You are my Good Shepherd

Samuel W. Russell

You are my Good Shepherd,
in whom I trust.

You have protected me,
have calmed my spirit,
have given me strength in failing,
have given assurance in confusion,
have fed me in hunger,
and have restored my soul.
You, my Lord and King,
have called me out of darkness
after breaking the chains of my captivity.

Though my mind was depraved
and living in shadows of delusion,
Your Goodness and Light know no bounds.
The Heavens cannot contain the love you have
for those who call you Father,
and seek you with their whole heart.

You provide wisdom to those who fear you,
and guidance for those who are lost.

You are my Good Shepherd,
in whom I place my trust.
Deliver me from sins depravity,
uplift my soul O’ Lord,
that others may see your Grace.

You are my rock and shield
on whom I will build my life,
for…

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Is it wrong to be gay and a Christian?

What do you think of this?

Uncensored

Gay Cake Topper

If you’re the type to watch the news, you may know that at midnight on March 29 2014, gay marriage laws came into effect in Britain. This means that as well as it being legal for homosexual couples to marry, there are now two definitions of marriage: the union of two men or two women, and the union of one man and one woman. We are living in times where it is becoming more and more acceptable to be gay (or bisexual), and so it is important that we as Christians understand what the Bible says about homosexuality. Only then will we be able to remain steadfast in our faith regardless of what goes on in the world around us.

The first step in answering this question is to consider ‘what does it actually mean to be a Christian?’

‘But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His…

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The Perfectionist In Me

God wants to use us as we are. He brings out the good in us.

Harris Creek Baptist Church

theperfectionistinme

I recently read a feature story in Graphic Design USA called, “100 People to Watch” in the creative industry. Each profile would list out each “person to watch” and their favorite font, favorite color, favorite gadget, etc. and the last two questions were “What is your biggest strength?” and “What is your biggest weakness?” As I read the profiles of these graphic designers, creative directors and artists I began to realize a trend develop among the answers to those last two questions. The answers that repeatedly presented themselves were that of “perfectionism” for strengths and “perfectionism” for weaknesses as well. As a graphic designer myself, and knowing my perfectionist tendencies, I couldn’t help but notice the shackles the creative industry has placed on itself. Some might call perfectionism a strength, some might excuse it as striving to be the very best you can be, others might claim it…

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Quote

On Plans

I saw this quote on my newsfeed on Facebook:

Sometimes life takes us places we never expected to go. And in those places God writes a story we never thought would be ours.

– Renee Swope

I cannot begin to express how true this is. All my life is a story God has written and laid out from before I was born. There are a lot of things I had never expected to happen. My move here was something I never expected to happen. Yes, I had vaguely entertained the thought of moving before, but I never expected it to happen. There are a lot of things I think of doing or wanting to do, but never really get around to doing. I’m seeing now that whether or not something does happen is up to God.

And the message of this quote applies to me today, too. I have been considering my future, and have been making plans, and thinking of how best to present these plans to my parents (and how I might try to convince them if I have to), but without God, all my planning will come to nothing.

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.

– James 4:13-16 (NIV 1984)