Dinosaurs in the bible and days out on the town

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A lot of my friends and family tend to ask the question of how we like Austin now that we have lived here for a while. Well, it’s fantastic. There seems to be a festival or shop expo every single weekend. This weekend we went to craft sale downtown because we knew that these sewing ladies were going to be there. They are called Fort Lonesome and they do this thing called chain stitching. It was pretty cool and is done with this vintage looking machine. We went to the event because we knew that they were going to be there. I got the bible verse Job 40:15-25 because… well… dinosaurs. That’s why.  Verse 24 makes me think of a triceratops of all the behemoths. Boom!!!

Job 40:15-24 King James Version (KJV)

Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.

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New back patch in the works

Yeah, it’s finally about that time in life to change things up. For those of you that don’t know me that well, I like back patches. I have been rocking the same old “Bizarro Brigade” back patch for close to 4 or 5 years now on my hoodie. Not only have I been rocking this same old design for that long, but I have also been rocking the same old hoodie for that long. Time is way past due for a new one. The hoodie is black, and yet, the years of use have faded the sleeves brown somehow. With that, it is time to throw in the towel and go with something fresh and new. A head turner, if you will. Something that will intrigue, spark conversation, engage ridicule, demand my “apparent” close minded ignorance, and yes… even a few eye rolls.

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Read the Bible. The end is Nigh.

I put this design together myself, deciding I wanted something biblical that expressed my feelings toward the world, and my desire for people to wake up about where things are headed. No, I did not create this art. I merely pulled it from the world-wide-web while providing what I felt was an appropriate tagline. We have all kinds of biblical symbolism in this image. The lion and the lamb as one, the 7 headed dragon, the elders, and the cross just to name a few. I don’t have this patch in my postion yet, but I will very soon. And for that, I am excited.

The crew over at MantidSnip were kind enough to send me some “in progress” photos before shipping out my order. If you are into custom back patches and want something done right with the quality that counts, go check these guys out!

500 Sales + A new Direction #patchgame

Well, here we are in the middle of my fourth month of patch selling operation and things are growing and changing like wild flowers in spring. For starters, I have reached 500 and exceeded 500 sales. It couldn’t have happened at a better time either, considering I am only half way through my 4th month as an Etsy merchant. A few sales before hitting the big 500 I did the math and realized something. If I managed to reach 500 sales this week it would meant something pretty cool. And since I did reach that mark in said time, it happened. With 500 sales under my belt and the calculations done, I have officially sold an average of 5 orders every day since the shop opened. That is 5 orders a day, every day, every single day of the month, 3 & 1/2 months straight. That’s radical if you ask me. Since most sales have been multi packs or even orders up to and exceeding 100 patches, there is no telling how many actual patches I have sold. It has for sure been a while ride.

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With that ride in mind I have decided to go a new direction. My wife may think it silly, but I am a big fan of the neo thrash / crust punk style and have even started leaning that direction with my own personal choices in dress (crust excluded). Having said that, the first of December I will be adding a few new items to the store. I have decided to do a run of Christian themed screen printed fabric patches inspired by the for mentioned punk rock look. The large patch on the right with all of its intricate detail is actually not going on the store. That is a one of that I am having made all for myself. That bad boy is a back patch just for me.

Obviously, my focus with all of the patches I have done in the past has been to create something I would want to personally own on my clothing or backpack. With that in mind, these screen printed patches are no different. I plan on putting one of each of these puppies on my vest along with that back patch.

If by chance these neo thrash – crust punk patches do well in the store I may very well be on my way to getting a screen printer set up in my garage. I already have a friend who knows a lot about it who is willing to help me get set up and started, if I so choose.

Anyway, enough rambling.

500 Sales!!!! New Patches Coming!!!!

Now Available – Bible Patches #Jesus

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Well, it’s official… For the Win Inc has finally done some Christian patches. They have just hit the stores today. I have 4 of them currently… but there is no telling how many I will actually end up doing; what with the endless number of epic biblical stories I could draw inspiration from and all that jazz. Right now we have The lamb of revelations, Adam and Eve from genesis, The suffering of Christ prior to being crucified for our sins, and a Jesus Lives patch. I almost went cliché with this one and had it say “Jesus’ Life Matters” since it seems to be a controversial topic lately on the fight against racism. But, I went with my better judgment and didn’t do it. Anyway, go on over to the store and check them out. If you have feedback or patch ideas based on biblical themes, let me know. I am all ears.

Art of the Day: Pastor Mike Online

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So, today’s art of the day is based on Pastor Mike Online. You are scratching your head wondering who the heck this guy is, I know. But that is okay. I am about to tell you. He is this super creeper dude that posts podcasts and video blogs about the bible and what is going on in the world today. I like following him because he talks a lot about Revelations, the occult and modern science. I recommend checking him out. His videos can be rather lengthy and he seems to ramble a bit… but, if you sit through it he does a great job of tying everything together. If you plan on taking the plunge I recommend this video first, because most of his other stuff kind of circles around this. Anyway, most people might think he is crazy or that I am for that matter, since I listen to him… but regardless. Today’s art is inspired by my weekly bible reading.

Why am I a KJV creep?

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Okay, this weekend I was visiting with some people and they asked me why I am a KJV Bible person. I decided to write a quick little blog about it. This blog does in no way make me an expert. And it in no way makes my view on this topic better than yours. I am not a fanatic that thinks people who read different translations are doomed. I am simply writing this blog to show a few examples of why I have decided to stick with the KJB translation. And I ask, if you take the time to read this blog… you take the time to consider which version of the bible you read. I am not telling you to change, but simply asking you to look into it. Think for yourself. And become aware.

KJV vs. NLT

Here is a small list of just a few verses in the NLT Bible that have actually completely been omitted, taken out entirely.

Matthew 18:11, Matthew 17:21, Matthew 23:14, Mark 7:16, Mark 9:44, 46, Mark 11:26, Mark 15:28, Luke 17:36, Luke 23:17, Acts 8:37, Acts 28:29, Romans 16:24

But that is really just the icing on the cake. Here are just a few of many scripture manipulation examples that are found throughout the NLT Bible. And in my opinion, these are pretty important. 1st John 5:7 is a vital Scripture that every Christian should know.  This Scripture clearly proclaims that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are ONE.  But, the NLT says otherwise…

KJB – “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

NLT – “So we have these three witnesses.”

One of the most important verses in the Bible is John 3:16.  The NLT perverts this verse by removing the word “begotten,” thus saying that God only has one son.   But 1st John 3:1 in the KJB reads, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”  Clearly, God has many sons, but Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN Son of God, which makes Jesus God.

KJB – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16

NLT – “For God so loved the world that he gave he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16

Again this was only a few examples of what is actually a constant problem throughout the entire translation. There is the perversion of the Godhead, Christ’s Deity, a complete removal of the word sodomite… which in biblical times meant something much different than it does today (look it up). The list goes on and on.

But that is just one translation.

KJV vs. NIV

The NIV is no different. Since you kind of see where I am going with this, let’s just break it down into verse examples, and you can think on it for yourself.

Why did Jesus come to earth?

KJV – Luke 9:56 – For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

NIV – Luke 9:56 – And they went to another village.

KJV – Matt. 18:11 – For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

NIV – Matt. 18:11 – Omitted.

Is Repentance important?

KJV – Matt. 9:13 – …I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

NIV – Matt. 9:13 – …I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.

In Whom must you believe to be saved?

KJV – John 6:47  – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

NIV – John 6:47 – I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

Anyway, that is just a few examples of many major problems that can be found in the NIV. There are a ton of times when are dependence on Christ becomes blurred into a vague idea. This can’t be good. But again, you can think on it for yourself. What about the message?

KJV vs. Message    

This book isn’t any different. There are a vast number of translations. And at the end of the day you have to ask yourself, do these translations truly do justice from the early translations, or are they distorting things.

KJV – John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one.”

The Message: “I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

KJV – John 14:28 – “…The Father is greater than I.”

The Message: “The Father is the goal and purpose of my life.”

KJV – 1 Timothy 4:1  “…in later times some will abandon the faith and follow seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.”

The Message:   “…as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars.”

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I could load this blog with examples from each translation, but instead I just wanted to point out a few for the sake of getting you to take a look for yourself and think on it. The last scripture example I gave is a prime reason why this is important. In later days we will be persuaded by unclean doctrines of God’s word. If this is true, then regardless of which translation you stand behind, do the research and decide for yourself.

 

 

Flat Earth Movement?

Okay, magically I stumbled upon this thing and it is so freaking out of control ridiculous. The Flat Earth movement. There is apparently an entire uprising of Christians that believe the earth is flat despite all that we have learned through Astronomy and the last few decades of space exploration. According to these Christians, who get their beliefs from KJV of the bible, NASA and all of its current technology has been lying to us all. The moon landing, all the photos of the solar system and earth, are all one big fat hoax. This is nuts. Our perception of the curvature of the earth is apparently just an allusion.

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So what is it, as a Christian, that I am missing? On what bases does this new movement of the Flat Earth Society get their ideas?

I don’t know all of the answers, because I am not going to dig that deep into this ridiculous concept, but here is what I found. The first chapter of Genesis describes the creation of the earth and the heavens and firmament. But what is the firmament? If you read the first chapter of Genesis in the NKJ version bible, the following image is a breakdown of how old Hebrews perceived the world and the stars above. What can I say, with their limited technology they did their best.

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With this idea in mind, we actually live in a globe that tricks the eye into seeing something round. One of the other scriptures I found was in the book of Revelations. According to this verse there are 4 angles standing at the 4 corners of the earth. According to the Flat Earth movement there can’t be 4 corners to something if that something is round. A ball has no corners. As I understand it, these Christians believe that anyone who falls for NASA’s lies is going to hell. If you believe the bible, it needs to be the full bible. All or nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I am a KJV only type of dude, but how is it that in today’s modern age we find ourselves with a movement like this still alive? I believe the bible to be truth, but there is a certain point when we have common sense and can know the practical world application in which the bible was written. They did their best with what they had. The end.