The Top 5 NF Songs from “The Search”

Top 5 NF Songs from The Search

On July 26th, 2019, NF released his new album “The Search”. This album instantly shot up to #1 on the iTunes sales chart (Cantor 2019). I helped bolster those numbers (by one) by buying it last night. Regardless of the album sales, it’s easy to see that the artist is a huge hit.

Taking small pieces of artistry flow from various artists and combining them into his own unique style, NF (Nate Feuerstein) regularly creates solid, down-to-earth, and real rap. Through rapping his heart, he reaches millions of teenagers around the world in possibly the best way possible.

#5: Let Me Go. A wonderful song, complete with an emotional, tear-jerking chorus. This song touched my soul. This song easily ranked as one of NF’s top five, and the raw, pure emotion will draw many to tears.

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#4: Time. This song describes, in some ways, Nate’s relationship with his wife. In it, he offers a small piece of advice to the couples listening: no matter what, always be willing to stay together. The song probably came from Nate’s rocky relationship with his parents, who divorced when he was young. He raps his heart, and it shows.

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#3: Change. The song is quite possibly the most unique in the entire album, as it couples a unique bass with an even better background. This song perfectly captures Nate’s heart for change, something extremely admirable within a rapper. While the rest of his industry boasts about their skill and courage, Nate reminds people that he constantly looks for change.

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#2: When I Grow Up. This song shows the beginning of every rapper, even the ones you thought began right on stage. The music video features clips of NF rapping in a garbage truck, then while mopping floors, and finally flipping burgers at a seedy burger restaurant. Again, it portrays the humble beginnings of all artists, something best remembered when you see their money and wealth.

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#1: Leave Me Alone. As far as rap goes, this one is easily the best. The flow, the lines, the rhyme, and the video are all spot on as NF spits fire for a solid 5 minutes. The video is, as always, phenomenal to watch, and Nate should be proud of what is quite possibly his best rap song yet. Tackling mental health, OCD, and the critics that criticize Nate, he brings truth and fire in the same song.

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These songs are special, and if you haven’t had the chance to listen to them, make sure to do so. Nate is an amazing rapper, and I can foresee a long and successful career ahead of him. His beliefs are solid and he trusts God, and for that, he has my utmost respect.

Alright, that’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, make sure to click that Follow button below (or to the side). Then, when I release new posts like this, you’ll get notified. Thanks again, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

Cantor, Bryan. “NF’s “The Search” Claims #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart; “Hadestown,” Justin Moore In Top 3.” Headline Planet, 26th June

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Random Acts of Kindness Award!

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Hey! We’re back again with another award! This time, it’s a new one- the Random Acts of Kindness Award. Sounds like fun, right? Thank you so much, Keziah E, for nominating me! Your blog is so much fun to read, and I absolutely love your writing!

Anyway, here are the rules.

  1. Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.
  2. Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life by giving or receiving kindness. 
  3. Nominate anyone or share to your own page, if you so choose to participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.
  4. Tell who you nominated and why. 

I took the liberty of changing the grammatical structure of the rules, so as to make them more understandable.

To be honest, though, it’s really hard to pinpoint a key moment of kindness in my life. There have been many, and thinking of one big, specific one is hard. As it is, I’ll tell the one that comes to mind.

It was November of 2016, and TobyMac had come to Charleston, West Virginia. My family was on furlough, and we were staying at our house in Saint Albans, West Virginia, about 15 minutes from Charleston. When TobyMac announced that he would be coming in November, my brother Noah and I grew excited. None of the artists that we liked ever came through WV- it was a small state and thus ignored (I’m looking at you, Lecrae! I’ve bought tickets to your concerts in Uganda, and you canceled! And you’ve never gone through Charleston!) So, we began saving our money, ready to buy the tickets.

Eventually, we purchased the required tickets. The night of the concert began, and we arrived with only one minor hiccup (my jeans tore straight down in the front, but that’s a story for another time). A half-hour later, we were bobbing our head to Capital Kings and Mandisa. Then, during a lull in the performance, I turned around to examine my surroundings. An older man, probably between 50 and 60 years old, was seating himself behind me, carrying three Coca-Cola’s. Now, I, being the joking Ugandan-American that I am, grinned and asked, “Hey! Where’s mine?” Now, keep in mind that I had absolutely no clue who this guy was. For all I knew, this guy could have drugged the Coke’s and was trying to enslave the minds of the youngsters around him. But, having grown up in a culture that freely shares everything (and jokes about sharing even when you know you won’t be shared with), I just went with it.

Now, this guy could have totally laughed it off, or told me to shut up and turn around (neither would have surprised me). But instead, he just smiled at me and laughed a little. I thought the joke was done, so I turned around in my seat to wait for TobyMac to come on. Then, five minutes later, I felt someone tap my shoulder. The man had gone back to the snack bar, purchased two cold Coke’s, and was holding them out to me and my brother.

By this point, you’re probably screaming “STRANGER DANGER, YOU IDIOT!” Yeah, well, I didn’t grow up in the USA. Yes, I accept Coke’s from strangers. No, there were no drugs in them. No, the guy did not ask for my email or do something creepy.

He just wanted to share. This dude, whom I had never met in my life, just decided to buy two drinks for the grinning, tan teenager a row ahead of him. Thinking back on it, I’ve realized that maybe there is some hope for America. If its people buy kids free Coke’s, then God Bless America!

Alright, that’s it. Sorry, but that was a little longer than a paragraph. I hope you enjoyed the story, and aren’t too offended by my lack of common sense. Anyway, I only want to nominate one person (I’ve nominated a lot of people recently, so I need to stop bugging them). I am honestly curious as to how she answers this nomination.

Thus, I nominate Ariana Evans, my blogging best friend. It’ll be interesting to see her do this.

Anyway, thanks for reading, guys! I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

The Food Award!

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I’ve decided to create an award! I Googled it, and I don’t think it exists, but if you have been nominated for something similar, please tell me!

Anyway, the rules are fairly simple.

  • Thank the person that nominated you
  • Pingback to the creator, myself at https://africaboy.home.blog/
  • Use the same featured image as your nominator.
  • Answer the five questions
  • Create five questions about food
  • Nominate five people

So, I’m going to create the five questions, then answer them myself to cover numbers 3 and 4. My answers will be in bold.

  1. What’s your favorite fruit? Jackfruit! It’s a large fruit that grows on tall trees. I have eaten over a pound of it in one sitting!
  2. Do you like dessert before or after the meal? After. That way, the sweet taste can stay in my mouth after the meal. 
  3. What’s your favorite thing to order at a fast-food restaurant? Hamburgers all the way.
  4. What’s your favorite dinner? Fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
  5. How do you eat your pizza? Cheese-free, with lots of pepperonis, sausage, and bacon.

Now, my nominees. Let’s learn about your favorite food types!

Random Girl’s Ramblings

Joshua Swanson

Angela G.

Raegan

Lydia

Alrighty, that’s it. It’s pretty easy. Thanks for reading, and I wish you a wonderful day!

 

100 Followers!

Guys, we’ve completed one of my many goals for this blog. On Friday, the 19th of July, 2019, Africa Boy reached 100 followers. I am so thankful for your support and comments! You’ve struggled through my terrible writing and bad puns, and you’ve resisted the urge to slap me upside the head and scream “Elisha! You’re an idiot!” Thank you so much!

(By the way, my next goal is 500)

One Nation, Under God

“A Public Policy Polling (PPP) national survey conducted between February 20th and February 22nd of Republican voters, found that an astonishing 57 percent of Republicans want to dismantle the Constitution, and establish Christianity as the official national religion (Brekhus 2015).”

This article was written over four years ago, and yet that doesn’t make it any less true. To those of you that actually go and read it, Brekhus discusses the results in a National Poll, taken in late February of 2015. In this poll, we discover out of all the Republicans polled, over half were in favor of removing the Constitution and instituting Christianity as the official religion of the United States.

Wow. Who would have known? This means that if they polled 1,000,000 people, approximately 570,000 would have been in favor of this massive change in American law.

Here’s what I found interesting- when the United States of America was established, it was created as a Christian nation. That’s the reason we have “One Nation, Under God” motto. Sorry, Mrs. Clinton, but, like it or not, we began as a Christian nation. However, beginnings do not determine the end. America has changed so much in the last fifty years, it is no longer considered a Christian nation. America has become “One Nation, Under Nobody”. In our pursuit of equality for all religions, we have lost our responsibility as a Nation Under God. Equality for all religions is good; I wholeheartedly support that. But when we remember that the USA started Under God, we have no choice but to shake our heads and pray for God’s mercy, for we have abandoned Him as a nation. Now, instead of seeing entire towns meeting to pray, we see entire towns meeting to watch Avengers: Endgame. Instead of seeing a nation focused on God and His will, we see a nation focused on judging President Trump and his will.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I was one of those people watching Avengers: Endgame. I have done my fair share of judging President Trump. I cannot and will not remove myself from this general statement. However, like it or not, we as Christians are called to do one thing: pray. We should pray, not just for God’s forgiveness on our nation, but also for His grace in allowing us to share the Gospel with our fellow Americans. Is the answer to our problem in ditching the Constitution and forcing everybody to worship Jesus? No, somehow I don’t think so. Copying King Constantine would not go over well with the press and media. However, even though we have lost our focus, as a nation, on God, we can still thank God for His forgiveness and grace upon America. God bless America.

Also, one last thing: I apologize for the timing of this post. It was supposed to be published on the 4th of July

 

Works Cited

Brekhus, Keith. “57% Of Republicans Say Dismantle Constitution And Make Christianity National Religion” PoliticsUSA, 25 February 2015, https://www.politicususa.com/2015/02/25/57-republicans-dismantle-constitution-christianity-national-religion.html

Praise God for This Latrine!

A year ago, I had found myself in a car full of women. Ok, back up. It’s not as weird as it sounds. My “sister”, Betty, had lost her grandmother. This old woman had been a very active Christian woman, so her death came as a shock to many. So, when the time for the burial came, my mom said she would attend, both in tribute to Betty’s grandmother and in support of Betty. Five more women, all close to my mom, all volunteered to go as well. Suddenly, there was a group of six women, all needing to get to Kampala. After some careful thought, I volunteered to go along as a bodyguard, and also to show my support and love for Betty. So, two days later, I found myself bouncing up and down on the dirt roads of Kiwoko, sitting in a women-dominated car.

The funeral was fairly nondescript. We arrived, sat through the two services, buried the coffin, then had lunch. It was what took place afterward, however, that was rather amusing.

Now, during this car ride, I had drunk a lot of water. After this car ride, we sat for over three hours, and I wasn’t able to leave and *cough* relieve myself. The first opportunity presented itself after lunch, when we milled about, waiting for the driver to bring our car around. Seeing it would be some time before the car arrived, I went to search for a bathroom. Unfortunately, the best place I found was a small latrine, and there was a large line in front of it. This line was made up completely of old women (there had been about 200 older women at the funeral). I waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, I was second in line to use the latrine, and it had been four hours since I had felt that pressing need to use a bathroom. The woman in front of me, seeing the expression on my face, was kind enough to let me go in front of her. Now, normally I am chivalrous enough to refuse that sort of offer, but by this point, I was completely focused on being able to do my business. So, after the woman in the latrine stepped out, I opened the door and walked in.

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I found myself standing in two inches of “water”. This mystery liquid could have been made up of anything, but I hoped it was simply rainwater. (Looking back on it, I realize that the area hadn’t had any rain for a few weeks) So, stepping extremely carefully, I managed to do my business.

Now, this is ample opportunity for you ladies to look up to the sky and scream “EWWWW!” If you wish to do so, please go ahead. Also, I promise you, my stories do not consist mainly of my bathroom expeditions (see my blog post The Ultimate Insult, found here). However, I’m fond of telling this story, so I figured I might as well post it.

Now, you’re probably wondering why this is relevant.

“Elisha, you idiot, you just told a story without a moral.” You might grumble to your computer or phone screen. Well, hold on a second. I’ll get to that.

When this situation took place, I was almost 15 years old. That means it was about a year and a half ago. I was not the same person then as I am now. Despite that, I am fairly certain that if that situation was repeated, I would have the same disgusted reaction to that latrine. Even today, I would groan and mumble to myself about sanitation and lazy workers. But you know what? While that seems to be a natural, appropriate response, I’ve realized what I should have said.

“God, thank you for this latrine!”

Now, why should I praise God for a latrine that contained two inches of mystery water, no toilet seat, and three baby mice (I could hear them)? Well, the answer is simple- there are people on this planet that do not have nearly enough money to build a latrine. When they need to use the bathroom, they do their business outside, the way God intended. Why should I, the Amerigandan boy, complain about a bathroom that was in (mostly) usable condition, when simply thirty minutes before, I had been happy to find a bathroom at all. Shame on me, being picky when my only other option was behind a tree.

All right, I think you understand what I’m saying. Even in the worst, most horrible situations that we encounter, there is always something to be thankful for. So yeah, Praise God for this latrine!

As always, thanks for reading this post! You support means a lot to me. If you wish to reblog or quote this post, feel free to do so! If you liked this post a lot, please make sure to tell your friends or family about it! Also, clicking that Follow button will allow you to receive updates when I release a new post, so be sure to do so! Once again, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

The Blogger Recognition Award

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Hey! We’re back with another award, and this time, it’s a new one- the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much, Ariana (my blogging best friend), for nominating me. Guys, if you haven’t already, make sure to check out her blog here, with the original nomination here.

Alrighty, that’s done. Now, here are the rules, per usual.

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 5-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

The Creation of Africa Boy

I first started blogging on my dad’s old blog. He had this section on it called the McFarland Kids Creative Place, and on that, I could blog. My first ever post (published November 4th, 2015. You can find it here), was a poem I had written about snow. Eventually, I grew to dislike blogging on a website that was not my own, so I used my email and created my own blog, found here. The Elisha McFarland blog still exists, and I update it regularly. After a year of blogging on that website, I was told by a friend that the Blogspot websites aren’t nearly as cool (or accessible) as the WordPress website. Thus was born Africa Boy.

Advice

Now, here are my two pieces of advice. 1: Blog consistently (sorry, Ariana, but I copied you). 2: Don’t be afraid to market; in other words, don’t be scared of telling people about your blog.

Nominations

Alright, let’s do this. I nominate…

SincerelyHero

Jyoti

Raegan

Hannah

Arabella

Keziah

All right, that’s done. Thank you, everybody, for reading, and thank’s again to Ariana for the nomination. Peace out!

 

 

 

 

 

Being Aware of Others/Expressing Kindness

This is a phenomenal movement. Thank you for sharing!

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Yesterday afternoon I stopped at a local Organic/Natural Food market in my city, I love the deli food such as curry chicken salad and of course their mulligatawny soup. When I stopped in yesterday to get some tuna salad, I noticed the young woman I enjoy telling my dumb jokes to has a tattoo. The tattoo is the Semi Colon tattoo.

Dictionary.com explains it as, “The Semi Colon tattoo represents thesemicolonpunctuation mark used as a message of affirmation and solidarity against suicide, depression, addiction, and other mental health issues.” You can read about how it started at Semi Colon Tattoo.

I love this quote by Amy the woman who started the Semi Colon movement:

“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”

When I saw her tattoo, I shared with her…

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Christian Dating in a Secular World

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The word “dating” often brings out mixed emotions and views. Secular people think of dating as a commonplace activity, comparable to sports or television in what it brings. Christians think of dating with many different opinions. Some treat it just as commonly as non-believers do, while others give it a wide berth. Some give it no veneration, while others revere it as if it is a gift from God; which, of course, it is. Despite the apparent similarities between secular and Christian dating, Christians should remember that dating is a gift from God, and should be treated with all due respect and reverence.

One of the major differences between secular and Christian dating is the means. Secular people treat dating as a means to take, though this appears to be quite confusing, it is easily explained. Essentially, many secular people view dating as an activity used to take from others. This is comparable to Christmas time, when the only thought within the mind of a child is what to get from Santa Claus. Just as children view Christmas as a time for getting presents, secular men and women see dating as a time for receiving pleasure. Whether acknowledged or not, pleasure is always found at the center of secular dating.

Christians must treat dating as a means to give. While the secular assessment of dating centers on self-seeking pleasure, Christian dating should focus on selfless giving. Tragically, the art of giving has become a lost art within today’s culture. Millions of unsaved people make it a habit to take without giving, while Christians are supposed to do just the opposite. Christians must learn to give, not out of duty, but out of love, for “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (English Standard Version, 1 Corinthians. 13.3). Without love, a person cannot hope to give. But within love, giving becomes the most radical testimony a Christian could share, for love through giving is a way to reach out to anybody, be they Muslim, Atheist, or Buddhist. Giving is not only a testimony of faith but also a testimony of character. A Christian armed with this knowledge will find giving within love illuminates personal testimony. Giving displays love, and love does not tear down, as hatred does. Selfish taking is a form of hatred, which destroys all hope for relationship. Contrary to this, love creates relationship, and the creation of relationship should consistently be the main goal within a Christ-led courtship.

Non-believers view dating as a pathway to sex. In today’s world, sex and dating are intertwined. The two go hand in hand, according to some, and are interchangeable. Because there is no Biblical background to most relationships, there is no context to sex. Thousands of unsaved men and women enter sexual relationships with no knowledge of God’s intention for sex within marriage. Because of this, few realize that sex must be held within marriage, else it inevitably becomes boring to the participants, who eventually break up or divorce. Today, secular marriage is only necessary when a couple wishes to exchange rings, have a ceremony, and join last names- no other reason. When the couple lives together, sleeps together, and can already have children, what true purpose does marriage hold to a secular couple? None.

Christians must treat dating as a road to marriage. Unlike secular dating, which is used to gain pleasure, Christians should view dating as a pathway to a possible marriage. Dating will not always end in marriage, and, because of this, should be viewed as a pathway to marriage. When viewed as a road to marriage, Christian dating becomes something far more special then secular dating. This time period is used as an opportunity for possible couples to learn about each other. The time within engagement is spent differently when the end goal is marriage, since secular dating has no end goal, save for pleasure, which is not fulfilling in the least. Did God intend for dating to be used within the context of marriage? Yes! How else is a young Christian going to learn about his future spouse? If two people were to enter marriage without having any true knowledge of each other, their marriage will likely be destroyed. Dating within the context of marriage has been blessed by God, and should be emulated by all young Christian men and women.

The major difference between secular and Christian dating is the inclusion of God within the relationship. Earthly relationships have no inclusion or basis with God; instead, they focus on pleasure, within sex, and taking what they can get. It is because of this that “About 40 to 50 percent of marriages within the United States end in divorce” (Lewis). When God is not included in dating, the relationship between the couple cannot be expected to last.

If a future marriage is to last, it is paramount that dating couples include God into their relationship. A problem found within many Christian couples is a lack of knowledge on how to incorporate God into their relationships. While they still pray, read their Bibles, or go to church, they are not actively including God into their relationship. The inclusion of God into a relationship involves careful prayer between the couple, reading the Bible together, going to church together, asking God how they can be the best husband/wife. This incorporation of God, while seeming to be unimportant, is crucial for producing a healthy, mature marriage.

While the differences between Secular and Christian dating appear to be few, they are extremely different, two beliefs separating two totally different ways of approaching relationships. Because of these differences, Christians have to remember that dating is a gift from God, and should be treated with all due respect and reverence.

Works Cited

Lewis, F. Henry. “Divorce Statistics in the United States and California.” Gardner & Lewis, LLP, 9 October 2018, https://www.michaelagardner.net/blog/2018/10/09/divorce-statistics-in-the-united-193973

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Crossway, 2001. Print.

Marvel Theory: Thor’s Hammer

It’s Theory Day again! (By the way, if you have any theories you want me to discuss, tell me because I am running out of them). Also, as always, this post will contain spoilers from Avengers: Endgame, so if you haven’t seen that, then don’t read this!

In the final battle scene at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thanos has Thor on the ground, ready to stab and kill him. Captain America, in his desperation, somehow summons Thor’s hammer, thus claiming the Thunder god’s power for himself. This act of bravery helps Captain America pummel Thanos, briefly taking the mad Titan’s attention off of Thor.

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This action, while seeming to be so simple, was probably, to me, the highlight of the entire movie. After all, the only glimpse we saw of this ability was when he budged the hammer during Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

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After all, the Avengers try to lift Mjolnir, Cap walks over and yanks on it, managing to both slightly budge the hammer and wipe the smug grin off of Thor’s face. This scene hinted at the possibility of Cap’s ability to lift Mjolnir but didn’t give us any real indication. Now, after watching Avengers: Endgame, we fans feel intensely satisfied in the scene. Well, most of us, that is. Some annoying fans started asking How? There are two theories, both found here.

The first theory says that Captain America while being the most worthy of all the Avengers (except Thor), still wasn’t quite worthy enough. However, after confessing to Tony Stark that Bucky killed Stark’s parents, Cap would have finally cleansed his soul enough to prove himself worthy to the hammer. This act of confession would have “bumped him up a notch” on the “worthiness scale”, allowing him to finally lift Mjolnir during that pivotal moment in Endgame. 

The other theory sounds a little better to me. This one states that Captain America was worth the entire time, but during the lifting competition of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cap, being the nice guy he is, saw Thor’s face and knew that the god of Thunder would be absolutely crushed if someone else could lift his hammer. So, even though Cap had felt the hammer and knew he was able to lift it, he decided to let Thor keep what shred of dignity he still had, and instead decided to barely budge it. This wiped the arrogant smile off Thor’s face but still allowed him to keep his claim to the throne of Asgard. After all, that’s what the stakes were: anyone who could lift the hammer would be worthy of the throne.

Personally, I prefer the second theory, for it certainly highlights Captain America’s selflessness and humility in choosing not to show off. However, because there is no confirmation to either theory, I leave it up to you. Which theory do you believe is correct?

As always, thank you so much for reading! Your views are what keep bloggers like me going. May God bless you, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

 

The Liebster Award 3.0

Thanks so much, Jacquie, for the nomination! Guys, make sure to check out her blog here. She is a very wise woman, and I have learned a lot by reading what she has written.

The rules are the same

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.
  • Nominate up to 11 bloggers and make them happy
  • Make up to 11 questions and ask them to your nominees
  • Notify your (up to) 11 nominees.

I’ve already done the first, so now on to the second!

  1. I like fantasy football.
  2. I want to go to Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.
  3. I still have all of my grandparents.
  4. My favorite fruit is jackfruit.
  5. I like the NFL- Chicago Bears
  6. I enjoy drinking coca-cola
  7. I only wear jeans once a week
  8. I am lactose intolerant
  9. I hate tomatoes
  10. Dogs are better than cats
  11. I love coaching basketball

Now onto the questions.

  1.    What would you say is the most important thing about you? Undoubtedly the fact that I love Jesus.
  2.    What is your blog about? Lots of different stuff, but most especially my life in Africa.
  3.    What inspired you to start blogging? My dad’s encouragement. When I was 13, he recognized that I had a little talent in writing, so he encouraged me to do some posts on his (then) blog. I haven’t stopped since.
  4.    If I visited your city, what would I see? Which one? I was born in Chicago, grew up in New Hope Uganda, but my parents own a house in Saint Albans, West Virginia. If you visited New Hope, Uganda, you would see a lot of children, trees, and houses, in that order. Our elementary school alone has over 400 kids! Regardless, I know you would love seeing New Hope.
  5.    A favorite author and why? J.R.R Tolkien when it comes to classics. His books are called masterpieces for a reason. My favorite current author is John Flanagan, author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series. His books inspire small, unathletic children everywhere to go out and enjoy nature.
  6.    What is something positive about your childhood? Hmm, that’s a little vague, but I grew up with a theologian dad. He’s the reason I am considering studying theology at Moody.
  7.    How would you describe God? The Father. As my Father, that is, to me, his most important characteristic, and one I feel is rather understated. Few describe or think of God as their Father. Instead, most feel he is something untouchable- too far away, not close enough to we humans. What we don’t realize is that God invites us, as Christians, into a family-type relationship with Him for the rest of our earthly and heavenly lives1
  8.    Who inspires you, either living or dead? A couple of people in list of influence. 1: My parents. 2: My grandparents. 3: Josiah Dangers- a friend of the family who’s family/work lifestyle is close to what I envision myself living someday. 4: The rappers Lecrae and NF. 5: My friends everywhere.
  9.    Do you volunteer, if so where? I am in the process of volunteering at my church’s Sunday School, and I am also volunteering to teach Chess to some of the kids at our elementary school.
  10. What brings you joy? Being with my grandparents. Because I don’t see them very often, the few moments I have with them are such a joy.
  11. Do you have someone whose life is an example of godly living? What about them draws you? My dad! He is one of the most patient, kind men I have ever met. He treats his wife, my mom, with the utmost respect and love, and has never gotten frustrated beyond what is appropriate. Out of everybody, I want to be like him the most.

Now 11 questions from me.

  1. Do you have a role model? If so, who?
  2. If you could visit the city of your choice, where would you go?
  3. What is your most fundamental belief?
  4. What’s your favorite book?
  5. Describe your hobbies.
  6. What’s your favorite holiday?
  7. Do you play an instrument?
  8. How many siblings do you have?
  9. Coffee or tea?
  10. How do you like to drink your coffee/tea
  11. Do you follow any sports?

Finally, my nominees.

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Keziah

Jesse

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Loving LGBTQ?

Two days ago, I was checking CNN. While scrolling down the page, an article caught my eye. The title went like this “A group of Christians attended a pride parade to apologize for how they’ve treated the LGBT community“. After reading the article (found here), I found myself quite impressed. A group of Christians from Marikina, Philippines gathered to talk to members of the LGBTQ community. However, instead of gathering to throw insults or commandments at the group, they gathered with a single message: We’re sorry. This message is far more profound then we might think. Many Christians, ignoring the Bibles commands about love and grace, chose to make enemies of the LGBTQ community, even going so far as to tell them “they aren’t human”.

This treatment of the LGBTQ community is unacceptable. Despite what they stand for, these members are human beings. They love, they laugh, they hope, and they dream. We can disagree with others without having to throw insults or hatred. Some members of the LGBTQ community hate Christians, and for some good reasons. Christians are the main antagonists of the LGBTQ community. After all, the Bible states clearly that homosexuality is a sin. Even though we, as Christians, are required by our faith to disagree with those that support homosexuality, we are still called to love them like fellow human beings. So even if you are to meet a member of the LGBTQ community, you can still respectfully disagree with their opinions, but don’t forget to be loving and gracious. After all, God created them, and He loves them.

God’s Independence Day

Today is the 4th of July. Fireworks bang, meat sizzles on the grill, and hotdogs are eaten. The Independence Day of the USA is an important day for millions. Now, because you, the reader, are probably going to be very busy today, I’ll keep this very short. Like, read it in ten seconds short.

Don’t forget to praise God for His work in the United States. It’s easy to exclude God during the holidays. We often become so focused on food and drink that we forget the One that created said food and drink. As such, don’t forget to thank God for that burger, or that hotdog, or that steak… You get what I mean. Praise God, for He has done great things in the United States. Don’t let anyone ever forget that. After all, he created Independence Day. Praise God for creating such a special day!

A Smile in the Midst of Poverty

“When I first came to Uganda, I saw so many children with nothing. In America, we think we know suffering and poverty, but in reality, we know nothing. But what really strikes me is the fact that every child is so happy. Even though they have nothing, they smile as if they have everything.”

This quote, believe it or not, is probably the most common thing I have heard from Americans visiting Uganda. While there IS poverty in the United States, it usually remains tucked away, avoided at all costs. After all, who cares about the hobos and homeless? This mindset has been a hindrance to the more sheltered American teenagers and young adults. Because they have been sheltered for their entire lives, they have no idea what the outside world looks like. Thus, when they arrive in Uganda, all ready to “minister to the poor and needy”, they are caught off guard by the sheer number of poor people. The rich exist, of course, but Uganda is dominated by men and women that make less than $500 a year. This amount proves to be staggering to the average Westerner (perhaps American is too general). And yet… There is something that strikes them far harder than poverty, and that’s a smile. The Ugandan people, while not being the richest in the world, consistently find things to smile about. This ability finds itself in stark contrast to the Western world, in which money while being common, does not provide happiness. There might be men that own three houses, four Lamborghinis, and a private plane, yet they only smile for the cameras. Deep down, brokenness affects us all, and money cannot repair the gaping hole in our souls left by the sadness and regret that comes with sin.

Happiness can be found outside of money. Poverty, in all its crushing weight, cannot remove the joy that is somehow found within the hearts of the Ugandan children. They find joy in life, not in the new Xbox or PlayStation. This joy, found within real life, is what astounds many Westerners, who expect to find a lack of happiness whenever poverty is present. Joy is found in an appreciation of God’s creation, not within money or possessions. This is something we would all do well to remember.

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Movie Review- Avengers: Endgame

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I’ve wanted to do this for a while, but only received the chance after watching Avengers: Endgame for a second time. Alright, here’s how I’m going to do this. I will do this in imitation of the Christian movie rating website PluggedIn. I will go through all of the negative content, discuss the positive content, then give the movie a final rating. Alright, let’s do this!

Also- WARNING! Spoilers ahead! (I’m getting tired of typing that sentence, but I don’t have a choice)

Movie Review

Taking a loss is one of the most difficult experiences one can possibly suffer through. The Avengers, after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Thanos and his Black Order, attempt to restore peace and order to Earth, which reals in the shock of losing 50% of all living things. Loki, Heimdall, Gammora, Vision, T’Challa, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, Scarlet Witch, Drax, Star-Lord, Groot, Mantis, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hope and Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Shuri all perished in Avengers: Infinity War. The few Avengers that remain attempt to keep Earth intact, but after the quick, unexpected death of Thanos, the Avengers are left with one question: How can we fix this? Without Infinity Stones, how can they even hope to bring back their fallen companions? The answer, found in the theories of Scott Lang and the intellect of Tony Stark, plunges viewers into a difficult journey of redemption and hope.

Negative Content

Sexual Content: 2/10. A few couples kiss. Scarlet Witch wears her regular low-cut top. A few jokes are made about Captain America’s rear end.

Violent Content: 7/10. After Avengers: Infinity War, the violence in Endgame seems to be far more muted. Yes, there is the final battle, but most of the movie is quite mild. People are stabbed, cut, decapitated, squished, blown up, and more. It’s rated PG-13 for a reason.

Alcoholic Content: 3/10. Thor is essentially drunk for about half the movie. We seem him drink quite a few beers, proving how far he’s fallen in the five years after Thanos’ snap.

Positive Content

Heroism and Bravery. These themes exist throughout the entire movie, showing just how far humans can go in the pursuit of freedom and righteousness. Just as Christ, our hero, showed bravery in dying for us, so also do the Avengers attempt to bravely right the wrongs set by Thanos. A noble cause indeed.

Final Words

“But if you’ve already invested in this cinematic saga—if you laughed through Thor: Ragnarok and cried through Infinity War and occasionally shouted “Wakanda forever!” be assured that Endgame is eminently satisfying. This finale reminds us of movies gone by, celebrating the heroes we’ve come to know and giving them, I think, a fitting coda. And the heroes here are heroic—sometimes displaying qualities that perhaps we could all stand to embody more: courage. Sacrifice. Humility. Redemption.” —Paul Asay, Plugged In. 

Avengers: Endgame was, in my own opinion, the greatest Marvel movie to date. Nothing, not even Black Panther, comes close to the well thought out plot demonstrated in Endgame. I raise my fingers in a salute to a masterpiece worthy of its status as the best Marvel movie of all time.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to read this post. It means a lot to me!