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"God wills that man be occupied. Prior to the fall He called him to an enjoyable task, and after the fall, to a difficult task. It is His will that everyone be faithful in the calling to which He has called him. Some callings are of a temporal nature, whereas others have a spiritual dimension. Even if a calling is of a temporal nature, this neither detracts from nor contributes to the spirituality of one’s service of God in the discharge of this calling; rather, such spirituality is contingent upon the spiritual state of the individual as well as the manner in which he engages himself in his calling. A natural man deals even with spiritual matters in a natural manner which is not pleasing to God. The spiritual man, however, deals even with temporal matters in a spiritual fashion. He views his encounter with them as a dispensation of the Lord, embracing them as the will of God. He performs his temporal obligations in willing obedience as a service to his God, having God’s glory as his objective."

Wilhelmus à Brakel (Dutch Reformed Pastor in the Netherlands)

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theparisreview:

Soviet illustrations of The Hobbit.

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Moriarty, Voldemort, Mordor, and…Piers Morgan

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"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people."

10 of the best Tony Benn quotes - as picked by our readers.  (via guardian)

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austinkleon:

Future Islands on Letterman

Man, I love Future Islands. You MUST watch their Letterman performance. (Afterwards, Dave says, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got!”) I had no idea they had a new record coming out. Can’t wait to see them at SXSW. (Thx @annfriedman for the gif — her email newsletter is great.)

Those moves… Love this

austinkleon:

Future Islands on Letterman

Man, I love Future Islands. You MUST watch their Letterman performance. (Afterwards, Dave says, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got!”) I had no idea they had a new record coming out. Can’t wait to see them at SXSW. (Thx @annfriedman for the gif — her email newsletter is great.)

Those moves… Love this

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"A word from a friend is doubly enjoyable in dark days."

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (via itsquoted)

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"We are too prone to find fault; let us look for some of the perfections."

— Friedrich Schiller (via itsquoted)

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"The most brilliant qualities become useless when they are not sustained by force of character."

— Louis Philippe (via itsquoted)

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theatlantic:

Whatever Happened to Hippy Jesus?

Serious, Biblically correct films like Son of God make it easy to forget the Jesus Christ Superstar-style whimsical messiah who once reigned at box offices.
Read more. [Image: 20th Century Fox]

theatlantic:

Whatever Happened to Hippy Jesus?

Serious, Biblically correct films like Son of God make it easy to forget the Jesus Christ Superstar-style whimsical messiah who once reigned at box offices.

Read more. [Image: 20th Century Fox]