We live our lives trying to achieve success, to be the best and to be known by many. Yet, every single day I need to remind myself that I am a failure. I have failed to achieve the one thing that truly matters in this life, to be righteous in Gods eyes. Everything else I do is meaningless. I could have all the money in the world and have the poorest soul in the world. I could have the most friends and be completely lonely.
One thing stands against this ugly truth. And it is that I am loved. I am so unbelievably loved by the God of the universe. His love has saved me, despite my failures I am loved. I could have no money in this world and be completely rich. I could have no friends and at the same time have the company of the only true God with me all the time.
This is the remarkable truth of the gospel.
We have failed. God has not. We dont deserve it. God has loved us.
Everyday I need to remind myself of Gods incredible love.
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Idk why but I really like how this picture turned out haha. Do you take a lot of selfies?
Äntligen litteratur på svenska. Skönt för huvudet att läsa detta även om det inte är helt enkelt och mycket namn och årtal att hålla koll på.
Jag känner ändå att jag är bra på engelska men att läsa teologi på engelska kräver fullt fokus. Nu blir det ett antal veckor med svensk litteratur iaf. De första fyra veckorna var det enbart engelsk litteratur.
Lyckades även få in inlämningen i skrivarkursen vilket betyder att jag håller minna 200% igång 😂 Vissa kallar det galenskap för mig är det fritid (dock var det stressigt denna gång). För att förtydliga, jag pluggar på 100% och arbetar 80% och är föräldraledig på 20%. #teologi #högskolestudier #gudochdetutvaldafolket #bibeln #bible
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"Saint Matthew and The Angel" - c.1602 by Caravaggio.
Caravaggio was known for painting very realistically, using models instead of standard convention and idealization. He made his figures lifelike and relatable, as opposed to portraying unrealistic or phony poses. In this instance, however, the patrons wanted an idealization of the beloved Saint, someone who its viewers could admire and strain to be like. They did not want a bumbling peasant who looked as if he just walked in off the street. With the angel sweeping down and the Saint’s stool teetering in movement, it is arguably one of Caravaggio’s earliest examples of his dynamic style. It was a much more exciting composition than the first. Even though Caravaggio changed the composition to suit the desires of the patron, you can still see his own style under the more refined subject of Saint Matthew.
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Dr. David Michie has been on staff for 27 years at Perth Bible College. At present he serves in a sessional capacity as lecturer in Christian Counselling. He holds degrees in Social Work, Psychology, History and Theology, capped with a Doctorate of Theology from the University of South Africa. As the director of his own counselling and training service, David draws from his many years of experience to offer students a vibrant class that explores all that a career in counselling has to offer. David has a desire for people to know, explore, and live the realness of Jesus in every arena of life. In semester one, 2019, you can join enjoy him lecturing in Pastoral Counselling in a Christian Context.
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Thomist Scholasticism: Proof From Motion Part I
For this argument, my aim is simply to construct it in three parts. After doing this, I’ll summarize the three post and continue on to the next four arguments. “We are certain, because it is evident to our senses, that in the world some things are in motion. It is equally clear to us that whatever is in motion was moved by something else. If a thing is at rest, it will never move until something moves it. When a thing is at rest, it is only potentially in motion. Motion occurs when something potentially in motion is moved and is then actually in motion; motion is the transformation of potentiality into actuality. Imagine a series of dominoes standing next to each other. When they are set up in a row, it can be said that they are all potentially in motion,though actually at rest. Consider a particular domino. Its potentiality is that it will not move until it is knocked over by the one next to it. It will move only if it is moved by something actually moving.” - Stumpf
Following Jesus isn’t like developing a crisis-aversion system. So often, it’s tempting to treat our faith in this way—relying on Him when things get tough or when others expect us to do so. But He wants us to rely on Him continually.
After Jesus miraculously fed the crowds, He told them that He was the bread of life. But they were fickle. They wanted evidence—another sign. Instead of feeding their transient desires, Jesus delivered hard teaching: “The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me and I in him” (John 6:54–56). For the Jews, this teaching would have been shocking and strange—drinking blood was forbidden by Old Testament law, and He was speaking about His own body. They followed Jesus because they wanted a sign, a prophet, or a Messiah. A sacrifice was not part of their plan.
But a sacrifice was exactly what they needed. Forgiveness and eternal life were discarded by some, but not by all. Simon Peter’s simple confession is actually quite stunning in the midst of all the confusion: “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68–69). The disciples didn’t put hope in a transient sign—in one meal. And although they didn’t always understand Jesus’ teaching, they recognized that He was the true bread of life, and they relied on Him for sustainment even when His teaching seemed strange to their ears.
How are you challenging yourself to accept all the teachings of Jesus—not just the ones that are easy?
How can you put your hope in Christ and look to Him for continual support?
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
We've got it all backwards, folks: it's goodness that's sexy and evil that's ugly. Evil is repulsive and crushingly boring in it's insistence on it's decayed appeal: cavernous, self-bloating bureaucracies, the shame of the mob. But Goodness! Goodness brims with sensual life! Goodness is made of courage and the heart's aching love for righteousness and truth: it is creative and attractive and full of grace. We can trust that our innate attraction to these qualities themselves is wholly justified because of this. The visage of goodness may be worn as disguise by evil, but evil can never become it. Evil longs to be what it must dress up as to attract us. It wears this visage because it knows it is ugly, and only true goodness is brimming with tender beauty. Evil will also put on a mask of goodness to make you think that goodness is boring or unattractive: it will wear this mask while it lets its evil loose (the abuse of the image of piety or the deadening of morality through the suppression of natural life in its name). Remember: evil has to dress up as goodness to win your heart, but goodness never needs to dress up as evil.
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So thankful for the precious community that we are in, they hold us up in prayer and love when we feel the world has gone awry. After much sweet prayer with friends of the faith, I’m reminded that much of the setbacks, mishaps, diagnosis’ and dreams that need to be mourned can only be a result of the enemy tracking with us, as we are on mission. I’m grateful for the perseverance of the saints and giants of the faith that surround me, cheering me on and keeping up with persistent prayer and warring for our mission. Come what may. #missionslife #pastorswifelife #theology #lightanddarkness #nottodaysatan #expatlife #velvetashes #takingroute
I want to talk about liturgy of the western ordinary form for one post.
Both pictures are Novus Ordo, but you can see the difference.
What can be done to combat such liturgical abuses?
1. No female "altar boys"
Not only this is against sacred tradition and an invention of heretics, but Vatican II calls for all servers to be boys.
2. No vernacular protestant songs. Are we called to live Vatican II or your bishop wannabe charismatic likeness? Vatican II calls for the use of Sacred Gregorian chant.
3. Lay people touching the Eucharistic is also bad. Why? Lay people are not consecrated nor trained on how to handle the particles of the Eucharist thus they commit sacrilege while ignorant.
4. Vestments. While the boomer lady indeed likes the ACE detergent looking vesments... this usually leads to lower number of attendance since the mass becomes about the people. What we like and what we understand. Sacred vestments that reflect beauty are both scriptural and traditional but also show that the mass is the vestment of the sacrifice not just a meeting.
5. Statues/icons. The use of them help us feel the church be Catholic. Many try to be protestant friendly, but last time I checked it was a Catholic church... not your house of ecumenical leftist views.
notice the strange resonance bewteen macron, marconi and mickey rooney, i.e. nose, eyes, chin, forehead and hair. cymatics in action #LiftingTheVeil
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