#Living His Word
Living His Word
"You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."
- John 6:67-69
Jesus told the crowd of Jews that was following Him that they must believe in the one the Lord had sent, that they must believe in Him (John 6:29). The Jews had a problem with this. They had a problem with the belief that Jesus was the one sent from heaven, that He was something more than a mere mortal. They asked, '"Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"' (John 6:42).
Many of the Jews that had been following Jesus turned away from Him that day. This prompted Jesus' question to the Twelve in our verse for today: "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Peter answered that Jesus had the words of eternal life. Jesus had the words that would save anyone who believed them from eternal death and destruction. Peter knew that if Jesus' words were true, then you can't just walk away from Him, you can't just ignore Him.
Peter said they could not walk away because they had come to believe that Jesus was the one sent from above, that He truly was "the Holy One of God." They had been enabled by the Father in heaven above to come to Jesus and believe in Him (John 6:65). Although Jesus' life and ministry testified to the truth of His claim, it still took a special work of the Father to enable them to believe. Indeed, it takes a special work of grace from the Father for anyone to believe.
Once the decision is made, once the belief comes about, however, you have only one option. You have to stay with Jesus and follow Him. You can't go back to where you were, you can't follow someone else, you can only take up your cross and follow Jesus, wherever that may lead (Matthew 16:24). There may be trials, troubles, tribulations, and persecutions, but it doesn't really matter.
For if the Father has enabled you to believe in Jesus, then there is simply no other place to go.
© 2016 by Bible League International
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So let's talk about the Lost Generation.
This is the generation that came of age during WWI and the 1918 flu pandemic. They witnessed their world collapse in the first war that spread around the globe, and they -- in retrospect, optimistically -- called it the "war to end all wars". And that war was a quagmire. The trenches on the Western Front were notoriously awful, unsanitary and cold and wet and teeming with sickness, and bloody battles were fought to gain or lose a few feet of territory, and all because a series of alliances caused one assassination in one unstable area to spiral into a brutal large-scale war fought on the ground by people who mostly had no personal stake in the outcomes and gained nothing from winning.
On some of the worst-hit battlefields, the land is still too toxic for plant growth.
And on the heels of this horrific war, a pandemic struck. It's often referred to as "the Spanish flu" because Spain was neutral in the war, and so was the first country to admit that their people were dropping like flies. By the time the warring countries were willing to face the disease, it was far too late to contain it.
Anywhere from 50 to 100 million people worldwide would die from it. 675,000 were in the US.
But once it was finally contained -- anywhere from a year to a year and a half later -- the 20s had begun, and they began roaring.
Hedonism abounded. Alcohol flowed like water in spite of Prohibition. Music and dance and art fluorished. It was the age of Dadaism, an artistic movement of surrealism, absurdism, and abstraction. Women's skirts rose and haircuts shortened in a flamboyant rejection of the social norms of the previous decades. It was a time of glitter and glamour and jazz and flash, and (save for the art that was made) it was mostly skin deep.
Everyone stumbled out of the war and pandemic desperate to forget the horrific things they'd seen and done and all that they'd lost, and lost for nothing.
Reality seemed so pointless. It's not a coincidence that the two codifiers of the fantasy genre -- J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis -- both fought in WWI. In fact, they were school friends before the war, and were the only two of their group to return home. Tolkein wanted to rewrite the history of Europe, while Lewis wanted to rebuild faith in the escape from the world.
(There's a reason Frodo goes into the West: physically, he returned to the Shire, but mentally, he never came back from Mordor, and he couldn't live his whole life there. There's a reason three of the Pevensies can never let go of Narnia: in Narnia, unlike reality, the things they did and fought for and believed in actually mattered, were actually worth the price they paid.)
It's also no coincidence that many of the famous artists of the time either killed themselves outright or let their vices do them in. The 20s roared both in spite of and because of the despair of the Lost Generation.
It was also the era of the Harlem Renaissance, which came to the feelings of alienation and disillusionment from a different direction: there was a large migration of Black people from the South, many of whom moved to the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Obviously, the sense of alienation wasn't new to Black people in America, but the cultural shift allowed for them to publicly express it in the arts and literature in ways that hadn't been open to them before.
There was also horrific -- and state-sanctioned -- violence perpetrated against Black communities in this time, furthering the anger and despair and sense that society had not only failed them but had never even given them a chance. The term at the time was shell-shock, but now we know it as PTSD, and the vast majority of the people who came of age between 1910 and 1920 suffered from it, from one source or another.
It was an entire generation of trauma, and then the stock market crashed in 1929. Helpless, angry, impotent in the face of all that had seemingly destroyed the world for them, on the verge of utter despair, it was also a generation vulnerable to despotism. In the wake of all this chaos -- god, please, someone just take control of all this mess and set it right.
Sometimes the person who took over was decent and played by the rules and at least attempted to do the right thing. Other times, they were self-serving and hateful and committed to subjugating anyone who didn't fit their mold.
There are a lot of parallels to now, but we have something they didn't, and that's the fact that they did it first.
We know what their mistakes and sins were. We have the gift of history to see the whole picture and what worked and what failed. We as a species have walked this road before, and we weren't any happier or stronger or smarter about it the first time.
I think I want to reiterate that point: the Lost Generation were no stronger or weaker than Millennials and Gen Z are today. Plenty of both have risen up and fought back, and plenty have stumbled and been crushed under the weight. Plenty have been horribly abused by the people who were supposed to lead them, and plenty have done the abusing. Plenty of great art has been made by both, and plenty of it is escapist fantasy or scathing criticism or inspiring optimism or despairing pessimism.
We find humor in much the same things, because when reality is a mess, both the absurd and the self-deprecating become hilarious in comparison. There's a reason modern audiences don't find Seinfeld as funny as Gen X does, and many older audiences find modern comedy impenetrable and baffling -- they're different kinds of humor from different realities.
I think my point accumulates into this: in spite of how awful and hopeless and pointless everything feels, we do have a guide. We've been through this before, as a culture, and even though all of them are gone now, we have their words and art and memory to help us. We know now what they didn't then: there is a future.
The path forward is a hard one, and the only thing that makes it easier is human connection. Art -- in the most base sense, anything that is an expression of emotion and thought into a medium that allows it to be shared -- is the best and most enduring vehicle for that connection, to reach not just loved ones but people a thousand miles or a hundred years away.
So don't bottle it up. Don't pretend to be okay when you're not. Paint it, sculpt it, write it, play it, sing it, scream it, hell, you can even meme it out into the void. Whatever it takes to reach someone else -- not just for yourself but for others, both present and future.
Because, to quote the inimitable Terry Pratchett, "in a hundred years we'll all be dead, but here and now, we are alive."
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i bet jiang cheng, like, studied for the cloud recesses salute ceremony. this earnest little teen sect heir who just wants his daddy to love him was probably like, "i am going to get a good grade in saying hello to lan-xiansheng, something that is both normal to want and possible to achieve," and i bet he practiced what he was going to say in front of a mirror, complete with choreography, for fucking weeks before they came to gusu. and then after all that hard work, what happens during the actual salute ceremony? he goes last, and who should stroll in just when he's getting started but wen fucking chao, who immediately steals the spotlight, insults his shige, and provokes everyone to draw their swords, in a hall of learning, on the first day of school. like some kind of hooligan! then after lan xichen calms everybody down with his sword-charming, does jiang cheng get to resume his salute? no he does not! wen qing jumps in with her own salute and gift, after which lan xichen declares the ceremony over. but jiang cheng never got a turn! nobody accepted his gift!! how is he supposed to know if authority figures approve of him if the other children don't let him show off the authority-figure-pleasing skills he has worked so hard to acquire???
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Last words of Pope Alexander VI (b. 1451, d. 1503) born Rodrigo Borgia / John Doman as Rodrigo Borgia in Borgia (2011–2014)
Last words of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (b. 1755, d. 1793), said after accidentally stepping on the foot of her executioner / Ute Lemper as Marie Antoinette in L’Autrichenne (1989)
Last words of Humphrey Bogart, American film star (b. 1899, d. 1957)
Last words of James Brown, American singer (b. 1933, d. 2006)
Alleged last words of Gaius Julius Caesar, Consul of Rome (b. 100 BC, d. 44 BC), believed to have been spoken to Marcus Junius Brutus, one of his assassins / Ciarán Hinds as Julius Caesar in Rome (2005–2007)
Last words of Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright (b. 1860, d. 1904)
Last words of Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman (b. 1847, d. 1931)
Last word of T. S. Eliot, American poet (b. 1888, d. 1965); his wife’s name was Valerie.
Last words of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary (b. 1863, d. 1914); he and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated in Sarajevo in 1914 by Gavrilo Princip, triggering the First World War. He repeated the phrase ‘it is nothing’ six times, before falling silent.
The alleged last words of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, Argentine revolutionary and politician (b. 1928, d. 1967)
Last words of Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (b. 1878, d. 1912); along with his band, Hartley famously chose to play music as the Titanic sunk in an effort to keep the passengers calm / Jonathan Evans-Jones as Wallace Hartley in Titanic (1997)
Last words of Joan of Arc, French military leader and Catholic Saint (b. 1412, d. 1431) / Jean Seberg as Joan of Arc in Saint Joan (1956)
Last words of Jack Kerouac, American writer (b. 1922, d. 1969)
Last words of Martin Luther King Jr., American minister and civil rights activist (b. 1929, d. 1968)
Last words of Philip Larkin, English poet (b. 1922, d. 1985)
Believed to be the last words of Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979, d. 2008), said during a phonecall to his sister Katie who told him it was a bad idea to mix sleeping pills with other prescriptions; Ledger died that same night after doing so.
Last words of Louis XIV, King of France (b. 1638, d. 1715) / Alan Rickman as Louis XIV in A Little Chaos (2014)
Last words of Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977, d. 2009)
Last words of Vladimir Nabokov, Russian writer and lepidopterist (b. 1899, d. 1977)
Last words of Lawrence Oates, English officer and explorer (b. 1880, d. 1912); a member of the Terra Nova Antarctic Expedition, an injured Oates realised he was lowering the chances of his fellows survival, and chose to sacrifice himself so they did not have to continue caring for him. It was his 32nd birthday when he walked into a blizzard, and he was never seen again.
Last words of Anna Pavolva, Russian prima ballerina (b. 1881, d. 1931)
Last words of Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (b. 1881, d. 1973)
Last words of Jannetje Johanna ‘Hannie’ Schaft, Dutch resistance fighter (b. 1920, d. 1945); after being shot non-fatally at close-range by one of her executioners, she taunted him with the above words.
Last words of Lucy Stone, American orator, suffragist and abolitionist (b. 1818, d. 1893)
Last words of Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and noble (b. 1828, d. 1910)
Last words of J. M. W. Turner, English painter (b. 1775, d. 1851) / Timothy Spall as J. M. W. Turner in Mr Turner (2014)
Last words of Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (b. 1853, d. 1890); van Gogh died in the arms of his brother, Theo, as he wished to / Daniel Baker as Vincent van Gogh for Douglas Copeland’s I Am Vincent
Last words of Voltaire, French philosopher and writer (b. 1694, d. 1778) born François-Marie Arouet; the above was Voltaire’s response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan on his deathbed / Dustin Demri-Burns as Voltaire in The Great (2020–)
Last words of John Wayne, American actor (b. 1907, d. 1979) born Marion Robert Morrison
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The NRTA Requests to Ban “Sissy” Men from TV
On September 16, 2021, China’s NRTA (National Radio and Television Administration), or the government body responsible for determining what airs and what does not, released a notice saying it was “determined to boycott the trend of Danmei adaptations”, also known as Dangai, among other things.
This is part of a sweeping motion by the Chinese government to “clean up” and reform various sectors including corporate giants like Tencent and Alibaba, technology, education, and the entertainment industry.
What you need to know to understand this “boycott” is that this year brought a great purge to the Chinese entertainment industry. Several famous and popular stars including Wu Yifan (Kris Wu), Zheng Shuang, Huo Zun, Zhang Zhehan (actor who interpreted Zhou Zishou in Word of Honor), and Zhao Wei (known for her hit drama My Fair Princess), etc… were embroiled in massive scandals.
Zheng Shuang was involved in a series of surrogacy (illegal in China), tax evasion, Ying-Yang contracts, and child abandonment scandals, Huo Zun accused of serial cheating, Wu Yifan was detained due to r*pe accusations, Zhang Zhehan was accused of being pro-imperial Japan after pictures of him visiting the infamous Yasukuni shrine resurfaced online, Zhao Wei’s name was scrubbed from the Chinese internet and disappeared for a while without reason, etc…
The main takeaway is that this year was not a good one in the Chinese entertainment industry.
To “cleanse” the entertainment industry, the NRTA, as well as other government agencies, released a series of regulations (Qinglang Campaign) to control obsessive fan behavior, promote good social values, socialism, putting a limit to how much money a celebrity can get paid in China, banning fundraising for birthday gifts and the like, banning idol audition survival shows, making idols responsible for their fans’ behavior, and promote a “correct beauty standard”. This last part is the controversial one that I will be focusing on.
What Danmei/Dangai fans need to know:
China introduced “morality guidelines” for TV broadcasters and private streaming companies.
No effeminate men, girly guns, little fresh meat, sissy idols and actors, and “abnormal aesthetics”.
This means that no idol or actor should be promoted that has a traditionally feminine appearance. For example, no long hair, bright colored hair, nail polish, earrings, excessive and notable makeup, no dresses, skirts, or overly feminine clothing, no mannerisms or gestures that are also considered traditionally feminine, etc…
The NRTA released a notice saying that it would be “boycotting (among other things) the trend of Danmei adaptations.
Some say that the reason why this happened is because of companies and capitalists jumping in the bandwagon to make Danmei adaptations after how incredibly popular and profitable they became while diluting core socialist values and saturating the market.
Others say that this is clearly an excuse to push for homophobic and sexist legislation.
When a genre of drama gets too popular in China, harems, court intrigue, time traveling, Danmei adaptations, etc, the NRTA comes in to stop it. An explanation they put out for this is so that the market does not become saturated with the same genre of dramas which can lower the quality of dramas in general.
Many Chinese people, particularly women, are outraged because the terms “effeminate” and “sissy” are thrown around as a negative adjective. They are asking why is a man exhibiting traditionally feminine mannerisms and appearance considered beneath one that is more masculine. Why is feminine qualities inferior and undesirable?
Others are asking who gets to determine what is feminine and masculine as well as how that is determined in the first place.
Feminizing terms such as “baby” and “wife” to refer to men (idols and/or actors) are banned when promoting dramas.
The most recent news is that the NRTA will introduce 3 rounds of reviews. This means that, in order for a drama to pass, it must be reviewed 3 times.
What Does This Mean for the Future of Danmei Adaptations?
Danmei adaptations have not been completely banned. However, expect to see less air per year and be scrubbed of noticeable “bromance” to the degree we saw in Word of Honor.
What the NRTA is concerned with is how popular that genre has become, how many Danmei adaptations are being made, the marketing that promotes same-sex CPs, the fan culture of Danmei works, and the feminization of the male actors.
Curve your expectations for how much chemistry you will be seeing in the future in Danmei adaptions, unless a production wants to be particularly risky, I doubt we will have anything close to what we had before in other adaptations.
We’ll just have to wait and see…
PD: this also affects real life LGBTQ+ people. I’m aware of that but since my blog is dedicated to BL, I wrote mostly regarding the influence it will have on Danmei adaptations and the genre itself. Of course, you are welcomed to take this post and write how it will affect real life people and leave your comments in the replies.
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i’ve grown so tired. worn thin. ”lets go home.” but where even is home? every shell every bunker every wall every desperate try at shelter i’ve created has never been strong enough. All i’ve ever done and known was building yet i never got good enough. i’m not built for this. im not.
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Jonghyun - “End of a day”
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Living His Word
"Once again I will shake the earth, but I will also shake heaven."
- Hebrews 12:26
When the manifest presence of God shows up in this sinful and broken world in which we live things get shaken to the very core. When God met Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai the whole mountain shook, smoke and fire rose off of it like a furnace, there was thunder and lightning, and a trumpet blast that got louder and louder. When God spoke to Moses His voice sounded like thunder (Exodus 19:16-19). Needless to say, the people were very afraid. Even so, they did not listen to God (Hebrews 12:25).
In our verse for today, the author of Hebrews quotes the prophet Haggai in order to make the claim that another day is coming when God will descend and shake the earth (Haggai 2:6). God will shake the earth at the time of Christ's second coming. This future shaking will not be limited to a particular location, as was the case at Sinai. Instead, the whole earth will shake. Even the starry heavens above will shake. This future shaking will be a final shaking. Everyone who has not listened to God will be shaken by it. After that, the heavens and the earth will not need to be shaken ever again.
The shaking at Sinai was meant as a warning. It was a warning to people that they should listen to God. Every subsequent shaking and natural disaster is also meant to warn the people of earth that they should listen to God. The final shaking, however, is not meant as a warning. It is the fulfillment of every warning in final judgement and destruction. There will be no more warnings and chances. At that time, only that which cannot be shaken will remain (Hebrews 12:27).
In between God's shaking at Sinai and His final shaking He has spoken from heaven above (Hebrews 12:25). He has spoken to us through His son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:2). We can't come to God and listen at Sinai anymore, but we can come to Jesus and listen. If we listen to Him and obey Him, we will never be shaken again. If we don't listen, it will be worse for us in the great shaking to come than it will be for those who did not listen at Sinai (Hebrews 12:25).
Stand firm in Christ, then, so that you will never be shaken.
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Bible League: Living His Word
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:11-13
Something important has happened and it has implications for all of life. What has happened? The "grace of God has appeared" and it brings "salvation for all people." What is the grace of God? It is the divine love and favor of God that has provided a way of salvation. Specifically, God's love and favor sent Jesus Christ into the world so that "'whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life'" (John 3:16). What has happened is that a way to escape eternal darkness and destruction has appeared, a way to participate in eternal redemption and restoration has been made available.
If we take advantage of this grace by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then it trains or teaches us certain things. What does it teach us? According to the Apostle Paul, there are three things:
First, it trains us "to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions." Since God's grace is ultimately intended to redeem us and restore us, partaking of it teaches us and helps us to say "no" to these sins of the sinful self. What are these things? "Ungodliness" refers to the failure to properly acknowledge and obey God. "Worldly passions" refers to the failure to properly relate to our fellow human beings and the rest of the created order. Together, the two pretty much cover every kind of sin there is.
Second, it teaches us "to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives." God's grace helps us to say "no" to the sins of the sinful self and it also helps us to say "yes" to every positive virtue. Instead of ungodliness, we learn godliness. Instead of worldly passions, we learn to be self-controlled and upright. God's grace, in other words, trains us and helps us to turn our lives around from the fruitless and destructive way of life we once lived.
Finally, God's grace teaches us to wait for "our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." God's grace has begun a good work in us, but it needs completion. We must wait, then, for the day when "he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).
God's grace has appeared and it is working in us and changing us, but there is much more to come.
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gorgeous seokjin for @rosebowl
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moar gulliver’s hanahaki thoughts... thinkin about luther getting REAL small...
even when he and cam are in a relationship he shrinks from time to time when his feelings of love get really overwhelming. pictured above: their first kiss, and when cam proposes.
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john in lebanon is shown as this fake, smiley, soft spoken version of what we'd seen before but that doesn't stop him from pulling dean aside and asking him and only him why he doesn't have a family. he was there all of a few hours but he knew he knew that dean was still dean and all the smiling in the world couldn't disguise the fact that john knew he hadn't stamped that shit out
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word of honor 山河令: episode 25
- “Ah Xu, it would be nice if we could live like this at Four Seasons Manor for the rest of our lives.”
- “Why can’t we?”
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The original EP27
We all know why, it was too gay
*emotional, the original word ZZH used was 动情 (dong qing), which can also be interpreted as “fallen in love”
Him talking about what the original felt like
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watching mainstream media trying to wrap their head around the popularity of the dreamSMP is so funny. because it’s like. so fucking popular that you Cannot Deny its impact on youtube, twitch, and, to an extent, twitter or the implications it has on the minecraft gaming live-streaming community as a whole.
but the people who have to write the articles barely know what a mine craft ess em pee is, much less one that revolves around roleplay. i just imagine someone gets assigned to do an article, thinking it’ll be a quick piece about Dream and his Friends they can churn out in a few days. only to find that there’s a whole fucking Storyline behind it they have to figure out how to Briefly Summarize in a short news article.
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first day of @tendaysoftenzo ! i chose the prompt "birthday" bc i've long held a headcanon that yamato's actual birth date is lost to time and orochimaru and danzō's lack of interest in yamato's individual personhood.
follow up on where i think he got the birthdate from:
it was just some overworked black-ops intake mednin who had seen weirder shit on a tuesday than a new operative without a birthday.
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