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  • Jesus stands at the door knocking (Rev. 3:20). In total reality, he comes in the form of the beggar, of the dissolute human child in ragged clothes, asking for help. He confronts you in every person that you meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbor, as the one through whom God calls you, speaks to you, makes demands on you. That is the great seriousness and great blessedness of the Advent message. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us. Do you want to close the door or open it?

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, God is in the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas

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  • Your bible is not the bible.

    #Seth Andrews#bible #origin of the bible #christianity#religon#anonymous authors#interpretation#forgery #religion is a mental illness #atheism#atheist #Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian
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  • Tried to watch an online Advent Retreat, but couldn’t. I was not able to get pass the “speech directed at the youth” ad nauseam. Youth, youth, youth, youth…

    SHUT UP!

    It’s obvious that Christians in general don’t know how to interact and engage with younger brothers and sisters in Christ past a certain age. They try so hard to sound hip, and cool, with a secular spark here and there, watering down the catechism… and it’s so cringy.

    But the baby talking between the lines gets to my nerves. They are not stupid. They are not kids learning the ABC. And, most importantly, they are not a lost cause, either.

    We have to treat them as fellow adults, with the respect and autonomy they deserve. Call them brothers and sisters when at the podium, in every speech, in every retreat, in every situation, and drop the “youth” label altogether. “You, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.” Not, “Hey you, young people we are desperately trying to reach out and the lowest hanging fruit we are targeting is your youth because pprrfff.”

    Teenagers and young adults despise a patronizing, condescending treatment. Did the memo got lost? So it’s time to change our language and attitude towards our brothers and sisters before we find ourselves whining when they go somewhere else they feel respected.

    Oh, and it would be great to learn about our faith if we truly believe ourselves to be Christians, so we can answer the questions they have as properly as possible. You know, to dive deeper in our faith and grow stronger together, as a community. As brothers and sisters.

    Again, if we don’t tackle the hunger for Christ our fellow brothers and sisters have, we are failing them, and we have no one to whine, blame and complain, but ourselves for our shortcomings and irresponsibility.

    #rant #taking it off my chest #christianity#catholicism #brothers and sisters
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  • Prowl hated Christmas and for very good reason.

    There were plastic shreds from the tinsel caught in the fine gears of his ankles. He spent hours each day picking glass and plastic shards from his peds after accidentally stepping on another ornament someone had dropped. And it seemed like only the infernal music of the holiday would play over his radio.

    The twins had decided it would be wonderful to accent his personal Christmas lights (sirens) with strings of them. He’d woken up in a panic while in alt mode and transformed. Which had resulted in plastic-coated wires getting caught inside him, pinched in transformation seams, and glass bulbs being shattered in his internals.

    Which was why he was lying on a med berth with Ratchet standing over him.

    At least he was missing a performance of “Christmas Carols” by their human family. If he heard one more song about talking men of snow or reindeer….

    “I don’t think they appreciated our performance.” That was Spike’s voice, and within a few moments, the “carolers” came into view.

    Carly looked perturbed. “Optimus had that face of ‘oh, humans. Such a young and naïve species. Humor them.’ on the whole time.”

    “I take it the performance did not have the desired effect.” Ratchet commented. He looked down at Sparkplug. “What were your intentions?”

    “Well,” Sparkplug began “Carly had the idea of explaining the true meaning of Christmas…”

    “A commercial industry.” Prowl interrupted brusquely.

    Sparkplug chuckled. “Carly was worried that was the impression of the holiday you were getting. When all you hear about is Santa Claus, the holiday can sound very stupid. That’s why we wanted to share the reason why Earth celebrates Christmas at all.”

    “Which is?” Ratchet prompted.

    Carly looked up at Prowl. “Would you mind if we sing, Prowl? I know you hate the holiday, but I wanted to do this for you.”

    “Is it important to you, Carly?” Prowl asked.

    “Yes.”

    “Than I shall listen.”

    Chip whirled to the front of the group and began conducting.

    “God rest ye merry gentlemen

    Let nothing you dismay

    Remember Christ our Savior

    Was born on Christmas Day

    To save us all from Satan’s pow'r

    When we were gone astray

    Oh tidings of comfort and joy

    Comfort and joy

    Oh tidings of comfort and joy


    “In Bethlehem, in Israel

    This blessed Babe was born

    And laid within a manger

    Upon this blessed morn

    The which His Mother Mary

    Did nothing take in scorn

    Oh tidings of comfort and joy

    Comfort and joy

    Oh tidings of comfort and joy…”

    The music stopped. 

    “Prowl, are you crying?” Sparkplug asked.

    “Is our singing really that bad?” Spike asked, only partly in jest.

    Prowl wiped at his optics. “Spike, to me you sound more beautiful than all the choirs of Cybertron. Please, finish your song and I will explain.”

    Fear not then, said the Angel

    Let nothing you affright

    This day is born a Savior

    Of a pure Virgin bright

    To free all those who trust in Him

    From Satan’s pow'r and might

    Oh tidings of comfort and joy

    Comfort and joy

    Oh tidings of comfort and joy!”

    Prowl sighed heavily and relaxed into the berth. Ratchet was taken aback at the peace and calm that now radiated from the Praxian’s EM field.

    “I had no idea this was the planet Christus.” Prowl murmured. He turned to the humans. “I am one of the very few Christians on Cybertron. I have waited all my life for confirmation of the birth of my Lord, the Son of my God, of Primus’s God. This…this…”

    Sparkplug smiled. “I think we understand. We measure our years from the time of His birth. This is why we celebrate Christmas.”

    “Please, will you sing some more?” Prowl nearly begged.

    “We three kings of orient are…”

    ————

    O come, O come, Emmanuel

    And ransom captive Israel

    That mourns in lonely exile here

    Until the Son of God appear

    “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

    Shall come to thee, O Israel

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

    Shall come to thee, O Israel”

    Prowl’s rich voice rolled over the dessert, so full of worship and joy. Christ had lived and died and lived again! Just like they had been promised. Death had lost its sting, his sins were forgiven, and even in this endless war, he had peace at last.

    “O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer

    Our spirits by Thine advent here

    Disperse the gloomy clouds of night

    And death’s dark shadows put to flight”

    Optimus and Jazz watched from the entrance of the Ark.

    “Jazz, have you ever heard Prowl sing before?”

    “In public, Prime? Never. Maybe in private to soothe the troops when they had nightmares, but not like this. Never with this much joy.”

    “O come, O come, Emmanuel

    And ransom captive Israel

    That mourns in lonely exile here

    Until the Son of God appear

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

    Shall come to thee, O Israel

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

    Shall come to thee, O Israel!”

    ——————

    “Come on, Rodimus, or we’ll be late!”

    The young Optimus, a recent reject of the Academy, would not miss this for the world. Prowl of the Ark crew had shared with his fellow Christians that he had been to the planet Christus many millions of years into their future. The schematics of how that worked went over Optimus’s helm, but all that mattered was that Prowl had been able to pinpoint the exact day Christ was born.

    And that was tonight.

    ————

    Drift rose from his knees. Tonight a new star would grace the heavens and with those who shared his faith, he rejoiced at the birth of his King. He could see Rewind and Ultra Magnus in the crowd. A pencil of a mech stood beside him, Rang he thought the mech’s name was, tears in his optics.

    Voices united in singing hymns of joy. Of mangers and mothers, wise men and winter, they sang. The new star was small, but it was the first new star to grace Cybertron’s heavens since time Memorium.

    Prowl looked out on the crowd and remembered his first Christmas, roughly two thousand years into the future. He sent a silent prayer to those four humans who had given such hope to him.

    “Peace on Earth, goodwill to men.” Prowl whispered. “May God bless you, every one.”

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    Shoutout to my local bravo for being a folk dream

    #this along with their herb section and meat section im ALL set #christianity#catholicism#christian witch#catholic#catholic witch#religion#faith#christian mystic
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  • Genuine theology question: Who came up with the idea that the Bible is the “Word of God”?

    Wasn’t it generally agreed on that the Bible was written as a historical and spiritual guide, written by people who had at times received divine revelations?

    When the Bible talks about the “Word of God” in the Gospel of John, isn’t it clear that it doesn’t refer to the Scriptures?

    #I'm just mad at people acting like the Bible texts were written by God Himself #theology#christian#christian theology#christianity
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  • Revelation 21:4 NLT
    4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

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  • John 14:6

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  • Sheet Music: https://ift.tt/3ggi7yE Support: https://ift.tt/2T2kTMJ Facebook: https://ift.tt/2gUNbpP iTunes: https://ift.tt/2JVzHMg Spotify: https://ift.tt/2JVzIji —– Advent is a time of hope as we look forward to the coming of the messiah to save our world from darkness. Psalm 107 is such a great Psalm for this season, because it craftily compares four different groups of people, from the four points on the compass, who were each lost in four different ways. Each group called out to God in their desperation and need, and he heard and answered them. You will see the division when you look at the repetition in verses 6, 13, 19, and 28: “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.” So who were “they,” and what led them to call upon God? These groups are collectively named the “redeemed of the Lord.” The first group were hungry and homeless wanderers, the second group were prisoners and rebels, the third group were sick because of their sin, and the final group were focused on doing business, and put their lives at risk. I suspect each of these groups from the north, south, east and west represents all of the world. Some of us are poor, hungry and thirsty, wandering aimlessly, and in need of rescue. Some of us are defiant to the laws of our land and so find ourselves suffering in prison. Some of us are sick, both physically and spiritually, and often times this may be because of our sin. Finally, some of us are focused on money, willingly exposing ourselves to natural dangers in that process. So we’re all included! All that is required to be rescued, is to call upon the Lord in our trouble. He will then save us from our distress! If that’s not a reason for hope, then nothing else is! Advent is a season of waiting for God’s deliverance, and the hope of rescue is for all people, from all points on the compass. Whether you’re poor, whether you’re a prisoner, if you’re sick, or if your pursuit of riches has put you in harm’s way, rescue is available! You must simply call out to Him! He will turn your desert into springs of water! He will make you fruitful! He will satisfy your hunger! Amen —– Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things. 10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in misery and in irons, 11 for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. 12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour; they fell down, with no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; 14 he brought them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder. 15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 16 For he shatters the doors of bronze, and cuts in two the bars of iron. 17 Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities endured affliction; 18 they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. 19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; 20 he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. 21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy. 23 Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters; 24 they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. 25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity; 27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;… New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. #scripturesongs #psalm107 by Jason Silver

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  • December 4 is the feast day of Saint Barbara, martyr and John of Damascus

    Saint Barbara

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    According to the hagiographies, Barbara, the daughter of a rich pagan named Dioscorus, was carefully guarded by her father who kept her locked up in a tower in order to preserve her from the outside world. Having secretly become a Christian, she rejected an offer of marriage that she received through her father.

    Before going on a journey, her father commanded that a private bath-house be erected for her use near her dwelling, and during his absence, Barbara had three windows put in it, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity, instead of the two originally intended. When her father returned, she acknowledged herself to be a Christian; upon this he drew his sword to kill her, but her prayers created an opening in the tower wall and she was miraculously transported to a mountain gorge, where two shepherds watched their flocks. Dioscorus, in pursuit of his daughter, was rebuffed by the first shepherd, but the second betrayed her. For doing this, he was turned to stone and his flock was changed to locusts.

    Dragged before the prefect of the province, Martinianus, who had her cruelly tortured, Barbara held true to her Christian faith. During the night, the dark prison was bathed in light and new miracles occurred. Every morning, her wounds were healed. Torches that were to be used to burn her went out as soon as they came near her. Finally, she was condemned to death by beheading. Her father himself carried out the death-sentence. However, as punishment, he was struck by lightning on the way home and his body was consumed by flame. Barbara was buried by a Christian, Valentinus, and her tomb became the site of miracles.

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    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

    John of Damascus

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    John was born in Damascus in the third quarter of the 7th century AD, to a prominent Damascene Christian family known as “Mansoūr”.  John had at least one and possibly two careers: one (less well-documented) as a civil servant for the Caliph in Damascus, and the other (better-attested) as a priest and monk at the Mar Saba monastery near Jerusalem. One source believes John left Damascus to become a monk around 706.

    John’s biography recounts at least one episode deemed improbable or legendary. Leo III reportedly sent forged documents to the caliph which implicated John in a plot to attack Damascus. The caliph then ordered John’s right hand be cut off and hung up in public view. Some days afterwards, John asked for the restitution of his hand, and prayed fervently to the Theotokos before her icon: thereupon, his hand is said to have been miraculously restored. In gratitude for this miraculous healing, he attached a silver hand to the icon, which thereafter became known as the “Three-handed”, or Tricheirousa. That icon is now located in the Helandarion monastery of the Holy Mountain. He is one of the first known Christian critics of Islam.

    John died in 749 as a revered Father of the Church, and is recognized as a saint. He is sometimes called the last of the Church Fathers by the Roman Catholic Church. In 1890 he was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Leo XIII.

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    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

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    #catholic#christianity#catholicism#catholic church#catholic tumblr#catholic memes#memes#christian memes #I daresay one of the best parts about being a Catholic are the memes 🤣
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  • “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

    6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    —Romans 15:5-6, KJV

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