One of the things we learn in this world Brothers and Sisters is that all things on this world are finite, temporary, living on borrowed time.
From the stars in the sky that will one day burnout in a fiery nova to the lowly gnats buzzing outside who will live their lives in just a few days and this can be a scary thing to think about, that nothing here on this planet is permanent but in truth some things here are, they are just not OF this world.
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil—some, longing for it, have gone astray from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, perseverance, and gentleness. ~ 1st Timothy 6:11
Here we read a warning to avoid evil things, particular the pursuit of money, I can attest that being greedy and wanting money for money’s sake is a poisonous mindset, money is like food and water, its a resource we need but is not all there is, its tangible and perishes and is not worth any of our short time on Earth to idolize as something more then a resource.
So if we should not spend out time pursuing worldly things, even something as valuable as money then what is it we can pursue that is worth our important time God has given us here? Look at the verse again, we are called to pursue a set of actions, mindsets and virtues, forms of good character and love.
But why is this of any use to us, if we have already said our time is so short why pursue these ideas and actions over things we want or can lay our hands on? The answer is simply, these things are not simple attributes, these are attributes that reflect and are treasured by God himself, these things are seen as immensely valuable to the very King of the Universe who is eternal and thus these things will live on forever with him and will not share in this world’s limited lifespan.
As children of God we are called to not only want these things but pursue them because they are valuable for all time, we will take our full measure of these things with us from this world and build on them further after the Revelation of Jesus Christ (The Apocalypse). We can only take our Faith and good character with us because it is the “Treasures stored up in Heaven” that Jesus referred to so it is our acts of charity, forgiveness, faith and other redeeming godly traits that will benefit us for all eternity and we only have so many days to stake our claim in this world.
So let us not get blinded by the perishing things of this world, let us pursue them only as far as they will help us store up our REAL treasures for the world that will remain forever after this one is gone because the next one will make this world look like a simple grain of sand on the coast line.
So do not be afraid of the setting sun or the ticking clock, do not shed to many tears for the things you may or may not get in this world that cannot be invested in your eternity, live your best life each day and make wise choices in how you act and treat others, in your thoughts and actions for it is always of value when we pursue righteousness!
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God’s timing is surprising; he usually seems late but always arrives just in time.
Dear Child of God, are things taking longer then you expected, are your prayers seemingly bouncing off the ceiling and the pain of following God more then you thought you could or would have to bear? I know it is, I stand in this wilderness with you as well as I wait for my prayers to come to pass as well and I want to tell you that this pain and time lost, is exactly what you need.
You don’t want to hear that, heck, I don’t wanna say it, but it is true because while we are God’s beloved treasures, his dearly loved children we are akin to gold just dug from the ground; we are dirty, rough and mixed with impurities that hold us back from being truly valuable. God mines us from this fallen world and as we know all of Heaven celebrates us being found but after that joyful victory there is much to do.
Gold needs to be put into the furnace, broken down and cleansed through fiery ordeal and then molded into a new thing and while for the gold this is an intense experience, afterwards it is now truly ready to be called treasure!
But don’t take my flowery metaphors for it, scripture is full of esteemed Believers who display this very thing!
Let us look at a person who was literally as close to Jesus as a person could get, Peter, the rock on which Jesus would build his church but the absolute joy he had in discovering Jesus was not the end, no, it was only the beginning because you cannot just grab a rock at random and build on it, it must be cut and repurposed from how you found it. We see this in Peter’s life when just before Jesus was crucified we read this interaction between Jesus and Peter…
“Simon, Simon! Indeed, satan has demanded to sift you all like wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
But Simon said to Him, “Master, I am ready to go with You even to prison and to death!”
But Yeshua said, “I tell you, Peter, a rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.” ~ Luke 22:31 TLV
We see many things here so lets break it down!
We see Jesus clearly stating that Peter’s walk with him will include trials: It strikes me as so odd that we has believers seem to forget how clearly the Word of God warns us not to be surprised when trials and hardships befall us and yet somehow we always seem to be at least somewhat confused when they do and further more we seem to forget that God is assuring us he is on our side and actively helping us even before they come.
God intends these things to not only strengthen us but others after we have passed through the trials: This is the first thing that Jesus instructs Peter to do meaning that MANY believers are going through hard and confusing times, as we grow and are strengthen by our ordeals we must pass on the wisdom and hope we have taken ahold of and pass it down the line so others can benefit from it as well so that perhaps we can serve as stable footing for those trying to find solid ground in their journey.
Simon-Peter is clearly a great example of the common believer, he is passionate, confident….And brushes the idea of trials under the rug as if he is above such things: As I mentioned earlier, our zeal and conviction as followers of Christ often gets deluded by our human pride and confidence in ourselves and we ignore clear warnings and seem to believe ourselves invincible until we are knocked off our lofty perch. Yes, this is wrong of us but God does not see us humbled out of anger but love, Peter is warned you will “Sifted” not “Put in your place” one does not sifted wheat to destroy it but to get the best out of it after all.
Jesus knows we will fail him, but he is already looking towards our redemption and not lingering over our failure: Again, let me remind you that Peter is as close to Jesus as one can get, they are dear friends, Master and Apprentice and have spent many, many months together on the road and the fact Jesus KNOWS Peter will deny him as Jesus goes to be tortured and killed is a massive betrayal perhaps even on par with Judas’s betrayal (At least on a personal level for the two.). Despite this however Jesus is already looking past it here and telling Peter what must be done once he has the wind back in his sails, this is because Jesus died for our sins, our failures and shortcomings, he has gotten rid of them and does not want to waste time on moments of forgiven failure but wants to move forward with us to our moments of growth and strength.
So there we see it.
God is not leaving us to die in the wilderness, he is not ignoring us and he has not forgotten us to time, pain and trials but is purifying us as we learn to wait in him and trust his process and timing so that we can learn to put our own visions and ideas of him and ourselves away and discover who God truly is and what it means to be a true child of God, to have faith that stands both in the days of ease and the torrent of trials.
As long as we seek God, learn to trust his timing despite how long the wait or how weary the trial has been we will, like Peter and the men and women before him, have the desire of our hearts, have all we need here on Earth and a bright endless future in the world to come.
Odds are even before you clicked this link you have seen this little character hanging around this site, my social media accounts and in many comics I’ve done before but Lil’Blue was not an intentional character, in fact I never meant for him to become more then a logo but Lil’Blue would prove to be uncontainable!
So lets take a look at the face of Pact Comics, The character that started the charge for my Christian chibi hoarde, the one who has been in the most pact comics and the character who by far has gotten the most love over the years…
In The Beginning
Lil’Blue met paper for the first time in 2014, roughly a year after I started my comic studio under the name Dy Comics and I was studying branding pretty heavily then and I remember reading that a mascot was a good way to get people to personalize your brand and make it more memorable.
The article cited Disney’s Micky Mouse and Pikachu from the Pokemon series as examples and I saw their point, these characters had long put a face to the names they were associated with and with this thought in mind I went ahead and began shaping my own brand face, taking the beloved fanatsy icon of the dragon and adding elements from my characters both past and current and before I knew it I had…Yudra?
This was the name of my very first series and I thought it would make a nice homage to my humble beginnings BUT readers, some of you no doubt, began referring to this little guy by the common moniker “Little Blue” and after several months of this I decided it was the people’s will and Lil’Blue was officially born.
But as people latched onto this little blue critter I found myself being encouraged to show more of him and little by little blue made more and more quest appearances until finally he began getting his on series.
Lil’Blue made his official debut as a Pact Comics character in his Christian Children comic series “Lil’Scriptures” where a one panel comic depicting Lil’Blue themed by a bible verse. These quick little comics served as fast and easy additions to my otherwise slow and painful upload schedule and served as center pieces to many blogs in the past.
Lil’Blue after more then eight years has grown from cute logo decoration to the heart and soul of the Pact Comics in many ways, hes a little idea God gave me that turned into a flagship that has gone on to be the most successful character I’ve had to this day with Lil’Blue comics and merch being more and more common with each passing year.
This has slowly led to the Lil’Blue we come to today, a sweet, helpful if not precocious little chibi that acts as the anchor and moral compass for his often foil and counter part Dunk and making sure that no matter how dark things can get there is always something to laugh about, an icon that no matter what happens we need to make sure we keep a little hope and humor with us in the good times and the bad.
As a comci creator and a Christian its important to remember that God gave us imagination for a reason that part of creativity is flexibility, it means starting over, it means sticking to our guns, it means grabbing every idea and letting go of some and most importantly it means being able to let the other creative minds around you help shape the clay God has given you because God gave them a creative outlook just as valuable as yours!
So next time your sketching up a character you don’t will amount to to much, stick with them a little longer because you never know what God will turn that seed in your mind into, it might end up being the best thing you ever made!
So that is a look at Lil’Blue, let me know what you think and what character you want to see in our next bio blog Pact-Keepers, until next time God bless and be safe!
Rejoice always, pray constantly, in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua. Colossians 3:17
Hello Pact Keepers!
We see the call to be thankful often in scripture, it directs us to focus on being thankful in and through Christ for all things but sometimes its easier said then done, right now I know people dear to me struggling with the covid virus, there is unrest in my life and needs that have yet to pass, feeling grateful for anything with so much hanging over us can be hard.
I will profess this as well, when you take the time to be grateful in face of these challenges who are greatly honoring God and when you truly decide to honor God and not idolize our issues we can better see that while our problems are finite God has been here before them and will be here with us after them!
So today if you think on matters and remember all the problems and hard times you have already come through with God you will surely find old and new reasons to be grateful and give God the trust and love we are called to hold to in our walk with him. This will give us hope, resolve and new strength to wait on the Lord and shows God how we are growing in him, something that will lead to God’s favor and blessings both now and down the road.
When we choose to rest in the memory and gratitude of God’s past actions and kindnesses on our behave it helps us to remember these new moments of uncertainty or pain are usually no more then passing things and always shows us that since we are still here we have survived ALL of our worst days and can trust God to carry through the ones to come until it is our spirit’s turn to be called back to hi, even then knowing we will be grateful to see our Father at long last come for us at the end of all things of this world.
Take some time to dwell on these things Pact Keepers and until next time GOD BLESS!
I play a lot of MMOs and in them you begin to see very familiar faces.
You have ROLEPLAYERS people whos favorite aspect of the game is logging in and immersing in the theatrics and assuming the identity of their character and enjoying the experience of exploring a new world through new eyes.
Then you have PVPers who are players that enjoy battling other players, they enjoy the thrill of competition and knowing they are not beating a mob or NPC programmed to think and act a certain way but have won a real victory against real people.
And then….You have COLLECTORS people that redo the same dungeon, raid or scenario for week, months and years for a certain item, one they may not even intend to use but want it solely so they can use the appearance or SKIN as a transmog or cosmetic for their real gear.
Collectors like me and Star will log in and sit at a waterfall for hours without even knowing if the MOB we are waiting for will even show up that day but we do know we want the mount it will (Hopefully) have! We spend days killing hundreds of MOBS until one finally drops the item we wanted be it a Skin, Pet, Effects, Mount or Gear.
Its a time consuming hobby to have sometimes and can be immensely frustrating not getting an undead pegasus after years of raiding or a world drop after your 500th dead Shaman of Ashes but but nothing quite brightens up the game like when you finally do get a long sought after treasure, being there the moment a rare mob spawns in caring items guaranteed to be there or even better getting a super rare item on your first try after having convinced yourself it will be awhile!
The reality is also somewhat bittersweet….You have hundreds of items collected in terms of Skins, Gear, Mounts and Effects but you only have ONE character you can play and like Star shows us sometimes all you really get is the feeling of a job well done and an addition to your collection your likely to never really use, if your lucky though it was fun, you got to relax, maybe brought some Guildies or friends along and enjoyed the hunt before moving on to the next adventure!
Hey PAct-Keepers, so we are doing something a little different.
I have grown a lot as an artist and writer since I started this story and it only felt right to go on if I went back and touched up the first chapter of High Society before we move forward with the next ones.
I love God and want to honor him and sometimes that means going back and fixing a few things before we move forward. Thank for your views and as always God bless Pact-Keepers!