Scary thoughts huh. Porn is not ok guys. It is an act of lust, desiring that which you can’t have. For you single folks, it’s a great way to cripple your future relationship before you ever start. For the dating and married crowd; you’re cheating on your partner. Plain as day. You are lusting after another man/woman that is not your partner (whom you have pledged to be completely committed to, by the way). Porn is incredibly damaging to your own psyche and to your partner’s faith and trust in you.
Just don’t do it.
I was reading through some old articles, and this one popped up and I had to read it.
Here, in this article, is a strong Christian man going to a LGBT pride walk holding a sign that reads, “I’m sorry for what the church has done to you, i’m sorry what I used to do to you.”
And I swear my heart jumped for joy! I’ve only been hearing so much hate talk and condemnation coming from the “followers” of Jesus, people who go out screaming “turn or burn” and literally hating these people.
Would Jesus have done that? Never in a million years.
No, Jesus was the one who went to the people that the religious ran away from. Sound familiar? No, it’s about time someone made a public “I’m sorry” for the bigot, religious idjits in the church.
I’m sorry, but if you can confidently and with a clean conscience go out and publicly slander and hate someone in the name of Jesus, well, I hate to break it to you…
We don’t follow the same God.
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun,with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth,so that it might devour her child the moment he was born… This ancient serpent, the Devil and Satan; the one who deceives the whole world.” // Revelations 12:1-4,9
What’s the motivation behind abortion? It’s hard to come away from this passage without seeing who is behind our culture’s rush toward killing unborn children. Certainly, abortion is more than a political issue, it’s a highly personal situation involving crisis and tragedy on all sides. But death is Satan’s currency throughout history, his stock-in-trade. He loves to “kill and destroy,” unlike Jesus, who came that we might, “have life abundantly” ( John 10:10).
be honest Christians
Even if you’ve already had sex or are no longer pure in someway, it’s never to late to start waiting for marriage.
Waiting till marriage since I’ve been a Christian!
Love seeing people being candid and honest about this stuff. Nothing wrong with making this choice, and I’m proud to have made that choice. :)
Proud Virgin here :)
Worship is Obedience //
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” // John 6:38
Yesterday we talked about why we worship. We worship because of the sacrifice that Jesus made to reunite a lost people with our loving God. The many different facets of worship can be found for us to emulate in the life of our savior; Jesus. In the scriptures we see countless examples of Christ’s love, grace, mercy, justice, anger, and sorrow. In Christ we see the image of perfect humanity; a humanity undefiled by sin. But the one characteristic that is simultaneously the most important and the most vulnerable is Jesus’ unwavering obedience.
Jesus came, in His own words, “Not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. (John 6:38)” Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death; even death on a cross! (Phil. 2:6-11)” Our God and King; Redeemer and Friend came down from heaven by His choice to fulfill the desire of ultimate redemption found in the heart of the Trinity. So if our God could submit and be obedient, why do we all struggle so much when it comes to obeying?
Pride; The number one stumbling block of man. Too often we think we have everything under control, that the reason everything is going so well is because of what we did. We’re dead wrong. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6)”. How many times do we catch ourselves in this life trying to do things our own way; often thinking we know better than God. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone.
But God gives Grace.
It’s in those moments of arrogance and pride, where an argument sprouts to my lips that God whispers in my heart. He reminds me that He is in control and that we need to honor Him. And not just Him, but we are called to serve each other as well. Your boss, your parents, your pastor; we are each called to respect their authority for God gave it to them. They don’t need to earn your respect, they deserve it. Submit, surrender, and Obey.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways; acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes…
Wives, devote yourselves to your husbands, as is honoring to the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives with your whole heart and be patient with them.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Workers, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if for the Lord and not for men.”
// Proverbs 3:5-7 & Colossians 3:18-23
Worship is Devotion //
“Do not conform to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
Devotion, commitment, honor; those words carry weight, significance. They invoke visions of days past; where tales of chivalry and acts of selflessness were the norm; not the exception. Men took pride on their ability to stand by their beliefs and morals without staggering, without surrendering on any point. So very often we get caught in the routine of life: the day-in, day-out footsteps we take for granted. That’s exactly where Satan wants us. He doesn’t want you standing up for your beliefs when it’s so much easier to stay quiet. Trust me, I know, I’ve been there. Satan wants you down and out; he wants you weak and disqualified. He would much rather have you lust after porn or riches then see you take a stand for Christ. It’s time to wake up to the realization that we aren’t on a perfect Earth. We are in the middle of enemy territory.
We are at war.
Our faith is not stagnant. It is not stale; it does not compromise. Faith is an action, it is “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)” A belief, by definition, requires action to survive. “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. (James 2:14-17)”
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago. (Eph 2: 8-10)” It is not by our own strength that we are saved, but rather through devotion to Christ. I’ll say it again, this is War. We have a God that fights for our hearts every day. He is devoted to our salvation. We should be too. We need to pick up our swords and stand firm, standing alert for the hour in which Christ will call our hearts. Study the Word, pray without ceasing, and live a life worthy of God’s sacrifice. We owe it to Him. Be devoted!
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I just want to take a moment to give a shout out of praise to the Christian Blogs Network for starting such a great work here on Tumblr! I’m so humbled by how many people like myself are out there and it’s incredibly encouraging to know that the message of hope and grace is being spread so quickly! All it took was a spark, and oh boy, this fire has been lit!
A healthy dose of David Crowder, you can’t leave out Tenth Ave, Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin go hand in hand, This Beautiful Republic if you’re looking for some fast beats, yo, you can’t forget Jeremy Camp’s goatee, the new kids on the block All Sons & Daughters, if you feel like going down south you have Decemberadio and the Robbie Seay Band, and even though they do focus on the darker, grittier side of grace, I would include Mumford & Sons.
Those are a few bands on my playlist right now ;)