. He is continually calling you to come back.

If you’re hearing that call, please answer. Find a local church and speak to the pastor.

If anyone ever needs help finding a church that preaches forgiveness of sins through Jesus’ death and resurrection and not by works, I am happy to help you find one in your area (Disclaimer: I’ll be referring you to a Lutheran church).

anonymous asked:

Could we have some domestic McDuke headcanons? [eyes emoji]

in theory, they take turns on all their chores, and they have a whiteboard on their fridge to keep track of whose turn it is. but they always cheat and change the chart so they won’t have to do it, thus it just never gets done. chandler comes to visit once and it’s. a festering garbage pit. she despairs, and then makes them call in sick at work so she can force them to clean their own place

when their apartment isn’t a festering garbage pit, though, it’s very cozy. they have a million blankets and decorative pillows, all of their belongings are color coded, very modern and Aesthetic™

one year for april fool’s day, duke hides a bunch of rubber ducks around the apartment and makes the whiteboard a tally for how many mac has found. but the joke is on her because mac’s prank is that she already found all the ducks and filled duke’s jeep to the brim with them

It's final: David Friedman confirmed as Ambassador to Israel - Senate votes to confirm Trump's nominee, David Friedman, as US Ambassador to Israel - 23 March 2017

The US Senate voted Thursday to confirm President Trump’s pick for US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.
The tally for the final vote was 52 in favor of confirmation and 46 against in a largely party-line vote. Just two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, crossed party lines to vote in favor of confirmation.
Two Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John Isakson, did not participate in the vote.
On March 9th the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved Friedman’s nomination, 12-9, with all 11 Republicans plus Menendez voting in favor, while 9 of the 10 Democrats voted against.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, took to Twitter to congratulate Friedman following the vote.
“Congratulations to David Friedman! Looking forward to working closely with you to make the US-Israel alliance stronger than ever.”
Friedman, who chairs the American Friends of Beit El organization, has been a staunch supporter of the Jewish community in Judea and Samaria.
Friedman’s nomination was strongly opposed by the far-left NGO J Street, as well as the Union for Reform Judaism, both of which lobbied the Senate not to confirm Friedman as ambassador.

anonymous asked:

Purely your own opinion, but do you think having casual sex sometimes is bad? I've got to a stage where I'm starting to feel guilty about the number of sexual partners I've had even though it's below 20. I only worry in case it bothers my next boyfriend.

Yes and no. Casual sex is perfectly healthy as long as you’re being safe and smart, and not using it as a form of self-abuse or hurting anyone else in the process. It can be a lot of fun and a great way to experiment and gain experience in that department but don’t worry about your tally and never ever concern yourself w what anyone else will think. Sex is natural. And any future partner worth having won’t care about your history or think any lesser of you because you let yourself go wild xx

Ladies and gentlemen, won’t you please give your applause to the one and only Jerome Valeska?

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