— Carey Nieuwhof
- Atheist: Scientists KNOW how the universe probably came to be. As you are not a trained scientist, don't you think they know a little more about the subject than you? If you sincerely believe they don't know what they're talking about, why don't you have a science degree yourself so you can set them straight?
- My Mom: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology (major) Biochemistry (minor), and a Masters degree in both Medical sciences and in Food technology. I finished two years studying towards a PhD in Biochemistry/Microbiology.
God gives commands, not suggestions. Submit to the Word of God and obey Him with all your life, even when it’s not convenient.
I drove my insanity
Like they drove the thorns in your skull
I pumped my fist
Right into your cheek
Watch me build my empire
You can’t stop me this time
Write on my wall, I will erase it
Send your prophets, I will bury them
Get your wings away from me!
I’m not your baby boy
I don’t need your saving
If I want to leave, you can’t stop me
How much longer will you wander?
Foxes have dens and birds have nests
So just pack your bags and go home
Crucify Him! Crucify Him!
I led you as a lamb to the slaughter
Silent you stood before me and the rest
I hate you with all of my heart
I’m my own god, you will die like the princes.
I pressed in my own ambition
Like they pressed the nails into your body
I spilled my heart out
Like you spilled your blood
But the waters rose, and the winds smashed
My kingdom crumbled to the ground
I drowned in my iniquities
I tied my shame as a cinder block
What have I done?
I wash these hands
These blood stains remain
I will not be forgiven
I killed the Son of the Most High
I brought Him to His grave
He said “follow me”
But I nailed Him to a cross
All this means nothing without You!
I tore my heart like you tore the curtain
Bring me into your very near presence
Wash the blood from my hands
I thought I could do this on my own
I don’t need an idol, I need you
You meant nothing to me, I said you never would
But everything changed, except you
I broke your heart like my promises
I carried my sin like the cross on your back
Atlas had nothing on me
Yet you held me in your hands
When I killed you, you brought me life
When my fist shook against you, you held my hand
While I was a sinner, you made me your friend
Everything changed, except you
There are monsters that bring forth a pretty smile
Yet their blackened gums are filled with crooked teeth
They believe their lives stand above all the rest
In the end they are trampled beneath our feet
Clean, tidy suits and extravagant dresses
Appearances are not all we should see
Underneath your clothes lie feasting maggots
Rotting your flesh past eternity
We don’t want your dirty smile
No one wants your blood-stained words
Your eyes are more than blind
Looking down on those you haven’t heard
Stitch together your vile and putrid lips
No one wants to hear a word you say
Vomiting disgusting, stenchful pride
You and your people will waste away
It’s all a mass murder
We hear what you say about us
“Thank you God that I’m not like them
They truly fill me with disgust”
You think you are an eagle in the air
You are floating above us all
Condemn us with your wretched stare
But what goes up has got to fall
When those who judge shall be judged
You won’t be left standing above the flame
You’ve slaughtered and cut down the broken
Self-righteous pride will break your name
Cause the self-pious way is one of death
No greater shame in all the land
You think you have the right to judge?
You slam the gavel on your hand
All the glory we crave
All the towers we raise
All the pride we build up to the sky
When the vanity fades
The illusion gives way
To a tower of ashes and lies
I don’t understand why people use “Freedom in Christ” to justify their border-line sinful decisions.
Instead of trying to get away with things like swearing, insulting, or putting people down, how about you try following Christ instead?
Yeah, I said it. Perhaps following Jesus isn’t just about living morally good lives. It’s more than that. Following Christ means being an example to everyone else. It’s being His ambassador. You make a very poor representative of the King of Heaven if you care more about your “freedom” instead of living a life to lead Christians and non-Christians. You’re supposed to be an example.
Now, I’m not saying we are not to practice our freedom, but justifying your actions with “There are worse things in the world” and “Jesus ate and drank with sinners” is no excuse for your actions. You know what? Go eat and drink with sinners, except act like Jesus. How about that? There you go, there is no excuse left for you. Better yet, imagine you’re hanging out with Jesus. Eat and drink around Him, and see how differently you act.
You’re not called to be comfortable, complacent, or lazy. You’re called to be outstanding, exemplary, and Christ-like.
Be worthy of imitation. Follow Christ.
Many desire His Glory, but few share in His suffering.
Many seek to rejoice with Him, but few endure hardship for Him.
Many look for miracles, but few drink His cup.
Many expect His prosperity, but few overcome tribulations through Him.
Many beg to receive His mercy, but few are merciful.
Many ask for His blessings, but few obey His word."
— Mary Assaf
I actually read a celebrity news article.
It was about how Leonardo Dicaprio has “let himself go” while his girlfriend is in shape. In that moment, I understood just how vain some parts of humanity have become. The entire article probably had about 7 pictures of the guy, all bashing him because he’s not chiselled. Since when do muscles make a man?
For the guys:
If you want to become a man, don’t focus on your biceps. Focus on providing, protecting, leading, and sacrificing. Listen guys, a real woman doesn’t really care how you look. What she really wants is a confident man who can make her safe, loved, and beautiful.
For the girls:
You are not defined by the way you look, and neither are men. A real man is going to love for your qualities, not the way you look. And I hope that you will love him for his qualities as well. We all know that everyone ages. Our physical bodies will decay and become less desirable, but our character won’t; our character should always be improving. Find a man who will appreciate your character, not just your body.
Instead of focusing on being attractive, how about we focus on maturity?
Let’s put our energy where it counts.
What if I told you that if you want to be close to God, you should surrender to Him your life? What if I told you that in order to desire to talk to him and read His Word, you would have to allow God to be the ruler of your life?
Could you do it? Could you kneel in the presence of His throne and give up your rights? Could you let Him lead your life? Could you throw away all of your plans that you have concocted in order to obey His plans?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. - Romans 12:1
be honest people, no one wants to do that. We all want to be in control. We all want to do things our way. That’s our sin nature talking. But could you yield your life to Him despite of your pride?
I don’t care how long you pray or read your Bible. That doesn’t make you close to God. I don’t care how spiritual or religious you think you are. That doesn’t make you close to God.
But you know what does? Loving Jesus makes you close to God. You know what’s the result of that? A desire to talk to Him and a yearning to get to know Him better.
Your life of prayer and your life of reading His Word is a result of loving Him.
You don’t stop feeling close to God because you stop reading the Bible and praying. You stop feeling close to God because you put other things before Him. That’s when you stop talking to Him. That’s when you stop reading His Word.
Think about it. If God was the number one spot in your life, you would be excited to talk to Him and read your Bible.
So just think about if you are excited to spend time with Him, or if you’re just doing it because you feel guilty. If you are just doing it because you feel guilty, well then you’re probably a horrible friend of God. Can you imagine how He would feel? Knowing that you are only spending time with Him because you think you have to? Jesus died so that you could be with Him; He didn’t die so that you could feel bad and take Him for granted.
Every day is a battle for us to love Christ. There are so many distractions in the world. But it’s possible. So let’s start loving God, and let’s start getting to know Him more.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. - James 4:8
God bless and much love,