A Brony Confession

I honestly didn’t think I could fall so hard, so fast in love with something like this. I watched My Little Pony as a kid. The second generation, I think. And hated hated HATED it!! So when I dared myself to watch a reaction video of the pilot episode of the first season of MLP Friendship is Magic, I was really planning to watch to see the reactor tear it to itty bitty pieces. I can be a little mean that way sometimes. Imagine my shocked amazement when I fell in love with it by episode 3!!! LOVE IT!!!! And what is even more amazing? I am finding all kinds of spiritual insights in it!!
Take the following about what you might be able to learn from the struggles of the Mane Six. (Yes, I found out that is a common term for the main characters that the fanbase gave them)
 
Need to learn to be brave and stand up for your beliefs and maybe stop being a people-pleasing doormat, or to be kinder and more forgiving? Pay serious attention to Fluttershy!!
 
Need to learn to think before you speak, to perhaps rein in a brash impulsive, self-serving nature, or maybe learn to dive headfirst into adventure, and take pride in what you are good at Rainbow Dash is your guide.
 
Or…perhaps your self-serving in another way? Using gifts to buy your way to people loving you, or obsess about your problems, needs, looks or popularity, or maybe you need to learn how to give generously of your time, money, and maybe even hair to make another’s life better. Maybe even more beautiful? Or learn that you can be strong, while still being beautiful, lady-like…..or gentlemanly as you lean, and still be a strong light for Christ, that would be pointed out by Rarity.
 
Maybe you don’t see any value in friends, think you can be happily buried in your work, books or hobbies, and don’t need people to make your life complete? Or conversely, you need to learn about the value of study, introspection and the value of an organized life, let Twilight Sparkle be your guiding star.
 
Maybe you are a workaholic, too stubborn to take advice or help? Honest almost to a fault? Overprotective, even a touch smothering at times? Or need to see the value of hard work, honesty, and being reliable? Or maybe need to remember why family is important? Make Applejack the apple of your eye.
 
Lastly, are you unfocused, spastic, seek fun at the cost of more important things, obsess over how people see you, and avoid ‘bad’ feelings and serious situations like an icky mess on the road, or perversely you need to learn how to see the bright side of life, the value of friends and joy, and selflessly seek to make others, especially your friends, happy and smiling? Maybe learn how to laugh at yourself or something that scares you? Then bounce along with Pinkie Pie!!!
 
I hope this gives you food for thought from an unlikely source and inspire you. In truth, the biggest lesson of this show is that friendship really is magical. Alone, we will most-likely drown in our character weakness, and never even know it is happening. But “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17.
Which is why we need our friends. To guide us toward godliness, lift us up from our stinky thinking, and even discipline each other to drive sin away.
 
Lastly, I love all of you. And hope my “Pinkie Pie-Applejack nature” can make you smile!!! Let me know which one or ones you relate with best! Or point out what pony reminds you most of a friend of yours!! Anything goes!
 
Yikes, this is way too long! Still, if you read to the end, bless you for it! And if you like what I was written, let me know! If you think it needs work, again let me know! I want to perfect my writing skills after all!!! And if you just want to share a thought, please do!! Comments make me smile!!!!!!! And Have a SUPER DUPER AWESOME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rejoice In Repentence Sermon

This is the first sermon archived in my church’s homepage, Blue Ridge Church of Christ. It is the introduction of How We Mature featuring James. Enjoy. Even as I am writing this, I am re-listening to the sermon. And I like it. I like reviewing what was taught before and refreshing my memory of what was taught in this or that sermon.

 

On a personal note, I am sorry for the lack of substance in my posts today. I am not feeling my best, and work is such that I can’t call in sick. So I’ll probably be even more tired and blah tomorrow. But hopefully, I will have something interesting for Brony Week at least! Maybe something else. And I found out that smiling even when you absolutely don’t feel like it, make you feel a little happier despite yourself.

So, have an AWESOME DAY!!

What happens when you isolate yourself from the Church? It doesn’t end well….Sin and strange ideas thrive with too much isolation and resentment….🤪 Sometimes the craziest ideas take root when you think you are your best spiritual self, and you have no idea. And sometimes that little bit of resentment you have against a brother or sister turns into something huge and monstrous.
Or if you visit a friend who been missing from Church for a while and see them…..well, struggling. The reaction…it is so real!😱
Have the courage to confront sin head on. And the one that is being disciplined🤔, have the humility to listen and take the advice…and sometimes the shove back to sanity…..to heart!💖

 

Or am I the only one that thinks this?

 

Being forced into Hell? Or allowed to go to Hell?

One of the strongest arguments against God is that if there was a God, how could he send people to Hell? HOw can a supposedly loving God send anyone to eternal damnation? Personally, I don’t think they are asking the right question. It should be, how can a loving and compassionate God bar people from turning their backs on God, if that is their inclination? Why would he force anyone to be with him who, for whatever reason, does not want to go to him? Hell was not originally intended for humans at all, but for the fallen angels and their head ringleader, Satan. It also became a place for anyone to remove themselves from God’s presence.

I’ll be honest. I’m no biblical scholar yet. I don’t know all about how God works, or what Heaven or Hell will be like. But I do know this. Those who choose to be away from God, God is going to in the end say, “Thy will be done.” And let them go, with, I’m guessing, a very heavy heart for each foolish, headstrong lamb. And that those who make that choice, will not be happy with it. They won’t know just how ever-present God is, how much he made life bearable, until he takes himself away. That is why, in the bible, it’s described as a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The ones who been let go will realize much too late that what they wanted and fought for so badly, was the very last thing they needed or really wanted.

This is my unschooled two cents. I’m going to end the blog with a much more learned and wise teacher in these matters. Enjoy some C. S. Lewis!

Today’s Reading

The Teacher explains our power to choose:

‘There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’

From The Great Divorce
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce. Copyright © 1946, C. S Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed 1973 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

A Morning with C. S. Lewis

I found this in my inbox this morning, and thought to share it. I loved what C. S. Lewis wrote here. It makes it very clear that even though we are to act as children, but being teachable, single-minded, and full of joy. I always thought of a child as one who is not afraid to be themselves, who want to larn everything about the world, who dream and play boldly, and who not only can be taught, but actively seek out lessons, not because they love being corrected, but because they are curious about how things are.And we are to act mature, in that we learn from our mistakes, learn not to be selfish but to give unreservedly, and be selfless in meeting the needs of others. In this way, we show the world the face of Christ.

I hope you enjoy reading the following post.

Prudence means practical common sense, taking the trouble to think out what you are doing and what is likely to come of it. Nowadays most people hardly think of Prudence as one of the ‘virtues’. In fact, because Christ said we could only get into His world by being like children, many Christians have the idea that, provided you are ‘good’, it does not matter being a fool. But that is a misunderstanding. In the first place, most children show plenty of ‘prudence’ about doing the things they are really interested in, and think them out quite sensibly. In the second place, as St Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. The fact that you are giving money to a charity does not mean that you need not try to find out whether that charity is a fraud or not. The fact that what you are thinking about is God Himself (for example, when you are praying) does not mean that you can be content with the same babyish ideas which you had when you were a five-year-old. It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any the less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain. He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants every one to use what sense they have.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis