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There really are not many Great Houses left in Westeros after seven seasons of nonstop war and bloodshed. The few that are left standing have been whittled down considerably. Oddly enough, one of the few houses remaining is House Greyjoy. The Greyjoys never enjoyed much time in the limelight on “Game of Thrones,” unless one counts Theon’s ever-worsening circumstances, but that has not stopped this stubborn family from lasting until the end.

The Greyjoy motto is “we do not sow.” This fits in with their lifestyle. They do not do much farming or growing themselves. Instead, they steal from everyone else. At the beginning of the show, Theon, then the only Greyjoy viewers knew, seemed to live up to this motto well enough. He lived off the Starks’ money and food, but he never seemed to give anything back to the family. Later, he went even farther and betrayed Robb Stark. This led to Theon’s capture by the Boltons and subsequent torture.

When viewers first meet Yara, Theon’s sister, she similarly embodies the motto of “we do not sow.” She is happy to continue the Greyjoy lifestyle of raiding the coastline. She also has limited interest in her brother’s return. This, however, begins to change after she learns of Theon’s torture. She attempts to rescue him, but Theon is too terrified and brainwashed to go with her.

After Theon escapes Ramsay Bolton with Sansa Stark, Theon returns to the Iron Islands and reunites with his sister. He also begins to buck the family motto. He attempts to grow his relationship with his sister by supporting her bid to become queen of the Iron Islands. The return of their lost uncle, Euron, however, changes things. It also accelerates the end of the Greyjoy family’s adherence to their motto. Euron usurps Yara’s throne, and after attempting to murder Yara and Theon, plans to seek an alliance with Daenerys Targaryen.  Yara and Theon, however, escape Euron and reach Daenerys first. During their bargaining for an alliance, the Greyjoy siblings agree to give up the traditional lifestyle of thievery in exchange for Daenerys’ help reclaiming their home. Euron, in the meantime, creates a massive fleet of ships and seeks an alliance with Cersei Lannister.

By dedicating themselves to creating alliances and new futures, the Greyjoys bucked their family motto. They did, however, continue to live up to the second phrase that is associated with them. The Greyjoys follow the Drowned God whose followers proclaim “what is dead may never die.” To follow this god, the Greyjoys are held underwater and then revived so that they may be considered to have “died.” The idea that this will keep them from dying later seems to have held up throughout the show. Theon survived fighting against the Lannisters, betraying the Starks, being held captive by the Boltons, leaping from the walls of Winterfell to escape the Boltons and a blind flight through the snowy woods. Yara, meanwhile, survived a lifetime of dangerous raids including one where she broke into Winterfell itself when the Boltons were holding both the castle and Theon hostage. Once Yara and Theon were reunited, they managed to escape Euron’s clutches. When the two Greyjoy factions met on the seas for a deadly night battle, all three managed to survive despite every one of them being targeted by the other side. In the first episode of season eight, Yara is shown to have survived her capture by Euron and is rescued by Theon. While Theon is saving his sister, Euron manages to keep his head attached despite repeatedly mouthing off to Cersei even after she warns him “I’ve killed men for less.” Whether this miraculous survival streak will continue is unclear. Yara is headed back to the dubious safety of the Iron Islands to reclaim her throne. Euron has largely outlived his usefulness to Cersei, so he might be facing that threatened execution soon. Theon, meanwhile, is planning to return to Winterfell once more, but the castle is preparing for a siege by the Night King’s army of the dead. Only time will tell whether or not the Greyjoy’s symbolic death will be enough to protect them from those who would dearly love to make that “death” permanent.

 

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After a decade-long championship drought, Tiger Woods returned to major victory on Sunday when he won the 2019 Masters Tournament and secured the coveted green jacket.

This is a true comeback story – from personal and professional adversity, Woods was able to win his fifth Masters title and his 15th major tournament.

Woods scored 13 under par at the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Course, beating storied competitors including Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson.

He couldn’t contain his excitement after sinking his final put. He threw up his hands and began celebrating. Woods took a moment to hug his children as he left the course, USA Today reported.

This is Woods’ first major win in 11 years, where he placed first in the 2008 U.S. Open.

This was quite an exciting tournament with golf enthusiasts bracing themselves in the final round. Going into it, Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau and Woods were the leading three, teeing off at 9:20 a.m. EST, according to the PGA Tour.

Wood’s win secured his fifth green jacket. The only other player that beats his record is Jack Nicklaus, who has won the Masters six times. With this triumphant win, Woods isn’t far from securing this spot.

Nicklaus was very supportive of Wood’s win. He celebrated the news, congratulating him in a touching tweet, writing, “A big ‘well done’ from me to @TogerWoods! I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!!!”

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There have been plenty of movies made about Jesus Christ and the crucifixion, but in most of these the importance of Mary in the Bible is put to the side. The new movie “Mary Magdalene”, out today, changes this view and puts Mary at the forefront of Jesus’ story by giving her the spotlight, and seeing the Bible through a women’s eyes.

From the start of the movie, we see Mary (played by Rooney Mara) as a strong female character that isn’t ready to conform to what her family wants her to be. They can only imagine that Mary has been possessed. She’s visited by Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix), who tells her that no demons live inside of her and asks her to follow Him.

The movie then continues with the journey of Jesus’ life, as it would have been seen by Mary. She confronts what it means to be a women in Biblical times and battles with the other apostles, all while presenting herself as a peaceful, yet strong and soulful female.

It’s an important take in today’s society, where feminism has been sprung back to life. It gives Christian women a way to reflect on how Jesus views them as vital and important people in this world.

Watch the full trailer below.

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During a recent interview with the Associated Press, the popular Christian actor said he doesn’t believe Hollywood is as anti-Christian as many people believe.

He is feeling a strong sense of calling to speak out right now about his Christian faith.

In his experience, celebrities haven’t been judgmental about his beliefs.

“I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but that’s not the case,” Pratt told the AP. “They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro-whatever is authentic to you.”

“I like that,” he added, “because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face.”

Pratt acknowledged that people could be talking about his faith behind his back, but said they can “go ahead” if they are. He’s not moved in any way by it and will always stand behind his faith in Jesus Christ. He’s not going to change, he said.

Pratt has a remarkable faith story. He opened up to Vanity Fair about the moment he turned to Jesus and was saved.

It all began when a man named Henry came up to him and said, “Jesus told me to talk to you.”

During this period in his life, Pratt was in his early 20’s, working at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Hawaii  and living out of his van. At the time, he was homeless and in survival mode.

“I was sitting outside a grocery store. We’d convinced someone to go in and buy us beer,” Pratt said. “This is Maui, and a guy came up and recognized something in me that needed to be saved.”

He asked Pratt what he was doing that night. He replied, “My friend’s inside buying me alcohol.”

He then asked Pratt if he had plans on drinking, doing drugs and fornicating and Pratt admitted that he hoped so. Though this man was a complete stranger and asking him some pretty personal questions, the man didn’t make Pratt nervous. In fact, he felt a sense of calm around him.

Curious about the man’s intentions, Pratt said, “Why are you asking?”

The man replied, “Jesus told me to talk to you.”

At that very moment, Pratt knew he needed to go with this man. Henry took him to church. Pratt’s friends were completely caught off guard when he declared that he was going to change his life.

Not long after the encountering, Pratt was cast in Cursed Part 3, the movie that got his foot in the door of acting, which eventually led to Hollywood success. The rest is history.

Since then, his faith has really shaped his life. He and his ex-wife actress Anna Faris, relied on their trust in the Lord when their son was in the intensive care unit for the first month of his life after being born nine weeks premature.

“We were scared for a long time. We prayed a lot,” Pratt said. “It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it…”

Even though doctors said their son, Jack, would live with disabilities due to premature birth, God healed him in the NICU.

Pratt is also very vocal about his Christian faith on his social media accounts. He frequently quotes Bible verses and shares bits of his testimony. Last year, he posted a picture on Instagram of him and his friends building a giant steel cross and mounting it on a hill. He recently shared this powerful verse on social media:

“Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness blinded them.” -1 John 2:10-11.

It’s incredible to see that fame and the spotlight have not uprooted Pratt from his faith. In fact, it only seems to be growing stronger. In an industry scare in devout Christians, Pratt is refreshing.

Listen to Pratt talk about his faith and calling in the video below.

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