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If We Just Loved

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    We live in a world where peace does not go out to all people of the earth, and neither does love. We get caught up in the things like gender, sex, appearance, fame, money and status to name a few. People ask questions like, “Where do we come from?”, “Where are we going when we die?”, “What is the purpose of life?” and “Who am I?”.  Still others ask more questions like, “What is that person’s gender?”, “Is that person female or male?”, “Who do they love?”. We humans put such weight on these things, but I think we are all missing the point completely.

    Can you just imagine for a moment a world where no one judges, or hates? What would be the result of a world where that happens? There would be no war, no bullies and no need for us to have jails or hand out penalties. You may be thinking, “Well, that’s great, but it’s not the reality.” No, it’s not, and that’s sad. But we can go with what we have. What do we have? We have the ability to control our own actions and to make our own decisions. We cannot control the actions of others, what they say and do. However, what someone else does can’t control what we do. If others are making fun of the LGBTQ community, discriminating against other races or cultures, or putting anyone down in any kind of way, does that mean we should join them in their taunts? I would go as far as to say that we should not just hold back from joining in, but also defend those who are being made the objects of this unwarranted judgement.

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Breaking Through

    If you took history in school, and I’m assuming you did or possibly still are, than you probably learned about the rights for woman suffrage movement across the world. Woman struggled for independence and equality in their everyday lives as well as their professional lives. They wanted fair wages and the ability to choose for themselves what they wanted to do.  Since then advances have been made in that area to include more rights and freedoms in the lives of women. Things such as equal dressing rights, like the ability to wear the same clothes as men in their work environment and freedom from the ‘necessity’ of dresses. Yet after all this time of making these changes in society, stereotypes and expectations still linger. Women are still expected to shave their legs, have longer hair and wear more revealing clothing. No, they no longer have to do so, but it is expected.

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The Christian Faith:No Stopping

By the year 54 A.D. Christianity was growing quickly. All throughout Rome, there began a strong Christian presence. The growth of Christianity however, did not occur because of a time of peace and tranquility.

It was the year 54 A.D. that Nero, emperor of Rome, came into power. Ten years later, as he visited his favorite vacation spot in Antium, which was located thirty five miles from Rome, a fire started and continued for six days. It destroyed about seventy percent of Rome and left countless people homeless. Rather than showing concern for his empire and also facing blame for the mass fire, Nero instead pointed his finger at the Christian population. He did this with no evidence whatsoever, but being emperor, he had the power to take out punishment on the innocent.

Some would think that this severely hurt the Christian population and slowed the movement, but it did just the opposite. God proved that He is more powerful than any human endeavors. Although Nero hunted the Christians down to be killed, they found methods of hiding from his soldiers. Not only that, but they spread the good news of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection.

Why does this happen? Why does Christianity seem to grow and thrive more when there is trail? James 1:2-4 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

When trials come, it gives the Church the opportunity to trust God, and when we trust God, He will work miracles and wonders in our lives. The early Christians displayed their faith in God through to their deaths, allowing for others to see their steadfastness. This testified to the fact that there must be something behind their faith other than empty blindness, causing more to believe and the Church to grow.

Eventually Christianity was accepted as a valid religion in the Roman Empire. Constantine, the emperor from 324-337 A.D. is considered the first Christian emperor of Rome. He was the one who made Christianity a legitimate religion, also helping to solve disputes in the Church. After his death in 337 A.D. the Empire began to decline until it fell in 476 A.D.

This however did not mark the end of Christianity. The good news of Jesus’ resurrection continued to spread across the world and still does. The New Testament alone being translated into about one thousand four hundred and forty two languages, making it the most translated historical document in existence.

Even through the burning of the Bible, persecution of Christians and all of Satan’s endeavors to stop it’s growth, the good news has traveled around the globe and even made it’s way through early Rome. Nero could not stop it, Satan can not stop it, and nothing ever will until Jesus returns.

His will shall be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

To Love Our Enemies

    A few weeks ago I wrote about hate and where it comes from. I also talked about love and what it really is. Now I’d like to elaborate on love. The hardest kind of love. The action of love towards your enemies.

    You might be thinking, “Enemies? Isn’t that a bit dramatic?”. Well, when I say enemy, I mean a person, or a group of people, that you have a strong dislike for. It’s one thing to love those who love you and are nice people, but it’s a whole other story to love someone who is mean to you or who has nothing in common with you. Trust me, I know. I’ve had my struggles and still do. But the thing to remember is that they are human beings and are entitled to the same treatment that you are.

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Christians and their intolerance to saying ‘Satan’ and ‘hell’.

    For all of you out there who have seen Harry Potter, you know the ‘forbidden name.’ Voldemort was just not something you should say in that particular fantasy world. It reminds me of something Christians do as well. Some Christians seem to avoid saying ‘Satan’ and ‘hell’ as if it’s a bad word or something. I’m here to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with saying those two words. Both are a reality. Saying them will not make them real or bring calamity upon you. In fact, when you go so far out of your way to refrain saying them, it seems as if you are scared of them. But if you are saved, what is there to be afraid of? You have the God of all creation on your side!

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Praise And Thanks To The Most High

    It’s at this time of year that we are thinking about turkey, potatoes and big dinners. But Thanksgiving is meant to be a time in which we celebrate the fact that we are able to even buy all those things. When we give thanks to our God for what we have and have gained through Him. To celebrate our wealth in Christ as well as possessions. I like to express these things in poems, so for the first time on this blog, and undoubtedly not my last, I will share a poem of praise to the Mighty God of the universe.

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Writer’s Block

    I have never experienced much writer’s block, but with this blog I admit, it has been a little difficult to think of what to write about. I currently write every other day, and I couldn’t imagine posting every single day! Most of my blogs thus far have been about self betterment and love, two things which I promote in the highest level, but I would like to take suggestions from others. I will still get by without suggestions, but it would be cool to answer a question, or elaborate on a topic.

    I am asking for readers to ask a question or suggest a topic in the comments or by contacting me in the contact section on the home page. I enjoy answering questions and especially if they are deep ones. One of my favorite things to do in life is help others, so I will try to get back to everyone and anyone who posts a comment.

    I give my personal opinion on things when posting on this blog, but only after research and much thought do I ever reach a conclusion. It is not my intention whatsoever to offend anyone and just because my opinion may disagree with your’s, does not mean I do not love you or would not want to be a friend to you. I love all people, all ages, all sizes, religious groups, races, gender identities, and every other person who exists on this planet and seek only to bring us together under one cause….love and acceptance, which go together.

    Again, I would appreciate some ideas for elaborating on. Love to all the people of the world! And Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

The Art of Speaking Well

    Every day we have many conversations whether with our friends, family, coworkers and even ourselves. Through all these conversations we leave impressions on other people and ourselves. If we want to have healthy, productive conversations with everyone we come in contact with(including ourselves), than we must always be aware of what we are trying communicate and how we are accomplishing that communication. Here’s how it works.

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