Hi ya, I know you like Christian comics so I know you'll love The Word for WORD Bible Comic, (Unabridged, historically accurate graphic novel of the Bible with a high view of scripture. For ages 15+)
To complete the first book I need your help, as I am raising funds on Kickstarter. My passion is to get God's Word in full into the hands of young believer and unbelievers and comic lovers of all ages, in the hope they will come to really know God. Please check it out at the KS page, it's going well but I still need lots of backers so I hope as a CCAS member you'll please pledge to support this project...
Great ministry tool. I will keep you in my prayers also and pray for peace and comfort in your life. you are transparent and many people will be saved by your testimony. May the Lord extend His tents in your life and overshadow you with His glory.
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm Scott A. Shuford, one of the new Board members. I wanted to stop in and say thanks for being involved with CCAS! If you have any input or would like to be involved with anything in particular, please let me and Eric Jansen (Membership Coordinator for CCAS) know by contacting us both through the site. We'll be making several announcements in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. To see a bit more about me, check out my profile here on the site. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.
Consider the words of C.S. Lewis:
"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and to earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I suggest that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased."
Geoff: Hey man. Hang onto God, no matter what comes. Life can be confusing, unjust, and at times we feel unloved. The truth is God really never uses anybody to a large degree, until they've been broken all to pieces. Sorrow widens the soul, and tribulation's imprint is on all great things. Pilgrim's Progress was written in a lonely jail cell. Very often, the Lord will take us into dark places, desolate places, where we are forced to cry out (literally) "Lord, there is no one besides You who can help me!" It's no accident, it is appointed! God is trying to get at something inside of us, heal us in ways He couldn't do otherwise. Discouragement is not good; it is natural, however. It is quite normal to experience delayed answers to prayer, and often we give up too soon-- but it's in the grips uncertainty and restless fear that we are called to hold fast to our faith. Our desires often compete with God, and though He wants to give us the desires of our hearts, He does not want them to take His place. There is something in the waiting that purifies our motivations-- and also brings all the glory to Him alone when He does answer our prayers, and He will (I promise and so does He). I am going through this myself, and it is terribly challenging to wait on God. Often our unfolding circumstances APPEAR to be working in direct contrast to the things we ask of God-- but that is also the proof that He will at some point turn things around, and amaze us by His loving attention and commitment to make us holy, and-- dare I say it, happy. I recommend a devotional for you called "Streams in the Desert", by Elizabeth Cowman. Reading it you'll see that our Christian experience is not at all unique. God has not forgotten us, we simply have abandonment issues because of poor parental models, or something we've had happen to us in the past. He almost always works contrary to our senses and to the flesh, and we have grown accustomed to living in a way that requires no faith, no risk, and no reliance on an Almighty Christ.
Trust me, He is in the deliverance business; but God also tests "the sons of men". Sainthood springs out of suffering-- there's a limit to how much He allows, and He will not keep you there. The problem of getting great things from God is being able to hold on for the last half hour. We must trust, though troubled and perplexed. Remember, you are chosen, Geoff. God knows more than we do concerning our need, however extreme and pressing that need is upon us. He won't let any of us down. He spared not His only Son, giving Him up for us all. He promises (therefore) to hold back no good thing from those that fear Him. I am counting on His promises, and I myself am in a desperate situation-- so I'm not just spouting verses off the top of my head, or talking down to you. I live by God's promises, and I am believing He will do just as He says in His Word.
May He give you endurance and steadfast confidence in His power to deliver, and in His unshakable, committed, love for you. May He meet your needs, whatever they are.
Sorry man, but I can't find the CD anywhere! I moved from New York City to South Carolina, and it must have been lost during the move--- which was chaotic. It was shown at a convention though... I'll keep trying to locate it. Wish I could help you further. chris
chris thank you for your comments jesses story is also based on a true story about 80% of it. its my story.
u know i may sound crazy but i need artists and with what you know with the movie you made I could sure use u for a page or two are you interested
this project is for a charity that ministers to male prostitutes in chicago and houston. as far as we know its the only two in the USA
Hey there. I lived in New York City for 3 years and did some film acting. I was in a film called Tremor, where I played a character much like Jessie. He was a hustler also. It was a real challenge to play this character and in role preparation, I lost a lot of weight, did interviews and research and spoke to several street kids about what they've endured in their lives. It is really unbelievable what goes on while mainstream churched America goes about their day to day lives. I don't think after talking and hanging out with those guys, I've ever been so confronted with such hopelessness and fatalism. Thanks for sharing this story, because awareness is key, and mercy triumphs over judgment. The truth is, Tremor was a true story. The director, a twenty something bohemian looking guy, wrote about his own experience as a hustler. It was, needless to say, a challenge for me, a long-time Christian, to muster the bravado to play this role. The film was shown at a couple festivals, but that's about it. The story revolves around this young hustler who is summoned to service a rich white guy at a well known hotel. Well, to make a long story short, the john turns out to be his own father. That story is so typical of what goes on in the lives of these poor broke and usually addicted kids. Anyways, may the good Lord richly bless your efforts!
I just saw your prayer request, and I've been in the same place. I think this video will help you a lot, and I hope you'll continue to watch the entire series.
You can also read the transcript on my blog if you can't download it.
Beloved always in grace,
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