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Tuesday, September 30

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scriptureinpictures:

Look into 1 Timothy 2 today :)

scriptureinpictures:

Look into 1 Timothy 2 today :)

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The mobile phone wallpaper version of 2 Timothy 1:9

Make time to spend time with God today :)

scriptureinpictures:

The mobile phone wallpaper version of 2 Timothy 1:9

Make time to spend time with God today :)

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Wednesday, September 24

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rolipoliolilovesmusic said: If God doesn't distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual marriages why would He create genders? It seems to me that if He doesn't care about what gender marries what that there would only be one. Moreover, how do you reconcile this verse to "gay-Christianity": "Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [a]effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God."

I apologize if you sent this in forever ago, I just noticed it now.
I want to start by saying that this is my opinion, my interpretation thus far. I will gladly share with you what God has revealed to me. I am open to civilized and respectful discussion, and am always open to receiving new revelations from the Holy Spirit. I hope that you will read on with the same heart. We can help each other.

 
God created a human being in the beginning. This human being after some time became lonely, so God created a perfect match for them. God then told them to populate the earth (to be fruitful) (Genesis 1:28).
God could have said, you know what, the more the merrier! and created a bunch of people. But God simply created two human beings, and gave them the responsibility of populating the earth. 
I see that your concern here is more about marriage, and not love, not about two people finding their perfect match, so that they can carry out their life’s purpose together, which is what happened with Adam and Eve. They had a specific calling from God, and they were made, together perfect for the task. Who are we to play match maker and say who does and does not fit together? Some people have kids, some people don’t, some people stay single and some people don’t.. some people are queer and some people are not. God simply makes us all different and for good purpose. We all have different roles in life. Without doctors and musicians, mechanics, male, female (and other) etc.. not only would life just not work, but it would also be very bland.
As for 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Look at this:
Weymouth translation:
"Do you not know that unrighteous men will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Cherish no delusion here. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor any who are guilty of unnatural crime,  nor theives, nor avaricious people, nor any who are addicted to hard drinking, to abusive language or to greed of gain, will inherit God’s Kingdom.”
 
NIV translation:
"Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
 
King James:
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived : neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
 
I’m trying to figure out which version you used, but I can’t seem to fit your exact wording with a translation. Either way, as you can see, translations differ, and that is why it is important to study the Bible. Especially if something is differently translated over different versions, even more the reason to look into it and study its context and original wording, (the Bible isn’t to just be read like a novel but you should take your time and see what God reveals to you.)
 
(Unfortunately I have not studied Greek, so I am taking information from those who have.)
I understand here that the word that brings up all of these different translations is arsenokoitai which is understood to be a word made up by Paul (the author of 1 Corinthians) by combining Male (arsen) and Bed (koite). 
It is important to understand context. The book right before (Romans) was also written by Paul. He follows an ongoing theme of helping people understand their wrong doings, and how they are basically doomed if they continue to follow Pagan religions. 
 
When I read the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 6  
I understand the context to be about how the people of the church in Corinth have lost their way and are no longer putting God first, and are being dishonest and disrespectful to each other. 
All of these years later, Arsenokoitai was translated into the word homosexuality, which is actually a relatively new word (1890’s). When first understood, homosexuality was simply classified as a perversion and mental disorder, and not about love. Homosexuality is no more lustful than heterosexuality. It is the same simple attraction to another person. The concept of a committed loving homosexual relationships, is not what is portrayed in 1 Corinthians, and does not seem to be portrayed anywhere in the Bible for that matter, rather its context is always in the sense of rape(lust)/cult rituals (to my understanding). 
When two people come together in love, also loving God, and wanting to serve Him, I have a difficult time understanding how that can be condemned. Either way it is up to no one to judge another person.. If these people are truly honestly seeking God, the truth will be revealed to them (whatever that may be). And if they choose to reject the truth.. then God will judge them for that, but it is not our place. 
We are called to love one another. Driving someone out of the church, shaming them, making them feel unworthy of forgiveness because they are having a difficult time understanding their (apparent) “sin”.. I can tell you for a fact from personal experience that that does NOT drive people to want to come to know God, rather it drives them in the opposite direction. We should be encouraging All people to come to know God and have a relationship with Him as they are, no matter what type sin they are dealing with, and let God do the rest. 
I hope that answers your question. 
Blessings. 

Sunday, September 21

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“A gentle reminder that your heart is a
muscle and so should be exercised regularly,
love often and love deeply.”
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Tuesday, September 16

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Give God your burdens

Give God your needs.
There’s a spiritual war going on and you’re on the winning team.

Monday, September 15

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rachelanne64 said: How can you tell if a product is vegan or not?

adviceforvegans:

For me, the best thing to do is to first check if it’s suitable for vegetarians. It will say somewhere on the packet if it is and if it doesn’t, you can probably assume it isn’t safe. 

Next, if it passes the vegetarian test, then go to the allergens section. This is where it will say what it contains and what it may contain. Do not pay attention to ‘may contain’, this is literally just a way for factories to cover their backs. Pay close attention to ‘contains’. This is where it will 100% state if there are milk and/or eggs. 

If it passes that test, you’re almost done! Then just have a glance through all of the ingredients in general. Look out for beeswax and honey.

If you spot E Numbers, be sure to give those a Google. Things like shellac and cochineal are often concealed in E Numbers so it’s very important to look out for those.

Sometimes E Numbers can be plant OR animal based. If that’s the case, leave the product and email the company before purchasing. 9 times out of 10 it’s absolutely fine but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

The other thing to look out for are fortified vitamins. Sometimes certain vitamins are derived from animals, for example Kellogs cereal vitamin D is derived from sheep. Just be cautious and make sure to always contact companies if you’re not sure. 

I know this all seems like a lot but I can assure you, when you’ve been vegan for a while, it’ll come to you as automatic as breathing. It takes me seconds to find whether products are vegan or not because my brain seems to just alert me to the buzz words ‘vegan, vegetarian, eggs’ etc. 

In some lucky cases, products are certified vegan already so they will say on the packet ‘suitable for vegetarians and vegans’. It’s always great when this happens but it isn’t often. The reason for this is because in order to get a vegan certification, it has to pass a number of tests such as not manufacturing in a factory that uses any non vegan products. This is quite rare and hard to find which is why vegans should just ignore ‘may contain’. 

Another reason that products are often not vegan certified is because it’s surprisingly expensive. For example, the English supermarket Tesco’s own brand of cosmetics is 100% cruelty free and vegan but it doesn’t have the certification because they do not want to put so much money into something that is not in demand. And this is something they have openly expressed to me on their facebook page. So if more people contacted Tesco and requested this, they would probably change their minds.

Anyway, so that’s how best you can tell whether or not a product is vegan. Sounds tricky but it’s very very simple! :)

Friday, September 12

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“How much have we paid for our redemption? Nothing! It was all free! So do good without expecting something in return. Just as the Father did with us, we have to do the same. Do good and keep going!”
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