"The devil assaults us with accusation to influence us to give up in despair, but the Lord encourages us to persevere. Don’t give up or in."
— @ihopkc (via ihopkc)

hopeevangeline:

"I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me, and You have become my salvation."

h2ointowine:

today-isawindingroad:

claimedbylove:

interesting. the more likely a man can grow a beard the more likely he is to go bald.

This is why I like my men with unable-to-grow-facial-hair faces.

I know quite a few nude faces that are balding, and I’m not even really balding much if at all. I’m not sure about this.

Well, not everyone who can grow a beard will bald. That’s why I said ‘more likely’ and not ‘will bald’. To grow bears you need an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme helps your beard follicles to utilize testosterone and create dihydrotestosterone. So, if someone has low levels of 5-alpha-reductase then you have low levels of dihydrotestosterone. And with low levels of 5AR your beard follicles will not utilize the testosterone to tell your hair to form and grow. There are scientific efforts in reducing 5AR in men because it causes male patterned baldness and it may also contribute to an enlarged prostate and even cancer. 

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last night I fell asleep half on the floor and half on my bed. let’s not tonight.

"God the Father is not called Father because he copies earthly fathers. He is not some pumped-up version of your dad. To transfer the failings of earthly fathers to him is, quite simply, a misstep. Instead, things are the other way around: it is that all human fathers are supposed to reflect him - only where some do that well, others do a better job of reflecting the devil."
— Michael Reeves
"We ought in the very order of things [in creation] diligently to contemplate God’s fatherly love … [for as] a foreseeing and diligent father of the family he shows his wonderful goodness toward us… . To conclude once for all, whenever we call God the Creator of heaven and earth, let us at the same time bear in mind that … we are indeed his children, whom he has received into his faithful protection to nourish and educate… . So, invited by the great sweetness of his beneficence and goodness, let us study to love and serve him with all our heart."
— John Calvin
"The other way to think about God is lamp-lit and evenly paved: it is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is, in fact, The Way. It is a lane that ends happily in a very different place, with a very different sort of God. How? Well, just the fact that Jesus is “the Son” really says it all. Being a Son means he has a Father. The God he reveals is, first and foremost, a Father. “I am the way and the truth and the life,” he says. “No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn 14:6). That is who God has revealed himself to be: not first and foremost Creator or Ruler, but Father."
— Michael Reeves
"Before he ever created, before he ever ruled the world, before anything else, this God was a Father loving his Son"
— Michael Reeves
"That which distinguishes Christianity has not been stolen. For what makes Christianity absolutely distinct is the identity of our God. Which God we worship: that is the article of faith that stands before all others. The bedrock of our faith is nothing less than God himself, and every aspect of the gospel - creation, revelation, salvation - is only Christian insofar as it is the creation, revelation and salvation of this God, the triune God. I could believe in the death of a man called Jesus, I could believe in his bodily resurrection, I could even believe in a salvation by grace alone; but if I do not believe in this God, then, quite simply, I am not a Christian. And so, because the Christian God is triune, the Trinity is the governing center of all Christian belief, the truth that shapes and beautifies others."
— Michael Reeves

I want a faith that deserves to be persecuted. I want a faith that cries out to everyone around me “LOOK AT THE SON OF GOD IN ME.” I want His faith.

"The point of Deuteronomy 6:4 is not to teach that “The LORD our God, the LORD is a mathematical singularity.” In the middle of Deuteronomy 6, that would be a bit out of the blue to say the least. Instead, Deuteronomy 6 is about God’s people having the Lord as the one object of their affections: he is the only one worthy of them, and they are to love him alone with all their heart, soul and strength (Deut 6:5). In fact, the word for “one” in Deuteronomy 6:4 really doesn’t convey “mathematical singularity” at all well. The word is also used, for example, in Genesis 2:24, where Adam and Eve - two person - are said to be one."
— Michael Reeves
"God is a mystery, but not in the alien abductions, things-that-go-bump-in-the-night sense. Certainly not in the “who can know, why bother?” sense. God is a mystery in that who he is and what he is like are secrets, things we would never have worked out by ourselves. But this triune God has revealed himself to us. Thus the Trinity is not some piece of inexplicable apparent nonsense, like a square circle or an interesting theologian. Rather, because the triune God has revealed himself, we can understand the Trinity. That is not to say we can exhaust our knowledge of God, comprehend and wrap our brains around him, simply cramming in a few bits of information before moving on to some other doctrine. To know the Trinity is to know God, an eternal and personal God of infinite beauty, interest and fascination. The Trinity is a God we can know, and forever grow to know better."
— Michael Reeves
"Christianity is not primarily about lifestyle change; it is about knowing God."
— Michael Reeves

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