Isn't my nephew cute!! :D

"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." ~John 15:13

 

I am especially sensitive to, and annoyed by, people who pride themselves on “just telling it like it is”. Sometimes these people possess a rare gift of insight and kindness, but more often, they’re being cruel and disguising it as some sort of lame superpower. Giving someone the hard truth doesn’t make you more insightful, it makes you the asshole who saw the same thing everyone else saw and decided it might make you feel better to say it out loud.

Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt

We should not be entertained by the sins for which Christ died.

John MacArthur (via sheisaloverofchrist)

(Source: set-apartgirl)

3 Distinctive Aspects of Biblical Faith

What it’s like to lose $200 in one night.

Tonight after work, my boss was counting how much money was made and everything and came to find that we were short $200 from what was calculated. It didn’t really affect me much, but I know that it affected her a lot. I could sense the passive aggressiveness she was experiencing in that moment. The frustration. Yet shortly afterwards, a friend of mine had messaged me on Facebook from news/updates of tonight. The news seen through my eyes as I stared at the same message she sent me over and over left me in unbelievable shock. My youth pastor is leaving. Tonight was like my boss’ night. I lost $200, or at least the feelings of sadness that come along when you lose something of dear value. What am I saying? It’s not even something as minimal as losing $200. It’s so much more.

God doesn’t talk to me in an audible voice because God isn’t a human; He’s God. That makes sense to me because human beings are limited and God isn’t limited at all. He can communicate to us in any way He wants to anytime he wants to. Through flowers, other people, an uncomfortable sense, a feeling of joy, goose bumps, a newfound talent, or an appreciation we acquire over time. It doesn’t need to be a big mystical thing.

I haven’t seen a combination of tree limbs that looked like John the Baptist or a cloud formation resembling Jesus. Honestly, they look just like branches and clouds to me. But I do see the beauty in them and the beauty that’s everywhere, that God made for me and you. I especially see evidence of God in other people’s lives. What’s beautiful about them always looks an awful lot like God to me. I wonder if the people listening for voices or looking for cloud shapes miss the whisper of God’s creation, somehow thinking it’s a lesser form of communication, like a text message rather than a whole book on tape.

It could just be me, but in all of this and despite what feels like a handicap at times, I can almost read His lips inaudibly saying to me, “I love you this much.”

Bob Goff / Love Does (via yesdarlingido)

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engage-with-zorp:

the-rainbowsaurus:

jethrocane:

walrus-in-the-tardis:

youcantbreakthatwhichisntyours:

ambiguous-ash:

merrymishas:

engage-with-zorp:

I majored in gif making.

More like majored in becoming a hot piece of ass

But you lost all your friends

and your eyesight 

not to mention your sweet bunkbed man what happened

I’m most concerned that you lost your Led Zeppelin shirt. What happened?

image blast from the past

Taking Radical Steps to Flee from Lust

nakhiphop:

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The Bible says lot of pretty radical things, no? Jesus’ ministry alone was filled with extraordinarily deviant concepts and teachings that challenges- and downright offends- typical human ideals. Yet confronting these healthy convictions is at the crux of Christian living which serves…

The statement, ‘a woman has a right to control her own body,’ assumes there is only one body involved in the act of abortion.

Scott Klusendorf (via prolifeapologist)

pros and cons to my sister getting married

pros:

  • bathroom to myself
  • vacant room for use
  • quietness in the house
  • more laundry baskets
  • space in the hallway
  • no leftover long hair in bath tub

cons:

  • she won’t be here anymore

:’(

<iframe src=”//player.vimeo.com/video/35721693?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0” width=”500” height=”281” frameborder=”0” webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/35721693”>Ethnicity Matters</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ivcf2100”>InterVarsity twentyonehundred</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

great video on ethnicity within the Kingdom