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Non-Animated Stamp
This style is a simple non-animated stamp with colors and text of your choosing, and the price breaks down as follows.

15 points for me
+20% of 15 points for deviantART's charge, which is 3 points
+2 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 20 points
Animated Stamp
This style is an animated stamp with colors, text, and/or photos of your choosing and comes with up to 5 slides of animation with each additional slide costing 2 points extra. The price breaks down as follows:

30 points for me
+20% of 30 points for deviantART's charge, which is 6 points
+4 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 40 points
Facebook Cover Photos (Religious or Secular)
These are 851 x 315 pixel cover photos made especially for your Facebook profile pages. I will do religious or secular covers, but when I say secular, I do not mean I will do "I hate God" or "God is fake" graphics. I mean I will make graphics that do not have any religious content at all. I will also make fan art cover photos if you're a fan of something specific, such as the example above featuring the album covers of Garth Brooks. I am also bilingual (for the most part) in English and Spanish and am working on Irish Gaelic and Hebrew, so I can do your covers in different languages. The price breaks down as follows:

60 points for me
+20% of 60 points for deviantART's charge, which is 12 points
+8 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 80 points
Large Graphic With Simple Background
This is one of my large graphics and comes with one cutout of your choosing on a simple background with each additional prop (wings, roses, cross, etc.) costing 5 points each. Text and brushes are free of charge and the price breaks down as follows:

80 points for me
+20% of 80 points for deviantART's charge, which is 16 points
+4 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 100 points
Large Graphic With Complex Construction
These are my large graphics that take much more construction than the ones on the simple backgrounds. They come with one cutout and one prop with each additional prop (photos, raindrops, flowers, etc.) costing 5 points extra. Text and brushes are free of charge and the price breaks down as follows:

120 points for me
+20% of 120 points for deviantART's charge, which is 24 points
+6 points because the widget requires me to round up and use increments of ten
TOTAL: 150 points

Prayer Outreach

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Pray for Greece
Greece is a country in southeastern Europe in the southernmost part of the Balkan Peninsula.
It is bordered by Albania, Bulgaria and the Republic of Macedonia in the north and Turkey in the northeast.
The Aegean Sea is in the east, the Ionian Sea in the west, and the Mediterranean
in the south.
Greece includes over 1400 islands, 150 of which are inhabited.
The larger Greek islands are:
Crete
Dodecanese
Cyclades,
Ionian Islands
Athens is the capital and largest city.
The population is over 10 million.
DEMOGRAPHICS
94%      Greek
4%       Albanian
2%       Other
98%      Greek Orthodox
1.3%     Muslim
0.7%     Other
HISTORY
Greece’s history stretches back for thousands of years.
After the Flood the area was settled by Noah’s son Japheth.
Greece was home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe.
The Cycladic Civilization        Aegean Sea  islands      
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Pray for Italy
Italy is located in south-central Europe.
It is bordered in the north by France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia along the Alps.
Rome is the capital.
The population is 60 million.
FACTS
Italy is the 5th most populated country in Europe, and the 23rd most in the world.
The islands of Sicily and Sardinia are autonomous regions of Italy.
San Marino and Vatican City are enclaves within Italy.
Vatican City is the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
DEMOGRAPHICS
92%   Italian
4%    Other European (Romanian, Albanian, Ukrainian and others)
1.5%  North African (Mostly Moroccan)
2.5%  Others
82%   Catholic
14%   Non-Religious  
2.60% Muslim
1.1%  Evangelicals  
HISTORY
Rome was the capital of the Roman Empire.
For centuries Rome was the political and religious center of Western civilization.
After the decline of the Roman Empire, Italy fragmented into different regional states.
The Duchy of Spoleto
The Kingdom of Naples
The Republic o
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Pray for Spain
Spain is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula
(Which includes Spain, Portugal and Andorra)
It is bordered by France in the north, Andorra in the northwest, Portugal and
the Atlantic in the west,and the Mediterranean in the east and the south, except
for a small land boundary with Gibraltar.
Madrid is the capital.
The population is 46 million.
FACTS
Spanish is the world's third most widely used language.
DEMOGRAPHICS
88%   Spaniish
12%   Immigrants
1,000,000 Romani/Gypsies
70%  Catholic
20%  None
10%  Other
FAMOUS SPANIARDS
Leaders
Isabella I of Castille(1451-1504)
Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452–1516)
Philip II (1527-1598) Spanish Empire at its height.
Soldiers
Francisco Pizarro (c. 1471-1541) Led conquest of Inca Empire.
Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) Led conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Theologians
Domingo Félix de Guzmán (1170-1221) Founder of the Dominican Order
Tomás de Torquemada (1420-1498)
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Pray for Germany
Germany is a country in western-central Europe.
It is bordered by Denmark  in the north, Poland and the Czech Republic in the east, Austria
and Switzerland in the south, France and Luxembourg in the southwest,
and Belgium and the Netherlands to the northwest.
The population is over 81.million.
The capital and largest city is Berlin.
Other important cities are Munich, Cologne and Hamburg,
FACTS
Germany is the 7th largest country in Europe  and most populous state
in the European Union.
The German word 'Kaiser' is derived from the Latin title Caesar.  
The word 'Reich' means ‘Kingdom’ or ‘Empire’.
During it’s history Germany was part of three Reichs.
The 1 Reich     The Holy Roman Empire (962-1806)
The 2nd Reich   The New German Empire (1871-1918.)
The 3rd Reich   The Nazi Regime (1933-1945)
Germany has been famous throughout history as a center of learning and culture.
The printing press was invented in Germany.
The Grimms
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Pray for Ireland
Ireland is an island located north west of Europe.
It’s separated from the neighboring island of Great Britain by the Irish Sea
and the North Channel in the east.
To the west is the northern Atlantic Ocean and to the south is the Celtic Sea.
Politically, Ireland is split into two nations:
The Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland, (Part of the United Kingdom).
The population of the Republic of Ireland is over 4 million.
Dublin is the capital.
FACTS
Ireland is the 3rd largest island in Europe and the 20th largest island on Earth.
It is often called the Emerald Isle due to its lush vegetation.
The illuminated manuscript the Book of Kells  was made in Ireland.
The Irish Setter and Irish Wolfhound were originally bred in Ireland.
Ireland has historically been divided into four provinces:
Leinster  East
Ulster    North
Munster   South  
Connacht  West
14% of Canada’s population, are of Irish descent.
12% of Americans are of Irish descent (36 mil
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Pray for France
France is located in Western Europe.
It is bordered by Spain in the southwest, Italy in the southeast, Belgium in the northeast, Switzerland,
Luxembourg and Germany in the east, and the British Channel and Great Britain in the North.
Paris is the capital.
The population is over 65 million.
FACTS
France is the largest country in western Europe.
France is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million tourists annually.
France is known for its beautiful art and architecture.
(Etc. Eiffel Tower, The Palace at Versailles and Notre Dame Cathedral)
DEMOGRAPHICS
89% French nationals
11% Foreign immigrants.
58%  Catholic
31%   Unaffiliated
7%    Muslim (5 million)
2%     Protestant
1%     Buddhist
1%     Jews (491,000)
France has the 3rd largest Jewish population in the world.   
HISTORY
France has been inhabited for thousands of years.
In 600 BC,
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Pray for England
England is part of the United Kingdom and makes up the central/southern part of Great Britain.
It is bordered by Scotland in the north and Wales in the west, the Irish Sea
in the north west, the Celtic Sea in the south west, the North Sea in the east
and the English Channel in the south.
The country includes over 100 smaller islands including Portsea Island,
the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Sheppey.
London is the capital and largest city.
The population is over 53 million.
FACTS
The name 'England' means 'Land of the Angles'.
English is the most widely used language in the world.
London was founded by Rome in 43 A.D.
According to legend Glastonbury Abbey was founded by Joseph of Arimathea
during the 1st century.
Sherwood Forest is a Royal Forest in Nottinghamshire, England.
It is famous for its association with the legend of Robin Hood.
The University of Oxford (founded 1096) is the oldest university in the English-speaking world,
and the 2nd oldest surviving unive
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Pray for Mexico
Mexico is a Latin American country.
It is bordered by the United States in the north, Guatemala, Belize
and the Caribbean Sea in the southeast and by the Gulf of Mexico in the east.
The population is over 113 million.
Mexico City is the capital and has over 20 million inhabitants.
FACTS
Mexico is the third largest country in Latin America and the 13th largest
nation in the world.
It has a wide range of landscapes from arid plateaus in the north, to rain forests
in the south.
Mexico is very biodiverse and home to over 200,000 different animal species.
Only 10% of the country is arable.
Mexico is made up of 31 different states.
77.8% of the population are urbanite.
Half the population is under 20.
The state of Chiapas is the location of many Mayan ruins and home to one
of the largest indigenous populations in the country.
DEMOGRAPHICS
90.6%  Mestizo
9.4%   Amerindian
83.9% Catholic
5.2%   Protestant
2.1%   Adventists, Mormons and Jeh
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Pray for Canada
Canada is located in the northern part of the North American continent
It borders the United States in the south and extends from the Atlantic Ocean
in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
Ottawa is the capital and the nation's 4th largest city.
The population is over 33 million
FACTS
The name 'Canada' comes from the Iroquoian word 'Kanata', which means 'Village' or 'Settlement'.
Other names considered were Victorialand, Norland, Superior, Transatlantia, and Tuponia.
Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area.
Canada's  common border with the United States is the world's longest land border.
Canada's largest cities are:
Toronto
Montreal
Vancouver
Ottawa
DEMOGRAPHICS
32%       Canadian
21%       English
15.8 %    French
15.1%     Scottish
13.9%     Irish
10.2%     German
4.6%&
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Pray for the United States
The United States of America (U.S.) (U.S.A.) is situated mostly in central North America.
It is bordered by Canada in the north, Mexico in the south, the Atlantic Ocean in
the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
The U.S. also includes the state of Alaska in the northwest area of the continent
and the island state of Hawaii in the mid-Pacific.
The population is over 313 million.
Washington D.C. is the capital.
New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are other major cities.
FACTS
The United States is made up of 50 states.
The American Revolution against the British Empire was the first successful
colonial war of independence.
The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse
and multicultural nations.
The United States is the world's third largest nation in both area and population.
DEMOGRAPHICS
73.4 %  White                                           (Over 223 million)
16.3%   Hispanic/Latnio                              (50 million)  
12.6%   Black/African American
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Yes, it's that time of year once again. The time when carols are sung, pageants are put on, and leftists grossly misuse words as they wage war on freedom of religion by claiming that references to God and Christ are evil. The excuses they use? Tolerance. Not everybody believes in God, so Christians must "tolerate" others' disbelief by not putting on plays of A Christmas Carol because Tiny Tim utters the word "God" on a single occasion at the end of the play. Christians must "tolerate" others' disbelief by having lawsuits filed against them for setting a cross on top of their Christmas trees.
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Overwhelmed, But Not Outnumbered by Pastor Steven Furtick


This sermon was presented not long after the fatal shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Elevation Church is based. I think its message is one we need to hear and remember every single day.

"You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven."

(Matthew 5:13-18 NIV)

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You are no accident. You are wanted and loved.

The Christmas Birth of Jesus Christ



The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus Christ was born in the final years of the tyrant known as Herod the Great. He tells us that when Jesus was born, Herod panicked and had all of the baby boys in Bethlehem killed. Fortunately, the Holy Family was warned by an angel of the LORD in a dream and escaped to Egypt, remaining there until Herod had died. They didn't have to stay long, however.

Setting Aside a Common Mistake

For just over a hundred years, the question of when Herod the Great died has been dominated by a proposal by the German scholar, Emil Schurer. He suggested that Herod died in 4 BC and this view took off in scholarly circles, but in recent decades, it's been challenged and the arguments for this position are exceptionally weak. So, when did Herod actually die?

The Length of Herod's Reign

Here is how the Jewish historian Josephus describes the timing of Herod's death:

"So Herod, having survived the slaughter of his son, Antipater, five days earlier, died, having reigned thirty-four years since he had caused Antigonus to be slain and obtained his kingdom, but thirty-seven years since he had been made king by the Romans."

In this place, Josephus dates Herod's death by three events:
1) He died five days after the execution of his son, Antipater.

2)He reigned for thirty-four years after he "obtained his kingdom (conquered Jerusalem and had its Hasmonean king, Antigonus, killed)."

3) His reign lasted thirty-seven years after "he had been made king by the Romans, which means he was named king 37 years before his death and conquered the kingdom he was to rule 3 years after that.

The death of Antipater isn't a particularly helpful clue, but the two ways of reckoning the length of Herod's reign are. First, though, we need to answer one question.

How Is Josephus Counting Years?

Kings don't tend to come into office on New Year's Day, so they often serve a partial year before the next calendar year begins regardless of which calendar is used. They also don't typically die on the last day of the year, so they also serve a partial year at the end of their reigns. This creates complications for historians because ancient authors sometimes count these additional partial years (especially the one at the beginning of the reign) as a full year. Alternatively, they simply ignore the calendar year and treat the time that a king came into office as a kind of birthday and reckon his reign in years from that point. What scheme was Josephus using? Advocates of the idea that Herod died in 4 BC argue that he was named king in 40 BC. To square that with a 37-year reign ending in 4 BC, they must count the partial year at the beginning of his reign and the part year at the end of it as full years, as that's the only way the math will work out. The problem is that this is not how Josephus would have reckoned the years. Biblical chronology scholar Andrew E. Steinmann comments:

"There is no evidence for this inclusive way of reckoning the partial years and every other reign in this period, including those of the Jewish high priests, are reckoned non-inclusively by Josephus."

In other words, Josephus does not count the partial first year when dating reigns in this period. Knowing that, what would we make of Josephus's two ways of dating Herod's reign?

Herod Appointed King

Josephus gave an impossible date (one that did not exist) for Herod's appointment as king. He said that it was in the 184th Olympiad, which ended in mid-year of 40 BC and that it was in the consulship of Calvinus and Pollio, which began in late 40 and extended into 39. Those can't both be correct, but one of them could be on its own. Which one, though? The evidence points to 39 BC, because we have another source on this— the Roman historians Appian and Dio Cassius. Appian wrote a history of the Roman civil wars in which he discusses the appointment of Herod in the midst of other events. By comparing this set of events to how they are dated in Dio Cassius's Roman History, it can be shown that the events in question, including the appointment of Herod, took place in 39 BC. Given how Josephus dates reigns in this period, he would not have counted Herod's partial first year in 39 BC but would have started his count with 38 BC. Count 37 years forward from that and you have 1 BC.

Herod Conquers Jerusalem

In his writings, Josephus gives contradictory dating information for Herod's conquest of Jerusalem. Some of the dating information he provides points to 37 BC and some points to 36 BC. Josephus said Herod died 34 years after the event and bearing in mind that he wasn't counting partial first years, that would put Herod's death either in 2 BC (if he conquered Jerusalem in 37) or in 1 BC (if he conquered the city in 36). There are various ways to try to resolve which year it was, but some are rather complex. At least one, however, is quite straightforward.

Herod's Lunar Eclipse

Also in his writings, Josephus said that Herod died between a lunar eclipse and Passover. While there was a partial lunar eclipse before Passover in 4 BC, there was a total lunar eclipse before Passover in 1 BC. Further, the lunar eclipse in 1 BC better fits the situation Josephus describes. Since 4 BC is outside the range indicated above and since the 1 BC lunar eclipse fits the situation better, that lets us decide between 2 BC and 1 BC in favor of the latter. There was no lunar eclipse in 2 BC, pointing us toward 1 BC. Putting together the pieces above, we have:

● Reason to think Herod died in either 2 or 1 BC based on the amount of time he served after conquering Jerusalem.

● Reason to think Herod died in 1 BC based on the amount of time he served after being appointed king by the Romans.

● Reason to confirm that Herod died in 1 BC because of the lunar eclipse that occurred before Passover.

More specifically, he would have died between January 10, 1 BC (the date of the lunar eclipse) and April 11, 1 BC (the date of Passover) and because sources indicate that Jesus was born in 2 BC, Herod would have died in early 1 BC between January and April because the Holy Family was commanded by God to escape to Egypt before this occurred since Herod sought to murder the threat to his reign (Matthew 2:13-18), we can place the birth of our Lord in December of 2 BC with somewhat certainty.

This coincides with the date on which we celebrate Christmas despite all of the opinions otherwise.

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Regarding ExaltGod, my official statement on such preaching is here.


MAKE YOUR CHOICE. THERE IS NO GRAY.


For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 6:23 KJV)

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Read serial killer David Berkowitz (formerly known as Son of Sam)'s testimony about his salvation through Jesus Christ after his capture and incarceration and how God has changed his life here.

We should NEVER judge others based on outward appearance.

Are you familiar with Alice Cooper, who is also known as the "biggest villain in rock music?" Did you know that a great many of his songs are about faith in God/Christ?


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Hi! My name is Kristen Danielle Carrier and I was born and raised in a small country town. As such, my heroes generally wear cowboy hats (except for two; one of which wore a crown of thorns and the other being someone that I'm convinced has invisible angel wings). I am from deep south Louisiana and will soon be going back to college at Delgado Community College to earn my certificates in the various Adobe graphic design programs and to earn associate's degrees in homeschool education and culinary arts. During my free time, I play video games, write fiction and/or fan-fiction novels, swim for leisure and for mermaid performance training, shop, and manage an ocean advocacy page as my environmentalist alter ego, Mermaid Kallai, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I am straight edge and have never had a cigarette, an alcoholic beverage, or a non-prescription drug in my life save for one tiny sip of wine during the Holy Communion at church when I was little (and before I knew better). I'm 29 years old and my birthday is Valentine's Day.

I would like to make a note about the art you see on this account. Many of the graphics were made a very long time ago (when I was in my teens and just starting to practice graphic design) and I cannot for the life of me recall whose stock I used for most of them because there were so many pieces and because I naïvely did not write it down. I am working on finding the owners of the pieces I used, but I have not found them all yet. So, if you see your stock in any of my graphics and it is not listed in the credit section of my artist's comments, I humbly request that you please note me and let me know so that I may add the proper credit immediately. Now, speaking of giving credit where it is due, my gallery CSS was made by CypherVisor, caybeach made my journal CSS, RoslynnSommers made my icon, and Lill-Devil-Melii made my custom box background, but all of them have slight modifications done by myself.


To my brothers and sisters in Christ all across deviantART:


DON'T BE AFRAID TO LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE.
THAT'S HOW THE LOST GET FOUND, BUT REMEMBER:

PUT YOUR LOVE GLASSES ON!


I’m sure you have at least one person that you'd love to dismiss or defame because you disagree with them and if so, you should take a moment to recognize that this person is still someone Jesus loves just as much as He loves you and He died for them, as well. His sacrifice wasn’t for select sinners. It was for us ALL and as a Christian, your job is not to judge someone because they don't have the same beliefs as you do. If a Christian acts like a pompous jerk, they shouldn't be surprised if people aren't keen on joining the Jesus train. God loves everyone regardless of what sins they commit and Christians should reflect this image of truth and love, not judgment and pride. So, break out those love glasses and see the world through HIS eyes.


TO ALL THE SINGLE CHRISTIAN GIRLS OUT THERE:



Be done with players and nice "Christian" boys. Wait for a Godly man. Don't settle. If you're following Christ, then you're not about that life, so join hands and demand that the standard be raised across the board. You are the daughters of God and you are grown enough to know that you will get the treatment that you expect from men. Having high standards attracts men who have high standards for themselves. This applies to the single guys as well in the opposite respect.


TO THOSE ATTACHED/MARRIED CHRISTIANS:



The concept is simple. Maintain it in humble servitude to Him.



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Bible Questions Poll: Question #2

Journal Entry: Wed May 11, 2016, 12:51 PM


Why do Christians often say that same-sex
relationships are not based in love?

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To begin this response, I would first like to state that the words I will use to refer to same-sex relations are the officially recognized words, which are "homosexuality" and "homosexual(s)," but that my use of these words is not intended to offend anyone in any way whatsoever. Some people prefer to be called "gay" or "lesbian" while others are opposed to those words, so I thought it best to simply use the proper words for the orientation that are found in the dictionary. Second of all, I would like to inform my readers that this question can be answered in two ways and that I will be responding to it with both methods. As such, I respectfully request that if you find the first part of my response a little blunt and/or unsatisfactory, you kindly keep reading. Answering a question like this is, as you might imagine, a little difficult because my goal is to clearly state what Christians like myself believe and why, but simultaneously show the love and gentleness that Christ did and doing that with an extremely high-publicity, controversial topic is not a simple task due to the controversy that surrounds it. That is why it has taken me so long to get this response up and I appreciate your patience. My final note is to ask you to look for numbers(#) within the text to determine which Bible verse(s) correspond to which part(s) of my writing, as you did with my last journal.

Now, the quick (and very blunt) answer to this theological question is quite elementary and can be likened to a simple algebraic statement.

A = B, but B ≠ C. Therefore, C ≠ A.

Whether one is religious or secular, they already know due to their basic common sense that light is the opposite of darkness. These two nouns are often used in the Bible as metaphors for salvation and sin, respectively. If you happen to be unfamiliar with how the Bible uses metaphors to aid in our understanding, this link contains fifteen extremely quick examples, including one that describes the aforementioned use of "light" and "darkness" in more detail. To apply the algebraic equation to Christianity's belief regarding homosexuality, we need only to consider three facts from the infallible Word of God.

The first of these facts is that love in itself is the very nature of God. It is His being. It is simply who and what He is.(1) That allows us to plug in the first part of the equation. Love, represented by A, is equal to God, represented by B. Secondly, the Word says that in addition to be love, God is also light/salvation (as previously mentioned in the above metaphor). Because this is true, we know that God cannot possibly be darkness/sin because those two things are the polar opposites of light/salvation.(2) This helps us fill in the second bit of information in that God, still represented by B, is not equal to sin, which is represented by C. Finally, the Bible tells us in several places within both the Old and the New Testaments that homosexuality is contrary to God's intended design and is, therefore, a sin(3), which allows us to finish the equation.

A = B, but B ≠ C. Therefore, C ≠ A.

Love is equal to God, but God is not equal to sin.
Therefore, sin is not equal to love.

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Now, since I stated in my opening paragraph that this first response might come off as quite a bit blunt or maybe even harsh, I'd like to ask that everyone please note that I fully understand that is probably not a satisfactory answer for most of you because while it is the most factual response that the Word offers, it gives you no substance and no supporting reasons from elsewhere in Scripture for why God sees it this way. As everyone can plainly tell, I have prominently indicated on my profile that neither the LGBTQ community nor anyone else will find unrighteous judgment when speaking to me and I also realize that when one feels something inside that is considered to be prohibited, they tend to want a better response than "because it just is" or "because the Bible says so, that's why." Unfortunately, many Christians of today do not embody Christ at all because they are so busy pointing out the sins of others that they tend to forget that said others are people with hearts and feelings just like theirs. As a result, they offer no compassion or warmth to people who have genuine questions and end up turning them away from God instead of towards Him. Because of this, I've always been inclined to preach mercy more than I preach against sin. Does the fact that God is merciful mean that our various incorrect actions are not sin? Of course not and I do not condone any sin (including my own; I actually despise my own sin), but which person do you feel is more approachable— the Christian who condemns you for any and all actions against the Word or the Christian who tells you that no matter what mistakes you make, God still loves you with an infinite, never-ending love? I prefer the latter, even being a Christian myself, and as such, I would like to offer the more descriptive and compassionate answer to everyone. As I stated previously, the reason that homosexuality is a sin against God is because it goes directly against His intended design for humankind, especially since we were created in His image. However, God is ever merciful and while most of you have likely heard from Christians about His destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the sin of homosexuality, they usually fail to mention what happened just before that occurred. I would like to share that story with you now.

First of all, many of you may find this difficult to believe, but God does respond with actual words to His people if they continue to seek Him and I know this because He has spoken to me several times. Before you all think that I'm hearing voices, though, I will tell you that God's direct responses to prayer, at least in my personal experience, are not audible words that come booming out of the sky. God's answers and/or commands are felt in the heart. When one is in worship and prayer with their heart fully open to God and He responds, that person suddenly feels an intense joy and peace or calmness inside their very being and this feeling is accompanied by words that they can feel on the inside. It is extremely difficult to explain to those who have never experienced it, but there is no sound. You just feel what He is saying and no, it doesn't knock you down like a bolt of lightning from the sky. God whispers into your heart.(4) It is a very powerful feeling, though, and in fact, I have personally witnessed a woman become filled with the Holy Spirit as others were praying over her in church and she began speaking in a language that she didn't even know or understand. That happens a lot more often than you'd think, but I digress. The reason that I am telling you that God responds to those who seek Him is because He had a conversation with His chosen patriarch of all of the Hebrew people, Abraham, just before Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. This discussion went as follows.(5)


Abraham (as God is preparing to destroy the cities): "Will You sweep away both the righteous ("the righteous" doesn't mean people who are perfect; it refers to those who have repented of their sins and asked Jesus to forgive them) and the wicked? Suppose You find fifty righteous people living there in the city. Will You still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? Surely You wouldn't do such a thing— destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, You would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely You wouldn't do that! Should not the Judge of all the Earth do what is right?"

God: "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sakes."

Abraham: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak with the LORD though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will You destroy the whole city for lack of five people?

God: "If I find forty-five there, I will not destroy it."

Abraham: "May the LORD not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?"

God: "I will not do it if I find thirty there."


This conversation between Abraham and the LORD continued in this fashion until Abraham reached the final number he intended to ask about, which was only ten. To this question, God responded that He would still relent and spare the cities for the sake of ten people. Then, after his conversation with the LORD, Abraham traveled back to His home and God in His Spirit went over to Sodom and Gomorrah, where He found not even ten righteous people who were willing to turn from their sins and approach Him in repentance. Therefore, He sent two of His angels to Abraham's brother, Lot, who was living within the city obeyed His Word and commanded them to leave and never look back, following this with a rain of fire to destroy the cities.

This story illustrates that God is not a mean kid sitting near an anthill with a magnifying glass waiting to roast us all. He is extremely merciful, giving us the entirety of our lives to reach out to Him, and here's the great part— when you turn to Him and ask for forgiveness, your past sins are no longer relevant. In fact, though you wouldn't think that such a thing is possible, God Himself actually throws your sins away after He has forgiven you and forgets about them. He is not counting your sins in a record book to see how "bad" of a person you are, so if you need a non-theological and funny analogy to help you picture this, you can imagine talking to God after your repentance as being similar to talking to The Rock in the middle of a WWF(E) ring.


God: "What are your sins, son?"

You: "Well, I've done..."

God: "IT DOESN'T MATTER!"


Once you have repented and accepted Christ, you're immediately forgiven for every sin you've ever committed no matter what or when it was and this chance has been offered because God doesn't want you to perish at all!(6) When Christ died for us, He made a way for us all to reach Heaven and we must remember that it was God's choice to give up His only Son and hand Him over to take the punishment that should have been ours.(7) This sacrifice was required because the cost of sin is death (as evidenced by the way the ancient Hebrews in the Old Testament offered up a sacrifice to the LORD for Him to absolve them of their sins),(8) but now that Jesus has come to Earth and died for us before rising again, our debt of death for our sins has been paid in full and we can have eternal life for the simple act of believing that this is the truth and asking for forgiveness in a heartfelt prayer. Yes, you heard me right. All it takes is one sincere prayer which asks Jesus to forgive you and to be your personal Savior with a heart that truly wants what you are saying you want. It's okay if you're unsure or nervous, too.

I accepted Jesus when I was only 13 years old. I had grown up going to church with my Mom, but here is where the argument that children are indoctrinated into Christianity falls apart. I sat in that pew on Sundays listing to the preacher tell these stories and my young mind thought things such as the following.


"Could this really be true?"

"What if it isn't?

"What if I go up to that altar and pray and nothing happens?"

"Will they laugh at me?"

"But, wait... what if it is true? I know I have done things that are not good in my life. Will He really take them all away just like that when all I did is say a prayer?"


I didn't know the answer to any of these questions and I still felt unsure as I left the pew by my own choosing and walked up to the altar. I knelt down and prayed the prayer because the thought that was in my still developing mind was "If what they are saying really is true, then I want to be saved by the Lord who died just for me." I even said that I was unsure what to think directly to God in my prayer, but I asked Jesus to please be my Savior if this was true because if it was, I really, really wanted to be saved. I made the choice all on my own and oh, I would that I was able to describe the feeling I felt inside when I lifted my head from that prayer! This description could never do it justice, but take a moment with me now to concentrate on a simple, related subject. After reading the rest of this paragraph, close your eyes and concentrate on your own being and what you are made up of. You have a body that contains physical organs and systems which allow you to think, breathe, eat and drink, pick things up and put them down, read, and be creative. You also have a part of you that is separate from your body, yet dwells within it. It is your soul, your spirit, or your "inner man/inner being," depending on what you prefer to call it. Take a moment and try to recognize this slight feeling of separation between your body and your inner being before you move on to the next paragraph.

Were you able to grab ahold of the concept of having both a body and an inner being? If so, you will be better able to understand my (still inadequate) explanation of what salvation, which is the result of praying and asking Jesus to be your Savior, feels like. As soon as I lifted my head from that prayer, I felt like my inner being was completely brand new. It felt as though all of the mistakes I had made and bad things I had done up until that point in my life had completely disappeared and my inner being felt clean, though that word could never fully describe just how new I felt. It was as if I had been given a brand new life, except this time, I was living without feeling any guilt or regret from anything I had done in the past and it was this ridiculously powerful feeling that fully convinced me that Jesus really was my Savior. See that? Even someone as devout as I am had to be convinced by Him. This is because it is the nature of the human mind to form questions about everything and it may aid in your understanding of this feeling I had if you picture in your mind an extremely stained cement sidewalk. I'm sure you know that with cement, you can scrub until your hands bleed, but that stain isn't going anywhere until you go and get yourself a pressure washer, which we all know has a stream of water with so much force behind it that it would cut your skin if it made contact with it. When you take that highly-pressured water to the stains on the cement, they disappear instantly despite not budging when you tried to clean them yourself. This is an analogy that, to me, illustrates how Christ's sacrifice is able to clean all of our sins and mistakes and regrets away in one moment despite us being unable to do it ourselves even if we try to do so for our entire lives.

With this information stated, I would like to make it very clear that despite what some Christians may have told you (I know that some of us can be very forceful and that is why I have built my deviantART ministry around being non-judgmental and welcoming everyone from all walks of life, Christian or not, with open arms), God loves you unconditionally. That's right. No matter what sins you commit, He loves you and nothing in the world could ever separate you from His love.(9) If He didn't love you, He wouldn't have given up His only Son as the required sacrifice for our sins. I intend to write another full journal detailing exactly what Christ's crucifixion entailed, but for now, I will wrap up this one with three simple statements.



Tiny Rose Bullet FTU   Yes, acting on homosexual feelings is a sin.

Tiny Rose Bullet FTU   So is saying a curse word, yelling back at your parents when they yell at you, and refusing to forgive someone who has truly wronged/hurt you, all of which I am/have been guilty of.

 pink heart bullet  JESUS/GOD LOVES US ALL DESPITE ANY AND ALL SINS WE COMMIT AND HE DIED FOR US TO PROVE IT.(10)

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(1) "God is love." (1 John 4:8b NIV)

(2) "This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all." (1 John 4:5 NLT)

(3) "Women stopped having natural sex and started having sex with other women. In the same way, men stopped having natural sex and began wanting each other. Men did shameful things with other men and in their bodies, they received the punishment for those wrongs." (Romans 1:26b-27 NCV)

(4) "And he said, "Go forth and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And behold, the LORD passed by and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12 KJV)

(5) The reference passage for this section is very long, so I have placed it into this link.

(6) "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies," declares the LORD God. "Therefore, repent and live." (Ezekiel 18:32 NASB)

(7) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 KJV)

(8) "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord." (Romans 6:23 NIV)

(9) "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all Creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ, our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)

(10) "Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person that is especially good, but God showed His great love to us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in the sight of God by the Blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God's condemnation." (Romans 5:7-9 NLT)




Bible Questions Poll: Question #1

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 15, 2015, 5:41 AM


If God is omniscient, why doesn't He stop tragedies
from happening before they take place?


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The answer to this question is a little bit complicated because although we as human beings know from what is written in the Bible that God’s good purposes will always be fulfilled and also that we have free will, humanity does not fully understand exactly how God’s plan (which will be accomplished no matter what occurs) and said free will interact. Due to this being the case, I will do my best to answer in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner based on what we do know without a doubt. I will also list verses that support my response at the end of this journal. Look for numbers(#) next to statements within my answer to see which verse applies to that section. Please be aware that the response will be a bit long.

The first thing that one should keep in mind is that all tragedies (with the exception of natural disasters and things that humans have no hand in) are a direct result of sin. For example, school shootings result from the perpetrators having a heart full of either hate or anger (perhaps even both) and having a desire to murder. Murder is, of course, a sin(1) and so is the wrath that the killers keep inside their heart.(2) We know that these things are sin because the Bible tells us so and since we have now determined that sin is the root cause of such crimes, we can speak about that directly and use it to explain them.

The origin of sin begins with Lucifer’s fall from Grace. Many people mistakenly interchange the two names of “Lucifer” and “Satan,” but they are actually a bit different. God created the angels before He created the Earth and everything on it. We know from the Bible that God is perfect holiness and that there is no flaw in Him or in anything He creates. However, like He would do with humanity later, God gave all of the angels free will because He desired for them to choose to love Him of their own volition rather than having a desire to create perfect little robotic servants who had no choice but to serve. This is important because it allows us to understand the difference between a humble servant and a slave which is property. Now, Lucifer was an angel in Heaven— and not just any angel, but the most glorious and splendid angel of them all. His beauty and light was unmatched by anyone with the exception of God/Christ. In fact, he was actually the angel with the highest ranking position in all of Heaven and was second only to Christ. That the angels were commanded by God Almighty to submit to Christ's authority over them (since Christ is God) made Lucifer extremely angry and jealous. Remember again that angels have just as much free will as we humans do, which means that they are capable of sinning against God if they should choose to. Lucifer had become full of sinful pride and began to think that he was greater than all of Creation and that he could be a better god and/or his own god. Thus, he decided to forcefully rebel against his Creator and sought out the rest of the angels to see who among them would join him.(3) Fully one third of all of Heaven’s angels chose to sin and wage war against God and, as a result, God expelled all of them from Heaven because no sin can exist in His presence. He created Hell specifically for Lucifer and those that had fought on his side and it was only after this expulsion from Grace that Lucifer became Satan. Yes, they are the same being, but the difference in what the two names refer to is extremely important to remember. Lucifer was an angel. Satan is the devil.

After the expulsion, when God created the heavens and the Earth,(4) He created human beings in His image. This means that we look exactly like God in our form. In other words, God has hands and feet and so do we. God has two eyes, a nose, and a mouth and so do we. He formed the man, Adam, first and did so by drawing up dust from the Earth and forming it into His image. Then, when the man had been made, God breathed into his lungs and gave him life. He later created woman and because He wanted her to be a part of her husband by way of holy matrimony, He formed her by way of causing Adam to fall into a deep sleep, during which He took one of his ribs and then sealed up his side like nothing had ever happened.(5) At this point, Earth and everything on it, including the human beings, were perfect and flawless and there was no sin in them.

God instructed Adam and Eve that they were free to gather fruit and vegetables from the Garden to eat and that they were free to eat from any tree in Eden except for one— the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.(6) This is where Satan comes in. Because he was so angry about being expelled from Heaven and was still intensely envious, he used the free will that he still possessed to enter the Garden disguised as a serpent and tempt God’s perfect people into sin by telling them that it was okay to eat from the forbidden tree and whispering them to do as they pleased.(7) Eve believed him and she ate from the tree— the very first sin on Earth. She then gave some of the fruit to her husband and from this point forward, sin existed as an infection in human beings and, quite obviously, still exists today. Think of sin as a hereditary disease with a 100% infection rate. It does not skip generations and there is not a 50/50 chance as to whether a child will be afflicted with it. From this first sin, Adam and Eve’s children were sinners, their children were sinners, and this continued through the generations all the way down to this very moment.

Many crimes have been committed and many tragedies have occurred because of sin and, as I have previously mentioned, we know without a doubt that God created all beings with free will. The Bible also tells us that God is unchanging.(8) There is never a time where God does something and then later changes His mind or decides to do something different. Thus, we know that He promised us free will and a mind of our own and He will not turn around and take it away because we fell into sin. The Bible also states that God has absolutely no desire to see any of us perish from our sin, but rather desires that all of us turn from our sin and seek Christ so that we may live.(9) Our sin breaks His heart because He deeply loves us.(10)

When we take all of the above information into consideration, we can conclude that tragedies happen because 1) human beings fell into sin and 2) God is unchanging and will not break a promise He made to give us free will because we are using it for evil (God never, ever breaks a promise). Tragedies are not the fault of the LORD. They are our fault. Those who have been blessed with free will must take responsibility for their own actions. God does not want to see all of this evil in the world and He has set before us all a choice— reject Him and die in our sin or turn from our wicked ways and seek His love and sweet salvation. If you’ve ever been told that you’re going straight to Hell because of your sin by someone who claimed to be a Christian, you’re not and they’re a hypocrite. It is not sin in itself that sends a person to Hell (if it was, we’d all be going there, Christians included, because we all sin), but rather the refusal to renounce our sin and turn to accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ that God has provided. To present an analogy of this, I’ll ask you to imagine that you are traveling at full speed down the interstate and you pass a sign that says the overpass up ahead has collapsed and instructs you to take the next exit to avoid a terrible crash. If you deliberately choose to ignore the sign and don’t take the instructed escape route, then the crash that occurs and possibly kills you is whose fault? It is yours.


BIBLE REFERENCES


(1) "Thou shall not murder."
(Exodus 20:13 NKJV)

(2) "In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry."
(Ephesians 4:26 NIV)

(3) "You said in your heart, "I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."
(Isaiah 14:13-14 NIV)

(4) "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth."
(Genesis 1:1 NIV)

(5) "The man said, this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called "woman," for she was taken out of man. That is why a man leaves his mother and father and is united to his wife and they become one flesh."
(Genesis 2:23-24 NIV)

(6) "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die."
(Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV)

(7) "Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
(Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV)

(8) "God is not a man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind."
(Numbers 23:19a ESV)

(9) "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live."
(Ezekiel 33:11a NIV)

(10) "For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world, through Him, might be saved."
(John 3:16-17 KJV)





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This is Mel Gibson talking to the actor who played Jesus in the movie The Passion of the Christ. Mel was the director of that movie. I'm sure he is giving him advice on what to do in a scene or something, but it honestly makes me think something totally different. Just imagine sitting next to Jesus like this and talking to Him about how hard your life is or asking Him to take the pain away because you can't stand it. You're doing this while you look right at Him, bloody and beaten. He looks that way because He made the ultimate sacrifice— for you. Even after that, He still loves you. He wants us to talk to Him. He wants to help us. He loves us. He died on that cross for us so that we could be forgiven. When we talk to Him, we can't see Him sitting next to us like this, but He is surely there and He listens to us just like this.

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My Policy Regarding Comments



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Because of the very prominent display of my Christian faith on my profile, I tend to get a decent amount of traffic (nothing like 'famous' deviants, but a good deal) and it has therefore become necessary to set a few guidelines for commenting on my page. I do often get genuine, polite questions about faith and the Bible as well as sincere requests for advice, prayer, and Christian counsel and these questions are the most important ones that I will ever answer. I try to check in with deviantART several times per day to get to these questions and requests and I need to be able to recognize them immediately, so I have therefore set three very simple rules about commenting on my page. These rules also apply to noting me and they are as follows.



● Everyone on deviantART is welcome on my profile. My profile's comment section is always open to people of all faiths or lack thereof. This means that if you believe differently than I do in any way either by having faith in a different religion, by being atheistic or agnostic, or simply having a different belief as to the way Christianity should be practiced, you are still welcome here if you'd like to receive kind and genuine counsel or have serious Bible and belief questions. I discriminate against NO ONE and I would also like to specifically note that I also welcome members of the LGBT community with open arms. I say this not to single LGBT out, but rather to convey that you'll find no judgment here.

● Please kindly inform me of your intentions right away when you comment. What I mean by this is that if you have a need, a question, or a prayer request, please place that information into your first comment rather than allowing the comment to seem like idle chit-chat. For example, since I am so focused on answering vital questions, a comment saying "Hi! How are you? May I ask a question/for prayer about *insert subject here,* please?" will be answered as quickly as possible whereas a comment that tries to get a conversation going before asking the question such as "Hi! I haven’t commented to you in a while. How have you been?" may end up getting ignored or pushed aside because it does not immediately allow me to recognize that there is a need. Note that follow-up questions asked after my answering your first one are NOT idle chit-chat and I will respond to you in replies until I have addressed your need to your absolute satisfaction.

● PLEASE DO NOT TROLL. This is that icky rule that I only mention out of necessity because some people are rude. Everyone is welcome here no matter what their beliefs are, so if all you can think of to comment with is something nasty directed towards my faith and feelings and/or the faith and feelings of another commenter on my page, kindly see yourself out and don’t let the door hit you when you leave. Things that are considered trolling/disrespectful on my page are taking the LORD’s name in vain on purpose, using profanity, being in any way vulgar, praising the devil, and attacking me or other people here. I also do not appreciate spam. Each cruel trolling comment of any kind as well as actual spam will be reported as such and the commenter blocked. I will also respond by asking all of my watchers to pray for each troll by way of posting a status about their need.

Thank you for your consideration and God bless.

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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner 6 days ago
:iconllamajumpplz: thanks for the llama :)
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Happy Resurrection Sunday! :heart:
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xXWolves20Xx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Ah! I love your page so much Love 
I hope you are having a wonderful Good Friday and I hope you have a great Easter!
God bless Hug 
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! My life and all I have is His! I hope you had a blessed Good Friday as well! Sunday's coming! :heart:
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Likopinina Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
Thank you for the llama and happy upcoming Easter! ^^
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Firenze11 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
Thanks for the llama!
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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CottonCandyDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama!
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Once before, you tried to invite me to a group you created. But I didn't join, because I was too busy at the time.

Where did it go? :?
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I had to delete it because I just didn't have time to run it. :(
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Sigfriedofgaea Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, that's too bad... :(
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Sorry. :hug:
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snowpuff77 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:confused: Any reason why you gave me a llama badge? (me being what you might have observed on my profile...)
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You :+fav:'d one of my stamps. :)
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snowpuff77 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Meow :3 Alright, I guess I'll give a llama in return then...
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toad1 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Student Writer
Whoops, I didn't realize that your birthday had passed. Happy birthday :la:
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HephzibahHears Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, hey... did I ever get to that last question of yours? I've been without my pain relief for a while, so I may have forgotten. XD
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toad1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Student Writer
Yup, you got to it! :la:
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