This just jumped up and grabbed me. I knew there was a great picture here. I just had to take a few shots to find it. It was worth the extra effort. The bronzes and wonderful window light are what really make this one special.
One of the biggest mysteries in biblical scholarship concerns the identity of "the disciple whom Jesus loved." According to the Gospel of John, this was the disciple who leaned on Jesus during the Last Supper, and the only male disciple present at the crucifixion.
This has been a good year for me as far as getting published. I was contacted by a group located in Australia that wanted to use one of my images for their banner for their up coming Walk with Christ. I told them to leave the photo credit off but they left it in anyway.
This beautiful picture is the digital paint creation of Jose A. Rivera of Carolina - Puerto Rico. Jose E-Mailed me wanting permission to use one of my pictures in his artwork. So if you think the Resurrected Jesus looks familiar it because he made it using my picture. HOW COOL IS THAT.
Jose Rivera gave me two links -- one to his business Brainstorm Art and one to his blog Graphic log of an Exodus that this art work is posted in. Both sites are under construction but are still worth a look.
Below is a BIO he sent me:
Graphiclog ofan Exodus: Adigitalartisticstimulusto promotea day ofgraphic expression, poetic andaestheticonhow I see theworld and itscontemporary expressionasyou see itreflected in my artistic expressions about my entirecultural heritage ofthe island ofPuerto Ricoandmy growthin myculture, religion andtodevelopcritical thinking.
Here is the picture of mine that he used for his composition.
I would like to thank Jose for not only asking permission but also for sharing this wonderful work of art. There is even a chance that we may work together on some future projects. Now how exciting is that to have the Lord combining two peoples gifts to help spread the Good News.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is
true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any
excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on
I found this today on the Internet -- "Strings of Scripture". I find it both Amazing and Disturbing. The scripture becomes so poetic and beautiful.....But what do we Risk when we distribute the scripture this way? I would love to hear your comments on this.
This is the You Tube Description:
"Jesus is String Rendition #1 from the new book "Strings of Scripture ~ Book of 77. Strings of Scripture consists of unique arrangements of Biblical verses categorized by topics. Each topic contains related verses that drive home the essentials meanings of the Living Word.
I saw this and was immediately thrown back to the 70's with the paneling. The Crucifix fit the time period as well. Add some nice window lit lighting and you get a pretty nice pic that has a very retro feel to it.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV)
The sea shell, especially the scallop shell, is the symbol of
Baptism, and is found frequently on Baptismal fonts. The dish used by priests
to pour water over the heads of catechumens in Baptism is often scallop-shaped.
The scallop, too, is a symbol for the Apostle James the Greater.
Father, I would like to know You. Please reveal Yourself and the Lord Jesus to me. Please don’t let me be deceived, believing what is false. I thank You that I can approach Your throne in confidence, because I come by faith in Jesus Christ and His righteousness. Please bring me close to you. Lead me into the truth. Open my eyes to see all that you want me to see. I trust the Holy Spirit to teach me, because Jesus said ‘He will teach you all things.’ I call upon You now, trusting that You will do according to Your Word, as You have said, 'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' Thank you."
Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her"(Luke 10:38-42).
The story above while a familiar one can still be a hard lesson. Ask yourself this Easter -- What pattern are you holding onto that needs to be broken so you can focus on what really matters?
My beloved Jesus, it is not the weight of the Cross, but my sins, which have made Thee suffer so much pain. Ah, by the merits of this first fall, deliver me from the misfortune of falling into mortal sin. I love Thee, O my Jesus, with my whole heart; I repent of having offended Thee. Never permit me to separate myself from Thee again. Grant that I may love Thee always; and then do with me what Thou wilt.
It has been quite some time since I posted a complete picture of one of the Stations of the Cross. I found the subdued colors very interesting.
It's been a while since I posted a picture of one of the churches so I thought I'd add one -- with a twist of course. The last time posted a picture of this church it was shielded in scaffolding. The parishioners of this church do an outstanding job of keeping the church building maintained. It truly is a beautiful church.
Angel de mi guarda oh mi dulce compania no me desampares ni de noche ni de dia hasta que me entregues en los brazos de Jesus y de Maria. Con tus alas me persigno y me abrazo de la Cruz y en mi corazon me llevo al dulcisimo Jesus. Amen.
BEHOLD, O good and sweetest Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech Thee to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a most firm desire of amendment: whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I consider within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds, having before mine eyes that which David, the prophet, long ago spoke in Thine own person concerning Thee, my Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones.”
Click on the link for instructions on how to make your own Palm Cross. Very Cool. I just wish I had a palm so I could make one. I actually had one today in church but someone picked it up by mistake when I put down it to clean up and pack up my media stuff. Bummer
Thanks to Rich who made this post in Over the Rhine and into the Tiber Blog Warning this blog is a what I would call a "Tell-it-Like-it-is and call-em-the-way-I-see-em" -- not for the faint of heart LOL.
The tutorial won't make the one I have pictured above. Sorry it was the only one I had in my archive.