Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
~ Matthew 28:20
This is what the LORD says – He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
~ Isaiah 43:1-2 Continue reading
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.
~ Psalm 42:11
I saw the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Acts 2:25-28 Continue reading
Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in His ways.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.
Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD.
May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel.
Today’s Sunday Scripture is a bit of a hybrid post. It’s both a Scripture post and a Gallery Feature post.
The above painting is one that I completed in 2015… and have been meaning to post about it ever since. Oops. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of illuminated manuscripts and have been fascinated by the intricate, painstaking detail that goes into their design. And I really wanted to replicate the style in a piece of my own. I was very pleased with the result! Continue reading
“We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Continue reading
I started working as an artist pretty much right out of high school. My ultimate dream was always to illustrate Bible symbolism, with “Have one of your paintings hanging in the Vatican” sitting prominently (and probably unattainably) at the very top of my Life’s Bucket List. In high school, I caught a bit of flack from teachers who thought there was too much religious emphasis in my work, but sometimes your heart is where it is, and the only question is are you going to embrace that passion or ignore it.
I chose to embrace it, even though I don’t get to embrace it as often or as fully as I’d like.
Years ago, I created what I considered to be my masterpiece; an enormous painting heavily laden with Bible symbolism which I chronicled in a multi-part blog series (the final part which I still have not written, good grief, Wendy, seriously) titled “Armageddon“. It was a true labor of love, if ever such a thing existed, and if you haven’t read my blog series about it, please feel free to pop over and enjoy.
Usually religious works are done just for me, with wildlife, nature scenes, and my personal creativity outlet, still-life portraits, building up the bulk of my commission jobs. But every once in a while, the opportunity to create a piece of religious art for someone springs up and I pounce on it.
The commission I just completed was a Lenten Cross. The client didn’t call it that, but after he described, “a cross with purple robe hanging over an arm”, I knew that he was talking about what is commonly referred to as a Lenten Cross. Continue reading
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.
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The LORD will keep you from all harm — He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
~ Psalm 121:7-8
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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Continue reading