10 reasons to love God

I’ve never been much of a Tumblr fan because the site’s user interface doesn’t really attract me, but I’ve tried to give it another chance recently, and I have to say that I have come across some really awesome Christian blogs.

I’ve decided to share some of them as articles on my blog and provide the links to them, so that you may go, follow, reblog and all that cool stuff.

I’ll start with this awesome post from spiritualinspiration.tumblr.com, which lists 10 reasons to love God. And here they are:

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Beheading of Saint John the Baptist Feast Day 2019

On August 29, The Orthodox and The Catholic Churches commemorate the beheading of John The Baptist. A strict fast is kept on this day.

I invite you to read a detailed account of the Biblical event here: https://greekcitytimes.com/2019/08/29/beheading-of-john-the-baptist/ and here: https://catholicexchange.com/memorial-of-the-passion-of-saint-john-the-baptist.

Happy International Dog Day, 2019!

Founded in the US in 2004 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige, International Dog Day has since spread all over the world, giving dog owners a special day to celebrate man’s best friend. And that day is August 26.

International Dog Day encourages dog ownership of all breeds. Whether mixed or purebred, all dogs should have the opportunity to live a happy, safe, and abuse-free life. They all give humans companionship. Additionally, they keep their owners safe, and they aid those in need. They can even keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.

Here are some ways to observe International Dog Day:

When considering adoption, adopt, don’t shop. If you have your heart set on a purebred companion, consider visiting a website like bestfriends.org or petfinder.com to find one at a shelter. Learn how organizations like these are changing the way we adopt.

Use #NationalDogDay and post photos of your dog on social media.  Take your dog for a walk.  If you do not have a dog, ask to take your neighbor’s dog for a stroll, or volunteer at a shelter.

Happy International Dog Day, 2019!

Muslim girl discovers true peace and identity

A cool testimony (of an ex-Muslim girl) that I came across on The 700 Club YouTube channel, and thought I’d share. I don’t know why. It just seemed very interesting to me. May God increase my faith as He did to this sister in Christ.

Reasons to love Jesus more than you love anything

As John Piper reminds us in the following video, we should strive to love Jesus more than we love anything.

Sometimes, while living in the world, this can be a challenge. The passions of the world can distract us from having Jesus in our minds all the time and love for Him in our hearts 24/7. Faith comes from hearing (Romans 10:17), so maybe love (the most important of the three godly gifts mentioned by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:!3) can come the same way. Well, in this case, reading.

In this article, I’m going to list (in no particular order) 5 reasons why we should love Jesus Christ, The Son Of God.

  1. He is the only begotten Son of the Father, a person of the Trinity, and our Creator.
  2. He gave his life for us. Whichever theory of the atonement you believe, the fact of the matter is that Jesus gave His life for us, and this is a part of Christian dogma. Through belief in and acceptance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, us humans, in spite of all our sins and brokenness, can be reconciled to God, and thereby are offered salvation and the promise of eternal life.
  3. He came to preach The Gospel (The Good News) of The Kingdom Of God.
  4. He condescended Himself to be in our presence, revealed to us His Wisdom, forgave the sins of mankind and destroyed death.
  5. He has shown us more love and compassion than any human ever could. He will always love us, and will always want us to come back to Him. No one else has this kind of unconditional love.

There are numerous reasons why we should love Jesus Christ. I just wanted to share five of them in the hope that it might help any Christians who are struggling with keeping the love burning in their hearts at times. I invite you to share your own reasons and opinions in the comments section below.

Writing prompt 18

Despite the trauma-induced hallucination diagnosis that the doctors gave you at the hospital, you can’t shake the feeling that the light beings you saw helping the paramedics pull you out of the vehicle were real. When you pray to God for answers, He offers them to you in ways that change your life in ways you could have never imagined.

The Dormition of The Mother Of God (The Theotokos)

The Feast of The Dormition of The Most Holy Mother Of God (The Theotokos) is celebrated is celebrated on August 15 each year. The Feast commemorates the repose (dormition and in the Greek kimisis) or “falling-asleep” of the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Lord. The Feast also commemorates the translation or assumption into heaven of the body of the Theotokos.

On the Cross, the Lord charged “the apostle He loved” (considered by tradition to be the Apostle John) to care for His holy Mother. After having been settled by the Apostle in a house in Jerusalem, The holy Mother lived for the rest of her days on earth, praying and offering counsel and encouragement to the Apostles.

It is unknown how old she was when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that in three days’ time she would enter into her rest, but many say that she was about 60 years old. After receiving the news from the Archangel, The holy Mother gave thanks to God and hastened to the Mount of Olives, where she prayed continually, preparing herself to meet the Lord.

Meanwhile, the Apostles, scattered in various parts of the earth, were caught up in clouds and miraculously brought by the holy Angels to Jerusalem, so that they might all be with the Theotokos at her repose. After she had blessed them, she gave up her soul to God. The Apostles buried her with all honor, solemnity and joy at Gethsemane.

The Apostle Thomas was delayed by God’s providence, and arrived on the third day. The other apostles went with him to her tomb, intending to honor her. But when the Apostles opened her grave, they found her holy body gone and only the winding-sheet remaining. That evening the Theotokos appeared to them surrounded by angels, and said to them, ‘Rejoice: I will be with you always!’. Thus they learned that she had been bodily translated to heaven, anticipating the general resurrection of all.

If you want to read more about the Icon of The Feast of The Dormition of The Mother Of God, I invite you to read this article. More information about the appearance and the personality of The Holy Theotokos can be found here.

Old Orthodox monk talks about his prayer life

In this video from SoulSeekers Worldwide’s YouTube channel, Fr. Anthony, an Orthodox monks talks about his prayer life and longings. It is a fascinating video that I invite you to watch.

Fr. Anthony, an Orthodox monk, talks about his prayer life

Book Lovers’ Day, 2019

Book Lovers’ Day is celebrated on the 9th of August every year. While it is an unofficial holiday observed to encourage bibliophiles celebrate reading and literature, Book Lovers’ Day has gathered a lot of attention during the past few years. It is widely recognized on global scale, but its origin and creator remains shrouded in mystery.

People are advised to put away their smartphones and every possible technological distraction, pick up a book (or two), and spend the day reading.

How are you spending Book Lovers’ Day this year? Let me know in the comments section.

Happy International Cat Day, 2019!

August 8th is International Cat Day, a day when we celebrate one of mankind’s favorite pet, the cat.

Funny cat videos, cute pictures of cats and cat memes are some of the most viewed content on the internet, which just goes to show how much humans like these furry animals.

Some studies claim that watching funny cat videos online can boost a person’s energy and create positive emotions, and that owning a cat can also be good for your heart.

While I’m still skeptical about this due to personal experience, scientists say that petting a cat is said to reduce stress levels, and with people having such hectic lives, they can be an easier and less demanding choice of pet than owning a dog.

Regardless of whether cats can impact our health in a positive manner or not, they remain an important part of society.

Happy International Cat Day, 2019!