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When I look back on the past year and see how things have changed, I hardly recognize myself.

My heart was broken. I was stretched, torn, and I thought that I was beyond repair. Then, God began putting me back together. The funny thing is that He didn’t put me back as I was, rather He began to fashion something new.

You see, our hearts are like a fragile clay jars. When God decides He is to fill these hearts, sometimes He needs to break them and make them into something else. After all, you cannot put the beautiful Rose of Sharon in a small cup. You need a glorious vase to display it in so that all the world can look and see what God has done.

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Oh, love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in thee
I give you back the life I owe
And in your ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be

My life is not my own
It’s yours
My life is not my own
I know it’s yours

Oh, light that follows all my way
I yield my flickering torch to thee
And my heart restores its borrowed ray
That in your sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be

So light a fire in my heart
And I’ll burn for you
So light a fire in my heart
And I’ll burn for you

Oh, joy, that seeks me through the pain
I cannot close my heart to thee
I trace the rainbow through the rain
And feel the promise is not in vain
That morn shall tearless be

So anoint me with joy
And joyful I will be
So anoint me with joy
And joyful I will be

Oh, cross that’s lifing up my head
I dare not ask to fly from thee
I lay in dust life’s glory dead
And from the ground there blossoms red
Life that shall endless be

We will sing:
Holy, holy
Is the King of Kings
And we will sing:
Holy, holy
Is the King of Kings

On that day we will sing
We will join with the angels and we will sing

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Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
C.S. Lewis (via comeupfromthewilderness)

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To my fellow Christian Metalheads

Hey Kelsey! I’m Stevie. :) I just noticed we had a lot in common from your ten things about Kelsey. And I was wondering about your Christianity + metal music loving, because I’m the same way. I have some other Christian friends that love metal, and most of them listen to a lot of non-christian metal, and I don’t. I was wondering if you do or don’t, and why?

 

Ooh, this is a good question! I like it a lot.

Well, I actually listen to a lot of “non-Christian” music in general. I guess the simplest way I can explain a rather complicated reason why is that I believe that humans are the ones that divide the world into “secular” and “religious,” and not God. (Just roll with me here a sec!) I mean, there are obviously things that are very against Christianity that I suppose we should deem as “secular” but I just see God’s truth as so much bigger than me. I believe He can use “non-Christian” people and music to communicate truth if He wants to. And I love to see other people’s worldviews and beliefs communicated through music, so I love to listen to all types and just appreciate the beauty of the gift of music.

However, I do have some friends that don’t like to listen to what we would deem as secular music (especially non-Christian metal) because the music affects their attitudes so much. One of my guy friends gets really angry and negative when he listens to “heavy metal”, even if it is a Christian band! So he tends to stay away from that. I am not affected by the music so much, but I just love to listen to it, critique it, appreciate it, etc. so listening to metal of any kind is not really a problem for me. I kind of see it like that one verse in the Bible that warns against causing your brother to stumble (1 Corinthians 10:32)… maybe this type of music isn’t a problem for me, but it is a problem for some other people so I should respect that. (This can be applied to many things apart from music!) When I’m with my brother who cannot listen to my heavier tunes without feeling down, I make sure to put on something more uplifting.

With all that being said, my favorite metal band is still a Christian metal band! Demon Hunter. I just absolutely adore their sound and they have profound lyrics. Their songs range from fairly heavy to beautiful ballads. I love to see such dynamic contrast and talent in a group!

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"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace." — Augustine’s "Confessions"

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