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“Redemption”

“Redemption”

  “Redemption” In Old Testament days animal sacrifices were required for the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God; there had to be the shedding of blood. But years later, in New Testament times, this changed dramatically. With a love that defies all logic, God sent His Only Son, Jesus, as the ‘Lamb of God’ who gave His life to bear our sins…once and for all. Because sin had separated man from God, the Lamb’s life-blood not only pardoned sin, making a way back to God for even the worst sinner to have a personal relationship with Him, but it also gave access to His unlimited power to overcome. In this painting God is handing down His sacrifice, the ‘Lamb of God’, into darkness where sin, disease and oppression thrive. However, the dying Lamb’s blood is washing over the words, removing their power and penalty. Each word has been hand written by different individuals who have experienced those very circumstances but have powerful stories of God’s forgiveness, healing, restoration and freedom. These testimonies bear witness to the fact that God redeems that which seems hopeless, no matter how imprisoned or destroyed a life may seem, when placed under the blood of Jesus. Nothing we have done or has been done to us can ever separate us from God’s love and power. Redemption is waiting… “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;” Revelation 12:11a Buy...

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“Breaking Through”

“Breaking Through”

  “Breaking Through” Life often finds us bound by circumstances that seem far bigger and stronger than we are.  Helpless and discouraged, we find ourselves living far from our potential and the freedom that we long for.  We look, but see no hope for our tomorrows either. But regardless of what surrounds us, there is hope for freedom.  When we stop striving and place our lives and circumstances into the hands of Jesus, He has the ability to do the impossible.  There we are given hope, peace and freedom regardless of what our eyes may still see.  Though the circumstances which held us captive may still be present, they now serve as the backdrop to our beauty.  We are not who we were on the other side of the ‘fence’; we are changed because of the work God has done in us through our circumstances which once held us bound.  By God’s grace we have broken through and are free to shine in all our beauty, just like this Hydrangea.  “He upholds the cause of the oppressed… The LORD sets prisoners free…” Psalm 146:7 Buy...

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“Overcome”

“Overcome”

  “Overcome”   Have you ever felt as if life was swallowing you whole and there was nothing at all to smile about; or as if you were tiny and insignificant in this world and had nothing to give to others?  Chanda could answer yes…but she chooses not to.  Instead, she has chosen to overcome with a smile when there is nothing to smile about and give to others out of her poverty.  Amidst the dreary circumstances she calls life, Chanda’s beauty and strength rises higher. Chanda lives in Sermapore, India with her parents and seven siblings where one bed sleeps all the children.  Her father is a rickshaw driver and her mother is a maid.  Together they barely bring home enough money to feed their family of 10 with rotted food.  Her father usually returns from work drunk and abusive.  If these circumstances were not grim enough, Chanda was born with Cardiomegaly, commonly known as an enlarged heart.  Her condition causes shortness of breath and extreme fatigue keeping Chanda from basic tasks, but also from her passion – dancing.  Without surgery, her condition would eventually cause an early death. But, the heart surgery Chanda needed would never have been a possibility for this family except for the work of Calcutta Mercy.  Through this ministry, Chanda received heart surgery at no cost to her family.  Now, she is able to live without slowing down or avoiding certain activities due to her weak heart…she is even free to dance.  Each of us can give wings to a child in need by giving them a chance to overcome their circumstances too. *All net proceeds from “Overcome” will be used to medically treat children in need through Calcutta Mercy. Buy...

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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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