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“Immanuel…God With Us”

“Immanuel…God With Us”

“Immanuel…God With Us”   Have you ever wondered how Mary planned for her baby’s arrival knowing she carried the Son of God in her womb? I have.  I’ve wondered if she envisioned how God would provide the perfect time and place worthy of Jesus’ birth. Would it be a quiet place with just her and Joseph or a spectacular event? She probably pictured it many different ways, but most likely never considered a stable so far away from home. Yet, in God’s sovereign plan this is exactly how Immanuel came into this world. It was there she laid His tiny, precious body in a straw-filled trough from which animals are. Not only did God come to man as a baby, but He was born in the most humble circumstances. This birth of the Highest and Holiest in a stable seemed to foretell his life 33 years later when Jesus, sinless Himself, took on the sins of humanity and died on a cross as our sacrifice. That was the purpose of His birth…to pay the punishment we deserved for our sins, which provided a way for mankind to once again have a personal relationship with God. What purpose…What obedience…What Love “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23 Buy Now...

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“Little Mother”

“Little Mother”

  “Little Mother” The children of El Salvador hold a special place in my heart as I have visited their country about 20 times now to work with King’s Castle Ministries.  It is an amazing feeling to give of myself to these children…a feeling that can only be understood when experienced first hand. Little Mother is a painting I began during one of my trips to El Salvador of a young girl who is caring for her little brother.  This is such a common sight there as many times the parent or guardian is working or simply absent as the kids are out in the streets and neighborhoods leaving children to take care of the children.  But in a culture where the kids are often the victims there is an inner strength that cannot go unnoticed as siblings show love and care that they themselves have many times not been shown.    It reminds me that we each have the power to overcome our past and change our future…as well as the futures of those around us. * All net proceeds from “Little Mother” will be used to help children from El Salvador through King’s Castle Ministries. Buy Now...

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“Alasan”

“Alasan”

“Alasan” Many years ago God burned a place in my heart for the continent of Africa, so when my friend returned from a trip to Mozambique with the photograph he took of this little boy, my heart was captured.  Though I didn’t know his story, I decided to paint him to represent an AIDS orphan and named him Alasan.  Truth is, he very well could be one with Africa being home to an estimated 15 million children who have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS virus. For a moment I try to put myself in one of the orphans’ shoes but I pause, for I cannot even begin to comprehend their lives.  I ask myself, where do they call home and who shows them love there?  Do they laugh like other children who are carefree?  I wonder what they see when they look into their future that must seem hopeless.  But then I think, “what if we are God’s plan for their hope here on earth?”  Maybe it is our responsibility to care for them by showing love and providing food for their empty stomachs and souls.  What if we were given the opportunity to be God’s hands extended…would we act? “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40 *All net proceeds from “Alasan” will be used to help “the least of these” through Cry Africa.   Buy Now...

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