Design of the Week – Arise!

June 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design of the week is called Arise!

The design incorporates the work of artist Gustave Dore, who woodcut illustrations are just amazing. It is a mixture of the woodcut for Ezekiel 37 and a scripture reference from Ephesians 5:14. Here is the text of Ezekiel 37:

The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.  He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”  Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’  “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.  ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.'” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”‘” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.  “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.'”  (Eze. 37:1-14) Continue Reading Design of the Week – Arise!…

Love

February 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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This weekend, men and women will be celebrating love on Valentine’s Day. They will wining and dining in their best clothes. They will be giving candy, flowers, perfumes/colognes, and other assorted gifts and goodies to show that special someone just how much they love them.  Love will be in the air and romance will be the word of the day. If it’s really strong, a song might be dedicated or even written.  All of this in the name of love. None of this is bad, in and of itself. If you are in love then you should celebrate that. But I want to ask you something that you may not have given any attention to. Do you know true love? Do you know what love really is (I really have to get that Foreigner song out of my head…)?   Continue Reading Love…

Design of the Week 07/02/08 – Shine

July 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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The design we’re featuring this week is another one of our Motee collection. With it being summertime, we thought it would be a great fit. The shine design comes from the passage in Matthew 5. Matthew 5-7 is what is commonly called the Sermon on the Mount. In it, Jesus gives many encouragements and admonitions. In the beginning of the sermon, Jesus says that His followers are the light of the world:

 

  “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  (Matt. 5:14-16)

 

As Christians, we are to be different than everyone else. We are to be different to the point that people notice that difference. I’m not talking about some kind of feeling they get when they are around us, like they sense something different in us. I’m not saying that this can’t happen, but Jesus was talking about being different in the way we live. We are to act, talk, and think differently than the world. We are to have something about us that speaks of integrity, honor, justice, love, mercy, grace, and righteousness. We are to be like Jesus.

 

Sadly, not only are people that claim to be Christians not letting their light shine they are snuffing it out. They are living, thinking, and acting like the world. All the while, they fool themselves into thinking that no one notices. They think that the sins that they allow to continue are things that are just part of life. They deceive themselves into thinking that God will just overlook their sins, even though they are supposed to know what God has said about sin through scripture. Understand that I’m not talking about people falling into sin. I’m talking about the “Christians” who jump headfirst into sin, completely ignoring and abandoning the Lord who has died to save them. I can’t count how many people talk about wanting our country to change, and yet, most of them are the very people who need to change! If the body of Christ were to start being obedient to God’s Word, then much of what is going on in our country would stop. The Israelites were the same way. They weren’t punished because of the sins of the heathen nations around them. They were punished because of their own disobedience to God. As long as there are people preaching the truth of the gospel, there is hope for our nation.

 

If you are a Christian, I am going to challenge you. If your life isn’t being lived the way that it needs to be, then repent of your sin and start living right. Then, help others to do the same. It’s summertime and there are thousands of people outside all the time. They all need to hear the truth of the gospel. Those who don’t believe need to hear it so that they will be saved from eternal hell. Those who do believe need to hear it to be encouraged and uplifted. We don’t know how much time they have left, so we need to reach them now. This can be done if we let our light shine!


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