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Comic profile: Gospelman Adventures
Gospelman Adventures
Christian Comics
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Comic language: English
Genre: Other
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Last update: 19th Sep 2016
Number of comics: 6
Number of subscribers: 2
Visitors: 1344 visitors (2149 pages viewed)
Rating: 5 (3 votes)

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Ted Silverman becomes the superhero Gospelman to teach the truth of God's Word in this on-going adventure comic version of the webcomic. Young adult humor and action for Christian readers; non-Christians welcome! Updates periodically.

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GospelmanMinistries
My name is Will Boyer. As a child, I thought I was a Christian, but as a 14-year-old I realized I had never repented of my sins. I asked God to forgive me. At the age of 17, I heard God's voice command me to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Coupled with my passion to be a cartoonist, I am creating Christian comics. My secular comics can be found at www.MiloComics.com and at www.EmpireComicsLab.com.

Most recent comments left on Gospelman Adventures

GospelmanMinistries
14th Dec 2016
Yeah, originally Gospelman was meant for younger readers, but later I wanted to focus more on young adults or teens because people told me I couldn't dig in deep to Biblical lessons because little kids wouldn't understand anything past Veggie Tales doctrine. I'm a comedic cartoonist and originally Adam West's 1966 Batman was inspiration to set the mood for Gospelman. Trust me, it's probably intentional humor. I originally wanted Goodnews Boy to be called Bible Boy, but I was afraid that the Bibleman series (which I actually didn't know existed when I created Gospelman) already had a character by that name. After more research, I discovered that's not true, so I've changed the pages back to "Bible Boy" or "Bibleboy." But, yeah, there's this whole backstory where Cody loses his mother and Ted, an unsaved man who now is forced to raise Cody, is angry with God but ultimately comes to accept Christ as Savior... So, yeah, Cody is his nephew. Yeah, I subscribed to every Christian webcomic as a way to help spread the word that Gospelman was online here (I did read your Kids in the Corner webcomic/images though as it was short, if I remember correctly). There's also a Family Circus style (single panel) strip version on comic fury too if you go looking for it. I've been very busy lately and haven't been able to draw or write much. Just got called into work on my day off and gotta head out. I also do (did) the webcomic at www.MiloComics.com and Hip Hop with Empire Comics Lab publishing company at www.EmpireComicsLab.com, if you want to see my other works. I'm hoping to improve the quality of Gospelman as the story progresses, as it does come off as very corny.

- Will Boyer
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southpawami
13th Dec 2016
"Corny and Fun"
I think it's really corny, but I like that, so it's fun. Batman as rabbit man... bat for rabbit... funny. Salvation makes Superhero choices. I really like it. Goodnews Nephew.. ne(phe)ws... there's a lot of jokes and I don't even know how many of them were intentional. When you find some inspiration, you should really get back to it. Maybe I'll do a picture on the kids in the corners... I noticed you subscribed... though I'm not sure when.
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GospelmanMinistries
25th Sep 2016
That's right, Haegan! God does want us to willingly obey Him out of love! But the authors of and persons in the Bible itself, such as Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul among others, taught that we are the slaves of Satan before coming to Christ and that we, by nature, are forced to obey our master, which is why God enslaves us and puts a New Nature inside of us, one that wants to obey our new Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this New Nature, the very nature of Christ Himself, which causes in us a great love for God and a deep desire to obey Him. Without this New Nature, without the Holy Spirit, then slavery to God feels like a great burden, a great weight, because it is being forced upon us. But if we are born again, our old self having died with Christ and being raised spiritually to newness of life with Him in His resurrection, then we have been changed from the inside out; the old self has passed away, now all things on the inside are new - and they have new desires! With the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, the New Nature, obeying God no longer seems like slavery, but instead seems like freedom! There are many Bible verses like this you can read. In the future, I will post narrative notes with Bible references in the comics. The only reason I didn't for this prologue introduction above is because I wanted the comic adventures to feel more fun and that making the reader feel like he had to slow down and look up all of these references would somehow hurt that. However, now I see that I need references and that the reader who wants to read at a faster pace may skip the references, whereas those who want to study the Scriptures I am referring to may go back and look up those passages. I can update the pages later, but for now, here's are some passages to check out:

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30

As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “We are descendants of Abraham,” they answered Him, “and we have never been enslaved to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus responded, “I assure you: Everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in the household forever, but a son does remain forever. Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. I know you are descendants of Abraham, but you are trying to kill Me because My word is not welcome among you. I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father; therefore, you do what you have heard from your father.” “Our father is Abraham!” they replied. “If you were Abraham’s children,” Jesus told them, “you would do what Abraham did. But now you are trying to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! You’re doing what your father does.” “We weren’t born of sexual immorality,” they said. “We have one Father—God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on My own, but He sent Me. Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to My word. You are of your father the Devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and has not stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of liars. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell the truth, why don’t you believe Me? 47 The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.” - John 8:30-47

"He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves." - Colossians 1:13

"Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body." - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"What should we say then? Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or are you unaware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. For if we have been joined with Him in the likeness of His death, we will certainly also be in the likeness of His resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that sin’s dominion over the body may be abolished, so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin, since a person who has died is freed from sin’s claims. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him, because we know that Christ, having been raised from the dead, will not die again. Death no longer rules over Him. For in light of the fact that He died, He died to sin once for all; but in light of the fact that He lives, He lives to God. So, you too consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that, although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that pattern of teaching you were transferred to, and having been liberated from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. I am using a human analogy because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you offered the parts of yourselves as slaves to moral impurity, and to greater and greater lawlessness, so now offer them as slaves to righteousness, which results in sanctification. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from allegiance to righteousness. So what fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification—and the end is eternal life! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 6:1-23




Commentary by Will Boyer:
We call Jesus "Lord," but what does that mean? "Lord" is translated from the Greek word "Kurios," which means "slave master," and where there is a slaver master there is a "doulos," a slave or bond-servant. Some English translations are not faithful to translate "doulos" as a bought and purchased slave as American history has made slavery a distasteful concept. However, we must look to and stay true to the original meaning of God's Word within its context in order to properly understand what it means. If you look, you will find many passages about "bond-servants" or "slaves" of God and of Christ. God's Word in various places, like those above, teach that God has purchased us, who were once slaves of Satan, from Satan's household and we now belong to God and Jesus Christ to serve and obey Him in His household instead (Colossians 1:13). So, does this make God or Jesus horrible because the Bible is outspoken in that He is a slave master and we are the slaves? Not at all! In American history, there were many Christians who, hating slavery and the racism that fueled it, bought slaves. Why? To set them free! Christians often bought slaves and raised them as their own children during this time, secretly teaching them to read and write, about God's Word, Jesus Christ, and His love. Just like those Christians, God and Jesus Christ are the Good Slave Masters and we are God's children, Christ's little brothers, for even Christ submitted to God willingly as a slave (Philippians 2:5-8).

A yoke is a harness attached to an ox in order for a farmer, the animal's owner, to force the oxen to plow his fields for him. It can be assumed the Oxen have free will to rebel but can choose to obey the farmer either out of love or out of fear of punishment by the farmer. Jesus is asking us to willingly be enslaved by Him to help Him with the harvest of God's Kingdom, but He assures us that He is a good Slave Master and that, unlike Satan who enslaves this world, the burden He places upon us is easy and light, because He loves us. We are more than slaves to God, for we are His children and He is a good Father.

I think the current problem, brother, is not that you are entirely unfamiliar with these passages that teach that we are enslaved to righteousness, to obedience to God, but that you misunderstand what "slavery to Christ" is because of the negative connotations that the word "slavery" has in our modern world, due to slavery of the African people in America, Britain, and other areas, as well as human-trafficking and such. Those are all examples of wicked slave-masters that do not love nor care for their slaves and whom do not consider nor treat them with love as their own children. Jesus Christ and His Father are the Good Slave Masters because, although we are in their service without pay and belong to them, we are not forced nor unloved. Because of His indwelling Spirit that has changed our very nature from the inside out, we serve willingly in love as a response to the love He first showed us. Although many have allowed their love for their Savior to grow cold, and thus obedience to God starts to feel forced and dreadful, we can renew our love for God and have right fellowship with Him again (1 John 1), making serving Him a joy and pleasure again once more. God loves us and we are more than mere servants or slaves - we are His family and He loves us as our Father.

- Will Boyer, Gospelman Ministries
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GospelmanMinistries
19th Sep 2016
Another update! And it's the end of this story!

This was originally uploaded by me here: http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Gospelman/5499364/

Send fan art or fain mail, to be featured in printed issues, to: GospelmanMinistries@Gmail.com

Okay, no incredibly long Bible lesson today, but I do have a ministry update, a praise. I meant to mention this last time, but I became too long winded. A ex-coworker friend of mine (he was transferred to a different location with the company), who I had been witnessing to and praying for, called me up on the 15th just to let me know that the Holy Spirit lead him to call me and tell me that the Spirit's been leading him into the Bible and he's been really learning a lot and still working on things. What he didn't know is that I was having a bad morning and I often feel like my efforts for the Lord are in vain. However, it was a real blessing and encouragement to me to hear from him about how the Lord is working in his life! And I hope it encourages you all as well!

"So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up." - Galatians 6:9 (HCSB)


I'm not sure when more Gospelman comics will appear online, but pray for me please that I will be able to find the time and inspiration to make them! Lord willing! And, in other news, I've started on a Gospelman video game in the way of one of my favorite genre, the Point and Click Adventure Game! Like Curse of Monkey Island or Sam and Max Hit the Road or Full Throttle (which I haven't played, but the graphics look awesome). Yep. Using my years of college training in animation and video game design, it's going to be a fully hand-drawn, 2D animated adventure game! Also, I thought it was the best genre for the character. Anyway, the game will probably be years in development, so we'll see. I'll give updates sparingly and only when updates exist. Right now I'm still developing the game on paper, although I have purchased the Game Maker Studio Professional software and have been watching tutorials. I've piddled in Adventure Game Studio for years, but thought it best to use GMS, which I felt the Lord lead me to.

In the meantime, feel free to send in any fan art or fan mail to GospelmanMinistries@Gmail.com. We need them for the first printed issue, coming out soon, as well as other future issues.

Until next time, Gospel-Chums!
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Haegan2005
12th Sep 2016
Haegan2005
I don't think god wants slaves. If he did he would have gone about this differently. He wants us to willingly follow him out of love.
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