The painting above, entitled Aaron and Hur Help Hold Moses’ Arms, was created by Karl Wagner and can be found at http://www.fineartamerica.com. This painting captures the moment recorded in Exodus 17:8-14, where the Israelites prevailed in their war against the Amalekires only while Moses held up his arms in intercessory prayer. As you can […]Read more "“Aaron and Hur” Painting and the Importance of Prayer Cover"
“There are those who seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge; that is curiosity. There are those who seek knowledge to be known by others; that is vanity. There are those who seek knowledge in order to serve; that is love.” – Bernard of Clairvaux If you’re reading this blog post, then I can assume […]Read more "Learning In Order to Love…"
“Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” – Psalm 37:24 Mistakes. Oh, how we hate to get caught making mistakes! The mere thought of it used to paralyze me. (Yes, I was that kid standing in the candy aisle for hours, terrified of making the wrong choice!) […]Read more "Coloring Outside the Lines"
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.’” Erma BombeckRead more "Monday Motivation – “Aspiration”"
“Painting is complete as a distraction. I know of nothing which, without exhausting the body, more entirely absorbs the mind. Whatever the worries of the hour or the threats of the future, once the picture has begun to flow along, there is no room for them in the mental screen.” Winston Churchill – “Painting as […]Read more "The Beautiful Distraction of Painting"
Walter Mitty and the Danger of Fantasy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a 2013 remake directed by Ben Stiller, put my wife and I to sleep – twice. It limped along at such a painfully slow pace that we just couldn’t keep our eyes open! If you can tough it out to the end, […]Read more "Walter Mitty and the Danger of Fantasy"
I’ve always loved reading and writing fiction. When I was a preteen, I would sometimes stay inside and write stories just for fun while my siblings were running and playing outside. And I would read every book I could get my hands on, always eager for the opportunity to dive into another rich, new world […]Read more "Faith and Fiction: A Match Made in Heaven"
This past Thursday I bid farewell to my fine arts students for the spring semester. We started the class by discussing the fact that being a Christian has the potential to make one a better artist, since we understand that we are creating in God’s image and for His glory. As we came full circle […]Read more "Can Creating Art Enhance Your Spiritual Walk? Comparing the Artistic Journey and the Path of Discipleship"
Most parents get their kids into art or music lessons so they can be well-rounded, but usually the assumption is that these things will be hobbies and not career choices. When a person does decide to pursue an artistic career field, their parents usually beg them to change their minds! They tend to assume that […]Read more "Is God Calling Me to be an Artist?"
Words matter. Words are important, and wield great power. And somehow each of us is born with the inherent knowledge that this is so. How is that? I believe the answer lies in the fact that we are men and women created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Words are of extreme importance to Him, and […]Read more "Why All of Us Were Born to Write"