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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
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"I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, -intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men."
1 Timothy 2:1
Newtown, Connecticut, USA
Please pray for the parents of the children lost in the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Please also pray that regulations are placed in place so that this will never happen again. We cannot imagine what these parents and loved-ones must be going through ... please pray.
Here's the full story, taken from CNN's site (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/14/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html):
Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) -- Dressed in black fatigues and a military vest, a heavily armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school Friday and opened fire, shattering the quiet of this southern New England town
Ten Quotes About Christian ApologeticsGreat Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:
Great Christian Thinkers: Ten Quotes About Christian Apologetics:
• Apologetics is not simply about reaching outside the church and helping people realize why Christianity makes so much sense. There are many people inside church congregations who are wrestling with apologetic questions; who come to faith but haven’t ...had all of their questions answered. I think the pastor, the preacher, needs to realize if they want their people to be good and minister to the faith, apologists and evangelists, they’ve got to be equipped. They’ve got to be reassured about their faith. They’ve got to be helped to be able to explain it and defend it in the secular marketplace. Now maybe many pastors and preachers say, ‘You know, I couldn’t do this.’ In which case, you need to bring somebody in who can. But there’s a real need for the local church to see this kind
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
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
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
Our MissionOur Mission
"May the Lamb that was slain, receive the reward of His suffering ..." A must see untill the end by anyone called to ministry and anyone who loves God.
Part 1: Why does God allow bad things to happen?“I had heard about You before, but now I have seen You.”
This is part of a journal series examining the age old question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen?"
Part 2: http://fav.me/d6kwg5t "Why do bad things happen to good people?"
Part 3: http://fav.me/d6lobn0 "My end is my beginning."
Part 4: http://fav.me/d6mk391 "We don't know what good is."
Part 5: http://fav.me/d6nj8xh "Five points of light."
Part 6: http://fav.me/d6v2g6a "Why do bad things happen if God is good?" (audio)
The Father Who Gives You Strength
This excerpt is taken from "The Father Who Gives You Strength" by Max Lucado
It all happened in one day. One day he could choose his tee time at the nicest golf course in the country; the next he couldn’t even be the caddie. One day he could Lear jet across the country to see the heavyweight bout at the Las Vegas Mirage. The next he couldn’t afford a city bus across town.
Talk about calm becoming chaos. . .
The first thing to go is his empire.
Miyabi's 2012 Rockman Valentine's Day Contest*2/22/12 EDIT*
RESULTS FORTHCOMING. ETA: 10 PM CST tonight. Will post links here and in the thread at RPM when it's official, and winners will be PM'd/emailed as well. Working on some last minute .html for the humor category, which will still probably take a couple hours tonight. Thanks for your patience! Very tight and wide open race once again, and hopefully all the entrants will be happy to hear there was not one image that was overwhelmingly favored by our judges. You all should be proud, regardless of where you do place, 'cause you made it hard on us to judge!
Currently preparing everything for judging, hopefully will get that out to the judges by tonight. Thanks to all 17 who participated, listed below. That nearly doubled participation from my other 3 contests, which never topped 10. So THANK YOU, regardless of where you eventually place.
Rockman.EXE Fanart Contest Plug*1/1/12 EDIT*
First off, Happy New Year, one and all! To a brighter, non-Duo-arriving-and-causing-doomsday 2012! While I'm not one for resolutions, I do swear I'll more than double the amount of art I put out in 2011. Seven...er, really closer to 5.5...pics was really lame. I blame Saturn. Or at least my 2012 horoscope says I should, because Saturn has apparently been a pain in this Gemini's ass for the past two years. But good ol' Neptune, the planet of creative inspiration, is supposedly moving it's jolly way into my sector, and I should be rockin' it by February. Or so I'm led to believe...
Secondly (and more importantly), the previously-mentioned contest listed below in this journal has had a deadline extension. Saito-kun has pushed it back to this Saturday, January 7th, at midnight. I've already seen a few of you guys have posted your entries here (obviously I can't comment yet, having to judge them and all), and look forward to hopefully seeing more real soon! So if you were
Vue Artist Interview!Hello all!
This is going to be something different aside from your latest updates on 3D contests and your regular dose of tips and tricks and by the title you've probably guessed that it's an interview!
What you're about to read I assure you will love as we have been given the opportunity to interview the wonderful ~00AngelicDevil00. For those of you who don't know who she is, Andrea is a well renowned 3D artist who loves to use Vue and that's all I'm telling you for now, you'll just have to read on
Before we start, here are some pieces of artwork created by Andrea:
1) You are an inspiration to many artists in the digital world and you have set a standard when it comes to 3D landscapes. For those who are not familiar with your work, tell us a little bit about yourself and the work that you do?
Thank you for the kind words! I’m a person who loves nature and loves to create and r
Outsider Info Article ListOutsider Info is the section in which you can find community messages, industry updates and other news from outside #3D-Artists!
Here you can find all Outsider Info articles listed by order of date. Each article has the source of news in brackets beside it.
Outsider Info Articles
April 23, 2013 - Vue Artist Interview (Drea Horvath)
March 8, 2013 - Clavesana Winery Art Contest (#Clavesana-Winemakers)
March 8, 2013 - The 3D Chat (Global from DA)
April 18, 2012 - DAZ Free Software Giveaway (DAZ)
April 16, 2012 - Winery Art Contest (#Clavesana-Winemakers)
April 5, 2012 - April's Gallery-wide Bulletin (g
Tips & Tricks Article ListTips and Tricks is the section where you'll find quick tips, articles, resources and discussions by 3D-Artists members.
Here you can find all Tips and Tricks articles listed by order of date.
Tips & Tricks Articles
April 15, 2013 - 6 Misconceptions in 3D
March 13, 2013 - What goes into your character
August 17, 2011 - Free Animation Ebook
June 22, 2011 - A Trick for Faces
May 27, 2011 - Midweek Free-source Madness
June 16, 2011 - A Random Selection
May 9, 2011 - An Assessment of SketchUp
May 2, 2011 - Book Review; In Character: Ac
Canon 5DMk2 in the lake...Last month I was out shooting by a beautiful lake, all in winter spirit with ice along the shoreline. This particular day it was extremely windy and the sky were just speedin' past like lightning, leaving beautiful trails of dust in the heavens.
So, I decide I wanna get the more "low" shot and walked down to the surface. I gently place the tripod, with camera attached to of course, two legs on the ice and the third on solid ground. Checked it twice, it was sturdy and would be still. Yeah...
Composition is set and placing of the 10 stop filter for a long exposure, check. I stand up and look around, as the camera screams beautifully with it's open mirror, soaking up every glimpse of light around.
The shot is captured and I see it's being saved down the card. As I lean to pick up the camera I see the third leg slip from the rock and down between the ice and rock, where there wasn't a hole 2 minutes ago! Of course this ice wasn't solid, after all.... dumb idiot.. It gently moved back and f
Cosplay Q and AMy fellow DA buddy TwistofFate http://twistoffate.deviantart.com/ is doing a college speech on cosplay. Since I don't really speak out on these cosplay questions often, I felt it was a good chance to let some peoples know what I think.
Q: How long have you been cosplaying?
A: Since mid 2008
Q: What awards have you won at any cons or events for it?
A: A number of best in shows with the cosplay group Twinzik for our skit performances. I've won some other small awards from solo walk-ons.
Q: Why do you do cosplay?
A: When I play a game or watch an anime there's often a character I really get into/attached to, and there's something that makes me want to experience them further somehow. I think it's why people draw these characters, why we collect figures of them, and why some of us cosplay as them. Making and wearing costumes of characters I really care about and enjoy seems to help fullfil my appreciation for them.
Q: How many costumes have you made? Which is your favorite to cosplay?
Eiichiro Oda's Channel on Youtube?UPDATE: Just got confirmation that it really isn't Oda, but the skills still speak for themselves.
You wouldn't believe the grin I had on my face when I tripped over these videos and realized that it had to be Oda.
There's no fanfare, no talking, no big presence. Precisely the way that he likes to present himself behind his work.
Even the handwriting in the background matches the writing in notes and sketches published in the Color Walk series of art books.
If you're a fan of One Piece, then you may enjoy watching him draw as much as I did. His channel is 24poni on Youtube. Drop in and tell him, "Hi!"
He seems to upload a new video monthly, which isn't bad considering how crazy-busy his job is. There are even a couple of videos showing the header drawings for the SBS series (a series of pages where he answers questions from readers i
6 Misconceptions in 3D`Cymae's been doing 3D for a long while, and she spends a lot of time critiquing people's work. It's easy to get caught up in misconceptions and ideas about 3D which might hinder your ability to make your art even better!
Have other suggestions? Add them to the comments section and we'll put them in the article!
1. Post-work is not a dirty word
A lot of people have this idea in their heads that editing an image in Photoshop after you render it, or combining different things you've rendered separately together is somehow deceitful and wrong, but it's not.
Post-work just makes your 3D even better! It's a lot faster to fix a small lighting bug in Photoshop than edit it painstakingly in your 3D program, and often the results are just as good!
2. Pre-made models are not cheating (and cheating is OK)
There seems to be this rift between people that create their own models, and people that use premade stock, such as Daz, Poser, etc, and this idea th
Poem Pays Tribute To Connecticut VictimsWritten by Cameo Smith
This poem has been circling the internet after the recent Connecticut shooting. I hope it encourages you.
Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say.
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “we’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
Those children all flew into the arms
LithiumA single trickling rain drop
Like gossamer silk strands
Gliding along my third eye
Whispers wind's secret caress
I exhale. Lungs releasing-
Pressing translucent memories;
Fragment of a fragment
As water kisses rose petal,
Drifting down stream's curtain
Pretty little curtain.
Where the wizard lies.
He smiles up at me
With his monocled brow-
Sipping on warm tea
And fingers quacking casually
To the rhythm of his notes
This is a safe-zone. Free-zone.
Innocent eyes sparkle,
Imploring it to be true. I breathe.
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