Do you trust Me?Do you?
-- Do you trust Me?
This could be the moment of your turning point...
When you hear God's voice and say... Yes! I trust YOU!
Is apologetics really necessary?Is apologetics really necessary?
DEFINITION: First, apologetics is the defense of the faith “once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). The word “apologetics” is derived from the Greek, apologia, which means “a reasoned defense.” As such, it involves providing an answer, not an apology in the contemporary sense of the word. Just as good attorneys defend their clients in courts of law by presenting solid evidence and sound reasoning, so too apologists defend the truth of Christianity through well-reasoned answers to the questions regarding our faith.
Too often people suppose the task of apologetics to be the exclusive domain of scholars and theologians. Not so! The defense of the faith is not optional. It is basic training for every Christian. And that means you!
First, the Bible informs us that apologetics is not just a nicety; it is a necessity for every believer. Writing in a
Should Christians be tolerant?Should Christians be tolerant?
Today tolerance is being redefined to mean that all views are equally valid and all lifestyles equally appropriate. As such, the notion that Jesus is the only way is vilified as the epitome of intolerance. Rather than capitulating to culture, Christians must be equipped to expose the flaws of today's tolerance, while simultaneously exemplifying true tolerance.
First, to say all views are equally valid sounds tolerant but in reality is a contradiction in terms. If indeed all views are equally valid then the Christian view must be valid. The Christian view, however, holds that not all views are equally valid. Thus, the redefinition of tolerance in our culture is a self-refuting proposition. Moreover, we do not tolerate people with whom we agree; we tolerate people with whom we disagree. If all views were equally valid, there would be no need for tolerance.
Furthermore, today's redefinition of tolerance leaves no room for objective moral judgments. A modern
Christians are FOOLS!!Christianity is for FOOLS
How many times have you had someone here at dA say that you are a fool? As a matter of fact, if they do... say, yes I am Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?Religious Tolerance: Are Christians Judgmental and Unloving?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- An Introduction
Why can’t Christians just exercise their own faith, and leave alone those people who have other beliefs? After all, isn’t it judgmental and unloving to criticize someone else’s religious beliefs?
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- The Age of Tolerance
Because we live in an age of tolerance where almost anything goes, openly questioning or criticizing other people’s belief systems can quickly get you labelled as judgmental, narrow-minded, bigoted, hateful, and even ignorant. And with regard to Christianity, Matthew 7:1 is often quoted (or should I say “misquoted”) to discourage Christians from putting other religious teachings and practices to the test.
RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE- Do Not Judge?
This assertion, however, is simply false, as the Bible clearly speaks out not against passing judgme
Strength in WeaknessGrace Perfecting Strength in Weakness
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness"…He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (2 Corinthians 12:9 and Isaiah 40:29-31)
When the subject of spiritual strength is raised, our thinking often turns in one of two directions. Either we consider how we can muster up our own strength, or we dwell on our own weakness, doubting that adequate strength can ever be found. Well, it is clear from the Scriptures that God does not expect mere human strength to be sufficient for our spiritual callings.
10 Quotes of Faith & ReasonTen Quotes on Faith and Reason
It is not only reasonable to question when it comes to matters of faith, but also responsible. If we are not open to questioning certain beliefs, held by ourselves or by others, whether secular or sacred, then we will be tossed about on the waves of popular opinion, or become potential victims of those wolves in sheep’s clothing who prey on the ignorance of others. - G.S. West
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason. - Blaise Pascal
I realize anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.
- Jerry Bridges
The Truth About So-Called Ghosts!Do You Believe in Ghosts?
As a recurring question among Christians we have come across a lot of Christians and friends that do NOT have a Biblical understanding of "ghosts". At times, we are quite surprised that when this subject of ghosts comes up, very few Christians know what the Bible says about it. Therefore, we felt necessary to provide you learning material to equip you to give a proper answer according to 1 Peter 3:15.
Do You Believe in Ghosts?
by Rick Barry
Ghosts. What do you really think about them? If someone pushes us, most will admit a degree of love for scary stories. But what about reports of real ghosts, even by sincere Christians? Few Christians seem to know what to think. If we look to the Scriptures, however, we find solid answers, even on this murky subject.
Both children and adults alike wonder about the existence of ghosts. Some reject the notion. Others insist that ghosts exist and cite experiences—their own or friend-of-a-friend
The Bumps Are What You Climb OnEncouragement for Difficult Days
This is an excerpt from the book "The Bumps Are What You Climb On" by Warren Wiersbe
A little boy was leading his sister up a mountain path and the way was not too easy. "Why, this isn't path at all," the little girl complained. "It's all rocky and bumpy." And her brother replied, "Sure, the bumps are what you climb on." That's a remarkable piece of philosophy. What do you do with the bumps on the path of life?
I have been a reader of biographies for many years, and I have yet to find a successful person whose life was free from problems and difficulties. Looking at these people from a distance, you might think that they had it made and that life was easy for them. But when you get closer, you discover that their climb to the top of the mountain was not an easy one. The road was rocky and bumpy, but the bumps were what they climbed on to get to the top.
I don't know what difficulties you are going through just now, but I know some of the feelings
I am more than OKAre you Content?
"I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow apace.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth: and so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated; it will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has s
For You Are a Slave to Whatever Controls You(1/29/2012)
In my entry about indirect idolatry, I stated, "I am just as capable a victim as anyone else."
And guess what? I was not kidding.
Lately my brain had been lacking focus and I had become victim to both artist and writer's block. And when I would feel those two blocks, I would lack motivation to work on ideas relating to the stories I want to write about during my free-time. And when I would feel unable to work on those things when I want to, I would distract myself with something unproductive. After all, sometimes you just need to take a nice break and have a little fun...right?
So I had a little "guilty pleasure" with something that I hadn't done in a very long time:
Not that there's anything wrong with them.
But for about a year I had fasted from video games for a reason, and today paid me a reminder as to why. (I'll get to that point later.)
Anyway, at first it started out a
A Clean SlateA Clean Slate: How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You
A Clean Slate: How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You
by Charles R. Swindoll
Walking closely with the Lord means we must come to terms with forgiving others. Yes, must. We can’t avoid or deny the fact that relationships often bring hurt and the need to forgive. Whether we have been wronged by another or the responsibility is ours, Ephesians 4:31-32 beautifully summarizes how we can have a clear conscience and be free to love and serve God with all our heart:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)
In different stages in our life, we may be confronted with the difficult task of forgiveness. The following chart and steps help us get sta
Christians - Public StatementWho are we and what do we stand for?
Due to an evident attack to the integrity of our group and its members, it has become necessary to address false allegations made against our group. Contrary to the allegations, christians as a group and/or any of its leaders, do not hate LGBT, and certainly we do not make them a “target of harassment, or personal insults” as some individuals have chosen to do with our group and against established etiquette policy at dA. As we are taught, our group of 3,238 Members and 5,895 Watchers has remained relatively silent in midst of the constant attack.
We can assure you that you have never read, and will never read, any responsible party at our group say that God doesn’t love ALL men and women, thus, making sexual orientation irrelevant as it relates to God’s love. What God does not love is SIN. As a Christian group abiding by the Biblical tenants we stand firm to God’s standard, n
The Word for TodayThe Word for Today
I will; be thou clean. Mark 1:41
Primeval darkness heard the Almighty fiat, “light be,” and straightway light was, and the word of the Lord Jesus is equal in majesty to that ancient word of power. Redemption like Creation has its word of might. Jesus speaks and it is done. Leprosy yielded to no human remedies, but it fled at once at the Lord’s “I will.” The disease exhibited no hopeful signs or tokens of recovery, nature contributed nothing to its own healing, but the unaided word effected the entire work on the spot and for ever. The sinner is in a plight more miserable than the leper; let him imitate his example and go to Jesus, “beseeching Him and kneeling down to Him.” Let him exercise what little faith he has, even though it should go no further than “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean”; and there need
Recall notice from GOD
I do not know who wrote this but the analogy is so true to many of our lives. Anyone who has called a service line for help with a computer can relate to these 'problems' and 'options'!
The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.
This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype unit's code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.
This defect has been identified as "Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality," more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some of the symptoms include:
1) Loss of direction
2) Foul vocal emissions
3) Amnesia of origin
4) Lack of peace and joy
5) Selfish or violent behavior
6) Depression or confusion
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repai
ARTGERMINATION - My Digital Art Chatroom
Many people has asked me about the rationale behind my nickname - Artgerm in many occasions. To me it is more than just a nick, it is actually my mission statement in my art journey, which I would like to see people get "infected" by my works and inspire them to create art. I've been drawing for the past 20 years, in which 16 years in digital medium. Art has already been part of my life long time ago - it is my passion, my profession and my life. Although majority of my time has been devoted to the commercial projects and my family and leave me very little time to impart my art knowledge to others outside of my studio, my mission statement has never and will never change.
As a result, I've decided to setup a deviantArt chatroom recently called Artgermination for all digital art discussions, which I put in a good amount of my time daily to interact with other dA members, sharing with them my journey in art and con
Introducing the deviantART Twitter NetworkGet daily inspirational artwork delivered straight to your Twitter feed! Even when you're away from deviantART, you can stay inspired while keeping a pulse on the deviantART community. DeviantART's Twitter Network is a series of Twitter profiles that tweet recently popular deviations in specific categories.
The deviantART Twitter Network
Cartoons & Comics
Follow the categories you're most interested in or follow them all!
How it works
These accounts tweet recently popular deviations in a given categor
The New Sta.sh CommentsToday, we've upgraded Sta.sh comments, allowing you to easily add formatting and media to comments. You can now pull in images to your comments and then draw on those images using deviantART muro! This new feature, powered by Sta.sh Writer, makes collaboration in Sta.sh even better!
Easier Collaboration and Communication
We're happy to announce the new Sta.sh comments. As you're aware, Sta.sh Writer allows rich text editing of literature and journal deviations on deviantART, and we're happy to expand this functionality to more areas of the site.
The new Sta.sh comments allows multiple features and rich text editing to be employed on these comments. Not only does it improve on functionality that already exists in comments, it also pulls in the full power of the Sta.sh Writer application into your comments, completely revolutionizing creative communication on Sta.sh.
Add Formatting and Media to Sta.sh Comments!
Add formatting to com
Publish a Journal to Multiple Places!New! Post to multiple places!
Since the release of Sta.sh and Sta.sh Writer, there's been one feature in particular that we've been itching to release, and we're happy to announce that it's ready! Sta.sh Writer now allows for publication to multiple outlets, including your Gallery, Journal, or Group Journals.
How does it work?
1. Head to Sta.sh Writer and begin writing your entry.
2. Choose a skin for your Group from the right hand panel.
3. When you're ready to publish, choose any combination of your Journal, the Journal Portal (browseable by all deviants), and your Groups of which you are in an administrative class.
These options are perfect for those who may want to post the same message to their personal Journal and one or more of their Groups.
Keep in mind!
Submitters, be sure that you have the appropriate privileges to post Journals and/or deviati
Anniversary ContesttheWrittenRevolution is now two years old! As a tribute to how far we've come and to kick-off our future decades as an active and radical center for young writers, we're hosting our BIGGEST CONTEST YET.
At some point in the future, we plan on becoming an independent, not-for-profit online writing website, a place where members can share their written work in an artistic fashion, as well as give and receive critique to help them improve their abilities. An aspect of that organization that we are rather enamoured with is publishing compilations of our members' best pieces.
Here's where it starts: we've decided to put together an eBook of the thirty best entries to this contest.
Maybe you're not that impressed, you're thinking, "It's just an eBook, no big deal." We get that. But this is just the beginning. We have to start somewhere, right?
We have prepared five themes and ten vignettes for you to choose from. You may use any of these to