Religions And Relationship

Religions And Relationship

My First Passover as a Christian.
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Often, people look and see just races in a relationship, whether it be two of the same races or two different races. But what people don't think about are the religious aspects of it. I've dated guys the same race and religion as I and guys of a different race and the same religion, yet this is the first time I've dated someone outside my race and religion.

Growing up Christian was being at church almost every Sunday, talking to God about our worries and troubles was an every night thing, Christmas was celebrating the day Jesus was born, not about what gifts you got, and on the day of Easter, you continued to learn more about the death and resurrection of Jesus. You learned to appreciate God for everything you had and more.

For a long time, I thought my God was the one and only God, but when I entered fifth grade, I soon was exposed to more. It was a Kippah, the hat that my Jewish classmate wore. He said they wore it because it's respectful to cover their heads in the presence of their God- Adonai. Throughout middle school, we learned more about religions around the world. I remember thinking to myself, "This is way too much information to remember," and for that reason, I never imagined I would be with a guy that did not have the same beliefs as me.

On Monday, April 10th, 2017, I found myself sitting at a table with my boyfriend, his family, and close friends for Passover. I was truly terrified when he had asked me two weeks beforehand. I interrogated him on everything. What are we doing? Who's going to be there? What should I wear? Is there anything I should know? But, my biggest question was, do I have to sing?

Our compromise was that since I was going to Passover, he had to come to church with me at least once. Now it was his turn to ask questions. Church was uneventful, Passover was two days away, and I was still stressing.

I probably changed my outfit maybe four times the morning of and attempted to change twice when we were about to leave. We arrived to his house and I got a crash course on everything, yet when I was actually there in the moment, I seemed to forget everything I was taught only moments before.

What we had was a Seder dinner which is the religious celebration for the Jews escaping Egypt. We ate matzah, which is bread that doesn't rise because the Jewish can't eat bread or anything that has flour and yeast in it. We also had charoset, bitter herbs, and eggs as religious foods that represent different parts of Jewish escapement from slavery in Egypt.

On this night, we sang, laughed, and I learned more about the Jewish religion than I would've ever imagined. Coming out of this has taught me that being with someone nothing like you, broadens your horizon so you can experience and overcome new things.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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