24 years ago today, @TwistaGMG released his 2nd album Resurrection under @AtlanticRecords. Along with changing his name from Tung Twista to simply Twista & going to switching from Loud Records to Atlantic, the rapper slowed his flow slightly & deepened his voice along with taking on darker & rougher production provided by his then-deejay DJ-I.C. Dre. Though the album was released only in Chicago (possibly due to marketing conflicts with fellow Chicago emcee Common’s own successful & similarly titled sophomore effort Resurrection being released exactly 2 weeks prior) it served as a template for Twista's next album Adrenaline Rush 3 years later. This album is somewhat famous for the Naughty by Nature diss track "Suicide", which was a response to the group after they said Twista's chopper-style was all show & a gimmick
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A #crown is a traditional symbolic form of headwear, or hat, worn by a monarch or by a deity, for whom the crown traditionally represents power, #legitimacy , #victory , triumph, honor, and glory, as well as immortality, righteousness, and #resurrection . ... Crowns worn by rulers often contain jewels.
The #eagle with its keen eyes symbolized perspicacity, #courage , #strength and #immortality , but is also considered "king of the skies" and messenger of the highest gods. With these attributed qualities the eagle became a symbol of #power and strength in #AncientRome .
A stronghold of either good or evil, castles usually hold a treasure or a princess (a symbol of enlightenment). As a symbol that houses the unobtainable treasure or an imprisoned person, the #castle represent the acquisition of #esotericknowledge or spiritual attainment.🦅👑🏰🐕🎀🇮🇹🇲🇽🍃🖼 #queenworldpeace my #coatofarms
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” Romans 12:17
Love wins. Evil is overcome by He who is greater. Faith is the victory and hope, our champion.
So many times it appears the opposite. Evil prevails and we are overcome. Justice must be done, we think, this is evil and unfair. And often, it is. Our anger may be righteous but if we repay evil with evil, we’ve betrayed our own honor and become slaves to sin.
But good overcomes evil. Cling to God, who is good. Hate evil, which destroys. Allow the Lord to fill us with His unconditional love, the love that casts out fear, the love that defeats death and destruction and brings life and resurrection.
I am so very tired and afraid. Love is a delicious lie filled with deadly poison. Evil has laid waste to my life and overcome the good. Or is that the lie?
Good overcomes evil. God is good and His love beyond measure. He casts out fear. He brings life. Love wins. Evil is overcome by He who is greater. Faith is the victory and hope, our champion.
Hold fast to what is good.
Fear begets fear, friends.
In a nano second, the brain will latch itself onto a negative thought before spiraling down into a dark place.
But it takes 15 seconds for the brain to recognize a positive thought before giving itself permission to even consider that it might be true and therefore allow itself to believe it.
For a week now, I've been overcome by fear-
Even while standing in the good, good knowledge that God was actively working to give me the very thing my soul had been longing to behold.
I know the Truth.
God has illuminated my path.
And I have responded obediently and faithfully walked forward,
No questions asked.
But y'all, I'd be lying if I didn't confess to you that numerous times during the day and night I am overcome with the kind of fear that only rears its ugly head at the sound of me speaking Truth into the lies my flesh is prone to believe.
And here's what I know:
The battle for our minds is not won on some lone battlefield where we singlehandedly slay every giant trying to hold a mirror up to us that we might become so captivated by our own depravity we lose sight of the Christ refracting our own image into something beautiful.
The battle for our minds is won in community,
Where the Body of Christ mirrors back to us not our own depravity,
But our own belovedness,
That we might not behold the giants seeking to distort our identify in Christ
But that we might see only Christ,
Who is doing a new thing,
In us and through us,
Fear be damned.
"Once on Mount Athos there was a monk who lived in Karyes. He drank and got drunk every day and was the cause of scandal to the pilgrims. Eventually he died and this relieved some of the faithful who went on to tell Elder Paisios that they were delighted that this huge problem was finally solved.
Father Paisios answered them that he knew about the death of the monk, after seeing the entire battalion of angels who came to collect his soul. The pilgrims were amazed and some protested and tried to explain to the Elder of whom they were talking about, thinking that the Elder did not understand.
Elder Paisios explained to them: "This particular monk was born in Asia Minor, shortly before the destruction by the Turks when they gathered all the boys. So as not to take him from their parents, they would take him with them to the reaping, and so he wouldn't cry, they just put raki into his milk in order for him to sleep. Therefore he grew up as an alcoholic. There he found an elder and said to him that he was an alcoholic. The elder told him to do prostrations and prayers every night and beg the Panagia to help him to reduce by one the glasses he drank.
After a year he managed with struggle and repentance to make the 20 glasses he drank into 19 glasses. The struggle continued over the years and he reached 2-3 glasses, with which he would still get drunk." The world for years saw an alcoholic monk who scandalized the pilgrims, but God saw a fighter who fought a long struggle to reduce his passion.
Without knowing what each one is trying to do what he wants to do, what right do we have to judge his effort?" Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos
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Jesus, was his entire story just a big fat con? Did He fake his own death? Did he really die and resurrect never to die again? How does a man die, come back to life and stay alive forever? Is he really immortal? Was he really a man while He was on earth? or is He actually God? If he is God, how did he die? Gods can’t die, what happened to His deity, His Power? If he is a man, how is he able to operate in the levels of God-hood? If he is God, how can we say that he really understands what it means to be human? Who exactly is Jesus? What exactly is His place and role in the trinity? What does His person and being mean to the lost and the saved?
That death can be so beautiful always stuns me. The very leaves and trees and final rays of sunlight are whispering even now of the coming Spring, the Resurrection of a world whose beauty we catch now only in glimpses. "Something good is coming," shines the dying sun. "Something good is coming," sing the migrating starlings. "Something good is coming," rustle the worn-through leaves. Let my heart believe their ancient song as the world quiets in Autumn
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If it were up to me I would never lose the things I’ve worked hard to earn. I would continue to add things to my life rather than replace them so I always had more to show for my time here.
I sense though, with God, that he prefers something more cyclical. We grow then he strips us back. He gives then he takes away.
The tighter I seem to to grip on to yesterday the more bleak my tomorrow looks. If mercy is new every morning then I wonder if resurrection is to in some sense? An opportunity to trust, to step off the ledge, and continue becoming instead of plateauing with what we have.
Becoming requires communion. It requires a continual facing toward God.
“Memento Mori” (Reminder of Death) | 2017 | Video on loop with sound
…Heaven - (tick) - Earth- (tock) - Grave - Sky...
Death is a robber.
It moves its cold fingers and strangles the heartbeat of people I love.
It whispers its threats in my ear as I watch my children play.
For this moment, a beating heart.
If Christ is my everything, then my body doesn’t have to be. •
I love running and pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy the way fitness makes me feel (and look, to be honest). I want to be disciplined to steward my body well so I am able to carry out the work God has for me each day. •
But my peace, joy and purpose cannot be tied to my body and health. In an instant, those things could be lost. Age, physical weakness and death eventually overcome even the strongest of persons. •
If my joy and purpose are wrapped up in the health of a perishable body, then my joy and purpose will certainly perish. My joy and purpose will be sure only when they flow from my hope in an imperishable Savior. •
This Savior has conquered death and its sting (sin) through resurrection, and He promises all those in Him perfect, imperishable bodies through future resurrection. •
Resting in this Savior means I can pursue health to the glory of God, yet never be crushed when it is taken from me through weakness, disability, sickness, or death. Those things aren’t the end of my story. •
(Scenes from my run today because...wow)
“Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different. You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies—humans, animals, birds, fish—each unprecedented in its form. You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies—sun, moon, stars—all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we’re only looking at pre-resurrection “seeds”—who can imagine what the resurrection “plants” will be like! This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body—but only if you keep in mind that when we’re raised, we’re raised for good, alive forever! The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality! We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit. Physical life comes first, then spiritual—a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of heaven.” 1 Corinthians 35-44
I’m not a fan of the vampire and living dead crazes that Hollywood has glorified, but there was a time when the dead did come out of their graves and the Bible says it will happen again. But instead of bodies ravaged by death and filthy grave clothes, they will receive bodies fitted for heaven. #eternity#resurrection#rapture
"When we can hold our pain consciously and trustfully (and not project it elsewhere), we find ourselves in a very special liminal space. Here we are open to learning and breaking through to a much deeper level of faith and consciousness. Please trust me on this. We must all carry the cross of our own reality until God transforms us through it. These are the wounded healers of the world, and healers who have fully faced their wounds are the only ones who heal anyone else...
Unfortunately, our natural instinct is to try to fix pain, to control it, or even, foolishly, to try to understand it. The ego insists on understanding. That’s why Jesus praises a certain quality even more than love, and he calls it faith. It is the ability to stand in liminal space, to stand on the threshold, to hold the contraries, until we are moved by grace to a much deeper level and a much larger frame, where our private pain is not center stage but a mystery shared with every act of bloodshed and every tear wept since the beginning of time. Our pain is not just our own." -Richard Rohr
The Comeback is always GREATER than the SETBACK…
Every single one of us has experienced setbacks in our lifetime. From falling in love to breaking up, from getting a job to losing a job, from having children and then experiencing an empty nest. These circumstances turn our world upside down, inside out and out of balance.These are the characteristics of a radical shift!
At the time, we may experience or feel as if everything is falling apart, we have no control and we are losing everyone and everything. Often times, the only way to really learn is through experience. Here are some ways you can stage your comeback after a setback.
1.Accept what you cannot control.
The first step in staging a comeback after a setback is to accept what you cannot control. For example, I cannot control Mother Nature so I had to accept that there was a hurricane heading my way. I also couldn't control when I got power and internet back so that I could get back to business. In both these instances, there was absolutely nothing I could do. Rather than struggling and getting stressed, I had to accept it. By letting it go, I was able to get some much-needed rest guilt-free.
2. Focus on the things you can control.
After you accept what you cannot control, you can focus on the things you can.
3. Look for the lessons.
The final step in coming back stronger after a setback is to look for the lessons. It's so easy for us to get overly emotional when we experience a setback. While it's important to feel our disappointment, there's a difference between feeling our feelings and wallowing.
Setbacks don't have to keep you from experiencing success. They are simply a part of the ride in business and in life. By using these tips, you can come back from a setback stronger than ever before. Artist cred: @chrystelle_f_