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Creation Tag

Design and Deception

On Substitutes   A bizarre tale has been splashed across various news outlets in the last few days.  A woman used spray-on Gorilla Glue to fix her hair.  She had run out of hairspray.  The Gorilla Glue spray seemed to be similar enough to hairspray (to her).  The end result, however, was disastrous:  her hair has turned into a helmet of glue.  And there seems to be no simple way to free her from it.  The manufacturers of the product extended their sympathies.  Alongside the sympathies, however, they resolutely stated that their product should be used only in the ways that they have prescribed on their packaging.   This episode serves as a reminder to all of us that the intentions of a creator...

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Making the Messiah

Once, He had taken a portion of ground in His almighty hands.  He fashioned the dust of the earth into flesh and bone.  He breathed life into His creation.  And now, the same God whose hands formed the first man was at work again.   He had in mind what He wanted to make.  Not just another man, but a new kind of Man.  Temporal flesh and bone prepared for eternal Spirit to inhabit.  A body in which to dwell among us--a "tabernacle."   It would be a body prepared for a purpose.  It would suffer.  The skin would be flayed and pierced.  Blood and water would one day flow from within it, all in the act of accomplishing of its purpose.  Insults would...

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God Paints Loosely

Artists talk about tight brushwork and loose brushwork.  Some elements of painting are free form and depicted in broad gestures; others are fastidiously developed.  In my paintings, I employ passages of both techniques in all of my compositions.  Some of my loosely painted areas are graded washes, textures on objects, and flowing, evocative shapes.  It got me wondering, "What could be God's loose brushstrokes?"  Here are a few ideas:   The skies in all their clouded splendor Veins of coal within a mountain Flowing locks of hair on His people Tendrils clinging to one another Seawater splashes on rocky shorelines Molten lava snaking its way downhill Jellyfish tentacles   Can you come up with other examples of God painting loosely?  ...

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We are God’s Master Poem

When you look in the mirror what comes to your mind?  Do you see yourself as a masterpiece?  A poem, carefully crafted?  A work of great glory and detail?  A being of importance?   Perhaps when your hair is out of place and your breath smells less than desirable, you can't imagine that any of those nouns and adjectives apply to you.  Me neither!   Perhaps when you sin by ignoring the needs of those closest to you, or angrily lash out at a co-worker, or impatiently grumble at the trials of life, you don't feel like any of those nouns and adjectives apply to you.  And once again, I am right there with you.   Yet in the midst of both our disheveled hair and...

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