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The Art of Worship

Title: The Art of Worship
Artwork by: Paris Krahn (@pariskrahnart)
Description: 
When I first became a Christian, I didn’t really understand how to worship God. I sang songs on Sundays, and tried to be “Christ-like” in my outward actions, but my heart wasn’t willing to follow God’s will.

I didn’t understand that worship had to begin with growing closer to God in a relationship, and inviting Him, even in the struggles of life, to transform us. (Ezekiel 36:26-27) Worship essentially is the eager and proper response from a heart won over in gratitude, adoration, reverence, repentance, obedience, trust, and desire for more of God. But even if we fail, He is faithful and is willing to give us the grace to begin again. Knowing this, how can we not live our lives for Him in endless worship?

Now I am pursuing God’s call to paint and share my love for the Word of God with others. My goal isn’t just to make pretty artwork, but to point people toward the Author of creation and the Word, and consequently, worshipful living.

 

REDEEM OUR LAND

This piece reflects a prayer I had for God to “heal our land”. However, In order for God to heal our world, we have to let Him into our hearts. He’s the God who will meet us in the muddiest of valleys and willingly breathes new life into us. We don’t need to be afraid to open our secret hearts to God, because He is ever patient and overflowing with grace. He will redeem what was once dark and lifeless into something purposeful in His kingdom, and transform us into new creations who are truly alive!

 

 

HEAVEN’S SONG

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)

Creation bears proof that we have a brilliant Creator, but it also sings back to God in worship, though seemingly silent. God hears the sound of creation loud and clear–it’s an endless Halleluiah. Creation teaches us to praise, even in the dark night or mundane moments. How beautiful it is that right now we can join an ongoing chorus of worship and connect with The Life Breather.

 

 

MEET ME IN THE MORNING

Psalms 143:8 is a morning prayer of reliance. When we rise, we revive our hearts with God’s unfailing love. When we face mountains too hard to scale, or when another day daunts us, He gives us the strength to move forward. What I love most about this passage, is that when we read His word, He speaks life into our weary souls.

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalms 143:8)

 

 

BUTTERCUP

This was the first painting I did after having a baby. I felt inspired to work on it when I sensed God calling me to “begin” again, just as I was, and paint. Completing it gave me the confidence to officially sell my art professionally. Though the original face has been now updated, I feel like it describes my style now, celebrating growth and the worthy pursuit of God’s call in our lives.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

Dive Deeper Into Creation Care

Title: Dive Deeper Into Creation Care
Artwork by: Emilia Ting (@lightcollector)
Description: Do you find yourself tossed back and forth on the topic of creation care?

Due to our human activities and negligence, creation is suffering. Floating plastics. Oil spills. Polluted seas.

Regardless of what we do, creation will never be fully restored by our human effort. But God can, and  He has promised that He will bring about complete restoration―a new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1).

But this does not mean we should stop caring for creation. What we do now matters to God and the generations after us. After all, we are to be responsible stewards of the earth as God has commanded us in Genesis.

How can you and I do something to care for creation today? Share your thoughts with us! 

 

 

 

Creation Crafted For His Glory

Creation reveals God’s invisible qualities to us (Romans 1: 20). Through nature, God speaks to us, and reveals His infinite power and glory.

How has God spoken to you through His creation?

 

 

Creation Chokes With Sin

God gave man dominion over His creation. Even after the fall of man, He continues to give us this responsibility and hopes for us to continue to take care of His creation.

Do we care for our environment just as we care for the lives and souls of people?

 

 

Creation Contaminated By Man

Man’s advancements have affected creation in both small and big ways. Some of our greatest inventions have come at the expense of the environment.

How can you and I play our part to care for creation?

 

 

Creation Cries Out To Be Restored

Since the fall of mankind, creation has “been groaning as in the pains of childbirth” (Romans 8:22). But we can wait expectantly on God to come again to restore and redeem all of creation—including both you and I.

The Berth of Life

Title: The Berth of Life
Artwork by: Marcus Huang (@marc_o_____)
Description: This painting was created for a beautifully carved wooden frame in a family home. The theme was decided on by the client and its interpretation left to the artist.

Working on Noah’s Ark in a vertical format is largely unconventional, presenting several compositional challenges at first, but by God’s grace and inspiration it gradually worked out into a landscape that expresses His loving justice.

The massive cast of characters in the story each played their role in God’s plans to restore the Earth physically and spiritually. As if looking through the eyes of God, man and beast are momentarily captured basking in jubilation, each signifying their inherent meaning in the grand scheme of things.

The Ark is a hint to the coming Christ who will deliver us once and for all. Soaked in glorious sunshine, it perches serenely as a focal backdrop to the joyous flow of creatures. The second chance at life unfolds, where God’s terrible justice turns movingly to mercy with humans again placed at the helm to build a new world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The period featured spanned from 12 May 2016 to 31 December 2017. This video is a compilation of that transformation and expresses the dominant thoughts that shaped the work towards its final outcome. I present you all The Berth of Life, paired to the song “I’ll Think About You” by We Are Messengers.

Starry Starry Night

Title: Starry Starry Night
Materials: Watercolor paintings
Artwork by: Jee Kim
Description: Painting things of nature make me think about God’s greatness and His creation. Especially when I look up to the starry night skies, I feel so small, like I’m nothing. At the same time, I’m so grateful as I am reminded that God created the whole universe for us and that’s when I realize I am special to Him.

Without God’s creation, we cannot create a single thing – our creativity is always inspired by what He has done. May my paintings cause you to reflect on our wonderful and perfect creator.