christian parents, if you don't talk about sex in your household and present the topic to your teens in a godly manner, the world will teach them how they view sex and it will be very destructive for all parties involved.
i'm tired of seeing christian parents only talk about sex in a negative light and telling their teens to abstain without offering the reason why. it makes sex sound like a bad thing and abstinence sound like a stupid rule without purpose. gotta do better than that.
i know it's an uncomfortable topic, but I will sooner go through the awkwardness of it with my kids on God's terms then have the outside world influence their sexuality for the worse.
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it’s just that *inhales*
one of the most radical notions of Christianity is the exaltation of the WEAK over the STRONG. Mary sings, “He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. / He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away.” it is radical because it is a direct negation of traditional power structures, of might makes right, of “justice is the advantage of the stronger.” force, violence, war, riches are not the means to Heaven; rather it is love, meekness, gentleness. Christ didn’t conquer like a general; He won by submitting to torture and execution. it is one of the most powerful aspects of Christianity: VICTIMHOOD is a means of the greatest glory and the greatest victory. Jesus directly aligns Himself with the weakest of society, and the Spirit of God is most present NOT in the rich and powerful, but in the weak and oppressed, the poor, the immigrant, the widow, the uneducated, the sick, the simple, the child, the disabled, the slave, the subjugated, the dying, the victimized, the abused, the afflicted.
the whole metanarrative of Christianity is a refutation of the ideology of power. if you seek sainthood, seek lowliness and simplicity and loving much. you do not need social status, material success, a degree, temporal power, influence, physical strength, etc. in order to receive Heaven. those who “win” in the end, will be the weakest externally, because what matters is not external power but the inner disposition of one’s heart. so if history is a series of violence and power struggles, then Christianity is the antidote to end them all. it puts power on its head. it raises up the weakest, condemns the mighty, and makes the very God of the universe a victim.
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Hey guys, please pray for me. My mental health has really been declining today.
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Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
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“Before the 15th century when printing was invented, the Bible was reproduced by copying in longhand. We should be very grateful to the monks and nuns of ancient times who labored lovingly, making manuscript copies of old documents that had come down from earliest times. Without this loving care, we would not have our Holy Bible today.“
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No one.. not even God Himself can force you to believe in Him and spend time with Him etc. You NEED to make that choice yourself. You NEED to crucify your flesh and go against the fear.
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if you're talking about the God of Israel, capitalize the G, don't be rude.
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Kraków, Poland by Adam Wojnar
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Underrated women in the Bible: Hannah mother of the prophet Samuel
“He had two wives. The name of one was Hannah and the name of the other was Peninnah. And Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.’’ 1 Samuel 1;2
“ But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her gregariously to irritate her because the Lord had closed her womb.Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. And Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?’‘ 1 Samuel 1:5-8
“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly, and she vowed a vow and said “O Lord of hosts if you will indeed look on affliction of your servant, and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give your servant a son, the I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life and no razor shall touch his head.’‘ 1 Samuel 1:10-11
‘‘Indeed, the Lord visited Hannah and she conceived and bore three sons, and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew in the presence of the Lord.’’ 1 Samuel 2:21
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Glories of the catholic church: The catholic christian instructed in defence of his faith: a complete exposition of the catholic doctrine, together with a full explanation of the holy sacrifice of the mass by John Gilmary Shea
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Our walk with God is often not so much like a pure, innocent child faithfully walking hand-in-hand with her Father as it is like a belligerent drunken man stumbling, tripping, falling, and veering off the path as God helps him up, holds him steady, and carries him along even though he's resisting and complaining the whole time.
God's patience with us is truly staggering.
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Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and tenderhearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
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Fellas, the only noods you really need are noodles. They can actually serve a purpose: sustenance. Lust only destroys your capacity to love someone wholly and purely.
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The holy grave chapel of St. Michael church, Bamberg
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