"People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated."

— D.A. Carson

There is no air, no water, no sustenance, and no need in life that will ever satisfy more than the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. To put your faith in Christ is not merely to say, “I believe You exist.” Putting your faith in Christ is to proclaim, “Lord! You are my air! My Bread of Life! You are my everything!” Christ has come to eternally satisfy every need of your soul, so that you may never thirst again. 

"As the selfish forget what is Sacred, the humble forget themselves."

— The Devil Wears Prada, Danger: Wildman

mylifewithsocialanxiety-deactiv asked: Why be pro-life? I mean, do you know what hyperemesis gravidarum, pre-eclampsia, and ectopic pregnancies are? Do you know how physically hellish pregnancy can be for a woman? Do you know all of the different ways that pregnancy can cause mental and emotional distress to a woman? Do you know how emotionally scarring it can be to give a child up for adoption? Or do you just not care about any of that, which proves that your views on this issue are incredibly hateful?

alwaysabeautifullife:

Do I know how physically hellish pregnancies can be? I got pregnant with my first son when I was 17 years old. I was the top of my class, dating my high school sweet heart for 3 years (Mr. prom king himself). I was a cheerleader, varsity team since I was a freshman, runner up for Miss Wallace, and the school “artist”. When I got pregnant, absolutely everyone around me told me I should get an abortion. My boyfriend and his parents, my parents and my friends, and every single one of my teachers (who I considered my friends). I wanted to keep my son, but every day I got pulled out of class, pestered by my teachers to get an abortion, that they would drive me to the clinic themselves, that “nobody would have to know”. I was firm on my decision. I wanted to keep my son. I was harassed to get an abortion until I was about 6 months pregnant, in which at that point I was rejected by my family and friends, and my teachers. To make matters worse, I began to get a pain in my leg that was so severe I couldn’t stop vomiting. I went to the E.R. and they found that I had a D.V.T. Deep vein thrombosis. After several tests they confirmed that I had 2 types of blood disorders, that are so severe I need to be on anti coagulants for the rest of my life, so severe that any pregnancy is life threatening. The doctors urged me to get an abortion, and once again I refused. I was admitted into the hospital for 2 weeks, with the only anticoagulant approved during pregnancies: lovenox. Lovenox is a shot to the stomach that you take every 12 hours, for the remainder of the pregnancy and 2 months after. The feeling of a D.V.T when it completely clots your leg, is like hooking up a hose to the inside of your leg, filling it up with water until your skin is ready to burst, then plugging the hole. It is beyond excruciating. To deliver my son, was even more dangerous. When you are on blood thinners, your blood is kept 10 x thinner then the average person, so I was at an extreme bleeding risk. If for some reason I needed a c-section, or I had other problems, I could have simply hemorrhaged to death. I delivered my healthy baby boy a few months later, the delivery went wonderful. After I had my son, I went to school at the University of Idaho, to study physiology. Here is a photo of my son, who is now 8 years old. He plays the piano, enjoys legos, minecraft, speaks 3 languages and by his choice is a vegan. He is vibrant and compassionate and loves to make others happy, in the morning when I wake up he makes coffee, and occasionally leaves notes under my bedroom door telling me how much he loves me. He always fights for the smaller person, loves babies and children, and tells me that he cannot wait to get married (often asks me how to get a wife lol). This is the face of the boy that every one I knew told me to abort.

But dear, that isn’t it. When my son was very young, I began to date a man and we were intimate very early in our relationship. He was much older then I was, and he told me he was sterile. He lied. After we had been dating for 2 months I became pregnant again. He was unsupportive of the pregnancy. He urged me to get an abortion. I refused. And so began the abuse. At first it was just control of my life. He took away friends, family. Then he took away my car, my phone, my job. He stole my life. Eventually the abuse became so severe I tried to run away. I bundled my son up in a winter coat and began to walk. We lived in a very first class neighborhood, and he was very well respected, and very well off. When the cops picked me up they told me that if I tried that again, they would take my son away. Then he locked me in a bathroom for 3 days. When I finally cut a hole in the window screen, and climbed down off the roof to run across the street he grabbed me by the neck and tried to kill me. I can barely remember what happened, all I know is there was not one part on my body that was not injured bruised. After months of trying to escape, I finally was able to contact my mother who took me in. But that wasn’t the end of it. When I was about 5 months pregnant, I began to feel a sharp stabbing in my chest when I inhaled. I went to the E.R. They found a Pulmonary embolism in my lungs (blood clot in my lungs). These are extremely fatal. This part of the story is similar, I was admitted into the hospital, I took a shot ever 12 hours into my stomach, and after months finally delivered my second son. He is 7 years old. Here is a photo of my son. For his safety the photo I attached he is actually about 4 years old. He is a very quiet and gentle little boy. He literally cannot kill a fly (he catches them and throws them outside), he enjoys cuddling, hugging random strangers (unfortunately), praying, and day dreaming. I have personally never met anyone who is as sweet, unselfish, gentle, and loving as him. He loves to pray, and also loves scary things like ghosts and skeletons because they are “misunderstood”.

After I got my life back together, I married a wonderful man. After we were married for sometime, I got pregnant with my daughter. During this pregnancy I had a D.V.T and a P.E. I was hospitalized for nearly a month hooked up to machines to make sure my heart did not stop (the clots pass through the heart before they are thrown into the lungs). The doctors threatened to sterilize me without my permission. They called me “selfish” for wanting to keep my child. They told me that I was a bad mother because I wanted to keep my child. I delivered my princess, my vibrant, brilliant daughter. She has the longest most beautiful hair I have ever seen, she is soft spoken but wild and a true lady like little girl.

The Doctors told me they weren’t worth dying for. All the suffering I went through, all the shots I took, the bruises in my belly, It means nothing. In fact the second I held them in my arms I nearly forgot all of it. It meant nothing in comparison to the PEOPLE they are.

But dear, that isn’t the end of the story. A few months ago I had a pain in my leg that i noticed while at work. it wouldnt go away and got worse and worse. I went to the E.R. and they found not only a D.V.T that went up my leg, but also giant bi-lateral clots (P.E. in both lungs). But that’s not all they found. I also found out that I am expecting <3 I spent a few weeks in the hospital. It has been difficult to breath but I get a long just fine (it feels as if I am constantly out of breath from running). I am taking my shots, every day, in my stomach to be sure that the clots desolve, and that I don’t get anymore. And this February I will meet my child, my little person.

I’m 26 years old. I own a home, I live a wonderful life. I am well educated, I own a business, I have a family, and it is ONLY because of my children that I have pushed myself. It is ONLY because of my children that I have lived the life I have, that I never gave up. A lot of anti-pro lifers ask me, why would you risk your life for your “fetus”? Because this life in me, isn’t a fetus, its a child, its a person. And there is no greater glory to a Mother, then to give her life for the life of her child. I’m not scared of pregnancy, I’m not scared of death. I live a beautiful simple life, full of love and joy. I am satisfied at 26 to the point I feel I have lived a 1000 years of happiness. So, to answer you question, do I know how difficult pregnancy is? Absolutely. In fact, I am my obgyns FAVORTIE patient. I see 4 doctors every other week, and take weekly blood tests. My stomach is covered with bruises from the injections, bruises that I have to shove a needle back into to inject again and again. And I would do it all over. Any ‘pro choicer’ has absolutely NO right to speak for women who have life threatening pregnancies. Any ‘pro choicer’ has absolutely NO RIGHT to speak about the value of children, when you have never even held your own. You want to speak for women who want abortions? Speak for another group, because I have met women who would and have risked their life to have a pregnancy that wasn’t “convenient”. You telling me about emotional, mental and physical stress of a pregnancy, when I lied in a hospital when I was 17 months old mocked by every one I loved while i lived in fear of death? You are telling me that I just don’t “care” about any of that, that it proves that my views are hateful? Think again. When I risk my lives for my children, I do it because my love is completely unselfish. Because WHO am I to decide that my life is more valuable than anyone else life? Who am I? They were worth it. I promise you.

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Tags: Abortion Life

Anonymous asked: are you anti abortion because you are christian?

No. I have been a Christian for 4 years. Before that, I was an agnostic. All this time, I have been anti-abortion. I don’t need my religion or faith to convince me that abortion is wrong. I never did.

Having said that, Christianity has been a driving force for my passion about people. Christ has revealed to us that human life is precious. I have talked to people personally who have survived abortion. I have read their stories. All in all, I don’t think I could be a Christian and not be anti abortion. I just cannot see how I could follow Jesus, who died for us, and not stand up for people even if they are just babies or unborn. Christianity, more than anything else, has taught me to value life and to treat everyone as valuable, regardless of their age, status, class, or race. It has shown me that we are all made in the image of God, and it gives me a reason and hope to speak out against what I believe is murder.

Thanks for the thought-provoking question.

God bless,

Samuel Assaf

oh-snap-pro-choice:

independent-conservatives:

Why doesn’t the same theory go for unborn human babies?

Cease and desist immediately.
Someone who gets an abortion and someone who kills an animal for food are two very, very different things. A person may abort because they can’t support a child financially. They may abort because the child was a result of rape. They may abort because they just don’t want to be pregnant. Those things are all fine. Killing an animal who lives on a farm to eat it is different. One, killing animals isn’t inherently unethical. Two, you’re not carrying a chicken in your uterus before you kill it.
These two things can’t even be compared.
Also, hey, the initial argument is inherently kinda crappy.

Since when did the value of animals take precedence over human life? No matter if you are vegan or meat-eater, how can you say that a chicken matters but a human does not? How can you advocate for life and justify murder at the same time? Yet, you may say that this situation is different because killing a baby is convenient. Surely you cannot deny the convenience of killing animals! It has been a great source of food since history began! Or should we abort pregnant cows and pigs so we can acquire beef and bacon in the name of convenience? Once again, hypocrisy is shown.
I am horrified that you approve of the spilling of blood of your own kind, yet speak out against the blood-shedding of animals. If you are so pro-choice about life, at least be consistent and encourage us to choose what to do with the life of an animal! Otherwise, do the proper thing and see the precious value of humans in every stage of life, including infants that haven&#8217;t exited a vagina yet. Humans are not a number! 

oh-snap-pro-choice:

independent-conservatives:

Why doesn’t the same theory go for unborn human babies?

Cease and desist immediately.

Someone who gets an abortion and someone who kills an animal for food are two very, very different things. A person may abort because they can’t support a child financially. They may abort because the child was a result of rape. They may abort because they just don’t want to be pregnant. Those things are all fine. Killing an animal who lives on a farm to eat it is different. One, killing animals isn’t inherently unethical. Two, you’re not carrying a chicken in your uterus before you kill it.

These two things can’t even be compared.

Also, hey, the initial argument is inherently kinda crappy.

Since when did the value of animals take precedence over human life? No matter if you are vegan or meat-eater, how can you say that a chicken matters but a human does not? How can you advocate for life and justify murder at the same time? 

Yet, you may say that this situation is different because killing a baby is convenient. Surely you cannot deny the convenience of killing animals! It has been a great source of food since history began! Or should we abort pregnant cows and pigs so we can acquire beef and bacon in the name of convenience? Once again, hypocrisy is shown.

I am horrified that you approve of the spilling of blood of your own kind, yet speak out against the blood-shedding of animals. If you are so pro-choice about life, at least be consistent and encourage us to choose what to do with the life of an animal! Otherwise, do the proper thing and see the precious value of humans in every stage of life, including infants that haven’t exited a vagina yet. Humans are not a number! 

"Carry your Cross until your bones break. It’s never too late to change."

— Dayseeker, Hollow Shell

kschlabaugh:

Thanks for sending me this @kendallsmith23! Always a good reminder!

&#8220;For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.&#8221; - Romans 7:18-19So, we are sinners saved by GRACE. that is not something to interrupt. We are not the righteousness of God in Christ. Rather, we are made righteous before God through the salvation of Christ. I cannot look to myself for this righteousness, and so I will keep on mourning just as Paul did and continue reaching out to Jesus. Verse in context: &#8221;God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.&#8221; - 2 Corinthians 5:21So the object of our righteousness is Christ because of the grace of God. I am still a sinner saved by grace, but Christ covers over my sin. After all, what is grace without transgression? It would mean nothing. And so, we will continue to weep, rejoice, cry, and sing for our sins are being washed away as Christ continues to sanctify us. 
The last thing we need to do is convince ourselves that we are not sinners, but that we are the righteousness of god. Instead, both need to be understood: We are sinners with a God who makes us righteous! How great is our God!

kschlabaugh:

Thanks for sending me this @kendallsmith23! Always a good reminder!

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” - Romans 7:18-19

So, we are sinners saved by GRACE. that is not something to interrupt. We are not the righteousness of God in Christ. Rather, we are made righteous before God through the salvation of Christ. I cannot look to myself for this righteousness, and so I will keep on mourning just as Paul did and continue reaching out to Jesus. 

Verse in context: 

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:21

So the object of our righteousness is Christ because of the grace of God. I am still a sinner saved by grace, but Christ covers over my sin. After all, what is grace without transgression? 
It would mean nothing. And so, we will continue to weep, rejoice, cry, and sing for our sins are being washed away as Christ continues to sanctify us. 

The last thing we need to do is convince ourselves that we are not sinners, but that we are the righteousness of god. Instead, both need to be understood: We are sinners with a God who makes us righteous! How great is our God!

(via moshing-for-our-maker)

"My heart is a complex machine. When it breaks, it takes more than the doctors and technology to fix me."

— Emery, Fix Me

Don’t crush your dreams by holding on too tight. Let them grow, change, and liberate you.

Christian Rocks

Anonymous asked: Christians and rock music?

I said: 

Thanks for the question! Alright here we go. 

Rock music is not:

  1. Satanic
  2. Evil
  3. Secular
  4. Godly
  5. Good
  6. Christian

It’s just music. Biblically speaking, there is nothing wrong with it. Read 1 Corinthians 8. It’s all about wise decisions and being an example. Simply replace “Food” with rock music.

Culturally speaking, rock music can be looked down upon, and it can actually be a bad witness. Other religions look down on rock music as something that street punks listen to, so it can actually create a difficulty for a Christian from reaching someone with the Gospel. At the same time, lots of non-Christians think that Christians aren’t allowed to listen to rock music because it’s “from the devil.” So rock music can actually make a great witness at the same time. It can open up the minds of a lot of people who have preconceived judgements about Christians. Now the lyrical content of any music genre is a completely different topic and may come with concerns, but that’s a different story.

Bottom-line: Rock music is neutral. Rock music isn’t for everyone, but it’s okay. It’s just music. 

I’d just like to add, as a final note, that many Christians who play in rock bands are misunderstood because no one takes the time to listen to their story and purpose. I’m going to put a link to a post about one of my favourite bands, and it may give a good insight on the whole topic. You don’t need to listen to the song, but definitely listen to what they have to say in the quote. You can read the article here. 

God bless and much love!

Samuel Assaf

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties."

— Oswald Chambers

Hollow Actions.

We often understand and relate to the expression of hollow words. They are meaningless words that enter the air and float away; they have no weight to them. But how how much less do we acknowledge the existence of hollow actions?

You see, everyone has a purpose. We all have a choice to impact this world, but often we make ourselves busy with things that don’t matter. In the end, we feel like we wasted another day. We all understand what this emptiness feels like. So do something about it! Get up, make a plan, and make a difference. Let your actions be full of life instead of hollowness!

When people say your name, I hope it will carry weight. I hope your name will remind people of what you have done for them and what you are all about. I hope that stranger will remember the time when you helped her with her shopping. I hope your sibling will remember that you stayed up with them when they were crying. I hope all the people you have ever come across will remember the good that you did to them.

Just remember: Making someone’s life easier is not easy. If you want to make a difference, even if no one is watching, it will demand sacrifice. But when you know you are doing what is right, that’s when you will stop feeling empty inside. So get out of complacency! Make something of yourself for someone else.

With Love,

Samuel Assaf


"The Gospel is not just helpful when you die; it’s helpful until you die. Living from your identity beats living for it."

— Mark Driscoll

Repentance.

When we read our Bibles, we come across so many stories of Jesus. All of the time, they have to do with people. For the most part, it all ends the same way. People turn from their sin. Jesus would call people to repent, and they would. He would tell them “Go and sin no more.”

Today, we seem to embrace sin. Instead of showing people the right way to go, we have grown passive in our evangelism. We are quick to accept and embrace the life decisions that our peers are making. We don’t hold the line of truth and show the way of love. Instead, we tell them "Go and sin some more." 

Yes, we cannot force our beliefs down people’s throats, but we can give them the option to choose Christianity. Instead of shrinking back and avoiding the awkward friction and tension, we can take a risk and give the option of life. It is strange today to think that Jesus hung out at parties with sinners and embraced their sin. He never did. Everyone knew who Jesus was and what He was about. He made that very clear.

So my prayer for all of us is that we will make ourselves very clear. That we are going about our Father’s business. That we are embassador’s of Christ. That we are not perfect, but forgiven and repentant. 

God bless and much love,

Samuel Assaf