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  1. If you read my profile you'll know that I'm a Christian, so I was just curious if there were other Believers out there who shared my affinity for MLP? It would be cool to chat with like-minded people about the show!
  2. If you've read the title, then you can see that this thread is about Christian music! Feel free to talk about your favorite Christian songs! Here's a list of some of the ones I like: Every Good Thing - By The Afters Chain Breaker - Zach Williams Blessed Be Your Name - Matt Redman What kind of Christian songs do you like? Do you prefer the traditional hymns? The modern songs? Maybe both? Share them here!
  3. Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion - it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. - Billy Graham Reverend Billy Graham has died at the age of 99. Graham will be remembered as a faithful evangelist who dedicated his life to spreading the gospel. Graham spent seven decades preaching the Good News. He travelled to 185 countries, and reached over 200 million people worldwide. A North Carolina native, Graham was introduced to Christianity by his mother, who made sure the family attended church, and asked her children to memorize Scripture verses. However, church seemed boring to young Billy until he attended a revival meeting at the age of 16 and made the decision to follow Christ. From that point forward, Graham dedicated his life to ministry. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1939, and named the President of Northwestern Bible College in 1947. In 1949, he was launched into national prominence by preaching at a Christ for Greater Los Angeles revival. Graham formed the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950. He later served as an advisor to presidents and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor a civilian can receive. Graham’s greatest accomplishment was the millions that received Christ because they heard his message. His impact on the world cannot be measured. Executive director of the Billy Graham Center Ed Stetzer wrote, “Billy Graham was an amazing model for the Christian faith—a person whose mind and heart was fixated upon Jesus. There shall never be another person like him. And yet I know that if he were here, he would continue to remind us that we are all to proclaim God’s love in a world that is lost and drowning in sin.” “The world has lost an amazing man. And yet the Spirit of Christ lives on in all of us. My prayer for me and you is that we too would let the words of life fall off our lips at all places, at all times, and in all sorts of new and creative ways. It’s time for all of us to continue on where Rev. Graham’s passing has left a void.” As the remembrances pour in today, let us remember the very words of Graham: “My home is in heaven. I’m just travelling through this world.” https://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-trends/billy-graham-well-done-thy-good-and-faithful-servant.html
  4. In light of all these devastating recent events, I just wanted to post about one of my favorite charities, Samaritan's Purse International Relief. Samaritan's Purse provides disaster and medical relief all over the world, including the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida. Click on the link below to donate: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/hurricane-relief-general/ I've also included a link to Global Giving for Mexico Earthquake Relief and the Gofundme page for victims of the Las Vegas shooting: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mexico-earthquake-relief-fund/ https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund Another Samaritan's Purse project I wanted to talk about is one they do every year around Christmas called Operation Christmas Child (OCC). OCC is a project in which donors fill shoebox-sized boxes with toys, school supplies, and practical items. These boxes are distributed around the world to needy children living in impoverished countries who might otherwise not receive anything at all. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/ Please consider giving and show your support. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. - Matthew 25:40 (KJV)
  5. Here is a Christian vocal song I wrote and recorded. Free download on Youtube page. I actually composed the song over a year ago, but I have just gotten around to recording it.
  6. I'm very well aware that there are Christian Bronies on the forums (including myself). And I've never seen anyone post this topic yet, so I've decided to give this a shot. We all know the most well known Hymns included Amazing Grace, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, etc. However, I'd like everypony to post what your personal favourite hymn is (assuming you are a Christian. If not, you're more than welcome to post on here (please be respectful as you would on other Threads)). My personal favourite is: It Is Well With My Soul Here is the best organ version of it I could find: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCoauM-AEWE Truly (in my humble opinion) I've been heart-warmingly blessed by listening to it (I always also feel blessed whenever I play this).
  7. Has any Christian on here hear of the idea of the "Felix Culpa"? Taking latin class for 3 years, I believe this translates to "Happy Fault". I heard this phrase from my brother but he isn't going to tell me much about it until I get to 12th grade (I go to the same private school he went to before he graduated). All he's told me about it is it's "a way to explain why God allowed the fall to happen". I've tried looking up the term but all I found was a tad bit of info on wikipedia that doesn't really explain it.
  8. Explain why you think that if your one of the bronies that think Christians hate mlp. I am a christian and I don't hate mlp! My mom doesn't even care if I am a fan of the show. To be honest most of the Christians I know don't even care about the fandom at all. So tell me why you think that.
  9. It's a Christian Bronies Small Group PM Thingy! If you want to join, post saying that you want to join (duhhh) I wanted to create a nice, open environment for us all.
  10. The Christian metal band, Fit For A King has released their third single for their upcoming album "Slave to Nothing" and this single is the song "Slave to Nothing". It features Mattie Montgomery from the Christian metal band For Today. FFAK has personally called this song their heaviest they have ever made and it has an AWESOME music video to go along with it. The song is about no longer being a "slave" to worldly desires such as drugs, sex, etc. "Slave to Nothing" is released October 14, 2014
  11. Fit For A King has finally come out with a new single for their album Slave to Nothing. The song is called Young and Undeserving and, unlike the last single, it does not have a lyric video with it. It's simply the audio (which sounds AMAZING). "This song is basically about our new bass player, Ryan O'Leary, has experienced a lot of loss. We wanted to write a song coming from the point of view of someone who doesn't believe or is angry at God, saying, 'Why would you take my friend? How can you say this good person, who wasn't a Christian, is going to Hell?' The song is very frustrated lyrically. We wanted it to have this realism that even when you're a Christian, you still struggle with thinking 'How could my friend pass away and live an awesome life and be nothing but a good person and then not go to Heaven?'" - Ryan Kirby, lead vocalist for Fit For A King. Contains - a lot of screaming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnCJ3MO6NJM
  12. I recently discovered this band "A Feast for Kings". I started listening to some of their stuff and I was very impressed, so I decided to share my favorite song with you guys (and gals). Unfortunately, their lead singer died in the seventeenth of May this year. A Feast for Kings isn't a large band, so their lead singer had another job at a construction site and passed away after a mishap with some equipment. They posted about it on their Facebook the day of his death. "Today something horrifying happened. Something tragic, something we can never undo. Today we lost a brother, a friend, a great vocalist, and even better person. Our vocalist Eric Gentry has gone to be with The Lord today. We wanted to let the#affkfamily know that we are in need of your prayers. This is crushing news. You won’t find a better guy than Eric. We love him with all our hearts and will miss him dearly until we see him in heaven again. See you soon brother." - AFFK May 17, 2014
  13. Hello everyone, this a new blog I made for the purpose of presenting Christian messages to those on the forums who are interested such matters. If any of you that read this have any questions you'd like to ask about God, or Jesus, or the Bible, etc. please feel free to send me a PM with your question(s) thank you. In 1 Peter 3:15 Jesus says the following "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." This is an immensely important command to all of us, to be able to understand, and voice why it is we have this hope that we receive through the Gospel. But often I find that if you ask someone "Why are you a Christian?" They will not tell you why, rather they will often give a description of how they became a Christian. This is not an answer to the question. In fact to the questioner, this would probably seem a very weak, near pointless response to his/her question. "Always be prepared to give a reason." The word "Reason" is very important here, because what distinguishes things like superstition, and real philosophies, is that superstition breaks down at they "Why?" Jesus makes it very clear, if you cannot answer those who question you, why should they believe it? So I'm not going to try to teach you everything I know about Theology in one blog post, rather I want to encourage you, if you are a Christian, familiarize yourself with things like the Bible, apologetics, theology, etc. Because with these you will be able to concisely and intellectually present, to people who ask you, the reasons for your hope in Christ.
  14. Hi! I want to be a singer-song writer when I get older,but I've started now.. I need help with the rest of the lyrics.Keep in mind it is suppose to be like Skillet or Green Day.Lyrics in this() mean I may or may not include them,depends on what the final looks like. I've been falling into the darkness and the pain. (A thousand years with no sun) Time is fleeing as my soul gets torn apart, I couldn't see what was in front of me, I have that much figured out,comment what you think the rest should be.
  15. This topic I created out of curiosity because I noticed quite a few Bronies of faith in this fandom, and a fair number of them have had moments when they second guessed how much they enjoy being apart of this community. Personally, I've had such moments. But, now I've made up my mind and I love the fandom too much to quit on it. WOOT!
  16. I just wanted to see if any Christian bronies/pegasisters could find some Christian messages in any of the show's episodes. These are some I know: Matthew 5:44 and Luke 6:27 say to love your enemies and do good to those that hate you. There's a few other verses that say this too. I think this verse goes well with Keep Calm and Flutter On with the way Fluttershy treated Discord. The Bible says to forgive one another, including enemies. This also goes well with Magic Duel when Twilight forgave Trixie. The show glorifies friendship, which is also glorified in the Bible. Are there any more that any of you have seen? All I actually wanted to know was if there were any other messages in the show that are also said in the Bible, because I think I gave the wrong idea about what this topic is about.
  17. What would their reaction be to seeing Him perform His miracles? Would they accept and love Him? Would Twilight want to spend time studying His Word? Would the Elements of Harmony be replaced by one stronger element...Love? This is a topic that I think should be discussed among us.
  18. So I recently went on to youtube, to "Its a long way to equestria" and found this: And this guy is absolutely right, I noticed that we bronies act like christians should act and I find that amazing, I really want this whole "brony" thing to go on for a long time and make a good example/role model to other people. No matter if you believe in god or not, abide by the creed! My fellow members of the herd, I hope you all will hear my word. You must not argue, fight, or hate, But always love and tolerate. Though some may seek to spread abuse, For us such insults are no use. Through all my pain, and loss, and strife, My brony friends are my friends for life
  19. Hello, my name is Jared aka Jade. I'm a Christian,Vegan,Cross-dressing, Game designer,My little pony fanatic! Whew, I know that's a lot to swallow but I've decided, I am who I am and I'm going to accept it and enjoy both my girl and man side to the fullest extent possible. I'm not going to be depressed,ashamed or guilty for who I am. Jared is a 29 year old man who loves god and his family and friends, He loves the military and to honor veterans and to serve everyone just as Jesus did! He is very strong and buff and a jack of all trades, He can do anything, 2D,3D art, professional web design and coding, mechanics,construction, computer and electronic repair, writing, music and everything else. I have been married for 13 years to the most awesome and beautiful wife I could ever ask for! She's my best friend, my love, my makeup artist and my greatest supporter! We love to spend time being girly together and just having a great time! Jade is a little girl who never had the chance to grow up her childhood, She absolutely adores ponies,My Little Pony,Drawing ponies, pony music, friendship,pets, she hates any talk of violence,war or sex. She doesn't like when people make jokes about other people or judge them. She has all the good qualities of Jared and none of the bad! My little pony has taught her that friendship is truly magic and she is looking for friends that wont judge her. That's what this post is all about and that's why I explained in detail exactly who I am, So there wont be any problems with new friends. I'm mainly looking for friends who like art,Christianity,cross-dressing,Game design,My Little Pony etc... But I humbly invite anyone who wont judge me to be my friend. I would like to talk about life issues, collaborate on projects and just be a support for people who need to talk and figure out issues. I encourage anyone else who would like to share their story and ask for friends to do so here if they like! Even if you would not like to be my friend and don't share any of these interests you are most welcome to post your own story of who you are here requesting friends. Friends are very important and we all need them, I really hope to find a LOT of pony spirit here in the forums! Thanks for reading!, I pray that you all have happiness with who you are, Pony love, Pink hearts and all the other girly things that are totally awesome, If you like that sort of thing, otherwise guns,explosives,camo gear and 4 wheelers! "I like both " i.e rambo in pink MLP pajammas hahahha, my insanity cracks me up sometimes. GOD bless! -Jared aka Jade PS. Feel free to post here in discussion about the aforementioned subjects also.
  20. So, I have not done a good blog post in a while (and seen as I am going to see Thor 2 tonight I imagine I will post a few over the next few days) CW bla bla bla. But seen as it's almost here, I decided that I would like to do a little piece on Halloween! Introduction: So, these are my views on Halloween (from a Christian perspective) and I know that these will differ from your many of the people who read this. Rather then dismissing it, I would love for you to read it and then write a reply as to your views or ask me a question and I will go deeper (I would love to write for hours but sadly I have work and can't cover everything in this blog post). Over the last 10 years, Halloween has become the 3rd highest grossing celebration (after Christmas and Easter) each year. For many people, they have not even though about what they are doing/why or what Halloween even stands for. Is it really harmless? Just a bit of fun? Lets take a look: 1 Halloween Celebrates Evil People celebrate Halloween in different ways, however at the core it is an event that celebrates the dark, creepy and scary. Each year children and adults dress up as "evil" witches, demons, ghosts and vampires. You can even get a costume as a psychopathic murderer, with a bloody chain saw and butchers knifes. This is hardly harmless! Whatever view we about life, we all take it for granted that our society should spend time and energy encouraging children to are for others and to know the difference between right and wrong. Yet on this one day, we throw all those values away and glorify everything that is evil and unpleasant. Talk about mixed messages! 2 Halloween Is Unhelpful We live in a world where every parent and teacher takes care to warn children about strangers and that they can pose a threat and that you should take precautions. Yet at Halloween we disregard all of this and encourage children to knock on random doors and accept sweets from strangers, yet another mixed message! 3 Halloween Trivialises Bad Things No one is in doubt that evil is serious and that muggings, stabbings and serious accidents are horrendous. Yet, again, Halloween breaks the rules! On this day we pretend death, deformity and injury are no more then kids play! 4 Halloween Is Offensive You could simply say that scaring kids is unhelpful, but there is a more subtle and troubling issue. Halloween costumes are frequently centred on deformities, gory wounds and disfigurement. There are a number of websites and places that will even tell you how to make authentic looking burns and injuries and even how to make yourself hideously ugly. Consider how you would feel, if you where a burn victim or where severely disabled, or even had gone through a traumatic event such as a mugging, or a rape or a person close to you had been killed and you had suffered not just horrific physical but also emotional hurt. Besides that, do you really want to spread the message, to children, that being ugly or a victim equates to evil? 5 Halloween Is Getting Worse Concerns about Halloween do not just come from those of us with a "religious agenda". Increasingly other people are expressing their concern, particularly about the was that Halloween seems to be getting darker and nastier each year. Carved pumpkins were, I suppose, pretty harmless; the new blood stained axe murders are not. If we don't like the direction it's going then maybe it's time to stop celebrating it. 6 Halloween Allows Evil A Victory In some older Halloween traditions people dressed up in clothes that made them look evil and then burned their outfits at the end of the evening. The message was clear; in the end good triumphs over evil. Yet there is no hint of that in modern Halloween. Now, evil is unchallenged and just slips away into the darkness, to return at some other time. That's not the message that our world needs today. So Is Halloween HARMLESS? The evidence is suggesting that it isn't, it encourages a lot of bad things and offers nothing good in return. Halloween is harmful, there is no wise reason to keep it. I want to suggest that far from being harmless nonsense, that in fact there are also spiritual risks associated with Halloween. Although Halloween is a complex mess of many things these days, at it's core remains one truth, a preoccupation with supernatural evil. The heart of Halloween is the occult: witches, ghosts and spirits.If you are inclined to dismiss this argument you might want to do some thinking first: Perhaps you are someone who say that they do not really know if God exists. If this is you, why take the risk with Halloween? People talk about "precautionary principle", which basically means; "when in doubt don't do it". It's really not a bad rule to follow when it comes to Halloween. However, even if you don't, most of the world recognises that there are good and bad spiritual powers. This is very popular in fiction, especially in films which are often refer to supernatural evil and uses them as protagonists in most spectacular forms: poltergeists, ghosts, demonic possession. That sort of thing does occur but evil is far more widespread and subtle, a corrupting force that can influence and effect us. The bible warns us that the world is a battleground between good and evil. Within it, the apostle Paul summed up his attitude in one of his letters: "stay away from every kind of evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:22). The bibles warns of supernatural evil, but it also teachers us about the only power that can conquer evil - Jesus Christ. The Christian faith affirms and history testifies to the fact that God sent his one and only son Jesus, who was God in human flesh, to conquer evil and death once and for all. Jesus went to the cross to defeat the power of evil and the grip of sin on the world. Proof of his victory was given in his resurrection from the grave on Easter Sunday. For two thousand years Christians have known deliverance from evil through the name of Jesus Christ and the power of God's holy spirit. If you have been involved in the occult, if things that have happened to you at Halloween or at other times heave left you with unease or bound by evil powers, then I urge you to turn to Jesus. In the service of baptism in the church of England the following words are included, I encourage you to read them first and then pray them and being to experience the light and not the darkness! Thanks for reading . And as always, feel free to comment/inbox me any question.
  21. Wow, this is my first blog post in aaaaages! I can't believe it's been so long! I felt like it was time for another blog post, and since not much is going on in the MLP world and I have nothing else I'm really interested in enough to talk about right now I decided to check out this song, enjoy ! Icon for Hire are a more recent band. I thoroughly enjoyed there first album "scripted". The song Cynics and Critics was released as a preview of there upcoming album (name of which is not released yet) and comes out in a few months time ! So here it is: Now I may be a bit biased, but LOVE this song. I have listened to it for an hour straight, to see if I could find any flaws in it or anything that just starts to annoy me and currently I haven't. The backing music really fits, and the alternating fast and slow singing sections (making it almost impossible to learn the words to the verses) fit together seamlessly giving the music added depth. The mix of guitar and bass and electronic music is something that they did very well in the first album, and I think this song is a prime example of how in this genre the merging of the 2 styles of sounds should be done. The way the rythm of the song changes from the verse to chorus is also something I really like, keeping the song "fun" and not repetitive and boring as some song are.. The singing varies from rock singing, to very bouncy almost reciting of the lines to straight talking. Once again I feel they merge the different types together really well (aided by the perfect backing music for each moment) to really give a great alternation of styles/sounds through the song to keep in interesting all the way through. Overall, its a great showcase of the merging of different styles of singing and electronic/classic rock. With great sections to air guitar to, as well as parts truly great fun to sing to it makes the whole song a joy to listen to. I would give it a 9/10 and recommend everyone who likes rock music to listen ! Thanks for reading, feel free to leave feedback!
  22. In my experience, it's not very often that someone shares to others on the Internet just why they are Christian or Catholic and why they came to be the person they are today. Many people who call themselves Christian may not even say that it makes that big of a difference in their lives. I guess, perhaps, that I am a bit different. There is one reason why this story of my life is the first part that I am sharing. This is because it is the most important. The reason why I am a Catholic Christian is much of the reason why I am who I am today. Everything that I have experienced in my life, at least on a large scale, is influenced by my religious beliefs. It wouldn't make sense to talk about my romance life or my Internet life without talking about the most fundamental and foundational aspect of myself. Before I go on, I want to make this very clear: I chose this religion for myself. Yes, most of my family is Catholic too, but I'm not the type of person to believe something just because I was raised to believe it. I'm no theologian, but I have independently studied more about Catholicism than most. I would love to get a master's in theology, but that's for another stage in life. Now I begin my story. I am the fourth of six children in my family. I have 3 older brothers and 2 younger brothers, making me the only girl out of all my siblings. As you can probably tell, growing up was quite the adventure. We had a wild household, but thanks to the disciplinary measures of my parents, the house was not uncontrollable. It helps that my dad can put on a scary face when he wants to. We went to Mass every Sunday. At Mass, we would sing songs, as you probably know. My mom has a lovely singing voice. I admired it as a child. I wanted to sing just like my mom. so I started singing church songs as much as I could as soon as I could. That got me participating in Mass early in life. For the most part, I didn't even see Mass as boring like a lot of children do. The church that I grew up in however was not a normal Catholic Church. This church is called a Charismatic Catholic Church, meaning that we would have Mass, but within it, we would have something called Charismatic worship, which involves the raising of hands, shouting praises to God, and even speaking in tongues. I know that that sort of thing can scare people, but trust me when I say that my church was nothing like Jesus Camp. Anyways, I suppose that also kept Mass from being too boring, too. But not only did I grow up in this church, my parents and much of my dad's side of the family were also involved with another Christian group - an interdenominational, charismatic Christian group where Christians from multiple denominations can come together and praise God. Not only were there prayer meetings every other Sunday, but the adults were part of small sharing groups separated by men and women where they would share their lives with one another, and, in general, they agree to uphold good Christian standards for one another. In this Christian group's view - a community, rather - it is not good enough to just be a Christian who goes to church on Sundays and then does whatever they want during the rest of the week. We need to be Christians every day. That's basically my background as a Christian child. I went to Christian summer camps between the ages of 9 and 14, I received First Communion and Confirmation in the Catholic Church, and I attended Christian/Catholic school from 3rd grade until I graduated high school. I went on several retreats during high school, was part of a high school youth group and small group in the charismatic Christian group, and my senior year I got to be a retreat leader for my senior class retreat. I gave 2 talks and lead a small group full of my classmates. As I got older, I wasn't just somebody who cruised through Christianity and never thought of it as having no real effect on my life. I didn't always remember to have personal prayer, but I went to church, went to youth group, and learned more about God in school and in my personal life. And as I continued to grow into that way of life, I felt more security and satisfaction in who I was. After I graduated high school, I attended Eastern Michigan University, a public university in southeastern Michigan. This was my first time attending a public school since 2nd grade. I still lived with my parents for my first 2 years there because I was poor, but I was still learning to live in a non-Christian - and sometimes anti-Christian - environment. This begins the chapter of me learning to become an adult Christian. Because eventually, if you want to follow a religion without feeling like a miserable robot, you have to figure out why you are in it and why you believe what you believe. It's a part of growing up. I suppose that I will start this part of the story with my sophomore year in college. At this point in my life, I had been: -Talking to people on the Internet for 4 and a half years -Dating an old friend from high school for 2 and a half years -Participating on the official Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series forum for 10 months -Living with my parents, not going to move out for another year -A part of a Christian group in college related to the interdenominational Christian community for a year The first 3 things on the list were decisions that I made completely on my own. The last 2 things on the list were decisions that my parents either made me choose (living with them) or encouraged me to choose (the Christian group). It's not that I didn't enjoy being part of the Christian group, in fact I liked it a lot. But I was still pretty new with it, and I knew that my parents wouldn't like it much if I decided to stop going to their prayer meetings. At any rate, the Christian group was holding a weekend retreat at the beginning of October. The theme of the retreat was about learning more about the Holy Spirit and learning about how to take beginners' steps into how to be an adult Christian. I enjoy retreats and I really wanted to go to it, but the retreat costed $110. Back then, that was a pretty steep price for me. I had a less-than part-time job and I had to pay for some of my classes. There wasn't any way that I could just pull $110 out of my bank account. They offered scholarships, but the maximum amount that they could give to an individual was $30. That helped, but I was still $80 short. It was getting much closer to the date of the retreat, and people were still begging me to go and they prayed for my finances, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks before the retreat that I discovered that I could make it work to go. I babysat one weekend and made $40. It was much easier for me to scrounge up another $40 than it was to try to scrounge up $110. God helped provide the money that I needed to attend the retreat. So I went. On Saturday night, we were encouraged to ask God for a gift of the Holy Spirit that we thought that God may want to give us, and that the people in our small groups are to pray over each other for that gift. Now, I had been prayed over several times in my life for several gifts, and I knew about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The year of my Catholic Confirmation, I began to pray every day for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding. I've asked for prayer for things like patience, peace, joy, etc. I had received the gift of tongues ages ago. What do I ask for? Then I remembered something four years ago. I was one of maybe 4-5 people on a high school retreat who was bold enough to admit that God wanted me to receive the gift of healing, and I was selected to pray over someone who wanted healing from being afraid of the dark. Since then, I hadn't used the gift of healing at all. So I asked for it again. I was one of the first people in my group to be prayed over, so after my prayer session was over, someone in my group not only wanted to pray for a gift of the Holy Spirit, but she also wanted prayer for her ankle to heal because she had hurt it while running. I laid my hand on her ankle and started praying. I prayed and I prayed, and at first I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to help, and that there was no way that I would even have the power to heal this person's ankle. It's not possible for a mere person like me to perform a miracle. Then I thought, "Of course I don't have the power to heal people!" The point of me PRAYING for someone's ankle to heal is that I am asking God to answer our prayers, and that the gift that I have been given by God is for Him to use me as a vessel of His power. So I surrendered myself to God and let Him take over - knowing that it is not me who heals people, but God. And then something really, really weird happened. I swear on my life that I am not making this up. I could feel parts of the inside of her ankle move. I don't know what it was exactly - bone, muscle, whatever - but I could feel it all move into wherever it is supposed to go. The funny thing is that, at first, I didn't really think anything of it. I don't remember exactly what I thought of it initially, but it was probably something along the lines of, "I wonder what that's all about...". It wasn't until the next morning that the person whose ankle I was praying over was able to approach me and say that her ankle was healed during her prayer session. Then I was able to put two and two together (I mean, how was I supposed to know what a healing feels like? lol). Now, something like this doesn't usually happen to anyone, let alone more than once... but it happened again a couple of months after the retreat. I know a young woman who suffers from chronic pain in her joints. She was a dancer, but she was at her senior year in college and she was suffering from severe knee pain. She was told by her doctors that she could never dance again, and she had a degree in dancing to finish up. Most of her professors, unfortunately, were not very understanding and were suspecting her of faking her pain to get free credit. That distrust from her professors, her constant pain, and her dreams of being a dancer being squashed, things were not going very well for her. Our Christian group has something called the Advent Vigil in early December, where the usual prayer meeting is extended for 3 hours and, at the end, involves praying over one another. The girl with the knee injury was in my group. I can't remember everything that she asked for prayer for, but I laid my hand on her injured knee and started praying. And it happened again. The insides of her knee began to shift back to where they were supposed to go. Because I knew what was happening as the inside of her knee began to shift around, I became much more fascinated with the process. I could feel a difference between the way her knee was before and after, and after felt a bit more like my knee, a healthy and uninjured knee - the way it should be. The difference between this healing and the one from before, however, was that it wasn't a complete healing - the time for healing did not heal her from her pain completely. But what it did was it made her much more comfortable, and her knee became much more movable, at least in the moment. I am unsure of how the healing made a difference in the long run - although she is doing much better now - but I know that it was something for at least a short while. Recently, I studied the Bible passage about having faith the size of a mustard seed. Basically, this passage means that even with a little faith, you can do great things. There is a faith greater still to have - like faith that can move mountains - but you can do things in God's name and with God's strength even if you only have a little bit of faith. I would know - I don't consider my faith to be all that strong, even on my best days. Now, that is not the end of my story, because the story only answers the questions, "Why do I believe in God?", "Why do I believe in a God who works through people to perform His miracles?", "Why do I believe in the God of the New Testament," and "Why am I a Christian?" But any Christian who calls upon the name of the Lord can heal like that. Why am I specifically Catholic, aside from the fact that I grew up Catholic? Because, honestly, when someone asks why you are a Catholic, your primary answer should not be, "Because I was raised Catholic." Catholicism gets criticized for being an "impersonal" religion that only involves going through the motions and repeating memorized prayers without putting any heart into it. But here's the thing... there is supposed to be heart while you are "going through the motions" and saying your prayers. Some people just don't put any heart into it because they're lazy, and that is sad. So I did not want to be lazy. In Catholic school, I took Theology class seriously and learned everything that I could, even if the teacher was bad. I always wanted to know more about the Catholic Church and what it taught and why it taught what it did. I learned from Jason Evert, a Catholic who has written several books and traveled to many many churches and schools across the United States about sexual purity, that there are practical reasons to save sex for marriage, and it is not just one of those "because I told you so" sorts of teachings that you are used to hearing as children. I know that there are reasons for everything that the Catholic Church teaches. I want to know it all. I have done lots of independent study as well. I have lurked the Catholic Answers Forums for the answers to all sorts of questions, engaging my thoughts in all sorts of discussions, figuring out whether or not what each particular person says is true based on what I know about the Catholic Church and my own personal experiences. Especially concerning moral theology - is this situation always right, always wrong, sometimes right, sometimes wrong, or too dependent on circumstances? But it wasn't just Church Teaching that I wanted to know about. I wanted to know God Himself. In college, I found that I actually enjoyed going to Mass during the weekday. I made it a point to go at least twice a week to Mass. I would have liked to go every day, but class made that pretty impossible. I also liked to take my prayer time in the Catholic chapel near campus. During one of the most difficult times of my life, I spent hours each week praying, reading my Bible, ranting at God, moping, and sleeping in that chapel. It was during one of my prayer times in that chapel that it was challenged upon me to break up with my boyfriend of 3 and a half years - something that I knew that I had to do but never had the courage to bring up. A month later God was telling me to see one of the counselors at my university to talk about the mess that was my emotional life. God's presence in that chapel changed my life. And by God's presence, I mean that literally. Because as a Catholic, I believe in the Eucharist, which is God's presence in bread and wine that Catholics receive at Holy Communion at the end of Mass. The tabernacle keeps the Eucharist safe inside the church, where people can pray and literally be in God's presence. I couldn't be more grateful for that chapel's presence on the campus of my school. Two Bible passages have become my favorites. I will share them. Psalm 37: 4, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Proverbs 3: 5-8, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing for your flesh and refreshment for your bones." God is my rock. Jesus is the purpose of my life. The Mass and the Eucharist keep me going, joyful and strong. But my walk with God is not over until the moment I die. I still have much to learn. And that is why I am Catholic.
  23. Hey Everypony! i wanted to share with u a PMV I recently made (that's a test video for a christmas PMV I'll be doing sometime this month) I was going to put a link to the salvation army donation site on the actual video later but due to recent events with Hurricane Sandy, I felt like this one needed to stay up and have a link to that site (that's not saying i won't be doing another video That's still in the works, the new video might have another song from the same group (and more ponies!) since this one is already getting views. anyway, i thought u might want to check it out!
  24. Yes, you read the title correctly. Anything Christian alternative/rock can be shared here. Anything from Skillet, Fireflight, and Red to Kutless and Thousand Foot Krutch. Happy posting! Edit: I wasn't expecting an explosion of posts like this!