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Who is this Jesus you worship? [an alternative & realistic look at Jesus Christ - Messiah]

I always find it a bit odd when I observe the images people conjure up of Jesus Christ.

It’s like we’re reading two entirely different Bibles at times.

The world has fallen for this portrait of a caucasian, tender-hearted, pushover with an unusual love for bright colored clothing. [Jesus was a poor Jew…]


This isn’t quite the vision that comes to mind when I read the Scriptures. Jesus knew the truth and he let it set Him free - fully human and fully divine, He walked as one among us.

The Jesus I praise was/is an unconventional, controversial, rebellious badass with serious balls. He was point blank, frank, blunt even. Unafraid to call it like He saw it. He turned tables - literally. Often times He would just call people out for what they were - religious hypocrites, close minded, and racist (take the story of the good Samaritan for example). Sure He had a soft spot for the underdog, but that didn’t make Him a wimp by any means.

Jesus was a full blood Jew in the royal line of King David (the badass who killed Goliath). His fingers were probably callused, His skin dark and worn from years of hot carpentry work in Israel’s harsh climate. He most likely wore humble garments that were far from white (and not clean by today’s standards) and His hair probably wasn’t kept.

My Jesus was a radical revolutionary. One might even call Him a hippie of sorts - living by a message of peace, hope and equality for all of God’s creation. So where exactly the modern mainstream image of Jesus originated from I can’t seem to figure out. When people speak of Jesus, sometimes I have to stifle a laugh. I’m sure from up in Heaven at the right hand of the Father, Jesus chuckles a little bit too.

Perhaps we need to rediscover the Scriptures and remember our fearless and bold Savior. A man who was tender enough to welcome children into His arms, yet firm enough to turn the whole world upside down, bringing people to their knees. He wasn’t afraid to turn the other cheek, but He certainly wasn’t afraid to let His voice be heard either.

This is the Man-God that early Christians were willing to suffer extreme torture and executions for at the hands of the Romans.

Clearly this God, messiah, prophet, teacher, Lord, savior is unconventional.

Part of me can’t help but paint this picture in my mind of Jesus with two bold fingers up in the face of the nagging pharisees. 
…but that’s just me…and I’m weird.

I suppose the beauty and appeal of Jesus Christ is the fact that He is the Savior of all for all. There are no boundaries or limits to His love and mercy. It’s just hardcore 24/7 lovin’. He can be whatever we want Him to be because He wants our relationship to be personal and intimate. 

So whether your faith is catered to the common caucasian Jesus of Western pop culture, or my rugged and radical one, the point essentially is this: Jesus does love you individually with a fiercely unconventional and passionate love. And that I hope is something we can all agree on. :)

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I was seriously obsessed with this video when I was in middle school. My parents blessed me with an old VHS tape that had like about 10 hours of music videos off MTV recorded on it. All 1980’s alternative classic gems. I grew up on this stuff. Perhaps that’s why my music tastes are so golden now. Thanks mom & dad.

Parenting: they did it right.

(Source: kimwulffinboom)

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got the latest issue of Alternative Press magazine today. Mixed emotions when I got to the center and found included a poster of Panic(!) at the Disco. My first reaction was “OH MY GOSH YES!” and then I saw Brent, and realized that Brendon was like 18 and looked at the bottom of the poster and noticed “classic AP band poster”. CLASSIC? Yes. In what way? As in old? Am I getting old? All of this is just too much.



music freak.

it’s all the same to me.

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The All-American Rejects

 ”Beekeeper’s Daughter”

From the upcoming album Kids In the Street (coming out later this month)

‘Beekeeper’s Daughter’ is a story about a guy who thinks he can get away with anything and always have a girl there waiting for him. He never backs down from that opinion. At the end of it, he’s even stronger and more snide and thinks he’s invincible no matter what. He’s an asshole, but at that point in my life, I was kind of an asshole. As we were making Kids in the Street, I went from that to being a completely humbled guy who’s looking at his reflection saying, ‘Wow, what have I done?’ It may make me not seem very likeable, but it was important that I be truthful and really open up on this album about what I’ve been through.’”—Tyson Ritter (lead vocalist/lyricist)


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i’m so dependent on the attention i get, like a sinking ship looking for more water, and i long for approval like a prisoner who’s waited years for his daughter. it’s a catastrophe its a sad story i’m out of control, but you’re taking me and shaping me into your own. this has got to stop. i can’t wait on happiness to set in, and i can’t force joy. as i sit back and wait on my sin. you are the only thing i’ve ever seen that makes sense, confused yet actually totally content. You are the only thing I’ve ever seen.

-foley., The Only Thing

perfectly describes my mood


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Masterpost of my favorite songs (in no particular order)

Beloved - Tenth Avenue North

Konstantine - Something Corporate

Praise You In this Storm - Casting Crowns

Electrical Storm - U2

This I Love - Guns N’ Roses

Something - The Beatles

Thinking of You - Katy Perry

From a Mountain in the Middle of the Cabins - Panic at the Disco

A Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet - Fall Out Boy

Let it Be - The Beatles

The Only Thing pt. II - foley.

Halo - Beyonce

Adoration - Matt Maher

(things will be added)

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Disciple - Love Hate (On and On) [Acoustic] 

A little one that’s full of innocence
He doesn’t know that something’s out of place
Another one dreams murder all night
He’s been living full of hatred all his life

Well I guess it’s always been this way
A world that’s full of love and hate
Oh God but will it stay this way?
So much love so much hate
It goes on and on and on around and again
A mother is willing to give her life
While another one throws away her child

A son stands and he turns the other cheek
While another one spits in a face while it bleeds

Well I guess it’s always been this way
A world that’s full of love and hate
Oh God but will it stay this way?
So much love so much hate
It goes on and on and on around and again
A mother is willing to give her life
While another one throws away her child

This evil that’s within is hiding in our skin
What are we? 
When will we? 
Why are we still wondering?
Oh Jesus I can’t take the hate anymore
Save us from ourselves before
We go on and on and on around and again

It goes on and on and on around and again


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The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Your Guardian Angel

this is such a beautiful song! :)

When I see your smile
Tears roll down my face I can’t replace
And now that I’m strong I have figured out
How this world turns cold and it breaks through my soul
And I know I’ll find deep inside me I can be the one

I will never let you fall (let you fall)
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all (through it all)
Even if saving you sends me to heaven

It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay.
Seasons are changing
And waves are crashing
And stars are falling all for us
Days grow longer and nights grow shorter
I can show you I’ll be the one

I will never let you fall (let you fall)
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all (through it all)
Even if saving you sends me to heaven

Cuz you’re my, you’re my, my, my true love, my whole heart
Please don’t throw that away
Cuz I’m here for you
Please don’t walk away and 
Please tell me you’ll stay woah, stay woah

Use me as you will
Pull my strings just for a thrill
And I know I’ll be okay
Though my skies are turning gray

I will never let you fall
I’ll stand up with you forever
I’ll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to heaven
[to fade]


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